March 17, 2020 /Sports News – National 146th Kentucky Derby delayed amid coronavirus outbreak Written by Beau Lund FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailtraveler1116/iStock(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) — The fastest two minutes in sports will have to wait until the fall.Churchill Downs announced that the 146th Kentucky Derby will be rescheduled from May 2 to Sept. 5.“Throughout the rapid development of the COVID-19 pandemic, our first priority has been how to best protect the safety and health of our guests, team members and community,” Churchill Downs Incorporated CEO, Bill Carstanjen, said. “The most recent developments have led us to make some very difficult, but we believe, necessary decisions and our hearts are with those who have been or continue to be affected by this pandemic.” The 146th Kentucky Derby will be rescheduled from May 2, 2020 to September 5, 2020Additional Information https://t.co/PTHT2X5Gm2— Kentucky Derby (@KentuckyDerby) March 17, 2020Ticketed guests will automatically be valid for the new race dates, but if a patron can no longer attend at the new scheduled race dates, information will be made available later this week on the official website for potential refunds. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Many congratulations to Hovis on its 120th birthday! And particular congratulations to all the millers and bakers who have maintained the standard over the years, enabling the loaf to hold such a prominent place in our hearts – and on the shelves of course.Colin Lomax, RHM technical manager, merits a special mention. He is one of those individuals who has the talent to inspire others: company directors, fellow bakers, up-and-coming students, and the editor of British Baker, who has seen him at work. He knows vast amounts about milling and baking and, like so many in this industry, cares deeply for his craft. The last time he judged a competition, I heard a student say: “He makes me really want to get the crumb better – up to his standards.” That’s because he puts in enthusiasm and draws out talent.But his sense of humour is never far below the surface, as anyone who has worked with him, seen him demonstrate or sat in on a British Society of Baking conference he has chaired, knows.Paul Wilkinson and Peter Baker, famous names from RHM’s recent past, have moved on, but both contributed a great deal not just to Hovis but RHM’s success, and I am proud to have met and know them both.I must admit I went a bit wobbly when Hovis launched a crustless version of its loaf. I wanted to shout; “That’s where most of the flavour is!” But as soon as I learned it was aimed principally at kids, I felt a lot better.Importantly, Hovis has always “combined innovation and the desire to move forwards with an emphasis on quality and tradition” (pg 26). That is also obvious talking to Miles Warnick, who heads up RHM Bread Bakeries, and Jon Tanner sales and marketing director of the milling division. It must be a very proud time for them, too, with the parent company going for flotation last year and a recent rise in the share price.British Baker actually reached its 120th anniversary six months ago, so we have played an important part in each other’s lives.Tradition is being re-enacted as the famous commercial of the Hovis ‘boy and his bike’ makes a return. It pictures a traditional baker’s boy, wheeling his traditional delivery bike up Gold Hill in Dorset, delivering bread from a traditional basket. But if we look in that basket today, we see modern loaves, made on the latest plant and equipment – and still the pinnacle of success. A very happy 120th to Hovis!
Dave Brooks, chief executive of major own-brand premium cakes supplier Finsbury Food Group, who steered the business into its number two position within the UK cake industry, is to step down from his role with effect from 29 September.Brooks will be replaced by major shareholder Martin Lightbody, previously group strategic development director.Brooks, 41, who spearheaded the group’s acquisition trail after it formed in 2002, told British Baker that his departure would be unlikely to lead to a change of direction for Finsbury.He said: “I don’t see us moving away from premium, celebration, health or from our brands.”The board is very clear that the next 18 months will be about driving the businesses we’ve got during tough econo-mic times.”Brooks revealed he had no imminent plans, other than to fulfil a consultancy role for Finsbury until March 2009, and left for personal reasons.Lightbody said “The group has an excellent portfolio of products, so despite the fact that I am taking over at a challenging time, it is an opportunity I relish.”
