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Two people injured by flaming drink at Gordon Ramsay’s Las Vegas restaurant

first_imgScott Kowalchyk/CBS via Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) — Two people were rushed to the hospital after they were injured by a flaming drink at Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant in Las Vegas on Thursday.The accident occurred at Hell’s Kitchen, which is Ramsay’s restaurant located in Caesars Palace. The drink which caused the injuries is called the Rum Donkey, according to Las Vegas ABC affiliate KTNV.The two suffered burns from the incident, but it was unclear how seriously they were injured.“Unfortunately, two guests were injured at Gordon Ramsay Hell’s Kitchen at Caesars Palace last night. We stand ready to provide any assistance they may need to help them through this difficult time,” Caesars Entertainment said in a statement to ABC News. “The particular type of specialty drink served at Hell’s Kitchen is served at the finest restaurants worldwide without incident. But, out of an abundance of caution, Hell’s Kitchen has removed the drink item at issue from the menu.“All of us here at Caesars Palace and the Gordon Ramsay Restaurant Group are concerned for the injured guests, and are hopeful for their speedy recovery.”Clark County Fire Department Deputy Fire Chief Jon Klassen confirmed to KTNV that two people were taken to the hospital due to the burns.The Rum Donkey is made with Cruzan Single Barrel Rum, falernum, brown sugar, ginger beer and torched passion fruit, according to the restaurant’s website. The passion fruit is literally lit on fire, as the name “torched” implies. It costs $14 a drink.The restaurant is named after Ramsay’s hit TV show and opened in January.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Three European countries see biggest jump in coronavirus cases since lockdown

