June 2022


Local life: Richland Library hosts free coffees during the summer holidays, celebrates Independence Day in the Midlands and much more!

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO) — The Richland Library is hosting free summer vacation coffees at three different locations for kids and teens. Children and teens under 18 can get a free meal from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday through August 12. These three Columbia locations include the Edgewood Library on Oak Street, the North Main branch on North Main Street, and the St. Andrew’s location on Broad River Road. Meals are on site and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO)– Prime Time in the Parks is back for another summer in the capital. The free events for young people run until August 19.

A schedule of Columbia City events can be found below:

  • July 1
    • Community Event: Movie Night at the Park at Pinehurst Park, 2300 Pinehurst Road
  • July 8
    • Game Night Mania at Hyatt Park, 950 Jackson Avenue
  • July 15th
    • Community Event: Movie Night in the Park at Hyatt Park, 950 Jackson Avenue
  • 22nd of July
    • Teen Summer Party at Greenview Park, 6700 David Street
  • July 29
    • Community Event: Movie Night at the Park at Page Ellington Park, 2220 Gregg Street
  • 5 August
    • Teen Wildin’ Out Party at Pinehurst Park, 2300 Pinehurst Road
  • August 12
    • Badges and Parks Alliance Basketball Game, MLK Park, 2300 Greene Street
  • August 12
    • Community Event: Movie Night in the Park at Page Ellington Park, 2220 Gregg Street
  • August 19
    • Teen Summer Kickback at Hyatt Park, 950 Jackson Avenue

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO) — There will be a children’s 4th of July parade in Camden this weekend. Children are invited to show their patriotic spirit by decorating their bicycles, scooters and wagons, and wearing their red, white and blue for the sixth annual Children’s 4th of July Parade. It begins Saturday, July 2 in downtown Camden at 10 a.m., with activities outside Camden Town Hall. You can watch the parade by parking on Rutledge Street. The event is free.

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO) – The City of Lexington will also host its own Independence Day celebration this weekend. The 246th Army Band will play a concert, followed by a large-scale fireworks display. It begins this Friday at 7:30 p.m. The best viewing areas include the Icehouse Amphitheater, Main Street restaurants, Lexington Square Park and other downtown areas.

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South Africans take on more unsecured debt and repay secured loans faster

Consumers relied heavily on unsecured loans and credit cards to make ends meet in the first quarter of the year while also paying off their secured loans faster.

The country’s banking industry continues to face new challenges in returning to pre-pandemic levels of activity amid rising risks of stagflation and high inflation combined with high unemployment and sluggish demand.

The knowledge of TransUnions Q1 2022 South Africa Industry Insights Report shows that consumers were increasingly interested in retail and other unsecured credit, such as credit cards and unsecured personal loans, as high inflationary pressures forced them to use credit to offset increases in the price of goods.

At the same time, secured lending products such as home and auto finance experienced the opposite, seeing fewer new loans and lower outstanding balances, with lower loan-to-value ratios and supply shortages in the auto industry.

Lender feedback also suggests that amid the three rate hikes between November 2021 and March 2022, some consumers may have considered reducing their monthly repayments by paying more than required per month to pay off their large debts.

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Notable increase in new unsecured loans

The report showed a notable increase in new unsecured loans, but outstanding loan balances declined across all major consumer loan categories compared to the first quarter of 2021, with the exception of non-bank unsecured personal loans, which saw a modest 0.9% increase.

Outstanding balances often reflect consumer sentiment and related willingness to spend, and these results were further supported by the results of TransUnion’s Q1 Consumer Pulse Study over the same period.

This study showed that nearly a third of consumers (32%) experienced a drop in household income and looking ahead to the next three months, more than half (53%) said they plan to reduce their discretionary spending.

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Consumers are trying to reduce secured loans

On the other hand, the study showed that for secured home and auto loans, new loans and balances declined, although the reasons for the decline in outstanding balances were different.

While outstanding balances for unsecured loans often reflect current purchasing activity, secured loan balances often reflect the consumer’s long-term planning due to significant repayments.

Evidence suggests that consumers are looking to reduce their financial obligations amid rising interest rates. The average loan amount decreased by -5.8% in the fourth quarter of 2021 due to an inflow of new loans for lower-value housing.

In the auto industry, the trend is for consumers to pay off vehicle financing loans earlier by selling “extra” vehicles as prices for high-quality used cars rise as used car price inflation has risen from 3.7% to 7.9%.

This recent decline in secured loan balances was also reflected in sentiment TransUnion Consumer Pulse study this suggested that nearly one in three (32%) consumers said they intend to pay off current debts faster.

“We still see a mixed picture of the recovery. The South African consumer credit market was still trending back to pre-pandemic activity levels when the shock of inflationary pressures related to the conflict in Eastern Europe hit,” said Lee Naik, CEO of TransUnion Africa.

ALSO READ: SA Consumers Still Overstretched

Long road to credit market recovery

He says while some sectors of our economy, like mining, have benefited from increased demand, overall consumer sentiment and disposable household incomes have been negatively impacted.

“Based on our latest insights, it is clear that the recovery in the South African consumer credit market will remain protracted and volatile.”

Despite a rebound in new loan growth across a number of key categories compared to the low levels of 2020, the number of consumers participating in the consumer credit market remained relatively flat, increasing by just 0.3% over the past year.

Evidence shows that growth in unsecured lending across multiple categories was focused on underperforming consumers. For credit cards, 68% of total lending in December 2021 was subprime and quite similar for bank personal loans (63% – up 9.4%) and non-bank personal loans (68% – broadly flat).

TransUnion expects a higher overall level for non-bank personal loans compared to bank personal loans, as this category has historically been tailored to meet the needs of higher-risk consumers.

ALSO READ: Consumers warned against falling into debt spiral

Increased demand for unsecured loans

“We are seeing growth in new business volume – particularly in credit card and personal loan products. In uncertain times, these products are in increasing demand as they can provide consumers with the much-needed liquidity to fund any cost increases for everyday necessities,” says Naik.

He warned that lenders need to be extra aware of this trend and use advanced analytical techniques to determine which consumers are likely to be resilient and able to continue making repayments.

Lender feedback also suggests that at least some of the positive changes in clothing accounts (down 290 basis points), retail revolving accounts (down 50 basis points) and installment loans (down 30 basis points) were not necessarily due to improved household finances, but rather to concerted ones Debt Collection Efforts by Lenders.

“With the ongoing global macroeconomic headwinds affecting South Africa, it is important that lenders and consumers remain vigilant. Rising inflation and interest rates, caused by the fallout from the Ukraine conflict and global supply shocks, have put additional pressure on an already strained consumer credit market, which was still recovering from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and flooding earlier in the year .

“Although we expect performance to continue to vary across product categories and consumer groups, lenders that continuously monitor their portfolio and adjust their lending strategies accordingly will be the ones who will be successful and best placed to meet consumer needs.”

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Wilmington-area restaurants place town in Yelp’s Top 10 list

Yelp, the national crowdsourced review website, has released a new list with new summer travel inspiration. They used restaurant recommendations from their users for a list of the top ten US food destinations.

Three North Carolina cities, including Wilmington, made the list.

After:A guide to local seafood: Wilmington-area restaurants serve North Carolina fish, shrimp and more

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The report made a point of mentioning that Yelpers love the crab cakes at Bridge Tender, 1414 Airlie Road, near Wrightsville Beach. This is a local spot where you can enjoy great food while admiring the view of the Intracoastal Waterway. They also say the crab dip from Cape Fear Seafood Company, which has a local restaurant in Leland, Porters Neck and Monkey Junction, is particularly popular.

The Bridge Tender Restaurant at 1414 Airlie Road in Wrightsville Beach is a local favorite overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway.  FILE PICTURE

Yelp’s data science team regularly compiles a list of destinations for foodies, researching which cities got the highest restaurant ratings from foreigners and what visitors enjoyed the most. For the 2022 list, they only included places with fewer than 250,000 residents that have “must know” food scenes.

Asheville, home to some of the recent James Beard Foundation award winners, was No. 1 and Kill Devil Hills in the Outer Banks was fourth on the list. Elsewhere in the region, Charleston, SC and Savannah, Ga. were also among the “Small towns, big flavors” spots.

After:Asheville restaurants Chai Pani and Cúrate win 2022 James Beard Awards

Allison Ballard is a food and restaurant reporter at StarNews. You can reach her at [email protected]

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Liberty Personal Loans Review |

By providing loans with personal attention, Liberty offers the big four banks an alternative personal loan solution.

Since entering the fray in 1997, non-bank lender Liberty has specialized in consumer credit, offering a range of products from home loans and personal loans to business and commercial loans. Liberty has helped over 600,000 Australians by providing over $40 billion in funding.

Liberty Personal Loan

Liberty offers a single unsecured fixed rate personal loan product for amounts ranging from $5,000 to $80,000 for a variety of uses including:

  • debt consolidation

  • home renovations

  • public holidays

  • wedding expenses

  • medical bills

  • education fees

  • motor vehicles

Check out some of Liberty’s personal loan offerings below.

*Comparative rates are based on a $30,000 five-year loan. Warning: This comparison fare is for this example only and may not include all fees and charges. Different conditions, fees or different loan amounts may result in a different comparison rate. Rates are effective July 5, 2022. View disclaimer.

Liberty personal loan features

Individual interest rates

Liberty offers personalized interest rates, which means borrowers receive interest rates tailored to their current financial circumstances, based on factors such as credit history, creditworthiness, employment status, cash flow, and loan amount. Borrowers who are classified as low-risk and have good credit and history can expect a lower interest rate compared to other types of borrowers.

Continue reading: Guide to risk-based personal loans

Flexible repayments

Liberty personal loans can be repaid weekly, fortnightly or monthly with terms ranging from three to seven years. Regardless of whether the repayment is weekly, fortnightly or monthly, the due date is always one month after borrowing – the so-called anniversary.


Aside from a loan setup fee, which ranges from 0% to 5.5% of the loan amount depending on your estimated risk, Liberty does not charge any ongoing, early repayment, early termination, or discharge fees.

digital process

Applying for a Liberty personal loan is a hassle-free online process, from an online application with a two-minute estimate to a decision in one to two business days.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible for a Liberty personal loan, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Applicants must be over 18 years of age.

  • Applicants must be Australian citizens or permanent residents.

  • Applicants must be employed and earn at least $20,000 per year (the majority of your income cannot come from government benefits) to be eligible.

  • Applicants must have good credit.

  • Applicants are only allowed to use the loan for personal use.

What do I need to provide to get a Liberty Personal Loan?

In order to determine your personal loan rate and to successfully complete your Liberty personal loan application, you may be required to provide the following information and documents:

  • Personal data such as name, address and date of birth.

  • Driver’s license, passport information, and/or Medicare card information.

  • Proof of your address – for example a utility bill.

  • Proof of your income in the form of payslips and bank statements.

  • Details of your daily expenses.

  • List of current assets and liabilities.

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The 9 Best Bar Stools in 2022

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Bar stools have become very popular at home. Versatile seating lets you make the most of your kitchen counter space, but it’s important to note that there’s a difference between the stools you see in restaurants or bars and the ones you should have at home.

As Beautiful houseHadley Mendelsohn’s editor points out that your home bar stool (or what she calls a counter stool) should be shorter because most counters are built lower. Once you’ve gotten your measurements right, it’s important to think about what you want from the seat. For example, a backless stool, although less comfortable, offers more flexibility because you can sit on it in more ways than one. Then there are backed styles, which are more comfortable for those who use the counter as a dining table. Swivels can be a stylish option but aren’t the best for kids, but of course we’ve highlighted plenty more on our list.

When it comes to materials, smooth, waterproof leather or metal stools are the easiest to wipe down. Remember that wicker or textured surfaces can be vacuumed clean and always be on the lookout for the number of each purchase. Wayfair often sells them in sets of two, making your purchase even more affordable. Since the kitchen is probably where most of your friends and family gather, there’s no better time to switch seats and give the room a practical upgrade.

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Bar stools at the best value for money

Walsh Upholstered Stool, Set of 2

  • Sturdy frame
  • Comfortable loop seat
  • Iconic modernist, Bauhaus design
  • White fabric may be subject to stains

Looking for an elegant and comfortable essential? Look no further than AllModern’s upholstered stools featuring a fashionable rattan back. It’s gorgeous and you get double with every purchase.

Honest opinion: Beautiful! Even prettier in person. Comfortable and good back support! I have the counter stool size and it is perfect. Highly recommend.”

Best Budget Bar Stools

Pinney Countertop and Bar Stool, Set of 4

  • Rubber floor mats to prevent scratches
  • Advantageous price
  • Will rust in wet conditions, such as outdoors

Looking for an affordable set you don’t have to think twice about? Snag our best suggestion which is four for the price of one. The stools are lightweight, yet sturdy and because they’re made of metal, keeping them clean is a breeze. It even made it into shopping editor Isis Briones’ basket when she furnished an old apartment, read her thoughts below.

Honest opinion: “I only signed a three-month lease when I was between locations at the height of the pandemic. The T2 I got had an island, so to avoid spending a lot on a place I didn’t Wasn’t going to have for long, I used it as a dining table and ordered these white stools which were only about $40 apiece.A great buy that I passed on to a friend after moving house.

Best Outdoor Bar Stools

Eucalyptus Patio Stool

  • Sustainably harvested, FSC-certified wood
  • Mortise and tenon construction
  • Only available in one color

This FSC-certified eucalyptus wood bar stool is sturdy, beautiful, and durable enough to withstand changing weather conditions. You can add a cushion (sold separately) to add a touch of color and comfort.

Best Leather Bar Stools

Brenner Stool Black Leather

  • Strong and durable leather
  • Easy to clean
  • Sculptural backless curves may not be comfortable for long periods of time

Pottery Barn’s handsome leather stool has just like a durable contoured leather seat, a swivel, and it’s available in counter and bar height (in case you use it for a high table). You can also buy it in different shades of leather and it is sold in sets of two or individually, which is ideal for buyers who need an odd number.

The best velvet bar stools

John Swivel Bar Stool

  • Easy assembly, according to customers
  • Soft material
  • Comfortable and padded back

Nothing beats the soft feel of velvet, so give yourself the chance to sit in it daily. Plus, there are a number of eye-catching colors to choose from, so take your pick.

Honest opinion: “Assembly wasn’t too difficult. The pile is so smooth I like the sturdiness. Nice yellow and appears as is.”

Best backless

Jonah Counter Stool

  • Real wood construction
  • Easy to clean
  • Not adjustable
  • Shipping can take up to three weeks

Next, a quality classic stool that will never go out of style. Plus, it’s made to last as it’s crafted with real elm wood and can be ordered in natural or black wood. In short, you will be able to take full advantage of it.

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Best Adjustable Bar Stool

Adjustable Height Swivel Bar Stool, Set of 2

  • Several colors
  • Cleans with a damp cloth
  • Affordable; Two for the price of one
  • The base seems wonky for some customers

With a swivel and adjustable heights, this is another great choice. Available in over 10 colors (we’re obsessed with teal), these stools are popular, functional and can add a splash of color to any kitchen.

Honest Review: “I love these stools. I ordered 8 in total. Comfortable and easy to clean.”

The most modern bar stools

Whitney stool

  • Unique color block design
  • Cleans with a damp cloth
  • Lightweight so not ideal around children due to tipping hazard

Give your space a contemporary touch with a stool featuring stunning faux leather and walnut wood accents. It also swivels and adjusts so it looks nice and practice.

The best rattan bar stools

Tammy bar stool

  • Handmade rattan
  • Deep seat for maximum comfort
  • Only suitable for indoor use

Ready to invest in rattan? Lulu and Georgia’s comfy chair will add texture and a cool coastal vibe to your home. It’s obvious craftsmanship.

What to look for in a bar stool?

Height (bar stool vs counter stool)

Reminder: The bar stools you sit on when you go out are usually 30 inches tall and unless you have a high table in your home, buy the 24 inch counter stool option. Overall, make sure your measurements are correct and don’t make the mistake of ordering a chair that’s too high.

Back or no back?

“I highly recommend going for a bar stool with a back,” adds Briones. “As a slow eater, being uncomfortable for a long time is horrible, and bending over does your posture a disservice.

How many are in each set?

Take a second to check how many come in each set. While most purchases are sold individually, there are sets that come in twos or fours that are a total bargain. And having matching seats doesn’t hurt either!

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Nightclub faces charges for ‘blasphemous’ advertising

29/06/2022 Indonesia (International Christian Concern) – A chain of nightclubs in Indonesia is facing backlash over what is called a profanity marketing campaign. The incident is the latest example of the harshness of Indonesia’s recently overhauled blasphemy laws, which are often used to oppress religious minorities in the Muslim-majority country.

In an advertisement that has since been removed, the club, Holywings, promised a free bottle of gin for men named Muhammad or women named Maria every Thursday as part of a promotion.

The strong reaction from the Indonesian public and government was mainly in response to the use of the name Muhammad in the campaign.

Alcohol, prohibited by Islamic law, is sold throughout Indonesia, as it is technically a secular country. However, alcohol consumption is strongly frowned upon by conservative Muslims. The Prophet Muhammad’s association with the promotion of alcohol consumption in nightclubs was highly frowned upon.

Following the post, several Islamic youth organizations reported the leadership of Holywings to the police for allegedly committing blasphemy. Other groups have threatened to raid the station’s premises.

At a televised press conference last Friday, police presented six suspects involved in the spread of the advertisement, including the creative director of Holywings and the head of its promotional team. They were dressed in orange shirts typically worn by criminal offenders in Indonesia. Their faces were covered.

The group have been charged with multiple offenses including blasphemy and, if implicated, could face up to 10 years in prison.

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Collectius acquires first time over $800 million in bad debt in Vietnam

SINGAPORE, June 29, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Collectius, a leading restructuring partner for financial institutions in Asiaacquired its first portfolios in Vietnam more than secured since entering the market at the end of last year $800 million of non-performing loans (NPLs) from a Vietnam-based commercial bank.

The transaction, which involves a combination of credit cards and personal loans, represents Collectius’ largest single acquisition to date and demonstrates a growing need for debt restructuring solutions in the country as loan defaults become more common due to the impact of the pandemic.

The bad loans were a joint acquisition by Collectius and IFC, a member of the World Bank Group. Both parties entered into a partnership in 2020 to a 60 million dollars Distressed Asset Recovery Platform Program (DARP)[1] which focuses on the acquisition and liquidation of distressed assets in emerging markets. Through this program, it has helped many customers in the region meet their financial obligations and regain their creditworthiness. IFC is also a minority shareholder of Collectius.

Additionally, Collectius recently acquired NPL portfolios from a leading super app in South East Asiaas part of a regional deal covering five countries inclusive Vietnam. Through these NPL acquisitions, Collectius now serves more than 195,000 customers in Vietnam and is in discussions with several financial institutions to acquire additional portfolios.

banks one Vietnam This year is expected to see rapid loan growth as the economy reopens after two years of COVID restrictions, and the ratio of non-performing loans in the country is likely to rise as regulatory leniency on loan restructuring expires. The State Bank of Loan Moratorium Vietnamwhich allows banks to extend their repayment terms to customers ends on June 30, 2022.

Vietnam is one of the fastest growing economies in the world and the banking system, together with the central bank, is accelerating the process of bad debt handling and restructuring. As a leading fintech pioneer in purchasing unsecured debt, we look forward to working with partners in the country to contribute to a well-functioning NPL market, which is key to a healthy banking sector,” he said Gustav A ErikssonGroup CEO at Collectius.

Collectius is engaged by major banks and financial institutions and continues to expand its position as the preferred buyer of consumer NPLs South East Asia, Use of technology and digital strategies to build additional maintenance capacity. It applies what it calls the “Collectius Way of Collections” – one based on ethics, compliance with local and international regulations and a personalized and tailored approach. Collectius also ensures that all clients who undergo its processes benefit from greater financial literacy, gaining knowledge of interest accumulation and the various fees that banks and creditors add to an NPL, guiding them along the way to freedom from debt

About Collectius
Collectius is a leading restructuring partner for financial institutions in Asia. With surgeries in it Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, India and Vietnam, it has a growing presence of over five million customers in these markets. Collectius aims to transform the debt management industry Asia. Its processes are specifically designed to provide an end-to-end digital user experience that is secure, simple and frictionless. It is digitally driven to enable an efficient and professional mediation process that sets the benchmark for the entire industry. Collectius is majority owned by its two founders Gustav A Eriksson and Ivar Björklund, the rest is owned by International Finance Corporation (IFC), Stena AB and Formica Capital.

[1] IFC press roomIFC and Collectius launch the first distressed asset recovery platform to address the impact of COVID-19 on the banking sector and consumer finance in Germany East Asia Pacific. September 16, 2020.

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Makeshift pandemic restaurant patio space becomes permanent in some Minnesota cities

Dumpsters and trash cans lined the small back passage known as the “garbage lane” between the brick buildings near Commercial Street in downtown Stillwater.

But since a cleanup by local business owners at the start of the pandemic, the space has been converted to outdoor dining tables and ax throwing pits. And it will remain so for the foreseeable future.

The revitalization of Stillwater’s Union Alley is a testament to the ingenuity of Twin Cities restaurants who were forced to modify their dining establishments to comply with COVID-19 restrictions. It also shows the willingness of some municipalities to try to reduce municipal licensing red tape and compromise with its small businesses.

“On days like this, all the action is outside,” said Sara Jespersen, who led much of Union Alley’s transformation, as she stood in the middle of the room at Eat lively early Thursday evening. “I hate to say COVID was an opportunity, but it turned into her.”

Jespersen opened his ax throwing bar the lumberjack in December 2019, just months before it and other businesses were forced to close as COVID-19 spread in the spring of 2020. When restaurants were allowed to reopen later in the summer, they were only able to have dinners out, per state rules.

But the problem was that the woodcutter didn’t have a patio.

So Jespersen glanced down the stinking alley outside his back door.

“Nobody would ever walk through it,” Jespersen said, of the alley she said was known as “the armpit of Stillwater.”

Jespersen had already considered the potential of the driveway. Just before the pandemic, Jespersen approached several businesses that used the alley to store their trash. As part of a mutual agreement, the group consolidated its fifty bins in and around the alley into three dumpsters and a recycling container, which made better use of the space.

In June 2020, neighboring business owner Joe Ehlenz of Lolito Cantina assisted in the process of cleaning, deodorizing and pressure washing the driveway. Jespersen hung lights between the buildings. A $5,000 donation from a local family helped Jespersen build two ax throwing pits and set up tables that could be used by both restaurants.

“Having that aisle available…it created momentum that gave me so much hope that we could do it,” Jespersen said.

Ehlenz said Union Alley was a godsend at the height of the pandemic, and now it’s the icing on the cake as sales have picked up and Lolito is poised to generate pre-pandemic numbers.

“I think it’s a really cool space that’s way better than it was,” he said.

In 2020, after Governor Tim Walz made changes to allow outdoor dining in June, many local cities issued executive orders relaxing rules so portions of streets and parking lots could be used for patios. .

After the peacetime governor’s emergency ended last summer, some cities have started to tighten outdoor dining rules again. But some have taken a hybrid approach to allow for particular patios.

Last February, Stillwater City Council indicated it wanted to end the city’s temporary allocation for outdoor seating in public spaces, but city officials agreed in April to approve an encroachment agreement as a pilot project to allow the Union Alley patio to continue. The city council was supportive as the driveway is not a full public street and there would be no loss of parking as the driveway was an unused and degraded area.

“Most of us know how terrible this alley used to be,” Mayor Ted Kozlowski said at the city council meeting.

Union Alley adds new energy as visitors flock to the city for outdoor activities, such as riverboat rides and Lumberjack Days, which will return in July after a two-year hiatus, Robin Anthony said. executive director of the Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce.

“It’s pretty amazing how busy it is,” Anthony said.

Across the metro area, other patios that have sprung up during the pandemic are also allowed to stay.

When St. Paul’s declaration of emergency expired in April and ended the mayor’s temporary allocation for outdoor seating permits and licenses, Urban Growler co-owner Jill Pavlak frantically sent an email to city staff trying to save his brewery’s extended patio, which increases the capacity of his drinking room by a third. Within a week, Urban Growler got the approvals it needed.

“What we see is that people still want to be outside. … The virus is still with us and there are different levels of comfort,” Pavlak said. “When it’s hot, people are more outside than inside.”

Brian Ingram, co-owner of Hope Breakfast Bar on the outskirts of downtown St. Paul, hopes his restaurant will also get city approval to keep its patio space, though his situation is a bit more complicated.

During the pandemic, the short stretch of Leech Street that connects Grand Avenue and 7th Street between Hope Breakfast Bar and Cafe Astoria has been blocked off for cars to allow for outdoor dining space.

Ingram asked the city to give up the street and offered to pay to turn it into private property. If a deal is struck, it would add capacity for an additional 75 seats to the 100 already served inside the restaurant.

“When COVID arrived, [the patio] became a lifeline,” Ingram said. “If we hadn’t had that, Hope wouldn’t exist today.”

Going forward, Ingram said he wants to add trees and possibly a seasonal skating rink. “We hope to be able to set a precedent,” he said.

St. Paul officials say they are working with companies that want to expand their service areas on a case-by-case basis.

Minneapolis, which is still operating under an emergency bylaw, still allows loose zoning and business licensing regulations for outdoor spaces. City workers have discussed extending benefits past the emergency expiration, but Minneapolis’ ordinances code is expected to change.

“We are still early in the exploration process with internal departments and external agencies to see if there would be a viable path to pursue outward expansions in the future,” Minneapolis spokesman John Louis said. .

In Edina, the city has allowed restaurants in the 50th and the business district of France to generally keep their slightly enlarged terraces, although they still need permits.

