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Bring It to the Table to promote civil conversations

first_imgTCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Linkedin Kristen Clarkehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kristen-clarke/ Twitter ReddIt ReddIt Kristen Clarke TCU begins $2M renovation to surface of football practice field Twitter Kristen Clarkehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kristen-clarke/ There’s a new Horned Frog in town Defender first TCU soccer player be drafted into the National Women’s Soccer League The College of Science and Engineering Dean, Phil Hartman, retires after 40 consecutive years Kristen Clarkehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kristen-clarke/center_img Facebook Kristen Clarkehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kristen-clarke/ Flyer for the event on Monday. (Photo courtesy of What 2 do @ TCU.) Website| + posts Facebook Kristen Clarke is a senior studying sports & broadcast journalism from Barrington, Illinois. She is a member of the TCU Cheerleading team. TAGSimage Former wide receiver launches clothing line on TCU’s Pro Day Previous articleTCU corrals the Mustangs, shuts down SMU 33-3Next articlePanhellenic women gather for Sorority Swap event Kristen Clarke RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin printFlyer for the event on Monday. (Photo courtesy of What 2 do @ TCU.)On the same night of the first debate in one of the most divisive presidential campaigns in modern history, TCU will be focused on toning down the rancor and instead promoting civil discussions. TCU is hosting a session of Bring It to the Table, a nationally recognized program about learning to listen and understand other people’s points of view rather than making assumptions or getting defensive.Filmmaker Julie Winokur will lead the presentation of Bring It to the Table. The event is an interactive exchange where she shares her 40-minute documentary film, followed by Table Talks with members of the audience. Afterward, participants engage in a series of conversations using the Table Talk method, where people can discuss issues that each presidential candidate has expressed and explore their ideas.Table Talks are conversations with an intentional approach, where the objective is to listen and learn from someone else rather than trying to convince others of your point of view.“We literally take turns asking and answering a series of questions aimed at uncovering why we believe what we believe,” said Winokur. “The goal is remove any need to feel defensive and try to understand the personal experiences that shape our opinions.”Winokur said the talks are meant to “inspire healthy discourse on issues that typically divide us.”These  issues might be difficult to discuss, but Winokur says it is possible.“We’ll tackle some really compelling, tough topics, but using an approach that encourages civility, authenticity and nuanced thinking,” said Winokur. Winokur’s documentary was filmed as she traveled across the country listening to people share their beliefs. She helped them unpack the root of those beliefs to help promote understanding. Now she travels to universities nationwide bringing her story and the documentary.A 90 minute session for faculty will be held before the event, which sparked positive responses. Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Kathy Cavins-Tull said, “Although we may not agree with each other, there is value in hearing different opinions and allowing students to choose what is right for them.” At the conclusion of the event, students will recieve voter registration information. SGA will also host a viewing of the first election debate on Monday.Student activities coordinator, Ali Stowe said, “We look forward to building a stronger Horned Frog community through this event.” TCU Frog Camps returning to more traditional look this summerlast_img read more