first_imgMyriam Borzee/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, ELLA TORRES and IVAN PEREIRA, ABC News (NEW YORK) — A novel coronavirus pandemic has now killed more than 792,000 people worldwide.Over 22.5 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some national governments are hiding or downplaying the scope of their outbreaks. Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the United States has become the worst-affected country, with more than 5.5 million diagnosed cases and at least 174,248 deaths. Here’s how the news developed Thursday. All times Eastern:9:54 p.m.: Syracuse suspends 23 over partySyracuse University’s dean and chief of the Department of Public Safety announced 23 students have received interim suspensions after a party on the college’s quad Wednesday night.“By now you are aware of the incredibly reckless behavior that took place on the Quad last night,” Dean of Students Marianne Thomson and Department of Public Safety Chief Bobby Maldonado wrote in a letter to the school community. “We assure you: anyone we are able to identify as attending that gathering will be held responsible. Our investigation is ongoing and includes reviewing security camera footage, interviewing witnesses and processing a number of tips we are receiving with information on who was in attendance.”“We will continue to investigate, and individuals we are able to identify as participants will be referred to the student conduct process,” they added.Officials said a small group gathered just before 10 p.m., with it growing “considerably” until it was broken up by police and DPS officials by 10:30 p.m.6:10 p.m.: Mets postpone Thursday and Friday gamesThe New York Mets became the latest baseball team to postpone games after positive COVID-19 tests.Two members of the organization tested positive, leading the team to postpone Thursday’s matchup against the Miami Marlins and Friday’s game against the Yankees.Although MLB wouldn’t provide more details, ESPN reported that one player and one staff member tested positive.The Mets said in a statement they’ve begun contact tracing.“The team will fly back home to New York tonight with recommended safety precautions in place,” the team said.3:17 p.m.: NC State moves undergraduate classes onlineNorth Carolina State University has moved its undergraduate courses online for the fall semester, the school announced.The majority of courses had already been online, however some were in-person.The university issued a statement on its decision, calling it “disappointing” but saying it was made after “recently witnessed the negative impact caused by those who did not take personal responsibility.”“We’ve had reports of large parties in off-campus apartments. In the last two days alone, we’ve identified three COVID-19 clusters in off-campus and Greek Village houses that can be traced to parties and behavior outside of our community standards and the governor’s mandates,” according to the statement. “We’re seeing significant infections in Greek life, and at this time there have been another seven Greek houses that have been quarantined due to a number of additional positive cases.”On-campus housing will not be closed, though the university noted that could change depending on the situation.1:49 p.m.: Purdue suspends 36 students for partyingPurdue University suspended 36 students for hosting and attending a party amid the coronavirus pandemic, the school announced.The suspensions come a day after Purdue’s president Mitch Daniels said the university “added a provision to the university’s student code that brings the hammer down on off-campus parties that violate social distancing and mask policies.”Dr. Katie Sermersheim, associate vice provost and dean of students, said that the Indiana university has been “clear and consistent” with its message to students about safety measures.“Unfortunately, everything we have done – the months of planning to give our students the opportunity to continue their educational pursuits in person – can be undone in the blink of an eye with just one party or event that does not follow the rules and guidelines,” Sermersheim said in a statement.Reports circulated on social media that the students were removed from campus housing. When asked by ABC News, Purdue pointed to the statement that the “ultimate sanctioning decision” will be made only after a “full hearing process” and students will have the right to appeal.1:22 p.m.: Cuomo signs bill allowing New Yorkers to request absentee ballot amid COVIDNew York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill Thursday allowing voters concerned about COVID-19 to request an absentee ballot for the November election.The bill allows voters to begin requesting absentee ballots starting Thursday, Cuomo said.He added that the measures were in place “to guarantee that New Yorkers can vote safely and that every vote counts.”Mailed absentee ballots that are postmarked on or before Election Day and received within seven days after the election will be counted. Additionally, any ballots without a postmark that are received by Nov. 4 will also be counted.New York also does in-person early voting, which will run from Oct. 24 – Nov. 1.With New York’s move, just six states still currently require an excuse beyond coronavirus to vote absentee by mail in the general election: Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.12:36 p.m.: University of Notre Dame cases increase to 304Cases at The University of Notre Dame have increased to 304, two days after the school canceled classes for two weeks due to an increase.The cases have been tracked since Aug. 3, though the semester began on Aug. 10.Since Aug. 3, 1,780 tests have been conducted at the university, located in Notre Dame, Indiana.11:39 a.m.: Fauci underwent surgery to remove vocal cord polypDr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top medical expert on the coronavirus pandemic, underwent outpatient surgery on Thursday morning to remove a polyp on his vocal cord, his office confirmed to ABC News.Fauci, who is the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a key member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, is now at home resting, according to his office.ABC News has also reached out to Fauci directly for comment.11:23 a.m.: University of Kansas reports 89 cases, mostly among fraternities and sororitiesAt least 87 students as well as two faculty members and staff at the University of Kansas tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday.The university’s chancellor, Douglas Girod, announced the initial results from community testing for the Lawrence and Edwards campuses, in which 7,088 people were tested upon returning to campus prior to the start of classes. Those who test positive are instructed to self-isolate.