Why parents should check twice before offering holiday sweets

first_img Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Please enter your name here TAGSholidaystheconversation.com Previous articleApopka City Council passes ordinance to relax alcohol restrictionsNext articleHurricane Irma update: Orange County removes 900,000 cubic yards of debris Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter By Sarah Irvine Belson, Associate Professor of Education at American University, and Anastasia Snelling, Department Chair of Health Studies at American University. Editor’s Note: This article was first published on theconversation.com Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Over the holidays, most families will indulge in sugary treats. But before you offer your child a candy cane or chocolate coin, consider what research tells us about how kids perform in math is affected by what they eat for lunch – and consider making some new holiday traditions.It may seem like a few candy canes and cookies won’t really pose much of a threat. But two potentially harmful things can happen when kids fill up on sweets. First, as your mother may have told you, a child who is full on sweet treats has less room for more nutritious food. Secondly, since sugar apparently has addictive qualities, those who eat a sugary treat could potentially crave more. So rather than let your child fill up on holiday-themed junk food, it would be better to cut back on the sweets and help build on healthy eating habits more kids are learning at school.The position I take is based on extensive research that my colleagues and I at American University have conducted into the connection between nutrition standards in schools and academic performance. We conducted this research following the implementation of Washington, D.C.’s Healthy Schools Act of 2010.While more research is needed to better understand the specifics of the relationship between nutrition and learning, it is clear there is a link between classroom success and diet habits.Our own research found that children in D.C. who attend schools with healthy school lunch options, more time for physical activity and more messages about health were more likely to perform 10 percent better in mathematics as measured by the district-wide achievement test.But, of course, it’s not just the food consumed in school that matters. More than 30 percent of children in the United States are overweight or obese. It is well-established that these children are at increased risk now and in the future as adults for Type II diabetes, hypertension, and bone and joint problems that were once largely confined to adults. However, these types of physical diseases are not the only serious threats to children’s health and well-being. Researchers are finding that obesity is linked to the emergence of cognitive deficits that begin in childhood and continue throughout life. In fact, brain disorders associated with Alzheimer’s disease and other late-life dementias may begin at least 50 years before those disorders are clinically diagnosed. Poor eating habits at home and school can keep students from being successful in the short term, and have detrimental effects long term.We found the positive relationship between the combination of physical activity and nutrition and mathematics performance was biggest at schools with a higher percentage of students receiving free and reduced-price meals. This suggests school meals tend to be more healthful than those brought from home. It could also mean that kids at these more disadvantaged schools had the most to gain from putting in a free lunch program.The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act set new nutrition standards such as access to local foods, more fresh vegetables and fruits, and low-fat dairy products that schools must follow to be a part of the Agriculture Department’s school lunch program. School districts and their food service offices responded quickly to develop meals that would meet the new nutrition standards and that kids would still want to eat. But in many instances, these healthier meals have been met with resistance from both parents and students.Despite that pushback, there has been increased attention toward boosting the consumption of healthful foods in school cafeterias. This is good news for our students because research shows that consistent exposure to healthful foods at school and home can increase long-term healthy eating, especially in younger children.For instance, one study found that, in large part, food “preferences were stable from 2- to 3-year-olds until young adulthood.” Another study found that one of the “strongest predictors of the number of foods liked at age 8 years…[is] the number liked at 4 years.”In Washington, D.C., and Arlington, Virginia schools, research has shown that by letting students help select how vegetables are prepared or pairing a fruit and vegetable, we can get them to eat more healthful foods.Such efforts are crucial because – as we have established – helping kids develop a taste for healthful foods early in life sets them on a path to better school performance and becoming a healthier adult.Will a few extra treats during the holidays mean the difference in your child’s academic career? Probably not. But by emphasizing healthy eating during the holidays, parents can help their children hold onto healthy habits that will last them a lifetime.center_img Please enter your comment! The Anatomy of Fear LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 last_img read more

