Minimum wage to rise from October

first_imgThe National Minimum Wage will rise to £5.80 per hour from October this year, for workers aged 22 and over, the government announced last week. This is a 7p increase per hour on the current rate of £5.73 – a rise of 1.2%.For 18- to 22-year-olds the rate will increase by 6p to £4.83, and by 4p to £3.57 for 16- and 17-year-olds.Gill Brooks-Lonican, chief executive of the National Association of Master Bakers, said the increase “won’t do craft bakeries any good at all”, and favours a freeze on wage increases during the recession. “So many bakeries are really feeling the results of the recession; it’s absolutely crazy,” she added.The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has also said a National Minimum Wage freeze would have been more helpful for businesses. “We pressed for a freeze to the minimum wage because of the severity of the economic downturn, as well as the daily loss of jobs,” said director general of the BCC David Frost.The Confederation of British Industry, however, has welcomed the rate change.From October 2010, the top National Minimum Wage rate will be extended to include 21-year-olds.last_img read more

Success at Bakers’ Fair Autumn

first_imgHundreds of bakers from up and down the country attended the second Bakers’ Fair of the year, held at the Yorkshire Event Centre in Harrogate on Sunday.The event, organised by British Baker and sponsored by Norbake, played host to a variety of insightful presentations and practical demonstrations, as well as a number of exhibitors who were showcasing their products and on-hand to talk to visitors.Shaun Williamson, who played Barry in BBC One’s iconic soap Eastenders, was special guest at the event and ensured crowds were entertained during the afternoon. He joined Mike Holling, chairman of the National Association of Master Bakers, on the Bakers’ Fair Stage to judge the Bakers versus Butchers competition.Team butchers prevailed on the day, consisting of Heather Parry and Paul Nicholson from Fodder in Harrogate, who successfully deocrated a cake. The bakers, which included Neil MacSymons and Peter Lonican, piped and created a link of sausages. Other winners on the day included those taking part in the Richemont Club of Great Britain’s competition, which consisted of a number of bakery goods including sausage rolls, scones, cupcakes, bread and Christmas-themed products.Slattery’s took home the Richemont trophy for being the overall top-scoring member of the Club, as well as best in show for a pasty and Christmas fancies, the CSM trophy and the Renshaw trophy. B F Done and Son, based in Wolverhampton, scooped the Rank Hovis trophy and Dumouchel was awarded the Christmas trophy.Trevor Mooney, competition secretary at Richemont, addressed the audience at the end of the awards presentation ceremony and said: “I want to say thank you to the team at British Baker, who kindly let us host our competition as part of this event and made it all possible.”Highlights of the Bakers’ Fair Stage presentations included Christmas-themed demos from Amelia Nutting and Andrea Campbell Jackson of Shuga Budz in Wolverhampton, as well as Baking Industry Award 2012 winners Justin Clapham and Gemma Pickup from Bettys Bakery in Harrogate.Holling also took to the stage with Heather Bowen from the Teenage Cancer Trust charity to launch this year’s National Craft Bakers Week (8-13 October), which included a special video of Channel 4’s The Fabulous Baker Brothers, Tom and Henry Herbert.Martyn Leek, editor of British Baker, said: “The second of our Bakers’ Fair events for 2012 proved to be a huge success and celebrated some of the craft baking industry’s best talent who were finalists and winners in a series of high calibre competitions.”Read the full review of Bakers’ Fair Autumn in the 19 October issue of British Baker magazine.last_img read more

