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Kerrs to open new £1 million bakery

first_imgKerrs Bakery is celebrating its tenth anniversary by opening a new £1m factory in Motherwell, with annual turnover predicted to reach more than £2m this year. The wholesale business – one of the main producers of Caramel Cake in Scotland – manufactures a wide range of long-life handmade cakes, as well as short-life cakes with a 12-14-day shelf life.The new factory is three times the size of the old one and Kerrs expect to hire an additional 13 staff, to join its existing team of 20, before the summer. Founder Karen Murray opened a small shop in Armadale, West Lothian, 10 years ago with start-up help from the Prince’s Scottish Youth Business Trust, to make caramel cake. Products are distributed directly to small grocers, coffee shops, delicatessens and supermarkets, mainly in Scotland, and Murray has plans to expand the retail supply. “We have done some small orders for Scottish supermarkets and would like to develop that this year,” she said.last_img read more

Yonder Mountain’s Adam Aijala On Rocking 2016 And His High Hopes For 2017

first_imgYonder Mountain String Band had a very busy 2016, packing concert halls and festival stages across the nation with their brand of jam flavored bluegrass. Since the very beginning, guitarist Adam Aijala has been there helping call the tune and picking up a storm on his six string. A study in dichotomy his usual on-stage demeanor is tranquil no matter how furiously his fingers are moving.That calm presence has helped guide Yonder to the top of festival lineups and a relentless national touring schedule. Our own Rex Thomson managed to catch him after just returning from their annual Mexican holiday, Strings & Sol, with their beloved fans, AKA the Kinfolk. With New Year’s on the horizon (more info here), and both tours and new music planned for 2017, there’s no shortage of excitement in the Yonder universe!Live For Live Music: You’re back from Strings & Sol, just in time for a super cold stretch across America. A beach vacation music festival featuring friends like Railroad Earth and Greensky Bluegrass had to be a welcome change.Adam Aijala: Oh man, it sure was. Really though, 2016 has just been the most fun festival year I can remember. I mean, they’re always fun, but this year was special. This year’s Telluride, String Summit, Strings & Sol… our shows at Red Rocks were the most fun of those I’ve had as well.L4LM: A lot of the people who go to Strings & Sol, as well as the bands who play it, say it is one of the best pickin’ parties of the year.AA: You talk to the fans and a lot of them are like “This is my favorite festival, period.” Obviously the music is a big part of it, but when you take the other factors, like the stage is right there on the beach. There’s the water, like, right there. There are pools and stars and friends everywhere. All that combined is what makes it so great.L4LM: You even debuted a new song or two for the fans down in Mexico.AA: We actually showcased a song we’d never played, besides playing the couple from the new album we have played. It was fun.L4LM: For previous albums you have held the new material a bit closer to the vest. What was the reasoning behind sharing the material early this time around?AA: We’ve gone both ways with that. We did that for one of our old records and we tried that again with Black Sheep, holding songs back until the record came out. Part of me feels like, if we have the material we should be playing it. New material, especially if they are originals… it is always nice to have new material to play onstage.We have a jam band type mentality. I really have to give it to bands that play a similar show every night. That would just drive me nuts. Just playing the same songs over and over again. The songs would probably be tighter and sound more like the originals. For us, there are a lot of songs we play once a week or even once over an entire tour. Especially since we have so many people coming to multiple shows.It sounds incredibly boring to me. But at the same time, like I said, I also give props to those that can do it and do it well. Coming from the mindset we do, and most of our friends…it just seems honest to the crowd. We have to mix it up to keep ourselves engaged and to give the fans something new every night.L4LM: Is the album still on track for early 2017?AA: We are really trying to have it mixed and mastered by the first week of January. We’re trying to get word from all the various parties involved. You always hear things like “Oh, we need four months.” I’d really like to have it out before the end of spring tour, like while the tour is still happening though. That is my goal.I’m waiting to hear back on that. We’ll start mixing…I am going to start working on it around Christmas. We finished recording and I have sent stuff to everybody and they are compiling notes on stuff they would like to hear differently. It