Make a date in Milan

first_imgItaly does not do things by halves. And this year, it is doing them by the double – with two bakery shows. AB tech expo – the AB stands for Arte Bianco – is a bakery show taking place in Milan, from 5-9 May, at the new Rho-Fiera showground.The show has an impressive list of machinery exhibitors. “We want visitors to assess, compare and see machinery in operation,” says show organiser Aldo Tagliabue. But millers and ingredient manufacturers will also have a major presence.Environmentally friendly packaging will also be demonstrated at AB tech expo, also reflecting the move in the industry towards smart process packaging technology.AB tech expo has linked up with leading trade associations and experts to offer a number of events running alongside the exhibition. The emphasis is very much on bakery as an ’Enterprise of the Future’, which is the name of a special feature at the show, so while acknowledging the role of tradition, ’future’ will be much to the fore.? Enterprise of the Future – from outlets to production systems, organised by the Italian Federation of Bakers and Pastry Makers – features a life-like bread and pastry-making factory. The display includes a typical purchase outlet through to a fully-fledged production system, enabling visitors to assess new technology in operation from product-making to profit margin computing.? The Flavour Trail, organised by The Federation’s Young Bakers Group, will feature renowned bakers from every region who will make typical local specialities.? The Grand Central Pastry Workshop, organised by the institute of Culinary Arts will feature demonstrations by famous pastry chefs. Described as “an occasion to admire dazzling and sophisticated delicacies made with chocolate, marzipan and sugar”, another area will also display the art of making cupped desserts as well as pastry and will demonstrate innovative presentation techniques. A special section for younger bakers will allow them to exercise their skills.? Pizza, between Tradition and Innovation, is a conference for the exchange of ideas.—-=== Show view ===We asked Luca Vecchiato, MD of Antico Forno Vecchiato, of Padua in the Veneto region, about his company and what he hopes to see at the show.”I like to think that Antico Forno Vecchiato is part of the history of bread production in Padua. Our company encompasses seven generations since it started in 1887.”We make all kinds of fresh breads and pastries, but also deal with salted products, such as meats. From our production centre, we distribute to our seven outlets.”I have to think hard before taking time away from my business but I always pick up new ideas or spot those that will be useful to my bakery at a show. In Milan, there will be a large number of machinery and oven manufacturers.”He continues: “I also want to see Enterprise of the Future presented by the Italian Bakers’ Federation because I hope it will bring to light new trends and suggestions that I can use.”Every country is proud of its own production, but now ’own breads’ are crossing continents, Italian bread is ’raising bread’s profile’.”Our production includes many kinds of bread still unknown abroad. This is a market where diversification is crucial, so I hope AB tech expo will give British visitors the chance to see and taste the most characteristic products from various Italian regions that might enrich their repertoire.” nl For more details visit the A B tech expo website at [] or, for details on the Tutto Food show, go to []—-=== How to get there ===Flights to Milan Malpensa airportExpress train direct to Piazzale Cadorna Metro underground at Piazzale Cadorna: Red Line 1 direct into Rho-Fiera showground. Or airport bus to Milan Central Station. Metro, changing to Red line 1 direct into the Rho-Fiera showgroundFlights to Milan Linate airport. Bus 73 to Piazza San Babila, Metro Red line 1 direct into the Rho-Fiera showground—-=== Other events ===tech expo from 5-8 May at Rho-FieraSIAB in Verona (previewed last week), which is on at VeronaFiere 5-9 May, takes place at the same time as AB tech expo, 5-9 May, in Milan.An organisational split has resulted in the two bakery shows taking place simultaneously in the two large cities. It is hoped that the situation will be resolved in time for the next shows in 2010.last_img read more

A Riparian Landowner’s Claim to a King’s Grant Has Stalled the Removal of Virginia’s Monumental Mills Dam

