Doughnut chain Krispy Kreme is set to open its 100th UK store at Nottingham’s Intu Victoria Centre on 23 August.The new outlet forms part of Krispy Kreme’s expansion strategy, which has seen the launch of 14 new sites in 2017 – with further openings also in the pipeline, according to the chain.“This opening signals a significant milestone for our company, and one we are very proud to announce,” said Krispy Kreme UK’s managing director Richard Cheshire. “We’re thrilled that the appetite for our offering is just as strong now as it was 14 years ago and we’re set to continue our growth strategy for many more years to come.”Krispy Kreme was originally launched in 1937 in the US, before entering the UK market in 2003. It operates 100 standalone sites, with a presence in over 500 Tesco stores and motorway service stations.In July, Krispy Kreme launched four limited-edition American-inspired doughnuts as part of its 80th anniversary.
Beloved fusion group The Roots just wrapped up their ninth annual Roots Picnic in Philadelphia, PA last weekend, but New York City has always been a home away from home for the band. With that in mind, it’s no surprise that the group has announced the first-ever edition of Roots Picnic in NYC, slated for October 1-2 in Bryant Park.The festival will bring an enormous amount of star power, including The Roots, D’Angelo and John Mayer together (as a jam!) for night one, and David Byrne, Wu-Tang Clan and Nile Rodgers on night two, all backed by The Roots! The full lineup features X Ambassadors, Trombone Shorty, Kevin Gates, Swizz Beats and so many more.The show will also be the first ticketed event at Bryant Park, opening the door for many more outdoor concerts at the beloved NYC landmark. This festival keeps things in the family, as almost all of the performers have direct ties to the Roots from years in the business.You can check out the full lineup for the Roots Picnic NYC below, and head to Ticketmaster on June 10th at 10 AM Eastern for tickets.
On the second night, rumors circulated that Bob Weir, in town for performances on April 14 and 15, could make a surprise guest appearance. While this could not be confirmed (and Weir did not perform), Friday evening remained what was perhaps the busiest night for String Cheese Incident of the Austin swing. The band performed a short VIP set in the afternoon before launching into “Believe” in the first Saturday set, the title track off the new album. The Doors’ “L.A. Woman” and an experimental, electronic jam following “Joyful Sound” gave way to a patiently executed “Desert Dawn.”While Bob Marley’s “Could You Be Loved” served as Saturday’s only encore song, the band closed the second set with tracks in sync with both the audience and the venue. Thursday night’s Talking Heads tease came full circle on Friday, when the bongo-infused “This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)” cover gave fans time to rest their dancing shoes, hug friends and high-five fellow fans. There wasn’t a live music fan in the crowd that wasn’t singing along. With songs seemingly tailored toward SCI’s Austin fan base, the band slowly worked its way into “Texas” which, for obvious reasons, also featured an audience singalong. To assume it would be the last song of the second set would too obvious (but wait, there’s more!). As a flawless transition led “Texas” straight to Austin resident Willie Nelson’s “Whiskey River,” the collective yelling and cheering felt like a anniversary celebration to welcome String Cheese Incident back to ATX.Setlist: String Cheese Incident | Stubb’s | Austin, TX | 4/14/2017VIP Set: MLT, Honky Tonk Heroes, Midnight Moonlight, Best FeelingSet One: Believe > Dixie Chicken Jam/Tease > Got What He Wanted > Talkbox Jam> Got What He Wanted > LA Woman > Remington Ride, Pirates, Get Tight, Betray the Dark, Close Your Eyes, One Step CloserSet Two: Group Hoot, Joyful Sound > Electronic Jam?