first_imgFood retailers are shielding customers from the full impact of soaring commodity prices, according to figures produced by the British Retail Consor- tium (BRC).The Shop Price Index, developed by the Consortium and administered by marketing information company AC Nielsen, showed that fresh food prices increased by 6.4% in May compared with this time last year, a rise from 4.5% in April. But the BRC noted that, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), increases in the price of petroleum products faced by retailers amounted to 25.4% and therefore “consumers have experienced a comparatively small increase in the price of fresh foods”.BRC director general Stephen Robertson said: “Intense pressure from rising costs has pushed up the shop price of food, but it is clear retailers are continuing to shield customers from the full impact.”Meanwhile annual inflation for ambient food was 5.4% in May, compared to 5% in April. The BRC report said ambient food faced the same inflationary pressures as fresh foods, with the additional impact of rises in bread and cereal prices, which it added were “mainly the effects of shortages in soft commodities such as rice and grains”.The problems have been exacerbated, according to the BRC, by price controls and export restrictions imposed by up to 30 commodity-producing countries.last_img read more

first_imgA Warburtons factory caught on fire last Thursday night, which took almost four hours to extinguish. The fire at the Manchester factory site on Glebe Street, started in the plant room, located at the top of the building, in the motor of a piece of machinery which pushes flour into the production line.Two fire engines and an aerial appliance from Oldham attended the incident at 8.45pm, using hoses and specialist equipment, including a thermal imaging camera, to put out the flames.A spokesman for Warburtons, said: “All employees were evacuated safely and the fire was quickly contained by the fire brigade.”The company said it would be working with the fire brigade to investigate the cause of the fire.last_img

first_imgRead more about the New Year Honours 2020 or find out how to nominate someone for an award. 789 (72%) of the recipients are people who have undertaken outstanding work in their communities either in a voluntary or paid capacity. 556 women are recognised in the List, representing 51% of the total 9.1% of the successful candidates come from a BAME background 11% of the successful candidates consider themselves to have a disability (under the Equality Act 2010) 3.3% of recipients identified as being LGBT+ This Honours List continues to demonstrate the breadth of service given by people from all backgrounds from all across the UK. In total 1,097 people have received an award.941 candidates have been selected at BEM, MBE and OBE level: 315 at BEM, 397 at MBE and 229 at OBE.last_img

first_imgCheck out the full setlist below, courtesy of All Things Umphrey’s. Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee at North Coast Music Festival, Chicago, IL – 9/4/16One Set: Sirius[1] > The Floor, 40’s Theme, In The Kitchen > Glory[2], Wappy Sprayberry > Plunger, Piranhas, Puppet String > Remind Me, August > Puppet StringEncore: The Triple Wide, Electric Avenue to Hell[3], Mulche’s Odyssey[1] debut, Alan Parsons Project[2] with Anders Beck on dobro[3] with Jennifer Hartswick on vocals[Photo via Umphrey’s McGee // Instagram] Umphreaks were eager to catch their favorite band, headlining at the famed North Coast Music Festival last night. After putting on a great late night after party on Saturday, Umphrey’s McGee returned with a killer festival set in their hometown.The band opened their show with a debut cover, playing “Sirius” by the Alan Parsons Project to start off the show. The jams just kept coming as the band brought out favorites “The Floor,” “40’s Theme,” and “In The Kitchen” one after another.Two special guests made their way into the band’s NCMF set, as dobroist Anders Beck from Greensky Bluegrass showed up mid-set to accompany UM on a great version of “Glory.” It was Jennifer Hartswick who got the call later on, joining Umphrey’s for a mash-up of “Electric Avenue” and “Highway to Hell” titled, humorously, “Electric Avenue to Hell” in the encore. What fun!last_img read more

