Mouthing off

first_img“The humorous billboards are a fun way of helping consumers relate to the brand’s name Bimbo (pronounced Beembo), which is also the name of our bear character. Bimbo is derived from the Italian word bambino, meaning little boy”a spokesperson for Mexican Bimbo Bakeries explains why its latest billboard ads feature a pronunciation tip “Say ’Beembo!” to overcome the word’s chauvinistic associations in the US. Bimbo’s website undermines the spin, saying the name is a mix of bingo and Bambi”She stands right by the counter and quacks until we feed or pat her. The really bizarre thing is she comes in every year at the same time. Every single person who walks past comments”co-owner Shelley Sims of Brumby’s Hardy St bakery in Nelson, New Zealand on the muffin-hungry duck that spends months at the bakery each year. Somebody call Environmental Health!last_img read more

Phish Will Webcast The Final Two Shows Of Their Main Summer Tour

first_imgAs Phish keeps it rolling down the west coast on their current summer tour, the band has announced webcasts for their upcoming southern California shows at The Forum in Los Angeles on July 22nd and Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Chula Vista on July 23rd. The two shows are the last on the main leg of their tour, leaving only their two nights at LOCKN’ (August 26th and 28th) and their Labor Day weekend run at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park (September 2nd-4th) left on the schedule for this summer. You can pre-order the webcasts here via LivePhish.last_img

Secretary of Transportation Terrill to Step Down, Douglas Appoints Lunderville

first_img“Ihave been deeply honored to work for Governor Douglas and very proud of theGovernor’s leadership and his vision for Vermont.  VTrans has a critical missionand I look forward to continuing the efforts of Secretary Terrill,”Lunderville said.  “I’m enthusiastic about implementing thetransportation components of the Governor’s Agenda of Affordability insupport of economic development and job creation.  The quality of ourtransportation infrastructure and the strength of VTrans are absolutely vitalto the future economic security of our state.  I look forward to againworking closely with the Governor and to engaging with the VTrans leadershipteam.” Montpelier, Vt. – Secretary of Transportation Dawn Terrill willbe returning to the private sector to run a small company that she and herhusband are planning to acquire, and former Secretary of Civil and MilitaryAffairs Neale Lunderville will stepinto the post, Governor Jim Douglas announced today.  Terrillhas headed the state transportation agency since November of 2004.  Priorto that she served as Douglas’ Deputy Secretary of Commerce and CommunityDevelopment.  She will step down on August 7, 2006 and Lunderville willassume the post on the same day. Jason GibbsGovernor’sCommunications Director109 State Street ¨ The Pavilion ¨ Montpelier,VT 05609-0101 ¨ www.vermont.gov/governor(link is external)Telephone: 802.828.3333 ¨ Fax: 802.828.3339 ¨ TDD: 802.828.3345 ABOUT NEALE LUNDERVILLEPrior to his 2003 appointment as Secretary of Civil and MilitaryAffairs, Lunderville served as the Governor’s campaign manager.  Hehas also served as congressional legislative consultant on transportationissues, the Director of Technology for a legal news service for law firms andcorporate counselors, the co-founder and Chief Information Officer of atechnology firm, and the executive director of the Vermont Republican Party. July 19, 2006Secretaryof Transportation Terrill to Step DownDouglas Appoints Lundervilleto Post “Ithas been an honor to work for Governor Douglas,” Terrill said. “The Governor has always made the work of the Vermont Agency ofTransportation (VTrans) a priority and has strongly supported the goals ofdelivering more timely projects with ever increasing accountability to thepublic.” Terrill said.  “I also want to thank the employees atVTrans for their hard work and dedication; it has been a privilege to work witheach of them.  Now, I look forward to being a small business owner whobenefits from the Governor’s Agenda of Affordability and the work VTranswill continue to do to keep our economy growing.”center_img “Nealeis a proven manager and an important part of my senior team. His experience,impressive intellect and extraordinary energy will be important assets at theAgency of Transportation,” Governor Douglas said. “Nealeunderstands very clearly my goals for VTrans and Vermont.  He will work tirelessly withthe entire agency to reach these goals, and I’m very confident we willachieve them.” Lundervilleserved on the Governor’s senior staff as Secretary of Civil and MilitaryAffairs from January 2003 to June 2006.  In this role Lunderville was theGovernor’s lead for emergency operations and also served as his liaisonwith VTrans, the Agency of Agriculture and the Department of PublicSafety.  In May, Lunderville retired briefly from public service but saidthe opportunity to lead the Agency of Transportation was a privilege he couldnot turn down. Lunderville is a native Vermonter and a graduate of Mount Mansfield High Schoolin Jericho. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from American Universityin Washington, DC. ### Governor Douglas praised Terrill for her service and commitment to Vermont. “Dawn is an excellent administrator who has done a great job working tostrengthen our transportation agency and the network of roads, bridges andrailways that have helped our economy to grow and our employers to create morejobs.  She has been a valuable member of my team and I wish her all thebest in her next venture.” Douglassaid.  last_img read more

