× 1 / 11 2 / 11 3 / 11 4 / 11 5 / 11 6 / 11 7 / 11 8 / 11 9 / 11 10 / 11 11 / 11 ❮ ❯ Weehawken Township High School presented the stage version of the classic Frank Capra film “It’s a Wonderful Life” on Dec. 16 and 17 at the high school.Released in 1946, the story is a Christmas fantasy based on the short story “The Greatest Gift,” which Philip Van Doren Stern wrote in 1939 and published in 1943.The protagonist, a good-hearted banker named George Bailey, has given up his life’s dreams in order to help others. When an emergency loss of funds at his bank on Christmas Eve drives him to near-suicide and to wish he’d never been born, the intervention of his guardian angel, Clarence, shows George all the lives he has touched for the better, and how different (and worse) life in his community of Bedford Falls would be had he never been born.The film is among the most popular in American cinema and because of numerous television showings in the 1980s has become traditional viewing during the Christmas season.Mayor Richard Turner and members of the Township Council were among those present for the local presentation. (Pictures by Angela and Robert de Zeeuw) 1 / 11 2 / 11 3 / 11 4 / 11 5 / 11 6 / 11 7 / 11 8 / 11 9 / 11 10 / 11 11 / 11 ❮ ❯
Ninth Street Beach in Ocean City, NJ.The Ocean City Beach Patrol will be guarding the following beaches from Saturday (June 6) through Friday (June 12). Beaches are guarded from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekends and holidays and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays. The Ocean City Beach Patrol strongly urges bathers to swim only at guarded beaches. If you have any questions please call 609- 525-9201 or 609- 525-9200. For information on guarded beaches listen to Radio 1620 AM or The Ocean City Government Access Channel 97. North StStenton PlaceSt. Charles PlaceBrighton Place7th Street8th Street9th Street10th Street11th Street12th Street14th Street15th Street18th Street26th Street30th Street34th Street39th Street44th Street58th Street
Délifrance UK (Leicester) has launched a sweet-tasting, round flatbread inspired by a 19th century recipe from Lapland.The Polar Bread is of Swedish origin, but French bakers have adopted the ‘pain polaire’, as it is known across the channel, and its popularity as a sandwich carrier has boomed. The bread enables bakers to offer a new sandwich concept that can be open-topped like a pizza or toasted for a hot sandwich option.
Despite stemming from an Australian concept, BB’s Coffee & Muffins appears British in every sense, and certainly caters for our love of tea and cake. But that’s not all it offers. Producing freshly baked goods on a daily basis and the ability to understand its customers’ needs are just some of the reasons it won The Customer Focus Award, sponsored by BakeMark UK, at last year’s Baking Industry Awards.The BB’s concept came to the UK in 1997, when the first shop opened in Maidenhead, Berkshire. Since then, another 186 have opened. Around 28 are company-operated in the UK and 12 in Ireland, and the firm has around 80 franchise partners, which make up around 80% of its stores. Its main office is in Limerick, Ireland and it has an administration base in Hemel Hempstead. By this summer, it will also have a UK office base in London.BB’s was originally focused on operating in the shopping centre sector, explains retail and brands director Michele Young, who has been with the company for over four years. “But, in the last four years, we’ve expanded out of the traditional shopping centre environment and into areas such as DIY stores, petrol forecourts and exhibition centres. We also do external catering for sporting and music events.”The focus of the business is not simply to stock products and try to persuade customers to buy them, but to provide bakery products that the company is confident customers want. Young says the business is pitched at the mass market in order to appeal to all tastes and ages. Of course, different regions bring variations in customer demographics, but Young says they tailor the ranges in each store, as well as having a core range sold by all stores. “Ultimately, it’s about making sure you understand local audiences,” says Young. “We don’t push the stores to stock items if they are simply not selling.”The outlets offer a lot of choice, and the product ranges are continually scrutinised for development or additions. Young says BB’s has a library of around 70 muffin recipes, and the range is alternated throughout the year, allowing for seasonal variations. “The heavy chocolate flavours don’t do so well in the summer as in the autumn and winter, and the fruitier ones tend to go well in the summer months,” she explains. “Then you get the regional preferences – for example, cherry & coconut muffins are big up north and the sticky toffee pudding variety is popular everywhere, especially with women.”There are also polka dot muffins and mini muffins aimed at kids, as Young says the outlets often get a high percentage of parents coming in with their children.Young says the company has certainly grown its food sales considerably over the last few years. “We’re not out there to claim the coffee guru title; we want to be recognised for high-quality affordable food,” she says. Before the recession hit, Young says they had a track record of between 20-25 new store openings a year. However, she admits that this year the figure will be more like 10. “We’re focusing on the existing portfolio in terms of how we can enhance or improve trading potential,” she says. “We have also taken the company outside the shopping centre environment and we have some proven success there as well.”Young explains it is not due to market saturation that BB’s has moved out of its shopping centre home . “There is still plenty of scope to develop in shopping centres, but there are also opportunities elsewhere.” She says BB’s has been the only shopping centre outlet of its kind for the past 10 years, but now other food businesses are looking at it as an option, so consequently, BB’s is looking to put its muffins in more than one basket.Use of researchAs to why BB’s won the award, the judges were impressed with the range of methods used to research customers’ requirements and the way the findings were used to adapt the product range. Young says the company get thousands of hits on its website and tries to involve its customers, using competitions such as ’How do you eat your muffin?’ or asking what their idea of muffin heaven is. Consumers then have the chance to win a month’s supply of muffins.”Because we were looking at The Customer Focus Award, we really pinned it back to what we had learned over the previous 12-18 months and how we’d applied that to our thinking for new product development and improvements, as well as making sure what we do is relevant,” explains Young. “We get a lot of flavour ideas from customers, which all get put into the melting pot, and we use feedback from our franchisees as well as looking at what’s happening in the wider marketplace.”She put forward the application to the awards because BB’s operates 187 mini bakeries, and she wanted to reinforce what’s different about them as a concept, and to be recognised by the industry for baking fresh products in-store, every day. The staff arrive at around 6.30am, and prepare the muffin mixes before the first batch goes in the oven at around 8.15am. The oven itself is situated behind the counter and acts as a focal point, says Young.”It felt right for us to go for that kind of industry award, because we’d done so much work, together with our supply partners and our stores and franchisees, on developing different areas of the product range and capitalising on what was happening in the wider market and how that applied to us in terms of baking,” explains Young. “We thought we had an opportunity and certainly came across some big competition; winning was a great achievement for all the staff.” She believes it was the time and effort spent finding out about customers’ needs and implementing them in the BB’s Coffee & Muffins plan, that swung it for them.Capitalising on their winThe individual stores displayed a counter message after the company had won, and BB’s used the win as an endorsement and on marketing and press materials. “With some of the new opportunities coming our way, it’s very much an advantage for us to say that we’re an award-winner. We’ve also got a couple of university concessions off the back of the award.”Since winning the award, BB’s has been developing some new products and has worked with its suppliers to create a range of four different wholegrain muffins, due to customer demand for healthier products, which are working their way into stores now, says Young. “We’ve been doing a lot more segmentation work, both on the products and customer understanding to make sure, especially in this climate, that the stores have the right products in the right stores at the right time.” It appears that what customers of BB’s want, they get.—-=== View on the night ===”It was great – very glamorous and lovely to meet Kate Thornton. We also won a bottle of Champagne on one of the tables. It’s nice to meet people from the industry and to network as well. The way it was hosted was also good – in that the other finalists also went up on stage to collect a certificate. It was an excellent way of acknowledging all the award nominees.”—-=== Reaction to winning ===”It was one of those ’oh my god’ moments. Everyone was really pleased. It was an achievement for all the team and the stores more than anything, as they’re the ones that make the products every day and can be proud of what they do. The win was very well received by all.”
There are 2 competitionsThere are 2 competitions in this area. These are for: the competition opens on 18 June 2018, and the deadline for applications is at midday on 15 August 2018 projects must be led by a business, charity, public sector organisation or a research organisation and must include an SME projects must cover more than one of the target service areas and include regulators, users, service providers and technology providers we expect total costs to be between £2 million and £4 million and for projects to last up to 2.5 years businesses could attract up to 70% of their project costs the competition opens on 18 June 2018, and the deadline for applications is at midday on 15 August 2018 projects should be led by a business and must include an SME. Only SMEs can work alone on a project we expect total costs to be up to £400,000 and for projects to last between one and 2 years. Projects with costs of £200,000 or more must be collaborative businesses could attract up to 70% of their project costs large collaborative projects addressing sector-wide challenges across supply chains or regulators smaller projects looking specifically at applying AI and data techniques. Applications could be from a single business or a consortium UK Research and Innovation has up to £12 million to invest in projects that look at ways of applying artificial intelligence (AI) and data technologies to improve service industries.We are focusing on 3 specific sectors: Find out more about this competition and apply. Projects should show how they would address challenges that could delay or adversely impact adoption. This includes issues of ethics, privacy, bias and transparency.Themes we are particularly interested in include machine-supported decision-making, human concepts such as reasonableness and justice in AI, and combining social science with science and engineering.Large consortia projects Find out more about the next-generation services challenge. Meeting challenges, becoming more competitiveIndustries such as accountancy, insurance and legal services face competition from overseas. There are also challenges including identifying and preventing fraud, meeting audit requirements, assessing risk and reviewing large quantities of text.AI and data technologies could help to meet these challenges and make services more efficient, productive and competitive.This competition is part of the next-generation services challenge, a £20 million fund to develop novel products and services that will transform the UK’s services industries.The investment is under the government’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. This seeks to bring together world-leading research and businesses in the UK to take on the major industrial and societal challenges of our time. Small projects accountancy insurance legal services Find out more about this competition and apply.
