Country Range Group has added a number of new products to its own-brand portfolio of frozen foods. Following an increase in the sale of frozen products across the group, Country Range has introduced four-inch sausage rolls, a steak and kidney pie, a cheese and onion pasty, cheese and onion lattice fingers, quiche lorraine, cheese and onion quiches and a tomato and basil quiche to its range. Managing director Colin Birchall said: “Research shows the misconception that frozen isn’t as good a quality or as healthy is dying fast, and it’s now widely recognised that it actually locks in nutrients and vitamins, with the added benefits of convenience, choice and availability.”www.countryrange.co.uk
Irish delegates to attend ABST eventThirty delegates from the Republic of Ireland are to attend the Alliance for Bakery Students and Trainees conference, next week. There will be 15 trainees attending from the Limerick Youth Service a community-based initiative that offers youngsters the opportunity to learn baking skills and 15 students from the National Bakery School of Ireland (NBSI), the first time they have attended the event.Obama creates a stirObama bread, a 600g high-fibre low-fat E2.99 loaf, launched for the recent brief visit of the US president to Ireland, has created big sales for Dublin’s Soul Bakery. “We’ve had to double our capacity this week”, said Donal Coade, sales manager. It’s had fantastic free publicity, on radio and in newspapers in Ireland, even on NBC News in the US, he added.Scottish accoladesBorders Biscuits and Macphie of Glenbervie were both honoured in the 2011 Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards, hosted last week. Borders Biscuits came top in the Bakery and Cereal category for its Gourmet Goodness range, launched in March this year. Macphie took home the Food Service accolade for its Red Velvet Cake Mix and Vanilla Rainbow Frosting.Don’t miss tea timeBill Gorman of The UK Tea Council told visitors to the Caffè Culture show last month, that if their tea offering didn’t match their speciality coffee offering, they were missing a trick when it came to boosting sales. He said 165 million cups of tea are drunk a day in the UK, compared to 70 million cups of coffee, and said if you provide a good tea offering you can charge up to £1.65 per cup.
Specialist foodservice group TICCO Foods is to supply Trevithick Bakery in Cornwall’s pasties to wholesalers, independents and national restaurant, pubs and hotel groups.The announcement of the new distribution deal comes a week after the pasties were the surprise star of French food festival The Lorient Festival, in Brittany, claims the firm.TICCO will be the bakery’s sole frozen supplier. The range of pasties will include Cheese & Bacon, Cornish Steak and Mediterranean Vegetable, and will be available in a standard size (380g), and smaller cocktail size (180g).Mark Etherington, managing director of Trevithick’s, said: “Our master pasty maker Ian Trevithick has been baking our pasties for many decades, using a much-loved family recipe that was handed to him through the generations, making the recipe over 150 years old. We are delighted to be working with TICCO Foods, so that even more people across the country can try our unique recipe.”
