The Village Bakery has added £600,000-worth of state of the art equipment at its site in North Wales.The new production line at the Minera site, near Wrexham, also means the creation of 26 jobs.More than 300 people are already employed across the company’s three bakeries, two of which are on Wrexham Industrial Estate where work has just started on building its new £3m Baking Academy and Innovation Centre.The new production line is being used to make pancakes and pikelets, a regional variation of the crumpet which was developed in Wales in the 17th century before spreading to the West Midlands, Chester, Lancashire and Yorkshire.Robin Jones, managing director, said “The new production line and hotplate here in Minera has enabled us to make a fantastic range of pancakes and pikelets.“We had always expected they would do well and the production line is now running seven days a week. The sales have just sky rocketed – we’re making 400,000 pikelets a week and 300,000 pancakes a week. “These are really exciting times for the Village Bakery and the Baking Academy will enable us to create the next generation of bakers.”Ken Skates, assembly member for Clwyd South, said: “The Village Bakery is an incredible place. There is so much technology but at the same time they have a clear focus on craft skills which enables them to make craft products on a wide scale.” read more
George Harrison of The Beatles would have turned 73 years old today. Often overshadowed by the prolific songwriting duo of Lennon–McCartney, the unsung hero of The Beatles was a force unto himself, penning hit songs like “Taxman,” “Within You Without You,” “Here Comes the Sun,” “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” and “Something.” Harrison was also the first Western musician to play sitar on a pop record, “Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown),” appearing on The Beatles’ 1965 record Rubber Soul.Following The Beatles dissolution in 1970, Harrison embarked on what would become a very successful solo career, releasing the critically acclaimed triple album, All Things Must Pass, that same year. The album would also produce Harrison’s biggest hit single to date, “My Sweet Lord.” In 1971, alongside Ravi Shankar, Harrison organized the Concert For Bangladesh, a true predecessor to other benefit shows like Live Aid. The evening would include performances from Shankar, Harrison, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Leon Russell, Badfinger, and Preston and Starr. Not a bad cast of characters.In 1988, Harrison went on to co-found the supergroup the Traveling Wilburys alongside Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne, and Roy Orbison. So the story goes, the group gathered in Dylan’s basement to cut a B-side for a Harrison single set to be released in Europe, but after being told it was too good for its original purpose, the all-star cast was asked to record an entire album. They would do so with Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1 as well as Traveling Wilburys Vol. 3, following the death of Orbison.Following the Wilburys project, Harrison remained out of the public spotlight for the better part of the 90s, making his final TV appearance on VH1 in a promotion for Shankar’s Chants Of India. In 1997, Harrison was diagnosed with throat cancer, publicly blaming it on his years as a smoker. After several years fighting, Harrison would succumb to the cancer at a friend’s home in Los Angeles on November 29, 2001, but not before he had the opportunity to shape music and the world at large with his vibrant guitar tone and his inspired songwriting. For that, we cannot thank him enough.Happy Birthday, George. read more
Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh will be returning to the East Coast in the coming weeks, with a highly anticipated run from October 25th through October 31st. Today, it was announced that the final two shows of Lesh’s upcoming Halloween run will be webcast via nugs.tv—on October 30th, he will perform the Brooklyn Bowl, and on October 31st, he will perform The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York.Phil Lesh, Holly Bowling, Members Of moe., TAB Tapped For Everyone Orchestra ShowsPhil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band Add Eric Krasno To Three DatesThese shows are especially exciting given the special lineup that Lesh has tapped for his upcoming Halloween run. On Halloween night at The Capitol Theatre, Lesh will be joined by The Terrapin Family Band—featuring guitarist Ross James, drummer Alex Koford, keyboardist Jason Crosby, and guitarist (and Lesh’s son) Grahame Lesh—in addition to vocalist Nicki Bluhm, and pedal steel guitarist Robert Randolph, and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. On October 30th, Lesh will perform with the Terrapin Family Band and Nicki Bluhm, as well as Dark Star Orchestra keyboard player Rob Barraco, who will be subbing in for the Terrapin Family Band’s Jason Crosby.Both webcasts are expected to begin at 8 pm (EST). The shows’ streams are available for pre-order here.[Photo: Dave Vann] read more
On Feb. 24 the Faculty Council engaged in discussion with members of the University’s Committee to Articulate the Principles on Renaming.The Council next meets on March 10. The next meeting of the Faculty is on March 2. The preliminary deadline for the April 6 meeting of the Faculty is March 16 at noon.