is mostly timing and tuning stuff.L4LM: Allie Kral and Jake Jolliff are working their way into the Yonder songwriting side of things now. How would you describe their assimilation into the group creative dynamic?AA: Allie has some great ideas for new songs, and we are definitely encouraging her. She is in a weird position. I try and put myself in her place. I mean, if you have been playing your whole life, but you never really wrote songs and then be asked to all of a sudden start…that is hard.First, you have to find a voice, even if it is not necessarily “your” voice yet, because you’re only just starting. It takes a while. I know when I first started everything I wrote was absolute crap. She has come up with some really cool melodies and some great scratch lyrics. I’m like “Send me all that stuff!” Dave and I can listen and go through it all and come up with some lyrics. If there are any feeling these melodies are invoking in you let us know. and then we can work on stuff together.I’ve said this to both Allie and Jake. They are both very competent, musically. They both can sing really well, and I would prefer to have them singing originals as opposed to covers. I would always prefer playing originals. Those two seem very open to that. There are a couple of instrumentals that they wrote on the new album. I think getting into the process, songwriting, is hard.Getting into any new creative process, like drawing or painting, is hard. Unless you had some kind of crazy, natural talent you never knew you had it is going to take time. You have to put in the time. Hell, when I am working, if I come up with ten ideas for songs, only one of those has a chance of becoming something. Like say scratch lyrics. They’re good for when you are working on a song to have actual words instead of going “Blah blah blah” but sometimes they spark something else. A lot of times you can get a pretty good line out of it.No real expectations, just writing. It seems like Bob Dylan had that kinda vibe, way back in the day. I think you can tell by his playing that is how he got a lot of his songs. Obviously he was and is a one-of-a-kind player. In the band it is just getting more and more comfortable. It’s been comfortable on a personal level for a long time and it is getting more comfortable musically every day. The trust that I have in everybody onstage is strong and it is good.L4LM: How collaborative is the new album? Is it more of a “Work things up together” or a “Teach each other the song you wrote” kind of process?AA: It is all over the place. The last song I completely wrote without any help from anyone was a song on EP-13. We each had one song. That is the last time that we have done something where I said “Here. This is pretty much done.” There might be one song on Black Sheep like that, but I think on this new album there is collaboration on every single song.For an easy way to explain it, I’ll say, for every song that John Lennon or Paul McCartney wrote together for The Beatles, you can assume that whichever one of them sang it is the one who came up with the idea. That is pretty much the same for us.Dave (Johnston) and I write together a lot, and we have been working more with Jake. Jake is also really good at arranging, so he has been helping a lot with that. Ben (Kaufmann) comes to the table with ideas, but he lives in California. It is easier for Dave and I to write together. He’ll call and say he has a couple hours and he will come by and we’ll screw around with some lyrics or work on a melody and try and get something going.L4LM: Fans are always talking about songs they are chasing. Would you say the entire catalog is wide open now?AA: Our catalog of songs is so spread out over a lot of years but yeah, with the exception of Jeff’s originals, everything is wide open. It is just so hard to find space for them all. Some of them really feature one member, and there’s really only room for that once a set at most.There are still songs we haven’t played with this new line-up. In my opinion, and this is only my opinion, don’t get me wrong, but I care a lot about the ebb and flow. I don’t ever want to bring it down, and some of the slower darker tunes can bring down the energy. I feel like, if they’re going to happen they need to happen early on, when the show is still building. You can start with something big, then mellow out a little bit and then build it again. Basically, we are from the school of jam bands, the school of the Grateful Dead.I, mostly, am the guy doing the set list, though Ben does some as well. I try and think about how to make it flow the best. I want to make sure it never enters a lull.L4LM: Yonder has been employing some fun, themed sets for your special events. You’re run the gamut from punk rock to Ween all the way to Pink Floyd. With so many shows under your belt, the fresh challenge must be something the band enjoys, judging from the results. How do you guys decide what you’ll tackle?AA: Usually