Roberts launches royal loaf

first_imgRoberts Bakery has been celebrating the upcoming Royal birth early with a £30 loaf, specially created for the occasion.The Cheshire bakery claimed it was the UK’s most expensive loaf, trumping the previous title holder – a £21 Shepherd Loaf produced by Hobbs House Bakery in the Cotswolds.The bread contains fruity ‘jewels’ – dried apricots, glacé cherries and pineapple – and has a crown-shaped crust, which is coated with real gold leaf.Fifty of the special-edition loaves are being made, and consumers can register for a chance to win one of them. The first 50 names drawn at random, once the baby is born, will receive a loaf.The sweet brioche-style bread is made with Welsh butter from Castle Welsh dairy and Welsh water from Brecon Carreg.Mike Braddock, managing director of Roberts Bakery said: “This is our way of toasting the new arrival that the whole country has been waiting for. We hope everyone who gets to try it agrees.”last_img read more

Gail’s Bakery to open new site in Windsor

first_imgLondon-based Gail’s Bakery is set to open a new site in Windsor this week.,Luke Johnson, hospitality entrepreneur and chairman of Gail’s Bakery, shared the news via Twitter this week.“Very excited to announce that we are opening a brand new Gail’s bakery this Friday in Windsor! Bugger the crisis – we advance! Onwards!” said Johnson, in a message to his 19.6k followers on his @LukeJohnsonRCP account.Johnson is also the chairman of private equity firm Risk Capital Partners and Brighton Pier.He recently described himself as a “lockdown sceptic” on BBC1’s Question Time.“I do worry that much of Britain is too scared, cannot get the risks in proportion, and doesn’t realise the many harms lockdown is doing,” he added on Twitter.Since the Covid-19 outbreak, the bakery has offered home delivery (minimum £20), takeaway and a click-and-collect service. According to its website, 55 sites are currently open, with the Windsor site offering services from 2 June.Gail’s rolled out an at-home baking range including yeast and flour this month.last_img read more

The Marcus King Band Welcomes Danny Clinch & More In Triumphant Return To Asbury Park [Review]

first_imgOn Tuesday night, the young and talented Marcus King led his troupe onstage at the mythical Stone Pony in Asbury Park, New Jersey to shred out a southern-infused mélange of flavor, soul, and originality. His six-piece band, The Marcus King Band, headlined behind the captivating opening act known as Ida Mae. The two-person group comprised of Chris Turpin and Stephanie Jean blended harmoniously, wielding scorching blues riffs and matching long, blonde hair to make for a powerful opening performance.However, the sold-out crowd packed the venue to see Marcus King, the young man endorsed early on by legendary guitarist Warren Haynes, and who also traded guitar licks with some of the best in the biz. Widespread Panic picked him as an honored guest at last year’s Panic En La Playa getaway, and those in attendance were blown away by his lagoon set as well as his sit-in with the nefarious kings of jam band rock and roll. King comes from a long lineage of talented musicians in the Blue Ridge Mountains and seems destined to take his place in the pantheon of rock royalty.As always, Marcus was accompanied by drummer Jack Ryan, bass player Stephen Campbell, trumpeter/trombonist Justin Johnson, sax player Dean Mitchell, and keyboardist DeShawn “D-Vibes” Alexander. At two different points in the evening, guests Danny Clinch on harp and Joe Stuby on guitar joined in, to the exalted incredulity of the audience. A nationally recognized local hero, Clinch recently co-founded the inaugural Sea.Hear.Now Festival in Asbury Park, which was received with colossal levels of success and recognition in its first year.The high-voltage band cut through a version of “Virginia” (co-written by Haynes) from the band’s self-titled sophomore LP before segueing into “8 A.M.” from their latest album, Carolina Confessions. Marcus led the band through two tracks off his debut LP, Soul Insight, with “Fraudulent Waffle” and “Opie” before another smokin’ transition weaved into a cover of Neil Young‘s “Ohio”. Neil Young’s birthday was on Monday, November 12th, and The Marcus King Band aced the celebratory tribute.Returning to his nascent Carolina Confessions, Marcus and his energized band performed “Autumn Rains” before rockin’ the transitory anthem “Keep Moving” off Soul Insight. Pushing their month-old album, The Marcus King Band surrounded two more Carolina Confessions tracks—“Side Door” and forlorn traveler’s anthem “Homesick”, around a blazin’ bass solo from “Thespian Espionage” off their 2016 self-titled release. One last jam from Soul Insight, “Always”, descended into an extended percussive beatdown led by Jack Ryan.The rest of the evening was devoted to Carolina Confessions. King’s most recent album possesses heartfelt themes of leaving his hometown and the contradictory nature of values from traditional Southern Conservatism and the unconditional love taught in Christianity. “Goodbye Carolina” preceded “Confessions” to end the lengthy, uninterrupted set. Returning for an encore, Marcus King introduced the band to the instrumental vibe of Gene McDaniels‘ jam, “Compared to What?” (later popularized by Roberta Flack, then Les McCann and Ed Harris, then Ray Charles, and countless other artists since). To appropriately conclude the evening of youthfully determined music, the six-piece powerhouse performed the closing track from Carolina Confessions, “Welcome Round Here.”The twenty-two-year-old musician performed with a professionalism well beyond his years. Marcus King donned a brown traveller’s hat with a few feathers protruding from the side. It was soon clear to all in attendance that he has earned the feathers with the skill and presence of a much older soul. Even his grandfather’s guitar that he plays is evidence of the old-time tone and feeling that Marcus King embodied.The Marcus King Band’s tour rolls onward to the Theatre of Living Arts in Philadelphia, PA on Thursday, November 15th before heading to Irving Plaza in New York, New York on Friday, November 16th. Later this year, Marcus will return to New York for a New Year’s Eve run with As the Crow Flies at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester. For a full list of upcoming tour dates, head here.last_img read more

