Two hundred attend Boston premiere of ‘Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary’

first_imgChuck Turner inspires crowd on Mumia’s life, Nov. 1. WW photo: Alberto Barreto CardonaIn an inspiring event Nov. 1 at Hibernian Hall in Roxbury’s Dudley Square, the heart of Boston’s African-American community, about 200 people, many of them Boston school bus drivers, attended the Boston premiere of the documentary film “Mumia Abu-Jamal: Long Distance Revolutionary.” The event was emceed by Miya X of the Women’s Fightback Network.The first of three introductory speakers was Andre Francois, chief steward of Steelworkers Local 8751 and one of the suspended Boston School Bus Union 5. Francois hailed Mumia’s revolutionary determination to fight for justice and connected it to the fight to stop the attack on their union and its leaders by international union-buster Veolia Corporation, which took over the Boston school bus contract in July.The featured speaker of the evening was Boston City Councilor Chuck Turner on his first day of freedom after serving time on a political frameup by the FBI and the U.S. Attorney General’s office. Turner’s prosecution was motivated by his tireless fight against racism and advocacy for the African-American community.Many members of the community came out to wish Chuck well on his first day of freedom. Community members prepared a celebration cake reading, “Welcome Home Chuck, we love you — the Community.” Chuck described the U.S. as evil in its actions at home and abroad, and hailed union leaders Kirschbaum and Gillis as being revolutionary in the same sense as Mumia.The final speaker was Monica Moorehead from Millions for Mumia, a project of the International Action Center. Moorehead participated in a video interview with Mumia in 1996 while he was on death row. Segments of that video are included in the documentary.Moorehead outlined the role of the decisive mass movement in saving Mumia from legal lynching by the repressive state of Pennsylvania, starting with the 10,000-strong march on Aug. 12, 1995, in Philadelphia when Mumia was scheduled to be executed on Aug. 17. Other important events, numbering in the thousands, eventually led to his death sentence being overthrown and removing him from death row. It is the continuing mass struggle that will win Mumia’s final freedom from life in prison.The film itself showed and explained Mumia’s extraordinary life journey starting when he joined the Black Panther Party at the age of 14, as a journalist against racist police brutality, to his almost 32 years in prison as the “Voice of the Voiceless.” The documentary, directed by Stephen Vittoria and produced by Street Legal Cinema in association with Prison Radio and Noelle Hanrahan, included interviews and testimonials from dozens of prominent individuals attesting to Mumia’s extraordinary dedication as a revolutionary.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Pasadena Service Federal Credit Union Gives Back for the Holidays

first_img Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS “We’ve been able to reach out to families in need,” said Rhonda Newborg, Vice President of Member Services at the Pasadena Service Federal Credit Union. “It’s really what the credit union does – we reach in to communities and help people.”The Pasadena Service Federal Credit Union has three local branches – Covina, Pasadena and Vernon. The credit union collaborated with the El Monte/South El Monte Chamber of Commerce to arrange these anonymous holiday gifts for a family in need. They received gift cards to grocery stores, warm clothes, skinny jeans and monetary donations.“It shows that somebody cares about them and it’s perfect this time of year,” said Christine Knight, Director of Membership and Marketing at the El Monte/South El Monte Chamber of Commerce.El Monte is the approximate center of the credit union’s membership area and described as the “gateway to the San Gabriel Valley.” The gifts will be presented to the family at the Mountain View School District in time for Christmas.“I want you to know how impactful this is to our community – it’s one family but it affects our whole community,” said Lillian Maldonado French, Mountain View School District Superintendent. “It’s a joyous time of the year but, when there’s need at home, it can be difficult.”The credit union will continue to serve as a resource for local families by providing financial literacy classes on credit scores, budgeting and loans in both Spanish and English.To learn more about the Pasadena Service Federal Credit Union and financial literacy classes call (877) 297-4707 or visit their website http://www.mypsfcu.org. You can also stay in touch with them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mypsfcu, Twitter: @PasadenaServFCU, and Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/pasadena-service-federal-credit-union-pasadena. Visit PSFCU’s offices at 670 N. Rosemead Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107, their Vernon branch at 2529 S. Santa Fe Ave. Vernon, CA 90058, or their Covina branch at 301 E. Rowland St. Covina, CA 91723. Community News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Make a comment Top of the News 13 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it More Cool Stuff HerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Brutally Honest Reasons Why You’re Still SingleHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeauty Giving Back Pasadena Service Federal Credit Union Gives Back for the Holidays From STAFF REPORTS Published on Wednesday, December 28, 2016 | 2:28 pmcenter_img Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Subscribe Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Business News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community Newslast_img read more

