111 new apartments in Leeds

first_imgDeveloper KMRE and contractor Hollycroft Construction have started work onsite for a multi-million pound residential development in popular Kirkstall Road, Leeds.The high-end scheme of 111 apartments has now been sold to Aberdeen Standard Investments (ASI) for £17.25m.Kam Mogul, MD of Leeds based KMRE Group, said, “This is popular area in the city and is in walking distance to the business district. KMRE saw a big opportunity and acted quickly to develop the scheme. These are stylish, yet affordable rental apartments which are ideally suited to professionals.”The residential scheme is expected to complete in spring 2019 with superior one, two and three-bedroom rental apartments close to Leeds city centre.“Considering the likelihood of significant investment in the area, due to its convenient location, and being poised to bring further investment, there was an excellent chance for investors to benefit from high levels of capital appreciation and ASI saw that opportunity,” Kam added.Ed Crockett, fund manager at Aberdeen Standard Investments, said: “This deal reinforces our long-standing commitment to the private rented sector in the UK, where we continue to target high quality stock in key cities.”Leeds residential development Leeds multi-million pound residential development in Leeds July 9, 2018The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Land & New Homes » 111 new apartments in Leeds previous nextLand & New Homes111 new apartments in LeedsThe Negotiator9th July 20180797 Viewslast_img read more

‘Be more transparent about referral fees or face prosecutions or even a ban’

