Food and grocery to grow to £184bn

first_imgThe food and grocery market is expected to expand by 20% to £184bn in the next five years, driven largely by the rise of discounters, a new study has revealed today.The UK food and grocery market, valued this year at £156.8bn by IGD Retail Analysis, will expand as discount retailers, such as Lidl and Aldi, grow at an annual rate of 10.1% to a total value of £11.4bn by 2016, compared to £7bn this year.The convenience sector – which includes Tesco Express and Sainsbury’s Local – will grow by 4.7% and is set to be worth £42.2bn by 2016, while online will be the fastest-growing channel with an annual average growth rate of 13.7% to reach £11.2bn over five years.Joanne Denney-Finch, chief executive at IGD, said growth in the sector will be driven by one-off events including the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations, the Euro 2012 football championship and the London Olympics.She said: “We still buy most of our groceries at supermarkets and hypermarkets, but we are also using different types of stores more often, such as online and convenience. And leading retailers are building their presence in these areas.”During this year’s Royal wedding, IGD’s ShopperTrack research found there was a spike in shoppers’ interest in food with a local or British theme.last_img read more

The Comedy about a Bank Robbery’s Charlie Russell on Playing an American & Not Going Wrong with Mischief

first_img The Mischief Theatre Company has now had three West End shows, starting with the ongoing and Olivier-winning The Play That Goes Wrong, then Peter Pan Goes Wrong and now The Comedy about a Bank Robbery, which opened at the Criterion Theatre to rave reviews last month. Their first show set in the U.S., director Mark Bell’s production casts Charlie Russell as the wily, wonderfully named Caprice Freeboys, daughter of the manager of the Minneapolis bank of the title. Russell took time one recent evening to talk about the little company that has gone from strength to strength as they start to look toward Broadway.This show is quite different from Mischief Theatre’s two previous West End entries—for one thing, there’s no “goes wrong” in the title.I was pretty nervous, actually. I think I knew I had it in me [to play an American] and that it was something I wanted to do, and that it was really important for us as a company to step forward, but I was scared, to be honest.What are the challenges of Bank Robbery?There’s the accent, of course. Also, with our other plays, I was playing an actress [Sandra] who was helping to put on the show we were doing, so there was a huge connection with the audience. With this one, I’m playing the character of Caprice throughout, so I had to keep myself from breaking the fourth wall.Is it important that Mischief tries new things?Sure, and it’s a little like someone’s second or third album: are people going to like the new thing we’re doing? But we knew that even if they didn’t, we had to do what we liked as a company and not try and do the same old thing just because it’s making money.Why the 1950s American Midwestern setting?We got something of a Fargo vibe about Minneapolis in the late 1950s that seemed right, and it was important also that we were talking about a smaller bank! This isn’t a huge New York thing with a huge vault—it’s meant to be a smaller bank with smaller criminals.I love your character’s name—Caprice Freeboys!Yes, I’m constantly pinching myself that I am getting to play this part because it’s such a gift. Caprice is named for the word capricious, which gives you an indication right away of what her character might be, and the part plays into my favorite sorts of roles: slightly vintage period stuff from the 1940s or ‘50s, a girl with quite a bit of sass.Not to mention that most of the rest of the cast falls in love—or at least lust—with her.It’s nice that my friends [who co-wrote the play and also appear in it] thought the casting would be appropriate! It’s nice that Caprice is in demand and what’s even nicer is how independent she is for a woman in 1958. She actually has her own apartment, for one thing, and she’s quite wily.How are you holding up physically, given the toll that Mischief’s comedies have been known to take on their actors?I’ve not done anything that has given me long-term damage physically, though psychologically might be a different matter. No, I’m joking. I’ve had a few scrapes and trapped a nerve mid-show during Peter Pan Goes Wrong, but I do go to the gym quite regularly now. I’ve sort of accepted my fate.You do some pretty gravity-defying stuff as Caprice.If you want to know the truth, I actually do get scared of heights! Luckily, I’m surrounded by top professionals in case anything really does go wrong, and one thing I did do at LAMDA [drama school] was stage combat so I’m OK with big heavy weapons and things like doors coming at my face or people throwing me out a window.How does it feel now that you and your Mischief colleagues have remained together across three shows?And to think that I was 19 when I met all these guys! We really are so lucky: it’s not to say that we haven’t worked really hard all our lives, but we’re very fortunate that our hard work has turned into a success.Do you ever yearn to break away and maybe go off and audition elsewhere, away from Mischief?I think we’d all love to do loads of different things: I mean, I still hold on to the dream that I’ll be a superhero! But I don’t think I’ll ever underestimate how wonderful it is to be able to work with your best mates.And with Broadway mooted for The Play That Goes Wrong in 2017.Oh my God, like, what the f*ck? That would be a dream come true—like, how have we earned that? Surely someone’s going to call fraud! To go to Broadway would be just amazing; I would love that more than anything. View Comments Charlie Russell in ‘The Comedy about a Bank Robbery'(Photo: Darren Bell)last_img read more