JAMESTOWN — Rain chances will diminish through the day Saturday as low pressure moves out of the area, a cold front will move through tonight, before high pressure builds in for the second half of the weekend. For Today, heavier rain moves out in the morning, leaving for mostly cloudy skies the remainder of the day. Still there will be a chance for a shower through the afternoon. Highs in the upper-70’s.Tonight mostly cloudy with a chance for a few showers or a thunderstorm. Lows in the lower-60’s.Sunday looks much better. Other then an early chance for a morning shower, there will be plenty of sunshine with highs near 80. High pressure fully builds in into the start of the work week. This will provide for a stretch of mainly quiet and sunny weather. Highs will hover in the lower-80’s for this period.WNYNewsNow is a proud Ambassador for the NOAA Weather-Ready Nation program.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)
Vermont Agriculture Secretary Roger Allbee yesterday met with the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack at a town hall meeting in Concord, New Hampshire, where he joined other Northeast agriculture commissioners, emphasizing the serious need for assistance for dairy farmers in Vermont and across the nation. At his first face-to-face meeting with the Obama administration official, Allbee thanked Secretary Vilsack for the leadership he has already provided the dairy industry including moving surplus products into food export and nutrition programs. He also asked for more direct assistance, explaining the dire need for help on behalf of the State s 1,046 dairy farmers. Secretary Vilsack indicated yesterday that he understands the seriousness of the situation our dairy farmers are facing and that he is continuing to work on additional options for the industry. He also stated the need for USDA to renew its focus on regional food production, said Allbee.Secretary Allbee specifically requested Vilsack support an immediate and retroactive increase to the Milk Income Loss Contract (MILC) safety net program, as well as a minimum six-month interest-free extension or debt forgiveness on USDA loans. Both of these actions would bring immediate relief to dairy farmers, as they experience the perfect storm of high input costs and protracted low milk prices. A surprise announcement by Secretary Vilsack in New Hampshire yesterday was his pledge to form an advisory group to recommend changes to the federal milk pricing system for fairness for farmers and to help promote profitability and stability in the dairy industry acknowledging that the current system is antiquated. This is a concept that Secretary Allbee and his counterparts in New York and Pennsylvania, as part of the Northeast Dairy Leadership Team, suggested to the Secretary in a letter sent earlier this year.
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Income streams are dwindling. Record sales aren’t what they used to be. The devaluation of music and what it’s now deemed to be worth is laughable to me. My single costs 99 cents. That’s what one cost in 1960. On my phone, I can get an app for 99 cents that makes fart noises – the same price as the thing I create and speak to the world with. Some would say the fart app is more important. It’s an awkward time. Creative brains are being sorely mistreated. Those words were spoken by Vince Gill in 2012 during an interview with The Boot, during which Gill offered opinions on a variety of concerns regarding the modern country music scene.Gill’s words immediately came to mind when I got word of Rain Perry’s documentary, The Shopkeeper, which chronicles the story of a record studio and cadre of independent musicians in Austin, Texas. First and foremost, first time movie make Perry is a musician, so the subject matter of the film – the often conflicting goals and needs of musicians versus those of the technology industry – hits particularly close to home for her. She has seen first hand the effects – both positive and negative – that the always evolving technological innovation can have on her life and livelihood.What began as a small idea evolved into a poignant and relevant documentary on the struggles of everyday musicians around the country.I recently caught up with Rain Perry about balancing technology with musical tradition, making the movie, and where she goes from here.BRO – What drew you to the story of Mark Hallman?RP – Mark is my own record producer. We’ve done three albums together. He and I were talkign about his plans to celebrate 30-plus years of his studio, Congress House, which evolved into the idea of filming the party. Somehow, that morphed into me making a documentary about him and his studio.BRO – Your biggest challenge as a first time movie maker?RP – Not being a movie maker! When the idea was brewing, I reached out to a talented filmmaker friend, Micah Van Hove, who had directed a music video for me and with whom I had a good working relationship. He became my director of photography and also my own personal film school. We made the movie as a crew of two, which worked very well for a film about a small recording studio. No