WNY News Now File Image.OLEAN – The St. Bonaventure men’s basketball program is pausing all team activities after a member of the team’s Tier 1 personnel tested positive for COVID-19.The program was notified of the positive result on Thursday.As a result, the team will not participate in the upcoming Mohegan Sun “Bubbleville” games in Connecticut. They had been slated to play three games from Nov. 25 to 27.Meanwhile, the university is transitioning to fully remote classes. The school was scheduled to move to remote learning on Wednesday, ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. However, because of increased COVID-19 activity within Cattaraugus County is making the switch sooner.The University’s President says residential students must turn in their keys by noon on Sunday.Closing information for residential students is posted online at sbu.edu. Students who aren’t able to leave by Nov. 22 are asked to email [email protected] who signed up for the Wednesday, Nov. 25, break shuttle bus will now depart Sunday at 8 a.m. The bus company will contact each student who signed up. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) read more
By Dialogo October 21, 2010 Uruguay and Argentina are trying to make up for lost time following a lengthy bilateral conflict over the location of a pulp plant on a border river, which eroded their relationship as partners and neighbors, Uruguayan Deputy Foreign Minister Roberto Conde judged on 19 October, calling for “changing the geopolitics of the Río de la Plata.” “We are at a stage in our relations with our Argentine brothers that I am in the habit of calling ‘making up for lost time,’ and I hope that it goes very well for us,” Conde said at the launch of a program evaluating the integration of production between the two countries. “And we’re working hard to contribute our share on our side, which is to optimize our institutional diplomatic relations and additionally transform ourselves into a motor for the ongoing generation of trust,” he added. According to the deputy minister, Uruguayans and Argentineans have a “small geopolitical debt pending.” “We have to change our geopolitics of the Río de la Plata. The twenty-first century cannot be marked by rivalry over ports as a geopolitical factor determining relations between Uruguay and Argentina. The twenty-first century has to bring us, Uruguayans and Argentineans, to make shared, coordinated, cooperative use, with investment and with joint management, of the area around the mouth of the Río de la Plata, as a shared heritage,” he affirmed. For Conde, the river basin – which includes parts of five South American countries (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay) – is “very compromised from the point of view of its survival, in both hydrological and biological terms, with startling levels of pollution and of loss of river capacity.” “It is the river basin that gives us life; our countries have a field there for work, but also a field for research, for investment, for trade, and for enormous cooperation for the next few decades,” he emphasized. Uruguayan Industry Minister Roberto Kreimerman and his Argentine counterpart Débora Giorgi participated in the launch, the latter accompanied on her trip by a score of representatives from businesses and trade associations in a variety of sectors of production. Among the first sectors invited to participate in a joint project on integrating production are makers of textiles, plastic furniture, processed foods, wine, car parts, software, and health technology, among others. read more
