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Nightclub bodyguards kill 33-year-old man in Alaçatı


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Alaçatı, a tourism hotspot in the Aegean province of Izmir, is back on the country’s agenda again, but this time not for its gorgeous beaches meant to promote tourism, but for a series of publicly called events. “Terror of the bodyguards” that has shadowed the neighborhood for almost a year now.

In the recent chain of events, two bodyguards from a nightclub killed a 33-year-old man.

According to police reports, Alpay Kalyon went to a nightclub in the Alacati district on August 21 with his ex-wife and two friends.

On the way out, Kalyon and a friend of his saw a man beating a woman in front of the club.

He immediately made a move to end the fight, but the club’s bodyguards clashed with the man hard.

It wasn’t long when the fight turned sour, and before we knew it, one of the bodyguards stabbed Kalyon in the chest with a knife.

Police arrested seven people, including the club’s general manager. After the interrogations, two bodyguards were arrested: one for “first degree murder”, the other for “intentional injury”.

One of the bodyguards defended himself during the police interrogation, saying, “He shouted and cursed at us. I couldn’t take it anymore and walked into the club to get a knife. I am regretful.”

In a puzzling statement, the club owner said: “I don’t know the bodyguards.”

“He went there to end a fight, not to start a new one,” Kalyon’s friends said.

Alaçatı, which is a district of Çeşme district, is one of the most famous tourist resorts in Turkey after Bodrum, a district in the southwestern province of Muğla.

The first ‘bodyguard terror’ in Alaçatı that shook the public occurred in the summer of 2020, when Daria Kyryliuk, a Ukrainian model, accused bodyguards at a famous beach club in the having beaten in front of her boyfriend.

In another incident, a shootout broke out between bodyguards at some clubs in June in which a 23-year-old man leaving a club was accidentally shot and killed.

“This is not an organized crime, but a sudden event,” Ãœnal Çakıcı, governor of ÇeÅŸme district, told the daily Hürriyet on August 26 of Kalyon’s murder.

He went on to say, “Since the start of the summer we have been monitoring the nightclub area for guns or drug trafficking with our police units. There is no way that organized criminal groups can roam freely in ÇeÅŸme. “

The district governor also stressed that a series of operations had been carried out since the summer of 2020 against certain groups in the region.

“We will not let anyone ruin ÇeÅŸme’s elite and luxury image,” he added.

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Bars

Hawaii to Deploy COVID Vaccine Passport to Gyms, Bars, and Other Businesses


HONOLULU (KHON2) – The state is set to deploy a COVID vaccine passport to enter gyms, bars and restaurants. The governor says he hopes it will be up and running by Labor Day.

Companies would not be required to implement the vaccination passport. Some say it would actually be a lot simpler if the state simply mandated it.

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Other cities like New York and San Francisco have already started requiring vaccine passports. But there, it is obligatory. So, although there have been negative reactions, most of them are not directed against the companies themselves. Hawaii business owners find themselves in a difficult situation and must make a choice.

“It’s a complicated decision, and so as a business owner there are many factors to consider. If the state demands it, it withdraws this decision from us, ”said Greg Waibel, President and CEO of the YMCA of Honolulu.

The state calls it a digital smart health card and says it would work the same as the Safe Travels vaccine exception, where people would have to download a copy of the immunization card from a secure website.

Waibel says gyms like the YMCA already have a similar system in place, so the transition would be easy.

“We would make it fairly simple. You show it, especially if you are vaccinated, once we mark you as a vaccinated person, so you don’t have to keep showing the pass, ”he said.

Waibel adds that those who are not vaccinated will need to show proof of a negative COVID test. However, many other companies are concerned with how this is supposed to work.

“Liability issue, how to enforce this and how employers and employees will have to handle this, because they are the ones who should verify the passport,” said Sherry Menor-McNamara, president of the Hawaii Chamber of Commerce.

She says businesses will need more guidance from the state before they consider implementing it.

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The state said it was still in the early stages of its development and sent a statement saying, “The details of the smart health card will constantly evolve until the project is made public.”


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Restaurants

Italian restaurant owner Boardman reveals secrets that won 4 of 5 categories in weekend competition


BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – This region prides itself on its Italian cuisine, so it’s impressive that a restaurant wins four of five categories in an Italian sauce competition. It happened last weekend at the Southern Park Mall.

On Thursday, First News learned the secrets of the sauces at Papa GeGe’s Italian villa in Boardman.

Papa GeGe is Eugène Razzano.

“I make fettuccine Alfredo. It was one of the dishes the judges enjoyed, ”said Razzano.

First News presenter / reporter Stan Boney was among the judges for the Sunday Sauce Showdown at the Southern Park Mall where Papa GeGe’s Italian villa took on nine other top Italian restaurants and took home top prize in four of five categories: Traditional, alfredo, bolognese and vodka.

The Italian Restaurant is located on Route 224 across from the Boardman Park Shops.

“It was actually just overwhelming. I just started giving my staff a high five. I just said, ‘This is great,’ ”said Razzano.

Razzano is the owner and chef of the most decorated Italian sauces in the Mahoning Valley. For 20 years, he owned Sghetti’s Italian restaurant in New Castle before moving to Boardman eight years ago.

“I like being in the kitchen. I loved watching my grandmother cook. I used to love watching my mom cook, and I just have a thing for it. I like to do it, ”he said.

Razzano is so in touch with his Italian roots that the restaurant’s dining room is covered in vintage photos of his family.

“Well, that’s my great-uncle Ludovic and my great-uncle Frank – they’re my maternal grandmother’s brothers,” he said.

But the food is the reason people come to Papa GeGe’s Italian Villa – whose secrets begin with quality ingredients.

“We use extra virgin olive oil, Roman Pecorino cheese. We get big wheels, 60 pound wheels, every week and we grind it fresh. We use imported pasta. We use one of the best tomato products on the market, ”Rozzano said.

Once the basic sauces are done, the rest falls into place. The vodka sauce is half alfredo and half marinara.

“The same with our Bolognese. We use the base sauce from our marinara, and we put our meat mixture in it and that’s how we have our bolognese, ”Rozzano said.

On the Sunday Sauce Showdown, the judges were given the sauces by number, not by restaurant, so they had no idea what sauce they were eating.

Papa GeGe’s Italian villa is also planning to open a second location in October in New Middletown.

It was previously known as the Italian village, but the name was changed about a year ago.


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Cafe owner accused of not wearing a mask not allowed to appear in court for refusing to wear a mask

South East Queensland cafe owner arrested after she and her staff allegedly refused police instructions to wear masks, was unable to attend her hearing in person because she did not want to put on a mask .

Sarah Parsons, 38, was scheduled to appear in Maroochydore Magistrates’ Court this morning for a ticket, but appeared by phone after security refused to let her into the courthouse.

Ms Parsons told the court it was not her decision not to attend in person.

Magistrate Haydn Sjernqvist adjourned the case to September 13 and told the court her reluctance to wear a mask would not be accepted as an excuse.

“You won’t get anything on the 13th if you don’t go up to the first floor and talk to the prosecutor.

“And that may require you to wear a mask like everyone else, when entering the building. Do you understand?

New Earth Cafe owner Sarah Parsons has been charged after allegedly saying that neither she nor her staff would wear masks despite instructions from police.(

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Ms Parsons told the court she was seeking legal advice and would ask the prosecution for the full record of evidence, including “copies of all camera footage worn on the body,” as well as additional time for them. examine.

How the owner of the cafe ended up in court

Police said officers went to the New Earth Cafe in Coolum three times to ask Ms Parsons and her staff to wear masks.

It was alleged that Ninderry’s wife refused every request and became verbally abusive towards the officers.

In a video released shortly after her arrest, Ms Parsons said she and all staff at her cafe had health issues and were exempt from wearing masks.

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The owner and staff of the New Earth Cafe in Coolum have reportedly refused to wear face masks.(

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The business owner was fined $ 1,378 at the time for failing to comply with a COVID-19 health directive and a 34-year-old staff member was fined $ 206 for not wearing a mask.

In footage released by Queensland Police, officers at the cafe can be heard saying the compliance visits were prompted by public complaints.

“I understand you all have exemptions here?” The officer can be heard saying.

The officer can also be heard saying on the video that “under the Health Act, staff are not allowed to serve customers unless they wear a mask.”

The maximum penalty for summoning directives is $ 5,514.

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Nightclubs

Here are 10 of Edinburgh’s best nightclubs that reopened after the lockdown – as rated on TripAdvisor


Earlier this month, nightclubs across Scotland were given the green light from the Scottish government to welcome revelers to their dance floors.

It ended a scorching spell for the industry, which was forced to shut down in March 2020 due to Covid restrictions.

Some clubs are yet to reopen, but here are 10 clubs in the capital that have done so and are recommended by the Tripadvisor review site.

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Bars

Bellwether Bar has fallen fully formed into the Portland pub scene


The climb from Southeast Stark to 60th Avenue is steep. But in some ways, that makes the little hilltop pub all the more tasty for the effort.

Bellwether Bar opened in early August and honestly feels like it has completely fallen into this world. At the golden hour on a weekday, he does not feel completely of this world either.

While there was no wildfire smoke in the air, Bellwether’s back patio had a misty, romantic light. Diners ate at picnic tables shaded by hanging white umbrellas, surrounded by freshly planted flowering bushes and string lights.

Inside, huge dark-wood pub booths provided a level of seclusion despite the expected din from the high ceilings of the main room. No specific conversation stands out from its neighbors, but with such ceilings you have to expect a semi-constant roar. The front door that Bellwether left open for Stark probably didn’t help with the acoustics, but the breeze path from the entrance to the patio was well past the reclaimed oak bar.

The regal-looking bar takes up about a quarter of the front room and seems to draw people into its gravity, although the bar itself has no seats. This is the perfect place to order and prepare cocktails, so there is always energy behind, cocktails at Bellwether being one of the main goals of the bar.

Bellwether’s cocktails are equally named, numbered 1 through 8. The 1 is a perfect summer cocktail: rye whiskey, vermouth, grenadine cranberry and salt, served with a lemon twist. Not too sweet, the tangy little number is like a strong, talkative friend whose cheerful energy you can’t help but find.

Craft beers and a selection of wines from the menu are also on the menu: Ex Novo Eliot IPA and Rosenstadt Kölsch, both on tap during our visit, among others. Where Bellwether’s cocktails shy away from smart titles, their wines take over. The selection includes an orange wine for beginners and an orange wine for the brave. For our needs, we enjoyed the adventurous red, which was earthy and juicy without overpowering any of our snacks.

Snacks are where Bellwether really maintains its food menu. For starters, there are only three options: a bacon cheeseburger, seared chicken thighs, and a completely lush vandouvan curry, served with a spicy crème fraîche.

The portions are not overwhelming and we recommend dividing and sharing them with items on the small plate menu. Considering that Bellwether brought in Olympia Provisions Chef Alex Yoder to plan their menu, we shouldn’t have been surprised that the meat platter was a delight of oily, pickled and mustard flavors that were easy to eat. mix and match. The chicory salad was light and robust, but the blue cheese dressing imparted rich notes throughout. It was like being haunted by something tasty in a bright forest.

If this review sounds like praise, it’s because it is. I don’t remember the last pub I liked as much as Bellwether. What it brings is on top of what a casual meal can be and flirts with the breakthrough into something more refined.

TO DRINK: Bellwether, 6031 SE Stark St., instagram.com/bellwetherbarco. 4 pm-11pm every day.



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Palestinian twins open cafe in converted West Bank jet

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) – Few Palestinians in the occupied West Bank can board a plane these days. The territory does not have a civilian airport and those who can afford a plane ticket must fly to neighboring Jordan. But just outside the northern city of Nablus, a pair of twins are giving people the next best thing.

Khamis al-Sairafi and his brother Ata have converted an old Boeing 707 into a cafe and restaurant where customers can board.

“Ninety-nine percent of Palestinians have never used an airplane. Only our ambassadors, diplomats, ministers and mayors use them. Now they see a plane and it is something for them, ”said Khamis al-Sairafi.

After a quarter of a century of efforts, the brothers opened on July 21 “The restaurant and cafe of the Palestinian-Jordanian airline al-Sairafi”.

Families, friends and couples showed up for a drink in the cafe located under the body of the plane. Many more came to take photos inside at the cost of five shekels (around $ 1.50) per person.

Customers said they were motivated to visit after seeing photos of the refurbished plane circulating online. “I’ve wanted to see this place for a long time. I would have liked to see this place before it was turned into a cafe, ”said client Majdi Khalid.

For years, the airliner has sat along a major highway in the northern West Bank, providing endless talk to passers-by bewildered by its towering presence.

