200 Degrees opens ninth coffee shop today

first_imgSpeciality coffee roaster 200 Degrees has opened a store in Liverpool’s Metquarter centre today (15 July).The store, which is the ninth opening for 200 Degrees in the UK, spans 2,000 sq ft and has seating for 72 covers. It serves coffee from the 200 Degrees roast house in Nottingham, as well as deli-style sandwiches, baguettes, salads, soups, cakes and pastries, all prepared daily on the premises. The opening has created 20 new jobs in the city.“We are delighted to open our doors in the go-to retail destination that is Liverpool’s Metquarter,” said Tom Vincent, co-founder and director at 200 Degrees.“The city has an incredible food and drink scene, which we can’t wait to be a part of and, in our prime position on the ground floor of the centre, we relish the chance to serve people shopping, working in neighbouring businesses or anyone seeking out a relaxing space to enjoy our hand-roasted coffee, freshly prepared food and perhaps one or two of our sweet treats.“As with all of our coffee shops, we’ve worked very hard to give the Liverpool store a unique, welcoming atmosphere with our signature ‘Hand Made in England’ copper wall, comfy interior and outdoor café seating area – where customers can enjoy the warmer months.”last_img read more

Yonder Mountain String Band Releases Official Live Compilation Album For The First Time Since 2008

first_imgYonder Mountain String Band, the premiere jamgrass outfit from Nederland, Colorado, has just released Mountain Tracks 6, the first release in this live series since 2008. While Yonder has still released hard-copy live albums over the past nine year, with Live From Stubb’s BBQ coming out last year, instead of a full show, Mountain Tracks 6 is a compilation of some of the band’s favorite live songs from the beginning half of their 2016 tour.In addition to classic Yonder tracks we’ve come to know and love, the album also contains covers of Blind Melon’s “No Rain” and America’s “Sister Golden Hair.” It also contains two “sandwich” tracks, showcasing Yonder’s expertise in building out of a song and then back into it. As Adam Aijala said of Mountain Tracks 6, “It’s been a long time since we’ve released a hard copy of a live show, but we’ve received a lot of requests over the past couple of years.  We were happy to oblige.  Hope you enjoy it!”The album is available for purchase on their website and tour merch booth, and will be going up on Spotify April 7th.Yonder Mountain String Band’s Mountain Tracks 6 Track Listing1. Around You2. Black Sheep3. Sister Golden Hair4. I’m Lost5.  Pass This Way > E.M.D. > Pass This Way6. No Rain7. Drawing A Melody > Summer In The City > Drawing A Melodylast_img read more

Eric Clapton, Tedeschi Trucks Band, & More Announced For Greenwich Town Party

first_imgThe 8th annual Greenwich Town Party will return to Greenwich, Connecticut on May 26, 2018. Headlining the one-day, family-friendly event is guitar master Eric Clapton, as well as performances from returning husband-and-wife-led 12-piece ensemble Tedeschi Trucks Band, New Orleans legends Preservation Hall Jazz Band, folk sensations Trout Steak Revival, and Charlie Scopoletti & The Truth on the main stage. More artists are scheduled to be announced in the coming months.Neighbor Tickets, which include exclusive access to Houlihan Lawrence Neighborhood Area, all-day food and beverages, and preferred parking, go on sale Thursday, March 8 at 10 a.m. Community tickets go on sale April 5 at 10 a.m. Head to the Greenwich Town Party website for more information.last_img

