Starbucks adopts indie approach for UK stores

Starbucks has turned around its fortunes following a troubled patch, which saw it shed stores, as the UK’s second-biggest coffee chain gears up to roll out its new “bespoke” outlets.A spokesperson told British Baker: “We have more customers than ever before and our like-for-like store sales in the last three months have returned to growth. “The last year has been challenging for us and for some of our customers, who have faced a real squeeze, but we’ve taken a number of steps to improve the value and experience we offer our customers and it’s paying off,” she added.The firm will spend £25m over the next year refurbishing 100 stores as part of an exercise that “allows us to take a root-and-branch look at environmental performance”, she said. Star-bucks designers will carry out all the designs on a store-by-store basis.”The new approach means our designers will look at each UK store individually and ensure it reflects the environment and community in which it is placed,” she said.Among the changes will be a 20% cut in energy costs and around 10% in water use. The choice of food has been widened for breakfast, with crepes, fruit toast, porridge and whole fruit on the menu. Starbucks’ reward card scheme now offers free extras, such as a shot of Fairtade espresso, and free Wi-Fi will be available in-store.l See Interior Motives, page 22 read more

News story: £700 million South West food exports are vital to economic success

first_imgThe Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Liz Truss used a visit to several food manufacturers in Cornwall this week (12 and 13 July 2018) to unveil new figures that showed food and agricultural exports in the first quarter of 2018 were up for the fourth year in a row.From January to March 2018, £175 million worth of food and agricultural goods were exported from the region around the globe, up £10 million on last year.In 2017, nearly £700 million worth of Cornish food and agricultural goods were exported around the world, and the Chief Secretary hopes that this figure will be bettered this year: Food manufacturers in this region have made a flying start to 2018 and it’s hugely encouraging to learn, once again, that food exports are up for the first quarter of this year. Exporting boosts the earnings of a business, and the wages of local workers, it also enhances the reputation of Britain and Cornwall around the world. I want to see more people abroad enjoying a taste of Cornwall, like the magnificent clotted cream I’ve seen made during my visit. It is so important that local traders in this part of the world have the opportunity to increase their trade and create jobs and I’m here to learn how we can help them do this. While visiting Cornwall, the Chief Secretary was hosted by groups of businesses and also visited several food manufacturing factories.The government is delivering for the South West, and the region now has the second-lowest unemployment rate of all UK regions. And this year alone employment has increased by 37,000, with a record high 2.8 million people now in work.Since 2010 the government has worked hard to make sure businesses in all regions of the UK can start-up and scale-up. By cutting corporation tax we have helped encourage this, with 1.2 million more businesses starting up since 2010.last_img read more

News story: Appointments to the Small Business Commissioner’s Office Advisory Board

first_imgBusiness and Energy Secretary Greg Clark has appointed Heidy Rehman as a non-executive director for corporate services and Laurence Milsted as an audit and risk non-executive director at the Small Business Commissioner’s Office.Heidy and Laurence will hold the roles until 6 January 2023, having started on 7 January 2019.Heidy is an entrepreneur and was most recently the CEO of womenswear brand Rose & Willard. She was previously a senior equity research analyst at financial services and banking group Citi.Laurence is a chief financial officer for Baker McKenzie, a trustee and audit committee chair of ESCP Europe Business School in London, and has recently joined the Ministry of Justice Audit Committee as an independent member.Board members play a key role in providing leadership and direction to the organisation, working closely with the Small Business Commissioner’s Office and the Commissioner Paul Uppal.The Small Business Commissioner’s Office was set up by BEIS in December 2017 to help the UK’s 5.7 million small businesses struggling with late payments.The Small Business Commissioner, Paul Uppal, supports small businesses to resolve their payment disputes with larger businesses, providing advice, and helping bring about a culture change in payment practices and how businesses deal with each other.last_img read more

Detailed guide: Birmingham, Sandwell and Solihull: local restrictions

first_imgElite sportspeopleElite sportspeople (or those on an official elite sports pathway) can meet in larger groups or meet indoors to compete and train. They can be joined by their coaches if necessary, or their parents and guardians if they’re under 18.Funerals and linked commemorative eventsFunerals are allowed with limits on attendance, and must only take place in COVID-secure venues or in public outdoor places. The venue manager or event organiser must take the required precautions, including the completion of a risk assessment.Funerals can be attended by a maximum of 30 people and may take place indoors. Linked religious or belief-based commemorative events, such as wakes, stone settings and ash scatterings can also continue with up to 15 people in attendance.Anyone working is not counted in these limits. Social distancing should be maintained between people who do not live together or share a support bubble.There is guidance for arranging or going to a funeral during the coronavirus pandemic.Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies and receptionsNo more than 15 people (of any age) can be at a wedding, civil partnership ceremony or reception. Anyone working is not counted in these limits. Social distancing should be maintained between people who do not live together or share a support bubble.There is further guidance for small marriages and civil partnerships.Places of worshipYou can go to places of worship for a service. When a service is taking place indoors you must not mingle with anyone outside of your household or support bubble. You should maintain social distancing at all times, staying 2 metres apart from anyone who is not in your household or support bubble.When a service is taking place outdoors, you must not mingle in groups larger than 6, except for groups from up to 2 households (a household can include an existing support bubble, if eligible). You should maintain strict social distancing from other groups and households at all times.You should follow the national guidance on the safe use of places of worship.Volunteering and charitable servicesYou can gather above the limit of 6 people or 2 households, or gather indoors, where this is reasonably necessary in order to provide voluntary or charitable services.You should follow the guidance on Volunteering during coronavirus (COVID-19).Other circumstances where you can gather in groups of more than six people or two householdsMaternityYou can be indoors with someone who is giving birth or receiving treatment in hospital. You should check the relevant hospital’s visiting policies. There is further NHS guidance on pregnancy and coronavirus.Avoiding injury or harmYou can gather in larger groups or indoors to provide emergency assistance, and to avoid injury or illness, or to escape a risk of harm (including domestic abuse).Compassionate visitsYou can gather in larger groups or indoors, with people outside your household or support bubble, to: to fulfil legal obligations to carry out activities related to buying, selling or moving house for the purpose of COVID-secure protests or picketing where the organiser has taken the required precautions, including completing a risk assessment where it is reasonably necessary to support voting in an election or referendum (such as vote counting or for legal observers). PDF, 369KB, 26 pages (COVID-19) Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do (Slovak) PDF, 328KB, 32 pages parks, beaches, countryside accessible to the public, forests public and botanical gardens the grounds of a heritage site outdoor sculpture parks allotments public playgrounds outdoor sports venues and facilities outdoor hospitality venues outdoor attractions for education, registered childcare, and supervised activities for children, see further information on education and childcare for arrangements where children do not live in the same household as both their parents or guardians to allow contact between birth parents and children in care, as well as between siblings in care for prospective adopting parents to meet a child or children who may be placed with them to place or facilitate the placing of a child or children in the care of another by social services for the purpose of managing childcare through a childcare bubble nanny cleaner tradesperson social care worker providing support to children and families on your own in a group of up to 6 people in a larger group of any size from up to 2 households (and their support bubbles, if eligible) If you’re in a support bubbleIf you are eligible to form a support bubble, you and your support bubble count as one household towards the limit of 2 households when meeting others outdoors. This means, for example, that you and your support bubble can meet with another household, even if the group is more than 6 people.Where you can meetYou can meet in a group of 6 or a larger group of any size from up to 2 households (including their support bubbles) outdoors. This includes private outdoor spaces, such as gardens, and other outdoor public places and venues that are open. These include the following: You can only use a childcare bubble for childcare and cannot use it to mix with another household for any other reason (for example to socialise). You have to meet certain eligibility rules to form a childcare bubble. See the separate guidance on childcare bubbles.Parent and child groupsParent and child groups can take place indoors as well as outdoors (but not in private homes or gardens) if they are for the benefit of children aged under 5 and organised by a business, charity or public body. This includes groups that are primarily focused on social and developmental activities.Parent and child groups must be limited to no more than 15 people. Children under five and anyone working or volunteering as part of the group, such as a group leader, are not counted in this number.Support groups which provide support functions for parents, carers, or their childrenSupport groups which provide support functions for parents, carers, or their children, such as breastfeeding or postnatal groups, which have to be delivered in person may continue to meet indoors, but must follow the same rules as other support groups. See the support groups section of this guidance.Providing care or assistanceYou can continue to gather in larger groups or meet indoors where this is reasonably necessary: to visit people in your support bubble (if you are legally permitted to form one) to provide informal childcare for children aged 13 or under as part of a childcare bubble (for example, to enable parents to work, not to enable socialising between adults) to provide emergency assistance to go to a support group of up to 15 participants, the limit of 15 does not include children under 5 who are accompanying a parent or guardian for respite care where that care is being provided to a vulnerable person or a disabled person, or is a short break in respect of a looked-after child to provide care or assistance for disabled or vulnerable people, including shopping for essential items and accessing services on their behalf You must follow the social contact rules when travelling in private vehicles. This means you must not share enclosed private vehicles with anyone from outside your household or your support bubble, unless an exemption exists, such as you are sharing the vehicle with someone working (e.g. a taxi). Where a vehicle is open air, you must follow the outdoor gathering limits.There is additional guidance on safer travel, including on the safe use of public transport.Travelling within the UK, the