We hope that today’s “READERS FORUM” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way.WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND TODAY?Todays “Readers’ Poll” question is: Who would you vote for if the 2nd Ward Democratic primary election was held today?Please go to our link of our media partner Channel 44 News located in the upper right-hand corner of the City-County Observer so you can get the up-to-date news, weather, and sports.If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us at City-County [email protected] LinkEmail
Martin Clayton, bakery specialist at Morrisons, shares his thoughts on the supermarket’s goals for 2009At Morrisons we have the largest number of craft food specialists anywhere in the retail sector. This year we’re strengthening this position and launching a far-reaching programme to train new craft food specialists, including bakers, and it’s one of our two main focuses for this year.The Morrisons Fresh Food Academy, which is just getting under way, will train 18,000 food specialists in year one – including a huge number of bakers. The first qualification they will attain is NVQ Level 2, which is the equivalent of five GCSEs grade A-C, and ultimately our colleagues can progress up to NVQ Level 5 – which is the equivalent of a foundation university degree. By spring 2011, we’ll have put 100,000 people through this course. Making sure people are successfully enrolled, trained and supported through this training will be a big part of ensuring we can deliver our promise of freshness and value to our customers in 2009.The other major initiative we’re engaged in is the transformation of a whole host of Co-op and Somerfield stores into fully-fledged Morrisons stores – and in each one we’ll be aiming to include a comprehensive in-store bakery. For us, the big hopes for 2009 are to ensure that these two massive undertakings deliver on time and on budget, and enable us to continue to grow market share.
Proper Cornish, a handmade Cornish Pasty company, has boosted its customer base by launching a student campaign called The Pasty Society. The campaign was launched after the company struck a deal with a leading foodservice provider, to supply a new range of handmade Cornish pasties, sausage rolls and savoury slices.The pasty campaign encouraged university and college students to join The Pasty Society, and win a holiday to Cornwall worth over £1,500. It also toured universities, giving away free samples of hot pasties.Thanks to the campaign, the Bodmin-based company has boosted social media engagement for the brand.Mark Muncey, marketing director at Proper Cornish, said: “As a pasty company from Cornwall, heritage and quality ingredients are extremely important for us to communicate to our customers. With 87% of 18 to 24-year-olds wanting brands to entertain, inform and inspire them, we created an innovative, multi-faceted campaign to overcome the challenge of reaching the coveted college and university student demographic.“The success of the competition and incremental uplift in social media traffic is testament to an effective initiative that we really feel has capitalised on communications with a core customer group.”The brand is soon to unveil new plans for university engagement.
The latest grocery share figures from Kantar Worldpanel showed the British grocery market returning to slow growth, after a disappointing Christmas period.The figures, published today for the 12 weeks ending 31 January 2016, showed a take-home sales increase of 0.2%. For the first time since 2011, The Co-operative (Co-op) was the fastest-growing non-discounter, increasing sales by 1.4%. The convenience-focused grocer grew its own-label sales by 7%.The Co-op was the most frequently visited major supermarket – its customers shopped there an average of almost 19 times over the past 12 weeks, compared with a market average of 11 visits. Its market share remained stable at 5.9%.Meanwhile, recent trends at Aldi and Lidl continued. Fraser McKevitt, head of retail and consumer insight at Kantar Worldpanel, said: “Both the discount retailers saw their growth accelerate – Lidl to 18.7% and Aldi to 13.7%. Both saw their share of the market increase by 0.7 percentage points, with Lidl’s rising to 4.2% and Aldi’s to 5.6% – a dip from the 10% combined market share high they experienced at the end of 2015. We can expect both retailers to continue to take market share this year as they fulfil their plans for more outlets.”Sainsbury’s increased its sales for the sixth period in a row, growing by 0.6% with a resulting market share increase of 0.1 percentage points to 16.8%. Meanwhile, Tesco showed signs of improvement: while revenues fell by 1.6%, these are the best numbers posted by the retailer since September of last year.On the upAt Morrisons, the sales decline lessened to 2.2%, while market share fell by 0.3 percentage points to 10.8%. The retailer’s revenues will continue to reflect its disposal of 140 M Local stores, and the closure of some larger outlets through the rest of 2016. Asda’s recent announcement of renewed price cuts has not yet had time to affect its figures, with sales falling by 3.8% and share falling back to 16.2%.While Waitrose’s market share remained static at 5.2%, sales increased by 0.1%. This made it the 91st consecutive period of growth for the retailer – the longest current run of success for any supermarket.Grocery inflation stood at -1.6% for the 12-week period ending 31 January 2016. This was the 18th consecutive period of grocery price deflation.