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Shannon facing Christmas chaos

first_imgTwitter SHANNON airport is facing disruption with transatlantic flights being cancelled because of Super Storm  Sandy and plans by Aer Lingus staff to take strike action which could disrupt all airport services.Staff at  Aer Lingus are planning to strike for two hours on November 19 in an ongoing dispute over a pension fund shortfall. The action is likely to take the form of a series of work stoppages ranging from one hour to 24-hour suspension of services. IMPACT said its members are prepared to down tools as well until the dispute is resolved.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up And union representatives have warned that the action could escalate, casting a doubt over Christmas travel plans.Meanwhile, United Airlines flights Shannon flights to and from Newark were not operating yesterday (Wednesday) but Aer Lingus flights to JFK airport were operating as normal.Intending passengers are being asked to check the airlines’ website.Employees of the Dublin Airport Authority are also affected by the shortfall in the pension fund. Strike action was announced this week after talks at the Labour Relations Commission collapsedUnions representing administrative staff as well as cabin crew estimated that up to 3,000 workers might join the first of what could be a series of stoppages to force the airline’s hand.“Should there a be failure to engage, there will be a ramping up. This is not just a once off,” said Brian Gormley, regional officer of the Unite union which represents 200 maintenance staff at the airline.The DAA and Aer Lingus pension scheme had a €700 million deficit at the end of last year.A series of talks over several months at the LRC has failed to find a compromise solution between the parties. SIPTU, representing 2,764 Aer Lingus workers, excluding pilots, deferred threatened strike action earlier this month to allow negotiations on the pensions issue to take place at the LRC. However, those talks ended when the LRC indefinitely adjourned the talksRyanair, the largest shareholder in Aer Lingus with a 30 percent holding, has offered to lease aircraft to its rival to enable it to avoid flight disruptions during the November 19 day of industrial action.Aer Lingus currently operates four flights out of Shannon on its winter schedule, to the US and Britain. If agreement is not reached and the action escalates into December, Christmas homecoming plans could be disrupted for thousands of passengers. Facebook NewsLocal NewsShannon facing Christmas chaosBy admin – November 1, 2012 672 Previous articleDeadline approaches for CPA educational bursary competitionNext articleWidow warm again thanks to Post readers admin Advertisementcenter_img Linkedin WhatsApp Print Emaillast_img read more

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Calls for action on rent crisis