Republic of Ireland and the Channel IslandsTravelling to EnglandAcross the different parts of the Common Travel Area (the UK, the Republic of Ireland, Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man), there may be rules in place that restrict travel to England.You should check the restrictions in place where you intend to travel from before making arrangements to travel.Provided you are permitted to travel from another part of the Common Travel Area (the UK, the Republic of Ireland, Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man), you may enter England and are not required to quarantine on arrival. If you do travel to England, you must follow the restrictions on what you can and cannot do.Travelling from EnglandAcross the different parts of the Common Travel Area (the UK, the Republic of Ireland, Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man), there may be rules in place that restrict travel from England. You do not need a reasonable excuse to leave England to travel to other parts of the UK, Jersey, Guernsey, the Isle of Man or the Republic of Ireland. You should check the restrictions in place where you intend to travel to before making arrangements to travel.Travelling to or from Northern IrelandCurrently in Northern Ireland it is against the law to leave home without a reasonable excuse. Those arriving into Northern Ireland from another part of the Common Travel Area are asked to self-isolate for 10 days upon arrival. There are a number of exemptions to this request.Travelling to or from ScotlandNon-essential travel between Scotland and the rest of the UK, and the wider Common Travel Area, remains restricted. This means it is illegal to enter or leave Scotland unless you have a reasonable excuse. Travelling for a holiday is not a reasonable excuse. The guidance provides advice on reasonable excuses to travel to and from Scotland.Travelling to or from WalesThere are no restrictions in place for travel into or out of Wales as long as you are travelling within the UK or wider Common Travel Area (the Republic of Ireland, Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man). Across the different parts of the Common Travel Area, there may be rules in place that restrict travel from Wales. You do not need a reasonable excuse to leave Wales to travel to other parts of the UK, Jersey, Guernsey, the Isle of Man or the Republic of Ireland. You should check the restrictions in place where you intend to travel to before making arrangements to travel. The guidance provides advice on travelling to and from Wales.International travelTravelling internationally from EnglandYou can only travel internationally from England where you have a reasonable excuse to leave the UK, such as work. International holidays are not permitted.Some jobs qualify for exemptions for certain travel related requirements, such as self isolation and testing. See guidance on which jobs and circumstances qualify for travel exemptions.If you do need to travel overseas (and have a reasonable excuse to do so), you are required to complete a mandatory outbound ‘Declaration to Travel’ form unless an exemption applies to you. You must state your reasons for travel on the form before leaving the UK.You should also consider the public health advice in the country you are visiting. You should look at the rules in place at your destination and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) travel advice. You should do this even if you are returning to a place you’ve visited before.Travelling to England from outside the UKAll visitors to England are subject to the coronavirus restriction rules.People planning to travel to England should follow the guidance on entering the UK. Before travelling to the UK, you must complete a passenger locator form and have proof of a negative COVID-19 test result, unless you are exempt.All arrivals will need to take a coronavirus (COVID-19) test on day 2 and day 8 of quarantining. Arrivals must book a travel test package. See the guidance on how to quarantine when you arrive in England.You cannot travel to the UK if you’ve visited or passed through a country where travel to the UK has been banned in the last 10 days, unless you’re: victims of crime (including domestic abuse) those with, or recovering from, addictions (including alcohol, narcotics or other substance addictions) or addictive patterns of behaviour those with, or caring for people with, any long-term illness or terminal condition or who are vulnerable (including those with a mental health condition) those facing issues related to their sexuality or identity (including those living as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender) those who have suffered bereavement vulnerable young people (including to enable them to meet youth workers) disabled people and their carers The limit of 15 does not include children under 5 who are accompanying a parent or guardian. Gatherings above the limit can take place where reasonably necessary for work or volunteering. Where a group includes someone covered by an exception (for example, someone who is working or volunteering to facilitate the group), they are not generally counted as part of the gatherings limit.Exercise, sport and physical activityYou can do unlimited exercise outdoors but there are limits on the number of people you can exercise with. It can be either: theory tests motorcycle tests LGV driving tests car and trailer driving tests (COVID-19) Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do (Farsi) This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. PDF, 328KB, 29 pages Keeping yourself and others safeSocial distancing is still very important. You should stay 2 metres apart from anyone who is not in your household or support bubble where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings) if you cannot stay 2 metres apart.You should follow the guidance on how to stop the spread of coronavirus at all times, including if you have been vaccinated against COVID-19.You should follow this guidance in full to limit spreading COVID-19. It is underpinned by law.Face coveringsYou must wear a face covering in many indoor settings, such as shops and places of worship, and on public transport, unless