first_imgReal Good Food (RGF) has extended the repayment deadline for funding that it said had enabled it to continue trading following a financial crisis.In May last year, the company secured £8.2m funding from three major shareholders – Napier Brown Ingredients, Omnicane International Investors, and funds managed by Downing LLP. These were due to be repaid by 30 June next year.The loans followed a troubled period for Real Good Food that included profit warnings, a shake-up of its board and an overhaul of its corporate governance procedures.At the time, the company said that, without this funding, “the directors believe there is a significant risk that the company would fail to be able to trade”.Since then, RGF has sold Haydens Bakery to Bakkavor Group, and R&W Scott and Chantilly Patisserie to its management teams. In May this year, it was fined £450,000 for breaking Alternative Investment market rules at the time of its financial difficulties.Under the new arrangements, RGF will have until 17 May 2021 to make its final repayments on the loans.“The board considers that, by extending the final repayment date of the agreements, it substantially alleviates the pressure on the company to source funding,” it stated.RGF still owns cake decorations supplier Renshaw and snack bar manufacturer Brighter Foods.Bakery industry veteran Steve Moon has recently been appointed chief executive of Renshaw.last_img read more

first_imgPHILLIPS – Wonderland!, the beloved annual children’s festival, has announced “Wonderfest,” a benefit concert to take place at 43 Main Street in Phillips on Friday, June 28 from 6 to 8 p.m.All are welcome, and is presented on a “no donation too big, no donation too small” basis. All proceeds will go toward the expenses associated with the Festival, now in its 14th year. “Unknown Legend,” the well-known acoustic duo out of Rangeley, Nancy Bessey and Joe Montimurro, will sing and play favorites from the 60s, 70s, and 80s. The evening will not be just a concert, but also a party, featuring a beer garden, BBQ, and relaxing by the Sandy River. Bug bracelets will be available and cabanas will be set up in case of rain.A large and celebratory turnout is hoped for. The benefit is intended to raise money to support Wonderland! and is also an opportunity to spend time together as a community, and to acknowledge the many generous spirits who are supporting this year’s Festival, and all those who have supported previous Festivals.Wonderland! is a children’s festival that attracts more than 500 visitors each year and takes place on the third Friday of August during the week of Phillips’ Old Home Days.Many magical events are open free of cost to all. Children are given hand-made crowns, faery wings, halos and wands; pirate hats and scarves; cowboy hats and more – fishing for prizes under the stars, free sno-cones and popcorn, and helium balloons. Children can sit with their parents and make a faery house or decorate a magic box. Have their pictures taken and mounted in a keepsake folder. Taking a tour down faery alley brings you to the Faery Queen’s Bower, where you will be given a special faery name and magic dust. Around the corner in Pirates’ Cove, children dig for chocolate coins. Professional artists paint the children’s faces in wondrous ways. Families come from miles around, and children talk about the event all year long. Wonderland! has grown to a truly regional event, drawing people from three counties – almost as many children come from Rangeley as they do from Phillips, and more come from Farmington.Dr. Susy Sanders began the annual Festival upon her arrival in Phillips in 2005.“Wonderland! was created to promote the development of imagination in children of all ages,” Sanders said. “Imagination is key in our complex world. The unofficial motto of the festival is a quotation from Ralph Waldo Emerson: ‘The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.’” The entirely free event is sponsored by Dr. Susy and Dave Sanders and many generous Friends of Wonderland! Preparations for the event are made throughout the year.If you would like to become a Friend of Wonderland, you may donate through Pay Pal, or through the mail to Wonderland! PO Box 251, Phillips, Maine 04966. The children’s hearts thank-you for your generosity.The festival has also announced a number of Wonderland! workshops, group get-togethers to prepare crowns, wings, wands and much more. Workshops will be held in two different locations. Please contact Susy Sanders for questions or to let her know you’re planning to attend:At 37 Main Street, Phillips Friday, June 14, 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 15, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday June 22, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.At 12 Pleasant Street, Rangeley Friday, July 5, 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 6, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 13, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, July 14, 1 to 4 p.m.last_img read more

