Muntons has unveiled plans to open a £500,000 Centre for Excellence, at its headquarters in Stowmarket, in January 2010.The investment, which includes a purpose-built factory, will become the focal point for the firm’s innovation and new product development. The centre will feature an NPD kitchen, sensory testing room, bakery, micro-brewery and winery, and will enable the firm to reduce the cost of NPD while getting products to market faster.Muntons’ technical sales support manager Jonathan Pritchard said the centre would greatly improve the firm’s ability to proactively develop new pro-ducts and grow its business.”We will be able to produce development samples internally at lab scale, rather than relying on third-party or full-scale plant trials, which means we can cut the turnaround time of NPD projects significantly,” he added.
The closure of Cosson’s Bakery in Harold Hill offered Simon Cosson the opportunity for a refresh. “It was a small joint on a council estate in Romford,” he says, “We knew we needed more space.”A compulsory purchase order from the local authorities gave Cosson the push the business needed and, six months later, he was handed the keys to a new bakery, a former aquatic shop, in Wickford, Essex. Since then it has been one high after another – from the queue that lasted for five hours on opening day to the constant compliments from customers alongside sell-out items.“We are just so honoured, humbled, happy and grateful for the welcome the local community has given us,” he says.While the bakery’s reputation preceded it, the business took the move as a chance to mix things up, from the logo to the equipment and even some menu items. “There are many differences from the back street to the high street,” he explains. “My mum runs the shop, while dad and I handle all the production and the bakery.”With a much higher footfall, Cosson aims to bring a friendly atmosphere on a larger scale to the local community. This starts with the shop fit, complete with viewing window so customers can catch the action, to the blend of refurbished and new equipment.“I’m a baker, not a designer, so it was great to have the expertise of [retail designers] Dollar Rae to visualise how the new bakery should look in a way that would reflect what I wanted – a contemporary craft bakery that integrates traditional bakery methods with a vibrant and modern environment,” he adds.This ethos is also reflected in the products. Traditional white, malted and sourdough loaves grace the menu next to lavish mocha rum or caramel pecan cheesecakes as part of the weekly ‘Cheesecake Chuesday’ celebration. However, Cosson says, “We’re famous for our doughnuts”, so it’s a classic jam doughnut that often steals the show.More customers mean more demands, however. “The other day a woman asked if our doughnuts were fried in rapeseed oil,” he says. “I’d never been asked that before.”Recipes now include a number of gluten-free items to cater to local demand, including bread from a pre-mix, cookies, lemon polenta cake and banana bread.As for the future, Cosson concludes: “I just hope that we can continue in the vein of the Harold Hill shop, and ‘Chapter 2’ of Cosson’s will see me through to my retirement.”Cosson’s Bakery & Patisserie, WickfordWho: Simon Cosson (pictured right), owner, runs the bakery with help from his parents Raquel and Tony, alongside a small dedicated team of staff.What: This former aquatic shop was transformed with the help of Dollar Rae into a modern bakery and patisserie.Where: 62 High Street, Wickford, Essex SS12 9ATWhen: The shop opened in August 2017.Why: The original Cosson’s Bakery in Harold Hill, established in 1980 by Simon’s parents, was hit with a compulsory purchase order in 2016. Not ready to retire, the business was relocated. “I am Wickford born and bred, so I can’t tell you how happy it makes me to be back in my old stomping ground, making fresh bread, cakes and pastries for the local community”….On-site – Cosson’s BakeryViewing windoworiginaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMheight 360width 640camerasoftware paint.net 4.0.17Logooriginaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMheight 360width 640camerasoftware paint.net 4.0.17Centrepieceoriginaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMheight 360width 640camerasoftware paint.net 4.0.17Mono Fusion Bread Plant with conical moulderoriginaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMheight 360width 640camerasoftware paint.net 4.0.17Harmony deck ovensoriginaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMheight 360width 640camerasoftware paint.net 4.0.17Product mixoriginaldate 1/1/0001 6:00:00 AMheight 360width 640camerasoftware paint.net 4.0.17Viewing window: “I wanted to create a sense of theatre. When I was a kid, I saw a similar thing in Belgium. They were proud of what they do and wanted to show it off. So do we.”Logo: A fresh start for a new shop. “I wanted branding that was a complete diversification from our old bakery image and which made a definitive statement on the high street.”Centrepiece: “We have bespoke cabinets, built to the highest standards, and colour-coded to create a bright, clean atmosphere. Until now, we couldn’t warrant such an investment.”Mono Fusion Bread Plant with conical moulder: “I am delighted with all of the equipment we bought for this new project. You get what you pay for – it was worth every penny.”Harmony deck ovens: Cosson’s has a five-deck oven and a four-deck, both three trays wide, situated next to a Mono BX Classic Convection Oven and a Mono Tabletop Doughnut Fryer.Product mix: Alongside a selection of buns, doughnuts and bread, Cosson’s mixes things up; ‘Cheesecake Chuesday’ offers a different flavour every week, including caramel pecan.