a brainstorm session. We wonder “What would be a cool thing for Yonder to do?” Actually, the Ween set was Ben Hines, our front of house engineer… it was his idea. And it was a good one, because that album is hilarious. I don’t really remember how the Pink Floyd one came about. I know at least half of us consider it our favorite album, it is definitely my favorite. Although, I do have some others that enjoy almost the same level of love. The punk stuff a year earlier, that was mostly me. Dave and I grew up listening to that music. Seventh through tenth grade, that music was pretty important to me. To us.In band conversations it always comes to the same point though. If we are going to spend any amount of time on something, it seems like it would be so much more in our advantage to be working on new material, like original stuff. Every band, across the board, that I see at festivals or wherever, they all play covers. The fans like it and I totally get why. They might not be familiar with all of whoever they’re seeing’s music, but all of a sudden you hear something you recognize and love it is great.I even enjoy hearing a band play covers. It is a conundrum. You want to play originals but you also want to connect a bit. I feel like most bands would agree with that. Except cover bands I guess. So it becomes a thing where you try and choose songs that won’t be super time consuming. That is the mentality we have had. We want to do that but still have time to work on original stuff too.L4LM: There is a seemingly universal segment among the more dedicated fan bases that deride festival sets for their tendency to be more uptempo and packed with popular songs. It would seem that special sets, like the ones we are speaking of, are so universally enjoyed thanks to their unique use of the time. Seems like a good way for Yonder to catch some new fans unaware as well.AA: I agree. That makes sense. You want to showcase yourself, and like you said, one of the ways you do that is show how your band plays a cover. I would say almost every band, with few exceptions, plays a cover at least once-in-a-while. We kinda mix up our festival sets. Even though it is a festival we still just want to do what we do like our regular shows. We might choose to do something more on the upbeat side of our usual show.That might be my only difference, if I was putting together the set list, to keep it rocking more. Not to say that there wouldn’t be some slower or more moody tunes in there but mostly a set of the more upbeat stuff. Which is mostly what Yonder does anyway, honestly. Maybe we will come out of the gate a little stronger, or just have a long jam to start the thing.L4LM: Yonder Mountain is getting ready for the big NYE run in Boulder. Do you have any special themed sets up your sleeve or are you going to focus on pulling out all the stops from your own catalog?AA: Nothing crazy. We have some ideas floating around. We’re probably going to showcase some of the new stuff. We will probably pull out some of the cover stuff from the year, like we’ll put out some Ween and some Floyd and feature that. We have enough time on the 31st for either two real long sets or possibly a third set, like just start right off the bat. Nothing concrete yet. But I know it is going to be fun, like always.L4LM: That’s it for my questions, but I thought I would ask the Kinfolk for a couple of theirs. Got time for a few more?AA: Sure!L4LM: Ben Degani asks “I’ve noticed over the past couple of years that Adam’s eyes are doing all the work in guiding the other members, telling guests when it’s their turn to solo, etc. Has he always been Yonder’s silent jam leader? Does he really enjoy that part of his job?”AA: Yeah, generally, and we’ve used this since basically day one. We have had some issues with it, but having one person be in charge and orchestrating what is going on is so much easier than other people do it. Granted, you can have the mentality that says whoever is singing can control the solos and where they go. Some people like that, and I am fine with that as well. But in general, like if we have guests coming up, it is nice to have one person, not two or three, to keep from having overlap. So generally when Jake sings he calls out the solos, and the rest of the time I do.L4LM: The other one is from Kara Sterling who wonders “What did you ask from Santa for Christmas?”AA: Nothing! I feel like, I’m at the point where I am just grateful to be happy and healthy and alive. My wife and I, we try to plan trips and things like that, and don’t get material things for each other. My only gift obligations are for the children in my life, family and friends. But honestly, I couldn’t ask for anything more.L4LM: That’s a fine sentiment to end this chat on. Thanks for taking the time to look back at your impressive 2016. Can’t wait to hear what you do in 2017!AA: Thanks! We’re looking forward to playing new music in the new year! Happy holidays!last_img read more