first_imgEstate agents who refer customers to other businesses but do not make it clear that they are earning a fee, retainer or gift in return for the referral are open to prosecution, the National Trading Standards Estate Agency Team (NTSEAT) has warned.In its latest briefing document it says that under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 (CPRs) failure to tell clients about such referrals may lead to a criminal prosecution.It also informs agents that they may be in the last chance saloon, warning them that unless they start being transparent about referral fees, the government may ban them altogether.Referral feesEstate agents are now expected to include details of any referral fees in their standard terms and conditions sent to vendors, and within sales particulars sent to potential buyers.“The disclosure must be made in a way which is clear, intelligible and unambiguous and have no lesser prominence in documentation than other important terms, conditions, or information,” the briefing document says.“Plainly the most important information in deciding whether to accept a service is the price of that service.“Any practice by an estate agent which hides the real price of a service is capable of being found to be an unfair commercial practice under the CPRs.”Mark Hayward (left), Chief Executive, NAEA Propertymark, says: “We have long called for greater clarity and transparency on referral fees.“It’s essential that if you are referred for financial or legal services by your estate agent, you understand that they are receiving a commission, and how much this is.” National Trading Stadards Estate Agency Team NTSEAT referral fees March 1, 2019Nigel Lewis2 commentsAndrew Stanton, CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist 1st March 2019 at 7:58 pmI am not about to become paranoid, but following on from an earlier comment I made on Countrywide’s woeful balance sheet, two days ago wenow have the Trading Standards Estate Agency Team, confirming that in its opinion – to be tested by case law – that failure to tell prospective clients about referral arrangements could make all estate agents (including Countrywide) face criminal charges.Pandora’s box is at last open, in the name of transparency, those very helpful folk at the NTSEAT feel that if estate agents for instance fail to tell a prospective vendor that the solicitor they are recommending, gives that agent a fee as a referral, then the agent could be open to a criminal court action under the CPRs and probably action by NTSEAT who could close them down.The new NTSEAT (14 page) guidelines are that ‘estate agents must be transparent and plainly communicate to a prospective client: –(a) The price of its services, including any “compulsory” extras; and(b) Where a referral arrangement exists, that it exists, and with whom; and(c) Where a transaction-specific referral fee is to be paid, its amount; and(d) Where a referral retainer exists, an estimate of the annual value of that retainer to the estate agent or its value per transaction.’This sounds on the face of it a really good idea, let the consumer know all.But, if you are a huge corporate like Countrywide, Connells, etc, and you do refer your solicitor business to a certain solicitor, how will it sound if the agent has to say, ‘Mr vendor we feel you may want to use XYZ solicitors, you do not have to, but be aware we get a £120 referral if you do, and annually (and this is the kicker) we as a company receive 2M a year from that solicitor for recommending them.’Do you think the agent will get many takers?It is not just solicitors referrals, that the NTSEAT are talking about, it will cover everything where a referral exists, EPC’s, surveys, you name, the agent will need to declare a monetary interest and an annual sum that they receive.In Countrywide’s case I am informed that for every £1 of revenue generated by the sale fee, an extra 40p of revenue comes from other income streams, solicitors, mortgages etc.So, I assume that referral fees are at play in this 40p of revenue. What happens if this golden goose, stops laying?On a separate topic, what I find most fascinating in the NTSEAT guidance notes is the sentence …‘Plainly the most important information in deciding whether to accept a service is the price of that service’So,trading standards want to protect the