The identically dressed 60-year-old twins dream of turning the plane into a cafe and restaurant was born in the late 1990s when Khamis saw the abandoned Boeing plane near the northern town of Safed. from Israel.

At the time, the plane already had an illustrious history. The plane was used by the Israeli government from 1961 to 1993 and carried then Prime Minister Menachem Begin to the United States in 1978 to sign Israel’s historic peace agreement with Egypt, according to Channel 12.

It was later bought by three Israeli business partners who dreamed of turning it into a restaurant, but the project was scrapped due to disagreements with local authorities, the station said.

After finding one of the owners, the brothers agreed to buy it for $ 100,000 in 1999. They spent an additional $ 50,000 on licenses, permits and transporting it to the West Bank.

Khamis said the mayor of Nablus, Ghassan Shakaa, quickly approved the transport and refurbishment of the plane.

The plane’s trip to Nablus took 13 hours, requiring the dismantling of the wings and the temporary closure of roads in Israel and the West Bank. At the time, Israel and the Palestinians were engaged in peace talks, and going back and forth was relatively easy.

The al-Sairafi brothers were successful traders and scrap dealers. They traveled regularly to and from Israel to buy pieces of metal which they sold and then smelt in the West Bank. They also owned a successful waste disposal business and used their income to build an amusement park – including a swimming pool and concert hall – on the same land where the plane was placed.

But they said their project was put on hold after the outbreak of the second Palestinian uprising in late 2000.

An Israeli military checkpoint was built nearby, they said, preventing customers from the nearby city of Nablus from reaching the site. The checkpoint remained for three years and the IDF took over the site. The project collapsed.

“They even built tents under the wings of the plane,” said Ata al-Sairafi.

The Israeli military did not respond to a request for comment.

For nearly 20 years, the aircraft and the site were abandoned. After the uprising disappeared in the mid-2000s, the brothers got rid of their waste disposal business and the small Nablus amusement park they opened in 2007.

After more than a decade of savings, they decided in 2020 to start rebuilding what they lost, this time starting with the refurbishment of the aircraft. The coronavirus crisis, which included multiple lockdowns, hit the Palestinian economy hard and caused further delays.

After months of work, the aircraft is almost ready for full service. The interior is freshly painted, fitted with electricity and nine tables, and the doors are connected to two old gangways allowing guests to board safely. The nose of the plane was painted in the colors of the Palestinian flag and the tail in the Jordanian colors.

The cafe is already open and the brothers hope to open the restaurant next month. They plan to install a kitchen under the body of the plane to serve food to customers on board.

However, their long-term goal of rebuilding the amusement park and swimming pool remains a long way off. The couple said they were disappointed they had not received financial support from the municipality and were looking for investors.

“God willing, I hope the project will work and become the best it can be,” said Ata al-Sairafi.

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Equinix, Inc. — Moody’s assigns Baa3 rating to Equinix’s proposed senior unsecured notes

Equinix, Inc. — Moody’s assigns Baa3 rating to Equinix’s proposed senior unsecured notes

Rating Action: Moody’s assigns Baa3 rating to Equinix’s proposed senior unsecured notesGlobal Credit Research – 24 Feb 2021New York, February 24, 2021 — Moody’s Investors Service (Moody’s) has assigned a Baa3 rating to Equinix, Inc.’s (Equinix) proposed Eurodollar senior unsecured notes expected to be issued in two separate maturity tranches. Net proceeds from the offering will be allocated to a portfolio of eligible green projects including green buildings, renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable water and wastewater management investments. Pending the full allocation of proceeds towards eligible green projects, a portion of the net proceeds is expected to be used to retire existing senior unsecured debt. The Baa3 rating is in line with the existing rating for Equinix’s unsecured debt class. The company’s bank facilities (unrated) are unsecured obligations and rank pari passu with the unsecured notes. All other ratings, including Equinix’s Baa3 rating on the company’s existing senior unsecured notes, are unaffected by the proposed transaction. The outlook is stable.Assignments:..Issuer: Equinix, Inc…..Senior Unsecured Regular Bond/Debenture, Assigned Baa3RATINGS RATIONALEEquinix’s Baa3 senior unsecured rating is supported by Equinix’s position as the leading global independent data center operator offering carrier-neutral data center and interconnection services to large enterprises, content distributors and global internet companies. Equinix benefits from its global competitive position, increasing asset coverage, and more disciplined and balanced debt and equity funding strategy to support organic and M&A-driven business growth and to fund annual cash flow deficits due to high capital spending and steadily rising dividend payments associated with its real estate investment trust (REIT) tax status. Moody’s notes that Equinix’s dividend payout ratio as a percentage of adjusted funds from operations (AFFO), a non-GAAP financial measure commonly used in the REIT industry, has historically been in the mid 40% range which is more conservative relative to many other REITS.The company’s credit profile also incorporates still favorable near-term growth trends for data center services across the world, the company’s stable base of contracted recurring revenue, low churn, scale and strategic real estate holdings in key communications hubs. Equinix’s substantial asset portfolio and qualitative business strengths are supportive of higher leverage tolerance for its rating. These positive factors are offset by significant industry risks as data center business models continue to evolve, intense competition from strategic and financial operators, relatively high capital intensity and a history of opportunistic M&A which could delay more significant deleveraging if primarily debt funded.Equinix has good liquidity for the next 12-18 months. As of December 30, 2020, the company has approximately $1.6 billion of cash on hand and approximately $1.9 billion available under its $2 billion revolver. Moody’s estimates that Equinix will pay around $1 billion in cash dividends during 2021, growing in future periods. Moody’s expects dividends will exceed internally generated cash and capital spending for at least the next two years, and that the company will continue to rely upon a balanced mix of debt and equity capital to finance these annual deficits. Equinix has a $1.5 billion at-the-market (ATM) equity offering program currently available to optimized equity capital raises. Although unlikely, Equinix also has the option of sale leasebacks of its facilities to generate additional liquidity.The stable outlook reflects Moody’s belief that net leverage will fall towards 4.5x (Moody’s adjusted) over the next 12 to 18 months. Moody’s expects Equinix will continue to fund growth and cash flow deficits with a prudent and balanced mix of debt and equity capital.FACTORS THAT COULD LEAD TO AN UPGRADE OR DOWNGRADE OF THE RATINGSMoody’s could upgrade Equinix’s ratings if net leverage is expected to be sustained below 4.5x (Moody’s adjusted), the company continues to use a meaningful amount of equity to fund its annual cash deficits and operating performance is expected to remain strong.Moody’s could downgrade Equinix’s ratings if net leverage is sustained above 5.0x (Moody’s adjusted) for an extended time frame, if liquidity deteriorates or if the company’s operating environment sustainably deteriorates due to competitive or other factors.The principal methodology used in these ratings was Communications Infrastructure Industry published in September 2017 and available at https://www.moodys.com/researchdocumentcontentpage.aspx?docid=PBC_1076924. 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Vedanta Resources Finance II Plc — Moody’s downgrades Vedanta Resources’ CFR to B2, senior unsecured notes to Caa1; all ratings remain under review for downgrade

Vedanta Resources Finance II Plc — Moody’s downgrades Vedanta Resources’ CFR to B2, senior unsecured notes to Caa1; all ratings remain under review for downgrade

Rating Action: Moody’s downgrades Vedanta Resources’ CFR to B2, senior unsecured notes to Caa1; all ratings remain under review for downgrade

Global Credit Research – 03 Dec 2020

Singapore, December 03, 2020 — Moody’s Investors Service has downgraded the corporate family rating (CFR) of Vedanta Resources Limited (VRL) to B2 from B1. Moody’s has also downgraded the ratings on the senior unsecured bonds issued by VRL and those issued by Vedanta Resources Finance II Plc (VRF) and guaranteed by VRL to Caa1 from B3.

All ratings remain under review for further downgrade.

“The downgrade primarily reflects the holding company VRL’s persistently weak liquidity and high refinancing needs amid growing signs of an aggressive risk appetite, with implications for the company’s financial strategy and risk management, a key component of our governance risk assessment framework,” says Kaustubh Chaubal a Moody’s Vice President and Senior Credit Officer.

Today’s rating action also considers the impact of the company’s governance practices on its credit profile, which Moody’s regard as credit negative.

RATINGS RATIONALE

Holdco VRL’s liquidity is severely challenged with $2.8 billion of its debt maturing from January 2021 through June 2022, including intercompany debt maturities of $507 million and a $325 million debt maturity at VRL’s sole shareholder Volcan Investments, which Moody’s expects to be serviced out of VRL group cash flows. Further weakening the holdco’s liquidity is an estimated $470 million of annual interest expense. And following the upstreaming of the intercompany loan from Cairn India Holdings Limited (CIHL) earlier this fiscal year and VDL’s commitment to investors that no further intercompany loans will be extended without approval from the VDL board, cash movement options from operating subsidiaries to the holdcos may be restricted to dividends and a nominal management/branding fee from its operating subsidiaries. However, Moody’s cautions that the group’s complex structure with less than 100% shareholding in key operating and cash rich subsidiaries, restricts the amounts of such dividends.

“VRL’s funding access had been underpinned by continued support from Indian and multinational banks not only at the operating entities, but also at various holding companies,” adds Chaubal, who is also Moody’s Lead Analyst for VRL. “However, VRL had to repay its $425 million debt maturity from one of its relationship banks, as opposed to rolling it over or refinancing it with other long-term debt, a sign of reduced bank support.”

On 20 November, VRL announced it had appointed a top-15 accountancy firm, MHA Maclntyre Hudson as its statutory auditors for the fiscal year ending 31 March 2021 (fiscal 2021) following Ernst & Young’s — the company’s former statutory auditors — decision not to be reappointed as auditors. Ernst & Young were statutory auditors of VRL for the fiscal years 2017 through 2020 and had issued a qualified audit report for fiscal 2020. However, the exiting auditor has confirmed that there were no reasons or matters that need to be brought to the attention of the members/creditors of the company in connection with them ceasing to hold office.

S R Batliboi & Co and other Ernst and Young member firms continue as statutory auditors of VRL’s 50.1% owned subsidiary Vedanta Limited (VDL) and its subsidiaries. However, VDL’s unaudited interim financial statements for fiscal 2021 also contain a qualified conclusion from the auditors pertaining to the $956 million intercompany loan from VDL’s wholly owned subsidiary CIHL to holdco VRL.

Earlier in November, VDL announced that one of its independent directors resigned for personal reasons, marking the fourth senior departure in 2020. Departures in the senior management/board at such frequent intervals can be alarming, especially at a time when the company’s liquidity is weak, statutory auditors opt not to be reelected and are providing qualified reports and qualified conclusions.

Further adding pressure to VRL’s credit profile is an accident in November at one of its mines in Gamsberg, South Africa, where mining activity remains suspended due to a geotechnical failure. The geotechnical failure trapped 10 of the company’s employees, killing two. With 108,000 tons of zinc production in fiscal 2020, the Gamsberg mine is relatively small and the suspension in its mining is unlikely to meaningfully dent VRL’s consolidated earnings or cash flow generation. Even so, the accident underscores social risks, with plausible implications for the company’s globally diversified mining operations.

Meanwhile, VDL’s operations continued to improve steadily with performance in the second quarter of the fiscal year ending March 2021 (Q2 fiscal 2021) significantly higher than Q1 fiscal 2021. More importantly, against consolidated revenues and operating EBITDA of $4.9 billion and $1.6 billion respectively in H1 fiscal 2021, Moody’s expects VDL to achieve consolidated revenues of $9.5 billion – $10.0 billion and consolidated EBITDA of $3.5 billion – $3.6 billion in full year fiscal 2021. With these operating metrics, Moody’s expects VRL’s consolidated adjusted debt/EBITDA leverage at March 2021 to marginally improve to less than 5.0x from around 5.5x in September 2020 and 5.3x in March 2020.

FACTORS THAT COULD LEAD TO AN UPGRADE OR DOWNGRADE OF THE RATINGS

Moody’s expects to conclude the review within 90 days. The ratings review will focus on VRL’s ability to refinance its upcoming debt maturities in a timely manner with long-term debt.

An upgrade is unlikely, given the review for downgrade. However, Moody’s could conclude its review for downgrade and confirm all ratings if VRL successfully simplifies its complex group structure and refinances its upcoming debt maturities, in particular its bank loans, with long-term debt and also addresses the $670 million maturity of the June 2021 notes.

The ratings could be downgraded if the company fails to secure a firm refinancing plan, if there are further signs of reduced bank support, or if the company undertakes a large debt-financed acquisition without any immediate and meaningful impact on earnings.

The principal methodology used in these ratings was Mining published in September 2018 and available at https://www.moodys.com/researchdocumentcontentpage.aspx?docid=PBC_1089739. Alternatively, please see the Rating Methodologies page on www.moodys.com for a copy of this methodology.