Bishop Brendan’s Lenten message

first_imgFacebook Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” NewsBishop Brendan’s Lenten messageBy Bernie English – February 18, 2015 669 WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Twitter Previous article#newmusic DJ/Producer MESCNext articleJape headlines Seoda birthday Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Printcenter_img TAGSBishop LeahyLentlimerick Advertisement the farmer what diedThe Bishop of Limerick, Brendan Leahy, has urged the people of the diocese to use this Lent to address indifferences they may have to faith, to others and to themselves.In his Lenten Message, Bishop Leahy also called on the public to include ending the indifference that many now hold for charities following the controversies of late 2013 during Lent.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Bishop Leahy said that Lent should not always be about what people are not going to do but also about what they are going to do.   Taking the cue from Pope Francis in his recent Lenten Message, Bishop Leahy said that the Pope’s reference to “a globalisation of indifference” in our world today is very apt.“For many, Lent is the annual season to check out those areas of our personal or social lives which we have become indifferent to.“Take charities, for instance. There was so much controversy last year about how some charities are run that, without realising it, we might all have become a little more indifferent to charities. Why not consider giving more to charities this Lent?“The Catholic Church’s agency, Trócaire, is well worth supporting but there are many others too. The important thing is not to be indifferent to the needs expressed through those charities.“Indifference doesn’t just apply to charities. We can get so used to hearing about the problems in the Middle East that some switch off in an indifference to the issue of peace and the plight of Christians in that part of the world.  When ethical debates begin around us, there’s a temptation to become indifferent to searching for what is true and right.“Because of the failures within the Church, we can, understandably perhaps, become indifferent to the Catholic Church, its teaching and sacraments. And yet, the Church itself has so much to offer us.“Issues relating to abuse of drink and drugs have become so prevalent that we shut out the issues and ignore them. And yet we know the havoc they wreak in society. None of us can afford to say I can do nothing to help.” WhatsApp Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Email Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed livelast_img read more

Factors influencing the habitat use of sympatric albatrosses from Macquarie Island, Australia

first_imgDifferences in habitat use of sympatric species are influenced by variability in functional morphology and life history trade-offs and are expected to shape species resilience to environmental change. To determine differences in year-round habitat use and gain insight into how morphological and life history traits influence foraging of an albatross community from subantarctic Macquarie Island, Australia (54.6°S, 158.9°E), we quantified the physical features associated with high residence time for 10 black-browed Thalassarche melanophris; 10 grey-headed T. chrysostoma; 15 light-mantled Phoebetria palpebrata; and 12 wandering albatrosses Diomedea exulans tracked in 1994-2009. Overlap among the 4 species was greatest close to the island during the breeding season, extending north into the Tasman Sea. Nevertheless, black-browed albatrosses ranged more locally than the other species, perhaps because they have a shorter breeding cycle and morphological traits that result in less efficient flight and greater capacity to outcompete other species for prey. Nonbreeding albatrosses showed high variability in habitat use across wide ocean expanses, but all used productive frontal regions and mesoscale eddies. Increased residence times during the breeding and nonbreeding periods were associated with moderate wind speeds for all species (excluding breeding black-browed albatrosses), indicating that birds used areas where aerodynamic performance was enhanced. Given patterns in residence time at sea, and the functional and life history adaptations of each species, we suggest that black-browed albatrosses breeding on Macquarie Island will be more vulnerable to expected future climate-driven changes to wind patterns in the Southern Ocean, and potential latitudinal shifts in the Subantarctic Frontlast_img read more

