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Local Chef becomes Runner up in the Worlds first Online Video Competition.
When it comes to dedication nothing can keep this Chef down. From rising to be the Maine Chapter President of an international chef association, Brooke Grondin is a local chef from Buxton, Maine USA and her rise to international note has been inspiring.
Brooke just recently was awarded 2nd place in the International Chefs Bench Competition for 2020 by the World Association of Master Chefs (WAMC), narrowly missing out on the top spot by less than 4 votes.
But what makes this Chef’s story different from many others. Well the journey for starters. When many would have given up, Brooke has fought through and made a name for herself, keeping her eye on the goal of becoming recognized for her skills and abilities.
Her journey of over 25 years has been a struggle, just like many others in the industry but Brooke has always had a deep down desire to succeed and has fought through the challenges of life. She worked hard to fight for what she was entitled to and proved all those who doubted in her that she was worth more that they thought.
WAMC Global President Gaven Ferguson came across Brooke early this year and from the moment he spoke with her he knew there was a passion there that WAMC wanted for the USA. "Her total drive and confidence was apparent, even though I felt like she was not aware of it, so I took a chance on here and offered to have her head up the Maine Chapter. I had not felt so strongly about a chapter president before and I was confident that her drive would help spur on her determination for success." He was right.
Brooke has since participated in numerous competitions and now is know throughout the entire association as a Global Chefs Bench Winner.
She is writing a book, started her own business and has begun to build the chapter. This is a story worth talking about.
WAMC is now working with Brooke to drive the growth of the association in the United States and with her help, know that WAMC can support and grow the industry there.
Two more closed facilities in Melbourne
Recently two other homes for elderly in the capital of Victoria have been closed after having found one infected person with coronavirus. Though he tested negative the second time, he is considered to be still ill. A nurse says they were disappointed by this, but forced to be closed. She adds that they have very strict hygienic precautions. The government of Victoria does not want to repeat the story of Newmarch House in Sydney. All the employees are self-isolated for two weeks.
Victoria's results in fight with coronavirus are not as good as other Australian states have. Today 7 new cases of infection have been found. They are mostly connected with trips abroad and Melbourne's hotspots. 11 people are staying in hospital with COVID-19.
Hazelwood Power Station is fined for 2 million dollars
Three years ago Hazelwood mine in Victoria caused large fire in the region of the town Morwell. It is known that fire happened because coal reserves burst into fire and set on fire everything around. The experts say that the mine did not estimate risks of inflamation adequately. They also neither removed plants form their territory nor watered them, so increased risks to maximum by it. The fire led to people's death and complete evacuation of the town, continuing for almost 45 days.
Recently the court of Melbourne has fined the company for such great pollution of the environment. The fine consisted of 2 million dollars. However, the residents of the valley considered it too small fine. So, 380 000 dollars were demanded.
New easing for restaurants in SA
The Prime Minister of South Australia has announced new easing down of quarantine restrictions. That will happen on June 5. Health Minister of the state called it insignificant steps, however, this was done by demand of the society.
In summer 20 people will be allowed to be at one restaurant, and alcohol will be allowed as well. So, you will be able to enjoy a glass of wine in a pleasant company. Recently restaurants' owners complained about not enough care about their financial state, but the government decided to help them as well. More details about new rules will be known with the beginning of June.
The government to ease down restrictions down again because of a good work in fight with COVID-19. They saw how all the establishments kept to rules.
Cold weather in Adelaide
After the wettest April to South Australia has come quite cold May. Cold front appeared in Adelaide some days ago and has brought big amount of precipitation. Large hail covered Adelaide, and people started sharing its photos. The Meteorologists say that hail in such a period is common phenomenon, but not in such quantity. This change in weather happened after a hot day, when the temperature reached 22 degrees.
Meteorologists warn farmers about continuation of such weather, so they should keep their animals safe. Warning about strong winds at the seaside also took place.
Last month brought about 90 mm of precipitation to South Australia.
Transport problems in Adelaide
After having eased down the quarantine restrictions in South Australia the government faced new problems. This is a problem of public transport. Photos of overcrowded buses and trams in Adelaide appeared in a social media, and the government is caring for absence of social distancing which can increase coronavirus spread in the state.