Senior trade officials from the United Kingdom (UK) and Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) States met in Johannesburg, South Africa, on 6 to 7 September to continue discussions to maintain the current trade relationship between the UK and the ESA countries after the UK leaves the EU. The UK and ESA states from Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles, and Zimbabwe were represented.Senior trade officials set out their shared understanding that inclusive trade is essential for poverty eradication and sustained growth. Senior trade officials agreed that the UK-ESA EPA should promote development.Officials present were able to conclude technical discussions on wording to ensure operability of a new replicated agreement, subject to final internal consultations.Senior trade officials confirmed therefore that they will be in a position to ensure that the agreement can be in place between the UK and ESA States as soon as the EU-ESA EPA no longer applies to the UK.This significant progress will ensure continuity of trade relations between the UK and ESA States once the EU-ESA EPA no longer applies to the UK, meaning that the parties will maintain the current market access and replicate the effects of the existing EU-ESA EPA. This confirmation, and the future UK-ESA EPA, are without prejudice to the terms of the EU-ESA EPA.Senior trade officials welcomed the progress achieved regarding the UK and EU’s agreement on a time-limited implementation period between the EU and UK following the UK’s departure from the EU, and in particular welcomed the intention for the UK to be treated, for the purposes of EU international agreements, as an EU member state for the duration of the implementation period between the EU and UK.Nevertheless, senior trade officials recognised that it is responsible to prepare for all potential outcomes. Senior trade officials confirm that they are therefore taking steps to ensure that their replicated agreement can be in place, if required, immediately upon the UK’s withdrawal from the EU in March 2019, in the event that no agreement is reached between the UK and EU. During discussions, attendees recognised the UK’s continuing obligations while it remains an EU member state.Senior trade officials reaffirmed that they share a strong ambition to further strengthen their partnership in the future, in order to further benefit both sides. In line with ensuring continuity of effect of this agreement, bilateral transition will include those set of issues which were due to be revisited within the EU-ESA iEPA. As that agreement will no longer apply to the UK, they will now form part of a built-in agenda.Senior trade officials re-affirmed the intention to cooperate closely in order to ensure that the mutual benefits of a UK-ESA EPA are fully realised.
Health food brand Update 1 is to launch its first UK Low Carb Bistro-Deli in London this month. The site will be the first of 50 Update 1 franchises opening throughout the UK by 2019. The brand also plans to offer a home delivery service.The Low Carb Bistro-Delis will open with an on-site bakery, and will offer “healthy fast food”, which the brand claims to be low-GI, low-carb, and free from added sugar and artificial flavourings.The first UK deli will open in Walthamstow on 12 October, and will be followed by a further four openings over the next six months, including sites in Farringdon and Angel.It will offer a range of 300-plus products, including bread, cakes and a gluten-free selection. The company said the range has a reduced carbohydrate content, and a low glycaemic index of below 30.Andre Agassi, eight-time tennis Grand Slam winner recently signed up as an Update 1 brand ambassador to help the company’s expansion in the UK and throughout Europe. He said: “I have long believed that exercise, plus the right nutrition and diet, are essential to long-term mental and physical health. The obesity problem around the world is extremely worrying, so I am delighted and excited to be working with Update 1 to help people make the small changes that can make a big difference.”Update 1 has over 100 grocery stores in Europe. The Update 1 Low Carb Bistro-Delis will differ from the company’s European stores in that they will be targeted at the convenience customer.Norbi Ferenc Schobert founded Update 1 in 2004. He said: “Update 1 has been proven to help people lose weight without them needing to give up their favourite food items. With obesity a core issue to populations around the world, our aim back in 2004 was to make dieting easier, more enjoyable and less extreme in order to effect real change. With this first launch in the UK and our exciting plans in motion elsewhere in the world, we are excited to be another step closer to realising that dream.”The company floated on the stock market in September to allow it to grow globally. It expects the weight-loss market will reach £220bn worldwide by 2017.
Last week, Vulf Records released a six-track EP under a new moniker The Fearless Flyers. The new band, comprised of Vulfpeck bassist Joe Dart, guitarist Cory Wong, drummer Nate Smith, and Snarky Puppy guitarist Mark Lettieri, have so far released three music-video supported tracks from the self-titled EP, with the rest of the tracks available for purchase/download here.In addition to the previously released “Aces of Aces” and “Under the Sea / Flyers Drive”, Vulf Records has shared the music video for “Barbara”. Serving as the connective tissue between Vulfpeck and The Fearless Flyers, “Barbara” is a secondary version of Vulfpeck’s 2012 Vollmich version–definitive proof of their familial ties–and features Sandra Crouch on the trombone.The new project, which is produced, composed, and mixed by the “Vulfmon” himself, Jack Stratton (bandleader/multi-instrumentalist of Vulfpeck), is seemingly a “2.0” version of the original Vulfpeck lineup. Basically, any musical group under the Vulf Records establishment will resonate with fans of Vulfpeck, as the brain and tools behind the music will all come from the same place. The Vulf Compressor, indeed, continues its legacy.The full record is available today on Bandcamp and features all sorts of musical