Texas sets new single-day record for coronavirus deaths

first_imgOvidiu Dugulan/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR and EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 552,000 people worldwide.Over 12.1 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding the scope of their nations’ outbreaks.Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the United States has become the worst-affected country, with more than 3.1 million diagnosed cases and at least 133,106 deaths.Here is how the news developed Thursday. All times Eastern:6:52 p.m.: Arizona launches ‘Project Catapult’ to increase testingGov. Doug Ducey announced at a Thursday press conference he is signing an executive order to reduce indoor dining in Arizona to less than 50% of a restaurant’s capacity.In addition, he said the state will be launching “Project Catapult” to drastically increase testing. The goal is 35,000 tests per day by the end of July, and 60,000 tests by the end of August.Ducey urged Arizonans to stay at home multiple times during the press conference as the state deals with a surge in cases.“The virus is widespread and the more activity that is happening in our economy, the more the spread will continue,” he said.The governor pointed out that the RN, the disease’s capacity to spread, had fallen from 1.18 to 1.10 in the 10 days since the mask mandate and other restrictions went into effect. The number measures the average amount of people one infected person will spread the disease to. Officials look for a number under 1 to say the disease is under control.Ducey also said he spoke to Dr. Deborah Birx, response coordinator for the White House coronavirus task force, who told him that getting out of the “zone” that Arizona is in will be a two- to four-week event.6:47 p.m.: Texas sets new single-day record for deathsTexas, in the middle of a surge of coronavirus cases, set a new one-day record total with 105 deaths reported Thursday.The state has confirmed 9,782 new cases since yesterday with a 15.03% positivity rate on tests.The death toll rose to 2,918 with the 105 reported Thursday.As has been the case in Florida, hospitals are now overcrowding across Texas. In especially hard-hit Houston, Texas Medical Center now says it is at 105% capacity.Houston has added a third free testing site, as the two it had offered 650 tests a day and they ran out by noon.6:14 p.m.: Kentucky mandates face coveringsKentucky Gov. Matt Beshear is mandating masks or facial coverings for the entire state in places where people cannot socially distance.The executive order will go into effect Friday at 5 p.m. and last for 30 days.Beshear has struggled with other politicians in his state over issuing COVID restrictions. Just hours before making the mask announcement at a press conference, a circuit judge issued a temporary restraining order against new executive orders signed by the governor related to COVID-19. He promised to fight the ruling.The governor announced there were 333 new cases of coronavirus in the last day and four deaths.In May, Beshear recommended people wear masks in public, but said it was not a requirement.4:27 p.m.: California reports highest daily death totalCalifornia reported 149 new deaths on Thursday — the highest daily number of fatalities so far.Gov. Gavin Newsom stressed that the number may be attributed to lags in reporting, pointing out that the day after the Fourth of July only six deaths were reported.Hospitalizations have jumped 42% in the last two weeks and intensive care unit admissions increased 29%.3:30 p.m.: 11,312 pregnant moms diagnosed with coronavirus, most of them Latina: CDCThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it is aware of 11,312 pregnant women who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the U.S.Of those, 3,252 women have been hospitalized and 31 have died, the CDC reported.The disproportionate share of the pregnant women to test positive were Hispanic/Latina women.The CDC recorded that 4,553 of the women were Hispanic/Latina and 2,140 were white.2:50 p.m.: Over 1,000 TSA employees have tested positive for COVID-19The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) says 1,018 of its employees have tested positive for COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic.Of that number, 647 have recovered and six have died.New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport has had the highest number of positive cases with 116 TSA employees.Second to JFK is New Jersey’s Newark Liberty International Airport where 69 TSA workers have tested positive.The TSA has taken steps to help protect workers like requiring employees to wear face coverings and installing plexiglass at screening locations. There have also been calls from major U.S. airlines for the TSA to conduct temperature screenings on passengers.2:20 p.m.: North Carolina reports highest day of hospitalizationsNorth Carolina reported its highest day of hospitalizations and second-highest day of cases on Thursday, Gov. Roy Cooper said.At least 1,034 patients are currently in hospitals, Cooper said.Hospitals and ICUs still have capacity, Cooper said, though officials are concerned about the future hospital capacity in the Charlotte area, said Dr. Mandy Cohen, secretary of North Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services.12:45 p.m.: Fauci calls coronavirus ‘a public health person’s worst nightmare’Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, described the coronavirus as “a public health person’s worst nightmare” at the “Future of Healthcare Summit” put on by The Hill.