South Wales bakery D Gibbon and Sons has invested £100k in new machinery for its factory, to cope with increased business.The manufacturer and wholesale bakery, based in Newport, supplies its own breads, rolls, cakes and confectionery, inclu-ding its Gibbons Family Bakers brand, as well as national brands such as Hovis, across South Wales and areas of the UK.The money has been spent on two single-rack ovens, as well as a flow-wrapper and an additional van for its fleet. “The new ovens are less labour-intensive, but we will need to take on more staff because production has gone up,” said bakery manager Julian Owen. “One of our major customers is Aldi and, in time, we’re looking to set up separate distribution in Swindon (Gloucester- shire). At the moment, we supply around 25 stores local to Newport, but we hope to expand on that.”
Finally, reggae fans making the pilgrimage to Kingston–recently named an official UNESCO Creative City of Music–have more to see than the city’s Bob Marley museum: at the beginning of this month, a new Peter Tosh museum opened its doors in the Jamaican capital.Born outside of Kingston in rural Westmoreland, Jamaica in 1944, Tosh came to prominence in the burgeoning Jamaican reggae scene in the mid-60’s as a member of The Wailers. After his generally abrasive and stubborn views and demeanor resulted in a split with The Wailers in 1973, Tosh released his seminal debut album Legalize It in 1976. Upon its release, the Jamaican government quickly banned the album, which only helped catapult the music and its radical message to worldwide notoriety. Today, “Legalize It” remains a universally known rallying cry for marijuana advocates.The museum was spearheaded by entrepreneur Kingsley Cooper creator of the Jamaican Music Awards and owner of Pulse Modeling Agency, and is located on the Pulse complex in New Kingston’s busy business district. Ahead of the museum’s opening, Cooper explained that he bonded with the singer while promoting what turned out to be Tosh’s final performance in 1987. The idea for a Peter Tosh Museum is something that he had wanted to pursue ever since, but took until now to come to fruition as he worked to secure both financial backing and the full support of Tosh’s estate.Says Cooper, “Tosh was a visionary, a man before his time. He wasn’t just a musician; he had very strong philosophical views on issues such as equal rights and the apartheid struggle, the legalization of marijuana and his whole uncompromising stance on certain matters, and he was prepared to take a beating for what he believed in. We want people to leave with a deeper appreciation for someone who is not only unique and outstanding Jamaican; he was a citizen of the world who has given so much to the whole world and we see that now with the international coverage of the opening of the museum… it tells you how far his reach was and the impact he had.”Although the museum is relatively small, its contents are tastefully presented, covering a surprising amount of ground. As you enter, there is an overview of Tosh’s turbulent youth, his involvement with The Wailers, his subsequent gravitation to the Rastafari faith, and the life-changing car accident that resulted in the death of his girlfriend Evonne in 1973. His solo years are then explored at length, including memorabilia like the golden microphones he received as a gift from friend and Rolling Stones front man Mick Jagger. Tosh’s coveted Grammy, received for his final studio album No Nuclear War, is given pride of place (it was reportedly retrieved from a Massachusetts pawn shop following its unauthorized sale), and the fabled M16 machine gun-shaped guitar that Tosh used to wield as a musical weapon on stage. The final section, which covers Tosh’s senseless murder in 1987, relays the information of the tragedy with appropriate sensitivity.The Peter Tosh Museum is open to visitors in Kingston now.[via The Guardian]
Pigeons Playing Ping Pong has announced the initial lineup for their annual Domefest, returning for its 10th running on May 16th–18th, 2019. The popular jam band from Baltimore is headed to new pastures for next year’s weekend event, which is set to take place for the first time at longtime festival venue Marvin’s Mountaintop in Masontown, West Virginia—located roughly 30 minutes southeast from the college city of Morgantown.The multi-day camping festival will see five performances from host band Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, as well as two headlining sets each from Aqueous and Mungion. Domefest will also see performances from Litz, Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers, Funk You, Fletcher’s Grove, Goose, West End Blend, Swimmer, Chalk Dinosaur, and Mateo Monk. The lineup will also feature a solo Scrambled Greg set from Pigeons’ Greg Ormont in addition to performances from Pigeons’ bassist Ben Carrey‘s Schwa and drummer Alex Petropulos‘ Puremotion.INTERVIEW: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong’s Jeremy Schon & Greg Ormont Explain The History Of DomefestLast year’s Domefest at the Fort Royal Farm in Bedford, Pennsylvania turned out to be quite the mud-fest for fans in attendance. Flockers braved the springtime elements to make the weekend memorable for their entire community, as well as the band they’ve dedicated themselves to following. The weekend will also be filled with non-music activities for guests to explore and enjoy including yoga sessions, aerial silks and other unique classes taught by the members of Pigeons Playing Ping Pong themselves. Let’s just hope that Scrambled Greg doesn’t lose his voice from all the fun again this year!Fans can head to the official Domefest website for updates and more information.