House Kalafatas Challita / Tribe Studio Architects

first_img “COPY” House Kalafatas Challita / Tribe Studio ArchitectsSave this projectSaveHouse Kalafatas Challita / Tribe Studio Architects Photographs:  Peter Bennetts     Save this picture!© Peter BennettsHouse Kalafatas Challita is in suburban Sydney. The area is undergoing a gentrification, where single storey brick bungalows in established gardens are being bull-dozed in favour of enormous new mansions. Our clients approached us with a brief for the opposite: to honour the suburban type while updating it to suit their growing family. The existing house is a 1950s red brick bungalow with some quaint stylistic nods to modernism in its detailing. It is a sweet, neat little house, putting its best face to the street. Save this picture!© Peter BennettsTribe’s scheme involved rearranging the interior of the existing house, the demolition of some add-ons to the rear and a new brick living pavilion. The new structure is built from recycled bricks and roof tiles. The bricks are laid crudely and unevenly, differentiating this informal rear-yard pavilion from the neat-as-a-pin street address. The new is separated from the old, creating a public courtyard to the north and a private courtyard with an outdoor shower adjoining the ensuite. The public courtyard lets northern light stream into the kitchen and dining room and separates old and new. Large sliding timber doors are used throughout to change the operation of the spaces. A study within the living room can be fully concealed. A door can hide the TV and play equipment, or move to block off the hallway for efficient heating, or move again to shut out sun in summer. Save this picture!© Peter BennettsThe language of the new works is raw and direct. The floor is insitu concrete, joinery is plywood, hardware and conduit are exposed. The new pavilion is a kitchen, dining and living space. It is informal and unpretentious, full of light and views of the garden.Project gallerySee allShow lessParis Market Lab / Ayrat Khusnutdinov and Gemawang SwaribathoroArticlesUrban Island Prototype 01 / Erick KristantoArticles Share Houses Year:  Photographs Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/212477/house-kalafatas-challita-tribe-studio-architects Clipboard ArchDaily 2011 Architects: Tribe Studio Architects Area Area of this architecture project CopyHouses•Australia House Kalafatas Challita / Tribe Studio Architects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/212477/house-kalafatas-challita-tribe-studio-architects Clipboard “COPY” Save this picture!© Peter Bennetts+ 11 Share Australia Area:  158 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyAbout this officeTribe Studio ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesHousesAustraliaPublished on March 02, 2012Cite: “House Kalafatas Challita / Tribe Studio Architects” 02 Mar 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogAluminium CompositesTechnowoodWood Siding in KSR Villa BodrumGlassMitrexSolar GreenhouseMetal PanelsAurubisMill Finished Copper: Nordic StandardBedsFlorenseBed – UpholsteredSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – Qd-ClassMetal PanelsTrimoMetal Panel Finishes – ArtMeSkylightsLAMILUXRooflight F100 CircularWire MeshGKD Metal FabricsMetal Fabric in TransportationSystems / Prefabricated PanelsInvestwoodCement-Bonded Particle Board – Viroc NatureMetal PanelsRHEINZINKSeam Systems – Flatlock TilesSofasMenuDining Bench – EaveTablesArtisanCoffee Table – BloopMore products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