Local government called upon to get involved in staging of community carnival

first_img Share Tweet LocalNews Local government called upon to get involved in staging of community carnival by: – May 30, 2011 Share Chairman of Carnival Committee, Mr. Alwin Bully. Photo credit: flickr.comThere are calls from the Carnival Development Committee for Local Government to get involved in the staging of community carnivals across the Island.The Chairman of the carnival Development Committee Alwyn Bully says it is impossible to financially support the different Community carnivals from Governments funding for carnival in the Capital.Bully says this is a matter which requires urgent attention.The question of support for many of the various aspects of carnival that exist outside of the capital must be addressed in terms of funding. All of these community carnivals come to us for support and rightly so because they think the funds are available to them as well but the reality is that it is impossible,” he said.Meantime Bully says two thirds of the carnival budget is spent on the mounting, maintaining and the dismantling of carnival city each year.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img Sharing is caring! 26 Views   no discussions Sharelast_img read more

Sporting News All-Star cards return in Topps 2019 Heritage set

first_imgAt Sporting News, where baseball ties also run deep, we recognize a kindred spirit when we see one — which is why we’ve re-established a cool partnership with our cardboard-loving cousins.MORE: Ranking the top 15 baseball card sets from the ’80s and ’90sFor the first time in eight years, we’re excited to announce the return of the Sporting News All-Stars in a Topps baseball card set. These cards, which first appeared in a Topps set in 1959 and continued periodically through 2011, make their comeback in Topps’ 2019 Heritage set, which goes on sale today.The Heritage set traditionally features current players on cards modeled after Topps sets from the past. This year, the 500-card collection has the design of Topps’ 1970 set. That means the new Sporting News All-Stars cards will match the faux-newspaper design in the vein of the print edition of Sporting News — then called The Sporting News — that appeared in that 1970 set. So, it’s an exciting time. We hope to continue this Topps partnership for years to come. If you come across any of the Sporting News All-Star cards in your new Heritage packs, feel free to tag us on Twitter at @sn_mlb. We don’t mind the attention.Happy hunting. When one thinks of baseball institutions, the Topps Co. usually comes to mind quickly, and for good reason.The undisputed King of Baseball Cards has remained an iconic brand in the collectibles industry for seven decades, pumping out multiple baseball sets each season to satisfy a continually growing and rabid base of sports-card collectors. (Courtesy of Topps) There are 20 Sporting News All-Star cards in the 2019 set. In addition to Mr. Ramirez above, look for Mike Trout, Manny Machado, Mookie Betts, Freddie Freeman, Max Scherzer and many others.We’re thrilled to revive these cards. The return of Topps’ Sporting News All-Stars is a small but important reminder of the rich histories our two companies share.We’ve both covered baseball in our own ways for a long time. We’ve watched the game evolve. We’ve seen records fall. We’ve witnessed Hall of Fame careers. We’ve also seen our industries change, and we’ve tried our best to adapt to those changes, and to our customers’ needs. Sporting News and Topps are cut from the same cloth in a way, which is why this partnership makes so much sense.last_img read more