Vedanta Resources Limited, headquartered in London, is a diversified resources company with interests mainly in India. Its main operations are held by Vedanta Ltd, a 50.1%-owned subsidiary. Through Vedanta Resources’ various operating subsidiaries, the group produces oil and gas, zinc, lead, silver, aluminum, iron ore and power.

Delisted from the London Stock Exchange in October 2018, Vedanta Resources is now wholly owned by Volcan Investments Ltd. Founder chairman of Vedanta Resources, Anil Agarwal, and his family, are the key shareholders of Volcan.

For the fiscal year ending 31 March 2020, Vedanta Resources generated revenues of USD11.8 billion and adjusted EBITDA of USD3.4 billion.

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Modern Meat Partners with Real Vison to Produce Performance Bars and Plant-Based Meal Kits for High Performance Cognitive Athletes, Students and High Tension Mental Activities

Modern Meat Partners with Real Vison to Produce Performance Bars and Plant-Based Meal Kits for High Performance Cognitive Athletes, Students and High Tension Mental Activities


VANCOUVER, BC, August 25, 2021 / CNW / – Modern Plant-Based Foods Inc., (CSE: MEAT) (“Modern Plant-Based Foods”) or (the “Company”), an award-winning plant-based food company, is pleased to announce that its meat alternatives brand, Modern Meat, has entered into a partnership agreement with Real Vision Foods, LLC (“Real Vision”), a natural food manufacturer capable of producing and distributing high volumes of Modern Meat’s proprietary herbal bars and meals for high performance cognitive athletes.

Modern Plant Based Foods Inc. (CNW Group / Modern Plant Based Foods Inc.)

Real Vision creates products with exceptional taste and nutritional density through a selective supply of biodiverse ingredients, which has a positive social, economic and environmental impact throughout the supply chain. Its management team has over 100 years of experience working with companies such as General Mills, Pepsi and Yum Restaurants. Managers have supplied over 250 different storage units to the retail, mass merchandise and club store supply chain, with branded and private label applications in United States and Canada.

“Currently on the market, there are many food and supplement choices available for athletes involved in physical activities that promote muscle growth, recovery and endurance. However, we have identified a gap in the market. We recognize that the diet of high performance cognitive athletes should be similar to that of other competitive athletes, but they also require additional nutrients, which will increase circulation to the brain. by maintaining the blood sugar level of the body ”, explains Tara Haddad, Founder and CEO of Modern Plant-Based Foods.

A recent study has shown that the amount of cortisol produced by a cognitive athlete is about the same as that of a racing car driver, this combined with a high pulse sometimes as high as 160 to 180 beats per minute, which is equivalent to what happens in a very fast race, almost a marathon. In turn, opinion has shown that contemporary sports are just as demanding as most other types of sports, if not more demanding.

“We are committing to a time when herbal alternatives are a priority for many consumers. The size of the global dietary supplements market has been estimated to be $ 140.36 billion in 2020 and should reach $ 151.85 billion in 2021 with sustained growth trends leading to herbal alternatives. We have already identified suitors and potential customers for these nutritious plant-based bars and meals and discussions are underway to ensure scalability and wide distribution. This joint venture with Real Vision will be effective immediately and plans to roll out products through e-commerce and retail by the end of the year, ”Tara said.

About modern plant-based foods

Modern Plant-Based Foods is a Canadian food company based in Vancouver, British Columbia, which offers a portfolio of plant-based products, including meat and dairy-free alternatives, soups and vegan snacks. Our products are available in select restaurants and retailers across Canada including our own modern wellness bars located in Vancouver. We take a holistic approach to plant-based life and understand the importance of providing nutritious and sustainable alternatives to consumers without sacrificing taste. We want people to feel good about the food they eat, which is why we deliberately choose ingredients that are soy, gluten, nut and GMO free.

Our mission is to change the way food is produced and consumed for the benefit of people, animals and the environment by using natural, plant-based ingredients.

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This press release includes certain “forward-looking statements” and “forward-looking information” under applicable Canadian securities laws that are not historical facts. Forward-looking statements involve risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results, performance, prospects and opportunities to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements contained in this press release include, without limitation, statements regarding: the Company and the business and prospects of the Company; the objectives, goals or future plans of the Company; the Company’s sales growth, planned expansion, brand awareness of the Company, increased market penetration and distribution, as well as the Company’s business, operations, management and capitalization. Forward-looking statements are necessarily based on a number of estimates and assumptions which, while believed to be reasonable, are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results and future events differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These factors include, but are not limited to: general business, economic and social uncertainties; the local and global market and economic uncertainties arising from the COVID-19 pandemic; litigation, availability of key product ingredients, legislative, environmental and other legal, regulatory, political and competitive developments; the ability to effectively expand manufacturing and production capacity; the ability to secure retail partners to distribute the company’s products, the success of market initiatives and the ability to grow brand awareness; the ability to attract, maintain and expand relationships with key strategic restoration and restoration partners; our ability to predict consumer taste preferences; delay or failure to receive regulatory approvals; the adequacy of our cash flow to meet liquidity needs; the additional risks set out in the Company’s public documents filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com; and other matters discussed in this press release. Accordingly, the forward-looking statements discussed in this press release may not occur and could differ materially due to such known and unknown risk factors and uncertainties affecting the Company. Although the Company believes that the assumptions and factors used in the preparation of forward-looking statements are reasonable, one should not place undue reliance on such statements, which speak only as of the date of this press release, and no No guarantee can be given that these events will occur within the disclosed time frame or not at all. Except as required by law, the Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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Southside Cafe has a wide range of food that is sure to please – The Daily Evergreen

Café next to Gannon-Goldsworthy and McEachern rooms; stands out among the dining options on campus

After eating delicious Einstein Bros. Bagels last week I have already started exploring other delicious places around Pullman and Moscow, some on the recommendation of readers.

With classes starting this week, I decided to look at another dining option on campus, the Southside Cafe, or perhaps more commonly known as Southside Dining Hall.

As the name suggests, Southside Cafe is located squarely within the confines of the south side of campus. Traveling northeast on Stadium Way, one can see the dining hall located between the Gannon-Goldsworthy and McEachern Halls. The location of the dining hall provides a convenient place to eat for students on the south side of campus.

It is only a few minutes walk from the dormitories. The dining room itself is located on the top floor of a building, while a student market is located on the ground floor. Of the three campus dining halls, Southside Cafe is the largest, offering more seating than any of the other food centers.

As well as being simply the biggest, the Southside Cafe also offers a wide variety of food options. There have definitely been days in my college career where I just wanted to eat pizza for a few days.

Other days I’m looking for a bit of variety or craving something I’ve never tried before. The Southside Cafe can cater for either of those whims every day. The dining room serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. It has unique options for each meal that rotate on a daily or weekly basis.

As we now enter classes, I wanted to highlight some of the breakfast and lunch options. The Southside Cafe can either be a place to sit and enjoy bacon and scrambled eggs, or a good checkpoint to grab a breakfast sandwich on your way to class you’re late for.

Anyway, my favorite part of the breakfast offerings is the juice bar with a variety that can satisfy my morning sweet tooth.

Lunch and dinner are mirrors close to each other, with dining options divided into stations. I will give a brief summary of each station to help contextualize the number of options on offer. The Big Cat Grille offers dishes like burgers, chicken strips, fries, and vegetarian options like the Gardein Black Bean Burger. At the Subs & Wraps station, you can create your own sandwich or wrap however you like.

Next is the Stonewall Pizza area, where a few different pizza options are offered. I always make sure to rock red pepper flakes on my pizza. The Natural Area usually offers a variety of stir-fries or pastas, which they cook right in front of you, taking into account your additions and specifications.

My favorite station is Chef’s Creation, where a variety of dishes are presented. The bibimbap is one of my favorites. Among other things, there is a bakery, a fruit and salad bar and a place to have an ice cream. In addition to the regular menu items, there are some options on offer that change daily.

Southside Cafe offers a great place to stop between classes for a quick bite to eat or as a nice treat at the end of the day for a sit-down meal. With a 40% discount in dining rooms, all dining rooms are an affordable option if you have RDA. With Southside Cafe’s variety, it’s always delicious!

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North Phoenix Carl’s Jr. restaurant catches fire | Arizona News


Dozens of firefighters battled a second-alarm blaze at a Carl’s Jr. restaurant on Bell and Cave Creek roads



PHOENIX (3TV / CBS 5) – A fast food restaurant in northern Phoenix caught fire on Tuesday night. A Carl’s Jr./Green Burrito on Bell and Cave Creek Roads caught fire around 9 p.m.

More than 3 dozen fire brigade units are on scene to tackle the second alarm fire. Flames and smoke billowed from the building.

Crews fought the blaze for over an hour, but smoke continued to escape the structure. Firefighters should stay on the scene for hours to clean up hot spots.

It is not yet known what started the fire.

There are no reports of injuries.

This is a developing story. Stay with Arizona’s Family for the latest updates.


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The sword striker who struck outside Reading’s After Dark nightclub has never been found


A man whose hand was slashed in a horrific sword attack 20 years ago is still waiting for his attacker to be found.

Lee Rackham is now 51 years old and still bears the scars of the attack, which occurred outside London Street’s After Dark nightclub in 2002.

Lee and his friends were drinking at Reading’s popular nightclub – now facing a very uncertain future after losing her license due to noise complaints from neighbors – when they mingled with a group of men.

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The argument spilled over into the street outside the nightclub and Lee admits it turned into a brawl.

He admits to pushing one of the men who hit his head on a boot cleaner outside a desk next to the nightclub

Lee said that after this the brawl took a turn, as he claims that one of the men drove into a nearby car and got a “kukri” – a type of Nepalese sword.

He said: “There was no doubt that this man was trying to kill me, he stabbed me once and he got stuck in my coat.

“Then he basically tried to cut my head off.



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“I managed to raise my hand and the sword cut off my fingers.”

The man then fled, Lee claims.

Lee was rushed to hospital and required major surgery to his hand and fingers.

What he calls an “impressive beer scar” remains on his hand after the incident.

The sword went through this joint and his hand, as well as the front and back tendons and some of the bones.

He was off work for six months.

Police charged Lee with GBH for injuries sustained by the man he ran over.

He found himself in the odd position of facing his own trial and the possibility of a potential prison sentence, as he also worked with the police as a victim of the sword attack.



X-ray of Lee Rackman's hands after being attacked with a sword
Lee’s whole hand had to be rebuilt after the attack

His own charges were ultimately dismissed 18 months later, and he says police told him they would keep in touch about the case involving his attacker.

20 years later, the man has never been found.

He said: “The police told me that my friends and I had indeed fought with a group of very bad people and I don’t really doubt that he was trying to kill me.”

Lee, who is a computer consultant, is from Slough and moved to Reading because he thought it was ‘chic’. He then moved to a small village near Derby in 2016, but said his thoughts on the heartbreaking incident led him to want a ‘closure’.

He was quite surprised to learn that the Thames Valley Police are still investigating the case 20 years later.

He said: “I thought they would have closed the case because they believe the man who attacked me left the country after this happened.

“But I was told he was still under investigation.

“It seems very unlikely that they will ever find the guy.

“I was looking to shut it all down after all this time, but I understand they don’t close business if they never catch anyone.”



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Lee Rackham’s ‘beer scar’ from brutal attack

A spokeswoman for Thames Valley Police explained: “A victim can be informed of the progress of their investigation at any time, whether it is an active investigation or not.

“This case, although it occurred over 20 years ago, is classified as ongoing because the suspect is still wanted, as such the case has no outcome.

“Despite the passage of time, we believe someone will have this crucial information that could be the key to solving this crime.

“Cases can be filed while waiting for further information to be revealed, but anyone with information can always call Thames Valley Police on 101 or the 100% Independent Crimestoppers anonymously, with any information that can help them. ‘investigation. Your information would be treated in the strictest confidence. ”

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Fayetteville restaurants ready to welcome college students


FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA / KFTA) – University of Arkansas students are back in town for the start of in-person classes on Monday, and some restaurants have mixed feelings about the new crowds.

Michael White, director of Farrell’s Lounge, said back to school meant more customers for his restaurant.

“It’s a positive impact,” White said. “It increases our activity, especially during the type of initial events like move-in and offer day. “

Alex Parris, bartender at Tony’s New York Style Pizza, said he was also glad there were more people in the city.

“I love the stuff that all the students bring to Fayetteville and Washington County,” Parris said.

Despite Parris and White’s enthusiasm for the return of the students, they both also fear that more people may mean more COVID-19 cases for the region. Both restaurants do everything possible to ensure the safety of customers and staff.

“We strongly encourage people to take precautions and get vaccinated,” White said.