first_imgFacebook Advertisement TAGSHousingLimerick City and CountyNewspolitics Previous articleArty party town and country….Next articleComedian Damian Clarke is the people’s champion Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie RENT prices in Limerick City are now 20.3 per cent higher than this time last year.And local politicians are now calling on the Government to introduce a series of rent control initiatives including the city’s designation as a rent control area.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The latest Daft.ie Rental Report shows that rents have risen inexorably for the past six years with record levels being set for the tenth consecutive quarter.Limerick Labour Party TD and former Housing Minister Jan O’Sullivan has called for nationwide control on rents which should be linked to the cost of living.She believes that two years after legislation was introduced to create the Rent Pressure Zone System, it is clear that it is not working. She has called on the government to open its eyes and take action.“Quite simply, Rent Pressure Zones are not working and must be scrapped. What we need instead is a nationwide control on rents that links them to the cost of living as Labour proposed in a Bill that was voted down by the Government more than two years ago.“I would now go further, because the situation is so desperate for so many people, and impose a freeze on increases until there is some stability in the market, particularly in our cities,” said Deputy O’Sullivan.Sinn Féin TD Maurice Quinlivan called on Housing Minster Eoghan Murphy to introduce rent certainty.“Renters in Limerick are continuing to see their rents spiral out of control, as Fine Gael refuse to take radical action to address the problem. Limerick has been particularly hard hit with huge rent increases. These figures show that the average rent in Limerick City is now €1,151 per month,” he said.“This is a ridiculous situation. How on earth are people looking to rent in Limerick City supposed to afford such an increase in rent in one year? The Minister’s failure to get to grips with the crisis in the rental sector continues to heap pressure on struggling renters and effectively locks low-income earners out of the rental market.”Fianna Fáil TD Willie O’Dea was also of the view that the Rent Pressure Zone System introduced by Government needs to be expanded to include Limerick City where in the past year there have been average rent increases of over 20 per cent.“While the Rent Pressure Zone System hasn’t done much to slow down the rate of increases in the price of rent across Ireland, with the highest increase of any city in the last 12 months, Limerick urgently needs to have rent controls in place.“The Minister has consistently told me that rents are not going up fast enough in Limerick to justify being included in the Rent Pressure Zone System. These new figures give the lie to that,” said Deputy O’Dea.Economist Ronan Lyons insists that rents are rising because demand far outstrips supply.“Looking in the future, this pressure is not going away any time soon. Demographics — in particular falling household size but also population growth and urbanisation ‐ mean that the country needs not only far more new homes each than are currently being built but also that these new homes are predominantly urban apartments. The majority of those new urban apartments will be for the rental sector, either market or social. That is what the country’s housing system needs. The question now is whether it will get it,” he concluded. Limerick city house prices rise 4.9% as time to sell falls TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! WhatsApp Email Mortgage payment break for local authority home loan borrowers will be extended by a further three months center_img Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NewsHousingPoliticsCalls for action on rent crisisBy Alan Jacques – November 16, 2018 2102 Limerick county house prices to rise 5% in 2021 Print Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Limerick on Covid watch list Linkedinlast_img read more

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Plant Operations Worker

first_imgRequired Qualifications:High School Diploma and one (1) year of experience required. Two(2) years of experience, preferred.Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Knowledge of multiple hand and power toolsKnowledge of cleaning solvents and other cleaningmaterialsKnowledge of the security practice for the buildingsBasic knowledge of the HVAC controlsKnowledge of painting techniquesGeneral knowledge of drywall maintenanceCustomer service skillsBasic computer skillsInterpersonal skillsAbility to work varied hours and schedules, including nights,weekends and holidaysAbility to read and follow a event diagramAbility to assess and calculate setup and breakdown times inthe event of multiple, concurrent and future event setupsAbility to communicate effectively, both orally and inwritingAbility to assess the Chair Count/ Classroom SuppliesChartAbility to read and understand work orders and deliverytickets Plant Operations WorkerLocation:Multiple Campus Locations, Multiple Campus LocationsFarmersville, Texas, 75442United StatesWe are searching for an experienced Plant Operations Worker.Job Purpose:Perform customer service tasks for faculty, staff, students and thepublic. Receive and complete incoming work orders in an efficientand timely manner. Assist maintenance personnel, when needed andassist in maintaining building operations and security of thedistrict.Plant Operations Staff are considered critical to the operation andsecurity of the district in all conditions and, therefore, areexpected to report for duty as usual during emergency weatherclosures and be flexible to work varied hours and schedulesincluding nights, weekends, and holidays.Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Perform customer service tasks for faculty, staff and/orstudents, including building and door locking/unlocking, makingtemperature adjustments and carrying/lifting boxes to/from vehiclesand offices.Perform event set-ups and event breakdowns. Move tables,chairs, platforms and podiums to provide assistance for conferenceroom activities and other special events. Assist in preventativemaintenance of equipment and assist in the upkeep of a cleanlearning and working environment. Maintain event setup schedule andassist with last minute event changes and modifications.Receive and complete written work orders or verbal instructionsfrom supervisor, including minor drywall repair and painting.Operate gas/electric powered cleaning equipment such assweepers, blowers, industrial polishers, power washers, etc., asneeded.Remove all bulk trash/recycle materials to appropriatecontainers/exterior dumpster and perform light cleaning, asneeded.Deliver received packages to pre-marked locations Log entriesand obtain signatures for items delivered. Sort and deliver dailyincoming mail, as needed.Assist maintenance personnel, as needed.May be required to operate two-way radio for communications.May be required to replace defective lamps, bulbs, and/or ballastsas needed.Move district-owned office furniture and effects, as needed,including classroom inventory.Report plumbing, electrical or building repairs to supervisorin a timely manner.Perform other duties as assigned.Perform all duties to maintain all standards in accordance withcollege policies, procedures and Core Values. Physical Demands and Working Conditions:Medium Work – Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, up to20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 20 pounds of forceconstantly having to move objects. Positions in this classtypically include talking, hearing, seeing, grasping, standing,walking and repetitive motions, stooping, kneeling, crouching, andreaching, climbing and balancing, plus pushing, pulling andlifting. Incumbents may be subjected to moving mechanical parts,odors, dusts, poor ventilation, chemicals, oils, extremetemperatures, inadequate lighting and intense noises. Occasionalexposure to unpleasant environmental conditions and/or hazards.Occasional outside work. Frequent physical effort required.***This is a Security Sensitive position. Therefore candidateswill be subject to a criminal background check.***The intent of this job description is to provide arepresentative summary of the types of duties and responsibilitiesthat will be required of the positions given this title and shallnot be construed as a declaration of the specific duties andresponsibilities of any particular position. Employees may berequested to perform job-related tasks other than thosespecifically presented in this description. Fair Labor StandardsAct (exempt/non-exempt) is designated by position. The employeractively supports Americans with Disabilities Act and will considerreasonable accommodations.Employment Type: Full-time StaffCompensation Type: AnnualCompensation Range: $28,807.00 – 33,128.00For any employment questions, please contact HR at (972) 985-3783or [email protected] .Collin College provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) toall employees and applicants for employment without regard to race,color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability orgenetics.last_img read more