House in Ishikiri / Fujiwaramuro Architects

first_imgArchitects: FujiwaraMuro Architects Area Area of this architecture project House in Ishikiri / Fujiwaramuro ArchitectsSave this projectSaveHouse in Ishikiri / Fujiwaramuro Architects CopyLead Architects:Shintaro Fujiwara, Yoshio MuroSite Area:183.63 m2Building Area:91.74 m2City:HigashiosakaCountry:JapanMore SpecsLess SpecsText description provided by the architects. This combined residence and business is located on a gently sloping property on the east side of Osaka. We were involved in the project from the stage of searching for the building site. After considering a number of properties over the course of several years, the clients ultimately purchased this site near a relative’s home. They requested a design that had the atmosphere of a resort, included a space to open an aroma salon, and used a wide variety of different materials.Save this picture!© Toshiyuki YanoRecommended ProductsLightsLouis PoulsenLamps – AJ CollectionDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile Curved Hinged Door | AlbaWindowsAir-LuxSliding Window – CurvedSkylightsLAMILUXFlat Roof Exit Comfort DuoIn addition, because the property is located in a densely developed residential district, we were careful to secure privacy while still aiming  for a plan with an open feeling to it.Save this picture!Ground Floor PlanOur overall guiding image was of light being encapsulated in the center of the house. To achieve this, we created a central void with a skylight above it, and windows on the first and second floors facing the void. Sunlight and reflected light enter this central living room from various directions so that the atmosphere of the interior shifts subtly throughout the year. All the rooms in the house are linked through the void above the living room. On the first floor, which contains the rooms where the family gathers, large sliding glass doors face the southern side of the property, connecting interior and exterior spaces. The bathroom is also connected to an outdoor terrace and second living room, which contributes to the resort-like atmosphere.Save this picture!© Toshiyuki YanoThe aroma salon and bedrooms are located on the second floor, and the salon is accessible directly from the entryway to better accommodate frequent clients. Textured finishes are used throughout the house, including antique brick on the exterior walls, custom-made tiles on the living room floor, glass tiles in the bathroom, and brass fixtures.Save this picture!© Toshiyuki YanoProject gallerySee allShow lessTianyi Lake Dream Town / iDEASelected ProjectsThe Books House / Luigi RosselliSelected Projects Share Photographs:  Toshiyuki Yano Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project House in Ishikiri / Fujiwaramuro Architects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/884164/house-in-ishikiri-fujiwaramuro-architects Clipboard Photographs Japan “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/884164/house-in-ishikiri-fujiwaramuro-architects Clipboard Housescenter_img 2017 Projects ArchDaily Manufacturers: Dedon+ 29 Share Save this picture!© Toshiyuki YanoHouses•Higashiosaka, Japan “COPY” Year:  Area:  158 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyAbout this officeFujiwaraMuro ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcreteBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesHigashiosakaJapanPublished on November 24, 2017Cite: “House in Ishikiri / Fujiwaramuro Architects” 23 Nov 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogShowerhansgroheShowers – Croma SelectGlass3MGlass Finish – FASARA™ GradationPartitionsSkyfoldVertically Folding Operable Walls – Zenith® SeriesWall / Ceiling LightsCocowebLighting – Blackspot LED Barn LightUrban ApplicationsIsland Exterior FabricatorsPublic Safety Answering Center II Envelope SystemCeilingsSculptformTimber Batten Ceiling in All Souls ChapelHanging LampsLouis PoulsenLamp – PH 5 + PH 5 MiniGlazedGrespaniaWall Tiles – Porto PetroThermalSchöckInsulation – Isokorb® Concrete to SteelCeramicsTerrealTerracotta Baguettes in Vork CenterCompositesLamitechPlastic facades PanelexCarpetsHalcyon LakeCarpet – Nobsa GreyMore products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?日式环屋 Ishikiri / 藤原.室建筑设计事务所是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

Jigsaw School wins buy.at’s £500 prize draw

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 3 March 2007 | News The prize award will be used to pay for IT equipment at the independent day-school for children with autistic spectrum disorders. To boost awareness of the webshop and so increase their earnings, Rachel Turnbell, Head of Fundraising, sends Jigsaw’s supporters an email every week with the latest offers from over 100 retailers involved in the initiative, including Waterstone’s, HMV and Early Learning Centre. Tagged with: Digital The Jigsaw School in Surrey has won the £500 prize in online affiliate marketing site buy.at’s Christmas competition.In the run-up to Christmas 2006 buy.at offered its 6,000 or so fundraisers the chance to raise even more by adding 25p for every purchase made through their webshop. As part of this incentive all participants were put in to a prize draw. The Jigsaw School had been working with buy.at since 2005 when they registered for a new webshop. The webshop generates commission for the school on each purchase made at high street retailers such as John Lewis, Tesco and Marks and Spencer. The school has raised over £1,100 in just over 18 months. Advertisementcenter_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.  20 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Jigsaw School wins buy.at’s £500 prize drawlast_img read more

