Maison Blanc taps the hive

first_imgRaymond Blanc’s patisserie chain Maison Blanc has unveiled a number of new honey-inspired products for summer. The Beehive is made from a light polenta sponge with poppy seeds, encased in a blend of honey and diplomat cream, and sprinkled with chocolate shavings. Its Bumblebee Cupcakes are made with a soft vanilla sponge, and topped with either mango or zesty lemon icing.Other products on offer include: Biscuits au Miel little sable biscuits available in mango, strawberry and peach varieties; a Honey and Lavender Polenta Loaf Cake, drizzled with fondant icing; Honey Flower a sticky and sweet bread, baked with honey; a Kalamansi Lime and Coconut Mousse; and Strawberry & Cream cupcake.last_img

Chambers Wants Passage of CLSG Financing Agreement

first_imgSpeaker Chambers (L) in handshake with Mr. Mohammed M. Sherif, head of the delegation of TRANSCO CLSGFor CLSG interconnection projectHouse Speaker Bhofal Chambers says the Legislature will ensure the passage of the additional financing agreement for La Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea (CLSG) interconnection project, submitted for ratification on July 10, 2018, by President George Weah.The amount of the additional financing allotted to Liberia is US$45.3 million. The agreement was signed on December 11, 2017, and comprises a grant of US$22.6 million and a loan of US$22.7 million.Chambers said the Legislature is excited about the electricity project and will support its implementation in full.He said electricity supports education, health, industry, security and the comfort of life, adding, “Liberia needs this project. We will do our best to ratify the agreement.”It can be recalled that in February 2012, the Summit of ECOWAS Heads of States and Government approved the revised ECOWAS Master Plan for the Generation and Transmission of Electric Power, which identifies La Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea (CLSG) Interconnection Project as one of the five priority projects of the West African Power Pool (WAPP) for the sub-region.The objective of the WAPP is to establish a regional electricity market in West Africa through the appropriate development and implementation of key infrastructure so that all ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) member states are given access to economic energy resources.In order to accelerate the implementation of the CLSG interconnection project, WAPP uses a Special Purpose Company as a vehicle of achieving this objective.Accordingly, the four countries duly signed and ratified an International Treaty establishing a Regional Transmission Company (RTC) known as TRANSCO CLSG with the mandate to finance, construct, own, operate and further develop the CLSG transmission interconnection line. TRANSCO CLSG is fully established and has been operational since September 5, 2014, following the appointment of its General Manager and his subsequent assumption into office at its Headquarters in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.The Speaker’s remarks were prompted by a visit from Mr. Mohammed M. Sherif, head of the delegation of TRANSCO CLSG told Speaker Chambers Monday at his Capitol Building in Monrovia that his institution is implementing a contract with West African Power Pool which will bring to reality a true actualization of the availability of significant power supply affecting several counties in Liberia amounting to an additional 120- megawatts of electricity.The TRANSCO CLSG Manager furthered intoned that as the project implementation takes shape ,the first power substation with huge transmission cables running from the Ivory Cost is expected to be commissioned by mid next year in Botota Township Kokoya District, Bong County Central Liberia.Mr. Mohammed however,  inform Speaker Chambers that the success of the project is countenance on Liberia’s part of the bargaining to ratify a grant and credit facility instruments currently before the Legislature so as to acquire the needed funding for the smooth execution of the projects.When the CLSG Interconnection Project is realized, it will interlink the completed WAPP Coastal Transmission Backbone Interconnection Project and the proposed (on-going) OMVG/OMVS Power System Development Projects which are part of the WAPP Priority Projects. It is expected that the on-going Inter-zonal Transmission Hub and the North Core Transmission Projects when completed, will connect the existing robust 330kV transmission corridor in the sub-region to close the ring of the proposed WAPP High Voltage Grid mesh.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Broadcaster reveals that “prominent man in Irish media” could be an “Irish Weinstein”

first_imgPresenter and doctor Ciara Kelly has revealed that a “prominent man in the Irish media” could be an “Irish Weinstein.”It recently broke that over 80 women have reported that film producer Harvey Weinstein sexually assaulted them.These allegations, along with the conviction of Tom Humphries, have brought the often silent issue of sexual abuse into public discourse. The horrifying truth is that these abusers cannot be distinguished from normal people – a thesis developed by journalist Fintan O’Toole in his Irish Times piece, ‘We all know a Tom Humphries, even if we don’t know we do.’ The column outlines O’Toole’s harrowing story of how a family friend was outed as a child abuser.“The abuser is still just a friend, a colleague, a neighbour, a family member – a good bloke, a decent skin, a pillar of the community. He does not have the mark of the beast on his forehead,” O’Toole writes. O’Toole also says that he had actually admired Humphries, and at one point believed he was one of the best journalists in Ireland – not a small statement given O’Toole’s distinction in the profession.Dr Kelly shared this article, saying it is “depressingly accurate.” She then revealed that a woman had approached her, alleging that a “prominent” Irish media personality sexually assaulted her.“A woman I don’t know approached me recently about a prominent man in the Irish media.‘He raped me 40 yrs ago. I can still smell him on me,’ she said visibly distressed.“I don’t know this man well – I’ve met him twice though both times in a group setting,” Dr Kelly wrote, adding the hashtag #IrishWeinstein.Dr Kelly then shared her own experience with this man, who pestered her personally over Twitter.“He messaged me immediately after the first meeting by Twitter DM. He was v complimentary “you are v talented we must meet for coffee” he said. I declined something about him made me uneasy. I was polite though I was friendly. Many many messages came I declined other invitations.“I met him again – we were at same event, I spoke to him briefly but didn’t engage – I was with friends. More messages came “who do you think you are? You’re becoming a national joke” late at night followed by “please forgive me I don’t know what came over me” the following morning. “I didn’t reply – it went on for months, I spoke to friends they all had stories they’d heard “Be careful he’s violent – he beat his wife” he had a car back in the day he offer girls lifts home – the passenger door handle was broken – they couldn’t get out.”“I have friend he did same to – he plagued her – ‘be careful he’s supposed to be awful’. The messages – bizarre in their over familiarity stopped eventually and I half forgot.“Then this woman approached me ‘I came still smell him on me – there were lots of us,’ she said.”“And I believed her. I’ve thought a lot about this and am shaking writing these tweets but I believe that women that this man raped her and likely others and I believe he beat his wife and had a car he gave lifts in… so I’m putting this out there…” Dr Kelly now hopes to help others who also may have been abused by this man, saying: “If you think you know who I’m talking about… and if you have been affected please contact me and let’s try to right this,” adding the hashtag #IBelieveYou #IrishWeinstein.Please note: If you have been affected by the contents of this article, the following resources may help you:Donegal Rape Crisis: Visit their webiste on www.donegalrapecrisis.ie, or call them on 074-9128211. You can freephone 1800 44 88 44 or email [email protected] Crisis Help: Visit their website on www.rapecrisishelp.ie or contact their 24/7 helpline on 1800 778888.To contact your local Gardaí you can get the contact details of your local station by clicking here.You can also contact the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666111.Broadcaster reveals that “prominent man in Irish media” could be an “Irish Weinstein” was last modified: October 29th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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)Tags:assaultciara kellyharvey weinsteinlast_img read more