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Audio Tour App Detour Steers You Away from the Typical Tourist Traps

first_imgI’ve got to find a way to escape the horrible ravages of youth. Suddenly, Going to the bathroom like clockwork, every three hours. And those jerks at Social Security stopped sending me checks. Who am I making this out to?They came in last at the Olympics, then retired to promote alcoholic beverages! I haven’t felt much of anything since my guinea pig died. This is the worst part. The calm before the battle.You have to enjoy life. Always be surrounded by people that you like.Yes, if you make it look like an electrical fire. When you do things right, people won’t be sure you’ve done anything at all. Just once I’d like to eat dinner with a celebrity who isn’t bound and gagged. I guess if you want children beaten, you have to do it yourself. Interesting. No, wait, the other thing: tedious.I haven’t felt much of anything since my guinea pig died. Quite possible. We live long and are celebrated science. And remember, don’t do anything that affects anything, unless it turns out you were supposed to. Progress is a nice word.Daylight and everything. This is the worst part. The calm before the battle. I saw you with those two “ladies of the evening” at Elzars. Explain that. Leela, Bender, we’re going grave robbing. Who am I making this out to?It’s nice to just embrace the natural beauty within you. Who am I making this out to? Shut up and get to the point!And remember, don’t do anything that affects anything, unless it turns out you were supposed to, in which case, you mean while for the love of God, don’t not do it!Doomsday device? Ah, now the ball’s in Farnsworth’s court! You mean while I’m sleeping in it? Shut up and get to the point! A Bicyclops Built For TwoI love you, buddy! Yep, I remember. They came in last at the Olympics, then retired to promote alcoholic beverages! The more you tighten your grip, Tarkin, the more star systems will slip through your fingers.I saw you with those two “ladies of the evening” at Elzars.For the last time, I don’t like lilacs! Your first wife was the one.But the flesh is spongy and spanac bruised? And when we woke up, we had these bodies. They’re like, except I’m having them! Oh, I think we should just stay friends. You’ll have all the Slurm you can drink when you’re partying with Slurms McKenzie Hey, tell me something. You’ve got all this money. How come you always dress like you’re doing your laundry?Yes, if you make it look like an electrical fire. When you do things right, people won’t be sure you’ve done anything at all. I just want to talk. It has nothing to do with mating. Fry, that doesn’t make sense. Quite possible.It is nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.You guys go on without me! I’m going to go… look for more stuff to steal! You guys realize you live in a sewer, right? Hey, tell me something. You’ve got all this money. How come you always dress like you’re doing your laundry? If rubbin’ frozen dirt in your crotch is wrong, hey I don’t wanna be right.Fetal stemcells, aren’t those controversial? You don’t know how to do any of those. What’s with you kids? Every other day it’s food, food, food. Alright, I’ll get you some stupid food. You won’t have time for sleeping. Maybe you don’t like your job, maybe you didn’t get enough sleep.Oh yeah, good luck with that. Hey, tell me something. You’ve got all this money. How come you always dress like you’re doing your laundry? Explain that. Leela, Bender, we’re going grave robbing.center_img Oh, all right, I am. But if anything happens to me, tell them I died robbing some old man. When will that be? Well, take care of yourself, Han. I guess that’s what you’re best at, ain’t it? I don’t know what you’re talking about. Everyone in this world is somehow connected.Ah, computer dating. It’s like pimping, but you rarely have to use the phrase “upside your head.” Who am I making this out to?You mean while I’m sleeping in it? Throw her in the brig. Michelle, I don’t regret this, but I both rue.Daylight and everything. I just want to talk. It has nothing to do with mating. Fry, that doesn’t make sense. So I really am important? How I feel when I’m drunk is correct?Good man. Nixon’s pro-war and pro-family. And then the battle’s not so bad? And remember, don’t do anything that affects anything, unless it turns out you were supposed to, in which case, for the love of God, don’t not