Jaw Gems Releases Lush New LP, ‘Dim Kingdom’ [Listen]

first_imgJaw Gems dreams big with Dim Kingdom, a deliriously lush excursion with prismatic appeal. Full-bodied and incredibly intricate, the LP weaves a well-developed shimmer through every track. Outstretched synths and intriguing beats create a mesmerizing brightness that ignites as it twists and rolls.Jaw Gems is a live electronic outfit made up of Tyler Quist (keys and samples), Andrew Scherzer (bass), and DJ Moore (drums). Dim Kingdom follows the albums Heatweaver and HeatweaverRemixes, and it represents a shifting stance for the group.Recorded in Freeport, Maine, Dim Kingdom is inspired by the band’s mood during the writing and recording of the album over the current state of America. “Considering the events of the past two years, it’s not hard to detect a general feeling of low morale in the country, and we have been experiencing it too,” explains Quist. “With this album, we searched to try and find some light in the darkness. We made this music in the hopes that it could lift us and others during this time.”Dim Kingdom feels big, expanding Jaw Gems’ sound with a calming intensity. “We’ve always been inspired by shoegaze and rock & roll,” shares Moore. “With this album, we were motivated to explore that inspiration and apply it to our sonic palette.” Two years spent touring has also affected Jaw Gems’ musical style, as they saw their performance environment change drastically from intimate settings to much bigger venues. “Playing our music on these stages outfitted with increasingly larger sound systems enabled us to craft songs to fit that territory.”Ten tracks take their time to transform into glowing jams. “Sweet Egg” splashes and shines with a groove that hits deep-down and a ride that is fun, loose, and free. Robust boom-baps inhabit “Focusrite,” and “Sleep Arena” rolls over and shoots itself into the stars. A peaceful vibe quivers between the beats and the shake of “Squad Upp.” “Horizon” is softer and deeper, an open-eyed appeal to a technicolor world. Shield your face from the glare in “Narrows” and gallop through a neon labyrinth with “Upkeep.”Imbued with optimism and a powerful lucidity, Jaw Gems’ Dim Kingdom unleashes a sonic spark in the shadows. Listen below:last_img read more

