Pasty and pasty-inspired single launched for charity

first_imgPrima Bakeries in Cornwall has created a ‘flakey pasty’ inspired by a song a local man wrote about his love of pasties, with all proceeds going to Children’s Hospice South West. The Steve Heller Flakey Pasty is on sale in Prima Bakeries across Cornwall, inspired by a song (and rap) that Heller wrote.For each pasty sold between March and June, 20p will go to Children’s Hospice South West, which supports local children living with life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses.Heller, well-known locally for his love of all things Cornish, penned the song Pasties not Pies in honour of his love for Cornish pasties.Mark Norton, MD of Prima Bakeries, said: “We are delighted to be working with Steve to create one ‘Heller-va’ Pasty and raise money for CHSW at the same time.”Heller said: “Having my own pasty is an honour, especially being proper Cornish and being a huge lover of them.“When I first met with Prima to discuss how we were going to sell the Steve Heller Flakey Pasty it only seemed right for it help raise money for Children’s Hospice South West, who do an amazing job helping children and families in our area.”“We had great fun making the video advertising the pasty and it makes it all the better that we are able to give something back to the community.”Watch the video here. To donate to Children’s Hospice South West, go here.last_img read more

Beranek, a pioneer in judicial education, retires

first_imgBeranek, a pioneer in judicial education, retires Beranek, a pioneer in judicial education, retires Amy K. Brown Assistant Editor Just more than a year after Florida’s court system suffered a terrible loss when cancer claimed State Courts Administrator Ken Palmer, the state’s judicial system will lose another key player later this month. Deputy State Courts Administrator Dee Beranek, who has been with the Office of the State Courts Administrator for 19 years, is retiring effective June 15.“Florida has the best judicial system in the nation,” said 12th Judicial Circuit Judge Scott Brownell, first dean of the Florida College of Advanced Judicial Studies and former chair of the Education Section of the Florida Conference of Circuit Judges. “If you went back to the moment when each successful part of our system was created, you would find Dee Beranek. . . . [H]er genius is that she can identify a new program critical to judges, design the program on the back of a file folder, spot the perfect team to teach the program, and recruit and inspire these people to do a superb job, all in the space of a 10 minute conversation that usually begins about something else, like the weather.”And that is how Beranek is known throughout the state judicial system: as an inspiring educator, a sharp legal mind, and the person whose enthusiasm for judicial education became infectious.“Dee has given unexcelled service to Florida’s court system over such a long period of time that I really do not know how she’s going to be replaced,” said Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Wells. “She particularly has served Florida by her work in judicial education, which is recognized throughout the United States as being the very best judicial education system. We will miss her.”Born in California and raised in St. Augustine, Beranek reached OSCA through a rather circuitous route.“Before I went to law school, I ran a therapeutic program for severely emotionally disabled children, and I did that for almost 10 years in Georgia,” she said. “Certainly, working with kids and education is really my first love. . . . I decided to go to law school because I felt like I had hit a plateau in my career. I had to make some decisions: either get a doctorate and stay in that field, or do something that I felt was a way of using my existing skills productively and further developing.”Beranek enrolled in Mercer University’s law school in 1980, with the intention of becoming an advocate for handicapped children. But, when she moved to Tallahassee after graduation, fate conspired to change her plans.“I heard about this job, and it was combining education and law. The job itself was director of judicial education,” she said. “I applied, and I was amazed when I got it, but it turned out to be a great blend of my past experience and my legal training.”Beranek excelled in the position, and in 1987 she was given additional legal and management responsibilities as director of legal affairs and education.“As things evolved here, I assumed more responsibility for more administrative work, including legal affairs,” she said. “As time went on, the need for legal support in the administrative functions of the court became more and more apparent.”Palmer was the first nonlawyer Florida state courts administrator, and where he lacked legal knowledge, Beranek stepped in to fill those gaps. Within a few years, she was appointed deputy state courts administrator.Her continuing involvement with judicial education over the past two decades, including her work with the Florida Court Education Council, has produced numerous nationally recognized programs, including the Florida Judicial College for new judges, the mentor program for new trial court judges, the Florida College of Advanced Judicial Studies, circuit and county judge education programs, the appellate education program, and faculty development workshops.But, Beranek is quick to shy away from the spotlight.“I don’t feel like I have a legacy,” she said. “My responsibility is providing administrative support to the courts, as is everybody’s here.”Since Beranek joined the ranks of OSCA, Florida has made judicial education a priority. The state has gone from offering 200 instructional hours per year to state court judges and select court personnel to currently offering more than 1,000 instructional hours per year, and Beranek touts this as her greatest accomplishment.“I think that probably the contribution I feel most proud of, what my staff and I have been able to accomplish, is further developing the educational curricula for judges,” she said. “I think we have a real commitment to the notion that, from the time someone is appointed or elected, and then throughout their career as a judge, they should have the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and the skills they need not just to perform competently, but to feel really good about their jobs. . . and further develop personally and professionally through an extensive educational curricula, so they feel like they not only can stay current and perform their jobs as the citizens of Florida expect, but have a way of feeling excited about their work.”Beranek’s sphere of influence in the court system grew over the years, and she served as an active member of the Florida Supreme Court Gender Bias Study Implementation Commission, the Florida Supreme Court Commission on Fairness, The Florida Bar Rules of Judicial Administration Committee, the Board of Trustees for the National Judicial College, and the Second Judicial Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission.“She is one of the best and has distinguished herself as a judicial educator for the National Judicial College and for the Leadership Institute for Judicial Education,” said Justice Major Harding, who worked with Beranek when he was the first dean of the Florida Judicial College. “She has been a wonderful asset for judicial education throughout the nation and most particularly for Florida.”Travel and relaxation are on the agenda for Beranek’s retirement, and she and her husband John Beranek, an appellate attorney in Tallahassee, have already made plans for her first major trip out West this summer. She also plans to spend more time with her daughter, who is attending graduate school in Georgia.“I’ve been thinking about it for a long time,” she said. “I guess as you get older. . . you feel more and more conflicted about having to make choices between your work and your family. . . . “You just become so aware that time is limited and you want an opportunity to do something besides work.”Don’t expect Beranek to stay out of the judicial system long, though. She plans to offer her services as a consultant in the area of court education. She’ll miss the work, she says, but it’s her fellow OSCA employees who will leave the biggest gap in her life.“The folks here work so incredibly hard, and we don’t tell them often enough how much we appreciate their efforts and how tremendously valuable they are,” she said. “In the contribution they make to the courts, they are so committed to their work, and they are proud of their work.. . . “I’m not sure the folks who work for me know how much I care for them. My biggest regret is that I don’t tell them, and I don’t let them know just what a tremendous privilege it’s been to work with them.” June 1, 2002 Assistant Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

