New Rathbones’ administrators in power struggle

first_imgA BIZARRE power struggle is taking place between the administrators of Harvestime (2005) and the administrators of New Rathbones.KPMG, backed by Harves-time (2005)’s creditors Whit-worth Holdings and Whitworth Brothers, is challenging Har-vestime (2005)’s administrators to take over the administration process of New Rathbones. Eleven creditors, who turned up to a Harvestime (2005) creditors’ meeting earlier this month, have already voted down a motion to replace Begbies Traynor. But KPMG is fighting on, backed by Whitworth. New Rathbones’ administrator KPMG oversaw the break-up of New Rathbones in April 2005 into the Harvestime (2005) and Rathbone Kear business. Whitworth Brothers provided the working capital when the Harvestime (2005) business was formed in May 2005. Begbies Traynor was subsequently called in to Harvestime (2005) on November 18, 2005.Meanwhile, suppliers and customers remain supportive, as Harvestime (2005)’s Walsall bakery enters its fourth month in administration. The bakery continues to supply customers, including independents and supermarket Tesco, with a range including Tesco Finest, organic, in-store bakery and ciabatta loaves. A “couple of interested parties” are understood to be talking to administrators about a possible purchase of the bakery, which employs over 200 people. The rent on the site is paid until the end of May.last_img read more

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Bakers unveil new products for Easter 2021

first_imgSource: SoreenSoreen Vegans now have a chance to enjoy Soreen’s Chocolate & Orange Spring Mini Loaves which have undergone a plant-based makeover in time for Easter. The product is said to contain 50% less sugar and 64% less fat than an average Easter cake bar.“We have been working hard to launch a full vegan range, ensuring to retain that squidgy texture and treat-like taste that Soreen is notorious for,” Mark Simester, said Soreen managing director.“The results from our taste panel sessions have been a huge success and we’re pleased to be able to offer an even wider range of vegan products this year.”The individually wrapped mini-loaves are being sold in multipacks of five and are available from retailers including Nisa, Iceland, and Sainsbury’s for £1.The move comes after the malt loaf brand announced in January that the vast majority of its products would become vegan-friendly in 2021. Source: Premier FoodsPremier FoodsPremier Foods is also bouncing into Easter with four new products across its Mr Kipling and Cadbury brands. Sold in packs of four, its Cadbury Crème Egg Cakes (rsp: £2) are aimed at individuals, while its Cadbury Crème Egg Gateau serves eight and cost £3. The food giant has also launched Mr Kipling Lemon & Raspberry Mini Batts in packs of five (rsp: £1.00) and Mr Kipling Chocolate & Orange Easter Bunny Slices (rsp: £1.50 x 8).The NPD joins the returning Mr Kipling Lemon Bakewells and Lemon Whirls, as well as Cadbury Mini Egg Nest Cakes and Mini Egg Choc Cakes.“The impressive results delivered by the Cadbury Crème Egg range in previous years have presented us with an exciting opportunity to further extend this range, taking it to both individual and sharing formats we know work well already for our Mini Egg themed skus,” said Mathew Bird, brand director of sweet treats at Premier Foods. Source: Yorkshire Baking CompanyBakery brands and retailers are making it easy for loved ones to show how much some-bunny means to them with an array of Easter-themed treats.From Hot Cross Yumnuts and extravagant cakes to vegan mini loaves and gingerbread, there’s plenty to rabbit on about.As an Easter bakery staple, hot cross buns are already flying off the shelves with the UK’s largest retailers offering traditional ones alongside some more innovative flavours.Here’s our pick of some other seasonal creations now on sale: Source: M&SMarks & Spencer Marks & Spencer has taken hot cross buns one step further with the invention of a Hot Cross Yumnut. The seasonal twist on the retailer’s signature doughnut and yum yum hybrid is made with a light textured dough that is rested for a minimum of 18 hours. It features a mixed spice fondant topping with flavours of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger, and is crossed with a white fondant icing and milk chocolate chips.The product is being sold individually for £1.50 or in a pack of three for £4. The NPD joins the existing six-strong Yumnut line-up which includes Raspberry Royal, Billionaires and Plain Jane. Source: Yorkshire Baking CompanyYorkshire Baking Company The Yorkshire Baking Company has also joined in with the HCB celebrations with a limited edition Hot Cross Bun Mega Loaf. The fruity sharing-sized bake is based on a traditional hot cross bun recipe and contains sultanas, fruit peel and mixed spices. It is available online and in Morrisons with an rsp of £2-£2.25. Source: Pierre MarcoliniPierre MarcoliniPierre Marcolini has added a centrepiece cake and Amaretti biscuits to its Easter line-up this year.The £25 dessert is made with milk chocolate sabayon, vanilla crème brûlée, and caramelised hazelnut crunch wrapped in a coat of chocolate. Designed to depict a green glade where bunnies may play, the topping is finished with petit praline eggs.The chocolatier has also crafted Amaretti biscuits. Described as light with a gentle tang of lemon, they are being sold in packets of 100g for £7.80. Both items are available from the Pierre Marcolini Marylebone Boutique counters in Selfridges, Harrods and via the E.boutique! Source: Birds BakeryBirds BakeryThe East Midlands’ craft baker Birds Bakery is putting on an egg-cellent display for Easter with hot cross buns, custard tarts, chocolate biscuits and cupcakes among the favourites making a return.Highlights include a Hot Cross Bun Loaf (rsp: £2.05), Gingerbread Rabbit (rsp: £1.60), Easter Cupcake (rsp:£1.55) and Easter Tart (£0.65).last_img read more