consumer, as the starting position for all consumers is knowing the price of the service?My thoughts are, consumers would actually like to know the quality of the service, relative to the cost? And what I mean is this. An agent gets £120 for referring a client to a solicitor, and the company earns 2M a year in referral fees. So, that could look to be a questionable practice.Much better that the client uses some other solicitor, and the agent earns no fee and there is tie up between the agent, the conveyancing of the sale, and the vendor.Is that a better system though? A vendor uses a solicitor who is unknown, they may be great they may be not too good, they may speak to the agent as the sale progresses, they may not.Or, an estate agent recommends a company that it has a massive connection with, yes it receives a referral fee, but due to the huge volume of business, there is also a commercial incentive to get Mr or Mrs Vendor exchanged. Not only this, – there are highly developed software and hardwired processes in place, and management teams both within the estate agency and the solicitors, all with a common aim of getting as many properties exchanged.This interdependence I think is not a bad thing; having had solicitors and conveyancers over the years who never return a call or seem to do anything at a pace (not all) I would rather place my clients sales in the hands of a fully focused large solicitor practice who has the staff and the technology to perform.Luckily, those days are behind me, but my fear is that in the pursuit of transparency, agents might find they are ‘pushing’ clients away from using their preferred solutions – a brilliant solicitor solution, a brilliant survey solution – and ‘pushing’ clients out into the unknown.I could be wrong, but if clients no longer take up the recommended suppliers of other related services, because of the money that the estate agent gets as a referral fee, then this lost revenue stream could see many agents struggling.Lastly, referral fees exist in many, many areas of commerce, so will trading standards be searching these out and making the world transparent for all folk, including the beleaguered estate agent? Thoughts anyone.Log in to ReplyAndrew Stanton, CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist 1st March 2019 at 7:49 pmJust a thought, but …Under the new guidelines – when a local property expert – (who is a self-employed individual) goes and list a property for Purplebricks, will he or she have to say to the vendor, as soon as you sign this agreement I get £200 plus as a referral fee, and if you have accompanied viewings I get £X, etc.And each time Mr Vendor I sign a new listing up, I annually receive a referral fee of £40,000 (well in the good old days) from Purplebricks.Or as a collective all the LPE’s referral fees added together will be around 30M, being 25% of the total revenue charged upfront by PB to vendors in 2019.Might this be the death knell of online agents?It is one thing for a traditional agent to say we get £120 as a referral fee for using our solicitor should you want to Mr Vendor, and you have the choice.And quite another to say, I definitely get as a referral fee from Purplebricks the moment you sign up, sale or no sale, £250.If the Local Property Experts were employees the fee, would not be a referral fee, it would just be a fee, but as the LPE’s are outside of the company framework, this fee, or commission, ( know PB do not like the word)- will need to be disclosed to vendors every single time before a vendor signs on the line that is dotted.So the NTSEA transparency drive may be the start of Purplebricks hidden commissary coming out into the open.Maybe that share price is about to get hit again?And maybe those TV adverts will need to have qualifying banners all over them, obscuring ladies diving face first into cakes, or potters ruining their latest creation on a potter’s wheel.Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » ‘Be more transparent about referral fees or face prosecutions or even a ban’ previous nextRegulation & Law‘Be more transparent about referral fees or face prosecutions or even a ban’Warning to estate agency industry comes in latest advice from a senior legal expert at the National Trading Standards Estate Agency TeamNigel Lewis1st March 20192 Comments3,426 Viewslast_img read more