Photo: Andrew Blackstein Photo: Andrew Blackstein Photo: Andrew Blackstein Joe Russo’s Almost Dead returned to Brooklyn Bowl for the second night of their March run at the venue that birthed them. The Friday night show saw the Grateful Dead tribute act throwing out teases left and right and included a couple of big JRAD debuts in addition to some moments of individual musical prowess.JRAD jammed their way into “Eyes of the World” to kick off the show before working a few teases of Marvin Gaye‘s “What’s Going On” into the opening tune. Some improvisational back-and-forth from keyboardist Marco Benevento and guitarist Tom Hamilton then gave way to a lengthy “Dancing In The Streets” that turned up the energy level as Benevento and drummer Joe Russo sprinkled in a few teases of their Benevento/Russo Duo favorite “Becky”. Another deep dive into “The Music Never Stopped” followed, with the tune flowing seamlessly into a crowd-pleasing “Tennessee Jed”. The group then wrapped up the five-song set with a cover of Junior Parker‘s “Next Time You See Me”—yet another nod to original Grateful Dead keyboardist Ron “Pigpen” McKernan, who often sang the tune during the band’s early years (Thursday marked the 45th anniversary of Pigpen’s death).JRAD – “Eyes of the World” [Pro-Shot][Video: Nugs.tv]Joe Russo’s Almost Dead – “Dancing In The Streets”[Video: monihampton]Joe Russo’s Almost Dead – “Next Time You See Me”[Video: monihampton]JRAD kicked off the second stanza in style with a “Wild Thing” tease that opened the band’s first “Iko Iko” in over three years. The Mardi Gras standard set up an extended jam that included hints of Ornette Coleman‘s “Theme From A Symphony” before segueing right into a “Black Throated Wind” that zipped into “Bertha”. “Feel Like A Stranger” was a Grateful Dead mainstay through the 1980s, and the version that followed last night’s “Bertha” got taken into serious ’80s territory with prominent teases of Peter Gabriel‘s “Sledgehammer” and Bell Biv Devoe‘s new jack swing classic “Poison”.JRAD – “Eyes of the World” [Pro-Shot][Video: Nugs.tv]One of the night’s more memorable moments came next as the band hit the opening notes of “Peggy – O”, a staple of the Grateful Dead repertoire that—somehow, surprisingly—has never gotten the JRAD treatment. Hamilton held down vocals on the debut, which eventually moved on to lengthy, energetic “Playing In The Band” that almost gave way to the “Terrapin Suite” (look out for that one at tonight’s Brooklyn Bowl closer, folks).Finally, the spotlight fell on Benevento as he closed out the set with a solo jam built around Madonna‘s “Borderline”, which Russo later said was the first song the pair ever played together. After a quick encore break, the band returned for yet another debut, this time of the Bobby and Shirley Womack classic “It’s All Over Now” (which was an early hit for the Rolling Stones in 1964). Hamilton sand the tune, which included a few teases of “Cumberland Blues”.JRAD will return to the Brooklyn Bowl tonight for the final show of their run at the venue. They will continue their March tour next week when they head to the Landmark Theatre in Syracuse on Thursday, March 15th. For a full list of upcoming dates, hit the band’s website.You can check out a full gallery of photos from the performance below courtesy of photographer Andrew Blackstein.Setlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | Brooklyn Bowl | New York, NY | 3/9/2018 Set One: Jam -> Eyes Of The World @ -> Dancing In The Streets # > The Music Never Stopped > Tennessee Jed > Next Time You See Me $Set Two: Iko Iko %, Jam $$ -> Black Throated Wind -> Bertha > Feel Like A Stranger^, Peggy – O &, Jam * -> Playing in The Band + -> Marco Solo @@Encore: It’s All Over Now##@ – With a “What’s Going On” (Marvin Gaye) Tease (SM), a Marco Solo which evolved into a Marco / Tommy Duo & a DD Bass Solo# – With numerous “Becky” (Benevento Russo Duo) Teases & Jams (MB & JR, then Band)$ – Junior Parker cover (Sung by Pigpen when it was a part of the GD’s repertoire), First Time Played by Almost Dead, sung by SM% – Not Played by Almost Dead since 2015-02-16 Boulder Theater, Boulder, CO a gap of 123 shows. Preceded by a “Wild Thing” (Tone Loc) Tease (JR)$$ – With “Theme From A Symphony” (Ornette Coleman) Teases (DD)^ – With “Sledgehammer” (Peter Gabriel) Teases (Band) and “Poison” (Bell Biv DeVoe) teases (JR)& – First Time Played by Almost Dead, sung by TH* – With a Dancing In The Streets Tease (Band) & maybe Dark Star Teases as well?