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BottleRock Presents Announces Lineup For Lavish New Sonoma Harvest Music Festival

first_imgSonoma Harvest Music Festival has announced the artist lineup for their 2018 event, set to take place on Saturday, September 22nd, and Sunday, September 23rd at the B.R. Cohn Winery. The Saturday lineup will be led by The Avett Brothers, in addition to performances from Lake Street Dive, Shovels & Rope, The Suffers, and Royal Jelly Jive. The Sunday lineup features sets by The Head & The Heart, Rodrigo y Gabriela, ZZ Ward, Rayland Baxter, and Con Brio.As Dave Graham, a partner in BottleRock Presents, said in a statement about the festival, “We are very happy to announce the return of music to B.R. Cohn Winery with the Sonoma Harvest Music Festival. … This intimate festival has a storied history in Sonoma wine country. No other music festival allows attendees to enjoy this level of musical talent in such an intimate venue, paired with Sonoma’s laid-back hospitality, great wine, and food. We essentially created this music festival for people who don’t like larger sized music festivals.”According to the festival website, the intimate event will be capped at 3,000 tickets, ensuring a “close-up, premium experience” for all festival attendees. Dedicated to hospitality, the Sonoma Harvest Music Festival pairs great music with the best of what Sonoma Valley has to offer, including artisanal foods from the area’s many acclaimed chefs plus as well as B.R. Cohn’s selection of premium wines and Northern California craft beer.B.R. Cohn Winery is a 70-acre multifaceted estate nestled between the Mayacamas range and Sonoma Mountain in the heart of Sonoma Valley. With a winemaking history dating to the 1860s, the vineyard is planted primarily to cabernet sauvignon and benefits from a unique confluence of geological and climatic factors that keep its soils warm, its vines frost-free, and its grapes ripe and flavor-packed. These advantages explain why B.R. Cohn is among Sonoma Valley’s few producers of world-class, single-vineyard cabernet sauvignon. Olive Hill Estate is named after B.R. Cohn’s grove of over 450 Picholine Olive Trees dating back to the mid-1800’s.Passes for the upscale event go on sale this Wednesday, March 28th at 10 a.m. PT. You can grab your tickets here when they become available. For more information about the Sonoma Harvest Music Festival website.[H/T Jambase]last_img read more

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Watch Stevie Wonder’s Love-Filled Tribute To Aretha Franklin At ‘Stand Up To Cancer’

first_imgOn Friday night, dozens of Hollywood A-listers came together for the sixth-biennial Stand Up To Cancer telecast. Across the one-hour fundraising event, celebrities like Matt Damon, Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Garner, Keith Urban, Keanu Reeves, Jon Hamm, Ed Helms, Ken Jeong, Tony Hale, David Spade, and many, many others made appearances to encourage viewers to donate to cancer research efforts. At the end of the hourlong broadcast, Stevie Wonder came out to close out the show and used his performance to also pay tribute to the late, great Queen Of Soul, Aretha Franklin.“You know, I believe that if we just begin to love one another, across the nation and throughout the world, we will truly make love great again. Because of our love, we will find the cures to cancer and all the various things, so let’s stand up to cancer and we will succeed,” offered Wonder before the start of his song.Set to a backdrop featuring a photo of Aretha as well as a quote from Stevie Wonder on his recently departed friend—”Through the pain, she gave us the joy and said, ‘Let’s make love great again’”—Stevie Wonder started out by performing part of Burt Bacharach– and Hal David-penned classic “What The World Needs Now”, keeping with the evening’s theme of communal love for change. From there, Stevie gracefully segued into “Love’s In Need Of Love Today”, off his acclaimed 1976 album, Songs In The Key Of Life.You can watch Stevie Wonder’s tribute to Aretha Franklin at the sixth-biennial Stand Up To Cancer telecast below, with Wonder’s performance beginning around the 56-minute mark.Stand Up To Cancer 2018 Telecast [Video: Stand Up To Cancer][H/T Rolling Stone]last_img read more