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York John SampsonThe New York State Senate’s former top Democrat is the latest legislative leader whose mug shot appears in the rogues’ gallery of disgraced lawmakers busted for political corruption in the state capitol.Sen. John Sampson (D-Brooklyn), an ex-ethics committee chairman, pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of embezzlement, obstruction of justice and making false statements to federal investigators.“We share what may well be the concern of many New Yorkers that incumbent and defendant cannot be accepted as interchangeable,” FBI Assistant Director in Charge George Venizelos said. “Elected officials are referred to as public servants and that should not be confused with self-serving.”Prosecutors alleged that the 47-year-old—who led the state Senate’s Democratic minority from June 2009 to December 2012—stole $440,000 in escrow funds from foreclosure sales he was involved in as an attorney between 2008 and his election in 1997. He allegedly used some of the money to fund a failed bid for Brooklyn district attorney in 2005.Later, when Sampson learned one of his associates was charged with mortgage fraud, authorities said the senator contacted an employee in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York to find out if he was also under investigation and who the witnesses were.Sampson allegedly told the associate that if he found out who the witnesses were, he would arrange to “take them out,” according to the FBI, which tapped the senator’s cell phone to make its case. The senator then lied to FBI agents who questioned him about the allegations, authorities said.The news broke less than a week after Assemb. William Boyland (D-Brooklyn) was indicted on new charges of allegedly stealing money from a nonprofit to pay for self-promotional materials.It also comes after Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Queens) and Assemb. Eric Stevenson (D-Bronx) were each charged with separate bribery scandals days apart last month.Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed legislation after those two arrests aimed at cleaning up the longstanding public corruption problem in the Albany statehouse. read more
“It is crucial that investee companies are required to disclose all key data needed to evaluate the investment against the EU taxonomy”Tanguy van de Werve, director general of Efama“Robust and publicly available ESG disclosures on investee companies are a prerequisite to make EU taxonomy work in practice, especially in view of the scope of the disclosure requirements being enlarged to include all financial products,” said Van de Werve.“It is therefore crucial that investee companies are required to disclose all key data needed to evaluate the investment against the EU taxonomy.”Some others argue that investors can get the data they need without non-financial corporate reporting being made mandatory.According to Giegold, however, corporates will also face reporting duties in the context of the taxonomy regulation.“The obligation to disclose the share of sustainable activities applies not only to sustainable financial products but also to very large companies,” he wrote in comments yesterday evening.‘Generational shift’ Dombrovskis said: “I am delighted that we were able to reach this compromise… Today’s common understanding is fully in line with the increased ambition of the new Commission on financing the green transition.”The taxonomy is also backed as a tool to prevent “greenwashing”.Reporting demandsThe deal at trialogue level follows months of discussions and disagreements on various aspects of the taxonomy. One of the points of debate has been with regard to investor disclosure requirements.According to Sven Giegold, financial and economic policy spokesperson of the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament, under yesterday’s agreement “all financial products are obliged to apply the classification or clearly state that they do not”.Sébastien Godinot, economist with WWF European policy office, said the negotiators had found “balanced compromises on sticky issues like disclosure” and that there would be mandatory and separate disclosure for the share of three types of activities in financial products: “sustainable”, “transition”, and “enabling”.Transition activities refer to current best practice in sectors with no zero carbon alternative yet, like steel, and enabling activities support zero-carbon