Alternative Clubbing: Narcissists

first_imgHave you had your fill of Filth? Is the ‘VIP’ area at the Bridge starting to lose its appeal? Are you feeling unable to face another bop standing in the corner sucking face with your college dad to the sound of ‘hilarious’ 90’s pop ‘classics’? Then Cherwell24 is here to save you. Every week this term, we’ll be reporting on a regular Oxford club night that offers something different from the run of the mill, something beyond the dreaded ‘cheese’, something that, just maybe, you might even consider dancing to sober… Not that sobriety has much to do with Wednesdays at Baby Love bar, situated on King Edward Street, just off the High. Every other week, this cocktail-bar-and-club plays host to Narcissists, which is pretty much the daddy of the indie/alternative clubbing scene around these parts. If you’re the kind of indie kid who likes your guitars squashed up against your electro beats in the company of girls with unfeasibly cool hair and emotionally scarred, heavily mascara-ed boys, chances are you’ll fit in here. So, exactly what kinds of sounds keep the regulars coming back? The emphasis is firmly on the danceable. A typical night sees the likes of LCD Soundsystem and Le Tigre merge naturally into harder, scuzzier electro sounds as the night wears on, and singalong Strokes songs followed by a remix of 1-2-3-4 (that song off the iPod ads) where Leslie Feist’s vocals float over a sea of brooding techno. A girl stands outside the bar with the smokers. Why does she come to Narcissists? “It makes me feel wholesome.” Wholesome? “Yeah – there are a lot of pretentious indie people here, and I feel wholesome compared to them.” She pauses. “Like – like wholemeal bread, you see.” She staggers back into the club. Some would argue that, as it enters its fourth year, being a self-confessed Narcissist has become passé. True, the cloakroom isn’t free anymore, and the drinks were never cheap, and chances are you’ll hear roughly the same tunes and see roughly the same faces every time you go. But they’re not bad tunes, really, are they? They’re not bad faces. Not compared with the Baywatch theme song at Filth.last_img read more

Shore True Value in Somers Point Reopens to Happy Customers

first_imgBy Maddy VitaleWhen a fire broke out in June at Shore True Value, the owners weren’t the only ones who were distraught. The devoted customers, many of them who have grown up going to the family-owned landmark business in Somers Point, were also saddened by its closing.As the store reopened Monday, a steady stream of cars filled the parking lot by the afternoon. A sign in front read: “We missed you. Re-opening Oct. 15 at 8 a.m.”“I put off all of my home projects,” said Kirk Gerety, a Somers Point Councilman who stopped in Monday. “I’d rather spend my money locally. I have been coming here since I was a kid. I used to stop by on my bicycle.”Gerety, who has been retired for five years, spends time doing fixer-upper projects. Shore True Value is the only place where he will buy his home project needs, he said.Somers Point First Ward Councilman Kirk Gerety put off projects until the store reopened.Owners Paul Giunta and his sister, Alison Dannenhower, were busy at the store greeting customers, welcoming them back and making sure the shelves were stocked.“I missed you guys,” customer Peter Rapetti said as he shook store manager Rob Fehn’s hand. Rapetti has been coming to the store for 14 years.Stacy Arsenis, of Linwood, has been shopping at Shore True Value for 25 years. “I’ve been waiting for it to reopen just to get keys made and to see everyone,” she said. “When my son played street hockey, I always bought everything here.”Fehn said that longtime customers were stopping in all day long to say hello, check out the store and buy items they needed since the store closed in June following the fire.“We have a ton of our customers who held off on their projects,” he noted.While the store has been completely renovated to repair the fire damage, the favorite items that customers came back for year after year still fill the new shelves.Customers check out some of the newly stocked shelves.In fact, all of the same stock is offered, including Weber grills, all types of fertilizers, gardening supplies, flooring, tools, paint and everything else that you could think of for home improvement. Street hockey equipment also is available.There are also some new additions, and the look of the store is modernized. The paint section looks more upscale. The flooring is new, and the store is now brightly lit by LED lighting, Fehn said.Perhaps no one was more pleased that Shore True Value reopened Monday than the co-owners, Giunta and Dannenhower.“We are very happy to be open,” Giunta said. “There is still a lot to do.”Dannenhower said with a big smile, “It’s about time.”Shore True Value co-owner Paul Giunta installs new technology.For Sal Giacobbe, a 25-year employee at Shore True Value, being away from his job for four months was way too long.“I did projects at home, but you need to work in life. It is a commitment you make. I missed coming to work,” he said.The store will have an official reopening celebration on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday, Nov. 4, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be giveaways where customers get chances to win barbecues, lawn mowers and powerwashers. There will also be buy-one-get-one paint sales.Fehn summed up the mood on the first day back, “It’s a really good day.”The store, located at 515 New Road in Somers Point, is open seven days a week. Hours are from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information visit or call (609) 927-6464.Cars quickly filled up the parking lot on the first day of the reopening. Stacy Arsenis, of Linwood, talks to Shore True Value Manager Rob Fehn while picking up newly made keys on the store’s reopening day.last_img read more

