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Inside Scott Hall’s Wild Life After Killing Man In Row Of Nightclubs, Addiction Battles And Infamous Plane From Hell

LEGENDARY wrestler Scott Hall killed a man in a nightclub and was one of the superstars aboard WWE’s famous ‘plane ride from hell’ in 2002.

The Hall-of-Famer, who starred as Razor Ramon, is currently on life support after suffering three heart attacks – just weeks after being hospitalized after a bad fall.


Legendary wrestler Scott Hall joined WCW in 1996 and founded the New World Order factionCredit: Getty
Hall is currently on life support


Hall is currently on life supportCredit: Getty

Hall is widely considered to have revolutionized the ladder match after his epic encounter with Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania X in 1994.

He won the prestigious Intercontinental Championship four times and joined rival promotion World Championship Wrestling in 1996.

Hall founded the New World Order faction alongside superstars Hulk Hogan and Kevin Nash.

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The sports entertainer was a nine-time WCW World Tag Team Champion and won the United States Heavyweight Belt twice.


Years before becoming a famous wrestler, Hall shot a man with his own gun after wrestling him in an altercation outside an Orlando nightclub in 1983.

Cops have charged the star with second-degree murder.

Hall claimed he acted in self-defense and the charges were dropped due to lack of evidence.

Recalling the incident, the wrestler revealed in a 2011 documentary, “He smashed all the windshields on my car.

“I came out and a security guard was there watching the cars. I said ‘Where is he?’

Hall admitted the incident was “burned” into his brain.

He said, “You know, a guy pointed a gun at me, I took it and shot him, point-blank with a .45 caliber. A guy died, and I’m the cause. It’s bad.”


Decades later, Hall was caught up in controversy as he was one of the superstars aboard the infamous “plane from hell” in 2002.

The chaotic incident happened as the sports entertainers returned to the United States after the Insurrextion pay-per-view which took place in London.

This resulted in the dismissal of several superstars, a lawsuit and sexual assault charges.

Hall was charged with sexually inappropriate behavior by making explicit comments to a flight attendant.

It is alleged that Razor and legendary star Curt Hennig, who was known as Mr. Perfect, squirted wrestlers with shaving cream – although Jim Ross, who was head of talent, said Hall was innocent of any wrongdoing.

Justin Credible recalls Hall being so drunk that after the robbery he “had to wheel him around in a wheelchair through customs.”

Hall was fired days later after the chaotic flight.

Speaking on Beyond the Ring, JR said: “It was a bunch of guys making big money and a few millionaires on the flight.

“They were acting like they were on a ninth grade trip to the zoo… I remember doing Raw after that ‘plane trip from hell’ and I had to call [Hall] home and let him go.

Hall, who had returned to WWE a few months before the incident, said, “It wasn’t fun, so the money starts to mean less. It’s like, ‘I can be miserable at home.

“I don’t need to be on the road and miserable.” That’s how it ended.”


Hall said he had never done drugs before meeting Hennig.

He added: “If you look at my life, I never drank or did drugs until I met Curt.

“I smoked some weed and practiced. All of a sudden, anyway, that was what it was. If I had to do it again, I would probably live the same way.

Years after being fired by WWE, the star checked himself into a rehab facility in 2010 as he tried to come to terms with his demons.

But weeks later, a pacemaker and defibrillator were implanted in his chest.

Hall also battled double pneumonia and started having seizures before doctors diagnosed him with epilepsy.

In 2011, he was treated for extremely low blood pressure.

His hospitalization came amid rumors that he overdosed – claims his representative Geena Jivev Anec vehemently denied.

She said Hall was recovering from pneumonia, MassLive reported.

Hall of fame

Hall was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2014 – the day before Wrestlemania XXX was held in New Orleans.

WWE celebrated his work as Razor Ramon and Hall was joined on stage by sports artists Shawn Michaels and Triple H.

In his pre-induction video, Hogan said Hall made the villain “cool.”

The star said he felt a “certain kind of power” when he entered the wrestling ring and entertained fans.

In his acceptance speech, Hall said, “Bad times don’t last, but bad guys do.”


Years after receiving his Hall of Fame gong, the legendary wrestler was hospitalized earlier this month after a bad fall, allegedly suffering from a broken hip.

The news was confirmed by former wrestler and former promoter Jerry Jarrett.

He said: “I just hung up on the phone with my friend Scott Hall.

“He fell and broke his hip and he’s in hospital. Prayers will help him recover.

His hospitalization came just weeks before he was scheduled to make several appearances in Dallas, Texas ahead of WrestleMania 38.


Hall reportedly suffered three heart attacks on March 12 and is on life support.

NWO founder Nash posted on Instagram: “Scott is on life support. Once his family is in place, they will discontinue life support.

“I’m going to lose the one person on this planet I’ve spent more of my life with than anyone else. My heart is broken and I’m so sad.

“I love Scott with all my heart but now I have to prepare my life without him in the present.”

Nash said he was “blessed” to have known Hall as a friend.


He added: “As we prepare to live without him, just remember there’s a great guy you’re not going to see another like him. See you later Scott. I couldn’t love a human being more than you.

Dozens of current and former WWE Superstars shared their support for Hall.

The Rock tweeted: “Scott Hall shooting for you my friend. Stay strong! We need the ‘bad guy’ back in the game.

British star Paige quoted Hall of Fame’s 2014 speech: “‘Bad times don’t last. But the bad guys, yes. “

“Sending so much love, thoughts and prayers to Scott Hall at this time and his family. Wishing you a speedy recovery!”

Hall’s legend and close friend Diamond Dallas Page wrote, “Please keep praying for Scott and his family.”

90s superstar Jake “The Snake” Roberts tweeted, “My heart is so heavy. All my love to you and your family.

“I hope you find peace, Scott. My prayer is that Scott finds peace and strength to come out of his illness. Be free!!!”

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Eric Bischoff, who served as WCW’s senior vice president, posted: “Prayers for Scott Hall.”

And, iconic wrestler Ric Flair, said, “Praying for Scott Hall!!! Wishing you a speedy recovery my friend!”

Hall, who starred as Razor Ramon, arguably revolutionized the ladder match at WrestleMania X after his epic encounter with Shawn Michaels


Hall, who starred as Razor Ramon, arguably revolutionized the ladder match at WrestleMania X after his epic encounter with Shawn MichaelsCredit: WWE
Hall was charged with second-degree murder after killing a man in a row of nightclubs.  The charges were later dropped


Hall was charged with second-degree murder after killing a man in a row of nightclubs. The charges were later droppedCredit: Unknown, clear with photo office

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Bars and liquor stores pull Russian branded vodka

Some bars and liquor stores have taken action to oppose Russia’s invasion of Ukraine: they are removing Russian vodka from their shelves and promoting Ukrainian brands instead.

“I woke up yesterday morning and saw that Russia had invaded Ukraine. You wonder what you can do,” said Bob Quay, owner of Bob’s Bar in Grand Rapids, Michigan. “The United States is obviously imposing sanctions. I thought I would impose sanctions as well.”

So he cleared his shelves of the old Soviet brand Stolichnaya and started promoting the Ukrainian Vektor. “We have a sign above that says: Support Ukraine.”

Quay announced the move on Facebook, and “it’s exploded. We have people who have never been in the bar before.”

Stoli, owned by Russian-born tycoon Yuri Shefler, is actually made in Latvia. On its website, the Stoli group claims that it “represents peace in Europe and solidarity with the Ukrainian people”.

Liquor store Southern Spirits in Indian Land, South Carolina is experiencing a business boom for Ukrainian vodka Kozak after removing Russian brands from its shelves.

“It’s selling out a lot faster than we thought,” said general manager Drew Podrebarac. “It was awesome.”

The Magic Mountain ski resort in Londonderry, Vermont, posted a video on Twitter showing an employee pouring Stolichnaya down the drain and saying, “Sorry, we don’t serve Russian products here.”

Governors have also entered the fray. Ohio Governor Mike DeWine ordered the state’s Department of Commerce to stop buying and selling Russian Standard, the only Russian vodka sold in Ohio. New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu signed an executive order requiring liquor outlets in the state to remove Russian-branded and Russian-made liquor, as did Utah Governor Spencer Cox.

Virginia State Senate Democrat L. Louise Lucas calls for “the removal of all Russian vodka and other Russian products” from the nearly 400 Liquor Control Authority stores operated by the State of Virginia.

And Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., wrote on Twitter: “Throw away all the Russian vodka and, along with the ammo and missiles, ship the empty bottles to Ukraine to use in Molotov cocktails.

Information for this article was provided by Azi Paybarah of The New York Times.

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Taking the Steam Deck to a bar was a mixed experience

One of the main selling points of the Steam Deck for many is the fact that it’s super portable. A gaming handheld with the power to play the best games wherever you want, Valve said. But is it really as convenient to take to a pub or bar as one would like?

There are so many factors that make me anxious to use a gaming device in public. Many of them are real deal breakers, like the need to use voice commands in some games. If you’re reading from the United States, you may never have been subjected to the awful cringe that those old Nintendo DS commercials were, i.e. a lady chatting with her dogs imaginaries on the bus.

Yeah, it won’t be me. I want my public gaming experience to be secretive, unassuming, and most importantly: quiet.

When I got my hands on Valve’s sought-after gaming handheld, one of my main questions was “How loud is the Steam Deck, really?” If that didn’t cover the conversations of people sitting next to me at a bar, maybe I wouldn’t have to hide in my windowless ground-floor apartment to play Elden Ring next month.

At the same time, I had visions of being laughed at in bars and forever labeled antisocial for playing video games on the Steam Deck, rather than screaming at sweaty men kicking balls back and forth on the big screen. Then there was always the possibility that I was able to make new friends by wielding my favorite RPG in public.

“Even athletes are also players today, maybe it won’t be so bad,” I reassured myself.

So, in the name of science, I took the Steam Deck to a local sports bar to see what would happen… and the place was uprising. Manchester United fans littered the floors, each waiting to claim my seat for a better view of the sweaty, mud-covered athletes hurled above my head. And I sat proudly tapping away at my little portable gaming PC.

Me and my friends in a bar with the Steam Deck

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As expected, I was followed closely by an elite team of curious friends. There we were, myself and a Nintendo Switch-playing IT support tech, a former games journalist turned game developer, and a futile PS Vita 2 anticipator, all excited to get a taste of the as-yet-unreleased Steam Deck. Everyone picked it up, comparing the weight and ergonomics to their respective favorite rigs, and between the “oohs” and “ahs” there was definitely a sense of camaraderie.

The Switch-liker immediately noticed the sweet UI sounds with which Valve complemented the Steam Deck’s menu systems, while the PS Vita 2 hopeful was impressed with how light it offered compared to power under the hood. Although his main comment was, “It goes well with a pint of cider, but I wouldn’t recommend it for sticky pub tables.”

Which brings a point to the fore: if it was a laptop that I had brought to the bar, there would be a lot more fear of spilling drinks on my precious equipment. Laptops, despite their name, generally have to be used with a table – even the best gaming laptops can overheat if you choke the fans. At least with a handheld I could keep it off the table and away from sticky spills.

There’s always someone cracking a passing joke when you pull out a gaming laptop in a bar, too. Oddly enough, no comments came on the device as we were all speechless. The Steam Deck didn’t seem to get as much attention, and I suspect it wasn’t just because the noisy atmosphere of the pub managed to drown out the high-pitched hum of the unit’s fan.

It’s just a much more subtle form factor than a gaming laptop. People seem to be used to portable gaming devices by now, and it’s almost certain that someone will release one at some point in the evening. , whether in the form of a switch or his mobile phone. And as you probably know, your business can feel… left out.

Steam Deck with an image of Elden Ring overlaid on screen

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It’s a social shield if there ever was one, saying, “I’m here, I showed up, but don’t talk to me because I’ve been trying to defeat this boss for weeks.”

Playing on a Steam Deck at a social gathering proved not to be the most conducive to a communal atmosphere.

I think my friends felt a little ignored. Sure, you can pass the Steam Deck around while playing Worms, or squeeze together for a game of Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, but it’s not really a device meant for socializing. It’s a social shield if there ever was one, a little veiling machine that says, “I’m here, I’ve introduced myself, but don’t talk to me because I’ve been trying to defeat this boss for weeks.”

That said, when you first introduce it to a group of like-minded nerds, the Steam Deck manages to create a sense of unity, at least by encouraging people with different ideals and interests to come together to discuss something new and fascinating.

Of course, that spirit is sure to dissipate once everyone gets used to it. And while the Steam Deck is quiet and subtle enough not to warrant public ridicule, it’s certainly not something I would regularly bring to social gatherings.

But you’ll probably find me swinging alone to relax on the corner sofa at the local bar, keeping myself to myself, just as a way out of the house, though. For that, it’s a pretty spectacular little machine.

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Opening hours for McDonald’s, Domino’s, Olive Garden, Red Lobster

Presidents’ Day, also known as Washington’s Birthday (in reference to George Washington, the nation’s first president), is observed on the third Monday of every February. In 2022, Presidents Day falls on February 21.

As it is a federal holiday, many government offices are closed and some private businesses may also be closed. But several retail locations, including many restaurants, will be open on Presidents Day.

Presidents’ Day was originally intended to celebrate the birth of Washington, born on February 22.

However, since President Abraham Lincoln was born on February 12, “the holiday’s position between Washington’s and Abraham Lincoln’s birthdays has given rise to the popular name of Presidents Day,” explains the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) of United States.

Amid the ongoing pandemic, some restaurants may offer limited services and have safety requirements, such as mask-wearing and social distancing. Contact your local branch to confirm the security restrictions in place before visiting.

Below are the Presidents Day hours of operation for select restaurant chains across the country.


  • Open on Presidents Day? Yes. Most branches are open.
  • Typical daily opening hours: Around 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. local time

red lobster

  • Open on Presidents Day? Yes. Most locations are open.
  • Typical daily opening hours: Around 11:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. or 11:00 p.m. local time


  • Open on Presidents Day? Yes. Most sites are open.
  • Typical daily opening hours: Around 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. local time.

Burger King

  • Open on Presidents Day? Yes. Most branches are open.
  • Typical daily opening hours: Around 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. local time


  • Open on Presidents Day? Yes. Most restaurants are open.
  • Typical daily opening hours: Around 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. or midnight local time


  • Open on Presidents Day? Yes. Most restaurants are open.
  • Typical daily opening hours: Around 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. local time

Dominos Pizza

  • Open on Presidents Day? Yes. Most locations are open.
  • Typical daily opening hours: Around 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 1 a.m. local time

pizza hut

  • Open on Presidents Day? Yes. Most branches are open.
  • Typical daily opening hours: Around 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. local time.

olive garden

  • Open on Presidents Day? Yes. Most locations are open.
  • Typical daily opening hours: Around 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. or 11:00 p.m. local time.


  • Open on Presidents Day? Yes. Most sites are open.
  • Typical daily opening hours: Around 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. or 12 a.m. local time.

dairy queen

  • Open on Presidents Day? Yes. Most sites are open.
  • Typical daily opening hours: Around 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time.

jack in the box

  • Open on Presidents Day? Yes. Most sites are open.
  • Typical daily opening hours: 24 hours.
Exterior view of Chick-fil-A restaurant in New York, photographed in May 2020. Many restaurants, including Chick-fil-A, are open on Presidents Day.
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Getting to Know Just Love Coffee Café in Murfreesboro

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Just Love Coffee Café goes beyond traditional specialty coffee by encouraging customers to bring their children to this welcoming space – complete with classic arcade games – to create a fun and exciting atmosphere for all ages. Team members have worked to create an atmosphere that transcends the café, from the charitable nature of the café’s brand and the inclusiveness of its design, to the openness of the space to a wide variety of social activities. and independent. This includes the playful nature of the menu, which really creates a memorable experience.

When was your business launched?

“We opened Just Love Coffee Café in November 2011. Our founder and CEO, Rob Webb, and his wife, Emily, had made the decision to adopt. They already had two beautiful children, Isabel and Charlie, but the call to adopt was obvious.So, in 2009, Rob was on a flight to Ethiopia to meet his newly adopted children when he had an inspiring idea – a real light bulb moment you would say – while adding up the expenses of the adoption journey and learned about the sacrifice and challenges of others who had been in the same situation.”

Jason Smith, Master Roaster at Just Love Coffee Roasters, releases freshly roasted coffee beans from the roaster to be cooled and examined, Tuesday, March 29, 2016.

What originally prompted this type of business idea?

“The idea of ​​roasting coffee was something that Rob was fascinated with and was getting pretty good at, so he thought, ‘What if I started a business roasting coffee beans by hand as a for profit company that existed to help others? So he decided to start a business dedicated to using hand-roasted coffees to help others whose passion was simply to just love.”

How do your products improve the lives of your customers?

“We provide excellent quality coffee roasted right here in our facility and serve delicious food all day. We have a warm and comfortable environment for our customers and we just want to share the love!”

What makes you different from other cafes?

“Our core values ​​are: Be Authentic. Be Great. Be a Catalyst for Love. It’s what drives everything we do!”

Did you launch the business as a start-up or did you raise funds?

“Through online ordering – funded one bag of coffee at a time.”

how do you define success? What have you learned through this process that can help the next business owner coming to Rutherford County?

“The online coffee business has been remarkably successful in its first year, enabling Rob to donate nearly $100,000 to families and prove that a socially responsible business can work. Our business continues to grow. grow to date.We have expanded our operations and grown from an 800 square foot space to a much larger warehouse space here in Murfreesboro, and we now have over 20 franchises across the United States and 27 more will be opening soon.We know that Murfreesboro and Rutherford County are wonderful supporters and passionate about helping others.

Tell us something about your business that you think would be interesting for the masses to discover.

“Rob grew up in Murfreesboro, has a master’s degree in classical music performance, has done audio engineering, and is known occasionally to DJs. He’s creative, kind, and compassionate.”

A sign hangs next to the coffee bean roaster at Just Love Coffee Roasters on Tuesday March 29, 2016


East Location (Original): 129 MTCS Road (Murfreesboro)

West Location: 1440 Medical Center Pkwy Suite A (Murfreesboro)

Fountains at the footbridge site: 1440 Medical Center Pkwy Suite A (Murfreesboro)

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DC bar that defied vaccine rule becomes conservative darling

Days before the first phase of Washington’s vaccination entry requirement went into effect on January 15, The Big Board, a family bar in the popular H Street Corridor, tweeted that it would be “always” open to all.

The owners of the Big Board kept their promise, at a high cost. This week the bar, a mile from the US Capitol, was closed after refusing to comply with Mayor Muriel Bowser’s order to check that patrons over the age of 12 had at least one dose of a Covid vaccine .

But the bar already seems to have another life, at least in conservative circles.

After a city health inspector posted a closure notice on the door of the Big Board on Tuesday saying the bar “poses an imminent danger to the health of the public,” Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky, dined at the bar with members of staffaccording to The Washington Examiner and The Daily Caller, two conservative outlets.

Mr. Paul has introduced a bill in Congress to override Washington’s vaccination requirements. He also previously claimed that “masks don’t work,” despite the consensus among public health officials that they limit the spread of the virus. A California study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week also showed that consistent use of high-quality masks provides strong protection for wearers.

The Examiner and Daily Caller reported that several other Republican House members joined Mr. Paul on Tuesday night, all of whom also publicly criticized the vaccination mandates, including Reps. Thomas Masse, Republican of Kentucky, and Ronny Jackson, Republican of Texas. Smiling and without a mask, some legislators posed for pictures with a co-owner of the bar, Eric Flannery.

In a YouTube video made that evening, Mr. Flannery, accompanied by some of the congressional representatives by his side, vowed to ‘keep fighting’ and said the mayor’s order should be challenged in Superior Court. from DC.

Mr Massie then welcomed Mr Flannery’s challenge. “If the mandate is illogical, the only logical thing to do is to challenge it,” Massie said. “If the mandate is unconstitutional, it is constitutional not to follow it. If the warrant isn’t scientific, the only scientific thing to do is ignore it. And so God bless you and thank you for being in the fight.

And Rep. Tim Burchett invited Mr. Flannery to move. “If you want to come to Tennessee, we’re a freedom-loving state, and we’d love to have you, bro,” he said.

The video was uploaded by the Daily Signal, a conservative site, and then shared by The Big Board on its Facebook page.

Glenn Beck, the unvaccinated Tory radio host who has previously been criticized for spreading misinformation about Covid vaccines, also interviewed Mr Flannery and promoted the bar on Thursday, directing listeners to a fundraising campaign funds on GiveSendGo, a self-proclaimed Christian crowdfunder. site. Another conservative talk radio show, The Clay Travis and Buck Sexton Show, which took over the time slot previously occupied by right-wing talk radio star Rush Limbaugh, interviewed Mr Flannery on Thursday and linked to the crowdfunding site. As of Saturday afternoon, this site had recorded over $16,500 in donations.

And a previous GoFundMe campaign for The Big Board owners set up by a correspondent for the Daily Caller on January 19 and tweeted by Mr. Paul had registered more than $32,700 in donations by Saturday afternoon.

Mr. Flannery and The Big Board did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

In December, when Mayor Bowser announced the vaccine entry requirement would be put in place, Washington was experiencing a spike in positive Covid test rates as the Omicron variant became dominant.

Covid deaths in the district increased only slightly thereafter, likely because more than 92% of the population received at least one dose of the vaccine.

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17 Great Restaurants and Bars to Visit in Dallas-Fort Worth in February 2022

We have a challenge for you in February: Visit a new restaurant in Dallas-Fort Worth every week for a month. At many of the restaurants on our Hot List below, it’s easy to order takeout or takeout if you choose not to dine in.

February also marks Black History Month, and there’s never been a better time to visit (or revisit) one of your favorite places. Check out our list of 50+ Black Owned Businesses.

And if February calls for a date, we’ve picked out 8 romantic spots that will impress your loved one.

We arrived in February, which means – for me, at least – that Dry January is also over. Let’s toast to that!

black rock coffee

Add Black Rock to the list of coffee chains to watch. The Oregon-based company launched in 2008 and now has more than 100 stores, reports Special Contributor Sarah Bahari. There are only two in D-FW at the moment, in Southlake and Arlington, though we expect to see more in the months and years to come. Black Rock competes with companies like 151 Coffee and Dutch Bros., brands that thrive on super-fast drink service, often aimed at young cafe customers.

Black Rock Cafes are located at 2305 E. Southlake Blvd., Southlake, and 5723 I-20 West, Arlington.

cry wolf

It feels like a little slice of New York has arrived in Old East Dallas with Cry Wolf, chef Ross Demers’ upscale restaurant housed in a former Subway sandwich shop. You’ll either be seated along a wall or at the bar – there’s nowhere else to go. The best views are at the bar, where three chefs cook over the fire while the whole room watches. It’s bohemian at best.

Cry Wolf is at 4422 Gaston Ave., Dallas. To make a reservation.

Desi Neighborhood

Bhel puri, a puffed rice dish, is one of many Indian street food dishes from the Desi district.(Ben Torres / Special Contributor)

In Special Contributor Brian Reinhart’s story of 7 Restaurants Redefining Indian Food in North Texas, Desi District is one of the most accessible due to its many locations: in Irving, Little Elm, McKinney and Plano, with a another coming soon to Frisco. Desi District is great for kids, says Reinhart — a helpful note for parents like me trying to elevate tiny taste buds on all types of cuisine. More than just a restaurant, Desi District is also a grocery store that sells halal meat.

Desi District has four locations, with a fifth opening soon. See addresses here.

House of Fortune

One of the most popular dishes is Fortune House's Skillet Pork Buns.  The restaurant extends to the east of Dallas.
One of the most popular dishes is Fortune House’s Skillet Pork Buns. The restaurant extends to the east of Dallas.

It’s time to revisit Fortune House in Irving, a Shanghainese restaurant specializing in soup dumplings. By mid-2022, owner John Kim plans to open a second Fortune House, this one on Lowest Greenville in Dallas. It will be an exciting addition to East Dallas, where many residents are looking for more options for Chinese food.

Fortune House is at 8150 N. MacArthur Blvd. (at Ranchview Drive, in the mall just north of the Lyndon B. Johnson Freeway), Irving. The new one will open later in 2022 at 2010A Greenville Ave., Dallas, where a restaurant named Gung Ho once stood.

by Howard Wang

Speaking of Chinese cuisine, Dallas-born restaurant Howard Wang’s is on the rise. This spring, the family plans to open a new Howard Wang near Hillcrest and Arapaho roads in far north Dallas. Until then, order chicken and sesame chicken from their best-selling General Tso at the three existing restaurants: in Preston Hollow, Uptown and Frisco.

Howard Wang’s restaurants are at 4343 W. Northwest Highway, Dallas; 3223 Lemmon Ave, Dallas; and 6740 Winning Drive, Frisco. The new one will open later in 2022 at 6859 Arapaho Road, Dallas.


When North Texas’ first Jollibee opened in West Plano in 2020, customers waited three or four hours for fried chicken. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that fans of this Filipino fast food company seemed thrilled that a second Jollibee in D-FW, this one in Dallas proper, is set to open in 2022. If you haven’t been to Jollibee, it’s time: drive to George Bush Turnpike and Preston Road and order a bucket of chicken and spaghetti.

Jollibee is at 1016 Preston Road (north of President George Bush Turnpike), Plano. The new one will open later in 2022 at 4703 Greenville Ave., Dallas.

For some customers, it took 2, 3 or 4 hours in the drive-thru to get to the Jollibee menu board in West Plano.

Los Molcajetes

Head southeast from Dallas, toward South Buckner Boulevard in Pleasant Grove, and you’ll find “one of Dallas’ most underrated food streets,” writes Reinhart. Make Los Molcajetes your first stop on the taco tour, for carnitas and a skillet of queso fundido. And don’t leave until you’ve tried several salsas, says Reinhart.

Los Molcajetes is located at 2306 S. Buckner Blvd., in Dallas’ Pleasant Grove.

Modest Rogers

Modest Rogers is a restaurant with Venezuelan influences.  But damn, look at that cheeseburger.
Modest Rogers is a restaurant with Venezuelan influences. But damn, look at that cheeseburger.(Lola Gomez / Staff Photographer)

You’ll never forget the name of the new Modest Rogers restaurant if you remember this: it’s the nickname of chef-owner Modesto Rodriguez. He honors the dishes of his home country of Venezuela by serving succulent plates of mofongo ribs, yucca smoked chicken and chimichurri carne asada. And there’s a cheeseburger on the menu – and it looks good.

Modest Rogers is at 3811 Fairmount St., Dallas.

Mozzarella Company

This 40-year-old Deep Ellum Cheese Factory – a beloved spot for many Dallas residents – has been honored by Food & Wine magazine as one of the best in the country. (We knew that all along, but it’s nice to see local shop owner Paula Lambert get the credit.) Stop in for some cheese or a hands-on class, if it’s been a while.

Mozzarella Company is at 2944 Elm St., Dallas.

At Nick and Sam’s

Sam Romano, the only son of restaurateur Phil Romano, is the new general partner of the steakhouse Nick & Sam.
Sam Romano, the only son of restaurateur Phil Romano, is the new general partner of the steakhouse Nick & Sam.

When Nick & Sam’s opened in 1999, half of its namesake, Sam, was a toddler. It’s 23 years later, and he runs the place. Sam Romano plans to keep the menu, chef and dining room the same. But it should be interesting to see this venerable steakhouse evolve under a new, young owner.

Nick & Sam’s is at 3008 Maple Ave., Dallas.

Pickleball, anyone?

Pickleball is the sports catering trend coming in 2022 to D-FW. It’s okay if you’ve never played, because the sport – a hodgepodge of ping-pong, tennis and badminton – doesn’t require much practice. The new trend is to combine the sport of pickleball with a fun and friendly terrace. The two new pickleball restaurants are Chicken N Pickle in Grand Prairie and Courtside Kitchen in Fort Worth. Let us know if it’s a big dill.

Chicken N Pickle is at 2965 S. Highway 161, Grand Prairie; Courtside Kitchen is at 1615 Rogers Road, Fort Worth.

rodeo bar

The Rodeo Bar reopened on January 10, 2021 after being closed in downtown Dallas since 2018.
The Rodeo Bar reopened on January 10, 2021 after being closed in downtown Dallas since 2018.

So you have a friend in town and you want to do “something Texas.” We’ve got you covered: grab a beer and a burger at Rodeo Bar, a resurrected spot inside the Adolphus Hotel in downtown Dallas. It’s basically an Instagram requirement that you take a picture in front of that red neon sign. And why not, cowboy? You came for the theme.

Rodeo Bar is at 1321 Commerce St., Dallas.

Rudy’s Chicken

When Rudolph Edwards and his wife Linda Shaw Edwards opened Rudy's Chicken on South Lancaster Road, it was an instant hit.
When Rudolph Edwards and his wife Linda Shaw Edwards opened Rudy’s Chicken on South Lancaster Road, it was an instant hit.

This black-owned business from owner Rudolph Edwards is busy most of the time, and we understand why. The crispy fried chicken and seasoned fries, drenched in that spicy and sassy sauce from Rudy, are so good. Although the double-line drive-thru can be long (as are the lines of people waiting outside the take-out window), it moves quickly.

Rudy’s Chicken is located at 3115 S. Lancaster Road, Dallas.

New York bagels and sandwiches from Sclafani

Sclafani's is located in Preston Center, near Northwest Highway and Preston Road in Dallas.
Sclafani’s is located in Preston Center, near Northwest Highway and Preston Road in Dallas.(Shafkat Anowar / personal photographer)

The secret is revealed at Sclafani. This kettle-baked bagel shop opened in Dallas’ Preston Center on Jan. 24, 2022, and as of last weekend, lines were in the dozens. For the bagels! If that doesn’t prove we need more bagels in this town, I don’t know what will. Give them a second to catch up, then go see what it’s all about.

Sclafani’s is at 6135 Luther Lane, Dallas.

Sky Rocket Burger

There are currently three Sky Rocket Burgers in Dallas-Fort Worth, but its new owner expects to have as many as 20 by the end of 2024. If you get here before it becomes a franchise, you can you count yourself among the burger demons who “remember when” it was a very small chain. Almost everyone gets a double cheeseburger, fries and a shake.

Sky Rocket Burger’s brand new restaurant is located in Frisco at 6633 John Hickman Parkway. The others are at 111 S. Hall St., Dallas, and 7877 Frankford Road, Dallas.

Sky Rocket Burger has three restaurants open now: Frisco, Deep Ellum and Far North Dallas.  Its new owner wants this number of stores to increase significantly by the end of 2024.

wind mill

When the president of Grandscape went looking for restaurants to open near Nebraska Furniture Mart in The Colony, his longest travel plan was to travel to Bangalore, India to visit a place called Windmills. He loved what founder Kamal Sagar did, and eventually the first windmills in the United States opened here in North Texas. There’s plenty to do: listen to live jazz, drink homemade beer, and eat Indian food, among other things. “The dishes are prepared in spectacular style,” Reinhart writes in a story about notable new Indian restaurants. “… No other restaurant that so boldly fuses so many ideas and cultures.”

