Graphic courtesy of The Hustle A test of Amazon’s Rekognition software showed it misidentified 28 NFL players as criminalsFrom The HustleIs the search-by-face function on photo apps the most useful tool of the last 1k years? Probably not. If anything, it shows us that computers are great at doing some things we aren’t.Like identifying individual faces among many, which 80 years of technological developments have made relatively easy.But a new study from Mozilla fellow Deborah Raji and Genevieve Fried — a congressional advisor on algorithmic accountability — shows these developments have come at a cost:Researchers have ‘gradually abandoned asking for people’s consent’Raji and Fried examined 130 facial recognition datasets across 4 eras and found that consent has been gradually pushed out the window:1960s-1990s: Manual data gathering involved measuring distances between facial features in consented photographs.1990s-2007: The DOD spent $6.5m building the first large face dataset, capturing 14k consented images and sparking academic and commercial interest.2007-2014: Researchers began scraping images from the web without consent.2014-present: In 2014, Facebook used 4m images from 4k profiles to train its DeepFace model, making web-based deep learning the industry standard.In the first era, consented photo shoots made up 100% of facial recognition data sources. Today, they make up just 8.7%, with web search comprising the rest.Which is great for the technology, but bad for consentTraining models on millions of images improves the tech through scale, but it also raises serious concerns regarding wide-scale bias and privacy issues.Studies have shown that white males are falsely matched with mug shots less often than other groups, and a test of Amazon’s Rekognition software showed it misidentified 28 NFL players as criminals.Microsoft and Stanford released facial datasets without consent…… that startups and a Chinese military academy obtained before they were removed.Facial recognition is moving a bit too fast for some: Boston, San Francisco, Oakland, and Portland have outlawed “city use of the surveillance technology,” per CNN.This seems to be a reasonable measure; at a minimum, it’ll give people less of a reason to put on (and this is actually a thing) anti-facial-recognition makeup: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate The Anatomy of Fear TAGSConsentFacial RecognitionMisidentificationResearchSoftwareTechnologyThe Hustle Previous articleTop Tips for Safe Truck DrivingNext articleAARP Data: Florida nursing home resident COVID-19 death and case rates nearly doubled over holiday period Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter New year, new look (Source: SCMP) Please enter your name here Please enter your comment! You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
Grillagh Water House / Patrick Bradley Architects Year: Photographs 2014 CopyHouses•Woodland, Ireland Grillagh Water House / Patrick Bradley ArchitectsSave this projectSaveGrillagh Water House / Patrick Bradley Architects “COPY” “COPY” 2014 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/593806/grillagh-water-house-patrick-bradley-architects Clipboard ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/593806/grillagh-water-house-patrick-bradley-architects Clipboard Projects Year: Houses ArchDaily Save this picture!© Aidan Monaghan Photography+ 26 Share photographs: Aidan Monaghan PhotographyPhotographs: Aidan Monaghan PhotographyQuantity Surveyor:AD GroupStructural Engineer:Joe Young EngineeringMain Contractor:Thornton RoofingCity:WoodlandCountry:IrelandMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Aidan Monaghan PhotographyRecommended ProductsWindowsVEKAWindows – SOFTLINE 82 ADWindowsRodecaAluminium WindowsWindowsKalwall®Facades – Window ReplacementsWindowsVitrocsaMinimalist Window – SlidingText description provided by the architects. Located on the Banks of the ‘Grillagh River’ to locals known as Pixies Paradise, young Architect Patrick Bradley has designed his unique bespoke dwelling set within Northern Irelands Rural Countryside adjacent to the historic Picturesque Drumlamph Woodland, which is the only remains of the ‘Great Forest of Killetra’ which once would have covered the whole of Northern Ireland.Save this picture!Ground Floor PlanUnlike any other house that has ever been designed and constructed within Northern Ireland, this house takes a completely new approach to rural architecture in the Irish countryside. With the concept an appreciation of agricultural buildings dotted throughout the rural landscape, the house is a refreshing approach to contemporary 21st Century Irish Architecture.Save this picture!