Jake Marisnick gets hit, and A.J. Hinch takes a swing at MLB in response

first_imgThe Angels defended the honor of an injured teammate Tuesday night by plunking — intentionally or not — the guy who caused the injury. Astros outfielder Jake Marisnick got his for smashing — unintentionally or not — Jonathan Lucroy’s face in the previous series between the teams.In most years, this would have been an unremarkable transaction. In 2019, it was the source of rancor and confusion. The benches and bullpens cleared after Angels first baseman Albert Pujols stepped toward Astros players who were woofing in the Houston dugout. Marisnick was trying to be a peacemaker.MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZN Astros manager A.J. Hinch lays the blame for the incident at the Angels, yes, but also at MLB for its inconsistent policing of the game.Jake Marisnick was philosophical about tonight’s harsh return to So Cal (and responded with a guffaw when I said, “Some homecoming, huh?”)Astros manager A.J. Hinch, on the other hand, was ticked. A sample:— Jim Alexander (@Jim_Alexander) July 17, 2019MLB suspended Marisnick two games for running into Lucroy at home plate on July 7. Marisnick, who has appealed the ban, maintains that he was trying to avoid Lucroy and didn’t expect the catcher to drift into his path. Lucroy suffered a broken nose and a concussion and will miss several weeks. It looked as though the Angels felt the need to retaliate, even though Ramirez and Angels manager Brad Ausmus issued the standard postgame denials and evasions. Ramirez hit Marisnick with a fastball after throwing two breaking balls, another thing that aggravated Hinch.”The first pitch was a strike,” Ausmus told reporters, per the Orange County Register. “If he swings at it and hits it, we’re not even talking about it. It’s tough to go to a 1-and-1 count with any intent. Noé is a right-handed pitcher who comes down from the side and sometimes people get hit.”Ramirez had hit two batters this season prior to Tuesday.last_img read more

Pork industry asks legislature for funding to prep for animal diseases

first_imgDES MOINES — To best prepare for outbreaks of any foreign animal diseases, the Iowa Pork Producers Association is partnering with the Iowa Department of Agriculture in asking state lawmakers for money.Drew Mogler, the association’s public policy director, says funding is needed to help the ag department prepare for diseases like foot and mouth disease or African swine fever.“They’ve ramped up some funding efforts for activities,” Mogler says, “and this year, again, we’re supporting them for another half-a-million dollars, for some of those activities as they continue to build up their planning and preparedness efforts alongside the industry.”He notes that’s the primary state agency for battling any foreign animal diseases, should they reach Iowa.“The department of ag plays a pretty critical role in movement of animals and permitting,” Mogler says. “It’s important that they have the resources at their disposal to be able to make sure that continuity of business for producers and they have certainty as we respond to an incident like that.”Mogler says Iowa lawmakers are wrapping up their talks on policy bills after the recent “funnel” deadline.“Now, they’re turning to appropriations and putting budgets together,” Mogler says. “It’s one of those things that we’re pretty confident that we’ll be able to get some of that money but continue to remind legislators of the importance of proper planning and preparedness in the state.”Mogler says while neither foot and mouth disease or African swine fever has shown up in the United States, it’s critical officials are vigilant with protection efforts against any possible outbreaks.last_img read more

Donegal Fire Service called to incident in Lifford

first_imgA number of fire appliances from the Donegal Fire Service were called to an incident in Lifford on Sunday afternoon.It is understood the fire occurred near the St Judes estate in the east Donegal town.No further information has been provided at this time. More to follow… Donegal Fire Service called to incident in Lifford was last modified: August 18th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Blind Cave Fish: Can Darwinism Be Credited for“Regressive Evolution”?