lighting, no big crew. Just Michael and his shoulder-mounted camera and me asking questions. Also, I just watched a ton of documentaries and studied the best ones for structure and interviewing technique. It was definitely a “learn while you go” situation.BRO – How do you think we should balance the ever changing technological landscape with the real time effects it has on the working musician?RP – First of all, artists should educate themselves. Spotify and the rest of these online platforms have done a masterful job with two things that work against artists. First, they’ve taught a generation of music fans that they have a right to expect access to every song they want to hear and that paying for music is silly. Second, they’ve convinced musicians that they’ve got to be on Spotify to have a career these days. Musicians need to evaluate the pros and cons of allowing Spotify to profit from their work and make strategic decisions for their own careers. It doesn’t need to be a given that they have to make all their own work available for free (or nearly free) streaming.BRO – When you finished this project, would you describe yourself as more hopeful or more worried for the independent musician?RP – I would say I was more hopeful. Every time I would get to a dark place on the topic, Mark would force me to be more optimistic. He sees a lot of good in the current model, that because they don’t expect to profit, artists are freer to make the art they really want to make, instead of chasing a label deal.BRO – Now that you’ve completed your first film, what’s next?RP – It’s time to get busy writing songs for a new record. That and promoting the film and using it to spur conversations like the one we’re having right now.For more information on how to see The Shopkeeper, surf here. You can check it out at home or attend a community screening near you, and feel free to offer up a financial donation for the cause.
By Dialogo April 17, 2020 Maikel Moreno — the highest-ranking judge in Venezuela — was indicted on separate charges in Miami, Florida for money laundering and corruption on March 26, the same day that Nicolás Maduro and others in his regime were charged with narco-terrorism and other criminal charges.Moreno is believed to have doled out legal favors in exchange for millions of dollars in bribes paid through Miami and foreign bank accounts that he spent on chartered private jets, expensive watches, and other luxury goods in South Florida, federal prosecutors say in their affidavit.One example they cite was Moreno authorizing the Maduro regime’s seizure of a General Motors auto plant in Venezuela rather than keeping it open for thousands of workers.Ariana Fajardo Orshan, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, said corrupt Venezuelan leaders like Moreno have for too long used South Florida to launder their money.Former Venezuelan intelligence chief Hugo Carvajal stands during his extradition hearing to U.S. at the High Court in Madrid, Spain, September 12, 2019. (Emilio (Naranjo / Reuters)“Whether it is million-dollar condos, very fancy yachts or private jets — all of this has become a part of our society in southern Florida,” Fajardo said. “This party is coming to an end.”Fajardo also announced that her office had already seized more than $450 million in bank accounts and assets in several cases involving more than a dozen Venezuelan defendants, including a former national treasurer.According to the criminal complaint, in 2014, Moreno told U.S. authorities in a visa application that he earned the equivalent of about $12,000 per year from his work in Venezuela. Yet for a span of four years — from 2012 to 2016 — Moreno’s U.S. bank records show about $3 million in his accounts, primarily from large transfers from shell corporations with foreign bank accounts.Fajardo said Moreno specialized in cases involving fraud and financial crimes so that he could take advantage of deep-pocketed business defendants willing to pay bribes for their freedom. She said the chief justice “received large bribes to authorize the dismissal of charges or the release from custody of multiple Venezuelans who literally stole billions of dollars from Venezuela’s state-owned oil proceeds.”Another former general pondering surrenderMeanwhile Hugo Carvajal, the former chief of Venezuela’s military intelligence unit, is discussing his possible surrender with U.S. authorities. Carvajal was among those charged with Maduro and other top regime officials with narco-terrorism.Carvajal, a former general and ally of the late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chávez, has been in hiding since a Spanish court in November approved his extradition to the United States. It was unclear when or if he would surrender.The Spanish police arrested the former spy chief in April 2019 at the request of U.S. authorities, but Spain’s High Court initially ruled that he should be released and his extradition request was denied. The court reversed that decision in November, prompting Carvajal to go into hiding. Since leaving Venezuela, Carvajal has denounced Maduro and given his support to Interim President Juan Guaidó.