Three-way deal on raisins

first_imgCalifornia Raisins has teamed up with Dawsons Bakery and Asda for a Christmas giveaway. Dawsons recently won the contract to supply all 13 Asda and Walmart stores in the East Midlands with locally produced goods, a number of which contain California Raisins. The competition will run throughout these 13 stores, whereby boxes of Dawsons Indulgent Mince Pies will feature promotional stickers, giving consumers the chance to win a £1,000 holiday to California.Dee Cassey, marketing manager for California Raisins in the UK, said: “We’re extremely pleased to be working with Dawsons Bakery in this promotion. We’re strong supporters of the baking industry and it’s great to see local produce in large supermarkets like Asda.”last_img read more

Guidance: Healthcare when leaving an immigration removal centre: guidance for detainees

first_imgThis guidance explains how to access healthcare after you leave an immigration removal centre (IRC) if you are not ordinarily resident in the UK.It sets out: how to register for healthcare what you need to pay for how to continue treatment you have started in an IRClast_img

Southern Co-op Christmas LFLs up 4.7%

first_imgConvenience store retailer The Southern Co-operative saw a like-for-like (LFL) sales increase of 4.7% across the three weeks to 3 January.According to the group’s Christmas trading results, a total sales increase of 5.4% was recorded across the three weeks to 3 January and, during the Christmas week itself, LFL sales grew by 7.7% across its store estate – it served around 80,000 additional customers.In-store bakery products were a strong performer for the group, growing by 9% in LFL sales.Chief executive Mark Smith said: “These are our best Christmas trading results for some years, reflecting the hard work and enthusiasm of our colleagues across The Southern Co-operative. Our latest figures build on an improving trend in our sales during the autumn and provide an ideal platform for us to enter 2016 from.”Other regional baking resultsLincolnshire Co-op reported its biggest ever combined sales of £7m, representing an LFL growth of 3.7%. Gadsby’s bakery (a wholly owned subsidiary of Lincolnshire Co-operative Limited) produced 57,000 mince pies and, on Christmas Eve, despatched a record 119,000 bread rolls.East of England Co-operative reported an increased turnover of 3.4% LFL for the three weeks ending 2 January. Locally sourced mince pies from its Leggs Bakery saw sales increase by 19%.Mince pies were among the Christmas Eve top sellers across the group nationally, with sales up 37%.last_img read more

Behind ‘Peter Pan’