Hardly the retiring kind

first_imgWhen Malcolm Hamilton walked into his first meeting of the board of directors of the Harvard University Retirees Association (HURA) in 2004, he was more than a little taken aback.“I thought, my God,” he recalled, “the room is full of old people.”Little did Hamilton realize that this group of distinguished senior citizens, all former Harvard employees like himself, would become, in his words, “The most energized, creative, and interesting group of people I have ever worked with.”“It’s been a great delight to work with them, and for the hundreds of retirees I have come to know so well,” said Hamilton, who is now president of the association.Established in 1991, HURA is a nonprofit organization for former Harvard employees at all levels. With partial financial backing from the University, the group offers a range of programs and services for retired Harvard faculty and staff who are eager to stay connected to the University. For this dynamic group, age is just a number.Eighty-year-old tango dancer Anne Atheling, who retired as business manager at the Arnold Arboretum in 1997, loves the Argentine art form and the fact that HURA helps her publicize her Tango Society of Boston events.“It’s a wonderful resource,” Atheling said.As a longtime University library administrator and human resources officer, Hamilton followed a simple mantra during his 37 years at Harvard, one he relies on as HURA president: “Set goals, secure the resources people need to reach those goals, and then stay out of their way.”His philosophy has “worked very well with HURA,” said Hamilton, who has led HURA for six years and helped usher the organization into the computer age. There is a new website on HARVie and a robust electronic mailing list that the organization uses to convey information to 1,000 subscribers.The group coordinates trips to the ballet, behind-the-scenes visits to Symphony Hall and Fenway Park, and of course, outings to Harvard football and hockey games, as well as popular “rambles” ­­— leisurely walking tours of local reservations and parks. Through HURA, members can also connect with volunteer groups and other enrichment opportunities, as well as to each other.What began as a small group of retirees in the 1980s — brought together initially to help organize Harvard’s 350th anniversary celebration — has blossomed into a network of more than 1,200 members. The group, which has officers and a board of directors, also hosts three major yearly gatherings: a holiday party, an annual meeting, and HURA Day in the spring.Each March during spring break, the group commandeers the Science Center for a day of meetings and discussions with Harvard’s faculty and University administrators. During the event, Harvard-affiliated organizations like Outings & Innings, the Harvard University Employees Credit Union, and Harvard University Health Services set up information tables.“We try to give people some impression of all of the services that the University offers to all of its retirees,” said Hamilton.HURA also produces a newsletter five times a year containing information of interest to retirees, along with cultural and educational happenings, HURA activities, and updates on retiree benefits. HURA members also receive the “Harvard Resources for Retirees” handbook, which describes the services and resources available to them.“It’s a very vibrant, caring group,” said its longtime secretary and former human resources administrator Carole Lee. “I have stayed with it this long because I enjoy it so much.”Membership costs $15 a year and is open to all benefits-eligible Harvard retirees.  For more information, contact Carole Lee, 15 Yerxa Road, Cambridge, MA 02140. You also can call 617.864.8694, or email [email protected]last_img read more

Red, pink or green?

first_imgGardeners often argue about when tomatoes should be picked — when they’re ripe, almost ripe or green as the stalk that supports them.Tomatoes are considered to be vine ripe if they are at the “breaker stage” of maturity when they are picked. The breaker stage is when pink color first becomes noticeable. These tomatoes are physiologically mature and will develop their tomato-red color naturally. These breaker stage tomatoes can be handled and shipped with less damage than those that are more mature when picked.However, most home gardeners don’t plan on transporting their tomatoes any farther than to their own kitchen table or maybe their neighbor’s front porch, so they don’t have to worry about shipping damage. In that case, it doesn’t hurt to wait to pick the tomato past the breaker stage. Waiting a few extra days also ensures that you can eat the tomato right off the vine. You can harvest at the breaker stage if you need to take or ship tomatoes to an out-of-town friend. Just remember to tell your friends to spread the tomatoes apart, so they can continue ripening once they reach their destination.For shipping many tomatoes are picked at the mature green stage. At this stage there is jelly-like material in all the internal cavities of the tomato, and a sharp knife cannot cut the seeds when the fruit is sliced. Growers use ethylene-based gas to finish ripening tomatoes (and other fruits) that are harvested at the mature green stage. This allows the fruit to be picked, packed and shipped with the least amount of damage, and it extends the shelf life at the supermarket. Tomato connoisseurs love to argue over whether a tomato that was picked when it was green and ripened with ethylene gas can ever taste as good as vine-ripened tomato. Some folks believe that the only real tomato is one picked red off the vine. Others think that tomatoes picked green and ripened during shipping taste just as good. This controversy will likely continue as long as there are tomatoes to be picked. Probably the only point of agreement between these debaters is that the green version is quite good when fried.last_img read more