“A large majority of the 87 overall student positives have come from our fraternity and sorority community,” Girod said in a statement Thursday. “Last night, I met with leaders in these communities along with other campus officials to stress the importance of adhering to the health and safety guidelines and rules we’ve laid out while laying out some additional policy recommendations. And we’ll follow up with these groups with targeted additional testing efforts as needed.”9:19 a.m.: US jobless claims jump back up over 1 millionSome 1.1 million workers in the United States lost their jobs and filed for unemployment insurance last week, according to data released Thursday from the U.S. Department of Labor. The latest weekly figure shows a concerning jump from the previous week’s figure, when weekly filings dipped below the million mark for the first time in 21 weeks.The rise in new jobless claims — which had been trickling down for weeks — highlights the ongoing anguish of the U.S. labor market as the coronavirus pandemic-induced financial crisis wages on. Prior to the pandemic, the previous record for weekly unemployment filings was 695,000 in 1982. That was smashed by nearly tenfold in the last week of March as 6.9 million Americans filed for unemployment insurance in a single week.8:47 a.m.: AMC reopens more than 100 theaters across USAMC, the largest movie theater chain in the world, is reopening more than 100 of its locations in the United States on Thursday for the first time in more than five months. AMC said overall seating capacity will be “significantly reduced” at those theaters in order to achieve social distancing.The company expects to reopen approximately 300 additional theater locations around the country over the next two weeks, as part of a “phased plan” to reopen all 600 U.S. locations. The remainder of its U.S. theaters will reopen “only after authorized to do so by state and local officials,” according to a press release from AMC.7:41 a.m.: Europe reporting an average of 26,000 new cases per dayAn average of about 26,000 new cases of COVID-19 are being reported every day across Europe as infections there have been steadily increasing each week over the last two months, according to the World Health Organization. Dr. Hans Kluge, the WHO regional director for Europe, said at a press conference Thursday that although the region has made “phenomenal efforts” to contain the novel coronavirus after becoming an epicenter of the pandemic earlier this year, “authorities have been easing some of the restrictions and people have been dropping their guard.” New clusters of cases in European countries are mainly occurring in localized settings such as long-term care homes and food production facilities, or are being caused by travelers, according to Kluge.“Localized outbreaks and clusters are now occurring with greater frequency, often in closed settings,” Kluge said, while noting that Europe was in a “much better position to stamp out these localized virus flare-ups” and “can manage the virus differently now than we did when COVID-19 first emerged.” Kluge also called for schools to reopen in areas with low levels of the virus. He said the WHO Regional Office for Europe will convene a virtual meeting of its 53 member nations at the end of the month to discuss how schools across the region could reopen safely.6:21 a.m.: New study shows children play larger role in spread of virus than thoughtClinical data from a new study shows that children play are larger role in the community spread of the novel coronavirus than previously thought.The study, which was published Thursday in The Journal of Pediatrics, investigated 192 pediatric patients aged 22 and younger, of which 49 tested positive for COVID-19 and an additional 18 had late-onset, coronavirus-related illness. Researchers found that the infected children carried a significantly higher level of virus in their airways — particularly in the first two days of infection — than adults who were hospitalized in intensive care for COVID-19.Harvard University called it “the most comprehensive study of COVID-19 pediatric patients to date.”“I was surprised by the high levels of virus we found in children of all ages, especially in the first two days of infection,” Lael Yonker, lead author of the study and director of the Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital’s Cystic Fibrosis Center in Boston, said in a statement released through the university. “I was not expecting the viral load to be so high. You think of a hospital, and of all of the precautions taken to treat severely ill adults, but the viral loads of these hospitalized patients are significantly lower than a ‘healthy child’ who is walking around with a high SARS-CoV-2 viral load.”5:36 a.m.: India marks another record rise in casesIndia reported 69,672 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours — its highest daily increase yet, according to a real-time tally kept by Johns Hopkins University.Now, more than 2.8 million people in India have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began — the third-highest count in the world.There were also an additional 977 coronavirus-related fatalities recorded within the last day, bringing the national total to 53,866, according to the latest data from India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.The country of 1.3 billion people has the fourth-highest death toll from COVID-19 in the world, behind the United States, Brazil and Mexico, according to Johns Hopkins University.5:28 a.m.: France, Germany, Spain see highest spike in cases since lockdownFrance, Germany and Spain have all marked the highest day-to-day increase in COVID-19 infections since the end of their lockdowns. France’s national public health agency reported Wednesday that there were 3,776 new cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the national tally to 225,043. Meanwhile, the country’s positivity rate for COVID-19 tests increased by 3.1% from Aug. 10 to Aug. 16.Germany’s public health institute reported Wednesday that there were 1,510 new cases in the past 24 hours, making the national total 226,914.“In the past few weeks the COVID-19 incidence has risen markedly in many federal states and the number of districts reporting zero COVID-19 cases over a period of seven days has decreased considerably,” the institute said in its daily situation report. “This trend is very concerning.”The Spanish Ministry of Health reported Wednesday that there were 3,715 new cases within the last day. Spain’s cumulative case count, which includes diagnoses from antibody test results, now stands at 370,867.All three European countries are among the top 20 nations hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic. 3:42 a.m.: US reports over 1,300 new deaths for second straight dayThere were 46,436 new cases of COVID-19 identified in the United States on Wednesday, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.Wednesday’s tally is well below the country’s record set on July 16, when 77,255 new cases were identified in a 24-hour reporting period.An additional 1,356 coronavirus-related deaths were also recorded Wednesday. It’s the second straight day of more than 1,300 fatalities, although the figure is still under the record 2,666 new deaths that were reported on April 17.A total of 5,529,933 people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and at least 173,181 of them have died, according to Johns Hopkins. The cases include people from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C. and other U.S. territories as well as repatriated citizens.By May 20, all U.S. states had begun lifting stay-at-home orders and other restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The day-to-day increase in the country’s cases then hovered around 20,000 for a couple of weeks before shooting back up and crossing 70,000 for the first time in mid-July.While week-over-week comparisons show that the nationwide number of new cases has continued to decrease in recent weeks, the number of new deaths has increased, according to an internal memo from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, obtained by ABC News on Wednesday night. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Lack of faith in religious laws