first_imgIn 1904, a kind of lightning struck London’s theater scene. Tuxedo-clad audiences accustomed to somber and serious dramas were stunned by a production set in a whimsical world of make-believe, starring a band of rambunctious children.One well-known actor and producer, after reading an early version of the shocking new play, became convinced its creator had lost his mind.But Scottish playwright J.M. Barrie was perfectly sane when he introduced his land of crocodiles, fairies, pirates, and an ageless, mischievous, flying boy named Peter Pan to the London stage. And theatergoers loved it.Contemporary audiences will have the chance to experience some of that wonder this summer when the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) recaptures the spirit of the boy who would never grow up in its premiere of “Finding Neverland.” The new musical, about the real-life genesis of Barrie’s groundbreaking work, runs from July 23 through Sept. 28.Helmed by A.R.T. Artistic Director Diane Paulus, the musical is based on the 2004 film of the same name, which starred Johnny Depp as the free-spirited Barrie and Kate Winslet as Sylvia Llewelyn Davies, the mother of four young boys whom Barrie befriends and draws on for inspiration. While visiting London’s Kensington Gardens, Barrie encounters the clan. Soon they are regular playmates, enacting the author’s imaginary scenarios in vivid detail. (In real life, Barrie became a trustee and guardian to the boys after their parents died.)For Paulus, who is known for staging productions that burst the bounds of conventional theater, the show was a natural fit. Paulus sees Barrie as a kindred spirit, an artist willing to take chances and break the rules “for great things to happen.”“I loved the behind-the-scenes aspect of this story, what it takes to create something really transformational,” said Paulus. “That appealed to me … that artistic risk-taking.”Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, the former head of Miramax studios, which produced the 2004 film, is backing the project, which includes a script by James Graham, music by singer-songwriters Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy, and choreography by Mia Michaels. Paulus and Weinstein first connected two years ago during his visit to Cambridge to see her A.R.T. revival of the musical “Pippin.” When he mentioned he was working on making a musical from “Finding Neverland,” Paulus watched the movie again and was hooked.But transforming a film into a stage musical is a delicate process. A 2012 attempt at adapting “Neverland” in England met with mixed reviews. Not every movie can succeed in such a makeover, explained Paulus on a recent afternoon in her A.R.T. office. The woman behind productions such as “The Donkey Show,” the disco revamp of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” that has been a hit in Cambridge for years, and who won a Tony Award for best director in 2013 for her reimagined “Pippin,” appreciates the value of song. But she also appreciates when to use it.“A film can become a musical if you can see a place where a musical can express something more than the film can,” Paulus said. With “Finding Neverland,” Paulus’ way in was through Barrie’s vivid imagination, something she felt could be animated and expanded “through musical storytelling.”“That was my hook into it, no pun intended.”The show’s songs by Barlow, lead vocalist for the British pop group “Take That,” and Kennedy evoke the “1960s British pop world, ‘Yellow Submarine’-esque sounding kind of fantasy songs,” said Paulus, and are a “keyhole” into Barrie’s mind. They are also infectious. When Paulus played some of the tunes for her 7- and 10-year-old daughters last year, they “went crazy dancing all around the house.”Barrie’s imagination was also the hook (pun intended) for young playwright Graham. Best known for his plays about Great Britain’s political machinations, Graham was tapped by Weinstein after the producer attended a production of his recent political hit “This House.” They met one morning for breakfast. Not long after, Weinstein got in touch.Like Paulus, Graham was intrigued by the idea of letting Barrie’s inner child and imagination run wild on stage. “The thing I really pitched hard for was to bring a sense of childish naughtiness and silliness to the theater version … how you theatricalize that magic was really exciting.”To do that, Graham transformed some of the smaller moments in the film into large production numbers, unleashing Barrie’s fantasy world with the help of Barlow and Kennedy’s evocative music and Michaels’ creative choreography.“You take little ideas that are only fleeting in the film, and you expand upon them, and you find the theatrical language to do that,” said Graham, whose newly reworked dinner scene, among others, is sure to be a crowd favorite.In a sneak peek at what’s to come, Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson, clad in a silver sequined gown and surrounded by the four youngest members of the A.R.T. cast, gave a moving performance of the show’s title song “Neverland” during the 68th Tony Awards last month. Last week, sneakers and shorts were the preferred attire for Jeremy Jordon, a Broadway regular who plays Barrie and who delivered his own stirring version of the song during a rehearsal at Farkas Hall.Hudson’s Tony performance fueled industry speculation that the musical may eventually reach Broadway. Asked about the show’s future, Paulus said that for now she is “100 percent focused on making a show for the A.R.T.”But, she added, “Like everything, should it have a future life, that’s just the happy moment when you get to do it again.”“Finding Neverland” is presented by the A.R.T. by special arrangement with Harvey Weinstein.For ticket information, visit the A.R.T. website.last_img read more