CAP provides inside-the-industry investment option

first_imgBesides being one of the stickiest products for boosting member loyalty, credit cards can be a revenue center for credit unions that manage their portfolios well. Through the Collateralized Asset Program from TMG Financial Services, credit unions can benefit from the returns of a well-run portfolio, whether or not they have one themselves.The way this works is for credit unions to invest—in the form of a collateralized loan to a CUSO—in CAP, which is a portfolio of credit union credit card accounts that have been sold to TMG Financial Services. CAP investors receive competitive yields—often better than CDs—based on soundly underwritten assets, as the average cardholder in the TMGFS card portfolio has a credit score of 740. An ownership stake in the CUSO is not required.Other CAP features include:fixed interest ratea wide variety of terms and ratesinterest payments made semiannually to credit unions that have investedconsistent and frequent reporting that models reporting for publicly traded, asset-backed credit card securities; andcredit and fraud losses assumed by TMG Financial Services, not shared with CU investors.To many credit unions, making investments that support the movement as well as their bottom lines is important. The more than 60 credit unions that take part in CAP—now 10 years old—are ensuring critical credit card assets stay inside the credit union industry. continue reading » 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Restaurant in Binghamton welcomes changes in name of safety

first_imgThe most recent is a regulation from Governor Andrew Cuomo mandating that all bars and restaurants in New York State only serve alcohol to those ordering food. From limiting the number of people in the restaurant, to social distancing efforts and requiring masks to be worn, Kipp voiced frustration. “It was really tough not seeing everybody for a long time, and as they start coming back, it was really great just seeing everybody that we’ve missed,” he said. As for the Old Union, Kipp said the cooks are getting a menu prepared. While a new regulation means more changes, Kipp is all for it if it means customers can keep on coming back. “I feel like a lot of the bars and restaurants are being held to much higher standards than most other industries,” he said. However, safety measures aren’t something Kipp takes lightly. “We’re gonna abide by the rules,” Kipp said. “Our customers’ safety, our community’s safety, and my staff’s safety have always been a top priority here.” “We’re fortunate enough where that most people who come here get something to eat anyway,” he said. “It kind of makes it tough for the places who are more bars than restaurants.” Some restaurants have started selling cheap items as a way to get around the mandate, such as a bar in Saratoga Springs selling “Cuomo Chips.” For the Old Union Hotel in Binghamton, the mandate doesn’t have a big impact, but owner Adam Kipp is worried about his fellow businesses. “We’re gonna be coming up with a small bites menu that we can serve late night. It’be a little bit more than just chips,” he laughed. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Restaurants and bars in the Southern Tier aren’t unfamiliar with changes that have been frequent the last few months.last_img read more

Crikvenica UHPA’s domestic destination in 2018

first_imgAfter Biograd na Moru, the Tourist Board of the City of Crikvenica becomes UHPA’s domestic destination in 2017/2018. years.Crikvenica will in the spring of 2018. to be a host “UHPA Day 2018.”, a multi-day annual meeting of travel agencies and other stakeholders in tourism. This largest gathering of travel agencies in Croatia with over 100 representatives of travel agencies and representatives of the Ministry of Tourism, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce and the Croatian Tourist Board is certainly an opportunity for additional promotion of the destination, but also strengthening cooperation with Croatian and foreign travel agencies.Namely, the Association of Croatian Travel Agencies (UHPA) has been implementing the domestic destination project of the year for several years in a row and has so far achieved successful cooperation with tourist boards in several counties in Croatia.What does this collaboration specifically mean for the destination?  First of all, as pointed out by UHPA, the joint work of UHPA and the tourist community affects the development of the tourist offer and contributes to better market positioning, recognition and promotion of the destination through strengthening the tourism sector. “During the year, the Crikvenica Tourist Board, and thus, of course, the entire Crikvenica Riviera, receives a number of marketing and consulting activities, such as online destination promotion, promotion in UHPA publications (UHPA Directory and UHPA Professional Review), a separate brochure” magazine Way to Croatia ”dedicated to the destination of the year) and in public appearances (for example, at workshops, assemblies and various events, the annual gathering“ UHPA Days ”, etc.).” point out from UHPA and add that in addition, representatives of the Crikvenica Riviera will have the opportunity to hold special presentations of the destination at various UHPA events.Four educational workshops will be organized for tourist agencies in the Crikvenica Riviera, whose main goals will be to create new package deals and develop selective forms of tourism, which can be applied in practice or in the daily business of agencies.UHPA Days 2019 in SlavoniaA big positive “dust” was raised by the launch initiative to hold the Days of Croatian Tourism in 2018 in Slavonia. Day after day, support is coming from all over Croatia from the entire tourism sector from Istria to Dubrovnik, as well as from Zagreb to Slavonia, and even beyond the borders of Lijepa naša.Support for the # DHTSlavonija2018 initiative is joined by the Association of Croatian Travel Agencies (UHPA) as well as in his personal name Tomislav Fain, President of UHPA, who points out that they support the initiative to hold Croatian Tourism Days in Slavonia in 2018 and announces that UHPA Days will be held will be held in 2019 also in Slavonia. “I personally support the initiative to hold DHT in Slavonia in 2018, but the initiative is also supported by the Association of Croatian Travel Agencies. UHPA will certainly try to hold UHPA Days in Slavonia in the coming years, but as the location has already been chosen for next year, I can announce that UHPA Days 2019 will certainly be in Slavonia. We must all work together to expand the Croatian tourism product, and continental tourism certainly deserves it”Points out Tomislav Fain, President of UHPA.Related news: TOMISLAV FAIN, UHPA: WE SUPPORT THE INITIATIVE TO HELD TOURISM DAYS IN SLAVONIA AND I ANNOUNCE UHPA DAY 2019 IN SLAVONIAlast_img read more