White said he hopes the school events that are back this year after not taking place last year due to the pandemic would also help boost the restaurant’s business.

The University of Arkansas and the city of Fayetteville both have mask warrants in place.


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Fake exit labels send two people behind bars, police say – FOX13 News Memphis


Memphis, Tenn. – Two men are arrested in separate cases after police arrested them in connection with false exit labels on the same day, according to an affidavit.

On Saturday, Memphis police arrested Martevious Harth, 24, who they said had a stop sign at Mill Ave. and Third St.

During the traffic stop, Harth gave officers three social security numbers, police said. MPD identified him with the third Social Security card and discovered his license had been suspended for failing to report insurance in January, police said.

According to an affidavit, officers searched Harth’s car and found eight false exit tags in a bag.

Harth was taken into police custody and charged with eight counts of falsifying car license plates.

Police also reported that they arrested Roy Sims, 33, the same day near Norris Rd. Because of his expired exit tag. They found his license had been revoked for DUI since 2016 and he had not presented proof of insurance, police said.

MPD searched Sims’ car and found false exit tags in the car. Officers said they noticed that the Sims’ car exit tag was a piece of laminated paper.

Police called the dealership to confirm the tag, according to an affidavit. However, the dealership said it did not issue the tag to this car. Police said his car’s exit tag was a copy and the barcode could not be scanned.

Sims told police he purchased the tags from an authorized dealer on Dunn Ave. He also said a mechanic left the tags in the backseat of his car, trying to help him, police said.

Sims was arrested and charged with altering, tampering or tampering with car titles, driving while license revoked, and financial liability.


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Police officer uses TASER device on suspect after nightclub assault


Police were forced to use a TASER device on a man after assaulting staff at a nightclub, then fought with officers while resisting arrest.

Nottinghamshire Police on patrol in Mansfield in the early hours of this morning were called in to deal with a breaking incident at Lexis nightclub in the town center, following reports of assaults on staff at inside.

Security staff at the Clumber Street club were assaulted as they attempted to expel two men around 3:45 a.m. this morning, after allegedly assaulting staff inside.

Police faced an altercation in a stairwell and helped door staff cope with the fight.

Other officers were called into the nightclub as a 31-year-old man continued to resist arrest.

Another 33-year-old man, believed to be known to the suspect, is said to make matters worse.

As the fight escalated, it was clear to officers that the alleged assailant was determined not to comply, leaving them with no choice but to use a TASER device to ease the situation.

The 31-year-old was subsequently arrested on suspicion of two counts of common assault.

The 31-year-old and a 33-year-old man were also arrested on suspicion of carrying a bladed item after a bladed knife was discovered at the scene.

Chief Inspector Steven O’Neill of Nottinghamshire Police said: ‘As nightlife begins to reopen and people look to get out and have fun, we have a public duty to help to fight crime, whether it is bar staff. or members of the public.

“Our officers are specially trained to use all the force necessary to deal with those who intend to cause disturbances in public places in order to protect public safety, which is our main concern.

“The wearing of knives is not tolerated and we will ensure that those who do are treated firmly.

“We continue to ensure that public safety is our primary concern and that we respond effectively and efficiently to incidents that require our help and support.”

Lexis Nightclub General Manager Aaron Revill added:

“I am extremely grateful to the Nottinghamshire Police for their response to the incident at our site, and I thank them for what I believe was the best possible outcome knowing how the situation was escalating.

“We continue to work with the police in their investigations and support staff members with all we can to cope with their ordeal. “


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In Memory of Mom: How an East Village Restaurant Owner Struggles to Keep Their Doors Open


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Since the COVID-19 pandemic, most of the time Vladimir Grinberg can be found walking around the Organic Grill on 123 First Ave. in the East Village, taking orders, cooking, seating customers and more in an attempt to keep her 21. – old business together amid the financial difficulties of the times.

Grinberg is worried about his future after losing many longtime clients throughout the deadly virus crisis, and potentially more of them due to the state’s new vaccine mandate. However, it was not always so.

A Russian Jewish immigrant, Grinberg traveled to New York City with the aim of disseminating healing herbal foods. However, it was not just a business venture, but rather a deeply personal ideal: a dedication to his beloved mother. As a young man, Grinberg discovered his mother was diagnosed with cancer and said he was given a grim prognosis.

“Twenty-eight years ago she fell ill very suddenly, we found out that she had a very advanced form of lymphoma,” Grinberg told amNewYork Metro.

With death appearing to be imminent, his mother decided to go to a retreat to teach a macrobiotic diet – a regiment that drastically limits animal fat – which Grinberg says was critical.

“I left home early, around 17, and joined the army because it was compulsory. So I decided to go with him and spend the time I had left. They hugged us from the start, but I was still skeptical because people get paid but we were on our last legs, ”said Grinberg.

In a monastery surrounded by dense Massachusetts forest, the retreat taught cooking, growing fruits and vegetables, and promoting food as a healing agent.

“It was very embarrassing for me, I heard it said several times that food was medicine, but it was very, very abstract for me. But I decided to be open and I spent a month there and I went vegan, ”said Grinberg, explaining that he had seen changes in his mother. “I don’t approve of it, but it has helped my family. My sister went vegan, it was a change that affected us all.

Whether it was food or the caring community, Grinberg credits the retreat for helping to extend his mother’s life. Veganism became such a big part of his mother’s life before she finally passed away, he decided to honor her memory by starting the Organic Grill in the year 2000, hoping to share the gift of health with others.

“When she passed away, we decided to open a vegan restaurant. If they eat here and don’t eat meat even one day a week, that’s great, ”Grinberg said.

After experiencing prejudice in his native Russia due to his Jewish background, he came to New York with big dreams.

The East Village welcomed Grinberg with open arms and for over two decades has served food in a neighborhood synonymous with avant-garde and alternative lifestyles with great success until the emergence of COVID- 19.

After being forced to shut down and sharing that he has lost much of his customer base, the health food advocate admitted he was considering shutting down for good.

“I love the neighborhood, it’s very down to earth but I didn’t think it would be that difficult. At first my wife and I thought about whether we should stay or whether we should close. We had a good journey for 20 years, should we continue? It was very hard. But we are stubborn people and we decided to prove our concept. To be honest, now we have to do it on our own and work five or six days a week. If I knew how difficult it would be I’m not sure I would continue, ”said Grinberg.

Yet he continued, and he still continues, feeling like he had to weather the storm. But he also believes the storm is endless thanks to a revolving door of rules and guidelines, the latest being the vaccine mandate requiring customers to receive the new coronavirus vaccine.

While Grinberg still holds both his mother’s memory and an ideal for spreading healthy eating, the longtime restaurant owner asked amNewYork Metro to share a message: he’s still here, he’s working hard and he hopes his customers and friends will return soon.


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Syria opens first café run by people with Down’s syndrome

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Syria opened the first café run by people with Down’s syndrome. Cafes help break down stereotypes about people with Down’s Syndrome while helping special groups come true...

Damascus, Aug.22 (Xinhua) – Wearing a brown uniform with an orange brim and a hat, a young Syrian with Down’s syndrome served between the tables, some standing behind the bar, I prepared food and drink in a cafe called Lollipop.

It is the first Syrian café run by 20 people with Down’s syndrome, located in Tishreen Park in Damascus, the capital.

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These waiters and waitresses not only provided excellent service, but also created a great atmosphere in the cafe by playing and dancing to music to the applause and cheering of the customers.

The idea for Lollipop was initiated by the Juzour association, a local charity that manages several humanitarian projects. One is to organize an event for people with Down’s syndrome.

Last year, the Juzur association started trying to run a restaurant for a month to hire people with Down’s Syndrome. It is a success and it is the basis of the birth of Sucette.

Association president Kholoud Rajab told Xinhua that the project aims to break stereotypes about people with Down’s syndrome and help them interact with ordinary people.

Currently, 20 people with Down syndrome and 10 ordinary people are working at Sucette, Rajab said, adding that the meaning of the project goes much deeper than just creating a cafe.

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“Lollipop is more than just coffee, it’s an idea to bring special groups into society and get them to accept us,” she said.

Muhanad Saleh, one of the 20 waiters, told Xinhua that he was busy receiving orders from customers flocking to the cafe and was happy with his new job.

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Sale said he liked the idea of ​​working hard to get paid.

“I am happy to work here and everything is perfect. I give my clients all I can, ”said the young man.

For Rehab Catan, a girl with Down’s syndrome, the time to be bored at home without doing anything is over.

“I’m tired of staying home,” she says, adding that working at Sucette is a source of happiness for her.

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Bands are back: Turning Stone will reopen Exit 33 nightclubs this fall


VERONA – Turning Stone has announced plans to begin reopening Exit 33 – Tin Rooster, The Gig, Turquoise Tiger and Atrium Bar – this fall.

To prepare for the highly anticipated fall reopening, Turning Stone will be holding “open auditions” – a one-time hiring event – to find energetic people with outgoing personalities to join the nightlife team. New nightlife hires will be eligible for a one-of-a-kind hiring incentive: an opportunity to win an exciting trip for two to Caesars Palace Las Vegas, the entertainment and nightlife mecca of the world, and partner from the Turning Stone Resort Casino. Auditions for the Exit 33 positions will take place on Tuesday, August 24.

Exit 33 Open hearings: Tuesday, August 24, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

This is a focused style hiring event focused on finding energetic, customer service oriented candidates with outgoing personalities. Previous experience is not required; on-the-job training will be provided.

Applicants should be prepared to show their nocturnal presence through non-traditional Q&A and friendly competition. Open positions include bartenders, hostesses / cashiers, waiters, bar-backs and beverage carriers.

The event will offer students and anyone looking for an exciting part-time job the opportunity to:

Learn more about the opportunities and available positions.

Meet the current members of the Nightlife team.

Discover the various lively and award-winning nightlife spots.

Pre-registration is encouraged, but walk-in people are welcome; appointment not required.

Interested applicants are encouraged to register online at https://www.turningstone.com/nightlife-lounges/hiring.

The Las Vegas Exit 33 Nightlife Experience:

Employees hired for Tin Rooster, The Gig, Turquoise Tiger or the Atrium Bar by September 20, 2021 will be eligible to win a two-night trip for two to Caesars Palace Las Vegas, the world’s entertainment and life mecca. nocturnal. (conditions of employment apply).

About exit 33

Opened in 2013, Exit 33 is a unique $ 25 million entertainment destination in upstate New York. Designed to bring multiple venues together under one roof, Exit 33 offers nightlife and dining options with distinctly different themes. Exit 33 features Tin Rooster, a barbecue restaurant and bar offering an authentic country atmosphere with live bands and DJs playing all of the country’s favorites; The Gig, a rock and roll dance club, featuring local and regional rock bands and a menu of New York-style pizza and a full selection of drinks; Turquoise Tiger, a sophisticated 1940s Film Noir-style cocktail lounge and bar; and Atrium Bar (A Bar), an elegant lounge, with a lively crowd and a full bar.

More details on the fall reopening of Tin Rooster, The Gig, Turquoise Tiger and the Atrium Bar will be announced shortly.


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10 new shops, cafes and hotels that opened in Oxfordshire this year

Oxfordshire has seen new shops, hotels and cafes open this year despite challenges from the pandemic.

Here is a list of 10 places that have opened in Oxfordshire so far this year:

1. Kaspa’s desserts – Gloucester Green, Oxford

Kaspa’s Desserts opened in March. Image: Ed Nix

2. Lidl – Fairacres Retail Park, Abingdon

Oxford Mail: Lidl opened in AprilLidl opened in April

3. Premier Inn – Oxford City Center

Oxford Mail: This Premier Inn opened in July.  Photo: Ed NixThis Premier Inn opened in July. Photo: Ed Nix

4. The Craftsmen’s Emporium – Oxford High Street

5.QD (Quality Discounts) – Chipping Norton

Oxford Mail: QD opened in August.QD opened in August.

6. Geek Retreat Oxford Board Game Cafe – Oxford City Center

Oxford Mail: Geek Retreat opened in August.  Photo: Ed NixGeek Retreat opened in August. Photo: Ed Nix

7. The Harvest Café Dessert Lounge – Bicester

Oxford Mail: The Harvest Cafe opened in May.  Photo: Ed NixThe Harvest Café opened in May. Photo: Ed Nix

8. Premier Inn – Banbury

Oxford Mail: This Premier Inn opened in August. This Premier Inn opened in August.

9. Covid Cignpost ExpressTest test site at Westgate Center, Oxford

Oxford Mail: Cignpost ExpressTest opened in AugustCignpost ExpressTest open in August

10. Lidl – Banbury

Oxford Mail: Lidl opened in August. Lidl opened in August.

Do you know of another place that opened this year? Let us know in the comments.