first_imgLack of faith in religious lawsOn 5 Nov 2002 in Personnel Today Discrimination on the grounds of religion, belief and sexual orientationwill soon be illegal, but legal experts are concerned that it could lead to anincrease in workplace disputes. Quentin Reade reportsImpending new laws outlawing discrimination at work on the grounds ofreligion, belief and sexual orientation will create a ‘minefield’ of employmenttribunal claims. The proposed legislation, announced by Barbara Roche, the ministerresponsible for equality, is being introduced to bring the UK in line withexisting EU directives and will come into force by December 2003. The legislation also covers age discrimination, but this aspect will notbecome law in this country until 2006. The new laws have been widely welcomed but employment experts warn that thesection banning religious discrimi- nation will create problems because of itswide scope – protecting both religions and “similar philosophicalbeliefs”. Robin Bloom, partner at law firm Dickinson Dees, said the new legislation issure to generate more employment tribunal claims because the definition ofreligion is open to interpretation. “It opens up a new avenue of claims. Some employers won’t be preparedand there will be people who want to exploit that. Some people will be lookingto push it in some areas,” he said. He said many employers would be unaware that the rules, which are subject toconsultation until 24 January 2003, cover areas such as Rastafarianism andDruidism. Under the legislation the rights of atheists and humanists will also have tobe taken into account by employers. Sue Ashtiany, partner and head of employment law at Nabarro Nathanson, believesthat difficulties may arise because some religions “don’t sit well”with others and with other workplace rights. Some areas of Islam, Christianity and Judaism frown on homosexuality, shesaid, and followers may not wish to work alongside a gay colleague. This wouldcreate a conflict of rights – something she believes the Government needs toaddress. “What will happen when rights clash?” she said. “That is amatter for the Government.” Ashtiany said HR should start finding out now what faiths their employeesbelong to, what their rights are under the legislation and, where necessary,how their needs can be met. Dianah Worman, CIPD adviser on equal opportunities, agreed that the issue ofconflicting rights is set to create difficulties for employers and the CIPD islooking into the matter. Another area Worman believes may cause contention is how an employee provesthey belong to a faith, and is not simply claiming a particular belief to gainspecial treatment at work. “It’s a big challenge,” she said. “Weneed to work out how we can deal with it sensibly.” Employers will be also considered discriminatory if they make assumptionsabout a person’s beliefs based on their religion. Bloom gives the example of an employer assuming that because someone is Rastafarianthey smoke cannabis. However, the regulations for both sexual orientation and religion containexemptions when discrimination is a “genuine occupationalrequirement”. For example, it will permissible to require a Jewish Chaplinin the Army to be Jewish. Organisations based on a religious ethos – such as a religious school – willalso be allowed to favour members of their own religion. The CBI welcomed the new anti-discrimination rules but stressed that furtherdetailed guidance is needed. Susan Anderson, CBI director of human resources policy, said:”Ministers must now set out the parameters clearly. Companies will notunderstand if they face unnecessary and expensive litigation through no faultof their own.” The introduction of legislation banning discrimination based on sexualorientation is not expected to create too many problems, said Ashtiany. “In this case, legislation is playing catch-up. Most company equalopportunity policies already address it,” she said. The changes will also see some people in same-sex relationships get improvedpension rights, and the CIPD has warned that companies will need to check theydon’t exclude gay people by offering better pension benefits to marriedcouples. New disability regulations are also due to come into force. From 1 October2004, the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, will be amended to give a clearerdefinition of discrimination on grounds of disability. The changes will also introduce a defence to the duty to make reasonableadjustments if the employer didn’t know the employee was disabled. What happens next?Equality and Diversity – The WayAhead is available at consultation closes on 24 January 2003 Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