first_imgJOHN GREGG REACTS TO HALT OF I-69 CONSTRUCTIONINDIANAPOLIS – Following the news that construction work has been halted on I-69 near Bloomington because of mismanagement and failure to pay subcontractors and workers, Democratic candidate for Governor John Gregg issued the following statement:“This is yet another example of what happens when the administration takes their eye off the ball. Mike Pence and Eric Holcomb have spent their time in office focusing on divisive ideological fights and advancing their own political careers, rather than on doing the job of governing. While Isolux Corsan USA is clearly in the wrong, the Pence/Holcomb administration’s failure to manage them appropriately is equally disturbing. It should have never gotten to this point.Now, thanks to this gross mismanagement, I-69’s completion will be delayed, more tax dollars will be wasted and Hoosiers will be forced to contend with more traffic jams, unsafe road conditions and other inconveniences. Mike Pence and Eric Holcomb owe Hoosiers an explanation and an apology.”For more information on John Gregg, Christina Hale or their campaign, please visit www.greggforgovernor.com or call 317-510-1876.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Shooting Island to Become “Living Shoreline”

first_imgEric Rosina and Carol Beske, executives with the consulting firm ACT Engineers, describe plans to rebuild Shooting Island. By Maddy VitaleShooting Island, a nearly 150-acre wildlife haven off Ocean City, will be transformed into a “living shoreline” under a proposed project to rebuild it after decades of erosion.The project will have the added benefit of creating a bigger buffer to protect the city from storms sweeping off the bay, officials said Tuesday during a public hearing at City Hall.“In order to preserve the island, and preserve the city, Shooting Island has to withstand the impact and continue to break energy across the bay,” said Eric Rosina, an executive with ACT Engineers, the city’s dredging consultant.The city is in the process of seeking regulatory permits for the project from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Fish and Wildlife.An image taken from Google Maps shows the location of Shooting Island in the back bay off Ocean City.The total cost to build up Shooting Island, which is uninhabited, would be $2 million from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and a $1.2 million match from the city. Once permits are granted, work would start in September and the first phase of the project would go until December.As described by Ocean City Public Information Officer Doug Bergen, the project includes two main components: construction of about 3,200 linear feet of living shoreline rock sill to protect existing marsh and allow for further development of marsh on the island; and construction of approximately 1,900 linear feet of living shoreline using oyster “castles.” The oyster castles are man-made block-like structures, like Legos, that provide the ideal habitat for shellfish.Shooting Island, located off Tennessee Avenue, is a crucial part of the city’s extensive dredging program to clear out sediment-choked lagoons and channels along the back bays. Sediment dredged from the back bays will be used to restore Shooting Island, inspiring the “living shoreline” name of the project.A video presentation shows erosion along Shooting Island.The island has experienced significant degradation for more than 80 years. In some areas, the shoreline has receded up to 60 feet, officials said. Ocean City officials are pointing to an acclaimed restoration project in the Chesapeake Bay as proof that dredge material can be successfully used to help rebuild islands.Poplar Island, in the Chesapeake Bay off Maryland, spanned more than 1,100 acres in the mid-1800s, but shrank to a mere five acres by the 1990s due to erosion caused by waves, winds and tidal currents.Now, Poplar Island is being rebuilt by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers using material dredged from the approach channels to the Chesapeake Bay.Carol Beske, another executive with ACT Engineers, said Poplar Island is a good example of how important the Shooting Island project could be.“The wildlife is thriving,” Beske noted. “This is a project we are excited about in Ocean City,” she added. “This will be a good example for other communities along the shore dealing with the same issue.” The public hearing was lightly attended, with only a few residents joining with city officials, ACT executives and a representative from the Division of Fish and Wildlife to discuss details of the project.Residents Donna Moore and Suzanne Hornick (right) ask questions about the proposed project.Suzanne Hornick, founder and chairwoman of the Ocean City Flooding Committee, was not clear as to why Shooting Island was selected as opposed to another site.Officials said that other areas were looked at, but this was an area they felt should, and could be, rebuilt to benefit the community.Another resident, Donna Moore, like Hornick, was unclear why the state and city wanted to put funds into building up the island, when there might be better suited areas to preserve.“Why the big effort just to hold onto this island?” Moore asked.Shooting Island, a flat land mass, is just barely visible across the bay channel from Ocean City’s public boat ramp at the end of Tennessee Avenue.“One reason to choose Shooting Island is the ongoing opportunity,” Beske said of rebuilding the area.Rosina explained to the audience that as Shooting Island shrinks, the city takes more of a “hit” from flooding.“Who will benefit?” Hornick asked of rebuilding the island.Although Rosina could not say specifically what areas of the city would be affected by the project, it would roughly be the central part of town in the bayside area from about 18th Street to 26th Street.Beske said the hope is Shooting Island could be an example of how a community works to successfully rebuild an island to benefit the environment and the community.Hornick asked what would happen if the state and city opted to do nothing with Shooting Island.Rosina responded the island would be gone by the year 2100.The restoration of Poplar Island in the Chesapeake Bay off Maryland is seen as a model for rebuilding the wetlands at Shooting Island. 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Kluman & Balter

