THE village of Pilton came together to share food, drink, fun – and scarecrows – at a weekend event.
While the usual Pilton Show includes a party and a flower show, this year has been a bit different due to the pandemic.
So, the organizers decided to organize an outdoor party – the Pilton Picnic.
Instead of a competitive flower show, villagers were invited to bring offerings, as would happen for the Harvest Festival, resulting in a diverse and colorful array of flowers, fruits and vegetables, which were sold at the end.
A strange collection of scarecrows greeted people on the grounds, having already been on display in the village for two weeks and voted on by people walking around.
A total of 102 votes were received, putting Maureen and Steve Tofts’ Super Market Worker in first place, followed by Harrison’s Humpty by Harrison Foley, and then by ex-firefighter William Ogborne’s Mr Burns.
Luckily the sun was shining and everyone was able to relax outside and have a picnic, or grab a bargain at the Emporium, play silly games at the stalls, watch the kids run around or generally let off steam, while the bluegrass and live jazz were performed by the Olde Boston Goûter.
FAMILY EFFORT: Scarecrow Contest 2nd Prize Winner Harrison Foley with Harrison’s Humpty, pictured with the James family, Hollie and Piper Foley
In between, Haggis and Charlie juggled and joked, or held workshops, giving the event a festival feel.
Under the marquee, local artisans (pottery or fleeces and objects made of wool from local sheep) or vendors of healing lotions and potions were selling their wares.
Show President Jenny de Gex said: “It was so good to see everyone having a good time with their friends and family in relatively relaxed mode – as was the intention without the stress of a full show while getting out of blockages.
“It was also interesting meeting new people, as well as old friends that we hadn’t seen in a while.
“Thanks everyone for coming and supporting our fresher variation on a village day – everyone seemed to be having fun which was the intention! ”
Kelly Knight and Tessa Munt
Malcolm and Sylvia Drakes with John and Mandy Rossiter
Rachel Austin and Rebecca Hobbs at Barnardo’s booth
Stephen and Lesley Parry, Ann Millard, Jack Matthews and Sue Millard
Vicky Knight and Gail Milne
Richard, Emily and Yasmin Gulliford
Jean Warry, Sandra House and Shirley Chiffers from Nearly New
Social media companies should be legally responsible for removing fraudulent ads from their networks and protecting users from fraud, the head of a law enforcement agency said.
James Thomson, chairman of the City of London Police Board of Directors, told an audience on Thursday, including Security Secretary Damian Hinds, that tougher measures to tackle internet fraud should be included in the online security bill.
He also wants fraud to become a national priority across all UK local police forces, in the same way that tackling drug gangs in the counties has been at the center of attention in recent years.
Mr Thomson is expected to say: ‘Fraud not only affects millions of UK citizens every year, some of whom are very vulnerable, but it weakens our economy and threatens our international reputation as a safe place to do business.
“It is essential that online platforms, such as social media companies, take legal responsibility for identifying, removing and preventing false and fraudulent activity on their websites.
“Unfortunately, this is something they have failed to do effectively to date, so it is now essential to introduce the right regulatory framework.”
Mr Thomson will call for fraud to be listed as a priority harm in the Online Safety Bill, and that the legislation include measures to tackle paid social media advertising that crooks use to lure victims.
His views echo those of consumer champion Martin Lewis, whose image and name have been used repeatedly by scammers and who has long advocated for stricter rules around fraudulent advertising.
Earlier this year, Mr Lewis reacted angrily when the scams were not included in the government‘s online security plans, as noted in the Queen’s Speech, saying the omission left criminals ‘s’ get away with it “.
The calls were also supported by the consumer rights organization Which ?.
Rocio Concha, which one? director of policy and advocacy, said: “There has been a devastating increase in scams since the start of the pandemic, but despite the emotional and financial impact on victims, the tech giants are failing to scale up and to adequately protect their users.
“The case for including fraudulent advertisements in the online safety bill is overwhelming, with law enforcement agencies, businesses, regulators, consumer groups and many MPs all agreeing that action is taken. urgent is needed. It is vital that the government seizes the opportunity to act now.
The City of London Police are the main national law enforcement force and the Police Authority Board oversees their work.
Fraud is estimated to account for around a third of all crime in England and Wales, and Mr Thomson will say around 80% are classified as cyber-enabled, involving the use of the internet and digital devices .
A government spokesperson said: “We have included user-generated fraud within the scope of our new online laws to increase protection for people from the devastating impact of scams.
