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Somerfield opens its doors to all

first_imgSomerfield opens its doors to allOn 10 Aug 2004 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Supermarket group Somerfield is opening uphundreds of jobs for people with disabilities by joining forces with Remploy, the leading supplier of employment opportunitiesfor the disabled. Under the scheme – which covers more than 1,250 Somerfieldand Kwik Save supermarkets nationwide – stores willprovide Remploy’s recruitment division, Interwork Services, with details of their vacancies. Thecompany is guaranteeing to interview all candidates presented by Interwork Services, provided they meet the jobspecification requirements. Interwork Services will advise on the interviewprocess and provide continuing advice and support for both new recruits andmanagement. It will also be available for advice on issues around disabilityand access. Karan Paige, head of retail HR at Somerfield, said: “We have already been working with Remploy to recruit disabled people and we are impressedwith the significant contribution these employees have made. “This partnership will provide a unique recruitment resource for Somerfield, enabling the company to access the widestpossible pool of talent. It will also help us meet our obligations on diversityand equal opportunities issues.” Stuart Knowles, executive director for InterworkServices, said there were more than a million disabled people in the UKwho wanted to work and were looking for an opportunity to use their skills. “Experience shows they are particularly committed and conscientiousemployees,” he said. “Yet too often their potential is ignored wherethere are acute employment shortages.” Somerfield said it hoped the scheme would enableits workforce to better reflect its customer base and the local community. By Mike Berry last_img read more


Low gas prices blamed as Equinor earnings sink in third quarter 2019

first_imgEquinor hopes new projects will help it recover from weak third quarter 2019 performanceNew projects and the extension of capacity of existing fields is expected to partly offset the decline in production, with the Johan Sverdrup oilfield – Norway’s third largest – in particular earmarked to provide a boost by the end of November, giving a capacity of above 300,000 barrels per day (b p/d).The firm says it had completed 32 exploration wells and made 14 commercial discoveries, as of the end of the third quarter.Sætre added: “Since the beginning of third quarter, we have started production from Trestakk, Mariner, Snefrid Nord, Utgard, and Johan Sverdrup.“At Johan Sverdrup, the field has already achieved a daily production above 200,000 barrels.“The five new fields are expected to deliver on average more than 200,000 high-value barrels per day net to Equinor in 2020.“We are developing a portfolio of profitable projects with low-CO2 emissions, and we are on track to deliver strong production growth in 2020 and a 3% average annual production growth from 2019 to 2025.” The Norwegian state-backed energy giant will delay gas production until prices rebound, after market forces hit its third quarter 2019 earnings Equinor chief hails ‘game-changing’ offshore wind developmentsThe Equinor boss also said significant progress had been made in its offshore wind business, noting the “game-changing” award of contracts at the UK’s Dogger Bank windfarm and the US’ Empire Wind farm off New York.Sætre added that development plans for its Hywind Tampen floating wind farm project — a $550m investment that will be used to power oil and gas drilling operations in the Norwegian Sea — had been delivered.The project was announced earlier this month and will be the world’s first offshore wind farm used to power oil and gas platforms.It also involves $250m of investment from Norway’s government and a further $62m from the NOx Fund, an initiative dedicated to curbing emissions.Sætr said: “We have been systematically maturing technologies for floating offshore wind for almost 20 years.“The decision by the Snorre and Gullfaks partners helps bring this technology an important step forward.“About 80% of the global resource potential for offshore wind is in deep waters, and floating offshore wind may play an important part in the energy transition towards more sustainable global energy supply.“This brings substantial opportunities for Norwegian industry.”center_img Equinor’s Johan Sverdrup oil project (Credit: Equinor) Equinor has announced its earnings fell significantly in the third quarter of 2019, with results impacted by weaker than expected prices for liquids and gases.Adjusted earnings for the Norwegian majority state-owned energy firm dropped to $2.59bn in the three-month period, compared to $4.84bn in the previous year, and below analyst predictions of around $2.69bn.Overall production also declined – down 8% year-on-year during the quarter to 1,909 million barrels of oil equivalent per day – although the firm says its production “flexibility” has enabled it to defer gas production to a time when commodity prices are higher.President and CEO Eldar Sætre said: “We maintain strong cost and capital discipline, but our results are impacted by lower commodity prices in the quarter.“In addition, we have decided to use our flexibility to defer gas production to periods with higher expected prices.“Based on our strong balance sheet and outlook for profitable growth, we have in the quarter demonstrated our commitment to capital distribution and are executing the first tranche of a five billion dollar share buy-back programme.”last_img read more