Village Bakery secures private equity investment

first_imgSource: Village BakeryAlan JonesRetirementVillage Bakery was founded by Robin’s father Alan Jones, and his father, after they bought a bakery in Wrexham in 1964.Robin said his dad has earned a “well-deserved” retirement having built the business up from a craft bakery with 15 employees to a business with 530 staff that supplies national supermarkets.It has won many industry accolades, with Alan Jones recognised for his Outstanding Contribution to the Baking Industry at the 2018 Baking Industry Awards.“This is exactly the right time for me to step down because the Village Bakery is entering a new and exciting chapter in its growth and development. I am happy and content that the company is in safe hands,” Alan added. Source: Village BakeryAn artist’s impression of the new siteAn exciting milestoneRobin described the investment as an “exciting milestone in the history of the Village Bakery”.“Limerston Capital very quickly understood what the Village Bakery is all about in terms of our ethos and recognised we have a fantastic team of employees and a highly motivated management team with decades of bakery experience.“For our part, as a family, we like that the investment in the company is coming from such a trusted, ethical and reliable source.”James Paget, a Limerston Capital founding partner said it was clear that the Village Bakery was not only already “producing the highest quality baked goods but had a clear vision to expand capacity and reach new customers”.“The resilience of the staff and management and the commendable commitment of key customers in the aftermath of the fire evidenced the Village Bakery as a business of outstanding quality in an exceptionally competitive sector,” he added. Source: Village BakeryProjects director Christien Jones and MD Robin JonesWrexham-based Village Bakery has secured funding to help expand the business and create 115 new jobs over the next two years.UK private equity firm Limerston Capital is backing the family-run business, which will see the current owners retain a ‘material investment in the company’.Village Bakery would not disclose the value of the investment or equity stake Limerston Capital would hold but confirmed the business would continue to be run by the existing management team, headed by MD Robin Jones and his brother Christien who is projects director.Their father Alan Jones, meanwhile, is to step down as chairman after 60 years in the industry.“The whole point of securing the extra investment is to fund future growth because we’re doing really well at the moment and our products are in great demand,” Robin said. “This will help us realise our potential.”The company has three bakeries in the Wrexham area and is gearing up to open a new facility, after its factory was destroyed by a major fire in August 2019.At 140,000 sq ft, the new building is more than three times the size of the original and will house its Baking Academy and Innovation Centre to train a new generation of bakers and develop new products.last_img read more

Research and everyday life

first_imgElizabeth Propst’s teachers often used online materials to supplement the limited resources of her high school in Asheville, N.C. This summer, she’s developing material for students in similar situations as a participant in the Summer Residential Research Programs offered by the Harvard College Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships.From June to August, Propst ’22 and other undergraduates from diverse disciplines — including the sciences, arts, humanities, and social sciences — live together in the Research Village at Winthrop House while working on faculty-led or independent research projects. Many students view the program as an opportunity to engage with issues they personally care about and to reimagine the role of research in everyday life. Propst, who plans to concentrate in English, is a fellow with SHARP (the Summer Humanities and Arts Research Program) for Poetry in America, a digital initiative across platforms that offers free courses and television programming on the art and history of poetry created by Powell M. Cabot Professor of American Literature Elisa New.“I know firsthand how important it is to have high-quality digital resources for education,” said Propst, who is helping retool an online poetry course, originally taught to college students, into a new pilot program aimed at students in Title I high schools, where a high percentage of students come from low-income families. She researches poems that embody different course themes, including the city, coming of age, and protest, by poets from Walt Whitman to Kendrick Lamar.“In the office, I act as a sounding board for a lot of the stuff that we’re working through because I was the person who was most recently in a low-income public high school,” she said.Through his SHARP fellowship, Jonathan Yuan ’22 is engaging with a different community: Harvard Square. The Massachusetts native is working with Suzanne Preston Blier, the Allen Whitehill Clowes Chair of Fine Arts, professor of African and African American Studies, and director of undergraduate studies in the Department of African and African American Studies on Be the Change! Harvard Square and its Setting, a project that develops research-backed recommendations for future development that maintains the neighborhood’s unique community atmosphere.,“I’m drawn to the project because Harvard Square is very local to Harvard and is a place I feel attached to,” he said. “I want to do something that has an impact in a community, and this kind of work that is central to a place and people has strengthened that wish for me, to change a place for the better.”Yuan’s tasks include categorizing local businesses, noting vacancies and property ownership information for every storefront in the square, as well as interviewing business owners, city officials, and residents. The combination of community engagement, data analysis, and urban planning research allowed him to explore many areas of study and narrow his goals for the future.Julia Shea ’20 is embedded in Harvard’s social world for her fellowship through the BLISS (Build Learning through Inquiry in the Social Sciences) program, working in the lab of Edgar Pierce Professor of Psychology Daniel Gilbert on a study about the social dynamics of Harvard roommates. Shea, who is concentrating in psychology with a secondary in molecular and cellular biology, is using data analysis and visualization methods to map survey results from undergraduates about their feelings of closeness with one another.,“I like lab research because it’s generative,” said Shea, who is working closely with Gilbert, Adam Mastroianni, a Ph.D. student in psychology at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and a group of summer interns on the project. “It’s not just about reading things that have already been written, but looking into the future and talking about what questions we can answer.”The results of the study show that in groups of friends, individuals tend to self-enhance and overestimate their value to the group, illustrating some of the ways in which people can distort or misinterpret social situations. Shea may not be working in the lab when the findings are published, but seeing the research process in action has helped her understand better how to approach such projects in the future.“It’s important to pick a project where you’re invested in its outcome,” she said. “It becomes a puzzle to solve rather than doing data analysis that you don’t care about. Having the process be one of discovery makes the project enjoyable.”Ciara Hervás’ commitment to social justice led her to the Long 19th Amendment project managed by the Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and led by digital humanist Rachel Guberman. Launching in 2020, the project commemorates the centennial of the passage of the amendment to the U.S. Constitution that granted the right to vote to some women. In addition to a physical exhibition on suffrage history at Radcliffe, Schlesinger Library staff are working to establish an open-access digital archive of information and resources for students, researchers, and the general public.,As a SHARP fellow, Hervás is collecting historical data on black women’s suffrage organizations that will eventually be part of a digital data hub called the Suffrage Portal.“One of the goals of the project is to think about the 19th Amendment in a more complex and intersectional way, and not just as a simple victory story,” said Hervás, a rising junior who is pursuing a joint concentration in history and literature and women and gender studies with a secondary in mind, brain, and behavior.Hervás sees the project as a way to expand both the narrative of suffrage and conceptions of what humanities research looks like in the 21st century.“Humanities research can feel pretty solitary, but being in an environment that encourages you to engage with your peers and take advantage of the community aspect of the humanities can be powerful,” she said. “It’s really nice to have that support.”For Propst, creating community through scholarship is one of the best parts of her work as a SHARP fellow.“Sometimes it can be hard to see how what you’re doing in the humanities is going to help people down the line,” she said. “Seeing my work help 750 high school students who are going to access the humanities is awesome and makes studying the humanities really meaningful.” Service time, and the living is easy Summer reading picks from faculty and staff Relatedcenter_img Need a book for your beach bag? 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Rochelle Walensky to run CDC