We’re going to have wait just that little bit longer to see Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper on the Great White Way. Due to a scheduling conflict, Bernard Pomerance’s The Elephant Man has pushed back its Broadway dates by three weeks. Initially set to begin performances at the Booth Theatre on October 18, the production will now start previews on November 7 and play a limited engagement through February 15. The Tony-winning drama, directed by Scott Ellis, will officially open on December 7. The Elephant Man revolves around the real-life John Merrick, a severely disfigured 19th-century Englishman who struggles to live with dignity. The play premiered on Broadway in 1979 and won three Tony Awards, including Best Play. It was revived in 2002 with Billy Crudup in the lead role. Cooper will be joined in the cast by Patricia Clarkson, Alessandro Nivola, Anthony Heald, Scott Lowell, Kathryn Meisle and Henry Stram as Carr Gomm/Conductor. Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 21, 2015 Cooper, Clarkson, Nivola, Lowell and Stram appeared together in the 2012 Williamstown Theatre Festival production of the play, also under the direction of Ellis. A Cooper-led revival was originally on the table for a fall 2013 run. The Elephant Man Related Shows View Comments
Summer is over, and you know what that means—it’s time for a whole new crop of Broadway shows to open! Screen stars galore are trying the Great White Way on for size: Ewan McGregor is wooing Maggie Gyllenhaal in The Real Thing, Kieran Culkin and Michael Cera are scoring some drugs in This Is Our Youth and Rupert Grint is trying his hand at directing (on stage, at least) in It’s Only a Play, just to name a few. Screen stars are making their Broadway debuts tried and true hit shows, too—Emma Stone is coming to the Cabaret, Keke Palmer and Sherri Shepherd are joining the Cinderella kingdom and more. So, we’ve gotta know: Which star’s Broadway debut are you the most excited to see? Cast your vote below! View Comments
By April SorrowUniversity of GeorgiaEach year, 410 new cases of cervical cancer are diagnosed in Georgia, and 120 women die from it. Almost 5,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in Georgia, and 1,014 die from it every year. Specialists with University of Georgia Cooperative Extension want women to know the benefits of cancer screenings. Early detection can make all the difference. “We help women understand the regular screening tends to help detect any changes in the breast or cervix before they get serious,” said Connie Crawley, a UGA Extension health and nutrition specialist. “We also teach that lifestyle can reduce risk. This includes eating more fruits and vegetables, controlling calories to achieve a healthy weight, not drinking alcohol and being as physically active as possible.”Crawley and UGA Extension agents from across the state deliver the Cooking for a Life Time Cancer Prevention Cooking School. The classes are taught by a team with members from the BreasTest and More staff and the American Cancer Society. They are led by UGA Extension family and consumer sciences agents. The schools are taught in counties with the highest incidences and death rates associated with breast and cervical cancers. Twenty-three schools were offered in sixteen counties in 2006 and 2007. The ACS helped fund classes in 20 additional counties in 2008. “For many women, once they are no longer having children, they begin to skip regular Pap tests and breast cancer screenings,” said Crawley. “Also, many women do not realize that they can get their services through the BreasTest and More Program if they do not have insurance.”Through the school, 429 women have been referred to BreasTest and More. Eighty-three women received clinical breast exams, 81 got mammograms and 44 had Pap tests. Many of these women had rarely or never been screened for cancer. Two women were diagnosed with breast cancer. The school refers women to the Cancer Screening program established by the Georgia Department of Human Resources. The program offers Pap tests to low-income, uninsured women between the ages of 18 and 64 and mammograms to women between the ages of 40 and 64. UGA Extension along with other state extension services partner with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the National Cancer Institute and ACS to increase screening for breast and cervical cancers in women who rarely if ever get screened. These women are often poor and live in counties with high rates of cancer-related deaths. In 2006, 12 percent of Georgia women over the age of 18 did not get regular Pap tests and 21 percent over the age of 40 did not get mammograms. Nationally and in Georgia, the less money a woman makes annually, the less likely she is to get regular cancer screenings, according to the CDC. In 2006, 18 percent of Georgia women earning less than $15,000 a year did not get Pap tests, twice the percentage of those earning between $35,000 and $50,000 annually.For more information on healthy life choices, cancer classes or the cooking school, contact a local UGA Extension office at 1-800-ASK-UGA1.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A winter storm is forecast to dump four to eight inches of snow on Long Island overnight Wednesday into Thursday—making it the third snow storm to hit LI this week.The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning from 7 p.m. Wednesday to 7 p.m. Thursday for Nassau and Suffolk counties as well as the New York Metro area. The rain is expected to change to snow when temperatures drop from above freezing Wednesday down into the 20s Thursday.“Rain mixes with sleet and snow this evening…before changing to all snow by midnight,” meteorologists in the agency’s Upton office said in a statement. “Snow may be heavy at times late tonight through Thursday morning…before tapering off Thursday evening.”The snow is expected to reduce visibility—to as low as a quarter mile at times—and coat roadways in ice, making travel dangerous. It will also be dangerously cold, with wind chills expected to hit a low of zero Thursday night.Forecasters suggest drivers stay off the roads, only travel if there’s an emergency and if travel is necessary, pack a flashlight, food and water just in case.Once the storm passes, the weekend forecast include sunny skies with temps in the 20s Friday warming up to the 30s Saturday and Sunday.
