GroceryAid’s board of trustees has appointed Morrisons chairman Andy Higginson as its new president, and Booker chief executive Charles Wilson as vice-president.Higginson said he was “honoured and humbled” to take on the role from 1 July.“I am thrilled to be working with the GroceryAid team and the trade to drive the charity forward as we build on the excellent progress made by my predecessors.”Andrew Moore will step down as fundraising president, with GroceryAid chief executive Steve Barnes paying tribute to Moore.“Andrew has provided attentive, thoughtful and calm leadership for GroceryAid at a time of great change in our organisation and challenging trading in the industry,” said Barnes. “This is exactly what we needed and means we now assist more grocery people in need than ever before.”Wilson said he was delighted to support GroceryAid and Higginson, describing the charity as very dear to his heart.“I am excited about working with colleagues across the supply chain to ensure we support grocery people in need as effectively as possible,” he said.Wilson has recently steered Booker to a £3.7bn merger deal with Tesco.
A Tesco Extra store has closed its in-store bakery for two weeks due to a pest infestation. The store in Wath-upon-Dearne closed its bakery on Saturday (10 November) following the discovery of a pest. Tesco said the issue does not affect the rest of the store.Tesco said the in-store bakery was closed immediately after the pest was discovered and will remain closed for two weeks while the area is deep-cleaned and new equipment is installed.It added that it is committed to ensuring its stores meet the highest standards of cleanliness.“Following the discovery of a pest in the bakery at our Tesco Extra in Wath-upon-Dearne we closed the bakery immediately and have been working with Rentokil to carry out a deep clean of the site,” a Tesco spokesperson said.“We are taking the extra step of replacing all the machinery which means the bakery will be closed for two weeks. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.”
Last week, fans of A Tribe Called Quest were struck with the tragic news that key member Phife Dawg had passed away. Though Phife had been sick for some time, his passing has left a hole in the hearts of hip hop fans everywhere. The group’s members released a statement mourning Phife’s loss, and modern hip hop legends like Kendrick Lamar and Outkast have paid their respects to the influential group.Now, a number of fans in the New York area are hoping to turn a street in the borough of Queens into a memorial. A Change.org petition is circulating to rename Linden Blvd. in Queens, between 192nd and 193rd streets, as A Tribe Called Quest Boulevard. The specific location refers to ATOQs foundation, as Phife and Q-Tip were childhood friends in Queens.“We are requesting the cooperation of Council Member I. Deneek Miller and Speaker Mark-Viverito to support our new proposed co-naming of Linden Boulevard between 192 Street and 193 Street to: A Tribe Called Quest Boulevard,” reads the petition text. As of press time, over 3,200 people have signed.You can find the petition here.
Pfizer Image.WASHINGTON – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s panel of outside advisors voted the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine benefits outweigh its risk for use in individuals 16 years of age and older, effectively endorsing Pfizer’s Coronavirus vaccine for emergency use authorization approval by the FDA in the United States.The FDA is expected to follow the recommendation issued Thursday by its expert advisers. A final FDA decision is expected within days.The panel called Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee consists of independent external experts. The FDA released its review of the vaccine earlier this week, ahead of the Thursday meeting.Thursday afternoon, the panel began discussing the voting question: “Based on the totality of scientific evidence available, do the benefits of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine outweigh its risks for use in individuals 16 years of age and older?” 17 of the panel members voted in favor of the question, four voted against and one person abstained from voting.Once the vaccine is cleared, Pfizer has said it has an ethical responsibility to tell participants if the vaccine is available to them outside of the trial. It has asked the FDA to allow it to give the vaccine to volunteers who had been in the placebo group that request it.The concern, expressed by both the FDA and members of the advisory panel, is that “unblinding” the trial will make it harder to continue collecting data on long-term safety and effectiveness, and would make it more challenging for companies still testing vaccines to conduct blinded trials, in which people do not know if they got the experimental vaccine or a placebo.Some vaccine trial participants have complained of sore arms and minor aches and pains. Doctors in the U.K. report two vaccine recipients – who both suffer from severe allergies – had allergic reactions to the vaccine. British regulators are now advising those with severe allergic reactions to avoid being vaccinated. It’s not yet clear what caused the reactions.FDA Commissioner Steven Hahn, ahead of Thursday’s meeting, said the agency was carefully reviewing all the data on Pfizer’s vaccine, including potential allergic reactions following the UK warning. 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)
