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Patisserie Mark Bennett runs charity bake off

first_imgTim Mann, head chef of Patisserie Mark Bennett in Poole, Dorset has judged a charity bake-off in aid of Poole Housing Partnership’ s (PHP’s) Creative Arts for Dementia.Mann, from the Baking Industry Awards’ 2015 Craft Business winner, Patisserie Mark Bennett, judged the competition in nearby Oakdale this week, designed to raise money for people with dementia.The craft bakery firm, which has three branches in Poole, also put Mann on hand during the contest, entitled The Great PHP Bake Off, to answer questions and pass on his tips to help create beautiful bakes.Claire Wade, PHP community involvement officer, said: “Tim ran an interesting Q and A where he offered bakers advice on avoiding soggy bottoms and preparing perfect Yorkshire puds.”Baker of the Year 2014Patisserie Mark Bennett’s owner, Mark Bennett, was crowned Baker of the Year at the Baking Industry Awards in 2014, and Bennett was famously approached to make the royal wedding cake for the Duke and Duchess of York when they married in 1986.Creative Arts for Dementia workshops are open to anyone who has been diagnosed with the early stages of dementia and their carers.last_img read more

Dr Roger Young elected to national board for March of Dimes

first_imgDR. ROGER YOUNG ELECTED TO NATIONAL BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF MARCH OF DIMESBurlington, Vermont – Roger C. Young, MD, PhD, Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and Director of Vermont Perinatal Care at Fletcher Allen Health Care, has been elected to the national Board of Trustees of the March of Dimes Foundation, during their annual summer meeting. March of Dimes trustees, who serve as volunteers, represent the public in governing the organization and advancing its mission and serve five-year terms. “Dr. Young is committed to the core mission of the March of Dimes. We look forward to working with him over the next five years,” said Dr. Jennifer L. Howse, President of the March of Dimes. Dr. Young has reviewed scientific grant applications for the March of Dimes for six years, and has been a member of the organization’s Scientific Advisory Committee since 2006. During his career, which also has included academic appointments at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center; Medical University of South Carolina; and Duke Medical Center, Dr. Young has conducted basic and translational research, culminating in a five-year National Institute of Health-sponsored research project on the physiology of the uterus. He is a recognized leader in the field of uterine physiology of pregnancy, and has a long-range goal of decreasing the rising rates of premature birth in the United States – also a component of the mission of the March of Dimes. He has published 41 peer-reviewed articles and dozens of abstracts, and has presented at numerous national and international meetings. He has also co-edited one book. Dr. Young is a graduate of McDaniel College, Western Maryland College, and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He and his wife, Dr. Kathryn Schwarzenberger, have three children and live in South Burlington, Vermont. In accepting the new position, Dr. Young noted: “I am honored to have been elected to the March of Dimes Board of Trustees. One of the major goals of the March of Dimes is to reduce the rate of preterm births, reduce the complications of prematurity, and help each baby get the best possible start on life. Despite decades of research, prematurity rates are sadly rising in the US, and it feels as if we are losing the battle. The March of Dimes has recently renewed its efforts, and stated bold new goals, to reduce prematurity. To accomplish these goals will require a broad spectrum of help – from volunteers, administrators, businesses, and most importantly, individual contributors. It is a wonderful organization, and I am looking forward to helping in any way.” The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies(r), the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. In Vermont, the March of Dimes is investing over $935,000 in 2008 to further its mission within local communities, including two major research projects at UVM College of Medicine and several local community projects. For the latest resources information and supporting activities visit marchofdimes.com/Vermont.# # # #last_img read more

Web company leaders want troops’ video use restored

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – YouTube’s co-founders on Thursday challenged the Pentagon’s assertion that soldiers overseas were sapping too much bandwidth by watching online videos, the military’s principal rationale for blocking popular Web sites from Defense Department computers. “They said it might be a bandwidth issue, but they created the Internet, so I don’t know what the problem is,” Chief Executive Chad Hurley said with a hearty laugh during an interview with The Associated Press. Hurley, Chief Technology Officer Steve Chen and YouTube spokeswoman Julie Supan emphasized that the online video company is trying to work with the Pentagon in hope the military will reverse course or at least partially repeal the ban. “We’d like to explore what’s at issue here and talk about what we can do to sort out what’s the issue here,” Supan said. The Pentagon said this week that it was cutting off service members’ access to YouTube, MySpace and 11 other Web sites, some of which are used by soldiers on the front lines of Iraq and Afghanistan to post videos and journals for friends and family. In a Pentagon news conference Thursday, Defense Information Systems Agency Vice Director Rear Adm. Elizabeth Hight said the decision was primarily driven by concerns about bandwidth, or the capacity of the Pentagon network to handle data-heavy material such as video. Company officials said they were especially puzzled by the block because it came just days after the military launched its own channel on YouTube offering what it calls a “boots-on-the-ground” perspective of scenes of combat. Watching or uploading online video does use bandwidth and can slow or tie up a network, but Hurley expressed doubt that soldiers’ use of YouTube could have any real effect on the military’s massive network. Chen said YouTube was reaching out to the Pentagon, along with the other banned Web companies, to learn “what it’s going to take to keep the YouTube site up.” He said they were willing to work with the military to install controls on what type of content would be available. Other sites covered by the ban include video-sharing sites Metacafe, IFilm, StupidVideos and FileCabi; social networking sites MySpace, BlackPlanet and Hi5; music sites Pandora, MTV, 1.fm and live365; and the photo-sharing site Photobucket. The block does not affect the Internet cafes that soldiers in Iraq use that are not connected to the Defense Department’s network. YouTube itself removes images of graphic violence, such as attacks on U.S. soldiers or Iraqi civilians, from its site. The company executives said much of that material clearly falls under its policy banning violent, hateful or pornographic imagery. But they acknowledged that decisions over wartime video present some wrenching questions.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more