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Old-fashioned Italian restaurant opens in Libby



Libby’s menu expanded last week when Dorio’s, an Italian restaurant with a touch of old-fashioned house style, smoothly marked its opening.

Chef Johnny Coiro Jr., who started the California Avenue restaurant, said he aimed to bring fine Sicilian cuisine to southern Lincoln County. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Coiro draws on over a decade of experience in the restaurant industry.

Although he spent time in culinary schools, Coiro said he learned most of his knowledge by cooking with his mother and grandmother. The rest he picked up on the way.

“I’ve always liked it,” he said. “I’m leaving here after cooking all day, going home and cooking for everyone. It’s just a love and a passion.”

Rather than relying on recipes or measuring cups, Coiro said he lets taste be his guide when preparing dishes.

“So far here, no complaints,” he said. “No plate came back with food on it.”

Visitors who are tasting Dorio’s for the first time are likely to have a hard time choosing a dish from the restaurant’s top-notch menu. Coiro touts lasagna and chicken parmesan, describing them as “off the hook.” Dorio’s pork loin, stuffed with arugula, prosciutto, spinach and provolone cheese, is, he said, “to die for.”

Dorio’s is now open for lunch. It is best to call ahead as reservations are already piling up.

Coiro expects that soon, especially after starting to offer dinner, visitors will not be able to find a seat.

To reserve a table, customers can call the House of Libby Event Center at 406-200-3193 or message the center on Facebook.

Once he gets the ball rolling, Coiro plans to expand his menu with specialties. True to Italian tradition, it will offer a selection of seafood dishes on Fridays, including spaghetti with white clam sauce, and platters of salmon and tilapia.

To help run the restaurant, Coiro is looking to put together a small team of budding chefs. Coiro’s daughter will come to Libby at the end of August to participate.

Although finding employees locally has been a challenge, Coiro said he found a promising sous-chef in Willow Williamson.

“She’s just started, she’s learning fast and being careful,” Coiro said. “I hope to God that she will stay with me forever.”

Since opening, Coiro said he has already received high praise for Dorio’s menu.

Guests have left rave reviews for the spot on Facebook. Coiro said he even had customers who lived in New York City who said the Libby restaurant was as good or better than the Italian restaurants they tasted in Brooklyn or Manhattan.

“There’s nothing better than people who say it’s the best they’ve ever had. And when you hear that? It’s like ‘Ah’,” Coiro said as he put a hand on his heart. “This is what is worth it.”


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SEC Excludes Top 100 Advisor on Ponzi Scheme Fees


The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has kicked out a Texas financial adviser after discovering it had directed investors to the Woodbridge group of companies’ Ponzi scheme.

Kim Butler was the former owner of Prosperity Economics Partners, a now defunct RIA that was based in a rural Texas town memorably named Mount Enterprise. According to the SEC, Gordon made about $ 2.9 million in commissions between May 2015 and December 2020 by inviting his clients to invest in Woodbridge and four other private companies without disclosing his inducements. These incentives gave it “a percentage of the price investors paid to buy the securities,” the SEC said.

Butler accepted the ban without admitting or denying the SEC findings. She also agreed to pay a fine of $ 275,000.

The Woodbridge Group of Companies pushed promissory notes and private placements and promised they would make money from the high interest rates, ranging from 5% to 10%, that Woodbridge would receive on loans made to third party owners of luxury real estate. developments.

The company filed for bankruptcy in December 2017 and owed investors $ 961 million in principal after missing its first interest payments on unregistered securities.

A federal judge sentenced Woodbridge CEO Robert Shapiro to 25 years in prison in 2019 after pleading guilty to charges of wire and mail fraud, as well as tax evasion. Prosecutors said Shapiro spent millions of investor dollars to fund a lavish lifestyle.

The SEC said Butler and his sales agents got 44 investors to give Woodbridge about $ 4.65 million and received at least $ 251.6,000 in commissions.

“At least five of these investors were clients of Prosperity,” the SEC said.

The SEC also found that Butler and his sales agents transferred at least $ 11.9 million via feeder funds to a company that manages life-settlement portfolios from May 2015 to at least December 2020. The SEC said that Butler never disclosed “that she was subject to a 2016 Washington Cease and Desist Order alleging lifetime sales fraud in the state.

Butler says on her personal website that she “shunned mainstream financial products such as stocks, bonds, savings accounts, and CDs in favor of alternative investments, private lending, and insurance strategies- creative lives outside the typical financial planning “box”. ‘

Investopedia named her one of the “Top 100 Financial Advisors” in 2019 and 2020. These rankings are based on “the impact and quality of their published work, public appearances and online follow-ups,” according to Investopedia, which notes also that he does not endorse those he classifies.

Butler relinquished his controlling stake in Prosperity Economics Partners in 2019, the SEC said. The company is no longer registered as a RIA.

Butler is the host of “The Prosperity Podcast” which describes itself as “Produced by Prosperity, Inc., a Registered Investment Advisor”. The show is co-hosted by Spencer Shaw, who runs a podcast production company called PodKick Media. New episodes of the show continue to be released; last week’s episode was about annuities.

She has also written or co-authored several books, including the 1999 title “Busting the Real Estate Investing Lies”.

You can read the full SEC command here.


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Coronavirus Live: One Death From Covid Every Two Minutes In Iran, According To Reports; Italian police warn of fake ‘green passes’ | World news

Coronavirus Live: One Death From Covid Every Two Minutes In Iran, According To Reports;  Italian police warn of fake ‘green passes’ |  World news


US companies Pfizer and BioNTech have taken a step ahead of their rivals as they were the first in the Western world to report positive results from their vaccine’s clinical trials last year. They were also the first to obtain permission from regulators in the United States and the European Union to sell their shot.

Pfizer earned more than its competitors, taking in $ 10.8 billion in the first half of this year. The U.S. company has raised its outlook for 2021, expecting to generate revenue of $ 33.5 billion for the full year.

BioNTech achieved first half revenue of $ 7.3 billion. Unlike its larger partner, the company’s only product on sale is the coronavirus vaccine. He expects vaccine revenue to reach € 15.9 billion for the full year.

The American startup Moderna is the only other company to have produced an authorized mRNA vaccine so far. Messenger RNA technology works by providing human cells with the genetic instructions to make a coronavirus surface protein, which trains the immune system to recognize the real virus.

Like BioNTech, the company’s only product on the market is the Covid vaccine. The vaccine requires two injections weeks apart. Moderna achieved sales of $ 5.9 billion in the first six months of the year. He hopes to make $ 20 billion in revenue from the vaccine this year.

AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson do not use mRNA technology. They both made more traditional viral vector vaccines, which use a genetically engineered version of a cold-causing adenovirus as a “vector” to transfer genetic instructions into human cells.

The two companies also pledged to sell their vaccines at cost during the pandemic, meaning they would not make a profit. They are cheaper than the Pfizer / BioNTech and Moderna jabs, which is reflected in their revenue.

AstraZeneca’s Covid jab generated $ 1.2 billion in sales in the first six months of the year. J&J had sales of $ 264 million and plans to make $ 2.5 billion for the full year. AstraZeneca did not provide a detailed estimate for the entire year.


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Should Pennsylvania Restaurants Require Proof of Vaccination? Owners say this will lead to conflict


At CityLine Diner in Paxtang, owner Tefa Ghatas practices security in regards to COVID-19.

Its staff are vaccinated and the restaurant has adhered to previous guidelines regarding masks, social distancing and occupancy levels.

But Ghatas said he was not ready to ask diners for proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

“We cannot ask every client if they are vaccinated,” Ghatas said. “It’s going to cause problems and conflict and people will get angry and say it’s none of your business. “

As concerns about the delta variant grow, there is more talk of mandatory vaccinations and companies requiring proof of vaccines.

Last week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that starting August 16, proof of vaccination will be required for indoor restaurants, gyms and indoor entertainment venues. Los Angeles is considering a similar proposal.

The Yelp website, popular for its restaurant and store reviews, recently announced that it allows businesses to add descriptions to their profile pages to let customers know if “proof of vaccination” is required and if “all the staff [are] fully vaccinated.

In Pennsylvania, a handful of restaurants have announced policies, but at this point no formal rules have been instituted. A handful in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh have started checking vaccination cards for entry.

In fact, Philadelphia restaurant Martha recently sparked outrage when it announced on Instagram that it was adopting such a policy, prompting the owner to turn off comments on the post.

“There is no perfect map for what to do,” owner Olivia Caceres told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “We’re just trying to do what we can do to keep our staff and our neighbors safe.”

The restaurant industry has talked about vaccinations. In fact, the Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association runs pop-up vaccination clinics in parts of the state. The effort is aimed at vaccinating more people and ultimately protecting hotel workers.

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In response to New York City’s proof of vaccination policy, the National Restaurant Association said it supports vaccinations but does not believe operators should be responsible for verifying the vaccination status of customers.

“Now, without training, our staff members are expected to check the immunization status of every customer who wishes to eat inside the facility,” said Larry Lynch, senior vice president of science and industry for the association in a press release. “Last year, when mask warrants across the country were put in place, restaurant workers suffered a terrifying reaction when these rules were enforced.”

Chuck Moran, executive director of the Pennsylvania Licensed Beverage and Tavern Association, said he hasn’t heard of any central Pennsylvania facility that has adopted the practice.

“I think at this point business owners would have to comply if it was mandatory, but they wouldn’t be happy because they’ve taken all the precautions and have already taken this route,” he said.

Importantly, Moran said he’s seeing a few restaurant chains bring back mask policies. In some cases, in other parts of the country, restaurants reward vaccinated customers by allowing them to sit indoors and welcoming unvaccinated customers with outdoor seating, he said. .

Don Carter, Jr., operator of Wormleysburg restaurants including Duke’s Riverside Bar & Grill and Dockside Willies, said he would oppose verification of vaccine status.

“The people here are not going to put up with you at the front door doing an inquisition to find out where they are.” Even if they got the hang of it, they are going to be insulted and angry with you, ”he said.

In addition, Carter said the industry is facing a serious shortage of workers and he wonders every day whether he will have enough staff to open his restaurants. Between those shortages and a slight increase in business this summer, Carter admitted there was enough to cope with let alone monitor whether diners were vaccinated or not.

Joey Straw, owner of Harper’s Tavern in East Hanover Township, wonders how she would handle such a mandate and said it would likely lead to confrontations with clients. She noted that she would probably have to pay someone to hold the door and check customers’ cards.

“We’re busy buying your martini and now I have to stop. It is disrupting our whole industry, ”she said. “Are Lowe’s and all these stores going to turn people down?” “

Some owners like Jason Viscount of Greystone Public House in Lower Paxton Township and Greystone Brew House in Dillsburg have said they need to learn more about the legality of asking customers for vaccination information.

However, he said, if the state mandates indoor masking for unvaccinated people, restaurants will require it for everyone. But it does not go so far as to put in place controls.

“I don’t think there is anything good that comes out of it. My employees, we are in the hotel business to make people happy. I am not in charge of monitoring people and their ideas and beliefs, ”he said.


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Cape Cod’s favorite summer drinks are served in bars with a view.


Cheers! Greet! And to your good health.

It’s time to kick back and relax with a summer cocktail, and thanks to Cape Cod Times readers who responded to our informal poll, we have a list of places to do so.

The best, by far, is the Ocean House restaurant in Dennis Port. The Ocean House offers indoor and outdoor dining with stunning views of Nantucket Sound and a wide selection of vegan and vegetarian options – as well as fresh seafood – to accompany your favorite summer cocktail.

If you’re coming for dinner, The Ocean House sometimes makes reservations a month in advance. So it’s probably a good idea to make a reservation before you even start planning your Cape Cod vacation. But if you just fancy a drink, The Ocean House offers cocktail service at several locations, including at the pool bar.

Here are five places, according to Times readers, to try a great summer cocktail:

1. The ocean house restaurant

Address: 425 Old Wharf Road, Port Dennis

Contact: 508-394-0700, oceanhouserestaurant.com

Reservations: oceanhouserestaurant.com, opentable.com

Hours: 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. every day

To note : In the past, Beverage Service Manager Dan Lynch has been kind enough to share some tips for making great cocktails.

Dan Lynch creates drinks at the Ocean House in Dennis Port.  These are (from left to right) Singapore Sling, Light it up blue (a coconut, an almond margarita), a hibiscus margarita and a spring flower, and a vesper martini held by Lynch.[Ron Schloerb/Cape Cod Times file]

2. Brax Landing Restaurant

Address: 705 Route 28 Port of Harwich

Contact: 508-432-5515; places.singleplatform.com and on Facebook

Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. Daily

Brax Landing is on Route 28 in Harwich, nestled against Saquatucket Harbor. [Cape Cod Times/Merrily Cassidy file]

To note: Brax Landing is a rustic place with several levels and a dining area by the harbor. In the bar is a machine that crushes ice, producing piles of finely ground ice for margaritas and other frozen drinks. Just add sun and a seat on the deck.