Meet Thomas Wynn and The Believers, an American band with a striking new organic rock record about building a better life, a life you really believe in. Named #1 Rock Band and #1 Country/Folk Band in the city for seven consecutive years by the Orlando Weekly, Thomas Wynn and The Believers are breaking beyond the Southern rock scene with the release of their new album, Wade Waist Deep, their Mascot Label Group debut.The record is packed with the facts that make American music timeless—the deep Southern heat of the guitars, the complex, pulsing rhythms, and the male-female vocal harmonies that sound like only a brother and sister can. Breathtakingly in-sync with his vocalist sister, Olivia Wynn, Thomas Wynn sings about overcoming fear to become the person you were meant to be. Wynn, who fell in love with The Band’s first album Music from Big Pink in his early teens, brings classic country rock and soul into the new century with tunes that evoke the best of CSNY, Levon Helm, and John Prine.Growing up in Orlando, Wynn played guitar and bass in church with his brother, while Olivia sang in the choir. Family and Bible study gave rhythm to their lives. “Our parents and our church were certain,” says Olivia, who participated in the Orlando Deanery Girls Choir, where she received vocal training and sang in cathedrals. “My favorite part was watching my dad [the original drummer of the legendary 70’s country band Cowboy] listening,” remembers Olivia. “I think he was trying to pick out my voice.” So the drummer once signed to Capricorn Records (Allman Brothers Band, Marshall Tucker Band, etc), now a family man, sat quietly in church and heard in his children the new voices of Southern rock.The birth of “Wade Waist Deep” saw Thomas Wynn and The Believers traveling from Florida to Sputnik Sound studio in Nashville, where the band recorded with four-time Grammy award-winning producer, Vance Powell (The White Stripes, Jack White, Chris Stapleton). “I really wanted to do it outside of our hometown,” said Wynn. For the month of August 2016, Wynn and The Believers went on a journey to a sonic place that’s big, bright, and visionary.Moving beyond his previous, confessional songwriting, where he sought relief from heartbreak and addiction, Wynn has reached maturity on this album, which sees him pushing for higher, spiritual fulfillment. Life—and music—have changed for Wynn since he became a father to one-year-old Abel. “It’s that yearning, that longing for the person that you want to be,” says Wynn.As a child, Wynn learned from his father how to give a song the right kind of respect. Wynn remembers, at age five, his father showing him how to set up the drums “the right way,” then putting on an egg-timer and saying, “Play this beat ‘til the egg timer runs out. Don’t do any fills. No nothing. No frilly stuff. Just that beat. Learn to love that beat.”The album opens with “Man Out of Time,” a hypnotic blues that sees Wynn describe how music makes us believe: “I felt a pulse slow to the ear, but deep in body, and free from fear,” he sings with drive and conviction. His sister’s harmonies swirl in between Wynn’s transcendent guitar solos like a haunting church choir. Hitting your heart like a drum, “Heartbreak Alley” is a classic country tribute to the lover who brings a lost man back from the edge. With sparkling acoustic guitars, triumphant Hammond organ, and enormous choruses soaring above the loneliness of the past, the song strikes gold through Wynn’s startling sincerity and gratitude.The title track, “Wade Waist Deep,” dives right into an instant-classic groove, offering up casually genius guitar licks that ask us all to “slow down,” “trust the path [we’re] on,” and “set [our] spirits free.” Wynn’s message resonates strongly with the listener in anxious times like these. Calm down, go deep, have faith, and peace will come: “If you’re quiet enough, you might just hear a voice.” In the gospel-inspired “I Don’t Regret,” hope gives Wynn’s voice a striking emotional power, and he cries out at the climax as his electric guitar bleeds soul.In “My Eyes Won’t Be Open,” Wynn’s voice shakes with the intense vulnerability of the best soul singers. This genuinely moving ballad about becoming a father finds Wynn facing his fear of a leaving this world and realizing that his children will carry on the lessons he’s taught them. Wynn triumphs in asking the big questions: Who will remember us when we die? Will our troubles matter? What will we leave behind? Seeking to see life from a higher place, “Mountain Fog” moves up the mountaintop in a deep rock rhythm, carrying the listener to a moment of ecstatic, guitar-driven connection. “There’s a mountaintop high above your heart,” sings Wynn.So who, and what, are The Believers? They’re musicians united by a common belief in the power of these remarkable songs. Olivia Wynn works meticulously to make her vocal harmonies so hauntingly correct that they’re startling to hear. Colin Daniel Fei plays that vintage Hammond organ that can take you to church or send you straight