Ex-Oxford chemist jailed for child sex offences

first_imgJason Tunn commented, “the probation officer that assessed him, the judge and the psychologist agreed that the risk of re-offending is high and the fact that he’s been given an indeterminate sentence reflects that.”Some have found the sentence to be insufficient. A second-year medic from Christ Church said, “three and a half years minimum is a disgustingly short sentence for someone who basically was planning to rape a thirteen year old girl. Even if he doesn’t get out that soon, that the minimum was set so low really trivialises rape and that is going to put women and children at risk.”Rosanna McBeath, OUSU VP for welfare, commented, “I’m shocked and disgusted to hear about this case. It is upsetting to hear that someone who was once part of the Oxford community committed such heinous actions. If anyone at the University was affected by this, I would urge them to seek support.”A first year CAAH student commented, “that’s really disturbing. It’s scary that there are people around like that. You think of Oxford as a safe place and put your trust in the people who work here… this news comes and it makes you feel sick.”A third-year Magdalen student added, “it’s horrifying to think that this pervert ever had a connection with a teaching institution; even more horrifying that the institution is the same one I go to. The man was clearly messed up.”The University refused to comment on whether Lintern could have posed a threat to students and staff during his career at Oxford.A National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children spokesperson noted, “we must not forget the fact that behind many abusive images are real children. Receiving or downloading abusive images of children perpetuates its production and reinforces the cycle of sexual exploitation.” A former Oxford University scientist has been jailed after pleading guilty to charges of sexual assault on a toddler and the possession of 20,000 images of child pornography.Andrew Lintern, 55, pleaded guilty to 31 charges at Southwark Crown Court on Monday. These included an indecent assault on a 17-month infant, taking sexualised photographs of his victims and distributing the images.Lintern, who used to work as a chemistry researcher at Oxford, was caught by the London Metropolitan Police’s Paedophile Unit while posing as a 9-year-old girl on an online messenger service.Lintern contacted someone he believed to be a 13-year old girl, who was, in fact, an undercover police officer. Police arrested Lintern after he arranged to meet the “13-year-old.”The former chemist is suspected to have indulged in paedophilic activities for the last 10 years. He has been found to collect stories describing the rape and murder of children. He also wore nappies while at home.Detective sergeant Jason Tunn from the Met’s Paedophile Unit said, “certainly by 2002 he was abusing children hands-on… He is a dangerous sexual predator on children.”Judge Geoffrey Rivlin QC said that the evidence raised “concerns about [Lintern’s] state of mind.” He considered him to be “a significant threat to the public.”He told Lintern, “taken all in all, the charges you have pleaded guilty to amount to such a great catalogue of offences involving child abuse that it is difficult to grasp the scale of your offending.“And it is just as difficult to grasp what has prompted a man like yourself to become steeped in activities involving the serious exploitation of children and the literally immeasurable harm that was done to them.”Lintern was given an Indeterminate Public Protection sentence, with the minimum jail time of three-and-a-half years. He will only be freed if the release is approved by the parole board or the Secretary of State, and will otherwise face an indeterminate sentence.last_img read more