3. The Beachcomber

Address: 1120 Cahoon Hollow Road, Wellfleet

Contact: 508-349-6055; thebeachcomber.com

Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. every day

The Beachcomber, in an 1897 lifeboat station, is known for its seafood, beach drinks, and entertainment.  {Ron Schloerb / Cape Cod Times File]

Note: Located on the beach in an 1897 lifeboat station, The Beachcomber is known for its seafood and joint-blasting guest groups.

4. The card room

Address: Kingman Yacht Center, 1 Shipyard Lane, Cataumet

Contact: 508-563-5350, chartroomcataumet.com

The owners (left to right) David Jarvis and Tom Gordon at The Chart Room in Cataumet.  Whether you arrive by land or sea, you can always have a sandwich and a cocktail while the restaurant is open. [Ron Schloerb/Cape Cod Times file]

Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day

To note : The Chart Room co-owner David Jarves says his restaurant’s most popular drink is The Mudslide, a dessert-like concoction mixing vodka, Kahlua and Irish cream. The New England area is known for the addition of vanilla ice cream, according to the “A Couple of Cooks” website.

But if you prefer a fruity drink, there is a whole menu to choose from. made with premium spirits including Clyde May Small Batch Alabama Whiskey and New Amsterdam Mango.

5. Restaurant on the roof of the Pelham House complex

Address: 14 Sea Street, Port Dennis

Contact: 508-398-6076, pelhamhouseresort.com

The Frozen Sound Martini is one of the many cocktails available at Pelham House Resort.  The Pelham House Resort offers rooftop dining with views of Nantucket Sound. [Merrily Cassidy/Cape Cod Times file]

Hours: Rooftop brunch, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Sunday to Friday; Dinner on the roof and patio, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday to Friday

To note : Three things to say about the Pelham House Resort: The rooftop offers spectacular views of the Nantucket Sound and its sunsets as well as an adjustable roof that can be folded down when the weather permits; seven fireplaces burn on the private beach and even in the pool bar, creating the impression of a “Survivor” episode; beverage service manager Chris Celli teaches bartending lessons most Thursday evenings.

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Health officials close nightclubs and bars, placing limits on gatherings in central Okanagan, B.C.


British Columbia officials on Friday reinstated a number of public health orders for the central Okanagan region, closing nightclubs, limiting restaurant meals and restricting the size of social gatherings until new order, as the delta variant causes the rapid spread of COVID-19.

Nightclubs and bars will be closed from Friday, while alcohol cuts in restaurants will be at 10 p.m. PT. Limits on the number of people allowed to assemble apply both indoors and outdoors from Monday.

People planning to travel to the central Okanagan should try to cancel or postpone, officials said. Anyone who is not vaccinated, in particular, should avoid the area.

“This is obviously not where we want us to be right now, and we know, however, that we can have a huge impact in slowing this virus,” said Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer, at a press conference on Friday.

The latest wave of cases in British Columbia is concentrated in the Interior Health Region, with the “vast majority” in the central Okanagan. The region includes Kelowna, West Kelowna, Peachland, Lake Country and Rutland.

Gatherings in the central Okanagan will be limited as follows, starting Monday:

  • Outdoor gatherings, such as birthdays or backyard barbecues – maximum 50 people.
  • Personal gatherings indoors – maximum five people or one additional household.
  • Indoor / outdoor organized and seated gatherings, such as weddings – maximum 50 people.
  • Vacation rentals, such as houseboats or Airbnbs: Maximum of five people in addition to occupants.

A mask warrant imposed last week in an attempt to slow the spread remains in place. High-intensity indoor fitness classes are canceled, but low-intensity workouts in fitness centers are still permitted.

Henry acknowledged that some big events, like weddings, will already be booked for the weekend before the restrictions on gatherings resume on Monday. She said hosts need to take precautions seriously if they choose to move forward over the next three days.

“For the events scheduled for this weekend, we know we can’t change them immediately. What we need from you is to make sure you have security plans in place,” Henry said.

“As much as possible, non-immune people should not attend these events, whether it is a wedding, birthday party, or a formal organized event. People should wear masks, they should remain seated and follow the rules of physical distancing.

Henry said hosts should keep an accurate list of everyone attending their event for contact tracing purposes.

British Columbia’s workload concentrated in a tense interior

Nearly 60 percent of the new cases reported for the entire province on Friday were in the Interior Health Region.

Officials said the outbreak in the central Okanagan has tripled from around 300 cases to around 1,200 since last week. The highly transmissible delta variant accounts for 80 percent of cases.

Most of the patients are young people between the ages of 20 and 40 who have not been vaccinated or who have only received one injection.

“Most of the transmission events that we see happen at social gatherings, whether in vacation rentals, people getting together and having parties, in bars and nightclubs that we have seen,” said Henry.

Anyone who has traveled to the area recently is urged to watch for symptoms.

“We know there has now been transmission from people who have traveled to the central Okanagan and returned to different parts of the province,” Henry said.

The outbreak has also spread to the healthcare system at a time when resources are already strained due to aggressive forest fires, smoky skies and persistent heat in the region. “Dozens” of healthcare workers in acute care have been infected, officials say, and there are two new outbreaks in long-term care.

“It puts a strain on our health care system in the central Okanagan and throughout the interior, as we know Kelowna General [Hospital], for example, supports all health regions in the interior, ”said Henry.

People are seen at Kelowna City Park on Friday near Okanagan Lake. Eighty percent of COVID-19 cases in the region are due to the highly transmissible delta variant, officials said. (Wing Yip Szeto / CBC)

The restrictions announced Friday apply to everyone in the central Okanagan, vaccinated and unvaccinated.

“Right now, as we see a lot of transmission of a highly transmissible virus, we need to take action to protect everyone,” Henry said.

About 95 percent of COVID-19 patients hospitalized in British Columbia as of Friday had not been vaccinated or had only received a single dose. None of the intensive care patients have been vaccinated, Health Minister Adrian Dix said.

British Columbians aged 12 and over who have not yet been immunized can register in three ways:

People can also be vaccinated at walk-in clinics across the province.


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Cafe Leon in downtown Dalton offers baked goods, coffee and more

Cafe Leon in downtown Dalton offers baked goods, coffee and more

Aug 6 – Felicia Reyes said her father Juan’s dream was to someday own his own bakery, which the family had saved up for.

“He was very creative and loved working with leather,” she said.

When he died of COVID-19 in November, she said, it was a big blow to the family.

“It was a difficult time for us,” she said. “My grandmother passed away in August of that year. Then my father passed away. We were really devastated. Having a business was something we all wanted. But at that time we really didn’t want to do anything.”

But that dream was rekindled earlier this year, leading to the founding of Café Leon at 229 N. Hamilton St. in downtown Dalton, a bakery and cafe and sandwich shop named after the city in Mexico where his father was born and raised.

“My boyfriend and I had gone to get pictures at Fast Foto and we were walking home,” she said. “When we drove past (229 N. Hamilton St.) we saw a real estate agent here. She took us for the people she expected. When she realized we weren’t the people she was supposed to meet, she said, ‘Do you want to see him anyway?’ and we said, ‘Of course.’ The way it was set up was really great for a cafe, the bar, the lights. It was really cool. ”

Reyes, 19, returned home and informed her family of the location.

“My mom had seen this place online and loved it, but she thought it would be out of our budget,” she said. “When she found out it was in our price range, she was really excited.”

Café Leon opened on May 1st and is a real family business. Reyes said her mother Crystal prepares all the baked goods sold in the store, while her sister cooks and one of her brothers makes the coffee and another brother helps with general operations.

She said that one of the things Leon Cafe has become known for is its tortas, a type of sandwich that originated in Mexico.

“My mom has been making tortas for us ever since we were little,” she said. “When we opened, we were talking about what we should do for lunch, and she said, ‘Let’s make tortas. “We have gluten free options. We have vegan options. We want everyone to be able to come here and find something they like.”

“We have sweet coffee, unsweetened coffee, strong coffee, not-so-strong coffee, all kinds of milk, something for everyone,” she said.

Cafe Leon also sells juices and teas, avocado toast, and other items. It serves breakfast daily, with waffles, French toast, bagels and croissants on the menu.

Café Léon is open Tuesday to Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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Customer Who Got Angry And Left Maine Restaurant Sends Letter Of Apology – With $ 100 Tip


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“You never want to be ‘that guy’ and that day I was ‘that guy’.”

It’s a tough time being in the restaurant industry, whether it’s a lack of help or discussions about vaccine mandates.

Then there are the angry customers who are not used to waiting maybe a little longer than usual for service.

It’s been a lot this summer in particular, according to Tammy Stirk Ramsey, who has worked at Union Bluff in York, Maine, for about 25 years.

What she didn’t expect was that one of those angry, cursing customers would send her a letter of apology – and a big tip.

Ramsey recently received a letter from the anonymous client, who apologized profusely for his behavior and attached $ 100. In the letter, he describes how he was at the restaurant on July 5 between 5 and 6 p.m., and he and the big party with him were waiting “longer than I thought”.

At one point the man wrote that he said, “This is b *******.”

“It comes from a guy who tells people to be nice to the service staff and tip big after the pandemic – what hypocrisy,” he wrote.

“The cocktails before dinner before arriving at the Bluff may have helped – No apologies…” he also said.

The man said he planned to apologize in person.

“You never want to be ‘that guy’ and that day I was ‘that guy’,” he wrote. ” Sincerely sorry. “

When Ramsey got the letter, she said it gave him goosebumps.

“I was just overwhelmed,” she said, noting that she shared the tip with a colleague who worked with her that day.

Ramsey also shared a photo of the letter to Seacoast Eats, a Facebook group dedicated to area restaurants. His post had received around 2,000 likes and over 300 shares by Friday afternoon.

This summer has been particularly difficult in terms of customer frustration or anger.

“There have been so many cases,” she said.

It’s a stark contrast to last summer, when people were just thrilled to go out and eat when restaurants reopened after the pandemic forced them to close.

“Everyone who came was so happy,” Ramsey said. “They didn’t care if they had to wait two hours.

In addition to the unhappy customers, the restaurant also struggled to find help, which is not unique to Union Bluff. Much less of the regular summer help came back.

“We had a hard time hiring,” she said.

To those who may be frustrated while waiting to be seated in a restaurant, Ramsey says customers should anticipate that things don’t go as fast as they used to.

“I would say just give yourself time,” she said. “Be patient, be kind.”

Read the full letter:

Tammy Stirk Ramsey – Tammy Ramsey


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Red Phone Booth Underground Bar opens in Buckhead and more food news from the week


The bar offers three levels of membership, which include lounge access, private tastings, priority entry to all locations, canape reservations, and humidified cigar racks. Offers vary based on membership level.

The concept for Red Phone Booth comes from Stephen de Haan, former president of Andrews Entertainment District in Buckhead and founder of the now-closed Prohibition bar. Operating partner Ramon Arocha, who previously worked with de Haan at the Phipps Tavern, joins de Haan.

De Haan’s grandfather, a cigar smoker and pharmacist during the Prohibition era, inspired the concept.

The red telephone booth will be open from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Monday to Friday, from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Saturday and from 5 p.m. to midnight on Sunday.

Dunwoody Greek Restaurant Gyro Gyro grows with a location in the Southern food store development in East Atlanta, What Now Atlanta reports. Open in September, the restaurant will serve a variety of Greek and Mediterranean dishes, including falafels, gyros and fish wraps. Other advertised tenants of the Southern Feed Store include Buteco, Woody’s Cheesesteaks and Waffle Bar.

Chattahoochee Food Works in West Midtown added two new black-owned food stalls.

Food truck stop, which opens on August 6, is the first physical location for husband-and-wife team Jashaun and Lauren Lowery, who started Grub as a food truck business that will continue to operate. They serve a rotating menu, including crab fries, grilled lobster or crab cheese, a basket of shrimp, and funnel cake fries.

Begins August 9 It’s done baby offers baked potato dishes that you can create yourself. Toppings include vegetables, flank steak, shrimp, cheese, and fried chicken thigh nuggets, with several vegan options soon to be added. Dianna Palmer started It’s Baked Baby as a pop-up and catering business.

New tenants join a list of food court stalls that includes LoRusso’s Italian Bottega, Smoked Pearl, Flying Fish, Banh Mi Station, Sakura Ramen Bar, Monster Cravings, Pomodoro Bella, Baked Kitchen, Baker Dude, Morelli’s Ice Cream, TydeTate Kitchen, Unbelibubble Tea House, Graffiti Breakfast and Taqueria La Luz.