Why some people are resistant to Alzheimer’s

first_img Related Environment counts, Alzheimer’s research suggests The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. The investigators suspect that carrying two copies of the APOE3ch variant may postpone the clinical onset of Alzheimer’s disease by limiting tau pathology and neurodegeneration.“This single case opens a new door for treatments of Alzheimer’s disease, based more on the resistance to Alzheimer’s pathology rather than on the cause of the disease. In other words, not necessarily focusing on reduction of pathology, as it has been done traditionally in the field, but instead promoting resistance even in the face of significant brain pathology,” said Quiroz.APOE3 is one form of the APOE gene, the major susceptibility gene for late-onset Alzheimer’s. The APOE gene provides instructions for making a protein called apolipoprotein E, which is involved in the metabolism of fats in the body. Experiments revealed that the APOE3ch variant may reduce the ability of apolipoprotein E to bind to certain sugars called heparan sulphate proteoglycans (HSPG), which have been implicated in processes involving amyloid beta and tau proteins.“This finding suggests that artificially modulating the binding of APOE to HSPG could have potential benefits for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, even in the context of high levels of amyloid pathology,” said co–lead author Joseph F. Arboleda-Velasquez of the Schepens Eye Research Institute.“This study underscores the importance of APOE in the development, treatment, and prevention of Alzheimer’s, not to mention the profound impact that even one research volunteer can have in the fight against this terrible disease,” said Eric M. Reiman, executive director of Banner Alzheimer’s Institute and co-senior author of the study. “We hope that our findings galvanize and inform the discovery of APOE-related drug and gene therapies, such that we can put them to the test in treatment and prevention studies as soon as possible.”The research in this study is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Massachusetts General Hospital Executive Committee on Research, Alzheimer’s Association, Grimshaw-Gudewicz Charitable Foundation, Banner Alzheimer’s Foundation, Nomis Foundation, State of Arizona, and Anonymous Foundation. Findings point to role of natural selection in disease A new study provides insights on why some people may be more resistant to Alzheimer’s disease than others. The findings may lead to strategies to delay or prevent the condition.The study was led by investigators at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), in collaboration with the University of Antioquia, Schepens Eye Research Institute of Massachusetts Eye and Ear, and Banner Alzheimer’s Institute.According to researchers, some people who carry mutations in genes known to cause early onset Alzheimer’s disease do not show signs of the condition until a very old age — much later than expected. Studying these individuals may reveal insights on gene variants that reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.In their Nature Medicine study, Yakeel T. Quiroz, a clinical neuropsychologist and neuroimaging researcher at MGH, and her colleagues describe one such patient, from a large extended family with more than 6,000 living members from Colombia, who did not develop mild cognitive impairment until her 70s, nearly three decades after the typical age of onset.Like her relatives who showed signs of dementia in their 40s, the patient carried the E280A mutation in a gene called Presenilin 1 (PSEN1), which has been shown to cause early onset Alzheimer’s disease. She also had two copies of a gene variation called ChristChurch, named after the New Zealand city where it was first found in the APOE3 gene (APOE3ch). The team was unable to identify any additional family members who had two copies of this variation who also carried the PSEN1 E280A mutation. In an analysis of 117 kindred members, 6 percent had one copy of the APOE3ch mutation, including four PSEN1 E280A mutation carriers who showed signs of mild cognitive impairment at the average age of 45 years.Imaging tests revealed only minor neurodegeneration in the patient’s brain. Surprisingly, the patient had unusually high brain levels of amyloid beta deposits, a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease; however, the amount of tau tangles — another hallmark of the disease — was relatively limited.center_img How a doctor learned to become a caregiver Exposure to new activities may delay onset of dementia A new understanding of Alzheimer’s After his beloved wife was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Arthur Kleinman discovered that what he didn’t know was a lot last_img read more

Tickets Now Available for Under My Skin Off-Broadway

first_img View Comments Under My Skin Sex, love and healthcare? These three things that we need but don’t always necessarily get, are all touched upon in Under My Skin. A twist of fate leads to love and laughs when New York’s most eligible bachelor Harrison Baddish (Walton), and a single, working mother Melody Dent (Butler), hilariously experience each other’s lives and see things from a very different perspective. Additional cast members include Allison Strong, Kate Loprest and Andrew Polk. Want to see how the other side live? Tickets are now available to see Under My Skin, starring Tony nominee Kerry Butler and Matt Walton off-Broadway. Written by Robert Sternin and Prudence Fraser and directed by Kirsten Sanderson, the comedy will begin previews April 5. Opening night is set for May 15 at The Little Shubert Theatre.center_img Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on June 8, 2014last_img read more

Transplants or seeds?