DCS Lawsuit Details Harm To Children

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Their names and ages invoke images of innocence, that these children are happy, well-loved and gleefully giggling at the arrival of summer.Ashley, 4, and Betty, 5, are sisters living in Delaware County, and Milo, 3, and Thomas, 5, are brothers living in Vanderburgh County. However, the youngsters were all alleged to have been abused by their parents and put in the care of the Indiana Department of Child Services, where they have suffered additional trauma, rotating through multiple foster homes and not receiving the medical and psychological care they needed.These siblings and five other children are named plaintiffs in a civil rights lawsuit filed Tuesday against the DCS, claiming the agency is failing to protect children and further inflicting harm.The complaint asserts the shortcoming of Indiana’s foster care system have been well-known for years, but the reforms made since the Child Welfare Policy and Practice Group issued its report in June 2018 have not brought substantive improvement.In particular, the lawsuit alleges DCS is closing cases that are not ready for closure and are not investigating cases. Moreover, the lawsuit says, the state has not adequately addressed the shortage of appropriate placements for children, leaving some in inappropriate and sometimes abusive institutional settings for long periods of time.The lawsuit is seeking to have the Indiana Southern District Court permanently prohibit DCS from practices that subject the plaintiffs to further harm and threaten their safety and well-being. Also, it is asking the court to order remedial relief to ensure the defendants comply with the law and provide the legally mandated services.“Children come into the care of DCS having already experienced trauma,” Melissa Keyes, legal director of Indiana Disability Rights, said in a press release announcing the legal action. “The failure of DCS to protect these kids from further harm is unconscionable, especially when much of that harm is due to DCS’s own failings.”The Department of Child Services declined to comment, saying it has not yet been served with the lawsuit. However, the agency said, when it is noticed, its legal division will review the information.Indiana Disability Rights, along with the New York-based child advocacy group A Better Childhood and the international law firm Kirkland & Ellis, filed the lawsuit on behalf of nine Hoosier children, ages 3 to 16. The plaintiffs say they are seeking to stop the violations of their constitutional rights and transform the state’s child welfare system.Along with DCS, the complaint also names Gov. Eric Holcomb and DCS director Terry Stigdon as defendants.Filed in the Evansville division of the Southern District Court, the lawsuit is Ashley W. and Betty W., et al. v. Eric Holcomb, et al., 3:19-cv-129.“We have been deeply troubled the more we have studied the Indiana child welfare system,” said Marcia Robinson Lowry, executive director of A Better Childhood. “There have been years of expert reports, years of promised reforms, and minimal and intermittent movement forward, but the fundamental problems in this system do not change. Children are being very badly harmed by the lack of appropriate placements, by the erratic practices, and by the lack of a fundamental focus on the well-being of children. The way that Indiana is treating these vulnerable children is both unconstitutional and inhumane.”A Better Childhood has filed similar lawsuits around the country, seeking to reform child welfare systems by lodging class actions against Minnesota, Oregon, Mississippi and the city of New York. While the group has claimed victory in New Jersey, it acknowledges efforts in other states have turned in disappointing results.Since filing a lawsuit in 1999, ABC claims it has entered into settlement agreements with New Jersey that have pushed the Garden State to restructure its system with increased funding and a trained and stabilized higher-quality workforce. But in 2018, the nonprofit found Oklahoma had not reached compliance with a 2012 settlement agreement, and in June 2019, it filed a motion asking a federal court to create a receivership to take control of Mississippi’s child welfare system.The Indiana lawsuit details the history and treatment of the nine plaintiffs, including Ashley, Betty, Milo and Thomas.At the ages of 1 and 2, Ashley and Betty were hiding whenever their stepfather came home to avoid being subjected to his sexual abuse, the complaint says. DCS opened an investigation, learning of additional allegations of drug use and violence, but waited weeks to remove the sisters from the home.First, the girls were placed with their uncle and then moved to their aunt before being put into emergency shelter care, according to the lawsuit. Two months later, the sisters began cycling through more than a dozen foster home placements during the next two years, including a few months living with their biological father, under whose care they contracted lice and ringworms, missed appointments and had unexplained injuries on their bodies.Currently, Ashley and Betty are living in separate foster homes and see each other only at their weekly joint-supervised visits with their father.Milo and Thomas are living together in foster care but are separated from their half-sister Caroline because DCS could not find a foster home to take all three children, the lawsuit says. Like Ashley and Betty, the three siblings have been placed in the care of multiple homes and under the supervision of a string of family case managers. One of the managers was fired after DCS discovered she was engaging in a sexual relationship with Caroline’s father and giving him advanced notice of drug screens, according to the complaint.Sara, 14, is part of an Americans with Disabilities Act subclass of children with disabilities who either have been or are at a higher risk of being placed in overly restrictive, institutional settings, according to the lawsuit. DCS removed Sara from her home based on information her father was sexually abusing her. The agency placed Sara with her grandmother, but two years later, it reunited her with her father and the abuse began again.After Sara called 911, she was placed in a series of foster homes and in a private behavioral health care facility, where she was reported to bang her head on the wall until she bled, the lawsuit says.“That children with disabilities are being kept in overly restrictive institutional settings, that they are not being provided with adequate community-based services has certainly contributed to the developmental trauma these kids are experiencing,” Keyes said.This is the second lawsuit filed over treatment of children in the Indiana foster care system.In February, Children’s Advocacy Institute, based in California, filed a complaint asserting the Hoosier state is violating the constitution by not providing legal counsel to youngsters in children-in-need-of-services and termination-of-parental-rights proceedings.That lawsuit, Nicole K. and Roman S. by next friend Linda R.; et al. v. Terry J. Stigdon, Director of the Indiana Department of Child Services in her official capacity, et al., 1:19-cv-01521, has been transferred from the Evansville Division to the Indianapolis Division of the Southern Indiana District Court. Most recently, Indiana has filed a motion to dismiss. DCS Lawsuit Details Harm To ChildrenJune 25, 2019 Marilyn Odendahllast_img read more