Warburtons in free-from move

first_imgWarburtons confirmed that it is planning to enter the free-from sector with the launch of a range of gluten-free products.“This is an exciting opportunity for Warburtons to use its brand-leading baking expertise to bring higher-quality products to a fast-growing food sector, to complement its continued commitment to the established bakery category,” said a spokesperson for the firm told British Baker.“By providing enhanced choice for people living with gluten intolerance and food allergies in the UK, we aim to grow the free-from sector and generate incremental business opportunities.” The firm said it would be able to provide more information on the range later in the year.>>Brace’s in bid to save Warburtons bakery from closurelast_img

Tesco records first quarterly sales growth in three years

first_imgSupermarket giant Tesco reported a £162m pre-tax profit for the year to 27 February, its first quarterly sales growth since 2013.UK like-for-like (LFL) sales at Tesco were up 0.9% in the fourth quarter, which the supermarket hailed as “significant progress”.This follows last year’s £6.3bn loss, the worst results in the supermarket’s history. It said in the update that a program of cost-cutting through store closures and a bumper Christmas had forged the comeback.Dave Lewis, chief executive, said the group had “regained competitiveness in the UK”.Last September, Tesco sold its South Korean business, Homeplus, for £4.2bn to help revitalise its UK business.Recent reports have suggested that the supermarket group is planning to sell off some of its other side businesses, including Euphorium Bakery, coffee shop chain Harris + Hoole, the Dobbies Garden Centres chain, and restaurant chain Giraffe, so that it can focus on the main supermarket business.Lewis said of today’s update: “Our balance sheet is stronger and we are making good progress in rebuilding trust in Tesco and our investment case.”Tesco’s shares fell 3% after the results this morning (13 April) to £190.2p.But despite the progress, Lewis warned the market remained “challenging and uncertain”, and said its continued investment in prices to remain competitive would slow its profit improvement “particularly in the first half”.Operating profitOperating profit before exceptional items rose slightly to £944m for the year, higher than the £936m that analysts had forecast.Total group sales were up 0.1% to £48.4bn.Lewis is trying to revive Tesco with a focus on lower prices, streamlined product ranges, better customer service and new simplified relationships with suppliers, the root cause of the accounting issues that are still the subject of a criminal investigation by Britain’s Serious Fraud Office.last_img read more