“We saw no reason to go back and over complicate a process that works well,” said Bill Neuendorf, Edina’s director of economic development.

In Saint-Cloud, the city has continued to allow patios along 5th Avenue for now as it tries to revitalize its downtown area.

For Union Alley in Stillwater, Jespersen plans to fundraise to commission mobile art murals and chalk art as part of an “Art Alley” concept.

“It will continue to evolve, instead of being an armpit, in a dynamic space,” she said.

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US Supreme Court won’t consider lowering bar for proving defamation

The sun sets over the United States Supreme Court in Washington, U.S., January 26, 2022. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

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  • Megachurch sued for being designated a hate group because of LGBT views
  • Case challenges ‘actual malice’ requirement for defamation claims

(Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to review the lawsuit of a Florida megachurch challenging its designation as a hate group, avoiding an opportunity to review the high bar at which the figures public faces to prove the defamation allegations.

Court rejects motion by Coral Ridge Ministries Media Inc, which says it lost ability to collect charitable donations from Inc customers after the Southern Poverty Law Center deemed the church a hate group because of its anti-LGBT action. views.

The SPLC maintains a list of widely cited organizations it considers hate groups. Amazon prohibits these groups from participating in a program where customers can choose to donate a portion of their purchases.

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Coral Ridge had urged the Supreme Court to revisit its landmark 1964 decision in New York Times Co v. Sullivan that public figures and entities must show that a defendant acted with “actual malice” in spreading false information to outweigh libel claims.

The church said the standard was impossible to meet in many cases and that public figures, like other plaintiffs in defamation cases, should not be required to prove actual malice.

Coral Ridge attorneys at the National Center for Life and Liberty did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Neither did the SPLC and Amazon, which was a defendant in the lawsuit.

Amazon rejected Coral Ridge’s offer to be added to the charity program about five years ago. Coral Ridge argued that its religious belief that homosexuality is wrong does not make it a hate group.

The Sullivan Standard has come under intense scrutiny in recent years, including in a series of lawsuits filed by conservative figures and organizations against media outlets and advocacy groups.

Former Alaska governor and running mate Sarah Palin, a Republican, is expected to pursue a challenge against Sullivan after losing a libel case against The New York Times in Manhattan federal court earlier this year. Palin filed a notice of appeal in the case earlier this month.

On Monday, Judge Clarence Thomas, in a brief dissent from the court’s denial of Coral Ridge’s motion, said a fresh look at the actual malice standard was warranted.

“This case is one of many that show how the New York Times and its progeny have allowed the media and interest groups to level false accusations against public figures with impunity,” Thomas wrote.

The case is Coral Ridge Ministries Media Inc v. Southern Poverty Law Center, United States Supreme Court, No. 21-802.

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Three nightclub managers detained for operating without a license in Damansara Utama raids

PETALING JAYA: Three nightclub managers have been arrested for running their business without a valid license.

Five foreigners were also arrested for having worked without valid papers.

Petaling Jaya OCPD Asst Comm Mohamad Fakhruddin Abdul Hamid said the three men were arrested following a series of raids on nightclubs here over the weekend.

“We first raided a nightclub in Damansara Utama at around 9.45pm on Saturday June 25 and checked five staff and 33 patrons.

“None of them have committed any violations, so we checked the premises for business and liquor licenses,” he said in a statement on Monday (June 27).

He stated that the manager produced the business license but failed to produce the liquor license.

“We then seized 14 bottles of alcohol and arrested the manager for further action,” he said.

ACP Mohamad Fakhruddin said a second raid was carried out at another nightclub in Damansara Utama around 1.45am on Sunday June 26.

“The nightclub was raided for operating beyond the permitted hour and we checked six staff, including five foreigners who were working without proper permits.

“The premises manager did not produce a valid liquor license and 24 bottles of liquor were seized,” he said, adding that the premises manager and five foreigners had been arrested.

He said another raid was carried out at another nightclub in Damansara Utama minutes later and 12 staff members and 517 patrons were checked.

“The nightclub was operating past the permitted time and the venue manager was arrested,” he said.

ACP Mohamad Fakhruddin said the police would not compromise with anyone breaking the law.

“Strong action will be taken against nightclubs that operate in violation of the law,” he said.

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Closure of the Phoenix cafe to make way for affordable housing

PHOENIX — A Phoenix cafe that has been serving visitors for more than eight years is closing its doors and making way for an affordable apartment complex.

The Acacia Heights complex, which will be located at Seventh Avenue and Camelback Road, will serve low-income families once it is developed, according to a press release.

The move comes after Refuge Café, a cafe overseen by Catholic Charities Community Services, announced it would serve its last cup of coffee on site on June 30.

The complex should consist of several buildings with various units ready to accommodate a variety of people.

The final two phases of Acacia Heights received funding in early June, with construction of the 66-unit Phase Two and 68-unit Phase Three expected to begin in the coming weeks, according to the release.

Development costs for phase two are approximately $24.3 million and will yield a mix of units of 21 one-bedroom apartments, 21 two-bedroom apartments, 21 three-bedroom apartments and three four-bedroom apartments. and two bathrooms.

The third phase will bring a single five-story building with a mix of 35 one-bedroom apartments, 18 two-bedroom apartments and 15 three-bedroom units, with units aimed at families with incomes between 40% and 60% median income.

Among a range of amenities for both phases are an outdoor courtyard, playground, sports field and community garden.

Rents will be based on household income and will range from $600 to $900 per month for one bedroom, $700 to $1,100 for a two bedroom unit and $800 to $1,200 for a three bedroom unit .

“The Refuge Café has had an excellent run over the past eight years, winning both accolades and awards, including Best Non-Profit Restaurant in 2016, as a wonderful gathering place for those committed to the helping others,” said Steve Capobres, vice president of business development for Catholic Charities Community Services. said in the press release.

“This same commitment to serving others will carry the coffeehouse legacy to the many families who will soon call Acacia Heights home.”

An affiliate of the cafe will remain open at Sky Harbor International Airport in Terminal 4.

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627 restaurants penalized, 92 restaurants closed as part of the crackdown on expired food

Thiruvananthapuram: Crackdown on restaurants with poor hygiene standards and those serving substandard food is ongoing in Kerala.

So far, the licenses of five restaurants have been canceled after stale food was seized. A total of 92 restaurants were closed during the inspections themselves, according to a note issued by Local Government Minister MV Govindan on the inspections carried out at the local body level.

Officials from the health wing of local agencies carried out checks in 3,599 restaurants and expired food was seized in 545 food outlets. Notices were sent to 1,613 restaurants. A total fine of 19.03 lakh was also imposed on 627 restaurants. Action was taken against 131 grocery stores that were operating without a license.

Teams led by health inspectors are carrying out spot checks in grama panchayats and inspections have been stepped up across the state, the minister said.

10,750 kg of stale fish seized

Aryankavu, Kollam: As many as 10,750 kg of stale fish were seized in Aryankavu during an inspection by the food security wing on Friday night.

The tuna was transported in three vehicles from Cuddalore in Tamil Nadu to Karunagappally in Kollam district, Alamcode in Thiruvananthapuram district and Adoor in Pathanamthitta district. The fish was found to be unfit for consumption upon inspection.

The samples were sent to the laboratory to find out if the fish had been contaminated with a chemical other than formalin and ammonia.

Since the beginning of the ban on trawling in Kerala, more and more fish are being imported from other states.

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Kentucky man pardoned by former governor is back behind bars

A Kentucky man pardoned by former Governor Matt Bevin is back in jail. Johiem Bandy was 15 when he was convicted of robbery. But in 2019 he was pardoned before Bevin left office. Covington Police say the 20-year-old attacked his child’s mother with a gun. They say the woman managed to take the gun away from him and shot him. “This will be one of those cases where the victim isn’t really the victim in the story,” Asst said. Chief Brian Valenti, Covington Police. Bandy is charged with strangulation and domestic violence. He is due back in court next week.

A Kentucky man pardoned by former Governor Matt Bevin is back in jail.

Johiem Bandy was 15 when he was convicted of robbery.

But in 2019 he was pardoned before Bevin left office.

Covington Police say the 20-year-old attacked his child’s mother with a gun.

They say the woman managed to take the gun away from him and shot him.

“This will be one of those cases where the victim isn’t really the victim in the story,” Asst said. Chief Brian Valenti, Covington Police.

Bandy is charged with strangulation and domestic violence.

He is due back in court next week.

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Police investigate possible terror attack after mass shooting at Norwegian nightclub

OSLO, Norway — A mass shooting that left two people dead and 14 injured in the Norwegian capital of Oslo on Friday night is being investigated as a possible terror attack, police said.

A Norwegian citizen of Iranian descent has been arrested, investigators told a news conference. They added that the suspect was known to police but not for major crimes.

The acting head of Norway’s security services, Roger Berg, called the shooting an “extreme Islamist terrorist act”, adding that the suspect had “a long history of violence and threats”.

He said the man was arrested shortly after the shooting at the London Pub, a nightclub and bar popular with the LGBTQ community in the city and the streets around it.

The authorities of the Scandinavian country have raised the terrorist alert to the highest level.

Police attorney Christian Hatlo said the suspect was being held on suspicion of murder, attempted murder and terrorism, based on the number of people targeted at multiple locations. The suspect’s mental health was also under investigation.

“Our overall assessment is that there are reasons to believe he intended to cause serious fear in the population,” Hatlo said on Saturday.

A handgun and an automatic weapon were seized in connection with the shooting, police said.

Eyewitness Olav Roenneberg told Norwegian public broadcaster NRK that he “saw a man coming with a bag”, before “taking out a gun and starting shooting”.

“At first I thought it was an air gun. Then the window of the bar next door was smashed and I realized I had to take cover,” Roenneberg said. , journalist.

It was not immediately clear what the motive for the attack was or whether the shooting had anything to do with the Pride parade due to be held hours later in Oslo.

The organizers, however, canceled the parade on the advice of the police.

Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere called the shooting “a cruel and deeply shocking attack on innocent people” in a Facebook Publish.

Photographs published by newspaper VG, broadcaster NRK and others showed a large gathering of emergency responders outside the London Pub, including police and paramedics.

Helicopters hovered over central Oslo as ambulance and police car sirens sounded across the city.

Oslo University Hospital said it was put on red alert after the shooting.

Norway is a relatively safe country but has seen violent attacks by right-wing extremists, including one of Europe’s worst mass shootings in 2011, when a right-wing extremist killed 69 people on the island of Utoya after detonating a bomb in Oslo. which killed eight people.

In 2019, another right-wing extremist killed his half-sister and then opened fire at a mosque but was subdued before anyone was injured.

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Why are employees more likely to qualify for instant personal loans?

When it comes to an instant personal loan, employees are more likely to get it easily. There are several reasons that affect creditworthiness.

In this blog, we will discuss the same thing so that you can understand it better.

A personal loan is a type of loan that can be used for multiple purposes. Whether you are planning a trip, are in financial or medical distress, or have outstanding debt, this loan can be your savior in any situation. Another benefit of acquiring this loan is that it is unsecured in nature. You therefore do not have to provide any collateral in order to obtain these.

An employed individual or self-employed person may apply Instant Personal Loan. However, a salaried applicant has a higher chance of qualifying for an instant personal loan and the reason for this is their income stability.

An employee has a stable income, which eliminates the lender’s concerns about repaying the loan. On the other hand, a self-employed person does not have a defined monthly income, which raises concerns for lenders about their creditworthiness to repay the loan.

The most important factor that every lender considers before granting an instant personal loan is that the borrower has the funds to repay the debt on time. And because of their steady income, employees typically have an advantage over non-employees in terms of credit availability.

In addition, there are other elements that affect creditworthiness. Let’s take a look at them.

Factors affecting the eligibility of a personal loan

Below are the factors that affect the eligibility of a personal loan –

Employer – The organization you work for has a big impact on your ability to get an instant personal loan because your company’s reputation is taken into account when calculating your eligibility.

Outstanding Debt – Your financial obligations are defined by your outstanding debt. If you previously borrowed and have significant outstanding bills, your lender will be skeptical about repaying. As a result, you may have trouble getting the loan.

creditworthiness – A credit score is a three-digit number between 300 and 900. When determining your personal creditworthiness, this is one of the most important factors that lenders evaluate. Your credit rating shows how creditworthy you are. Maintaining good credit makes it easier to get an instant personal loan. To be eligible for this loan, you must have a minimum credit score of 750.

Eligibility criteria for an instant loan for employees

Here are some of the general eligibility criteria that a person must meet in order to take out an instant personal loan.

● You must be a resident of India.

● Your minimum age should be 21 and maximum age should be 60 years.

● You must have worked as an employee for the current organization for one year.

● You must not default at any bank.

● Your credit score should be at least 750.

Required documents for an instant loan for employees

Below is the list of documents.

● Proof of identity (Aadhaar card, passport, driver’s license, voter’s card)

● Proof of Address (Aadhaar Card, Voter ID, Driving Licence, Passport, Utility Bills)

● PAN card

● Age-proof

● Bank statement for the last three months

● Payslips for the last three months

● Form 16

Immediate personal loan fees

Several financial institutions offer personal loans at different fees. You can compare them based on their interest rates, processing fees, and other related fees to choose a better option.

Final remarks

A personal loan with instant credit is the best option to free yourself from any financial burden. In addition, you can use the above information to learn about the eligibility criteria, required documents and different interest rates for this loan. As a result, you can choose the best financial institution for your needs.

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Fundraiser for Church and Subway Cafe to Save Space in Santa Monica

Church and non-profit cafe closed following bogus vermin complaint

By Dolores Quintana

Metropolis Santa Monica is a mixed-use facility located at 603 Arizona Ave downtown, which includes a cafe called Metro Café. It is a non-profit organization and church that seeks to serve the community, especially those at risk or who may be forgotten. Their programs and services are intended to help the most vulnerable, low-income seniors and families, as well as homeless people.

Metro Café was closed for 11 months during the pandemic, which severely hampered its ability to fund its organization. Metropolis owes deferred rent to its landlord since the time during the COVID closings When the Café, their main source of income, had been closed.

Last December, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) received a complaint that the cafe’s kitchen was infested with vermin shortly after Metropolis attempted to reopen the cafe. When public health showed up to investigate the establishment, they found that the allegation was completely false, however, the Department of Health found that the exemption of the Metropolis Café as a secondary use establishment should be upgraded to a full restaurant facility license. They have since been working with the city to be able to get the permit, but that involves new architectural plans and renovations that Metropolis has paid for.

Asked about the issues in Metropolis, a public health spokesperson posted this response via email: “A complaint regarding a cockroach infestation at the Metro Café located at 603 Arizona Ave., Santa Monica has been the subject of an investigation by our public health inspector on December 21, 2021. Although the visit did not validate the cockroach complaint, it did reveal that the restaurant was operating without a public health permit, which is required by law in the state. The restaurant was ordered to close and submit plans to public health. The business owner has received the necessary information to become compliant and to be able to apply for a public health permit. Also, our records indicate that this is a new kitchen and not a remodel.

When asked who was responsible for the bogus complaint, the spokesperson replied that the names of those filing complaints with Public Health are not public records.

On May 18, 2022, the Metropolis landlord gave them three days notice to pay or vacate the full rent of $44,000. Metropolis has set up a GoFundMe ( to help raise $50,000 to pay deferred rent. Currently, donations total $17,531.

We asked Pastor Steven Snook for an update on Metropolis’ situation regarding the three-day notice to pay or leave and he replied via email, “We were able to accommodate some of the landlord’s requests. We have come to an agreement and are catching up on the deferred rent that is due. We are always here. The cafe isn’t open yet, but the ball is now in our court as far as the city is concerned.

Pastor Steve added: “I want to reiterate that I don’t want to talk about the owner. We owed the back rent, we just weren’t able to pay it in full and he wasn’t able to extend it any longer to meet us where we were.

The owner did not respond to inquiries before press time.

Metropolis is an organization made up of three distinct parts: Metro Church, Metro Co-lab and Metro Café. During the pandemic, Metropolis has incredibly been able to continue feeding the needy from its soup kitchen and pantry, despite the many problems it has faced.

Metro Café is Metropolis’ model donation café which is their main source of funding for their charity work and organization in general. Although the store is run on a donation model, it has proven to be an important source of revenue for the organization. Without the revenue generated by Metro Café, Metropolis cannot continue to exist in its current form. During the pandemic, the organization served 35,000 people and provided 15,000 meals, 63,000 grocery bags and 35,000 hygiene kits. They have also organized many different events.

Founder and pastor Steve Snook was also a chaplain with the Santa Monica Police Department for 19 years and a chaplain at UCLA Hospital. Pastor Steve said the organization first gained access to the Sixth and Arizona property in 2015. He said the church’s mission has become to show the community how up-to-date Metropolis is. community and meet community needs.

According to Pastor Steve, about four and a half years ago, the organization realized that residents of the 13-story tower next to the Metropolis facility needed regular grocery deliveries in order to survive. It became clear to Metropolis during the pandemic that these grocery bags were essential for the seniors who lived in the tower and Metropolis continued to donate these essentials to seniors through its Our Neighbor’s Pantry program which distributes the races to tenants on Thursday.

In addition to our neighbor’s food pantry, the church has the Sunday lunch program where volunteers prepare meals and hygiene kits to distribute to those in need.

Volunteer Tiffany Lam said, via email, “Santa Monica has a large number of homeless people as well as many older people who have no other means of community, and Metropolis has provided them with more than food. and hygiene, but someone to talk to and a place to congregate without fear of judgment Our fear is that if we lose our physical location overnight, older people and people with disabilities homelessness that we nurture will have no one to turn to.

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Accused Oxford High School Shooter Sues GED Behind Michigan Bars

Accused Oxford High School shooter Ethan Crumbley, now 16, is continuing his education in prison.

The teenager appeared in court Thursday, June 23, virtually from Oakland County Jail for a regular placement hearing review. Under Michigan law, the court must review Crumbley’s placement every month because he is being held in adult prison as a juvenile.

An earlier point of contention for the defense in its efforts to have Crumbley transferred to a juvenile facility concerned his ability to access educational opportunities behind bars.

“He’s cemented his educational opportunities,” Oakland County Assistant District Attorney Markeisha Washington said during Thursday’s hearing. “He has since received the device needed to take his GED classes and is indeed doing so.”

Crumbley was a sophomore at Oxford High School when police say he carried out a mass shooting on November 30 that killed four classmates.

The four students killed in the shooting were: Madisyn Baldwin, 17; Tate Myre, 16; Hana St. Juliana, 14; and Justin Shilling, 17. Seven other victims, including six students and a teacher, were also injured.

Oakland County District Judge Nancy T. Carniak previously ruled that Crumbley should remain in adult prison and considered him a “potential threat to other minors.”

Despite being physically separated from other inmates, Crumbley was allowed access to an electronic tablet to email his family from prison.

Crumbley is charged with 24 felonies, including committing a terrorist act causing death, and four counts of first degree murder. He faces mandatory life in prison if convicted.

His lawyers, with the agreement of prosecutors, have asked Presiding Oakland County Circuit Judge Kwamé L. Rowe to adjourn the trial date, originally scheduled for September 6, so that they have more time. time to consider the huge amount of evidence in the case. Rowe agreed and set a new trial date for January 17 at 8:30 a.m. He also decided that Crumbley would remain in prison.

Rowe has scheduled a review hearing regarding Crumbley’s placement in jail for July 21 at 9 a.m. The hearing will take place via Zoom.

Ethan Crumbley’s parents, Jennifer and James Crumbley, are separately charged with four counts each of manslaughter, which carries up to 15 years in prison, and are also being arraigned in Oakland County Jail along with $500,000 in cash or bonds.

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Carlisle’s new Popland nightclub will open next month

A NEW nightclub is opening in the city.

Called ‘Popland’, it’s a pop music nightclub that will play all the hits from the 70s to the 00s.

A retro-style club, it will open next month on Botchergate – and hopes to be something more, with a special photo booth and new cocktails on offer.

It will be open every Friday and Saturday evening, from 6 p.m. to 4 a.m.

Luke Brown, the owner of Popland, said: “Popland is launching in Carlisle, opening July 22.

“Expect nothing but wicked 70s feel-good pop.

“With an investment of £200,000 expect an amazing sound system complete with new lighting.

“Feel like you’re in the Bahamas on our jet ski photo booth.”

He said the club would come up with new cocktails and “crazy” drink deals and aimed to be “the place to be”.

Their grand opening will be on July 22nd and patrons will finally be able to find out what it was all about as posters have recently been put up outside the future club building along the nightlife bustling Botchergate.

They’re also currently looking for staff to apply for and, in their own words, “get paid to party.”

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Popland offers a host of vacancies in bars, shots, promotions and floors, which they claim come with excellent pay rates, perks and benefits.

For anyone interested in applying for one of the new vacancies, which include roles at the bar, as a shot porter and salesman, promotional work and vacancies, they are welcome to message their Facebook page .

The official grand opening of the club will take place on July 22 at 6 p.m., lasting ten hours, until the early hours of the following day at 4 a.m. on July 23.

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Ministry of Defense approves placement of roadside amenities at 75 border crossings

The Border Roadways Organization (BRO) has received approval from the Department of Defense (MOD) to install roadside equipment at 75 locations in 12 states and union territories.

Slated to be dubbed “BRO Cafes,” the plan is to make basic amenities available to tourists on different sections of the roads, which in turn will boost economic activities in border areas while generating jobs for locals.

A ministry statement read: “Amenities such as parking for two and four wheelers, a food court or restaurants, separate toilets for men, women and people with reduced mobility, first aid facilities such as MI rooms, etc. are offered to be provided in these lanes. Amenities.”

“The BRO has its reach in the most remote border areas and in addition to meeting strategic needs, it has been instrumental in the socio-economic uplift of the northern and eastern borders. This has led to an increase in the influx tourists in these picturesque places, hitherto inaccessible”, added the Ministry of Defense.

“In order to ensure conducive and comfortable transit of tourists on these roads located in difficult climatic and geographical conditions, the need to establish multi-service road facilities as well as major tourist routes in these regions has been recognized. the inaccessibility and remoteness of these roads prevent large-scale commercial deployments, the BRO, by virtue of its presence, has taken it upon itself to open such facilities in remote locations,” the ministry statement said. .

Ministry approval for the establishment of BRO cafes has been given in the states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Nagaland, Punjab, from Rajasthan, Sikkim, Uttarakhand and West Bengal.

Locations of all 75 BRO cafes

In Arunachal Pradesh, cafes will be set up at Daporijo, Bame, Koloriang, Pasighat, Menchuka, Moying, Thumbin, Yinkiong, Tippi, Durga Mandir, Km 79, Tenga, Rama Camp, SelaTop, Tawang, Jengthu, Hayuliang, Wakro, Changwinti.

Assam will have cafes in two locations, namely Tezpur city and BP Tinali. In Himachal Pradesh it will be at Km 8.5, Km 0.5, Km 11.8, Sissu, Manali, Kharo, Sumdo.

Jammu and Kashmir will see cafes at TeePee, Tragbal, Hussaingaon, Km 95, Km 117.90, Km 58, Galhar, Siot, Bathuni, Budhal, Kapotha, Surankot.

In Ladakh it will be in Matiyan, Kargil, Mulbek, Khaltse, Leh, Hunder, Choglamsar, Rumtse, Debring, Pang, Sarchu, Agham, Nyoma, Hanle.

In Nagaland it will be in Jakhama and Punjab will have cafes in Fazilka. In Rajasthan, the cafes will be set up in Tanot Dett, Sahuwali Vill, Birdhwal and Arjansar.

In Sikkim, the cafe will be in Kupup Dett while West Bengal will see a cafe in Melli. And finally, Uttarakhand cafes will be at Darkot, Km61, Km57.44, Bhaironghati, Birahi, Gwaldham, Pandukeshwar, Manera Bypass, Nagni and Kamand.

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In restaurants and bars, vodka sales are skyrocketing, but why?

There is a change happening in the world of vodka. It may be subtle and long in coming, but it’s still gaining momentum. It is above all a change of perception. The types of consumers who previously didn’t consider ordering a vodka cocktail now do so in droves, specifically naming the premium brand they prefer, and bartenders who have come to an industry that has qualified vodka black sheep from the backbar are now breaking new ground in the category with nostalgic recreations flooding the pages of the mainstream press.

“We have recently seen tremendous growth in sales at on-site catering establishments,” says Estelle Horysa-Hubert, Absolute Elyxbrand manager. “Our sales are exceeding pre-pandemic levels.”

An ever-increasing push towards premiumization has occurred in the spirits industry, but vodka, more than any other category, has seen lower sales in lower priced segments in 2021 compared to gains in premium categories. , according to Distilled Spirits Board of the United States (DISK), losing 1.68 million nine-litre cases of sales in the two lowest price tiers, while gaining 3.6 million cases in the two highest tiers.

Even before the pandemic, the numbers indicated an increase in vodka’s already lofty status. In 2019, total on-premise vodka sales increased 5.9% in the United States, according to IWSR Beverage Market Analysis. But with the long-awaited return of consumers to bars after the pandemic-era hiatus, vodka’s positioning there has only grown and is set to continue.

The big picture

The buzz for vodka in restaurants and bars may seem at odds with recent reports of other spirits categories cannibalizing the category’s share. In a June press briefing, IWSR Drinks Market Analysis predicted that whiskey sales in volume will overtake those of vodka in the United States by the end of the year, marking the end of the two-year streak. decades of vodka as the number one category of spirits in the US

However, vodka still represents a huge slice of the pie: in 2021, vodka generated $7.3 billion in revenue with 78.1 million nine-liter cases sold, according to DISCUS. It’s also no secret that vodka has long been a key revenue driver for many establishments there.