SEPTEMBER 21, 2017 “READERS FORUM”

first_imgWHATS ON YOUR MIND TODAY? We hope that todays “Readers Forum” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we as responsible citizens of this community need to address in a rational and responsible way? Did you know that our most recent “READERS POLL” question asked “Which Evansville City Council member do you feel will take the lead to balance the proposed 2018 City budget”?  523 people voted in this trendy but non scientific poll. Fifth Ward Councilman  Justin Elpers (R) received 207 votes, 3rd Ward Councilman John Hayden (R) received 127 votes and At-Large Council member Jonathan Weaver (D) attracted 116 votes? The other 6 City Council members split  the remaining 73 votes among themselves. Did you know that a parking study for West Franklin Street was just released that backup City Councilman Jonathan Weaver claim that the City should have not spent tax dollars do this study?  Mr. Weaver stated that its obvious there is an over abundance of parking spaces on West Franklin street so why do a study?  It looks like Mr Weavers statement was spot on! Todays READERS POLL question is: Should our elected officials have spent our hard earned tax dollars for a new parking study for West Franklin street?Please take time and read our newest feature articles entitled “LAW ENFORCEMENT, READERS POLL, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS” posted in our sections.  You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily.If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] EDITOR’S FOOTNOTE:  Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City County Observer or our advertisers.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Bill McMahon III to Take Reins as Chamber President

first_imgThe Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce will install its 2014 officers and board of directors at its annual installation dinner Thursday (Feb. 6) at the Ocean City Yacht Club.William McMahon III, president of the McMahon Agency, will be installed as the newpresident of the Chamber. McMahon has worked at the family-owned Ocean City insurance agency since graduating from La Salle University in 1995. He lives in Upper Township with his wife and four daughters.After two years of service, Brian Broadley (Broadley’s MDI) will step down aspresident and take the position of immediate past president on the ExecutiveBoard.Carol Heenan (Garden Court Estates) will be installed as 1st vice president. Kim Davidson (Ocean City Home Bank) will be reinstalled as secretary and Robert Adams (Tidelines Management) will be reinstalled as Treasurer.Tom Aromando (Fitzpatrick, Bongiovanni & Kelly), Cricket Frank (Impala Island Inn), Pat Gallelli (Tahiti Inn), Scott Halliday (Halliday-Leonard), Gary Jessel (Fox Real Estate), William McMahon, Jr. (McMahon Agency), Phil Perri (Forum Motor Inn), Ken Sedberry (Ocean City Board of Realtors), and Skip Tolomeo (Sea Oats/Retail Merchants Association) will be installed as a 2nd vice presidents.The evening will begin with networking at 6 p.m.  The installation and dinnerwill take place at 6:30 p.m.  For more reservations and more information,call the Chamber at (609) 399-1412 or e-mail [email protected] following individuals will be installed as directors:At Large DirectorsThree Year Term:Andrew Fasy – NJ RealtyTony Wilson – C. Leo Wilson PlumbingBusiness Segment DirectorsOne Year Term:Dean Adams – Dean Adams Custom Builder (Service Business/Non-Retail)Thomas Aromando – Fitzpatrick Bongiovani and Kelly (Professionals)Brian Broadley – Broadley’s MDI, (Service Business /Non Retail)Kevin Corcoran – Wet N Wild Wave runner Rentals (Bay Area Business)Paul Cunningham – P. Francis (Retail)Kim Davidson – Ocean City Home Bank (Institutions)Jane Davis – Johnny B. Good Ice Cream Parlor (Restaurant/Food Service)Mike DeVlieger – Discover OCNJ,LLC. (Non Retail)Cricket Frank – Impala Island Inn ( Accommodations)Becky Friedel – 7th Street Surf Shop (Retail)Janet Galante – 13th Street Bath House & Bike Rentals (Retail)Pat Gallelli – Tahiti Inn (Accommodations)Ron Gifford – Re/Max of Ocean City (Real Estate)Beverley Gill – Island Beach Gear/Tackle Direct (9th Street Retail)Scott Halliday – Halliday/Leonard Builders (Service Business/Non-Retail)Thomas Heist  – Heist Insurance Agency (Professionals)Walt Hohman – Wards Pastry (Retail)Gary Jessel – Fox Real Estate (Real Estate)Lynne McIntyre – Yesterday’s (Upper Township Business)William McMahon, Jr. – McMahon Insurance Agency (Professionals)William McMahon III – McMahon Insurance Agency (Professionals)Peter Madden – Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach, Realtors (RealEstate)Maria Marinelli – Long & Foster Real EstateNick Marotta – Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach, Realtors (RealEstate)Phil Perri – Forum Motor Inn (Accommodations)Eric Reich – Reich Asset Management (Professionals)Ken Sedberry – Ocean City Board of RealtorsAimee Schultz – JASM (Service/Non-Retail)Avery Teitler – Teitler & Teitler, LLC (Professionals)Skip Tolomeo – Sea Oats, RMA (Retail)Don Tomlinson – Gleeson’s Audio Video (Retail)Ronnie Town – Atlantic City Electric (Utilities)Organization RepresentativesOne Year Term:Mike Dattilo – City of Ocean CityE. Marie Hayes – Cape May County Board of FreeholdersKaren Mahar – Ocean City Free Public LibraryWoody Robinson – Downtown Merchants AssociationDr. Kathleen Taylor – Ocean City Board of EducationJennifer Torres – O.C. Hospitality AssociationGloria Votta – Ocean City Board of RealtorsJames Yoa – O.C. Restaurant AssociationOrganization RepresentativesAlternates:H. James Bauer – Ocean City Board of EducationJoe Carideo – Ocean City Board of RealtorsJane Davis – O.C. Restaurant AssociationMark Johnston – O.C. Hospitality AssociationBoard Members At Large with Current TermsJon Batastini (Loveland & Garrett)Carol Heenan (Garden Court Estates)Mike Lloyd (Sturdy Savings Bank)Winnie Piriano (South Jersey Home Care)last_img read more