The Premier had already told earlier that they will return to usual schedule for public transport in the city to avoid crowds in buses, the same was with Adelaide Metro, however, it did not work.
Health Minister advised people to avoid public transport, if they are afraid of infection. Though the government say they see sufficient number of trams in the streets, experts advise them to create some substituting buses.
In the Pacific, people were saved thanks to the SOS inscription on the sand
In the Pacific Ocean, three people were saved from a desert island thanks to the SOS inscription on the island's coast.
The men took a 42-kilometer boat trip last week from Puluwat to the Pulap Atolls in Micronesia.
The men lost their course and ran out of fuel, so they docked on the tiny uninhabited island of Lykelot. When the men did not arrive at their destination, rescuers were sent to look for them. After three hours of searching, a US Air Force plane spotted an inscription in the sand.
“Below we saw an island, an SOS sign and a boat right next to it on the beach. From there we called the Australian Navy because they had two helicopters nearby that could land on the island,” the pilot said.
Later, the helicopter successfully landed on the beach, delivering food and water and picking up the men.
A climber fell from the rock in Blue Mountains
A 57-year-old Sydney resident embarked to the Blue Mountains with two his friends for climbing in some touristic sights. And yesterday in the morning he fell off from the rock. Before the midday rescuers came, there were policemen and doctors. The man has been successfully saved and taken to the hospital. He received some serious injures, mostly breaks.
Police inform that the operation was pretty complicated because of the weather conditions. The temperature reached only 4 degrees, so it was quite rude. The alpinists spent the night in the nearest cave.
The fallen man is in hospital and nothing threatens his life.
Easing down of travel restrictions in NSW
Yesterday the Prime Minister of New South Wales announced that June 1 is the date of next wave of easing down the quarantine restrictions in the state. She said that some trips from other state to Sydney will be allowed in summer. The Premier added that this will help not only economy of the state, but whole Australia's economy, so she urged people to booking trips.Besides, libraries and museums will also be opened on with the beginning of the month.
Yesterday four new cases of infection with coronavirus were noticed in the state. Despite being the most stricken with the virus state, New South Wales is the first state which allowed trips from other states. 7000 cases have been here in general, but now number of the infected significantly differs, it is much smaller.
A large bloody shooting reported in Brisbane.
A group of four gunmen created a chaos at the Didbrook street home in Robertson on Wednesday evening at around 7:40 pm. This deadly home invasion hospitalized a 38-year-old man with life-threatening injuries. He is currently admitted to the Princess Alexandra Hospital of Brisbane. The man was shot in the leg in the South Brisbane and left bleeding. The attackers fled from the scene after the man was shot.
Witness Ray Maninoa reported that the scene left the man's partner and kids terrified. The four gunmen are believed to be Caucasian, and we're dressed black. The police are in search of these men. Detectives have been deployed to investigate the case. The police have appealed the people with any information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Brisbane man charged with domestic violence.
A 45-year-old woman was found dead in her home on Hemlock Court in the Moreton Bay suburb of Narangba on Tuesday, April 28, at around 4:00 pm. It has been believed that she was a victim of domestic violence. Emergency services were called to her home, and investigation of the murder is going on. Her body has been sent for postmortem.
A man, 50-year-old, has been arrested after charged with domestic violence and as a suspect of her murder. After the inspection, detectives have reported that the man was known to the woman. He appeared in the Pine Rivers Magistrates Couty on Thursday, April 30. Police have urged the people to find any case of domestic violence to report it on 1800 737 732.
Fine of $1300 levied on a woman for sitting on Brisbane health worker.
A Brisbane woman was charged for spitting on Brisbane health worker after getting frustrated by the delay at Prince Charles Hospital on Tuesday. She spat on the security guard of the hospital while leaving. She was fined with $1300, which was announced on the spot of the incidence. Apart from this case, three other cases of insulting the health workers were reported in the city. The health authority issued a fine on people disobeying coronavirus ordinance and insulting essential health workers.
The state government has recorded increasing attacks on frontline health workers. Health Minister Steven Miles said that people are threatening health workers with cough as a weapon. He called this act "disgusting" and dangerous as a knife.