* Whip It Tease? > Desert Dawn > Jam > Desert Dawn, Falling Through the Cracks, Hi Ho No Show, Flying, This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody), Texas > Whiskey River > Jam Encore: Could You Be LovedOn the last night, the band was riding the high from the weekend. “Let’s have some fun!” Michael Kang told the rowdy audience, before the upbeat bluegrass track “Johnny Cash” set the tone for the first set. The band proceeded to perform what was one of the best nights of the weekend for me personally in terms of both the set list and the performance itself, not to mention the kinetic interaction that flowed between the audience and the stage. As promised, fun is exactly what was had on stage (Jason Hann couldn’t be spotted without a smile on his face the entire weekend.) During the second set, which included the Eastern-style dance tune “Bolly Munster,” “Sirens,” “Big Shoes” and “You Got the World,” the band also seemed to tease “Morning Dew” before all-out iterations of “Ramble On” and fan favorite, “Rosie.” The overjoyed crowd’s vocal gratitude demonstrated a genuine appreciation for the evening, and for the weekend incident in general.While the initial encore (“Smile”) offered , the audience and the band members both appeared hopeful for one more song. And sometimes, wishes do come true (oh, the power of cheese) … Smiles continued to abound throughout the venue as the band assumed their positions for a final encore with “I Know You Rider > Stir It Up > I Know You Rider.” The lengthy last jam provided the signature Cheese vibe fans know and love about the eclectic band, and proved once again why it attracts music lovers from all jam band camps and walks of life. Following the electrifying performance, Austin funk band Mamafesta performed on Stubb’s indoor stage while String Cheese Incident’s Jason Hann surprised another rowdy crowd a few blocks away, where he sat in with Colorado-based funk-fusion band Sunsquabi during their sold-out show at Empire Garage & Control Room.[Photo courtesy of the author]Setlist: String Cheese Incident | Stubb’s | Austin, TX | 4/15/2017 Set One: Johnny Cash > Dirk, The Walls of Time, Little Hands > Jam, The Road Home, Don’t Let Go (Isaac Hayes cover), It Is what It IsSet Two: Bolly Munster, Sirens > Jam > Big Shoes, You Got the World, Morning Dew Tease/Jam? > Land’s End, Ramble On, RosieEncore: SmileEncore Two: I Know You Rider > Stir It Up > I Know You Rider There’s nothing like the vibe before a String Cheese Incident show: it’s arguably one of the happiest places on earth. Whether or not you’re a bluegrass fan, the music appeals to fans of multiple genres—classic rock, country, jamtronica, tribal, reggae, Americana. Perhaps it’s the uplifting catalog of songs that bring such a positive experience, or the fact that live shows double as a family reunion for many fans. In this case, it was the perfect Central Texas temperatures that allowed for a smooth sailing weekend, and also the palpable excitement that hung in the air—especially considering the tour dates at Stubb’s was the band’s first three-night run in Austin since 2013. The weekend also marked the official release of the band’s new LP, Believe. Each of the three sold-out shows offered a blend of classic String Cheese Incident tracks, new songs, covers and jams. Thursday night kicked off the run in a celebratory manner with the feel-good favorite “Can’t Wait Another Day” followed by “Song in My Head.” The first set ended with “Beautiful,” but not before a “Miss Brown’s Tea House” jam that incorporated Herbie Hancock’s “Chameleon.” The second set kept the energy going with “Come As you Are,” and then a jammed out “Outside and Inside.” “Rivertrance” and “Let’s Go Outside” were also highlights of the evening. A “Crosseyed and Painless” tease whetted fans’ palettes for some Talking Heads during a “Rhythm of the Road” encore, although they’d have to wait until Friday to hear a full cover of the iconic David Byrne-led group.Setlist: String Cheese Incident | Stubb’s | Austin, TX | 4/13/2017 Set One: Can’t Wait Another Day, Song In My Head > Can’t Stop Now, Hotel Window, My One and Only, Miss Brown’s Tea House>Chameleon# >Miss Brown’s >Jam > BeautifulSet Two: Come As You Are, Outside and Inside > Jam > Just One Story > Jam > Rivertrance, Sweet Spot, Let’s Go OutsideEncore: On the Road Again, On The Road