sectors, with wind turbine manufacturing as an example.Tanguy van de Werve, director general of Efama, the trade association for the European asset management industry, expressed a recurring investor plea for policymakers to act on corporate reporting to allow investors to meet reporting requirements being imposed on them. EU negotiators yesterday reached a provisional deal on a framework for a taxonomy of environmentally sustainable activities, which is set to form the basis on which investors marketing financial products will have to back up any environmental sustainability claims.The agreement was reached between national envoys and a team from the European Parliament, and is subject to approval by the European Parliament and EU Council. Representatives of EU member state governments in the Coreper body are due to meet soon to examine the compromise. The taxonomy is a major part of the European Commission’s sustainable finance action plan, and the regulation for it is the last of the Commission’s three legislative proposals from May 2018 that needs to be finalised.The taxonomy, or a “green list”, as Commission executive vice president Valdis Dombrovskis has now described it, is a system to determine whether an economic activity contributes to certain environmental objectives and “does no harm” to others. Dombrovskis says it will help pave the way for massive investment supporting the move to a climate neutral EU economy by 2050. “It is an absolute measure and therefore represents a generational shift for responsible investment” Fiona Reynolds, CEO of the Principles for Responsible Investment Fiona Reynolds, CEO of the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), said the organisation “strongly welcomes” the provisional agreement on the taxonomy.Underpinned by disclosure requirements, the taxonomy was a system “to bridge the gap between sustainability goals, like the Paris climate agreement, and investment practice,” she said.“It is an absolute measure (the economic activity is consistent with sustainability goals), rather than a comparison (the economic activity is a relative improvement on the status quo), and therefore represents a generational shift for responsible investment,” she added.Nuclear out?The status of nuclear energy has been a contentious point in the discussions about the taxonomy. France was reportedly in favour of it making the cut in the taxonomy, with the European Parliament and Austria, Germany and Luxembourg pushing back.“The question of the sustainability of nuclear power was a hurdle in the negotiations until the end,” said the Greens’ Giegold.He portrayed nuclear energy as being “de facto” prevented from counting as a environmentally sustainable activity because of the “do no harm” principles.The baseline logic of the taxonomy has been described as involving two questions. The first, according to Andreas Hoepner, professor at University College Dublin and an independent member of the technical expert group advising the Commission on sustainble finance, is whether an activity can be executed “in a green manner”. The second is about thresholds, such as CO2 emission limits for electricity generation, that such as an activity has to meet to count as green.These thresholds are still to be decided and, according to a statement from the Greens/EFA, they will be prepared by “a balanced platform of experts”. read more
Witnesses said a school bus crossedless than a minute before the structure collapsed.(BBC) A bridge near the village of Mirepoix-sur-Tarn in France collapsed on Monday. EPA Two vehicles fell into the River Tarnnorth of Toulouse when the bridge near the village of Mirepoix-sur-Tarn felldown around 08:00 (07:00 GMT) on Monday. PARIS – A 15-year-old girl and a truckdriver were killed when a suspension bridge collapsed in south-western France. Five people were injured including tworescuers and local people who had tried to save victims.
