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Project D doughnut deliveries go nationwide

first_imgSource: Project DDerby-based doughnut specialist Project D is rolling out nationwide delivery of its products.The handcrafted premium doughnuts are sent via DPD’s next-day service and packaged in corrugated cardboard boxes with six individual sections to protect them during transit.The items are baked overnight for delivery the next day to ensure they are fresh, Project D said.“We want as many people as possible to enjoy our handcrafted doughnuts,” said Project D director Max Poynton. “We’ve put a lot of thought and time into this to ensure the doughnuts are fresh and in supreme condition on arrival.”Project D has undergone expansion in recent months, with the addition of a new 11,000 sq ft production bakery in Derby in December. This followed the opening of a distribution centre in Leeds last October.  Source: Project DThe business took the decision to move to online trade last year in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and last month began accepting payment via cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin.“Lockdown has pushed us to devise new ways to get our products out there,” Poynton said. “It has been incredible and we’re very excited to take the next big step onto the national stage.”A number of craft bakeries have rolled out nationwide delivery during the pandemic to tap into demand beyond their local base. “We know we will be in competition with some really big baking names – but we know our doughnuts are a cut above the rest and we’re looking forward to sharing the Project D love with an even bigger audience,” Poynton added.last_img read more

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Student body presidential candidates: Mario Markho and Charlie Ortega Guifarro

first_imgWho they are:Presidential candidate Mario Markho is a junior neuroscience major in Keough Hall from Toledo, Ohio. His running mate, Charlie Ortega Guifarro, is a Film, Television and Theatre major with minors in photography and the Journalism, Ethics and Democracy program. Ortega is a junior hailing from Miami currently living in Stanford Hall. They are joined by campaign manager and junior Tiffany Rojas, an off-campus economics major. All three are members of the Balfour-Hesburgh Scholars Program.Top Priority: Reducing dorm inequalityWhile neither Markho nor Ortega have experience working in student government, their respective experiences at Notre Dame prompted in them a desire to give back to the student body and help those with similar backgrounds feel more welcomed, especially in light of the recently implemented three-years-on-campus policy. The two created a comprehensive and practical platform based on improving student life, building on already-existing programs and providing clarity in dealings with the administration.One of the largest areas the two hope to tackle is the longstanding issue of dorm inequality, both within and across residential life. Infrastructure-wise, this includes plans to give fans to dorms without AC and to establish more sound pipelines for repairs and maintenance issues. Socially, the two hope to curb a negative drinking culture and the ever-present danger of sexual assault by establishing clear guidelines for registering parties, adjusting parietal times and implementing a first-time forgiveness policy for all parietals offenses. Holistically, the ticket also hopes to establish an art initiative within residence halls and establish regular opportunities for Confession within dorms.Best Idea: Online registration and scheduling for St. Liam’s and UCCThe Markho-Ortega ticket has a number of insightful suggestions for improving student life, but perhaps none are more practical and feasible than online scheduling for St. Liam’s. While the University already has online scheduling software in place for things as simple as booking a haircut appointment, attempting to schedule an appointment with a psychologist, psychiatrist or physician requires calling or going in person. Adopting this technology for University Health Services would not only be a welcome upgrade, it would also streamline its service and allow for scheduling beyond business hours.Worst Idea: Move parietals to 2 a.m. on Thursdays On one hand, the ticket’s rationale for parietal reform is well-intended; it was created in response to the University’s recent Campus Climate survey, which found that many individuals will choose to not leave situations that put them at risk for sexual assault for fear of punishment. However, the solution Markho and Ortega offer lacks prudence. On their platform, the two justify the time extension with the fact that “countless students have complained that [the parietals] extension does not apply to Thursdays, a night when most students still go out,” but disregard the glaring correlation between party culture and sexual assault. Rather than help the problem, the situation could potentially grow worse with such a change.Most Feasible: Promote a State of the Union / Town Hall to the student bodyAnother key facet of the ticket’s platform is promoting clarity within student government, a part of the organization that has struggled to remain consistent in recent years. The simple yet effective tool of organizing a bi-semester “State of the Union” would force the team to be transparent on its dealings with the University, as well as hold it accountable for implementing its campaign promises.Least Feasible: Establish an extra reading dayWhile not a bad idea in theory, the campaign’s hope to establish not one, but two extra reading days — one per semester — would require putting an incredible amount of pressure on the University and the provost’s office to even consider such a change. It’s extremely doubtful the administration would consider rewriting the academic calendar.Bottom Line: Well-intentioned, but lacking experienceMarkho-Ortega have clearly put work in to building what may be the most concrete platform in the election, and the ticket has many ideas which reflect a practical and insightful lens into where the University falls short. But running through many of their proposals is a common theme of naivete — the two may say they are running on the strength of their platform and not their clout with administrators, but a number of their policies realistically require a tremendous amount of influence that past administrations with much more experience have not even attempted. With just a one-year term, it would frankly be shocking if Markho and Ortega were able to move the University to forgive parietal offenses, publish CIFs or a complete breakdown of tuition. Additionally, several of the campaign’s ideas — such as section funds for resident assistants — are already standard University policy. While the ticket’s best ideas reflect an refreshing outside approach, their inexperience overshadows such proposals.Tags: 2019 Student Government Electionlast_img read more