‘Institutionalised discrimination’ is hindering employment of the blind

first_img Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article ‘Institutionalised discrimination’ is hindering employment of the blindOn 22 Jun 2004 in Personnel Today More than 90 per cent of UK employers may be breaking the law bydiscriminating against blind and partially-sighted jobseekers, according to theRoyal National Institute of the Blind (RNIB). In a report released last week, the RNIB said 92 per cent of employersbelieve it would be “difficult or impossible” to employ someone witha sight problem, contravening the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) of 1995. Despite 630,000 vacancies in the UK, three-quarters of blind andpartially-sighted people remain unemployed because of “institutionaliseddiscrimination” among employers, the RNIB said. Philippa Simkiss, assistant director for employment at the RNIB, said:”Ignorance and outdated attitudes are preventing blind andpartially-sighted people from getting into work. Employers’ attitudes need toundergo a sea-change to end this vicious circle of exclusion.” The situation hasn’t improved over the past 10 years, despite the DDA andgovernment schemes such as Access to Work, according to the RNIB report. It found that 37 per cent of employers are ignorant of the DDA, while thevast majority of small businesses (97 per cent) are unaware that the Act willapply to them from October this year. The RNIB has launched a campaign calling on employers to change their beliefthat people with sight problems are too difficult or expensive to employ. As part of the ‘Work Matters – Seeing the Potential of Workers with SightLoss’ campaign, the RNIB will host a series of events for employers, staff andthe general public to provide information and advice on the equipment,technology and services available to help people with sight problems at work. The RNIB is also calling on the Government to provide more funds for Accessto Work, and to promote the scheme more widely to ensure all businesses areaware of it. By Daniel Thomaslast_img read more

Multi-station VLF direction-finding measurements in eastern Canada

first_imgThe directions of propagation, in the earth-ionosphere waveguide, of multi-component two-hop whistlers recorded on 10 July 1972 by four VLF goniometer receivers in eastern Canada have been determined. Using the bearings of these great circle paths, triangulation of several whistler exit-points has been accomplished. The L-values of the whistler exit-points determined by this method are systematically lower than those expected from their nose frequencies, by ~ 0.6. Various explanations are discussed for this effect. The most satisfactory is that the whistler waves leave through the side of the ducts (in which they had propagated for most of their path through the magnetosphere) at an altitude of a few thousand kilometres, and then are refracted to lower L-values before exiting from the lower ionosphere. The results are consistent with both the duct termination altitude predicted by Bernhardt and Park (1977) for the appropriate conditions and also with the observed upper cut-off frequency of the whistlers.last_img read more