Windmills is located at 5755 Grandscape Blvd., The Colony.

Louis Perez, left, with his dog Goose, and their pals Bingham and Michael Swayne, have a few beers at Truck Yard.  It is one of 26 restaurants in Grandscape, a $1.5 billion development at The Colony.

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Augusta Brunch House in Yelp’s Top 100 Restaurants List

Tucked away in the former Whistle Stop Cafe on Greene Street is one of Augusta’s newest gems – though it’s set to get a lot more attention after being named one of Yelp’s top 100 restaurants in the United States. United States.

Brunch House of Augusta debuted in the Garden City last February and is already at No. 51 on the list that includes everything from fine dining to food trucks.

Asian Brown said he decided to open the restaurant on a whim after noticing that downtown Augusta needed a place to have local breakfast.

To create the list, Yelp says it’s reaching out to “Yelpers” for their favorite restaurants. Then, each location is ranked based on the total number of submissions, ratings, reviews, and how restaurants represent their areas, along with other factors. Brunch House of Augusta has 48 reviews on Yelp with a rating of 4.5 stars. It also has 4.8 stars on Google Reviews and five on Facebook.

Brunch House serves homemade breakfast items including shrimp and grits, salmon croquettes and grits, chicken and waffles with the option of blueberry, strawberry or maple syrup and the bowl City Breakfast Pack – an open-faced omelet on yellow stone oatmeal with a choice of meat, vegetables, and bread. The lunch menu includes sandwiches, pasta bowls, burgers, and salads.

Chef Frank Mims said he strives to provide “top quality food”. Mims is also Brown’s cousin and the duo started catering together before opening Brunch House.

“He’s the creative brain behind the menu,” Brown said. “You give him an idea and he’ll run with it and make it his own.”

Mims has worked in the restaurant industry for over 30 years and attended Johnson and Wales to study culinary arts after a high school teacher mentored him and encouraged his love of cooking. Now, Mims is doing the same by teaching interns at the restaurant.

“I teach my cooks here that you build on the flavors – you start with something simple and add a little of this and a little of that and do whatever you want with it,” he said. .

Now that Brown has made the list, he only wants to go higher. He’s looking forward to claiming the No. 1 spot at Cocina Madrigal, a Mexican restaurant in Phoenix, next year.

“That’s the goal,” he said. “When we opened this restaurant our goal was to be the best we can be and to be one of the best restaurants in Augusta.”

Brown said he knows he wouldn’t be where he is now without the loyal support of his clients, family and staff.

Customer Duane Harris visited the restaurant on Thursday morning after Yelp’s big announcement. After congratulating Brown, he sat down in a corner booth. He admits he is not considered a “regular” at the restaurant, but has been there at least a dozen times since it opened.

“This is a fabulous little restaurant in a historic location in Augusta,” he said. “The service is excellent – how well they treat guests, they are always happy to see everyone.”

Brunch House of Augusta isn’t the only restaurant in Augusta to make the list. In 2020, Jackie M’s & Son’s was #77 and has five stars on Yelp.

The restaurant at 573 Greene St. is open 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Find it online at

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Closing of restaurants in New York, December 2021

Almost two years after the first restaurant closings inside New York City, restaurants and bars continue to close. At least 1,000 have closed since March 2020 due to the economic slowdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Due to the difficulty of tracking restaurant and bar closings, experts say that number could be even higher and that it will likely take months, if not years, to assess.

Among them are new neighborhood spots like Jeepney and Hunky Dory, as well as decades-old institutions like 21 Club, Fedora, and Frank’s Cocktail Lounge. Below, Eater documents the city’s permanent restaurant closures so far. If a restaurant or bar has closed in your neighborhood, let us know at [email protected] This article will be updated regularly.

December 17th

Green Point: After 15 years at Greenpoint, Cafe Champion closed on December 12. Owner Talitha Whidbee told Greenpointers: “I’m so exhausted and all levels of coffee ownership are so much more complicated: no milk, shortage of cups, staff issues, the real cost of coffee beans in this. moment, my owner… ”She added:“ Coffee is going to get expensive soon to reflect all the increases we just covered and 5 cafes have opened in our area. ”

East Village: When Sidewalk Cafe, a restaurant that also served as an open mic space in the neighborhood for nearly 35 years, closed in 2019, many were curious as to what would replace it. Restaurant and bar August Laura, which took over the space that year, has already called for an end.

East Village: Avenue An outpost of Cafe Bene, a chain of cafes has closed its doors. According to EV Grieve, the family of this franchise owner also owns a delicatessen in the upscale neighborhoods, and they “have decided to merge the business.” EV Grieve also reported that there had been discussions about increasing the storefront rent by $ 2,000 per month.

East Village: A Bowery restaurant space that has seen a lot of turnover in recent years has met its last game. Gia Trattoria, an Italian restaurant believed to be owned by Gino Sorbillo, a Neapolitan chef, closed after just four months.

East Village: Banh mi spot Nicky’s Original Vietnamese Sandwiches closed at 216 Avenue A, near 13th Street. According to EV Grieve, Original Nicky’s had just moved its outpost to this storefront just seven months ago.

Lower East Side: Snack Bowery, a snack bar offering a global selection of snacks, has closed on the Lower East Side. The spot, which only opened last July, told EV Grieve it chose to shut down due to supply chain issues.

December 10

Bushwick: Bodeguita, a queer-friendly CBD bar, handed over the keys to a new business. According to Grub Street, some bar elements remain in place in the new business that has taken over: Ornithology Jazz Club, which comes from Rie Yamaguchi-Borden and her husband Mitchell Borden, who opened nightclubs like Fat Cat by the past.

Lower East Side: Rice & Miso, known for its ume-flavored rice balls, or onigiri, as well as bento boxes, is closing its Forsyth Street store. Owner Mika Hatsushima, a former model in Tokyo, launched Rice & Miso as a Brooklyn Flea pop-up in 2012. On Instagram, Hatsushima cited a staff shortage as the reason for the shutdown. Its location at 134 Nevins Street in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, will remain open (an additional outpost at 139 Plymouth Street in Dumbo also remains, but is listed on the team’s website as temporarily closed).

Park slope: Johnny Mack’s Bar and Grill, a neighborhood pub that had been open for about 25 years has closed. In her place, Allison Arevalo will open a second expanded location of her pandemic Pasta Louise spot in the spring.

December 3

Astoria: A beloved neighborhood Greek Cypriot tavern is closing after 33 years in Queens. According to the Greek journalist, Zenon Tavern officially closed on Sunday November 28. The publication reports that the restaurant, which opened in 1988, was run by chef Stelios Papageorgiou, who came to the United States via Cyprus. Until its closure, the space was maintained by members of his family. The post also details how the restaurant got involved in preparing meals for hospital staff during the pandemic.

East Village: According to EV Grieve, Indian vegetarian restaurant Ahimsa Garden, located at 265 East 10th Street, between Avenue A and First Avenue, is no longer. But fear not: According to a team post on Instagram, the restaurant will reopen at 204 East 38th Street, between Second and Third Avenues, in early December.

Elmhurst: Kazuo Yoshida, the Michelin-starred chef behind Chinatown Juku’s omakase hot spot has opened Yoshidaya by Kazuo in Elmhurst. The Japanese-style place had a small but powerful menu with dishes like Japanese lobster pancakes, which helped put the restaurant on the Eater’s Queens heat map. Yelp and Google have marked the restaurant as permanently closed, and Yoshida no longer lists Kazuo’s Yoshidaya in her Instagram bio. Eater made several calls, and one person who picked up the phone said that Eim Khao Mun Kai, a popular Thai chicken and rice restaurant, has opened its second outlet in the space.

Rinsing: A Korean spot, Monkey noodle bar, which has also consistently made its way onto the Eater’s Queens heat map, has reportedly been shut down. The restaurant was known for its dishes such as kongguksu, a noodle soup with cold soy milk broth. While Yelp lists the restaurant as “closed,” Google has yet to mark it as such. However, according to Caroline Shin, an Eater collaborator, a new restaurant called Ktown has already taken over the space.

Harlem: Renowned Indian restaurant Chaïwali called on him to quit smoking. Chef Anita Trehan opened the restaurant in 2015 inside her home. She was met with a local fanfare, even drawing praise from New York Times food critic, Pete Wells. The last day of service is December 12.

Caroline Shin contributed reporting on the Monkey Noodle Bar and Yoshidaya closures by Kazuo.

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Several New York City restaurants close as Covid cases rise

Diners in New York City have seen their social media feeds inundated in recent days with restaurant after restaurant ads that they were temporarily closing because staff members tested positive for Covid-19 or were exposed to the virus.

“I feel like it happened in three days,” said Cat Alexander, who closed her restaurant in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Pheasant on Wednesday after an employee received a positive test result. It is waiting for its remaining 22 employees to test negative before reopening.

At least a dozen restaurants and bars temporarily closed their doors this week, as the number of reported new Covid cases in New York rose to an average of 3,554 per day in New York, a 135% increase compared to the average of two weeks ago. , according to a New York Times database.

Restaurant owners said the cases reported so far have been mild, but they expected the number of closures to increase as companies try to protect employees and customers from the infection. Restaurants include Contento in Harlem, Temperance Wine Bar in the West Village and several in Brooklyn: Otway in Clinton Hill, LaLou in Prospect Heights, Winona’s in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Di An Di in Greenpoint.

“It was pretty amazing and shocking to me the rate of spread in such a safe environment,” said Jamie Erickson, owner of Poppy’s, a cafe in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. Its staff of 30 are vaccinated and still masked at work, but the coffee shop steward’s kitchen in Red Hook closed over the weekend after Thanksgiving due to a Covid outbreak.

Nationwide, coronavirus cases have caused similar shutdowns as the Delta and Omicron variants progress. There have been restaurant closures in Massachusetts, Maryland and Virginia. New Mexico, Oregon, Hawaii and other states.

New York City shutdowns, like those currently occurring in several Broadway shows, come in the midst of the holiday season, normally one of the busiest times of the year for these businesses.

Just as they were over the summer, when the Delta variant became the most predominant strain of the coronavirus in the United States, restaurateurs were once again forced to reassess their safety protocols and feel inadequate. supported by local and state governments.

New York City has some of the most stringent vaccine requirements in the country, requiring workers and diners inside to provide proof of vaccination. Governor Kathy Hochul on Monday ordered all indoor businesses in the state to require customers to wear masks, unless the companies have protocols to require proof of vaccination.

Many restaurants go above and beyond official requirements – in Pheasant, all staff are not only fully vaccinated (several employees have received reminders), but must also wear masks. Ms Alexander hopes to reopen Thursday night, but she is at the mercy of how quickly the testing centers deliver results. Many test centers experience long queues and delays.

As the number of Covid cases increases, the question for many restaurateurs is how to manage their exposure while keeping their businesses afloat.

On Wednesday, an employee of Di An Di, a Vietnamese restaurant in Greenpoint, tested positive for the virus. Dennis Ngo, an owner, said he wants to reopen as soon as workers receive a negative result from a PCR test or two consecutive rapid tests. He said some of the nearby testing centers he visited on Wednesday were running out of rapid tests.

“I am very surprised,” Mr. Ngo said. “I thought we got over that test bump.”

He said that even if his 30 employees were vaccinated and no case of Covid was likely to put them in hospital, they would lose income at a crucial time to buy gifts and pay bills. The restaurant could also lose significant revenue due to the big party dinners.

Mr Ngo plans to reintroduce delivery and take-out, in case he has to shut down restaurants inside again. “I foolishly thought we got past that,” he said.

Brent Young, who closed his Cozy Royale restaurant in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn on Wednesday, said he had received “no direction” from city and state officials on what to do. to do when an employee tested positive for Covid.

“Even the CDC website says if you don’t have any symptoms, just go on with your life as usual,” he said, referring to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “So I think we’re going beyond that recommendation by requiring everyone to self-isolate and take a test.”

The sudden surge in the number of coronaviruses in the city is likely due to the Delta variant and the growing number of gatherings inside for the holidays, said Dr Larry Brilliant, a California-based epidemiologist who was part of the effort to eradicate smallpox in the 1970s. The Omicron variant is still fairly new, he said, but it is the most transmissible of all existing variants.

The northeast, particularly New York City, has been a popular entry point for the virus and its variants due to tourism, said Bill Hanage, associate professor of epidemiology at Harvard University. “Where New York is heading is where we expect the rest of the country to be,” he said.

The loss of income due to the closure just before Christmas is particularly significant in many restaurants. Because an employee tested positive on Tuesday, Contento in Harlem will be closed at least until Saturday. This resulted in the cancellation of a large private event and the absence of one of the most lucrative weeks of the year, said Yannick Benjamin, sommelier at Contento. (This week, the restaurant was ranked # 4 on New York Times reviewer Pete Wells’ list of the city’s 10 best new restaurants of the year.)

Mr Benjamin said the restaurant keeps Covid testing handy for employees; all are vaccinated and many have received a booster.

“I can’t imagine how much more rigid we can be” with employees, he said. It is difficult to control their actions when much of the city is open for business. No matter how diligent people are, he said, “things do happen.”

At Clinton Hill Otway Cafe there are two separate day and night shifts so if someone on one team is positive the other team can still work and a full day of work is not lost. On Tuesday, an employee said she was exposed to Covid-19, so owner Samantha Safer shut down the dinner service the following evening. She estimated that she had lost $ 4,000 to $ 8,000 that night alone.

What particularly scares him is that, as confident as his employees are, some guests do not show the same courtesy. She said a waiter overheard three diners inside “talking about how they might have been exposed to Covid.”

Ms. Safer is taking no chances on New Years Eve, usually the restaurant’s most lucrative night out. In addition to showing their proof of vaccination, she said, diners will need to produce a negative result on a recent test.

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Fewer journalists murdered, but many more behind bars in 2021 | World | Latest news and insights from around the world | DW

Times are tough for journalists.

Authoritarian regimes like Belarus, China and Myanmar are cracking down on pro-democracy movements in their countries with increasing zeal – with free speech as a collateral victim. And in Western democracies like the United States and Europe, populists and conspiracy theorists increasingly threaten press freedoms, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The organization Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is sounding the alarm in its current annual roundup of violence and abuse suffered by journalists. Its report on press freedom concludes that more and more media professionals are being arbitrarily arrested in the performance of their duties.

Murders of journalists decrease slightly

In 2021, 46 journalists were killed, the lowest number in many years. One of the reasons for this, says RSF, is the easing of tensions in regional conflict zones in Syria, Iraq and Yemen.

Katja Gloger, board member of RSF Germany, added: “The most dangerous countries are Mexico, again – with seven – and Afghanistan, with six journalists killed. Yemen and India each had four media workers killed in 2021.

Some 65 journalists are considered kidnapped, the majority of kidnappings having taken place in Syria, Iraq and Yemen.

More journalists detained than ever

Yet in 2021 at least 488 journalists around the world were detained for their work. This is the highest number the organization has ever recorded. The report states that 103 of them are not professional journalists; they are activists who express themselves on social networks.

For their work of operating cameras, 22 people are in police custody. And the number of female journalists jailed for their profession has risen by a third, according to the report.

Main culprits: China, Belarus and Myanmar

Reporters Without Borders points to five countries for the increase in detentions. RSF has identified 127 journalists detained in China, 53 in Myanmar and 32 in Belarus. Vietnam and Saudi Arabia are also mentioned.

World map showing journalists arrested in 2021

The report states that this “exceptional increase in arbitrary detentions is mainly attributable to three countries whose governments are indifferent to their citizens’ aspirations for democracy. The magnitude of these figures is also indicative of an increasingly relentless crackdown on independent media ”.

Katja Gloger says: “The increase in numbers is also the result of new geopolitical power relations in which these regimes are too little repelled by the democracies of the world.

One example: the contested Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko manages to suppress anti-regime protests and cling to power only through brute force. But Russian President Vladimir Putin backs the autocrat – and international sanctions are not having the desired effect.

Svetlana Tsikhanouskaya shows photo of imprisoned husband Siarhei Tsikhanouski

Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tsikhanouskaya pleaded for her imprisoned husband, prominent blogger Siarhei Tsikhanouski

In a recent high-profile case, a Belarusian court sentenced prominent blogger and opposition figure Siarhei Tsikhanosky to 18 years in prison.

Meanwhile, in Myanmar, the number of journalists behind bars has jumped since the military coup in early February, according to the report. Only two detainees were recorded in 2020.

In China, the unprecedented number of detentions is in part due to Xi Jinping’s growing control over Hong Kong.

The RSF roundup specifies: “In this special administrative region, which was a regional model of respect for press freedom, and which did not have jailed journalists, the national security law imposed by Beijing in 2020 was used as a pretext to arrest and detain at least 10 journalists on December 1. “

Poster mourning the death of de Vries showing his face and reading: On Bended Knee Is No Way to Be Free

The murder of specialist journalist Peter de Vries in the Netherlands came as a shock to Europe

Individual destinies are in balance

Behind every journalist who is murdered or detained, there is a name and an individual. Shahnaz Raufi was an Afghan journalist who was killed in March in an attack claimed by the militant group “Islamic State”.

News of the murder of criminal journalist Peter de Vries sent shock waves through the Netherlands, Europe and beyond.

View of a banner of Julian Assange supporters attached to a railing outside the High Court in London reading Free Assange No US Extradition

Press freedom supporters criticized London High Court’s decision to overturn ban on Julian Assange’s extradition to the United States

The case of Australian Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has also gained international attention in recent times. On December 10, a UK appeals court ruled that the 50-year-old could ultimately be extradited to the United States, overturning an earlier judgment. He faces up to 175 years in prison if convicted of espionage.

RSF, headquartered in Paris and with 13 regional branches, was created in 1985 and works for press freedom in more than 130 countries.

This article was originally written in German

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McDonalds to hire 12,000 people and open 200 restaurants in Italy by 2025, director says

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ROME, December 13 (Reuters) – American fast food chain McDonalds (MCD.N) will hire 12,000 people and open 200 new restaurants in Italy by 2025, said Dario Baroni, the group’s chief executive in the country, as quoted by Affari & Finanza. -la Repubblica on Monday.

“Italy is considered by the group as one of the markets with the greatest potential on a global scale,” said Baroni.

He added that the goal was to have 800 restaurants in Italy over the next four years compared to 630 currently, and to have a workforce of around 40,000 compared to 25,000 now.

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Fast food sales around the world have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, although drive-thru, delivery and delivery have contributed to the revenue.

In 2020, turnover in Italy fell to 1.4 billion euros from 1.6 billion the previous year.

Baroni said the group plans to end 2021 with sales above 2019 levels, driven by takeout, drive and delivery services which now account for more than 60% of sales.

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How TGI Fridays went from a singles bar to a dying restaurant

  • TGI Fridays started out as a singles bar in 1965 in New York City, but over time it has grown to become a family favorite.
  • The chain started closing restaurants after the 2008 financial crisis, but it still has more than 700.
  • TGI Fridays is focusing on a new food delivery strategy, and a UK franchise is bringing the bar back.

When founder Alan Stillman opened the first TGI Fridays on New York’s Upper East Side in 1965, his goal was to meet lots of single women. Her timing was perfect, as the city was increasingly crowded with working women looking for a place to meet friends and make dates.

TGI Fridays has been riding the wave of the sexual revolution and has become a favorite among singles across the United States as it has grown. But by the mid-1970s, the era of singles bars was drawing to a close, and under the leadership of Daniel R. Scoggin, the chain became a place where families could dine together.

By the early 2000s, TGI Fridays had expanded to the United States and abroad as a member of the Carlson hotel group. But after the 2008 financial crisis, sales in the restaurant industry began to decline, and over the next decade, TGI Fridays closed more than 200 restaurants in the United States. In 2020, plans to go public with the channel were withdrawn as the COVID-19 pandemic rocked the restaurant industry.

But the recent focus on curb delivery and pickup is helping the chain reinvent itself in the United States. And in the UK, a franchise launched a bar called 63rd + 1st as a nod to Stillman’s first bar.

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A new application is being prepared in IR

New app connects shoppers to restaurants and stores in Rhode Island – to buy surplus food at a reduced price.

According to “Too Good to Go,” more than a third of the world’s food is wasted. And they want to change that.

“We dream of a planet without food waste, and every day we work to make it a reality,” say the creators of the application. “Our app is the most direct way for you to get involved – just download, log in and save some perfectly good surplus food at your local stores. It’s always a surprise and instant good deed for the planet.


Customers can sign up for a ‘surprise bag’ of food – or lunch – to be picked up from a participating store or restaurant at a specific time at the end of the day, typically paying a third of what the food would cost. normally retail.

For businesses, they can be paid for food that is still “good” but is approaching its expiration date or, in the case of restaurants, for food that would otherwise be thrown away.

And like most food apps, customers can rate and rate restaurants and stores, so future consumers can get a feel for user satisfaction with service.

“Our mission is to inspire and empower everyone to take action against food waste. We know that in order to live and breathe this every day, we have to turn our words into deeds, “says Too Good to Go.” With this in mind, we have defined a new ambition: to contribute in every way possible to the building of the movement. global food waste. It is only when we all come together to fight food waste that we can generate positive change in society.

According to an app representative, an official launch in Rhode Island is expected in early December, but businesses and consumers can participate now.

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A new app wants to match stores and restaurants with surplus food – with customers looking for a big discount. PHOTO: Roma FB

In the United States, food waste is estimated to be between 30 and 40 percent of the food supply, according to the FDA. That figure, based on USDA’s Economic Research Service estimates of 31 percent food loss at the retail and consumer level, worked out to about 133 billion pounds and $ 161 billion in food loss. 2010.

“Wasted food is the largest category of material placed in municipal landfills and represents food that could have helped feed families in need,” writes the FDA. “In addition, the water, energy and labor used to produce wasted food could have been used for other purposes. To effectively reduce food waste will require cooperation between federal, state, tribal and local governments, faith-based institutions, environmental organizations, communities and the entire supply chain. “

In Rhode Island, more than half a dozen businesses have already signed up for the “Too Good to Go” app.

“It works very well for us. I like participating in programs like this, especially if we can help people, ”said Oliver Aldana with Roma on Federal Hill.

Aldan said that in addition to selling a meal that would normally cost $ 15 for a third of the $ 5 price, he likes to add even more.

“I like to do a good deal for people. I will also include bread and dessert, ”he said.

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The new app seeks to use technology – to help stop waste. PHOTO: file

At the Chalkstone supermarket, Rodger Rodrigue said the app also helped sell their hot food offerings at the end of the day.

“We can offer food products and packaged food [on the app], but there are ups and downs in terms of what people get, ”he said. “If I’m offering something that’s about to expire, there probably won’t be a lot of variety. It will probably be, say, four cans of graham crackers.

“We were already doing ‘grab deals’ in the store, if anything neared the expiration date we would lower the price,” he said. “We saw this as a way to get more people to buy from the store. “

“Everyone has waste,” he said of the industry. “If we can limit this and help people at the same time, you can’t go wrong.”

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Alpine country stranded again, suspending tourism at the start of the holiday season

(CNN) – Austria has introduced unprecedented new Covid measures, Ireland is under curfew at midnight, but India has reopened its doors to vaccinated tourists.

Here are some of the biggest developments in travel this week:

It’s starting to look a lot like … confinement

Visitors explore Vienna’s Christmas market on November 15 before Austria returns to containment.

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Austria will impose national containment on November 22 as Covid-19 cases skyrocket, Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg announced, becoming the first European country to do so this fall.

But things are accelerating in Asia

India suffered greatly when it was hit by a calamitous second wave of Covid this spring, but it now has some of the lowest case rates in the world, which has earned it a CDC Level 1 rating as as low risk travel destination. Monday it opened its borders to fully vaccinated foreign tourists on commercial flights for the first time since the start of the pandemic.

Ireland is now a Cinderella state

Irish revelers must now leave their Prince Charming and hurry home from the ball. Ireland imposed a midnight curfew in bars, restaurants and nightclubs, just a few weeks after the nightclubs first reopened since March 2020.
Elsewhere in Europe, the Netherlands has returned to partial lockdown and Hungary and the Czech Republic are among the four new additions in the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s highest risk travel category.

Ireland will impose a midnight curfew on bars, restaurants and nightclubs from November 18 as the country experiences a further rise in Covid-19 cases, despite one of the highest vaccination rates in the world . CNN’s Becky Anderson sits down with Irish Deputy Prime Minister Leo Varadkar to chat.

Thanksgiving travel will be near pre-pandemic levels

In the United States, there will be a lot more shared turkey compared to last year, as vacation travel is expected to return almost to the good old days of 2019. Here’s our advice to manage the rush.
About 53.4 million Americans are expected to be on the move, including Jamal Hinton, who will continue his tradition of visiting his “grandmother Wanda” in Arizona. The couple met in 2016 when Wanda Dench accidentally sent teenage Hinton a Thanksgiving invitation intended for her grandson and an unlikely friendship blossomed.

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Maya Bay in Thailand to reopen

It's not me, it's you: Maya Bay needed some time to recuperate and a break from the tourists.

It’s not me, it’s you: Maya Bay needed some time to recuperate and a break from the tourists.

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Thai authorities have announced a reopening date for one of the most famous attractions in the country. Maya Bay, a resplendent cove made famous by “The Beach” – a 2000 film starring Leonardo DiCaprio – will reopen to tourists on January 1, 2022. This particular closure was unrelated to Covid, however; It has been banned for tourists since 2018, as authorities embarked on a rejuvenation program to revive the region’s decimated corals.

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Restaurants are getting ready for the end of year celebrations | Connecticut News

CONNECTICUT (WFSB) – Restaurants are gearing up to meet the demand for large gatherings this season.

Experts say you should book early and be prepared for a different kind of service.

Parties and gatherings are back, but restaurants aren’t quite back to normal.

There are a few things that the managers wanted to keep in mind this season.

Trumbull Kitchen Managing Director Michael Pitocco said: “It was fantastic. The phone rang for the holidays, so we’re happy.

Pitocco says people are coming back after a difficult year with the pandemic.

Hartford Restaurant has five to six parties a week booked.

“December is historically our busiest month and it is with the holidays,” said Pitocco.

At Esca Restaurant and Wine Bar in Middletown, owner Marisa Bramato says there is no curfew or capacity limit this year, they are booked for December.

“We have daytime parties, we have parties, we have family reunions, we have people who wouldn’t normally go out, but for the holidays, they do so it’s a big month out,” he said. said Bramato.

As restaurants navigate this busy season, they will also face a labor shortage.

The Connecticut Restaurant Association says most of its members have 60 to 70 percent less staff than before the pandemic.

They are also struggling with supply chain challenges, which means delays and shortages of key food supplies.

“One month you will get a product, the next month you won’t see it for six weeks,” Pitocco said.

Bramato said: “We will source more to make sure we don’t run out, and our quality is still there.”

For people who come to the holiday season, restaurants require a bit of understanding, especially if they are understaffed.

“Guests need to know that we are doing our best and our best,” Pitocco said.

They also ask you to show up only with the number of people in your booked group and make sure you book very early.

Bramato said: “As soon as possible. We already had corporate reservations three months ago for December.

Don’t be surprised if the food is more expensive than the last time you stopped by your favorite restaurant.

According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, everything from poultry to beef is expensive.

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7 fantastic restaurants to try in Birmingham, Alabama

Birmingham, Alabama, is a city in constant transformation. Rising like a phoenix from the ashes of its dark past, the city has come a long way and is gradually advancing towards the bright light of vibrancy, diversity and inclusion. This forward movement can be seen in all aspects of Birmingham life, but perhaps most surprisingly is its food scene. The city has become a haven for innovative American and international cuisines to discover.

The following is a small sample of the best dining options Birmingham has to offer. They represent creativity, hard work and most of all the kind of food you will savor while enjoying your time in Birmingham. These are the places – in no particular order – that my husband and I recommend and look forward to.

Our experience in Birmingham was organized by the Greater Birmingham Convention and Tourism Office. However, all opinions are entirely my own.

Lemon meringue pie (Photo credit: Simon Lock / MyEclecticImages)

1. Restaurant Hélène

For Southern cuisine with a twist, served in a relaxed atmosphere, the Helen Restaurant is an excellent choice for lunch or dinner. Open since August 2020, chef Rob McDaniel and his wife Emily have transformed this century-old building into a modern restaurant.

The food at Helen is locally sourced and served in a contemporary Southern style, with an emphasis on sustainability. A smoker and a special grill do the heavy lifting, and the results are exceptional.

Start with an order of Angel Biscuits, topped with butter, whipped cane syrup and sea salt. For your entree, try the thin-cut pork chop, or the plancha catfish, served with a homemade tartar sauce. . Okra a la plancha is garlic, with sesame seeds to give the texture a crunch. And if you still have room, indulge in the refreshing lemon meringue pie.

Pro tip: Choosing between Helen’s offerings can be a challenge. Try to order multiple items to share.

Pile of Heirloom Tomatoes at the Hot & Hot Fish Club
Pile of heirloom tomatoes (Photo credit: Simon Lock / MyEclecticImages)

2. Hot and hot fish club

A mix of French, Southern and Californian cuisines may seem difficult to achieve, but at the Hot & Hot Fish Club, everything goes as if it should be. That’s because the owner, Chef Chris Hastings, has a remarkable way of cooking and has received national recognition for his culinary skills. The James Beard Foundation named him Best Chef: South in 2012, Chris then beat celebrity chef Bobby Flay in an episode of Food Network. Iron Chef America.

A chef’s counter, open kitchen, exposed brickwork, and Italian marble table tops give the bright interior a touch of class without feeling cluttered. But when the weather permits, the patio is the place to be.

Hot & Hot offers a variety of expertly prepared starters, such as wood oven roasts: dayboat scallops, chicken roulade, bowl of Asian noodles, with frog legs and braised ribs with wild mushrooms on its regular menu, but be sure to check out the specials. My fish in tile with basmati rice was perfection on a plate. Meanwhile, the charred tomato, lima bean and charred okra Rabbit Roll that earned Chris the Iron Chef America title was a definite winner for my husband.

If you visit Hot & Hot when the tomatoes are in season, the Heirloom Tomato Salad is a must. Thick slices of sweet and juicy locally grown tomatoes are layered with fresh corn, field peas and crispy fried okra rings. Fresh garlic basil, aioli and a drizzle of sweet balsamic vinaigrette give the dish a distinctive finishing touch. The salad is available in two sizes. A single stack and a triple stack. The latter is garnished with large succulent prawns and easily feeds two.

