M&S and SSP join-up to extend

first_imgMarks & Spencer has launched a new site at Sutton station with SSP, in a bid to extend its breakfast and lunch offering in the food-to-go market.The retailer will reportedly roll out more of the SSP run sites in Ebbsfleet International, Winchester and Sevenoaks stations, according to British Baker’s sister publication M&C Report.The offering will include sandwiches, soups, ready meals and hot drinks.It has been trialling the format with SSP, the travel concessions operator, since 2012 at Baker Street station.This comes as SSP, global giant behind brands such as Upper Crust and Caffè Ritazza, announced yesterday it had seen revenue increase by 4%.It also said its sales reached £1.8bn for the year ended 30 September.last_img read more

Snarky Puppy Floods NPR Studios With Instrumental Fusion Grooves

first_imgBeloved musical collective Snarky Puppy recently released Culcha Vulcha, their first studio album in eight years. While the recording does a great job capturing the band’s mystical, other-worldly sound, it’s their live performances that set Snarky Puppy over the edge. Led by bassist Michael League, the rotating cast of characters have no qualms when it comes to exploring uncharted musical terrain, fusing rock, jazz and funk perfectly with every passing show.Snarky Puppy Makes Triumphant Studio Return On ‘Culcha Vulcha’ [Review]In celebration of the new release, Puppy has been on a fiery tour of late, and stopped by the NPR studios in WXPN’s World Cafe for an interview and performance. League chats about the band’s current status, before treating listeners to some new grooves from the album. Thanks to NPR, we can share the stream below.last_img read more

AP PHOTOS: Designer Julien Fournie’s showcase is a movie

first_imgPARIS (AP) — The new face of Paris Fashion Week is digital.  With shows taking place behind closed doors due to the virus pandemic, some designers such as Julien Fournie are becoming versatile: getting their designs out to the public by making a film of their collection and streaming it online. The designer says he started out learning how to draw, but now he realizes he also needs to learn how to become a filmmaker. He was speaking at a behind-the-scenes preview of his spring-summer 2021 couture movie filming. The fashion industry — along with the retail industry in general — has been hard-hit by pandemic restrictions.last_img read more

Tickets Now On Sale for Los Monologos de la Vagina

first_img Related Shows Tickets for Los Monólogos de la Vagina, a Spanish version of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues, are now on sale. Directed by Jaime Matarredona, the play will begin performances on May 6 at the Westside Theatre. Opening night is scheduled for May 18. Kate del Castillo and Angélica Vale will appear in the show from May 6 through June 1. They will be joined May 6 through May 11 by Miriam Colón. From May 14, Vale’s mother, Angélica María, will board the production. Additional casting will be announced shortly. Based on interviews with a diverse group of women—from a Long Island antique dealer to a Bosnian refugee—The Vagina Monologues brazenly explores the humor, power, pain, wisdom, outrage, mystery and excitement hidden in vaginas. The original production played over 1300 performances from 1999 to 2003 at The Westside Theatre. Los Monólogos de la Vagina will be modeled after the current Mexico City production. View Comments Los Monologos de la Vagina Show Closed This production ended its run on June 15, 2014last_img read more

Whitetail Nutrition

first_imgWhitetail deer are probably the most economically important large game animal in the U.S. Due to population growth, the amount of suitable habitat has decreased and managing the species has become more intensive. Deer management now requires a deeper understanding of the nutritional requirements that affect body size, reproduction and survival.The truth is, the nutritional requirements of whitetail deer are not fully understood. While some of their nutritional needs are similar to those of domestic ruminants, most are profoundly different.The nutritional needs of deer have to be confronted on a seasonal basis, corresponding with both physiological changes within the population and the nutrients available to them. Oftentimes, the nutrients needed for one season are a result of a deficiency from a previous season.While deer can survive for a relatively long period of time on little to no food, the effects of a nutritional deficiency can be seen for up to two years after the deficiency. This often results in decreased body weights, decreased birth weights and decreased antler mass across the population.Armed with this knowledge, we know that deer populations should be managed so that there is enough natural forage to meet the population’s nutritional needs and, in some instances, supplemental food sources should be provided.Whitetail deer are browsers, meaning that they feed on a variety of different forages in varying quantities.  One particular food does not dominate their diet. Food selection depends on palatability and availability. Therefore, variety is key to a healthy herd. Much like humans, deer need proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and water.For the sake of space, this article will focus on the three macronutrients.Proteins are needed for body growth and maintenance, reproduction, lactation and antler growth. While the amount of protein necessary depends on age, sex, life cycle and season, the necessity of protein supplementation is a highly debated topic among whitetail biologists. On one side of the spectrum, there are those who believe that a deer’s natural diet provides sufficient protein levels to promote growth. Since deer can only process around 17 percent protein at a time, they consider anything more than this a waste. On the other end are those who believe that to maximize genetic potential a high protein diet is necessary all year round, and the only way to do this is through supplementation.Fats and carbohydrates can both be lumped into the energy category. Energy is a component of management that often gets overlooked. Like protein, energy requirements are cyclic and are guided by age, growth stage, gestation, lactation, movement, temperature and antler development. While energy availability is always important, it becomes especially critical during the late summer and throughout the fall. During this time, bucks and does are preparing for breeding and pregnancy, so energy intake is increased to put on fat stores to endure winter and deliver adequate nutrition to developing fetuses.The mother’s nutritional state greatly affects the condition of her fawn(s). Inadequate energy supplies lower fat stores and can lead to a state of catabolysis, in which the body is feeding off of muscle tissue. This can lead to a vicious cycle of nutritional deficiency for years to come.While the nutritional requirements of deer are not fully known, we do know that basic protein and energy requirements must be met in order to produce quality animals. Healthy deer have increased body weights, decreased disease occurrence and stable populations. Populations in poor health often cycle up and down in numbers, often shooting above carrying capacity then falling drastically below.While nutritional supply is not a “silver bullet” solution in situations like this, it is a step in the right direction.last_img read more