Update: Floods hit central Oxford

first_imgUpdate: 20:00, 9th JanuaryAs students trickle back into Oxford, returning from lazy holidays and mince-pie hangovers, much of Oxford remains underwater. Students can help forget their collections fear by a truly maritime view of Oxford. Parts of Christ Church meadow remain closed, whilst Magdalen’s meadow and the adjacent Angel & Greyhound meadow are still underwater. Many sports grounds, including University College’s are also still flooded.Secretary of State for the Environment Owen Patterson told the Oxford Mail yesterday that a relative lack of damage due to flooding is a result of government policy:“We have protected millions of properties around the country over Christmas and New Year and that’s why this Government is determined to spend more than any previous Government in this spending round on this issue.”Patterson recently caused much controversy when he suggested that ancient woodlands “could be bulldozed for housing”.Attempts to establish the flooded car park at Iffley Road sports ground as an open air swimming pool were apparently unsuccessful: No lifeguards were willing to open the #outdoorPool #whatCarPark today @OxfordUniSport good job for #indoorFacilities— David de-Beger (@ddb7_) January 9, 2014 Other flooded areas include the University Parks, and the sports grounds of most colleges.The Environment Agency has said that Iffley Lock is at its highest ever level at 3.6m, above the 3.58m reading on December 27, 2012.Oxford City Council has opened the High Street to traffic, which has now come to a standstill.Earlier, the County Council said that it has now given out over 3,000 sandbags.Running total of sandbags issued by the county council is 3300— OxfordshireCC (@OxfordshireCC) January 8, 2014 Nicola Blackwood, Oxford West MP has tweeted her support for victims of flooding. Andrew Smith, MP for East Oxford, has been visiting residents in Western Road.Having visited flood hit areas, I’ll keep raising flooding issues w/ govt& utility companies:— Nicola Blackwood (@nicolablackwood) January 8, 2014 One student plans to be particularly “rebellious” if waters do not subside before her return:So there’s a flood in parts of Oxford? But where? Because you best believe I’m not going back to lectures if there’s a flood.. 😴😴— rebellious soul (@imabornsinner_) January 9, 2014Plans for aquatic tourist tours of central Oxford, as well as proposals to build an Oxford Docks remain unconfirmed.  Kellogg College, located just next to the University Parks, took this photo.A very soggy University Parks today! #oxford #floods @TheOxfordMail— Kellogg College (@KelloggOx) January 7, 2014Oxford’s sportspeople have also been affected, with sports fields and boathouses flooded.Brasenose and Queens pitches pretty flooded. Swim anyone? @BNC_Members @bncjcr @QueensCollegeFC— OxfordUniSport (@OxfordUniSport) January 7, 2014 The Abingdon Road area is still submerged under various feet of water:Monmouth Rd just off Abingdon Rd #oxford #flood— Claudia(Clouds) Saez (@CloudsRival) January 9, 2014 Update: 13:10, 8th JanuaryAbingdon Road, parts of Magdalen, and Christ Church meadow remain closed off this morning, due to floods described as “the worst in two decades.”center_img @ourcs Oxford boathouses today 1 pm— Hilary (@hilarow) January 6, 2014The Environment Agency’s forecasts suggest that the SSL is at risk of flooding, as this map shows.[mm-hide-text]%%IMG_ORIGINAL%%8801%%[/mm-hide-text]The floods come after several weeks of heavy rain across the UK. The Environment Agency has been issuing flood warnings for the river Cherwell since 28th December, and for the Isis since 23rd December; both had burst their banks by New Year.There are currently over 100 flood warnings across the UK. The Met Office has extended its severe weather alert until Thursday morning, and the Environment Agency has said flood levels in Oxford are expected to peak tomorrow.In a statement, the City Council said, “Several key routes into the city are closed or affected by flooding, so please consider using public transport if travelling in and around Oxford to help ease traffic congestion in the city.”Owen Paterson, the Environment Secretary, was in Oxford for a conference today. Nicola Blackwood, MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, told the Oxford Mail that she has spoken to him about the floods in the Thames Valley.She said, “I join the Secretary of State in paying tribute to the Environment Agency and the emergency services for their tireless work over the Christmas period. However, Despite their ever-increasing water bills, my constituents are again facing foul water flooding from sewers that simply cannot cope with flooding.“What is he doing to put pressure on water companies to be more prepared for flood events and to ensure that we prevent these very distressing incidents from recurring?”Oxford’s flood defences have been criticised as inadequate, with the Oxford Flood Alliance frequently calling for better preparation.Tweet your photos or any breaking news about the floods to @Cherwell_Online These flood barriers are apparently “not as flimsy as they look”:One of our @GeodesignB #flood barrier on Osney island in #Oxford. Deployed by @EnvAgency @EnvAgencySE— Britt Warg (@Britt_W) January 8, 2014 Yesterday afternoon, St Catz’s Library shared this picture.The river’s disappeared, but we’ve got a new lake…— St Catz Library (@StCatzLib) January 7, 2014 Oxonians have been tweeting photos of the floods.The award for worst pun of the year so far goes to Blackwell Books. Understandably the customers are hardly flooding in today #BoomTish #HereAllWeek— Blackwell’s Oxford (@blackwelloxford) January 8, 2014last_img read more

Hoshizaki plays it cool

first_imgHoshizaki has introduced the super-compact DSM 12 ice dispenser, for use when only relatively low volume is required or when usage is occasional.The DSM can either be wall-hung or counter-top mounted and produces 13kg of thimble-shaped cubes every 24 hours.The model dispenses the required amount of fresh ice directly into a glass, so that it does not have to be touched by a scoop and air is not allowed to enter the machine, ensuring hygiene.According to Hoshizaki, the DSM is suitable for situations where iced drinks only account for a small percentage of sales.[]last_img read more