Pro tip: Hot & Hot is so hot you’ll want to make a reservation to make sure you get a table.

Eggplant parmesan sandwich at L'Essentiel
Eggplant Parmesan Sandwich (Photo Credit: Simon Lock / MyEclecticImages)

3. The essential

Located on Morris Avenue, Birmingham’s oldest street, The Essential is a charming all-day neighborhood cafe, offering familiar fare expertly elevated to a new level of modern sophistication. The coffee is the brainchild of owners Kristen Hall, a professional pastry chef, and chef Victor King. In 2018, the duo transformed Birmingham’s first drive-thru banking service into a European-style cafe that customers can visit at any time.

The interior of Essential is chic without being pretentious. But in fine weather, a table on the terrace will give you a perfect view of the comings and goings along the cobbled street in front of the café.

My husband and I shared the eggplant parmesan sandwich on exceptional sourdough and the Caesar salad, and both were excellent. Everything, including the pasta, is made on site or at the bakery next door which Kristen and Victor also own.

The Texas Special at Bright Star Restaurant
The Texas Special (Photo credit: Simon Lock / MyEclecticImages)

4. The brilliant starred restaurant

Local history and exceptional cuisine meet at The Bright Star restaurant in Bessemer, 20 minutes from Birmingham city center. Alabama’s oldest restaurant, The Bright Star began in 1907 as a small cafe serving 25. Today the restaurant is bright, airy, and seats 265 people. What has remained constant for over a century is the dedication to quality and freshness of the Greek families who have owned it, as well as the exceptional selection of seafood, steaks and more. Greek influence offerings.

CNN recognized The Bright Star as one of America’s best historic restaurants, and in 2010 the restaurant was named one of the America’s Classics winners of the James Beard Foundation Awards.

Hand-painted mirrors, marble tiles and murals are reminiscent of another era. And the Greek music playing in the background transports you to another place.

I recommend starting with the seafood okra. Then choose from a variety of fresh seafood transported daily from the gulf coast: the Greek-style grilled seafood platter consisting of snapper fillet, scallops , of prawns, oysters, lobster and crab meat au gratin, fulfills a seafood lover’s wildest fantasy. Carnivores have a number of steak options to choose from, but if you want to have a Feet in both camps, try the Texas Special: a generous platter of beef tenderloin, Greek snapper and lobster and crab meat au gratin

Pro tip: The Bright Star has a split personality. At noon, it’s traditional southern meat and three comforting dishes. After 3 p.m., it turns into a steak and seafood restaurant.

Johnny's Restaurant Homewood Menu Board
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5. Johnny’s Restaurant Homewood

For southern cuisine and Greek hospitality, Johnny’s Restaurant Homewood will nourish you body and soul. Located in Birmingham’s Homewood district, this welcoming restaurant has been offering its guests tasty and freshly prepared cuisine since 2012. Owner Tim Hontzas, whose family has worked in the food business for generations, named the restaurant in honor of his beloved grandfather. And Grandpa Johnny would be proud. Tim has not only built a successful business in a highly competitive market, but he’s also been a 2020 James Beard Foundation Semi-Finalist, Best Chef South.

At Johnny’s, traditional meat and three comfort foods coexist in a pleasant way alongside favorite Greek dishes, such as Spanakopita cheesecake and Souvlaki. Choose from two chalkboard menus based on seasonal availability, find a table, and wait to be impressed.

Greek chicken is tender, juicy, and full of flavor. Greek meatballs are a favorite, for good reason. Crispy oatmeal cakes pair well and salads are mouth-wateringly fresh. For dessert, try the Brownie Truffles, rich, nearly-baked brownie balls rolled in espresso ganache and served with custard and strawberry coulis if this decadent creation is on the menu. Banana pudding, which is commonly available, is made with mashed bananas and banana moon pies.

Pro tip: If you have the opportunity to chat with Tim during your meal, encourage him to tell you about his Greek heritage. You’ll find the story inspiring, and Tim tells it so well.

The 1907 Alabama Peanut Company Roaster
The 1907 Alabama Peanut Company Roaster (Photo Credit: Simon Lock / MyEclecticImages)

6. Alabama Peanut Company

While not exactly a restaurant in the truest sense of the word, the Alabama Peanut Company is a great place to pick up a bag of freshly roasted or boiled peanuts to munch on. And while you’re at it, take a trip down the history of peanuts.

Alabama Peanut Company is one of the last independent peanut vendors in the United States. You can watch peanuts roast in a 1907 roaster and learn the difference between boiled and roasted peanuts.

You will find around 100 different flavors to choose from. Try the bison ranch, the Cajun or the pickle. All the flavors are homemade.

Pro tip: Don’t leave without taking a look at the photo on the wall of Morris Avenue in 1909, when it was a farmers market

Big Spoon Creamery Ice Cream Sandwiches
Photo credit: Greater Birmingham Convention and Visitors Bureau

7. Big Spoon Creamery

Another snack option is Big Spoon Creamery, an artisanal ice cream company specializing in artisan frozen treats. From ice cream trike and truck to two Birmingham storefronts, Big Spoon owners Geri-Martha and Ryan O’Hara have turned their dream into a hit that people will love.

The O’Hara strive to produce seasonal flavors using local ingredients and offer their customers innovative versions of ice cream classics. Try the Valrhona 66% dark chocolate, the caramel apple crunch with goat cheese, or the brown butter ice cream. Big Spoon also serves sammies (ice cream and cookie sandwiches), sundaes, banana splits, milkshakes, malts, and floats.

Pro tip: Big Spoon offers vegan options and the allergens are listed after each flavor.

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Broadmark Realty Capital completes $ 100 million senior unsecured debt offering

SEATTLE, November 15, 2021– (BUSINESS WIRE) –Broadmark Realty Capital Inc. (NYSE: BRMK) (“BRMK” or the “Company”), an internally managed secured real estate finance company, announced today that it has received a private placement of $ 100 million in aggregate face value of 5.0% senior unsecured notes maturing in 2026 (the “Notes” ) has completed.

The company intends to use the net proceeds from the offering to make new investments related to its business.

“We are pleased to announce our first bond offering, which ushers in our strategic approach to diversifying and improving our capital structure to enable accelerated growth of our business,” said David Schneider, Chief Financial Officer. “By quickly leveraging these competitively priced proceeds into new investments, we expect that we will continue to deliver superior risk-adjusted shareholder returns with low leverage.”

Piper Sandler & Co. acted as the placement agent for the offering.

The Notes have not been and will not be registered under the Securities Act of 1933, amended or any other state securities laws, and may not be offered or sold in the United States except under an exemption from registration or in a transaction that is not subject to registration of the Securities Act and applicable state securities laws.

This press release is for informational purposes only and does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy the Notes or any other security and does not constitute an offer, solicitation or sale in any jurisdiction in or to any person to whom such an offer, solicitation or sale is unlawful.

About Broadmark Realty Capital

Broadmark Realty Capital Inc. (NYSE: BRMK) is an internally managed commercial real estate finance company that provides short-term, real estate-backed trust loans to finance the purchase, renovation, redevelopment, or development of residential or commercial real estate. Broadmark Realty Capital manages and services its loan portfolio across a variety of market conditions and economic cycles.

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Whittier restaurants hit by burglars during power outage – CBS Los Angeles

WHITTIER (CBSLA) – Two small Whittier restaurants were hit by burglars during a power outage scheduled for Monday morning.

The break-ins took place around 2 a.m. at the family-run El Camino restaurant and Pizzamania, both located side-by-side in the same mall in the 13000 block of Telegraph Road.

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According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the burglars smashed the front windows and took an undisclosed sum of money from the two restaurants.

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The two suffered hundreds of dollars in damage, the sheriff’s department said.

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The circumstances of the scheduled power outage were not immediately confirmed. It is not known whether surveillance cameras captured the break-ins.

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Protein Bars Market Revenue to Skyrocket in Near Future Due to Increasing Consumer Adoption

Emerging fitness trends, the availability of protein bars to meet the needs of people with various allergies, and the high demand for ready-to-eat foods are expected to benefit the protein bars market for the foreseeable future. Consumers look for protein bars primarily for general wellness as opposed to any specific medical requirement. Protein bar manufacturers have witnessed strong demand for their products, which has forced new entrants to enter this very dynamic market. The protein bars market is expected to register a robust CAGR of 7.8% from 2017 to 2022.

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  • Plant-based protein dominates the protein bars market in terms of protein source and is expected to retain this share in the future. The plant protein segment is valued at over US $ 720 million in 2017 and protein bar manufacturers are expected to focus on this key segment. Animal protein is considerably smaller as a source, but it can hardly be overlooked anyway. Animal protein has a larger share in North America and Europe and companies are urged to take note accordingly

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  • Energy protein bars account for over a third of the revenue share of the global protein bars market and are expected to gain share in the future. A robust CAGR above 7.5% from 2017 to 2022 makes the Energy Protein Bars segment very lucrative for all major players in the Protein Bars market. Protein bars for women are also growing in popularity, as more women have now entered the workforce or participated in strenuous physical sports requiring a high protein diet. Along with North America, companies could target Europe for women’s protein bars, as the market potential is greatest in these two developed regions of the globe.
  • The online store segment represents a small portion of the protein bars market by distribution channel, but is set to become extremely important in the days to come. The proliferation of smartphones coupled with declining 4G LTE data rates could lead consumers to e-commerce portals. On top of that, the convenience and convenience of online shopping may triumph over all other distribution channels in the future. APEJ Online Store Segment Expected To Be Valued At Just Under US $ 41 Million By End Of Forecast Period
  • The modern commercial segment occupies the first position of the protein bars market by distribution channel in 2017 and is expected to remain so. The major players in the protein bars market may want to focus their attention on North America and Europe as these two regions are on track to surpass US $ 120 million by the end of 2022 with a Slightly higher estimated CAGR in the former.
  • The companies studied in the Protein Bars Market report are Vitaco Health Group, Glanbia Plc., GNC Holdings, GlaxoSmithKline Plc., Abbott Laboratories, Amway Corporation, General Mills, Kellogg Co., Premier Nutrition Corporation, and The WhiteWave Foods Co.

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Jordan De Goey pleads in New York court over alleged assault at nightclub

Jordan De Goey was released on bail in New York after pleading not guilty to forced touching and assault charges.

The 25-year-old Collingwood AFL player and his friend Luke Dyson were arrested on Saturday following an alleged incident at a Halloween party involving a woman and her male friend.

Police allege De Goey and Dyson groped the woman on a nightclub dance floor before attacking her friend as he tried to intervene.

The Australian men were arrested and sent to a Manhattan holding cell after the woman called 911.

De Goey – still in a bathrobe, his Halloween costume – appeared before a New York judge around 11:30 p.m. Saturday night (2:30 p.m. AEDT Sunday) to plead not guilty.

He was released on bail and ordered to make one telephone recording per week.

He is due in person in court on December 8, leaving his next moves unclear.

The Collingwood players are set to begin pre-season training in Melbourne on December 6.

De Goey, entering the final year of his AFL contract, remained silent when questioned by reporters as he left the courthouse on bail after midnight in New York City.

Earlier, Collingwood said they had not yet been in contact with the footballer after his arrest.

“Collingwood is aware of a report involving Jordan De Goey,” the statement read.

“The club is trying to contact Jordan, who is in the United States, to determine the facts of the case.

“The club won’t be able to comment further until they do.”

Jordan De Goey pictured at a Halloween party in New York City this week. Credit: Instagram

The AFL said it was aware of the allegations against De Goey.

“The AFL Integrity Department will look into the matter once more information is obtained, so far the AFL is unable to comment,” a statement said.

Dyson posted several videos with De Goey on his Instagram page before the alleged incident.

The couple wore only bathrobes to the Halloween-themed party, joking that they didn’t have an outfit.

They were filmed shirtless posing for the camera, with Dyson pretending to take down a large bottle of vodka.

Luke Dyson and Jordan De Goey at a Halloween party this week.
Luke Dyson and Jordan De Goey at a Halloween party this week. Credit: Instagram

De Goey traveled to America to undergo an intensive fitness program as a W workout center in California before his offer to secure a lucrative contract extension.

He recently appointed his brother-in-law, Melbourne firefighter Ryan Vague, as his new manager.

“Everyone knows their last 12 months on contract are a big time,” De Goey told 7NEWS.

“For me it really starts from now with this preseason.”

Jordan De Goey is entering the last year of his contract with Collingwood.
Jordan De Goey is entering the last year of his contract with Collingwood. Credit: Getty

De Goey was allowed to leave Australia on a permit due to his sponsorship with Monster Energy.

He ran a camp with fitness trainer Johnny Louch in California.

“I wouldn’t say it’s enjoyable, I think that’s definitely what I needed and what’s going to get the best of me,” De Goey said.

“There is a lot of talk about the way I travel right now and to be honest I feel really good.

“It’s a whole different kind of training than I’ve ever done before.”

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Is the US helping the January 6 rioters plan a behind-bars sequel?

Strange things are brewing in the DC Correctional Treatment Center, aka DC Prison, where around 40 of the most violent January 6 insurgents are being held.

The men are housed in a unit separate from the other detainees, awaiting trial. These men engage in a number of activities, singing the Star Spangled Banner every evening at 9 p.m. sharp and even by writing a handwritten prison newsletter.

These seemingly small community actions of incarcerated men awaiting trial are exactly how other radical groups have organized and forged their identities in prisons. Some of these groups then became effective forces that challenged armies and governments.

Further, by mixing the die-hard ideologues with others who may falter in their anti-democratic sentiments under adverse conditions – and by not giving them an offramp for their beliefs – DC prison could inadvertently be the box. petri dish of a future American terrorist group.

Prisons are well-known incubators for terrorists. Like I wrote in my book Disruption: Inside the biggest anti-terrorism investigation in history, prisons can be the place where blood ties are forged and grievances are nurtured. Once released, former detainees can unleash their ideological violence. During his sentence, the ideologically committed terrorist can also influence and recruit from among a rotating series of candidates, dragging them into his violent ideology.

Many individuals who had carried out terrorist operations in Europe had been transformed from ordinary, rootless criminals into something much worse while incarcerated. For example, one of the brothers who made the 2015 Charlie hebdo attack on a magazine, Chérif Kouachi, was radicalized during a 20-month stay in a French prison by an Al-Qaeda agent in the same establishment. Another man from the same prison, Amedy Coulibaly, synchronized his attack on a kosher supermarket in the wake of the Charlie hebdo massacre, killing a policeman and massacring four buyers. A number of the 2003 assailants who slammed into trains in Madrid – Europe’s worst terrorist attack in memory – radicalized in Spanish prisons while serving time for minor offenses.

Perhaps the most notorious example of large-scale radicalization happening right under the noses of authorities was at Camp Bucca, a large US-run prison in southern Iraq during the occupation. This place has become a notorious finishing school for jihadists, as diehard ideologues have ruled the prison yard for years without their American overseers paying much attention. Once these people left Camp Bucca, many retained their new friendships and networks, becoming not only forwards but also talent scouts, fundraisers, coaches and quartermasters.

The Camp Bucca detention center.

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Indeed, many of the men who formed the core of the Islamic State spent years incarcerated at Camp Bucca, including its now-deceased leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and several members of its governing council. A former detainee told Al Jazeera that US officials had done little to stop the radicals in the camp. “Extremists had the freedom to educate young detainees,” he said. “I saw them teaching using classroom charts on how to use explosives, weapons and how to become suicide bombers.” The same dynamic appears to be at play in Egyptian prisons, where Islamic State ideologues are recruiting new members for the cause.

Radical groups even exploit prison sentences as symbolic acts in their greater struggles. Paradoxically, a prison sentence confers a certain degree of gravity on a subset of individuals, making it easier for them to recruit new people from outside for the cause. Adolf Hitler’s stint in Landsberg prison after the Beer Hall putsch became an important ideological touchstone for the Nazis. Most of the senior Irish Republican Army have passed through British prisons and left as the heroes of the cause – or its martyrs, like Bobby Sands, who died on hunger strike. Palestinians celebrate Palestinian Prisoner Day every April 17, cementing the time spent by terrorists and non-terrorists in Israeli prisons to a larger ideological struggle.

Rioters besieging the Capitol on January 6.

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Which brings us back to the January 6 insurgents in DC jail. Some indeed might have realized the error of their ways. But those who might want to turn away from radicalization Jan 6 style in DC Prison may be more at risk inside the facility, as they are housed with dedicated people to deepen their engagement. ideological. At the end of October, a federal judge released Thomas Sibick, accused of assaulting Metropolitan Police Department officer Michael Fanone and stealing his badge and radio, from prison while awaiting trial at his parents’ home. , in part to escape others. But social pressure on those still in custody to remain loyal to Trump and “the cause” must be strong, especially when surrounded by like-minded violent individuals. Mixing the committed ideologues with the less committed, and letting the former lead their unit as they wish without too much interference, is precisely how radical groups strengthen their power.

Are the prison authorities meticulously monitoring the activities of the January 6 people? Probably not. DC Jail suffers from many other issues, such as overcrowding, understaffing, and poor living conditions overall. Either way, the United States is unlikely to do much to stop these efforts at recruiting and ideological indoctrination. A few years ago, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York noted that there were “few de-radicalization programs or initiatives in place that aim to rehabilitate and assist extremists. to reintegrate into society as legal individuals ”. And this recruitment is certainly happening in US prisons right now: for example, a federal inmate in a Texas prison in October 2020 was sentenced to an additional 300 months for actively recruiting other inmates for the Islamic State.

It is difficult for a radical ideology to exist for long without a committed human infrastructure. But we have seen that several federal politicians publicly support the insurgents, calling them “political hostages” who are “persecuted” for their beliefs. Former President Donald Trump wrote in September: “Our hearts and minds are with those so unfairly persecuted in connection with the January 6 protest over the rigged presidential election… Ultimately, however, JUSTICE WILL PREVISE! There were also small rallies on their behalf as well as a letter-writing campaign by Trump supporters. Those involved in the January 6 uprising are on both sides of the prison walls and in the halls of Congress.

Thus, between the identities reinforced inside a prison and the obvious slice of political support outside, we can see the emergence of a new radical group – with a national network and skilled ideological agents. – ready to threaten the streets of America. in the years to come.

A future fighting force may have cut its teeth not on Capitol Hill grounds on January 6, but in the bowels of a prison a few miles away and months later.

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New board game from game publisher WV to feature restaurants and WV folklore

MORGANTOWN, West Virginia – West Virginia board game publisher Lonely Hero Games has announced its second title Hungry for Humans, which will feature West Virginia restaurants, cryptids and landmarks.

The publishers plan to use this new game to shed a positive light on the state of West Virginia by showcasing some of the state’s best restaurants, talented artists, stunning scenery, and friendly nature to its people.

Cards in hand while the player is playing Hungry for Human

“After the success of our first title, we felt like we owed something to our community with this new game,” said Chris Kincaid, co-founder of Lonely Hero Games and resident of Morgantown. “West Virginia is not only naturally beautiful, but it also has a lot to offer the world beyond what people attribute to us. The state is teeming with creative businesses, talented artists, incredible cuisine, friendly people, and fascinating folklore. We really think this game will introduce all of that to a growing world of tabletop players. “

In the game, each player has a monster friend that they must feed the best food they can find so that the monster does not eat them instead. The dishes players use in the game are all from West Virginia restaurants such as Pies & Pints, Tudor’s Biscuit World, Mario’s Fishbowl, Terra Cafe, The Chocolate Moose, Ellen’s Homemade Ice Cream, Oscar’s Breakfast, Burgers & Brews, The Dish Cafe, The Wild Ramp, I Scream Sundae, and more from across the state.

In addition to restaurants, cryptids such as The Mothman, The Flatwoods Monster, The Grafton Monster, and many more appear in the game to help you sabotage your opponents and help your monster win. The game box artwork features The New River Gorge, Seneca Rocks, Summersville Lake, and Babcock State Park. All artwork was created by Morgantown resident Liz Pavlovic who has become well known in the WV art community over the past few years with her unique art style and popular cryptid WV illustrations.

One of the monsters from Hungry for Humans

Kincaid said incorporating elements of West Virginia into the game felt right and natural.

He and his partner, Jared, are both from West Virginia and believe the state shaped them and helped them become the men they are today.

Kincaid said he left the state and returned, and nothing is like the Mountain State, known for its hospitality and kindness. That’s why he felt it was important to bring West Virginia into the game.

“I just feel like we should be giving a little something back, or at least highlighting it because I don’t think West Virginia gets highlighted in a positive way very often,” Kincaid said. “And if we can showcase some of our cool folklore and some of our cool historic sites and, really, all the delicious food all over the state that, you know, we enjoy on a regular basis, we felt like it was kind of a little way to give back a little to the state that we love and appreciate. And, you know, it kind of works like a cool theme, we think for the game. “

Players playing Hungry for Humans

You can support the game and get a copy by visiting the Kickstarter campaign where the company is raising funds to help market the game to the world.

“Our first game was a Kickstarter success in October 2019 which allowed us to reach hundreds of new customers across the United States and even more around the world,” said Kincaid. “We hope that with the support of our community, we can bring this game to an even larger audience who will see what an amazing home we have in West Virginia.”

Hungry for Humans is now on Kickstarter. You can preorder your copy by visiting

“We’re trying to produce this game through Kickstarter, which is a crowdfunding site,” Kincaid said. “And basically you go over there and you pre-buy the game and then that money is used to have it made. We were fortunate enough to hit our goal within the first 24 hours, so we had a financial goal that we hit on day one. And at this point, we’re just trying to get as many backers as possible so that we can order as many games as possible to get them in the hands of people to share and play and hopefully come and buy them in some. retail stores. when they come in.

Hungry for Humans played on a table

ABOUT LONELY HERO GAMES – Lonely Hero Games is a West Virginia-based board game publishing company founded in Beckley in 2019 by Jared Kaplan and Christopher Kincaid. Kincaid has since moved to Morgantown and Kaplan still resides in Beckley.

The company’s first release, Bank Heist, was successfully funded on Kickstarter in October 2019. The game raised over $ 13,000 from over 300 backers in just 30 days. Since then, the game has been shipped to customers all over the United States and to many countries around the world including the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, Canada, France, Italy, Norway , Singapore and many others.

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Has the pandemic killed the stomach to the bar?

Earlier this week, the New York Times published an article claiming that COVID-19 is not a crisis, but rather an era, which humans will face long after the disease is gone. The article includes an interview with Harvard University historian Allan Brandt who says that “we tend to think of pandemics… as episodic” when in reality they are much more impactful and long-lasting.

“We live in the age of Covid-19, not the Covid-19 crisis,” says Brandt. “There will be a lot of substantial and persistent changes. We won’t look back and say, ‘It was a terrible time, but it’s over.'”

There have been so many heartbreaking changes in our lives, but there have also been smaller, more nuanced changes. The little details of life may seem unimportant, even silly, compared to the horrors of the pandemic. But they also give us tangible examples of how we will evolve in this new world.

This is the case with the barricade, a centuries-old tradition that can become one of those “substantial and persistent” changes that occur once society is completely reopened. To put your stomach in the air is to enter a neighborhood dive, find a free spot along the bar and stick to it. It is establishing a relationship with the bartender, engaging in conversations with strangers and finding fellowship in a sacred space.

It also means not standing in a line like we are boarding an early morning flight to a terrible place. Queuing to order a beer is boring. Before the pandemic, if there was a queue, nothing thrilled me more than watching someone bypass it and head straight for an empty space. First of all, I was inspired by their gall. Second, they were always – every time – served immediately because in my experience most bartenders also hate lines.

Over the past few months, as we’ve come out of lockdown, masked and struggling peak after peak, the line is everywhere. It makes sense – we had to space out, the bars are understaffed and it helps tame the chaos of a packed house. But it’s also a reminder that the belly-to-bar experience is probably gone, numbed with everything else.

Since the country’s inception, the Neighborhood Bar has always not only been a place of community, it has been the backdrop to some of America’s most significant moments. In an interview with Smithsonian Magazine in August, Christine Sismondo (who has written an entire book on dive bars titled America walks into a bar), discusses the cultural significance of a local water point.

“Bars have always been the place where people share news and discuss it. And there is an unspoken code in most neighborhood bars that people are supposed to check their diplomas at the door, ”says Sismondo.

Standing around a bar, she says, is the great equalizer. It breaks the classroom structure and creates one of the only spaces where “the lawyer, the college professor, the taxi driver and the dishwasher” unassumingly come together and exchange ideas.

Sismondo also notes that almost all American cities have a bar with a historical marker, an illustration of the saloon’s place in United States history. Some historic events that started in a bar include the American Revolution, the Stonewall Riots, and the planning of the Boston Tea Party. Would we still have seceded from the British if we stood in line and quietly looked at our phones? Probably not.

Are these romantic bars? Absoutely. But 18 months without something allows for some idealization. The belly at the bar creates a space of possibility (alcohol helps too), whether we’re looking for a partner, a heated chat, or just a good time. After months of isolation, seeing clients standing quietly in single file just seems sad. They take their drinks, slip a card and return to their small tables and to the friends they already know.

If we weren’t in this pandemic era yet, maybe this story would end by suggesting that the next time you head to your favorite neighborhood hangout, you go around the line and head to that bar. But everything is still changing and hinting that it seems irresponsible. Instead, we’re waiting to see if this is just a small hit on the way back to normal, or if the pandemic has really killed the great American plunge.

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Newsom signs bill that will expand restaurants’ ability to sell take-out cocktails with food

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a law on Friday that will expand the right to allow restaurants to sell take-out cocktails as well as take-out food orders.

The law, SB 389, was sponsored by State Senator Bill Dodd, D-Napa, and was designed to continue to help restaurants recover from the negative economic effects of the coronavirus which has severely weakened the entire industry.

As recently as last week, the Fourth Street Social Club in downtown Santa Rosa announced that it would close its doors on Sunday due to losses from COVID-19.

“The ability to sell take-out cocktails is an important step in helping our restaurants, which have been hit hard by the pandemic,” Dodd said in a statement. “This will ensure their recovery, protecting jobs and our economy. “

The bill also applies to bars, breweries and wineries that sell food. The measure will be in effect for five years.

More than 35 states have allowed restaurants to temporarily sell take-out cocktails during the pandemic. Sixteen states and the District of Columbia have since passed legislation to make this permanent.

“Take-out cocktails have proven to be an essential part of the survival of businesses during COVID-19 and will only provide increased stability as they strive to get back on their feet,” said Adam Smith, vice-president. -President of the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States.

While take-out cocktails have been remarkable, the biggest trend during the pandemic has been the tremendous growth of canned cocktails with many local distillers such as Giffo, Zaddy’s and Barrel Brothers entering the market.

Also on Friday, Newsom signed another measure, AB 61, which would provide regulatory flexibility for restaurants to expand alfresco dining in parklets and another measure, SB 314, which gives businesses with temporarily expanded premises a deadline of one year grace to apply for a permanent license. expansion.

You can reach editor Bill Swindell at 521-5223 or [email protected] On Twitter @BillSwindell.

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The personal loan market will boom | LightStream, social finance, payout

Advance Market Analytics published a new research publication on the subject of “Personal Loans Market Insights, to 2026” with 232 pages and enriched with self-explanatory tables and graphics in a presentable format. In the study you will find new developing trends, drivers, restrictions and opportunities that are generated by targeting market-related stakeholders. The growth of the personal loan market was mainly driven by increasing R&D spending worldwide.

Some of the key actors portrayed in the study are:

LightStream (USA), Social Finance, Inc. (USA), Citizens Financial Group, Inc. (USA), Marcus Goldman (Germany), FreedomPlus (USA), Payoff, Inc. (USA), OneMain Holdings, Inc. (United States), Avant, LLC (United States), Prosper Marketplace, Inc. (United States), LendingClub (United States)

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Scope of the Personal Loans Report

Personal loans are those loans that help meet the current financial needs of the user. It is used for various purposes such as home renovation, medical emergencies, wedding, education, travel, among others. It offers various advantages such as:I don’t need any collateral, I can borrow any amount, the interest is reasonable,â„¢You do not need a large loan, you have a lot of time to pay and other things.

The titled segments and subsections of the market are highlighted below:
By type (unsecured personal loans, secured personal loans, fixed rate loans, floating rate loans, debt consolidation loans, loans with signature, personal lines of credit, other types of loans), interest rate (10% -15%, 16% -20%, 20% or more), loan amount (0 -5000 USD, 5000-50000 USD, 50,000 USD or more), Purpose (home renovation, wedding, education, travel, other), tenure (Less than 1 year, 2-3 years and 4-5 years), Source (Bank, Non-Banking Financial Company (NBFC))

Market trend:

Growing demand for personal loan apps for quick cash needs

Market leader:

More and more consumers are taking out personal loans for their purchases

Growing awareness of the benefits of personal loans


Issue with prepayment penalties and the potential for fraud


Growing demand from emerging countries such as China, India, Brazil

Regions Included: North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Oceania, South America, Middle East, and Africa

Distribution at country level: USA, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Columbia, Chile, South Africa, Nigeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Germany, Great Britain (UK), Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Austria, Turkey, Russia, France, Poland , Israel, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, China, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, Singapore, India, Australia and New Zealand, etc.

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Strategic Points Covered In The Global Personal Loans Market Table Of Contents:

Chapter 1: Introduction, Product of the Market Drivers Objective of the study and scope of research of the Personal Loans Market

Chapter 2: Exclusive Summary – the basic information of the Personal Loan Market.

Chapter 3: Presentation of Market Dynamics – Drivers, Trends, and Challenges of Personal Loans

Chapter 4: Presentation of the market factor analysis for personal loans Porter’s Five Forces, supply / value chain, PESTEL analysis, market entropy, patent / trademark analysis.

Chapter 5: Displaying Market Size by Type, End-User and Region 2015-2020

Chapter 6: Assessment of the Leading Manufacturers of the Personal Loans Market composed of its Competitive Landscape, Peer Group Analysis, BCG Matrix, and Company Profile

Chapter 7: Assessment of the Market by Segments, Countries and Manufacturers with Revenue Share and Revenue by Key Countries (2021-2026).

Chapters 8 & 9: Viewing the Appendix, Methodology, and Data Source

Finally, the personal loan market is a valuable guide for individuals and businesses in making decision-making.

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Three Bay Area restaurants make the world’s top 50 list this year

Three gourmet restaurants in the Bay Area – Atelier Crenn and Benu in San Francisco and SingleThread in Healdsburg – were named to this year’s list of the world’s 50 best restaurants.

Atelier Crenn and Benu were both ranked in the top 50 in 2019, but this is the first time SingleThread has made the cut.