Billed as a globally inspired dining hall, the 31 stall Chattahoochee Food Works opened in April and is hosted by owner Robert Montwaid, creator of New York’s Gansevoort Market, and chef and writer Andrew Zimmern, James Beard Award winner, host of “Bizarre Foods” on Travel Channel.

Located at 1235 Chattahoochee Ave., the food hall is part of The Works, an 80-acre mixed-use development that will eventually house a new Fox Bros. location. Bar-BQ, Brash Kitchen and Waffle Experience, as well as several retailers. Dr. Scofflaw’s faucet room is also located at the plant.

Milkshake bar the courtyard, which opened its first Georgia location in downtown Atlanta in 2020, is slated to open a second location in the Modera Prominence mixed-use building at 3699 Lenox Road NE in Buckhead, reports the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

The concept was started by husband and wife Logan and Chelsea Green, who opened the first Yard in Gulf Shores, Alabama in 2017. There are also several other locations in Alabama as well as Florida, Mississippi and Texas. .

Authentic Chinese Wei restaurant opened a second location at 3320 Buford Drive in Buford, reports Tomorrow’s News Today. The restaurant, from restaurateur Gary Lin, opened its first location in Marietta in 2020.

More gastronomic news of the week

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Nightclubs in North Wales prepare to reopen


The CLUBBERS of North Wales will be gearing up for a night of merrymaking with the news that nightclubs can finally reopen tomorrow.

Wales have announced a change to alert level one from tomorrow (Saturday), so nightclubs in the region will be able to welcome revelers again.

Clubs in Flintshire and Wrexham will frantically polish their disco balls and dust off their dance floors ready to reopen.

The chef took a look at some of our local nightclubs to see what they have planned for this weekend and what measures will be in place to keep staff and clubbers safe.

In Wrexham, ATIK on Brook Street is hosting an Ibiza Zoo party with DJs in three different venues and performers such as waders and fire eaters on Saturday night.

Clubbers will be able to dance their socks until 4 a.m. Club manager Mat Evans said there would be classic house in the main room, with “Guilty Pleasures” in the Vinyl room and urban music in Curve.

PLUS – Public urged to continue to exercise caution and common sense when covid rules are lowered

Tickets fly away

Mat Evans said they are working hard to make tomorrow a fun and safe night that revelers will remember when it pays off.

The club held staff training sessions prior to this time and plans to allow clubbers who still wish to wear masks to do so in specially designated areas.

It will also encourage staff to wear their masks and use other appropriate personal protective equipment.

Mat said: “We are extremely happy to reopen and come back and offer the whole experience while keeping it safe and making it a night they will never forget. The whole team is ready to go. and can’t wait to leave. We’ve been in the training sessions this week in terms of safety. We will have areas where, if people want to wear a mask, they can. We also have a special cleaning regime in place.

“Clubbers who come tomorrow can look forward to the full show, complete with lights, three venues with DJs and live performers coming in, walking on stilts and breathing fire. There will be plenty of freebies.

“We had already sold 600 tickets this morning. They’re flying away.”

For more information on what is happening at ATIK Wrexham, visit https://www.atikclub.co.uk/club/wrexham/.

Return of live music

Meanwhile, Buckley’s Tivoli took to Facebook to share their glee at the news, saying: “We just saw the advice for the return of live music to Wales… MOST OF” BETWEEN YOU WILL BE HAPPY, we sure are. More info will follow tomorrow after the Welsh AM announcement. ”

This was greeted with happy responses of the type “fantastic news!” and “yay!”.

And on Twitter, they said “back to business!” with news of a rock festival featuring four bands including Crazee Bone and The Clan taking place on August 21.

The club will take special measures to protect staff and event attendees, including reducing club capacity for the foreseeable future, for social distancing purposes.

Masks can, of course, still be worn indoors, and while testing is not mandatory, the club would prefer people to do it before they surrender.

The Tivoli has a what’s new section on its website, with a combination of live music concerts and club nights.

For more information visit http://tivolivenue.com/.

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Owner’s Scandinavian roots inspire new fine dining restaurant to replace closed cafe in North Muskegon

NORTH MUSKEGON, MI – Nine months after a North Muskegon cafe closed, the renowned restaurant opens with an artisan menu and a robust wine list.

Owner Tresha Kidder closed 4 Corners Café in November 2020 when bars and restaurants were ordered for the second time to close restaurants indoors to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

After months of reimagining, renovating and getting a liquor license, the restaurant will once again welcome diners as The Valkyrie on Friday August 6.

“The North Muskegon region has always been very united and supportive of us – and this throughout the pandemic – so I just wanted to give back to the community and offer something different to the region,” Kidder said.

Related: Local Eats: 4 Corners Cafe owner “bursts into tears” for community support amid pandemic

While the 4 Corners Café focuses on coffee and sandwiches, the Valkyrie offers a relaxed dining experience with quality service. Its new Nordic concept is inspired by the Scandinavian roots of North Muskegon Norsemen and Kidder.

“I think it’s going well with the town of North Muskegon,” Kidder said. “It’s a wealthy community but also very down-to-earth people.

Kidder partnered with Devin Hekkema, a certified sommelier and restaurant manager from Muskegon, to develop the restaurant.

“We know we are different, but we try to be,” Hekkema said. “We want to give people a taste of the big city without having to leave Muskegon. “

A farm-to-table menu using fresh, seasonal ingredients has been created by Chef Zachery Skiver. It offers items like walleye with pickled elderberry, wild rice and blueberry sauce or smoked beets with wild mushrooms, rice, lemon dressing and pickled red onion.

A fully stocked bar serves cocktails, beer, and over 100 wines with bottles sold at retail plus a $ 10 corkage fee.

“We want people to be able to have good wine at a fair price and have it in our garden here,” Hekkema said.

On weekends, performances will take place at The Valkyrie, a restaurant Hekkema envisions as a gathering place where the community can come “in costume or in t-shirt.”

The building, at the corner of Ruddiman Drive and Center Street, previously housed the Keefe Pharmacy. It now has a chic dining room, a brand new kitchen and a covered patio decorated with bistro lights.

A large-scale mural painted three years ago by Muskegon artist Jimmy Cobb lights up the patio and peeks through the dining room windows. Cobb also left his mark on the updated space: a new mural of orange and purple Valkyrie wings.

Kidder said that after nine months of “long days”, she was delighted to see people filling the restaurant again.

The Valkyrie, 1900 Ruddiman Drive, is open Tuesday through Thursday from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday through Saturday from 3 p.m. to midnight.

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Muskegon Community College Offers $ 25 Gift Cards to COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics

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Restaurants

DoorDash users can now add C-Store items to their restaurant orders

DoorDash users can now add C-Store items to their restaurant orders


DoorDash this week launched a new feature, DoubleDash, which allows users to bundle items from different businesses like grocery and convenience stores into one transaction. DoorDash customers can add grocery and convenience items to their original order and checkout in one transaction and at no additional delivery charge, according to a company blog post.

DoubleDash is currently available for 7-Eleven, Walgreens, Wawa, QuickChek, and The Ice Cream Shop. It is also available for orders placed in DoorDash’s DashMart convenience store.

Customers who place an order at the restaurant can look for the DoubleDash option to add items from those stores. The available stores are listed on the app inside the DoorDash app. Theoretically, orders from these different stores and restaurants are supposed to arrive at the same time, although a line at the bottom of today’s blog post states that “deliveries may arrive separately.”

In some cities, DoorDash also offers DoubleDash for local restaurants. In these markets, users can add “free items” from other restaurants to their existing order.

All of this is further proof that DoorDash is very serious about becoming a must-have service for more than just restaurant food. In addition to launching DashMart last year, the San Francisco-based company has also launched a grocery delivery service and has existing deals with some convenience stores. As of this week, DoorDash is also said to be in talks to invest in the German service Gorillas, which offers fast delivery of groceries from small “dark stores” located in dense residential areas.

At the end of last month, DoorDash also opened a new location for its Ghost Kitchen. For now, this operation only delivers restaurant food.


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ANALYSIS: Should knowledge of legal technology be tested on the bar exam?


Lawyers are now using more legal technology than ever before. Many law schools offer students training in legal technology. And yet, we currently have no industry-wide standard method for establishing and measuring a lawyer’s legal technology skills, understanding, and competence. It made me curious: is it time for the bar exam to start formally testing legal technology knowledge?

I sought their advice from experts in law and legal technology, and here is what I learned.

There are good reasons to test …

There are several good reasons why testing legal technology knowledge on the bar exam would be a good idea.

For starters, legal technology plays an important role in the profession. According to the preliminary results of our legal technology survey of 2021, all organizations and legal departments use the technology to some extent, so it is not that radical to offer to objectively assess the skills that become each year. more essential.

After listening to retired U.S. judge and assistant law professor at Georgetown John M. Facciola in a recent podcast on eDiscovery and social media, I thought his take on this topic would be insightful, so I got it. contacted.

“Not testing a gigantic part of a lawyer’s life seems strange to me,” he said during our conversation. I imagine this may sound strange to other lawyers as well.

Dauna Williams, founder of Williams Group 5 and assistant professor at Northern Illinois University College of Law, focused on the practicalities of adding legal technology to the bar exam. “The bar has to demand it because our customers demand it,” she said. “This is a necessary step to ensure that lawyers know how to move legal analysis towards solving technological problems. A valid claim, especially since the American Bar Association (Commentary 8 to Rule 1.1) and 38 state bars have addressed the requirement for lawyers to be technically competent.

Why can’t lawyers just ask third-party vendors to handle their technology needs? They can and they do. Nonetheless, failure to understand how to use legal technology and interpret the information that comes from it could have widespread (and possibly catastrophic) consequences for this lawyer, ranging from the absence or misinterpretation of crucial information inadvertent disclosure of confidential and privileged documents. After all, as Justice Facciola asked: “If you don’t know the technology, how can you make a good decision about choosing a provider that offers reliable data security? ”

… But there are also potential drawbacks

There are concerns about testing legal technology on the bar exam, such as adding even more anxiety to candidates who are already under stress. However, most of the misgivings revolve around whether this could be effectively accomplished.

According to Uma Everett, director of Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox, using the bar exam to assess legal technology skills can be too demanding. “It would be difficult to test that on the bar exam,” she told me. After all, legal technology is changing rapidly, unlike the black letter law that is present on all bar exams.

Casey Flaherty, lawyer and co-founder of legal training firm Procertas, said “it would be difficult for the questions and the bar exam program to keep pace with the latest technology offerings.” This would indeed be difficult, bearing in mind that to do this, bar examiners would have to keep abreast of emerging technologies while testing them in an agnostic manner.

Other options to ensure legal technical competence

The concerns listed above contribute to the counter-argument that obtaining proficiency in legal technology is a task best addressed outside of the bar exam. Perhaps setting up a compulsory technology training program would be more effective than testing another subject in the dreaded crucible of the entrance exam.

Flaherty is in favor of integrating basic technical training into well-established basic law courses, saying that “basic technical training can be directly integrated into doctrine courses today”. For example, he suggests that Word training can be incorporated into first-year legal and contract drafting courses. In civil proceedings, he said, teaching the course could include PDF training to teach law students how to prepare for a compliant electronic filing.

Everett shared with me his point of view that in order to instill a sense of legal technology in lawyers, “maybe it’s better to have CLE requirements instead.” Point well taken: the respective state bars in Florida and North Carolina do just that.

Another premise is that the technical competence of lawyers can be inevitable, without any systemic change being necessary. Professor Ray Brescia, Honorable Harold R. Tyler Chair in Law and Technology and Law Professor at Albany Law School, told me that “the disciplinary mechanism of state bars and the threat of prosecution malpractice, coupled with market preference, are likely to go a long way in promoting the ultimate goal of having tech savvy lawyers. His argument is that the mechanisms already in place, combined with a laissez-faire approach to supply and demand, are sufficient to ensure that lawyers have the legal technology knowledge they need (and that clients deserve. ).

Conclusion

Efforts to train future and current lawyers in legal technology are well underway. While there are other ways to ensure competence, the formal test of legal technology knowledge would give potential employers confidence that state bar examiners have already confirmed the suitability of successful applicants. And let’s face it: if the bar exam is already the last obstacle course law graduates must overcome to officially join “the club”, how much more difficult would it be to add one more hurdle?

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KC MO wine bar joins others demanding proof of COVID-19 vaccine


With the increase in the Delta variant of the COVID-19 pandemic, the issue of mask mandates and requirements is once again a topic of discussion across much of the country.  A pedestrian walks past a discarded mask in downtown Kansas City.

With the increase in the Delta variant of the COVID-19 pandemic, the issue of mask mandates and requirements is once again a topic of discussion across much of the country. A pedestrian walks past a discarded mask in downtown Kansas City.