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Elizabeth A. Davis & More Complete Casting of City Center’s Zorba!

first_imgThe complete cast is now set for New York City Center Encores!’ production of Zorba! Tony nominee Elizabeth Davis will take on the role of The Widow, joining previously announced star John Turturro in the title role, Marin Mazzie as The Leader, Santino Fontana as Nico, Zoe Wanamekr as Hortense and Adam Chanler-Berat as Mimiko. Performances will run from May 6 through May 10. Walter Bobbie will direct.Davis made her Broadway debut in Once, which earned her a Tony nod. The ensemble will include Enrique Acevedo, Yusef Bulos, Laura D’Andre, Sean Ewing, Richard Gatta, Evangelia Kingsley, Nikka Graff Lanzarone, Vanessa Lemonides, Maria-Christina Oliveras, Michelle Peterson, David Scott Purdy, Waldemar Quinones-Villanueva, Matthew Rossoff, Rommy Sandhu, Gavriel Savit, Allysa Shorte, Evan D. Siegel, Joseph J. Simeone, Alex Syiek, Nicholas Ward and James Zannelli.The show features music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb and a book by Joseph Stein and follows a larger-than-life Greek jack-of-all-trades and his friendship with a young American student. The musical first premiered on Broadway in 1968 and features the songs “Life Is” and “Only Love.” View Commentslast_img read more

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Energy transition prompts Peabody to write down value of largest U.S. coal mine by $1.42 billion

first_imgEnergy transition prompts Peabody to write down value of largest U.S. coal mine by $1.42 billion FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):The largest coal mining company in the United States substantially lowered the value of one of its top-producing thermal coal assets based on low expectations for future coal demand.Peabody Energy Corp. impaired the value of its North Antelope Rochelle coal mine in Wyoming by $1.42 billion in the second quarter. Peabody said it was lowering the expected value of the coal mine, the largest in the United States, because of assumptions regarding lower long-term natural gas prices, the timing of coal plant retirements, and continued growth from renewable generation.“While we still believe coal is essential to a reliable energy grid and that our [Powder River Basin] assets are best positioned to serve that demand … we do expect coal’s long-term share of the U.S. generation mix to remain below prior-year levels,” Peabody CFO Mark Spurbeck said on the company’s Aug. 5 earnings call.Production from the North Antelope mine has dropped drastically in recent years. U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration data shows the company produced about 30.7 million tons of coal in the fourth quarter of 2014, a near-term high for the mine. Quarterly production from North Antelope dropped below 20 million tons for the first time in recent history in the first quarter of 2020, and second-quarter production totaled just 14.0 million tons. Peabody delivered coal from North Antelope to 84 power plants across the U.S. in 2019, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence data.“This is a clear signal that Powder River Basin coal production isn’t coming back and the multi-year decline that was prevalent before the pandemic will continue long after the virus is gone,” Shannon Anderson, the staff attorney for the Powder River Basin Resource Council, said in an emailed statement about the impairment. “It’s time for Wyoming leaders to think about what comes next for our communities, coal miners, and our revenue streams.”Peabody Energy had $6.54 billion in total assets as of the end of 2019 but reported $4.95 billion in total assets on its balance sheet as of the end of June. Including the impairment, the company booked a $1.54 billion net loss, or $15.78 per share, in the quarter.[Taylor Kuykendall]More ($): Lower expectations drive Peabody’s $1.42B impairment of largest U.S. coal minelast_img read more

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Clips of the Week: Extreme Downhill

first_imgHow did you first learn to ride a bike? On training wheels in the neighborhood cul-de-sac? Or did Dad just push you down a hill and hope for the best? Either way, we’re pretty sure it wasn’t as gnarly as the speed demons in these clips. Clips of the Week: Extreme Downhill features some of the best off-road biking clips we could find for your bemusement.This vid from Santa Cruz highlights their new Nomad model. Check it out.This guy crashed on his qualifying line at Rampage 2013. This is his redemption.An homage to the sport so many outdoor enthusiasts live for.last_img