“It’s a spectacularly transmissible virus,” he said.Fauci recommended that states seeing a surge of cases consider pausing reopening.“Rather than think in terms of reverting back down to a complete shutdown, I would think we need to get the states pausing in their opening process,” he said. “Looking at what did not work well and try to mitigate that.”Fauci said states can help curb the spread by doing “very fundamental things,” like closing bars, wearing masks, washing hands and maintaining social distancing.“If you look at the curve, for example, in New York City, which was hit harder than any place in the world really, has been able to successfully bring down the number of new infections, hospitalizations and deaths to an extremely low level,” Fauci said.“In some of the southern states, the states have not really followed those guidelines,” he said.11:34 a.m.: Florida’s positivity rate leaps to 18%Florida’s positivity rate has leapt by 4.3% and now stands at 18.3%, the state’s Department of Health said Thursday.Florida has a total of 332,783 people diagnosed with COVID-19. Of those, 17,167 people are in hospitals, according to the state data.Miami-Dade County, which includes Miami, and Broward County, which includes Fort Lauderdale, are especially hard-hit.Miami-Dade’s positivity rate is 26.2%. Broward County’s positivity rate has soared by 8.8% to reach 22.7%.10:40 a.m.: Florida has 56 hospitals with no ICU bedsIn Florida, 56 hospitals, including in Miami-Dade and Broward, reported zero ICU beds available, according to an internal FEMA memo obtained by ABC News.Another 35 Florida hospitals reported that ICU capacity was at 10% or less, the memo said.Texas is also a hot spot, reporting 10,028 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday — the state’s highest single-day increase, according to the memo.The FEMA memo also noted that in Tennessee, people ages 21 to 40 are accounting for the majority of new and total cases.Tennessee’s number of new cases remains on the rise. Nashville, Memphis, Chattanooga and Knoxville are areas of particular concern, the memo said.10 a.m.: At least 26 Mississippi lawmakers have COVID-19At least 26 Mississippi legislators have the coronavirus — which accounts for about one in every six state lawmakers, The Mississippi Clarion Ledger reported.Ten other cases are linked to the lawmakers’ outbreak, the Ledger said.Mississippi is “seeing numbers as high as we have seen at any point since the very beginning,” Gov. Tate Reeves said Wednesday, as he warned that the overwhelmed health system is a “slow-moving disaster.”As of July 5, Mississippi had 609 hospitalizations with confirmed infections, 165 ICU patients and 98 ventilated patients — all of which are near record levels for the state, according to an internal FEMA memo obtained by ABC News.Mississippi was one of the first states to reopen businesses in late April, but on July 1 the governor said he would pause a full reopening given the rising cases.Face masks are currently not required statewide, but on Wednesday Reeves said he’s not ruling that out.9:30 a.m.: More cases among teens, young adults near Chicago There’s been an upward trend in coronavirus cases among teens and young adults over the last two weeks in Lake County, Illinois, about 40 miles north of Chicago, the county health department said Wednesday. “We are finding that many young people who attended social gatherings with their friends have become infected,” Dr. Sana Ahmed, medical epidemiologist for the county, said in a statement.The health department said it’s working closely with Lake Zurich High School after multiple cases were linked to athletic camps. The school has suspended camps until further notice and participants of the poms, football and baseball camps were asked to quarantine for two weeks, the county said.A case was also linked to an athlete at Vernon Hills High School, the county said. Illinois on Wednesday reported its biggest single-day increase in COVID-19 cases in a month, reported ABC Chicago station WLS-TV. Illinois has over 149,000 diagnosed cases and at least 7,099 deaths.8:24 a.m.: ICU ward at the heart of Italy’s outbreak is now coronavirus-freeThe main hospital in Bergamo, one of Italy’s hardest-hit cities in the coronavirus pandemic, has had its first day without any COVID-19 patients in intensive care. A spokesperson for Papa Giovanni XXIII hospital told ABC News on Thursday that, “after 137 days, there are no more patients COVID-19 positive in the ICU wards.”Italy once had the highest number of COVID-19 cases and deaths in the world, with the epicenter in the country’s northern region. The outbreak there now appears to be under control. In total, more than 242,000 people in Italy have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and at least 34,914 have died — the fourth-highest death toll, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.7:15 a.m.: CDC chief says reopening schools is ‘critical public health initiative’The director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said he believes reopening schools is “a critical public health initiative.” Speaking to ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America on Thursday, Dr. Robert Redfield said the CDC’s guidance for protecting against the novel coronavirus remains the same but that the agency will be providing “additional reference documents” to aid communities wanting to reopen their K-12 schools this fall. The CDC chief noted that the guidelines are not requirements. “The one thing I really want to say that would personally sadden me, and I know my agency, is if individuals were to use these guidances that we put out as a rationale to keep schools closed,” Redfield said. Redfield’s comments come after President Donald Trump threatened on Twitter to “cut off funding” to schools that don’t reopen in the fall and criticized the CDC’s guidance as “very tough,” “expensive” and “impractical.”During Wednesday’s press briefing, Vice President Mike Pence told reporters that the CDC would revise its guidance next week in response to Trump’s critique. “It’s not a revision of the guidelines; it’s just to provide additional information to help the schools be able to use the guidance we put forward,” Redfield said on GMA.The CDC’s current guidance for reopening schools calls for 6 feet of space between desks, staggered scheduling and the use of face masks. When pressed on which of those guidelines were too tough or impractical and would be relaxed next week, Redfield said the CDC would continue working with communities to decide which preventative strategies work best for them. “These decisions about schools are local decisions,” he added. “We’re prepared to work with any school and school district to see how they can take these guidances, this portfolio of strategies, and do it in a way that they’re comfortable that they can reopen their schools safely.”6:03 a.m.: Ohio State pauses sports workouts after receiving results of COVID-19 testingThe Ohio State University athletics department announced Wednesday night that it has paused all voluntary workouts on campus following the results of its most recent coronavirus testing of student-athletes.The move affects the workouts of seven teams at the school, which include men’s and women’s basketball, field hockey, football, men’s and women’s soccer and women’s volleyball.The university previously revealed Wednesday that a total of 125 student-athletes have been tested for COVID-19 as part of proactive screening prior to the start of voluntary summer workouts on campus. At least eight of those test results were positive, according to Columbus ABC affiliate WSYX-TV.It’s unknown how many others have tested positive since then.“The university is not sharing cumulative COVID-19 information publicly as it could lead to the identification of specific individuals and compromise their medical privacy,” The Ohio State University Department of Athletics said in a statement Wednesday. “The health and safety of our student-athletes is always our top priority.”A student-athlete who tests positive for COVID-19 will self-isolate for at least 14 days and receive daily check-ups from the athletics department’s medical staff. Student-athletes who live alone will isolate in their residence, while those with roommates will isolate in a designated room on campus, according to the Ohio State University Department of Athletics.5:52 a.m.: 3-year-old girl battles COVID-19 after 35-year-old mother dies from virusA toddler in Florida has tested positive for COVID-19 after her mother died from the disease, according to a report by Miami ABC affiliate WPLG-TV.Shaquana Miller Garrett, 35, contracted the novel coronavirus while working at the front desk of a hospital in Fort Lauderdale. She was a diabetic, considered a higher risk of becoming severely ill with the virus, and had to be hospitalized within days of her diagnosis, her family told WPLG.Garrett died on July 2, leaving behind a husband and two young children. So far this month, more than a dozen people under the age of 60 have died from COVID-19 in Miami-Dade and Broward counties, according to WPLG.“She was my best friend,” her brother, Curtis Miller, told WPLG.Now, her 3-year-old daughter Kennedy is battling the virus. The little girl has developed a fever, according to Miller.3:27 a.m.: US records over 58,000 new casesMore than 58,000 new cases of COVID-19 were identified in the United States on Wednesday, bringing the national total soaring past three million, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.The latest daily caseload is just under the country’s record set on Tuesday, when more than 60,000 new cases were identified in a 24-hour reporting period.A total of 3,055,081 people in the United States have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and at least 132,309 of them have died, according to Johns Hopkins. The cases include people from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., and other U.S. territories as well as repatriated citizens.By May 20, all U.S. states had begun lifting stay-at-home orders and other restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The day-to-day increase in cases then hovered around 20,000 for a couple of weeks before shooting back up and crossing 60,000 for the first time Tuesday.Many states have seen a rise in infections in recent weeks, with some — including Arizona, California and Florida — reporting daily records. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