The 2021 list, the first since the pandemic, was announced Tuesday at an awards ceremony, with Benu at # 28, SingleThread at # 37 and Atelier Crenn at # 48. The owner of the Atelier Crenn, Dominique Crenn, also received this year’s icon. Award “as a chef who” has not only made significant contributions within the hotel space, but has also used his platform to raise awareness and foster positive change, “reads an announcement.

Golden Osetra caviar with potato and onion served at Atelier Crenn, photographed June 13, 2018.

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The famous Noma from Copenhagen again landed the top spot on the list.

The 50 Best Restaurants in the World has ranked the world’s best dining destinations since 2002. The organization behind this influential award has been criticized in recent years for its lack of diversity, both in its restaurant selection and in its internal voting jury. The group is committed to a 50/50 gender balance among its voters in 2019, but the list itself remains insufficient in terms of gender and geographic representation. Only four restaurants on the Top 50 list are run by female chefs. There is only one restaurant in Mainland China and no restaurant in the Middle East or India.

Chef Corey Lee in the kitchen at Benu in San Francisco in 2018.

Chef Corey Lee in the kitchen at Benu in San Francisco in 2018.

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Atelier Crenn, Benu and SingleThread have both become dining destinations since their opening, known as much for their food as for the dining experiences there. At Atelier Crenn, the menu is presented like a poem. SingleThread chef-owners Kyle and Katina Connaughton pull produce from their own farm, and some diners also stay at the SingleThread Inn as part of the experience. Corey Lee from Benu is known for reinventing classic Asian dishes, like a millennial quail egg. The three restaurants have also just received three Michelin stars this year.

Prior to 2019, the only San Francisco restaurant to make the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list was Chef Joshua Skenes’ Season. Benu has climbed over the years, rising from 47th place in 2019 to his current ranking. Atelier Crenn lost its 25th place in 2019.

Thomas Keller’s French Laundry in Yountville has earned a permanent spot on the organization’s Hall of Fame “Best of the Best” list, made up of restaurants that have been named # 1 since the inception of the list. The French laundry took first place in 2003 and 2004.

Due to pandemic restrictions on travel and dining in 2020, this year’s Top 50 list reflects a combination of votes cast in January 2020 and a “vote refresh” in March 2021, according to the organization. Voters were able to update their 2020 selections based solely on dining at restaurants in their own region in the 14 months since the last ballot. All restaurants that have closed permanently or significantly changed their concept since the vote have been removed from the list.

Here’s the full list of 2021 winners, with American restaurants in bold:

1. Noma (Copenhagen, Denmark)

2. Geranium (Copenhagen, Denmark)

3. Asador Etxebarri (Atxondo, Spain)

4. Central (Lima, Peru)

5. Disfrutar (Barcelona, ​​Spain)

6. Frantzén (Stockholm, Sweden)

7. Maido (Lima, Peru)

8. Odette (Singapore)

9. Pujol (Mexico City, Mexico)

10. The President (Hong Kong, China)

11. Den (Tokyo, Japan)

12. Steirereck (Vienna, Austria)

13. Don Julio (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

14. Mugaritz (San Sebastian, Spain)

15. Lido 84 (Gardone Riviera, Italy)

16. Elkano (Getaria, Spain)

17. A Casa do Porco (São Paulo, Brazil)

18. Piazza Duomo (Alba, Italy)

19. Narisawa (Tokyo, Japan)

20. Diverxo (Madrid, Spain)

21. Hiša Franko (Kobarid, Slovenia)

22. Cosme (New York, United States)

23. Arpège (Paris)

24. Septime (Paris, France)

25. White Rabbit (Moscow, Russia)

26. The Calandre (Rubano, Italy)

27. Quintonil (Mexico City, Mexico)

28. Benu (San Francisco, United States)

29. Reale (Castel di Sangre, Italy)

30. Twins Garden (Moscow, Russia)

31. Restaurant Tim Raue (Berlin, Germany)

32. The Clove Club (London, United Kingdom)

33. Lyle’s (London, United Kingdom)

34. Burnt Ends (Singapore)

35. Ultraviolet (Shanghai, China)

36. Hof Van Cleve (Belgium)

37. SingleThread (Healdsburg, United States)

38. Borago (Santiago, Chile)

39. Anthology (Tokyo, Japan)

40. Suhring (Bangkok, Thailand)

41. Alléno (Paris, France)

42. Belcanto (Lisbon, Portugal)

43. Atomix (New York, United States)

44. Le Bernardin (New York, United States)

45. Nobelhart & Schmutzig (Berlin, Germany)

46. ​​Leo (Bogotá, Colombia)

47. Maaemo (Oslo, Norway)

48. Atelier Crenn (San Francisco, United States)

49. Azurmendi (Larrabetzu, Spain)

50. Wolfgat (Paternoster, South Africa)

Elena Kadvany is a writer for the San Francisco Chronicle. Email: [email protected] Twitter: @ekadvany

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Global Consumer Financing Markets (Secured Consumer Financing, Unsecured Consumer Financing), 2016-2020 & 2021-2026 –

DUBLIN – (BUSINESS WIRE)–The Global Consumer Financing Market, By Type (Secured Consumer Financing, Unsecured Consumer Financing), By Secured Consumer Financing Product Type, By Unsecured Consumer Financing Product Type, By Region, Competition, Forecast, And Opportunities, 2026 “ Report was added to to offer.

The global consumer finance market is forecast to grow by a CAGR of 5% to over $ 1,306.10 billion by 2026

Consumer finance refers to the decisions households make over time about saving, borrowing, and investing. The global consumer finance market is growing steadily due to increasing disposable income and high economic growth. New entrants are rapidly expanding into this market, including large peer-to-peer lenders and all-digital players.

The consumer finance market is driven by the fact that consumer lives and financial situations are changing rapidly. No wonder, the consumer finance industry is one of the most synchronized and well-developed sectors in the world, among other sectors. Due to the continuous population growth and economic development, the production of consumer finance has experienced continuous growth.

In addition, the ready availability of various loans such as home loans, auto loans, and education loans from various public and private banks or financial services providers, as well as the rapid processing of loan applications, are expected to fuel the global consumer finance market growth.

The global consumer finance market can be divided into type, secured consumer finance product type, unsecured consumer finance product type, regions, and company. The global consumer finance market is divided into two broad segments: secured consumer finance and unsecured consumer finance.

Among these, the secured consumer finance market is the dominant segment compared to the unsecured consumer finance market, which accounted for more than 65% of the global consumer finance market in 2020. Due to the driving factors such as lower interest rates, higher credit limits, longer repayment periods, lower financial risk for the lender, etc.

The global consumer secured finance market has been further divided into home loans, auto loans, mortgage loans, and others. In 2020, home loans made up the bulk of the market share in the global consumer finance market due to factors such as continuously increasing demand, real estate affordability, affordable interest rates, etc. However, a car loan is expected to increase over the forecast period.

Based on the type of unsecured consumer finance product, the global consumer finance market is divided into permanent consumer finance, personal loans, credit cards, home finance loans, education loans, and others. The global consumer finance industry is experiencing profitable growth as a result of lifestyle changes and increased spending on consumer durables.

Better availability of credit information, continued subsidies from manufacturers, and increasing penetration of consumer durables are some of the factors that have supported the growth of consumer durable finance in the global consumer finance market.

The aim of the study:

  • To analyze the historical growth of the market size of the global consumer finance market from 2016 to 2020.

  • Estimation and forecast of the market size of the global consumer finance market from 2021 to 2026, and the growth rate to 2026.

  • Classification and forecast of the global consumer finance market by type, by type of secured consumer finance product, by type of unsecured consumer finance product, by region, and by company.

  • To identify a dominant region or segment in the global consumer finance market.

  • Identification of drivers and challenges for the global consumer finance market.

  • Studying competitive developments such as expansions, new product launches, mergers and acquisitions, etc. in the global consumer finance market.

  • Identify and analyze the profile of leading players in the global consumer finance market.

  • Identify the key sustainable strategies being followed by market participants in the global Consumer Finance Market.

Competitive landscape

The companies develop advanced technologies and introduce new services to stay competitive in the market. Other competitive strategies include mergers and acquisitions and new service developments.

Some of the leading players in the global consumer finance market are

  • JPMorgan Chase & Co.

  • Citigroup, Inc.

  • Wells Fargo & Company

  • BNP Paribas

  • American Express company

  • HSBC Holdings plc

  • TD Bank, NA

  • Berkshire Hathaway Inc.

  • Bank of America Corporation

  • Industrial and Commercial Bank of China

Report scope:

Years considered for this report:

  • Historic years: 2016-2019

  • Base year: 2020

  • Estimated year: 2021

  • Forecast period: 2022-2026

Global Consumer Finance Market By Type:

  • Secured consumer finance

  • Unsecured consumer finance

  • Global Secured Consumer Financing Market Size by Product Type:

  • Home loan

  • Car loan

  • Mortgage loan

  • Other

Global Unsecured Consumer Financing Market Size, by Product Type:

  • Permanent financing for consumers

  • Private loan

  • Credit card

  • Home improvement loans

  • Education loan

  • Other

Global Consumer Finance Market By Region:

  • North America

  • United States of America

  • Canada

  • Mexico

  • Europe

  • Germany

  • France

  • United Kingdom

  • Italy

  • Spain

  • Asia Pacific

  • China

  • India

  • Japan

  • South Korea

  • Australia

  • South America

  • Brazil

  • Argentina

  • Colombia

  • Middle East and Africa

  • Saudi Arabia

  • United Arab Emirates

  • South Africa

  • Kuwait

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According to the restaurant, only half of the candidates show up for the interview

  • Only half of the people who set up an interview at the Denver Chocolate Lab show up for the interviews.
  • Owner Phil Simonson has said he wants to increase his workforce from five to twelve employees.
  • He increased his salary from $ 11.75 to $ 15 an hour in some cases, to entice new hires, he said.

The Chocolate Lab, like many restaurants in the United States, is understaffed. It operates with only five workers, up from 16 before the pandemic, and needs reinforcements.

He hires a mix of waiters and chefs, owner Phil Simonson told Insider. The problem is, only half of the people who set up interviews don’t actually show up.

Two people work in the kitchen, including Simonson, while the other three are part-time waiters, which doesn’t cover all of the restaurant’s hours, he said.

Simonson, who founded the Chocolate Lab 11 years ago, hires between 10 and 12 workers.

To entice job seekers, Simonson said he increased his worker’s hourly wage by $ 11.75 an hour across the board and paid $ 15 an hour, plus tips. , in some cases. It also started offering medical and dental care packages to workers.

This is still not enough for some people who apply. “A lot of people are going to set up an interview with you and they don’t even show up,” he said.

Average wages for unsupervised restaurant staff hit $ 15 an hour in May, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Like many businesses in the United States, the Chocolate Lab suffers from a huge labor shortage. Some companies claim the labor shortage is because employees don’t want to work, while workers say they want better wages and working conditions if they want to stay for a job.

Simonson had to lay off all of his 16 employees at the start of the pandemic to keep the business afloat, he said.

Once business picked up this summer, he brought back five employees and hired two new staff because a lot of employees didn’t want to come back, Simonson said. Two employees then left the restaurant.

Workers who quit have left the hospitality industry for good, he said, adding that one of his former employees is now training as a massage therapist.

Catering workers have left the industry in droves, blaming low wages, poor benefits and a lack of flexible working hours.

The Chocolate Lab has landed in a pool of debt since the pandemic hit in March 2020, having had none when it started, Simonson said.

He had to take more than $ 100,000 in loans to cover operational costs, he said.

“If we go back to our normal services, I can pay it back in about six months. But if we don’t see pre-pandemic traffic, we’ll probably take a few years,” Simonson said.

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Are restaurants exacerbating the obesity epidemic?

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, almost all discussion of restaurant health has focused on one topic: how to protect diners and staff from the virus. But another health issue has been largely overlooked: how restaurants are compromising the health of Americans by selling foods high in calorie density, fat, added sugars, and sodium, but low in essential fiber. And during a pandemic where obesity and other pre-existing health conditions have been risk factors for serious illness, this discussion could not be more relevant.

It is common knowledge that fast food sold by chains such as McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, etc. has a poor nutritional profile. But the starters, main courses and desserts sold in full-service restaurants are hardly better.

This was made clear in a study from the Friedman School of Nutrition published last year. He showed that about 70% of the meals in fast food restaurants were of “poor quality” and only 30% were even of “intermediate” quality. In full-service restaurants, 47% of meals were of intermediate quality and 52% of poor quality.

Perhaps most strikingly, less than 0.1% of the meals consumed at these restaurants met the American Heart Association’s definition of “ideal quality”, namely meals high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes and vegetables. low in processed meats, sugary drinks, saturated fat and sodium.

Franchisees – fast food restaurants and others – have tried to balance their menu offerings. Burger King, for example, offers a garden salad. But more common are the offerings – like a triple bacon and pretzel cheeseburger sold by Wendy’s – that are high in calories, saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium.

Beyond the nutritional profile

Another area of ​​concern is portion sizes in restaurants. While the Cheesecake Factory’s monster portions may seem aberrant, the CDC reports that the average serving size of a burger and fries in a restaurant is now about three times as large as it was in the 1950s. .

Likewise, the authors of a 2019 study analyzed the menu items of 10 popular fast food chains in the United States from 1986 to 2016. They found that the number of calories and the size of the portions (in grams) of main courses had increased by 12% and 25%, respectively. ; desserts had increased by 46% and 37% respectively; and the calorie count of secondary orders had increased by 21%.

This double dose of large portions and unhealthy foods contributed to the increase in the obesity rate among American adults from 15% in 1980 to over 42%. Weight gain is of particular concern given that obesity and related conditions, such as diabetes and high blood pressure, have been linked to an increased risk of complications and death from COVID-19.

The evolving restaurant landscape

The rise in obesity rates comes against the backdrop of two major changes in the American gastronomic landscape.

The first is the dramatic expansion of access to food options outside the home. From 1977 to 2012, the number of food establishments in the United States increased by 77%, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. More recently, the number of “quick service” establishments has grown from around 150,000 in 2007 to nearly 200,000 last year.

The impact of increasing restaurant density was shown by the authors of a 2015 article. They showed a strong link between an increasing obesity rate and a per capita increase in the number of restaurants in a state. .

The second change in the restaurant landscape is that people eat a lot more in restaurants than before. In 1962, food consumed outside the home made up 27% of the total food budget of Americans. By 2017, this figure had risen to over 50%.

These trends, coupled with the troubling nutritional profile of the foods offered by restaurants, partly explain the poor state of the average American diet. Most American adults and children do not consume the recommended daily amounts of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes, while consuming higher than recommended amounts of added sugar, sodium, and processed meats.

These eating habits are correlated with adverse health effects. In 2012, more than 45% of American adult deaths from diabetes, heart disease and stroke were associated with suboptimal eating, according to a JAMA to study. This diet is defined as low in fruits, vegetables and whole grains, and high in sodium, processed meats and sugary drinks.

What needs to change?

There are no easy answers to getting Americans to develop healthier eating habits, but one step is to eat out less often and cook healthy foods at home more often. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have found that when people cook their own food, they consume 12% less sugar, 6% fewer calories, and 6% less fat.

With delivery services making restaurant meals more accessible than ever, there is an urgent need for all food establishments to improve the health profile of their dishes. This means more offers that are low in fat and sodium and high in nutrient density. It also means smaller portions.

COVID-19 has shown the vulnerabilities of people facing food-related health issues. Restaurants should take the lead in helping Americans overcome these challenges and in doing so, help them improve their health.

Vanita Rahman, MD, is Clinical Director at Barnard Medical Center, Clinical Instructor in Medicine at George Washington University School of Medicine, and author of Simply Plant Based. Matthew Rees is editor of the Food and Health Facts newsletter, senior researcher at the Tuck School of Business in Dartmouth, and a former White House speechwriter.

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Heavy Rotation, Stations Pick the Best Music of September: World Cafe: NPR

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José González

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The September edition of Heavy rotation, chosen by NPR member stations, features music by José González, The Linda Lindas, Leon Bridges and more.

All of this month’s picks are available to stream on the Heavy rotation Spotify and Apple Music playlists at the bottom of the page. As always, you can experience fantastic music programming across the country in real time by clicking on the links to each station’s website.


Charley Crockett, “I need your love”

The music took Charley Crockett from her home in Texas, to the streets of New Orleans and New York, and recently to the Ryman stage in Nashville to accept the Emerging Act of the Year award at this Americana Honors & Awards. year. Its latest version is City of Music United States, Nashville being a city that once would have embraced it hardcore. Of course, “the country is no longer a country,” and Crockett still is. On the first single “I Need Your Love”, he brings an R&B overlay – you can feel the juke-joint sweating on a sweltering night, dancing cheek to cheek. – Jessie Scott, WMOT


Clairo, “Amoeba”

On “Amoeba,” Clairo confronts his ego and gets lost in the music industry, taking the time to acknowledge his insecurities while leaving a glimpse of his growth. Beautifully written with collaborator-producer Jack Antonoff, the lush and playful instrumentation forms around his voice, making lyrics the primary focus. “You haven’t called your family twice, I hope tonight turns out differently,” she sings, mocking her lifestyle. “But I’m showing up at the party just to leave.” After debuting as a bedroom pop artist, Clairo’s second album Sling Finds her even more at home in the studio, and the musician’s lyrical evolution has solidified her as one of the best Gen Z artists to watch. – Alisha Sweeney, Colorado Public Radio, Indie 102.3


Gego and Nony, “Reloj”

Gego and Nony are two brothers from southern Milwaukee who make reggaeton music that rivals Bad Bunny, Ozuna, or whatever else you hear on Alt.Latino. They have such a definitive sound that it’s amazing that this is the duo’s debut album, putting time and effort into making it perfect. “We’re going 110%. If it’s not quality, we don’t publish it,” Gego told us in an interview. This is the sound of 110%. – Justin Barney, Radio Milwaukee


José González, “Swing”

We’ve been addicted to José González’s beautiful voice since the time he was featured by the little-known band Zero 7, who are also credited with discovering Sia, among others. Fast forward to his new album Local valley, his first in more than five years, where he offers us his unique vocal styles in three different languages, Spanish, English and his native Swedish! I can honestly say that I have been waiting for the release of this album for months and specifically want to play “Swing”. Beyond great music, it’s a vision of how perfect life is and why we should appreciate everything we have. We are a product of our environment that should be cherished for all that it is. – Raul Campos, KCRW


Leon Bridges, “Steam”

It’s amazing to see Leon Bridges growing up since his debut album in 2015 Go home. His new record Sound of gold diggers, named after the East Hollywood hotel and studio where it was recorded, finds Bridges exploring all aspects of modern R&B and bringing his own unique twist to the genre. The groove running through “Steam” is reason enough to play it, but the chorus, which opens with the lyrics “let yourself in”, not only brings you in, it doesn’t let go. Our listeners love Bridges and hearing the song on the radio reinforces his status as one of the new flagship artists of our format. – Russ Borris, WFUV


The Linda Linda, “Oh!”

On the new song “Oh! From teenage punk band The Linda Lindas, the quartet embarks on a visceral and upbeat rock and roll attack. For two minutes and 35 seconds, they storm out the door swiftly and furiously, rushing at you with a propulsive explosion of catchy beats, hard rock chords, and a catchy chorus. With sisters Lucia and Mila de la Garza, their cousin Eloise Wong and Bela Salazar, “Oh!” is a rock song reminiscent of the ’70s girl group The Runaways, whose song “Cherry Bomb” was a hit in 1976. It’s impossible not to embrace the energy of “Oh!” the aerial guitar or drums in seconds. – Bruce Warren, WXPN


The Marías, “Hush”

It is fitting that The Marías’ first feature film is called MOVIE THEATER. The band’s frontman and namesake, María Zardoya, first hooked up with producer and drummer Josh Conway in 2017 when the two began composing film scenes together. Now, they’ve used their soundtrack prowess to create one of the most intriguing and catchy releases of the year. Born in Puerto Rico and raised in Atlanta, Zardoya applies her bilingual background, singing both Spanish and English throughout the record. The first single, “Hush”, is a brooding synth loaded game that evokes the tone of film noir. With his punchy bassline, alluring vocals, and moody overtones, it’s no surprise that “Hush” recently reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Adult Alternative Airplay chart. – Desires Moses, WNRN


The war on drugs, “I don’t live here anymore”

After nearly four years of absence, The War On Drugs is back with “I Don’t Live Here Anymore”, the title track from their upcoming fifth album. It’s the type of song we love in the radio world because it’s a total “radio song” – a song you instinctively turn up whenever you hear the sparkling hint of its opening chords to. through your speakers. Frontman Adam Granduciel sings about letting go of his past, while the band’s wall of guitars, synths and drums creates an equally nostalgic vibe, adding something that wouldn’t seem out of place in a John Hughes film. Indie-pop duo Lucius joins the group on the track, taking an already anthemic chorus to another level with their stunning harmonies. – Brian Burns, WUNC Music


Tyler, the creator, “Wusyaname”

Tyler, the excellent creator Call me if you get lost pays homage to the golden age of rap mixtape of the 2000s, when streaming and social media seemed exciting and full of endless creative potential. True to the fast, loose spirit of the era, the album combines Tyler’s harsher flows and DJ Drama’s gruff jokes with softer, more moving instrumentals. We come to a romantic oasis with “Wusyaname,” where a snippet of H-Town’s 1994 R&B song “Back Seat (Wit No Sheets)” softens Tyler’s pleas for a woman in love. With sweet crooning from Ty Dolla $ ign and a guest verse from YoungBoy Never Broke Again, the track shows a sincere side of the notoriously troll lyricist. – Nastia Voynovskaya, KQED

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Oakland is full of trendy natural wine bars. Now El Cerrito gets one

The East Bay is full of great wine bars, including The Ordinary, Punchdown, Bay Grape and Snail Bar. Almost all, however, are concentrated in Oakland. Now we come to El Cerrito – and its owner thinks it will be the only wine bar in this town.

The new spot, Banter, is slated to open in late 2021 or early 2022 at 10368 San Pablo Ave., in the space formerly occupied by the Handcraft Studio art school. Owner Claire Sullivan says he’ll be offering some not-too-great natural wines, botanical decor, and a light fare menu.

“If I opened a wine bar, it would always be in El Cerrito,” says Sullivan. “It was like there was a real opportunity here.” (Another wine bar in town, Scene, is currently closed.)

Sullivan has a serious pedigree in the Bay Area: his parents are Sylvie and Michael Sullivan, co-founders of Beaune Imports, which imports some of Europe’s most famous wines to the United States such as Domaine des Comtes Lafon and the Domaine de Montille in Burgundy. She says she has always been passionate about wine but wanted to forge her own path rather than join the family business.

Instead, Sullivan has spent the last few years working for Alice Waters, owner of Chez Panisse. While she started working as a restaurant waitress in college, she is now in a fundraising role for the Waters’ Edible Schoolyard Project, an initiative that teaches school children about food and agriculture.

During the pandemic, however, Sullivan began to rethink his professional goals. “It has always been a fantasy to open my own little corner,” she says. “It wasn’t until a few months ago that I even thought that the crazy dream of opening a wine bar could come true.”

Banter takes inspiration from other East Bay wine bars and shops that Sullivan admires, such as Bay Grape and Minimo. There will be both a retail component and a bar; the corkage fee for opening a bottle on site will be $ 10 more than the retail price. That’s lower than the corkage fees of many other similar models throughout the Bay Area, which are typically closer to $ 15 or $ 20.

But that’s part of the beauty of being in the more affordable El Cerrito, Sullivan says. “If I had to pay rent in San Francisco, it would be different.

She and her fiancé, Devin Hohler, who helps with the construction, set up a full kitchen. There will be standard wine bar snacks like olives, cheese and cold cuts, but also more substantial dishes like sandwiches, salads and “a hot entree,” Sullivan says. She hopes people can stop by for a casual afternoon drink and a bigger meal.

As for the wines, Sullivan does not yet have details on what will be on offer, but she does know that the selection will shift towards low intervention and natural wines, with an emphasis on organic and biodynamic farming.

“I mean natural, but I don’t mean natural on the funky side of the spectrum, either,” Sullivan says. “It will focus on well-balanced wines with good acidity. This list will not fetishize the obscure; people who just want a glass of familiar-sounding Cabernet or Pinot will find something here, she promises.

While many of the potential spaces she saw in El Cerrito are located in linear shopping malls, Sullivan was drawn to this one because it is a stand-alone building and bathed in natural light. In addition to the kitchen, she and Hohler install a reclaimed wood bar. The aesthetic will feature “neutral elements with steel accents,” she says. And there will be plants – lots of plants.

More details will emerge as Sullivan nears the opening. She submitted her liquor license application and says the town of El Cerrito has looked supportive so far.

As the news spread, the response from the community has been overwhelmingly positive, Sullivan says. “People are thrilled to have a neighborhood wine bar that they don’t have to go to in Oakland or Berkeley for.”

Esther Mobley is the San Francisco Chronicle’s wine critic. E-mail: [email protected] Twitter: @Esther_mobley

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Loveless Cafe celebrates its 70th anniversary | Davidson County

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) – The Loveless Cafe, tucked away along Highway 100, celebrated 70 years in business on Thursday. The restaurant has been a popular culinary destination for residents of the Middle Tennessan region and visitors across the United States.

The cafe is known for its southern cuisine and comfort food. Seven decades ago, the owners started the business which has become a major draw for so many.

Lon and Annie Loveless opened the front door serving fried chicken, country ham, and cookies, literally out of their homes to passers-by on Highway 100, and it was just word of mouth that drove home. attracted people to our door, ”said Crystal Buttrey, spokesperson for Loveless Restaurant. .

Word of mouth is what holds so many visits back, especially outside guests like Mike Colvin, who visits Nashville from California.

“We were looking for something to do today and found this game online and Trisha Yearwood said this was her favorite place, so here we are, and the cookies are worth it,” Colvin said.

Guests were greeted with balloons and placards recognizing the company’s 70th anniversary. Games, prizes and free food were part of Thursday’s festivities.

“We have lots of festivities planned for the family, everyone can enjoy arts and crafts, free food, free hot cookies,” said Buttrey.

The cafe offers southern comfort food including cookies and your favorite breakfast and dinner options.

“We really enjoy Nashville, Bellevue, and we just want to be a contributing partner there,” said Buttrey.

It is the “love” for their cookies and their food that keeps it going.

“People are loyal to the cookie. It’s just something that I just can’t recreate, ”said Buttrey.

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Puff Bar has overtaken Juul as teenage favorite electronic cigarette

Disposable vaporizers are now the most popular type of e-cigarette among middle school and high school students, overtaking reusable devices like Juul, according to new federal data. And the most commonly used brand — Puff Bar — is the one that has remained on the market despite a Food and Drug Administration order last year to halt sales in the United States.

About 11% of American high school students – about 1.7 million children – reported using e-cigarettes at least once in the past 30 days. The data is based on a national survey conducted online between January 18 and March 21.

Last year, about 20% of U.S. high school students, or roughly three million, reported using e-cigarettes at least once in the past 30 days. The annual study is conducted by the FDA and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which said changes in methodology this year due to the pandemic made it difficult to compare with previous years.

The flavors most commonly used among young people were fruits, candies and desserts, mint and menthol, according to the survey. More than half of young e-cigarette users reported using disposable devices. Some 26% of high school vapers reported using the disposable Puff Bar brand, followed in popularity by Reynolds American Inc.’s refillable brand Vuse at 11%, Smok at 10% and Juul at 6%. Among college e-cigarette users, 30% said their usual brand was Puff Bar.

“The use of Vuse products by young people is unacceptable, and we will continue to investigate how young people access our products,” said a spokesperson for Reynolds. Vuse is intended for adults and remains “an important option for adult smokers looking for an alternative to smoking,” she said.

Juul Labs Inc. in 2018 landed in the sights of regulators when its sleek, USB-stick-shaped vaporizers became a status symbol for teens. It is the most used brand of electronic cigarettes by American high school students over the past three years. Under pressure from regulators and facing investigations into its marketing practices, Juul halted most of its advertising in the United States, closed its Facebook and Instagram accounts, and stopped selling all of its flavors in the United States except tobacco and menthol. It remains the best-selling brand of electronic cigarettes in the United States, but has lost market share to Vuse and others.

Joe Murillo, chief regulatory officer for Juul, said the company has undertaken a reset. “While millions of adult smokers have converted to our products from cigarettes, we will only be trusted to provide alternatives to adult smokers if we continue to fight underage consumption,” he said. .

Puff Bar sales surged in early 2020 when federal restrictions banned the sale of sweet and fruity e-cigarette refill pods like those from industry leader Juul Labs Inc. not be met, the original FDA flavor restrictions did not apply. for them. Underage vaping fell after these restrictions were implemented, but the use of disposable e-cigarettes among children and teens jumped.

In July last year, the FDA ordered the company to halt sales, saying its products had not been authorized by the agency.

The brand stopped sales on its website, but continued to sell in retail stores with flavors such as Watermelon, Blue Razz, and Lemon Ice. Puff Bar resumed sales on its website in February this year, claiming it had changed its ingredients and now used nicotine that was not derived from tobacco. The change could allow it to bypass the FDA.

Since last year, the FDA has been concerned about the popularity of Puff Bar among young people, a spokesperson for the agency said. She added that the agency was considering how to treat Puff Bar and a number of other brands claiming that their products contain synthetic nicotine and therefore fall outside the jurisdiction of the FDA.

We don’t know who owns the brand. Puff Bar did not immediately respond to an email request for comment.

This year’s investigation was the first to be fully conducted during the Covid-19 pandemic. Due to changes in the way the survey was conducted this year, the results are not comparable to the findings of previous surveys. This year, students answered questions through an online survey in their classrooms, at home or elsewhere. Before the pandemic, the investigation was conducted in person in classrooms.

Health officials said a significant number of young people have vaped this year despite many learning remotely and may have less access to e-cigarettes from friends or classmates. Some 2.8% of middle school students, or about 320,000, said they had used e-cigarettes in the past 30 days.

“These data highlight the fact that flavored electronic cigarettes are still extremely popular with children,” said Mitch Zeller, director of the Center for Tobacco Products at the FDA.

The findings could inform the FDA’s pending decisions on which e-cigarette products it will allow to remain in the US market. Some lawmakers and public health groups have called on the agency to ban all flavors of e-cigarettes other than tobacco.

Among the FDA’s decisions so far, the agency has removed more than a million flavored products from the market, including vaping liquids with flavors such as apple crumble, cola and cereal. cinnamon, claiming that the manufacturers had not provided sufficient evidence that their products benefited from it. adult smokers to an extent that outweighed their potential appeal to young people.