first_imghas introduced a range of prepared bread mixes designed to allow bakers to offer a wider range of fresh speciality breads.The mixes include: Potato; Marathon Bread; Soya; Pumpkin, Sunflower and Sesame Seeded; Maize; and the new Spelt and Honey. Spelt has a nutty taste, high protein and fibre content, high vitamin B content and excellent quality of natural fats, says the firm. Kaybee’s mix contains white and wholemeal spelt, as well as sunflower and sesame seeds. All the above are available in 10kg bags.last_img read more

Slice of the action

first_imgPizza is one of life’s comfort foods. It can be easily served in slices for the take-away market and is always a hit with the public. You only have to look at Domino’s latest sales figures to see that pizza is also proving a definite hit in the recession, with its sales up 15.4% for the 26 weeks ended 28 June 2009.But what is popular in terms of pizza toppings? And are there any other trends when it comes to pizza innovation? Taking Dominos as an example again, it says the most popular choice for customers in the UK is the ’Choose Your Own’ option, which may not be that easy for bakers to offer. However, the most popular ready-prepared pizza on Domino’s menu is Pepperoni Passion, which it says has been the number one for quite some time. This, bakers can do.It appears that, with pizza, the traditional favourites are very much still the best-sellers and, when it comes to innovation, it’s more about ’variation on a theme’ rather than completely new ideas, explains Phil Goodall, commercial director at Vion Pizza (Paramount Foods). Vion supplies chilled pizza – both retailer own-label and branded lines – to all of the major UK supermarkets. Goodall says cheese and tomato is the top-seller, or a variation on cheese and tomato, from a basic offering, right through to a premium version. This is followed by pepperoni and ham and pineapple, he adds.”Retailers’ and suppliers’ development teams can adapt a recipe and add value through ingredients while still maintaining overall flavour profile,” he says, adding that one of the main points to remember is that innovation in pizza toppings is about the ability to be creative, but still appeal to the mass market.One bakery retail outlet that has developed its take on the traditional pizza offering is West Cornwall Pasty Co, which sells pizza baguettes, such as ham and onion, ham and mushroom, and mozzarella and mixed vegetable. And bakery manufacturer Monty’s Bakehouse may have solved the ’topping sticking to packaging issue’ with its calzone-style folded pizza, launched back in 2007, which it supplies to the UK air and travel market, as well as stadia. They are available in margherita and pepperoni varieties, and are cooked and served in their packaging – perfect for food-to-go. Terri Waghorn at Monty’s says the pizza ’toppings’ were chosen “based on what we saw was popular in pizza houses”.Cinnamon Square co-owner Paul Barker says pizzas are a great way for bakers to make a bit of extra profit, and by producing a quality dough it can set them apart from other high street competitors. Cinnamon Square produces a sheet of vegetarian pizza in a tray, from a dough that takes 27 hours to produce, which it then cuts into portions. “Customers can either take it away, hot or cold, or we can heat it up for them on a plate to eat-in,” explains Barker. The pizza is wrapped in grease-proof parchment paper, and then put in a bag with a napkin. “For us, the important part is the dough. If you get the dough right and get as much water in it as possible, you’ll have a nice crispy crust.”Barker has found that the summer months tend to be a bit quieter on the pizza sales front, as it tends to be served hot. However, the shop sells pizza all year round and he says it is easy for bakers to make a good profit on it. “Only a small amount of dough is used for the base, and the cost of the toppings depends on how generous you are and the quality of the ingredients you use,” says Barker. “However, this can obviously be reflected in the price.”He says that, as a baker, the ability to make a good dough enables you to differentiate yourself from the competition. “If you can make a decent bread, then there’s no reason why you can’t make a decent pizza dough.”In terms of other trends, ingredients company Leathams says it sees a number of new developments within the pizza toppings market – in particular the rise in popularity of spicy pizzas. Leathams supplies a range of different ingredients that can be used by both bakery retailers and pizza delivery companies. These include its brands SunBlush Tomatoes and SunBlush Cherry Tomatoes, Roquito Peppers and CherryBell Peppers, which are a milder pepper marinated in a sweet brine.It also offers a range of cheeses, as well as ingredients such as artichoke slices. Marc Owen from Leathams says that, for craft bakers who want to offer pizza, it’s about creating something visual and good value. For example, if cost is an issue, use an ingredient such as chorizo for good coverage.Leathams notes the use of authentic ingredients as another trend, which it says is supported by the sales of its regional salamis. There is also increased demand by pizza companies for premium ingredients, says Leathams. The company has been pushing the boundaries when it comes to innovation and has launched a range of sweet products to be used on dessert pizzas, such as Dulce de Leche toffee sauce, which it recommends combined with mascarpone.Recent research has shown that consumers are favouring traditional foods that they know and love in the recession, and you could say a slice of pizza is a known entity. There may be some dispute about the number one pizza topping, but the old favourites definitely shine through.—-=== Ingredients innovation ===There may not be a surge of change when it comes to popular toppings, but there is still room in the market for innovation, as ingredients supplier Cesarin has discovered.Traditionally known for supplying candied fruits, the Italian company branched out a few years ago and developed a new range called Greenline LWA Vegetables, including tomatoes and olives, peppers, carrots and mushrooms, which can be used by manufacturers for pizza toppings. These are stabilised vegetables – with the water taken out – which offer a similar performance but have a longer shelf-life.—-=== Pizza Ovens – what’s on the market ===l Pantheon – says its single-deck (PO4) oven (below) is the ideal solution for outlets where pizza isn’t the main product sold. Each deck holds four 12-inch pizzas and the oven features a 60cm x 60cm refractory brick base, for effective heat distribution. Pizzas can be cooked directly on the brick base for a crispier base or on a baking tray.l Sveba Dahlen – manufactures a Classic Pizza Oven, which is available in four different widths and features a stone surface. It has also just launched a TP Travelling Pizza Oven, which offers quick baking times. It is available in two sizes and up to three sections vertically, with baking times varying from two to 10 minutes. The operator can set the controls for timing and temperature and the pizzas travel through at a pre-set speed.l Rational – recommends its SelfCooking Center (below) for baking pizzas. It comes in a range of sizes to suit different types of outlet. The unit’s LevelControl technology can also automatically adapt the programme for fresh or frozen pizza. Non-stick pizza dishes are also available, which can hold pizzas up to 11 inches wide, as well as a Grill and Pizza Tray.l MIWE – says its Condo oven is suitable for retailers wanting to offer pizza by the slice. The versatile deck oven is also now available in a matt black finish. Each of the electric heated decks can be controlled independently of each other, with stone hearth slabs supplied as standard.last_img read more