News story: Cumbrian firm boosts project academy

first_img The expertise that exists in COMS shows that Cumbria and the UK remain at the forefront of project education and skills. We are proud to be supporting the Project Academy for Sellafield and the University of Cumbria in the development and delivery of the Commissioning and Pre Ops Fundamentals Awareness course. It has allowed us to couple our pre-operations & engineering expertise with our training capability to produce a quality product to support project delivery on Sellafield site – and hopefully beyond. Also, through our success on this contract, we are very pleased to have been recognised as a competent & leading supplier of operations, maintenance and engineering services to Sellafield Ltd. Cumbria Operation and Maintenance Services (COMS) has developed a course in pre-operations & commissioning, which they are providing to prospective project professionals in the area.The Cleator Moor based company specialises in pre-operation, engineering and maintenance, and was co-founded by Dave Garratt & Cliff Woodman in 2014.Dave is a former Sellafield Ltd employee having honed his skills at the Sellafield nuclear site for more than 30 years, while Cliff spent many years in the pharmaceutical sector.Andy Smith, pre-operations capability lead from Sellafield Ltd said: Business Director for COMS, Cliff Woodman said:center_img The Project Academy for Sellafield is the first of its kind in the UK.It was launched three years year ago to help increase project capability across the country, and now has more than 1300 students on its books.Delivered by the University of Cumbria, it is now becoming the gold standard model for project training, replicated by companies across the world.Since formation in 2014, COMS now have more than 40 employees providing specialist services across West Cumbria. The company is now exploring opportunities to export skills across the nuclear sector and other industries.You can find the Prospectus for the Project Academy for Sellafield here It’s great to have Cumbrian companies helping to develop the next generation of project professionals, not only for Sellafield, but the UK. Course feedback so far is 100% positive and 100% recommended if you want to understand pre-operations and commissioning and how it can help project and task delivery. This is a great example of collaboration between supply chain and Sellafield Ltd in both development and delivery, drawing on the skills of both to produce something better than either could have achieved alone.last_img read more