The Falklands: HMS Argyll Plays Key Role in Exercise Cape Bayonet

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today The Falklands: HMS Argyll Plays Key Role in Exercise Cape Bayonet View post tag: Falklands View post tag: Argyll View post tag: role HMS Argyll has just completed a very successful 30 day period of exercises and local engagement in the Falkland Islands. Arriving in the South Atlantic on the 1st June she spent 30 days working to a high-tempo programme which included her playing a leading role in Exercise Cape Bayonet.Exercise Cape Bayonet is a regular exercise which takes place in the Falkland Islands and involves a large range of the forces based there including RAF Typhoons.The exercise culminated in HMS Argyll supporting the Parachute Regiment with spectacular on shore fire support. Argyll’s Cape Bayonet was the largest tri-service exercise to date.It successfully demonstrated why the Falkland Islands provides such a good training area. For the majority of the exercise Argyll embarked 50 personnel from A Company of 3 Parachute Regiment.“It really was pleasing to know that you have assisted someone. We showed that we can support a large number of embarked troops and more than that we can give them a really good service enabling them to deliver greater effect ashore,” said Petty Officer Caterer ‘Geordie’ Allsopp.“It isn’t often that you work with the Army and the RAF together and we demonstrated how capable the Royal Navy is in the joint operational environment.”Argyll’s excellent integration into the South Atlantic operating area allowed her to respond quickly and effectively to a changing situation when weather or other incidents threatened the programme.Taking part in a number of commemorative activities and events, sailors from Argyll formed a Royal Navy guard that led colleagues from the Army and RAF at a Liberation Day Parade in the Falkland Islands capital, Stanley.“Argyll’s team were there with 3 Para and the RAF. We had the best drill but the others weren’t too bad,” said Petty Officer (Above Water Warfare) Honey.“The lads felt a lot pride. The residents were really passionate in their support and it was a real eye opener for the lads about the meaning of the work we are doing down here.”Members of the crew also visited more remote locations on the Islands as part of an intense settlement visit package. This was accompanied by visits to the memorials at San Carlos, the site of HMS Ardent and the site of HMS Antelope where a former Antelope veteran, WO1 Sheppard of the Devonport Flotilla staff, laid a wreath.Argyll battled through challenging sea conditions both on entry and when leaving the South Atlantic. The transit to South Georgia required skilled navigation to avoid the icebergs and the sea conditions around Cape Horn saw strong winds and seas lash the ship for 48 hours.The ship’s Lynx helicopter enabled the British Antarctic Survey personnel to conduct an assessment of recent rat culls and Argyll personnel assisted with the relocation of stores from a remote outstation.RFA Black Rover, was alongside Argyll during her visit and departed at the same time. Having sailed together all the way from South Africa, Black Rover and Argyll final parted company after a Replenishment At Sea.Reflecting on an extremely busy and effective period in the South Atlantic Argyll’s Commanding Officer, Cdr Tim Neild, said, “Argyll has come to the South Atlantic and delivered in spades. We have clearly demonstrated the Royal Navy’s capacity in the joint environment.”[mappress]Press Release, July 31, 2013; Image: UK Navy Share this article View post tag: Bayonet View post tag: Cape View post tag: RAF July 31, 2013 View post tag: News by topic View post tag: key Training & Education View post tag: Defense View post tag: HMS View post tag: Navy View post tag: plays View post tag: Typhoons View post tag: Exercise The Falklands: HMS Argyll Plays Key Role in Exercise Cape Bayonet View post tag: Naval View post tag: UK View post tag: Defencelast_img read more