“Vodka has been the top seller in bars for some time now, even with the rise of other spirit categories, such as American whiskey and agave spirits in particular,” says Tyson Buhler, national beverage manager at the house of Mort & Co..

But consumer demand is changing. However, as consumers return to bars overall, they are displaying more of a treat mentality, opting to upgrade their appeals because after the past two years they feel they deserve it. “Now when consumers go out for a drink, they’re opting for premium liquors that really enhance the overall experience,” says Katie Redlien, brand director at gray goosewhich saw a crazy 181% increase in on-site sales in 2021.

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Photo courtesy of St. George Spirits.

St. George’s Spirits also benefited from this windfall. “Understandably, people seem to really want to go back to their favorite bars and restaurants,” says Dave Smith, the head distiller. “Some markets have seen minor growth, while others have come back to life with strong demand and significant growth.”

Suffice it to say, vodka’s status as a sales mainstay but little else of relevance is changing, and so is its motto in cocktail culture. The vodka goes from the elephant in the room to, well, the elephant on the top shelf. Rising demand continues to give the category even more momentum.

Big changes in the appeal of vodka

Many of the cocktails that seem to dominate the conversation today – the ones consumers walk into a bar and order by name even when they’re not on the menu – are made with vodka, from the Vodka Martini to its caffeinated cousin , the Espresso Martini.

“Even the Cosmopolitan is making a comeback…[you can thank the new] sex and the city streaming series [And Just Like That]says Johnny Swet, the founding partner of jimmy rooftop bar at Modernhaus SoHo in New York. Alcohol has completely permeated the digital airwaves: Alcohol brands’ digital ad spend grew 9% between 2019 and 2023, according to a Zenith report—and that’s driving some of the trends. “Television marketing and streaming services with product placement have entered our psyche,” adds Swet.

Go a little deeper and it’s easy to connect the dots with viral cocktail trends and endless TikTok explainer videos – hello, Happy Hour by Stanley Tucciand even the semi-ironic weird feelings, including, yes, the Dirty Shirley, which has been disconcertingly heralded as the drink of the summer by mainstream publications. For the more classic, however, the Martini reigns supreme. “The Martini is experiencing a massive boom in cocktails and pop culture,” says Redlien. “Last year, demand for martinis grew 25% in bars and restaurants across the country, according to Technomic, and dominated pop culture, as we saw the Dry Martini, Dirty Martini and the hugely popular Espresso Martini take over our social media feeds.”

As for the Espresso Martini, it has become a wrecking ball. “You can hardly walk through a bar or restaurant and not see at least one on a table at any given time,” Buhler says.

The idea of ​​cyclical trends, as well as the allure of nostalgia, is something that Redlien, Buhler, and Horysa-Hubert each call out. “It’s a glamorous service that has been sipped for years and can transport the drinker to another era of elegance, and I think consumers are so drawn to the martini right now because of the trend of nostalgia everywhere we look,” says Redlien.

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Photo courtesy of Haku Vodka.

A number of the early leaders of the cocktail renaissance banned vodka from their menus as a way to establish their craft credentials. Pioneer Audrey Saunders, co-owner of New York’s now-closed Pegu Club, didn’t carry vodka as a way to introduce drinkers to then-old-fashioned gin. Vodka was previously defined as “without distinctiveness, aroma, taste or color” by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), but both the attitude towards the spirit and its definition by the TTB have been updatedand many current bartenders are now embracing it.

“Bartenders are driving the resurgence and reinvention of vodka as the world knows it, with key players like Leo Robitschek championing the spirit and showcasing its versatility in cocktails, giving drinks give vodka the place they deserve on their menus,” says Horysa-Hubert.

Haku Vodka experiments with the potential reach of vodka by pairing it with food, especially with other vaunted culinary touchstones from Japan, drawing a straight line that consumers can easily connect. “We have focused on our wine pairing programs at on-site establishments that showcase Haku Vodka. with a variety of gourmet categories, including premium sushi,” says Susan Gibbons, Senior Director of North American Marketing for Suntory Beam.

“Top chefs and top mixologists across the country have embraced Haku as a spirit around which they can create great programs,” adds Gibbons. For example, during the early stages of the pandemic, the chief Sonoko Sakai led virtual cooking classes pairing Haku Vodka highballs with his Japanese curry dishes. Meanwhile, in Chicago Kumiko BarJulia Momose served Haku Martinis and highballs in her cocktail flights and alongside dishes from the kitchen’s vaunted culinary program.

New areas of growth

Flavored vodkas, which account for a fifth of on-site vodka sales, according to CGA on-site measurement, continue to thrive, especially with brands with more natural processes and authentic flavors. The days of cotton candy and bubblegum vodkas are long gone.

“Vodka drinkers tend to have their favorite appeal and are often less interested in exploring other brands,” Smith says. “They must have an important reason to step out of their comfort zone. Premium flavored, naturally made vodkas are one of the few ways we connect with that person. St. George has seen great success with its Green Chile and California Citrus vodkas, for example, the former being rolled out in Mules and Bloody Marys, and the latter in martinis.

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Death & Co’s Supper Club Martini in New York, which includes Haku Vodka. Photo courtesy of Death & Co.

While Death & Co doesn’t dedicate much of its menu to vodka cocktails, Buhler calls St. George one of the craft vodkas that have long stood out on their team for “being made with an emphasis on flavor.” spiritual character”, in addition to the options, including PSD, Goodand wooded creek.

Another area of ​​growth is vodka designed to be both lower in alcohol and lower in calories. While most brands would refrain from referring to any alcohol as being good for you, consumers show a preference for beverages that they perceive as healthier options.

“Like most other categories, the spirits industry has seen a growing desire for ‘better for you’ products made with fewer calories, lower ABV and quality ingredients,” says Redlien, pointing to the range of herbal infused gray goose essences. for example. “Since launching last winter, consumer response has been even better than we expected.”

The trends driving vodka’s current momentum aren’t going anywhere, and premiumization will continue to be paramount in the conversation. Of course, interest in premium vodka is nothing new. “While we’ve continued to see people more interested in the premium segment of the vodka market, the vodka category has been leading the charge in premiumization for decades,” Smith says.

A new point, however, is how consumer behavior has changed during the pandemic to build on this. “After so many months at home during the pandemic, consumers have truly embraced the true luxury of ordering a craft cocktail at their local bar, served the way they like it by their favorite bartender,” says Redlien. “It’s great to see consumers share this sentiment, and we hope the momentum continues for onsite in the months to come.”

Jake Emen is a freelance journalist whose drinks coverage has appeared in outlets such as AFAR, Barron’s, Condé Nast Traveler, Departures, Food and Wine, GQ, Imbibe, USA Today, Vinepair, Whiskey Advocate, Wine Enthusiast, and a wide range of other print and digital publications. Follow him online @ManTalkFood.

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Galesburg Council approves grants for bars, residential beekeeping and receives Hawthorne update

Galesburg City Council on Monday, June 20, had a busy and diverse agenda. They approved front grant deals for The Bar 65 and Iron Spike. The two projects are mainly financed by businesses but will allow two establishments in the city center to expand and improve their facades.

Aldermen have approved an ordinance that now allows beekeeping in residential areas. Keepers need only acquire the appropriate licenses from the Illinois Department of Agriculture.
Acting City Manager Wayne Carl also provided a quick update on Hawthorne Pools. He says the rust isn’t as bad as feared, but due to rising construction costs, repairs would likely be as costly as originally anticipated.
Some public comments have also raised concerns about the security of the Broadview Hotel lot with Railroad Days around the corner. Community development manager Steve Gugliottas said staff have been looking at options for fencing around the building and possibly boarding in the future.

The Galesburg City Council also approved a resolution that signifies a new training tower for the Galesburg Fire Department. The tower is used to create realistic fire and rescue training for firefighters, but it is about 18 years old and no longer structurally safe to use. City staff applied for and received a $200,000 grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, and the city will pay the remaining $115,000. Aldermen Bradley Hix thanked Rep. Dan Swanson for his assistance in securing public funds.
Council also held a discussion on the Traffic Advisory Committee’s recommendation that Council not allow UTVs or golf carts on public roads. Carl relayed the weighing of the benefits of TAC; like saving on gas and inconvenience; such as security issues. Carl said if the council wanted to license vehicles they could, but city staff would have liked to work on a licensing system. Some aldermen asked questions but did not specify their intention to override the advisory committee.

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Disgusting consequences of lost items in a Perth nightclub

Nightclub sunrise cleanup reveals disgusting aftermath of a typical Australian night out – as revelers leave behind VERY unusual items

  • Perth nightclub captured lost property footage of people on a wild night out
  • Includes sanitary napkin, belt, baby toy, phone screen and birth control pills
  • The staff were also praised, “rip the cleaners, you better get paid well”

A Perth nightclub has revealed some of the weird and disgusting deals people lose on a crazy night out.

The video, posted to TikTok by The Court Hotel on Monday, shows the hard work of staff once the lights are finally turned on at closing time.

Staff members were confronted with a wide range of lost items including a sanitary napkin, belt, papaya cream, phone screen, baby toy and birth control pills.

A Perth hotel has revealed some of the weird and disgusting things people lose on a night out (pictured, picture of belt left behind)

These included a sanitary napkin, belt, papaya cream, phone screen, baby toy (pictured), shirt and birth control pills

These included a sanitary napkin, belt, papaya cream, phone screen, baby toy (pictured), shirt and birth control pills

“How do you lose that,” the video’s voiceover asked regarding the belt photo.

“Someone’s got dry lips…not the papaya,” could be heard when the photo of papaya cream on the disgusting floor surfaced.

The video ends with the shot of birth control pills with the caption “ohh girl you’re in trouble”.

The clip drew strong reactions from viewers, who showed their support for club staff.

The video ends with the shot of birth control pills (pictured) with the caption

The video ends with the shot of birth control pills (pictured) with the caption “ohh girl you’re in trouble”

“Respect the cleaning crew,” one person commented.

Another added: “RIP the cleaners, you better get paid well.”

“Man, I’m so sorry for you guys,” a third person said.

While a fourth person wrote: ‘My girlfriend tried to leave without her pants on and some nice staff helped her get them back…poor people don’t get paid enough for this fight.’


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Crypto Loans | The climb

The concept of digital currencies has gone mainstream. Even though the concept of crypto has become a bit dated, it still spawns all sorts of new ideas.

The latest trend from the crypto world is crypto loans. This newfangled hybrid of lending and digital currency is gaining traction, for better or for worse. But is mixing personal loans and volatile cryptocurrency a good idea? And where can you even find crypto loans? This guide answers these questions and more.

What is cryptocurrency?

Cryptocurrency is a digital currency that aims to eliminate central bank dependency through publicly distributed ledgers known as blockchains. Electronic tokens and keys are traded via online exchange platforms.

In theory, crypto is the widespread, low-cost solution to many of our banking problems.

In practice, crypto is a volatile asset that is most commonly used for speculative investing. But that has slowly changed in recent years. More and more retailers are starting to accept cryptocurrency payments. And you can even pay taxes with it in some places.

As crypto grows in popularity (and utility), millions of Americans are keen to give crypto a try. Studies show that the majority of American adults — in fact, 56% of them — own or have once owned crypto. And around 41% of refusers intend to jump on the bandwagon soon.

There are even new ways to fund your investments, including crypto credit cards, a product that 61% of Americans have shown interest in. And now the next new thing, crypto lending, is coming.

What are crypto loans?

First things first, we will discuss what a crypto loan actually is. On the surface, it sounds like a personal loan that you use to buy cryptocurrency. But it’s a bit more complicated than that.

Crypto loans are secured loans offered by some crypto brokers and wallets. You use your existing cryptocurrency assets as collateral. In other words, crypto loans are secured loans that allow you to use crypto you already own to lower your interest rates and adjust your repayment.

Related: Best Crypto Apps and Exchanges

For example, a crypto loan allows you to borrow up to 50% of the value of your crypto deposits. You can use the borrowed money to invest in additional cryptocurrency. In some cases, you can withdraw the borrowed funds as cash to fund other personal or business purchases.

What are crypto flash loans?

Flash loans are a niche type of loan unique to the crypto market. They are unsecured loans that can be borrowed for a single crypto transaction. They are called flash loans because that is an appropriate description of their duration as flash loans must be repaid before the transaction ends. Flash loans are mainly used for arbitrage opportunities (when a crypto is priced differently in two markets at the same time). They are expert level tools and not for the average investor.

Is it a good idea to buy crypto with a loan?

This is the key question to ask yourself before getting a crypto loan. Because while the process has a few advantages, there are also a number of disadvantages.

Benefits of Crypto Lending

There are some advantages of crypto lending that might be attractive to some borrowers:

There is no credit check. Crypto loans are backed by your existing crypto and never exceed the value of that collateral. Therefore, in most cases you do not have to undergo a credit check. As long as you have an active wallet account with the exchange and enough collateral, you can qualify for the loan. This is in stark contrast to traditional credit, which is hard to come by without credit.

Interest rates can be quite low. For regular personal loans, a good interest rate depends on your credit rating and the terms of the loan. With crypto loans, your credit doesn’t matter. And because these are secured loans, they usually have relatively low interest rates. Some offer prices below 10%.

The time between application and funding can be hours. You will not be dealing with traditional banks or insurers. In addition, your loan is fully secured. This means you can go from application to approval to financing in the same day (although this can vary by lender).

Disadvantages of crypto lending

All loans have disadvantages, but crypto lending has a number of disadvantages that are unique as they are. Consider all of these potential issues before agreeing to a crypto loan.

You cannot touch your collateral. Any crypto you pledge as collateral for your loan is dedicated to this purpose. As long as you owe money on your loan, these assets are out of your direct control.

Interest accrues in dollars. Like any other loan, crypto loans also incur interest. And that interest is not based on the value of any particular crypto. If you are located in the US, a fixed exchange rate in US dollars will apply instead. And you must pay back any interest accrued as part of paying back your crypto loan.

There is often a low LTV (loan-to-value ratio). Most crypto loans have a fairly low LTV. We’re talking as low as 50%. So if you pledge $1,000 worth of crypto, you could end up getting a loan of just $500. With some lenders, you may be able to earn a higher LTV depending on what you do with the loan proceeds. However, expect higher interest rates for a better LTV.

When crypto prices fall, you need more collateral. Since you are using a volatile asset as collateral, there is a good chance that the value of that collateral will decrease over the course of your loan. If the value goes down, the crypto lender may require you to pledge additional assets to cover the difference.

Loan repayment terms can vary significantly. Some crypto loans can run more or less indefinitely as long as the value of your collateral is preserved. Other loans have repayment terms of hours, days, or weeks. Make sure you know how long it takes you to pay off your loan so you don’t get caught in a quandary.

Crypto is very volatile. We addressed that above, but it’s worth mentioning again. Cryptocurrency is not a stable investment. While there can be some very high highs, there are also extremely deep lows. Whether you’re talking about the value of your collateral or the value of investments you make with the money from a crypto loan, it’s all very risky.

Alternatives to crypto lending

There are two main reasons to take out a crypto loan:

  1. They want to keep investing in crypto.
  2. They want cash for something else.

If your end goal is to buy more crypto, be wary of alternatives. Anything that involves taking on debt or using assets to buy crypto carries many of the same risks as using any type of crypto loan.

But if you’re just looking for a loan for something else, such as For example, home repairs or investing in your business, some of these alternatives can be viable options.

Traditional bank loans

While not as en vogue as crypto lending, traditional bank lending is the tried and true funding method. As long as you have good credit, you can usually get decent interest rates and a consistent repayment schedule. Additionally, a personal loan from a bank is usually unsecured, so you don’t have to rely on your investments to maintain a stable value to keep your loan profitable.

Learn more: How do personal loans work?

The money from a personal loan is deposited into your bank account. From there, you can use it to fund whatever you need. If you’re going to use this to fund an investment, make sure you understand the risks involved. This goes double for a volatile investment like crypto.

peer to peer lending

This alternative to borrowing from the bank is a newer product — though not nearly as new as crypto loans. Peer-to-peer loans are essentially like traditional personal loans, except they are not funded by the bank. Instead, they are funded by people who essentially invest in the loan.

Related: The best peer to peer lenders

Peer to peer loans can sometimes be easier to obtain than traditional loans because the underwriting process is different. However, they come with the same risks as any other loan, including interest charges.

Credit cards without interest

For those looking to fund non-crypto purchases, a credit card with a 0% introductory APR offer can be extremely useful. You can shop with it like you would with any other credit card. The difference is that you will not earn any interest on your purchases during the intro APR period. (However, you must still make your required minimum payment each month.)

This method has a few disadvantages:

  • You need at least good credit. Most 0% introductory APR offers are on cards that require good to excellent credit to qualify.
  • The interest rate will reset to the go-to rate at the end of the introductory period. The default APR on a credit card is often very high, so be sure to cash out your balance before the introductory period ends.

On the other hand, if you are looking for a way to fund crypto purchases, this method may not be the answer. Here are some of the problems:

  • Capability: Some credit card issuers and networks prohibit using your card to purchase crypto.
  • Costs: Most crypto exchanges charge an additional fee to buy crypto with a credit card. There’s also the potential cash advance fee (below).
  • Interest: Your card issuer may count crypto purchases as cash advances. In this case, not only do you have to pay a cash advance fee, but cash advances are not typically included in these 0% APR introductory offers. In this case, you start earning interest at the standard rate immediately.

If you intend to use your credit card to buy crypto, make sure you know what you’re getting into. Before you buy, find out if buying is even allowed and how much it will cost you.

Learn more: Buy cryptocurrency with credit card

Credit Card Rewards

If you’re looking for ways to fund the purchase of more crypto, using your credit card rewards is probably the least risky. There are two ways to do this, depending on the type of rewards credit card you use.

The easiest way is if you have a crypto rewards credit card. In this case, your purchase rewards are usually automatically used to purchase the crypto of your choice. As with any other credit card, you can even avoid paying interest charges if you pay off your balance in full before the due date.

Related: Types of Cryptocurrencies

If you have a regular cashback rewards card, the process is a bit more complicated. In this case, you must withdraw your rewards. Then you can use that money to buy crypto through a crypto exchange. Choose an exchange that does not charge investment fees to get the most crypto for your money.

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‘Fun’ Beeston cafe to close and owners plan to step out in style

The owners of a cafe which is inspired by the Little Shop of Horrors have announced that they will not renew the lease but that they plan to party and let off steam. No closing date has been set for Feed Me! Fully loaded, but Joanna and Lee Benfield said it would probably be late fall.

The colorful cafe, in Lilac Crescent, Beeston Rylands, opened in February 2020 and serves vegan junk food like pancakes, loaded hot dogs and desserts with quirky theater and movie names. Posting the news of the closure on Facebook, the couple said it was “after much deliberation”.

They said: “We’ve had an amazing two and a half years and loved sharing our food, fun and creativity with all of you. We’re so proud of what our cafe has become, but with our lease approaching its end point. renewal, we needed to make a decision on our long term plans. While the business is doing well, we are not sure if this is the right thing for us in the long term and we would much rather celebrate what we have accomplished and conclude in style!

Read more: Nottingham store closes after just seven months

“We want to say a big thank you to all of our customers who have made Feed Me! Fully Loaded what it is today. We also have to thank our INCREDIBLE team, Eleanor, Hester, Lucy, Martha and original gang member , Ali who gave life to our house.

You will still have a few months to enjoy our dishes, as we are aiming to close at the end of the fall (exact date to be confirmed). Over the next few weeks, we’ll be bringing you more closure details and keeping an eye out for all the fun stuff we have planned until the end.

“We don’t plan on taking it easy and hope you all continue to support us over the coming months. Come celebrate our creative little cafe while you can and if you haven’t been there already, you You better hurry!”

Joanna and husband Lee Benfield at Feed Me! Fully loaded at Beeston Rylands

Joanna, who trained in musical theater and previously worked as a performer at Alton Towers, was a school administrator when she started developing vegan recipes and tested them at Sneinton’s vegan market before opening the cafe – just weeks before the UK went into lockdown at the start of the Covid pandemic.

The cafe serves dishes inspired by Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Dr. Seuss and Tots TV, including Augustus Gloop’s Stack of Chocolate Chip Pancakes, One Fish, Two Fish bagel topped with smoked salmon-style carrots and Tilly, Tom and Tiny fried tater tots loaded with vegan fillings.

A decadent dessert for four to share with mud pie, cookies and ice cream is called The Ralph, after Joanna’s 110-year-old grandfather Ralph Hoare, who was the third man the oldest in the country when he died in 2019. Whenever asked about the secret to a long life, the RAF veteran, who lived in Gloucestershire, would reply “golf, gardening and sugar”.

The couple said they don’t sell Feed Me! Fully loaded, but looking for a company or person to take over the property with the equipment included. They added that it has low rent and a large vegan following.

Customers are saddened by the closure. Customer Susan Hart said: “It’s such a shame. Your food is fabulous. Hope you sell it to someone who shares the same passion for vegan food.”

Another said: “This is terrible news! Yours is a place where you can count on great vegan food consistently, cheaply and with a great sense of fun. We will miss you very much.”

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Macau closes most businesses and restaurants amid mass testing; casinos remain open

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HONG KONG, June 20 (Reuters) – Macau, the world’s biggest gambling hub, began its second day of mass COVID-19 testing on Monday, with banks, schools, government departments and other businesses closed, but casinos remaining open.

Testing of Macau’s roughly 600,000 residents is due to end on Tuesday and comes after dozens of locally transmitted cases were discovered over the weekend.

The Chinese-ruled former Portuguese colony adheres to China’s “zero COVID” policy which aims to eradicate all epidemics, pretty much at any cost, going against a global trend of trying to coexist with the virus. .

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Most residents are asked to stay at home, restaurants will be closed for on-site dining and border restrictions have been tightened, meaning casino revenues are expected to be close to zero for at least a week and likely the coming weeks, analysts said.

The Macau government depends on casinos for over 80% of its revenue, with most of the population employed directly or indirectly by the casino industry.

The latest outbreak came suddenly and spread rapidly with an as-yet-unknown source, Macau Chief Executive Ho Iat Seng said in a statement posted on the government’s website.

Macau’s previous coronavirus outbreak was in October last year. An outbreak in the neighboring Chinese territory of Hong Kong this year has seen more than a million confirmed infections and more than 9,000 deaths, overwhelming hospitals and public services.

Macau has only one public hospital with its services already expanding daily.

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“Depending on how quickly Macau is able to bring the new outbreak under control, there is a risk of delay in finalizing amendments to the Gaming Law and subsequent concession

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Shampoo Bars Market Size, Scope and Forecast

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Florida nightclub shooting leaves 5 injured, no arrests

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Police in Pensacola, Florida said five people were shot at a nightclub in what they suspected was a targeted attack on specific individuals.

Pensacola police said in a news release that the five people were shot at 12:30 a.m. Saturday morning at The Pelican’s Nest nightclub in downtown Pensacola, according to WKRG-TV.

“Several shots were fired inside the club at approximately 12:30 p.m. Officers arrived to find multiple victims, including three at the scene hit by bullets,” the police statement said. “Soon after, two more victims were located at local hospitals. The victims are men and women, aged 21 to 45.

The statement added that police believe “the shooting was a targeted incident and there are no public safety concerns.”


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All five victims suffered injuries deemed non-fatal.

No arrests were made during the shooting.


Police have no suspects in the shooting other than the description of a black man.

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“All we have is that it was a black male,” Pensacola Police Department spokesman Gregory Gordon told the Pensacola News Journal. “We don’t have a motive.”


“There were a lot of people in there. If anyone saw anything or knows anything, give us a call,” Gordon added.

Pensacola, Florida averages 61.20 inches of precipitation throughout the year.

Pensacola, Florida averages 61.20 inches of precipitation throughout the year.


Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the Pensacola Police Department at 850-435-1845.

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8 tropical-themed bars and cafes in Vancouver to check out this summer

Summer is right around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than with a delicious tropical drink (or two, or three)?? Whether you want the full tiki bar experience or just sip something delicious surrounded by lush greenery and tiki-esque decor, we’ve got you covered.

Here are 10 amazing tropical-themed bars and cafes to check out this summer.

Havana Vancouver

Inspired by the colors and culture of Havana, Cuba, this restaurant and bar offers equally vibrant food and drink. In addition, they have a nice patio ideal for a sunny day. Order ceviche or Spanish mussels for the table and treat yourself to a refreshing mezcal cocktail. You deserve it.

Where: 1212 Commercial Drive

The Shameful Tiki Room

Honestly this place takes the cake when it comes to showmanship. While the Shameful Tiki Room is a popular destination for after-dinner and pre-club drinks, you certainly wouldn’t know it if you were just dropping by. The windows are completely blacked out – but inside is a tropical paradise, complete with Polynesian dishes, waterfall sound effects, mind-blowing cocktails (with varying amounts of alcohol), burning fishbowls and even a small stage for authentic weekly hula performances.

Our suggestion? Reserve your place a few weeks in advance and share a mystery bowl or a volcano bowl with your friends. Or, if you prefer to fly solo, we recommend the rum-based Hurricane or Zombie – which is definitely our first and last drink of the night.

Where: 4362 Main Street

Juju’s drink shack

This is not your average tiki bar. Juju’s Drink Shack was once located in Published but has now taken over the space once occupied by The Whip on Main. The pop-up bar is open every Sunday from 5 p.m. to midnight and allows customers to customize their drinks with different amounts of alcohol. Previous Sundays drinks include Worker Bee, Practically Ground, Throwing Shadow and more.

More recently, it looks like the drinks shack has been rebranded as a snack bar, serving Tom Hanks-inspired drinks. We’re sure the spot has some exciting things in the works for this summer! Definitely worth keeping an eye out for.