“This decision is only part of our plan to fight fraud in all its forms. We continue to pursue scammers and shut down the vulnerabilities they exploit, help people spot and report scams, and will be looking into whether tighter online advertising regulations are needed as well.
She said the government would hold a consultation on the rules for paid online advertising later this year.
State Senator Pramila Jayapal is running for Seattle’s 7th Congressional District.Heidi Groover
In the final days of the campaign to represent Seattle in Congress, Pramila Jayapal and Brady Walkinshaw have been waging a war over one word: effectiveness.
The fight over which of these lefty Democrats can get more done is ongoing and complex—want to get deep in it?—but how about a simpler question: Are the candidates telling the truth when they talk about what they’ve accomplished?
In Jayapal’s case, the answer appears to be not always.
Video and audio recordings obtained by The Stranger, as well as publicly available documents, show that in a series of campaign statements this year, Jayapal has stretched the truth about her role in killing a bad payday lending bill and about the impact of a policy she supported to expand access to contraceptives for people on Medicaid.
Before you keep reading, full disclosure: I was a member of the Stranger Election Control Board who voted to endorse Jayapal. Unlike Dan, I stand by that vote. The issues I’ve explored here may not change your mind, either. They’re not Watergate. They’re not fabricated military accomplishments. They may seem wonky or semantic. But facts do matter and Jayapal has been stretching some facts about her record in Olympia. So let’s get into it.
Throughout the campaign, Jayapal has taken credit for helping to “kill” a payday lending bill in the state legislature last session.
The controversial Moneytree-backed proposal would have replaced two-week payday loans with loans that spread repayment out for longer. Opponents said this would hurt low-income people and weaken the state’s strong payday lending protections.
Lynnwood Democrat Marko Liias sponsored the bill in the Republican-controlled state senate. Some other Democrats in the chamber were supportive, too. But several Democratic state senators, including Jayapal, fiercely opposed the bill and introduced dozens of amendments to try to kill it.
However, they didn’t succeed in their effort to kill the senate bill. They lost that fight and the bill passed out of the senate, 30-18. It was later stopped in the state house, where lawmakers who worked on the effort say House Speaker Frank Chopp, who helps decide which bills get considered, consistently opposed the bill.
On the campaign trail, Jayapal has often brought up the payday lending bill fight as an example of her willingness to stand up to her own party.
“I stood up and introduced 87 amendments to kill that bill, against a democratic caucus member,” Jayapal said in an interview aired on the Laura Flanders Show on October 25. “And it was challenging, but we killed it.”
On The Stranger’s Blabbermouth podcast in June, Jayapal highlighted her accomplishments, including “introducing 87 amendments to kill the bad payday lending bill.”
But the legislative record shows that Jayapal introduced only 13 amendments. In total, senators introduced 40 amendments. The characterization that Jayapal and other senators successfully killed the bill is also misleading because the bill did not in fact die in the senate; it passed.
In a statement, Jayapal’s campaign said she and Senator Sharon Nelson wrote 87 amendments. Of those, “40 were introduced; the rest couldn’t be introduced because there was a last minute striker.” In other words, Jayapal did not actually introduce 87 amendments.
In a statement on November 1, Jayapal’s campaign said: “It has not been disputed (at least not before today) that the floor fight put a spotlight on the payday lending bill which led to its death. The anti-consumer nature of the bill was spotlighted in the senate and the bill was sent to the house to die. Pramila and her colleagues’ coordinated strategy protected thousands of Washington State families from higher interest rates from this predatory industry. It’s what happens when you work together—you win.”
Senator Mark Mullet, who fought the bill and supports Walkinshaw, says he and other senators gave speeches “to make sure people understood the flaws of the bill,” but “it was always clear Speaker Chopp was not supporting it [in the house].”
“It’s super accurate saying [Jayapal is] passionate against payday lenders,” Mullet says. “But, like a lot of stuff in Olympia, you can’t say one person is responsible for killing something—especially when that person is in the minority in the chamber that the bill passed out of.”
Marcy Bowers, executive director of the Statewide Poverty Action Network, which lobbied against the bill (but does not endorse candidates in political campaigns), describes Jayapal as “the champion in the senate. She organized the floor fight.” Bowers says senators’ public fight against the bill added pressure on the house to not let it move forward.
“It’s potentially an overstatement to imply she alone killed the bill,” Bowers says, “but she certainly played a key role in it. I can’t point to any one thing that was the key to killing the bill… We were using all the tools we had available to us.”