Royal Marines join US Navy assault ship for European drills

first_img View post tag: USS Whidbey Island Royal Marines join US Navy assault ship for European exercises View post tag: Royal Marines July 20, 2016 Back to overview,Home naval-today Royal Marines join US Navy assault ship for European exercises Authorities View post tag: US Navy Royal Marines joined their U.S. counterparts aboard the USS Whidbey Island assault ship as it entered European waters to begin a deployment with the USS Wasp battle group.The USS Whidbey Island is an assault ship – a slightly smaller version of Britain’s Albion and Bulwark which uses hovercraft rather than landing craft to put up to 500 troops ashore.The men of 42 Commando are in the early stages of a 12-month training regime which will see them taking over as the UK’s lead commando group.Once aboard the Whidbey Island, Royal Marines undertook martial arts training with Americans, observed amphibious assault vehicles in action, shot the M4 carbine – the US equivalent of the SA80 – and M27 service rifles – counterpart of the Royal Marines’ L129A1– observed US bomb disposal technicians at work and learned about the USMC’s 120mm mortar (the heaviest mortar the commandos fire is the 81mm).“I think doing things like this increases our ability to work with each other,” said 1Lt Kyle Jackson, a rifle platoon commander with Battalion Landing Team, 1st Battalion, 6th Marines. “Getting to meet and understand the Royal Marines allows us to develop a better relationship with them.”Before returning to their base near Plymouth, the Brits were treated to some US Navy/USMC hospitality: a steel beach picnic: Marines. Games. Picnic. Steel beach.“Everyone from Juliet Company enjoyed the steel beach event,” said L/Cpl Alex Johns. “It was a good atmosphere – and it was also a good way to get away from a normal working environment.” Share this articlelast_img read more

Menendez, Booker, MacArthur, Pascrell, LoBiondo Applaud Continuation of Medicare Policy to Benefit NJ Hospitals,…