first_img(Note to editor: The following is a helpful Q&A on fall gardening tips from Amanda Tedrow, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agent in Athens-Clarke County.)Q: I’ve had my soil tested by the UGA soil lab and received a recommendation to fertilize. I am reluctant to apply fertilizer due to the current weather. What do you suggest? A: Due to the hot, dry weather, it is tough to say a solid “yes” or “no” on fertilizing right now. It is situation and plant specific. If your soil report recommends a fertilizer application to help with a nutrient deficiency or pH issue you should follow the recommendations but with caution due to the weather. Stressed plants in dry soil may have their roots burned by a fertilizer application containing excessive nutrients. Most plants are not producing new growth right now, and the spring growth has been hardened off, making the plant less vulnerable to the current high temperatures and drought stress. If you fertilize your plants now, they may put on new growth, which will not be hardened off before winter temperatures arrive, damaging the plant. You can incorporate compost into your soil to increase its water-holding capacity and add smaller amounts of nutrients. Some plants, such as annuals, do need fertilizer and additional water during the entire growing season.It is extremely important to water plants when they show stress with at least 1 inch of water per week when rainwater is not sufficient. Mulch plants with 2-3 inches of materials. Most gardeners use pine straw, pine-bark nuggets, hardwood mulch or other organic materials. I would caution against using stone or pebbles for mulch since these materials retain heat and will not cool the soil. A useful publication on “Best Management Practices in the Landscape” can be found at: I am interested in starting my own garden this fall from seed. Should I grow everything as transplants or start the seeds in my garden?A: There is not an easy answer to your question. Some plants do better as transplants. Others prefer to be directly sown in the garden. Typically, root crops such as carrots, beets and radishes are best direct seeded in the garden. If these are not direct seeded, the roots are often oddly shaped, but still edible. Any plants direct-seeded into the garden need to be thinned to prevent overcrowding and to ensure proper spacing and air circulation. Plant thinning is often done when seedlings are less than 2 inches tall. These thinned plants can be eaten if desired. Garlic can also be direct seeded by planting cloves in the fall. Other root crops such as turnips or rutabagas can be purchased as transplants or started in the house and transitioned easily into the garden. Leafy greens such as collards, kale, cabbage, lettuce and Swiss chard are often started indoors or purchased as transplants. These plants along with broccoli, cauliflower and kohlrabi can be planted as small transplants, usually no more than 4 inches tall with a sturdy root system and strong stem. If you grow your own plants, make sure to provide them with enough sunlight. Plants that receive too little sunlight are often weak and will struggle to establish in the garden.last_img read more

Commentary: Don’t finance Argentina’s ‘Dead Cow’ fracking

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Devex:The board of directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation has a stark decision to make at its final meeting before officially transitioning to the new U.S. International Development Finance Corporation. Two major fracking projects in Argentina, totalling $450 million in U.S. taxpayer financing, will be up for consideration.OPIC’s board could reject these proposals and ride off into the sunset as a global leader in clean energy. Or, it could recklessly close its eyes to the climate crisis and approve the projects, leaving the agency with a tarnished environmental legacy and a long shadow cast over DFC.It is not surprising that the U.N. Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights has urged Argentina to reconsider the exploitation of Vaca Muerta because of its social and environmental impacts.Moreover, plans to frack Vaca Muerta are on very shaky financial ground. Because of the high risk, global oil and gas companies are relying on unsustainable government subsidies to exploit fossil fuels in a country plagued by macroeconomic instability and incredible debt.According to Tom Sanzillo, finance director at the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis and co-author of a highly critical 2019 report, “The Vaca Muerta extraction plan promises subsidies that are unaffordable, and that relies on a financially weak Argentine business team…Over the last six years, foreign investors have signed agreements with the biggest names in the oil and gas business, but progress is slow, commitments are thin and future plans unrealistic.”More: Opinion: The US government should steer clear of Argentina’s ‘Dead Cow’ Commentary: Don’t finance Argentina’s ‘Dead Cow’ frackinglast_img read more

4 ways to practice humility

first_imgThose who achieve leadership roles have proven their skills and knowledge, and unfortunately, success can contribute to an inflated ego. While having confidence in one’s self is important in leadership, you also need to balance that with the responsibility of leading an organization.As I’ve written before, trust is a critical component of being an effective leader. Leadership guru Dan Rockwell says that “the first practice of humility is seeing others as trustworthy,” and shares four ways to practice humility and keep your team motivated. Here they are:Give people the opportunity to rise. This is part of servant leadership, too. You hire people to fill a role for a reason, and you should give them the space to use their experience and knowledge to the fullest. It’s also important that you provide opportunities to support professional and personal development. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Get off our lawn! How a big bank’s cliche sparked a tweet storm

first_imgSome social media genius at JPMorgan Chase sent out a tweet last week that created backlash for the big bank and a “get off my lawn” moment for this Baby Boomer.In this case, the “lawn” is where the millennials and before them, Gen Xers, in my life and career grew up under my watchful, anxious eyes as a parent and as a colleague and mentor (but only when asked) in the past few decades.The tweet was a lame attempt to poke at millennials’ spending habits and went like this: “You: why is my balance so low. Bank account: make coffee at home. Bank account: eat the food that’s already in the fridge. Bank account: you don’t need a cab, it’s only three blocks. You: I guess we’ll never know. Bank account: seriously?” ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more