first_imgDerek Trucks started performing live at the age of 11 years old. After exploring different musicians he met between tours and studio sessions, Trucks founded The Derek Trucks Band in 1994 at the age of sixteen. Bassist and vocalist Todd Smallie was the first to officially join the band, with drummer Yonrico Scott, keyboardist Kofi Burbridge, vocalist Mike Mattison, and percussionist Count M’Butu eventually following to form the core band.A 16-year-old Derek celebrated Halloween unlike most teenagers in the early 1990’s, by performing a live concert at Lake Boone Country Club in Raleigh, North Carolina. While Smallie was in the band for the performance, the rest of the players were temporary and not listed in this recording. As you can hear in the tapes below, Trucks was always surrounded by the best.The setlist is mostly old blues covers, with a few instrumental jams that show off a young Trucks’ early skills as a guitar virtuoso.Listen to the Derek Trucks Band perform their first-ever Halloween show in 1994 below:Derek Trucks Band – Lake Boone Country Club – 10/31/1994[Audio: Derek Trucks Band]last_img read more

first_imgAssociate Professor of Psychiatry Paul J. Barreira and Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry Martin P. Kafka, both of McLean Hospital, were each honored for their significant career accomplishments and contributions to the field of psychiatry at the American Psychiatric Association (APA) annual meeting in New Orleans during the Convocation of Fellows on May 24.Barreira was presented with the Distinguished Fellowship Award, while Kafka was bestowed with the Distinguished Life Fellowship Award. These are the APA’s highest honors, awarded to outstanding psychiatrists who have made significant contributions to the psychiatric profession in at least five of the following areas: administration, teaching, scientific and scholarly publications, volunteering in mental health and medical activities of social significance, community involvement, and clinical excellence.Barreira is currently the program director of Waverley Place, McLean’s community-based rehabilitation program. He is also director of behavioral health and academic counseling for Harvard University.Kafka has held many roles within McLean and is currently a member of the clinical staff associates. He is a member of the APA’s work group on sexual and gender identity disorder for the development of the fifth edition of the “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.”last_img read more

first_imgCritical thinking skills — analyzing facts to make reflective and informed decisions — are essential for students when it comes to civic engagement. However, in today’s fast-paced news cycle, it’s become increasingly difficult for students to discern fact from fiction to make informed decisions. This is especially true of the COVID-19 pandemic.A new educational report from Project Information Literacy (PIL) uses the first 100 days of the COVID-19 news story to help educators and high school and college students revisit the early coverage and think critically about how journalism shapes the national narrative and often defines what we see and learn, what we think, and who we are.“Familiarity with news is a powerful social practice, one that nurtures civic literacy,” principal investigator Alison Head said. “In our 2018 study on news engagement, we found seven in 10 students got their news from the classroom, so this time we asked, ‘What if we focused on coronavirus, arguably the biggest story of the century, and made it into a unique and timely learning experience during a critical election year?’”According to Head, the novel resource emphasizes two critical areas of development: information agency and visual literacy.Information agency is the ability to reclaim some control over the news. It takes pulling back and looking at the “shape of news” to identify critically important themes and pieces of information.To help students build this skill, the first part of the report presents interactive graphs and a timeline narrative to show the coronavirus story’s development over time. Learning resources include exercises for seeing how news stories develop and managing readers’ attention over time.Visual literacy is the ability to understand how the composition and presentation of images adds meaning to a news event, while eliciting certain emotional responses. The second part of the report looks at news images in the coronavirus coverage and how lighting, angle, or cropping played a role in visual messaging. Learning resources let students code news images on their own to see firsthand the effect visuals can have on viewers.Within the classroom context, educators can use this study as a reading and teaching resource to nurture civic literacy. Read Full Storylast_img read more

first_imgNotre Dame has appointed David Bailey as the new head of the Office of Strategic Planning and Institutional Research, according to a University press release. As associate vice president for strategic planning, Bailey will assist the Office of the President in developing the University’s strategic plan, assessing progress, overseeing departmental strategic planning and issuing reviews for the provost and executive vice president, the release stated. University President Fr. John Jenkins said Bailey’s past experience outside the University as well as his time as the interim head of the office have prepared him well for the position. “David’s experience as a Notre Dame alumnus, his time in the office he will now head, and his long and distinguished career in business amply equip him for this critical position,” Jenkins said in the release. “His appointment further strengthens the University’s advancement toward institutional excellence.” Bailey graduated from Notre Dame in 1983 before receiving an MBA from the Stern School of Business at New York University in 1997. He previously worked at IBM, Wall Street firm Gerard Klauer Mattison & Co. and Goldman Sachs.last_img read more