© Aidan Monaghan PhotographyThe house is the first modern shipping container construction designed and built in Northern Ireland, with the primary structure made up of four 45ft shipping containers, merged together to form two large daring cantilever forms. The containers are cloaked with a dark grey coloured expanded metal to the top form with a natural corten steel to the lower form, which could only be considered a piece of art or sculptural nestled into its surrounding landscape. The dwellings layout has been cleverly design to take full advantage of the site outstanding views to the surrounding picturesque landscape, mountains beyond, historic Drumlamph woodland and nearby Grillagh River (salmon river).Save this picture!Lower Floor PlanOn approach to the house you travel on a gravel laneway with dry stone walling to both sides which separates the site boundary and surrounding agricultural fields. At the end of access sits the house, and with the smallest elevation you find only the primary entrance door in bold orange with a minimal cantilevered porch above.Save this picture!© Aidan Monaghan PhotographyThe primary entrance to the house is located at the upper floor on the north side of site, which leads you through a small entrance gallery in to the open planning living area, with a kitchen, dining area and living space. This area has been designed to have a free flowing circulation, which also leads you onto two external balcony areas to the South and West. One of the three bedrooms is behind a hidden door of the entrance gallery. The location and position of the upper floor has been designed to take full advantage of the view and natural sun light, also within this area of the house it provides such emotion of a calm relaxing atmosphere. In between the galley kitchen and dining area rests the steel sculpture stair case which leads down to the lower ground floor level.Save this picture!© Aidan Monaghan PhotographyWhile descending down the staircase there is a large window framing the view towards the natural rock and once you reach the lower floor level, you are exposed to the a whole bathroom through a large internal screen, which includes an incredible suspended hammock designed sculpture bath and towards the east a sliding pocket glass door which provides access to a bedroom provides view to the surrounding agricultural fields and a water trough for livestock which provides a barrier between the farm animals and the house. Located beside the bathroom is the utility boot room, which also provides access to the outside gardens with the large cantilevered south balcony above. At the end of the small circulation hallway there is a hidden door which leads you into the master quarters. The layout of master quarter’s internal design is very hotel style with open shower area with a large internal screen, providing a beautiful view over the bed to the historic Drumlamph Wood. Hidden Behind a frosted glazed wall is the WC and basin. The bedroom itself is in the most secret area of the house with a large glazed window with incredible views and with the only sound provided is that of wild life from the woodland and flowing water of the Grillagh River. The feeling and emotions of tranquillity and privacy in the lower level provides a completely different emotion to that of the upper level.Save this picture!© Aidan Monaghan PhotographyThe overall aesthetics and forms of the house which is sculptural like marries beautiful into completely rural setting and with this very modest size house of just 1236sqft. provides everything that’s required to have a prefect family home.Save this picture!© Aidan Monaghan PhotographyProject gallerySee allShow lessRebuilding Sandy Hook: How Svigals + Partners’ Design Offers Safety and SolaceArchitecture NewsINNOCAD Founder Martin Lesjak Named Contract’s Designer of the Year 2015Architecture News Share Architects: Patrick Bradley Architects Year Completion year of this architecture project Ireland CopyAbout this officePatrick Bradley ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesWoodlandHousesIrelandPublished on February 05, 2015Cite: “Grillagh Water House / Patrick Bradley Architects” 05 Feb 2015. 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When Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke at Riverside Church in New York City on April 4, 1967, he denounced the escalating U.S. imperialist war in Vietnam.King, along with Dr. Benjamin Spock, pediatrician and co-chairperson of the National Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy, had just led a mass demonstration on March 25 in Chicago. The protest called for then-President Lyndon B. Johnson to enact an immediate ceasefire and withdrawal from Southeast Asia.Marching with King at the front of the demonstration were Al Raby, of the Chicago Coordinating Committee of Community Organizations; Jack Spiegel, of the United Shoe Workers Union; and Bernard Lee, King’s assistant in the local chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Members of Veterans for Peace in Vietnam also walked alongside the others at the