A Policewoman Heads Pacification of Rio de Janeiro Shantytowns

first_imgBy Dialogo July 12, 2012 After the World Soccer Cup for 2014 announcement, the police didn’t stop to go up the slum’s hills of Rio, all this to alleviate the staying of people from abroad, and what about us? we belong here, and we are left in second place? They only will prove me wrong will be when the Cup is over, then I want to see if they will go up the hills with the same assiduity. I DON’T THINK SO Kidnapped and tortured in a shantytown five years ago, young military police officer Pricilla de Oliveira Azevedo is currently coordinating the new police units that have arrived in dozens of poor Rio de Janeiro neighborhoods following decades of control by drug traffickers. The 34-year-old De Oliveira is today in charge of 25 Police Pacification Units (UPP) with jurisdiction over 144 shantytowns occupied by 5,550 police officers, a strategy launched by the Rio Government in 2008 with a view toward improving security prior to hosting the World Cup in 2014 and the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016. “We succeeded in transforming a place feared by the population and by tourists into a location that can be visited today,” De Oliveira told AFP atop Providencia Hill, where the first Rio shantytown, today also reconquered by the police, was born in the late 19th century. In Washington in March, De Oliveira received the International Women of Courage Award from U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and first lady Michelle Obama. “My greatest achievement was to show that in the Rio shantytowns, unlike what the police and a lot of people thought, the majority of the inhabitants are good, hardworking people,” she explained. De Oliveira was the commander of the UPP in the Santa Marta shantytown in Botafogo (in the southern part of the city), the first shantytown “pacified” by the police in 2008, where she was the only female police officer and was in charge of 126 men. The most difficult part, she said, was to get the inhabitants to trust the officers. Santa Marta had been occupied by the military police elite battalion for nine months many years earlier, but when the battalion withdrew in 1991, the drug traffickers retook control and murdered those whom they considered informers. The fear that this could be repeated remains under the surface. During her two years in Santa Marta, she fought drug trafficking, was trained in conflict mediation and human rights, and worked with authorities to improve garbage collection and medical care. “In two years, I never received a report by telephone without knowing who was calling me. That’s great evidence of trust, because the people who have been living there for 20, 30 years know the power of the criminals, and they didn’t know me,” she said. Today, her challenge consists in “demonstrating that the police are working to improve society” and “destroying the myth that the UPP can solve all the problems.” In her view, the pacification units serve to affirm the state’s presence and open the way for basic services and private investment. “Through our work, we have to gain people’s trust, but in some shantytowns, it’s going to take a while (…). When drug trafficking is being done by the inhabitants of the community themselves, it’s more difficult, because people have a relationship with the criminal,” she explained. One and a half million people currently live in Rio de Janeiro’s more than 750 shantytowns. The UPPs have significantly improved security in poor neighborhoods located in more touristed areas, near the airport or the sambadrome, but violence continues in hundreds of communities in the poorer parts of the city. Asked about recent cases of police corruption in the UPPs and about shantytown inhabitants who confess to being more afraid of the police than of drug traffickers or vigilante groups, she stated that there are bad examples “in any profession” and that they are “the minority.” In 2007, De Oliveira was kidnapped by a group of armed criminals as she left her house and was taken to a shantytown for several hours. “They hit me a lot, they assaulted me constantly, without stopping. I thought that I would never get out of there; I was in an uninhabited part of the shantytown, with several armed men: me, a police officer, a woman, all alone. I did get out of there, with God’s help,” she said. She succeeded in escaping, after several attempts. The police officer arrested some of the criminals, and she returned with her colleagues the next day to arrest the rest. According to De Oliveira, this incident, instead of resulting in a “panic syndrome,” had “the opposite effect” on her. “I couldn’t let myself take even one day off. I didn’t want to stop working, I became a better person; it made me see that people in the shantytown needed help,” she stated. For 11 years, she has been trying to reconcile her job with her study of law. “I don’t have a husband, I don’t have children, I don’t even have a boyfriend, I don’t have time,” she said, laughing. “When I joined the police, many people in my family were opposed. It was difficult for my mother,” she said. “But they also raised me to follow my dreams and not depend on any man or on anyone,” she declared. last_img read more