TK Maxx’s clothing collection passes £30m mark for CRUK

first_img  211 total views,  1 views today TK Maxx’s clothing collection passes £30m mark for CRUK Tagged with: Cancer Research UK corporate Donated goods Howard Lake | 29 August 2017 | News Unwanted clothes, accessories and homewareThe Give Up Clothes for Good campaign encourages people to donate a bag of unwanted clothes, accessories and quality homeware to their nearest TK Maxx store.  The items are collected and sold in Cancer Research UK shops across the UK. A typical bag can be worth up to £30 for Cancer Research UK Kids & Teens.TK Maxx raises additional funds through cash donations and employee fundraising. This year’s campaign launched today with a series of celebrity images shot by renowned photographer Jason Bell encouraging people across the UK to get involved.The campaign will run again in February 2018, although you can donate in store all year round.Frances Milner, Executive Director of Philanthropy and Partnerships at Cancer Research UK said:  “We’re overwhelmed by the incredible amount that TK Maxx staff and customers have raised and would like to thank everyone that has supported Give Up Clothes for Good over the years. “In the early 1970s, four in 10 children with cancer survived for at least five years. Today, it’s more than eight in 10 and Cancer Research UK’s work has been at the heart of this… The support of donors and partners like TK Maxx plays a huge role in helping Cancer Research UK fund more research into paediatric cancers and is helping us to beat children’s cancers sooner.”  212 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis16 TK Maxx has now raised £30.3 million for Cancer Research UK since it launched Give Up Clothes for Good, its charity clothing collection campaign, in 2004.The campaign, which specifically supports Cancer Research UK Kids & Teens, is “the longest running charity clothing collection campaign” in the UK, according to the retailer. Indeed, TK Maxx became the lead part for the Kids & Teens campaign when it launched in 2015.SEE ALSO: TK Maxx urges people to donate their #socksie for Cancer Research UK Kids & TeensThe total, generated through stock and cash donations, has funded £26.3 million worth of research into new, better and kinder treatments for children and young people with cancer, and a further £4 million worth of general cancer research. Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis16 About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Limerick City and County Council convenes Severe Weather Assessment Team ahead…

first_imgTwitter Facebook Advertisement Previous articleIrish Cement Mungret hosts family event to launch new investment in Limerick factoryNext articleShannon Airport speaks on severe weather forecast Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Severe Weather Assessment TeamLimerick City and County Council has convened its Severe Weather Assessment Team ahead of the expected freezing temperatures later this week.Met Éireann has issued a State YELLOW Weather Advisory for Limerick and the rest of the country and is valid from Tuesday 27 February 2018 just after midnight to Saturday 03 March 2018 at 6pm.It states: “Exceptionally cold weather will occur this week. Air and ground temperatures will be 5 to 10 degrees below normal, with significant wind chill and penetrating severe frosts. Snow showers, mainly affecting eastern areas on Tuesday, will progressively become more widespread and heavier through midweek. A spell of persistent and heavy snow is expected to extend from the south late Thursday and Thursday night, with significant and disruptive accumulations.”Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up In addition, a Status YELLOW low temperature warning is in effect from today, Monday 26 February 2018 at 5pm to Tuesday 27 February 2018 at 12 noon with air temperatures of 0 to minus 5 Celsius tonight and widespread severe frost.Priority has been given to National Route system (Priority 1) and strategic locations on the public road network, which carries the most intensive volumes of commuter traffic. Every effort is made to ensure that this network is maintained open for traffic at all times in spite of weather conditions.All Limerick routes covered under the winter road maintenance programme are gritted based on the latest information from the Road DSS system, ice prediction software, put in place by the then named National Roads Authority (NRA), now Transport Infrastructure Ireland.The council’s 15 gritting machines will be in use throughout the extreme cold spell while there are six snow ploughs on standby should they be required.Footpaths at strategic locations across Limerick will also be gritted if required, where resources permit. These include the core city centre area, the bridges, near the hospitals, civic offices and public transport hubs.In the county footpath gritting can be carried out in Abbeyfeale,Adare, Askeaton, Bruff, Cappamore, Castleconnell, Croom, Doon, Dromcollogher, Hospital, Kilfinane, Kilmallock, Newcastle West and Rathkeale.Additional emergency bed capacity is being provided by Limerick City and County Council in partnership with our NGO colleagues in Limerick.Anyone who is experiencing homelessness is urged to contact the Limerick Homeless Action Team. Limerick City and County Council is working closely with these service providers in providing this additional extra capacity. During the cold spell, the council is urging people to look out for their older or less abled neighbours in their communities, and make sure they are ok.For more information about being prepared for adverse weather conditions,  visit www.winterready.ieMore local news here. TAGSLimerick City and County CouncilMet ÉireannNational Route systemSevere Weather Assessment Team NewsLocal NewsLimerick City and County Council convenes Severe Weather Assessment Team ahead of ‘Beast from the East’By Staff Reporter – February 27, 2018 1566 WhatsApp New parklet changes Catherine Street dining experience Linkedincenter_img Email Ireland’s First Ever Virtual Bat Walk to take place in Limerick Limerick’s O’Connell Street Revitalisation Works to go ahead O’Donnell Welcomes Major Enhancement Works for Castletroy Neighbourhood Park Limerick city centre gets a deep clean RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Print Call to extend Patrickswell public sewer line last_img read more