Why costing is not a piece of cake

first_imgI’ve run into a slight hiccup with re-starting my business, but worth while noting for anyone else who may be thinking about getting in to this game; my landlord refuses to let me run a business from the house we are renting whilst we try to buy. He is well within his rights and has seemingly valid concerns; disturbing neighbours, issues of insurance…although I have tried to alleviate these, by reassuring him that I would teach from elsewhere and need my own liability insurance etc. but no luck so far. Anyway, it means a slight hiatus on a launch and start date. I am therefore looking for alternatives, kitchens to rent, other businesses which need assistance, and in the meantime researching, researching, researching so that I can hit the ground running as soon as we have a house of our own!During a session of trawling wedding cake designs, and current trends, I came across this wonderful picture, with such a (sadly) common story. Please look at the beautiful cake I have posted. The number of intricately made flowers, the detail, the colour variation, the cake itself in all its magnificent grandeur. This cake was made by Terrie Elkington of The Little Cupcake Kitchen in Chatham, Kent. She posted it on a Facebook group wondering about her costings. Originally this cake was made for a friend, as a gift, but soon Terrie was receiving enquiries about making a similar cake for customers. Terrie quoted a meagre £450 and was told she was too expensive! This story is one I read over and over again from other cake makers around the world, and it saddens me that all our hard work and attention to detail, stressing that this important part of someone’s celebration may not be perfect, is always going to be put down as “JUST A CAKE”. This is not just a cake, this is a privately commissioned piece of edible art! The cutting of the wedding cake is as symbolic as the trading of rings at a wedding; it is supposed to be the first official act that a bride and groom perform together as husband and wife. Its beauty will never tell about the hours of intense work and late nights that we are all used to, and for a four tier cake, the cost of the ingredients alone command a high price.I’m toying with the idea of quoting for cakes as you would do if I was being, paid to fix a car! Parts and labour. Not many people question how much these things cost, especially if we don’t have any idea how to fix cars ourselves! Unfortunately, a lot of people look at a cupcake, for instance, and say “How much?! I could make one myself for 20p!”, but in truth not many people do then go home and bake one cupcake, without it taking them at least an hour, and then does it have the artistry?! Would it look just like the one at the cake stall? Strangely, no one walks into a coffee shop and complains about the cost of an (undecorated) muffin! If you pay £2.50 for a muffin, when you intend to feed 200 people with a commissioned piece of edible art, then you need to be thinking that the cake alone will cost the 200 x £2.50 even before the fondant is on it and the hours of work have been put into the flowers!So, how do we change the attitude towards our labours of love? Maybe it is worth being more open about parts and labour? Maybe it’s just that our biggest competitor is the cake hobbyist who isn’t interested in making a profit? Or maybe we have to bite the bullet and be prepared to lose a few jobs rather than being scared to ask for what we are worth. It’s a gamble, but I urge us all to become stronger in our quotes, and stand our ground when people suggest “it’s just a cake”. A muffin is just a cake. What Terrie and most of the people who read CakeWire make is a commissioned piece of edible art.Cake made by Terrie Elkington, The Little Cupcake Kitchen, www.facebook.com/TheLittlecupcakeKitchAbout Victoria ForwardVictoria Forward has just returned to the UK after two years in Australia, and is setting up cake business “Victoria Sponge”, in Buckinghamshire. She previously ran Let Them Eat Cake in the UK for six years providing celebration cakes / cupcakes, cake decorating courses and workshops. In 2012 she won the award for Best Presented Cupcake at the British Baker National Cupcake Championships. Victoria is married with 2 children.last_img read more