PHOTOS: WinterWonderGrass Tahoe Brings Together Music, Brews, And Mountains

first_imgWinterWonderGrass Tahoe wrapped up last weekend, April 6-8, 2018, at the base of Squaw Valley in Olympic Valley, California–serving asa celebrational entrance celebration to spring in California. Surrounding music, brews, and mountains, the lineup featured headlining sets from The Devil Makes Three, Railroad Earth and The Infamous Stringdusters. Despite some aggressive weather, the beautiful location is the result of cataclysmic volcanic and glacial master planning. The inimitable backdrop was also highlighted by performances from The California Honeydrops, Elephant Revival, Steep Canyon Rangers, Fruition, The Brothers Comatose, Shook Twins, The Lil Smokies, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys, Grant Farm, Pickin’ on the Dead, Jon Stickley Trio, Old Salt Union, The Kitchen Dwellers, The Drunken Hearts, and so many more. Artists-at-Large included Vince Herman (Leftover Salmon), Bridget Law (Elephant Revival), and more.Photographer Sam Watson was on the scene to capture the glory, as you can see in the full festival gallery below.WinterWonderGrass Tahoe | Squaw Valley, CA | 2018 | Photos: Elliot Siff Load remaining imageslast_img read more

A summer of helping

first_img Summer explorers Harvard Ed Portal program offers fun, skill-building activities for local students Plan an art show with no budget. As a summer volunteer. In less than six weeks.That was Ezra Feder’s assignment when he started in July at Artists For Humanity (AFH) in Boston, a nonprofit that provides paid employment in art and design to lower-income teens in the city.Working 80 hours over five weeks, Feder ’23, an incoming first-year Harvard student, single-handedly organized and promoted AFH’s Summer Exhibition, slated for Aug. 22 at the AFH EpiCenter in South Boston. He found event sponsors, solicited donations for refreshments, and exercised community outreach across the city to spread the word about the exhibition, which is an opportunity for AFH’s artists to display and sell their work to gallery visitors.,“It was really terrific meeting and working with the artists because they’re such an exuberant and creative group,” said Feder, a native of Sharon, Mass. “This kind of work requires a lot of teamwork from the artists and the administrative staff, and that’s something that’s really impressive to see in action. I hope to keep that impression with me as I move forward.”Feder came by this venture into public service as a participant in Harvard’s new Service Starts with Summer Program (3SP) for incoming first-year students. The program calls for participants to commit to giving at least 100 hours to a community project in or near their hometowns during the summer before starting school. Feder devoted 80 hours to direct service and 20 to professional development activities, including webinars, cohort meetings, and a day of service on campus. Typically, participants work with nonprofits and are unpaid, so they are eligible to receive a $1,500 stipend from 3SP.,Feder reached out to AFH for a volunteer placement on the recommendation of a sibling who had volunteered there in the past, and was quickly drawn to the organization’s mission to help young artists gain self-sufficiency skills, career training, and educational assistance.The AFH artists work in a variety of media, including video, animation, photography, painting, and graphic design. They get support from mentors in their chosen fields to learn technical and business skills specific to their interests. AFH has sold or leased pieces to big clients including John Hancock, Nixon Peabody, Champion, and the Massachusetts Port Authority.“There is a term in Hebrew, tikkun olam, which means to ‘repair the world,’ not just to help yourself but to help others,” said Feder. “That’s always been a significant value in my life, and it’s a natural extension of that value to participate in 3SP and to continue doing community service at Harvard.”,Relatedlast_img read more