– Advertisement – Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., has become the first woman and first person of color to earn the title of vice president-elect after NBC News projected former Vice President Joe Biden to be the president-elect on Saturday.Harris’ victory represents many firsts to come to the White House. As the daughter of Indian and Jamaican immigrants, she will be the first woman and first person to identify as Black and as South Asian-American in the role of vice president. An alumna of Howard University, she will be the first vice president to have graduated from a historically Black college and be a member of a Black sorority.Harris ran her own presidential campaign this year before joining the Democratic ticket as Biden’s running mate. At 56, the role positions her to be a strong contender for the presidency in future elections should she choose to run again.- Advertisement – Harris made her mark in politics in California, where she served as San Francisco district attorney before going on to become attorney general of the state — the first African-American to serve in that role.Harris’ background as a prosecutor has made her a target of criticism from progressives seeking criminal justice reform. But Harris has argued she’s sought reform from within her roles as a prosecutor.As San Francisco DA, she promised to never seek the death penalty. She kept that promise even when prosecuting a person accused of killing a San Francisco Police Department officer, angering her political allies.- Advertisement – But she also took heat for other policies such as a campaign to combat truancy in San Francisco in an effort to reduce crime.Harris took her prosecutorial chops to the U.S. Senate after being elected in 2016. Her skills helped her become a tough interrogator in confirmation hearings for people like Attorney General William Barr and Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh as a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. She also serves on committees for Intelligence, Homeland Security and Budget.Throughout the campaign, Harris has shared a quote from her mother, Shyamala, who she said would often tell her, “you may be the first to do many things, but make sure you are not the last.” Following several news networks’ projection of Biden and Harris’ victory, the vice president-elect wrote on Twitter that the election is “about the soul of America and our willingness to fight for it. We have a lot of work ahead of us. Let’s get started.”Subscribe to CNBC on YouTube.WATCH: Joe Biden projected to defeat incumbent Donald Trump in the presidential election: NBC News Democratic vice presidential candidate Senator Kamala Harris speaks at a campaign event, on her first joint appearance with presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden after being named by Biden as his running mate, at Alexis Dupont High School in Wilmington, Delaware, August 12, 2020.Carlos Barria | Reuters – Advertisement –
His jockey Pierre-Charles Boudot himself only got the ride after Christophe Soumillon tested positive for Covid-19 and completed an unlikely double after he also replaced Ioritz Mendizabal on Audarya in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf.Order Of Australia had only won two of his seven previous races and had fallen short in two previous attempts at the top level – but he came good when it mattered.Halladay made the running until the straight, where there was all to play for until Order Of Australia swept on the outside to take the honours under another confident ride by Boudot.- Advertisement – The son of Australia kept on to hold his stablemates Circus Maximus and Lope Y Fernandez, giving Ballydoyle a remarkable clean sweep.Kameko, the 2000 Guineas winner, had every chance under Oisin Murphy but finished out of the places, as did Irish Guineas victor Siskin. Order Of Australia led home a one-two-three for trainer Aidan O’Brien with a shock victory in the Breeders’ Cup Mile at Keeneland.The three-year-old colt only got into the race after One Master was scratched on Thursday and was sent off an unconsidered 73-1 outsider.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –
Producers may not be slashing output quickly or deeply enough to buoy prices, especially when global economic output is expected to contract by 2 percent this year, worse than the financial crisis.Rig counts in the United States are down to the lowest since July 2016, while the total number of oil and gas rigs in Canada has fallen to the lowest since at least 2000, according to Baker Hughes data.“The Permian Basin and New Mexico accounted for 62 percent of the shutdowns; an ominous sign considering this region has been one of the more prosperous in the US,” ANZ said.Kuwait and Azerbaijan are coordinating cuts, while Russia is set to reduce its western seaborne exports by half in May.The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies including Russia, a group known as OPEC+, pledged earlier this month to cut output by an unprecedented 9.7 million barrels per day in May and June.Topics : Oil prices fell on Monday on signs that worldwide oil storage is filling rapidly, raising concerns that production cuts will not be fast enough to catch up with the collapse in demand from the coronavirus pandemic.United States oil futures led losses after US crude inventories rose to 518.6 million barrels in the week to April 17, near an all-time record of 535 million barrels set in 2017, while floating crude oil storage has hit an all-time high of 160 million barrels.US West Texas Intermediate futures fell US$1.22, or 7.2 percent, to $15.72 a barrel by 0122 GMT, while Brent crude was down 33 cents, or 1.5 percent, at $21.11 a barrel. Oil futures marked their third straight week of losses last week – and have fallen for eight of the past nine – with Brent ending down 24 percent and WTI off around 7 percent.“Rising inventories and weak demand are weighing heavily on sentiment,” ANZ analysts said.Trading was extremely volatile last week, in an extension of the selling that has dominated trading since early March as demand collapsed 30 percent due to the pandemic.Traders expect demand to fall short of supply for months due to the economic disruption caused by the pandemic. Investors will be watching this week for results from oil majors including Exxon Mobil, BP Plc and Royal Dutch Shell.