Aulds liquidates retail arm to focus on wholesale

April 20, 2021

first_imgFamily-owned bakery Aulds has placed its retail business into liquidation to focus on its wholesale and production operation.The move is designed to turn around the company, which reported a loss of £430,000 on turnover of £15.4m in the year to 1 April 2017.The retail business has been forced into an “unsustainable loss-making position” by a combination of pressure from high street and supermarket competition, as well as increasing ingredient, distribution and wage costs, according to the liquidators.All 26 Thomas Auld & Sons stores across Scotland will continue to trade while joint liquidators Paul Dounis and Steve Ross of RSM Restructuring Advisory consult with around 180 Aulds’ retail staff and assess the retail division with a view to selling all or some of the stores as a going concern.Aulds products will countinue to be available in independent outlets and 50 Scotmid stores supplied by the business, and this will not be impacted by the liquidation of the retail division.Aulds managing director Alan Marr, a fourth-generation descendent of founder Thomas Auld, said the retail liquidation was the only way to protect the rest of the business, which employs a further 200 people.He explained that the move would ensure the survival of the brand and safeguard 200 jobs across its two other subsidiaries:Aulds Bakeries Limited, which manufactures fresh and frozen bakery products, including World Pie Champion Special Pie and Aulds fudge doughnut on a site in Greenock;Aulds Delicious Desserts, which has a manufacturing facility at Inchinnan, supplying the foodservice market with premium desserts, and has grown 8% annually over the past three years.“We have invested considerable time and effort over a period of several months looking at alternative courses of action which would allow us to avoid the voluntary insolvency of our retail business,” he said. “Unfortunately, the losses in our retail business are such that the rest of the group is no longer able to sustain it.“We sincerely regret that a significant number of our colleagues will be affected by these circumstances, and we’ll be working closely with local job centres and other services to help people into new jobs if necessary.”Marr added that the business passionately believed in its products and was committed to a successful future.Founded in 1900 by Thomas Auld, the company was taken over and led by Thomas’ nephew, Ian Marr, in the 1950s. The fourth generation of the Auld family joined the business in the 1980s, with Ian’s children, Fiona and Alan, joining their father. Alan became managing director in 1991.last_img read more

Dead & Company Plays The Blues In New Jersey For Sing-Along Sunday Show [Audio/Videos]

March 2, 2021

first_imgLast night, Dead & Company headed to Camden, NJ’s BB&T Pavilion following their well-received performance at New York’s Citi Field on Saturday night. The show opened with “Feel Like A Stranger,” which took on an angelic tone behind Jeff Chimenti‘s funky synth work, setting a focused standard for the set to come…so let’s get on with the show. Chimenti continued to shine with an impressive piano solo on the “Brown Eyed Women” that followed, but the song’s focal point was, without a doubt, John Mayer. The beloved Garcia/Hunter sing-along has proven to be a perfect vessel for Mayer’s distinctive, note-perfect vocals. The way this version sounds, it wouldn’t seem out of place among the guitarist’s own solo work (particularly on, say, 2006’s Continuum). The Dead purists out there may take that notion as sacrilege, but the clearly audible explosion of excitement from the crowd after the song speaks for itself. He doesn’t try to be Jerry. He sings it as John, and it flat-out works.Mayer and Bob Weir continued to trade off lead vocal duties throughout the opening set. First, Weir led the congregation through “Ramble On Rose.” Next, Mayer headed up a honky-tonk “They Love Each Other.” The blues dominated most of the show’s next segment, with Bobby leading Willie Dixon‘s “Little Red Rooster” and Johnny singing Jimmy Reed‘s “Big Boss Man” (and taking the opportunity to show off his well-acknowledged blues guitar chops, to boot) before the two traded verses on the Grateful Dead‘s own “Cumberland Blues.” Finally, “Casey Jones” wrapped the first frame, starting at a faster-than-usual pace and gradually picking up steam from there, to the delight of everyone lamenting Dead & Co’s well-documented tempo deficiencies.Set two started with just Bobby and the drums, as the band transported the NJ crowd to the Bayou with “Iko Iko.” Following the New Orleans anthem, the band kept the blues theme going with “Deal,” one of the shows most memorable highlights. Led by Mayer and propelled by fantastic work from all four pieces of the band’s full “rhythm section,” the tune built to multiple thrilling moments of glorious release before dissipating into an Oteil Burbridge-accented vocal outro and, eventually, into a thoroughly welcome “Help” > “Slip” > “Franklin’s.”Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart took center stage next for their nightly drum-led journey into the great unknown, which eventually rolled into a slowly-turning “Wheel.” When the band segued from there into “Stella Blue,” it was difficult not to feel like the two songs would have played better in the opposite order, but the fan-favorite Garcia ballad was a welcome addition to the set all the same. From there, a short-but-sweet “Sugar Magnolia” rounded out set two, and a heartfelt “Brokedown Palace” sent the audience home singing sweet songs. All said, Dead & Co’s Camden show was an entertaining run through some of the Dead’s most endearing sing-alongs and classic live blues material. Even if it was perhaps slightly less invigorated than their impressive New York performance the night before, the band played impressively as a unit, and had the New Jersey crowd gratefully singing, moving, and rocking their souls all night long.You can listen to a particularly fantastic recording of Dead & Company’s 6/25/17 show at Camden’s BB&T Center from taper Keith Litzenberger (via archive.org user cabinet music):You can also watch pro-shot video of “Feel Like A Stranger” and “Iko Iko” below, via the band’s YouTube page:“Feel Like A Stranger”“Iko Iko”Setlist: Dead & Company | BB&T Center | Camden, New Jersey | 6/26/17Set One: Feel Like A Stranger, Brown Eyed Women, Ramble On Rose, They Love Each Other, Red Rooster, Big Boss Man, Cumberland Blues, Casey JonesSet Two: Iko Iko, Deal, Help On The Way > Slipknot! > Franklin’s Tower > Drums/Space > The Wheel > Stella Blue > Sugar MagnoliaEncore: Brokedown PalaceDead & Company summer tour wraps up this week with a show on Wednesday, 6/28 at Blossom Music Center in Ohio before a tour-closing two-night run at Wrigley Field, home of the MLB’s Chicago Cubs, this weekend. For tickets and info, head to the band’s website.last_img read more