first_imgAdditional $32.8M in federal funding will help 17 NJ hospitals treat seniors, cover provider wagesWASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker, and Congressmen Tom MacArthur (N.J.-03), Bill Pascrell, Jr. (N.J.-09) and Frank LoBiondo (N.J.-02) today announced that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will extend for another year a key Medicare policy—the imputed rural floor—to provide New Jersey hospitals with fair and equitable payments to support physicians and other health care professionals providing care to seniors and low-income patients.“Being one of only three all-urban states, providers in New Jersey are often excluded from policies designed to help address some of the unique needs hospitals face, but by extending the imputed rural floor for another year, hospitals in our state will be able to continue to deliver high-quality care for its patients,” said Sen. Menendez, a senior member of the Finance Committee, which oversees federal health policy.  “This gives New Jersey hospitals security in knowing that the wage-based Medicare reimbursements will be fair and equitable.  I am once again pleased that CMS is continuing to value the care provided by hospitals in New Jersey.”“This extension of the Medicare imputed floor wage index for another year will yet again help level the playing field for New Jersey’s hospitals,” said Sen. Booker.  “The imputed rural floor provides not only much-needed equity in Medicare reimbursements for New Jersey’s affected hospitals, but it also allows our state to continue to provide high quality healthcare to our residents.  I am proud to stand with the entire New Jersey delegation to continue to support this important policy until we can implement a permanent solution.”“The extension of the imputed rural floor is a huge win for New Jersey.  This extension will bring millions of dollars to our state and will help our hospitals continue to provide quality care for the most vulnerable New Jerseyans,” said Rep. MacArthur. “This was a priority for New Jersey and a priority for me, which is why I fought hard for this over the last few months.  I am proud to have led our delegation, along with Senator Menendez and Congressman LoBiondo, in calling for this vital extension, and I appreciate the Trump Administration for granting it.”“The Administration was right to have reversed course, listening to the bipartisan New Jersey delegation call to extend the imputed rural floor,” said Rep. Pascrell, New Jersey’s only member of the House Ways and Means Committee, which oversees Medicare.  “The policy provides necessary protections to New Jersey’s hospitals and ensures they are treated fairly after years of being disadvantaged because of New Jersey’s status as an all-urban state.  Although this one year extension is welcome news, I strongly urge CMS to address this issue permanently, so New Jersey hospitals aren’t left in limbo year after year.”“CMS’ decision to extend the imputed rural floor is welcome news for New Jersey and will ensure our hospitals are able to continue serving New Jersey residents most in need.  A critical priority for New Jersey, I applaud the bipartisan effort of our delegation to strongly advocate for this extension,” said Rep. LoBiondo.The lawmakers have been key Congressional champions of this policy for several years, providing the state’s hospitals with hundreds of millions in additional Medicare wage payments.  In May, Sens. Menendez and Booker, and Reps. MacArthur, Pascrell and LoBiondo led a letter, signed and all 14 members of the New Jersey delegation, to CMS calling for an extension of the imputed rural floor.New Jersey is one of only three states in the nation deemed to be “all urban” under Medicare’s wage payment policy.  As such, the state’s hospitals are unable to benefit from several Medicare policies that benefit rural states.  The imputed rural floor allows New Jersey’s hospitals to effectively compete for the highest quality health care talent available by providing equity with rural states.  This policy will now be extended through FY 2018.“Thank you to Sens. Menendez and Booker and all the members of the New Jersey delegation who joined together in a bipartisan fashion to extend the imputed floor for New Jersey hospitals and patients.  We especially want to acknowledge the work of Congressman Tom MacArthur for his leadership and outreach to members of the Administration to educate them about the unique concerns of an all-urban state like New Jersey,” said Betsy Ryan, CEO of the New Jersey Hospital Association.  “This floor extension now ensures that New Jersey healthcare providers will receive federal payments that are fair and equitable with other states that have the protection of a rural floor.”The following New Jersey hospitals are expected to benefit from a combined $32.8 million in additional Medicare funds:Cape Regional Medical Center (Cape May Court House)Capital Health Medical Center – Hopewell (Pennington)Cooper Hospital (Camden)Deborah Heart and Lung Center (Browns Mills)Hackettstown Regional Medical CenterInspira Medical Center – ElmerInspira Medical Center – VinelandInspira Medical Center – WoodburyKennedy University Hospital (Cherry Hill)Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County (Willingboro)Memorial Hospital of Salem County, Inc. (Woodstown)Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center (Camden)R.W.J. University Hospital – HamiltonSt. Francis Medical Center (Trenton)St. Luke’s Warren Hospital (Phillipsburg)Virtua Hospital (Voorhees)Virtua Memorial Hospital (Mt. Holly) Pictured: Congressman Frank LoBiondo, center, joined veterans J.R. Robinson and Chester DeFelice at the 2016 Walk for the Wounded.last_img read more