to hell. Chris “Bell” Antemesaris wails wildly on blues harmonica. David Wagner and Ryan Miranda hold down the deep grooves on bass and drums, respectively. The band came together naturally. All of The Believers are regulars in the Orlando music scene who admired Wynn’s work and wanted to help him take it farther. From Antemesaris, who just kept on showing up at Wynn’s gigs and asking, “Can I sit in on a few?” to Wagner, who started out as a fan of The Believers, declaring “I want to be involved in this somehow or other,” Wynn has earned the band he has now.With two previous albums and several tours already under their belt, Thomas Wynn and The Believers have shared the stage with the likes of Cheap Trick, Gov’t Mule, Medeski, Martin & Wood, SIMO, Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, Drive-By Truckers, and more. Many have already taken notice of the emotional energy and power of Thomas Wynn and The Believers’ live show. “Maybe the best band we’ve ever had on that stage,” says the Albany Herald. “One of the newest, brightest, tightest, smoothest, most energetic bands to come through,” says Georgia Music Hall of Famer Alan Walden. “One of the most exciting new bands in Florida,” says WMNF 88.5 FM. “Folks stood, jaws dropped…shook their heads, and said, ‘Damn. Can’t remember the last time I was so impressed by a band I knew nothing about.’” Now Wynn and his band are excited to get out on the road for national and international tours in 2017.As for Wynn, he’s ready to convert us all to believers. But maybe not in the way you’d expect. “I don’t care how many people know my name,” he says, “as long as when they hear my music, it makes them feel something.” For Wynn, that’s the victory that’s sweeter than no other.Stream Thomas Wynn and the Believers’ Wade Waist Deep below, exclusively through L4LM:
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency in Nassau and Suffolk Counties as a Nor’easter began its onslaught on Long Island Friday afternoon, dumping snow and rain across the Island.Declaring a state of emergency allows the state to better aid local governments hit harder than others. The declaration also includes Bronx, Dutchess, Kings, New York, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland and Westchester.The governor and other agencies throughout the day warned drivers to get off the roads as soon as possible and to make way for public work crews to clear snow-covered roadways.Traffic was moving at a snail-like pace on some roadways, including the Northern State Parkway where drivers pulled over to clear snow off their cars. Some cars had veered off the road and into trees while other drivers tried unsuccessfully to get their cars out of heavy packs of snow.Nassau County police reported Friday night that Route 135 is closed in both directions at exit 14 and that the southbound ramp is also closed from the Long Island Expressway due to snow.“As this winter storm unfolds, bringing heavy snow and high winds to parts of the state, I strongly urge all New Yorkers to exercise caution, avoid travel, and stay indoors,” Cuomo said. “To ensure an effective and rapid response to this winter storm, I am declaring a state of emergency for counties in the lower Hudson Valley, New York City, and Long Island so resources can get to communities where they are needed as quickly as possible.”The storm, which was expected to wallop most of the Northeast, led to nearly 5,000 flight cancellations, including more than 2,300 flights locally.John F. Kennedy Airport said it would cease operations at 6:30 p.m., the governor’s office said. LaGuardia was to suspend most flight operations at 4 p.m.The Long Island Rail Road was operating without any delays on most of its branches, reporting minimal disruptions due to storm conditions.The railroad notified officials that it will suspend service if snow accumulation reaches 10 to 13 inches.In preparation for the storm, the New York State Department of Transportation prepared hundreds of plow trucks to hit the roads. The state also has more than 470,000 tons of salt on hand to treat roads before and during the storm.The state also deployed extra New York State Troopers to Long Island to assist local police with their response efforts.The National Weather Service said the worst is yet to come and that the storm is expected to intensify at 9 p.m. All of Long Island remains under a blizzard warning until 1 p.m. Saturday.As of 6:30 p.m. the Long Island Power Authority, which ceased storm response operations to National Grid during the storm, reported that more than 5,000 customers were without power.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A man was shot and wounded in Lakeview on Monday evening, Nassau County police said.The 32-year-old victim suffered a gunshot wound to the arm on Lakefield Road at 5:45 p.m., police said.The victim is being treated for non-life threatening injuries.Police have neither made any arrests nor released a description of the suspect.Fourth Squad detectives are continuing the investigation.