nuggets. “Introducing the Fearless Flyers” showcases the tight musicianship between the four players, providing the style of playing that fans of Vulfpeck crave from the band’s earlier days. A sped-up, jammed-out, funkified rendition of Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” appears on the EP, featuring guitarist Blake Mills and gospel performer Sandra Crouch, as well as a “kids” version of The Little Mermaid‘s “Under The Sea”.The six-track presentation closes with “Bicentennial”, a clear continuation of the closing groove from Vulfpeck’s “Grandma” track from Mr. Finish Line. Vulfpeck’s soulful original version of the song features Antwaun Stanley on vocals, David T. Walker on guitar, and James Gadson on drums and closes with a 45-second groove that left fans wanting more in 2017. The Fearless Flyers’ “Bicentennial” is the extension of that groove and it features Tedeschi Trucks Band’s Elizabeth Lea on trombone and the voice of Jack Stratton as the “sibilant announcer.”You can own a copy of The Fearless Flyers today for $6, if you didn’t already reserve a copy of the vinyl, here. Listen to “The Seal Team 6 of funk” take on “Barbara” below: In other news, Apple recently released a new commercial for the Apple Pay feature, using Vulfpeck’s “Back Pocket” as the soundtrack. The commercial is in international circulation, positioning the song to get stuck in even more heads across the globe.Vulfpeck has a light year ahead of them, with only four dates on the calendar so far. Following a festival appearance at Sweetwater 420 and two nights in New Orleans, the funk quartet will head to Morrison, Colorado, for their first-ever headlining performance at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre. With KNOWER and Kamasi Washington also on the bill, the 4/27 show is shaping up to be one of the most exciting to date. Head here for more information.,In other news, Apple recently released a new commercial for the Apple Pay feature, using Vulfpeck’s “Back Pocket” as the soundtrack. The commercial is in international circulation, positioning the song to get stuck in even more heads across the globe.Vulfpeck has a light year ahead of them, with only four dates on the calendar so far. Following a festival appearance at Sweetwater 420 and two nights in New Orleans, the funk quartet will head to Morrison, Colorado, for their first-ever headlining performance at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre. With KNOWER and Kamasi Washington also on the bill, the 4/27 show is shaping up to be one of the most exciting to date. Head here for more information.
The Student Government Association (SGA) and Student Diversity Board (SDB) will co-sponsor an opportunity for students to come together and talk about controversial issues at a Catholic institution tonight in Rice Commons, according to OrgSync, the Saint Mary’s student activities portal.The event will last one hour, beginning at 7:30 p.m., and will be closed to faculty, staff and media.The opportunity to come together follows campus controversy about Planned Parenthood but also in light of the harassment junior Maranda Pennington faced when a homophobic slur was was written on her whiteboard.“We have broadened the event to be an opportunity to discuss all of the types of controversy that have been occurring and how we can move forward, make changes and be better as a community,” student body president Kaitlyn Baker said.“Students will have an opportunity to voice their opinions and why they believe what they believe,” she said. “We are all still Belles, and it’s important for students to listen to other students’ opinions and say, ‘I respect your opinion, but I believe this.’”Student body vice president Maddie Kohler said SGA hopes the event will be a learning opportunity for students who attend.“We will close the event knowing that we are still one community [and] it’s okay that we are at a Catholic institution and have different beliefs,” she said.Tags: Planned Parenthood, SMC, Student Government Association
Star Files The good times never seemed so good (so good, so good, so good!) at A Night with Janis Joplin, where music legend Neil Diamond stopped by to congratulate its rocking team January 2. We have a Hot Shot of the “Sweet Caroline” singer getting close with leading lady Mary Bridget Davies, writer-director Randy Johnson and band members Stephen Flakus and Ross Seligman after the show. A Night with Janis Joplin celebrates the blues-y rock icon and her musical influences and features songs and anecdotes that tell where Janis came from and who she became. The production is not to be missed—check it out at the Lyceum Theatre today! Mary Bridget Davies View Comments
View Comments Lara Pulver was nominated for a 2008 Olivier Award for her performance opposite Bertie Carvel in director Rob Ashford’s London production of Parade and is back in town to play Louise—better known as Gypsy Rose Lee—opposite Imelda Staunton in Gypsy at the Savoy Theatre. The gifted performer chatted with Brroadway.com about honoring a classic musical and being an, um, ecdysiast.Gypsy hadn’t been seen in the West End for over 40 years until now; how well did you know the musical beforehand?I knew some of it, and I’d seen the movie when I was a kid. But you’re right: it’s not in our theatrical DNA in the same way it is for [Broadway audiences], so it’s been wonderful to explore and tell this story because it’s such a good play regardless of the wonderful music.What about it appeals to you?I think the fact that it’s so well-crafted and that those out-of-town tryouts early on really worked. There’s not a moment where I think, “How am I going to be able to make that bit of it fly?” It really is thrilling, especially for Imelda and myself, that we get such extraordinary journeys to play.The dynamic between Rose and her daughter, Louise, must be very rich to play.What’s fascinating to me is the role reversal of this little shrunken mouse that Louise is in Act One—this girl who’s desperate to be noticed or appreciated. Imelda doesn’t even physically look at me until “Everything’s Coming up Roses”—I don’t have a connection with her until I’ve been enticed into following her desires. And