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Love on the Rocks

first_imgPhone abuse is real; let’s stop it already.   Choose the Right Route One of the delights of living in the Appalachian mountains is the natural beauty all around, and with so much scenery to explore a hike in the Blue Ridge is the perfect way to discover if a new relationship has a chance to gain any long-term traction.   A romantic walk in the woods shouldn’t be a test of athletic prowess where you challenge each other to full-tilt it up a mountain. Don’t make your date play keep-up. It’s not fun nor impressive that you walk fast. Also, if you’re not happy with the pace, doing the “pause and sigh” is not a good look, and it is antithetical to the whole “date” part of the “hike.” A Hiking Couple Shares Do’s and Don’ts of Trail Romance Gain Perspective from the Summit Be present. Having your phone on your person is perfectly fine, especially for safety reasons. But stopping every half-mile to take an unimportant call implies that the person you’ve invited is even more unimportant. Also, selfies are the heroin of narcissists. They are a nice memento, nothing more, nothing less. Documentation of each step demeans the experience.  Put Away the Phone It is not the destination but the journey. John Muir wrote: “I don’t like the word hike. People ought to saunter in the mountains – not ‘hike!” Be Mindful of Pace So you’ve reached the summit or a cascading waterfall, or the vista overlooking the majesty of a forest of swaying trees. Those are best-case scenarios. But, if the view you’ve ultimately found is not what you expected, it is all okay. A bad date looks for what is wrong, and a good date sees what is right. If your date at this point is unimpressed then that means something, because the view is secondary to the company you are sharing it with. Be Reasonable with Chatter On a similar note, the degree of difficulty is also something to consider. Trying to knock out a 15-mile circuit or tackle a 3,000-foot ascent might be a little much for a first-date hike. Choose a moderate yet enjoyable trail that’s conducive to getting acquainted.  The sign of a start to a good relationship is having the ability not to talk. On a hike, you are surrounded by the sounds of nature. Don’t talk over the chattering of birds, the water gurgling under frozen brooks, the sounds of your footsteps crunching through the frost together. It’s a hike: Not the dissertation of why you and Brenda at work no longer get along.   To really put someone off, read every single trail sign out loud. Nothing says “I respect you,” like assuming they can’t read it for themselves. Morgan Freeman, you are not.  During trail time together, we’ve often laughed about bad hiking dates from our pasts, and we’ve realized that an afternoon in the woods can tell you a lot about the chemistry you could have with a prospective partner. With that in mind and Valentine’s Day on the horizon, we’ve compiled tips on what to do and what not to do on a first hike with a potential love interest. This advice, though trivial for some, is actually general trail etiquette that applies to all who want to cultivate a romance in the great outdoors.     It’s best to let your date set the pace even if you want to be the one leading the way. Leaving the other person in the dust screams, “I’m rude and I don’t care,” and combined with the “pause and sigh” lets them know what they are in store for later on. The bottom line is a hike is a chance to learn about each other through some mild exertion which can lead to taking the relationship to the next level. Even if the rain pours down on the two of you it is still okay. Reaching the summit means you achieved a goal together. Walking home wet can be the most memorable of unplanned things that could ever happen on a date-hike. We once found walking in the rain down a mountain supplied an impression of each other’s character, and we still joke about it to this day. Admittedly we’re amateur hikers who didn’t meet on the trail. But regular hikes by the New and Roanoke Rivers and trips to the Cascades in Giles County, Va., allowed us time to really get to know each other, free from distraction, and we’re celebrating two years this coming spring. last_img read more

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How to attract the largest consumers in the world – Chinese tourists?