+ – With Terrapin Suite Teases (TH, MB & JR)@@ – With a “Borderline” (Madonna) Jam## – Bobby Womack and Shirley Womack/Rolling Stones Cover, (Sung by Bob Weir when it was a part of the GD’s repertoire) First Time Played by Almost Dead, sung by TH, with a Cumberland Blues Tease (MB)Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | Brooklyn Bowl | New York, NY | 3/9/2018 | Photos: Andrew Blackstein Load remaining images
In response to Pope Francis’s most recent encyclical about the environment, “Laudato si’,” Saint Mary’s held a panel discussion Tuesday night. Religious studies professor Phyllis Kaminski began the conversation by explaining the encyclical’s relevance to college students. She said Pope Francis calls for a deep ecological conversion that all people of good will can achieve if they acknowledge environmental issues. “He broadens Catholic social teaching,” Kaminski said. “He draws on the lived experience of those most affected by ecological devastation: the poor.” Associate professor of biology Cassie Majetic also said the poor are the most affected by the degradation of the environment. “It’s become really apparent that these issues have disproportionate effects on the planet,” Majetic said. “There is no real debate that these things are happening.” According to Majetic, “Laudato si’” encouraged her to continue discussion of environmental issues in her curriculum. “It was fun to read and was very affirming because these are some of the things I teach in the classroom,” Majetic said. “I feel called to think about my own research. It’s very hard to turn a critical eye to oneself, but I think that’s what Pope Francis is asking us to do in this document.” Senior Deirdre O’Leary said she read “Laudato si’” with curiosity from the perspective of a student, which helped her generate ways in which Saint Mary’s can improve from an ecological standpoint. She said even something as simple as providing a recycle bin in every dorm room would contribute to a stronger sense of unity on campus. “All throughout the encyclical, there’s a common theme of interconnectedness,” O’Leary said. “When we’re able to be compassionate to the person sitting next to us, that’s not unrelated to the environment.” O’Leary said students’ love for others can translate into love for creation, which makes it easier to appreciate nature. “We have, as Pope Francis said, an obligation to care for the environment,” O’Leary said. “This doesn’t have to be a mundane task. We can do it with joy. As we’re walking to class on this beautiful campus, we should appreciate God in the beauty of nature.” Director of Campus Ministry Regina Wilson said she and Majetic collaborated with English and environmental studies professor Christopher Cobb to organize the panel discussion. “We felt that this new encyclical offered the perfect incentive to gather and discuss Saint Mary’s commitment to protecting the environment,” Wilson said. “We thought it would be interesting to hear different members of the community speak about how “Laudato si’” speaks to their particular discipline and their personal life.” According to Wilson, “Laudato si’” can catalyze change in the Saint Mary’s community and beyond. “The earth is our mother and our common home,” Wilson said “Saint Mary’s students and all people should keep reflecting on this reality.”Tags: laudato si’, Pope Francis
MGN ImageLITTLE VALLEY – Another COVID-19 related death has been reported in Cattaraugus County.The Health Department says a 91-year-old man developed respiratory failure and despite aggressive medical treatment was unable to overcome the illness.This is the 30th COVID-19 related death of a Cattaraugus County resident since the outbreak began, the third death just this week.The county also reported 41 new cases of the virus on Wednesday, with 355 cases now active. The county’s seven-day average positivity rate is now 6.3 percent. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