you are exempt or have a reasonable excuse. This is the law. Read guidance on face coverings.If you are clinically extremely vulnerableIf you are clinically extremely vulnerable, you could be at higher risk of severe illness from coronavirus.If you are clinically extremely vulnerable, you are no longer advised to shield. However, you should continue to follow the guidance for people who are clinically extremely vulnerable and are advised to continue taking extra precautions to protect yourself. It is important that you continue to keep the number of social interactions that you have low and try to limit the amount of time you spend in settings where it is difficult to maintain social distancing.If you have been vaccinated against COVID-19To help protect yourself and your friends, family, and community you should continue to follow all of the guidance on this page even if you’ve been vaccinated against COVID-19.The vaccines have been shown to reduce the likelihood of severe illness in most people. Like all medicines, no vaccine is completely effective, so those who have received the vaccine should continue to take recommended precautions to avoid infection.We do not know by how much the vaccine stops COVID-19 from spreading. Even if you have been vaccinated, you could still spread COVID-19 to others.Asymptomatic testingRapid lateral flow testing is now available free to anybody without symptoms. You can get your tests from pharmacies, testing sites, employers, schools, colleges and universities.Find out more about how to get rapid lateral flow testsTesting twice a week will help make sure you don’t have COVID-19, reducing the risk to those around you.If you have symptoms you should continue to get a PCR test. If you’re not sure, you can find out which coronavirus test you should get.Meeting family and friends indoorsYou must not meet indoors with anybody you do not live with, unless you have formed a support bubble with them (if you are eligible), or another legal exemption applies.Meeting friends and family outdoors (rule of 6)You can meet up outdoors with friends and family you do not live with, either: (COVID-19) Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do (Gujarati) visit someone who is dying visit someone in a care home (if permitted under care home guidance), hospital or hospice to accompany a family member or close friend to a medical appointment. This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. Request an accessible format. PDF, 348KB, 36 pages PDF, 341KB, 32 pages Further guidance on hotels and other guest accommodation is available for self-contained holiday accommodation that is able to reopen.A full list of reasons can be found in the guidance on closing certain businesses and venues in England.Travelling within EnglandYou should continue to minimise the amount you travel where possible. This means you should avoid making unnecessary trips and combine trips where possible.If you need to travel: PDF, 346KB, 32 pages 12 April: What’s changedSome of the rules on what you can and cannot changed on 12 April. However, many restrictions remain in place. You must not socialise indoors with anyone you do not live with, unless you have formed a support bubble with them, or another exemption applies. You should continue to work from home if you can and minimise the number of journeys you make where possible. You should get a test and follow the stay at home guidance if you have COVID-19 symptoms.You can read the ‘COVID-19 Response – Spring 2021’ (the roadmap) for more information on how COVID-19 restrictions will be eased in England. It is underpinned by law.From 12 April: car driving lessons car and trailer driving lessons large goods vehicle (LGV) training driving instructor training See the guidance on booking and staying in a quarantine hotel when you arrive in EnglandAdvice for visitors and foreign nationals in EnglandForeign nationals are subject to the national restrictions.If you are visiting the UK, you may return home. You should check whether there are any restrictions in place at your destination.Moving homeYou can still move home. People outside your household or support bubble should not help with moving house unless reasonably necessary.Estate and letting agents and removals firms can continue to work. If you are looking to move, you can go to property viewings.Follow the national guidance on moving home safely, which includes advice on social distancing, letting fresh air in, and wearing a face covering.Financial supportWherever you live, you may be able to get financial help.See further information on business support and financial support if you’re off work because of coronavirus.Businesses and venuesTo reduce social contact, some businesses must remain closed or follow restrictions on how they provide goods and services. You can read the full list of businesses required to remain closed in England.There is further guidance on reopening businesses and venues which explains which business will be permitted to open at each step of the roadmap.From 12 April, further venues will be permitted to open. Unless a specific exemption exists, you must only visit these as a single household or bubble indoors, or in a group of 6 people or 2 households outdoors.Outdoor areas at hospitality venues (cafes, restaurants, bars, pubs, social clubs, including in members’ clubs) can reopen. Hospitality venues can also provide takeaway alcohol. These venues may allow customers to use an inside bathroom and customers can order and pay indoors. At any premises serving alcohol, customers will be required to order, be served and eat/drink while seated (“table service”). Venues will be prohibited from providing smoking equipment such as shisha pipes, for use on the premises.Outdoor attractions at venues such as animal attractions, theme parks, and skating rinks will also be permitted to reopen. A full list can be found here. This does not include outdoor cinemas and theatres, which will be limited to drive-in performances only. When going to these events, you must not share your vehicle with anyone outside your household or support bubble, unless there is an exemption, such as for providing care to a vulnerable person or for work