While Jayapal has increasingly strayed toward taking credit for killing the payday lending bill as her Congressional campaign has progressed, she was somewhat more clear about what happened during a June primary endorsement interview with The Stranger.
“I pushed back against bills and ran my own little filibuster on the senate floor with the payday lending bill,” she told The Stranger’s editorial board. “[I] introduced 87 amendments to kill that bill, which we were able to use that as the movement that then stopped payday lending from moving forward in the house and made it impossible for even Democrats to want to take that forward.”
While the “introduced 87 amendments” statement was and is false, the rest of her June statement is a closer-to-accurate description of what actually happened. Still, even we at The Stranger have been confused by all of this; in our general election endorsement of Jayapal we initially wrote that she’d “fought and won against more senior Democrats in her chamber who tried to push through a destructive law backed by predatory payday lenders.” We’ve recently corrected our endorsement to make clear that Jayapal lost her fight in the senate.
EXPANDING CONTRACEPTIVE COVERAGE FOR WOMEN ON MEDICAID
Jayapal has taken credit for “expanding access to contraceptives for women on Medicaid” but has varied in how she explains exactly what happened. She has also greatly exaggerated the number of women affected by the change.
Here’s what actually happened:
While the Affordable Care Act already required that Medicaid cover all forms of birth control in Washington, the reimbursement rates for long-acting contraceptives like IUDs were so low that some clinics were not offering those forms of birth control to patients on Medicaid.
In 2015, Jayapal introduced a bill to try to fix this by raising reimbursement rates for long-acting contraceptives. Republican senators balked and Jayapal’s 2015 bill didn’t go anywhere. Later, Governor Jay Inslee included the increase to reimbursement rates for long-acting contraceptives in his budget proposal. Again, Republicans weren’t having it. So Inslee simply directed the Washington State Health Care Authority to find a way to pay for the increased reimbursement rates—about $1 million a year—in the authority’s existing budget.
Jayapal did play a role here. She introduced the 2015 bill that Republicans refused to entertain. Then, according to Planned Parenthood representatives and the governor’s office, she kept consistent pressure on the governor’s office to get the effort funded by other means.
“I also credit the governor, but I give [Jayapal] a lot of credit for elevating this through that months-long process,” says Planned Parenthood lobbyist Jennifer Allen. (Planned Parenthood’s political arm has endorsed Jayapal.) “Nothing is written down with her name on it. She never did it for the glory. She did it because it was the right thing to do.”
In some cases, like a recent debate at Seattle University, Jayapal has referred to this effort as an example of her successfully passing “legislation,” which isn’t true.
In an interview for this story, Jayapal acknowledged that while she tries to refer to the increased reimbursement rates as a “policy” victory, she may have used the word “legislation.” (She did, twice.) This is significant beyond the semantic level because passed legislation is state law. Unless it’s repealed, it lasts forever. In contrast, policy victories that rely on a particular governor’s decision—victories like this one—are only safe until a governor who disagrees comes into office.
At other times, like at this campaign event and in this Reddit AMA, Jayapal said the increased reimbursement rates for long-acting contraceptives benefited “millions” of women. But there are not millions of women on Medicaid in Washington, and estimates from people close to the contraception coverage expansion process put the number of women affected by that policy change at somewhere between 7,000 and 30,000. Allen says the state estimated at the time that every year about 26,750 women on Medicaid would switch to long-term contraceptives like IUDs if they were available. The Jayapal campaign did not respond to a question about this discrepancy.
Like on the payday lending issue, Jayapal was more clear about exactly what she’d achieved on long-lasting contraception reimbursement rates during the primary election. “[I] have been able to expand access to long-acting reversible contraceptives like IUDs for tens of thousands of women across our state by raising Medicaid reimbursement rates,” Jayapal said during her June endorsement meeting with The Stranger.
Both of these issues come on top of the clip Dan recently used here on Slog to attack Jayapal for taking too much credit for the passage of Seattle’s $15 minimum wage. In that clip, she says, “Some of you know me for actually passing a $15 minimum wage here in Seattle.” (Members of the city’s minimum wage task force disputed her involvement. The task force’s co-chair, David Rolf, meanwhile, credits Jayapal for making the issue central for Mayor Ed Murray during his election campaign. Jayapal’s campaign says she regrets the misstatement.)
Asked about the stretched truths concerning her record in Olympia, a spokesperson for Jayapal’s campaign provided some responses by e-mail and said: “It’s sad that this race has suddenly turned into the world’s pettiest gotcha game. It doesn’t serve anybody.”