Former Steel Pulse Drummer Steve “Grizzly” Nisbett Dies At Age 69

March 2, 2021

first_imgToday, the world music lost one of its forefathers as Steve “Grizzly” Nisbett, a founding drummer of reggae giant Steel Pulse, has passed away at the age of 69. Born on the small Caribbean island of Nevis, the eldest of seven children, he left the Caribbean in 1957 at the age of nine to join his parents who had migrated to Saltley, Birmingham, in the United Kingdom. He began playing drums and percussion as a teenager, and was a member of various soul bands, such as Penny Black, Rebel, and Roy Gee and the Stax Explosion.Nisbett joined Steel Pulse in 1977 before the release of their debut album, Handsworth Revolution, and remained with the band as a touring member until the release of 1997’s Rage and Fury. One of the group’s older members, Grizz served as the main drummer in the group until 1998, when he gave up the honours to Conrad Kelly, but continued to play percussion. Nisbett retired from the band in 2001 due to health concerns, on good terms.The news of Nisbett’s death comes as a shock today, as Steel Pulse takes the stage for their scheduled Jam Cruise performance this afternoon. As the band explains in a post on their Facebook page,“It is with a heavy heart that we must pass the sad news that today, our brother, our friend, our time keeper for so many years, original founding member of Steel Pulse, Steve “Grizzly” Nisbett has passed away suddenly and unexpected. As we the Steel Pulse family far and wide have lost someone so close to us, we will still take the stage in a few hours on the Jam Cruise, knowing that the joy that Grizz had bringing the Steel Pulse music and message to our beloved fans around the world, will continue on today, and his spirit, love, and love for you all will ring out across the seas, touching your heart and ours.Bless Grizzly, Rest In Power!”With the added emotional weight of Grizzly’s death, Steel Pulse’s Jam Cruise set this afternoon is sure to be particularly memorable.Below, you can watch high-quality video of Nisbett performing with Steel Pulse on German music TV show Rockpalast courtesy of ReggaepeloReggae Shows on YouTube:last_img read more