first_imgWu-Tang Clan ain’t nothin’ ta f*** with. The rotating cast of hip-hop masters have released a new single, “People Say,” featuring long lost Redman and produced by RZA. Following their 2014 A Better Tomorrow, “People Say” is the second single from 2017 alongside “Don’t Stop,” which was part of the HBO comedy Silicon Valley soundtrack. “People Say” was released without any formal announcement from the group, though they’ll be touring extensively this Fall. Might there be a new album on the way?Over a year ago, Wu-Tang Clan completed an album called Once Upon A Time In Shaolin, and sold the exclusive listening rights to the highest bidder. It turned out that the bidder was none other than Martin Shkreli, best known for raising the price of Daraprim from $13.50 to $750 overnight. Though the pharma CEO had more or less fallen out of the spotlight, he did share some music from Shaolin when Donald Trump was elected president. Since Shkreli owns full rights of the album, we might never hear more from it again.WU-TANG CLAN TOUR DATES 2017Sep 01 Raekwon: Kalamazoo, MI – Bell’s Eccentric CafeSep 02 Raekwon: Detroit, MI (Art of Rap Festival)Sep 03 Method Man & Redman: Chicago, IL – Soldier FieldSep 06 Ghostface Killah: Nottingham, UK – SaltboxSep 07 Raekwon: Buffalo, NY – Waiting RoomSep 09 Raekwon: Catskills, NYSep 10 Wu-Tang Clan: Rhode Island (Cannabis Cup)Sep 13 Rza: Montreal, QC – Pop MontrealSep 13 Prince Paul: Brooklyn, NY – C’mon EverybodySep 15 Ghostface Killah: Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn BowlSep 15 Prince Paul: Charlotte, NC – Snug HarborSep 15 Method Man: Spokane, WA – The Knitting FactorySep 16 Wu-Tang Clan: Chicago, IL – Riot FestSep 16 Raekwon: St. Paul, MN – Amsterdam Bar and Hall (rescheduled for October 6)Sep 16 Raekwon & Ghostface: Los Angeles, CA – Pershing Square (Paid Dues Festival)Sep 17 Ghostface Killah: New York, NY – Citi FieldSep 21 Ghostface Killah: Glasgow, UK – SW3GSep 22 Ghostface Killah: Birmingham, UK – O2 AcademySep 23 Raekwon: Tulsa, OK – The VanguardsSep 24 Ghostface Killah: Clapham, UK – The Clapham GrandSep 24 Raekwon: Dallas, TX – Gas MonkeySep 25 Ghostface Killah: Ljubljana, Slovenia – Kino Šiška (Centre for Urban Culture)Sep 25 Raekwon: Austin, TX – Antone’sXSep 26 Raekwon: San Antonio, TX – The KorovaOct 06 Stetsasonic: New York, NY – Blue Note Jazz ClubOct 06 Raekwon: St. Paul, MN – Amsterdam Bar & HallOct 07 Stetsasonic: New York, NY – Blue Note Jazz ClubOct 07 Raekwon: Los Angeles, CA – Globe TheatreOct 08 Ghostface Killah: Atlanta, GA – Georgia Freight Depot (A3C Festival)Oct 19 Ghostface Killah: Detroit, MI – El ClubOct 20 Ghostface Killah: Grand Rapids, MI – Pyramid SchemeOct 21 Inspectah Deck: Virginia Beach, VA – Shaka’s LiveOct 21 Ghostfae Killah: Chicago, IL – Navy PierOct 22 Ghostface Killah: Cleveland Heights, OH – Grog ShopNov 08 Banks and Steelz: Mexico City, Mexico – Corona CapitalNov 11 Gza/Genius: Auckland, NZ – The StudioNov 12 Gza/Genius: Wellington, NZ – San FranNov 15 Gza/Genius: Adelaide, Australia – Fowler’s LiveNov 16 Gza/Genius: Fortitude Valley, Australia – Wooly MammouthNov 17 Gza/Genius: Camperdown, Australia – Manning BarNov 18 Gza/Genius: Melbourne, Australia – Max Watt’sNov 19 Gza/Genius: Perth, Australia – Rosemount Hotellast_img read more