To be clear, Jayapal is not the only candidate for political office to ever exaggerate her record. In fact, she’d be something of an outlier if she didn’t. Passing policies happens as the result of lots of people—not least among them activists—pushing for certain policy changes and a lot of lawmakers voting for them. Then, those lawmakers go out and run as individuals, along the way taking individual credit for policies that they know were a group effort. But here, Jayapal’s statements about her achievements have, at times, veered from overgeneralizations into factual inaccuracies.
WHAT ABOUT WALKINSHAW?
If you haven’t been shouting this question at the screen already, you’re probably asking by now: What about Walkinshaw? Well, Walkinshaw, too, has run his campaign—and made his effectiveness argument—largely on the basis of legislation he sponsored in Olympia. And he’s certainly made sweeping statements and taken credit for bills he sponsored but that ultimately passed with the help of the entire legislature.
“I’ve started the state’s work on opiate addiction over the last three years and it’s led to a set of results that are pretty far ranging, that are the reason the Seattle Police Department is able to carry naloxone,” Walkinshaw told The Stranger during an endorsement interview.
“I fought for the authorization of Sound Transit and did it in a way that [Representative] Jessyn Farrell and I passed legislation in the authorization of the transportation package that requires the development of affordable housing around light rail stations,” he said later.
Walkinshaw’s website describes one piece of legislation he supported, the Certificate of Restoration of Opportunities, as “the single most important piece of criminal justice legislation to come out of Olympia the past five years.” And he has taken credit for “legislation that expands access to emergency contraceptives” for people leaving prison. He did sponsor that proposal, though it was the bill’s senate companion that actually passed the legislature.
But those statements don’t involve an untruth about whether and how he killed a bill (as with Jayapal’s statements about payday lending) or a huge exaggeration of the number of people affected (as with Jayapal’s claim that “millions of women” benefitted from increased reimbursement rates for long-acting contraception).
“Campaigns are about communicating our records and how we’ve represented those to voters,” Walkinshaw says. “Whether [the] claims we’re making are supported by the facts is important. We’re electing a legislator. Legislative records matter.”
When I asked Jayapal’s campaign whether they had heard Walkinshaw exaggerate his record, a spokesperson said: “We don’t have hours of taped footage on Brady to compare notes and mince every word.”
Federal COVID-19 task force commander Lt. Gen. John Frewen said supply was no longer an issue for the rollout of the vaccine in the country.
General Frewen said Australia would have about double the number of doses of the mRNA vaccine – which includes Pfizer and Moderna – as expected this month.
“We will move forward as quickly as possible,” he told radio station 3AW.
Moderna vaccines are expected to be rolled out in people’s arms in the coming weeks, in pharmacies, around September 20.
General Frewen said Victoria’s vaccination targets could be met sooner than originally planned, to facilitate the state’s slow release from lockdown.
“Supply and distribution is not the main challenge right now. The main challenge now is really about people’s willingness to come forward. It’s really important now that we continue to urge people to, if they haven’t made a reservation, have a reservation in the system and if they’ve had their first dose to take their second dose.
“It’s really now about the public’s willingness to get vaccinated. “
General Frewen said the public’s will was encouraging, with 80% wanting to be vaccinated and 14-15% still considering their position.
He said he would not take those numbers for granted and would continue to push for as many people as possible to get clear information and get vaccinated.
The number of people who would not get vaccinated was low, he said, estimated at around 5-6% of the population.
“There is simply no time for complacency now, everything is in place, but we just need to fix it urgently. “
The articles are led by critics of the prime minister’s plan to fund welfare reform, as well as tributes to Sarah Harding after her sudden death.
The temperature, The daily telegraph and Daily mail report that Boris Johnson is set to challenge pressure from his own cabinet and push through an increase in national insurance to increase spending on health and social care.
The Guardian says the prime minister is facing a “mutiny” over the plan, with the I signaling the situation created “panic” within the Conservative Party.
Mr Johnson is expected to implore the nation to ‘share the fiscal pain’ in order to clear the NHS backlog fueled by the pandemic, according to the Daily Express.
During this time, Metro says the “fiscal crisis” will hit young workers hardest.
Somewhere else, The sun and Daily Mirror in the lead with the death of Girls singer Aloud Harding, who died Sunday at the age of 39 after a battle with breast cancer.
The independent says construction industry groups have warned Brexit-related bureaucracy is causing ‘chaos’ for the industry.