Where: 209 6th Avenue East


Tocador is another vibrant Cuban kitchen in Mount Pleasant, offering a variety of seasonal dishes and daily happy hour specials, including two tacos for $8 and guava Spritzes for $9. The interior is bursting with bright colors, Cuban and beach-inspired decor, and cozy fairy lights. Plus, they have live music every Sunday at 6 p.m. which is definitely a great way to start the week.

Where: 2610 Main Street

Honolulu Coffee

While this list is more bar-focused, there are also some amazing cafes in Vancouver that fit the tropical-themed bill. Honolulu Coffee is just that, and more. Fresh and flavorful acai bowls that are as delicious as they are beautiful, sustainable, Kona coffee they roast themselves, and Hawaiian-inspired decor that makes you feel like you’re already on a beach.

We recommend heading in after a run or active day in the sun to top up on nutrients via a Sunshine or Energy bowl, topped with cocoa nibs, of course.

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This spot in Kits is the epitome of a chilled-out neighborhood bar, with a tropical flair. Their happy hour margins are pretty unbeatable, as are their specialty tacos and boozy Sunday brunches. Come have a good time and a long moment.

Did someone say slushie Catalina Wine Mixer?! We’ll take three.

Where: 3293 4th Avenue West

Tangent Cafe

While this one isn’t exactly tropical in the literal sense, Tangent Cafe is a great, laid-back hangout serving up Malaysian dishes and signature cocktails that perfectly match the vibe. Mai tais, mojitos and a variety of mocktails await at this local watering hole.

Where: 2095 Commercial Drive

Beach Avenue Bar & Grill

Located on Vancouver’s waterfront, the Beach Ave Bar and Grill has a beautiful patio to offer patrons during the warmer months. Visitors can expect mouth-watering dishes like their Hickory BBQ Burger, Seafood Chowder, and Cajun Combo Rice Bowl. In terms of drinks, what does a refreshing Beach Blue Margarita sound like?? Oh, and $5 brew during their weekday happy hour, of course.

They also have great weekend brunch programming, so this place is definitely worth several visits this summer.

Where: 1012 Beach Avenue #1

And that’s the list, folks! We hope you enjoy your “vacation” and get away to one of these beautiful tropical themed spots in Vancouver. Hoping the weather gets the memo!

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Greater Columbus Rooftop Bars, Restaurants to Visit in Ohio

The heat should finally subside this weekend, but the weather is expected to be pleasant.

So now is the perfect time to sit on top of one of Columbus’ rooftop bars and enjoy a drink with friends or family and a great view. These 12 places offer both.

Whether you want to try one of the new spots like Mandrake Rooftop, a scenic view of the Scioto River, or any other, there’s plenty to tempt you outdoors this weekend and beyond.

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Don’t know where to go? We’ve got you covered with a sampling of Columbus rooftop bars and restaurants worth considering.

Mandrake Rooftop is the latest top-tier destination that offers stunning downtown views, stylish cocktails, and a tapas-style menu with carefully selected ingredients.

Mandrake on the roof

808 N. High St., Short North

The newest of the rooftop bars on this list, Mandrake offers downtown views, stylish cocktails, and a tapas-style menu.

Sitting at the Moxy Columbus Short North Hotel, Mandrake is part of Bobby George’s Ethos Hospitality group in Cleveland.

To look closer:Mandrake Rooftop brings downtown views, tapas and cocktails to Short North

The bar offers dinner hours from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, but is closed Monday and Tuesday. After 10 p.m., Mandrake transforms into a lounge with bottle service and a private lounge with a DJ playing music.

For more information on the menu, which features a host of shared items and sushi, head to

You can soak up the rays and take in the views at Lumin Sky Bar and Kitchen.

Lumin Sky Bar and Kitchen

517 Park Street, Downtown

On the eighth floor of the AC Hotel Columbus Downtown, guests of the Lumin Sky Bar and Kitchen can watch a glistening sunset over the Columbus skyline while enjoying Spanish-inspired dishes and signature cocktails and wines.

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For more information and to make a reservation, visit www.luminskybar. com/reservations/ or call 614-607-5960.

Vaso in Dublin offers a variety of specialty cocktails.


6540 Riverside Drive, Dublin

Another venue offering Spanish-inspired dishes, VASO is also home to scenic views, cocktails, wines and craft beers. Located atop AC Dublin, the space overlooks the River Scioto and historic Dublin city center for a great weekend vibe.

The restaurant has an indoor and outdoor bar offering signature drinks such as the Laid Back, made with Bombay East Gin, watermelon, mint, cucumber and lime.

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The food menu consists of small tapas offerings such as duck cannolis and miso deviled eggs, and a list of dinner options that bring a warm welcome to the Bridge Park District.

For more information and to reserve a table, visit or call 614-698-2525.

Lincoln Social Rooftop is a sleek and modern lounge.

Lincoln Social Roof

711 N. High St., Short North

In the heart of the Short North, the Lincoln Social Rooftop is a year-round oasis with a view that is sure to brighten your night.

Nine floors up, the sleek, modern lounge has a menu full of pizzas, candies, tacos, and other dishes to share. Lincoln also offers a variety of wine, beer and cocktail drinks.

For more information, visit or call 614-300-9494.

Columbus of Callahan

520 Park Street, near Goodale Park

Sitting along the line of bars and canteens on Park Street is Callahan’s, which can transform from a part-time sports bar to a nightclub. It’s a more laid-back outdoor environment than the others on this list.

The first floor offers traditional Irish pub decor, while the patio overlooks Park Street and Goodale Park. Although not as extensive a menu as other venues, there are plenty of options for visitors.

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For more information, visit or call 614-223-1200.

The RH Rooftop restaurant in Easton has a glittering interior.

RH Columbus Rooftop Restaurant

4120 Worth Ave, Easton

Above the RH Furniture Outlet, a high-end housewares brand, the RH Rooftop Restaurant Columbus overlooks the downtown district of Easton. With locations in Charlotte, Dallas and New York, the company is known for its sophisticated menu and sparkling interior.

Guests are greeted with a menu featuring steak, lobster rolls, and a robust selection of craft wines and craft beers. Inside the restaurant, trickling fountains and sparkling chandeliers surround diners under an atrium of glass and steel.

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For more information and to make reservations, visit or call 614-968-8830.

Novak's Tavern & Patio has a casual vibe.

Novak’s Tavern and Terrace

475 N. High St., Arena District

A High Street staple for over 20 years, Novak’s Tavern & Patio offers daily drink specials, live music and craft cocktails.

Serving “pub grub” items, brewing offerings include Ohio-made beers, IPAs, wheats, and stouts. The menu also includes an assortment of house wines, champagnes and cocktails such as Lemon Shake Up, Casamigas Mint Lemonade, Makers 46 Old Fashioned and others.

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For more information and private reservations, contact or call 614-224-8821.

The skyline of Columbus seen from the Canopy by Hilton Columbus Downtown.

Goodale Railway Station

77 E. Nationwide Blvd., Arena District

Goodale Station is located on the top floor of the Canopy by Hilton Columbus Downtown Short North. The restaurant has indoor and outdoor seating as well as a private dining room with stunning views of the city skyline.

Notable food items include lamb risotto and trout.

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The bar offers a mix of classic and new options. Favorites include the Fancy Nancy, made with Tito chamomile vodka, Lillet Blanc, lemon juice, yuzu and St. Germain.

For more information and reservations, visit or call 614-227-9400.

Relax and enjoy the surroundings at Antiques on High.

Antiquities at height

714 S. High Street, Brewery District

Antiques on High may be Seventh Son Brewing’s sister brewery, but the space is undoubtedly self-contained. The rooftop bar, located just inside Columbus’ brewery district, focuses on producing sours, wild ales, lagers, and IPAs, while offering several craft cocktails and wines on the drinks menu.

Although there is no kitchen at the bar, food trucks serve as dining options. Foxfire Tacos is there on Tuesdays, Street Thyme on Wednesdays, Aloha Ahina on Thursdays, Two Fat Indians on Fridays and California Burrito on Saturdays.

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For more information and reservations, visit

Frozen margarita, anyone?  You can try one at the Terrace Bar.

Bar on the terrace

1079 N. High St., Short North area

Part of the Luxe 23 trio, with Urban Chophouse and Whiskey Lounge on the first floor, the Terrace Bar sits atop the space in the Short North. The terrace sports its own bar and kitchen, private and rental cabanas and a large pool at its center.

The menu features lighter fare such as shrimp skewers, fries, and dips, along with a melting pot of other offerings such as beef sliders, poke bowls, and Caesar salad.

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Guests can soak up the summer sun with a refreshing mix of frozen margaritas, sparkling wines, and cocktails, which together forge the metropolitan and tropical flair of the space. The West Coast Paloma is made with Volcan Blanco tequila, lime, mint, cane sugar and grapefruit soda; and Spa Day features Ford’s Gin, lime, cucumber, bitters, mint, and sparkling water.

For more information and reservations, visit or call 614-929.5430.

You can find a variety of specialty drafts at BrewDog.

BrewDog Franklinton

463 W. Town St., Franklinton

This Franklinton neighborhood gem has grown from a former auto mechanic shop to a two-story, 48-tap bar and rooftop terrace. BrewDog Franklinton, like its other Columbus-area locations, offers specialty drafts, bottles and canned beverages directly from the brand’s DogTap at Canal Winchester.

The bar menu includes carnitas; beef brisket, black bean and fried chicken tacos; and the Fast Joe, made with cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, mayo, pickles, red onion, and Elvis Juice bacon jam. Vegetarian options are also available on Mondays.

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For more information, visit

ROOFTOP @ BUDD offers a relaxing place that offers a variety of drinks.


1086 N. 4th Street, Downtown

[email protected] is a great place to soak up the summer sun while sipping a glass of wine or craft cocktails.

Located inside the downtown Budd Dairy Food Hall, the view isn’t quite as compelling as the other bars or restaurants mentioned here, but the bar’s charm comes from its relaxed, laid-back surroundings.

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Guests are greeted with a host of dining options from the venue’s “Chef Partners” who occupy the ground floor. These restaurants offer traditional Italian fare, New York-style pizza, savory fried chicken, fiery seafood platters, rich ice cream flavors, and other tasty selections.

Guests can try the various wines, sangrias, hard seltzers or finely crafted cocktails available on the Culinary Center’s beverage menu.

For more information, visit

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Some bars and restaurants are struggling to keep up with Stanley Cup Final crowds due to understaffing

DENVER — The crowded downtown streets were a welcome sight for restaurants and bars during Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Wednesday.

“It’s created an incredible amount of traffic in this area,” said Brandon Hanson, catering manager at Union Station.

The Venice Ristorante and Wine Bar saw huge numbers on Wednesday, according to owner Alessandro Carollo.

“We made about $20,000. Usually we make $12,000 to $13,000, it’s almost double that,” he said.

Behind the scenes, the night came with some struggles.

“We’re scheduling everyone for six days. We’re pulling a few servers from Venice to Greenwood Village,” Carollo said.

Carollo’s three restaurants have been understaffed for some time.

“We need servers, bartenders, people from the back of the house,” he said.

Carollo says he hasn’t been able to capitalize like he’s used to at a restaurant that’s served big names over its two decades, including numerous Denver Nuggets, Avs and Broncos players.

“The challenges are like right now, especially during this Avalanche final, there are a lot of people outside that I would like to open up for lunch,” Carollo said.

Carollo is not alone. Nearby restaurants, like Jinya Ramin, had their own struggles on Wednesday.

Kitchen manager Phillip Reed said the crowd was “side by side”.

“The tables [were] full. The bar was full. We didn’t have enough service to go out,” Reed said.

In the week leading up to the first game, over 200 catering positions were advertised on Craigslist.

In a statement to Denver7, Colorado Restaurant Association spokeswoman Denise Mickelsen said in part, “Eight out of 10 operators tell us they’re understaffed, and with Avs games driving more business in restaurants and bars, the situation is aggravated.”

Over the years, Carollo’s Restaurant has become one of downtown Denver’s most well-known Italian restaurants. Despite the restaurant’s staff shortages, Carolla says he is dedicated to providing excellent service to his customers.

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City solicitor seeks new nightclub bylaw – Chelsea Record

If it’s late at night, a restaurant has music and dancing, then it’s really not that different from a nightclub, according to City Solicitor Cheryl Watson Fisher.

The only problem in Chelsea is that the city does not license nightclubs, but that could change.

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“We don’t have nightclub use in our rules and regulations or city ordinances,” Fisher said. “But we allow customers to dance, and it’s a nightclub. When you have music, whether it’s live or with a DJ, you have dances by patrons, it’s a nightclub and we want to enact new rules and regulations if you have that fun and entertainment that to dance by customers.

At last week’s Licensing Board meeting, Fisher noted that the city has already ruled that staff shouldn’t dance with customers. She said the city will develop new rules and regulations and hold a public hearing about them with licensees.

“We just think we want the police there,” Fisher said. “It gets a little crazy in these restaurants at night and they all spill out onto the public streets with tons of music and noise disrupting the neighborhood. We’re going to try to put in place rules similar to other cities and villages that if you want an amusement and entertainment license, they will have to comply and come before (the commission) every year for that particular use.

Fisher said the nightclub’s sublicense will operate under the establishment’s existing license.

“We need to start enforcing this so that we know who the security is (in establishments), and there will be a lot of recommendations in front of you if they want to have their customers dance,” Fisher said.

In other cases, Fisher said there could also be changes to taxi license records before the city council.

“Our ordinances are very strict, it’s not the rules and regulations, it’s the ordinances that say to have a taxi company you have to have an office in Chelsea,” Fisher said. “That’s not how taxis work anymore, everything is done by phone and some dispatchers are even drivers. We may propose to the city council and to (the licensing commission) a more relaxed renewal process for hackneys.

Fisher also noted that the application deadline for companies wishing to apply for one of the five new on-site liquor licenses that Chelsea received following the US census could be extended until September. To date, she said the city has only received one application.

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Downtown Seguin animated by a new bookshop/café/wine bar

SEGUIN – It was late afternoon on a scorching Tuesday in downtown Seguin – normally a fairly quiet time of day along the main street of this town of about 30,000 people located about 30 miles east of San Antonio. But a steady stream of traffic could be found at a new business, a hip newcomer that shares duties as a bookstore and cafe offering a small menu of local, chef-led fare, craft beer and wine.

Pecantown Books and Brews opened on June 3 in an elegantly furnished Art Deco-era home in downtown Seguin, and the community immediately welcomed the new business with open arms — and wallets.

“We’re the only independent bookstore in Seguin, and I feel like we’re filling a void that’s been there for a very long time,” said owner Tess Coody-Anders. “And it’s not just my Seguin neighbors who have been incredibly supportive. The response from neighboring communities and visitors has been surprising. I cannot thank our region enough.

Pecantown’s kitchen is led by Executive Chef Sam Long, who has cooked at restaurants in the Seguin and New Braunfels areas over the past decade, including a stint at the acclaimed Kindling Texas Kitchen in Cibolo. He developed a tight menu — nine dishes in total — of sandwiches, salads and more for Pecantown and gave many of those dishes a cheffy twist.

The Cuban sandwich from Pecantown Books and Brews is made with ham, pulled pork, pickles and fermented mustard sauce.

Long’s version of a Cuban sandwich features smoked pulled pork instead of the classic garlic mojo pork, house-made pickles, and a tangy mustard sauce Long fermented for at least seven days. Roasted Beet Salad is made with caramelized red and golden beets, dressed in a vibrant grapefruit vinaigrette, goat cheese and toasted pecans. The popcorn is topped with rosemary olive oil, parsley and thyme. There’s even a sandwich dubbed The Elvis on the kids’ menu with, of course, peanut butter, bananas and a drizzle of local honey, though the bacon strips the king prefers in his version are absent.

For those looking for a more shareable snack plate to enjoy with a cold beer or glass of wine, Pecantown offers a charcuterie platter with charcuterie, cheese and pickles or a mezze platter with hummus, tzatziki, fresh vegetables and pickled, raisins and naan bread.

Currently, Coody-Anders said, Pecantown’s revenue is split roughly 50/50 between books and the company’s cafes. Long said he plans to expand the menu as Pecantown evolves, but for now he wants to focus on certain things as best he can.

“The goal right now was to write a menu that would build trust,” Long said. “I want it to be real chef’s cooking, but something you can get on a lunch break.”

Pecantown Books and Brews Children's and Young Adult Reading Room

Pecantown Books and Brews Children’s and Young Adult Reading Room

The store is quite nice. Daylight shines from every angle, illuminating small details like vintage typewriters, a display of fancy hand creams, and a pair of inviting bean bag chairs in a room devoted to children’s and young adult books. Part of the dining room is covered in Baroque squirrel-patterned wallpaper, a nod to the city’s famous roadside attraction said to be the ‘biggest pecan in the world’ located at the exterior of the town hall of Seguin.

Crystal Duhamel, left, has visited Pecantown Books and Brews three times since opening.

Crystal Duhamel, left, has visited Pecantown Books and Brews three times since opening.

Paul Stephen / Staff

The book selection runs the gamut from the hottest new cookbooks, timeless fiction favorites, current events, a small section of used books and more. Spanish titles are also stored in all these sections.

“I wanted to start with what I liked,” Coody-Anders said of the store’s design. “What would have been my dream when I was young? Where would I have spent every day of summer? »

Coody-Anders said Pecantown has drawn customers from San Antonio, New Braunfels, San Marcos and Austin — many of whom visit Seguin to sample Burnt Bean Co.’s award-winning barbecue located across from its shop. But the core clientele, she said, has largely been Seguin residents who stop in for a book and a bite to eat.

“It’s everyone,” Coody-Anders said. “It’s grandma and grandpa who like to read and want to hold a book in their hands and enjoy a mimosa while they do it. Students and teachers were very present. We see a lot of repeat customers from our city, county and bank employees. »

Pecantown Books and Brews owner Tess Coody-Anders, right, chats with regular customer Crystal Duhamel.

Pecantown Books and Brews owner Tess Coody-Anders, right, chats with regular customer Crystal Duhamel.

Paul Stephen / Staff

Crystal Duhamel is one of those enthusiastic locals who are helping Pecantown make a name for itself. As a pair of stylish young women took selfies looking over their books at a nearby table, Duhamel could barely contain her smile as she ordered – a panini caprese loaded with heirloom tomatoes, slices of mozzarella fresh and a drizzle of homemade pecan pesto – arrived at his table. Duhamel works just around the corner at the Seguin Public Library and has done the brisk five-minute walk to Pecantown three times since the business opened.

“Honestly, we have a lot of fast food restaurants here, and for a while I’ve wanted something with fresh food,” Duhamel said.

Nancy and Scott Hagerup enjoy beer and dessert at Pecantown Books and Brews.

Nancy and Scott Hagerup enjoy beer and dessert at Pecantown Books and Brews.

Nancy and Scott Hagerup, a retired couple who live nearby in Seguin, are also happy the store has opened. Both were for a second visit – a perfect excuse for both of them to sip chocolate stouts and munch on s’mores.

“We love it,” said Nancy Hagerup. “This is a fun and classy place in Seguin. There aren’t many places to have fun like this here.

Scott Hagerup agreed, adding, “Having this here is awesome. I like to go out for a beer and relax once in a while.

Coody-Anders had a long career in healthcare marketing before starting Pecantown Books and Brews, but the dream of starting a business that would serve as a beacon for book and food lovers in downtown Seguin had been simmering for decades. years. She hopes the store will serve as a gathering place for a wide range of people and provide them with plenty of opportunities to interact and collaborate.

We want to celebrate ideas,” Coody-Anders said. “We wanted to create a space where people could have what I call ‘productive collisions,’ and that could be with a good book, with each other, or with a new beer.”

Coody-Anders also sees the new venture as a proof-of-concept model for other entrepreneurs considering starting their own businesses in downtown Seguin. Ultimately, she hopes businesses like hers, Burnt Bean Co. and others will help bolster downtown Seguin’s reputation as a place to visit.

“It’s always been on my to-do list…for my community, not for me,” she said. “The world is a complicated place, and it’s hard to make an impact everywhere, but you can sweep your own porch.”

Pecantown Books and Brews, 212 S. Camp St. in Seguin, 830-491-9155,, Facebook: @Pecantownbooks. Opening hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday

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Chefs of the North Fork 2022: Restaurants and Wineries

The North Fork’s top restaurants and wineries will be serving up culinary delights and fine local wines when North Fork chefs return this summer to celebrate the region’s top restaurants with host and celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito.

Dan’s Chefs of the North Fork — the second event of the Dan’s Taste Summer Series presented by yield streetfeatures some of the North Fork’s top chefs preparing each course paired with local wine during the series’ only sit-down dinner. The event will celebrate the region’s wealth of fresh farm and sea-to-table ingredients from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, June 25 at Atlantis banquets and events at Riverhead.

What can ticket holders expect? Here are the participating chefs and winemakers who contribute to this one-of-a-kind menu:

Borghese Vineyard-Giovanni Borghese, Alya Ayoub


Created by Tom Schaudel and Adam Lovett, A Lure is a seafood restaurant overlooking the seafront of Egypt Marine Harbour. A Lure was created to serve high quality seafood in a casual setting for everyone from locals to holiday makers. A few of the menu favorites at A Lure include grilled swordfish with mango relish and Scottish salmon topped with black olive tapenade.

Adam Lovett and Tom Schaudel first opened aMano in June 2008. This Italian-inspired restaurant serves classic Italian cuisine staples, such as oven-baked pizzas and pasta dishes, while including ingredients local products such as seafood from the bay and products from the surrounding area. farms.

American Beech is a modern American restaurant that features fresh, high quality ingredients, to provide menu options for everyone. Inspired by the local culture of the North Fork and surrounding areas, American Beech serves a range of seafood dishes as well as vegetarian dishes, such as their roasted oyster mushrooms with beetroot risotto.

The Borghese Vineyard & Winery in Cutchogue is Long Island’s oldest winery owned and operated by Marco and Ann Marie Borghese. The vineyard offers a selection of red, white, rosé and dessert wines for purchase as well as a dedicated wine club. The vineyard also hosts events such as tours and weddings throughout the year.

Chef Franks Market offers delivery of high quality empanadas, cooked by Chef Frank Maldonado. Chef Frank’s Market serves a wide range of empanada creations, from classic Mexican empanadas to Nutella s’more empanadas. To accompany your empanada order, Chef Frank’s also offers chocolate coquito to wash it all down.

The Chequit on Shelter Island offers waterfront views of Dering Harbor and offers not only restaurants but also hotel rooms and suites. Chequit Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and serves fresh seafood dishes, such as sushi rolls and tuna tartare tacos, as well as vegan options such as their vegan miso ramen.

Claudio’s Restaurant has been in business for over 150 years. Opened in 1870, Claudio’s became a staple restaurant and bar during Prohibition. Today, this waterfront property offers five different restaurants serving a variety of dishes, from fresh lobster to artisanal pizza. Claudio’s is best known for its fresh seafood dishes and raw sea bass.

Ellen’s on Front is a Greenport restaurant that specializes in hand-crafted lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch menus by award-winning chef and co-owner Jennie Werts. She is entering her fourth year with the establishment alongside her brother Andrew and continues to offer a variety of fan favorites such as Ellen’s Burger and steak frites.

Insatiable Eats offers an extensive menu of gourmet Italian dishes for in-person dining and delivery. Meals are prepared by hand by chef and owner Marco Barrila, who designed the kitchen as an open space, allowing for a better experience for guests. Insatiable Eats also offers catering services and public and private events.

Jamesport Vineyards is a family-run winery where guests can sample a variety of fine wines and select dishes such as pizza and meatballs. Ron Goerler Jr currently oversees operations at Jamesport Vineyards, one of the oldest wineries in the North Fork.

Fusion serves a wide variety of spring rolls, handmade with fresh, local ingredients. Their spring rolls are available for delivery, but are also featured at many Long Island farmers’ markets, such as Babinski’s Farm Stand and Farmers Market Farm Stand.

Dan's Chefs of the North Fork participating Main Road Biscuit Co.
Offers from Main Road Biscuit Co.

Main Road Biscuit Co. serves up a fine twist on classic comfort food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. For those in a hurry, Main Road Biscuit Co. offers a take-out menu, as well as dining options for those who want to stay a while. A few of their staples are the Buttermilk Oatmeal Pancakes, which let you choose their mixes, and their Cookies, which you can order individually or in a sample.


Since 2007, McCall Wines has been cultivating and producing its own wine. McCall Wines started out serving pinot noir, which has now evolved into 14 different types of wine and brandy. Their tasting room is open 7 days a week and combines wines by the glass with a selection of artisanal cheeses.

Peconic Bay Vineyards is a family run vineyard in Cutchogue that offers wine tastings, picnics, barn rentals, private events and a wine club. The vineyard reopened last year after being closed for nearly a decade. The winery also offers an online store where a variety of wines and apparel can be ordered for pickup or delivery.

Pindar Vineyards is a vineyard located in Peconic owned by Pindar Damianos with wines made by Erik Bilka. The shop offers a wide assortment of wines and accessories to purchase as well as events such as tours, private tastings and live music.

The Preston House & Hotel restaurant in Riverhead offers a huge selection of brunch and dinner dishes, but their wine selection is their most notable feature. The restaurant offers nearly 100 different wines from around the world and received the 2020 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence.

Raphael Wine is a winery designed by John Petrocelli that has a tasting room and a wine shop offering a selection of over 20 wines. The winery has a unique underground structure and specializes in private events thanks to the design of its rooms.