first_imgAccording to the announcements for the new tourist year, the competition in the Mediterranean circle will be even more pronounced. “Take courage and look to China. If you are wondering who Chinese tourists are, who FITs and millennials are, what parts of China they come from and what interests them and what their preferences are, come and you will get all the dealsAnnounced Gazdek. “The Chinese tourist is the largest consumer in the world. This year, the Chinese spent 715,00 euros a day on their trip, and the trip is on average 10 days, so that is an average of 7.150,00 euros per trip. For the Chinese, there are no travel seasons, they travel all year round, especially during major holidays, Chinese New Year in February, and Statehood Day in early October. These are great dates to extend our tourist season”Said Andreja Gazdek, the main organizer and owner of Proconcept, announcing the MasterClass on the Chinese tourism market, which will be held on March 13 at the Forum Congress Center. It is interesting that we calculate the planned statistics and figures for next year on the basis of already standard emitting markets in Europe – Germany, Slovenia, Italy, Austria, while constantly forgetting the fastest growing tourist market in the world, China.  Don’t miss to take a piece of the cake of the Chinese tourism market. More information and registration at www.marketingtochinatourists.com According to the announcement, MasterClass will answer key questions such as how Chinese tourists explore where they will travel and how they plan their trip, what are their key motives for visiting a city or country and most importantly how we can attract them and what they like to brag about on social networks. MasterClass on the Chinese tourism market / How to reach millions of Chinese tourists?center_img After these data, the question really remains, what is the insurmountable barrier due to which we constantly neglect this market and what are we afraid of? Maybe we have a fear of the Chinese language and their characters that we don’t know? Chinese social networks, ways of promotion, communication, lifestyle? Or do we think the Chinese are just a fashion trend that will disappear in a short time? What will be of particular interest to tourism professionals is what are the most commonly used applications and platforms on which to promote their products and services and what does it mean to be “linguistically visible”? which you should pay extra attention to before launching marketing campaigns in the Chinese market. “It is important to know how you can stand out from the competition that also wants to present your products and services in China and how you can achieve effective promotion and sales in the Chinese market. ”, said Andreja Gazdek announcing the MasterClass which is intended for everyone who wants to survive in tourism, all tourism workers and agencies, travel agencies and tourist communities. With a further increase in the number of beds exceeding the growth of demand, the occupancy of all types of accommodation is falling on average for the third year in a row, and this trend will continue because investing in tourism is still considered profitable. Unfortunately, due to increased labor costs, this year saw a significant decline in the profitability of tourism companies.  According to the announcements for the new tourist year, the competition in the Mediterranean circle will be even more pronounced. With a further increase in the number of beds exceeding the growth of demand, the occupancy of all types of accommodation is falling on average for the third year in a row, and this trend will continue because investing in tourism is still considered profitable. Unfortunately, due to increased labor costs, this year saw a significant decline in the profitability of tourism companies.  If we take into account only the increase in the number of Chinese who have a passport, which is 80 million in 2018, 140 million in 2019 and the projected as much as 400 million in 2022, it is incredible that Croatian tourism workers do not calculate with the Chinese.last_img read more

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World offers support, condolences to Lebanon after devastating blasts

first_imgUS President Donald Trump said “it looks like a terrible attack” and that US generals had told him that the powerful explosions appeared to have been caused by a “bomb of some kind”, without offering evidence.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted that “we are monitoring and stand ready to assist the people of Lebanon as they recover from this horrible tragedy”. In the region, Gulf nations were among the first to react, with Qatar promising to send field hospitals to support the medical response. Qatar’s ruler Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani wished “a speedy recovery for the injured,” while the United Arab Emirates’ Vice President and ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, tweeted “our condolences to our beloved people in Lebanon.” ‘Stay strong, Lebanon’ Jordan’s Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said Amman was ready to provide any help Lebanon needed, while Iran said it was “fully prepared to render assistance in any way necessary”.”Our thoughts and prayers are with the great and resilient people of Lebanon,” Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted.”Stay strong, Lebanon.”Syria’s President Bashar Al-Assad wrote to Lebanese President Michel Aoun that “on behalf of the Syrian Arab people, we extend our sincere condolences to you and the Lebanese people”.Outside the region, President Vladimir Putin said that “Russia shares the grief of the Lebanese people,” according to a Kremlin statement.”I ask you to convey words of sympathy and support to the families and friends of the victims, as well as wishes for a speedy recovery to all affected.”French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said the country was “ready to provide assistance according to the needs expressed by the Lebanese authorities”.Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson called the pictures and videos from Beirut “shocking”.”All of my thoughts and prayers are with those caught up in this terrible incident,” he wrote on Twitter. “The UK is ready to provide support in any way we can, including to those British nationals affected.”Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wrote on social media to say “we think of all those who were injured in this tragic explosion, as well as those who are trying to find a friend or family member or who have lost a loved one. We’re ready to help you.”Topics : Kuwait said it would also send emergency medical aid.Egypt expressed “deep concern” at the destruction, and Arab League chief Ahmed Aboulgheit offered condolences, stressing “the importance of finding the truth about the explosions”.And unusually, neighboring Israel offered humanitarian aid — to a country with which it is still technically at war.”Defense Minister Benny Gantz and Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi, on behalf of the State of Israel, have offered the Lebanese government — via international intermediaries — medical and humanitarian aid, as well as immediate emergency assistance,” a statement read.center_img Close allies and traditional adversaries of Lebanon paid tribute on Tuesday to the victims of massive, deadly twin blasts in Beirut, as condolences and offers of help poured in.Lebanon’s Prime Minister Hassan Diab called on “friendly countries” to support a country already reeling from its worst economic crisis in decades and the coronavirus pandemic.UN chief Antonio Guterres expressed his “deepest condolences … following the horrific explosions in Beirut” which he said had also injured some United Nations personnel.last_img read more

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