first_imgThe confluence of the Hazel and Thornton Rivers has historically been a gathering place for swimmers, canoeists, anglers—and even occasional baptisms by one local church. Then, in September 2005, Gary Close, Culpeper County’s former attorney, decided to close off the river to public use, igniting a firestorm of protest.Close based his decision on the riparian landowners’ claims of a pre-Revolutionary grant to the river. King’s (or Crown) grants were issued by monarchs to reward loyal subjects with colonial property. At one time, nearly all of Culpeper County was part of such a grant. In 1802, however, the Virginia General Assembly passed a law stipulating that all land under water that was not previously conveyed would henceforth be held by the Commonwealth of Virginia in trust for the public.The landowners along the Hazel had argued to Close that because their land was conveyed before 1802, the law didn’t apply to their property. Now, the Virginia Attorney General’s Office contends that a Crown grant is not recognized until it has been adjudicated by a Virginia court. No such case has ever been litigated on the Hazel River.Close determined that it was illegal to tread on the river bottom—and to float and swim in the area, despite state and federal law to the contrary. On the basis of Close’s actions, landowners routinely summoned law enforcement hundreds of times to expel citizens from the river.After a great deal of public pressure, Close agreed to review his original position and found that he had been wrong to recognize the Crown grant in the absence of judicial review. The public can now use the river near the low-water bridge, although walking on the privately owned riverbanks is still forbidden by law.Locals have harshly criticized the riparian landowners’ actions in the imbroglio, but the truth is that they have some legitimate concerns. Culpeper County court records document dozens of criminal trespassing convictions—and convictions for everything from littering to illicit drug use—along the riverbanks. There is evidence of illegally harvested deer carcasses, their remains unceremoniously dumped on Butler Store Road not far from the river. One riparian landowner claims that a stranger walked right into his home to ask where he could fish. Swimming and fishing in the river is legal; trespassing and littering are not.Old news, you say? Think again. In a new wrinkle to the never-ending Hazel River drama, landowner Ben Grace is objecting to the removal of the defunct Monumental Mills Dam, which originally supported a gristmill but hasn’t operated for decades. Jean Scott, the dam owner and a riparian landowner from the other side of the river, contacted Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) officials to see if she could have the dam removed. Scott argues that the dam serves no useful purpose today, is an eyesore and a health hazard, and blocks multiple species of migrating fish, including river herring and shad.Paddlers in particular are adversely affected by the dam: They cannot portage on Mrs. Scott’s side of the river because of a sheer drop-off of about 20 feet. Meanwhile, the other side of the dam, which still houses part of the old gristmill, is clearly labeled “no trespassing” and references a King’s grant. The state has secured funds to have the dam removed at no cost to either landowner, but Mr. Grace has strenuously objected to state workers coming on his side of the river to remove the dam. Indeed, he has served numerous state employees with “stay-away notices” informing them that he may press charges against them for trespassing should they return.Freedom of Information Act requests reveal that the state has engaged a title company to research the King’s grant claims at $75 per hour. At this writing, the agency has spent $11,653 looking into the matter. The project, however, appears to be at a standstill. Other FOIA requests indicate that state employees feel unsafe and intimidated while working in the area and have even requested that armed Conservation Police Officers accompany them for further work. The Culpeper County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to support the removal of the dam, and at least one riparian landowner downstream of the dam has offered to donate property to establish a canoe launch area when the dam is finally removed.The Hazel River may be a hotly contested river bottom—but it isn’t the only one. Anglers across the Old Dominion are incensed by state officials who advertise local waters as public property and merrily sell fishing licenses—and then refuse to defend anglers in court when they are sued by riparian landowners who claim to hold an exclusive grant to the river bottom. The Crown grant issue cries out for clarity, but thus far only State Delegate Scott Lingamfelter (R-31) and State Senator Creigh Deeds (D-25) have made any attempt to address it. In the last legislative session, Del. Lingamfelter proposed a bill that would have required landowners to notify state agencies of pending river bottom claims and to post publically where such claims originated; that bill died in committee.  This step would have at least provided some clarity for river users.Will Mark Herring, the Old Dominion’s new Attorney General, defend the rights of canoeists, anglers, and swimmers to traverse Virginia’s public waterways? Only time will tell.last_img read more


first_imgThe burnt out bus from April 2012A plasterer who stole a Lough Swilly bus and drove it through the village green in Malin just days before Tidy Town judges were due to visit has handed over €5,000 to the committee in court today.Darragh Canny, 23, from Effishmore, Gleneely, pleaded guilty to five charges relating to THREE different incidents involving the theft of Lough Swilly buses from the company’s depot in Carndonagh in 2011 and 2012. He faced four counts of taking a vehicle and one of criminal damage.CCTV had helped gardai track Canny when he and a friend took two buses from Carn in June 2012 and drove in convoy to Malin.Canny admitted driving one of the buses around the village green before he and a friend abandoned the buses, Sgt Carol Doherty told the court.He also admitted being part of a gang which stole a bus which was later found burnt out in Culdaff in April the same year, though a report found that the bus had caught fire and had not been set on fire.When he was questioned by gardai Canny admitted his role in both incidents and went on to admit his role in another bus theft in May 2011 from the same depot.Sgt Doherty said all the incidents had caused huge disruption to the Lough Swilly Bus Company which has since folded. The cost to the operator of the incidents was estimated at more than €40,000.In the Malin incident a local garda had found the two buses abandoned just after 7am on June 13, 2012.“One was reversed into a lane and the other bus was put across the road,” she said.Canny told gardai that in Malin incident he had spent the night in Simpson’s Bar in Carndonagh.After they stole the buses, Canny admitted to gardai: “It was my idea to drive to Malin. I drove over the kerb and we just went round and round in circles.”Canny had expressed deep remorse to gardai and had given compensation to the Tidy Towns committee of €150 which was all he could afford at the time. He also apologised to the committee and did voluntary work for them.He was now working again, the court heard, and had saved up €5,000.“I am very sorry for what I’ve done,” he told gardai.“I am not that sort of person at all. Drink doesn’t agree with me.”Judge John Aylmer said it was clear that Canny had been involved in ‘high jinks’. He was clearly remorseful and had been assessed as being of low risk of re-offending.Canny had no previous convictions and had shown from his efforts in raising €5,000 genuine remorse for his actions.He sentenced Canny to five 12-month concurrent prison sentences but suspended them for a period of 12 months.Asked if he would sign a €100 bond to keep the peace, Canny replied: “One hundred per cent.”Canny then thanked the judge before leaving court.MALIN TIDY TOWNS TO GET €5,000 FROM MAN WHO DROVE LOUGH SWILLY BUS THROUGH VILLAGE GREEN was last modified: December 8th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more