In 2017, Juul catapulted to the top of the e-cigarette market. But the company’s valuation fell just as quickly, as a series of crises led to hundreds of lawsuits alleging the company marketed its products to teenagers. Photographic illustration: Jacob Reynolds / WSJ

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US blocks landing with Americans and Kabul green card holders, organizers say

WASHINGTON – The Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday denied the United States rights to land a charter plane carrying more than 100 Americans and US green card holders evacuated from Afghanistan, flight organizers said.

“They will not allow a charter on an international flight to a US port of entry,” said Bryan Stern, founder of the nonprofit Project Dynamo, of the customs agency and border protection of the department.

Stern spoke to Reuters on board a plane his group chartered from Kam Air, a private Afghan airline, which he said sat for 14 hours at Abu Dhabi airport after arriving from Kabul with 117 people, including 59 children.

His group is one of many that have emerged from ad hoc networks of US veterans, former and current US officials and others who formed to support the US evacuation operation last month, which ‘they saw it as chaotic and poorly organized.

DHS did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

An administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said they were unfamiliar with the matter, but the US government generally takes the time to check manifestos on charter planes before allowing them. to land in the United States.

The administration of US President Joe Biden has said its top priority is to repatriate Americans and green card holders unable to leave Afghanistan during the US evacuation operation last month.

A senior State Department official said on Monday that the United States was aware of around 100 U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents ready to leave Afghanistan.

Six Americans, 83 green card holders and six people with special U.S. immigration visas granted to Afghans who worked for the U.S. government during the 20-year war in Afghanistan were on board the Kam Air flight, Stern said.

He had planned to transfer the passengers to an Ethiopian Airlines chartered plane for a flight to the United States which he said had cleared landing at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Customs then changed customs clearance at Dulles International Airport outside Washington before denying the plane’s landing rights anywhere in the United States, he said.

“I have a big, beautiful, giant and gigantic Boeing 787 that I can see parked in front of us,” he said. “I have a crew. I have food.”

Stern said intermediaries in Kabul had obtained permission from the Taliban-led Afghan Civil Aviation Authority for the groups to send a charter flight to pick up passengers from Kabul airport.

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Unions are gaining strength in restaurants. They’ve been here before.

The food and beverage industry has one of the lowest unionization rates in the United States – 3.4% of workers last year, compared to the overall rate of almost 10.8%. But workers at some high-profile stores are hoping to narrow that gap and have tried to organize at Anchor Brewing in San Francisco; Voodoo Donut in Portland, Oregon; and, most recently, a group of Starbucks workers in Buffalo, New York.

While this may seem like a new movement, organized labor in the industry dates back to 1891, when the first restaurant union – now called Unite Here – was formed.

“It was a different world, especially when we entered the turn of the 20th century,” said David Whitford, historian at Unite Here.

A union promotional video shot at the Waldorf Astoria in New York in the 1950s.

When American industry was strong, so were manufacturing unions. And it had a ripple effect.

“If you owned a bar or restaurant in a small town in the Midwest where there was some sort of union factory and you wanted union workers to come and patronize your establishment, then you had to be a union restaurant as well,” said Whitford.

Communities organized “sip-ins” at non-union restaurants, with activists lingering over a single cup of coffee as an act of protest. Unionized bars and restaurants hung signs on their windows as badges of honor. Customers viewed these signs as signals that the quality would be higher.

“So it felt like if you had a union cook you would have better food. If you had a union server, you were going to get better service, ”said Dorothy Sue Cobble, author of“ Dishing It Out: Waitresses and Their Unions in the Twentieth Century ”.

Catering unions were so common that membership was transferable. Workers took their benefits with them from job to job. The unions have not only benefited workers either. Employers turned to unions for hiring, human resource issues and even scheduling when someone was sick.

In the 1950s, almost a third of workers in the private sector belonged to a union. But, remember how many more restaurant workers unionized as manufacturing expanded? The opposite was also true.

When manufacturing declined, unionization in restaurants also declined. Labor laws written in the 1930s were primarily created to protect factory workers, Cobble said. And on the other hand, “there were also provisions in these laws that made it more difficult to organize non-factory workers, especially in small industries where there are small employers and high turnover.”

During this time, the restaurant industry was changing drastically. Chains with the money and power to fight the organization have become neighborhood staples, and cheap fast food has proliferated. Union membership rates in restaurants have plummeted. Salaries have fallen and benefits have mostly disappeared.

In recent years, however, the momentum to organize has grown. Union membership rates increased slightly over the past year. Public support for unions has been at the highest level in nearly two decades, with two-thirds of Americans approving them, according to a recent Gallup poll.

Cobble believes the pandemic could push the trend even further. “There has been tremendous stress on frontline and service workers, so there is a real desire for change,” she said.

Midwestern chain Colectivo Coffee recently became the largest coffeehouse company in the United States to unionize, with approximately 450 eligible employees.

“I think the momentum has really grown with COVID, like people saying, ‘This has been a problem for a while, but it only brought it to light,'” said Zoe Muellner, the one of the organizers.

It was not easy and took years as workers had to coordinate at 20 sites and deal with staff turnover. The union won by seven votes. Since Colectivo workers organized, Muellner said, other cafe workers across the country have called for advice on how to do the same.

“You keep hearing things like, ‘Well that’s just the service industry. If you don’t want things to be like this, find another job. And so I think that’s something people are seeing now, “Oh, there are a lot less people willing to work in the service industry. They get different jobs, ”she said.

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Luxurious Dog Cafe opens this fall in LaCenterra


September 27, 2021

By Natalie Cook Clark

Katy gets a luxury cafe and pet shop in LaCenterra. The local entertainment destination is already home to several pet-friendly restaurants and events.

Coming this fall

PUCCI Café, a public café and pet shop, will open this fall in LaCenterra. Plans have been in the works for some time. Owners Maria and Bobby Davidson launched their Online Store Last year.


After several trips to Europe, the Davidsons were inspired by the way pet cafes were operated overseas and they wanted to create that experience here in Katy.

“Dog cafes in Europe are quite simply part of their way of life. It seemed like an obvious need for animal lovers in our community, ”says owner Bobby Davidson. “We wanted a luxurious, upscale open late space where you can spend time with your dog. Sometimes our dogs end up being forgotten after a long day at work, and we want to change that.

Photo credit: gin design group.

Pet accessories, spa products

PUCCI Café and Pet Boutique sells designer dog accessories imported from all over the world and the United States. Items include an exclusive collection of dog spa products that are modified to be safer without harsh chemicals. Other products include collars, pet jewelry, exclusive dog carriers, premium clothing and more.

The cafe will feature high quality coffees, teas, specialty beers, wine, pastries, charcuterie boards and other shareable options.

Drinks and entertainment

The PUCCI Café has an end space with 2,000 square feet of patio with a fenced area. Guests can expect live music and entertainment, all with a safe space for the puppies to play with a view of Lake LaCenterra.

The Davidsons are dedicated to raising awareness and wanting help with local rescues. The PUCCI Café will host events such as wine tastings, espresso tastings and other partnership campaigns for dog rescue organizations in Katy and the greater Houston area.

Maria Davidson is the president of the company and brings a smart, sustainable and elegant strategy to the products transported and the menu served. Her husband, Bobby, provides day-to-day leadership of the company’s senior management and is involved in the organization’s marketing, business development and sales activities.

PUCCI Café & Pet Boutique is located at 23501 Cinco Ranch Boulevard and will be open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Learn more on their website. or Facebook page.

PUCCI Café will also be involved in the LaCenterra Pup Fest this Saturday.


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Lesbians claim straight women dominate gay bars in viral video

While the issue of heterosexuals choosing to go to gay clubs for a night out is not new, a recent viral video on TikTok has reignited the debate.

Sophia Mastroieni, known on the app as Sophiamastt, shared a clip of herself sitting in bed on September 2.

In the stills, she explains that “Last night I asked 5 different girls if they were gay in a GAY CLUB and each of them was straight IN A GAY CLUB I’m giving up.”

Captioning their video, the TikToker wrote: “They took our style and now they take our clubs… anyway, I came home alone lol #fyp #lgbt #wlw #lesbian.”

Following that, another TikTok creator called Eliza, or Elizahhh on the app, pasted her own video onto the Mastroieni footage, which can be viewed here, saying, “No, but literally.”

She then explained that there had been a rapid decline in lesbian bars in the United States.

This fact is affirmed by the Lesbian Bar Project, a group aiming to preserve these spaces, which states on its site: “By the end of the 1980s, there were around 200 lesbian bars across the country.

“Now it is believed that there are only 21. These bars are disappearing at a staggering rate and we cannot afford to lose these vital establishments to the fallout from Covid-19.”

Eliza then ended the video by saying, “Straight guys have it everywhere else, literally everywhere. And we want a safe space for us and then you take over?”

“If you all want to be allies and stay with us until we really tell you what we want and what hurts us, then you are performative and not really allies.”

The clip of the two women together has been viewed a million times since it was shared on September 3, the day after Mastroieni made the original video.

As of this writing, the images have also garnered 281,300 likes and nearly 6,500 comments, with some people agreeing with the pair.

TikTok user Alexis Scudder wrote: “I think it all comes down to respecting and understanding that these are queer spaces and realizing that this place is inherently not for you.”

Another person, Tomi, added: “‘Straight bars are terrifying for women’, then why make GAY bars terrifying for GAY.”

SwampPunk typed: “I had a fight with a coworker once because she” went so as not to get hit on “BUT BABIES YOU SHOULD NOT BE THERE.”

Azi explained, “LITERALLY how we value the alliance, but you don’t let us find people we can hang out with in spaces to socialize.”

Fairylovingfairy revealed, “Those comments. You are all allies until we ask you to leave our safe space for us. Then all of a sudden you all go crazy for us to ‘do all of us’. Performative.”

However, others did not think it was unfair for a straight woman to frequent gay bars, notably TorixGalba who wrote: “Literally say there are only 21 bars and say less people should be there. go.”

Girl Boss agreed, typing, “Yeah, no, let’s not preserve spaces where women are safe.”

Riley Roisin said: “Okay but people don’t go to bars to get hit on all the time lol …”

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Bee Club buzzes in the old Pamplona Café | New

The all-female Bee Club has its own clubhouse again, thanks to the $ 2.2 million purchase of the building that once housed Café Pamplona by the club president, a college junior.

According to the deed of ownership, Susana MA Vik ’21 -’23, the current president of the Bee Club, and Carrie Vik, of Greenwich, Connecticut, purchased the 2,452-square-foot three-story building located at 12 Bow St. June 19 for $ 2.2 million.

The property is the former location of Café Pamplona, ​​which closed in May 2020 due to a sharp drop in clientele after serving Harvard Square for more than 60 years. The city of Cambridge valued the building at around $ 1.5 million this year.

Two college students with direct knowledge of the situation, including a member of the Bee, told the Crimson that the property will now serve as the Bee’s clubhouse. The Crimson granted the two students anonymity to discuss the club’s intentions.

Vik declined to comment for this article.

Vik’s purchase of the property ends the divorce of the Bee Club and Delphic Club and gives the final all-female club physical autonomy for the first time in four years.

In the fall of 2017, the Bee moved from its clubhouse at 45 Dunster St., now home to the Hasty Pudding Club, to move into the Delphic Club space at 9 Linden St. after the clubs merged into the co -ed Delphic-Bee Club.

The merging of the clubs followed the start of the College’s controversial sanctions policy, which targeted members of single-sex social groups. The sanctions, announced in May 2016, penalized members of unisex clubs and Greek organizations. Under this policy, undergraduate members of Harvard’s unisex social groups were excluded from campus leadership positions, captains of sports teams, and some prestigious scholarships.

The sanctions have come under scrutiny and have resulted in a pair of lawsuits. Harvard ended the sanctions policy in 2020 after administrators concluded the university would be “legally barred from further enforcing the policy” due to a recent ruling by the United States Supreme Court.

The marriage of the Delphic Club and the Bee Club ended last fall – a month after the University lifted the sanctions.

The purchase by the Bee Club of its own clubhouse – a permanent home for the all-female social group – thus spells the end of the University’s sanctions policy.

A banner with the Bee Club badge currently adorns one of the windows on the building’s first floor.

– Editor-in-chief Alex M. Koller can be contacted at [email protected] Follow him on twitter @alexmkoller.

—Editor-in-Chief Taylor C. Peterman can be contacted at [email protected] Follow her on Twitter @taylorcpeterman.

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In this Tel Aviv café, the baristas want to tell you about Jesus – J.

From the outside, the HaOgen Cafe looks a lot like the many other espresso cafes that line the streets of Tel Aviv.

Located just north of central Dizengoff Square, it features floor-to-ceiling windows and a colorful chalkboard sidewalk easel that one recent weekday heralded breakfast sandwiches and an upcoming acoustic concert. Inside, a crowd of 20 and 30 are seated at tables, typing on laptops. It’s decorated with fairy lights and floor plants, with upbeat quotes and scribbles scribbled in marker on the blackout windows at the back.

But HaOgen also offers something that its neighborhood competitors don’t: the gospel of Jesus Christ.

According to the website of Dugit, a Tel Aviv-based Messianic Jewish organization whose name means “little boat,” HaOgen is a “neighborhood café” that “has evangelists ready to share the good news with every guest who enters.” .

“Through this hip location, the ministry has had access to a whole new group of people in their city who are in dire need of a Savior,” read a 2019 blog post on the Fellowship of Israel Related Ministries, a messianic organization that describes HaOgen as a member of the fellowship.

The café’s deep connections to Dugit and Messianic Judaism, a movement that believes in the divinity of Jesus while claiming to practice Judaism, are not immediately detectable by customers. A shelf at the back of the cafe is stocked with Hebrew copies of the New Testament and stacks of “Messiah” brochures, and the cafe’s logo is an anchor, a historical symbol of Christianity.

Yet, no signage inside or outside indicates any links between HaOgen and any religious organization or movement. The cafe’s website also does not mention its affiliation with Dugit or any religious mission.

“I didn’t know it belonged to missionaries,” said Jessica Arnovitz, an American Jewish immigrant to Israel who lives near the cafe. “I’ve been there before and it’s a nice place.

Messianic Judaism, some adherents of which were known in the past as “Jews for Jesus”, appears to be developing in Israel. Messianic Jewish groups often have ties to explicitly Christian organizations, and none of the mainstream Jewish movements consider them Jewish. As with many traditional Christian denominations, missionary work is part of Messianic practice.

Dugit’s executive director told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency that the cafe was not the place for efforts to proselytize Jews. In fact, he said, Dugit does not run HaOgen directly – although he said he owns the space and pays the salary of the cafe manager, a man named Argo who is also the senior pastor of ‘an Ethiopian messianic congregation. Argo refused an interview request from the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.

“We are not trying to mission anyone, bribe anyone or do anything to people,” said Avi Mizrachi, who was born in Israel and himself pastor in a Messianic congregation. in Tel Aviv. “We are Jews who love our country, serve our country in the military and pay taxes. And we celebrate the Jewish feasts and festivals, and we believe in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. And yes, we believe that Yeshua is the messiah.

He added: “Now if [customers] ask us what we believe, we tell them, but we don’t go and, as we call it, put people on missions or, or convert people.

Through this hip location, the ministry had access to a whole new group of people in their city who are in dire need of a Savior.

Only proselytizing minors without their parents’ consent and offering religious conversions in exchange for a material gift are prohibited by Israeli law. But there is a widely held misconception that missionary activity in the country is illegal, and the government has at times seemed open to advancing this reputation. In its 2010 report on international religious freedom, the US State Department wrote that Israel has “taken a number of steps that have encouraged the perception that proselytizing is against government policy,” such as detention of missionaries and the invocation of “proselytism as a reason for denying students, work, and religious visa extensions.”

The idea that missionary work is illegal – and the associated idea that believers in Jesus face persecution for their faith – leads many messianics in Israel to hide their activities, according to Sarah Posner, journalist and author who writes extensively on evangelical Christianity.

“[Messianics] really played on the idea that proselytizing against Jews is illegal in Israel, ”Posner said. “It’s not as bad as they claim, but they are proving that they are not being treated fairly. Elsewhere in the world, and especially in the United States, there are no such constraints at all, so they have no reason to have a cafe that seems to have nothing to do with religion and is just a place where you can go to have a coffee.

Most Israelis who identify as Messianic have direct Jewish ancestry, “whereas in the United States you are more likely to meet people who identify as Messianic Jews but are in fact evangelical Christians,” he said. Posner said, adding that many American evangelical Christian churches fundraise for Messianic congregations and missionary efforts in Israel.

The number of Messianic Jews in Israel has multiplied in recent decades, according to community representatives. Today, Messianics in Israel number 10,000 to 20,000, according to Yonatan Allon, editor-in-chief of Kehila, an umbrella organization of the Messianics in Israel. Community representatives attribute the growth in part to missionary efforts and in part to immigration. There are Messianic congregations that cater specifically to Russian-speaking Israelis as well as Ethiopian Israelis.

“In 1999, the total number of believers was around 5,000,” said Alec Goldberg, Israeli director of the Caspari Center, an evangelical organization in Israel, in a 2019 Q&A on the centre’s website. “Today 5,000 is just the number of believers in Russian-speaking congregations in Israel. And of course, as observers of the Messianic scene in Israel know, the number of local ministries has also multiplied, with new initiatives constantly underway.

These initiatives include more than 70 Messianic congregations across Israel, according to Kehila, including one, Adonai Roi, led by Dugit and led by Mizrachi who is a seven-minute walk from HaOgen.

In addition to the cafe and the Messianic congregation, Dugit’s website says he runs a prayer room in Tel Aviv, a charity for the poor, and an annual conference for women. The website also states that Dugit was involved in an evangelical television station that the Israel Broadcasting Authority shut down last year.

“The message of these messianic groups is very evangelical,” Posner said. “For many Israeli Jews, this is an unknown message, unless they have a lot of political ties to evangelical Christians who, as we know, are very interested in supporting Israel and the settlements.

This is unlikely to describe the typical client of a Tel Aviv cafe, so some in Israel go to great lengths to alert potential visitors to HaOgen to what their patronage supports.

Recently, two years after it opened, HaOgen caught the attention of Beyneynu, an Israeli organization that monitors missionary activity in the country. Founded last year by Shannon Nuszen, an American immigrant to Israel and former evangelical missionary who converted to Orthodox Judaism, the watch group made headlines earlier this year after revealing a family who were actively involved in an Orthodox Haredi community of Jerusalem for several years, but were in fact Christian missionaries.

Nuszen declined an interview request, but the nonprofit wrote on Facebook last month that it had received advice regarding HaOgen Cafe’s messianic mission. The post said Beyneynu had “no objection to people of different faiths running businesses in Tel Aviv” but wanted to alert potential customers to the cafe’s ties.

“People should know, however, that this restaurant is not just another bohemian cafe. Rather, it is part of a well-funded and organized effort by evangelical donors to convert vulnerable young Jews to Christianity, ”the Facebook post said. “We are simply asking for transparency and respect.

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Couple kicked out of TX bar for refusing to remove masks

A Dallas-area woman says she and her husband were kicked out of a restaurant for choosing to wear masks to protect their son, who has cystic fibrosis.

In a Facebook post earlier this month, Natalie Wester said she and her husband went to meet friends for a night out at Hang Time, a bar in Rowlett, Texas. Wester said in their Facebook post that the hostess asked the couple to remove their masks when they checked their IDs, but the couple put their masks back on when they arrived at their table.

Wester says she and her husband are fully vaccinated but chose to wear masks because their 4-month-old son was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, a genetic condition that puts him at risk for severe COVID-19 infection.

The couple continued to wear their masks after ordering drinks and an appetizer. But about 30 minutes later, a waitress approached them and told them to take off their masks.

“… our waitress comes over, sits next to me and says ‘Our manager sent me because I’m nicer than him. And yes, that’s political,'” Wester wrote.

Wester claims the waitress told her she didn’t believe the masks would prevent the spread of COVID-19, despite numerous scientific studies proving otherwise.

When Wester informed the waitress about her son’s condition, she said the waitress told her “she could close my check for me if that was a problem.”

“My husband and I paid and left without a scene,” Wester wrote.

KTVT-TV in Dallas spoke to the owner of Hang Time, who confirmed Wester’s story.

“I spent my money on the business, my blood, sweat and tears on this business, and I don’t want masks here,” owner Tom Blackmer told KTVT. “I think the overall reaction with the masks is ludicrous in the United States right now.”

Speaking with The Dallas Morning News, Blackmer said the couple have “a choice to go wherever they want; there are thousands of bars here. Go somewhere else. … If you’re protecting someone, you shouldn’t go out. . “

Earlier this year, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed an order barring any state jurisdiction from adopting a mask warrant, including school districts.

While Texas has seen declining case rates over the past week, the state still has the second highest number of new cases per 100,000 population, behind Florida, according to Johns Hopkins.

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Miami nightclub mogul Marc Roberts joined by Connor McGregor for 62nd birthday party

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Successful entrepreneur and real estate mogul Marc Roberts celebrated his 62nd birthday at a West Hollywood rooftop bar last weekend. Roberts has made a name for himself in South Florida for several big splash in the development industry and most recently for setting out to bring Las Vegas to Miami with the new E11EVEN hotel and residences. Roberts is also the first person to bring a sports management company to the stock exchange in the United States. Obviously, business is booming, so it’s fair to celebrate.

It was fitting then that a man who wears so many hats should be joined by such an illustrious society. Fresh out of a red carpet controversy, Connor McGregor joined Roberts at the West Hollywood Rooftop Club, Harriett’s. The former two-time UFC featherweight and lightweight champion has been seen having fun and returning shots with his entourage. McGregor’s recent encounter with Machine Gun Kelly musical artist appears to be far behind him as smiles and energy were in abundance at the birthday party.

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In fact, McGregor, who wore a crisp tuxedo to Marc Roberts’ birthday festivities, is even said to have invited Machine Gun Kelly to his next fight, a sign that the aforementioned brawl was just water under the bridge. There seemed to be only good energy at Roberts’ party. McGregor and the rest of Roberts’ guests were all in high spirits for what seemed like an evening to remember.

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San Francisco once had a bar filled with spiders. They were the owner’s only friends.

Abe Warner didn’t care about spiders.

When he opened his North Beach saloon in 1856, he welcomed his eight-legged friends to adorn the intricate web bar at the San Francisco waterhole known as Cobweb Palace.

Warner had an eccentric fondness for animals and insects. He once described arachnids as “industrious” creatures and admired them for their ability to “go about their own business,” a historical story from the San Francisco Chronicle said.

Cobweb Palace was unlike any other saloon in that it had dense cobwebs attached to the ceiling of the bar. No more wires draped over the shelves that stored alcohol bottles. The spiders threw a veil over nude portraits on the walls, and some of the webs were said to have grown to 6 feet wide at times. But Warner refused to destroy them.

“The spiders just took advantage of me and my good nature,” Warner told the San Francisco Chronicle. “When I first opened here I didn’t have time to take care of them and they grew on me. It’s a great neighborhood for spiders anyway, and word spread among them that I was easy going and that they started an orphan asylum and put all the orphans to work weaving canvases.

On the left, Abe Warner is pictured inside his bar, Cobweb Palace, and on the right, he is seen reading the newspaper as monkeys play at his feet inside. Both photos were taken around 1880.

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The webs were part of the mystique, but there were other creatures lurking around. The saloon had the advantage of being located at the tip of Meiggs’ Wharf, which extended 2,000 feet outward from the end of Powell Street and is now part of Quays 39 and 45 at Fisherman’s Wharf. Sailors who docked at Meiggs Wharf would sometimes take creatures from their distant voyages to strike a deal with Warner.

It was not uncommon to find long-tailed monkeys, parrots, or Japanese canaries inside the Cobweb Palace. And once purchased, Warner let the monkeys roam free inside the bar. Other times, when he got wind of state-trapped animals, Warner rescued large predators, like cougars and bears, and placed them in a cage near the main entrance.

The quirks of Cobweb Palace have attracted people who have traveled by the Sausalito ferry to San Francisco. Because there weren’t many establishments where alcohol was not the main draw, Cobweb Palace became somewhat of a local attraction that caught the interest of people of all ages.

The allure of Cobweb Palace made Warner a rich man. And for almost 40 years, the spiders continued to weave their webs, until Cobweb Palace was left in the dust.

Six years before Warner opened the quirky North Beach bar, he was an ordinary butcher in New York City. It’s unclear what prompted Warner to uproot his life on the East Coast and move west, but when he bought a one-way ticket to San Francisco in 1850, his wife and children didn’t not followed.

Once in San Francisco he got a job as a butcher, but in 1856 he traded in his soiled apron and cleaver for a shiny top hat and saloon keys.

Meiggs Wharf was built between 1852 and 1853, and thanks to Cobweb Palace and a ferry port, it became a standard terminus for visitors. Guests who stopped in watched the bears growl in their cages as they tasted free chowder that was, no doubt, prepared under questionable hygienic conditions.

North Beach and Meiggs' Wharf, from Russian Hill in 1867. The pier extended from what is now Bay Street near Powell.  Cobweb Palace was located at the end of the pier.

North Beach and Meiggs’ Wharf, from Russian Hill in 1867. The pier extended from what is now Bay Street near Powell. Cobweb Palace was located at the end of the pier.

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If Cobweb Palace existed today, it wouldn’t last as long as it did in the 1800s. The San Francisco Department of Public Health told SFGATE that the bar would certainly receive a written report containing “directions for moving monkeys and parrots outside the establishment, remove spider webs and clean and disinfect all affected areas, including animal feces ”. But patrons at the time certainly didn’t seem to mind the zoo atmosphere.

Warner, always on the lookout for bargains, acquired a large collection of walrus tusks and sperm whale teeth which he traded with whalers in the Arctic. Each piece was carved with artistic motifs, but Warner particularly enjoyed the patriotic scenes from United States history.

“This collection was possibly the largest and best of its kind in the world,” wrote The San Francisco Examiner in 1896.

A view inside the Cobweb Palace in the 1880s. Abe Warner's bar featured her collection of walrus tusks and other knickknacks.

A view inside Cobweb Palace in the 1880s. Abe Warner’s bar featured her collection of walrus tusks and other knick-knacks.

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Cobweb Palace would continue to showcase its knickknacks, wild animals, and canvassed ceiling for nearly four decades, until crowds lost their taste for the particular fortress Warner created. The saloon began to lose its luster in the 1870s, when the area became primarily industrial. Years later, the Sausalito ferries pulled away from the Meiggs wharf, causing Warner’s business a bigger blow.

Customers stopped coming to Cobweb Palace and Warner couldn’t earn enough money to pay the rent. The owner had no choice but to evict Warner in 1893 to demolish the saloon and make way for new accommodation.

“It almost broke the old man’s heart to leave where he had played the gamut from poverty to wealth and back again, but there was no help for it. Tears gathered in his eyes when he saw grimy treasures ripped from walls and thrown into express cars, ”wrote the San Francisco Chronicle.

Warner’s prized possessions were auctioned off in 1893 when the bar closed, although there weren’t many interested buyers. A small crowd of antique collectors made their way to the old Cobweb Palace, but the auction only fetched around $ 100 (with inflation today it’s around 3,039 $).

Cobweb Palace was built in 1856 and closed in the late 1800s. Owner Abe Warner poses near the main entrance (far right) in this photo taken circa 1890.

Cobweb Palace was built in 1856 and closed in the late 1800s. Owner Abe Warner poses near the main entrance (far right) in this photo taken circa 1890.

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The auctioneers sorted out Warner’s livelihood and ultimately considered it garbage. Warner’s life was in shambles, but he didn’t want to let go of his beloved collection of walrus tusks and whale teeth.

He became the strike line in historical articles when Cobweb Palace closed. One headline read, “Old Abe is out. His spider web palace is gone. Trinkets and relics are inexpensive. What was once a popular and booming business has become unsustainable and a horror for San Francisco.

“The march of improvement, although slow, eventually drove old Abe Warner out of the house who knew no soap, water, or broom in thirty-seven long and weary years,” the San Francisco reported. Chronicle in 1893. “An auctioneer did the cleanup with his little hammer, knocking down dust, cobwebs and dead flies to the highest bidder.

When it was over, Warner, who had also made Cobweb Palace his home, gathered some of his pet birds and other small creatures and moved into a cabin at 308 1/2 Francisco St., a few minutes away. blocks from the old spider web. Palace.

A group of women and men posing in front of Cobweb Palace circa 1880.

A group of women and men posing in front of Cobweb Palace circa 1880.

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Warner is remembered in historical articles as a man whose only friends were spiders, and in a way they were. Warner’s best days were among the spiders that coexisted inside his bar as they kept him company long after the crowds abandoned him. Some canvases had not been disturbed from the creation of the show until the auctioneers finally eliminated them.

Warner refused his daughter’s call to return to New York after the failure of Cobweb Palace. It would be too painful a move after decades in San Francisco. Even when local parents wanted to welcome him, Warner declined their offer, preferring his own loneliness. Then, three years after the saloon closed for good, Warner passed away in 1896 with no money to his credit. He was 82 and died alone, except for the spiders who watched over him until the end.

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Hank investigates abandoned restaurants – Boston News, Weather, Sports

BOSTON (WHDH) – More than 100,000 bars and restaurants across the United States have closed since the start of the pandemic. Many others struggled to stay open and were promised government money to help them. But they never got that money! Hank Phillippi Ryan is investigating.

The door to the District 7 tavern has been closed since the start of the pandemic.

Inside, the bar is empty. The pool table is covered. The televisions and the jukebox are turned off.

“It’s been a struggle to keep the lights on,” says co-owner Arianne Waldron. “We are in debt. We are drowning. The Roxbury pub is struggling to find the money to reopen.

The bills are piling up in a very overwhelming way ”, Ariane says, “How are we going to get out of this?” “

Earlier this year, she and her business partner applied for a grant from the federal “Restaurant Revitalization Fund”.

The fund had $ 28 billion that Congress set aside to help businesses like Arianne’s that have been hit hard by COVID.

“It was like, okay, this was going to be our lifeline” said Ariane.

District 7 received an email from the Small Business Administration with good news: “Congratulations, award approved. ”

“We were delighted” said Ariane.

The email promised that a grant of $ 100,000 would be in the restaurant’s bank account in “3-7 business days.”

This money was going to save us. This money would allow us to reopen, to allow us to rehire our workers, and to be able to provide for the needs of their families ”, said Ariane.

Arianne and her partner used the email – and the promise of that money – to get a bank loan.

They began repairs, bought employee uniforms and rehired their manager.

But two weeks later, they got another email that said:

“We regret to inform you that due to recent court decisions the US Small Business Administration will not be able to disburse your Restaurant Revitalization Fund award.”

“I immediately had a stomach ache” said Ariane.

We found that the same shocking notice had been sent to almost 3,000 bars and restaurants across the country. The money they had been promised was not coming!