And the Financial Time leads with a record pace for corporate mergers and acquisitions so far this year.
They came to church on Sunday morning with work boots and gardening gloves, dragging gasoline and wheelbarrows through the parking lot before entering to pray.
“Does anyone know how to drive an excavator?” Phil Moser, pastor of the Fellowship Bible Churchsaid to Sewell as he entered the building.
Moser’s service was quick. Don’t ask “why,” he said, when it comes to the destructive tornado that ravaged thearound South Jerseyneighborhoods and devastated Mullica Hill Wednesday night. Instead, ask how you can help. So, after a brief reminder of the Good Samaritan tale, at least 150 participants left and walked down a street lined with cornfields and cows to begin their real Sunday service with a choir of chainsaws.
“These are just people helping people,” said Bill Drennen, a retired Philadelphia firefighter and church member.
»READ MORE: Ida’s legacy: 5 dead, 7 tornadoes, record flooding, hundreds of water rescues, an incredibly soggy mess
Wednesday night’s EF-3 tornado smashed hundreds of trees on both sides of the gravel driveway leading to Cynthia Koch’s home in Mantua township. Koch, 46, was overwhelmed with emotion from all the support, watching children and elderly church members pulling branches and logs away from the house. His mother served Dunkin donuts.
“It makes you believe that there is still some good in this world,” she said.
Even further down the gravel driveway, Karen Santoro said the 50 or so church and community members who cleared fallen trees from her property have likely saved her tens of thousands of dollars. She said her entire community, from the firefighters to the mayor and the church, had been helpful since the storm hit.
President Joe Biden is due to investigate storm damage in Queens, NY and Manville, Somerset County, NJ on Tuesday, but he is not scheduled to visit southern Jersey. Santoro, whose home is 30 miles east of Biden’s residence in Wilmington, said she didn’t mind.
“I mean, can he use a chainsaw?” She asked.
At Confront the nation Governor Phil Murphy on Sunday said the state “will continue to ask for more [federal assistance] because we need it. Last week Biden approved the New Jersey emergency declaration, opening the door to additional federal aid in the Garden State.
READ MORE: Biden hints at state aid, but unclear if Pa. And NJ will get federal disaster relief
“We’ll do whatever we can in the state, but we badly need the federal government,” Murphy said before turning to Biden’s visit on Tuesday. “I have no doubts that they will be there for us and I look forward to having the President with us on Tuesday and seeing him up close with our own eyes.”
Murphy said he thinks it is time for the state to “update its playbook for storm responses,” and called for increased federal infrastructure funding, saying New Jersey has ” of an infrastructure built for a different reality “.
“We shouted loud and clear: tornado warnings, flood warnings, flash flood warnings. We begged people to get off the road, ”he said. “And again, you have 27 deaths and enormous destruction.”
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The National Weather Service said the tornado was 12.6 miles long and only 400 meters wide. This narrow path of destruction was most evident on Salvatore Drive in the Mullica Hill section of Harrison Township. Most of the houses lacked parts of their roofs and others had exterior walls sheared off to reveal the children’s rooms.
Anthony Dagrosa’s house stood between two of them. Now it’s gone, nothing but a floor and a stairwell leading to the basement where he hid with his children.
“When we got out of the basement it was like that,” he said in the middle of the cleanup on Sunday. “The whole house was blown away. “
Dagrosa said he had “more important things to worry about” than a presidential visit.
While some families grappled with the loss of their homes and belongings, another family in Gloucester County tried to save their livelihoods. The Angelo Grasso & Son farm in Mullica Hill was in harvest season – tomatoes, green peppers and eggplants – when the tornado ravaged the 100 acres.
“If you’ve ever eaten pico de gallo, you’ve already eaten our tomatoes,” Katie Grasso, 38, said at the farm on Sunday.
The Grassos have been farming in the area since 1957 and most of their processing buildings and barns were gone or were so damaged that they should have gone down anyway. Trees were strewn across the property and a six-wheeled box truck was by the side. A farm worker suffered a broken arm, said Grasso.
Angelo and his son, Leonard, both have homes on the property and both have been damaged.
“My parents have a shed in their living room,” Katie said.
While they have yet to begin calculating the damage estimates, Katie and her father embraced for a moment near the overturned truck, the losses evident to them. Their mother was making a “huge” tray of lasagna for the workers.
Katie, who works for US Senator Tom Carper of Delaware, said she was relieved by the outpouring of support from neighboring farmers. A GoFundMe account set up by the Gloucester County Board of Agriculture has raised nearly $ 60,000 so far for the farm.