Morrisons boosts output at bakery to help food banks

first_imgMorrisons is set to boost its bakery output to help restock the nation’s food banks, which have suffered a fall in donations due to Covid-19.The retailer will run its bakery, egg and fruit & vegetable packing site for an extra hour every day to make, prepare and pack food required for food banks.It will also be sending deliveries of ambient food – such as canned goods and pasta – to its stores to give to their local food bank. In total, £10m of food will be distributed to food banks by Morrisons’ community champions – in-store employees who work with the local community – by the end of July 2020. Bread, eggs, orange juice and pasta are among the typical items being donated.As some shoppers struggle to get essentials at supermarkets, food banks are also suffering badly during the current crisis. Morrisons said donations had “dried up rapidly” over the past two weeks with a 40% reduction in donations to community food banks across the country at a time when demand for these services had increased.“As a food maker and shopkeeper we are uniquely placed to help. We know food banks are finding life very difficult and running our manufacturing sites for an extra hour each day to help restock them is the right decision at this time,” said David Potts, CEO of Morrisons.“The core purpose of all 96,537 colleagues at Morrisons is to play our full part in feeding the nation.”In addition, to make it easier for customers to donate to food banks, purchase limits on items will be raised to four items (from three) and some removed altogether. Morrisons will create ‘local’ drop-off points for customers to donate products to those in need. Donation hubs in Morrisons’ recently repurposed in-store cafés will collect these additional products for their local food banks.last_img read more

Blink-182 Returns With New Single, Album, And Major Summer Tour Schedule

first_imgBlink-182 may no longer have Tom DeLonge in their lineup, but that hasn’t stopped the post-punk-rock group. Replacing the off-the-wall bassist with Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba, the band has set plans in motion to release their first studio album with the new lineup on July 1st. Titled California, the new album has the iconic drumming of Travis Barker and vocals from Mark Hoppus, but is also a brand new chapter in Blink history.To get fans excited for the new release, the band has released their first single from the new release. Check out the lyric video for “Bored To Death” below:Just three weeks after the album drops, the band will support it with a major summer tour. Hitting shows across the country, Blink-182 will play venues across the country for a 45-date tour that spans from July 22nd through October 1st. A Day to Remember, The All-American Rejects and All Time Low will support on select datesCheck out the schedule below.Blink-182 2016 Tour Dates: 07/22 – San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena *07/23 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint *07/26 – El Paso, TX @ Don Haskins Center *07/28 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Chesapeake Energy Arena *07/29 – Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion *07/30 – San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center *07/31 – Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion *08/02 – Atlanta, GA @ Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood *08/03 – Greenville, SC @ Bon Secours Arena *08/05 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre *08/06 – Tampa, FL @ Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheatre *08/08 – Nashville, TN @ Ascend Amphitheater *08/09 – Cleveland, OH @ Blossom Music Center *08/10 – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center *08/12 – Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion #08/13 – Wantagh, NY @ Nikon at Jones Beach #08/14 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center #08/16 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater #08/19 – Boston, MA @ Xfinity Center #08/21 – Toronto, ON @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre #08/23 – Syracuse, NY @ Lakeview Amphitheatre #08/24 – Buffalo, NY @ Darien Lake Performing Arts Center #08/25 – Scranton, PA @ The Pavilion at Montage Mountain #08/27 – Hershey, PA @ Hershey Park Pavilion #08/28 – Pittsburgh, PA @ First Niagara Pavilion #08/30 – Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theater #09/02 – Hartford, CT @ Xfinity Theater #09/03 – Bangor, ME @ Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion #09/04 – Saratoga, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center #09/08 – Minneapolis, MN @ Xcel Energy Center *09/09 – Chicago, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheater *09/10 – Indianapolis, IN @ Klipsch Music Center *09/11 – St. Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheater *09/13 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center *09/15 – Boise, ID @ Taco Bell Arena *09/16 – Spokane, WA @ Spokane Arena *09/17 – Seattle, WA @ Key Arena *09/18 – Vancouver, BC @ Abbotsford Centre *09/20 – Portland, OR @ Sunlight Supply Amphitheater *09/22 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Usana Amphitheatre #09/24 – Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Pavilion #09/25 – Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater #09/28 – San Francisco, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheater #09/29 – Irvine, CA @ Meadows Amphitheater #10/01 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum #* = w/ A Day to Remember and The All-American Rejects# = w/ A Day to Remember and All Time Lowlast_img read more