DRY FIELDS don’t offer much hope for many farmers in south Georgia. Some are planting in spite of continuing dry weather, and know they aren’t likely to make money on the crop. Aid payments from USDA are slow coming and may be too late for many farmers already hit hard by years of low prices and uncooperative weather. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman says most farmers won’t get the $2 billion earmarked for special crop disaster aid until after the spring planting season. Congress approved the payments for the crop loss disaster assistance program last year as part of a $6 billion aid package. Purpose of aid “An Extension Service agent from south Georgia tells me it’s beginning to be really dry,” Thomas said. “Of course, that could mean poor yields on top of poor prices this year.” “It was designed to help U.S. farmers hard hit by several years of crop losses to disease, weather and slumping commodity prices,” said Bill Thomas, an economist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Glickman said so many farmers have applied that they’ve overwhelmed the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The paperwork needed to figure each farmer’s eligibility and prorate the $2 billion among qualifying applicants has also slowed the payments. “Losses have to be 35 percent of production history. So every farmer will be different,” Thomas said. “Prices are still low for many crops. Some farmers are planting knowing they won’t make money on this crop.” Anything they can get will help them hold on for one more year and hope for better times. While the outlook is bleak for crop farmers, dairies might see relief sooner. And they deeply need it. The fall in the basic formula price for milk announced March 5 was the sharpest monthly decline of milk prices ever. It more than doubled the previous record monthly decline. Thomas said the dramatic drop will give Georgia dairy farmers the lowest price for their milk since 1991. “The USDA is releasing $200 million to help dairy farmers facing greatly reduced milk prices,” he said. “Dairy farmers can collect payments of up to $5,000 each under the new Dairy Income Loss Assistance program.” Exactly what this means for Georgia farmers will vary. Aid payments may come too late Better news for dairies Targetted to family-sized farms Under the plan, the USDA will make payments based on a dairy farm’s first 2.6 million pounds of milk in 1998 or 1997, whichever is the highest. “Targeted to family-sized farms, the plan is based roughly on the annual production of 150 cows,” Thomas said. “The average herd in Georgia is 211 cows. So in Georgia, the average dairy farmer will be capped at $5,000.” All dairies that produced milk during the last quarter of 1998 are eligible. The final payment rate per hundredweight will be calculated after the sign-up ends. “The USDA now figures it will be between 18 and 20 cents per hundredweight,” Thomas said. Farmers may apply at their USDA Farm Service Agency office from April 12 until May 21. J. Cannon, UGA CAES high-res photo available
Fossil fuels are old stuff. The thinking now is on converting renewable resources into usable fuels and energy. And back-to-back symposiums at the University of Georgia Feb. 18-20 show how serious the biofuel thinking has become.The 2003 Georgia BioFuels Symposium Feb. 18-19 will focus on technologies suitable in Georgia for converting biomass into fuels for steam, electrical generation and transportation.Then, on Feb. 20, the Georgia Industrial Technology Partnership Symposium and Workshop will explore forest products and the agriculture-biomass industry.The people in the afternoon sessions Feb. 20 will be able to help guide the direction and focus of research and development efforts that will affect these industries for years.The programs aren’t just about saving the environment. They’re about saving and making money, too. Entrepreneurs, businesses, technology developers — anyone interested in renewable energy resources can benefit from either or both of these programs.Both will be at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education in Athens, Ga.Learn more about either at the Georgia Center Web site (www.gactr.uga.edu/conferences/conferences.html). Or register on-line or get a registration form there. Or call 1-800-884-1381 or (706) 542-2134 to register by phone.
A man who was missing for two days in the Pisgah National Forest just outside of Brevard, North Carolina was located yesterday, authorities in the area say.According to the the Transylvania County Sheriff’s office, John Marshall Fullbright, Jr. was found “alive and well” around 4 p.m. on the afternoon of Wednesday, Jan 24.The 37 year-old had apparently lost his bearings after straying from his campsite on Avery Creek Road in search of firewood.When he was finally found, Fullbright—who had been missing since Monday—was still relatively close to his campsite.“He took a map and went to get firewood. His girlfriend said when she woke up he was gone,” said Capt. Kevin Creasman told the Asheville Citizen Times.Fullbright was rescued with help from the Transylvania County Sheriff’s Department, Transylvania County Search and Rescue, Henderson County Sheriff’s Department, Brevard Rescue Squad, Henderson County Rescue and members of nearby volunteer fire department. The search and rescue efforts, which began on Monday and continued until Fullbright was located yesterday afternoon, included helicopter assistance.