Time flies, especially when you’re studying a subject you love in the heart of Italy.For University of Georgia graduate student Logan Moore, who has spent the last 18 months conducting research and pursuing his master’s degree in sustainable agriculture, his time at the University of Padova, or Università degli Studi di Padova (UNIPD), has come to an end and his degrees are complete.As of Thursday, July 19, Moore became the first graduate of a new dual master’s degree program in sustainable agriculture from the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) and UNIPD in Italy. He now holds master’s degrees from both universities.The dual master’s degree program was the first of its kind for CAES and for UGA, both of which have long supported international study but didn’t have a dual master’s degree program until 2016.“The dual masters degree in Sustainable Agriculture is the first of its kind for UGA and will be a model for other programs to come,” said Suzanne Barbour, the dean of the graduate school at UGA. “During our visit to UNIPD, we met with department heads and other administrators to discuss additional avenues for collaboration. I envision that we will have many such programs available in the future thank to this pioneering effort in the department of Crop and Soil Sciences.”UGA administrators and faculty joined Moore in Italy to celebrate his graduation.The UGA delegation included Barbour; Brian Watkins, director of international partnerships with the UGA Office of International Education; Paul Klute, director of the Office of Institutional Research; Miguel Cabrera, professor and graduate coordinator in the CAES Department of Crop and Soil Sciences; Gerald Henry, professor in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences; Dorcas Franklin, professor in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences; and Jennifer Klute, graduate studies program coordinator for the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences.The program was based on a longtime precision agriculture collaboration between Georgia agricultural scientists and European scientists called the “TransAtlantic Precision Agriculture Consortium.” Spearheaded by George Vellidis, UGA Tifton campus academic director and professor of crop and soil sciences, the consortium supported joint research projects and provided an exchange program for undergraduate students.In 2015, those partnerships led to a memorandum of understanding between UGA and UNIPD, both leaders in precision and sustainable agriculture research.“Logan’s experience at University of Padova has set an example for countless students who are interested in developing both their global competencies and their understanding of precision and sustainable agriculture,” Vellidis said. “Scientists who are able to work across borders will be crucial to solving the problem of feeding the world’s growing population.”Moore, who graduated with his bachelor’s degree in agriscience and environmental systems from UGA-Tifton in spring 2016, studied control methods for the invasive crop pest, the brown marmorated stink bug. He began his coursework at UGA and moved to Italy in May 2017 with his wife, Casey.Two Italian students who pursued their first year of coursework at UNIPD came to UGA around the same time. Stefano Gobbo and Saumuele Lamon, are working with CAES Professor of Horticulture Peggy Ozias-Akin and will graduate in December 2018.As Moore, Gobbo and Di Genova plan for life after grad school, a second class of dual degree program students starts their training.UGA graduates Aaron Bruce and Brendan Fatzinger are currently studying at UNIPD and will graduate in December 2018 and June 2019, respectively. A fourth UGA graduate, Carson Dann, will join them in September.Italian graduate student Samuele Ceolin, who is working at the UGA Athens campus with Professor David Radcliffe of the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, plans to graduate in May 2019. As does Dario Di Genova, who is working with Assistant Professor Jonathan Oliver in the Department of Plant Pathology.For more information about the opportunities for international study provided by CAES, visit www.caes.uga.edu/students/study-abroad.
