Massive, ongoing 4-alarm fire destroying mansion in Massachusetts

first_imgLosing battle for firefighters at the #Concord mansion. You can hear windows bursting, seems it is in danger of collapsing. #WCVB— Jennifer Eagan (@Jennifer_Eagan) December 27, 2019Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Fire being responded to by @ConcordMAFire on Fairhaven Hill Road, surrounding towns assisting. Please stay clear of area— Town of Concord (@TownofConcordMA) December 27, 2019The house is a five-bedroom, five-bathroom mansion built in 1897, reported ABC Boston affiliate WCVB, citing town records.Video from the scene showed much of the second story engulfed in crackling flames as plumes of smoke filled the air.Concord fire and police crews are at the scene.There were no reports of injuries.Fire response is ongoing and has reached a 4th alarm— Town of Concord (@TownofConcordMA) December 27, 2019 iStock(CONCORD, Mass.) — A massive fire broke out at a home in Massachusetts Friday, destroying parts of the mansion as flames poured out of the windows.The response is ongoing to the blaze in Concord, about 20 miles outside of Boston, according to town officials.last_img read more

A reassessment of the age of the Cockburn Island Formation, northern Antarctic Peninsula, and its palaeoclimatic implications

first_imgNew constraints on the age of the Cockburn Island Formation, northern Antarctic Peninsula, resulting from whole rock laser-stepped heated 40Ar–39Ar dating of associated basalt and palaeomagnetic re-calibration of the ranges of the formation’s fossil diatom taxa, suggest that interglacial conditions existed around 3 million years ago. The refined age of the deposit supports continent-wide Late Pliocene warming in Antarctica, and makes more likely the occurrence of extensive marine incursions in East Antarctica at that time.last_img read more

International activity

first_imgIn its latest bakery report, research company Mintel found that sales in the US cookie and biscuit market grew 14% during 2002-07. The market was worth $5.9bn in 2007.Mintel found that 97% of individuals ate cookies in the US, with 79% penetration into households. Three in ten people said they ate cookies several times per week.In the US, from 2004-06, sales of in-store bakery items grew by 5.5%, with cookies registering 8.5% growth, according to the research from Mintel.Nearly half of respondents who ate cookies had bought fresh-baked cookies in the past month from in-store bakeries.Sales of ’better-for-you’ cookies had grown steadily from 2002-07, gaining 20% at current value.This was one of the category’s biggest success stories and included the 100-calorie pack, following healthy and low-carb eating trends. Mintel predicts that portion control will be an important trend in 2008.Nearly half of respondents eating more cookies this year point to “a greater variety of healthier cookies to buy” reinforcing healthy indulgence as a market driver.Standard cookies lead the market, representing 57.5% of total sales. However, they are clearly losing ground to more specialised cookies targeting niche consumers, as sales declined by 17% during 2002-07.last_img read more

BIA 12 Days of Christmas: a glimpse ahead

first_imgAnd so we come to the end of our 12 Days of BIA…We wanted to highlight the achievements of Baking Industry Award winners as we approach one of the busiest times for the industry: Christmas.So, for our final day, we thought British Baker could highlight some of the bakery trends we think will continue on into 2015.For our predictions see below:M&A:2014 has been a busy year for acquisition and it seems there is an appetite for more. In the past year alone, we have seen Finsbury acquire Fletchers, David Wood Baking dip its toe into the market and Cargill buy out the chocolate business of ADM. What’s more, we have seen smaller businesses work on organic expansion too.FOLLOWING THE CUSTOMER:This trend of recent years shows no sign of slowing. Indeed, Greggs this year, which some say is on every street corner, even took to the waves. The bakery chain signed a deal with Wightlink Ferry to operate a store on its line to St Clare. The move follows its expansion to railway stations, hospitals, colleges and motorway services. The moral of the story? Go where your customer is.ARTISAN:Often a controversial word in the bakery sector, it’s obvious however; the consumer is attracted to the term. The way consumers shop and the reasons they actually shop for are changing, and changing rapidly. Consumers, in some regions of the UK, want to know where their food is coming from and also know how it has been created. Bakers, you have a story to tell.DOUGHNUTS:As most in the craft sector ditch their fryers, others are turning to the doughnut and enjoying good margins. Dunkin’ Doughnuts has re-entered the UK and Crosstown in London has created a huge buzz, thanks to some great PR and excellent use of social media. Fancy a share of the dough?HEALTH:So, 2014 was the year that sugar was demonised, joining its cohorts, salt and fat, on the naughty step. However, bakers should not run scared. Any who were in attendance at the excellent British Society of Baking conference in the autumn will know that consumers will respond better to a positive health message – rather than to the negativity of a ‘low x’ message.last_img read more

Statement from Katie Lapp, Harvard Executive Vice President, regarding HEI Hotels & Resorts

first_imgHarvard University has followed with interest reports concerning labor relations at HEI Hotels & Resorts. The administration also has heard from community members regarding these reports and is aware of public statements on HEI made by peer institutions.The Harvard Management Company, as part of its investment and due-diligence process, will review HEI’s business practices and policies, including labor relations, and its compliance with industry standards, regulations and laws, prior to making any decision to re-invest in HEI-sponsored investment funds.  Any future decision to re-invest in HEI will take into account all relevant circumstances at that time.last_img read more