first_imgBolton Valley Resort,The owners of Bolton Valley Resort, big mountain skiing and riding less than 30 minutes from Burlington, have engaged Mike Krongel of Mirus Resort Capital, a New England investment banking firm, to identify and evaluate growth opportunities for the resort. Bolton Valley is owned by partners Doug Nedde and Larry Williams of Redstone, a Vermont commercial real estate development company in Burlington.‘Future development plans at Bolton Valley include improvements to the existing base area, lift upgrades and expansion of snowmaking capacity,’ said Williams. ‘There are plans to create a sustainable primary and second home community, a canopy tour, zip rider, mountain biking, and the installation of a second wind powered turbine capable of producing more than five million kWh of energy per year. We are looking to Mirus Resort Capital to advise us on how to best move Bolton Valley forward.’The partners have owned and operated Bolton Valley Resort since 2007, when they purchased the interests of Bolton’s former owner/operator. Mirus’ assignment is to identify purchasers or equity investors to implement Bolton’s plans for growth.Mirus Resort Capital is an investment banking firm located in Burlington, Mass. Mirus focuses on mergers, acquisitions, debt and equity placement and joint venture creation. Mirus Resort Capital works primarily with resort, recreation and hospitality enterprises. In its work with Bolton, Mirus will identify investor partners whose experience, expertise and goals coincide with the investment opportunities at Bolton Valley Resort.Bolton Valley Resort is Vermont’s most convenient big mountain for skiing and riding packed with value. Less than 10 minutes from I-89 and less than 30 minutes from Burlington, the family-friendly mountain offers skiers and riders of all abilities three mountain peaks with 71 trails and 6 lifts, plus 3 terrain parks including the Burton Progression Park.Bolton Valley is one of only two ski resorts in the U.S. to implement wind power as an energy source and is the recipient of the National Ski Areas Association’s 2010 Silver Eagle Award for environmental initiatives. A complete Sports Center, outdoor ropes course, extensive back-country skiing and Vermont’s most extensive top-to-bottom night skiing and riding are just a few of the extras available to guests.  Source: Bolton Valley Resort. BOLTON, Vt. (Dec. 6, 2010)’last_img read more

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Salt Lake Tribune:Completing a shift to renewable energy, Kennecott Utah Copper will shut down its last coal-fired power plant in Magna, shrinking its carbon footprint by as much as 65% — a total of more than 1 million tons of carbon dioxide a year, according to its owners.Rio Tinto, Kennecott’s corporate parent, announced Wednesday that power to the copper producer will come from 1.5 million megawatt hours of renewable energy certificates purchased from Rocky Mountain Power, which will be primarily sourced from its Utah-allocated portfolio, including wind power generated in Wyoming.The move formalizes a transition that has been underway at Kennecott Utah Copper, which mines and processes copper ore at its vast industrial network on the west side of the Salt Lake Valley, for the past several years, according to spokesman Kyle Bennett.“This ensures we are offsetting the electrical demand we use across our Utah operations with certified renewable energy certificates,” Bennett said. “Rio Tinto wants to be carbon neutral by 2050. Every operation within the portfolio would have to look at ways to achieve that.”Kennecott’s 75-megawatt Unit 4, added in 1960 and idled for the past two years, is the last coal-fired power plant on Utah’s crowded Wasatch Front and perhaps the oldest in Utah.More: Good news for Salt Lake Valley’s air: Kennecott to close its last coal plant, shift to renewable energy Kennecott to close its last coal plant in Utah, switch to renewable energylast_img read more