Bill Clinton speaks at UCLA rally for Jerry Brown and Gavin Newsom

first_imgDespite the clouds covering the city Friday evening, it was a star-studded night in Los Angeles for the Democratic Party.California gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown spoke at UCLA with just a few weeks to go before the Nov. 2 election, bringing with him some of the state’s and nation’s most prominent Democrats: Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, San Francisco Mayor and candidate for state lieutenant governor Gavin Newsom and former President Bill Clinton.In good company – Flanked by Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown (left) and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, former President Bill Clinton addressed a crowd of thousands at UCLA Friday night. – Photo courtesy of the Daily BruinThe rally was one of many stops high-profile Democrats have made across the country in recent weeks in an attempt to drum up support for the party.“Are we going to take back California?” Villaraigosa yelled to an already-screaming crowd as the other Democrats took the stage shortly after 8 p.m.The three spent about an hour speaking to thousands of listeners gathered in UCLA’s Dickson Court, trading compliments and slamming their opponents in an effort to rally a higher youth turnout on Nov. 2.“It is not enough to have voted for a new president if you will not help him govern and stick behind the members of Congress who stood for him,” Clinton said. “What you must do is pick leaders who know how to be both frugal and in the future business. You’ve got to put California back in the future business.”The future was a common theme throughout the evening, as all three men spoke to interests particular to a college-aged audience: the environment, the economy and education.A product of the University of California system himself, Brown emphasized the need for public higher education to be available to all students, regardless of their backgrounds.“[We need to] get every kid in this school that can qualify,” Brown said. “Everyone. Whether they’re documented or not.”Clinton emphasized the importance of green technologies in revitalizing California’s economy, saying both Brown and Newsom would continue their support of such technologies, unlike their opponents.Clinton alluded to Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman and her proposal to suspend AB 32  — a law aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions —  until the state unemployment rate drops.“You stick with this greenhouse gas commitment you got; don’t you repeal that,” Clinton said. “It is the key to your economic future.”The best place for California’s future, Newsom and Clinton said, is in Brown’s hands.“We are lucky in this state,” Newsom said. “Jerry Brown has nothing to prove to anybody. He was twice governor of our great state, he has held every key office, he has accomplished more than folks like me could every dream of. But he’s willing to take the years where he could be writing a memoir and instead, he’s going to be writing the future of our great state.”“One thing you can count on: I’m not writing any damn memoir,” Brown said, to laughter and cheers from the crowd.Brown has been a political opponent to both Newsom and Clinton during his years as a politician; he opposed Clinton in the 1992 presidential primary and ran against Newsom in the Democratic primary for governor — during which Clinton endorsed Newsom.Their past differences were put aside on Friday, however, as the three sought to get a bigger message across to the audience: Young voters need to show up on Nov. 2.“I’ve lived my life. It’s been great. I just want you to have the same chances I did,” Clinton said. “I am pleading with you; you need to go out and tell everyone who is not here tonight that any college student in the state of California that doesn’t vote in this election is committing malpractice on your own future.”Clinton’s appearance at UCLA — along with President Barack Obama’s upcoming visit to USC on Friday — sends a strong message to student voters, said Aaron Perman, a senior majoring in business administration who is the vice president of USC College Democrats.“The college demographic is a lot of what drove Obama to win and was the backbone of the volunteer effort,” said Perman, who attended the rally at UCLA. “I think it’s recognizing that and recognizing that students still have a lot of things to care about. It shows students, ‘Hey, you really can make a difference.’”Michael Maulano, a junior majoring in political science and finance director of the College Democrats who also attended Friday’s event, agreed.“It’s an extremely important election for youth,” he said. “The problems facing the country and the issues we face today are certainly not going to wait. They’re going to affect us for a long time.”Excerpts from the Rally:Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa: San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom: Gubernatorial Candidate Jerry Brown: President Bill Clinton (Part 1): President Bill Clinton (Part 2):last_img read more

Irish bookies to receive tax relief under 2020 budget

first_imgShare GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 StumbleUpon BoyleSports signs Coventry City sponsorship August 21, 2020 Related Articles Announced as part of the Irish financial budget for 2020, bookmakers are set to receive a  €50,000 a year relief from the 2 per cent tax levied on betting in the Republic which is hoped will support the country’s independent bookmaking sector. Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe confirmed yesterday that bookmakers across the Republic will not be subject to tax on the first €50,000 in wagers that they take in a year, however this will be subject to EU state aid rules.Ireland’s independent sector has faced an up-hill battle in competing against larger betting operators such as Paddy Power, Boylesports and Ladbrokes following the doubling of the betting tax from one to two per cent last year.While the tax rise is expected to generate an estimated €95m in 2019, a number of independent bookmakers have had to close their doors as a result. Bookmakers are obliged to place a tax on each bet tied with them, with the levy tied to State cash which is then used to support the horse and greyhound racing industries.Also confirmed in the 2020 budget was that The Irish Horse and Greyhound Racing Fund will receive €80m in funding, of which €67.2m will be directed towards Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) – a figure that remains the same as last year. The unchanged budget, according to HRI’s chief executive Brian Kavanagh, has been attributed to the ‘stand still situation’ over Brexit in which he expressed no surprise that the budget remained the same.“All this is framed in a Brexit contest,” he said. “We have long terms plans to develop the industry and they will need funding. But the main short terms issue is Brexit and in the context of the threat of a no-deal Brexit it was never going to be a year of initiatives.“It’s a stand still situation. We’ll have to take this away and look at the implications for our own budget. It will make the budget process trickier and tighter.“But the more immediate priority is to get the country, and the equine industry, through the next few months.”It has been suggested that funding to the sector may be boosted again given the projected rise in betting revenue due to the doubling of tax this year, while Kavanagh emphasised that HRI will examine a number of the Brexit assistance funds set up by the state to see if some equine businesses will qualify. Share Submit Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020last_img read more