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Another Kansas City-area business requires customers to show they’ve been vaccinated for services as the area tries to weather another COVID-19 outbreak.

Big Mood Natural Wines, a wine bar in the city’s Crossroads neighborhood, announced on Instagram Wednesday that the company is making the decision in light of the continued spread of the delta variant in the community.

Visitors wishing to enter the store must now prove their vaccination by showing an official document or a photograph of one of them, the company said. Those unable to provide proof or unable to receive the vaccine will be asked to sit outside and wear a mask when speaking with the waiters.

The wine bar joins others in Kansas City who have recently started requiring proof of good faith vaccination. A handful of bars and restaurants adopted similar rules on Monday, when the city’s last mask term took effect.

The delta variant has been the main driver of new cases in the metro area as well as the country in recent times. The Kansas City metro area recorded 1,000 new cases in a single day for the first time since January on Wednesday.

Hospitalizations and deaths are also on the rise. And emergency rooms are so crowded that some hospitals have started asking people not to go to the emergency room unless they have a serious medical emergency.

In response to the outbreak, Kansas City reinstated a mask mandate that applies to anyone over the age of 5, regardless of their immunization status. Everyone is expected to wear masks in indoor public spaces where social distancing cannot be maintained.

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Restaurants

Local restaurants still struggle to find employees after restrictions are lifted


LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) – Since numerous COVID-19 restrictions were lifted, businesses have seen more customers, but fewer employees. Small businesses have done their best to stay afloat.

For some, running a business is more difficult than usual. Some have done employee work in addition to looking to hire. Lynchburg managers say the process has not been easy.

Virginia Lewis is a waitress at the Italian restaurant Graziano. She said: “I think what is happening is people see that they are making more money with unemployment. So they decided “if we make more money out of unemployment, we can just stay home.”

Graziano receives a lot of candidates. But they are not serious.

Lewis said: “We have had so many unemployed people who say they are going back to the job market, so they come for a few days to work and then they never show up again.”

When that happens, it leaves more work for their manager, Chelsea Easterbrook. She said, “You are trying to find qualified people and train them. So as a manager I don’t really wait for tables but ended up doing a lot. You have to do this to keep the place afloat.

At Firehouse Subs, they usually have a membership of 14 or 15, but currently they have nine.

Director James Campbell said: “A lot of people don’t want to risk coming to work. So that makes us longer hours.

Campbell added that it’s great to see sales increase, but like most small businesses, they are looking to fill all positions.

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Locals rally for Jay’s Cafe after racist tirade against owner

After a racist tirade is directed against the owner and his family, locals seek to support them in any way they can.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY, Calif .– Glenda, Susan, Mary, Betty and Elizabeth go out for lunch somewhere in Alpine every Tuesday. This afternoon they picked Jay’s Southern Cafe – a family barbecue just off the main street in Alpine and it’s not just for the brisket.

“I’m amazed it’s here,” said Alpine resident Mary Smith. “I’m stunned that someone is actually so prejudiced these days.”

Jay Cousins ​​runs his barbecue restaurant with his family.

Last week, Cousins ​​said a man called the restaurant using racist language, calling his young son the n-word and then telling Jay he wouldn’t eat there if there were black people. who were working.

“We took a day to regroup,” Cousins ​​told News 8 last Saturday. “It really took my breath away.”

Today there is a small sign hanging on the door of Jay’s Southern Cafe telling customers that the restaurant will be closed for the first week of August, but the dozens of customers who have come and seen coming at the locked door, don’t have I don’t know.

“We came last week and heard about the incident and spoke to the owner, Mr. Jay. But it’s really sad that people still use that kind of language.” Sonya Hamilton, a resident of San Diego, said.

“It doesn’t represent the community,” said Alpine local Russell Roberts. “So whoever it was, they’re probably way out in the middle of nowhere where no one can hear him speak other than through a wire.”

Although customers left the barbecue restaurant hungry today, they want to let Jay know their hearts are with him and his family.

“He has a great base here,” said Roberts. “A lot of people are backing him up and one guy is trying to tear everything down? That won’t happen.”

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Vaccinate the last shot presented in nightclubs | Merrimack Valley


LAWRENCE – COVID-19 vaccines are available at drugstores, clinics, pop-up sites, and even at block parties.

Now people can have a drink and a drink at some local nightclubs.

The availability of vaccines is increasing across the city with more neighborhood parties in parks. And, from August 13, you can also get vaccinated at a nightclub, Mayor Kendrys Vasquez announced.

“As the COVID variant comes into the picture, we need to remain vigilant and be proactive to ensure that currently unvaccinated community members are vaccinated and protected,” Vasquez said.

Using local data on unvaccinated community members, sites – including parks and nightclubs – have been “strategically chosen” to offer free vaccinations, according to the mayor’s office.

“As we have seen the successful vaccination rates for the 40+ age groups, we look forward to this effort with venues and DJs to continue to meet different populations in the city where they are located,” Vasquez said.

Vaccines will be available outside the following nightclubs from 8 p.m. to midnight:

– August 13: Vaka

– August 14: Blue Lounge

– August 28: Terra Luna

– Sep 6: Attica

Starting this Saturday, vaccines will also be available in various parks, where neighborhood parties will take place.

The photos will be offered to anyone aged 12 and over without an appointment. No ID or insurance is required. And all three vaccines – Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson – will be available, according to information provided by the mayor’s office.

Local DJs and food trucks will be present at the block parties. There will also be a range of door prizes. Additional activities will include face painting, caricature drawing, live art, obstacle course and dunk tank.

Vaccines are available at local parks on the following dates:

– August 7: O’Connell South Common

– August 21: Parthum School (Prospect Hill)

– September 4: BGCL / Water Street (Lower Tower Hill)

– Sep 18: Cronin Park (Arlington neighborhood)

This latest vaccination effort is led by Vasquez, Sen. Barry Finegold, D-Andover, State Representative Marcos Devers, D-Lawrence, State Representative Christina Miniccucci, D-North Andover) and State Representative State Frank Moran, D-Lawrence.

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Scottish nightclubs will reopen on Monday after being blocked for more than 500 days


CLUBBERS can finally return to the dance floors in Scotland after 507 days as nightclubs and bars are set to reopen.

Scotland’s ‘Freedom Day’ on August 9 will see the last of the lockdown restrictions lifted.

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Scottish nightclubs will reopen on Monday after being blocked for more than 500 days

Nicola Sturgeon has announced that the final step in lifting the lockdown restrictions will finally take place.

Nightclubs, as well as other venues that have remained closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, including strip clubs and shisha bars, will be allowed to reopen.

However, partygoers will still be required to wear face masks.

Freedom Day will mark the return of major nightlife for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic struck last year.


Nicola Sturgeon provides lockdown update and confirms Scotland’s ‘Freedom Day’ August 9


Nightclubs officially closed in Scotland on March 20, 2020.

This means that the clubs were closed for a total of 507 days on August 9.

Nicola Sturgeon said: “Moving beyond Level 0 will result in the lifting of most of the remaining legally imposed restrictions – including, on physical distancing and size limits for social gatherings.

“It also means that from August 9, no site will be legally required to close.

“This change is significant and hard-won.

“The sacrifices everyone has made over the past year and a half can never be overstated.”

The Prime Minister also announced plans for an app designed to facilitate access to Covid status certificates, including vaccination details, for international travel.

She said: “I can also confirm that we continue to look very carefully at the possible, albeit limited, use of Covid Status Certification for access to certain higher risk sites in the future.

“We are currently developing an app to facilitate access to Covid Status Certificates – which will include vaccination details – for international travel.

“It will be launched next month.

“The app will have functionality to support the use of these certificates for home settings if we decide it is appropriate.

“However, I can assure Parliament that we do not underestimate the ethical, fairness and human rights issues associated with certification of Covid status and that we will keep Members informed and consulted on our thinking. about this question.”

It marks the latest step in the Scottish government’s roadmap to drop lockdown restrictions and get the country back on track after Covid-19.

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Cafe Owner Trying To Revive Meal Program For The Elderly – NBC 7 San Diego

Café Madeleine owner Christine Perez kept her cafe open with government help and paid for it up front by serving free meals to seniors as part of her Great Plates Delivered program.

FEMA funding has kept dozens of San Diego businesses open during the pandemic.

“We were fortunate to keep the restaurant open and the employees at work. I think we’ve come into contact with a people of San Diego that we don’t see often in coffee shops, and it would be nice to give to them and give back to the community, ”Perez explained.

The Great Plates Delivered program helped seniors whose income was too high for some programs, but who had difficulty getting to the store or restaurant. Marigold Hernly, 79, was the perfect candidate as she suffers from an infection on her feet which makes shopping difficult.

“It makes it worse,” Hernly said. “I have to stay up.”

Hernly said the program “was a gift from God. It was truly a gift from God.”

But that FEMA-funded giveaway that provided three free meals a day ended on July 9.

County officials say there are other options available for seniors of all income levels, but Hernly wonders if her health improvement will continue with the other programs after what her doctor said during a recent visit.

“He says, ‘Your protein level hasn’t been this high in 10 years.’ I said it helps at all levels, the program is, “she explained.

Although the program appears to have helped Hernly’s health, Perez said the program gives its employees a special connection to some of the hundreds of seniors they serve..

“We started to think of them as family,” she said.

Great Plates Delivered helped close the gap, serving people whose incomes were too high to qualify for other programs.

In a statement, FEMA said that because California removed almost all restrictions, it decided to make July 9 its last extension. “The state will be required to justify how eligible populations remain food insecure given the high vaccination rate,” the statement said in part.

The state issued a statement saying “local nonprofit and government social service organizations may review the FEMA-funded emergency food and shelter program to complement and expand on-going efforts.”

The owner of Café Madeleine now wishes to pursue a similar program in public or private partnership.

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Family fights for iconic Sheepshead Bay Lundy’s restaurant


Lundy’s at 1901 Emmons Avenue (Culinary Institute of America and NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project)

Lundy’s served loads of fresh seafood to nearly a million diners a year at its iconic Sheepshead Bay dining room. But now the owners of the 49,000 square foot building are just serving beef in the courtroom.

A lawsuit filed Wednesday seeks to force the estate of a deceased shareholder to sell his stake in the company that has owned the Lundy’s building since 1988.

When Brooklyn entrepreneur Dimitrios Kaloidis died in September 2019, he left 25 shares in Sheepshead Restaurant Associates, owner of the iconic building at 1901 Emmons Avenue. While Lundy’s closed decades ago, its once deteriorated building has been restored and a recent appraisal valued it at $ 11.4 million, making Kaloidis a 25% stake to almost 3 millions of dollars.

Now George Kaloidis – his brother and co-shareholder – is suing to force the estate to sell the shares. The lawsuit is based on a 1988 shareholders’ agreement stipulating that deceased shareholders are obligated to offer their shares for sale to existing owners. Despite the clause, the Kaloidis estate did not respond to George’s offers, according to the documents.

George Kaloidis, who already owns 50 shares in the company, has filed a lawsuit against Georgia Kaloidis, Dimitrios’ widow, and Paul Kerantas, a New York accountant, who are the executors of the estate.

“I think this is a purely procedural matter,” said Alex Kleyman, lawyer for George Kaloidis. In the next few days, Kleyman plans to file a summary judgment motion, which would settle the case without a full trial. Georgia Kaloidis could not be reached.

Lundy’s Restaurant was an institution in Brooklyn, providing special dining to the borough’s middle and working class for nearly half a century. When it was built, it was one of the largest restaurants in the country; At its peak, Lundy’s served an average of 10,000 people on a Sunday, according to the Landmarks Preservation Commission.

It was built by Irving Lundy in the teeth of the Great Depression, just as Sheepshead Bay emerged from decades of construction. In 1929, as a government-sponsored facelift completed modernizing the neighborhood’s exploded piers, Lundy decided to expand his fish shop into a two-story restaurant on Emmons Avenue.

That year he acquired prime bay land for his “Seafood Palace,” and when construction was completed in 1934, he moved his restaurant there. It was by far the largest in the area and could accommodate 2,400 to 2,800 people (the number varies depending on the establishment’s many stories).

Lundy’s family kept the restaurant in business for some time after his death in 1977, but sold it along with neighboring land for $ 11 million in 1981. Lundy’s was closed for years and as the building went down deteriorating, it seemed doomed to demolition.

But Sheepshead Restaurant Associates bought the building in 1988 and ultimately divided it into 15 rental spaces, with a handful of restaurants downstairs and a few commercial tenants above.

The iconic exterior, with its stucco walls and low-pitched tiled roof, remains largely the same, including the FWIL Lundy Brothers lettering in the original font above the entrances, for the founder’s initials , whose full name was Frederick William Irving Lundy.


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