The roads don’t love you

first_imgThe Roads Don’tLove YouGemma Hayesout 31 October« « A lready with one nominationfor the Mercury Music Prizeunder her belt for her lastalbum, Night On My Side, expectationswere high for Gemma Hayes.It’s easy to see why. The MercuryPrize admirably rewards one of thescarcest qualities in popular musicculture. Originality. Nobody candeny that the Mercury judgesdidn’t pull through this year bychoosing Antony and the Johnsons;undoubtedly a distinctive album,with Antony Hegarty’s androgynousvocals and such varied contributorsas Lou Reed, Devendra Banhart,Boy George and Rufus Wainwright.Unfortunately, in spite of variousmerits, originality is not one whichcan be awarded to Gemma Hayes’latest offering The Roads Don’t LoveYou. In a market recently floodedwith the gentle tones and guitar riffsof such singer songwriters as NorahJones and Katie Melua, Hayes’ pieceoffers nothing new.The warning signs are clear fromthe album cover. The horror provokinglytrite Dido-esque photograph ofa pretty, though typically pop-stocklooking blonde set against an out offocus city background is presumablylaying emphasis on the despair andloneliness which only singer-songwritersseem to be profound enoughto feel.But there is an old adage aboutjudging by covers, and it seems truewith the first track on the album,Two Step. It is catchy, and with theartist’s Irish roots making themselvesknown with echoes of the Cardigans,it is the closest she comes to beinginteresting. However, humourouslypoor lyrics turn a smart and sophisticatedsong into a thoughtless popditty.From then on the album blursinto a stream of homogeneous harmonies,and lacklustre lyrics whichprovide no insight whatsoever intoHayes’ claim that her personalityis stronger on this album than herlast one. If this album is an accuraterepresentation of her personality, Iimagine that a Tamagotchi would bemore stimulating company. Having,in her words, lost and refound her“mojo”, a claim that would lead mostto expect a more innovative soundand style, it is alas still nowhere tobe seen.Of course it’s not all completelybad. The Roads Don’t Love Youis in no way offensive; in fact it isperfectly acceptable, even pleasant,background music. It is ideal for essaycrisis management and treatingthe more severe cases of insomnia.But Gemma Hayes contributesnothing to the genre on which sheis styling herself; what she doeshas been done better many timesbefore, and anyone buying thisalbum expecting otherwise will bedisappointed. She is Avril Lavignewithout the humourous adolescentattitude. She is Norah Jones withoutthe soul. She is Eva Cassidy withoutthe spine-tingling voice and inspiringchoice of tracks. She is essentiallyreally rather dull.ARCHIVE: 3rd week MT 2005last_img read more



first_imgWHATS ON YOUR MIND TODAY?“IS IT TRUE” will be posted on this coming FridayTodays READERS POLL question is: Would you vote for Evan Bayh to the United States Senate in this coming November General election?Please take time and read our newest feature articles entitled “HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS” posted in our sections.If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] 2015 City County Observer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributeFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more