Gary Clark Jr. Shares Full Live Stream Of Last Night’s Performance [Watch]

first_imgIt’s been a whirlwind week for guitarist Gary Clark Jr.! After announcing a brand new live album of top cuts from 2016, Clark made his way to California for the upcoming Grammy Awards ceremony. He started the weekend by joining in for Tom Petty’s MusiCares Person Of The Year gala celebration, before cruising down the coast to Newport Beach, CA for an intimate “Lincoln Sessions” performance last night.The guitarist used the opportunity to rock out to some fan favorite tunes from his collection, treating the fans to his bluesy style of rock and roll. Fortunately, thanks to Live Nation, we can watch a full stream of the performance until 11 PM Eastern tonight, on February 12th. Don’t miss the action!Watch Gary Clark Jr.’s show, below, starting at around the 10:30 mark. Edit this setlist | More Gary Clark, Jr. setlistslast_img read more

Joe Russo’s Almost Dead With Oteil Burbridge To Be Webcast Live From Red Rocks

first_imgJoe Russo’s Almost Dead were scheduled to make their Red Rocks Amphitheatre headlining debut last April, but the performance was rescheduled to 1st Bank Center in Broomfield due to severe weather. It had a lot of fans, who traveled long distances to see the Grateful Dead-inspired quintet perform the beloved venue, bummed out about the change in plans. However, the band made up for it quickly with the announcement that they would return to Red Rocks Amphitheatre later in the year, on Thursday, August 31st (the night before Phish takes over Dick’s for the weekend!). Dave Dreiwitz will be on tour with Ween so Dead & Company‘s Oteil Burbridge will be stepping in. The Thursday performance will mark Burbridge’s fourth appearance with Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, following his shows at the Brooklyn Bowl this March and sit-in at Fool’s Paradise in April.Oteil Burbridge Opens Up About Playing With Joe Russo’s Almost DeadTo add to the excitement, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead has announced that they will be streaming the show through Tune in at 7:30PM MST, 9:30PM EST to see Oteil Burbridge perform with Joe Russo’s Almost Dead.[photo by Andrew Blackstein]last_img read more

2015 HAA Award recipients announced

first_img Read Full Story The Harvard Alumni Association (HAA) Awards were established in 1990 to recognize outstanding service to Harvard University through alumni activities. The 25th annual awards will be presented, today, during the fall meeting of the HAA Board of Directors.This year’s honorees include:Thomas E. “Ted” Blamey, M.B.A. ’70Peter A. Carfagna ’75, J.D. ’79Robert P. Fox Jr. ’86Joan Keenan ’45, H.R.P. ’47Robert M. Kraft ’76Nancy Sinsabaugh ’76, M.B.A. ’78Learn more about the 2015 award recipients on the Harvard Alumni Association website.last_img read more

The Information Generation: Healthcare at the Speed of Now

first_imgDigital information is dramatically changing how we interact personally and how we conduct business.  We are always connected, on more devices, and can quickly access data from across the world.  When it comes to healthcare, we are both patients and consumers of healthcare information.And there is a lot to consume.  As healthcare data continues to grow at 48% per year, healthcare organizations are also being challenged by new patient expectations that come from living in this “always on, right now” world.  In a recent survey from Vanson Bourne of 236 global healthcare leaders, 89 percent of healthcare providers say technology has already changed patient expectations.According to the research, patients want faster access to services, personalized experiences, 24/7 access and connectivity, and access on more devices.  All of this means, we want “healthcare at the speed of now” – immediate, full-range access to quality care, anywhere, anytime.To meet the needs of the Information Generation and keep pace with this digital mindset, healthcare leaders agree they need to deliver against five top business imperatives to stay ahead of the competition:Predictively spot new opportunitiesDemonstrate transparency and trustInnovate in an agile wayDeliver unique and personalized experiencesOperate in real timeJust imagine the critical role these business imperatives play in a healthcare environment for initiatives such as population health management, value-based care, clinical research, telemedicine, genomics, patient-centered medical home. Yet, today, many healthcare organizations are only in the early stages of addressing these business imperatives extremely well or enterprise-wide.Healthcare leaders also identified the top technology trends that will impact the delivery of healthcare tomorrow, including:Big Data AnalyticsAutomationCybersecuritySmart CommunitiesHybrid CloudTo help adopt this digital mindset enterprise-wide, we are working side-by-side with healthcare organizations around the world to simplify their health IT infrastructure, reduce costs, and innovate faster. To move value-based care initiatives forward, we are also helping healthcare providers capitalize on predictive analytics for clinical, financial, and operational use cases along with improving the security and availability of their patient information.These solutions help accelerate collaboration across the entire care continuum and empower hospitals and health systems to transform their health IT  – driving real improvements in operational efficiencies, clinical outcomes, regulatory compliance, and patient engagement.As an example, eHealth Saskatchewan deployed solutions for the enterprise hybrid cloud and end-user computing and is already seeing the impact of their technology investments.Most important, healthcare providers can keep pace with the accelerated rate of innovation – engaging with the Information Generation and delivering healthcare at the speed of now.last_img read more