Grasso said she would be happy to see Biden in South Jersey.
“Anytime our elected officials show compassion and care and want to help, we will accept it, and that extends to President Biden,” she said.
Meanwhile, across Delaware and off the banks of the Schuylkill in Philadelphia, the historic flood cleanup persisted on Sunday. As the second day of Made in America pulsed down the Parkway, the Vine Street Expressway had returned from the contaminant laden canal to the road.
Kelly Drive, which in the floods had become an extension of the Schuylkill, has been reopened to traffic. City workers found and repaired two sinkholes caused by the flooding, a spokesperson said.
Volunteers gathered to clean up debris-strewn trails. Over the next few days, the city said its Emergency Management Office and Licensing and Inspection Department will partner with FEMA, PEMA and the US Small Business Administration to assess damage in Manayunk, East Falls and Center City.
READ MORE: Philly Wants To Hear From Homeowners And Businesses With Ida Damages
In the suburbs, about three dozen roads remain closed, mostly in the hard-hit counties of Bucks and Montgomery, a PennDOT spokesperson said, and teams of inspectors are assessing hundreds of bridges for damage caused by the storms in Philadelphia and its col counties. Aqua issued a boil water advisory for parts of the townships of East Whiteland and Charlestown.
READ MORE: Storm clean-up continues after Ida: “People have been there”
On the eve of Rosh Hashanah, the president of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, Michael Balaban, said the organization has spent the last few days helping the region’s community manage FEMA and insurance claims, and to relocate those whose homes may have been destroyed. Many, he said, still have a long way to go, including the families of those who died in the storm.
Schuylkill floodwaters flooded the Jewish Federation headquarters at 2100 Arch St., but “our building, you know, it’s a building,” Balaban said.
It’s a double-edged sword, he says. “You’re going on vacation, and you want to be able to concentrate, whether it’s cooking meals for your family… or going to the synagogue. But it’s also a good reminder of what we have.
In difficult times, he said, “you can choose to see the dark. Or you can be the light, and your goal is really to bring in the other lights in the community.
A leading business group is urging the government to take urgent action to address the labor shortage, warning that labor supply problems could last for up to two years.
The CBI said there is growing evidence of staff shortages, which continue to disrupt businesses as they struggle to recover from the impact of the pandemic.
Managing Director Tony Danker said the challenge extends beyond the lack of truck drivers, which is affecting the supply of supermarkets, pubs and other businesses.
He called on ministers to match skills policies with the most vacant positions, further relax the apprenticeship tax and use their “immigration levers” to ease short-term pressures.
The CBI has said that standing firm and waiting for shortages to resolve is not the way to run an economy.
Mr Danker said labor shortages were plaguing the entire economy, adding: “While the CBI and other economists still predict that growth will return to pre-pandemic levels later this year. , the end of holidays is not the panacea some people think will magically fill labor shortages.
“These shortages are already affecting business operations and will have a negative impact on the UK’s economic recovery.
“Other European countries are also experiencing staff shortages as their economies rebound.
‘In the UK, many foreign workers left during the pandemic, affecting sectors such as hospitality, logistics and food processing, and new immigration rules make it harder to replace those who have left .
‘The government‘s ambition for the UK economy to become more skilled and productive is right, but to imply that it can be achieved overnight is simply wrong, and a refusal to deploy temporary and targeted interventions to enable economic recovery is doomed to failure.
“CBI has heard from companies actively reducing capacity because they cannot meet demand, such as hoteliers limiting the number of rooms that can be booked because they do not have enough maintenance staff and cannot bleach the laundry.
“In the meantime, some restaurateurs have had to choose between lunch and dinner service to make the most of the summer.
“It’s also visible to consumers when lead times for purchases like kitchens or furniture double.
“Employers are supporting existing government programs to get people back to work, and companies are already spending significant amounts of money on training, but it takes time to produce results, and some members suggest it could take two years rather than a few months. so that labor shortages are resolved. be completely eliminated.
GMB General Secretary Gary Smith said: “We are paying the price for years of cost cutting and austerity on wages and working conditions for workers.
“Instead of alleviating the labor market crisis, a disruption in service risks stifling a recovery before it even begins.
“The lessons of the past decade must be learned – you cannot get out of a crisis.
“It’s time to end Britain’s race to the bottom on wages and conditions.”