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first_imgn Starbucks’ US chairman and former chief executive, Howard Schultz will immediately replace chief executive Jim Donald. Starbucks said the leadership shuffle is part of a series of initiatives to help improve its performance.n What has been described as Britain’s first Polish supermarket has opened in Sunderland. The Polskie Food Company in Holmeside stocks a wide range of Polish bakery items and breads.n A new website, [http://www.foodanddrinkforum.co.uk], has been launched by The Food & Drink Forum. The aim is to help keep the industry up to date with support, training and development opportunities.n Bakers should consider capitalising on the growing trend for online shopping. Retail specialist, Actinic, found in a survey that respondents reported a 27% rise in the number of customers buying online at Christmas, compared to the same period in 2006. They also reported an increase in internet revenues of 46%.n Northern Foods announced on Friday 11 January, that its acquisition of a soup plant from Baxters Food Group would improve its production footprint in the UK.n Police have been investigating inapropriate, religious graffiti at Pentland Bakery in Herts. Pentland owner Mr Munir said the graffiti referred to Islam in an offensive way.last_img read more

Lantmännen Unibake appoints new senior development chef

first_imgBakery supplier Lantmännen Unibake UK has promoted Harry Peak to senior development chef.Peak will oversee the development of new bakery products to drive the bakery market, along with Lantmännen Unibake’s strategic growth vision.Peak, who was previously a NPD technologist at the business for 12 months, said he wanted to “bring to life the boldest and bravest ideas” and added that the business could become a leader in innovation.Lantmännen UK said Peak’s promotion, after just one year, was an example of its commitment to develop talent and drive career advancements internally.“Harry will be responsible for product and recipe innovation for not only our core portfolio but developing bespoke opportunities and solutions for key customers,” said Lantmännen’s commercial director Martin Jones. “This is a pivotal role that is instrumental in driving profitable growth.”The new senior development chef, who is also a member of the Craft Guild of Chefs association, has 15 years’ experience in the food industry, having worked as a sous chef at the Langham Hotel, London and cooked for former Prime Minister Gordon Brown at No 10 Downing Street.last_img read more

Disco Biscuits Cover Ginuwine, Make It Snow Indoors In Colorado Finale [Full Video]

first_imgLoad remaining images Last night, The Disco Biscuits finished their three-night Colorado run with their second of two shows at Denver’s Fillmore Auditorium (following a Thursday performance at Boulder’s Fox Theatre). The band got started with the surprises right off the bat with “Bionic Helix”, a song comprised of a jam that used to appear in “Helicopters” in the band’s early days. That led right into a bust-out of “The Big Happy”, which in turn moved into “I Remember When” without missing a beat. After “House Dog Party Favor”, a well-played “Spectacle” moved into a set-closing “I-Man”, undoubtedly a highlight of the old school first set.The Disco Biscuits Get Trancey To Kick Off 2-Night Denver Run [Full Show Video/Photo]Disco Biscuits Show Love To Fans With 49-Minute Jam, “Naeba” Bustout, & Punk Encore [Full Show Video]The second set kicked off with an extended jam sandwich (though not as extended as the nearly hour-long jam that opened set two on Thursday), as the band rode heavy techno grooves through “Crickets”, into the 2nd “Lunar Pursuit” this year, and back out into “Crickets” to the delight of the packed house. The set only got stranger from there, as Jon “Barber” Gutwillig led the band through an out-of-left-field cover of “Same Ol’ G” by 90’s R&B star Ginuwine. Barber took the opportunity to play into a long-running joke with the band’s friends in Umphrey’s McGee. changing some lyrics to reference the incident when he fell asleep backstage at a UM show, and a photo of him was used for the Umphrey’s laminates on their next tour.Joel Cummins Talks Umphrey’s/Biscuits Prank War And Post-World Series Hang With The CubsThe Disco Biscuits’ Aron Magner Talks Prank War With Umphrey’s, Spotify, And BCAThe band ended their run with a fittingly over-the-top closing segment, as fake snow machines and blue lasers met to fantastic effect during “Floes” before a “Spraypaint” tease-filled cover of Pink Floyd‘s “Run Like Hell” closed the show in appropriately thrilling fashion. Finally, the Biscuits delivered one last surprise–a rare cover of the towering “In The Hall of the Mountain King”, Edvard Greig‘s famous late 1800’s orchestral composition, their first rendition of the piece since 7/10/04 (643 shows).SETLIST: The Disco Biscuits | The Fillmore Auditorium | Denver, CO | 11/18/17Set 1: Bionic Helix > Big Happy > I Remember When, House Dog Party Favor, Spectacle, I-ManSet 2: Crickets > Lunar Pursuit > Crickets > Same Ol G > Floes, Run Like HellEncore: In the Hall of the Mountain King[Cover photo via Dave Vann]The Disco Biscuits | The Fillmore Auditorium | Denver, CO | 11/18/17 | Photos by Dave Vannlast_img read more