first_imgPresident-elect Joseph Biden has named Rochelle Walensky, chief of Massachusetts General Hospital’s Division of Infectious Diseases and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, as the new administration’s director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).Walensky, who became an expert in viral testing, prevention, and treatment through her work against AIDS, said in a Monday morning tweet that she is honored to begin work at the CDC and eager to fight the coronavirus pandemic.“I began my medical career at the height of the HIV/AIDS crisis, and I’ve spent my life ever since working to research, treat, and combat infectious diseases,” she tweeted. “I’m honored to be called to lead the brilliant team at the CDC. We are ready to combat this virus with science and facts.”Walensky will take over one of the world’s premier infectious disease institutions at a time of both hope and concern. The U.S. coronavirus pandemic is reaching new depths even as hope rises for a vaccine that can bring it to an end in the coming months. Currently led by Robert Redfield, the CDC has been criticized for its low profile during the pandemic and for failing to stand up to political pressure on coronavirus recommendations. The pandemic’s most prominent government scientist, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Anthony Fauci, was named chief medical adviser on COVID-19 to the incoming president.Neither of these roles require Senate confirmation.During a recent Facebook Live event on the prospects for a coronavirus vaccine, sponsored by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Walensky, who has an M.P.H. from the Chan School, detailed the complexity of the task ahead, saying there are “substantial challenges” in distributing a coronavirus vaccine.Among the challenges she listed are the fact that a quarter of Americans don’t have a primary care physician to guide their care, logistical issues such as the two leading vaccine candidates needing very cold temperatures for storage, and the fact that even an early wave of vaccinations of health care and other front-line workers will be substantial, with roughly 80 million people needing two doses each.Born in Peabody, Mass., Walensky received her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from Washington University and her M.D. from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She is married to Loren Walensky, who is a pediatric oncologist at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, a professor at Harvard Medical School, and director of the Harvard/MIT M.D.-Ph.D. Program. The couple has three sons.Walensky’s appointment comes as Biden continues to fill out his health care team. He selected California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to head the Department of Health and Human Services, which includes the CDC, and Vivek Murthy, who received a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College, as surgeon general. Tactic would slow spread, researchers report The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Related ‘Test and treat’ won’t stop HIV/AIDS epidemic, study finds U.S. failed to control pandemic, but vaccination provides ‘chance to get next phase right’ Experts say smooth rollout possible although highly complex last_img read more