Foreign affair

first_imgIn her book Watching the English: The Hidden Rules of English Behaviour, the anthropologist author Kate Fox talks of the “white bread” British, with our culture of reserve. “We are the most repressed and inhibited people on earth,” she argues.That book was written back in 2004, so have things moved on since then? Have Brits abandoned the white bread for something a little more daring? Well, sales of ethnic ’world’ foods continue to rise: they were up 3.3% to £1,367m in 2010 (Key Note). And within that market, foreign breads such as tortillas, bagels and naan play an important role. Yet caution remains the watchword with the shopping public.Tortilla-style wraps are the fastest-growing sector in “sandwich alternative breads”, with overall sales up 16.9% to £80.2m (Nielsen 52 w/e 2 October 2010).Sarah Hughes, brand manager for bakery at Discovery Foods, says that total Discovery sales were even stronger than that, up 38.5% year-on-year to £6.7m (Nielsen MAT to 19 March 2011). But that’s not because consumers have embraced first-generation tortilla wraps perhaps stuffed with beans and salsa, hoisin duck or some other exotic filling, she says. No, it is because shoppers have been persuaded that wraps are a healthy option and that it is fine to put “safe” filling options, such as cheese and tomato, in a wrap. No-one is going to sneer.Hughes says: “The biggest priority for customers seems to be that wraps are a healthy option. It is an ongoing education process, showing shoppers how user-friendly wraps can be and getting across the idea that fillings don’t need to be fancy. People are fussy and they want familiar fillings tuna, ham, cheese and chicken are the most popular.”New product development in wraps mimics the tried-and-tested path taken with mainstream breads, she adds. “Multiseed is our best-performing line in terms of growth, although plain sells most volume. Wholemeal is in third place. We would look to do more variants in the future. We have been sampling 50-50 white plus wraps which have had a very positive response from consumers.”Penetration is also up by 5.8% for Discovery wraps year-on-year, Hughes adds, compared to 3.9% the previous year (Kantar Worldpanel to 20 March). Hughes sees lots of additional opportunities for growth among females and mums buying for kids in particular.It is the same story at fellow Mexican foods supplier Mission Foods. It reports that tortilla sales are growing at around 25% a year, and that it has seen sustained growth for the last two years plus.However, there is still only about 30% household penetration on tortillas. The longer-established naan bread is at around two thirds penetration now, a level which Mission hopes tortillas will achieve, given their versatility and the fact that they are perceived as being a healthier option than conventional sliced bread.Wraps go mainstreamTestament to the potential of the market is probably seen in the fact that mainstream plant baker Warburtons launched its version of wraps in February albeit a fairly denatured version of the original product. Warburtons’ Square-ish Wraps and Sandwich Thins were launched to appeal to a younger consumer profile. Warburtons suggests a number of ways they can be used, including as a pizza base or folded with melted cheese as part of a snack.Another ’ethnic’ bread slowly being adopted into the mainstream is the bagel. These are now bought by 20.1% of UK households and the bagel market is worth £46.7m in the UK (up 7.2%), according to AC Nielsen figures for January 1 to 19 March, 2011.New York Bakery Co bagels are the biggest-selling brand and are bought by 14.4% of UK households again still a relatively low level of penetration. But the signs are positive, New York Bakery bagels are bought 3.7 times a year, an increase of 10% year-on-year, says the company.Again, growth is coming through mirroring the mainstream breads market. New York Bakery Co relaunched its bagels in January 2011. A wholemeal bagel was introduced, which is high in fibre and low in fat. Over 230,000 packs of the wholemeal bagel were sold in the 12 weeks following launch, a spokeswoman says.On the naan bread front, supplier Honeytop commands around 70% of the UK naan bread market. Honeytop says it is responding to changing consumer demographics for example by developing new product and pack sizes to satisfy single-person and family households. And Honeytop recently developed a folded flatbread for Asda aimed at the sandwich market.Indian influenceMeanwhile, figures from Kantar Worldpanel suggest that Indian breads, such as chapati, are also starting to make inroads in the UK retail scene. These are currently available through upmarket retailers, such as online operation Ocado. Sales of chapati are up 12% to £4m for the year to 20 March, 2011.A Key Note report on Bread and Bakery Products, published in March 2011, suggests: “Speciality breads are growing in popularity, but only really in urban areas that have a diverse, multicultural population, as this is where the majority of the target market resides. Such types of ethnic breads tend to expand into the larger, non-ethnic population after being on the market for a period of time, thanks to a widening interest in more exotic tastes among the general public.”Key Note predicts that new product development is likely to become a key part of the speciality breads sector, particularly as the immigrant population grows. It adds: “Bread manufacturers are likely to respond quickly to this growing demand, due to the fact that volume sales in other sectors of the market are likely to start to stagnate in the coming years.” And as a race described by Napoleon as “a nation of shopkeepers”, what better incentive to try something new? Sector performance n 2010, the “other breads” subsector accounted for the highest proportion of the speciality breads segment, according to Key Note. It recorded household expenditure of £580m last year up 13.5% year-on-year. This subsector includes most types of ethnic and continental breads. Availability Ethnic’ breads now available in the UK include:l Bagelsl Flatbreads including the chapati from the Indian subcontinent, the pitta bread derived from the Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisines, and the Mexican tortillal Naanl Cholla a braided Jewish loafl Rye breads Scandinavian and German breads made from rye flour, often with added wheat flour to produce a lighter loaf. Also Polish black/brown breads Spend on ethnic breads (£’000s) 52 w/e 21 Mar 1052 w/e 20 Mar 11Total434,597465,927Chapatis 3,5864,013Flat breads+platters 11,28514,669Naan bread80,22280,439Tortilla wraps67,93480,279Source: Kantar Worldpanel Total ethnic food sales UK (£m/RSP) % change yoy20081,237.0 +4.620091,284.2 +11.220101,367.4 +3.3Source Key Note, Ethnic Foods, January 2011last_img read more