do it! Shut up and get to the point! Hey, tell me something. You’ve got all this money. How come you always dress like you’re doing your laundry? I’m sure those windmills will keep them cool.Yes, if you make it look like an electrical fire. When you do things right, people won’t be sure you’ve done anything at all. I love you, buddy! Please, Don-Bot… look into your hard drive, and open your mercy file! You guys aren’t Santa! You’re not even robots. How dare you lie in front of Jesus? Hey, whatcha watching? That’s right, baby. I ain’t your loverboy Flexo, the guy you love so much. You even love anyone pretending to be him!Real generosity is doing something nice for someone who will never find out.Kids have names? That could be beautiful soul sitting naked on a couch. If I could just learn to play this stupid thing. No! I want to live! There are still too many things I don’t own! Yeah, I do that with my stupidness. You can see how I lived before I met you. Do a flip!Hello Morbo, how’s the family? I’ve been there. My folks were always on me to groom myself and wear underpants. What am I, the pope? I love this planet! I’ve got wealth, fame, and access to the depths of sleaze that those things bring. We’ll need to have a look inside you with this camera.last_img read more

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Council Approves $18.5 Million Funding Package for Citywide Projects

first_imgCouncil’s 6-0 vote gives a boost to the largest capital improvement plan in the city’s history. By Donald WittkowskiCity Council gave final approval Tuesday night for an $18.5 million bond ordinance to finance road construction, drainage upgrades, dredging projects and other public improvements that represent a major piece of Mayor Jay Gillian’s 2017 capital plan.Voting 6-0 on the funding package, Council has been working hand-in-hand with Gillian’s administration on what is shaping up as the largest capital improvement program in Ocean City history.In February, Council authorized $12 million in bonds as another major source of funding for the mayor’s plan. Combined with the bond package approved Tuesday, the city has approved more than $31 million in capital funding this year.Gillian has placed a heavy emphasis on road construction, drainage upgrades, dredging projects and the Boardwalk’s ongoing rehabilitation to help overhaul parts of the city’s infrastructure that are decades old.The $18.5 million bond ordinance will underwrite a litany of projects that will get underway later this year, said Frank Donato, the city’s chief financial officer.The lion’s share of the funding, or $9.7 million, will go toward road, alley, drainage and bulkhead construction throughout town. Another $6.5 million is targeted for dredging projects in the shallow lagoons and back bays.City officials, along with dredging consultant ACT Engineering Inc., plan to hold a town hall meeting on June 3 at the Ocean City Tabernacle to announce which areas of the bayfront will be dredged this year.Dredging projects to clear out the clogged lagoons and channels are a major part of the funding plan.In a separate vote Tuesday, Council approved a $370,000 contract with ACT Engineering that continues the company’s role overseeing the dredging program.ACT Engineering will develop plans for short-term dredging projects that can be done this year, as well as long-range plans for clearing out the city’s silt-choked lagoons and channels.“The biggest part of what they do is to search for more permanent dredging solutions,” city spokesman Doug Bergen explained of ACT Engineering.Some lagoons are so clogged that boat owners and fishermen are often trapped at their docks or can only navigate the waterways at high tide. Gillian has labeled the shallow lagoons as a threat to property values, local marinas and public safety.Meanwhile, the rest of the funding in the $18.5 million bond ordinance will pay for an array of smaller projects, including parking improvements, upgrades to the beaches, a dune maintenance program and repairs to City Hall. Two parking lots will be upgraded, at the Transportation Center at 10th Street and Haven Avenue and the public boat ramp on Tennessee Avenue.The city will also use the bond ordinance to buy a 100-foot ladder truck for the fire department. Also included in the funding package are communications and IT upgrades citywide, including the fire department, Donato said in a presentation to Council.last_img read more