When planning for a backpacking trip, for most people, a tent is at the top of the “what to pack” list. However, there is a fast-growing population of hammock campers. People are making the switch for their car camping trips, as well as their long-distance backpacking excursions. And now, with all the lightweight hammock accessories available, hammock camping has become even more of a no-brainer. Here’s what we suggest you add to your packing list to make sure you stay dry and warm on your next hammock camping trip. Hammock and Suspension StrapsFinding the right hammock for your needs is essential! Weighing in at only 9.8 ounces, the ENO SuperSub™ Hammock shaves weight without sacrificing comfort. The SuperSub™ has the same spacious dimensions as the top selling DoubleNest™ Hammock and an impressive 300lb weight rating. Designed with 30D ripstop nylon and aluminum toggles, this lightweight hammock combines with the Helios Suspension System to give you all the ENO creature comforts in a trail ready package.Rain ProtectionA hammock rainfly can provide just as much foul-weather protection as any tent fly can offer. The other notable thing about some hammock tarps is that they can be mulit-purpose. When not being used over a hammock they can be used to keep your kitchen area dry, or as a sunshade. The ENO ProFly Sil has six guy points and sealed seams, giving it a streamlined shape ideal for weathering sudden downpours, or building a water-front basecamp. It is perfect for campers looking for lightweight weather protection.Bug ProtectionNot only are insects annoying when settling in for the night of camping, but they can also be a health risk due to their ability to carry diseases. You can protect yourself without adding a lot of extra weight to your pack. The ENO Guardian SL is the perfect insect protection choice for the minimalist backpacker. The Guardian SL features a streamlined construction, sleeve-like access, no-see-um netting, and conforms to all ENO Hammocks for an insect-free haven.InsulationIf you have ever hammock camped, you know that it can get cold fast once the temperature drops. Cold Butt Syndrome(CBS) is real! While most campers think they can use their sleeping bag to fight the cold, it’s not very effective. When sleeping, your body weight will compress the loft in the fill, making it lose its insulating qualities. By hanging an underquilt around your hammock you will trap the warm air between yourself and the insulation, keeping you warm and cozy all night. An underquilt will add weight to your pack, but you will quickly forget about these extra ounces after a warm nights sleep. The ENO Blaze UnderQuilt is made with sustainably sourced Downtek® water repellent down, a ripstop nylon shell, and a moisture repelling DWR finish to guarantee that you’ll stay warm and dry.These are just a few of our tips to help you get started in hammock camping. Most importantly, have fun, stay safe, and relax! For more information, visit www.ENOnation.com
SPECS is a business model designed as a guide to fuel organizational innovation and relevance. The model is especially pertinent today, during COVID-19 and beyond, as relevant distinction is essential for survival. Each letter of the acronym represents a key component to incorporate into business decisions and strategies. GCS (Goldman Consulting & Strategy) has written an individual article for each, the last of which follows: SecurityTo review, GCS notes the SPECS, the five components leaders must consider in driving and maintaining relevance and distinction in the marketplace based on years of qualitative and quantitative consumer research. The SPECS reflect:The needed specifications to engage consumers and earn their loyalty.As glasses, the consumers’ lens and perspective.As an acronym, the needed balance between technology and the personal touch.SPECS provides the structure with which to enhance differentiation and value beyond price. Innovating around the SPECS will help organizations enrich the user experience and drive greater consumer engagement.So, what are the SPECS?Speed,Personalization,Ease,Control, andSecurityHere’s a quick refresher on the first four:S= Speed. The essential service component for today’s consumer. Technology has allowed the consumer to essentially access whatever they want, whenever they want. Providersneed to consider speed in current experiences and especially when implementing new products and services.P= Personalization. Today’s consumer expects customization to their unique wants and needs, and also the ability to personalize products and services to their individualized specifications. Generic marketing and services? So yesterday.E= Ease. Consumers’ desire a friction-free, pain-free, and even thought-free journey. Accessible; consistent; predictable; even fun. Journey mapping was built for ease and pain point analysis in particular. Alerts, simple applications and notifications all serve to reduce complexity, thankfully providing the consumer with one less thing to think