Watch Chuck Leavell, Members Of REM, Widespread Panic & More Jam Out In DC

first_imgLast week at The Hamilton in Washington DC, Rolling Stones keyboardist Chuck Leavell was joined by John Bell (Widespread Panic), Mike Mills (R.E.M.) and Paul Riddle (Marshall Tucker Band), for the White House Correspondents’ Jam II. The group performed under the moniker “Phil and the Busters“, which kept very much in line with the DC vibe, albeit in a tongue-and-cheek manner.The show was put on by Mother Nature Networks (a leading source for environmental news, advice on sustainable living, conservation and social responsibility), and features a crowd made up of mainly journalists dressed up in anything from blue jeans to black ties. The supergroup put on a lively set, which featured a cover of the Rolling Stones’ “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”. Check out video of the performance below via Mother Nature:last_img read more

Mike Gordon And Steve Winwood Jam With The Dead On This Day In 2003 [Listen]

first_imgThe Fare Thee Well shows brought together Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Grateful Dead a few summers ago. While three out of the Core Four have currently assembled as Dead & Company, a group which is currently on fire halfway through their summer tour, the four former Grateful Dead members previously toured together over the years following Jerry Garcia’s death. One such touring iteration featuring Weir, Lesh, Kreutzman, and Hart was The Dead, whose 2003 configuration also tapped Jimmy Herring, Rob Barraco, Jeff Chimenti and Joan Osborne to round out the group’s stellar lineup. Following The Dead’s one-off February show at The Warfield in San Francisco that year, the ensemble launched a major tour that summer.After hitting Bonnaroo in its second year ever, the band worked their way up the East coast, eventually landing at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center later in the month in June. On this day fifteen years ago — June 20, 2003 — The Dead’s headlining performance featured opening act Steve Winwood to get things going. Winwood not only opened but later joined in for a little fun on the classic Traffic tune “Dear Mr. Fantasy.” However, that was not the only special collaboration that went on that night. One of the bigger surprises of the show came after a rockin’ “Drums/Space” segment when the band was joined by Phish bassist Mike Gordon for a bass-fueled jam session. The magic between Mike Gordon and Phil Lesh was unstoppable following the jam and was carried all the way through a supreme rendition of “Eyes Of The World.”Thanks to the work of Ken Doughty and Matt Cole, we have full audio to share from this performance. Tune in and listen to the magic of The Dead (along with some very special friends) below.last_img read more