The passionate players graciously performed two incredible songs from their highly anticipated album, “Poison” and “Alone Together”, before serving up a swoon-worthy version of “Northern Town”. Fruition possesses a magical way of melting fan’s hearts with sweet woes of true romance and lingering loneliness from stories of a decade on the road together. Jay Cobb Anderson (guitar, vocals, harmonica) directed the show into the newer, guitar-heavy tune, “Dirty Thieves”, before Kellen Asebroek (vocals, rhythm guitar, piano) served up the sweet and melodic plea, “Eraser”.Already feeling spoiled, the Austin audience was blown away with what came next—a supercharged version of the tour’s namesake “Fire” sandwiched inside a cover of Nina Simone’s “Sinnerman”. Yes, this happened, and it was glorious. The set turned next to Labor of Love’s “I Don’t Mind” followed by Asebroek’s tender love song, “The Meaning.”Fruition knew that Austin needed just a little more, though, as the five members quickly returned and left an everlasting impression with the old-time favorite, “Mountain Annie.” The band ended the night with bluesy ballad “I Should Be (On Top Of The World)” followed by a well-rounded “Fallin’ On My Face,” leaving the crowd in an enamored state of fond affection.Fruition – 2/1/-19 – Full Show Audio[Audio: microfishie]For a full list of Fruition’s upcoming tour dates, head to the band’s website. Fruition is a full-fledged force fused together by the powerful mixture of musical prowess, passionate performance, and an authentic aesthetic that captivates any listener who passes in range of their sound waves. Their sound dabbles in various genres, from Americana to folk to soul to blues to rock and roll. Fruition’s balance between their precise, yet raw string playing, as well as soft and soulful harmonies, is without equal, only created when this quintet brings their singular sound to fruition.With musicians from around the country, Fruition was bred in Portland, OR, and gained notoriety from busking on the streets of the rainy rose city. The five-piece has seen an immense amount of progress over the years, with extensive tours, releases, and recognition on a national level. The Portland jamgrass rockers released their latest EP, Fire, last August, and played the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre in support of Railroad Earth.Following a heater of a set in Houston, TX on Thursday night, Austin was buzzing with anticipation for Fruition’s February 1st performance at Antone’s Nightclub. Established by Clifford Antone in 1975, the iconic venue is dubbed Austin’s “Home of the Blues.” Known for its intimate vibes and immaculate sound, all in attendance knew they were in for a special treat Friday night treat.Daniel Rodriguez of Elephant Revival kicked off the night, giving fans a taste of his soothing upcoming solo EP, Your Heart, The Stars, The Milky Way, due out on February 15th. Rodriguez will celebrate his forthcoming EP with a special album release party at Boulder, CO’s Fox Theatre on February 13th. For the last four songs of his set, Rodriguez was joined by Fruition’s Tyler Thompson (drums) and Jeff Leonard (bass). It was clear the crowded club was ready for the main act, and soon enough, the five members stepped onto the venue’s small but powerful stage.Fruition opened the night with “Stuck On You” off 2018’s Watching It All Fall Apart, which was notably produced by Tucker Martine (My Morning Jacket, The Decemberists, Modest Mouse). The insatiable bass line and upbeat lyrics speaking to lost love, made it the perfect selection to get the night rolling. “Turn To Dust”, an extremely palpable tune from the same album, caused the groove to take full effect. “Lay Down Blues” gave a sweet reminder to the audience that the “night time is the right time,” as the crowd completely let go of inhibitions and danced right into fan-favorite “Just One Of Them Nights.”Fruition seems to keep finding a way to dig deeper into their unique and intoxicating music. It is truly the perfect balance of gritty rock and quintessential love songs, featuring the most heavenly of harmonies. Of course, the band cannot deliver this sound without their incredibly talented and hard-working sound engineer, Terry “TLP” Lapointe.Mimi Naja, the band’s do-it-all player (mandolin, vocals, electric and acoustic guitar, bongos), whisked the room away with her divine, yet sultry tunes “Beside You” and “Santa Fe”. Next up came “I’ll Never Sing Your Name Again”, a funky fresh sing-a-long that Fruition is so damn good at delivering. Labor of Love’s “The Way That I Do,” pleased locals with a delightful sit in from Austin’s own Alan Eckert (The Deer).