By Voice of America January 07, 2020 On December 4, Mark Lowcock, United Nations (U.N.) Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, presented the list of priority needs requiring funding, in Geneva, Switzerland.In Venezuela, where there’s a financial requirement to reach $1.35 billion for 3.8 million people in 2020, needs are higher than the allocated resources, the U.N. official said.According to Lowcock, a “substantial increase in humanitarian assistance for Venezuelans is needed, for those who remain in their country, and about twice as much aid for those who’ve left the country,” the official said.In Venezuela, the economic crisis has led to income reduction for many families, forcing millions of them to migrate to other countries in the world, but Colombia has received the highest number of Venezuelans so far.According to official figures from the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the aid plan for Venezuela was the most difficult to fund in 2019. At the moment, only 25 percent of requested funds have been obtained, the U.N. body said.In October, the International Solidarity Conference on the Venezuelan Refugee and Migrant Crisis was held in Brussels, Belgium, where it was announced that the European Union (EU) had collected an additional $150 million to confront the Venezuelan migration crisis.At this event, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini said that “the main goal wasn’t fundraising,” but to bring to light the serious migratory situation that Latin America is experiencing because of the Venezuelan situation.Besides Venezuela, Yemen, South Sudan, and Syria are among the nations that need humanitarian assistance. Consequently, $29 billion will be requested from the international community.One in every 45 people on the planet needs food, shelter, medical care, protection, or other basic assistance to survive, according to OCHA’s Global Humanitarian Overview. Conflicts, extreme weather events, and epidemics are the main causes behind the record figure of 168 million individuals in emergency situations.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York When the news hit this summer that many Pathmark stores would be closing as part of the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company’s bankruptcy, I was stunned, as most here were.For decades the supermarket has been part of our lives on Long Island. And I’m old enough to remember when the store in Franklin Square opened in the late 1960s.But, for reasons I’m not quite sure of, I can’t feel any nostalgia for the place.Maybe that’s because it’s always been there. Or because, somewhere deep in my cranium, I can remember it meant as a boy that my Mom and I were no longer going to be making trips to Hills Supermarket on Franklin Avenue, which ultimately had to close down, or the A&P on Dutch Broadway in Elmont, which persisted into the 1990s, and where one of the cashiers, Clara, had been nice to me since I was even a much younger toddler.There were times when I’d accompany my parents to Pathmark in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and it always seemed like a chore. In those days, it was considered safe to let a kid wander around alone inside. I would check out the cereal aisle, to see if there were any neat premiums being offered in that era’s assemblage of Quisp and Quake and Sugar Crisp and so many other cereals whose names remain familiar. I still peruse the cereal boxes, to see if there are any neat toys being offered inside.There was also a toy section featuring an assemblage somewhat bigger than what has become the usual assortment of supermarket bits and pieces.Ultimately, the neatest feature at Pathmark for a youngster may have been a huge paperback section featuring an amazing array of bestsellers and non-fiction books. Pathmark was where I bought some of my very first books on the history of movies, including, in my monster-loving youth, a biography of Boris Karloff!From its inception in Franklin Square, Pathmark had tried to be unique. At the back of the store was a section invoking the classic Horn and Hardart cafeterias in Manhattan, famous for all the food, sandwiches and cakes and the like, being offered through slots in the wall protected by a glass cover. If you put coins in the apparatus, you could lift the cover and take your treat. Horn and Hardart was famous for the quality of its offerings, and for being a very affordable place for any New Yorker to put together a decent meal. More than one location also became known as a writers’ hangout, with some of the best-known reporters and talent of the era sitting for a long while, sipping their coffee, and enjoying the conversation.Beginning in the 1970s, Pathmark also had a long running series of television commercials, starring James Karen. Most of us probably presumed he was a Pathmark executive, until he also began popping up as an actor in horror movies like “Poltergeist” and “The Return of the Living Dead.”As I moved back and forth from our area over the decades, Pathmark was my supermarket of choice.But then, about five years ago, something very sad began to happen, at least at a couple of Pathmark locations that I frequented. If you weren’t careful, it was far too easy to buy out-of-date products off Pathmark’s shelves. My discovery occurred when making a salad dressing mix one night, and a strange gelatinous form suddenly floated to the top of the bowl. I looked at the expiration date on the ingredients box. It had passed six months earlier.I didn’t stop shopping at Pathmark. I just became disappointed, and far more careful.Besides, I was very fond of some of the employees, and I had a particular problem: I am addicted to Pathmark Instant Coffee. Or at least I was. The store’s been out of its own label for a while.I’ve been compensating by experimenting with a myriad of other makes. In years past, I would take several jars with me, on the road.It was odd, by the way, when earlier this year, my local Pathmark reached into the warehouse, and began using plastic bags, from some time back, apparently having run out of the newer editions.I also love the deli counter’s fried chicken. To me, it’s the best in New York by far. Pathmark must have a proprietary recipe, which I can only hope it’ll share with its successor.The loss of the store, otherwise, doesn’t seem particularly perceptible. After all, there will be another supermarket in its place.What has been heartbreaking, however, is seeing the looks of uncertainty in the eyes of so many of the long-time employees, and even on the faces of the store’s younger veterans. All told, more than 4,000 people on Long Island could be without a job by Thanksgiving. My greatest hope is that the new owners will do the right thing for those who have been part of our lives for such a very long time.James H. Burns is a writer/actor living in Franklin Square, who has written for The Village Voice, Newsday, CBS.COM, The Sporting News and The New York Times.
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