Sorin Scholars engage in research, discussion

first_imgIn the group’s second year on campus, the Sorin Scholars continue to “act as catalysts” for undergraduate research and intellectual discussion outside of the classroom, said Philippe Collon, associate director of the Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement (CUSE) and the group’s faculty mentor. The Sorin Scholars, comprised of about 30 students per class, is the only University-wide honors program, Collon said. Students are chosen by recommendations from faculty advisors and teachers after their freshman year. Collon said the group, sponsored by CUSE, formed last year to carry on University founder Fr. Edward Sorin’s legacy of academic leadership. “We call them the Sorin Scholars [so] they would act as catalysts for all the other students at the University, like Fr. Sorin, who not only managed to create the University but was a really strong catalyst for getting things started and getting things off the ground,” Collon said. “We wanted these students to have Fr. Sorin as their example as being the real catalyst to get students to think early on about scholarly engagement, undergraduate research and making the most out of their four years at Notre Dame.” The objective of the group is to provide opportunities for the students involved to further supplement their academics through thought-provoking discussion and research, Collon said. “We want this to be an additional opportunity for students to have mentors, to have a place to meet and to have opportunities to discuss and to grow, then, to become ambassadors of undergraduate research here on campus,” he said. To accomplish these goals, CUSE chooses students from all colleges to participate in the group, provides a lounge for them and helps them coordinate research projects, Collon said. CUSE also sponsors many other activities, such as monthly coffee house discussions, trips to see plays, ice cream socials and educational workshops. “It is up to the students to define what they want to do and how they want that research to be as fruitful as possible,” he said. Junior Michael Fronk said participating in these activities as a Sorin Scholar allows him to engage in intellectual dialogue outside of the classroom. “It’s been really helpful and insightful in sparking engaging thinking,” Fronk said. Fronk, who is on the steering committee for the group, said the research opportunity he gained through Sorin Scholars was invaluable. As an English and mathematics major, Fronk said he received $3,000 to spend the summer in London studying Anglo-Caribbean culture and literature. “I made the connections that helped me to get the $3,000 grant to go abroad over the summer,” Fronk said. Junior chemistry major Patrick Kramer said he used his connections through Sorin Scholars to perform chemistry research at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis last summer and continue research on campus this fall. Kramer said the benefits he has gained through the program will help him discern what to do after college. “I’m hoping to go to med school eventually, but I don’t know if I want to combine that with clinical research,” Kramer said. “[Sorin Scholars] gave me a window to explore that opportunity and also to look at post-graduate opportunities involved with research.” Kramer said meeting new people through the group was just as beneficial as making important connections. “It’s a good group of people to collaborate with on different ideas,” he said.last_img read more

Jesse Tyler Ferguson to Host 2014 Drama League Awards

first_img The Drama League Awards honor distinguished productions, performances and exemplary career achievements in musical theatre and directing. First awarded in 1922 and formalized in 1935, they are the oldest theatrical honors in America. View Comments Star Files Ferguson has received four Emmy nominations for his performance as Mitchell in the ABC series Modern Family. He has appeared on Broadway in On The Town and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, as well as on the Delacorte Stage in the Public Theatre’s Shakespeare in the Park productions of The Comedy of Errors, The Merchant of Venice, The Winter’s Tale and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.center_img Emmy nominee and Broadway vet Jesse Tyler Ferguson will host the 80th Annual Drama League Awards on May 16 at the Marriott Marquis Times Square. As previously announced, the ceremony will include special honors for Barbara Cook, John Tiffany, and Broadway.com parent company Key Brand Entertainment/Broadway Across America. Nominations will be announced on April 23. Jesse Tyler Fergusonlast_img read more