Patent pending on sprout sanitizer

first_imgUniversity of Georgia scientists have developed a method to make fresh alfalfa sprouts safer to eat by treating the seeds used to grow them. Sprouts adorn many restaurant salad bars, and are considered by many a healthy fresh vegetable. But, they are one of the main foods linked to foodborne illness in the U.S.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, since 1996 at least 30 reported outbreaks of foodborne illness have been associated with sprouts, typically contaminated with salmonella or E coli.Labeled safe by FDAUGA food microbiologist Michael Doyle and his colleague Tong Zhao have developed a new process to soak seeds in a solution that kills pathogens. The Food and Drug Administration consider its components safe for use in sprouts and several foods, he said. UGA is in the process of patenting the process.The new UGA treatment is safe for sprout growers to use and promotes better seed germination. “The more seeds that sprout, the better the profitability for the grower,” said Doyle, director of the UGA Center for Food Safety in Griffin, Ga.To grow sprouts, seeds are submerged in water and held at temperatures between 65 and 75 degrees for three to four days. These are also ideal conditions for growing harmful bacteria like salmonella and E. coli, Doyle said.Less harsh than previous methodUGA food microbiologist Larry Beuchat developed one of the currently available treatment methods for killing bacteria on seeds used for sprouts. It is a calcium hypochlorite method that is highly effective but harsh and irritates the eyes, nose and lungs of those applying the treatment, Doyle said. For this reason, some producers prefer not to use it.Sprout grower Bob Sanderson supports UGA food scientists’ efforts to find a safe and effective way to kill harmful microbes on his crop. For the past 35 years, Sanderson has operated Jonathan Sprouts Inc. where 10 different varieties of sprouts are produced for supermarket chains in New England, New York and New Jersey. Growers rely on testing“This is certainly a major problem, and we are always really open to new approaches to making our product safer,” said Sanderson, president of the International Sprout Growers Association. “The number of growers is smaller than it was 10 years ago because of the food safety issues. We are interested in ways to try to restore confidence in our product.”Sanderson sanitizes his seeds with chlorine, a method he says isn’t consistently effective. To ensure he ships safe sprouts, Sanderson tests them to detect pathogens before they head to market.Based on his food safety knowledge, Doyle never eats sprouts and recommends that children, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems avoid them, too.“I swore them off long ago, and I’ve been preaching this message since then,” he said. “Sprouts are considered by many food safety experts to be one of the most hazardous of foods because of how they are grown.”Method being studied on other seeds and flowersRon Walcott, a UGA plant pathologist in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, is testing the new treatment on watermelon and other fruit seeds to help prevent plant diseases in fields. He is also working with a national fresh cut flower supplier to see if the treatment will kill floriculture diseases and help prolong the shelf life of fresh cut flowers.last_img read more

Three-year high for shares

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Anies slams red tape in pandemic fight

first_imgThe request would then be discussed by an expert team appointed by the health minister, which would approve or deny the request in consultation with COVID-19 fast response team chief Doni Monardo, who also heads the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB). Other than regional leaders, the COVID-19 fast response team chief can also submit such a request.The Health Ministry must make a decision within two days after the submission of the request, the regulation says. The PSBB should then be implemented for 14 days, which can be extended if there are still proven cases of transmission. The PSBB covers the closing down of schools and offices, limitations of religious activities, activities in public places, social and cultural events, transportation restrictions and activities related to security and defense.Anies said he had sent a PSBB request to Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto on Wednesday before the ministerial regulation was issued and would wait for an answer instead of sending a new letter. The request was being discussed by the Health Ministry’s team on Sunday afternoon.How Anies held back in coronavirus response (JP/Hengky)According to the government’s official count, there are 2,273 confirmed COVID-19 cases nationwide as of Sunday, including 1,124 in Jakarta. Ninety-five of the country’s 198 fatalities were recorded in Jakarta.Padjadjaran University epidemiologist Panji Hadisoemarto said the procedure to obtain the PSBB status was “overly bureaucratic”. He feared local administrations would be late in taking necessary measures, as they failed to immediately meet the requirements imposed by the regulation.“The criteria imposed are too restrictive, especially by referring to cases as those confirmed through PCR testing. In practice, it’s very likely that decisions will be made too late, because there’s a bottleneck in our PCR testing,” Panji said.Indonesia has conducted fewer than 10,000 tests using the PCR method so far, a small number that has been attributed to insufficient preparedness on the part of laboratories and a shortage of PCR testing kits. This has caused a backlog in testing, with many patients having to wait for days for their lab results to come back.Read also: Indonesia to receive 50,000 COVID-19 PCR test kits from South KoreaBerry Juliandi of the Indonesian Young Scientists Forum criticized the new regulation that gives the Health Ministry the authority over PSBB policies. “We’ve seen that the health minister has not taken the right measures to contain and mitigate COVID-19 so far,” Berry said.Bayu Dwi Anggono, a legal expert at the University of Jember in East Java, said requiring mayors and regents to consult with governors and also send their request to the latter instead of only to the Health Ministry would only increase paperwork, since the requirement was not stipulated in the 2018 Law on Health Quarantine nor in the 2020 government regulation.The Health Ministry did not immediately respond to the Post’s request for comment.Topics : Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has accused the central government of stonewalling his efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus by issuing a ministerial regulation that prevents him from directly imposing stricter measures to limit people’s mobility.Under pressure to control rising case numbers and fatalities in the capital, Anies strongly criticized the Health Ministry’s new guidelines on large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) that include an assessment process and show “no sense of urgency”.“[It’s] as if we are proposing a project that needs a feasibility study,” Anies told The Jakarta Post on Sunday. “Can’t the ministry see that we are facing a rising death toll? Is that not enough?”Earlier this week, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said that, in lieu of a regional or national lockdown, regions could enforce physical distancing rules in their fight against COVID-19.According to Government Regulation No. 21/2020 on PSBB, provinces and cities are required to obtain a permit from the Health Ministry to impose the policy. As of Sunday, no region has obtained such a permit.According to a ministerial regulation issued by the Health Ministry on Friday, regional heads who want to enact PSBB have to submit requests alongside data on the increase of cases by also providing an epidemiology curve and a map on the spread of the virus as well as data proving that transmission had already occurred in their region. Cases in question refer to the number of patients under surveillance (PDP) and those having been confirmed through polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing.Read also: Jakarta, West Java governors doubt central govt COVID-19 figureslast_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces New East Coast Nihon Kohden America Facility in Lehigh County, Creation of New Jobs