Fire breaks out at asylum seekers’ camp in southeast England

first_imgLONDON (AP) — Firefighters are striving to put out a blaze at a coronavirus-afflicted former army barracks in southeast England, and hundreds of asylum seekers living there have been moved outside. Police said there have been no reported injuries and the investigation over the cause of the fire is ongoing. Fire and police responded to the incident Friday in the Kent coastal town of Folkestone. The site has been used to house about 400 asylum seekers since September last year, despite concerns over conditions. The fire comes after more than 18,000 people signed a petition to shut down the barracks amid concerns over conditions inside. Concerns have escalated this week following reports that around 120 residents tested positive for coronavirus.last_img read more

University experiments with online classes

first_imgAs DARTing season begins, Notre Dame students have even more class choices than before, thanks to the new option of online courses.   Elliott Visconsi, chief of digital affairs and professor of English and law, has worked to bring the option of online courses to Notre Dame. Visconsi said the University decided in April 2013 to join respected schools, such as Boston College, Washington University and Northwestern, in offering classes through a program called “Semester Online.” “The reason that we’re in Semester Online is so that we can experiment, we can learn, we can understand how Notre Dame students inhabit online courses, how these kinds of courses and this style of learning fits into the Notre Dame experience,” Visconsi said.  Visconsi said Semester Online works the same way as regular courses. He said students can DART into the online courses Notre Dame offers, or they can receive permission from their advisors to take classes taught by professors at one of the other schools in the consortium, receiving transfer credit.  Senior Katie Dickerson said she currently is taking an online course called “Drugs and Behavior” offered through Emory University. Dickerson said the class is not as different from traditional classes as she initially expected.  “The nice thing about how these classes work is that you still have to ‘go to class.’ Once a week you log in with a webcam – your professor and classmates do the same – and you have lecture and discussion like you would in a normal classroom,” Dickerson said. “The work you do outside of class will depend on the type of class it is. … [For my class,] instead of a book, we have recorded video lectures from our professor.”  Visconsi said the biggest challenge for the faculty has been learning to create a course in a new context.   “When you have a seminar-style class discussion in this format, you have to come up with a different set of strategies. … The energy is different, the kind of questions that you need to ask of students are different,” Visconsi said. “Creating a good online course means you have to take an existing course and be inventive, make it born digital, create it anew for this platform.” Dickerson said she has had a great experience and would take an online course again, but it can be hard to connect with the professor, especially when he is located in a different part of the country. She said it can also be challenging to manage time when taking a class that relies heavily on independent work.  Visconsi said online learning is like any other kind of unconventional education.  “Think about all these projects. There was a time when study abroad was not acceptable, or the idea that you would go downtown and work at the homeless shelter and get college credit for that [was] not acceptable,” Visconsi said. “And then people started to pilot and experiment and say, there might actually be a way of adding another way of experience.” Dickerson said she believes online education will only add to the Notre Dame experience.  “Notre Dame strives to improve education and innovate in all areas. Online education is going to be increasingly relevant in coming years, and it only makes sense that [the University] would be working to make that happen,” Dickerson said.  Notre Dame will offer one online course in the spring, “Shakespeare and Film,” taught by Professor Peter Holland. More information about Semester Online is available at Contact Emma Borne at [email protected]last_img read more