Walk for the Wounded in Ocean City Set for Saturday Morning

first_imgWHAT: The 7th annual Walk for the Wounded, a three-mile walk aimed at drawing attention to the plight of returning soldiers and their families, while raising funds to help meet their critical needsWHO: Operation First Response, a nonprofit organization that provides financial assistance to wounded soldiers and their families. Presenting Sponsor is Ocean City Home Bank, and numerous other supporters, advertisers and walkers pitch in.Sergeant Matthew Sonderman, United States Marine Corps (retired), who was severely wounded when his Humvee was struck by an improvised explosive device (IED), and James Levison, U.S. Army, who experienced symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury after serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, will speak before the event.WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 268 a.m.: Tidal Wave band begins to perform8:30 a.m.: Registration begins9:30 a.m.: Introductions and welcomes, including: Steve Brady, President and CEO of Ocean City Home Bank; Emcee Phil Martelli, head coach of St. Joseph’s University men’s basketball team; Benediction by Fred Banner of Shore Medical Center; Pledge of Allegiance by Ocean City American Legion; National Anthem by Marmora resident Julia Fumo, age 149:45 a.m.: Remarks by Peggy Baker, chief executive officer of Operation First Response; James Levison and Matthew Sonderman1o a.m.: The three-mile walk begins at the Music Pier and proceeds to 14th Street.1 p.m.: All children who raise $10 or more receive a wristband for rides at Gillian’s Wonderland Pier from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.WHERE: Ocean City Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace and Boardwalk, Ocean City, N.J. The American colors lead the way for the sixth annual Walk for the Wounded in September 2014, in Ocean City, NJ. The annual Walk for the Wounded — a major fundraiser for veterans and their families — returns to the Ocean City Boardwalk on Saturday morning (Sept. 26). Anybody is invited to participate. Read more (“Ocean City Asks Folks to Walk for the Wounded on Sept. 26“) and see the quick guide below.last_img read more


Seymour Manufacturing

first_imgCold Stop insulated freezer and chill-store entry curtains can help bakers reduce energy costs, according to Seymour Manufacturing (Shropshire).The company says the curtains can lead to energy savings ranging from 18% to 25% in a chiller room to 30% to 35% in freezers.The Cold Stop curtains qualify for 100% tax relief under the government’s Enhanced Capital Allowances Scheme. Curtain panels are available in standard 475mm widths and bespoke heights. Panels have a window and are soft and lightweight.last_img read more


Next issue: November 5

first_imglDesserts & puddingsLast year saw the rise of frozen desserts, but how did the category perform in 2010? We analyse the latest data and report on trends. Plus fantastic recipe ideas from Dan LepardlKeeping it localWhether it’s box schemes, local food hubs or grocery delivery websites, we explore new ways to get products to customers as they continue to trawl the internet for local food producerslValentine’s DayAre you ready for one of the key trading days in the seasonal calendar? It’s time to start looking at the latest products and ingredientslast_img read more