Wiregrass cotton expo set for Thursday

first_imgLatest Stories Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Sponsored Content Pike County cotton farmers are gearing up for the 13th Annual Wiregrass Cotton Expo on Thursday at the National Peanut Festival Grounds in Dothan.The Wiregrass Cotton Expo has developed into one of the most well attended and comprehensive annual meetings in the Southeast, said Grant Lyons, Pike County Extension coordinator.The Expo attracts around 200 producers from Alabama, Georgia and Florida each year and a “bumper crop” is expected this year. Registration for the cotton industry fair will begin at 7:30 a.m. Thursday.Lyons said the Expo functions primarily as educational seminar. Updates of interest and importance to cotton producers will be given by representatives from the Alabama Cotton Commission, Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries.A precision agricultural demonstration will be featured on the fairgrounds following lunch.“There is no registration fee for the Expo and the lunch is complimentary so we encourage all area cotton producers to attend,” Lyons said. “The information will be useful and valuable.” For more information, contact the Pike County Extension office at 334-566-0985. Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Print Article Skip You Might Like Video: Tripp Freeman appears in court for pre-sentence hearing Tripp Freeman, 21, appeared before Judge Shannon Clark at the Pike County Courthouse Monday morning where he and the parents… read more By Jaine Treadwellcenter_img By The Penny Hoarder Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Email the author “The Expo provides producers with updates on farm legislation as well as opportunities to learn about emerging crop-management techniques and the latest in cotton research,” he said. “Featured topics of information and discussion will include the new farm bill, cotton disease control strategies and options for dealing with the growing pigweed problem.”Representatives from several companies will present cotton variety updates and updates will be given on current cotton pest management strategies.“Extension economist Thomas Hall will inform the producers on the economy behind the cotton market,” Lyons said. “Ron Smith, an Extension crops consultant, will also be on the programs.”The keynote speaker for the Wiregrass Cotton Expo will be John Mitchell of the Autauga Quality Cotton Association, Book Nook to reopen Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Wiregrass cotton expo set for Thursday Published 11:07 pm Tuesday, January 31, 2012 Around the WebDoctor: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Health VideosIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthMost 10 Rarest Skins for FortniteTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Pilots of the future: a short story