Trey Anastasio Debuts Acoustic “The Connection”, Explains “The Wait” In Oakland [Videos]

first_imgOn Saturday night, Trey Anastasio continued his late-2018 solo acoustic run with a performance at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland, CA.The 21-song set favored the Farmhouse album, delivering reliable versions of “Sleep”, “The Inlaw Josie Wales”, “Heavy Things”, “Sand”, “Twist”, and even “Driver”, which had been shelved since February of 2011 at Stage AE. Toward the middle of the extended set, the Phish guitarist pulled out “The Connection” for the first time ever. The Anastasio/Marshall-penned Undermind track has been performed by Phish four times since its debut in 2009.After subtly quoting “The Wait” in “The Connection”, Trey explained the story behind the reference: “I was sitting backstage one night trying to teach the guys ‘It’s Ice’….And what happened was, the songs in that era [early 1990s] were so complex that I would inevitably mess up. And I’m trying to teach these guys, so I’d go…[plays guitar riff, messed up, “oh wait”, starts over]. And I’d say ‘wait’, and they would laugh because I always did that.”Eventually saying “wait” became an inside tradition, and the band found it to be so hilarious that they introduced it at their live shows. The joke apparently didn’t translate to the audience, as it was eventually met with a chanted “Fuck You!” from an audience in Colorado after they’d played “The Wait” for 15 minutes too long at a college party. Someone even threw a beer at Fish! Trey jokingly concluded the story by reminding the audience that “next time you’re like ‘I’ve been to 300 shows man,’ but you haven’t been to ‘the wait.’” The Wait” was twice again quoted during “The Lizards” and “Wilson” for the final two songs of the set.For the encore, Trey returned to his seat on the stage to perform “Waste”, “Driver”, Dog Faced Boy” “All of These Dreams” and “More to close the show. The solo acoustic setting, over time, has provided great opportunity for audiences to get to know Trey and the history of Phish a little better. From Saturday night’s performance, we also learned that Anastasio “hates” kale, what it was like for Phish to tour without cell phones, Trey’s admiration for the video game, goat simulator, and more.Thanks to YouTube user Mitch Dorf, you can watch a compilation of all Trey’s stories from Saturday night in Oakland below:Trey Anastasio – 12/8/18 – Story Montage[Video: Mitch Dorf]“The Inlaw Josie Wales”[Video: Ryan Vandenbroeck]Setlist: Trey Anastasio | Paramount Theatre | Oakland, CA | 12/8/18SET 1: Kill Devil Falls [1], Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan[1], Sleep[1], Frost[1], The Inlaw Josie Wales[1], The Connection [2], Winterqueen[1], Water in the Sky[1], Miss You[1], Heavy Things[1], Sand[1] > The Horse[1] > Silent in the Morning[1] > Backwards Down the Number Line[1] > Blaze On[1], Strange Design[1], Till We Meet Again[1], Limb By Limb[1], Twist[1], The Lizards[1], Wilson[1]ENCORE: Waste[1], Driver[1], Dog Faced Boy[1], All of These Dreams[1], More[1][1] Trey solo acoustic.[2] Trey solo acoustic; first acoustic performance by Trey.This entire show was performed by Trey solo acoustic and featured the first Trey acoustic performance of The Connection. In the banter after The Connection, Trey teased and quoted Wait. Trey also quoted Wait in The Lizards and Wilson.last_img read more