The Allman Brothers Band Share Tracks From Upcoming 2003 ‘Peach Picks’ Release

March 2, 2021

first_img<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Continuing the tradition of providing quality content for fans, Peach Picks: Cream Of The Crop 2003 will be available in an array of configurations. The full curated four-CD set will be offered, both physically and digitally. Each of the full six concerts will also be available for completists, and this marks the first time any of this music has been made available digitally. Recorded for the then-nascent “Instant Live” CD series (fans picked up copies of the concert immediately after the show as they were being burned on CD), these shows capture the group at full throttle.For this collection, Warren Haynes serves as Supervising Producer and longtime manager Bert Holman as Executive Producer, with Bill Levenson and John Lynskey as Associate Producers.Haynes said in a press statement, “That was an important time in the growth of that incarnation of the ABB. We had just released Hittin’ The Note and everybody was psyched to be playing a lot of new material from an album we all were very proud of and there was new life being breathed into a lot of the older songs.”“Warren was asked to oversee this release because he has a keen ear, a great memory for individual show performances and is a master at song sequencing,” continued Holman. “The entire process went very well; we were all on the same page about what song should be included and in what order, and everybody in the band agreed with the final choices.” For more information on Peach Picks: Cream Of The Crop 2003, head to the band’s official website.Cream Of The Crop 2003 tracklist:Disc One1) Don’t Want You No More2) It’s Not My Cross To Bear3) Black Hearted Woman4) Rocking Horse5) Hot ‘Lanta6) Old Before My Time7) Come And Go Blues8) Woman Across The River9) Desdemona10) The High Cost Of Low Living11) Hoochie Coochie Man12) RevivalDisc Two1) Trouble No More2) Midnight Rider3) You Don’t Love Me4) Who To Believe5) Stormy Monday6) Good Morning Little Schoolgirl7) In Memory Of Elizabeth ReedDisc Three1) Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More2) Worried Down With The Blues3) Statesboro Blues4) Stand Back5) Melissa6) Mountain Jam7) LaylaDisc Four1) Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’2) Done Somebody Wrong3) Gambler’s Roll4) Soulshine5) Who’s Been Talking6) Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright7) Wasted Words8) Dreams9) Whipping Post10) One Way OutView All Tracks The Allman Brothers Band recently announced a new release, Peach Picks: Cream Of The Crop 2003, a collection of the best performances culled from six shows in July and August 2003–dedicated to Gregg Allman, who passed away in 2017. Set for release June 15 via the band’s Peach Records (Orchard distribution), the collection includes 36 tracks recorded between July 25 and August 10, 2003, in Indianapolis; Pittsburgh; Darien Center, NY; Hartford; Charlotte; and Raleigh, with no song repeated. Peach Picks: Cream Of The Crop 2003 also features special guest collaborations on four songs with Susan Tedeschi, Karl Denson, and Branford Marsalis.The 2003 iteration of the Allman Brothers Band included founding members Gregg Allman, Jaimoe, and Butch Trucks, as well as guitarist/vocalist Warren Haynes, percussionist Marc Quiñones, bassist Oteil Burbridge, and guitarist Derek Trucks—the same lineup that lasted through the band’s final run in 2014, marking the band’s longest-running lineup and most consistent in its live performances. According to a press release, “The band had just released their first album in 10 years, the Grammy-nominated Hittin’ The Note and were in top shape.”So far, the band has shared six songs from the 2003 compilation. Dig in.last_img read more

Student body election postponed after student’s death

January 26, 2021

first_imgNotre Dame’s student body election has been postponed in light of Friday’s news that senior Annrose Jerry’s body was found in St. Mary’s Lake.“In an effort to give the student body time to grieve, the Judicial Council has consulted with the Student Activities Office and Student Government’s Office of the President to postpone the 2020 student body campaign period and election cycle,” an email from Judicial Council said.All prescheduled events and deadlines were pushed a week back, meaning campaigning has been stalled until Feb. 4. The petitioning period is already over.”All electioneering activity must pause as we remember and honor Annrose,” the email emphasized.Tags: Annrose Jerry, postponed, Student Body Electionlast_img read more

Unborn exposure

January 17, 2021

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaA pregnant woman walks down the street of a large city. She doesn’t know it, but the air she’s breathing could be hurting her unborn baby.From recent studies in many countries, scientists suspect a relationship between exposure to air pollution and health problems like preterm births, low birth weights, poor fetal development and mortality, said Luke Naeher, an environmental epidemiologist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.The questionScientists know the air pollution in large cities can aggravate or cause health problems in children and adults. But how can it affect a baby inside a mother’s womb?Naeher wants to answer this question.In the summer of 2002, Naeher studied the personal air pollution exposure of 45 pregnant women in Trujillo, Peru. His co-investigator was Manuel Aguilar Villalobos, director of the Asociacion de Aire Ambient in Lima, Peru.Based on this research, the American Chemistry Council has awarded Naeher a $100,000 grant to expand his research in Trujillo.Naeher will measure the personal pollution exposure of 100 pregnant Trujillo women (50 from urban and 50 from rural areas) during their pregnancies.He and his team will measure air pollution levels inside the homes of the pregnant women and at one urban and one rural site. The team will collect blood and urine samples from the women during their pregnancies and postdeliveries. And they’ll collect samples of meconium, a baby’s first feces, and umbilical cord blood from the newborns.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will analyze the samples. “This study will help us understand the magnitude and potential impact of prenatal exposure to a range of environmental pollutants,” Naeher said.Peruvian problemTrujillo is a city of about 750,000 people in a developing country. It has higher levels of air pollution than most U.S. cities. Peruvian standards and regulations on vehicle emissions, the leading cause of air pollution, are weakly enforced. And they’re 30 years behind those in the United States, he said.In many cases, homes in Trujillo offer no escape from air pollution. Many people there use wood or kerosene stoves to heat and cook inside homes with little ventilation.“The indoor environment smoke exposure generated from these stoves is orders of magnitude higher than levels typically seen in U.S. homes,” he said.Naeher hopes the study will lead to simple economical and cultural changes that can reduce air pollution and protect the population of Trujillo.The data, he said, can be used to understand the effects of air pollution on pregnant women and unborn babies in the United States and other countries, too.last_img read more