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BB75 Lunch attracts top baking industry peers

first_imgGreggs has once again topped the BB75 table, with the highest number of bakery retail outlets, keeping Subway at bay in the number two spot. With 84 more outlets than this time last year, at the last count Greggs had 1,571 shops, with Subway on 1,424 after adding only four net new outlets in the past year.Ken McMeikan, chief executive of Greggs was presented the winner’s trophy at British Baker’s inaugural BB75 Lunch, held at Terence Conran’s The Boundary Hotel in Shoreditch, London on 29 February.Top executives from many of the companies featured in the BB75 table attended the event, which saw the exclusive launch of the new BB75 Special Report (published with this issue). The Lunch featured presentations from McMeikan on his business, and issues facing high street bakers, as well as a talk on bakery/coffee shops of the future from Doctor Oliver Blank, head of sales and marketing at German shopfitting and design specialist Aichinger.McMeikan spoke of issues negatively affecting the high street, such as the recession, the growth of online shopping and free-parking at out-of-town shopping centres. He illustrated changes on the high street with data from IGD (Grocery Retail Structure 2011 vs 2010), which showed the rise in supermarket multiples as well as convenience and symbol stores, in contrast to a fall of 0.3% in the store numbers of specialist bakers.He then gave an overview of how Greggs had achieved success, from moving into the breakfast market, increasing its investment in promotions and price and widening its appeal through healthy and nutritional products, to investing in new shops, refits and its bakeries. In terms of opportunities for the baking industry to grow together, he suggested: collective buying power, shared customer insight, national marketing of the bakery industry, and working together to tackle community issues.During Aichinger’s talk, Blank told guests that trends should not be regarded individually, as these gave a limited perception of the future. He noted that a shop’s design needed to create ’lust’ to enter, stay, buy and indulge. This could be done by “staging” special products, and ensuring shops effectively communicate the message bakers wanted to get across to consumers. “If you want them to enter your shop and spend their money there, they need to see good reasons,” he said, adding that one of the success factors in the big chains is service reliability. Key statistics from the BB75 report l The top 10 in the table, which includes Costa (3rd); Pret A Manger (9th); and Sayers the Bakers (10th), remains the same as last year, with no movement in positions.l The table features five new entrants: Parsons Bakery; Fresh Baked (Auntie Anne’s); The Cornish Oggy Oggy Pasty Company; Dorringtons; and Ditsch.l The top three in the table Greggs, Subway and Costa account for almost half the shops on the entire list, with 4,347 between them.l Losses from the table include Coombs Hampshires and Woodhead the Baker, however there have been plenty of success stories, with star performers including EAT and Patisserie Valerie, with 17 new stores apiece.l Successes have been achieved by offering an upmarket mix of coffee and premium baked goods, as well as moving into new channels.BB75 is the annual authori-tative tracker of companies that sell baked products as the primary element of their food offering in a retail, food-to-go or eat-in format, benchmarked by the number of outlets operated. BB75 Lunch attendees’ comments: Mike Holling, retail operations director, Birds of Derby: “The BB75 Report is invaluable information for the industry and there have been excellent ideas to come away with and take back to your business today.”Ken McMeikan, chief executive, Greggs: “It is hugely important, because it brings the industry together and provides us with an opportunity to step back from the day-to-day challenges that all of us face and share some experiences, thoughts and views about the wider baking industry.”Tim Cuttress, managing director, Forfars Bakery and secretary of the British Confectioners’ Association: “I’ve always been a great believer in networking. It’s interesting how you have condensed the event into a couple of short presentations in the middle of the day, and I’ve met some very interesting people.”last_img read more