Jakob Oetama bids farewell, leaving journalism legacy

first_imgIndonesia lost one of its journalism heroes on Wednesday through the passing of Jakob Oetama, cofounder of the country’s largest media and publishing company, Kompas Gramedia.Kompas Gramedia confirmed his death. He passed away at the age of 88 after suffering from multiple organ failure, one of the doctors who treated Jakob said. He would be buried at the Kalibata Heroes Cemetery in South Jakarta on Thursday.Throughout his life, Jakob was known by many of his comrades and loved ones as a simple figure who always prioritized honesty, integrity, gratitude and humanism.Jakob, the son of a teacher, was born in Jowahan village in Central Java and graduated from the Seminary High School in Yogyakarta in 1951.Before jumping into journalism, Jakob followed his parents’ footsteps and taught at Mardi Yuana Junior High School in Cipanas, West Java, in 1952 and Van Lith Junior High School in Jakarta in 1953.It was not until 1955 when Jakob became the weekly editor of Penabur magazine that he began to delve into the publishing world. Six years later, he finished studying at Yogyakarta’s Gadjah Mada University, majoring in mass communication.He partnered with Auw Jong Peng Koen, or Petrus Kanisius Ojong — one of Indonesia’s active figures in journalism and politics — to publish Intisari magazine, which paved the way for the establishment of Kompas newspaper in 1965.Now, he should be remembered as the “the nation’s teacher”, said Jusuf Wanandi, the president director of The Jakarta Post’s publishing company, on Wednesday.“He is an educator for the public, especially through his mixed media and his bookstore, which were services that he provided to the nation as its teacher,” Jusuf said.Jusuf, who had known him since the 1960s, saw Jacob as an “empathetic and open-minded” individual that had provided “a great service” to the democratic changes in the past.And he is not alone in holding such views. The Post’s senior editor, Endy Bayuni, acclaimed how Kompas, through the journalism style that Jakob developed, was able to be critical yet survive and thrive under the New Order regime when press freedom was very limited.“He had the wisdom by which he was able to build the trust of both the people and the elite,” Endy said.One of Jakob’s pupils, seasoned Kompas journalist Maria Hartiningsih, described the “Kompas journalism” founded by Jakob as expressing criticism without attacking or cornering the subject and giving a voice to the downtrodden.“I remember he told me to always nurture humanity and compassion, because that’s the most important thing in journalism,” Maria told the Post.“Through his subtle and sophisticated way of criticizing, we’re also reminded that journalism is a matter of putting issues into context, so that people will know what the problems are,” said Maria, adding that Jakob was a “spiritual father” to her and many Kompas employees.During a 2005 interview with the Post, Jakob admitted that Kompas’ style, which was not straightforward, possibly arose from his Javanese background.“From childhood, Javanese people do not ask for money directly but often explain the reasons first,” he said.Meanwhile, Antara president director Meidyatama Suryodiningrat saw him as a national figure who had been “carrying the torch” for good journalism.“In an era where the media has to move quickly and seek profit, he still prioritized journalistic values, and that is where young people like us can learn a lot from him,” he said on Wednesday.Among the young generation, West Java-based Kompas journalist Melati Mewangi said even though she had never talked to Jakob, she had learned a lot about him and his values through his writings as well as his biography.“There’s nothing new under the sun, Jakob would often say, explaining that there’s nothing new in this world, but that we can always renew our perspectives,” she said.“He wanted to encourage young journalists to explore the world outside of our comfort zones, and that really helped me shift my perspective when I was assigned to report from a new region that I had never been to. His wisdom lifted my spirit and curiosity,” she said.Another Kompas journalist based in North Sulawesi, Kristian Oka Prasetyadi, also said he had been holding on to Jakob’s principle of “comforting the poor, reminding the prosperous” in the way he wrote his articles.Media organizations have conveyed their condolences and appreciation for Jacob’s contribution to the country.Press Council head Muhammad Nuh said Jakob had paid close attention to media regeneration, citing as an example the fact that his company had founded Multimedia Nusantara University (UMN).Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) chairman Abdul Manan also recalled how Jakob once congratulated then-AJI chairman Lukas Luwarso for the AJI’s persistence in fighting against the government’s repression of press freedom.“I think that reflects his attitude as a gentleman who respected the younger generation,” Abdul said.Meanwhile, Indonesian Journalists Association (PWI) head Atal S. Depari said he was considering creating an award under Jakob’s name to honor his legacy, which would be given to journalists who write about humanities.Topics :last_img read more