about.C= Control provides the tools, systems and processes that give the consumer greater power, options, and well, control. Options for budget tracking, financial management and access, and communication preferences all empower consumers to feel more empowered over their financial lives. Incorporating the SPECS components into services and strategies moving forward will help you engage consumers, maintain relevance and encourage loyalty development.S = SecurityAs the final component to the SPECS model, Security is the anchor to which the other SPECS components are fastened. Security (including personal and technological safety and privacy), has long been an essential financial institution attribute for consumers. Today’s high-tech economy makes this issue more relevant than ever. Protections against fraud, breaches, and identity-theft resonate. Security is also important for the reputation (and cost controls) of your institution as well. With COVID-19, we must now add the additional burden of the personal health and safety of employees and members in our requirements for security.Security means being the financial institution that the member never has to think about. Protecting the consumer by providing all services with security at the forefront provides peace of mind and influences the perception of trust. Services such as the ability to control debit and credit access with digital card controls should a card be lost or stolen; proactive recognition and contact by the financial institution in handling suspected fraud (with Speed an essential component here as well); and the ability to access a support center for fraud, potential identity theft or problem resolution after hours, are all ways to provide security to consumers. Examples include Capital One offering customers tips and advice on how to detect fraud; or Discover Card offering a monitoring service for new account openings and searching the Dark Web for personal information on your behalf.The GCS philosophy of proactive altruism applies well here too and refers to the concept of an organization making the right choice for the consumer without regard for gain or profit. Simply stated, it means putting the consumers’ financial, safety and soundness needs first – regardless of provider — with the end result being the enhancement of trust.Security also means physical safety. Like ATM safety, or in-branch safety. In-branch safety has been taken to a higher level during the pandemic placing a new emphasis on the importance of sound safety and security procedures within the branches. Additionally, many members do enjoy access to 7/11 stores as part of the Co-Op Network, but when discussed in virtually every focus group we conduct, someone inevitably adds, “But I don’t feel safe using one.”Enhanced safety features such as biometric log-in and the Apple credit card, designed with security at the forefront with no identifying account numbers displayed on the card, further underscore the importance and desire consumers have for personal security and safety. Companies that provide consumers with secure, innovative products and services gain engagement and further heighten consumer expectations of security offered by their financial institutions.The importance of security and trust go far beyond financial services. In today’s world of cybercrime, fake news, and COVID-19, safety and trust are hot topics. One online book publishing service offers a Trustpilot “trustscore” rating created from its online reviews. Smartphones offer features such as monitoring your steps, your heart rate and your sleep patterns as a form of personal health protection. Today’s Apple watch goes so far as to provide fall detection and an emergency SOS notice. Social media settings offer a range of privacy settings (and this also falls under Control, as these selections are user-defined, as well as Personalization through customization of preferences). And, the variety of home security services and virtual doorbells with remote camera monitoring is endless. These products, to name a few, underscore that keeping security at the forefront is vital to the consumer.Businesses offering services that protect the consumer are appreciated and noteworthy. To consumers, money is personal. And as one focus group participant said, “Protect it like you’d protect your family, and I’ll be with you for life.” Dr. Neil Goldman is Senior Partner of Goldman Consulting & Strategy (GCS, Inc.), an organizational development and marketing research firm founded in 2002, working primarily with credit unions. He also … Web: https://www.gcsfirst.com Details ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Neil Goldman