A government spokesperson said: “We are closely monitoring the labor supply and working with industry leaders to understand how we can best alleviate particular pinch points. Similar challenges are faced by other countries around the world.
“We want employers to invest in the UK domestic workforce for the long term instead of relying on foreign labor. Our Jobs Plan is helping people across the country retrain, learn new skills and get back to work.
“The government is encouraging all sectors to make employment more attractive to UK domestic workers by providing them with training, career options, pay increases and investments.
Longtime Somerset County residents Glessner and Shaffer were involved in the effort from day one. Shaffer was a nurse in a Somerset County medical practice and a member of the local school board. Glessner, who had worked in the county planning office before raising her family, was a local 4-H leader and active in her family’s lumber yard and hardware store.
Upon learning that the loud boom that rocked his house and briefly cut power that morning was caused by a plane crash along nearby Lambertsville Road, Glessner called Shaffer at the doctor’s office.
Her husband, Terry Shaffer, was the chief of the Shanksville Volunteer Fire Department. Glessner told his sister she had to call him at work.
“Tell Terry he has to come home now,” Shaffer said, recounting his sister’s urgent message which sounded more like an order than a request.
By the time she reached her husband, he was already heading to the site.
Over the next 13 days, the city’s 245-person fire hall would serve as a buzzing hub of the recovery effort. Volunteers processed food and supplies that poured in from their neighbors and communities and businesses miles away. They began providing meals and supplies to hundreds of salvage workers and federal, state and local law enforcement – even before the Red Cross arrived.
Weeks later, visitors began to arrive. They braved the freezing winter winds to visit the crash site along a secluded country road. Glessner, who had seen confused visitors wandering around, organized local residents to staff the fenced lot and tell the story.
This group formed the core of Flight 93 Ambassadors. The group of 40 to 50 volunteers are still working with the National Park Service at the memorial.
Adam Shaffer, park ranger for the Flight 93 National Memorial in Stonycreek Township, is seen on June 8, 2021 at Memorial Plaza, the final resting place for Flight 93’s crew and passengers.
Glessner then served on the Federal Advisory Board for Flight 93. The 15 members of the board, including the families of Flight 93, community residents and key memorial development experts, have met quarterly for over ‘a decade.
Their goal: to select and build a design for the memorial to preserve the feeling that Los Angeles firefighter Stephen Ruda first wrote on a quilt sent to Shanksville. His commentary, inscribed along the footbridge of the flight path at the memorial, reads: “A common field one day, a field of honor forever.”
“We are incredibly fortunate to be able to tell this story of the passengers and crew by the people who knew her best.”
– Adam Shaffer
Still later, Glessner and Shaffer conducted oral history interviews with community responders, first responders, Flight 93 family members and others. In all, there are 888 first-person accounts of events surrounding this day. The sisters are still working on the final cut, painstakingly comparing the recordings of the oral histories with copies now transcribed and archived with the National Park Service.
They were two of many of their neighbors who stepped forward to help.
“I don’t think it’s just Shanksville. I think in any small community people would have been caring and compassionate, ”Shaffer said.
His son Adam was a freshman at university on September 11, 2001. He had volunteered with the firefighters as a teenager, had a deep interest in American history, and had completed a wrap-up project in Gettysburg while he was a teenager. ‘he was a high school student.
Despite his parents’ concerns, he would come home every fall weekend to help with recovery and learn all he could about Flight 93. After graduation he did. an internship at the Park Service on the site of flight 93 where the memorial was still in development. He later became a park warden on the site.
Today, Adam Shaffer is the Chief of the Interpretive Rangers at the National Flight 93 Memorial.
He remembers the emotion that rose in his chest when he arrived home that first weekend. Flags lined all the roads. There were more volunteers than could be counted.
Like his mother and aunt, Shaffer is reluctant to talk about him.
” I’m lucky. I have a perspective, “he said.” The real story is what happened in the sky above here.… We are incredibly lucky to be able to tell this story of the passengers and the crew by the people who knew her best. I think the partnerships played a big role in building that. ”
Today, its goal is to ensure that history is passed on in the future.
You don’t know what to cook or you can’t be bothered.
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It’s early evening, the sun is shining.
What could be better than stumbling upon a cool little bottle shop where you can sample a platter of carefully selected organic artisan cheeses to accompany your bottle of wine to take to the deli counter or sit and enjoy at the table.
The Palmer Street bottle in Frome, Somerset has become legendary in the city since its owner, Simon Bowden, opened it in 2017.