RGNY is a tasting room with Mexican roots located in Riverhead. RGNY allows reservations and tours to discover a selection of unique wine experiences as well as a quarterly wine club that costs $130. RGNY also offers a selection of wines in its boutique and event hosting.

Rugged Jack’s was founded at home in the summer of 2020 and has now grown into a business serving six different flavors of hot sauce. Rugged Jack’s uses local herbs and spices to create its hot sauces. “Jack’s Choice” hot sauce is the Ol’ Hickory flavor, which delivers a smoky, spicy flavor from their jalapeños.

Southold General serves a wide variety of menu items, for customers coming in at any time of the day. One of their popular menu items includes the general burger, which is topped with caramelized onions, peppercorns, and American cheese. Southold General is not only a cafe but also offers a catering service for customers.

Sara Gore
Sara Gore


Dan’s Dewy Evening
Host of Rosé Soirée is Emmy-Winning & Residential Matchmaker TV host NBC’s Open House and New York Live Sara Gore. The world’s finest rosé wines will be available for tasting along with delicious bites from the East End’s top chefs and restaurants. This event will take place from 7-10 p.m. on Saturday, July 9 at the Muses in Southampton.

Dan’s Grill Hampton
Dan’s Taste Signature Weekend – the culmination of the Dan’s Taste Summer Series presented by Yieldstreet – kicks off with Dan’s GrillHampton, featuring famed host Foodgod. It’s the Hamptons’ ultimate culinary showdown against New York, in which the chefs and pitmasters of the East End will compete against their Manhattan counterparts to win the votes of the judges and celebrity guests. Only one team’s dishes can ensure victory, so the competition will be fierce. And while guests choose their champion, they won’t want to miss the beer, specialty cocktails, live music and dancing that complete this unique evening of grilling and good times. Dan’s GrillHampton is Friday August 5th at the Bridgehampton Museum in Bridgehampton.

Dan’s Bubbles
Concluding the Dan’s Taste Summer Series presented by Yieldstreet, the all-new Dan’s Bubbles, a traveling tasting, also hosted by Foodgod – the first Dan’s Taste Summer Series presented by Yieldstreet to put the bubbly center stage. Guests will enjoy the finest Bubblies pairing each glass with fresh seafood and fried chicken prepared by 15 acclaimed local chefs from top restaurants in the Hamptons and North Fork. Dan’s Bubbles will take place on Saturday August 6th at the Bridgehampton Museum in Bridgehampton.

Visit for tickets and more information.

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The man who killed a prison guard behind bars after a police chase in Auckland

Latu Kepu killed prison guard Jason Palmer in 2010. He is currently serving a short sentence after being involved in a police chase that only ended when his tires were nailed.  (File photo)


Latu Kepu killed prison guard Jason Palmer in 2010. He is currently serving a short sentence after being involved in a police chase that only ended when his tires were nailed. (File photo)

A notorious criminal whose case file includes the murder of a prison guard has been sentenced to another jail term after running red lights, speeding and driving on the wrong side of the road.

Latu Kepu was only arrested after police laid spikes in the night chase earlier this year.

He appeared in Auckland District Court on Wednesday via audio-visual link from jail.

Judge Tony Fitzgerald said Kepu was spotted by police late on the night of May 12 running a red light on Queen St.


When officers in a patrol car flashed their headlights, Kepu drove away, sometimes driving on the wrong side of the road and running other red lights.

Judge Fitzgerald said Kepu’s car was only stopped when police spiked the road.

He sentenced Kepu to 14 days in prison and suspended his driver’s license for 12 months.

The judge said Kepu had four pages of previous convictions, but few related to driving.

Jason Palmer died in Middlemore Hospital after being punched by Latu Kepu.


Jason Palmer died in Middlemore Hospital after being punched by Latu Kepu.

One such conviction was for the murder of prison guard and former US Marine Jason Palmer at Springhill Prison in 2010.

Kepu was sentenced to an additional six years and four months in prison the same year.

Judge Paul Heath called Kepu’s actions “cowardly”.

Kepu punched Palmer in the mouth with his fist, causing him to fall back and bang his head against the concrete floor.

The father-of-three never regained consciousness and died at Middlemore Hospital in Auckland from a brain injury.

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The demolition of the former Ice nightclub is underway to become part of the Las Vegas F1 Grand Prix circuit

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) “The old Ice nightclub on the northeast corner of Harmon and Koval is falling apart. It looks like demolition has started on the building which is where Formula 1 races will build their paddocks, also known as the area where pit stops take place.

local blog Vital Vegas first released multiple daytime photos of the ongoing demolition earlier Monday.

This area of ​​the proposed F1 circuit will also serve as the start/finish line.

The nightclub opened in 2003 as a Ice Meta Club and in 2004 was winning awards. But after hosting a short-lived reality show also in 2004, ownership changed hands at the end of 2005. It was the beginning of the end for the club which finally closed shortly after it happened. .

There have been rumors of a hotel-casino being built on this site for years, but nothing has ever materialized.

F1 owner Liberty Media recently closed on the property, buying the land on which the former club sits and the surrounding 39 acres for $240 million.

The 50-lap Las Vegas Grand Prix is ​​currently scheduled for Saturday November 25, however, this date could change and there are unconfirmed reports that it will be held a week earlier.

The race is scheduled to start at 10 p.m. and will take riders from the Harmon/Koval pit area north on Koval, around the MSG Sphere and west on Sands to the Las Vegas Strip. Here drivers will turn left and accelerate south on the strip at around 212 mph before turning east on Flamingo to complete a lap in the pit area.

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‘China loans are not a debt trap’: finance minister

Finance Minister Ibrahim Ameer said no loans borrowed from foreign parties expose state assets to mortgage risk. He made the statement while addressing Parliament’s Public Finances Committee on Monday.

Western countries have repeatedly labeled loans borrowed from China as “debt traps,” a view shared by Maldives Parliament Speaker and former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed. The spokesman said that the Chinese government-funded development projects are also debt traps, and the government has not directly responded to the allegations.

However, responding to a question from Maradhoo MP Ibrahim Shareef in the finance committee on Monday, Minister Ameer said no loan would jeopardize the state’s assets.

“Other countries around the world have relevant underlying assets like mortgages. But the loans are still unsecured loans; there is no underlying asset. There is no asset that can be confiscated even if the loans default,” he said.

“Other countries in the world have done it. In my time as finance minister since 2019, we have also received mortgage proposals [assets] Earned $200 million. We reject these offers. We borrow based on economic health,” he added.

“Whether China or another country, we look at the cost of borrowing. It doesn’t matter where [we are borrowing from]which country it is,” the minister said.

The Maldives was the largest borrower from China during President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayyoom’s tenure. Chinese banks provided loans for the development of Hiyaa Housing and Velana International Airport.

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Gäbi Cafe opens a location in Henderson

When the popular Gäbi Coffee & Bakery opened on Spring Mountain Road in 2018, it did so with so little fanfare that it didn’t even put a sign on the door.

The cafe is still identifiable only by an eerily massive wooden door in the front – a door that immediately gives way to an airy space filled with 1920s Korean furniture, a glass atrium and lots of charm .

Gorae Management, the company that owns and operates Gabi, has now opened a new location in Henderson that specializes in pastries and donuts.

Gäbi Boutique Donut & Pastry
Gäbi Boutique Donut & Pastry

Gäbi Boutique Donut & Pastry is the first of at least three new locations for the Gabi brand.

“At first the thing with Gäbi was that nobody knew it, but when you walked in it was a completely different world from the outside,” says Greg Kim, the executive chef of Gäbi Boutique. “And it’s the same here.”

Along with the vibrant murals and patterned wallpaper, the new location replicates the risers found at Café Gäbi (5808 Spring Mountain Rd #104) that encourage customers to take off their shoes and sit cross-legged on floor cushions and coffee tables.

Risers at Gäbi Boutique Donut & Pâtisserie

Gäbi Boutique Donut & Pastry
Gäbi Boutique Donut & Pastry

Kim explains that a black-and-white photo of a man dressed in traditional Korean clothing at the original cafe became Gäbi’s mascot.

“No one knows, but this gentleman is actually a white man,” Kim explains. “And so, it’s the whole east-west vibe. He’s our western gentleman who went east and embraced the culture. So we have this huge mural of him as soon as you walk into the shop.

Colorful Paintings of the Gäbi Boutique Donut & Pastry Mascot

Gäbi Boutique Donut & Pastry
Gäbi Boutique Donut & Pastry

At 1,200 square feet, the store is about half the size of the original location. But Kim says the focus is on handmade donuts.

Donuts at Gäbi Boutique Donut & Pâtisserie

Gäbi Boutique Donut & Pastry
Gäbi Boutique Donut & Pastry

“We imagined this very soft yeast dough and had the idea of ​​filling it with real cream,” says Kim.

The yeast donut menu includes a filling of Bavarian lemon cream and topped with toasted Swiss meringue. A version of Mexican hot chocolate is a croissant-style donut filled with hot chocolate cream spiced with cayenne pepper and cinnamon. The sweet purple ube donuts come in paper cups and the flower-shaped mochi donuts come in six different flavors.

Donuts at Gäbi Boutique Donut & Pâtisserie

Gäbi Boutique Donut & Pastry
Gäbi Boutique Donut & Pastry

The cafe menu offers traditional espresso drinks and more adventurous frozen drinks like peach yogurt and butterfly banana milk tea.

Kim expects a new Gäbi to open at Inspirada within a year, followed by boutiques on Spring Mountain Road and near UNLV. He adds that “something is in the works” for Summerlin.

Gäbi Boutique Donut & Pastry Mochi Donuts

Gäbi Boutique Donut & Pastry
Gäbi Boutique Donut & Pastry

Gäbi Boutique Donut & Pastry (136 N Stephanie St Suite 130) is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. There is a sign on the door.

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Panera opens first of its restaurants for digital-only pickup and delivery |

Panera To Go is a fully digital restaurant with a reduced facade where customers and delivery drivers can easily pick up orders from dedicated pick-up and delivery shelves.

By RTN Staff – 6.10.2022

Panera Bread, which operates 2,118 bakery-cafés in 48 states and Ontario, Canada as Panera Bread or Saint Louis Bread Co., opened its first “Panera To Go”, a new restaurant format offering convenience digital for choosing preparation and delivery orders. The Chicago-based restaurant is the first of three so-called “Panera To Go” test sites slated to open this year.

Panera To Go is a fully digital restaurant with a reduced facade where customers and delivery drivers can easily pick up orders from dedicated pick-up and delivery shelves. Designed for densely populated areas that cannot accommodate a restaurant, the new format allows Panera to meet demand in these areas for easy off-site options.

At the end of 2021, 81% of Panera’s sales were through one of Panera’s offsite channels, including delivery, pickup, drive-thru and catering. The Panera To Go facade does not offer seating and is currently testing delivery and pick-up on shelves that customers and delivery drivers can easily access.

With fewer in-room tasks and streamlined operations, Panera To Go employees are focused solely on meeting the unique needs of an on-the-go customer. Panera plans to open two more Panera To Go locations in California and Washington DC this year, and will also evaluate adding kiosk and catering orders to the new format in the future. According to the company, the intention of Panera To Go restaurants is to serve all parts of the day, including breakfast, where available.

Innovation and adoption of restaurant technology is nothing new for the 30-year-old company. Recent rollouts include updated ordering kiosks, automatic loyalty identification and a fully digitized menu both in cafes and behind the wheel.

“We strive to make it easy for our customers to access the menu prepared by Panera’s chef, in the most convenient way. Panera To Go creates another access point for our customers, via fast pick-up or delivery, in places where Panera has never operated,” said Eduardo Luz, Brand and Concept Director, Panera Bread, in a press release.

By the end of 2021, 44% of Panera locations included drive-thru, and the company has continuously innovated to add new hotspots in response to growing demand for off-site dining. Panera launched “Rapid Pick-Up” nationwide in 2016, offering customers the option to order ahead and pick up their prepared order from a dedicated shelf in the dining room.

In 2020, the Missouri-based company launched “Panera Curbside,” a location-enabled service that allows customers to have their order delivered right to their car. The new nationwide restaurant model features dual drive-thrus with a dedicated pickup lane among other digitally powered elements.

The AI-powered system is designed to eliminate the need for manual coffee urn checks and provide simple, accurate coffee volume and temperature information. (Image courtesy of Miso Robotics)

Recently, the brand has been actively testing shadow kitchens, five of which are currently operational nationwide with more expected to open this year. The “Panera To Go” concept differs from ghost kitchens in that the new format offers a branded facade experience where customers can quickly take digital orders themselves. Ordering and payment for orders is available on Panera’s digital channels via the web or on the Panera app.

In April, Panera announced that it was evaluating and testing a new system designed to improve the coffee monitoring process. The AI-powered system is designed to eliminate the need for manual coffee urn checks and provide simple, accurate coffee volume and temperature information. This allows Panera associates to brew a new batch in a timely manner so the coffee stays fresh and hot for guests.

The system monitors key coffee parameters such as volume, temperature and time data, and combines them with predictive analytics to ensure a quality cup of coffee and a more efficient team member experience. The system, dubbed CookRight Coffee, was developed by Miso Robotics, known for its restaurant robotics and smart automation. The product line is Miso’s latest version of its CookRight system and is designed to evolve as it learns its environment and adds new enhancements over time.

“Panera To Go is another way to make life easier for our customers through digital convenience, which is always at the heart of what we do,” Panera Bread Chief Digital Officer George Hanson said in a press release. “We are already leaders in providing our customers with an exceptional digital experience and have adapted our digital channels to give our customers even more options in the Panera To Go format.”

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“Call Me Elizabeth” – NoHo Arts District

A NoHo Arts theatrical review of “Call Me Elizabeth,” written and performed by Kayla Boye and directed by Erin Kraft at this year’s Hollywood Fringe Festival.

A NoHo Arts theatrical review of “Call Me Elizabeth,” written and performed by Kayla Boye and directed by Erin Kraft at this year’s Hollywood Fringe Festival.

“Call Me Elizabeth” is an absolutely flawless piece. An hour spent with the beautiful and charming Elizabeth Taylor in her Beverly Hills Hotel suite in 1961, as she opens up to her future biographer about her life so far. This is before her love affair with Richard Burton, while she was still married to Eddie Fisher. The play begins after Eddie leaves to fly to Vegas for a concert, though her calls repeatedly interrupt her conversation during our time with her. Surely we can see the writing on the wall!

Kayla Boye has created a sort of time machine. A window on another era, a glimpse of a very private veiled life. Elizabeth de Boyles is beautifully dressed in a classic movie star little black dress. Her brushed hair, her flawless makeup and her smile, that deeply fragile fierce smile that only Elizabeth Taylor had. She is captured by her superbly well. Her skin just as porcelain, her voice just as singsong, her manners between flirtatious and refined. There is also a sadness. A resignation, a carefully hidden exhaustion. Her back hurts badly ever since she fell off her horse while shooting “Black Beauty”. After many surgeries and many doctors and treatments, she will never fully recover. The wide variety of painkillers is all that keeps him going and contributes to his lifelong addiction issues.

So this is where we find it. Sipping champagne, taking the occasional pill, answering calls from lawyers and Eddie, and watching his daughter in the pool. She talks and talks and as the champagne and pills kick in a bit, she talks again. Sharing things she knows she shouldn’t, being incredibly charming and warm and funny and sweetly truthful. She never weakens, except when her back has spasms. She is quite Elizabeth. And we long for her to be in our lives again.

The filming of “Cleopatra”, interrupted after weeks of disastrous filming, is about to resume. She told them it would take a million dollars to get her back on that set and they gave it to her, calling her a bluff. So the movie that nearly bankrupted a studio and heralded one of Hollywood’s greatest love stories was days away. And you can feel the electricity in the air when she takes the call telling her that Richard Burton will be playing Mark Antony.

A NoHo Arts theater review by

It’s a beautiful piece, skillfully put together from Taylor’s own words. She really had this conversation with a biographer. It’s like watching the destiny of a life turn at some point. When we have all the answers and she has decades ahead of her. Great!

I love solo shows and I particularly like this kind of intimate monologue. Who wouldn’t want to be in that room 60 years ago watching Elizabeth Taylor talk about… anything!?

Kayla Boye’s performance leaves us a bit breathless, so close is her performance to Taylor herself. There is a beautiful presence in her, a weight, something much more than mimicry, closer to reverence, but not sickly at all. Very honest, very true. It’s remarkable and it makes for a really wonderful piece.


Closed June 12


Zephyr Theater
5456 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, 90046


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Today in History: June 12 Pulse Nightclub Shooting

Today in History

Today is Sunday, June 12, the 163rd day of 2022. There are 202 days left in the year.

Today’s highlight in the story:

On June 12, 2016, a gunman opened fire on the Pulse nightclub, a gay establishment in Orlando, Florida, killing 49 and injuring 53; Omar Mateen pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group in a three-hour standoff before being killed in a shootout with police.

To this date :

In 1630, the Englishman John Winthrop, at the head of a fleet transporting Puritan refugees, arrived at the Massachusetts Bay Colony, of which he became the governor.

In 1776, the Colonial Virginia Legislature passed a Bill of Rights.

In 1942, Anne Frank, a young German-Jewish girl living in Amsterdam, received a diary for her 13th birthday, less than a month before she and her family went into hiding from the Nazis.

In 1963, 37-year-old civil rights leader Medgar Evers was shot and killed outside his home in Jackson, Mississippi. (In 1994, Byron De La Beckwith was convicted of Evers’ murder and sentenced to life in prison; he died in 2001.)

In 1964, South African black nationalist Nelson Mandela was sentenced to life in prison with seven others, including Walter Sisulu, for committing acts of sabotage against the apartheid regime (all were eventually released, Mandela in 1990).

In 1967, the United States Supreme Court, in Loving v. Virginia, unanimously struck down state laws banning interracial marriages.

In 1978, David Berkowitz was sentenced to 25 years to life for each of the six “Son of Sam” .44 caliber murders that terrified New Yorkers.

In 1987, President Ronald Reagan, during a visit to the divided German city of Berlin, urged Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev to “tear down this wall”.

In 1991, Russians went to the polls to elect Boris N. Yeltsin as president of their republic.

In 1994, Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman were massacred outside his Los Angeles home. (OJ Simpson was later acquitted of the murders in a criminal trial, but ultimately held accountable in a civil action.)

In 2004, the body of former President Ronald Reagan was sealed in a grave in his presidential library in Simi Valley, California, after a week of mourning and remembrance by world leaders and ordinary Americans.

In 2020, Rayshard Brooks, a 27-year-old black man, was shot and killed by one of two white officers who responded after he was found asleep in his car in the drive-thru lane of a Wendy’s restaurant in Atlanta; Police body camera video showed Brooks grappling with officers and grabbing a Taser from one, shooting him as he fled. (An autopsy revealed Brooks was shot twice in the back. Officer Garrett Rolfe faces murder charges.)

Ten years ago: Democrat Ron Barber, who nearly lost his life in the Arizona shooting that seriously injured former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, won a special election to succeed him. Former mobster Henry Hill, the subject of the film ‘Goodfellas’, died in Los Angeles the day after his 69th birthday.

Five years ago: Tens of thousands of protesters staged anti-corruption rallies across Russia; more than a thousand have been arrested, including opposition leader and protest organizer Alexei Navalny. The Golden State Warriors won the NBA Championship, beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 129-120 in Game 5.

A year ago: A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit brought by employees of a Houston hospital system over its demand that all of its staff be vaccinated against COVID-19; the Houston Methodist Hospital system had suspended 178 employees without pay for refusing to be vaccinated. (More than 150 employees who refused to be vaccinated would resign or be fired after the lawsuit was dismissed.) Saudi Arabia announced that the upcoming hajj pilgrimage would be limited to no more than 60,000 people, all from the kingdom, in due to the pandemic.

Today’s birthdays: Songwriter Richard M. Sherman turns 94. Sportscaster Marv Albert is 81 years old. Singer Roy Harper is 81 years old. Actor Roger Aaron Brown is 73 years old. Actress Sonia Manzano is 72 years old. Rock musician Bun E. Carlos (Cheap Trick) is 71 years old. singer-musician Junior Brown is 70 years old. Singer-songwriter Rocky Burnette is 69 years old. Actor Timothy Busfield is 65 years old. Singer Meredith Brooks is 64 years old. Actor Jenilee Harrison is 64 years old. Rock musician John Linnell (They Could Be Giants) is 63. is 60 years old. Rapper Grandmaster Dee (Whodini) is 60 years old. Actor Paul Schulze is 60 years old. Actor Eamonn Walker is 60 years old. Actor Paula Marshall is 58 years old. Actor Frances O’Connor is 55. Actor Rick Hoffman is 52 years old. 50. Actor Mel Rodriguez is 49 years old. Actor Jason Mewes is 48 years old. Actor Michael Muhney is 47 years old. Blues musician Kenny Wayne Shepherd is 45. Actor Timothy Simons is 44 years old. Actor Wil Horneff is 43 years old. Singer Robyn is 43 years old. The singer and rock musician John Gourley (Portugal. The man) is 41 years old. Actor Dave Franco is 37 years old. Country singer Chris Young i s 37. Actor Luke Youngblood is 36 years old. Actor Ryan Malgarini is 30 years old.

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The Blue Bear Cafe prepares for success

Passing Mount Airy Secondary School along North South Street, one notices the walls, sidewalks and signage of a typical educational institution – but one probably doesn’t realize that a thriving business lies also within its limits.

On a recent morning at the Blue Bear Cafe as the school year drew to a close, senior Ocean Davis was putting the finishing touches on a fruit smoothie after serving cookies and brownies to a grateful recipient. Chances are another customer will soon order a cup of freshly brewed latte from the student-run business.

The coffee at the Blue Bear Cafe is reputed to be so good that teacher Ashley Pyles did not hesitate to compare what the children prepare to that offered by an international chain of cafes:

“They make the best coffee, hands down, on Starbucks every day,” Pyles said proudly.

In addition to a variety of coffees – including Frappé, Latte and Americano – there are several flavors of fruit smoothies, various sweet treats including bundt cakes, snacks, hot chocolate, cider and more Again.

The Blue Bear Cafe menu additionally includes specialty drinks featuring what has apparently become a local sensation, bubble teas.

Yet perhaps the best product served up there is success – cooked up daily by apron-wearing student entrepreneurs who gain valuable business experience during the school year that can help them in a career.

“It’s never about coffee,” said Polly Long, Workforce Initiatives Coordinator, when discussing the mission involved, or for that matter caffeine, the boosting ingredient in this drink. popular.

“It’s all about skills,” added Long, a longtime employee of the school system who is credited with making the on-campus enterprise a reality.

“A student-run cafe has been Polly Long’s dream for years,” reads a statement prepared in conjunction with the Blue Bear Cafe program receiving special recognition from the municipal government at a recent council meeting. This statement also refers to the role that “extraordinarily talented students” played in its success.

The cafe, which started in 2019, aims to provide targeted youth with basic life skills training and create a pathway to employment in the service sector.

For example, junior Jennifer Griffin has her sights set on becoming a pastry chef.

The Blue Bear Cafe operates through the school’s Professional Studies Program Unit and is overseen by teachers Jennifer Gentry and Ashley Pyles in addition to Long.

“Jennifer is kind of our pastry chef,” Gentry said of Griffin’s inescapable role in the operation.

Approximately 10 students are enrolled in the program in any given academic year. They also attend regular classes in addition to working a set number of hours for coffee, constituting class periods. It is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. during school terms.

Innovative students

The Blue Bear Cafe occupies a strategic space in the high school’s media center, which provides an inviting setting to enjoy a drink or snack that arguably rivals that of any cafe on the planet. The surroundings are pleasantly lit by large bay windows overlooking North South Street.

The place was fitted out with the help of Goodwill Industries, Long said, which helped provide start-up funds to acquire new furniture and fixtures.

It is tastefully decorated with walls painted in a light brown and olive green color scheme, printed with phrases such as “serve kindness a cup of time” and inspirational words such as “imagine”, “create”, ” inspire” and others.

The students respond by constantly adding new drinks and have even developed a website to promote the company. A Blue Bear Cafe Facebook page is available to facilitate ordering.

The facility’s spic-and-span kitchen is located in a side room, near a counter where students consult library materials as part of a seamless dual existence between the two facilities. A gift shop specializing in student-made products is also located at the cafe, offering items such as mugs and t-shirts and handcrafted items from local entrepreneurs.

In addition to the culinary skills honed by young people, other abilities are learned that they can apply to many other career endeavors besides a cafe itself.

These include leadership, communication, organizational skills and teamwork, as well as the actual duties of dealing with the public to take orders, give change from a cash register and process orders by credit card.

“They see it in real time,” Long said of the impression left on those in the outside world who can see education applied to real business. The students involved are a mix of upper and lower classes who provide a seamless transition with knowledge transfer as they come and go.

“They basically learn how to run a business on their own,” Pyles observed.

While the café is closed for the summer, before resuming operations with the start of the new school year, it has been popular with members of the public who can call in and take orders on campus.

In other cases, large orders will even be delivered to customers.

“We’re in the dark,” Long said of the cost of this service given soaring gas prices. “What we are trying to do is break even, with all profits going directly to the company.

“We use some of that money to take them (students) on field trips,” Gentry advised.

Long hopes to expand the Blue Bear Cafe to a downtown location if one can be found under the right circumstances.

City Honors

The whiff of Blue Bear Cafe’s success wafted from City Hall a few miles away, as evidenced by the special recognition it received at a recent meeting of the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners.

Pyles attended this session with two students, Griffin and fellow junior Shatavia Robison, who were there for a presentation on the program highlighted by the girls handing out chocolate chip cookies to those in attendance.

The cookies were contained in colorful wrappers with labels touting sentiments such as “be kind” and “choose happiness”.