Bakkavor update: bread, pizza and desserts improve

first_imgBakkavor has reported signs of recovery in some product areas as consumer habits adapt to the coronavirus pandemic.Like-for-like UK revenue was down 19% year-on-year in April and was down 13% last month, the company stated in a trading update today (12 June).“In the UK, the market remains volatile, frequency of shopping visits has reached historically low levels and consumer shopping habits continue to adjust and evolve,” Bakkavor reported.It said performance in its meals, pizza, bread and desserts categories had steadily improved, although volumes were significantly lower in its salad and food-to-go products.Bakkavor this week entered into consultations with employees at its Spalding site, where it has two salad factories, two meals factories and a distribution centre. The business plans to close one factory and change how it manages operations across the site, which will impact more than 500 workers.The company today stated that relationships with its UK customers remained “very strong”, adding it had increased its market share and was working with customers to drive category growth and expand ranges that had been simplified at the start of the outbreak. It is restarting production at two factories temporarily closed in March.“In the UK, consumer behaviours continue to adjust, and while it will take time for sales to return, I have been encouraged by the recent increase in volumes,” said Bakkavor chief executive Agust Gudmundsson. “Current events have also reinforced my confidence in the vital role we play in partnering with our customers to deliver the fresh, healthy and convenient food that consumers look for every day.“In the US and China, both our businesses have managed incredibly well through the turmoil, and we continue to support our customers as they reopen their stores and restaurants.“We are a robust, balanced and well capitalised group and the steps we are taking to protect our business, combined with the current improvement in trading, gives us every confidence for the future.”last_img read more

Ten Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Miss Lettuce’s Inaugural Fool’s Paradise