Critically acclaimed jazz/funk ensemble Snarky Puppy rang in the New Year in New York City, playing on December 30th at Irving Plaza before delivering two separate performances at the Union Square venue on New Year’s Eve. Snarky Puppy had a tremendous 2016, winning a Grammy award for Sylva, their collaborative album with the Metropole Orkest. They also returned with their first Snarky Puppy album in years, an impressive released entitled Culcha Vulcha.The two-night, three-show run was full of incredible music, keeping the good times rolling as fans danced the night away. Check out some videos and a full gallery below, courtesy of Capacity Images. Load remaining images
Notre Dame College Democrats celebrated a long-awaited victory Sunday after spending months making more than 6,000 phone calls to area residents, asking them to express their support to health care reform to Rep. Joe Donnelly, a Democrat.Donnelly voted “yes” on the health care reform legislation, which passed in the House of Representatives Sunday by a 219-212 vote. President Barack Obama is scheduled to sign the bill today. William Evans, an economics professor at Notre Dame with an expertise in health economics, said the legislation marks “extensive change” on a number of fronts.“Any way you slice it, a trillion dollars over 10 years is a chunk of change,” Evans said, referring to the estimated increase in government expenditures.Evans said the bill will result in a “fairly substantial increase in government provision of medical care.”While it won’t provide universal coverage, as some have suggested, Evans said more Americans will have health insurance.“It’s clear that insurance enrollment is going to go up as a result of this … and the number of uninsured is going to go down,” he said.The positives and negatives of reform have been fiercely debated, mostly along partisan lines, but Evans said he sees both good and bad in the legislation. He pointed to aggressive moves to control Medicare costs as a positive change but said those who are concerned about the high cost are “rightfully worried.”But for the College Democrats, the bill’s passage was seen as completely positive.“The College Democrats are celebrating a victory for justice,” said junior Chris Rhodenbaugh, co-president of the College Democrats. “We are proud that the Congress, in particular Joe Donnelly, listened to the voices of the American people and did what is right for the future of our country.”Meanwhile, Notre Dame College Republicans are lamenting the passing of the bill — one that did not garner a single Republican vote in the House.“The economic and medical future of our country has been compromised,” said senior Erika Hagstrom, president of the College Republicans. “We will not be able to go back, and college students like those of us at Notre Dame will be paying for it for the rest of our lives — fiscally and physically.”Rhodenbaugh said the bill’s main strengths are that it will not discriminate based on preexisting conditions while getting more healthy people into the health care system and focusing more on preventing illness, rather than on treating the uninsured once they get sick.“That’s where huge cost savings come in,” he said.Rhodenbaugh also said the bill will benefit college students by allowing young people to stay on their parents’ insurance until they are 26 years old.Roughly 28 percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 24 are currently uninsured, Evans said.Hagstrom said a primary concern is that the bill will be a detriment to the country’s already weak economy.“The bill will increase costs which is the last thing we should be doing in this economy,” she said.Hagstrom also said she is against the bill’s language regarding abortion, which has been heavily debated as lawmakers, Catholic organizations and pro-life groups disagree whether the bill would allow federal funding for abortion.Donnelly, a pro-life Democrat, was one of a handful of representatives who withheld their support for the bill until a last-minute deal was struck with the president, who agreed to sign an executive order to prohibit federal money from funding abortions.Still, some groups, including pro-life groups, have said the executive order is not a sufficient guarantee that federal money won’t able to fund abortions.“I, along with Republicans, agree that it is immoral and wrong to force taxpayers who may be pro-life to pay for abortions,” Hagstrom said.Rhodenbaugh said he believes the bill as it was passed will not fund abortions.“The Senate bill won’t fund abortion and the House bill won’t fund abortion,” he said. “Abortion will not be paid for in this bill.”Rhodenbaugh said the bill is actually quite pro-life and Catholic.“From a Catholic perspective, [we] should be working to pursue universal health care and treat health care as a right. It’s about the dignity of the whole life from birth all the way until death,” Rhodenbaugh said. “And health care is a huge part of that.”
Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 3, 2016 View Comments Keira Knightley officially made her Broadway debut on October 29, when Thérèse Raquin opened at Roundabout’s Studio 54. How was she feeling? “Good, like I need another glass of champagne!” the Oscar nominee told Broadway.com. Directed by Evan Cabnet, Knightley is starring opposite Tony winners Gabriel Ebert and Judith Light, along with Matt Ryan in the haunting and passionate piece, which is based on the novel by Émile Zola. “When it came out originally in I think 1867, it broke a lot of taboos and it was absolutely shocking and what’s fascinating is the responses from the audience, is it’s almost as shocking today.” Take a look at the red carpet clip below, and catch Thérèse Raquin through January 3, 2016. Therese Raquin Related Shows
Water also gives off heat that can protect plants, especially borderline sensitive plants, from freezing. Damp soil retains heat better than dry soil, protecting roots and warming the air near the soil. If a high level of maintenance is desired, dead, unsightly leaves can be removed after a freeze as soon as they turn brown. You can bet any dead leaves on the plants in my landscape will be there a while. First, make sure you are taking care of your landscape plants by examining a few critical needs starting with soil moisture. Water NeedsPlants need water, and these water needs should be checked after a freeze. On a sunny day after the freeze, the foliage could be transpiring (losing water vapor) while the water in the soil is frozen. Apply water to thaw the soil and provide available water to your beloved plants. Don’t overdo the water. Apply no more than 1 inch of water to landscape plants. To get that inch of water, apply just a little over a half gallon of water for every square foot of area underneath a plant out to the edge of foliage, or drip line. PruningSevere pruning should be delayed until new growth appears in the spring. Waiting ensures live wood is not removed. Put those loppers, shears and chain saws away for now. A hard freeze sure can make landscapes look bad. The best advice for now is the “wait and see approach.” Give the plants time to recover, oh let’s say, until spring. No good will be done from pruning away what you think is dead; it may still be alive. Here’s another reason not to prune: Even if plants in your garden are blackened and wilted, new growth could still be possible from below the affected area. Even though new growth and young branch tips may be damaged or even dead, older wood might be injury free. For example, an azalea measures that measures 3 feet by 4 feet will cover 12 square feet, Gardeners should apply 6.5 to 7 gallons of water evenly over those 12 square feet. Pruning away dead wood can expose buds, which may still be alive, to harsh elements. Another hard freeze just might wipe out any survivors. So keep the cutting utensils in the garage and let the dead portions of your plants protect what’s below. It may take until mid-spring before we see any new growth, but be patient and don’t pick up the pruners.For more information on caring for landscape plants after freezing weather, see the University of Georgia Extension publication “Winter Protection of Ornamental Plants” at www.caes.uga.edu/publications.
As a data scientist and millennial woman, I take a keen interest in understanding the concerns, trends and behaviors of women in my generation. Fortunately, BlackRock’s latest Global Investor Pulse survey reveals key insights about how millennial women are approaching their financial lives in today’s environment.Focused on the long term despite declining confidenceIn this year’s survey, we saw a 10-point decline in confidence among all Americans compared to what we found in our previous survey. Millennial women’s confidence fell in line with the nation’s, from 42% in 2015 to 32% in 2017. Like most Americans, millennial women are chiefly concerned about the high cost of living (64%), and they are also particularly affected by personal debt.That said, millennial women are more likely than any other group to prioritize paying off debt (54% versus 42% for all Americans) and more likely to see student debt as a relevant financial topic to them (40% versus 19% for all Americans). Although many grapple with debt and saving for near-term priorities, millennial women haven’t lost focus on their long-term financial goals. In fact, the most relevant financial topic to them is retirement planning. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr “We’ll do more to avoid pain than to gain pleasure.” Whether we’re talking about our personal experiences or professional endeavors, this insightful quote from Tony Robbins rings true. Think about your life at home and at work. We have goals. We have dreams. We also have fears. And all too often, our fears keep us from chasing those goals and dreams.Dr. Seuss wrote about fear in his obscure book, What Was I Scared Of. Throughout the book, the main character continuously sees a pair of empty green pants that seem to be chasing him. He runs away scared, trying to avoid the pants. Eventually, the protagonist and the pants wind up in a snide bush together, and he discovers the mysterious pants were just as frightened of him as he was of them.For most of my life, I was afraid of needles — an unfounded fear based on nothing. So, when I was writing my bucket list several years ago, I placed “overcoming my fear of needles” at the top of that list. I even came up with a plan to accomplish my goal. I would get a tattoo. Pretty brave, right? I should also mention that since that time, I avoided tattoo shops like the Dr. Seuss character steered clear of the rogue green pants. And much like his unfounded fear of those pants, my illogical fear of needles gave me angst. I tried to avoid it. I tried to forget about it. I tried to pretend it didn’t exist. But no matter what I did, the fear kept nagging me. What was I scared of?I spent three years avoiding my fear, but this past weekend, I finally had enough. While I was in one of my favorite cities, I decided it was time to take action. I walked past the tattoo shop twice. As I passed by a third time, it looked busy, so I wandered in assuming the wait would be too long. I was wrong. They had an opening on the schedule. I was out of excuses, and I was standing face-to-face with my personal version of those empty green pants.