head of the march of thousands of people.This was the first demonstration that King participated in to protest the war. However, King had expressed his evolving public position in an article published by the Chicago Defender in January 1967. The following month, he delivered an address at an antiwar conference held in Southern California, sponsored by the Nation magazine..Although SCLC leader King had expressed reservations about the escalating war in Vietnam since early 1965, and even stated his opposition to it, he had refrained from participating in antiwar demonstrations, and had not addressed the military intervention in a comprehensive way. After speaking at Howard University on March 2, 1965, King told the press that the war in Vietnam was accomplishing nothing and negotiations were necessary..Then at the SCLC national conference in August 1965, King called for a halt to U.S. bombing of North Vietnam and for empowering of the United Nations to negotiate the cessation of hostilities. In his speech, he said, “What is required is a small ﬁrst step that may establish a new spirit of mutual conﬁdence … a step capable of breaking the cycle of mistrust, violence and war.” (King Encyclopedia at Stanford University)Coretta Scott King, his spouse, was ahead of him on issues related to world peace. She traveled to the Eighteen Nation Committee on Disarmament conference held in 1962 in Geneva as a Women Strike for Peace delegate. Three years later, she addressed two antiwar demonstrations, one on the Mall in Washington, D.C., and the other at New York City’s Madison Square Garden.Before the SCLC came out publicly in opposition to the Vietnam War, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee issued a comprehensive statement in January 1966. It correlated the Johnson administration’s failure to guarantee the democratic rights of African Americans with the massive deployment of U.S. troops in Vietnam.By 1967, demonstrations and rallies against the Vietnam War grew in numbers and militancy. On April 15 of that year, 100,000 people marched in New York from Central Park to the United Nations demanding an end to the war. Drs. King and Spock, along with then-SNCC Chairperson Stokely Carmichael (Kwame Ture), led the demonstration. A protest at the Pentagon was held six months later on Oct. 21, at which there were clashes with police.Urban rebellions shake up WashingtonThe growth of the antiwar movement coincided with urban rebellions throughout the U.S. and unrest in the educational sector. Students and youth began calling for the removal of Reserve Officers Training Corps programs from high schools and college campuses and the defunding of military research.After the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the struggle of African-American people shifted to the implementation of these legislative measures in the U.S. South, North and West. Independent political parties and mass initiatives were established, such as the Lowndes County Freedom Organization, the original Black Panther Party, in an effort to build substantive political power.State and federal government resistance to independent political action after 1965 sparked urban rebellions in many cities, including New York, Cleveland, Detroit, Chicago and Los Angeles. The emergence of urban rebellions as a tactic of the struggle for national liberation and equality alarmed the Johnson administration because it posed a direct challenge to its pro-war foreign policy.With African Americans serving in Vietnam in disproportionate numbers to their population, a successful antiwar movement calling for a rejection of the draft and the desertion of troops from the frontlines would mean a defeat for the U.S. and ensure a victory for the people of Southeast Asia.King said at the Chicago rally on March 25, 1967, “Poverty, urban problems and social progress generally are ignored when the guns of war become a national obsession. When it is not our security that is at stake, but questionable and vague commitments to reactionary regimes, values disintegrate into foolish and adolescent slogans. … America is a great nation, … [b]ut honesty impels me to admit that our power has often made us arrogant.