Rain record

January 17, 2021

first_imgTropical Storm Ida brought more wet days to Georgia in November, setting rainfall records in what is normally a dry month. Rainfall across most of the state was well above normal, according to radar estimates, particularly due to Ida’s heavy rains on Nov. 10. Many areas north of the fall line from Columbus to Augusta received more than 5 inches of rain. Southern Georgia, particularly the southeastern section, received below-normal rainfall, with the lowest values occurring near Brunswick. The highest monthly total from National Weather Service reporting stations was 6.75 inches in Columbus (2.78 inches above normal). The lowest was in Brunswick at .71 inch (1.78 inches below normal). Atlanta received 5.75 inches (1.65 inches above normal), Macon 3.87 inches (.67 inch above normal), Athens 5.17 inches (1.46 inches above normal), Augusta 5.61 inches (2.93 inches above normal), Savannah 2.31 inches (.09 inch below normal) and Alma 1.41 inches (1.16 inches below normal). Many stations within the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network also reported wet conditions for the month. The highest monthly totals of 10.80 inches and 10.46 inches were both reported in Rabun County in far northeast Georgia. On Nov. 11 with the passage of Ida, the highest one-day reports of 6.09 inches and 6.10 inches came from two observers in Monroe County in central Georgia.The Georgia Automated Environmental Monitoring sites at Tiger in Rabun County and at Gainesville in Hall County both reported 7.89 inches for the month.Daily record maximum rainfalls occurred Nov. 10 with Ida. At official NWS airport stations, Atlanta broke a daily maximum rainfall with an observation of 4.05 inches. Athens received 1.94 inches. Columbus received 5.44 inches, and Macon received 2.53 inches during this storm Nov.12. Alma also reported a daily record rainfall of .92 inches Nov. 22.Because of the unusually high rainfall in September, October and November, Athens, Atlanta, Macon and Columbus airports set their records for the wettest fall seasons ever recorded. Athens reported 24.13 inches, Atlanta 23.31 inches, Columbus 18.43 inches and Macon 20.94 inches during the three-month period.Temperatures across the state were near normal. In Atlanta, the monthly average temperature was 53.8 degrees F (.4 degree above normal), in Athens 54.8 degrees (2.1 degrees above normal), Columbus 55.4 degrees (1.3 degrees below normal), Macon 55.6 degrees (.5 degree above normal), Savannah 59.4 degrees (.7 degree above normal), Brunswick 61.7 degrees (.1 degree above normal), Alma 58.3 degrees (2.4 degrees below normal) and Augusta 55.7 degree (1.2 degrees above normal). No temperature records were set in November.Most of the state had not yet experienced a killing freeze, or temperatures below 28 degrees, by the end of the month.Georgians did not experience any severe weather in November.The Department of Natural Resources reported there are more black bears roaming Georgia this year due to both the large acorn crop caused by drought-stressed oak trees in 2008 and the rainy conditions this year, which provided ample vegetation to fatten the bears up. They are predicting a record bear hunting season due to the increase in size and number of bears.During November, the rains in northern Georgia due to Ida caused problems for farmers trying to harvest hay and other crops. Some grub infestations were reported. In the first and third weeks, dry conditions allowed good progress to be made on harvesting of peanuts, soybeans and cotton. Rain showers benefited the planting of small grains.last_img read more