European Parliament OKs Brussels plan for benchmark regulation

first_imgThe European Parliament has approved the negotiating mandate for European Commission plans to increase the regulation of benchmarks in the wake of the LIBOR and EURIBOR scandals.The Parliament cleared the way for trialogue negotiations between itself, the Commission and the European Council on the format and implementation of the regulations.In September 2013, after discoveries of manipulation in the LIBOR and EURIBOR benchmark rates by market makers, the Commission consulted on how it should approach regulating the markets before deciding on regulation.Its current proposals aim to address conflicts on interest within rate setters, increased governance, transparency and oversight alongside a code of conduct and additional due diligence. Negotiations between the three pillars of the European Union will start next month, the Commission said.“The proposed EU rules aim to improve the functioning and governance of benchmarks that are produced and used in the EU in financial instruments such as bonds, shares, futures or swaps,” it added.Jonathan Hill, EU commissioner for financial stability, services and capital markets union, said it was the consumers who foot the bill of manipulated and unreliable benchmarks.“Our proposal will put in place rules for safer benchmarks across the EU,” he said. “I am confident we can now move swiftly to find an agreement on a final text.”The Index Industry Association (IIA), the lobby group for index providers, said the vote demonstrated an important milestone for effective regulation for benchmarks.“[The IIA] welcomes the overwhelming vote of support for the regulation,” it said.“In particular, IIA supports the proportionate and pragmatic approach taken by the European Parliament, which will help to restore confidence in the markets where problems have emerged.”The work, conducted by the Parliament’s ECON committee, was criticised over one aspect of the bill gone forward.“[We remain] concerned by the Parliament’s proposal to the introduction of price regulation through legislation,” it said. “[We hope] policymakers will be able to make significant progress towards a final agreement through fruitful trialogue negotiations in the months ahead.”In a survey done last year, academic think-tank EDHEC Risk-Institute showed investors were not satisfied with the increased governance requirements on index and benchmark providers and said transparency was key to manage conflicts of interest.The Commission consultation began in 2012 before its decision to press ahead with regulation a year later.The former commissioner for internal markets, Michel Barnier, said the unacceptable behaviour by banks undermined confidence in markets but that increasing sanctions would not be enough to ensure compliance.In February, the EU Council threw its support behind the proposed new rules, allowing the Commission to see the agenda through parliamentary approval.The Commission said a final draft of regulatory measures would be seen and implemented as soon as possible.last_img read more