Creating a whole from fragments

first_imgIn the hands of artist Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, a few photographic works prove powerful enough to make a profound statement about family and the Afro-Latin experience in America.“I tried to talk about the nuances of construction of the family. I’ve always been curious about the dichotomy, almost the opposing sides — black/white, Cuba/America, Africa/Europe — and then the result, the hybrid surge element,” said Campos-Pons, whose exhibit “Something About Family” opened Thursday at the Neil L. & Angelica Zander Rudenstine Gallery in the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research.“I’ve been using diptychs and triptychs to comment on the idea of fragments and how we make a whole. It’s almost like we take particles of identity to create this new one,” she said.“Sagrada Familia” pays homage to Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons’ son and to her husband Neil Leonard (left).Campos-Pons is an interdisciplinary artist, but the exhibit focuses on a selection of 20-by-24-inch Polaroid Polacolors, a medium she chose for its “lusciousness.” They are not photojournalistic works meant to freeze a telling moment, however, but deliberate compositions that were planned, sketched, and carefully arranged in advance.“They’re very elaborately constructed,” said Campos-Pons.And they’re haunting. “Family Still Life” is a triptych of pale, slender bottles capturing “the little noises, the moment of stillness in the family, the moment of beauty, love, sorrow, joy … the sacred stories told within the walls,” said Campos-Pons. “A bottle carries so much silent information within — it’s the air that everybody breathes, the noises the air carries.”Another triptych, “Sagrada Familia,” pays homage to Campos-Pons’ son and to her husband; their pictures, she said, reflect the “trilogy of relations,” with mother and father at the center. “Study for December 17” celebrates a Yoruba holiday honoring a god that her late father worshipped in Cuba.Poignantly, “Unspeakable Sorrow,” a trio of women covered in black, their faces hidden from the lens, addresses women responding to and trying to make sense of tragedy. Campos-Pons created the work after the death of her mother, and it had special meaning for her at the opening on Thursday. Her father-in-law, Neil Leonard II, had died the day before. The show, which Campos-Pons called “an opportunity to reflect about where you’ve been and where you’re headed,” is dedicated to him.The triptych “Sagrada Familia” reflects the “trilogy of relations,” with mother and father at the center, said Campos-Pons. Courtesy of the Neil L. & Angelica Zander Rudenstine Gallery“I’m happy it opened today, at his alma mater,” she said. “I know he’d be proud.”Campos-Pons was born and raised in Cuba, and came to the United States in 1988 to study at the Massachusetts College of Art. She now teaches painting at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. She has had solo shows at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Venice Biennale, the Johannesburg Biennial, the First Liverpool Biennial, the Dak’Art Biennial in Senegal, and the Guangzhou Triennial in China, and she was the first artist to exhibit at the Rudenstine Gallery, in 2006.Dell M. Hamilton of the Du Bois Institute, who studied with Campos-Pons at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, said her work addressed issues of longing, exile, and belonging, and called her a model of the African-Latin experience.“That immigrant’s feeling of looking backwards and forwards — I think that’s what Magda is doing in her work,” said Hamilton, the American-born daughter of Honduran parents. “That’s part of the challenge, what her work is trying to bring into the conversation. How Afro-Latins make a life for themselves here in the U.S. is a question scholars are still trying to figure out.”“Something About Family” was curated by Portia Harcus and was co-sponsored by the Du Bois Institute and the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies. It will be on display through May.last_img read more


Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton Opens Off-Broadway

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on May 3, 2015 Star Files Hamilton (Off-Broadway) Related Shows View Comments The much-buzzed about Hamilton, created by and starring Tony winner Lin-Manuel Miranda, opens at The Public Theater on February 17. Miranda plays the titular role in the new musical alongside Christopher Jackson as George Washington, Leslie Odom Jr. as Aaron Burr and Brian d’Arcy James as King George. Directed by Thomas Kail, the off-Broadway show will play through May 3. Next stop the Great White Way?Hamilton, with book, music, and lyrics by Miranda, is inspired by the book Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. The new musical follows the scrappy young immigrant who forever changed America, from bastard orphan to Washington’s right hand man, rebel to war hero, loving husband caught in the country’s first sex scandal to Treasury head who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Eliza Hamilton and lifelong Hamilton friend and foe, Aaron Burr, all make appearances in the tuner about America’s fiery past.The cast also includes Phillipa Soo as Eliza Hamilton, Anthony Ramos as John Laurens/Phillip Hamilton, Daveed Diggs as Marquis De Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson and Renée Elise Goldsberry as Angelica Schuyler, along with Carleigh Bettiol, Ariana DeBose, Sydney James Harcourt, Sasha Hutchings, Thayne Jasperson, Stephanie Klemons, Jon Rua, Seth Stewart, Betsy Struxness, Ephraim Sykes, Andrew Chappelle, Alysha Deslorieux, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Javier Muñoz, Okieriete Onaodowan and Voltaire Wade-Greene.d’Arcy James will bow out of the production on March 1 for Broadway’s Something Rotten. No official announcement has been made regarding his replacement. Lin-Manuel Mirandalast_img read more