Harvard Foundation to honor Goodman as Scientist of the Year

first_imgAlyssa A. Goodman, Harvard professor of astronomy and research associate of the Smithsonian Institution, has been selected the 2015 Scientist of the Year, part of the Harvard Foundation Albert Einstein Science Conference: Advancing Minorities and Women in Science, Engineering, and Mathematics.  The award will be presented at the annual conference luncheon on March 27. The conference will be held March 28.Goodman’s research and teaching interests span astronomy, data visualization, and online systems for research and education.  In her astronomical pursuits, Goodman and her research group at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, study the dense gas between the stars.Goodman co-founded the Initiative in Innovative Computing (IIC) at Harvard, and served as its director (2005-2008). The initiative created a University-wide interdisciplinary center. More recently, Goodman organized a diverse group of researchers, librarians, and software developers into an ongoing effort known as “Seamless Astronomy,” aimed at developing, refining, and sharing tools that accelerate the pace of scientific research, especially in astronomy.Goodman received her undergraduate degree in physics from MIT in 1984 and a Ph.D. in physics from Harvard in 1989. She came to Harvard as an assistant professor in 1997. She was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2009. She recently served as chair of the Astronomy Section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and on the National Academy’s Board on Research Data and Information. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Something to smile about

first_imgHarvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) welcomed 36 new doctor of dental medicine students during Monday’s orientation. This is the first time in HSDM history that an incoming Class began a four-year program virtually.The Class of 2024 hails from 17 states in the U.S., as well as Canada, China, France, and Korea. It represents 33 different undergraduate institutions and is comprised of 61 percent female and 39 percent male. Twenty-six percent come from populations underrepresented in dental medicineThe HSDM students joined their Harvard Medical School classmates on Zoom for opening remarks from the deans of the respective Schools. The dental and medical students will spend the first year of their education together in the Pathways curriculum.last_img read more

Plainview Mom Gets 12 Years for Killing Daughter, 8

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A woman was sentenced Friday to 12 years in prison for killing her disabled 8-year-old daughter on the day the victim was supposed to be the flower girl at her uncle’s wedding four years ago.Veronica Cirella, 34, of Plainview, had pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter in May at Nassau County court.“Julie Cirella’s young life was cut tragically short by the one person who should have protected her,” Acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said.The uncle found the girl, who suffered from cerebral palsy, and her mother unconscious in their home on July 23, 2011. Veronica had a wire tied around her neck, a suicide note nearby and her daughter was not breathing. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.Cirella’s attorney argued that the death wasn’t intentional, saying that mother fed her M&Ms with peanuts as a treat the night before the wedding, but when she realized that they contained peanuts that the girl was allergic to, she gave the victim liquid Benadryl to counter the effects. The mother awoke the next morning to find her daughter dead.last_img read more

Five ways to make credit union growth your #1 priority in 2017

first_imgAccording to a 2016 TransUnion survey, credit unions are growing at 6.35% annually–a rate which far outpaces the growth of active credit consumers overall. However, this substantial rate of growth is highly concentrated, with almost four-fifths of the increase in membership ascribed to credit unions with assets of more than $500 million. How can smaller credit unions take advantage of the favorable conditions for growth? By emphasizing five key strategies, you can help your credit union make 2017 a tremendous year for growth.Understand Your Value PropositionNo credit union can be everything to everyone, and understanding what you can offer to your members–and, indeed, who your target group of members are–is key to continued growth. Figuring out what your core offerings are, creating a “brand” and aligning your marketing efforts accordingly will help build your name among your clientele.Take Advantage of Digital MarketingTraditional marketing efforts are often quite expensive, and most credit unions find the costs associated with expanding their physical presence by opening additional branches to be prohibitive. Embracing digital marketing–and social media in particular–can allow a credit union to reach a broad group of potential members without needing the spend nearly as much as physical expansion or a traditional marketing campaign would require. continue reading » 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Windsor High School students learn what it’s like to be teachers first-hand