then at the end, I’m the one who’s going, “It’s OK, Rose.” You see the mother age and the daughter bloom.The shared focus of the piece is implicit in the title—i.e. Rose may be the main character but the show is still called Gypsy.Yes, and I think what people react to is how this woman treats her daughters and how these daughters respond—to understand the desperate actions that are taken on both sides and why, and that’s what has been so thrilling. It’s about time and age and feeling relevant and ego and the daughter becoming the parent and all those wonderful things that we can all relate to because we all have parents.How does Imelda deliver that cataclysmic performance eight times a week?I think she’s living like a nun—who wouldn’t when you’ve been given that type of role to do? You would want to take it with both hands. She’s always eaten well and taken care of herself, which is part of having longevity as an actor, and she’s spent months with a singing coach learning to use her voice properly and having an osteopath to give her that freedom to produce the sound. I try as well to take care of her and bring her little bits of lunch and stuff on a two-show day.Given that you and Imelda share the final scene, what happens right when you both come off stage?There’s often a moment where I just need to hold her and she needs to be held and other times we will fall into laughter about something ridiculous. Our job is to deliver the show at whatever the cost.Tell us about your defining striptease number in which Louise morphs from reticent wallflower into the “ecdysiast” of legend.What’s thrilling for me is that it’s the first time Louise is noticed in the entire play and the trigger where she goes from girl to woman is the second a member of the audience in the first strip notices her. And all of a sudden, she realizes that there’s power in femininity—in sensuality and sexuality—and it’s a whole new world for this young woman.Were you tempted to check out any of the various Broadway incarnations of Gypsy online?I’ve got such a photographic memory that if I listened to something or looked at something, I would find it hard to shake off. My research came instead from memoirs and pictures from the vaudeville era—not because I don’t think I could learn something from these other ladies, but because I would find it hard to put what I’d seen to one side after I had seen it.Have you had a “Sondheim moment,” as actors often seem to when doing his work?There have been a few that are so personal and private that I don’t want to share them, but there was one I witnessed where he went up to the orchestra pit at the end of our first preview and said, “Well fellas, you sound American”—which I think is the biggest compliment that he could have given!
The Department of Labor announced today that it will begin paying Federal-State extended unemployment compensation program benefits (EB) next week. EB provides an additional 13 weeks of unemployment compensation to eligible unemployed workers. Vermont is joining 26 other states that have triggered on the EB program. As part of the federal stimulus package, the federal government will pick up all of the EB costs.Currently Vermont’s three month average unemployment rate is 7.03 percent. An EB period exists in a state when the three month average unemployment rate exceeds 6.5 percent or the percentage of insured workers receiving benefits. While Vermont triggered into an EB period on March 22, 2009, payment of EB was delayed as Governor Douglas elected to continue paying Federal emergency unemployment to those that qualify for the additional benefits.“Given the federal benefits are scheduled to be available through the end of the year, it just made sense to continue paying them” said Patricia Moulton Powden, Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Labor. Those qualifying for the federal emergency benefits upon exhausting their Regular unemployment can receive up to an additional 20 weeks of 100% federally funded benefits. As long as the federal emergency benefits are available, Vermont will continue to pay them before EB to qualifying individuals.Normally the cost of the EB program is split equally between the federal unemployment trust fund and the state’s employers. However, the federal government will pick up 100 percent of the cost through December of 2009 as part of the stimulus bill for most employers. If former government employees receive EB, the state government or town will continue to pay its share of benefit cost. “Stimulus funding for 100% of the EB costs for 2009 is very helpful to Vermont given the health of our unemployment insurance trust fund” commented Commissioner Powden. “We are on our own to cover these costs after 2009 which exacerbates the current problems with our trust fund running out of money,” she added.Unemployed workers who have exhausted 26 weeks of regular benefits and 33 weeks of federal emergency benefits are potentially eligible for EB. The department is sending the 1000 potentially eligible workers a notice advising them to call their closest Department of Labor Career Center to arrange an appointment for orientation to the EB program. A list of our Career Centers is available on our website at www.labor.vermont.gov(link is external) or by calling 1-800-423-6181.In addition to having exhausted all other unemployment benefits, to be eligible for EB a worker must be determined to have a good prospect of returning to work and must make a rigorous search for work each week. Federal law requires that workers present tangible evidence of their efforts to find employment each week before receiving the benefit. The department is asking workers to file weekly claims and their work search reports over the Internet to avoid delays. “The work search and reporting requirements are much stricter for EB than regular unemployment insurance due to the additional duration” commented Commissioner Powden. “Our career resource centers are geared up to assist Vermonters with these more stringent requirements and folks will be required to come in to our 12 offices statewide.”For more information on EB, please visit our website at www.labor.vermont.gov(link is external).