“We feel that our money can do anything,” continued King. “We arrogantly feel that we have some divine, messianic mission to police the whole world. We are arrogant in not allowing young nations to go through the same growing pains, turbulence and revolution that characterize our history. … We arm Negro soldiers to kill on foreign battlefields but offer little protection for their relatives from beatings and killings in our own South.” (tinyurl.com/mggp36a)By late 1967, Dr. King announced that SCLC, in alliance with other organizations from Chicano, Native and poor white communities, would launch a Poor People’s Campaign in Washington, D.C. Thousands would be mobilized to occupy the country’s capital until legislative and administrative actions were taken to end poverty and economic inequality.Before the Poor People’s Campaign began in May 1968, King went to Memphis to support the strike of 1,300 African-American sanitation workers who were demanding union recognition with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. In March, King called for a general strike in Memphis if the workers didn’t get union recognition.King was assassinated on April 4, 1968, before the strike was settled. In response to his murder, rebellions erupted in 125 cities, including Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Pittsburgh and Chicago.National oppression and social injustice todaySince 1968, the problems of national oppression and economic inequality have worsened. Unemployment and poverty remain major obstacles to the full realization of national liberation for African-American and other oppressed communities.These problems cannot be resolved under capitalism. The greater concentration of wealth among the ruling class mandates a redistribution of resources from the small elite of exploiters to the majority of the working class and oppressed.This social transformation of U.S. society will not come about through the ruling class’s goodwill. The workers, farmers and oppressed must be mobilized outside the framework of the corporate political system, where both major parties are pillars of capitalism.These are the challenges which face today’s youth. Consequently, a revolutionary party must be built that can speak and act in the interests of the exploited and oppressed in the U.S — and in solidarity with the peoples of the world.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
News UpdatesCompensation For Nepali Man In Prison For Over 41 Years: Calcutta High Court Seeks State’s Response Sparsh Upadhyay22 March 2021 9:21 AMShare This – xDealing with the case of a Nepali man who was arrested about 41 years ago and since then he had been under detention and was released recently, the Calcutta High Court on Monday (22nd March) asked the State Government to submit its response on providing him compensation/damages. The Bench of Chief Justice Thottathil B. Radhakrishnan and Justice Aniruddha Roy also directed the West…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginDealing with the case of a Nepali man who was arrested about 41 years ago and since then he had been under detention and was released recently, the Calcutta High Court on Monday (22nd March) asked the State Government to submit its response on providing him compensation/damages. The Bench of Chief Justice Thottathil B. Radhakrishnan and Justice Aniruddha Roy also directed the West Bengal Police to collect details from all the correctional homes in the State of West Bengal regarding the undertrials, who are unfit to stand trial as of now, in terms of Chapter XXV of the Cr.P.C. The Court directed the Additional Director General and Inspector-General of Police, Correctional Services, West Bengal Police to file (by 25th March 2021), “The Status report of UTPs who are eligible for release under Sections 436 and 436A of the Cr.P.C. shall also be separately available.” Background The bench was hearing the case of one Dipak Joshi, who was arrested on 12th May 1980 and has already undergone a period of more than 40 years in custody. Nepali Man In Custody For 40 Years: Calcutta High Court To Examine If The Prosecution Be Terminated In Suo Moto Proceedings On the basis of the materials on record, the Court had observed that after the assessment of his mental status (sometime in January 1982) when he was found to be not mentally fit to stand trial, there had been no contrary report at any point of time even as of now before the Court of Session where the case is pending trial. Thus, in the exercise of authority under Section 482 of Cr.P.C. and Articles 226 and 227 of the Constitution of India, the Court ordered his release after noting, “In the aforesaid view of the matter, we do not see that any useful purpose will subserve the ends of justice by continuing to detain UTP Dipak Joshi @ Jaisi @ Jaishi in the Correctional Home.” Significantly, the Counsel for the Nepal Consulate submitted that following earlier orders, the Nepali Man- Dipak Joshi was released from Dum Dum Central Correctional Home and was accompanied by his relative and an officer of the Nepal Consulate and accordingly, Dipak Joshi had been delivered to his home where now, he is accompanied by his mother who is more than 90 years of age. The Court was also apprised that Joshi and his family members are economically marginalized and also face social challenges on account of the detention and continued incarceration of Dipak Joshi. To this, the Court observed, “The detention of Dipak Joshi for about 41 years or so, that too without trial and also without resorting to other due proceedings, prompt us to consider whether he is to be supported with an order of compensation or damages, as against the State.” Thus, finding it appropriate, the Court directed the State Government to look into the issue as to whether an order of compensation or damages, as against the State could be passed. The Court notified this to the Advocate General on behalf of the State so that requisite response on this matter can be placed by the learned Advocate General. “We are sure that the State will look at it from a proactive and pragmatic view”, added the Court. Case title – The Court on its own Motion: In re : UTP Dipak Joshi, lodged in Dum Dum Central Correctional Home [W.P.A. (P) 27 of 2021] Click Here To Download OrderRead OrderNext Story