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. One morning in early September, Digby rushed into a radio studio to shakehis dewlaps at the trade unions. He said: “Barriers to progress…yesterday’s battles… grrr… wintrydiscontentdeadunburiedclosedshop… grrr…co-operationnotconfrontationreformnodillydally…CHANGENOTHAPPENINGQUICKLYENOUGH.” The annual extravaganza of clichés otherwise known as conference season islike the Olympics – it needs someone to light the torch and begin thefestivities, and it was important to Digby’s self-esteem to be that someone. In the age of media and brands, being seen to slot home the right message atthe right time into the nation’s half-awake sensoria was far more importantthan the substance of what you say. During the hot, lazy summer, he had often looked out from his Centrepointeyrie and reflected that British business was like a fierce and powerfulmastiff, fangs bared, taut sinews rippling, howling at the scent of carrion,but boxed in everywhere by meddling bureaucrats and nannying unions determinedto cage and sedate this awesome creature. Kennelman Digby must set the beastfree. He left the studio with high hopes – marred only by the faintrecollection that he may have promised Brendan he could start everything offthis year. Ah well, too bad. “Soon, my beauty,” he whispered tohimself. “Soon.” Fortunately, his carefully confected rage had not fallen on fallow ground.Among the half-awake masses were some journalists, who knew there are only sixpossible stories in conference season: (1) brothers berate Blair, (2) Blairstands up to brothers, (3) bosses lay into brothers, (4) brothers hit out atbosses, (5) bosses berate Blair, (6) change not happening quickly enough claimbosses/brothers/Blair. With that tenacity, ingenuity, and quick thinking under pressure, for whichBritish journalism is so justly famous, they swiftly realised they were ontosomething big. This was a bit of story 3 crossed with a little 6, a 3+6 in thejargon – something which hadn’t been seen for a full 12 months. Stopping onlyto cut and paste what they had written last year, they set to work. “Damn,” cursed Brendan, with a vehemence unusual among votaries ofpartnership. Round the table in a cubist eyesore in Fitzrovia sat the 50 oddsets of jowls of the General Council, some scowling the scowl of awkwardness,others looking more like victims of domestic abuse, but all watching the newman for a lead. That morning, Brendan’s phone had not stopped ringing. The journalists hadtold him Digby had just come up with a 3+6 story and he was going to have todeliver a 4, or maybe a 1+4, in time for the evening news – if things weregoing to really get going ahead of his Brighton conference. “I was sure Digby promised I could start it off this year,”reflected Brendan mildly. Immediately, the good brethren sensed the crisis and began pitching in. Howabout a mass picket of Centrepoint, they offered. A national “It’s OurTurn, Digby” Campaign. They could possibly appeal to the EuropeanCommission to begin work on a new Autumn Conference Fair Play directive. Brendan gently patted the air to silence them. “Please, colleagues, Imust think,” he said, in the manner of a yogi poised for prayer. That afternoon, he pondered his dilemmas. Brighton – his first as GS – waslooming, all minibars, backslapping and oily vol-au-vents. What he needed inhis keynote speech was a twin strategy that would really bring home that it washis turn to start and how unfair Digby was being, but that would also play wellwith the crack troops of organised labour. What should he do? He could tack to the left, invoke the spirit of Tolpuddle, of Annie Besant,of Clem, Nye and the boys, quote a line from The Red Flag – something about”cringing before the rich man’s frown” always went down well withtrots and tankies, though less so among anyone with power. Or maybe play to thecentre, calling up the Webbs, throw in a Shavian reference, a bit of Beveridge,a line or two of Things Can Only Get Better, and go on about how the Labourmovement was like a family, with tiffs and quarrels and rows over taking toolong in the bathroom and who could use the phone, but in which everyone lovedeach other really and needed to listen to what each other was saying withrespect. “Fairness” was a good word, a modern word, not too muchbaggage. Whenever unions laid claim to the great British sense of fair play, italways got Digby very cross and that – along with “lots and lots ofrights” – was among the top priorities of conference season. Alternatively, an idea flitted across his mind, he could break the mould andsay something that really engaged with the nature of working life. It wasoccasionally muttered in some quarters that conference season was becoming anincreasingly daft, choreographed pillow-fight involving gormless institutions,the Government and the media, which neither has any bearing on the massexperience of work, nor gives the impression of any serious thought takingplace. “Nah,” he reflected, “if it ain’t broke, why fix it?” Heswiftly phoned his press flunkies and said with new assurance: “Tell themit’s story 4+6.” That evening, Brendan rushed into a radio studio and said: “Grr…fatfailurecatrewards… longsweatshophoursnofunrightsatwork…Blairbusinesspoodleyapyap…grr… grr… actionnotwords… somesuccessminimumwageunionrecognition, butCHANGE NOTHAPPENINGQUICKLYENOUGH!” Pilots of the future: a short storyOn 16 Sep 2003 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