CVPS board authorizes discussions with Gaz Metro

first_imgCentral Vermont Public Service (NYSE: CV) announced in a statement Monday evening that the CVPS Board of Directors has authorized discussions with Gaz Métro Limited Partnership regarding Gaz Metro’s unsolicited acquisition proposal. GazMetro is the owner of Green Mountain Power and Vermont Gas Systems.On May 30, 2011, CVPS announced that it had entered into a definitive agreement with Fortis Inc. (TSX: FTS) providing for the acquisition of all of the outstanding common shares of CVPS by Fortis for $35.10 per share in cash, including approximately $230 million in debt, for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $700 million. CVPS continues to be bound by the terms of that agreement.On June 23, 2011, Gaz Metro made an unsolicited proposal to acquire all CVPS outstanding common shares for $35.25 per share in cash. In reviewing that proposal, the CVPS Board determined, in good faith and after consultation with its financial advisors and outside legal counsel, that the Gaz Metro proposal is reasonably likely to lead to a superior proposal. As provided for under the merger agreement with Fortis, the CVPS Board has therefore authorized CVPS and its advisors to furnish information to and enter into discussions with Gaz Metro and its representatives.The CVPS statement said that there can be no assurances as to the outcome of any discussions with Gaz Metro, and CVPS will not provide any further updates on discussions with either Gaz Metro or Fortis until such time as the CVPS Board has made a final determination with respect to the Gaz Metro proposal.CVPS’s financial advisor is Lazard, and its legal advisors are Loeb & Loeb LLP and Sidley Austin LLP.Central Vermont OverviewCVPS, the largest electric utility in Vermont, serves nearly 160,000 customers in 163 cities and towns across Vermont. CVPS has about 520 employees. The company is a three-time winner of the Edison Electric Institute’s national Emergency Recovery Award, and CVPS Cow Powerâ ¢ won the 2009 U.S. Department of Energy Utility Green Program of the Year Award. CVPS has been listed by Forbes Magazine as one of the most trusted companies in America for 60 straight months.Important Additional InformationThis communication does not constitute a solicitation of any vote or approval. This communication is being made in respect of the proposed merger transaction involving CVPS. The proposed merger will be submitted to the stockholders of CVPS for their consideration. In connection therewith, CVPS will file a preliminary proxy statement and a definitive proxy statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). CVPS also plans to file other documents with the SEC regarding the proposed transaction. CVPS URGES INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS OF CVPS TO READ THE PROXY STATEMENT AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS THAT WILL BE FILED WITH THE SEC CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION. The definitive proxy statement will be mailed or delivered to CVPS’s stockholders. In addition, stockholders will be able to obtain the proxy statement and other relevant documents filed by CVPS with the SEC free of charge at the SEC’s website at is external), or at CVPS’s website at is external) by clicking on the link “SEC Filings.”Participants in the SolicitationCVPS and its directors and executive officers may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from the stockholders of CVPS in connection with the proposed transaction. Information about CVPS and its directors and executive officers, and their ownership of CVPS’s securities, is set forth in the proxy statement for the annual meeting of stockholders of CVPS held on May 3, 2011, which was filed with the SEC on March 24, 2011. These documents can be obtained free of charge from the sources indicated above. Other information regarding the participants in the proxy solicitation and a description of their direct and indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, will be contained in the proxy statement relating to the proposed merger and other relevant materials to be filed with the SEC when they become available.Forward-Looking StatementsStatements contained in this press release that are not historical fact are forward-looking statements intended to qualify for the safe-harbors from the liability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements made that are not historical facts are forward-looking and, accordingly, involve estimates, assumptions, risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results or outcomes to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements. Actual results will depend, among other things, upon the actions of regulators, performance of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant, effects of and changes in weather and economic conditions, volatility in wholesale electric markets, volatility in the financial markets, and our ability to maintain our current credit ratings. These and other risk factors are detailed in CV’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings. CV cannot predict the outcome of any of these matters; accordingly, there can be no assurance that such indicated results will be realized. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements that speak only as of the date of this press release. CV does not undertake any obligation to publicly release any revision to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this press release. RUTLAND, VT–(Marketwire – June 27, 2011) -RELATED:  Bidding War: GMP owner GazMetro makes offer to buy CVPS, make one companyThu Jun 23 2011by Vermont Business Magazine. For those waiting for the other shoe to drop in the sale of Central Vermont Public Service to Canadian-based Fortis, it just did. GazMetro, also Canadian and also the owner of Green Mountain Power and Vermont Gas, announced June 23 that it has made an offer to buy the Rutland-based utility. The unsolicited offer would increase the price another 15 cents per share over the Fortis offer.last_img read more