Michael Mitzenmacher and Stuart Shieber named 2014 ACM fellows

first_img Read Full Story Michael Mitzenmacher and Stuart Shieber, faculty members at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), are among 47 leading computer scientists named 2014 fellows of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).The 2014 ACM fellows have been selected by their peers on the basis of their contributions to key computing fields, including database mining and design; artificial intelligence and machine learning; cryptography and verification; Internet security and privacy; computer vision and medical imaging; electronic design automation; and human-computer interaction.“Our world has been immeasurably improved by the impact of their innovations,” said ACM President Alexander L. Wolf in a statement. “We recognize their contributions to the dynamic computing technologies that are making a difference to the study of computer science, the community of computing professionals, and the countless consumers and citizens who are benefiting from their creativity and commitment.”Mitzenmacher, the Thomas J. Watson, Sr. Professor of Computer Science at Harvard SEAS, was cited for his contributions to coding theory, hashing algorithms and data structures, and networking algorithms.Shieber, the James O. Welch, Jr. and Virginia B. Welch Professor of Computer Science at Harvard SEAS, was cited for his contributions to natural-language processing, and to open-access systems and policy.last_img read more

Police: Terrorism didn’t motivate fatal Oregon car attack

first_imgPORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Investigators say they have found no evidence that terrorism, politics or any bias motivated a driver who repeatedly drove into people along streets and sidewalks in Portland, Oregon, killing a 77-year-old woman. The Portland Police Bureau said Tuesday the driver is hospitalized and expected to be booked into jail afterward. The man is accused of driving into people and cars over a 15-block span Monday. The woman who died was dragged beneath the wheels of a small SUV and nine other people were injured. Police say that after the driver fled on foot, neighbors surrounded him until police arrived and took him into custody. His name has not been released.last_img read more

Association finalizes constitution

This year’s members of the Saint Mary’s Student Government Association (SGA) met for the last time Wednesday before the new officers assume their roles April 1. For their last order of business, members of SGA finalized the new constitution. The student body must vote on the revisions, and 25 percent of students who vote must approve for the constitution to go into effect. There will also be a banquet after Easter break to celebrate the new structure of SGA and the leaders from this year who made it possible. Current members of SGA also shared their favorite memories of the year. Student body president Nicole Gans said she is especially proud of the changes made in the SGA structure. “My favorite moment was when we all agreed upon the restructuring of SGA,” Gans said. Amanda Lester, public relations commissioner in charge of social media, said her favorite memory from the year was a particular event. “My favorite activity was the bowling night,” she said. Karen Johnson, vice president of student affairs, who advises SGA, said she was impressed with the work SGA did this year. “This is the most exciting year I’ve had,” Johnson said. “Thank you for a great year, and I’m very proud to be your advisor.” As turnover draws near, Gans reminded the board they all need to pass on a binder of the materials they used to those assuming their positions next week.  Reflecting on the year as a whole, Gans said she was really grateful to work with such a talented group of students this year. “Everyone in this room has affected the student body this year … and I couldn’t have asked for a better group of girls,” she said. read more

Australia’s second-largest retirement fund is divesting from thermal coal

first_imgAustralia’s second-largest retirement fund is divesting from thermal coal FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Sydney Morning Herald:Australia’s second-largest superannuation fund is preparing to dump its shares in companies that derive more than 10 per cent of their revenue from thermal coal mining as it embarks on the most aggressive immediate climate push of any large local investor.First State Super, which holds $130 billion [US$90 billion] in retirement savings, is distributing a new climate plan among its members detailing initiatives to shield their money from the threats of global warming, including setting a 30 per cent emissions-reduction target across its investment portfolio by 2023 and a 45 per cent cut by 2030.First State chief executive Deanne Stewart told The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald climate change posed the single biggest risk to Australians’ retirement savings, and superannuation investors must “take bold and decisive action now” to safeguard members’ long-term interests.“Climate change clearly poses the most significant risk to investment portfolios over the long term,” she said. “Why we are stepping it up to a much greater degree now is we see that risk front and centre in terms of the impact it is likely to have on investment returns for our members.”The most immediate direct action is to divest all its shareholdings of companies that mine thermal coal – the type of coal used in power generation – by October 2020. Although the plan does not specify which thermal coal miners will be divested, corporate records indicate First State held shares in ASX-listed Whitehaven Coal, Stanmore Coal, New Hope and Washington H. Soul Pattinson in 2019.The next phases of the fund’s strategy – a 30 per cent emissions cut across its entire listed equities portfolio by 2023 and 45 per cent by 2030 – are more immediate goals than those set by many other investors, whose targets stretch out to 2050.[Nick Toscano]More: Top super fund dumps coal miners as emissions cuts intensifylast_img read more

Run the Jackson River Scenic Trail Marathon

first_imgWe offer a Full Marathon this year along with a Half, 10k, 5k and 1 Mile Run. So, this fun event has something for everyone! The certified course will begin and end at the Intervale Trail Head on the Jackson River Scenic Trail in Covington, Virginia.The trail follows an old railroad bed of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway. The course has a smooth crushed gravel surface and is mostly flat with some light hills. The trail follows its namesake river, winding its way through small communities, cultivated fields, and small patches of woodland. It’s common to see wildlife along the way.Unique Awards will be given to the top 3 overall male and female finishers in each event. Age group awards are determined by participation.The awards ceremony will be at Intervale Trail Head immediately after the race. Refreshments will be provided for all race participants. Take advantage of our Early Bird rates before May 6!last_img read more