KTSP(MINNEAPOLIS) — An SUV crashed into a Minnesota playground as the driver allegedly fled from police, injuring three toddlers, including two who were fighting for their lives, authorities said.The children — ages 2, 3 and 4 — were at the Bohanon Park in Minneapolis Monday morning when the SUV crashed into the swings where they were playing, according to an incident report obtained by ABC St. Paul affiliate KSTP-TV.Lillianna Lee Peltier, 4, and Kayden Jay Peltier, 2, were rushed to a hospital with life-threatening injuries, while the third victim, 3-year-old Konnor Jace Peltier, suffered from non-life-threatening injuries, according to KSTP.The children’s grandmother, Diana Peltier, was in disbelief after the accident.“To take them to the park and this happens to them? Oh, lord. I just can’t imagine,” Peltier told KSTP Monday. “Oh, they’re all wonderful children. All of them.“I hope the kids will be OK. They’ve got to be OK.”The suspect, whom authorities identified as Kabaar Wahleen Powell, 27, was on the run at the time, fleeing from state police officers who pulled him over for allegedly speeding earlier in the day, the report said.Powell, who sustained minor injuries in the crash, allegedly tried to flee the scene of the crash on foot before, but he was quickly apprehended by two state troopers, according to KSTP.Police said they recovered a gun in his vehicle. It’s unclear whether he has entered a plea.State Patrol spokesperson Capt. Jason Bartell said his office is investigating the incident.“There’s a lot of stuff to figure out yet,” Bartell told reporters after the crash. “It’s pretty ridiculous when you are being stopped and you just don’t pull over. And recklessly drive through innocent children and innocent people. It’s ridiculous.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
A high resolution time-series analysis of stable carbon isotopic signatures in particulate organic carbon (delta C-13(POC)) and associated biogeochemical parameters in sea ice and surface waters provides an insight into the factors affecting delta C-13(POC) in the coastal western Antarctic Peninsula sea ice environment. The study covers two austral summer seasons in Ryder Bay, northern Marguerite Bay between 2004 and 2006. A shift in diatom species composition during the 2005/06 summer bloom to near-complete biomass dominance of Proboscia inermis is strongly correlated with a large ~10 parts per thousand negative isotopic shift in delta C-13(POC) that cannot be explained by a concurrent change in concentration or isotopic signature of CO2. We hypothesise that the delta C-13(POC) shift may be driven by the contrasting biochemical mechanisms and utilisation of carbon-concentrating mechanisms (CCMs) in different diatom species. Specifically, very low delta C-13(POC) in P. inermis may be caused by the lack of a CCM, whilst some diatom species abundant at times of higher delta C-13(POC) may employ CCMs. These short-lived yet pronounced negative delta C-13(POC) excursions drive a 4 parts per thousand decrease in the seasonal average delta C-13(POC) signal, which is transferred to sediment traps and core-top sediments and consequently has the potential for preservation in the sedimentary record. This 4 parts per thousand difference between seasons of contrasting sea ice conditions and upper water column stratification matches the full amplitude of glacial-interglacial Southern Ocean delta C-13(POC) variability and, as such, we invoke phytoplankton species changes as a potentially important factor influencing sedimentary delta C-13(POC). We also find significantly higher delta C-13(POC) in sea ice than surface waters, consistent with autotrophic carbon fixation in a semi-closed environment and possible contributions from post-production degradation, biological utilisation of HCO3- and production of exopolymeric substances. This study demonstrates the importance of surface water diatom speciation effects and isotopically heavy sea ice-derived material for delta C-13(POC) in Antarctic coastal environments and underlying sediments, with consequences for the utility of diatom-based delta C-13(POC) in the sedimentary record.