“This program is all about our kids first,” Pyles said of the effort that “just blew my mind.”

“The Blue Bear Cafe is one of the shining lights of the Mount Airy school system,” remarked Commissioner Jon Cawley, while thanking Polly Long for her involvement.

“I know you will go far in life,” Commissioner Marie Wood told the students.

“Great job, ladies,” said Joe Zalescik of the board.

“That’s what a community like Mount Airy is and can be,” Mayor Ron Niland said of the cafe’s success.

Tom Joyce can be reached at 336-415-4693 or on Twitter @Me_Reporter.

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What’s taking so long? Why some restaurant openings in Atlanta are extremely delayed.

The patio of D Boca N Boca

Photograph by Brandon Amato

Its imminent opening, D Boca N Boca has been named one of the Atlanta magazine’s most anticipated restaurants of the year, especially 2020. Inspired by owner Helio Bernal’s family ties to Veracruz and the Yucatan Peninsula, D Boca was set to begin serving Mexican cuisine in Summerhill in May 2020. It turned out to be bad weather. But even in non-pandemic times, restaurant openings often face delays that can span months or even years.

Bernal knows how unpredictable the food and beverage industry can be: he was brought up in it. Her father, who emigrated from Mexico in the early 1980s, ran a food distribution center in Chicago for two decades. They moved the family business to Atlanta in 2000. Bernal recalls traveling to Atlanta as a child, napping between boxes of dry goods in the back of his father’s truck. “I grew up in the business – from being a kid driving a forklift, knocking over pallets and causing thousands of dollars in damage, sweeping the warehouse, driving trucks,” he says.

In 2017, Bernal launched a food truck called the Real Mexican Vittles, then added four more vehicles to its fleet within a year, serving tacos and tamales at subway breweries. The trucks would be the engine that kept Bernal’s business moving — and solvent — on the twisty road to its first brick-and-mortar. Bernal was dreaming of opening a taqueria when, in 2018, he walked past an empty storefront on Georgia Avenue. A few months later, he signs a lease, hires a contractor, and delivers his design plans to the city of Atlanta. “It’s 2019 and life is good,” he recalls thinking, as he poured his life’s savings into renovating the 1,800 square foot space. What could go wrong?

The long and winding road

March 2019: Bernal signs the lease for a space at 39 Georgia Avenue. Left empty for several years, the building needs a total renovation, as well as a kitchen and a bar.

August 2019: Contractor hired. “If it was a movie, that’s where it all goes wrong,” Bernal says.

October 2019: Design plans submitted to the city for approval. Secure building permit sender to ensure the paperwork process goes smoothly.

November 2019: License approved.

January 2020: First blow of the pickaxe on the new space.

March 2020: [oh shit]

April-June 2020: Construction interrupted on DBNB. Nobody knows what’s going on.

June 3, 2020: Bernal is spending his 30th birthday in isolation with Covid.

July 2020: With the pandemic underway, the owner of DBNB is suspending rent collection for the remainder of the year. Bernal continues the construction.

November 2020: Bernal begins designing the space and orders furniture from Mexico.

January 2021: Start paying rent on the space.

March 2021: The furniture and decoration come from Mexico.

April 2021: The kitchen does not pass what is called a light test because the range hood vents are not up to code. A lot of things are not up to code?

May 2021: Collect grandma’s handwritten recipes, start designing the menu.

July 2021: New contractor hired.

August 2021: The new contractor removes the old 18-inch duct from the hood vent and installs a new 24-inch one, costing $94,500. “I think I passed out here,” Bernal said.

August 2021: Collect the other grandmother’s handwritten recipes.

September 2021: The contractor asks Atlanta Gas Light to install a gas meter.

November 2021: Gas meter still uninstalled, Bernal calls to see what the hold-up is. The entrepreneur forgot to specify which suite. “So all that time – two, three months of waiting – is just because he didn’t put an ‘A’,” Bernal says. “Are you kidding me?”

December 2021: Gas meter installed. An inspector visits and tells Bernal that he needs to paint the gas lines outside the building yellow.

December 2021: The contractor paints the gas lines yellow inside the building.

January 2022: Somewhere along the way the hot and cold water pipes have been reversed so there is no hot water. The kitchen also does not pass the “balloon test” and the fire extinguishing system must be reinstalled.

January 2022: Bernal’s expenses officially double what he had planned for the construction.

February 8, 2022: Balloon test passed. “Everything is golden and the inspector signs. I’m like, I just wanna open up“, explains Bernal. “He’s like, I just want to get out of this building. Do you know how many times I came here?

February 24, 2022: The health inspector must visit but does not.

February 28, 2022: The health inspector approves the permit.

March 2022: Bernal realizes that some of the furniture he bought a year ago is missing?

March 14, 2022: The city of Atlanta grants a certificate of occupancy — meaning the space is finally ready to move in — but Bernal decides to delay the opening until he gets his liquor license. “I’ve been at a standstill for two and a half years,” he says. “I think an extra week will be fine.”

April (?) 2022: Bernal is approaching the finish line, in a way: “Because once we’re done, we have to start preparing food. It will be another roller coaster.

D Boca N Boca is set to open this summer – stay tuned for more information.

This article originally appeared in our May 2022 issue.

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This bar was voted the best in New Jersey, it’s a Big Joe favorite

There are many great saloons, bars, taverns and inns here in New Jersey and I’m proud to say I’ve had the pleasure of walking through the doors of most of them.

Asbury Park dubbed the 2nd best beach in the United States, Asbury construction in 2018

Asbury Park dubbed the 2nd best beach in the United States (Erin Vogt, Townsquare Media)

Mashed, the online foodie resource that offers news, recipes and polls its staff and subscribers, recently named the best bars in Monmouth County, then went on to say that Wonder Bar in Asbury Park, New Jersey was the best bar in New Jersey. .

I can understand why they voted for The Wonder Bar as it is also one of my favorite bars here in Jersey. It’s a bar steeped in history and above all rightly nestled in the heart of “where the music lives” Asbury Park.

New Jersey Marathon runners pass the iconic Wonder Bar sign in Asbury Park in 2013

New Jersey Marathon runners pass the iconic Wonder Bar sign in Asbury Park in 2013 (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Walk into the Wonder Bar and the staff are friendly and efficient and no wonder (no pun intended) as it’s run by Lance Larson who was and still is in the top ring of musical royalty here in Jersey and Debbie DeLisa who is gracious and welcoming with her personality and she remains the best friend an animal can have by giving so much of her time and money to animal rescues and their care.

Debbie has created a yappy hour where you can bring your dog to Wonder Bar and sip your favorite drink and enjoy the outdoor tiki bar. Yappy hour is appreciated and well attended.

Bruce Springsteen on stage at Wonder Bar in Asbury Park

Bruce Springsteen on stage at Wonder Bar in Asbury Park (Tom Cunningham, Townsquare Media NJ)

Wonder Bar music has been a showcase for some of New Jersey’s best, including Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Clarence Clemons and Bobby Bandiera. A few years ago, just before COVID-19, Bruce Springsteen showed up at a show I was hosting with Bobby Bandiera and he was dancing with his mom Adele.

Photo Dennis Malloy

Photo by Dennis Malloy (from the Wonder Bar Deck)

The Wonder Bar is the kind of place where you can have a few cold drinks with your friends, bring your dog and enjoy the best music Jersey has to offer. I don’t know of any other establishment here in New Jersey that offers all of these entertainment choices.

I have hosted many charities at the Wonder Bar and Debbie and Lance have been kind enough to open their doors to many great causes. The Wonder Bar is an icon in the same vein as its sister bar down the street The Stone Pony.

Asbury Park beach at sunrise

Asbury Park Beach at Sunrise (Lou Russo, Townsquare Media NJ)

Take advantage of the Wonder Bar and make it a must stop on your next trip to Asbury Park.

The above post reflects the thoughts and observations of New Jersey 101.5 weekend host Big Joe Henry. All opinions expressed are those of Big Joe.

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Sydney’s best nightclubs to dance the night away

Between lockdowns and lockdowns and a literal no-dancing rule in our COVID era, dancing feels like a hard-earned pastime in Sydney, which makes a good night out on the dance floor all the sweeter. Thanks to groovy planning around the city’s nighttime economy and lots of energy and resilience from our nighttime industries, Sydney Free from all ties the days are really behind us.

Forgot how to stop a move? Don’t worry, there’s really no right or wrong when it comes to waving your freaky flag over the DF, and honestly, a good dance is pretty much precisely what we all need once in a while, especially after a long week. So get out those dusty dancing shoes, channel Beyonce (or HAIM?) and head to these Sydney spots for the The time of your life.

Here are the best nightclubs and dancefloors in Sydney right now.

Frankie’s Pizza


Frankie’s Pizza is one of Sydney’s best places for a bit of rock n roll and a crazy night out. Head down the stairs and settle in for tasty pizza by the slice, pinball machines and local bands playing live and loud. If you hang around a bit longer, you might come to Frankie’s secret bar, an underground location hidden behind the stage (where many night dances take place). Plus, you’ve only got a few months left to dance the night away in this underground wonderland, with Frankie’s about to close to make way for Sydney’s new underground line. Hop to her.

Club 77


There’s something about Club 77. This dark, grubby bar has evolved over the years, but its cherry-red walls and sticky floor were once the beating heart of Sydney’s alternative electronic and house music scene, with legends like AJAX, the Bang Gang and the DJ Starfuckers who dominate the decks and the dance floor. The club celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2022, relaunching with a little makeover inspired by NYC-style dive bars. The relaunch included new acoustic treatment and a pumping KV2 audio system specially tuned by Translate Sound (7RANSLA7E). He also scored a 4am seven-day-a-week license – huge news for Sydney’s often lackluster midweek options after 9pm. There’s even a late-night happy hour from 2:30 to 3:30. The best part? the dance floor is heaving like in the good old days.



LABEL. is a multipurpose warehouse-style venue that’s part club, part bar and part art space, with an in-house recording studio and an extravagant, festival-style sound system unseen anywhere else in Sydney. Inside, there’s a sunny, Miami Vice-style cocktail bar that serves really good Mandarin Tommy margaritas and rhubarb gin sours alongside craft beers from the club’s neighboring Northern Beaches breweries.

Beyond the two recording studios, set up for touring artists to record and collaborate on, the space gives way to a jaw-dropping dance floor. Drenched in lasers and lined with moving booths, the space is dominated by a state-of-the-art VOID Air Motion system. The downstairs pizza is available from opening to closing (i.e. 3am), ensuring no one goes hungry on the dance floor.



A list of Sydney’s best dance spots wouldn’t be complete without the juggernaut that is Ivy. The Ivy District brings together the best of Sydney under one roof (and umbrellas, in the case of the rooftop Ivy Pool Club). It also happens to have very many dance parties, including popular events such as POOF DOOF and Lost Sundays. It’s known for a party, so what are you waiting for?


Potts Point

The cavernous basement in Bayswater Road that was once Candy’s flat is now Maali, a Moroccan-inspired nightclub, run by the same team that also opened Eros across the street. The venue’s brick walls and archways have been painted soda orange, and new sunken lounges, a VIP room, and private areas with curtains line the walls. Maali’s inspiration is “Arabian Nights,” and belly dancers, snake charmers, and tarot readers join resident DJs and special guests on the entertainment lineup. The dance floor was also brightened up with a new state-of-the-art light and sound system.



This two-level bar is where you want to head to for drag performances and DJ sets. Thanks to its prime position on Oxford Street, just down from Taylor Square, there’s usually a buzz at the weekends, with tunes ranging from disco to techno. There’s also a bunch of Mardi Gras celebrations going on, so get on your platforms and get ready to dance the night away.

Taylor’s roof


If this is a rooftop you’re hoping to dance on this summer, head up the stairs to the fourth floor of the Hotel Republic. With a vertical garden and a retractable roof, taylors is a small city oasis, with views over the glittering rooftops of the city. House music is the vibe here, with local and international DJs on the decks on the weekends.

glass island

sydney harbor

Sydney is no stranger to floating parties. Being home to one of the most beautiful harbors in the world means plenty of party boats are regularly dotted across our sparkling waters. In fact, summer in Sydney isn’t quite complete without a sort of sunset at sea, complete with champagne, balmy airs and breathtaking views. Enter: The Glass Island. Since launch, Glass Island has hosted Nicky Night Time, Sneaky Sound System’s Sneaky Sundays, Poolclvb and The One Hit Agency team. It’s a good time, so book your tickets here.

Glass Island’s current season ends on Sunday, June 12 and will reopen the first weekend in September.

The Lansdowne


When Mary’s boys took over The Lansdowne, they promised to keep the live music roots of the iconic pub intact. Over the years they’ve done more than that, making Lansdowne one of Sydney’s liveliest places to see a concert. Sadly, Jake Smyth and Kenny Graham’s reign over the multi-storey pub has come to an end. For a moment it looked like the location would be lost to the developers, but Oxford Art Factory (OAF) boss Mark Gerber stepped in to save the show. Refurbishments (including an upgraded sound system) and a new restaurant concept are underway under the OAF team, but for now the pub remains open.



If your idea of ​​a good dance party involves a basement club vibe, look no further than The Imperial in Erskineville. This proud LGBTQIA+ mega-pub is a place to watch a dazzling drag show, do a vegan tasting, and yes, hit the fucking dance floor like no one else. The basement is basically an underground rave and the front bar is all disco beat.


Surry Hills

You might know Goros for its 20-person karaoke rooms, Japanese food and retro arcade games, but this Surry Hills spot also offers its dance floor with hip-hop beats and maximum vibes on the weekends. -end. Kick off your ’90s dance party with Goros’ sake shots, and you’re sure to have a good one.

Harry Hotel

Surry Hills

This corner pub in Surry Hills is open for lunch, dinner and drinks seven days a week. Come on the weekend, however, by Harry the upper level turns up the volume with DJs and dances into the wee hours of the morning. You can check who is ready to play via their website– or roll the dice and go for a night of cutting shapes on the DF.

Marrickville Bowling Club


From afternoons on the green to nights spent attending a live concert, Marrickville Bowlo is one hell of a place to hang out. You can relax in the sun and play bocce, feed and dance the night away in a day here. For its live music programming, go to website– then get ready to hit the air.

The soda factory

Surry Hills

Sydney bar The Soda Factory is always a good idea. The door is a veritable retro vending machine and everyone inside is in such good spirits that the low-key “Let’s just get merry” atmosphere means your toes will be tapping away to local concerts and DJs. The queue has a reason, so get in quick or get stuck outside in the heat.

Pamela is at the Prince of York


Inspired by the nightlife culture of the 70s and 80s in Berlin, Prince of York offers everything electric and full of surprises. Located inside the former John Solomon Building of the CBD (the buzzing, heritage-listed warehouse on York Street), this bar gives a whole new meaning to “business in the front, party in the back.” “. And if you’re looking for the party, you’ll want to head to the underground nightclub that is Pamela. Here you can expect champagne, a mezcal bar and nothing less than dancing on disco tables and ordering tequila by the bottle.

The cliff dive


One of Sydney’s best bars for dancing into the wee hours, The Cliff Dive is a former nightclub-turned-Papua New Guinean dance hall and tiki bar. With DJs most nights of the week, the dance floor heats up, so get tropical and dive in.

Oxford Art Factory


Someone fun is still playing Oxford Art, so you can’t really go wrong here. Attracting anyone and everyone from all over Sydney to see some of the best live entertainment means there’s always a big crowd and a lively dance floor to match. Check out this concerts are on the horizongrab a ticket and head over there to listen to some catchy tunes.

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Image credit: Pat Stevenson, Frankie’s, Pat Stevenson, LABEL., Merivale, Pat Stevenson, Glass Island, Goros, The Soda Factory, Prince of York, The Cliff Dive, Oxford Art Factory

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Dock Cafe in Stillwater reopens under new management – ​​Twin Cities

It didn’t take long for word to spread through Stillwater this week.

After being closed for more than two years, the popular Dock Cafe in downtown Stillwater reopened on Thursday under new management and with a new menu.

“It’s the perfect Dock day,” said John Koch, who took over operations of the restaurant now called The Dock. The restaurant, which overlooks the St. Croix River, opened only with a limited menu at 11 a.m. Thursday.

The restaurant’s menu features steak, pork chops, chicken, salmon, burgers and “pastas and great desserts,” Koch said. “Everything is homemade from scratch.”

Koch, who also owns Gio’s and the Portside in downtown Stillwater, said he was working hard to keep menu prices down “so people don’t go broke going out for lunch and dinner,” he said. he declares. “We want them to go out and have fun.”

Some former Dock Café employees have been rehired to work at the new restaurant, Koch said. As for the rest of the 65 employees, he says he had no trouble hiring people “because of the location and the beauty of the building. This is the nicest restaurant on the river in Stillwater.

The hours this weekend are: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.

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Using personal loans for home improvement

Other ways to pay for home improvement

A home renovation loan isn’t the only way to cover these large expenses. If a personal loan isn’t what you had in mind for your home improvement needs, then explore the other options on the table.

credit cards

A credit card may be the most accessible method of paying for your home improvement jobs. This is especially true if you already have a credit card in your wallet with a high enough limit. You do not have to fill out another loan application. Instead, you can start recovering costs with your plastic right away.

But there’s a major downside to using your credit card for a home improvement loan. Those are the high interest rates associated with credit cards. That higher interest rate can mean you have to pay a lot more financing costs for the same home improvement.

If you need to get your home renovation started right away, consider credit cards as a temporary solution. However, look for a more permanent option in the form of a loan with lower interest rates.

home loan

A home loan is essentially a second mortgage loan based on the equity you have built up in your home. Equity is the difference between the current value of your home and your outstanding mortgage balance. So if you own a $250,000 house and still owe $100,000 on the mortgage, you would have $150,000 in equity.

You can’t borrow all of the equity you’ve built up in a home. But depending on your situation, you could tap into a relatively large loan amount. After receiving the lump sum loan amount, you make regular monthly payments for a set number of years.

If you default on the loan, the lender has the right to seize the home. For homeowners who can commit to another mortgage payment and want to make many improvements, a home equity loan could be a good choice.

Home equity lines of credit (HELOC)

Like a home equity loan, a Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC) is based on the equity you have built up in your home. But unlike a home equity loan, a HELOC is a revolving line of credit that you can draw on as needed.

When using a HELOC, the credit details feel more like a credit card. This is because you can withdraw money when you need it during the drawing period. However, you still need to make regular monthly payments to balance this balance. And remember, this monthly payment is on top of your existing mortgage payment.

If you’re not sure exactly how much your home renovation will cost, this type of financing gives you the flexibility you need to cover the costs. But you will use your home as collateral for that line of credit. This allows the lender to foreclose on your home if you default on your payments.

Cash Out Refinancing

A Refinance cash out you can take out a new mortgage loan with different terms. If you have built up equity in your home, this type of loan allows you to withdraw a lump sum.

Of the financing options on this list, you’ll likely unlock the lowest interest rate possible with a payout refinance. However, make sure you can get a lower interest rate than your current mortgage rate before you jump in.

You need to know what the cost of your home improvement project is before you complete your payout refinance. Otherwise, you may not be taking out enough to complete the project. With this funding solution, you will not be able to withdraw funds as needed.

In addition, you have significant upfront costs for refinancing with a payout. Essentially, any closing costs you paid for your original mortgage will have to be paid again for your new loan. Typically closing costs run into thousands of dollars. Take the time to run through the numbers before proceeding with a payout refinance.

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Here are 5 to try in Mississippi

Jackson has an abundance of great restaurants offering a wide range of cuisines to choose from.

The surrounding areas just outside the city limits of Jackson also have a variety of great restaurants to choose from.

Below, we’ve got you covered with a roundup of five restaurants to sample outside of the city of Jackson that are worth checking out.

All you can eat buffets of seafood, catfish, fried chicken, salads, desserts and more.

Pitches: 2855 U.49 Florence South and 1616 US 49 Magee

Hours: Monday to Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Closed on Sunday. Seafood Buffet is Thursday 4:30-9pm Friday 4:30-10pm Saturday 3:30-10pm

On Thursdays, only seniors get a 25% discount on all menu items and children can enjoy the seafood buffet for free.

Facebook:Facebook page

Call 601.845.7562 to place a takeout order.

Head to Vicksburg for some of Rusty’s best seafood pasta, steaks and Cajun food.

Location: 901 Washington Street Vicksburg

Hours: Closed on sunday and monday. Open Tuesday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The menu:Rusty’s Menu

Click here to access the bar menu.

Facebook:Rusty’s River Front Grill Facebook Page

Seafood pasta is one of the dishes on offer at Rusty's Riverfront Grill in Vicksburg.

If you love greens, ribs, BBQ pork, sweet potatoes and more, then a trip to Lee’s BBQ is just what you need. Located in Edwards, this restaurant offers some of the best BBQ in town.

Location: 114 Main Street S, Edwards

Hours: Closed on Sundays, Mondays and Saturdays. Open Tuesday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The menu:Lee’s Heavenly BBQ Menu

Facebook:Lee’s Heavenly BBQ Facebook

Since 1977, Mama Hamil’s has been serving all-you-can-eat Southern cuisine and barbecue.

Location: 480 Magnolia Street, Madison

Hours: Monday to Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dinner from Thursday to Saturday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Food menu: Mama Hamil’s

Facebook: Mama Hami’s Facebook page

Don O’Bannon “Oby”, a Navy man’s love of sandwiches, inspired him to open his own restaurant in various locations offering Cajun po-boys, oysters, sandwiches, real alligator tail meat and more.

Location: 504 Academy Road, Starkville

Hours: Monday to Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Menu:Oby’s Food Menu

Facebook:Oby’s Facebook page

Journalist Kiara Fleming can be reached by email [email protected] You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @ki_dajournalist

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New Takoda sports Navy Yard’s largest rooftop bar

Six years after its Shaw debut, Takoda Restaurant & Beer Garden is unveiling a second DC location directly across from Nationals Park on Thursday, June 9.

The 7,000 square foot Millennial Magnet (1299 First Street SE), nearly twice the size of the original, replicates the Northwest layout with second-floor space and a third-floor rooftop that the fast-growing Better Hospitality Group (BHG) calls the largest in the neighborhood. There is room for 385 customers on the two floors.

“We have a lot of loyal Takoda Shaw customers who live at Navy Yard. Now they have one on their doorstep,” BHG CEO Ryan Seelbach tells Eater.

BHG executive chef Julio Estrada brings Takoda’s best-selling tots, boneless chicken wings, six types of slider burgers and a cheeseburger with a seven-ounce prime rib and mixed brisket patty. A pocket section also includes barbecue chicken, pulled pork, roasted portobello sandwiches and a buffalo chicken wrap.

Entrees like a basket of fried pickles, truffle fries and fish and chips are also part of a late-night weekend menu, with a new take-out window dedicated to orders (11 p.m. to 1 a.m. ).

Coming out of COVID-19, Seelbach says its new BHG bars are prioritizing large open outdoor spaces year-round. Its months-old Boardwalk Bar & Arcade on the Wharf has a long patio and an airy, wraparound bar. The Easy Company waterside wine bar will pop up on an airy, fountain-framed piece of the quayside this summer.

Takoda’s rooftop will remain open year-round.
Daniel Swartz for Takoda

New menu drops include a trio of salads (Chicken Caesar, Spicy Chicken, and a Taco Salad in a Fried Tortilla Shell). Other Takoda firsts include a build-your-own burger option and a seven-day-a-week happy hour (at Shaw, it’s just Tuesday through Thursday).

Back by popular demand, Takoda’s “WAP” shooter, which came out on Shaw last summer in unison with Cardi B’s hit song The Returning Shooter, which was ahead of the curve with the now-hot Blue Curaçao, also includes rum, passion fruit, ginger, mint, lemon, and lime ($8 each or $39 for six).

Eight on-site frozen drink machines are tasked with swirling two types of spiked slushies: BHG’s ever-popular frose (rose, vodka, strawberry, peach) and a “Rum Bae” (rum, pineapple, strawberry, coconut, lime). The latter is an ode to the decades-old Florida resort town of Rum Bay where the BHG senior team stayed during a retreat this year.

Navy Yard’s Bottomless Brunch goes live immediately this weekend, with a 90-minute time limit for mimosas and three courses ($53), from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

A 24-line draw system dispenses 16 mostly local beers and eight cocktails, including BHG’s greatest hits (the Takoda mule, Boardwalk mojito, and Cortez margarita). There are 24 lines on the roof and 48 around its bar on the second level.

The shiny new Takoda Navy Yard incorporates and updates design elements from the original, like creeping ivy on the walls.
Daniel Swartz for Takoda

A daily happy hour (4 p.m. to 6 p.m.) includes $3 sliders, $7 Old Bay toddlers, and rail, draft, and frozen beers, wines, bubbles, and cocktails ($6 to $9).

Schedules start on weekdays from 4 p.m. and on weekends at 11 a.m. for brunch. Takoda plans to stay open Monday through Wednesday until 10 p.m. or 11 p.m., Thursday until midnight, Friday and Saturday until 2 a.m., and Sunday until 10 p.m. During Washington Nationals home game days, Takoda plans to open earlier and stay open later.

Seelbach says the Shaw and Navy Yard neighborhoods of Takoda share the same customer base.

“There are a lot of young residents in both who want to be within walking distance of entertainment and great bars and restaurants,” he says.

Takoda Shaw, opened in 2016, kicked off the DC Group’s expansion streak that included the Cortez taco and tequila bar in Shaw and Boardwalk bars in Penn Quarter and the Wharf.

“Beyond my current family, Takoda is my most treasured asset. I’m extremely excited to be launching my second baby, so to speak,” Seelbach says.