Trey Anastasio Band Adds Dates To Spring 2018 Tour

first_imgComing off Phish’s four-night New Year’s Madison Square Garden run and his highly anticipated performance with Dave Matthews, Aaron Neville, and more over the weekend, today, Trey Anastasio has announced additional spring tour dates for his side project, Trey Anastasio Band. In addition to a previously announced run in Chicago on April 20th and 21st, Trey Anastasio Band will perform three nights during Jazz Fest in New Orleans as well as a handful of other new dates.Kicking off the run will be one-off performances at Cleveland’s House of Blues on April 17th and Grand Rapids’ 20 Monroe Live. From there, the group will hit their two-night run at the Chicago Theatre on April 20th and 21st ahead of a performance at Iron City in Birmingham, Alabama, on April 24th. Rounding out Trey Anastasio Band’s announced spring tour dates is a three-night run at Civic Theatre in New Orleans, coinciding with Jazz Fest. In addition to these TAB dates, Trey will also play a solo acoustic tour in February.Trey Anastasio Announces February Solo Acoustic TourYou can snag tickets for these new TAB dates during a real-time presale tomorrow on Tuesday, January 9th, starting at 12 p.m. (EST)—pre-sale link here. The pre-sale will run through to Friday, January 12th, at 5 p.m (EST) before tickets become available to the public on Saturday, January 13th, at 10 a.m. (EST).Upcoming Trey Anastasio Band Tour DatesApril 17 – Cleveland, OH @ House Of BluesApril 18 – Grand Rapids, MI @ 20 Monroe LiveApril 20 & 21 – Chicago @ Chicago TheatreApril 24 – Birmingham, AL @ Iron CityApril 26 – 28 – New Orleans, LA @ Civic Theatre[Photo: Zach Blum]last_img read more

Shorenstein Center announces Goldsmith winners and finalists

first_imgThe Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) has announced two winners of the Goldsmith Books Prize and six finalists for the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting.The Goldsmith Prizes are underwritten by an annual gift from the Goldsmith Fund of the Greenfield Foundation. The book prizes, which include an award of $5,000, were created to honor the best academic and trade books of the year on journalism. The Investigative Reporting Prize, which carries a $10,000 award for finalists, and a $25,000 award for winners, is intended to recognize and encourage journalism that promotes more effective and ethical conduct of government, the making of public policy, or the practice of politics by disclosing excessive secrecy, impropriety and mismanagement, or instances of particularly commendable government performance. The winner of the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting will be announced at an awards ceremony on March 23 at HKS.The list of winners and finalists, visit the Harvard Kennedy School Web site.last_img read more

U.S. Will Continue Aiding Paraguay in Security and Against Drug Trafficking

first_imgBy Dialogo November 10, 2010 The United States will continue cooperating with Paraguay on security issues and on programs against drug trafficking, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Arturo Valenzuela said at a press conference. “We are committed to continuing with aid that has been very fruitful and in which we have a great deal to do going forward,” the envoy of Barack Obama’s administration declared after meeting with Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo. Among the issues discussed with Lugo was “security, one of the most important issues for the countries of Latin America, especially for those facing the challenge of drug trafficking and crime,” said Valenzuela, who spoke in Spanish. The U.S. official said that his government is also prepared to provide Paraguay with military security assistance. “A military operation is not being ruled out, but on the basis of what is of interest to Paraguay,” Valenzuela said, without giving more details.last_img read more