Their immediate reaction was terror, despair, grief, confusion, ”said Erika Polmar, co-founder and executive director of the Independent Restaurant Coalition.

What happened? When Congress established the fund, lawmakers prioritized applications from businesses owned by women, veterans, or those who are socially and economically disadvantaged.

But then some companies took federal action to challenge that. And the judges agreed with them.

“It’s especially devastating when you think you have the price and it’s taken away from you,” Erika says.

The Independent Restaurant Coalition has been inundated with calls from business owners who have also already spent the money they were promised.

“I spoke to people who were rightly hysterical. I had never in this role called crisis counselors on the phone with people, it was just as serious and it still is, ”says Erika.

The fund then had to reconsider all outstanding requests on a first come, first serve basis and quickly ran out of money!

We found that only 36% of businesses that applied for money were ultimately approved.

And now, over 100,000 restaurants and bars – including District 7 – are still waiting for help.

“That sudden hit of that rug under our feet really left us out,” says Arianne.

There are currently bills in Congress calling for more money to be given to restaurants and bars to stay afloat. Industry experts tell 7-Investigates that if something isn’t done soon, more businesses will close and more people will lose their jobs.


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Here are links to some of the bills pending in Congress to replenish the fund and other laws to help restaurants, bars and other food and beverage businesses:

Restaurant Revitalization Fund Replenishment Act, 2021

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Information from the Small Business Administration on the Restaurant Revitalization Fund

Companies that have received money from the fund

The Small Business Administration (SBA) recounts 7 surveys:

As of June 30, 2021, the RRF program has received over 278,000 eligible submitted applications representing over $ 72.2 billion in requested funds, and approximately 101,000 applicants have been approved for restaurants, bars and other businesses in restaurant type.

Underserved populations received approximately $ 18 billion in grants, including:

  • Women-owned businesses ~ $ 7.5 billion
  • Veteran-owned businesses ~ $ 1 billion
  • Socially and economically disadvantaged businesses ~ $ 6.7 billion
  • Businesses owned by representatives of several underserved populations ~ $ 2.8 billion

The remainder of the $ 28.6 billion was awarded to eligible applicants not identified as part of an underserved group.

Additional economic relief is available: The SBA still administers programs such as economic disaster loans [EIDL], Advanced Targeted EIDL Programs, and Additional Targeted Advanced EIDL Programs. SBA administrator Guzman has increased the maximum amount small businesses can borrow through the EIDL program.

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California’s ban on compulsory arbitration contracts partially bans the FAA

The Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) only partially prejudges California’s ban on binding employment arbitration agreements, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled, setting aside the preliminary injunction that was in place since early 2020 and requiring the application of the law. with respect to arbitration agreements governed by the FAA. United States Chamber of Commerce, et al. vs. Bonta, et al., n ° 20-15291 (9th Cir. 15 Sep 2021).


In 2019, California passed Bill 51 (AB 51). AB 51 prohibits employers from requiring employees to sign arbitration agreements regarding disputes arising from the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) or the California Labor Code. Codified as Section 432.6 of the California Labor Code and Section 12953 of the California Government Code, the law prohibits employers from making employment or other employment benefits conditional on the consent of an individual to waive its rights, forums or procedures for alleged violations of the FEHA or the California Labor Code. . It also prohibits employers from threatening, terminating, or retaliating against or discriminating against employees or candidates for their refusal to waive any right, forum or procedure in the event of an alleged violation of the FEHA or the Labor Code. Californian work.

In early 2020, as AB 51 came into effect, a California Federal District Court granted the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s preliminary injunction request, directing the execution of AB 51. with respect to arbitration agreements governed by the FAA. The district court ruled that AB 51 puts arbitration agreements on an equal footing with other contracts, in violation of the FAA, by imposing a higher consent requirement on arbitration agreements and potential civil and criminal penalties against employers seeking to enter into arbitration agreements. The State of California has appealed the preliminary injunction to the Ninth Circuit.

Decision of the ninth circuit

A divided Ninth Circuit panel overturned, in part, the district court’s order and quashed the district court’s preliminary injunction. The Ninth Circuit concluded that the FAA does not prevail over AB 51 as AB 51 seeks to regulate an employer’s conduct before the execution of an arbitration agreement – for example, when an employer asks an individual to sign an arbitration agreement. The Court ruled that the FAA preempts AB 51 only to the extent that AB 51 seeks to impose civil or criminal penalties on employers who have successfully performed arbitration agreements governed by the FAA.

In vigorous dissent, Judge Sandra Ikuta distilled the logic and impact of the majority’s decision:

In the event that the effect of this new take is not clear, it means that if the employer offers an arbitration agreement to the potential employee as a condition of employment, and the potential employee performs the agreement, the employer cannot be held civilly or criminally responsible. . But if the potential employee refuses to sign, the FAA does not exclude the employer’s civil and criminal liability under the provisions of AB 51.

This ruling means that an employer’s attempt to enter into an arbitration agreement with employees is illegal, but a completed attempt is legal. This tortuous decision is analogous to the conclusion that a law can prohibit a dealer from attempting to sell illegal drugs, but if the dealer is successful in closing the drug deal, the dealer cannot be prosecuted.


As Justice Ikuta’s dissent predicts, the ruling is unlikely to be the last word on the matter. Decision will likely be the subject of a request for reconsideration in bench in the Ninth Circuit, or for consideration by the Supreme Court of the United States.

Above all, the decision of the Ninth Circuit does not immediately lift the preliminary injunction. The decision does not take effect until the Court issues its “mandate” and relinquishes its jurisdiction over the case. A party has 14 days, subject to a possible extension, to file a request for a rehearing or rehearing in bench. If such a request is filed, the issuance of the warrant is automatically suspended until the request is decided. Otherwise, the Court will generally issue its warrant seven days after the deadline for filing a request for a rehearing or rehearing. in bench expired. Additionally, if a petition for review is filed with the United States Supreme Court, the United States Chamber of Commerce may decide to suspend issuance of the Ninth Circuit warrant pending review by the high court. Therefore, it may take some time before the preliminary injunction is lifted, if at all.

Nevertheless, employers should closely follow developments in this area and assess the options and risks associated with compulsory employment arbitration in the context of BA 51.

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Local restaurants face a labor shortage | New

PADUCAH – There has been disappointing job growth in the United States over the past month. That’s according to the US Department of Labor’s employment report that was released on Friday.

The largest losses were recorded in retail trade and the service sector. The hospitality industry stagnated because of the Delta variant.

Signs like these may sound familiar. Many local restaurants have them displayed on their doors. They are displayed at restaurants like Subway, Marco’s Pizza, and Dunkin ‘Donuts. Chains aren’t the only ones struggling to hire help. Strickland’s Seafood in Paducah is also understaffed.

Bonnie Sanders is a waitress at Strickland. She says it has been difficult to find reliable workers.

“They’re having talks with people. They’re going to post on Facebook that they’re hiring, and no one shows up or just a few people show up. They say they want to work, but they don’t really want to work. They don’t want to work. not take shifts, ”Sanders said.

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Sanders says this puts a strain on staff who are already working.

“We take shifts. We try to make sure people can take breaks and days off whenever we can,” Sanders said. “Some of our managers have about 56 hour weeks. They also have kids, so we try to keep our families at work happy and the families you have at home happy and healthy.”

Staff shortage impacts wait time, so they ask for your patients. They don’t have enough staff to cope with the large crowds.

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“You see tables open, and they’re wondering why can’t I sit there? It’s like we are going to sit down, but the kitchen only has 3-4 people there versus 6-7 waitresses. So if we can just remember being kind and patient to each other, ”Sanders said.

The U.S. economy is still 5.3 million jobs below its February 2020 level, just before COVID-19 was declared a pandemic.

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Palestinian twins open cafe in converted West Bank jet

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About modern plant-based foods

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

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

Caution regarding forward-looking information

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Bar sued for game in which customers hammer nails into stump

Throwing darts is good. Throwing axes is pretty straightforward. But if your bar game is all about nailing a stump, things could get tricky.

A Minnesota bar has been charged with infringing the trademarks of another company by allowing patrons to participate in driving nails.

According to the lawsuit, the lumberjack in Stillwater had purchased a one-year license for the Hammer-Schlagen-branded game, in which contestants see who can drive a nail into a stump with the least amount of hammer blows.

At year’s end, the owners of the Lumberjack did not renew their agreement with the licensor, a company called WRB Inc.

Several months later, according to the lawsuit, the WRB chief executive stepped into the lumberjack and saw four of his company’s “dressed” stumps take hold. Other customers called the game Hammer-Schlagen, as did employees when they asked their visitor to buy a $ 2 nail for them to play, he said.

The lawsuit alleges that the lumberjack engaged in “illegal, unfair or fraudulent commercial acts of unfair competition” in violation of state law through his unauthorized use of the WRB trademark and trade dress.

In addition to defending its name and the appearance of the equipment – stump, hammer, brackets – WRB claims brand protection for slogans such as “hammering yourself”, “being nailed”, “bending” and “having wood? “

Lumberjack owner Sara Jesperson said Thursday she could not comment on the ongoing litigation.

Hammer-Schlagen – “schlagen” meaning “to strike” – was invented by the son of German immigrant bar owners in Grant, Minnesota. In the 1980s, another member of the family standardized the game and its equipment and gave it the brand name. The resulting company, WRB, acquired federal trademark registration for its logo in 2000.

Last year, the WRB filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court alleging that a Chaska faucet room had been using a counterfeit Hammer-Schlagen strain since 2019. Both sides settled the case. in March ; the taproom is no longer authorized to use the game.

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BrewDog Suffers £ 13million Loss as Bars Close Amid Craft Beer Boom | Food industry

BrewDog Suffers £ 13million Loss as Bars Close Amid Craft Beer Boom |  Food industry

BrewDog swung into the red last year as booming sales of its craft beers online during closures from the Covid-19 pandemic failed to offset the impact of bar closings.

The Aberdeenshire-based company suffered a pre-tax loss of £ 13.1million in 2020.

And this despite a turnover of 238 million pounds for the year, 10% more than in 2019.

BrewDog co-founder James Watt called the increase in revenues over the year “the biggest achievement in our short history” for the company, founded in 2007 and backed by 130,000 small shareholders, with its beer now stocked in bars and supermarkets.

After the pandemic closed hospitality venues in much of the world, BrewDog switched to selling its beers through its online store. Thirsty customers boosted its e-commerce revenue by 900% compared to 2019, with 750,000 orders shipped in 12 months.

BrewDog called its online store “one of the most important divisions of all of our global business” in 2020, and continued to roll out its e-commerce platform in Europe, the United States and in Australia.

Before the pandemic took hold, the brewer expected to achieve 40% of its turnover in more than 100 bars, located around the world, from Sheffield to Shanghai and from Berlin to Brisbane.

BrewDog, which employs 1,600 people worldwide, said the pandemic had not dented its plans to continue opening more locations. She is working on 30 new locations – including bars and hotels – in cities like Manchester, Mumbai and Milan.

The company, which switched to making hand sanitizer at its Aberdeenshire distillery in the early weeks of the pandemic, said it produced 12,000 bottles for the NHS.

Watt called 2020 “without a doubt the most difficult year in our 13-year history”. He said the company team “galvanized by the fire and adversity of the past nine months, is also stronger than it has ever been.”

It comes just weeks after BrewDog apologized to former employees who accused Watt and the company in an open letter of fostering a “culture of fear” in which workers were harassed and “treated like objects” .

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In the open letter posted on Twitter, 61 former workers alleged that the Scottish brewer’s dizzying and rapid growth involved cutting health and safety costs and creating a ‘toxic’ culture that left staff suffering from illness mental.

Watt posted an update earlier this month on the company’s response to claims by the group calling themselves Punks with Purpose. He said the firm launched an independent culture review within BrewDog, sent an anonymous survey to staff and pledged to create a group of employee representatives.

BrewDog said a structural review showed the company was “underfunded in some areas” after growing beer volumes and is hiring around 100 new employees.

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A&W to open three restaurants in the Charlotte area

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A&W Restaurants plans to open three restaurants in the Charlotte area. The restaurant is known for its American cuisine and fresh root beer.

An iconic root beer and hamburger chain will open several restaurants in the Charlotte area, debuting in North Carolina.

A&W Restaurants, based in Lexington, Ky., Will open nine franchise restaurants, including three in the Charlotte area, five in Las Vegas and one in St. Louis, the company said in a press release.

Ronald and Nadyne Jennings will build restaurants in the Gastonia and Kings Mountain areas and in South Carolina in the Rock Hill area, according to A&W.

A company official did not immediately respond to a request for more information about plans for the Charlotte area.

A&W is known for making its root beer on site at every restaurant and served in frozen mugs. The menu includes burgers, chicken, and hot dogs, and of course, root beer floats and other desserts.

The company owns five restaurants in South Carolina, according to the company’s website.

Since its acquisition by franchisees nearly 10 years ago, A&W sales have grown by more than 50%, according to the company.

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Three A&W restaurants will open in the Charlotte area serving freshly made root beer and other menu items like chicken fillets. A&W Restaurants

About A&W

The 102-year-old company began with a root beer stand from founder Roy Allen in Lodi, California. There are now over 900 A&W in the United States and Asia.

Five years ago, A&W parted ways with Yum Brands, which includes fast food restaurants like KFC, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell, and reverted to being an independent business.

A&W CEO Kevin Brazner said in a corporate video that the chain is focused on growing with franchise partners. A&W is the number one franchise restaurant chain in the United States, according to the company.

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Catherine Muccigrosso is the retail journalist for The Charlotte Observer. An award-winning journalist, she worked for several newspapers and McClatchy for over a decade.

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State Department raises UK travel advisories to highest level as Covid-19 cases rise

The department on Monday raised its level of travel advisory for the United Kingdom to “Level 4: do not travel” due to Covid-19. The move, which aligns with a separate update from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, comes the same day Prime Minister Boris Johnson lifted most of the remaining pandemic-related restrictions in England.

Noting the CDC’s decision earlier Monday to raise its level of UK risk assessment for Covid-19 to ‘level 4: Very high Covid-19,’ the department said in its updated travel advisory that “there are restrictions affecting the entry of US citizens into the UK.”

“Your risk of contracting Covid-19 and developing severe symptoms may be lower if you are fully vaccinated with an FDA-cleared vaccine,” the advisory continues. “Before planning an international trip, please review the CDC’s specific recommendations for fully vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers.”

The department’s advisory level for the UK was most recently at ‘level 3: reconsider travel’ due to the pandemic.

While most of the UK’s adult population is now fully vaccinated, new cases are approaching 50,000 a day – the highest infection rate since January – and hundreds of thousands more have been invited to isolate through a contact tracing application that tracks their possible exposure to an infected person.

Although Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland – the UK’s other less populous nations – are highly vaccinated, only England decided to ease most restrictions on Monday.

Mandatory masks are gone, limits on the number of people who can mix indoors or outdoors have ended, social distancing will be limited to people who test positive for the virus and airports, and places like discos and sports stadiums are free to open at full capacity.

Meanwhile in the United States, concerns about the highly transmissible variant of Covid-19 Delta and reluctance to get vaccinated are increasing, with doctors in several states suffering from flare-ups saying the variant is sending people younger and previously healthy. health – the vast majority of which have not been vaccinated – to hospitals.

“This is becoming an unvaccinated pandemic,” CDC director Dr Rochelle Walensky said last week.

CNN’s Luke McGee contributed to this report.

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Everi Launches Private Offering of $ 400.0 Million Unsecured Notes Due 2029

LAS VEGAS, June 28, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Everi Holdings Inc. (NYSE: EVRI) (“Everi” or the “Company”), a leading provider of land and digital casino gaming content and products, financial technology and player loyalty solutions, announced today that it intends, subject to market and other conditions, $ 400.0 million in the total notional amount of the senior unsecured notes due in 2029 (the “Notes”) in a Private Offering. The Notes are guaranteed by the Company and certain direct and indirect domestic subsidiaries of the Company on a senior unsecured basis.

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The Company intends to use the proceeds of the Notes to repay in full its 7.50% Senior Unsecured Notes due 2025 and to pay related fees and expenses, and upon completion of the Refinancing of the Credit Facility described below, to repay a portion of the outstanding loans in accordance with its existing credit lines.

Upon completion of the Offering, the Company intends to enter into certain new credit facilities, the proceeds of which, together with cash, will be used to repay in full the remaining outstanding loans under its existing credit facilities (the “Refinancing through Credit Facilities”). The completion of the offering of the Notes is not dependent on the completion of the refinancing of the Credit Facility.

The Notes are only offered and sold to qualified institutional buyers under Rule 144A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”) and non-US persons under Regulation S of the Securities Act. The bonds and their guarantees will not be registered under the Securities Act or state securities laws and may not be offered or sold The United States lack of registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act and applicable state securities laws.

This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy the Notes or any other security and does not constitute an offer or solicitation; or sale in any jurisdiction in which or to any person to whom any such offer, solicitation or sale is unlawful. All offers of the Notes will only be made by means of a private offer memorandum. This press release is issued in accordance with and in accordance with Rule 135c of the Securities Act. This press release contains information about pending transactions and there can be no guarantee that such transactions will complete.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the US Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. As used in this context, forward-looking statements often relate to our expected future business and financial performance and often include words such as “intend,” “expect,” “plan “,” well established “,” believe “,” aim “,” aim “,” future “,” estimate “,” foresee “,” strive for “,” can “,” should “or” will “and similar expressions, to identify forward-looking statements.

The forward-looking statements in this press release are subject to additional risks and uncertainties, including those set out in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), including, but not limited to, our Annual Report on Form 10 – K for the past fiscal year December 31, 2020 filed with the SEC on March 15, 2021 and subsequent periodic reports and are based on information available to us as of the date of this agreement.

These cautionary statements qualify our forward-looking statements and you are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements contained herein speak only as of the date of their publication and we do not intend or assume any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information or future events or otherwise.

This press release should be read in conjunction with our most recent reports on Form 10 – K and Form 10 – Q, as well as the information in our other filings with the SEC. Understanding the information contained in this document is important in order to fully understand our published financial results and our business outlook for future periods.

About Everi

Everi’s mission is to be the industry leader by redesigning the gaming experience. With a focus on player engagement and helping casino customers run more efficiently, the company develops entertaining game content and slot machines, gaming systems and services for land-based and iGaming operators. The company is also the leading provider of trusted financial technology solutions that power the casino space while improving operational efficiencies and meeting regulatory compliance requirements, as well as regulatory and intelligence software.

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TitleMax Challenges New Dallas Payday Loan Regulation

By Katie Buehler (Apr 13, 2021, 9:18 PM EDT) – TitleMax petitioned a Texas court on Friday to ban the city of Dallas from enforcing new restrictions on payday loans and repayment plans, arguing the city had exceeded its powers when They passed an amended regulation designed to help its citizens avoid predatory lenders.

TitleMax of Texas Inc. and lenders Ivy Funding Co. LLC and NCP Finance LP allege in a lawsuit in Dallas County District Court that an amended ordinance, unanimously approved by the Dallas City Council in January, is prevented by and against state law The proper procedure violates the laws and regulations of the Texas Constitution or the United States Constitution.

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STAG Industrial is issuing $ 325 million in senior unsecured debt

BOSTON, July 8, 2021 / PRNewswire / – STAG Industrial, Inc. (the “Company”) (NYSE: STAG) announced today that it has entered into a Schuldschein agreement to issue $ 325 million of Fixed Income Senior Unsecured Notes in a private placement offering with a weighted average interest rate of 2.82% as of the issue date. The transaction consists of $ 275 million of 2.80% bonds with a term of ten years due on September 29, 2031, and $ 50 million of 2.95% Bonds with a term of twelve years due on September 28, 2033.

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The Company expects the Offer to close on or at September 28, 2021.

The Notes have not been and will not be registered under the Securities Act of 1933 or the securities laws of any state or other jurisdiction and may not be offered or sold in the The United States or any other jurisdiction without registration or exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act of 1933 and the applicable securities laws of any state or other jurisdiction.

About STAG Industrial, Inc.

STAG Industrial, Inc. is a real estate investment trust focused on buying, owning and operating industrial real estate with a single tenant. The United States. away March 31, 2021, the company’s portfolio consists of 494 buildings in 39 states with approximately 99.1 million square feet of lettable space.

For more information, please visit the company’s website at

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This press release, together with other statements and information publicly disclosed by the company, contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. The Company intends that such forward-looking statements will be subject to the safe harbors for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, and is including this statement for the purpose of complying with those safe harbors. Forward-looking statements, which are based on certain assumptions and describe the company’s future plans, strategies and expectations, are generally identified by the use of the words “believe”, “will”, “expect”, “intend”, “anticipate”, “estimate” “,“ Should ”,“ project ”or similar expressions. You should not rely on forward-looking statements because they involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that, in some cases, are beyond the control of the company and that could materially affect actual results, performance or achievements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations include, but are not limited to, the risk factors discussed in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the past year December 31, 2020 as updated by the company’s quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. Accordingly, there is no guarantee that company expectations will be met. Unless otherwise required by federal securities laws, the Company disclaims any obligation or obligation to publicly release any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein (or elsewhere) to reflect changes in Company expectations regarding this or changes in events Conditions or circumstances on which such a statement is based.

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Budget buster: is it worth filing for bankruptcy on student loans?

OPINION: Bankruptcy is one of the great unsung achievements of civilization. It’s an implicit recognition of the fact that people change – a release valve that prevents one version of us from holding all of our future selves hostage for eternity.

Nowhere is that more glaring than for student loans.

How much do you really have in common with your 17 year old self? Teens aren’t known for their impulse control or foresight: their frontal lobes don’t develop until they are in their mid-twenties.

Yet they are free to take out large unsecured loans in exchange for a piece of paper that may or may not prove worthless.

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For a small number of overseas borrowers tied to a debt millstone that they have no prospect of repayment, bankruptcy is at least worth considering.


For a small number of overseas borrowers tied to a debt millstone that they have no prospect of repayment, bankruptcy is at least worth considering.

Successive governments have cracked down on responsible lending and hypocritically encouraged schoolchildren to commit themselves into bondage.

So I’m not going to waste ink arguing “responsibility” against student loan disbursements. No doubt a few villains have deliberately tried to take advantage of the system, but most people who end up in this position don’t do it for free.

There is a social stigma associated with going bankrupt, which is fair enough. But that’s not the end of the world either. Just ask the President of the United States, who has filed no fewer than six corporate bankruptcies (and somehow manages to remain personally solvent).

Forget about pride or an inappropriate sense of honor. As far as I can see, the only meaningful question is whether bankruptcy is a smart financial move.

Obviously, this is a last resort and should only be considered after all of the other options are in Last week’s column. But how bad is “bad”?

For most student debtors, bankruptcy is absolutely not worth it, writes Richard Meadows.


For most student debtors, bankruptcy is absolutely not worth it, writes Richard Meadows.

According to the Bankruptcy and Trustees Service, “Bankruptcy can be a good bankruptcy option for you if you owe more than $ 50,000.”

According to my calculations, that’s about 70,000 student loan borrowers. Most of these people live in New Zealand: their loans are interest-free, with no repayment below a certain income limit.

It is the roughly 20,000 highly indebted foreign borrowers who are more likely to consider bankruptcy – and who may also find the process less ruinous.

As soon as you hit the big red button, all of your New Zealand assets, with the exception of furniture, a cheap car, tools and some cash, become the property of the official assignee.

If you own property abroad, the official assignee can have your bankruptcy recognized abroad and also handle these assets, but not necessarily.

As a bankrupt abroad, the usual travel restrictions aren’t an issue either: you don’t need to ask for permission to leave New Zealand if you’ve already left.

Just ask the incumbent US president if bankruptcy is the end of the world.


Just ask the incumbent US president if bankruptcy is the end of the world.

And of course, you have a much better chance of keeping things calm. Yes, your name and personal information will be saved in the. released New Zealand Gazette, but it won’t necessarily get to your employer’s ears.

Compare that to New Zealand where you have to give your employer a new IR number, which is a small giveaway and could even put your job security at risk.

You are less likely to be able to protect your credit even when you are overseas. Many credit bureaus operate internationally and your name can be easily researched in the bankruptcy register.

If you choose the nuclear option, you will spend the next three years or so in financial limbo. You must explain your household budget to the official representative and make repayments if you exceed a certain amount.

Even after your bankruptcy ends, it will be difficult to borrow again. This could affect your job prospects or affect your ability to rent real estate. You have to start over with just a dime for your name.

But your student loan will be gone forever. Is it worth?

For most people, absolutely not. For a small number of overseas borrowers tied to a debt millstone that they have no prospect of repayment, this is at least worth considering.

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Everi announces the successful completion of $ 400.0 million senior unsecured notes due in 2029

LAS VEGAS, July 15, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Everi Holdings Inc. (NYSE: EVRI) (“Everi” or the “Company”), a leading provider of land and digital casino gaming content and products, financial technology and player loyalty solutions, announced today the successful completion of the previously announced offer of $ 400 million in the aggregate notional amount of its 5,000% Senior Unsecured Notes due 2029 which will be issued at face value (the “New Notes”). The new Notes are guaranteed by certain wholly owned subsidiaries of the Company.

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The Company intends to use a portion of the proceeds from the New Notes to (i) fully repay its 7.50% Senior Unsecured Notes due 2025 (the “2025 Notes”) and (ii) all related fees and expenses pay. Upon completion of the Company’s previously announced expected new credit facilities in August 2021, the Company intends to use the remaining proceeds from the New Notes, along with the proceeds from such expected new credit facilities and cash, to (i) repay all outstanding loans under its currently existing credit facilities and to meet all obligations under its currently existing credit facilities quit; and (ii) pay all related fees and expenses.

The New Notes have been offered and sold only to qualified institutional buyers under Rule 144A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”) and non-US persons under Regulation S of the Securities Act. The New Notes and their guarantees have not been and will not be registered under the Securities Act or state securities laws and may not be offered or sold The United States lack of registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act and applicable state securities laws.

This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy the New Notes or any other security and does not constitute an offer, solicitation or sale in any jurisdiction in or to any person to whom such an offer is made , Solicitation or sale is illegal. All offers of the New Notes will only be made by means of a private offer memorandum. This press release is issued in accordance with and in accordance with Rule 135c of the Securities Act.

This press release does not constitute a notice of redemption under the bond for the 2025 bonds or an offer to offer or buy 2025 bonds or any other security.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the US Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. In this context, forward-looking statements include statements about our intended use of proceeds and anticipated financing transactions, and often contain words such as “intended,” “anticipated,” “search.” “,” Expect “,” plan “,” believe “,” aim “,” aim “,” future “,” estimate “,” can “,” should “,” well positioned “or” will “and similar expressions, to identify forward-looking statements.

The forward-looking statements in this press release are subject to additional risks and uncertainties, including those set out under the headings “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Operating Results” in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), including, but not limited to, our Annual Report on Form 10 – K for the past fiscal year December 31, 2020 filed with the SEC on March 15, 2021 and subsequent periodic reports and are based on information available to us as of the date of this agreement.

These cautionary statements qualify our forward-looking statements and you are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements contained herein speak only as of the date of their publication and we do not intend or assume any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information or future events or otherwise.

This press release should be read in conjunction with our most recent reports on Form 10 – K and Form 10 – Q, as well as the information in our other filings with the SEC. Understanding the information contained in this document is important in order to fully understand our published financial results and our business outlook for future periods.

About Everi
Everi’s mission is to be the industry leader through the power of people, imagination and technology. With a focus on player loyalty and helping casino customers run more efficiently, the company develops entertaining game content and slot machines, gaming systems and services for land-based and iGaming operators. The company is also the leading provider of trusted financial technology solutions that power the casino space while improving operational efficiency and meeting regulatory compliance requirements, including products and services that enable convenient and secure cash and cashless financial transactions, self-service Player retention tools and applications, as well as regulatory and intelligence software.

Investor Relations Contacts:

Everi Holdings Inc.


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Richard Land, James Leahy

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Summit Industrial Income REIT announces the completion of its $ 225 million unsecured debt offering


TORONTO, July 14, 2021 / CNW / – Summit Industrial Income REIT (“summit” or the “REIT“) (TSX: SMU.UN) announced today that its previously announced offer (the”offer“) of $ 225 million in aggregate principal amount of D Series Senior Unsecured Notes (the”Bonds“). The bonds have a coupon of 2.44% per annum and are due on July 14, 2028.

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The Notes were offered by a consortium of agents led by BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc. and National Bank Financial Inc. to the best of their ability. DBRS Limited has a final rating of “BBB (low)” with a “stable” trend on the Notes. The bonds were issued in accordance with a supplement to the prospectus dated July 12, 2021 to the base prospectus of Summit from June 21, 2021.

Summit intends to use the net proceeds of the offering to repay existing fixed income debt maturing in 2028 and 2029 at a weighted average rate of approximately 4.0% and for general trust purposes.

The bonds have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933 (the “1933 Act”), as amended, and may not be offered, sold or delivered, directly or indirectly The United States, or to or for the account or for the benefit of “US Persons” (as defined in Regulation S of the 1933 Act), lack of registration or an applicable exception to the registration requirements of the 1933 Act. This press release does not constitute an offer for sale or a solicitation to submit an offer to buy bonds in The United States or to or for the account of or for the benefit of US persons, nor will there be any sale of the Notes in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.

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Summit Industrial Income REIT is an unregistered open-end trust focused on growing and managing a portfolio of light industrial real estate across the world Canada. Summit’s units are listed on the TSX and trade under the symbol SMU.UN. For more information, please visit our website at

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A variety of factors, many of which are beyond the control of the REIT, affect the operations, performance, and results of the REIT and its business and could cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations of estimated or expected events or results . These factors include, but are not limited to, the risks discussed in the REIT’s filings from time to time with Canadian securities regulators Readers are cautioned to weigh these and other factors, uncertainties and potential events carefully, as there can be no guarantee that actual results will match any such forward-looking statements.

The information contained in forward-looking statements is based on certain material assumptions that were used in drawing conclusions or making a forecast or forecast, including general economic conditions. While management believes these assumptions are reasonable based on the information currently available, they may prove to be incorrect. By its very nature, forward-looking information is subject to various risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and expectations to differ materially from expected results or expectations expressed, and given the impact of COVID-19 and government action to contain it, the REIT’s assumptions are naturally associated with more uncertainty compared to previous periods.

Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on this forward-looking information as of the date of this publication and not to use this forward-looking information for any purpose other than its intended purpose. Summit assumes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events, or for any other reason, except as required by law.