Palm Beach FAWL raises charitable funds

first_imgPalm Beach FAWL raises charitable funds April 15, 2006 Regular News Palm Beach FAWL raises charitable funds The doors of Barnes and Noble at City Place opened recently to welcome more than 80 members of the Palm Beach Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers and their friends who were busy gathering gifts for the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County’s silent auction to be held May 13 as part of the 18th Annual Pro Bono Recognition Evening.In addition, monies were raised for Legal Aid’s Children’s Fund.Guests purchased and donated over 170 learning books and gifts for the Pro Bono Night Silent Auction and raised over $1,000 for the Children’s Fund.The fund provides medicine, clothing and school supplies to the disadvantaged children in our community, according to Michelle Suskauer, the events chair.last_img read more

Pension funds ‘remain in scope’ of financial transaction tax law

first_img“We believe that this contradicts and undermines many initiatives on the EU and national level to strengthen workplace pensions.”Taxes on financial transactions ended up being taxes on savings or pensions, added PensionsEurope, and the FTT would “increase the costs, lower the returns and reduce the efficiency of the investment strategies of pension funds, which will ultimately lead to lower benefits for pensioners”.“The FTT would have a significant impact on the future retirement income of European pensioners”PensionsEuropeIt also argued that the proposed “mutualisation” system, whereby revenues from the tax would be pooled and shared among the countries applying it, would mean that “to some extent” pension income from members in one EU country would be transferred to another country.“This clearly cannot be the purpose of an FTT regime,” said PensionsEurope.It called on the 10 member states to dismiss the proposal or, if the tax were to be introduced, to exempt pension funds and their assets from its application.Insurance Europe, PensionsEurope’s counterpart for the insurance sector, said exempting pension products from the scope of the FTT was “crucial”, and distinguished this from exempting only specific types of pension providers.In its view, it said, it would be best to leave the definition of “pension products” to be exempted to national authorities, whereby the principle of ‘substance over form’ should be observed.“All financial institutions that provide occupational pension products should be regulated not on the basis of the legal vehicle through which the products are sold, but rather according to the benefits those products provide to beneficiaries,” the insurance association wrote.*Belgium, Germany, Greece, Spain, France, Italy, Austria, Portugal, Slovenia and Slovakia Industry associations have reiterated their concerns about plans for a financial transaction tax (FTT) ahead of a meeting tomorrow of the technical experts from the EU states aiming to implement the tax.PensionsEurope and Insurance Europe have written to ambassadors from the 10* EU countries that have pursued the introduction of an FTT under the so-called enhanced cooperation procedure after an initial proposal from the European Commission was blocked by a majority of member states.Exempting pension funds from the tax has been discussed before within the group of 10 countries, but according to PensionsEurope, pension funds and their asset managers regretfully “remain in the scope” of the legal text being negotiated.“As a result, the FTT would have a significant impact on the future retirement income of European pensioners,” said the association in its letter.last_img read more

Sebastian Coe: IAAF’s new president

first_imgSebastian Coe elected as new IAAF president Related South Africa’s President Inauguration IAAF President’s son awaits probe findings In the race for the IAAF presidency, Sebastian Coe got past Ukraine’s Sergey Bubka narrowly 115 votes to 92.The election marked the organisation’s 50th Congress ahead of the World Championships in Beijing and means that Lord Coe will be in charge for an initial term of four years. In the race for the IAAF presidency, Sebastian Coe got past Ukraine’s Sergey Bubka narrowly 115 votes to 92.The election marked the organisation’s 50th Congress ahead of the World Championships in Beijing and means that Lord Coe will be in charge for an initial term of four years.Sebastian Coe was elected president of the International Association of Athletics Federations on Wednesday after beating Ukraine’s Sergey Bubka by 115 votes to 92 in a ballot of the governing body’s 50th Congress.The Briton takes over as head of a sport battling a public relations crisis with the IAAF accused of failing in its duty to address doping amid allegations that blood doping was rife in athletics. Take a look at the man taking charge of the athletics governing body.last_img read more

Barty dumped out of US Open

first_imgRelatedPosts Serena heads to French Open with time running out for number 24 French Open to allow 11,500 fans daily in three show courts French Open pushed back one week, ATP and WTA announce August resumption French Open champion and former world number one Ashleigh Barty has been knocked out of the US Open thanks to a stunning performance from Wang Qiang. Wang, the 18th seed, triumphed in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4, to secure a place in the quarter-finals. Barty fought hard in the second set, but ultimately hit too many errors to make any inroads on the Wang service game; however, she managed to save three match points before returning a serve long to hand Wang the win. It was the Chinese player’s first win over Barty; the Australian had come out on top without dropping a set in their two previous encounters, which both occurred last year – in the quarter-final of Strasbourg, and in the final of the WTA Elite Trophy Zhuhai. Wang will face the winner of the fourth-round match between Serena Williams and Petra Martic.Tags: Ashleight BartyFrench OpenPetra MarticWong Qianglast_img read more