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailMen’s GolfDRIGGS, Idaho-Kyler Dunkle shot -13, posting a score of 203, as the Utah Utes’ men’s golf squad won the team title to conclude the Showdown in the Rockies at the Huntsman Springs Golf Course Tuesday.The Utes had a collective team score of 842 (-22) with Utah State checking in tied for 9th.The highest-finishing Aggie was Colten Cordingley in 13th place as he broke even, posting a score of 216.Oregon State finished second in the team standings with a score of 855 (-9) while rounding out the top 5 were Texas Tech ( 856, -8), Saint Mary’s (857, -7) and Arizona (860, -4).SOUTH KENT, Conn.-Tuesday, Weber State’s men’s golf team finished competition at the Hartford Hawk Invitational by placing 15th out of 16 teams competing at Bull’s Bridge Golf Club. The tournament was won by the UCF Knights, who posted a score of 550. The individual winner was the Knights’ Bobby Bai who scored a 135.Weber State’s highest finisher was Jayce Frampton who tied for 43rd with a score of 147. The Wildcats’ team score was 604.Women’s GolfGRAND JUNCTION, Colo.-As the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference women’s golf fall preview concluded Tuesday, the Dixie State women learned a lot about themselves and how far they can go as the season progresses.The Trailblazers finished second overall in the standings with a collective score of 615 (+47). The University of Tampa Spartans won the team title with a score of 605 (+37).The Spartans’ Kiira Riihijarvi, a Finnish national, won the individual title with a score of 130 (-12).Dixie State’s highest finisher was Kaitlynn Deeble, a sophomore out of Boise, Idaho, who finished with a score of 148 (+6).Her teammate, Katie Ford, finished 8th, despite being projected to finish 21st. She excelled with a score of 150 (+8).The Trailblazers’ women are next in action October 1 and 2 as they host the Dixie State Fall Invitational at The Golf Course At Sand Hollow Resort of Hurricane, Utah.KNOXVILLE, Tenn.-Tuesday, at the Cherokee Country Club, the Brigham Young University women’s golf team finished 13th out of 17 schools at the Mercedes-Benz Intercollegiate Tournament hosted by the University of Tennessee.The team title was won by Kent State as the Golden Flashes edged Middle Tennessee for the crown, 870-875.The individual winner was Kentucky’s Leonie Bettel, an Austrian national, who posted a score of 208 (-5).The Cougars’ highest finisher was Rosie Huang who tied for 23rd with a score of 222 (+9). Naomi Soifua finished tied for 31st for BYU, while Allysha Mae Mateo tied for 65th, Annick Haczkiewicz finished tied for 81st and Anna Kennedy tied for 87th for the Cougars. September 18, 2018 /Sports News – Local NCAA Golf Roundup: 9/18 Tags: Arizona/Colten Cordingley/Huntsman Springs Golf Course/Kyler Dunkle/Oregon State/Saint Mary’s/Texas Tech/Utah Men’s Golf/Utah State Men’s Golf Written by Brad James
One student, however, considered the impact on local trade: “It’s disappointing to see yet another corporation taking a spot on the high street which could be filled by a small, local business.” Regional manager Steve Russell told The Oxford Mail: “Oxford is a great tourist destination and we know we are guaranteed plenty of footfall here in Cornmarket – I’m sure it’s going to be very busy. The Westgate Centre is great but it’s Cornmarket that is the traditional centre. The whole Greggs range will be on sale here including our vegan sausage rolls.” The firm announced that it made record profits in 2019, partly due to its recently released vegan range, which includes a sausage roll, steak bake, and doughnut. There are plans to open 100 more stores over the next year. The store is open seven days a week, and with 66 seats upstairs, it is one of the biggest Greggs in the country. Eve Bennett, an Oxford student and prominent YouTuber, tweeted: “Greggs opens today and I shall be having a steak bake for lunch which is all I have wanted since moving to Oxford. It has a seating area upstairs so I can work and eat there – THIS HAS CHANGED THE GAME.” Students have been eagerly anticipating the opening of Oxford’s Greggs since jobs were advertised in September 2019 and a planning application was submitted in November. The Oxford University Northerners Society hosted a Facebook event on Wednesday titled ‘Come Greggs With Me’ saying: “Today is the big day!!! The day we’ve all been waiting for!!! GREGGS HAS FINALLY COME TO OXFORD.” Greggs, the largest bakery chain in the UK, opened this week on Cornmarket in Oxford. “I’m delighted with how the opening has gone – customers are already queuing and I’m chuffed to bits – it’s going to be incredibly popular.” Another student told Cherwell: “I love how cheap the food is at Greggs, and how close it is to my college. I will definitely be going there every week for lunch. The vegan sausage rolls are so good – it’s rare to get such quality meat alternatives.” There was a queue out the door and across the street as customers flooded to the new store.