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MICADEN: All for One to Support Natural Disaster Relief

first_imgBy Dialogo May 21, 2013 Extremely interesting article, hopefully it supports an involvement of worldwide assistance in front of the natural disaster, among the nations concerned with its population. Why don’t you mention the name of the association? That’s also good for our work and helps us more, thanks.-Alexis Montalvo It almost doesn’t say anything of what he occupied :/ please investigate more or if you know more post it please, thanks.-Alexis Montalvo:) I am requesting dialogueson prevention Natural disasters are an inescapable reality. In order to prevent and respond to these phenomena, countries in the region have organized national systems for civil protection, from which they coordinate and employ all state resources. Among these resources, the most important are the use of the Military and Security Forces under civilian control. Furthermore, virtually in all cases in recent years, local authorities have had to resort to the help of other regional countries. This led Chile to gather the many existing initiatives in the world – particularly in the Western Hemisphere – and develop a new initiative called “Information Exchange Mechanism Support Capabilities for Natural Disasters” (MICADEN). The Chilean initiative was approved during the X Conference of Defense Ministers of the Americas (CMDA), held in October 2012 in Punta del Este, Uruguay, and it is now in the hands of Peru, the interim CMDA president. MICADEN takes into consideration the available models at global, regional and subregional levels, and creates a centralized mechanism that coordinates scattered resources. Precedents The United Nations (UN) heads the international efforts in this field. The resolution on strengthening the coordination of emergency humanitarian assistance issued by the UN states that military resources should be utilized in accordance with International Law and humanitarian principles. The UN should also approve the 2005-2015 Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA), mainly aimed at reinforcing the resilience of nations and communities in case of disaster. The document was a result of the Second World Conference on Disaster Reduction held in Hyogo, Japan, in January 2005, and became the first plan to detail the type of assistance needed among all areas and actors in order to create a common management system to reduce disaster losses. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is responsible for civil-military coordination, and implements the guidelines for the use of foreign military and civil defense resources during disaster relief operations. At the regional level, the Organization of American States (OAS) coordinates international cooperation during disasters through the Inter-American Committee for Natural Disaster Reduction (IACNDR). The Declaration of San Salvador on Citizen Security in the Americas is one of the OAS documents reaffirming that states are responsible for and have the obligation to provide humanitarian assistance in order to protect the lives, integrity and dignity of people in case of natural or man-made disasters. Moreover, the OAS also emphasizes the need to strengthen regional and subregional organizations, such as the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), the Coordination Center for Natural Disaster Prevention in Central America (CEPREDENAC), the Andean Committee for Disaster Prevention and Relief (CAPRADE), and the Regional Humanitarian Information Network (RED HUM) for Latin America and the Caribbean. During 2012, the Inter-American Council for Integral Development (CIDI), part of the OAS, approved the “Inter-American Plan for Disaster Prevention and Response, and the Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance.” Moreover, the institution requested the use of a mechanism to collect experiences and good practices, based on the database of the Inter-American Network for Disaster Mitigation (IAND), also from the OAS. At the subregional level, the role of the Central American Integration System (SICA) and the Coordination Center for Natural Disaster Prevention in Central America produced the Policy on Comprehensive Disaster Risk Management in Central America (PCGIR), the highest level of regional guideline in this field. Other important organizations are the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency, responsible for CARICOM’s subjects; the Andean Committee for Disaster Prevention, the Conference of American Armies (CAA), the Inter-American Naval Conference (IANC), and the System of Cooperation among the American Air Forces (SICOFAA). In cases of subregional or related to defense, the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), has delegated the tasks related to this area, which are reflected within the axis of “military