Specialized Academic Courses

January 17, 2021

first_imgThe addition of specialized agriscience and environmental systems courses — precision agriculture, sustainable agriculture and plant breeding/genetics — is expected to bolster already strong academic programs at the University of Georgia’s agriculture college.Beginning fall 2015, the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) campuses in Athens and Tifton will offer advanced classes in precision agriculture, sustainable agriculture or plant breeding/genetics. The courses are designed to strengthen students’ knowledge in these areas, a need the college administration has noted in the industry.“The agricultural industry is demanding a higher level of specialization because generalized degrees and generalized knowledge can be farmed out to lower wage earners. In precision ag, they (employers) need someone who knows the intimate details of how precision ag works; not only how to install the equipment, but how to troubleshoot it, how the global positioning system works, how the programs work and how to fix problems when they go wrong,” Peake said.“The addition of these areas of emphasis will provide focus areas for students who want to specialize in some areas of agriculture that are in demand. These students can more readily demonstrate to potential employers unique skill sets not available from other higher education institutions in Georgia,” said William Vencill, a professor and undergraduate coordinator of teaching programs in the college’s Department of Crop and Soil Sciences.These areas of emphasis will allow students to specialize within a major. In the precision agriculture courses, students will learn about remote sensing by drones, yield monitoring and smart irrigation techniques, such as variable rate irrigation. “This is where having a land-grant institution, with research, Extension and teaching, all together really has a big impact. Dr. Vellidis isn’t a guy who uses a really good textbook, he’s the guy who writes the textbook. That’s the guy you want teaching these classes.” said Jason Peake, director of academic programs at UGA Tifton. Peake is referring to George Vellidis, a UGA ag engineer and precision agriculture expert, who will teach the precision agriculture courses. For more information about the UGA CAES academic program, go to students.caes.uga.edu.last_img read more

Green Mountain College bulb replacement saves 62,000 kwh a year

January 1, 2021

first_imgHow many light bulbs does it take to change your outlook? Kenneth Coe, educational technology specialist at Green Mountain College s Griswold Library, has one answer: 505. This summer Coe and a few helpers began replacing existing 32 watt fluorescent bulbs in the three-story library building with more energy efficient, longer lasting 28 watt bulbs. By removing a total of 505 older bulbs, the library has cut its electricity use by 34%, a reduction that will save the College an estimated 62,216 kilowatt hours a year. To put this in perspective, we use 350 kilowatt hours a month at my house, said Coe. This yearly savings is enough to cover my family s energy consumption for the next 178 months, or 14.8 years. The project stemmed from a 2008 Student Campus Greening Fund proposal developed by recent graduate Mara Smith. The fund is designed to put into action initiatives that increase environmental awareness and decrease the school s ecological footprint. The Student Campus Greening Fund is subsidized through a $30 allocation from each student s annual activity fee. Proposals are evaluated by a student committee and awards are based on a student vote.Smith focused her attention on the library because the building is open seven days a week throughout the school year and is usually open late at night. The library really has more lighting fixtures than it needs, with bulbs illuminating the stacks and other areas where direct lighting isn t necessary, said library director Paul Millette, who consulted with Smith on the proposal. They estimated that about ten to twelve percent of the lights could be removed and not replaced. But when Coe and GMC senior Elliot Shor began removing bulbs and testing the effects, they discovered fully a third of the bulbs in the building could be eliminated while still providing adequate lighting where it is needed most over study carrels, the circulation and reception desks, and other common areas students use for reading and studying.Remaining lights will be replaced with the new 28 watt bulbs at a total cost of about $3000, and disposal of the old bulbs will cost about $250. But the College should make back this investment in less than three years through the reduced electricity costs. I think it was a valuable lesson for all of us, said Amber Garrard, Green Mountain College s sustainability coordinator. You don t necessarily need expensive technology to make big improvements in efficiency. In this case, a simple audit will reduce energy use in the library and yield significant savings for the College.last_img read more

Melville Crash Leaves 2 Teens Dead

December 18, 2020

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Two Huntington Station teenagers were killed in a Melville crash early Saturday morning in a case that Suffolk County police suspect speed was a factor.Police said 18-year-old Ray Vega was speeding in a Honda northbound on Walt Whitman Road when he sideswiped a Pontiac driven by his brother, Kevin, struck a curb and then a tree at 1:14 a.m.Authorities used heavy rescue equipment to remove Ray Vega and his passenger, 17-year-old Carmen Rivera-Gotay, who were trapped in the vehicle.Ray Vega was pronounced dead at the scene and Rivera-Gotay was taken to Plainview Hospital-North Shore where she was pronounced dead.Kevin Vega, 19, and his 21-year-old passenger, Isaias Perez, both also of Huntington Station, were not injured.Second Squad detectives impounded the vehicles, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information to contact them at 631-854-8252.last_img read more