first_imgA 21-year-old man was charged with voyeurism Nov. 21 for allegedly pointing his cell phone camera at a student in a Zahm House bathroom stall, according to court documents obtained by The Observer. The man was previously enrolled at the University and has been identified as Benjamine Wears.On Sept. 22, around 3 p.m., a student told Zahm rector Robert Francis that while using a first floor restroom in Zahm, he saw the person in the stall next to him holding a cell phone near his ankles with the camera application open. According to the probable cause affidavit, the cell phone was “pointed into [the student’s] stall under the divider between the two stalls” and the student could see the camera application and images on the screen.Thinking a friend was trying to prank him, the student yelled “what the [expletive]” but the person did not leave the stall. The student waited until the occupant left the stall and eventually saw a man with black shoes and a green backpack with a plastic bottle exit and “bolt” out of the bathroom without washing his hands, court documents said.The student chased after the man but didn’t catch him, and later that day reported the incident to the Zahm rector, according to court documents. A police report was filed that afternoon.The next weekend, the student saw the suspect, “who identified himself eventually as Benjamine Wears by both name and by ND ID card,” according to the probable cause affidavit. Police on Oct. 4 interviewed Wears, who said several times he had not been at Zahm.When asked why he tried to swipe into Zahm in August, even though his card wasn’t able to open the door, Wears said he was testing to see if his ID really wouldn’t work on the dormitories, court documents said. When asked about a similar incident that happened in the Hesburgh Library, Wears said he was not responsible for the incident.After executing a search warrant for Wears’ phone and searching it, the Notre Dame Police Department did not find any videos of the inside of the bathrooms. However, the location data of the phone was consistent with Zahm House around the time of the incident, according to the court documents, and the phone’s data shows the camera application was open at a time consistent with the student’s description of events.According to the probable cause affidavit, the location data for Wears’ phone was consistent with the library around the time of the other incident, and the location data shows he left the library a few minutes after the time of the incident.Data from Wears’ phone allegedly shows he had visited websites where men were unknowingly recorded in bathrooms, according to court documents. However, there is no evidence he ever uploaded any videos to the sites.Wears faces one charge of voyeurism and had his initial hearing on Dec. 3., Jessica McBrier, the St. Joseph County prosecutor’s office spokesperson, said. Wears’ attorney, Michael Tuszynski, did not return a request for comment by the time of publication.University spokesperson Dennis Brown provided a statement on the alleged incident on behalf of Notre Dame.“The student is not enrolled at the University, and local authorities are addressing the matter,” Brown said.Tags: Hesburgh Library, NDPD, voyeurism, Zahmlast_img read more

first_imgThe Vermont Department of Education released 2009 school accountability determinations as required by the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLBA) today. The department determines whether schools meet Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). Those that do not meet AYP enter School Improvement.Results show:One school exited School Improvement.Seventy-seven schools, or 25 percent, are now in School Improvement.Thirty-one of those schools are now in Corrective Action.Eighty-eight schools, or 29 percent, did not make AYP this year.Twelve of those schools did not make AYP for the first time. “Schools are targeting instruction to ensure all students make adequate yearly progress,” said Commissioner Armando Vilaseca. “Challenges still remain, especially for students in poverty and English language learners. The department will continue to provide outreach to identified schools to ensure the needs of all our children are addressed.”A school makes Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) by meeting targets set by the state as required by NCLBA. These targets increase every three years with the goal of 100 percent proficiency by 2014. A school that does not make AYP for two consecutive years enters School Improvement, which requires schools to take specific actions designed to improve student achievement in the area(s) designated as not making AYP. A school that does not make AYP for four consecutive years enters Corrective Action, and the commissioner recommends to the State Board of Education actions specific to that school. If an identified school makes AYP two years in a row, it exits School Improvement.A school must make adequate yearly progress for all students, as well as for students in several sub-groups. AYP determinations are made for sub-groups of students by race, socio-economic status, English language learners and students with disabilities. Schools must have at least 40 students in a given sub-group in order for a decision to be made for that group.“Over 200 schools met all requirements of the state’s accountability system for 2009,” said Director of Standards and Assessment Gail Taylor. “Of the 36 schools on the school improvement list, Colchester Middle School exited school improvement, and Burke School met all of the requirements this year. If it meets all the requirements next year, it too will exit school improvement.”More than one-third of the remaining schools in School Improvement increased either the number of content areas or the number of student groups for which they met the accountability requirement. Of the 42 schools entering school improvement this year, 11 (more than one-fourth) made similar progress since last year. AYP determinations are based on the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) assessments and the Vermont Alternate Assessments given to Vermont public school students in grades three through eight and 11. The NECAP was given to students in grades three through eight and grade 11 in October 2008. This is the fourth year these exams have been given in the elementary and middle grades, and the second time they were given to students in grade 11.More information on school and district performance can be found on the department’s Web site at http://www.state.vt.us/educ/new/html/pgm_accountability.html#AYP(link is external).View the entire press release packet here: http://education.vermont.gov/new/pdfdoc/dept/press_releases/educ_ayp_pac…(link is external).###last_img read more