The first theme park for children and adults in Croatia, Fun Park Mirnovec, which is being built in Biograd na Moru, modeled on the world’s famous adrenaline entertainment centers, will open its doors today, July 15. 2017The construction of Fun Park Mirnovec, the largest investment in the entertainment industry in the country, is worth about 12 million euros, and the investor is a regional leader and well-known producer of film and entertainment effects, Mirnovec pyrotechnics from Samobor. The uniqueness of the park is a business concept that has been successfully proven for decades in far more developed markets around the world, and it is a combination of adrenaline rides and fun for children in one place.”Since we will be working at a reduced capacity from July 15 to 20, ticket prices will also be lower during that period, and they will only be available for purchase online. Also, the working hours of the park in this period will be from 15 to 23 hours”Points out from Fun Park Mirnovec and adds that the ticket price will range from 110 kn to 190 kn depending on the type of ticket and season, and the ticket for the park is daily and allows you unlimited rides at all attractions.Visitors to the park will have at their disposal 24 attractions divided into three thematic units: Pirate City, Space and the Wild West. Of the 24 attractions, the most interesting are certainly the Adria Eye, from which you can see the entire panorama, from the Kornati islands to Lake Vrana, as well as the Tornado and Big Blue rollercoaster. Also, within the park there will be a meaningful animation program, as well as a rich catering offer, both for children and for children. The great news is that the park will be open all year round, and the working hours of the park will be from 11 am to 23 pm.An excellent tourist story that will raise the whole region to a higher level, primarily through the additional quality content of the tourist destination, which is chronically lacking in our tourism.
“I’d like to take care of my health and do my best at my job,” Abe told reporters at his official residence, after visiting a Tokyo hospital where he said he had received results of an exam done last week and undergone additional examinations.Abe, who turns 66 next month, also said he wanted to speak again later about his medical tests.Earlier, government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said Abe was having a follow-up to a check a week ago when his examination lasted 7-1/2 hours, fuelling worries about his health.But major broadcaster Nippon TV said Abe was being treated for a chronic illness rather than a check-up, citing multiple unidentified government and ruling party sources. Abe has been prime minister since 2012 in his second stint after a troubled term from which he resigned abruptly in 2007, because of struggles with ulcerative colitis, a disease he now keeps in check with medicine that was not previously available.”Not at all” worriedHis office did not give a detailed explanation for the hospital visits, but close aide Health Minister Katsunobu Kato said last week’s visit was a regular check-up and he was “not at all” worried about Abe’s health.Japanese media have speculated about Abe’s health this month, including detailed reports on his walking speed.Weekly magazine Flash said Abe had vomited blood at his office on July 6. Reuters was unable to verify the widely cited report, which was denied by government officials.Abe gets a regular check-up twice a year, with his most recent on June 13, Kyodo news agency said, adding that last week’s visit was a follow-up to a June check-up, citing a hospital source.If Abe is incapacitated, Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso, 79, who doubles as finance minister, would take over temporarily as acting prime minister.If Abe says he has decided to resign, he would stay on until formally replaced, which requires a ruling Liberal Democratic Party presidential election, followed by the winner’s formal election in parliament.Abe’s tenure as LDP president, and thus, premier, ends in September 2021 unless he steps down earlier.Those tipped as possible successors include Aso, former defense minister Shigeru Ishiba, ex-foreign minister Fumio Kishida, Suga, and Defense Minister Taro Kono.All are veteran LDP lawmakers unlikely to make huge policy shifts, despite differing over details.But any successor may find it tough to emulate Abe’s political longevity, which followed years of revolving-door premiers and was aided by the strong economy, tight control over bureaucrats and weak opposition parties. Topics : Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants to take care of his health and do his utmost at his job, he said on Monday, after a second hospital visit within days sparked concern whether he could stay on as leader of the world’s third biggest economy.The visit came as Japan’s longest-serving prime minister surpassed a record for longest consecutive tenure as premier set by his great-uncle Eisaku Sato half a century ago, adding to speculation Abe could resign after reaching the milestone.Abe, criticized for his handling of the coronavirus outbreak and some scandals, has suffered a slide in voter support to one of the lowest levels since returning to office for a second term in 2012 with promises to revive the economy and bolster defense.