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Summit Industrial Income REIT Announces $ 225 million unsecured debt offering



TORONTO, July 12, 2021 / CNW / – Summit Industrial Income REIT (“Summit” or the “REIT”) (TSX: SMU.UN) announced today that it has agreed to the issue (the “Offer”) $ 225 million Total notional amount of the D Series Senior Unsecured Notes (the “Notes”). The Notes are issued at a price of $ 999.68 Per $ 1,000 Nominal amount of which interest at 2.44% pa and is due July 14, 2028. Offer is expected to close on or approximately July 14, 2021, subject to certain customary closing conditions being met.

Summit intends to use the net proceeds of the Offering to prepay existing fixed income debt maturing in 2028 and 2029 at a weighted average rate of approximately 4.0% and for general escrow purposes.

The Notes are being offered by a consortium of agents led by BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc. and National Bank Financial Inc. on a best-effort basis. DBRS Limited has a preliminary rating of “BBB (low)” with a “stable” trend on the Notes. It is a condition for the completion of the Offering that DBRS Limited assign the Notes a final rating of “BBB (low)” with a “stable” trend.

Summit makes the offer in Canada according to their base prospectus dated June 21, 2021. The terms of the offering are set out in a prospectus supplement to the base prospectus which is required to be filed with the Canadian securities regulatory authorities in each province and territory of the United States Canada and can be reached at

The bonds have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933 (the “1933 Act”), as amended, and may not be offered, sold or delivered, directly or indirectly The United States, or to or for the account or for the benefit of “US Persons” (as defined in Regulation S of the 1933 Act), lack of registration or an applicable exception to the registration requirements of the 1933 Act. This press release does not constitute an offer for sale or a solicitation to submit an offer to buy bonds in The United States or to or for the account of or for the benefit of US persons, nor will there be any sale of the Notes in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.

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Summit Industrial Income REIT is an unregistered open-end trust focused on growing and managing a portfolio of light industrial real estate across the world Canada. Summit’s units are listed on the TSX and trade under the symbol SMU.UN. For more information, please visit our website at

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This press release contains forward-looking statements and forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws. The use of any of the words “expect”, “anticipate”, “continue”, “estimate”, “objective”, “ongoing”, “can”, “will”, “project”, “should”, “believe”, ” Plans, “intends,” “goal” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking information or statements. Forward-looking information may relate to future results, performance, successes, events, prospects or opportunities for the REIT or the real estate industry, prospects and expected events or results. Some of the specific forward-looking statements contained herein contain statements relating to the following: the REIT’s intention to complete the offering on the terms described herein; the size of the offer; the date on which the offer is expected to close; the expected final credit ratings for the Notes; the time for submitting the supplement to the prospectus; the use of the proceeds from the Offering and the plans, goals, strategies, intentions, beliefs, estimates, costs, goals, economic performance or expectations of the Summit or the assumptions underlying the foregoing.

A variety of factors, many of which are beyond the control of the REIT, affect the operations, performance, and results of the REIT and its business and could cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations of estimated or expected events or results . These factors include, but are not limited to, the risks discussed in the REIT’s filings from time to time with Canadian securities regulators Readers are cautioned to weigh these and other factors, uncertainties and potential events carefully, as there can be no guarantee that actual results will match any such forward-looking statements.

The information contained in forward-looking statements is based on certain material assumptions that were used in drawing conclusions or making a forecast or forecast, including general economic conditions. While management believes these assumptions are reasonable based on the information currently available, they may prove to be incorrect. By its very nature, forward-looking information is subject to various risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and expectations to differ materially from expected results or expectations expressed, and given the impact of COVID-19 and government action to contain it, the REIT’s assumptions are naturally associated with more uncertainty compared to previous periods.

Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on this forward-looking information as of the date of this publication and not to use this forward-looking information for any purpose other than its intended purpose. Summit assumes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events, or for any other reason, except as required by law.

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Transcontinental Inc. Announces Private Offering of $ 250 Million Senior Unsecured Notes

MONTREAL, July 07, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Transcontinental inc. (TSX: TCL.A TCL.B) announced today that it has made an offer of $ 250 million in aggregate face value of 2.28% senior unsecured notes due in July 2026 (“the Notes”).

The bonds are being issued through an agency consortium consisting of BMO Capital Markets Inc., CIBC World Markets Inc., Scotia Capital Inc. as Joint Bookrunners and including Desjardins Securities Inc., National Bank Financial Inc., TD Securities Inc. and Casgrain & Limited Company Liability.

The offering is expected to end on or about July 12, 2021, subject to customary closing conditions. Transcontinental Inc. intends to use the net proceeds of the offering to repay existing debt, including the November 1st tranche of the term loansNS, 2021, and other general corporate purposes.

“The bond offer announced today will provide the company with additional financial flexibility to implement its growth strategy. The current environment, supported by a strong balance sheet, offers the company the opportunity to secure financing at an attractive level,” said Donald LeCavalier, Chief Financial Officer of Transcontinental Inc.

The Notes are direct unsecured debt of Transcontinental Inc. and will rank pari passu with all other unsecured and unsubordinated debt of Transcontinental Inc. The Notes are being offered in Canada in a private placement in reliance on exemptions from the prospectus requirements under applicable securities legislation.

The Notes have not been and will not be approved for sale to the public under applicable securities laws in Canada and accordingly all offers and sales of the Notes in Canada are made on a basis that is exempt from the prospectus requirements of such securities laws. The Notes have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “US Securities Act”) or the securities laws of any other jurisdiction and may not be offered or sold in the United States in the absence of registration under the US Securities Act or any applicable exemption from registration requirements under the US Securities Act. This press release constitutes neither an offer to sell nor a solicitation of an offer to buy, nor may there be an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy the Notes in any jurisdiction in which this is unlawful.

About TC Transcontinental

TC Transcontinental is a leader in flexible packaging in North America and Canada’s largest printing company. The company is also Canada’s leading publishing group for French-speaking educational institutions. For over 45 years, TC Transcontinental’s mission has been to develop high quality products and services that enable companies to attract, reach and retain their target customers.

Respect, teamwork, performance and innovation are the strong values ​​of the company and its employees. TC Transcontinental’s commitment to its stakeholders is to conduct its business in a responsible manner.

Transcontinental Inc. (TSX: TCL.A TCL.B), known as TC Transcontinental, has nearly 8,000 employees, most of whom are based in Canada, the United States, and Latin America. TC Transcontinental achieved sales of approximately CAD 2.6 billion in the fiscal year ended October 25, 2020. For more information, please visit the TC Transcontinental website at

Forward-Looking Statements

Our public announcements often contain oral or written forward-looking statements that are based on management’s expectations and that are inherently subject to a number of known and unknown risks and uncertainties. By their very nature, forward-looking statements are based on both general and specific assumptions. The company cautions against placing undue reliance on such statements, as actual results or events could differ materially from the expectations expressed or implied. Forward-looking statements may include observations about the company’s goals, strategy, expected financial results, and business prospects. The future performance of the company can also be influenced by a number of factors, many of which are beyond the will or control of the company. These factors include, but are not limited to, the economic climate in the world, structural changes in the industries in which the company operates, the impact of the development and adoption of digital products on the demand for retail-related services and other printed products, the company’s ability to produce organic Generating growth in highly competitive industries, the company’s ability to complete and properly integrate acquisitions in the packaging industry, the inability to maintain or improve operational efficiencies, and avoid disruptions that could affect deadlines, cybersecurity and privacy , the political and social environment as well as regulatory and legislative changes, especially with regard to the environment and house-to-house distribution, changed consumption habits, especially in connection with questions of sustainable development g and the use of certain products or services such as door-to-door distribution, change in consumption habits or loss of a large customer, customer consolidation, the safety and quality of its packaging products that are used in the food industry, the protection of its intellectual property rights, the exchange rate, the Availability of capital at a reasonable price, bad debts from certain customers, import and export controls, raw material and transportation costs, recruitment and retention of qualified personnel in certain geographic areas and industrial sectors, taxation, interest rates and the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic the operations, facilities and financial results, changes in consumption habits of consumers and changes in the operational and financial condition of the company’s customers due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the effectiveness of the plans and actions taken in response n. The key risks, uncertainties, and factors that could affect actual results are discussed in the Discussion and analysis of the management for the year ending October 25, 2020 and at the latest Annual information form.

Unless otherwise specified by the company, forward-looking statements do not take into account the potential effects of one-time or other unusual events, or any disposal, business combination, merger or acquisition announced or entered into after the date of July November 2021. The forward-looking statements in this press release are made in accordance with the “Safe Harbor” provisions of applicable Canadian securities laws. The forward-looking statements in this press release are based on current expectations and information available as of July 7, 2021. Such forward-looking information may also be found in other documents filed with Canadian securities regulators or in other communications. Management of the company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise these statements unless the securities authorities request otherwise.


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Financial community

Patricia Lemoine

Yan Lapointe

Manager, External Communication and Public Affairs

Director, Investor Relations

TC Transcontinental

TC Transcontinental

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[email protected]

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The demand for educational loans is increasing amid the Covid crisis

FinTech companies like GyanDhan support students in financing their training abroad.

Rising costs make it more difficult for parents to invest in their children’s education, even though “investments in education bring the best interest”. An MBA from ISB will set you back Rs 40 lakh in 2021, which would have been Rs 26 lakh in 2016. A similar increase can be seen in the cost of education in the United States. Harvard University billed its international students $ 60,659 as tuition fees in 2016, up to $ 76,479 for the 2021-22 academic year. As a parent, financing your child’s college education becomes easier with educational loans.

When we record the history of education loans in India, the data convey a simple truth: Despite rising education costs, the number of education loans is falling. The number of approved educational loans has steadily declined since the end of 2016. There are many reasons for this decline. To name just a few – first the demonetization, then the steadily increasing volume distressed assets (NPA) and most recently the Covid-19 pandemic. But it’s the NPAs who also take the cake and the cherry. The NPA on student loans is much higher than any other segment.

Lenders came up with a unique solution to this puzzle – throttling low-value loans and sanctioning large loans. It notes that pre-pandemic world education loans had shrunk nearly 25 percent by 2019. The number of loans granted was 3.34 lakh in 2015, while the number of loans granted was only 2.5 lakh in 2019 – a drastic decrease in the number of students benefiting from educational loans. But where the number of loans has decreased, the value of the loan has increased. In the 2019 financial year, the total loan amount disbursed is Rs. 22,550 crore, while the total loan amount disbursed in the 2016 financial year is Rs. 16,800 crore – an astonishing 32 percent increase in the loan amount disbursed. This is an indication that banks are no longer playing the volume game. The focus has shifted to sanctioning high-value loans; It’s a value game now.

These numbers are an indication of the pre-pandemic scenario. Demand for educational loans hit a new high during the pandemic as people rushed to enroll in a short-term continuing education course or move up to an executive course. In addition to domestic continuing education, the number of applications for foreign universities also rose by 35 percent. Demand has certainly increased during the Covid-19 pandemic, but payouts remain on the lower side, with only Rs 11,000 billion paid out in the 12 months to September 2020.

‘Model Education Loan Scheme’, formulated by the IBA, requires banks to offer security-free education loans under Rs 7.5 lakh. The IBA has provided lenders with comprehensive guidelines that give them the flexibility to offer different educational loan products to the customer. However, banks grant these affordable education loans without questioning the applicants’ financial performance and future employability. The lack of employability, combined with the fact that these are low entry price unsecured loans with no fear of ownership, add more to the rise in NPA. While loans with a value over Rs 4 lakh require a guarantor and loans over Rs 7.5 lakh require a collateral. A student who defaults on a secured education loan runs the risk of losing collateral and therefore thinks twice before going bankrupt. As of December 31, 2021, 9.55 percent of education loans issued by public banks were considered NPAs. Since unsecured, low-entry education loans make a larger contribution to increasing NPAs, banks have switched to high-entry secured education loans. This shift did two things in particular: first, it affected the low-income segment of society and created an educational gap, and second, it created space for EdTech companies to fill the void that traditional lenders could not.

The Indian government has launched various interest subsidy programs that have helped ease the financial burden on the low-income population and encourage lenders to provide educational loans, such as: B. the Central Sector Interest Subsidy System. Although there are some features of this system that need improvement, such as the limit on loan amounts, it is still a step in the right direction. Banks will also have to make adjustments and follow a model of granting educational loans based on factors such as future student earning potential, the ranking of the college and degree program, and the financial strength of parents. Non-banking finance companies (NBFC) already take these elements into account and have lower NPA rates. Another solution to increasing the number and value of educational loans is through risk-based pricing. Not every student leaves an NBFC with the same interest rate. The interest rates are based on the risk the lender takes. But a student with excellent academic performance can get an even lower rate of interest. Although the risk of an asset deteriorating is never zero, taking these factors into account reduces the risk and helps in assessing the student’s creditworthiness.

With increasing digitization, new educational technologies and EduFinance, companies have emerged that serve areas that were previously ignored. These EdTech companies and startups focus on the smaller segments of the market and fund short-term training courses and programs that have been vetted by traditional lenders such as banks and NBFCs. They have launched pilot programs providing zero EMI loans while working with banks and NBFCs to streamline the loan mechanisms to serve both the student and the lender more efficiently. It’s still in its early stages but has shown commendable performance and promise. GyanDhan, a FinTech startup, ventured into the domestic market after helping students fund their education abroad. Her focus is on giving students the opportunity to continue their education without having to pay large sums of money at once. Another digital non-banking company, Eduvanz, has so far paid out Rs.300 billion in loans to students to fund their school fees, college fees, and professionals attending continuing education courses. Propelld, a digital lending startup, has partnered with various financial institutions and NBFCs to offer bespoke educational loan products for students for professional courses. They aim to offer credit options to students with a low credit score or a nonexistent credit history.

With total educational credit worth a meager $ 14 billion in a sector that spends over $ 40 billion annually, the scope for growth is immense. While the current focus is on “sustainable consumer finance,” the future of education lies in employability-based finance solutions, including Income Share Agreements (ISA), a method used by several universities in the US, and development bonds in addition to traditional education loans . Almost 800 Purdue University students have received

$ 9.5 million in funding through Income Share Agreements. There are similar success stories from other US universities such as Clarkson University, University of Utah, which follow this model and help students finance their education. In the years to come, borrowers and lenders should also expect sachetization – the funding of small amounts for modules instead of courses – that will improve accessibility for the general public.

The author is founder, GyanDhan

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Richard Cordray is Biden’s choice to oversee government student loans

COLUMBUS, Ohio – President Joe Biden’s administration has chosen Richard Cordray to oversee government student loans.

Cordray, who previously headed the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, will serve as the chief operating officer of Federal Student Aid in a key administrative role a portfolio of $ 1.5 trillion as progressives Urge Biden to cancel student loan debt.

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, an ally of Cordray, praised the pickaxe. say on twitter: “I am very pleased that he is protecting student borrowers and bringing much-needed accountability to the federal student loan program.”

More: Will Biden cancel the student loan debt? As the cost of college increases, he is considering the following

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Richard Cordray speaks during a debate at Cleveland State University, Monday, October 8, 2018, in Cleveland.

United States Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona said Cordray has a strong track record as an official: “I am confident that Federal Student Aid, under his leadership, will provide the service our students, families and schools deserve.”

Cordray is known in Ohio as the attorney general and treasurer of the state. In 2018, he ran against then Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. ultimately losing the governor’s race.

More: The student debt crisis is crushing black Americans. Here’s how lending could help

Cordray recently published a book about his time at the CFPB, entitled “Watchdog: How Protecting Consumers Can Save Our Families, Our Economy, and Our Democracy”.

Biden’s Student Loan Debt Plan

Although Biden was reluctant to bypass Congress in canceling student loan debt, he has said since the days of his campaign that the government must help those with “debilitating” student debt.

“I understand the effects of debt,” he said in a CNN city hall in February.

Under Biden, the Department of Education canceled student debt for borrowers with disabilities. And the federal government suspended payments for federal student loans until September 30th during the COVID-19 economic crisis.

Economists, social justice activists and democratic leaders in Congress are pushing Biden to do so Forgive the federal student loan debt have argued that this would help address centuries of racist economic policies, including employment and housing discrimination, which continue to make it difficult for black Americans to achieve the same degree of wealth as white Americans.

While approximately 44 million Americans owe a total of $ 1.7 trillion in student debt, black Americans have, on average, nearly twice as much debt as white Americans and more than Asians and Latinos. Black borrowers who earn less are also less likely to pay back their debts and are most likely to be in arrears with their payments, according to the Federal Reserve.

Biden officials have also supported cancellation of up to $ 10,000 in federal student loan debt per person, which is below the $ 50,000 that progressive lawmakers have requested.

Contributors: Cristina Silva, Jeanine Santucci

This article originally appeared on the Cincinnati Enquirer: Richard Cordray was selected to oversee the federal student loan program

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9 Low Income Personal Loans For 2021

Our goal here at Credible Operations, Inc., NMLS Number 1681276, hereinafter referred to as “Credible”, is to give you the tools and confidence you need to improve your finances. Although we promote products from our partner lenders who reward us for our services, all opinions are our own.

Even though low income can limit your loan options, there are still several lenders who offer low income loans. (iStock)

Many personal loan lenders require borrowers to earn a minimum income in order to be eligible for loan – which generally means if you are not making a lot of money, you will have fewer loan options.

Although there is no official definition of what low income means, it is usually taken to mean any amount below the median household income. In 2020, the median household income in the United States was $ 78,500 US Department of Housing and Urban Development.

When you’re on a low income, borrowing can be more difficult – but it’s not impossible. What You Should Know About Low Income Loans.

9 Lenders That Offer Loans To People On Low Income

Here are Credible’s affiliate lenders that are offering personal loans to borrowers who earn $ 40,000 or less per year. Remember, some of these lenders have no minimum wages at all. Also note that you will likely need to meet other lender requirements such as: B. a good credit rating.

You can compare your prequalified tariffs from these and other lenders for low income loans through Credible.


  • Conditions: 2 to 5 years
  • Loan Amounts: $ 2,000 to $ 35,000
  • Minimum creditworthiness: 580
  • Minimum income: $ 24,000
  • Issuing fee: Up to 4.75%
  • Enables co-signers: No

Best egg

  • Conditions: 3 or 5 years
  • Loan Amounts: $ 5,000 to $ 50,000
  • Minimum creditworthiness: 600
  • Minimum income: None
  • Issuing fee: 0.99% to 6.99%
  • Enables co-signers: No


  • Conditions: 3 to 7 years
  • Loan Amounts: $ 2,500 to $ 35,000
  • Minimum creditworthiness: 660
  • Minimum income: $ 25,000
  • Issuing fee: None
  • Enables co-signers: No


  • Conditions: 2 to 5 years
  • Loan Amounts: $ 7,500 to $ 40,000
  • Minimum creditworthiness: Does not disclose
  • Minimum income: None
  • Issuing fee: 1.99% to 4.99%
  • Enables co-signers: Yes

Lending Club

  • Conditions: 3 or 5 years
  • Loan Amounts: $ 1,000 to $ 40,000
  • Minimum creditworthiness: 600
  • Minimum income: None
  • Issuing fee: 1% to 6%
  • Enables co-signers: Yes


  • Conditions: 2 to 5 years
  • Loan Amounts: $ 2,000 to $ 25,000
  • Minimum creditworthiness: 580
  • Minimum income: $ 20,000
  • Issuing fee: 0% to 6%
  • Enables co-signers: No

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  • Conditions: 2 to 5 years
  • Loan Amounts: $ 5,000 to $ 40,000
  • Minimum creditworthiness: 640
  • Minimum income: None
  • Issuing fee: 0% to 5%
  • Enables co-signers: No


  • Conditions: 3 or 5 years
  • Loan Amounts: $ 2,000 to $ 40,000
  • Minimum. Credit-worthiness: 640
  • Minimum. Income: None
  • Issuing fee: 2.4% to 5%
  • Enables co-signers: No


  • Conditions: 3 to 5 years
  • Loan Amounts: $ 1,000 to $ 50,000
  • Minimum. Credit-worthiness: 580
  • Minimum. Income: $ 12,000
  • Issuing fee: 0% to 8%
  • Enables co-signers: No

Consider using a co-signer to qualify for better rates

If you’re struggling to qualify for a personal loan, you should apply to a co-signer. Not all lenders allow co-signers for personal loans, but some do. This could improve your chances of getting admission if you don’t make or have enough money bad credit.

Even if you don’t need a co-signer to qualify, you can get with a lower rate than you would alone. Just remember, you cannot get a personal loan with a signer through Credible.

What is the minimum income for a personal loan?

Everyone Personal lender has its own criteria to determine your eligibility as a borrower. While some lenders share the minimum wage you need to qualify, others don’t share this information. Also, keep in mind that some lenders have no minimum income at all.

However, income isn’t the only factor that could affect your credit score. Lenders also typically consider the following:

  • Loan History and Score
  • Debt-Income Ratio

When you qualify with a lender, make sure your loan payments comfortably fit your budget before taking the loan. Missing payments can cause massive damage to your credit and affect your ability to access more credit in the future. So make sure you only borrow what you can afford to pay back. With credibles. you can estimate how much you will be paying for a loan Personal loan calculator.

How to get a low income loan

When you are ready to apply for a loan, follow these four steps:

  1. Compare Lenders. Look around and compare as many lenders as possible to find a loan that suits your loan needs as well as your budget. In addition to the interest rates, consider the repayment terms, any fees charged by the lender and the eligibility requirements (e.g. minimum income).
  2. Choose your loan option. After you have compared the lenders, choose the loan option that works best for you.
  3. Please, fill in the application! After you’ve chosen a lender, you’ll need to fill out a full application and submit any required documents, such as pay slips or tax returns.
  4. Get your money. If you are approved, the lender will let you sign for the loan so that you can receive your money. The time it takes to fund a personal loan is typically around a week – although some lenders will fund loans the same or the next business day after approval, this can be helpful when you need a loan Emergency loan.

Remember, you may find it easier to qualify for a payday loan (also known as a.) Cash advance loanIf you have a low income, these types of loans often have astronomical rates of interest and fees. In general, a personal loan is a much cheaper option compared to one Payday loan – which means you have more money in your pocket.

When deciding on a personal loan, remember to consider as many lenders as possible in order to find the loan that is right for you. Credible makes it easy for you – you can compare your pre-qualified rates from multiple lenders in two minutes.

Can I get a loan if I am unemployed or self-employed?

Qualifying for a loan without a regular source of income can be difficult. However, if you are unemployed or self-employed, you may still be able to qualify for a loan as long as you meet the other requirements set by the lender.

For example, unemployed borrowers might be eligible for one Discover Loan if their household income meets the Discover minimum requirement of $ 25,000 per year. And with upstart, You can use many different types of income to potentially qualify for a loan, such as: B. Disability pension, maintenance, child benefit, 1099 contract work or self-employment.

Another option is to take one out secured personal loan. This type of loan uses a security deposit as security, which reduces the risk for the lender. As long as you have the cash to deposit, qualifying is likely to be easier than getting approved for an unsecured loan.

You can compare your prequalified tariffs from multiple lenders for low income loans through Credible.

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Opening of an Egyptian restaurant, the first of its kind in York City

The owners of an Egyptian food stall at York’s Central Market House hosted a smooth opening of the region’s first Egyptian restaurant on Saturday.

Neama’s Egyptian Food, located at 24 N. George St. and owned by a family of Egyptian immigrants, offers traditional Egyptian cuisine that many locals may never have tried, Neama Khalil said.

“The food is like we used to do at home. Fresh, homemade food,” Khalil said.

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Kahlil’s family moved from Egypt to New Jersey in November 2017 after her husband, Youssef Ibrahem, won the lottery. In March 2018, they moved to York County.

“The United States is a dream for everyone in the world,” Khalil said.

Neama's Egyptian Food, a new Egyptian restaurant in York, will open on Saturday July 10.  The restaurant is located at 24 N. George St.

Khalil and his family already operate a food stand under the same name at Central Market House, located at 34 W. Philadelphia St. They opened the stand in December and will continue to operate it alongside their new storefront location.

The restaurants serve what the family says is traditional Egyptian cuisine. Their menu includes popular Egyptian and Middle Eastern dishes such as kofta, hawawshi, and chicken shawarma.

The restaurant also offers breakfast dishes, soups and pastries, with recipes handed down by their families for generations.

“It’s pretty much Egyptian food that a lot of people don’t know,” said Felo Malak, Khalil and Ibrahem’s son. “Therefore, a lot of people are willing to try it. And they end up coming back for it.”

In some cases, people just come back for the salads, Malak added.

Neama's Egyptian Food, a new Egyptian restaurant in York, will open on Saturday July 10.  The restaurant is located at 24 N. George St.

The menu, which also includes Egyptian coffee and cold drinks, is available on

While the family were delighted to detail their menu, what was most evident was the emphasis on working as a cohesive family unit in the kitchen and dining room.

“Anyone can do something right,” Ibrahem said.

Neama Khalil of Neama's Egyptian Food prepares a serving of koshary at York Central Market on Saturday February 6, 2021. Photo by Dawn J. Sagert

There are no plans at this stage to open more locations, according to the family. But if the restaurant is well received, they can expand.

Khalil said that at least since arriving in York his American friends have offered overwhelmingly positive reviews.

Although the restaurant had a smooth opening on Saturday, it will probably be two weeks before they have a grand opening ceremony as they have to wait for delivery of an oven hood.

The location previously housed DiCarlo’s Pizza.

– Logan Hullinger can be reached at [email protected] or via Twitter at @LoganHullYD.

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Mobile is home to one of the last lesbian bars in the United States

In the middle of the shops along Government Boulevard in Mobile is a bar called “Herz”. It might not look like much on the outside, but it’s the patrons inside that make it a rarity among American bars.

Herz is a lesbian bar – according to one group, it’s the only lesbian bar in Alabama and one of less than two dozen still standing in the United States.

According to the Lesbian Bar Project, a group that aims to raise awareness of the dearth of lesbian bars across the country, there were approximately more than 200 lesbian bars in the United States in the 1980s. Several factors contributed to their rapid demise, but the project was founded following the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As we enter a post-pandemic era, we want to continue to highlight the unique challenges lesbian bars face as they seek not only to reopen, but to thrive,” said Erica Rose, Co-Director of The Lesbian Bar Project, in a press release. .

Herz was started in 2019 by Sheila and Rachel Smallman, a couple who just wanted to start a new business and fill a need for lesbians.

“I have been in law enforcement for several years,” Sheila said. “I just wanted a fresh start. Something new, something different.

Herz owners Rachel and Sheila Smallman pose for a portrait inside the bar. Herz is the only lesbian bar in Alabama, and one of many across the country.

There are already a handful of gay bars in Mobile, but Rachel points out that they aren’t always places designed to make lesbians feel at home.

“Even though we have such a large community here in Mobile, they’ve never had a hangout that they feel comfortable in because you can go to an average gay bar, and it’s kinda focused on men, ”Rachel said. “With (the LGBTQ + community) being so large with different types of people, having this place here where you can come and just be yourself, whoever you are, has been a real step forward for them. “

Despite the low numbers, the founders of Herz had no idea that there were so few lesbian bars when they decided to open. In fact, they admit, the Smallmans might not even have opened Herz if they knew how few there were.

“I think if I had known that when I came in I would have been worried,” Rachel said. “I’m so glad we didn’t know that when we walked in. Because we started to say, ‘Okay, it’s just a bar, you know. It’s a bar for us.

The Lesbian Bar Project, while recalling that their bar is one of the few, provided a support group for Sheila and Rachel. In fact, Rachel says all the other bar owners keep in touch with each other.

“We are all connected and it’s like a family. We have a chain message that has lasted since we met, ”she said. “It really brought us together, even nationally.

The project released a short documentary on June 3 featuring a few of the bars, including Herz, to start a dialogue about the remaining bars and raise awareness.

“Our aim is to tell the personal stories of lesbian bar owners, patrons and community activists who have worked tirelessly to save the sacred spaces of their local communities over the past year,” Elina Street, Co-Director of Lesbian Bar Project, said in a statement. “The documentary highlights their hopes for the future, but also looks back at the safe spaces that have influenced the queer community throughout history. “

Herz is one of the only lesbian bars in the South, and while some may see operating a space for LGBTQ + people in the conservative South as a challenge, the Smallmans see their strength in it.

“People admire southerners,” Rachel said. “When you get to Herz the first thing you get is a ‘Hey, how are you? And the next thing you’re going to get is a hug.

“It’s clean, there are no empty glasses, there is no garbage on the floor, inside or out. I just can’t stand still because I want you to come back, the next day and the next day and the next day, ”Sheila said in the documentary.

Having first class service is important to them, but they also care about being a space where gay people can express themselves safely and with confidence. For example, Rachel reflects on a drag queen and king pride month show, which they call “Swag Shows,” and their transgender social night.

“The night of our show it was electric in here, you know everyone was so proud,” she said. “You could just see them come out like themselves, you know. I don’t think they could just walk into a bar dressed like themselves and be accepted the way they were here.

Pride month may be over, but the Smallmans are clear that pride never ends in Herz.

“Pride month has been awesome,” said Rachel. “You know, I felt that sense of pride, and I think we should feel that every day. Not just in June or July, but show that pride every day. Bring your communities together every day as if it was. pride month, and it will be so much stronger.

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Why Restaurants Add “Clean Food” to Their Menus – East Bay Times

There are several years of history behind the new truffle fries at Islands restaurant.

For starters, they mark the casual restaurant chain’s return to serving baskets of made-to-order fries with sliced ​​potatoes daily, something it stopped doing about 10 years ago, according to Michael Smith, president of the he is.

But they also show the chain’s commitment to clean eating, a movement that began a dozen years ago. It was a backlash against highly processed foods, which contain five or more ingredients, according to early clean food advocates.

“People say, ‘I want things you can pronounce,’” said Roger A. Clemens, assistant professor of pharmaceutical science and associate director of the regulatory science program at the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy.

He pointed to a new survey by the International Food Information Council carried out in May which showed that 63% of adults are influenced by ingredient lists on foods and drinks and 64% try to choose foods with clean ingredients.

Respondents in the online survey of over 1,000 adults in the United States described “clean” with terms such as “not man-made or synthetic” and used words such as “organic” or “fresh.”

They are motivated by the desire to enjoy the benefits of healthy foods or to avoid chemical-sounding foods.

Clemens saw how this desire manifests itself during a recent visit to an island restaurant.

There was a sign at the entrance stating that the channel was promoting the channel’s “clean and personalized” campaign.

“Catch the new wave of cleanliness,” one reads. “At Islands, we pride ourselves on sourcing the highest quality ingredients. Our commitment is to prepare and serve healthy and clean food.

He walked in and ordered a salad, but said the clean food sign didn’t affect his choice.

The sign reflects what customers want more than nutritional content, according to Clemens, speaking in a phone interview.

“Much of the restaurant industry and parts of the food industry have cut everything short.”