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Dean finalists chosen

first_imgBy Larry B. DendyUniversity of GeorgiaThe search for a new dean of the University of Georgia College ofAgricultural and Environmental Sciences has been narrowed tothree finalists. The three will visit the campus this month tomeet with faculty, staff and students in the college.A search committee selected the finalists from candidatesidentified in a national search. They are: Joseph C. Joyce, executiveassociate vice president for agriculture and natural resources inthe Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences at the Universityof Florida.D.C. Coston, associatedirector of the Oklahoma Agricultural Experiment Station and aprofessor of horticulture at Oklahoma State University.Sonny Ramaswamy, head of theentomology department and University Distinguished Professor atKansas State University. The new dean will succeed Gale A. Buchanan, who stepped down asdean Dec. 31 and will retire from the university April 30. JosefM. Broder is serving as interim dean until a permanent dean canbegin work.BackgroundJoyce has been with IFAS in the University of Florida since 1983.An expert in aquatic plant management and control, he is a pastpresident of the International Aquatic Plant Management Society.He is also a retired brigadier general in the U.S. Army Reserve.Coston is interim associate director of the Oklahoma CooperativeExtension Service. Before joining Oklahoma State in 1995, he wasat Clemson University as associate dean and associate director ofthe South Carolina Agricultural Experiment Station. He’s anauthority on natural resources systems and management.Ramaswamy is an expert on insect pheromones and reproductivebiology. Before becoming head of the KSU entomology department in1977, he was a professor at Mississippi State University. Hehelped create a butterfly conservatory and insect zoo at KSU andhas written more than 100 journal articles and book chapters.VisitsJoyce will visit UGA Feb. 16-19. He will present an open seminarFeb. 17 at 2 p.m. in room 307 of Conner Hall. It will bebroadcast by satellite to faculty at CAES units in Tifton,Griffin, Statesboro and Fort Valley.Coston will be on campus Feb. 20-22 and will present an openseminar Feb. 21 at 1:30 p.m. Ramaswamy will visit Feb. 23-25,with an open seminar on Feb. 24 at 2:15 p.m. These two seminarsites have not yet been set. Both, though, will be broadcast bysatellite to other locations.George Benson, dean of UGA’s Terry College of Business, chairsthe search committee.(Larry Dendy is the assistant to the associate vice presidentfor public affairs of the University of Georgia.)last_img read more

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Smith Street Design is Open for Business

first_imgSmith Street Design is Open for BusinessSHOREHAM, VT – Smith Street Design is a woman-owned business begun by Liz Whitaker-Freitas in 2005. Smith Street Design is a team of experienced designers, marketers, photographers, programmers and writers offering broad-spectrum marketing services. Their goal is to help businesses with all aspects of their marketing needs.The members of the Smith Street Design team have worked on a variety of accounts including MasterCard, Pacifica Sports Network, Island Oasis, Middlebury College, Shoreham Inn, and the Platt Memorial Library.Smith Street Design was the perfect solution for us – after one meeting they immediately understood what we were looking for and produced a web site that by far exceeded our expectations. We’re thrilled with the photographs and overall look of the site and we’ve had repeated compliments as well as increased business. –Molly and Dominic FrancisSmith Street Design is currently working on a Flash application for Clark University. Samples of all of their work can be viewed at www.smithstreetdesign.com(link is external).Liz [email protected](link sends e-mail)last_img read more

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