Professors address morality of capitalism

first_imgProfessors ventured to answer the question “Is capitalism moral?” through a discussion of various economic systems Friday at Jenkins and Nanovic Halls.James Otteson, professor of economics at Wake Forest University, said addressing social issues related to economics is a productive approach.“ … Two social issues that almost everyone who endorses a humane and just society tend to focus on are poverty and inequality,” Otteson said. “But let me ask you? Which is more important? If you can solve one of them, but only one, which one would you solve? … Many people think these two are linked. If you solve one, you solve the other, but alas, that doesn’t seem to be the truth.”Citing the research of Stanford historian Walter Scheidel, Otteson said material equality is produced by four things: mass warfare, revolution, state collapse and plague. Prosperity, on the other hand, comes about by a society that protects a person’s physical safety, possessions and right to trade.“It turns out that the same political, economic and cultural institutions that enable the greatest [increase in wealth] also allow inequality,” he said. “There’s the rub. Substantially, everyone gains but they don’t gain at the same rate.”Associate professor of constitutional studies at Notre Dame, Patrick Deneen, said this “market ideology” views economic systems and political systems as separate entities. In its most extreme forms, he said, this ideology views political entities as subordinate to the demands of the free market. This view is radically different from the classical conception of the market, Deneen said.“By contrast, if you go back to Aristotle, markets are embedded within the polities,” he said. “They’re the marketplaces, the agora. They’re governed by the city’s expectations that its activities are ordered to the public good and then even more oriented towards the common good.”With the decline of these forms of economic systems, Deneen said, market ideology has led to inequality and entered other areas of life beyond the economic sphere.“Market forms of behavior and thinking are likely to arise in areas where they shouldn’t predominate —  areas such as such as the family, sexuality, education and religion,” he said. “Today, we lack a really good free market where we need one, and we have very bad free markets where they shouldn’t exist.”Still, Otteson said, it is better to solve the problem of poverty and allow material inequality to exist.“The fact that the political and economic institutions that enable some to have more than others — even much more than others — are the same institutions that enable growing overall prosperity and peace seems then to confront us with this stark choice: We can have prosperity and a reduction in — and perhaps even an elimination of — poverty, or we can have equality, but also poverty, violence and death,” he said. “For me, the choice is clear.”While this form of economy allows material inequality, it creates an “equality of moral agency,” Otteson said.“The kind of system I’m talking about is the one of moral agency and historically that leads to unprecedented levels of wealth,” he said. “Adam Smith called it ‘the obvious and simple system of natural liberty.’ So a system that proposes both prosperity and morality I think, is one worth defending, regardless of what you call it.”In response, Deneen said differentiating between the “moral market system” Otteson proposed and capitalist ideology is impossible.“I take it that the Catholic Social Teaching rejects market ideology, and I think [Otteson] suggests this as well, but too often this market is infused by market ideologues to advance this position, particularly the fundamentalist belief that any state intervention in the marketplace — or nearly any state intervention in the marketplace — is unjustified, as well as an intrusion on the autonomous realm of economic activity,” Deneen said.Tags: capitalism, economics, inequality, povertylast_img read more

Hauptman confirmed by Senate for NCUA board

first_img This post is currently collecting data… Kyle Hauptman was confirmed by the Senate Wednesday for a seat on the NCUA board. Hauptman will serve a term through August 2025 once sworn in. CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle sent a letter to Hauptman outlining CUNA-League priorities Wednesday afternoon.“CUNA, Leagues, and credit unions congratulate Kyle Hauptman for his confirmation as an NCUA board member. With his record of engagement with Leagues and credit unions, we look forward to working with him on ways NCUA can help credit unions more efficiently serve members through the duration of the pandemic and through the economic recovery,” Nussle said. “We hope he will continue NCUA’s trend in recent years as an efficient, effective regulator.”Hauptman, a native of Maine, currently serves as an economic advisor to Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.). In his testimony before the Senate Banking Committee July 21, he said his goal at NCUA will be to help credit unions offer the American dream to as many people as possible. This is placeholder text continue reading »center_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more