That’s not the intention, according to Smith.

“We wanted to improve our menu and be one of the casual restaurants that offers this to our customers. There aren’t many there, ”he said in a telephone interview.

“We want to be one of the first and do what’s right.”

The clean food movement influenced restaurants, but full-service chains did not embrace it like quick-service chains did. Newport Beach-based Chipotle Mexican Grill boasts of using 53 ingredients diners can pronounce, like yellow onion and sunflower oil.

St. Louis-based Panera Bread calls 100% of its food 100% clean, which means it doesn’t use any preservatives, flavors, sweeteners or artificial colors.

The islands’ commitment is to avoid growth hormones, antibiotics, artificial ingredients and preservatives.

“It’s a project that goes through all the ingredients on the menu,” Smith said in a telephone interview.

The islands menu is now around 75% clean, with the goal of reaching 100% percent by 2022, Smith said in a phone interview.

Much of the work, which included supplier relationships, was done during the pandemic, he said, even as the health crisis resulted in supply chain disruptions.

Clemens said clean food marketing doesn’t take into account the complexity of food chemistry.

“Their sign says no hormones,” observed Clemens in a telephone interview. “Well, how do you think plants grow? “

He gave some examples of how labels can be misunderstood or incomplete.

Vinegar, which is on Chipotle’s 53 ingredient list, is the same as acetic acid.

Carmine, a natural purple food coloring, is derived from beetles, which some vegetarians might not accept.

Milk contains over 100 ingredients, far more than the limit of five ingredients in many healthy food recipes.[[[[

Clemens said too many people make food choices based on what they see on social media and should instead seek out real medical experts.

“Talk to people like me. Don’t be fooled by the blogosphere.

Possible resources, he said, include the Institute of Food Technologists and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Well-known establishments such as Johns Hopkins Medicine and the Mayo Clinic also publish articles on nutrition online.

Eating clean may mean eating more whole foods and less highly processed snack foods, dietician Emily Brown wrote in an article on the Mayo Clinic website.

She suggests limiting packaged foods; foods with added salt, sugar or fat; and foods that are significantly altered from their natural forms.

“Trying to simplify a menu, I get it,” Clemens said. “But I work in a space where you try to feed the undernourished population groups. And you can’t do that with five ingredients.

Nutritional resources

Institute of Food Technologists: “What is the Clean Label? ”

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: “20 health tips for 2021”

Mayo Clinic: “A Guide to Food Labels”

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How Singapore’s Zouk is taking over the Las Vegas party scene

A render of Zouk Las Vegas, which opens in September 2021. (Photo: courtesy Resorts World Las Vegas)

By Chong Seow Wei

July 05, 2021

Singapore’s Zouk Group is venturing beyond Asia and into the United States for the first time, with a multi-million dollar plan that will redefine the Las Vegas entertainment and lifestyle scene

Six years ago, Singapore revelers reacted with a mixture of emotions when news broke that Genting Hong Kong, a subsidiary of Malaysian conglomerate Genting Group, had acquired the country’s most iconic nightclub, Zouk, for an undisclosed amount. Many longtime Zouk fans were skeptical whether this was the right move for the club, which has become an institution for generations of Singaporeans since it opened in 1991.

While Zouk’s future looked uncertain for clubbers, it has never been clearer for Genting’s side. For Lim Keong Hui, the son of Genting Group Chairman Lim Kok Thay, and Zouk’s new CEO Andrew Li, the future was expanding, both in terms of the lifestyle concepts Zouk could offer and presence all over the world.

“The Zouk brand has such an emotional connection to Singapore, which is why we paid attention to how we cultivate it from day one,” Li says. “But we also understand that it has to be a [sustainable] business, so Hui and I tapped into our experiences with nightlife around the world to elevate some of Zouk’s experiences. ”

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Photo: Courtesy of Zouk Group
Zouk nightclub in Singapore. (Photo: courtesy of the Zouk Group)

And enlarging it did. In 2019, Zouk opened its second nightclub in Malaysia, a 34,000 square foot space in the mountains at Resorts World Genting. Its first club in Malaysia, located in the city of Kuala Lumpur, opened in 2004 while the brand was still run by its founder, Lincoln Cheng.

In 2020, the temporary closure of nightclubs in Singapore due to the Covid-19 outbreak saw Li and his team react quickly with a pivotal plan. This led to the club opening up its spaces for other purposes, such as spin classes, a restaurant, and a pop-up cinema.

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This will be the most important year to date for the Zouk Group. In September, he brought his experiences to the United States for the first time with the launch of his newest and largest nightclub in Las Vegas.

Measuring 26,060 square feet, the nightclub can accommodate up to 2,160 revelers, compared to 1,500 at its location in Singapore. It has two party venues – the Zouk Main Room and the more hip-hop-focused Empire – as well as the Capital Bar, which has an unusual circular design and is connected to all venues.

There will also be a state-of-the-art ‘mothership’ ceiling centerpiece, seen in various forms at all of Zouk’s nightclubs, which can move from room to room and change the backdrop. background of the place thanks to light effects.

Other club technology features include a digital guest list and interactive 3D reservation cards, which will allow guests to see the exact table they are reserving.

Andrew Li, CEO of Zouk Group.  Photo: Courtesy of Zouk Group
Andrew Li, CEO of Zouk Group. (Photo: courtesy of the Zouk Group)

Along with the nightclub, Zouk is also launching other entertainment and lifestyle concepts. This includes Ayu Dayclub, a tropical themed beach club that will open on July 4 with a performance by Miley Cyrus; Famous Foods Street Eats, a multi-restaurant concept serving Southeast Asian street food that opened last week; Redtail social game bar; and the contemporary Asian restaurant Fuhu.

In two of these restaurants, there will be food that has a personal connection with Li and Lim, who are longtime friends. In Fuhu, those dishes are the aromatic crispy duck and Boston lobster noodles, which Li said he and Lim often ate when they were studying at a boarding school in London. “These two dishes always give us a strong sense of nostalgia when we grew up eating them, especially when we ran out of home,” says Li, whose family is from Hong Kong. At Redtail, it’s the spaghetti bolognese, which is another favorite of Li and his idea of ​​“the ultimate comfort food”.

Photo: Courtesy of Zouk Group
Zouk’s beach club concept Ayu Dayclub was inspired by tropical beach clubs in Phuket, Koh Samui and Bali. Photo: Courtesy of Zouk Group
Photo: Courtesy of Zouk Group
A rendering of Zouk Las Vegas’ contemporary Asian restaurant, Fuhu. The restaurant concept was first launched at Resorts World Genting in 2019. Photo: Courtesy of Zouk Group

According to Zouk, his Vegas concepts cost more than $ 70 million to build. They are part of Genting Group’s US $ 4.3 billion development of Resorts World Las Vegas, which is the first major launch the neon-lit Vegas Strip has seen in over a decade.

As of Thursday, the integrated resort began welcoming guests to its hotels and most dining establishments as part of its first phase of opening. It includes 3,500 hotel rooms managed by three brands, including Hilton and Conrad, as well as a 5,000-seat theater where Celine Dion and Katy Perry will perform later this year.

Its casino would also be the first in the world to be completely cashless, with plans to eventually allow customers to be able to pay in cryptocurrency.

According to Li, the timing of opening a new nightclub – and an integrated resort of this magnitude – in Vegas has never been better. “Looking at the past weekends, there’s been a lot of revenge spending in Vegas, where it’s all open and you don’t have to wear a mask anywhere anymore,” he says. “Plus, almost 50% of the American population has been vaccinated, so there are a lot of people now ready to go out and party, and Vegas is known for that. “

Indeed, the city has received a lot of attention lately; last year, it saw the launch of the US $ 1.9 billion Allegiant Stadium, which serves as the home base for the Las Vegas Raiders football team. And earlier this year, billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk’s The Boring Company unveiled the twin tunnels it had built under the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) to transport people around the massive Teslas site. Called LVCC Loop, it will later be connected to a larger Vegas Loop system which is still under development and will have stations located in the stadium, airport and the Strip.

“There’s been a lot of stuff happening in Vegas lately that feels like it’s reinventing itself,” Li says. “I think the opening of Resort Worlds Las Vegas is almost like the reopening of Las Vegas. The excitement surrounding its launch has been crazy because everyone knows it will be something special.

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Interior designs that prepare for guests, from trendy bars to dramatic dining rooms

THE LOOT IS now, finally, open for business.

The bar is not a commercial establishment, although Kiki Dikmen, Logistics Manager, would probably love to see you. With the help of interior designer Lucinda Loya, he built the bar in his Houston home. It has Mediterranean blue walls, cloudy mirrors, and painted smoke rings on the ceiling. Space was a pandemic labor of love that he recently revealed to his friends and family on his birthday.

“We gave everyone who came a gift: monogrammed masks with the words ‘Booty’s’,” Dikmen said.

As the pandemic draws to a close for most people in the United States, a finish-demic accelerates. Interior designers, furniture showrooms and tableware retailers report that after months of isolation, clients and patrons are eager to welcome family, friends, coworkers – hell, just about anyone – in their homes. “They feel like they’ve walked through the fire and survived. They want to reward themselves for the sacrifices and in many cases the profound losses they have suffered over the past year and a half, ”said Palm Beach designer Jim Dove.

With a gregarious abandon, the owners enhance the decor with a ‘you only live once’ verve that some designers say is unprecedented. Hermès-orange vanities. Golden striped ceilings.

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General Mills loses sales to restaurants

The great post-pandemic food reversion is underway, where consumers are eating a lot more in restaurants and partying, and a lot less panicking Lucky Charms in the kitchen at 2 a.m. than they were a year ago. year.

For General Mills, whose portfolio includes eight different brands at $ 1 billion and above, including Betty Crocker, Cheerios, Pillsbury and Old El Paso, the change saw its latest sales results drop 10% for the three months ending May 30, the society reported Wednesday (June 30).

Still, the company said that while the coming year will see a drop in demand for home food products, it will still remain higher than before the pandemic.

“Although in some corners people thought that demand would somehow fall off a cliff when people start returning to the office again, getting back to normal before the pandemic, we actually think some of these behaviors will be sticky, and that’s what we saw, ”Jeff Harmening, CEO of General Mills, said on a call with analysts. He then clarified, “More people are going to work from home more often than going to the office every day, and we’re pretty sure it’s here to stay… [also,] many millennials really got cooking skills and baking skills and a newfound confidence in cooking, and they found they could save money just by doing it.

The “meals and pastries” category in the United States saw the most dramatic drop in sales, dropping 30% in the quarter – which makes sense, given the stress-induced baking trend over the years. first months of quarantine – while grain sales in the United States were down 16 percent. All US categories sold less than last year (although sales in Canada were up 3 percent). The widespread decline suggests a sharp drop in the number of consumers purchasing food for home consumption in April and May.

The company’s last quarter ended on May 30, and the decline in sales was much larger than that of its competitors. Post, for example, saw only one 0.7% decrease in sales during its most recent quarter, which ended on March 31, and the Kellogg Company seen his sales increase by 5 percent for the quarter ending April 3.

The news of these falling sales comes as grocery store visits are down (both month-over-month and year-over-year) as restaurants register record seating , with visits skyrocketing not only above 2020 levels, but also compared to the pre-pandemic. . As a result, General Mills expects OOH sales (which only account for about 10 percent of the company’s sales) to increase. Interestingly, however, despite the restaurant boom in recent months, the company does not expect out-of-home demand to reach pre-pandemic levels.

Part of the problem for packaged food brands like General Mills may not just be the return to restaurants, but also the fact that restaurants have gained a significant chunk of consumer spending on food. home. PYMNTS research from a survey of over 5,000 U.S. consumers – published in The Bring-It-to-Me Economy: How Online Marketplaces and Aggregators Drive Omnichannel Commerce, created in collaboration with Carat through Fiserv – finds that dining out at home is here to stay. The study notes that two-thirds of consumers now order restaurant meals to eat at home, and that restaurant patrons are 31% more likely to order for off-site consumption than on-site.

“As we emerge from the pandemic, it is clear that consumer behaviors are not returning to what they once were,” Harmening said. “Simply put, we are ending one period of significant consumer disruption to start another. “

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Gay bars, a historic “refuge” for LGBTQ people

Gay bars, a historic “refuge” for LGBTQ people

It was a Friday night in the 1980s and police raided the Spurs, a popular gay bar in Cincinnati. Carl Fox and others have been ordered by police to line up with their IDs.

“I didn’t dare move. I was against the wall,” he said, adding that there was a police van nearby. “They were ready.

Fox is 63 and opened Rosie’s Tavern, a gay bar in Covington, about 20 years ago. After selling it, he opened the Crazy Fox Saloon in Newport. It is decorated with rainbow flags and a plush fox. He considers it a gay-friendly bar where everyone is welcome, which is important to him.

He and his partner of around 25, Terry Bond, remember how much the gay bar scene meant to them and their peers when they were younger.

Fox says that Friday night in the 1980s, several people were beaten by police as they tried to escape through the patio. The agents inside tried to upset people.

“They came right up to me, put a flashlight at my face, called me an f–, looked at my ID, asked me if my parents knew they had raised an f -, called me by name, shouted my address, “Fox said.” And if you dare say a word, you get beaten up. ”

Back then, people used to give false names in bars to hide their identities. Fox said he would meet three people on a night named “Joe Smith”.

The real names of those arrested were published in the newspaper, calling them homosexuals. Many lost their jobs and were ostracized by their friends and family. Despite the risk of police raids, gay bars were essential for LGBTQ people.

“The bar felt like a place you could be safe,” Fox said. “This was the place where you would meet all your friends. This is where you made new friends and you knew you weren’t going to be judged, not like you were being judged at home or at the school. “church or your job or whatever. It was a refuge, I guess.

This refuge was particularly important in the 1980s and 1990s as the HIV epidemic ravaged the LGBTQ community. Terry Bond, 54, says it galvanized people.

“It really engaged the community in a way that I don’t think it had before.”

Rather than just drinking together, the LGBTQ community was the first person to raise money for HIV research – even though it wasn’t called HIV at the time – and the first to publish articles on the virus. and safe sex practices, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC says nearly 330,000 gay and bisexual men have died of AIDS in the United States since the 1980s. The most recent data shows they are still at highest risk for contracting HIV.

In 2018, the CDC reports that 37,968 people were diagnosed with HIV in the United States. About 66% identified as gay or bisexual men; about 24% contracted the virus through heterosexual sex.

As the spread of HIV worsened, LGBTQ people had to recruit allies to prevent and treat the virus, Fox and Bond said.

Building allies meant creating a stronger movement for LGBTQ equality and health – something they are grateful for – but it also meant losing some of the intimate gay bars created.

“Now there’s a certain nostalgia for it because you gain stuff – you gain more acceptance in society,” Bond said. “But you’re also kind of losing that tight-knit community that you were used to and grew up in.”

Nowadays, they say, bars tend to be more “gay-friendly,” accepting allies into the fold.

Fox is now retired and Bond runs the Crazy Fox. He says the fear of an unknown virus during the COVID-19 pandemic was eerily reminiscent of what he and Fox went through in the 1980s. Because of this, they were especially strict with the mask mandate, social distancing and the seats outside, even during the winter.

“There are strong and strong parallels in terms of responsibility – the parallel between safer sex and ‘look, wear a mask, take care of each other’, and issues of personal responsibility,” Bond said.

Will the Gay Safe Space last?

In downtown Cincinnati, Paul Bogenschutz and Tim Ruffner have owned Bar 901 at Brittany since 2018. They are younger than Fox and Bond, but they still grew up fearful of violence and discrimination due to their sexual orientation.

“I’m very aware of where I am. So if I was ever on a date… you still won’t find me putting my hand on his back or holding his hand or me. lean towards, say, a kiss, for example, “Bogenschutz said.” What I always love about gay bars is that I can show appropriate affection and not have to worry about my life being in danger inside the bar or on my way back to my car. I find a lot of value in it and it’s important for me to keep it going for others. ”

Ruffner said their bar is small and intimate. It’s supposed to feel like a big living room where people can have conversations without being drowned out by loud music.

They recognize that the gay bar scene has changed over the years. Rather than being a space exclusively for LGBTQ people, the new generation of gay bars are more open and inviting to everyone.

Just as some LGBTQ youth are not afraid to be themselves openly in public, heterosexuals seem more and more comfortable joining their friends in gay and “gay-friendly” bars.

None of the bar owners think this refers to the end of gay bars.

“People say that in 50 years (…) there will still be gay bars, hopefully, but it won’t necessarily be because of the need for a safe space,” Ruffner said.

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Global Coffee & Coffee Shop Market 2021: SWOT Analysis of Key Factors Driving CAGR Value Growth

The latest research report on the Global Cafés and cafes Market provides the cumulative study on the COVID-19 outbreak to provide the latest information on the main characteristics of the Coffee Shops and Coffee Shops market. This intelligence report contains investigations based on current scenarios, historical records and future forecasts. The report contains various market forecasts related to market size, revenue, production, CAGR, consumption, gross margin as charts, graphs, pie charts, tables etc. While emphasizing on the major driving and restraining forces in this market, the report also offers a comprehensive study of future trends and developments in the market. It also examines the role of major market players involved in the industry including their business overview, financial summary, and SWOT analysis. It provides a 360-degree overview of the competitive landscape of industries. The coffee and coffee shops market is showing steady growth and the CAGR is expected to improve during the forecast period.

The Global Coffee & Coffee Shop Market report gives you in-depth information, industry knowledge, market forecast and analysis. The global Coffee Shops industry report also clarifies financial risks and environmental compliance. Global Coffee & Coffee Shop Market report helps industry enthusiasts including investors and policymakers to make reliable capital investments, develop strategies, optimize their business portfolio, achieve success in innovation and to work in a safe and sustainable manner.

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The segmentation chapters allow the readers to understand aspects of the market such as its products, available technology, and applications. These chapters are written to describe their development over the years and the course they are likely to take in the years to come. The research report also provides detailed information on new trends that could define the development of these segments in the coming years.

Segmentation of the cafes and cafes market:

Coffee Shops & Coffee Shops Market, By Application (2016-2027)

  • Coffee
  • Food
  • Other drinks

Coffee shops and cafes market, by product (2016-2027)

  • Soft drink
  • Non-carbonated drink
  • Alcoholic beverages

Main players operating in the coffee shops and cafes market:

  • Starbucks
  • Costa coffee
  • McCafe
  • Cafe Doutor
  • Coffee bean and tea leaf
  • Cafe Néron
  • TullyÃlyâ ?? ¬â ?? ¢ s Cafe
  • Espresso Ediya
  • Cafe Caribou
  • Cafés Gloria JeanÃâ ?? ¬â ?? ¢ s

Company Profiles – This is a very important section of the report which contains accurate and detailed profiles for the major players in the global Coffee Shops Market. It provides information on core business, markets, gross margin, revenue, price, production, and other factors that define the market development of the players studied in the Coffee Shops Market report.

Global Coffee & Coffee Market: Regional Segments

Different sections on regional segmentation give regional aspects of the Global Coffee & Coffee Shops Market. This chapter describes the regulatory structure likely to have an impact on the entire market. It highlights the political landscape of the market and predicts its influence on the global Coffee & Coffee Shop market.

  • North America (United States, Canada)
  • Europe (Germany, United Kingdom, France, rest of Europe)
  • Asia Pacific (China, Japan, India, rest of Asia-Pacific)
  • Latin America (Brazil, Mexico)
  • Middle East and Africa

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The objectives of the study are:

  1. To analyze the global coffee shops and cafes status, future forecast, growth opportunities, key market and major players.
  2. To present the development of Coffee Shops & Cafes in North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Middle East and Africa.
  3. Draw up a strategic profile of the main players and analyze in depth their development plan and strategies.
  4. To define, describe, and forecast the market by product type, market applications, and key regions.

This report includes the market size estimate for Value (Million USD) and Volume (K units). Top-down and bottom-up approaches have been used to estimate and validate the market size of the Coffee Shops market, to estimate the size of various other dependent submarkets in the overall market. Major market players have been identified by secondary research, and their market shares have been determined by primary and secondary research. All percentages, divisions and distributions were determined using secondary sources and verified primary sources.

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Chapter 1. Research methodology and data sources

Chapter 2. Executive summary

Chapter 3. Coffee Shops Market: Industry Analysis

Chapter 4. Coffee Shops and Coffee Shops Market: Product Overview

Chapter 5. Coffee and Coffee Shop Market: Application Information

Chapter 6. Coffee and coffee market: regional information

Chapter 7. Coffee shops and cafes market: competitive landscape

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New French restaurant in Eldorado | Business

French restaurants are slim choices in Santa Fe, and French restaurants that serve dinner are even slimmer.

Alain Jorand and Suzanne Eichler, soon to be married, will become French in their own right with their Le Pommier, which will open in one form or another on Bastille Day, the big celebration in France on July 14.

They won’t bolster French offerings in Santa Fe, but instead will open a bistro at La Tienda in the Eldorado shopping center, 7 Caliente Road. Le Pommier will be in the former La Plancha de Eldorado restaurant area.

“We want people to come here and feel like we’re going to spend two hours in the French countryside,” Eichler said. “This is not about turning things around. If you want to sit on the patio with your dog, then do so.

Jorand is originally from Reims in the province of Champagne north-east of Paris. He has owned French restaurants in Quebec; Florida; Buffalo, New York; and the non-French Flying Fish Café in Aspen, Colorado. He was briefly part of the Palace Restaurant ownership group in 2002, but has not owned a restaurant since then.

“Then he met me,” Eichler said.

She already uses her name on Alain and Suzanne Jorand’s business card even though the wedding does not take place until September 18.

“The menu will be in French with English underneath,” Eichler said. “There will be frog legs and pâté. It’s a very French menu. One of my favorites is the Ham butter – baguette with ham and butter.

There will also be steak fries, steak tartare and lamb stew with curry and apples (the Apple tree translates to apple tree). And the unexpected beef on weck, a nod to when Jorand lived in Buffalo.

Bouillabaisse and stew will make appearances on the menu.

One menu item specifically reads Chef Alain’s Niçoise salad. He said so often that the Niçoise salad deviates from the traditional recipe. Traditional ingredients include tomatoes, hard-boiled eggs, olives and anchovies or tuna, seasoned with olive oil.

“If you go to Nice, that’s what you’re going to get,” Jorand said of his eponymous Nicoise Salad.

Le Pommier will open for lunch first and add dinner about a month later, Jorand said.

Jorand worked for 14 years at Peter Dent’s Adobo Catering before taking three years off and now returning to catering. He left France in 1976 and made his first stopover in Quebec, where he owned La Chaumière, north of Montreal.

He arrived in the United States in 1986, opening Restaurant St. Honoré, Brasserie St. Honoré and Café St. Honoré in Florida.

“I was going crazy,” Jorand recalls. “My blood pressure went up.

He moved to Buffalo, opened the Enchanté restaurant and was introduced to the beef on weck sandwich which now challenges the very French flavor of the Le Pommier menu.

While in Aspen, he heard about the Palace Restaurant & Saloon for sale in Santa Fe. He and two associates bought it from Lino Pertusini, who had owned the palace for 20 years. Jorand moved away soon after but remained in Santa Fe.

Why choose Eldorado for a French restaurant?

“We took a house in Eldorado last year,” Eichler said. “We already have a small community of friends here. We were looking to open a cafe for breakfast and lunch, and this one became available. It’s a great place. We can’t just make a little coffee.

Le Pommier will join La Tienda’s already eclectic dining options, including Thai Bistro, Santa Fe Brewing Co., and Mami and Papi’s food truck.

“It’s a wonderful affirmation of the vitality of this community,” La Tienda co-owner Destiny Allison said of the Apple Tree. “We offer a diverse range of foods designed to attract and titillate your taste buds. “

Married couple Kathleen King and Mark Hawrylak opened Eldorado Coffee Corral on April 1 at La Tienda. The organic, fair-trade coffees and teas come from the Agapao Coffee and Tea roaster in Santa Fe. It also serves donuts, breads and sweet empanadas from Whoo’s Donuts. Bagels are shipped from New York.

El Sabor Gourmet Cheese, Sweets and Meats opened in April at La Tienda. Owner Ashley Scott offers around 20 varieties of cheeses from Spain, Denmark, Italy and beyond, as well as Humboldt Fog from California. The store offers seven imported meats, including mortadella, prosciutto, and Molinari salami, and Scott has 12 gluten-free desserts, including cheesecakes, layered cakes, and pecan pies.

“I’m a fifth generation Santa Fe,” Scott said. “Basically I grew up in Eldorado and then moved to Colorado a bit and had a restaurant. I’ve always wanted a cheese factory. La Tienda fell on my knees.

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“The biggest problem” facing bars

Colossal rent debts weigh heavily on the hotel industry’s neck. If the situation is not resolved, there could be far-reaching implications for future generations in the bar world, writes Amy Hopkins.

Without government intervention, rent debt could endanger 330,000 additional jobs in addition to those lost in 2020

* This feature was originally published in the June 2021 issue of Spirits trade. On June 16, 2021, the UK government announced a further nine-month extension of protection against commercial evictions

The devastation caused by the coronavirus pandemic on the hospitality sector is confirmed by data from the UK Hospitality trade body: in a terrible year, 660,000 jobs were lost, sales of 86 billion pounds sterling (US $ 122.3 billion) have disappeared, and at least 12,000 companies have gone out of business for good.

One figure that continues to rise is the collective rent debt accumulated by the sector since the first nationwide foreclosure in March 2020. Currently, the debt stands at £ 2.5 billion, according to UK Hospitality, whose recent survey from members revealed that more than half are unable to pay their arrears.

At the start of the foreclosure, the UK government announced a moratorium on lapsing of leases to prevent landlords from evicting commercial tenants for non-payment of rent. The moratorium has been extended several times and is due to end on June 30, 2021.

Meanwhile, tenants and owners have been on their own when it comes to refunds. However, a large number of discussions ended in deadlock, with UK Hospitality estimating that 40% of business owners were unable to agree on a rental grant with their landlords.

“Some owners have taken a collaborative and supportive approach, but we have also seen a significant number of owners reject this approach and be tough and aggressive. Now is the time to fix this problem, ”said Kate Nicholls, CEO of UK Hospitality.

Kate Nicholls, British hotel business

As such, the group is calling for “sustained and targeted intervention” by the UK government to help both sides reach a deal. “To date, the government’s strategy – to introduce and repeatedly expand a ban on coercive measures – has just advanced the problem,” adds Nicholls. UK Hospitality and other voices have warned that a ‘bloodbath’ of closures would be inevitable if the crisis is not resolved, putting 330,000 more jobs at risk.

Following the government’s call for evidence on commercial rent debts, UK Hospitality has submitted a number of proposals to protect the industry, all based on the premise that the financial burden caused by the pandemic should be equitably borne by owners and tenants.

More precisely, the group wishes to see: the existing protections extended and extended; at least 50% of the rent debts accumulated during amortized business closings, and at least 25% amortized for periods when businesses were operating under Covid-19 restrictions; and for owners and tenants to agree on reasonable repayment terms.


It is not yet clear whether lawmakers will heed the advice. In the meantime, business leaders are waiting on hot coals. The prospect of paying such high costs while continuing to operate under government-imposed restrictions has left many in a state of anxiety, frustration and disbelief. For some, any positive action will be too little, too late.

“I lost my whole business,” says Jonathan Downey, who opened London-based cocktail institution Milk & Honey almost two decades ago. In a heartbreaking move that reverberated throughout the industry, Downey closed the prestigious Soho bar last September after 18 years of operation. It has also closed its street restaurants Giant Robot, Dinerama, and Hawker House for good, while its Model Market business will remain afloat until the end of September.

“By then, I would have lost everything I have ever built in the hospitality industry,” says Downey, who blames rent debt for every shutdown, calling it “the biggest problem” the industry is facing. confronted.

Over the course of two decades, Downey has paid almost £ 4million (US $ 5.7million) in rent to the owner of Milk & Honey, “but they wouldn’t accept a pound of arrears being written off. ; nothing, ”he said.

Over the past year, Downey has transformed what started out as a WhatsApp group into a lobbying organization called Hospitality Union. Through this, he launched the #NationalTimeOut campaign, which calls on the government to legislate for a national rotating rent system, that is, zero rent for periods without rotation during the pandemic. “[The government needs] an extraordinary response to extraordinary circumstances, ”says Downey. “They have to be imaginative and creative, and they just didn’t do anything … and what they did, they did wrong.”

Downey believes that if homeowners aren’t forced by law to agree to significantly reduced terms, “they’re never going to make deals.” Thanks to Hospitality Union, Downey has heard many stories of callous behavior from owners, and even threats of violence. He hopes the new organization will provide a platform for small business owners who often lack the bargaining power and resources to join forces and influence positive change.

Peter Thornton, chief financial officer of London concert hall The Piano Works, calls on the UK government to adopt Australia’s rent relief model, which operates on a proportionality basis.

Similar to Downey’s rent-to-revenue proposal, this would mean that rent relief would be commensurate with the tenant’s reduction in business, with rent waivers accounting for at least 50% of the total rent reduction.

“Many business ventures are opening in an uncertain environment, which could prove difficult for cash flow, while also facing pressure from potential landlord action to pay off rent arrears,” says Thornton. “We are not asking for additional support from the government, but we are asking for a fair and binding solution to the rent problem that ensures that landlords and tenants work together … and share the burden of the pandemic, in which case the Australia’s rent relief model would be a strong and viable solution.

Meanwhile, in the United States, mass rent debt is also a constant concern for hospitality venues, and businesses must contend with a fragmented state-by-state approach.

“Rent debt, and the threat thereof, has forced the closure of thousands of bars, many of which are icons in their own communities,” said Aaron Gregory Smith, executive director of the United States Bartenders’ Guild.

Smith adds that while many states have anti-eviction orders for residential tenants, the same has not been true for business premises. As such, “many bars have had to find creative ways to make money to cover their rent obligation throughout the pandemic.”


It quickly becomes evident that the rent crisis is having an even deeper impact on the industry; Now that restrictions are easing in the US, UK and other markets, Smith notes that many companies face staff shortages after laying off or taking employees off to cover the costs of rent. “If rent relief had been an option, it’s entirely possible that everyone is now working with the best levels of staff,” he says.

Downey notes that in the future the industry could suffer from a lack of investment if potential business owners view hospitality venues as “risky” assets that “could be shut down at any time, without fail. of [their] clean. “In addition, rent debts and other challenges stemming from the pandemic have” deterred many people from working in the industry. [because] these jobs are not as secure as we once thought ”.

In the long run, Smith believes the current crisis could lead to a more equitable relationship between landlords and commercial tenants. “We hope that in the future, whether or not the rent debt problem is easily resolved, landlords will become much more empathetic partners with the businesses they rent.”

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