first_imgAs a part of the class, students learn the basics behind teaching as well as spend 30 hours observing teachers at work in our area. “It could either be the deciding factor on if this is what you want to do or if you don’t want to do, it’s just kind of a head start that not many people have the opportunity to do,” said Segrue. Thursday, WCHS’ students observed teachers at Jennie F. Snapp Middle School in Endicott. Students are in WCHS’ Foundations of Education course which is a SUNY Broome Fast Forward class. Upon completion of the course they not only receive high school credit, but also three credits at SUNY Broome. “It’s really like in the moment when you have to learn should I say this, should I not? It’s really like you have to do it in order to become a good teacher,” said Launt. ENDICOTT (WBNG) — Windsor Central High School students observed local teachers in Endicott Thursday as a part of a program for students interested in a teaching career. Fellow classmate Andrew Segrue says the class also gives students a jump on figuring out their future career. Launt says the class also provides a boost when students move on from high school to college, saying, “we’re going to know what to expect.” Student Kristen Launt says the in-classroom observation time really gives her a taste of working with children face-to-face. last_img read more

Taylor Garbage vows to rebuild plant after massive fire

first_img(WBNG) — Taylor Garbage says it plans on rebuilding its recycling plant in Apalachin after a large fire destroyed it on Jan. 3. Over 600 tons of material burned in the blaze. On the evening of Friday January 3, a fire quickly swept through Southern Tier Recycling’s (STR) plant in Tioga County. Despite valiant efforts by the Apalachin Fire Department and many other area fire departments, the $4.5 million, 30,000-square-foot facility was a total loss.  Fortunately, the facility was closed at the time of the fire and there were no injuries.  Investigators currently believe that the fire was ignited by a crushed lithium battery or a discarded mobile telephone.  To allow the uninterrupted collection and processing of area recyclables, STR repurposed its adjacent waste transfer station for recyclables on the following Monday, January 6.  STR is pleased to report that recyclable volumes received at the transfer station are consistent with previous volumes despite the force majeure conditions.  This process will continue until the new facility is constructed, equipped and opened.  STR believes that the $5 million reconstructed facility will be operational in the fourth quarter of this year. There are scores of recycling facilities nationwide that experience similar fires as STR from crushed batteries.  Once a spark is ignited, the contents of the building, paper and plastics provide the fuel to destroy the facility even with the presence of fire suppression equipment in the building. However, STR emphasized that despite this unfortunate event, the company is making every accommodation possible to continue the smooth operation of services until the new facility is up and running. Robert Taylor Jr., president of Southern Tier Recycling, stated, “The loss of the Southern Tier Recycling facility was a devastating event in the history of our company; however, the area’s recycling programs will continue to be unimpeded and all of our recycling partners across the region should continue business as usual, as we will.” The full statement can be read below:center_img In a statement sent to 12 News, Taylor Garbage President Robert Taylor Jr. says the company is working to ensure its customers are unaffected by the fire. Thirty different departments responded to the fire on Jan. 3. Apalachin Fire Chief Mike George told 12 News that the fire at the facility was the largest in “Tioga County modern history.” Presently, STR has to accept and load the incoming volume to be delivered to other merchant facilities.  It is now paying to have the recyclables transported between 80-100 miles to other facilities in the region and is paying $110 per ton to the facilities to process its material.  Previously, STR accepted the material and used its own equipment to process and then sell the sorted material.  Exacerbating the situation is the worldwide market price depression for recycling products as a result of China’s, the world largest purchaser of recyclable material, forbidding the importation of much of the United States’ recycling.  This has caused a glut in the market and has driven commodity prices down, in some cases to unprofitable levels and even where there is no revenue at all received for some commodities. While the interruption caused by the fire is truly unfortunate for the residents of the Southern Tier, STR is moving as quickly as possible to support the area’s recycling program’s return to normalcy. Previously, STR covered its expenses by marketing its sorted material to world markets.  This allowed STR to accept most of the incoming material at no charge to its customers.  Instead of selling its material, it is now paying approximately $157 per ton to get Southern Tier’s recyclables processed and available to the market.  This is an untenable situation; the company cannot afford to continue this practice for any extended period.  On an interim basis, STR will be charging a fee to accept recycling until the new facility is open.  However, other recycling plants in the Northeast like STR are currently charging between $100-$135 per ton for processing only.  Should STR not reopen and no other facility with adequate capacity opens in the area, residents of the Southern Tier area could find themselves paying $160 to $200 per ton to have the recyclables used again.last_img read more