New TOMAS research is underway: Thomas Summer and Nautics

first_imgIn 2017, the Institute for Tourism again conducted surveys of attitudes and consumption of tourists in Croatia, the TOMAS Summer survey was conducted for the tenth time (last survey was conducted in 2014), and the TOMAS Nautika Jahting survey for the fifth time (last survey was conducted in 2012) . TOMAS research is extremely important for understanding the current state of the entire tourist product, profile and behavior of tourists as well as the most important tourist consumption.The TOMAS Summer 2017 survey is conducted from June to October, in all coastal counties, in more than 70 places on the coast and islands, in hotels, camps and private accommodation, on a sample of about 5.000 respondents, domestic and foreign guests. The research collects information on the socio-demography of our guests, the characteristics of their stay and travel in Croatia, and consumption and satisfaction with the 34 elements of the offer.“We believe that, as before, this research will enable us to obtain a rich informative picture of our guests so that all those who create and promote tourism products, as well as tourism policy makers, can make decisions about the need for innovation or change. tourism market preferences. We thank the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Croatia, the Croatian National Tourist Board and all tourist boards that finance this research. We also thank the employees of all hotels, camps, marinas, port authorities and the owners of private accommodation in which this year’s TOMAS research will be conducted for their help and cooperation. ” stand out from the Institute of Tourism. On the other hand, from July to October, the TOMAS Nautika Yachting 2017 survey is conducted – Attitudes and consumption of boaters in Croatia, in 28 marinas and eight ports open to public traffic along the coast and on the islands, sailors-yachtsmen on their own vessels and those on charter are surveyed. Previous research was conducted in 2001, 2004, 2007 and 2012 and thus seeks to maintain the continuity of this research which collects data on nautical tourism that are not available from other sources – sociodemographic profile of sailors, characteristics of their travel / navigation, costs for travel / sailing time and attitudes about the nautical and overall tourist offer of Croatia.Data will be collected during July, August, September and October, and the results of the survey will be presented to the public in December this year. You can find the results of the latest TOMAS nautical survey from 2012 herelast_img read more