Diary Dates

first_imgPlanning ahead22-26 January 2011SIGEPLocation: Rimini, Italyhttp://en.sigep.itKicking off the bakery-related trade shows for 2011 is the Italian show SIGEP, the 32nd International Exhibition of Artisan Production of Gelato (ice cream), Pastry, Confectionery and Bakery. Exhibitors numbered 720 in 2010.Located in Rimini, a UK Bread Cup team is taking part in the competitions. The show promises the latest in raw materials, basic products, plant, machinery, furnishing and fittings for the bakery and artisan gelato trades. Events to be featured include the Italian Chocolate Championship and the first Junior World Confectionery Championship.25 November 2010Food & Drink Industry Sustainability Network Briefing DayDaventry, UKwww.fdin.org.uk/seminars/forthcoming-seminars2 December 2010Taste Trends 2010 – Ideas and Inspiration for NPDLeatherhead, Surreywww.leatherheadfood.com/taste21 January 2011The Steering Group for the Future of Bakery SkillsCampden BRI, Chipping Campden, UKContact: Louise Codling, 0845 644 0448last_img read more

Band Takes Stand For LGBTQ Rights By Performing In Drag In North Carolina [Photos/Vidoes]

first_imgOn May 25th, MarchFourth is launching a Kickstarter for their fourth studio album, Magic Number, which was recorded at The Parlor Recording Studio in New Orleans, LA, produced by Galactic’s Ben Ellman and featuring Stanton Moore and Trombone Shorty. Depending on your pledge, you’ll be able to pre-order the album through the program when it goes live later this month. Needless to say, this record is going to be off the charts!Catch MarchFourth later this month when they swing through Summer Camp for a late night Sunday set that promises a multi-faceted, indelible experience, as well as various guerilla parades throughout the weekend! They’ll be sure to keep it fresh all the way through! MarchFourth is a genre-breaking force of nature in the world of entertainment. Carrying nearly twenty musicians, dancers, and artisans around the country for a show that defies categorization and implores free-spirited joy-inducing, foot-stomping, booty-shaking, soul-stirring ambience sets the band apart from any other touring band. Able to catch the attention of any, the cast of characters recently used their position to an advantage of power.Following the new laws in North Carolina against the LGBTQ community, and the recent concert cancellations that some headlining acts chose to respond with, members of MarchFourth decided to respond to the situation in a different way. After a late night drunken conversation about the matter, the band unanimously decided to go forward with both their North Carolina shows, in Durham at Motorco and headlining the LEAF Festival outside of Asheville, in full drag. Over the weekend, they chose to perform in dresses, makeup, wigs, and all, both to poke fun at the state’s governor and to stand in solidarity with those who are being persecuted for who they are. While performing this way in the North Carolina towns was certainly a risky move, they were pleased to be overwhelmingly supported by their fans. Their sets, some of their best ever, included a brassy version of Prince‘s “Purple Rain” and “Hot Stepper” from their upcoming album.Purple RainHot Stepper“It was pretty surreal going on after Juan de Marcos and the Afro Cuban All Stars, them in suits and gowns,” trumpeter Paul Theodore Chandler told us about his experience at LEAF Fest. “And then it’s us getting on but with all the dudes in gowns and makeup. F***ing awesome.”Here are some stunning photos from their LEAF Festival performance, courtesy of Sandlin Gaither Photography:last_img read more

Shumlin calls for a Senate vote on operation of Vermont Yankee before March break

first_imgSenate President Pro Tem Peter Shumlin today announced that the Senate will vote before the town meeting break on whether or not relicensing the Vermont Yankee nuclear power station to operate beyond its scheduled closing date is in the best interest of Vermonters. “It is the responsibility of the General Assembly to vote on the continued operation of Vermont Yankee,” Shumlin said in a prepared statement. “We have a responsibility to provide Vermonters and Vermont businesses a direction for our energy future, provide our electric utilities with sufficient time to secure delivery of energy, and in the event that the plant ceases operating as scheduled in 2012, provide the workers at Vermont Yankee adequate time to secure employment.”  Shumlin has asked the Senate Finance Committee to take up the legislation relating to the continued operation of the Vermont Yankee nuclear energy generating plant this week.  The full Senate is expected to consider the question of continued operation before legislators return home for town meeting. “Vermonter’s deserve better than what Entergy Louisiana has to offer.  The reactor is too old to operate reliably past its scheduled closure in 2012.  The corporation has misled our public officials and the people of Vermont,” said Senator Peter Shumlin.  “Vermonter’s confidence in Vermont Yankee has been further marred by Entergy’s attempt to create a debt ridden spin off corporation to take ownership of the plant.  The cleanup fund is already more than half a billion dollars short and Vermonters cannot afford a corporation that may shift that cost to ratepayers.  There is also frustration with Entergy/Enexus’ power purchase proposal, which would raise Vermonter’s electricity rates by nearly 50 percent and provide us with only 11 percent of our power. Operating Vermont Yankee beyond its scheduled closing date of March 12, 2012, is not in the best interests of Vermonters and unnecessary delay is an irresponsible option for our energy future.”Vermont Town Meeting day is March 2 this year.Source: Shumlin’s office. 2.16.2010last_img read more