first_img8. Local bands will be swimming with talent, all day and all night.Florida favorites Herd of Watts, The Groove Orient, Morning Fatty, and Love Chunk will be holding down the Shipwreck Stage in the early hours of the day before the doors open to the Amphitheatre main stage. They’ll also be throwing down late-night ragers at Planet Sarbez. With fans following from all corners of the Florida map, don’t miss out on these awesome local acts! Learn more about the talent here.9. You can eat the local digs at the Farmer’s Market on Saturday morning.Come visit the Old City Farmers Market for fresh produce, baked goods, hand-crafted items, and plants directly from the producers. There’s even fresh seafood in season. From 8:30AM-12:30PM on Saturday, the Farmers Market will be the place to be. A true farmers market with great offerings from some of the areas finest organic farms and talented crafters, with free admission, live entertainment, and much more. Just steps away from the Amphitheatre, you can get there early, chow down, and join the Fool’s Paradise party for the afternoon music into the night!10. St. Augustine is perhaps the coolest city in North America.The oldest city in the United States and fabled home to the Fountain of Youth, St. Augustine’s unique scenery and historical presence sets the city apart from any other in the country. With over 42 miles of beaches, incredible restaurants and bars, jetskiing, kayaking, fort tours, parasailing, and its own distillery, attendees will have plenty to explore. For more details on local attractions, head over to our website. See you there! On April 1 & 2, 2016, Lettuce, Purple Hat Productions, and Live for Live Music will host Fool’s Paradise, a funk-fueled destination beach event taking place in the heart of one of America’s most historic cities: St. Augustine, FL. Here are ten things you need to know about Fool’s Paradise:1. The lineup is one-of-a-kind. Complete with unique collaborations and full-set superjams, Fool’s Paradise will feature two explosive sets from New York funk masters Lettuce & Friends, along with: electro soul future-funk producer/saxophonist GRiZ; rising retro-soul stars Vulfpeck, and Chris Robinson’s Soul Revue. Supporting acts include South Africa’s organic live house duo Goldfish and the progressive soul, R&B and gospel of The Nth Power. Electronic future-funk producers Marvel Years and Brasstracks have also been added to the bill, as well as local favorites Herd of Watts, The Groove Orient, Morning Fatty, and Love Chunk. With Snarky Puppy’s Cory Henry as an Artist-At-Large, you’ll never know what to expect over the weekend! More information and tickets can be found here.2. Lettuce and GRiZ will perform a live collaboration for the first time.For the first time ever, renowned electronic pioneer GRiZ and funk powerhouse Lettuce will join forces! The exciting full-band collaboration will take place during the second half of GRiZ‘s Friday evening set on 4/1. Lettuce will help GRiZ close out the headlining set on the first night of the two-day event.“This is gonna be different than anything else,” GRiZ posted. “We’re taking out the computers and performing as an all live funk band. Expect a few new versions of GRiZ tunes”. Read more about the exciting first-time-ever live collaboration here.Peep the remix GRiZ did of Lettuce’s ‘Slippin Into Darkness’:3. Chris Robinson’s Soul Revue will feature founding members of funk, among some of the best players in the game.Chris Robinson will be teaming up with George Porter Jr., Ivan Neville, Eric Krasno, Neal Casal, Nikki Glaspie, and more for the Fool’s Paradise very special Soul Revue set on Saturday. These funky fellas will be lighting up the night with funk, soul, and everything in between. Read more about each of the seasoned musicians here.Watch Chris Robinson’s Soulive Revue, featuring a similar cast of characters, from last year’s Bear Creek Festival:4. There are plenty of late-night shows at the local watering holes. When the music ends at the Amphitheatre, some late night ragers are going down across the street at the Elk’s Lodge. The full late night lineup includes Vulfpeck and Break Science on Friday, as well as Goldfish and The Fools of Funk supergroup on Saturday. More information and a very limited supply of tickets can be found here. Also happening less than two miles down the road is “Fool Moon,” a late-night offering at St. Augustine music scene staple (and grilled cheese emporium), Planet Sarbez. Both nights will feature blowout sets by Jacksonville powerhouse Herd of Watts; on Friday they’ll be joined by Gainesville reggae-funk monsters Morning Fatty, and on Saturday MANẎFEST will kickstart the night, with Orlando’s rock machine The Groove Orient shutting it down. More information can be found here.5. The Fools Of Funk will blow your mind.On Saturday, April 2nd, a very special late night show brings the two-day event to a close, while also bringing the mysterious Fools Of Funk supergroup to life. The long-awaited lineup for Fools For Funk includes: Adam Deitch (drums, Lettuce/Break Science), Adam Smirnoff (guitar, Lettuce), Cory Henry (keys/bass, Snarky Pupppy), Nigel Hall (vocals, keys), Weedie Braimah (percussion, The Nth Power), Eric “Benny” Bloom  (trumpet, Lettuce/Shady Horns), Ryan Zoidis (saxophone, Lettuce/Shady Horns) and special guests TBA. What a way to close out the weekend! More information and very limited amount of tickets can be found here.6. Cory Henry will be there to up-the-funk in any given situation as an Artist-At-Large. Snarky Puppy‘s own Cory Henry will be joining the funk all weekend long as an Artist-At-Large. While confirmed as part of the lineup for the Fools of Funk supergroup, there’s no telling what other magical surprises the Grammy Award-winning multi-instrumentalist has in store! 7. There will be artist-led excursions.There’s more to look forward to than just the music, as Fool’s Paradise is also offering exciting Florida excursions with your favorite artists! Whether it’s mini-golf with Lettuce’s Eric Krasno and Jesus Coomes, a crocodile crossing and zip-lining adventure with Break Science’s Borahm Lee, or a sailing escapade with Ryan Zoidis and Eric “Benny” Bloom, you’ll be rocking your Saturday alongside the best. More information and tickets can be found here.last_img read more