first_imgIt is a worldwide phenomenon that cave creatures go blind.  Some cave fish lose their eyes entirely; in others, the eyes shrivel and lose function.  In many cave fish, scale pigmentation also changes.  Are these gradual modifications due to natural selection, Darwin’s mechanism of evolution, or to genetic drift?  Darwin himself could not see any positive value in functionless eyes.  He attributed the blindness to disuse – a Lamarckian idea.  Maybe his mechanism was the better explanation after all.    Some American biologists investigated whether the changes in cave fish were due to natural selection or random genetic drift.  Their publication in the upcoming issue (Feb. 20) of Current Biology1 was summarized by Science Daily.  Basically, they concluded that the pigmentation changes are due to genetic drift, because sometimes the pigments grew lighter and sometimes they got darker.  But since the eyes always atrophied, they ascribed the blindness to natural selection – “regressive evolution” as they called it.  Evolution selects for blindness because of the high energetic cost of maintaining eyes.  Their explanation of this cost brings out some amazing facts about animal eyes in general:Is it possible that Darwin’s premise was simply incorrect?  Are eyes in a cave disadvantageous, and if so, why?  In essence, the argument against selection is that the cost of making an eye is trivial compared to the cost of its replacement tissue in the socket or that the developmental cost is paid by cave fish anyway because the eyes start developing and only degenerate after many cell cycles of tissue growth and replacement.  However, modern physiology and molecular biology suggest that these arguments might address the wrong costs.  The vertebrate retina is one of the most energetically expensive tissues, with a metabolism surpassing even that of the brain.  Underscoring this high metabolic demand is the observation that one manifestation of genetic defects decreasing the efficiency of mitochondria is blindness (e.g., Leber’s hereditary optical neuropathy).  Thus, maintenance of eyes might pose a significant burden in the cave environment.  Increasing this burden, the vertebrate retina uses more energy in the dark than in the light because the membranes of the photoreceptor disks must be maintained in the hyperpolarized state until they are depolarized in response to light.  Oxygen consumption by the vertebrate retina is approximately 50% greater in the dark than in the light.  Adding further to the retina’s cost is its structural maintenance.  Ten percent of the photoreceptor outer disks in vertebrates are shed and renewed each day, and the structure may be completely replaced over 35 times yearly.So in a sense, they exonerated Darwin’s famous mechanism for its ability to explain the phenomenon.  But in another sense, by underscoring the high cost of maintaining eyes with all their parts, they re-opened the question of how such a complex visual system could have evolved in the first place – by a blind process.1Protas, Conrad, Gross, Tabin and Borowsky, “Regressive Evolution in the Mexican Cave Tetra, Astyanax mexicanus,” Current Biology, online preprint for the Feb. 20, 2007 issue.The Bible describes a storm at sea endured by Luke and Paul (Acts 27).  When the sailors realized the trouble they were in, they knew what to do: lighten the ship.  Over the sides went the cargo and the tackle – of little use with a higher priority (survival) in mind.  In an Old Testament story of a storm at sea (Jonah 1), the wish to survive drove another crew to toss overboard another piece of costly but cumbersome baggage: Jonah.  In neither of these cases could it be claimed that survival of the fittest was helping the ships evolve into speedboats.    According to Darwinian theory, selection can be progressive and regressive.  Populations can climb up a fitness peak, and slide down a fitness peak.  Natural selection can add new organs and shed useless organs.  But think; if the world’s living things are always undergoing neutral genetic drift and regressive evolution, Charlie’s little myth will never produce endless forms most beautiful.  Everything will go extinct!  Assuming that “regressive evolution” awards Charlie another medal, therefore, gives him only fool’s gold.  This is not the way to explain the living world.    What have we learned?  Natural selection is real.  It is downward!  This is the sense in which Edward Blyth (10/10/2002) and even William Paley (12/18/2003) understood it (before Darwin plagiarized their ideas and turned them upside down).  Natural selection is a conservative process.  It either maintains what exists or gets rid of it.  It cannot generate new organs and new genetic information.  As Hugo deVries quipped, survival of the fittest does not explain the arrival of the fittest.  Removal of the fitless is all this case has demonstrated.  Natural selection gets rid of things that inhibit survival in a storm and tosses them overboard.  That is not evolution in the sense most people have been taught.  Have these scientists, or Darwin, actually demonstrated that random mutations could build an eye or any other complex organ from scratch?  Only in their dream-world of imagination (01/17/2007).    More importantly, these scientists have reminded us how precious and costly the organs of sense are to their possessors.  Romeo may say Juliet’s eyes are like pearls, but they are much more valuable.  They are the lamps of the body.  It takes elaborate, costly power plants and extensive maintenance crews to keep them running.  The crews must be paid daily in hamburgers, french fries and chocolate.  (OK, soy, garlic, and broccoli for some.)    Darwin may be able to explain how eyes break down, but not where the blueprints and programs for eyes came from.  To fail to see the sense of this is to enter Plato’s cave, where lingering too long diminishes all sense into shadows.  The Darwin Party headquarters is located down there, past the twilight zone.  Temptresses at the entrance lure passers by (students) with promises that greater enlightenment lies below (01/12/2007).  Victims are usually afraid of the dark at first, but become seduced with the promise that the decreasing daylight will be replaced by a better, inner light of imagination (01/17/2007).    Thus the blind lead the blind into their niche with their bait and switch sales pitch.  Inductees (12/11/2006) are taught the ritual: offer the Charlie Buddha, the idol of the cave (07/10/2006 footnote), his daily incense and all will go well (07/18/2006, 08/07/2003 commentary).  Once acclimated and accepted by the clan, novitiates find the light of imagination to be bright, beautiful, and liberating, filled with wondrous possibilities (12/21/2005, 12/05/2006).  Visions of complex creatures emerging from the void play across the screen of the mind’s eye (12/10/2006, 11/11/2006).  Simultaneously, the skin grows extremely sensitive.  Any suggestion that a true light can be found above ground produces a violent reaction (01/11/2007, 10/27/2006).    Beware, travelers; while you are able, come to the light.  Then learn to walk in the light.  Caves are interesting places to visit, but never enter without a reliable flashlight and spare batteries.  Read these pages for details.(Visited 51 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