Real Madrid unseat Man United as most valuable soccer team – Forbes

first_img(REUTERS) – Real Madrid unseated Manchester United as the world’s most valuable soccer club, according to the annual list published by business magazine Forbes yesterday.Real Madrid, who in 2018 won the Champions League for a third consecutive year, were valued at $4.24 billion (£3.36 billion), up 9% from a year ago, Forbes said.Barcelona were second on the list with a value of $4 billion while Manchester United, who held top spot in the last two years, were third with a value of $3.8 billion.Bayern Munich ($3 billion) and Manchester City ($2.69 billion) rounded out the top five.The 20 most valuable soccer clubs this year are worth an average of $1.75 billion, up 34% from last year, a jump Forbes attributes to sponsors paying more money to attach themselves to these teams.“Soccer team values are increasing because companies continue to increase the amount of money they pay teams for shirt and kit rights, and sponsorships,” said Michael Ozanian, assistant managing editor at Forbes.“Soccer is the most popular team sport in the world and soccer players are running billboards for brands.”last_img read more

Annenberg talks about diversity in film

first_imgFollowing the release of a comprehensive study on Hollywood’s lack of diversity, the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism hosted a panel with some of the industry’s key decision-makers Monday night for a discussion on how to increase representation of women and minority groups both on and behind the screen.The event, titled “Inclusion or Invisibility?” was put on by Annenberg’s Media, Diversity and Social Change Initiative and moderated by Stacy Smith, the initiative’s creator and a professor of communication at Annenberg. The panel consisted of Stephanie Allain, film producer and director of L.A. Film Festival; Pete Nowalk, creator of the ABC series How to Get Away with Murder; and Cathy Schulman, head of production for STX Entertainment.Smith, along with her team of more than 100 undergraduates, found that females are underrepresented on screen across the entertainment ecosystem. According to the study, there is a lack of both female executives and women involved in the production process behind the camera.“We don’t have a diversity problem, we have an inclusion crisis,” Smith said.Ernest J. Wilson, dean of Annenberg, provided the opening remarks, saying that diversity and inclusion need to improve in the industry in order for real change to occur.“Diversity is nice, inclusion is important — but frankly, it ain’t enough,” Wilson said. “This is only the beginning, a starting point. The idea of change and power has to begin with knowledge.”But Schulman also noted that progress is being made to address this problem.“The good news is, it’s changing,” Schulman said. “We are at the tipping point as it regards inclusion. There is a demand to know, and a nervousness about how this is still happening. We’re just at the beginning of putting some plans in motion.”In addition to working as head of production for STX Entertainment, Schulman is also president of the Women in Film Institute, which serves as a major contributor to Smith’s research. She is also the producer of the Academy Award-winning film Crash.The MDSC Initiative produces research ranging from topics such as stereotypes pertaining to race and gender on-screen, employment patterns in the entertainment industry and barriers facing women in Hollywood.The event follows the release of the initiative’s latest study, which provides a statistical analysis of a “whitewashed” Hollywood, following controversy prompted by the release of the 2016 Academy Award nominations, in which for the second year in a row, all 20 of the acting nominees were white.Smith, along with her research team and co-authors of the study Dr. Katherine Pieper and Marc Choueiti, examined the inclusivity of Hollywood in three central areas: on-screen portrayals of gender, race/ethnicity and the LGBT community, hiring practices behind the camera and the number of female executives in the industry.“It’s so important who is at the table,” Allain said. “Any business that creates images that travel the world has to have a diverse group of people at the table.”Smith concluded that some groups are still underrepresented on screen. Behind the camera, females face exclusionary hiring practices. However, Nowalk agreed with Smith’s final conclusion that television and digital are more inclusive than film.“TV is so different from movies because you can really discover the character,” Norwalk said. “Casting Viola Davis [in How to Get Away with Murder] really changed the journey of the character. TV is different because it’s a much more collaborative and long term process.”At the end of the panel, Allain stressed that consumers are responsible for increasing diversity in the entertainment industry .“When we talk about wanting diverse voices and seeing movies directed by women and people of color, it is incumbent upon us,” Allain said. “You can’t ask for that, then not support it when it’s in front of you.”last_img read more