first_imgKen Holman Good vibes and positively-stoked energy filled the beautifully wooded trails of Pocahontas State Park in Chesterfield, Virginia, at a recent off-road handcycling event organized by the PVA Mid-Atlantic Chapter, that truly exemplifies the incredible spirit of this exceptional group Veterans in Pocahontas State Park Trails and Cycles Program Director John Arbino The adaptive cycles bring new life to the veterans, so they can once again enjoy what they love doing. “A lot of people look down to us in wheelchairs because they think we’re disabled,” said Arbino. “They pity us because they think we can’t take care of ourselves. But when they see us out there on the mountain bike trails… then they realize, “wow”, they’re not disabled, they just passed me on the mountain bike trail!” Holman agrees, “This park has given to our community a part of our lives that was kind of taken away from us, so this park has accommodated us, not only in the trails, but the facilities (the port-o-john), the tent, changing the gravel so the chairs and bikes can maneuver, so we can have opportunities for fellowship with each other.” Jody Shiflett “For me personally, it’s an opportunity to feel a part of the community that I once enjoyed without disability, so this park makes it easy for us to be integrated back into the community doing the things that we love, to keep our health, our sanity, to be part of nature, and enjoy this aspect of our lives,” shared veteran Ken Holman, of Chester, Virginia, about the indescribable bliss of participating in the adaptive trail cycling. Engaging in the forest is salve for the soul, Holman added, “It’s a calming, you know, for those of us that are veterans that suffer from PTSD. It’s a time to reflect, relax, and not worry about the things you can no longer do, but focus on things you can do.” If you want to see courage, inspiration, and excellence face-to-face, you’ve got to meet the resilient, respected athletes with Paralyzed Veterans of America. Shiflett especially thanks Pocahontas State Park for leading the way in accommodating those with disabilities. “The park rangers here are very supportive to our being included. There’s not a lot of off-road opportunities on the East Coast, especially and particularly for people with disabilities, so we’ve been taking advantage of this infrastructure here. So I want to just praise them for…allowing us to have access to this and being supportive, because they have to maintain these trails, and since these certain trails are being maintained to a wider width, well guess what, that probably increased their cost two-fold. They could spend less money and make it narrow, but they’re very accommodating.” That freedom to explore means a lot to these athletes, says Director of Racing and Fitness Jody Shiflett. “You can go where it’s quiet and solemn and run across some wildlife, and just hearing the wind go through the leaves, the brooks, the creeks, it can be meditative, or it could soothe, maybe you have a sense of adventure you’re trying to find.” Pocahontas State Park is well-known for its dedicated group of volunteers, including RVA MORE and Friends of Pocahontas State Park, who give of their time to maintain the trail system at the park and support of the veterans. Adaptive Sports Program Manager John Arbino says events like this are crucial for veterans who’ve been injured. “It gets them back outside again and gets them back in nature and gets them out being part of the community again. We have a lot of people that are able-bodied that are volunteering to support this event. This event is so great to get us back interacting.” Events like this are much appreciated says Holman. “It’s an opportunity for us get together and have fun. We don’t have to worry about the other people who are not accustomed to our bikes and our way of lives. We all have similar problems, and similar injuries so we can relate to each other.” Erin Green, Executive Director of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter Paralyzed Veterans of America hopes what is happening here at Pocahontas State Park, leads to positive change nationwide.“It’s significant because our trails are starting to become more adaptable to individuals with disabilities, and inclusive, and that’s an important part. I think all state parks should look into becoming more adaptable, so our members of the community with disabilities, not just veterans, but civilians as well, can use and get out in nature and utilize the state parks we have in Virginia and the U.S.”last_img read more

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The IRS is being impersonated by scammers in an email making the rounds and using “tax transcripts” as bait to entice people to open attachments laced with malware.In its newswire IR-2018-226, the IRS and Security Summit partners warned that the scam is particularly troublesome for businesses whose employees might open the malware, known as Emotet, since it can spread throughout a company’s network and take months to remove successfully.Emotet usually masquerades as specific banks, credit unions and other financial institutions in trying to trick people into opening infected documents. This is not the first appearance of Emotet, but what’s new is its guise as the IRS. It pretends to be from “IRS Online,” and contains an attachment labeled “Tax Account Transcript” or something similar. The subject line uses some variation of the phrase “tax transcript.”last_img read more