It is a fantastic little place, really friendly and selling the best cheeses, wines, beers, ciders and spirits in the country of the west.
And it’s open until 11 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.
That’s why Somerset Live chose it as Somerset Independent Business of the Week.
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It has become a habit for the people of Frome to go there and sit and enjoy a glass of wine with cheese, and there are always good jokes from Simon and other local regulars.
Or you can take your drinks or food with you to enjoy at home.
One of Frome’s Josie McCulloch store’s most loyal customers is a regular.
Josie said, “Palmer Street Bottle is the best place to go, it’s got a great vibe.
“Great beer and wine and I love the cheese board, it’s really fantastic,” she said.
Because Simon, a local boy who went to school in Midsomer Norton, is passionate about what he does.
He is passionate about the country of the west and its products and enjoys sharing them with his customers, and it shows.
Right next to the trendy Catherine Hill in Frome, you can really soak up the local atmosphere of the city which has become the trendiest in the west of the country.
Simon recently opened a second store in Kingsmead Square, Bath, so things are going well despite the tough times all independent businesses face during the coronavirus pandemic.
Palmer Street Bottle specializes in craft beers, fine ciders, wines and spirits, showcasing the best of local producers as well as a range of UK-based and international manufacturers and brewers.
And the selection of western cheeses is simply delicious.
It’s a really relaxed space where you can sit and have a drink and something to eat in the best part of town.
The shop offers a wide selection of craft beers, fine ciders, natural wine as well as a charging station where you can select and take the wine or beer of your choice.
It’s a nice little independent business that is doing well despite difficult times and well deserving of the support it receives both in town and elsewhere.
It is something unique in our region.
To find out more or to order wine, cheese, beer, cider or other drinks and food online, visit www.palmerstbottle.co.uk
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A former aide to the Prince of Wales has temporarily resigned from his role as charity boss while an investigation into allegations regarding his conduct is underway.
Michael Fawcett, Charles’s former assistant valet, has resigned as chief executive of the Prince’s Foundation amid allegations reported by the Sunday papers about honors tied to Saudi businessman Mahfouz Marei Mubarak bin Mahfouz .
The Sunday Times reports that Mr Mahfouz, who is listed as a supporter on the Prince’s Foundation website, has donated large sums to restoration projects of particular interest to Charles, adding that Mr Mahfouz denies any wrongdoing.
Mr Fawcett is believed to have coordinated honor support for Mr Mahfouz, according to newspaper reports.
Mr Fawcett, who in 2003 was cleared of allegations of financial misconduct relating to the sale of royal gifts, was appointed CEO of the Prince’s Foundation in 2018 following a reorganization of Charles’ charities.
Douglas Connell, President of the Prince’s Foundation, said: “Earlier today, Michael Fawcett offered to temporarily step down from his active role as Chief Executive Officer of the Prince’s Foundation while the investigation of the trustees is underway.
“The Prince’s Foundation accepted this offer. Michael fully supports the ongoing investigation and has confirmed that he will contribute to the investigation in any way.
It is understood that Emily Cherrington, COO, will take over in the interim, and the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) has been advised that The Prince’s Foundation is a registered charity in Scotland.
A spokesperson for the Prince’s Foundation said: “The Prince’s Foundation takes the allegations that have recently come to its attention very seriously and the matter is currently under investigation.
“We are incredibly proud of the charitable work of the Prince’s Foundation and the positive impact it has on our beneficiaries across the UK and around the world.
“Our education and training programs, in particular, benefit more than 15,000 people each year and provide our students with the skills and confidence to find jobs or start their own businesses.”
Mr Fawcett began his royal service in 1981 as the Queen’s Footman, working his way up the ranks to Footman Sergeant and Charles’ Assistant Footman, exhibiting his bespoke suits and shirts every morning at Kensington Palace.
He was accused of selling unwanted royal gifts and pocketing a percentage of the proceeds when he was Charles’ personal assistant, but was cleared by an internal investigation of any financial misconduct.
The investigation, led by Charles’ personal secretary at the time, Sir Michael Peat, found that Mr Fawcett had “violated internal rules on supplier gifts” but could not be severely criticized as the rules failed. were not enforced and he did not hide such gifts.
But the report portrayed Mr. Fawcett as a suspected tyrant who accepted precious gifts from outside.
The royal assistant resigned following the publication of the report, but continued to enjoy the prince’s patronage as a freelance fixer and party planner, and was granted an undisclosed cash severance package as well as a deal to work as the Prince’s Events Director.