Thana Cristina de Campos, adjunct professor of law at the University of Ottawa, spoke on the ethical issues and responsibilities surrounding the global health crisis in Nanovic Hall on Wednesday.Specifically, she discussed forging a new intellectual path to understanding the ethics of the health justice system, striving to find a solution to the most neglected diseases in the world, including Malaria, Zika and Ebola. “I would like to investigate the ethical responsibilities that we have,” De Campos said. Katelyn Valley | The Observer Thana Cristina de Campos, adjunct professor law at the University of Ottawa, lectures about ethical issues facing the pharmaceutical industry in the wake of the global health crisis Wednesday in Nanovic Hall.To do this, she explicated a chapter of her newly published book, titled “The Global Health Crisis: Ethical Responsibilities.” In summarizing her book, she examined the major problems surrounding a long-term solution to the global health crisis. “The problem is two-fold,” de Campo said. “There is an inaccessibility to medical knowledge, and there is an inaccessibility to medical treatment.” Based on this two-sided problem, de Campo questions who holds the largest responsibility for this health crisis. She scrutinized pharmaceutical companies and their property rights. “In the context of the global health crisis, certain responsibilities lie only on pharmaceutical companies … because they are the owners of a special type of property,” de Campos said. The property she refers to is intellectual property, or the medical knowledge, pharmaceutical companies own, but fail to disclose to the public. She proposed that these rights to intellectual property must be altered in order to absolve neglected diseases around the world. “The right to private property pharmaceutical companies hold is limited when tasked with solving this crisis,” de Campo said. In proving this point, De Campo analyzed property rights on a theoretical level, which she translated into concrete terms in order to prove why pharmaceutical companies have an ethical responsibility to disclose certain pieces of vital information about their medical knowledge. “I will begin by exploring the purpose of intellectual property rights and exceptions to these rights,” de Campo said. She accomplishes this by analyzing three diverse schools of thought. By highlighting the views of Thomas Aquinas, John Locke and Robert Nozick, she sets forth three highly regarded, yet alternate, stances about the rights and limitations of property ownership. “While these three intellectual views of property rights differ, I have found a common ground in all of their proposals,” de Campo said. All three perspectives settle on the common agreement that the only exception to releasing an individual’s right of property comes with a catastrophic event that could propagate a need for communal access to this property. “All three arguments agree that a catastrophe could lead to an exception of holding individual property rights,” de Campo said.Utilizing this common ground, de Campo claimed that there are exceptions to pharmaceutical property rights, specifically in the case of a catastrophe. “Certain pharmaceutical property rights are limited in the case of certain public health properties,” de Campo said. “These limitations are shaped by their ethical duty,” de Campo said. Studying events that have been labeled as “catastrophic” in the past, de Campo cites the earthquake and tsunami in Japan in 2011, as well as the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, both resulting in thousands of deaths. “With 2 million deaths, the global health crisis also must qualify as a catastrophe,” de Campo said.De Campo argued that because the global health crisis is a catastrophe, pharmaceutical companies have an ethical responsibility to share their intellectual property and medical knowledge of these diseases. “In the context of this common ground, this means the companies need to disclose only those medical patents vital to controlling or absolving the global health crisis,” de Campo said. She refined her appeal to the pharmaceutical industry by defining their duties for world health as limited and very specific. “I’m not arguing that we should have all access to all medical knowledge, all medical innovation or research … rather that its specific nature helps a specialized portion of the world’s population,” de Campo said.