11 days ago​West Ham move to consolidate their esports presence

first_imgTagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say ​West Ham move to consolidate their esports presenceby Ian Ferris11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham United have signed a two-year partnership with esports agency Bundled as the club bid to grow their presence in the competitive gaming sector, reports, Premier League team were the first soccer club in the UK to sign a professional gamer after employing Sean ‘Dragoon’ Allen in 2016 to compete in EA Sports’ FIFA tournaments. They also held their own competition for the soccer simulation at their London Stadium home in a collaboration with investment partner Basset & Gold, with the winner taking home UK£10,000 (US$12,600) last November.Now the East London outfit are stepping up their esports efforts with Bundled. The agency provides various services in the industry, from organising gaming events, to creating innovative digital content, coaching and performance management of professional esports players. The company also represents the interests of more than 30 professional FIFA esports players.As part of the agreement, West Ham unveiled two new FIFA players; ‘Yago’ Gabriel Fernandez and ‘Jas’ Singh. Both will join current Hammers player Jamie ‘Jamboo’ Rigden for the 2019/20 FIFA season.Karim Virani, West Ham’s digital and commercial director, said: “The club has always been proactive and one of the pioneers in the esports arena, and this partnership is another step on our journey.”Bundled is a forward-thinking, dynamic company who are passionate about the esports space, and will help us to continue to grow and be one of the leading Premier League clubs going into this FIFA season and beyond.” last_img read more

Kentucky Basketball: Potential No. 1 Pick Karl-Anthony Towns Fulfilling “Childhood Dream” Of Appearing On Sport Science

first_imgSportsScience basketball floor with logo.IG/karltownsLater this month, Kentucky star Karl-Anthony Towns may be the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft. We have to imagine that is some serious dream fulfillment for him. Before that happens, Towns will have another dream come true—he is set to appear on ESPN’s Sport Science, based on a recent Instagram post.We’re just going to go ahead and say it: this makes us feel VERY old. Sport Science began in 2007, and didn’t come to ESPN until 2010, when Towns was just 14 years old. Sorry for making this too real.last_img read more