O.C. Restaurant Week Tempts All Tastes

first_imgBy Maddy VitaleFrom crab cakes to pancakes and from steak to shrimp, Ocean City restaurants have something for everyone.Whether tempting your palate with a new entrée, or sticking to your tried and true favorite dish, diners will have plenty of choices during Ocean City’s Restaurant Week, which runs from now through June 14.Customers on Friday called the week a great time to go out to explore new delicacies and catch the discounts.Participating restaurants offer special fixed-price options for the event. Some of the rates are for two people, others are prices for one person with an all-inclusive meal, from drinks to desserts. Prices vary. Restaurants and specials are listed at www.eatinocnj.com.Michele Gillian, executive director of the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce, said Restaurant Week offers a great way to try new places and enjoy old favorites.“Ocean City has fabulous food offerings. Restaurant Week gives us the opportunity to showcase this important business segment on our island,” Gillian noted. “We encourage you to support your favorite restaurants, but also to go out and try something new. The restaurant owners put together great specials that will surely bring you back for more.”Diners enjoy warm breezes while eating outdoors at Jon & Patty’s.Friends Janet Cook, of Ocean City, and Beth Little, of Margate, sat down for a bite at Jon & Patty’s Coffee Bar & Bistro located on Asbury Avenue, Friday afternoon.The eatery is part of Restaurant Week and the friends decided to each get quiche with a side salad.Cook summed up their thoughts of the food: “Scrumptious,” she said.Patty Talese, co-owner of Jon & Patty’s, with her husband, Jon, said they always participate in Restaurant Week to give people an added incentive to try out their restaurant.Talese, who heads the Downtown Merchants Association, said that not only is the weeklong event important for connoisseurs, but also for business owners.“The price points are affordable and there are all different menu items to try out,” she said.While some restaurants priced their dinners for two people, Jon & Patty’s stuck to a price of $22 for a single person with a meal that includes soup or salad, an entrée, dessert and a beverage.Cousin’s Restaurant is located at 104 Asbury Ave.Bill McGinnity, president of the Ocean City Restaurant Association, said Restaurant Week in Ocean City is a bit more varied than in other communities.“We can do a lot of different offerings for guests. We have breakfast specials and lunches. We adapted to what fits our community,” McGinnity said. “We are family-oriented.”McGinnity, owner of Cousin’s Restaurant on Asbury Avenue, explained, for example, how he offers a two-dinner special for the week. A cost of $40 will give two customers choices of selections such as pasta and clams and crispy eggplant ricotta.Among the reasons why Restaurant Week is special in Ocean City is when it is held.McGinnity noted, “We have it early enough in the season so the locals can be a part of it before the summer chaos.”Restaurant Week in Ocean City offers diners a wide selection to choose from at participating eateries. Friends Janet Cook, of Ocean City, (left) and Beth Little, of Margate, enjoy a bite to eat at Jon & Patty’s, located at 637 Asbury Ave. in Ocean City, during the first day of Restaurant Week.last_img read more

Press release: Foreign Secretary call with Saudi Foreign Minister

first_img Media enquiries Follow the Foreign Office on Twitter @foreignoffice and Facebook Follow the Foreign Secretary on Twitter @Jeremy_Hunt and Facebook For journalists The Foreign Secretary has today spoken to his Saudi counterpart, Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, about the case of Jamal Khashoggi. Mr Hunt stressed that if media reports from the weekend regarding Mr Khashoggi’s case prove correct, that would be extremely concerning and the UK will treat the incident very seriously – friendships depend on shared values. Mr Hunt urged the Saudi Government to cooperate fully with the Turkish investigation into the case, and to provide further information as soon as possible. The Foreign Secretary today also met the Saudi Ambassador to the UK to reiterate the need for urgent answers. Follow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn Further information Following the call, a Foreign & Commonwealth Office spokesperson said: Email [email protected]last_img read more