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Economy,  Jobs That Pay Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today that Nihon Kohden America, Inc., a manufacturer, developer, and distributor of medical electronic equipment, will establish a new facility in Allentown, Lehigh County, and create at least 27 new, high-paying jobs.“Nihon Kohden America’s decision to establish its East Coast facility in Allentown is great news for Pennsylvania,” Governor Wolf said. “The commonwealth’s strategic location makes it a prime spot for businesses to expand and support their growing customer base.”Nihon Kohden America will expand operations and establish a 7,000-square-foot facility in Allentown, South Whitehall Township to provide technical and product support to key installations along the East Coast, and support biomedical training classes for consumers.The company plans to invest at least $445,000 on the project, which will include tenant improvements, the purchase of equipment, and training for new employees. Nihon Kohden America has also committed to creating 27 new, full-time jobs and the retention of 11 current positions over the next three years.“We are always looking for ways to improve the level and quality of service and support we provide to our customers because we know that every minute counts when it comes to patient care,” said Dr. Wilson P. Constantine, CEO of Nihon Kohden America. “Initially our new Allentown facility will serve as a second U.S. technical support call center, increasing access to our knowledgeable support staff; and in the future we will have the ability to add other functions as customer needs dictate.”Nihon Kohden America received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development that includes $81,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits, a $75,000 Pennsylvania First Program grant, and $22,950 in WEDnetPA funding for employee training.The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania, in collaboration with the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation.Founded in Japan in 1951, Nihon Kohden is the leading manufacturer, developer, and distributor of medical electronic equipment, with subsidiaries in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. The company’s products are now used in more than 120 countries, and it is the largest supplier of electroencephalography products worldwide. A pioneer in transformational healthcare technology, Nihon Kohden has envisioned, designed and produced revolutionary devices, such as pulse oximeters, arrhythmia analysis, low-invasive blood volume monitoring and wireless patient monitoring. In the U.S., the company is a trusted source for patient monitoring, sleep assessment, neurology and cardiology instrumentation solutions, and has been recognized by MD Buyline for the highest customer satisfaction among U.S. hospitals and health systems for 36 consecutive quarters. The company’s newest facility will complement its west coast-based facility allowing for a rapid response to customers across all U.S. time zones.For more information about Nihon Kohden, visit and www.nkusa.comFor more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED visit Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: February 11, 2016center_img Governor Wolf Announces New East Coast Nihon Kohden America Facility in Lehigh County, Creation of New Jobslast_img read more