An oval-shaped central bar on the second floor has 48 tap lines.
Daniel Swartz for Takoda

A second-floor take-out window sends out late-night snacks.
Daniel Swartz for Takoda

Takoda is about a 30 second walk from Nationals Park.
Daniel Swartz for Takoda

Takoda Navy Yard features a mix of bar seating, high tables, and bright blue booths.
Daniel Swartz for Takoda

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Powersoft’s Mover Shakes Things Up at Amsterdam’s Dance Music Museum and Nightclub

Powersoft’s compact transducer, Mover, is at the heart of a new four-dimensional nightlife experience in Amsterdam that lets visitors dive deep into the rich culture and educational history of electronic dance music from its roots to These days.

Based in Amsterdam’s Rembrandt district, Our House has been a thriving nightclub and the beating heart of the electronic music scene since the 1980s. The iconic venue upheld its musical heritage by recently becoming a museum of digital storytelling, promising a journey of 75 minutes in the musical genre via interactive exhibitions, shows and performances, telling the story of how electronic music – once a rebellious and secretive underground scene – evolved into a global cultural phenomenon.

“When we came here about two years ago, the place was very analog: there was a sound system, strobes, a smoke machine and LEDs – that was about it,” says Our House’s general manager, Jeroen Jansen. “We wanted to rebuild the club with facilities that could tell the story of over 40 years of dance music using mixed media technology. In order to revamp the place and bring it to a whole new level, we received a lot of support from the industry, including Powersoft.

The redesign of the venue had to be carefully thought out, as it houses a popular nightclub, Club Air, in the evening while sharing the same space with museum visitors during the day. The power of the amps and Mover are somewhat harnessed for effect during the day and aimed more at visually connecting to the video content, while at night the low frequencies are boosted on the dance floor to accentuate the music and line. bass.

Jansen sought advice from Powersoft engineers to estimate the number of movers required to support the dance floor structure they had in mind; the double layer flooring needed to support 100 people and 12 tons of weight.

They opted for 64 Mover, Powersoft’s compact linear transducer, all powered by four Quattrocanali 4804 DSP+D amplifiers. The transducer can be attached to a variety of objects and structures, including gaming chairs, entertainment room seating, wall panels, and in this case, under the double-layered dance floor.

“We came up with the idea of ​​actively involving all the technical elements associated with electronic music, such as light, video, laser and special effects. We wanted the movement under people’s feet to form a completely immersive experience, created by a timecode content system,” says Jansen, who refers to the content specifically designed as “the connector of all dots,” bringing all the technologies at specific musical points. , like when the rhythm drops or the musical crescendo.

The “double floor” construction consists of a hydraulic surface, which can slide up and down 20 cm, and the secondary floor above. The latter has the 64 Mover attached, one to each floor panel, so it can be felt wherever the person is.

Jansen credits his passion for electronic music with driving the creation of this experiential museum, which pays tribute to the “protagonists” (iconic DJs, bands and producers, including Daft Punk, Carl Cox and Diplo) who helped organize a first – one-of-a-kind experience: “It was very important for us to create a complete, glasses-free VR experience at the culminating end of the visitor journey. This is where the idea of ​​a haptic experience came from: linking all the technology to movement, so that everything works in harmony.

System integrator Lagotronics worked with Our House to develop the hydraulic “free fall” floor system, which not only vibrates but falls downwards. “We’re adding a special element that nobody expects, so it’s quite a shock to people when they’re here; it creates a truly unique experience,” adds Jansen.

The creative designer of the sound system, Joshua Dutrieux (JDX Music), was approached by Jansen and Fourmation, his entertainment company, with a mission to create something that had never been done before and that would make the dance museum truly memorable: “I I know Jansen from the time we were organizing dance music events together,” says Dutrieux. “I come from a background of house and hardcore music, so I really wanted to be part of this project!”

Dutrieux experimented with two Mover at home, exploring the capabilities of its low frequencies: “I wanted to identify the frequencies to make the ground rumble. I had all these audio samples and started adjusting the volumes up and down. Eventually the rumble made my jaw quiver and I thought, ‘Okay, let’s do this full-scale on a dance floor.’

Over the past few years, Mover has been used for a wide variety of applications, in gaming chairs, immersive experiences, and under floors, where it is used as a subharmonic frequency extender to replace the amount of subwoofer in a space, subsequently reducing low-frequency noise pollution in the surrounding environment.

“Because of the massive force we can put on a Mover, it actually replaces four of the conventional products that have been used in the past, which means the product is very effective,” says Mark Kocks, Business Development Manager at Powersoft. “The sensations created are unprecedented – every visitor I have seen here at Our House came away with a new experience.”

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Banff Cafe shortlisted for Coffee Customer of the Year

A CAFE in Banff has been nominated for an award at the Scottish Cafe Awards.

From left to right ; Mattie Verster, Marion Martin, Rose Martin, Cameron McDonald and Andy Martin…Delight Cafe Gallery have been nominated for Cafe Customer of the Year at the Scottish Cafe Awards 2022…Picture: Daniel Forsyth..

Delight Cafe Gallery was nominated in the Customer Cafe of the Year category after regulars voted for the local favorite.

The cafe’s nomination came as a shock to owners Andy and Marion Martin who were unaware their customers had voted for them.

“It totally came out of nowhere,” Andy said.

“We didn’t even know the awards were happening. I heard we were in the final and our customers voted for us, which was new to me. I don’t know how I missed that.

“It’s an honor though and we’re grateful to be nominated.”

Andy and Marion opened the cafe in 2018.

Previously, Andy worked as a forester and photographer after moving to the area 33 years ago from Edinburgh.

The cafe has quickly become known in the area for its cheese and paprika scones and monthly coffee specialties which are particularly popular with locals.

“We have the cafe, a gallery and a gift shop and I think that’s a combination that has worked for us,” Andy said.

“We have one of the highest ratings in the region on Tripadvisor and I think that shows that people appreciate what we do.”

The cafe was nominated alongside eight other locations in the northern awards category.

To win, David and Marion will need to submit evidence showing why they deserve the award by June 15. This may include customer reviews.

The evidence will then be considered by a jury before the winners are announced at a ceremony at the Marriott Hotel in Glasgow on June 27.

“We’ve only been open for three years, so we’re not really used to these things yet,” Andy said.

“It’s a black tie dinner, so it will be a first for me as well.

“One of the things you can do is offer reviews, so we hope to have some more good ones under our belt before then.

“It’s hard work running a cafe, but you do it for times like this.”

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Added sugar warning labels on restaurant menus may help consumers seek out healthier foods

Do you really want to order a soda with your burger? A single soda can contain more added sugar than the recommended daily limit for most adults.

Seeing a warning icon on a restaurant’s menu can help consumers identify high amounts of added sugar hidden in menu items -; and it may even convince them to switch to healthier products like water.

These are the observations recorded in a new study from the University of California, Davis. In a nationwide survey of more than 1,300 adults, researchers found that added sugar warnings with icons and text, or icons only, were effective in conveying a “high in added sugar” warning message. to people. The survey took place in 2021.

Excess added sugar in our food supply is a major driver of type 2 diabetes, which is expected to affect approximately half of all American adults during their lifetime.”

Desiree Sigala, Study Lead Author, UC Davis Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Molecular Biosciences

The study, published online in the July issue of the journal Preventive medecine, is considered the first of its kind to design and test the effects of added sugar warnings for restaurant menus. And while the U.S. Food and Drug Administration requires major restaurant chains to make certain nutrition information available in restaurants, there is currently no requirement to publicly disclose added sugar for restaurant foods. said researchers.

This leaves consumers in the dark about high levels of added sugar in their meals, which can contribute to negative health outcomes, the researchers said. New York City recently sought to address this issue by passing a law requiring added sugar warnings on prepackaged restaurant menu items. Policymakers across the country are considering similar warnings for added sugar on restaurant menus.

“By exposing the high amount of added sugar in common restaurant foods, these warnings could help consumers make informed decisions,” said lead author Jennifer Falbe, assistant professor of nutrition and human development at UC. Davis in the Department of Human Ecology. “But more importantly, requiring these warnings could encourage restaurants to offer a wider variety of options that aren’t loaded with sugar.”

The icons, designed by the study team, look like stop, yield and “caution” traffic signs.

The warning icons are a simple way to provide consumers with nutritional information and prompt companies to improve the safety of their products, without taking up menu space, the researchers said.

In the online randomized study, participants were shown either a control label (a QR code), one of six possible added sugars warning labels, or one of the icons combined with three variations of text: “high in added sugars”, “high sugar” and “sugar warning”. Each icon contained an exclamation mark or an exclamation mark with a spoon. While icon-plus-text and icon-only labels had favorable responses among participants compared to control labels for outcomes of perceived efficacy and knowledge of added sugar content of items, there was no no significant differences when comparing icon-only to icon-plus-text labels, the researchers said.

According to the researchers, the label design was based on sodium warning labels required by law for restaurant chain menus in New York and Philadelphia.

Additionally, most study participants, 80%, supported the added sugar warning labels used on restaurant menus.

“These promising results support the need for further development and testing of restaurant menu added sugar warning labels by conducting experiments with menu ordering outcomes to determine behavioral effects,” Falbe said.

In addition to Falbe and Sigala, co-authors include Marissa G. Hall, Department of Health Behavior, Gillings School of Global Health, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Aviva A. Musicus, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health; Christina A. Roberto, Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine; Sarah E. Solar, Department of Human Ecology, and Sili Fan, Department of Statistics, UC Davis; DeAnna Nara and Sarah Sorscher, Center for Science in the Public Interest.

The study was funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies directly and through a subgrant from the Center for Science in the Public Interest. Falbe has additional support from the National Institutes of Health and the US Department of Agriculture. Sigala is supported by the National Institutes of Health. The content is the sole responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official opinions or policies of the funders.


University of California – Davis

Journal reference:

Sigala, DM, et al. (2022) Perceived effectiveness of added sugar warning label designs for US restaurant menus: an online randomized controlled trial. Preventive medecine.

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Bars, restaurants lose interest in Jackson’s social district after several delays

JACKSON, MI — Jackson’s long-awaited social neighborhood didn’t launch as planned over Memorial Day weekend, and downtown restaurants are starting to lose interest.

The District was scheduled to launch on Friday, May 27, the same day as the first Downtown Cruise-In for 2022. But that didn’t happen because those responsible were tied to other projects, director Cory Mays executive of the Jackson Downtown Development Authority, said.

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“There are a lot of moving parts in the Social Quarter, and we want to make sure we get it right,” Mays said. “We don’t want to rush.”

A social district allows patrons to legally purchase alcohol and consume it in designated outdoor areas. The Jackson City Council approved the creation of a downtown neighborhood in April 2021, and it was hoped to be operational in the summer of 2021.

However, its launch has been delayed a few times in part due to a lack of restaurant participation, which the restaurants say may be partly due to a lack of communication about the District’s participation and operation.

While business owners said they have been patient about the impending start of the social district, many are frustrated that it is being delayed yet again. This includes Liz Wiginton, owner of The Crazy Cowboy, who said the restaurant will not be participating in the district this year.

“I was kind of interested, but now we’re not,” Wiginton said. “I feel like I don’t have answers to some of my questions.”

In 2021, The Crazy Cowboy, 215 S. Mechanic St., was one of five restaurants and bars that originally accepted and registered to participate in the Social Quarter, out of 15 eligible to enroll.

The others were Ogma Brewery Co., 129 E. Michigan Ave.; Nite Lite, 145 W. Pearl St.; Veritas, 151 W. Michigan Ave., and Grand River Brewery, 117 W. Louis Glick Highway.

Related: 5 Restaurants Join Jackson’s Social District But Still Awaiting State Approval

During the delays, Wiginton said the restaurant has seen success in cocktails and take-out drinks, which the state approved in 2020. That’s more useful than the neighborhood would be, she said. .

Related: Michigan Senate Approves To-Go Cocktails, Outdoor Beverage Districts

“We’re doing so well with it that we don’t want to change it,” Wiginton said. “At that time, people couldn’t eat so much and we were looking to increase our liquor sales. We’re doing fine as we are now, and we’re not the bar we used to be.

Veritas and Ogma Brewing Co. have re-registered and are awaiting city and state approval. While Ogma Brewing Co. is excited to eventually participate, it wants the city to launch the district as soon as possible, co-owner Andrew Volk said.

“We believe a social neighborhood has utility in creating a better connected downtown and is a feature that would help smaller food and beverage establishments like us during busier weekends,” Volk said. . “However, if the city doesn’t follow through this summer, I don’t expect any of the currently listed companies to invest in it in the future.”

Town Bar, 121 E. Cortland St., is interested in the neighborhood but understands why many restaurants are hesitant to join, manager Katti Chivington said.

A lack of information and unanswered questions, such as who could provide the cups, how the district would be run and the costs, prevented Town Bar from signing up the first time around, Chivington said.

“There’s definitely an opportunity for that,” Chivington said. “There just isn’t a lot of communication about it. Many (places) are in the dark and don’t know the plans. They are afraid to get on board and to understand as they go along. It’s one of those things you have to be prepared for. »

But, the DDA is not giving up on the social district just yet and still expects to launch it this year, Mays said.

The DDA will again focus on the project since many summer events have either started, he said. Over the next few weeks, the DDA plans to deliver applications to eligible restaurants and answer questions from some owners, he said.

“We have a few more pieces to put in place,” Mays said. “We have to finish some things on our side. We are a little bogged down by many other projects that were priorities. We need to complete our outreach to our downtown bar and restaurant owners to have all their paperwork filed.

The DDA is ready to print maps, rules and other items to activate the social district, Mays previously said. The group is also ready to provide logo cups to all participating businesses, he said, adding that they only needed the restaurant’s participation.

Mays did not provide an alternate date for the district’s launch. However, he previously said that the DDA had set a goal of eight registered participants to make the district a reality.

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Moment Clint Boon surfs the crowd as Manchester bids farewell to South Nightclub

Footage captured the moment musician and DJ Clint Boon surfed in what marked a final farewell to the city’s southern nightclub. Partygoers headed out for a final night of partying at the venue on Saturday June 4, with the resident DJ seen held aloft by the singing crowd during the evening.

It comes after the Inspiral Carpets star and radio presenter took to social media on Thursday to break the sad news that the King Street venue was due to close after 27 years of entertaining the town’s clubbers. Music icon Manc and the club’s famous resident DJ announced on his social media: “A message I never expected to post.

“My night this Saturday at South will be the closing night for the club. Due to issues beyond our control (myself, management and owners), Manchester will lose one of their biggest nightspots of all. the temperature.”

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Boon went on to say, “The South has been my second home for over 20 years and it’s been an important part of the Boon family journey. Please join us on Saturday for our closing party. Needless to say, it will be a great send and probably a touching one! Lots of love.”

Crowds cheered as they carried the resident DJ onto the dance floor

Video footage taken on Saturday night showed the room packed as revelers danced to the Manchester anthems. And after getting the crowd moving, the 62-year-old DJ was then carried onto the dance floor, held high by the arms of club-goers who were cheering and screaming.

And on Sunday, June 5, Clint shared a photo of himself outside the venue, taken on Saturday night, writing, “One of the best nights of my life. Thank you South Club and everyone there have been working or partying. What an amazing journey! All my love xx.”

Clint has been playing Saturday nights at the South King Street venue for over 20 years with his famous Boon Army, Disco Rescue and Forever parties. On the same day, he announced that the final night, which aired on Beatstream from 11 p.m., was sold out. Following the news, fans bid an emotional farewell to the nightclub.

Tokyo Industries explained in a statement that the closure is due to the end of the lease during Covid and the “owner wishing to redevelop the space”. It is not yet known what the next plans are for the famous club site.

The southern nightclub on South King Street has closed after 27 years

Commenting on the closure, club general manager Aaron Mellor said: “Over the past few years more and more residential apartments have surrounded us on South King Street, leading to noise reduction advisories and adaptation after adaptation to try to solve the sound problems.

“More recently, the demolition and redevelopment of the former Pizza Express building into a hotel has closed off our adjacent street, moving our smoking area to South King Street, returning more noise issues from residents overlooking that street. We have become landlocked by development residences”.

He added: “All good things must come to an end – we’ve had some amazing times in this building, but now seems like the right time to close the chapter in this story. All the staff, club nights, promoters and of course Mr. Boon, will be safely moved to our Deaf Institute, Gorilla and Factory locations. All you need is SOUTH…x.”

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Chicago-area restaurant has one of the ‘most outrageous’ burgers in the US, according to the list – NBC Chicago

One of the nation’s “most outrageous burger joints” is located in the Chicago area, according to a Yelp listing.

Boba Burger’s BBQ Lechon Burger in suburban Morton Grove was named No. 9 on the company’s list of the “11 Most Outrageous Burgers” in the United States.

The Filipino pork roast is fried and placed on a 5 ounce beef patty, with cheese, lettuce, tomato, an onion ring, and Chicago Sweet Baby Ray BBQ sauce.

What’s the best part?

The very popular burger is only $8.

Morton Grove’s Boba Burger is located in a 1970s bowling alley where some people will just taste the entree rather than the bowl, Yelp noted based on reviews.

Here’s where other burgers fell on the list:

  1. Big Cheese, The Shack: San Antonio, TX
  2. Y’all Burger, NFA Burger: Dunwoody, Georgia
  3. Sunday morning, hidden location: San Francisco, California
  4. The Godfather, Vinny’s Smokin’ Good Burgers & Sandwiches, North Bend, Oregon
  5. Western Bacon Cheez Burger, Bunz: Huntington Beach, CA
  6. Mac and Cheese Burger, Capitol Burger: Torrey, Utah
  7. Thee Glazed One, Thee Burger Spot: Tampa, Florida
  8. Applewood Smoked Bacon Cheeseburger, Island Ono Loa Grill: Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
  9. BBQ Lechon Burger, Boba Burger: Morton Grove, Illinois
  10. Yenta Burger, JewBoy Burgers: Austin, TX
  11. ½ pound of stuffed mushrooms and tasty and delicious Swiss burger: Nashville, Tennessee

See the complete list here.

To create the list, Yelp reviewed restaurants that were in the “burger” category based on total review volume and review scores. The brand also analyzed the keywords used in reviews to describe the “outrageous” burgers.

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Longtime Palo Alto sports bar, The Old Pro, to close June 19 | New

The Old Pro in Palo Alto on October 2, 2019. The longtime local business is scheduled to close on June 19, 2022. Photo by Sammy Dallal.

Originally opened in 1964, The Old Pro has long been Palo Alto’s classic sports bar, even as Silicon Valley grew around it. The walls are lined with vintage pennants featuring now-defunct teams like the World Soccer League’s Philadelphia Bell and framed Sports Illustrated covers from a time when printing full-color photographs took weeks of planning.

Later, the bar also drew crowds for late-night must-haves, including its mechanical bull Bucky, beer towers and shotskis. Open until 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights, The Old Pro is one of the few places in the quiet Midpeninsula for a late-night drink. On June 1, the company announced its permanent closure after its last day on June 19.

The (old) Old Pro opened under a different name on El Camino Real near Page Mill Road and the Oregon Expressway nearly 60 years ago, and Steve Sinchek bought the business in 1994. He opened the The Old Pro’s second location in downtown Palo Alto about a decade later, and the El Camino bar closed in 2007 with a final blowout where its TVs were sold to patrons for $20.

The Old Pro’s current location meant moving its dive bar environment to downtown Palo Alto’s trendiest location in a space with floor-to-ceiling windows. Yet The Old Pro retained its classic sports memorabilia decor and continued to welcome everyone from little leaguers to college students and venture capitalists. During major sporting events, the bar would come alive and transform into a space filled with hordes of fans decked out in the red, white and blue of American football and the red and gold of the 49ers.

Sinchek pointed to the pandemic pushing away work groups and rising food, rent and labor costs as the main factors behind the bar’s closure in interviews with The Mercury News and the San Francisco Chronicle, although it still operates Local 271 nearby. media thank community members and ask customers to share photos and stories.

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Friend of nightclub shooting victim speaks out as arrest warrant is issued

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB/WSHM) – Springfield police have obtained a warrant for the arrest of the man they believe responsible for an alleged murder at a downtown Springfield nightclub. Friends of the victim told Western Mass News they hoped whoever did it would be brought to justice.

Western Mass News spoke exclusively with one of David Carrasquillo’s childhood friends, who was there the night of the shooting and called 911. She recounted what she heard that night.

“He’s like a brother to me,” said Angelica Garcia, a childhood friend of David Carrasquillo.

Candles, balloons and heartfelt messages remain outside Saga nightclub in Springfield following a deadly shooting this weekend.

According to court documents obtained by Western Mass News, Springfield police responded to a 911 call to the Worthington Street club just before 10:45 p.m. Sunday night. They said they found David Carrasquillo, 30, inside the club with a gunshot wound to the head.

“It was, it was traumatic. It was scary. I’ve seen things in my life, but never something more traumatic than seeing a friend get shot and seeing the body there,” Garcia explained.

Western Mass News spoke exclusively with Angelica Garcia, the woman who called 911 the night of the shooting. She told Western Mass News that she has known Carrasquillo since they were children. She said their group of friends started the night at Zone Patio, before heading to Saga around 9 p.m.

Court documents say surveillance video shows a man entering the club between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m., claiming he was quickly searched but not wanted for weapons and a detector metal was not used. They go on to say footage shows Carrasquillo entering the bathroom at 10:38 p.m. Garcia told Western Mass News she went to the women’s bathroom at the same time and said the doors were right next to each other. Newspapers said the other man entered the bathroom at 10:39 p.m.

“The minute I go to the bathroom, all you hear is a bunch of screaming, the gunshot goes off,” Garcia said.

Seconds later, court documents say Carrasquillo opened the bathroom door in a “violent struggle” quote, then fell to the floor. The other man then comes out of the toilet, steps over the body, then heads for the exit of the club.

“The moment I slid the door open and walked out of the bathroom, all I saw was a body on the floor. I didn’t know who it was at first, you know, having alcohol in your system… When I went to walk over to the body, I looked down and realized it was David …His lips were already purple-blue. He was shot in the head. I grabbed my phone. I called 911,” Garcia said.

She told Western Mass News she couldn’t understand why anyone would do this to her friend.

” That does not make sense. It does not mean anything. No one has really had any issues with him that I know of. He wasn’t a bad boy. He was a humble child. He was much loved by family and friends. There’s really nothing bad I can say about him because he wasn’t a bad person,” Garcia explained.

In court documents, police identified the suspect as 35-year-old Brandon Murray.

They say he is 5’10 and weighs 195 lbs. At the time of the incident, police say he was wearing a blue New York Yankees cap, white t-shirt, denim shorts and white sneakers. Police say he has multiple tattoos, which detectives have linked to known Brandon Murray documents in the past.

Murray faces charges of murder, as well as carrying a loaded firearm without a license, discharging it within 500 feet of a dwelling, among other things. He has not yet been arrested.

Garcia told us that she hopes the person responsible will be put behind bars.

“I mean, what that really means is just, you know, justice. That’s all we want is justice… It gives us some relief, where at least we can get him to rest in peace properly. We don’t have to worry about his killer still being on the street and God forbid, doing that to other people. it’s not fair,” Garcia said.

Garcia told us that Carrasquillo leaves behind two children. The investigation into the shooting is still ongoing. Meanwhile, the mayor of Sarno ordered an entertainment and liquor license hearing for the Saga nightclub and the club’s owner waived his licenses on Tuesday. The club is closed until further notice.

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Home equity loans are making a comeback. 4 experts predict the rates you can achieve this year

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Home equity loans and lines of credit (HELOCs) are back.

With mortgage rates below 4% for the past two years, it made a lot of sense to refinance your mortgage and get some money out that way if you wanted to turn some of the equity in your home into cash.

Now the average interest rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is over 5%, and experts say there’s no longer any point in ruining what good interest rate you might have on your principal loan to do a payoff refinance. “Why do you want to disturb that? You wouldn’t,” he says Jim AlbertelliCEO of Voxtur Analytics, a real estate technology company.

Instead, there are other ways to access the equity built up in-house. “What you want to do is use some of that equity in your home and do it through a [home equity loan] or a home equity line of credit and use that for home improvement or whatever,” says Albertelli.

Home equity loans and lines of credit (HELOCs) are often referred to as second mortgages because you are borrowing against the value of your home that is not covered by your first mortgage. They haven’t been popular in years, partly due to low mortgage rates and partly because of the loose lending practices that helped trigger this Foreclosure crisis 15 years ago. But mortgage rates aren’t as low and home lending is now much more tightly regulated, prompting a resurgence, experts say. Rob CookVice president of marketing, digital and analytics at Discover Home Loans says the market is up about 50% year over year.

“This product has been unloved for 15 years,” he says Vikram Gupta, Head of Home Equity at PNC Bank. “Is it now the return of home equity?”

Make sure you get a good price on these products if you plan to take advantage of them. Here’s what four experts predict about equity and HELOCs for 2022.

Experts forecast home equity interest rates and HELOC through 2022

Vikram Gupta

Vikram GuptaHead of Home Equity at PNC Bank

For HELOCs, the floating rate typically follows the policy rate, which follows changes in short-term interest rates by the Federal Reserve, Gupta says. “That part of the equation, interest rates are going to go up. It’s a variable rate. We are in an environment of rising interest rates. It is tied to an index that is going up, so the price will go up.”

Jim Albertelli

Jim AlbertelliCEO of Voxtur Analytics, a real estate technology company

Expect home equity rates to end up being slightly higher than the rate on 30-year fixed-rate mortgages, says Albertelli. “You can count on your home equity line of credit or [home equity loan] somewhere in the 6.5% to 8% range as we move towards the end of this year and into next year.”