Brazilian Navy Places New Ship at the Forefront of Peace Mission in Lebanon

first_img“They are .50 machine guns, suitable for reacting proportionately to threats presented by small ships that penetrate the ship’s security perimeter,” Rear Adm. Brasil added. Patrolling the coast of Lebanon By Dialogo December 02, 2015 I am a former Army soldier, former Civil Police officer in Mato Grosso, currently, I am retired after my time spent serving. I would really like to be a volunteer for this peace mission. It’s my dream, please make it come true. Let peace be restored … Congratulations … I appreciate this opportunity to participate. Although the important service carried out by the Armed Forces of Brazil may seem a bit anonymous, it is in these moments that they show their real contribution. Congratulations. To wars they’re calling us, We Fight … already being reservists, we become the most highly respected, qualified, premier opinion formers during peacetime; nevertheless, in this ethical-moral Harbor, they surprise us with this altruistic anthropological culture the contextual detriment of botched advances left-wing newspapers with their obstinate defamation of this maleficent litigation where inverted diagramming of paradigms of this decadent conceit, aimed against the armed forces, making of this work a sumptuous, degenerate form of the disgraceful boldness which always tries to point out that the pipelines’ detours are not medial practices but indeed caused by sporadic misshapen anomalies in the middle of historical time. also, these are already foreseen in the ostensible, forsaken, daily norm of this LABOR in the barracks;! There will always be much to do given life’s high praises and the conscience’s applause … “NAVY OF BRAZIL, PRESENT” … CONGRATULATION TO THE NAVY OF BRAZIL! EXCITING WORK Very good Long live the Navy of Brazil! Congratulations, you are an example of pride and safety. Congratulations to Brazilian foreign policy. The Brazilian Navy has been recognised over the years for its international humanitarian and global security efforts…I applaud the charismatic and altruistic Navy of Brazil. May God always bless your work. Very good. It’d be better if all sectors were like that Only those who have served or currently serve in the ranks of the Brazilian Navy know its importance. It’s a shame that only a part of what this organisation does is made public. May God protect every Brazilian service member on this peace mission. May God protect the Cv Barroso of the glorious Navy of Brazil! What would the FAS be if there weren’t unity among the good fighters? May God bless them more and more each day. The Brazilian Navy should be congratulated for their marvelous work.May God bless and protect all those who were summoned for this sublime mission. Brazil has so many ships on peace missions. Congratulations, Navy of Brazil!As someone who belongs to the Brazilian Army’s reserve, I can’t stop praising the brilliant work of our brothers in the Brazilian Navy. Hello, I am trying to find someone I met in Paraty in Feb 2011 who was on a navy ship there. Is there a contact for the navy so I can try to locate him please? Thank you “Approximately 30 minutes passed between the time we received the order to change course and the time we actually found the boat,” said Commander Alexandre Amendoeira Nunes, the Barroso’s commanding officer. “At that point, we focused on the mission of rescuing the children, women, and men.” Three of the fleet’s ships continuously patrol Lebanon’s entire coast – nearly 13,000 square kilometers – at a distance of 83 kilometers from land, Rear Adm. Brasil said. The Barroso is outfitted with a missile, a cannon with a range of 22 kilometers, an anti-aircraft cannon, and MK-46 torpedo launchers. In addition to carrying an aircraft to transport weapons and act as an extension of the ship’s sensors, the Barroso features small-caliber weapons. MTF vessels and their crews train the Lebanese Navy by conducting theory classes, which take place on land, and through practical activities on MTF or Lebanese Navy ships. After rescuing the refugees, the Barroso turned to its next mission with UNIFIL, which was established in 1978 by the United Nations (UN) Security Council to assist in the withdrawal of Israeli forces from southern Lebanon, return peace and international security to the region, and help the Lebanese government re-establish its authority. In 2006, after the Second Lebanon War, the UN expanded the mission’s mandate and reinforced it with the creation of the MTF. “[However], the decisive factor [for the rescue’s success] was the enormous will to live of all 220 persons, who decided to risk death at sea rather than remain in their land, where their opportunities are continually decreasing due to the adversities of war,” Cmdr. Amendoeira added. “A ship, upon being chosen for a mission like UNIFIL, goes through a process of selecting and training the crew. This leads to training for the ship in relevant topics and, primarily, the crew receives training in many skills, which ensures that we can perform different maneuvers during operations at sea. This worked very well.” center_img In addition to the Barroso, the MTF consists of two Bengali vessels, one from Germany, one from Indonesia, one from Turkey, and one from Greece, as the vessels collectively house 858 service members. They’re under the leadership of Brazilian Rear Admiral Flávio Macedo Brasil, who has headed maritime interdiction tasks along the coast of Lebanon and training for the Lebanese Navy, thus fulfilling the two objectives of UNIFIL MTF. The corvette class Barroso is continuing the Brazilian Navy’s participation in the Maritime Task Force (MTF) in the United Nations Interim Mission in Lebanon (UNIFIL). Training the Lebanese Navy Brazil began participating in the MTF in 2011, when it also assumed command of the task force. The Barroso is among seven ships that currently make up the UNIFIL MTF, and it’s the fourth Brazilian ship to participate in the mission, following the frigates Constituição, Liberal, and União. The crew provided medical attention and food to the refugees on the Barroso’s flight deck before delivering them to the Italian port of Catania the next day. The vessel assumed its role as the flagship for the peace mission on September 14, replacing the Brazilian frigate União, which had spent six months in Lebanon. But before arriving at its destination, the ship and its crew faced an unexpected and dramatic challenge on September 4: rescuing 220 refugees of different nationalities whose boat was in danger of sinking in the Mediterranean Sea near the coast of Sicily, Italy. “We conduct joint trainings where the ships of the Lebanese Navy fire their weapons and we fire ours,” Rear Adm. Brasil said. “Also, due to the technological complexity of our weapons and systems, which demand extensive qualifications to operate, Lebanese Navy service members participate in our firing exercises aboard the Barroso simply as observers.” last_img read more