Pecan Deluxe Candy, the European inclusions specialist, has invested in new premises and is celebrating new certifications.The new buildings are not far from the company’s Leeds factory. It said they were “closer to primary access routes and with much improved potential for expansion”.Graham Kingston, managing director of Pecan Deluxe, said: “Our investment in new offices enables us to underpin that reputation with impressive new development kitchens, equipped with the very latest technology – and, of course, manned by some of the best product technologists in the industry.“Freeing up space within the production facility will allow us to develop the operational structure to support ongoing product development – it’s a win-win all round.”Pecan Deluxe is also celebrating two new certifications – the company has been assessed and accredited under the stringent RSPO Principles & Criteria for Sustainable Palm Oil Production by accredited Certifying Bodies, and it has also become a UTZ-certified supplier. (UTZ certification supports sustainable farming, helping farmers to implement good agricultural practices).Kingston added: “We’re very proud of the standards that Pecan Deluxe has attained in quality management and safety systems, supporting our ongoing programme of product development and innovation that helps our customers to meet or exceed their own goals of consumer satisfaction.”Pecan Deluxe is now one of the biggest European suppliers of cookie dough pieces, which feature in many household-name premium ice creams, as well as fast food and gastropub desserts.
Wildlight’s The Tide acoustic redux invokes a sound and era that can be overlooked within our technologically-fueled society. The delicate performances harken back to a period and lifestyle rooted in the past; yet at once paving a path back toward lost innocence and social responsibility. This album serves as reminder that we can exist in that paradigm today. Reimagining the tunes from their stimulating sophomore opus as a stirring blend of global instrumentation, folk sensibilities, and indigenous influence, Ayla Nereo and David Sugalski (The Polish Ambassador) have crafted a statement bathing in sonic serenity.Listen to the album below.In tandem with the artists’ reverence, The Tide places a glistening spotlight on the earth, community, gratitude, healing and romance. Sugalski enlists a vibrant team of collaborators to facilitate an energetic transformation; The Tide’s formerly meditative dance music evolves elegantly into a softer, medicinal archetype. The creative ingenuity of lead producer Ryan Herr is a revelation. Sugalski’s compadre courts a courageous cavalcade, among them Tyson Leonard and Jesse Hendrix. The dexterous multi-instrumentalists employ a myriad of organic sounds to soothe and serenade with savoir-faire: banjo, violin, accordion, saxophone, flute, toy piano, melodica, duduk, mandolin, djembe, didgeridoo, kalimba, acoustic guitar and upright bass. These assembled artisans in antiquity deliver the listener to an intersection of love, hope, and awareness.Ayla Nereo’s multi-faceted melodies give rise to Wildlight’s impassioned vision and focused mission, the promise of our better tomorrow. From start to finish, Nereo’s femininity is found summoning the intrinsic power of her expressive voice. “Rain” and “From the Ground Up” feature poignant pleas in siren song: her angelic vocal tones calling to the spirits, these are soundtracks to the garden we have dreamt. On “The Crucible,” Nereo unveils a resolute rap and hauntingly gorgeous refrain, at once emotive and inspiring.”Ours to Give” is a soothing, warm lament on the benevolence within us all. “Holy Dust” features her aching, arching soprano, while “Grace, Fully” finds Nereo’s layered vocals basking in a bed of blissful banjo and lulling violin.Wildlight has created an organic, chilled vibe in rewiring their own previous brilliance. Filled with mystifying traditional music, this testimonial transmits a clear and focused intention; to empower community, heal wounds, celebrate love, and awaken the heroic human spirit. Full of evergreen hymns tuned to the magic of mother nature, The Tide (original) is revival strong enough to move mountains. Stripped of bass and bombast, this riveting reprise stays sublime in shadowed valleys.