Rob Cook

Rob KochVice President of Marketing, Digital and Analytics at Discover Home Loans

Home yields may mirror the uptick in mortgage rates, but fears of a recession could dampen those increases, Cook says. “My outlook is that rates will either flatten or trend higher over the course of this year.”

Mark Hinshaw

Mark HinshawCo-Founder and President of Candor Technology, a mortgage technology company

Home yields could rise 50 to 100 basis points this year, Hinshaw says. “The Prime Minister [rate] will keep up with the rate hikes the Fed issues.”

Home equity vs. HELOC

Home equity loans are typically broken down into two products that work differently. The first is a traditional home equity loan – you borrow a certain amount of cash in one lump sum and then pay it back in monthly payments, similar to a fixed-rate mortgage. The second is a home equity line of credit, or HELOC, where the lender approves you for a certain amount of credit and you can borrow up to that limit at a time you need it, paying only interest on the money you borrow. Like a credit card secured by your house.

pro tip

When choosing between a home equity loan and a HELOC, consider how quickly you need the money and whether you need it all at once. If you don’t need everything at once, a HELOC might be a better deal.

How do you decide? It has to do with your personal financial situation and what you want to use the money for, he says Mark HinshawCo-Founder and President of Candor Technology, a mortgage technology company.

A HELOC makes more sense if you’re not yet sure what you’re going to spend the money on, or don’t plan on spending it right away, Hinshaw says. In this situation, if you’ve opted for a home equity loan instead of a HELOC, you’ve got the money on the table and you’re paying interest on cash that’s not yet being used.

A home equity loan makes more sense when the need is immediate and you know exactly what to pay, he says. “Let’s say you want to renovate your home, there is a certain amount you want to spend, you are not interested in spending money on other things and you are more conservative and risk averse when it comes to interest rates, then interest would I say that the loan would be the better way for you.”

How are home equity and HELOC interest rates determined?

HELOC sets are fairly simple in that they typically have two components: a variable part that moves with an index, usually the policy rate published by the Wall Street Journal, and a margin added (or subtracted) by the lender, which does not change. For example, it could be the federal funds rate plus 75 basis points or two percentage points, Gupta says. With interest rates at 4% in early June, that would mean a HELOC rate of 4.75% with a margin of 75 points for the bank.

For example, according to a survey by Bankrate, which like NextAdvisor is owned by Red Ventures, the average rate for a $30,000 HELOC on June 1, 2022 was 4.35%.

As a fixed income product, home equity interest rates are set more like mortgage rates, with a variety of factors going into them. That includes the cost for the bank to get the money, the lender’s operating costs, its profits, and a margin to cover the risk that you, the borrower, won’t repay it, Hinshaw says. Compared to a variable rate HELOC, a fixed rate loan “ends up being a little more expensive because you’re taking on interest rate risk,” he says.

The average interest rate on a $30,000 10-year home equity loan on June 1, 2022 was 6.73% per bank rate.

Why Consider a Home Equity Loan or HELOC?

Homeowners who have built up a lot of equity and need cash can use these tools to borrow at an interest rate that is typically significantly lower than unsecured debt like personal loans and credit cards.

“It allows people to keep the low interest rate they have on their main mortgage,” says Cook. “It’s a good financial vehicle from that perspective.”

Such borrowing can help consumers get the home they want in a market that is not conducive to moving. Buying a new home can be a hassle right now as prices are sky high and homes are only days on the market in many parts of the country. “For many consumers, it makes sense to stay where you are in your current home and try to improve it,” says Albertelli.

Risks of Borrowing Against Your Home

Like a mortgage, and unlike credit cards or personal loans, there is one major risk with home equity loans and HELOCs: you could lose your home. “Anytime you use your home as collateral and ultimately don’t pay, there’s a risk of foreclosure,” says Cook.

That risk is why interest rates on debt secured by your home are lower than unsecured debt, Gupta says. Lenders have an opportunity to recoup their losses by taking your home and selling it if you don’t pay. “That risk remains wherever you use your home, but when used wisely and judiciously, it’s a more cost-effective option than unsecured borrowing,” he says.

Knowing this risk, you should be careful what you do with home equity loans and lines of credit. Experts advise that it’s usually best to rent for everyday necessities and things like essential home improvement items that add value to your home.

As for the risk of borrowing too much and not being able to pay it back, experts say you should keep a cushion of equity untied by debt and work with lenders who will carefully review your loan. Home equity loans caused problems 15 years ago, but regulations have tightened and banks should no longer lend arbitrarily. “Even if the borrower wanted more, lenders will have severe restrictions,” Gupta says.

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Whistle Stop Cafe has been carrying on traditions for 22 years

PLANT CITY, Fla. — Homemade bread, delicious sandwiches, hugs and new friends are exactly what you’ll find when you walk into the Whistle Stop Cafe in downtown Plant City.

The popular dining spot has been around for 22 years.

Marti and Jerry Lofstrom embarked on this journey after spending some time in Brandon.

“We took a ride around this little town and he literally fell in love with this place. He was like, Oh, my God, this is such an old town. And it’s like Andy Griffith, where people are so nice and friendly,” Marti reflects.

The Whistle Stop Cafe is in an old pharmacy downtown, in fact the upstairs used to be a hospital.

“I’m not kidding, you have to come to this city, you have to understand people’s humility, and I’m talking about everyone in general.” Martin. “And they responded to us and in so many, many different ways. My husband was literally part of this town, he loves to pray and he was involved in a lot of different things. He wrote for the newspaper, he was involved in the town when he There were meetings. I mean, there were a lot of things that Jerry was in love with. And that’s why we settled, at least here, and I was there for 22 years.

Jerry passed away in December 2021. The community has been through the side of Lofstom through Jerry’s passing and the passing of their daughter before that. In fact, their daughter is painted on a mural just outside their business.

“We always knew Plant City was a caring little town until a situation like this happened to us. And the just town – I get goosebumps. The town just joined us, and they were 100% there because of the humility of the people at the churches,” Marti explained. “We took a trip to Minnesota, and when we came back, there were cards and flowers all over the building because the people were so supportive of our situation. And my husband always said I knew people cared. But I mean, now, now, we, we understand that they are really, really, really caring. I mean, we knew they loved us. But now it’s even more for us to understand that we belong to one city.

The Whistle Stop Cafe is also a true family business. Marti and her son are the two you’ll often see at the front of the business and her sister at the back. Here too you will always find homemade bread.

“I’m just saying we’re here hoping and praying to God to stay. And I want to thank everyone in Plant City,” Marti said. “I want to thank them for everything they have done for us, for our family for being there when we need them and for embracing us when we need them most.”

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A battle simmers between Italian restaurants Carbone’s and Carbone

Photo: Legal filing by Carbone’s against The Major Food Group

A battle is brewing between Carbone’s and Carbone.

A decade-old Italian restaurant in Dallas called Carbone’s Fine Food & Wine filed a lawsuit this week against New York-based Italian concept Carbone Restaurant, which recently opened an outpost in Dallas and sells packaged sauces in grocery stores. local.

Carbone’s Fine Food alleged that the New York restaurant, operated by Major Food Group, infringed on Carbone’s trademark and caused confusion both in the restaurant and in the grocery aisle. Carbone’s is seeking to stop Major Food Group from using the Carbone name in Texas, according to a filing in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas.

The New York-based operator also launched a website last month that is just one letter away from Carbone’s, the Dallas restaurant said.

Carbone’s Fine Food said it receives up to 20 calls a day from confused customers about the other restaurant with a similar name. And sellers and even the city of Dallas expressed similar confusion, Carbone said in the filing.

“By using an almost identical brand (Carbone’s v Carbone) in association with the same products and services (Italian restaurants and pre-packaged foods), consumers are and will be confused, misled or deceived as to the source of the products and services,” , Carbone said in his filing.

Major Food Group did not immediately respond to a request from Restaurant Business to comment on the lawsuit.

In addition to Carbone, Major Food Group operates nearly 30 high-end concepts, including The Grill, The Lobster Club, Hasalon, Don Camillo and many others in New York, Miami, Las Vegas and, since March, Dallas.

Carbone’s Fine Food founder Julian Barsotti, who operates four restaurants in Dallas, started using the Carbone’s name in 2011, but hasn’t trademarked it. Barsotti argues that he has a superior common law right to the trademark in Texas.

Barsotti, in a statement, said the name and logo are inspired by a restaurant and grocery store opened by his great-grandfather in New Jersey in 1941.

Major Food Group, which opened its first Carbone location in New York in 2013, holds a federal trademark for Carbone Restaurant.

Carbone’s Fine Foods is seeking to stop Major Food Group from using the name Carbone in Texas. He is also suing for damages and cancellation of the Carbone Restaurant brand of Major Food Group.

New to Dallas, Major Food Group’s “NY Carbone” is deliberately trying to trade on Carbone’s name, goodwill and hard-earned reputation to confuse local customers both on the front lines restaurant and retail,” Carbone attorney Matthew Yarbrough said in a statement.

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State bank to regulate unsecured foreign loans | banking and finance

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The State Bank of Vietnam (SBV) is currently preparing a draft to replace Circular 12/2014/TT-NHNN, which will then set conditions for foreign loans to companies that are not guaranteed by the government. This move by SBV has raised major concerns among investors as it will hurt cash flow into the stock market and even cause the market to decline.

capital from abroad

The VN Index recently posted a sharp drop of more than 24% in April, showing Vietnam as the largest stock market decline in the world. The reason for this decline is not only the negative influence of the world financial market, but also the drastic action taken by state administrative authorities in regulating the bond market and dealing with stock market manipulation.

However, the main reason that many securities professionals believe is the phenomenon of securities firm “call margin” taking place on a large scale. This comes as the total balance of margin loans hit a record level of VND201,176 billion in the first quarter of the year.

Previously, the boom in the stock market during the Covid-19 pandemic helped securities firms boost margin lending support services. At the same time, in addition to equity, investment firms also raised capital from credit institutions (CIs) to meet the capital needs of the market. Many investment firms have taken advantage of unsecured loans from foreign lending institutions and mobilized huge capital to supplement capital for operations.

Recently, on May 12, Viet Capital Securities Joint Stock Company (VCSC) issued a press release on the successful signing of a loan agreement with Megabank with a limit of USD 100 million, equivalent to VND 2,300 billion. Previously, VCSC had also successfully arranged two additional unsecured syndicated loans for $100 million in November 2021 and $40 million in May 2020.

In late March, Saigon Securities Corporation (SSI) also announced that it had completed the disbursement of a $148 million unsecured loan agreement. This is the largest foreign unsecured loan agreement entered into by a Vietnamese securities firm.

In 2021, SSI also had access to the largest source of unsecured foreign loans among securities firms at $267.5 million. Similar to VCSC and SSI, Ho Chi Minh City Securities Corporation (HSC) also signed an unsecured loan syndication agreement in December 2021 worth US$104 million, equivalent to VND2,374 billion. Previously, HSC had already signed two loans worth $50 million and $44 million.

Cheap flow of capital

Unsecured foreign loans have been made by the aforementioned Vietnamese investment firms over the past two years, and according to a survey, most of these loans came from Taiwanese banks. Although most foreign debt activity is regulated, too much cheap capital flow can easily create bubbles in stock markets and real estate companies within a country.

The risk of exchange rate fluctuations can also put pressure on the State Bank of Vietnam. It is therefore necessary for the SBV to change and supplement the conditions for foreign loans so that borrowers can control risks themselves and also take responsibility for any risks that arise. At the same time, it helps the State Bank of Vietnam to improve efficiency in market management and management.

For securities owned by a group of borrowers that are not credit institutions, the SBV added several conditions to guide the flow of credit, in addition to the general criteria for taking out foreign debt. Article 15 of the draft revised circular does not allow borrowers to take out short-term foreign loans, e.g. with maturities of less than one year, to be used to pay off loans with residents or to pay debts arising from the trading of securities or the purchase of contributed capital, and stocks of other companies.

According to this regulation, securities firms are not allowed to use short-term foreign loans to structure short-term domestic debt or engage in securities trading and investments, thereby restricting short-term speculation in the securities sector.

Article 15 of the revised Circular allows the borrower to use medium- and long-term foreign loans with a maturity of more than one year to restructure foreign loans and increase the size of the capital for legal production and business in accordance with the size of the licensed enterprises. Therefore, when a securities company uses medium and long-term foreign loans, it is not restricted in using capital for business purposes. This means they have full authority to use their capital to lend to clients through margin trading services, advance money for sale, or purchase their own securities in accordance with the law.

The aim of the State Bank of Vietnam is to use this additional regulation to adjust the term of the flow of foreign credit from short to medium-term and, in particular, not to allow short-term foreign credit to flow into highly speculative channels such as securities and real estate. Investment firms can continue to actively seek cheap foreign loans with a maturity of more than one year to service their operations, which is not restricted by the amended Circular 12. In addition, the regulation limits foreign borrowing to no more than three times the equity or charter capital is also a positive way to control the flow of debt of companies.

Tan An

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After nearly six decades, Palo Alto’s beloved sports bar is closing

The Old Pro, one of the most beloved and oldest sports bars on the peninsula, is closing permanently on June 19.

The downtown Palo Alto bar, which opened under a different name in 1964, announced the closure on social media Wednesday night. Owner Steve Sinchek said the big bar was struggling to survive amid various pressures: rising food and labor costs, expensive rent and a pandemic business crisis that didn’t go away. never recovered. The shift to remote working meant local tech companies that regularly hosted parties at the Old Pro lost business, Sinchek said. With the pandemic, large groups don’t come as much anymore.

“We had a hemorrhage of money every month. Nothing on the horizon seemed to change that,” he said.

The lease for the space at 541 Ramona St. wasn’t in effect until 2025, but Sinchek said he negotiated a buyout. Most Old Pro staff will relocate to Sinchek’s neighboring Palo Alto restaurant, Local Union 271.

The peninsula has mourned the loss of several watering hole institutions in recent years, including Antonio’s Nut House in Palo Alto, the Oasis in Menlo Park, and Los Altos waiting for the Boardwalk Bar. A Facebook post announcing the closure of the Old Pro drew dozens of posts from longtime customers lamenting the end of a local era.

For decades, locals and students have flocked to the rowdy bar to watch pro and college sports games, drink from beer towers and ride the famous mechanical bull. It’s one of the few places in Palo Alto that stays open late, until 1 a.m. on weekends — a draw for Stanford University students and homeschoolers on break . Every inch of the bar’s walls is covered in sports paraphernalia and Bay Area TVs. Old Pro often hosted events for local high school sports teams.

It’s usually a busy season for the sports bar, with the NBA Finals and Stanford graduation just around the corner.

The original Old Pro, formerly called Coaches’ Corner, opened in a space near Page Mill Road and El Camino Real. Sinchek, a frequent dive bar patron, bought the business in 1994. He moved it to its current location in 2002, where it has become a downtown staple. In 2006, he remodeled the bar, expanded it into an adjoining space, and added the mechanical bull.

Even before the pandemic, business started to slow down, Sinchek said. The former pro began to see more competition from businesses in nearby booming downtowns like Redwood City and Mountain View.

“Once COVID hit, obviously the wheels fell off and we never really recovered,” he said.

Elena Kadvany is a staff writer for the San Francisco Chronicle. Email: [email protected]: @ekadvany

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Nightclub needlestick attacks intrigue European authorities: NPR

Young people walk on the Quai Des Rings near the Warehouse nightclub, Wednesday May 18, 2022 in Nantes, western France.

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PARIS – Across France, more than 300 people have reported being pricked unexpectedly with needles in nightclubs or concerts in recent months. Doctors and several prosecutors are on the case, but no one knows who is doing it or why, and whether the victims were injected with drugs – or any substance at all.

Club owners and police are trying to raise awareness, and one rapper even interrupted his recent show to warn viewers about the risk of surprise needlestick attacks.

It’s not just France: the British government is investigating a wave of “needle sticks” there, and Belgian and Dutch police are also investigating scattered cases.

On May 4, 18-year-old Tomas Laux attended a rap concert in Lille, northern France, where he smoked some marijuana and drank alcohol during the show. When he got home, he told The Associated Press, he felt dizzy and had a headache – and he spotted a strange little skin prick on his arm and a bruise.

The next morning, the symptoms did not disappear and Laux went to see his doctor, who advised him to go to the emergency room. Doctors confirmed evidence of a needle stick, and Laux was tested for HIV and hepatitis. His results came back negative, like those of other victims so far.

“I’ve given up on going to concerts since it happened,” Laux said.

Hundreds of kilometers (miles) away, Leanne Desnos recounted a similar experience after visiting a club in the southwestern city of Bordeaux in April. Desnos, also 18, passed out the next day, feeling dizzy and experiencing hot flashes while at a fast food restaurant. When she returned home, she realized that she had an injection mark on her arm. After seeing reports on social media about the mysterious bites, she went to a clinic to get tested for infections. She is still waiting for the results.

Residents of Paris, Toulouse, Nantes, Nancy, Rennes and other cities in France have reported being stuck with a needle without their knowledge or permission. The people targeted, who are mostly women, show visible injection marks, often bruising, and report symptoms like feeling drowsy.

The French national police say 302 people have filed formal complaints for such needle sticks. Several police investigations are underway in different regions, but no suspects have yet been arrested, no needles have been found and the motive remains unclear.

No victims reported sexual assault; one of them said to have been robbed, in Grenoble in April, according to the newspaper Le Monde.

According to a national police official, two people have tested positive for GHB and may have ingested the drug in a drink. GHB, a strong anesthetic used by predators seeking to abuse or sexually assault victims, can only be detected in urine for 12 hours, the police official said.

The official and a doctor who plays a leading role in the fight against the phenomenon expressed doubts that the injections from the nightclub contained GHB, noting that to penetrate using a needle, the drug must be injected for several seconds, which most victims would notice.

“We have found no drugs or substances or objective evidence that supports the administration of any substance with illicit or criminal intent. What we fear most are people who contract HIV, hepatitis or any other infectious disease” because of the bites, said Dr Emmanuel Puskarczyk, head of the poison control center in the city of Nancy, in eastern France.

At the Nancy hospital, a specific procedure has been created to optimize the care of victims. Patients with symptoms such as dizziness are being treated and blood and urine samples are being kept for five days in case anyone wants to complain.

“Every case is different. We see injection marks, but some people don’t have symptoms. When potential victims have symptoms like discomfort or black holes (in their memory), they’re not specific” , said Puskarczyk.

The police chief, who was not authorized to be named publicly under National Police policy, said: “At this stage we cannot talk about a specific modus operandi. There is no no similarity between the cases. The only similar thing is that people are injected with a needle in a festive context in different places in France.”

With clubbers venting their fear on social media and media coverage fueling anxiety, the French Interior Ministry launched a national awareness campaign this month. The police distribute leaflets to clubbers and discuss prevention measures with club owners.

In the UK, Parliament published a report in April on the consumption of drinks and needles in pubs and nightclubs after a sudden increase in such incidents last year. He said police reported about 1,000 needle-injection cases across the country around October 2021, when many students returned to campuses after coronavirus restrictions eased.

However, the Parliament report said there was a lack of data to judge the seriousness of the problem. It’s unclear if anyone was prosecuted for needle sticks, or how many victims were injected with a drug or other substance.

“No one knows how widespread doping is, whether by drink, drug or needle, and no one knows what drives perpetrators to do it. Anecdotal evidence suggests the practice is widespread and dangerous “, did he declare.

A series of similar incidents involving people being pricked with needles at nightclubs, a football match and at the Belgian Pride Parade have been reported in neighboring Belgium. Last month, the Brussels public prosecutor’s office opened two investigations following complaints from women who said they were bitten during the Pride parade in downtown Brussels. March organizers said in a statement they had been made aware of several cases and urged potential victims to seek medical attention at hospitals.

Back in France, as investigations continue without anyone being found guilty, rapper Dinos interrupted his concert in Strasbourg this week to warn his fans of the risks, and insisted: “It has to stop “.

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All the new cafes and restaurants in Singapore to score in June 2022

It can be difficult to keep up with Singapore’s ever-changing food scene, but you don’t have to do the research yourself – we’ve done all the hard work for you.

This month, you’ll be delighted to know that new omakase joints are available to satisfy your cravings. Sushi Yujo, for example, offers dishes from affordable S$98, led by chef Desmond Fong. If the name sounds familiar, here’s a friendly suggestion: he was previously the chef at Les Amis’ Sushi Jin. If you want something a little different, chef Joe Leong’s duo concept dinner, Sonder Dining, seats 10 people each night, armed with a two-price menu (S$138++ and S$198++) from which you can choose.

Other experiences you won’t regret trying include Café Natsu, opened by Michelin-starred chef Lewis Barker, and gourmet restaurant Poise, whose kitchen is run by former Chef Saint Pierre Steve Lancaster.

All the new Singapore cafes and restaurants to score in June 2022:

(Hero and featured image credit: Sushi Yujo)

After a global search for a new culinary star, Intercontinental Singapore has announced the opening of Luce by Davide Giacomelli, run by Executive Chef Davide Giacomelli and Restaurant Manager Artem Viglione. The Italian dishes here are lighter than you’d expect: instead of a creamy risotto, the Lobster Acquerello offers a clean, oceanic version of the dish with carnaroli rice cooked in lobster broth and served with a half -Boston lobster and chervil. Other menu highlights include Luce-misu, a twist on the traditional dessert consisting of mascarpone cream espuma, espresso syrup, cookie sponge, and feuilletine.


80 Middle Rd, Intercontinental Singapore, Singapore 188966

Sushi Yujo

Singaporean diners love omakase experiences, and we’ve seen new restaurants pop up almost every month. This month is no exception. Sushi Yujo ends up at the Amara Hotel, where local chef Desmond Fong takes center stage. Prices here start at S$98 for lunch, going up to S$348 for chef’s signatures. Highlights include the Awabi abalone with house foie gras sauce and an ultra decadent Foie Gras Aburi which sees foie gras, scallops, uni and caviar on a nugget of rice.


165 Tg Pagar Road, Amara Hotel #02-26, 088539

The Coconut Club

The Coconut Club’s new flagship store on Beach Road is one to get excited about: in addition to its classic Nasi Lemak that keeps diners coming back again and again, the restaurant will also host its first formal drinks program, supported by tropical drinks. inspired cocktails to boot. PS, you can find new regional dishes here too to complement the restaurant’s signature coconut rice.

Learn more here.


269 ​​Beach Road, Singapore 199546

Cafe Natsu

Chef Lewis Barker of Sommer is no stranger to Singapore foodies. After earning a Michelin star for the restaurant less than a year after opening the restaurant, the young chef has embarked on a new challenge in addition to leading the cuisine of the modern European venue. Check out Café Natsu, a cozy spot in Joo Chiat that serves Western cafe fare, but with Japanese sensibilities. Eggs Benedict, for example, will have your poached eggs topped with a miso Hollandaise sauce, served with Sancho pepper-glazed ham and wasabi spinach.


283 Joo Chiat Road, 427537


Malcolm Lee of Candlenut has opened another restaurant in the countryside. Pangium, located in the Orangery at the Gallop Extension of the Singapore Botanic Gardens, focuses on contemporary Straits cuisine. Keep an eye here for more updates on fine dining venues.


11 Gallop Road Gallop Entrance, Singapore Botanic Gardens, 259015

restaurant balance

Chef Steve Lancaster, formerly of Saint Pierre with two Michelin stars, has gone on his own. The sleek space at Poise Restaurant will feature a menu of “modern European cuisine with a slight Nordic twist,” and reservations are open now.

(Image credit: @_stevelancaster via Instagram)


6 Teck Lim Rd, Singapore 088384


Sonder customers will enter the joint during the day and return at night for a whole new concept. The duo-concept Euro-Asian venue will showcase a mix of freshly baked breads and pastries from 2-5pm, before transforming into a 10-seat omakase dinner in the evening. Chef Joe Leong, formerly of V Dining, runs the kitchen here.


217 Henderson Road, #01-03 Singapore 159555

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2 Chicago Restaurants Named Top 25 Nationally, New Yelp List Shows – NBC Chicago

Two restaurants in Chicago and several restaurants in the Midwest were named to Yelp’s Best Restaurants of 2022 list released Tuesday.

Oriole, located in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood, ranked No. 4 among the 100 restaurants on the latest list, making it the No. 1 spot in the Midwest.

The Michelin-starred restaurant offers signature dishes like capellini with shredded truffles, A5 Japanese Wagyu beef with grilled lettuce, and Alaskan king crab with edible flowers.

Chicago’s 016 restaurant and sandwich shop ranks next among Midwest joints in the list, ranking 25th.

According to Yelp, 016 is the area code for Leskovac, Serbic, home to the world’s largest grilled meat festival and the inspiration for the Ravenswood hotspot.

Here’s where other restaurants in the Midwest ranked:

No. 41: The Sleeping Rooster in Chagrin Falls, Ohio
No. 45: The Dining Hall Restaurant in Columbus, Ohio
#52: FoxGardin Kitchen & Ale in Fortville, Indiana
#59: Bistro Bella Vita in Grand Rapids, Michigan
No. 62: Gray Ghost Detroit in Detroit, Michigan
#67: Fireside Pizza in Cincinnati, Ohio
No 74: The Alcove Restaurant and Lounge in Mount Vernon, Ohio
#81: Christos Greek Restaurant in Minneapolis, Minnesota
No. 92: JT’s Pizza & Spirits in Grand Rapids, Michigan
No. 100: Naviya’s Thai Brewery in Minneapolis, Minnesota

For the complete list, click here.

To create the list, Yelp said it contacted “Yelpers” for their favorite restaurants, then ranked them based on total submissions, ratings, reviews and geographic representation, among other factors.

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