by: Marguerite ArnoldWashington State based O Bee Credit Union – founded in 1955 to serve commercial accounts and private customers in the beer industry – has recently opened its doors to the cannabis industry. It currently has about 30 cannabis-related clients who deposit as much as $25,000 weekly, according to the credit union.Federal law still creates large risks for this kind of business and as a result, the board of O Bee was initially against the idea of serving commercial cannabis accounts. That said, last September, the credit union finally approved a plan to work with the industry and opened doors to commercial marijuana clients.“The opportunities inherent in serving a blossoming industry like the cannabis industry are there for any institution to see, and the early movers will benefit the most,” said Taylor West, deputy director of the National Cannabis Industry Association. “I’m sure O Bee’s experience working with another highly regulated industry gives them some insight and confidence in making what will be a smart business decision.” continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
continue reading » The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) Wednesday issued a statement emphasizing the benefits of using a standardized approach to assess and improve cybersecurity preparedness. Adopting this approach allows institutions to better track progress over time and share best practices with other institutions and regulators.According to the FFIEC, ”institutions may choose from a variety of standardized tools aligned with industry standards and best practices to assess their cybersecurity preparedness.”These tools include:FFIEC Cybersecurity Assessment Tool, which provides a measurable and repeatable process for financial institutions to measure preparedness over time;National Institute of Standards and Technology Cybersecurity Framework, a voluntary framework of standards, guidelines and best practices to manage cybersecurity-related risk; ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York H2 Empower, a non-profit organization, and the Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington are collaborating on a one-time fundraiser this weekend that will include a film screening, traditional Ethiopian snacks and the opportunity to purchase authentic, handmade jewelry for a good cause.The event centers around the screening of Director Yared Zeleke’s debut film, Lamb, which appeared at the Cannes Film Festival in France in 2015. The film follows a motherless boy sent away by his father to live with relatives in rural Ethiopia. Things take a turn when the boy’s uncle suggests his beloved sheep be sacrificed, forcing the boy to act in order to save the animal’s life. Lamb was the first Ethiopian film ever selected at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, according to CNN. In an interview with the news network when the film debuted, Zeleke said Ethiopia’s non-existent film industry makes it difficult for nascent filmmakers to get projects off theground.RELATED: Do This – Long Island Concert and Event Calendar, Jan. 5-11“There are so many difficulties facing young filmmakers in Ethiopia today,” he said. “There aren’t proper support systems in the country. We have to work on that, and I hope Lamb will open the minds and hearts of all Ethiopians to nurture real storytelling and cinema in this country.” While bringing much-needed attention to the film is one of H2 Empower’s goals, the non-profit is also continuing the work it’s been doing for more than a dozen years in struggling African nations. Proceeds will help the organization provide girls access to high-quality education. Included in the ticket price is a reception with Ethiopian coffee and snacks, handmade Ethiopian jewelry and scarves, plus a speaker as well as a fundraiser for education for girls in Ethiopia. Come and celebrate this phenomenal film and this magical land and culture! Lamb and Ethiopian coffee?! A no-brainer! Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $15-$20. 1:30 p.m. Jan. 8.
At the urging of Wall Street lobbyists, Congress passed a bill, S.2155, that loosens many financial reform rules established for banks after their recklessness tanked our economy a decade ago. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Among its many provisions, the bill removes enhanced supervision of companies with between $50 billion and $250 billion in assets. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said this will increase the chance of a taxpayer-funded bank bailout.The bill makes it easier for mortgage companies to sell dangerous adjustable-rate mortgages without properly verifying a borrower’s ability to repay. It also makes appraisal fraud and discrimination against black and Latino borrowers more likely.The president has already signed the bill into law.However, constituents of Rep. Paul Tonko can be proud of him for doing the right thing by voting against this bill and for being part of a bulwark against additional attacks on Americans’ personal financial security.Ellie PepperSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Motorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationSchenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsTroopers: Schenectady pair possessed heroin, crack cocaine in Orange County Thruway stop