first_imgTexas regulator says state coal production fell 30% in 2018 compared to prior year FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Houston Chronicle:Coal production fell sharply last year as coal-fired power plants closed and natural gas provided a cheaper and cleaner alternative for electricity generators.The state’s 12 active coal mines produced 25 million tons of coal in 2018, down nearly 30 percent from the 35 million tons in 2017, according to the Railroad Commission of Texas. Each of the mines produced significantly less. At the state’s largest coal mine, the Kosse Mine in Limestone County near Waco, production fell 16 percent to 8.7 million tons from 10.1 million tons.The Kosse mine is owned by Luminant, the merchant power unit of the Irving company, Vistra Energy. Luminant, citing economic reasons, shut down three coal plants last year with a combined generating capacity of more than 4,000 megawatts — enough to power more than 800,000 Texas homes on a hot summer day. Another coal-fired plant, the Gibbons Creek Generating Station about 20 miles from Bryan, will close for good in October.The number of active coal mines in the United States has fallen by more than half over the past decade to 671 mines in 2017 from 1,435 mines in 2008, according to the Energy Department. Last year, domestic coal consumption fell to the lowest level since 1978, the Energy Department said.Coal’s share of power generation is falling, too. In the first half of 2019, coal-fired plants generated about 21 percent for the state’s electricity, compared to 22 percent from wind and 44 percent generated by natural gas, according to the state’s power grid manager, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas.More: Coal production falls sharply in Texaslast_img read more

first_imgLooking for a good first marathon? The Virginia Creeper Trail Marathon, held in the corner of southwest Virginia, is a great race for first-time marathoners. The Virginia Creeper Trail is a 34-mile long rail-to-trail that runs from Whitetop, Va., near the North Carolina state line to Abingdon, Va. The former railroad bed is relatively flat with a mild uphill gradient from Damascus, Va., to the Whitetop station.Runners begin in Abingdon and run for a couple miles on Watauga Road before hitting up the VCT for the remainder of the marathon. Aid stations are spread out every 2.5 miles with homemade treats waiting for the competitors at the finish. The race is limited to the first 100 runners, filing the overflow on a waitlist.last_img

first_imgEditors note: As I finished this post, something seemed familiar. Well, there was a reason. I wrote about this day before. I thought about scratching it and starting over, but I looked back at the day a bit differently this time. I hope you don’t mind. 21SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »center_img by: Anthony  DemangoneHe was struggling.Our best 11-year-old pitcher was on the mound. But he has lost his touch. And as the pitches soared this way and that, I could see his frustration grow.He loaded the bases with walks.And then I heard it.“Just throw strikes.”That was the head coach. And he didn’t say “just throw strikes.”  He growled it.Four more pitches. Four more balls.He walked in a run. I’ve pitched before, and there’s no worse feeling than losing control. I saw the pitcher’s head drop.“Just throw strikes,” bellowed the coach.I was the assistant coach that season.‘Let me handle it,” I said.last_img read more