By Mike Hughes HAYS, Kan. (March 28-29) – More than 160 race teams from eight states made the trip to RPM Speedway for the season-opening Sunflower Classic and Jesse Sobbing and David Murray Jr. drove home with the biggest checks. Each earned $1,000 for their IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified feature wins at Hays. Both were already qualified for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.In Friday’s opener, Jeremy Frenier started outside pole and stayed in front to lap 16, when Sobbing got underneath coming out of turn four to take a lead he would not relinquish. Lapped traffic came into play but Sobbing held off Murray, who finished inches ahead of Cody Gearhart for second. Frenier and Jeff Hunter rounded out the top five.On Saturday, Travis Hatcher led the first eight laps before Dylan Sherfick and Murray shot past following a restart. As the field came out of four to the halfway mark, Murray got under Sherfick to take the top spot and drove away for the rich payday. Sherfick was second, followed by Gearhart, Taylor, and Hatcher. Mike Nichols swept $750 to win Dirt Track Central Jax Sports Grille Great Plains Series features for the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars. Nichols made his move in lapped traffic to take the opening night lead and took the checkers ahead of Kyle Vanover, Nick Tubbs, B.J. Wagoner and ‘B’ winner Nolan Remus.After a first lap mishap, the Saturday feature went 25 caution-free laps and Nichols made his way back to victory lane. Pole starter Angel Munoz finished second and Jason Rogers was third. Tubbs was fourth and Vanover ended in fifth. Tyler Frye picked up where he left off last year as he got past Blaine Walt on lap 17 to win the 20-lap Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod main event on Friday. Walt stayed close but had to settle for second, with Daniel Gottschalk, Ben Kates, and Jake Krone completing the top five. Austin Carter shot to the top spot at the drop of the green in the Saturday show but Clay Money took control on lap nine and led the remaining distance for the trip to victory lane. Carter held on for second, followed by Walt, Cory Struckhoff and Brenden Damon. Dillon Thompson started on the pole for Friday’s IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock main and led all 20 laps. Chuck Madden chased Thompson most of the way but had to settle for the runner-up spot. Mike Traskowsky finished third, followed by Jason Fusselman and Kurt Hansen.More than 40 Hobby Stocks checked in Saturday night. Madden started pole and swapped the early lead with Garrett Hager. The final half of the 20-lapper went caution free and set up an exciting finish.As the leaders went into the final turn, third running Adam Armstrong shot to the lead and held on for another early season victory. Madden, was second while G.W. Fuller had the drive of the night after starting 24th and finishing third. Fusselman and Jeremy Wagner rounded out the top five.Defending national champion Ramsey Meyer led all 15-laps in winning the opening night Mach-1 Sport Compact feature. A caution on lap 14 set up a green-white-checkered finish but Meyer was beat heat race winners Art Herzog and Michael Smith to the checkers. Kirk Pfannenstiel was fourth and Richard Tegethoff fifth. Hometown driver Kirk Pfannenstiel led all 15 caution-free laps in topping the Saturday show. Meyer finished second, with Kiowa Higdon, Smith and Herzog finishing out the top five.The weekend’s race sponsors were Xtreme Motorsports and D & B Motors. The regular season at Hays will kick off on Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m. with the school buses joining the regular divisions divisions in action. March 28 Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Jesse Sobbing; 2. David Murray Jr.; 3. Cody Gearhart; 4. Jeremy Frenier; 5. Jeff Hunter; 6. Chris Bragg; 7. Brendon Gemmill; 8. Jesse Taylor; 9. Mike Densberger; 10. Dylan Sherfick; 11. Eddie Belec; 12. Kyle Rohleder; 13. Corey Burch; 14. Kevin Gray; 15. Ryan Heger; 16. Joe Cleveland; 17. Tim Watts; 18. Travis Hatcher; 19. Jason Schoenberger; 20. Clay Sellard; 