cooperation, humanitarian actions, and peace operations” to the South American Defense Council. The Conference of Central American Armed Forces has a Humanitarian Rescue Unit, which played an outstanding role in 2000, during the dengue outburst in Honduras; in 2001, during earthquakes in El Salvador; and in 2007, with hurricane Félix in Nicaragua. Within the Americas, there are organizations or conferences that classify the military institutions based on their similarities, constituted by the CAA, the IANC, and the SICOFAA, from which the following information was obtained, according to the topic of study: CAA emphasizes the development and distribution of the 2009 “Procedure Guide for Assistance Operations in Case of Disaster”, during the XXVIII Conference of American Armies. The IANC, on the other hand, prepares the “System of Cooperation for Inter-American Security and Humanitarian Assistance,” manual where processes for the active, timely and coordinated participation among naval members are established. With regard to SICOFAA, it highlights the “Multilateral Agreement of Military Aircraft Overflight in Humanitarian Assistance Missions in Case of Disaster,” coordinated by SICOFAA itself, in addition to the publication of its 2011 “Manual of Combined Air Operations for Humanitarian Assistance and Disasters”, where all aspects related to the coordination of air means during disaster situations are detailed. This manual was used during Exercise COOPERATION. The Initiative Reality shows that the best way to deal with a disaster is by using a cooperative mechanism, articulated at the level of the Defense Ministers of the Americas. Regarding roles and responsibilities, it was decided that administrative responsibility would be assigned to the interim secretary of the CMDA for two years in order to optimize performance, which in turn, would select a general staff coordinator to perform an initial evaluation to integrate the existing capabilities. Furthermore, each member nation should assign the respective points of contact to facilitate coordination. MICADEN was designed to facilitate direct contact between countries, organizations, and users registered in the system, where each member nation will report their support capabilities, as well as the resources they are willing to dedicate. Experiences gathered from civil and defense/existing security organizations have been used in the structural and conceptual design. It is a mechanism that recognizes and builds on the relevant work carried out, as well as the lessons learned throughout the years. MICADEN is a system that contributes to the collaboration and planning of means, while the affected nation is in charge of the operational part, according to its own system of protection. An information exchange tool was designed to make this initiative operational, integrating and relating member nations and organizations and facilitating the response to the needs of an affected country. After a disaster occurs, the national/political authority in charge of emergencies in the affected country will work along with the CMDA to coordinate the necessary support required. Once the request has been received, the interim secretary will assess the situation and contact the collaborating country or countries that are able to contribute aid to the affected nation, according to the capabilities stated in the system. The legislation of affected nations will always be respected. Once collaborating nations are contacted they will approach the affected country’s authorities directly to make the committed collaboration effective, keeping the CMDA’s interim secretary constantly informed about the results, as well as if further coordination with other nations offering support is needed. Notwithstanding the foregoing, people and units participating in support of emergency tasks must comply with the international standards accepted by the United Nations member countries regarding the use of military resources and the civil defense of foreigners in rescue operations conducted in natural disasters, as well as the guidelines for complex emergency situations. The mechanism was designed to link member nations of the CMDA in order to integrate capabilities in assisting populations affected by disasters and emergency situations. Finally, the initiative seeks to unite different structures from existing regional, subregional, or national capabilities to provide humanitarian assistance under a common criteria. Lieutenant General Jorge Robles Mella is the president of the Chilean Air Force’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, and he participated in the development of the Information Exchange Mechanism Support Capabilities for Natural Disasters (MICADEN), approved during the X Conference of Defense Ministers of the Americas, in October 2012.last_img read more

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