Texas and other states crack down on predatory payday lenders

first_imgby: Jocelyn Baird, NextAdvisor.comIt’s no secret that the payday loan industry is rife with predatory payday lenders. Even lenders that aren’t inherently predatory still often use practices which leave borrowers stuck in a seemingly endless cycle of debt. This is a big deal, considering more than 12 million people in the U.S. take advantage of payday loans every year. According to a 2013 study done by the Pew Research Center, the average payday loan borrower pays a shocking $520 in interest to borrow $375. People turn to payday loans when they feel as if there are no other options, and what seems like an easy way to get desperately needed cash immediately often turns into a crippling debt. Fortunately for borrowers across the country, many states are trying to take action and crack down on predatory payday lenders. At the forefront is Texas, a state with few regulations and a thriving payday loan industry.How are states like Texas cracking down?At present, 36 states allow some form of payday lending. Some states, like Colorado, have strict regulations, but many don’t. Pew’s study found that 72 percent of payday loan borrowers want more regulation across the board, and a majority (81 percent) want more time to repay loans. Most payday loans are structured to require a lump-sum repayment in a short period of time. Borrowers who can’t make the lump-sum payment have the option to refinance, but at a cost, which is how the debt cycle begins. Predatory payday lenders profit off of borrowers’ inability to pay the lump sum on time. One potential solution favored by many is installment payments, which would enable borrowers to repay the loan in a series of payments over time.Currently, Texas legislators are considering three bills that would go a long way toward protecting its residents from predatory payday lenders. These bills, if passed, would put a limit on how often an unpaid loan can roll over or be refinanced (three times), make lenders ensure that a customer pays down the principle amount by at least 25 percent each time the loan is refinanced and, finally, create a state database to track lending. The database is something that other states have proposed, and it mainly affects brick-and-mortar lenders. continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Vote yes on state ballot proposition 3

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionVote yes on Proposal 3 on Election Day and help the small communities of the Adirondacks and Catskills. This is an amendment to Article 14 of the state constitution, the Forever Wild provision. Proposal 3 enjoys universal support from local governments and environmental groups because it helps the small communities of the Adirondack and Catskill parks. Residents of Schenectady and the Capital District depend upon the Catskills and Adirondacks for wild, wonderful outdoor experiences. Now, we’re depending on residents of the Capital District to vote yes on Proposal 3 to help give these communities a boost.Under Proposal 3, the state of New York will purchase 250 acres to add to the public 3-million-acre Adirondack and Catskill forest preserves, which will offset the creation of a 250-acre Health and Safety Land Account, which makes roadside Forest Preserve lands available for a limited set of municipal purposes like extending broadband service, creating bike paths, and highway safety projects.These lands will be transferred in small increments through a process administered by the state Department of Environmental Conservation, which includes a public review and public hearings.Protect the Adirondacks urges Capital District residents to vote yes on Proposal 3.Peter BauerLake GeorgeMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more