A special recovery commission announced more than 1.6 billion dollars in projects to rebuild Haiti following January’s earthquake, including a 200-million-dollar plan to create fifty thousand new agricultural jobs. The projects, which also include programs to rebuild the health and education sectors, were announced at a meeting of the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission (IHRC) in the capital, Port-au-Prince, officials said. The commission, which is jointly headed by former U.S. president Bill Clinton – UN special envoy for Haiti – and Haitian prime minister Jean-Max Bellerive, is supposed to determine what rebuilding projects will receive support from a multimillion-dollar fund offered by foreign donors. Following the devastating earthquake on 12 January, which left up to 300,000 dead in the impoverished Caribbean nation, foreign governments, multilateral organizations, and non-governmental organizations promised in March to provide $9.9 billion for Haitian reconstruction. Of these funds, $5.3 billion will be provided in the next two years. For the twenty-nine projects announced, which will cost more than $1.6 billion, almost $1 billion in funds has already been assigned, commission staff said. The projects with approved financing include a 200-million-dollar agricultural development program that will increase peasants’ total income in specific areas and will create more than fifty thousand sustainable jobs. By Dialogo August 19, 2010 I think the recovery efforts in Haiti are slow, a lot of money, little work, slow work, many meetingsâ€¦many ideas, slow in acting.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Arnold Dodge“The propagandist’s purpose is to make one set of people forget that certain other sets of people are human.” –Aldous HuxleyThe 1956 classic sci-fi movie Forbidden Planet is considered by many the progenitor for all science fiction movies to follow. Nominated for an Oscar for best special effects, it is replete with spaceships, ray guns and a robot named Robby. Among many firsts for the genre, the thriller dabbled in psychology.The Krell, an advanced civilization—centuries ahead of humans technologically and intellectually, the first inhabitants of a distant planet called Altair IV—perished 2,000 centuries ago but not before leaving a bizarre and destructive legacy. With all their brilliance, the Krell forgot to include one element in their master plan: “monsters from the id.” In the movie, the primitive, hidden and unstoppable power of the id visits destruction and death upon the characters. Only when the force of the id—a creation of the mind of the madman who controls the planet—is vanquished, does the terror subside.For more about the id—and its companion elements of the psyche—we consult Dr. Sigmund Freud. In brief, the id is not affected by reality, logic or the everyday world. It operates on the idea that every wishful impulse should be satisfied immediately, regardless of the consequences. The id engages in primary process thinking, which is primitive, illogical, irrational and fantasy-oriented. The ego, on the other hand, develops in order to mediate between the unrealistic id and the external real world. The ego works by reason, whereas the id is chaotic and totally unreasonable. The superego controls the id’s impulses, especially aggressive behaviors. It also has the function of persuading the ego to pursue moralistic goals.What does this have to do with Donald Trump?Donald Trump is a fabrication invented by a portion of the public nostalgic for the “real America ” who crave a vision of the world which is simple, aggressive and hostile to those who are different. In short, the id unleashed.To roar and chant and lionize their hero—and offer unwavering support in the polls—those who feverishly hope, as Trump’s baseball cap proclaims, to “Make America Great Again” are irrational, illogical and fantasy-oriented, yet they are millions strong and growing. The driver for the movement is not affected by reality; the id will metabolize any idea that fuels its existence. How else to explain Trump’s drumbeat of obvious lies and distortions being swallowed whole by his minions?Among many frightening aspects of the juggernaut is the parallel to George Orwell’s prediction that lies will become truths in the dystopian world of tomorrow. In Trump’s world, the crazier the lies, the more popular they become. And, acting on behalf of the “thought police” (another Orwell gem), Trump combs the media for calling him out and doubles down on the lie.H.L. Mencken, one of the most influential American journalists, once observed: “There is always an easy solution to every human problem—neat, plausible and wrong.” Nonetheless, the easier the solution offered by Trump to complex issues, the more excited the crowds. He quickly follows his remarks with the mantra: “I refuse to be politically correct.” What better way to grant a wishful impulse—regardless of the consequences—than with a short burst of fire-breathing one-liners?The fever that consumes Trump supporters mystifies. How can seemingly intelligent people (although many may quarrel with that characterization) embrace his demeaning views of immigrants, women and blacks? How can they support his views on foreign policy, which include face-to-face confrontations with world leaders until they break down and cry under his imperious glare?To insist that there should be a database to track American Muslims and to defend the take-down of those protesters who voice their displeasure with him at events is beyond the pale. Yes, beyond the pale even for Trump. To accept and support these views means that a large portion of the electorate is willing to destroy their constitutional rights in order to satisfy their lust for a champion.But here’s