Biscuit brand Fox’s is adding a new cookie to its half-coated Chunkie range this month. The Chunkie Extremely Chocolatey Fruit & Nut Cookie contains dark chocolate chips, milk chocolate chunks, nuts and raisins and is semi-coated in milk chocolate.Fran Kitson, Chunkie Cookies brand manager, said the new additionwas expected to add £1.1m and 32% growth to the Chunkie line. “Consumer trends are showing a continued growth in ’treating’ occasions and consumers are looking for more affordable luxuries, such as biscuits, to treat themselves during difficult times.”In-store promotional activity, point-of-sale and PR, as well as Fox’s successful ’Vinnie’ advertising campaign will be used to support the new line.RRP: £1.59 per pack (9 packs to a shelf-ready case)[http://www.foxs-biscuits.co.uk]
Asda’s latest shake-up is likely to result in 1,360 redundancies. The supermarket chain initially forecast up to 2,600 redundancies, but it has since halved that number after a 45-day consultation with staff.The Walmart-owned retailer, which has 578 stores across the country, also confirmed it would be creating 5,760 new roles, but the majority of these will be on a lower pay grade.The plans affect about 4,100 managers.Asda chief executive Andy Clarke said: “As much as it is my job, and privilege, to be CEO of this business and to do what is right for Asda as a whole, this is one of the most difficult decisions I’ve had to make.”While I genuinely believe that it is the right decision for the future of Asda, knowing that it will result in valued colleagues leaving us is not easy.”Managers affected by the plans will either start training for their new jobs or take a redundancy package over the next few weeks.
The Christian bakery at the centre of the ‘gay cake’ row is to appeal against a discrimination ruling. Belfast county court ordered Ashers Baking Company to pay £500 in damages for “injury to feelings” following its refusal to bake a pro-gay marriage cake last year for would-be customer Gareth Lee.The Christian Institute, which backed the bakery and paid court costs, confirmed the McArthur family would be appealing the decision.The family told The Guardian: “After much careful and prayerful consideration given to legal advice, we have decided to appeal the judgment handed down last Tuesday. We continue to insist that we have done nothing wrong as we have discriminated against no individual, but rather acted according to what the Bible teaches regarding marriage.“As many other people have already noted, Christian beliefs seem to have been trampled over in this judgment and we believe this only has negative effects for our society. Our hope and prayer would be that an appeal will allow us and other Christians to live out their faith in Jesus Christ in every part of their lives, including their workplace.”The McArthurs’ religious beliefs were acknowledged prior to the ruling, but it was not seen as fair to refuse to bake the cake as the McArthurs conduct their business for a profit – it is not a religious organisation.Since the ruling Tesco, which stocks some Ashers products has said it will consider the judgement and Ashers itself has reduced its services.
With nary a dog leash or hiking boot in sight, Hillary Clinton took a break from her recent walks in the Chappaqua woods near her home in New York state to crisscross Harvard’s campus Friday to reflect on her time as U.S. secretary of state at a handful of private events.In the morning, she spoke with a small gathering of undergraduate members of the Institute of Politics’ Student Advisory Committee during a private event at Kirkland House that was closed to the media.Later, she was interviewed about some of the most consequential negotiations she engaged in during the Obama administration by Professors Nicholas Burns of the Harvard Kennedy School, Robert Mnookin of Harvard Law School, and James Sebenius of Harvard Business School. The three jointly teach “Great Negotiators, Effective Diplomacy, and Intractable Conflicts,” a course on diplomacy.The conversation, which will be documented in a forthcoming book and PBS television series, was part of the American Secretaries of State Project, a collaborative effort of the Belfer Center’s Future of Diplomacy Project (which Burns leads), the Law School’s Program on Negotiation, and the Business School.Other former secretaries, including George Shultz, James Baker III, Henry Kissinger, Madeleine Albright, Colin Powell, and Condoleezza Rice, have also been interviewed for the project.As a crowd of eager well-wishers gathered outside Loeb House, Clinton was honored at a luncheon inside with distinguished faculty, administrators, and select graduate students. She also answered questions about her tenure as secretary, from 2009-13.
Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 27, 2015 Related Shows The creative team behind Everyday Rapture is back! Sherie Rene Scott and Dick Scanlan’s Whorl Inside a Loop will make its world premiere as the final show in Second Stage’s 2014-15 Season. Co-directed by Hedwig’s Michael Mayer and Scanlan, the new play will begin previews on August 4 at the Tony Kiser Theatre.The production will feature Scott and six men playing two dozen characters in a constant shifting of scenes, ages, genders and races. In Whorl Inside a Loop, a well-regarded actress agrees to teach six inmates how to tell their stories behind the bars of a men’s maximum security prison. Sharing intimate and sometimes hilarious details of their former lives, this unlikely group forms a bond—even as the actress’ life outside spins out of control. And when what happens in prison doesn’t stay there, no one is sure who to trust.Scott returns to Second Stage Theatre where she co-wrote (with Scanlan) and starred in Everyday Rapture in 2009. She received Tony nods for Best Actress and Best Book of a Musical when the show transferred to Broadway. She also received a Tony nod for her performance in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Other Great White Way credits include Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, The Little Mermaid, Aida, Rent and Grease.Additional casting, creative team and dates will be announced later. Whorl Inside a Loop View Comments
Tony winners Jefferson Mays and Jennifer Ehle have been tapped to star in the world premiere of J.T. Rogers’ Oslo. Tony winner Bartlett Sher directs the Lincoln Center Theater production, which begins performances at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater on June 16. Opening night is set for July 11.The two will play Terje Rød-Larsen and Mona Juul, a social scientist and Norwegian diplomat whose efforts culminated in the signing of the 1993 Oslo Accords. The cast will also include Michael Aronov, current Fiddler on the Roof star Adam Dannheisser, Daniel Jenkins, Dariush Kashani, Daniel Oreskes, Henry Russell, Joseph Siravo and T. Ryder Smith.Mays earned a Tony nomination for his most recent Broadway stint in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder; he previously won for I Am My Own Wife and appeared in The Best Man, Pygmalion and Journey’s End.Ehle won a Tony Award in 2007 for The Coast of Utopia and in 2000 for The Real Thing, for which she also received an Olivier nominations. Her additional credits include Design for Living on Broadway and The Philadelphia Story and Tartuffe in the West End.Aronov returns to LCT after appearing in Golden Boy on Broadway and Blood and Gifts. In addition to Fiddler, Dannheisser’s Main Stem credits include Rock of Ages, Cymbeline and The Coast of Utopia. Jenkin’s Broadway credits include Golden Boy with LCT, Billy Elliot and Mary Poppins. Kashani has appeared off-Broadway previously in The Invisible Hand, The Happiest Song Plays Last and Homebody/Kabul. Oreskes’ previous credits include LCT’s Cymbeline, Electra and Aida. Russell last appeared on the Great White Way in The Audience; her additional credits include Machinal, The Winslow Boy and The Other Place. Siravo has previously appeared in The Light in the Piazza, Conversations with My Father and The Boys from Syracuse on Broadway. Smith made his Main Stem debut in Equus and went on to appear in War Horse.The play tells the true—albeit little known—story of Norwegian diplomat Mona Juul and her husband, Terje Rød-Larsen, who together coordinated top-secret peace negotiations between Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat in the early 1990s. Their efforts culminated in the signing of the Oslo Accords in 1993. The show, billed as a darkly comic epic, brings dozens of diplomats and political figures together through various settings around the world. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on July 16, 2017 Star Files Oslo Jefferson Mays View Comments Jefferson Mays & Jennifer Ehle(Photos: Caitlin McNaney & Clemens Bilan/Getty Images)