21. Ronnie Hill; 22. Jeremy Zorn; 23. Corey Lagroon; 24. Van Gemmill. Heat winners were Sobbing, Frenier, Bragg and Zorn. “B” winners were Sellard and Hatcher.Stock Cars – 1. Mike Nichols; 2. Kyle Vanover; 3. Nick Tubbs; 4. B.J. Wagoner; 5. Nolan Remus; 6. Angel Munoz; 7. Justin Temeyer; 8. Jeff Tubbs; 9. Scot Granzella; 10. Lance Borgman; 11. Jason Rogers; 12. Casey Woken; 13. Perry Misner; 14. Michael Pepper; 15. Kyle Clough; 16. Mark Zorn; 17. Geoff Jermark; 18. Chris Meis; 19. Robert Rutherford; 20. John D. Sieg; 21. John A. Sieg; 22. Chad Borgman; 23. Tyler Tipton; 24. Jason McIntyre. Heat winners were Jeff Tubbs, Vanover, Nick Tubbs and Temeyer. Remus won the “B” feature.Northern SportMods – 1. Tyler Frye; 2. Blaine Walt; 3. Daniel Gottschalk; 4. Ben Kates; 5. Jake Krone; 6. Cory Struckhoff; 7. Clay Money; 8. Kurtis Pihl; 9. Brenden Damon; 10. Shane Meeks; 11. Nate Ginest; 12. Austin Carter; 13. Jimmy Ness; 14. Bryan Herrick; 15. Mark Franklin; 16. Fred Traskowsky; 17. Ryan Moser; 18. Jeremy Couse; 19. Brandon Clough; 20. Cody Pancake; 21. Henry Henderson; 22. Andy Barton; 23. Eric Pfeifer; 24. Jeremy Sigler. Heat winners were Henderson, Krone, Carter and Kates. “B” winners were Franklin and Ness.Hobby Stocks – 1. Dillon Thompson; 2. Chuck Madden; 3. Mike Traskowsky; 4. Jason Fusselman; 5. Kurt Hansen; 6. G.W. Fuller; 7. Brock Beeter; 8. Garrett Hager; 9. Cody Graham; 10. Russ Specht; 11. Luke Pfannensteil; 12. Noah Ludwig; 13. Brian Stich; 14. Kyle Pfeifer; 15. Toby Schield; 16. Andrew Sebastian; 17; James Pittman; 18. Ron Wehling; 19. Darren Unrein; 20. Oscar Runyon; 21. Tommy Fose; 22. T.C. McKain; 23. Corey Madden; 24. H.J. Colburn.Heat winners were Ludwig, Beeter, Thompson and Pfeifer. “B” winners were Fuller and Runyon.Sport Compacts – 1. Ramsey Meyer; 2. Art Herzog; 3. Michael Smith; 4. Kirk Pfannenstiel; 5. Richard Tegethoff; 6. Madison Reed; 7. Mike Wagner; 8. Andrew Soderland; 9. Justin Rohr, 10. Kiowa Higdon; 11. Brandon Lobdell.Heat winners were Higdon and Herzog. March 29 Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Murray; 2, Dylan Sherfick; 3. Gearhart; 4. Taylor; 5. Hatcher; 6. Bragg; 7. Zorn; 8. Frenier; 9. Hunter; 10. Mike Wadel; 11. Colgin; 12. Belec; 13. Van Gemmill; 14. Hill; 15. Sobbing; 16. Travis Sherfick; 17. Roth; 18. Rohleder; 19. Schoenberger; 20. Brendon Gemmill; 21. Heger; 22. Burch; 23. Densberger; 24. Gray.Heat winners were Rohleder, Hatcher, Gray and Bragg. “B” winners were Frenier and Roth.Stock Cars – 1. Nichols; 2. Munoz; 3. Rogers; 4. Nick Tubbs; 5. Vanover; 6. Wagoner; 7. Misner; 8. Jason Davis; 9. Jeff Tubbs; 10. Lance Borgman; 11. Chad Borgman; 12. Woken; 13. Tipton; 14. Dustin McClurg; 15. Pepper; 16. Granzella; 17. Clough; 18. John D. Sieg; 19. Rutherford; 20. John A. Sieg; 21. McIntyre; 22. Temeyer; 23. Zorn; 24. Shannon Maughlin; 25. Jermark; 26. Wes Baier.Heat winners were Wagoner, Nick Tubbs, Granzella and Vanover.Northern SportMods – 1. Money; 2. Carter; 3. Walt; 4. Struckhoff; 5. Damon; 6. Dustin Daniels; 7. Frye; 8. Ginest; 9. Pihl; 10. Gottschalk; 11. Trenton Kleweno; 12. Krone; 13. Austin Walker; 14. Herrick; 15. Henderson; 16. Mike Appel; 17. Moser; 18. Josh Appel; 19. Kamron Gruber; 20. Pancake; 21. Ness; 22. Dakota Sproul; 23. Meeks; 24. Kates.Heat winners were Carter, Frye, Krone and Gottschalk. “B” winners were Walker and Mike Appel. Hobby Stocks – 1. Adam Armstrong; 2. Chuck Madden; 3. Fuller; 4. Fusselman; 5. Jeremy Wagner; 6. Wehling; 7. Stich; 8. Corey Madden; 9. Sebastian; 10. Pfannensteil; 11. Pittman; 12. Ludwig; 13. Travis Coop; 14. Pfeifer; 15. Jason Sucky; 16. Mike Giesenhagen; 17. Schield; 18. Hager; 19. Roy Armstrong; 20. Beeter; 21. Brady Bencken; 22. Traskowsky; 23. Graham.Heat winners were Thompson, Fusselman, Stich, Beeter, Traskwosky and Graham. “B winners were Corey Madden and Ludwig.Sport Compacts – 1. Pfannenstiel; 2. Meyer; 3. Higdon; 4. Smith; 5. Herzog; 6. Soderland; 7. Tegethoff; 8. Reed; 9. Lobdell; 10. Wagner; 11. Rohr; 12. Shaun Woods.Heat winners were Meyer and Pfannenstiel. read more