an interesting twist on the “id” thesis. It is not Donald Trump that is the problem—for those of us who believe there is a problem. Instead, it is the vitriol spewing from the Trump acolytes that make the mission possible. Like the lightning bolts that sparked Dr. Frankenstein’s creation to life, the Trump followers have produced the heat that has created their leader.It’s alive!Latent paranoia and resentment have been building for years in certain precincts of American society. These people have watched their country “taken over” by minorities, gays, immigrants and women, and they have been longing for a hero. Their anger is boiling over. Their id-like impulses thirst for attention.Finally they have found someone who understands. Trump, the perfect avatar, has been selected as the messenger. Raw, vicious, bloodthirsty and threatening, the monster has its marching orders.Trump is a circus act. His buffoonery is obvious to any literate child over the age of 10. That’s why it is all the more distressing to see millions of adults whipped into a frenzy. Are they somehow hypnotized, forgetting their values, their lie detectors silenced, their common sense annulled?Or is it something else?Maybe they are writhing in pleasure as they release the constraints of public politesse. Maybe they have become disenchanted with the rational ego, mistrustful of the moralistic super-ego. It’s time for super-ID. A release of the pent-up anger, a catharsis for the disgust, a fantasy of primitive urges satisfied. And the liberation is legitimized—perhaps sanctified—when your spokesperson is a candidate for the presidency.But what about the rest of us? Do we believe this is harmless bluster soon to go away? Are we bemused because we see this as a sideshow? Or are we too timid to push back, fearing that we will be the target of a menacing response?Is it time to summon the best parts of our own psyche—dormant throughout the verbal violence of the Trump campaign—to challenge the unapologetic aggression visited upon our fellow citizens?Before we answer, we may want to remember a time, not too long ago, chillingly described by Ursula Hegi in her 1994 novel, Stones from the River:“Many thought that all this talk about Rassenreinheit—purity of the race—was ludicrous and impossible to enforce. Yet the long training in obedience to elders, government and church made it difficult—even for those who considered the views of the Nazis dishonorable—to give voice to their misgivings. And so they kept hushed, yielding to each new indignity while they waited for the Nazis and their ideas to go away, but with every compliance they relinquished more of themselves, weakening the texture of the community while the power of the Nazis swelled.”So, will we become a forbidden planet? A place where primitive impulses destroy innocents? A place where the loud, the profane, the illogical rule? A world where lies are king and truth the enemy of the state?While we have been paying attention to scientific and technological advances, have we forgotten that the id, left unchecked, will take up residence in a demon hell bent on annihilation?It’s too late for the Krell. Their civilization was destroyed. If we act fast, we may be able to save our own.Arnold Dodge, PhD, is an associate professor of education at the C.W. Post campus of Long Island University, where he serves as the Chairperson of the Department of Educational Leadership and Administration. Dr. Dodge is a former teacher, principal and superintendent. In his forty-fifth year in education, Dr. Dodge’s particular interest focuses on the effects of high-stakes testing on schools.
ATM skimmers have become an unfortunate part of life for many credit unions, but another threat is now hitting CUs as well: illicit EMV card readers called “shimmers.”A shimmer, when inserted into the mouth of an ATM card-acceptance slot, sits between a card’s EMV chip and the ATM’s chip reader, allowing criminals to read the chip and steal card information. They are a generation ahead of skimmers, which steal information from mag stripes rather than EMV chips.Though shimmers are relatively young members of the crime world — reports of them began circulating widely in late 2015 — credit unions haven’t been able to avoid their wrath, according to Ashley McAlpine, who is a fraud prevention manager at CO-OP Financial Services. McAlpine said she’s aware of around 10 to 20 credit unions that have been hit with shimmers, and the incidents often result in, among other things, card reissuances — something many credit unions were hoping to get away from with the advent of EMV chips. continue reading » 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
continue reading » The Federal Reserve The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) begins its first two-day, monetary policy-setting meeting of the year today, which is not expected to end with a rate change.The committee last lowered the federal funds target rate to the current range of 1.5 to 1.75 percent at the end of its October meeting, the third rate cut of 2019.“Chairman Powell’s press conference will be eyed for indications in how the committee perceives various downside risks, particularly the coronavirus and its potential to impact the global economy in 2020,” said NAFCU Chief Economist and Vice President Curt Long. “But the risks are not yet so clear that they would warrant a rate cut.”Following its December meeting, the committee left economic projections mostly unchanged, indicating that it anticipates rates to slowly rise in 2021 and 2022. Of note, more than half of the committee members projected that the federal funds rate will remain unchanged throughout 2020. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
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