Bookstores make for a great stop on any trip – a way to stop and relax, maybe pick up a read for the rest of your journey. The problem is that the bookstores with great personality are usually only found in the city, and the well-stocked ones are usually box stores found in shopping malls. That’s why the Green Valley Book Fair is such a treasure. Not only is it family-owned, with tons of personality, and located in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley – it’s also home to over half a million books, collectibles, toys, and gifts.The other great thing about the Green Valley Book Fair is its discounted prices. There are thousands of brand new books, kids’ toys and gifts heavily discounted up to 90% off of retail. What you would spend on one book at a chain store can easily get you 3 or 4 books at the Book Fair, which makes it an excellent way to grab that novel you’ve been wanting to pick up.And the selection of topics is as vast as the space itself, with all kinds of special interest titles, best sellers, fiction and non-fiction, and a lot for kids and young adults, too. The Book Fair keeps its selection fresh by frequently re-stocking. It’s open for several weeks at a time throughout the year and uses the downtime to bring new items to the floor.The Green Valley Book Fair (near Mount Crawford and just off of Interstate 81) has been a local tradition since 1971 and has been a destination for book lovers in the mid-Atlantic area ever since (check out this Washington Post article on the Book Fair here). As a family-owned business, they are very conscious of their role in the community and have many free programs for families: like free community events (such as Safety Day and Ag Day), regular Story Times, and contests for students and adults to design the Book Fair’s annual bookmark.The Book Fair is open six times a year, so check out GoBookFair.com to see if they’re open when you’re making plans (especially if you can make one of their special events). With all the hiking, attractions, and enjoyable small towns nearby, the Green Valley Book Fair is the perfect place to stop with your friends and family during your trip to the Shenandoah Valley!
Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionTrump’s policies are proof he’s a racistIn Gerard Havasy’s Aug. 16 letter (“Not everyone who disagrees is a racist”), he asked, “Do you really think the president is a racist with mixed family members from other cultures?” Sadly, the answer is yes. And yes, a married man who loves his wife can be a sexist. Racism is not an either-or proposition. As historian and race scholar Ibram Kendi reminds us. “Racist ideas are ideas. Anyone can produce them or consume them. Anyone can believe both racist ideas and anti-racist ideas, that certain things are wrong with Black people and other things are equal.” In American history, racist ideas have been used to uphold racially discriminatory policies. And those policies have been, and are being, pursued not from ignorance or hate, not because someone or some group hates black or brown people, but because the policies serve someone’s self-interest — plantation owners seeking higher profits, preachers, scholars and journalists seeking to advance their careers or cultures and politicians seeking to gain and keep office and power. In a cynical pursuit of his self-interest, for public office and power, Donald Trump has offered racially discriminatory policies and traded in old racist ideas, some newly dressed. I say with no hesitation that our president’s rhetoric and policies are deeply, offensively and dangerously racist. Yes, he is a racist.Thomas ComparinSchenectadyHope Arctic Refuge can be protectedThe Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is a unique and special place, home to the greatest variety of plants and animals in the entire circumpolar north.Right now, however, it’s under threat from destructive oil exploration and drilling. Across the flyways, millions of migratory birds from all 50 states nest in the coastal plain of the Arctic Refuge. Our own communities are interconnected with the refuge, as birds like the tundra swan, black poll warbler, tree sparrow, semipalmated sandpiper and peregrine falcon spend part of the year in our home state and other parts of the year in the refuge.I’m deeply grateful that U.S. Reps. Paul Tonko, Anthony Brindisi, Max Rose and Nydia Velazquez recently supported restoring protections to the refuge from oil exploration and drilling. I’m hopeful that Congress will continue to act to protect this essential landscape for the wildlife that depends on it.Erin McGrathTroyFree TV stations should be easy to getI would like to let my opinion be known concerning the so-called free channels in support of Robert Dufek’s Aug. 17 letter (“Where are the free television channels?”).Cable TV is one of my biggest pet peeves. It irritates me to have to pay to enjoy watching television.You should not have to rescan in order to receive local stations or have to purchase a special antenna. Please someone, rectify this situation.Valerie SantoSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes
Indonesia’s central bank is stepping up efforts to shield the economy. It’s already cut reserve ratios and signaled more measures to stem a rout in the rupiah and the nation’s bonds, while the government announced $742 million in stimulus.The Financial Services Authority said it will allow companies to buy back shares without shareholders’ approval and ease rules on loan restructuring for sectors hurt by the public health emergency. The nation’s stock exchange banned short selling and said it has other tools in the pipeline to ensure market stability.That hasn’t prevented a worsening of the stock rout, though.For the Philippines, many analysts and investors came into 2020 with an optimistic outlook, even though they were already hit by President Rodrigo Duterte’s verbal attacks on some of the nation’s biggest business groups for contracts he alleged were disadvantageous to the public.But the virus shattered all the hopes. Duterte declared a state of public health emergency after a local transmission, and several cities have suspended classes.“The rising number of the infected by the virus locally and globally is pushing the bear out of the cage,” said Jonathan Ravelas, chief market strategist at BDO Unibank Inc.“It seems the fear is yet to peak and until we see the outbreak is contained and a recovery in confidence we could stay in bear territory for awhile. As countries pursue containment and isolation, growth could further slow down and bring with it earnings.”Topics : Indonesian and Philippine stocks are among those heading for bear territory as another devastating day for equities unfolds.The Jakarta Composite Index dropped as much as 3.8 percent Monday, taking its slide from a peak in February 2018 to 21 percent. With a 5.8 percent plunge, the Philippine Stock Exchange Index is down 24 percent from a July high, becoming one of the world’s 10 worst performers this year.The markets are following their Malaysia and Thailand peers, which entered a bear market in the last week of February, while Japanese shares are also poised for a bear run Monday. Even though Indonesia and the Philippines have reported few coronavirus cases, fears over the economic impact of the outbreak are growing as the epidemic has reached about half of the world’s countries.Adding to that, oil prices crashed Monday after a breakdown of talks between OPEC and Russia on how to manage the world’s supply, sending shock waves through markets.“Cash is king for now for we don’t know how the global economy is exactly affected,” said Manny Cruz, a strategist at Papa Securities in Manila. “What disruption has the virus created and what extent of a slowdown that we will see in the global economy? The crash in global oil prices will create more panic.”Foreigners have been fleeing Southeast Asian markets this year. They have pulled US$393 million from Philippine equity funds and $462 million from Indonesian ones since January. Valuations for the Philippine benchmark index have sank to 12.6 times earnings projected for the next year, the lowest since November 2011, and to 12.4 for the Jakarta gauge, the lowest since October 2015, data compiled by Bloomberg show.
The outbreak has accelerated the decline of print advertising and sales. The pressure on traditional media in some parts of the world has been evident for years as advertisers chase the audience reach of internet giants like Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google.The Australian arm of News Corp said late last month it will stop printing more than 100 regional newspapers, adding that the closures would lead to job cuts. Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp will need to cut jobs in its British newspaper and radio operations as part of a business review aimed at reducing costs, News UK Chief Executive Rebekah Brooks said in a letter to staff on Wednesday.”In the coming months, we will need to streamline the business and take some tough decisions, saying goodbye to some valued and talented colleagues,” Brooks said in the letter seen by Reuters.The letter did not mention the scale or number of job losses that could occur after the step. The review has been triggered by the impact of the coronavirus outbreak and its resulting lockdown, according to a News UK spokeswoman.”To secure the future of our brands, in the coming months we will need to streamline the business and take some tough decisions,” the spokeswoman told Reuters in an emailed statement.News UK includes the Times of London, The Sunday Times and The Sun newspapers, along with Virgin Radio, talkSPORT and talkRADIO.The development comes as coronavirus-related shutdowns gut advertising revenues and accelerate a downturn in the media sector in many parts of the world. Topics :