purposes.Businesses which are allowed to re-open that operate in otherwise closed attractions (such as a gift shop or a takeaway kiosk at an indoor museum) may only open where they are a self-contained unit and can be accessed directly from the street.Personal care services (including those provided from a mobile setting), indoor sports facilities, self-contained accommodation, and public buildings (such as community centres) may also reopen.Businesses eligible to host childcare and supervised activities for children will now be able to host these activities (including sport) for all children, regardless of circumstances.Healthcare and public servicesThe NHS and medical services remain open, including: PDF, 235KB, 35 pages You should follow the guidance on working in other people’s homes.Where a work meeting does not need to take place in a private home or garden, it should not.If you are clinically extremely vulnerable or live with someone who is clinically extremely vulnerableIf you have been identified as clinically extremely vulnerable then you should continue to work from home where possible. If you cannot work from home, you can go to your workplace. Your employer is required to take steps to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace and should be able to explain to you the measures they have put in place to keep you safe at work. Some employers may introduce regular testing of employees as part of these measures. You may also want to consider how you get to and from work, for example, if it is possible to avoid using public transport during rush hour.If you live with someone who is clinically extremely vulnerable then you can continue to go to work if you are unable to work from home.You should follow the guidance on how to stop the spread of coronavirus, including what to do to reduce your risk of catching or passing on the virus at home.If you are worried about going in to work or you cannot workThere is guidance if you need to self-isolate or cannot go to work due to coronavirus and what to do if you’re employed and cannot work.Citizens Advice has advice if you’re worried about working, including what to do if you think your workplace is not safe, or if you live with someone vulnerable.Support is available if you cannot work, for example if you need to care for someone or you have less work.There is further advice for employers and employees from ACAS (the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service).Going to school or collegeSchool pupils and students in further education should go to school and college.All schools, colleges and other further education settings are open for face-to-face teaching during term time. It remains very important for children and young people to attend, to support their wellbeing and education and to help working parents and guardians.Clinically extremely vulnerable pupils and students should go to school or college.There is further guidance on what parents need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during COVID-19.Rapid lateral flow testing is now available for free for everyone in England. It is recommended for all secondary school pupils and college students, their families and all school and college staff.See the guidance on how you can get regular rapid tests if you do not have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19).Universities and higher educationStudents in university and other higher education settings undertaking practical and practice based courses who require specialist equipment and facilities can go to in-person teaching and learning where reasonably necessary. Providers should not ask students to return if their course can reasonably be continued online.All other students should continue to learn remotely and remain where they’re living until in-person teaching starts again, wherever possible. Following a review, the government has announced that in-person teaching and learning should resume for all students alongside Step 3, which will take place no earlier than 17 May.Students who have returned to higher education settings, including university, should not move back and forward between their permanent home and student home during term time, unless they meet one of the exemptions.Higher education students who have moved to university accommodation will be able to return to a non-term residence before 29 April 2021, if they wish to. This will allow university students to return to a family or other address for the holidays. However, in order to minimise the risk of spreading COVID-19, students should remain in their term time accommodation where possible, especially those students who returned to campus from 8 March. Students should take a test before they travel.There is guidance for universities and students starting and returning to higher education.Students should follow the guidance on how to stop the spread of COVID-19 at all times.ChildcareAll children can go to registered childcare, childminders, wraparound care and other supervised children’s activities indoors and outdoors.Parent and child groups can take place indoors as well as outdoors, with restrictions on numbers attending. See the parent and child groups section of this guidance.Meeting others for childcarePeople can continue to gather indoors or in larger groups outdoors where this is reasonably necessary: (COVID-19) Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do (Somali) If you need to enter through a house to get to a garden or other outside space and there is no alternative access, you should wear a face covering, wash or sanitise your hands when entering, and then go straight to the outside space. If you need to use the bathroom, wash your hands thoroughly and go back outside immediately. You should maintain social distancing from anyone who is not in your household or support bubble, and hosts should follow fresh air (ventilation) guidance.When you can meet with more people or meet indoorsGatherings above the limit of 6 people or 2 households outdoors, or any gatherings indoors, can only take place if they are permitted by an exemption. These exemptions are listed on this page.This means, for example, a tradesperson can go into a household without breaking the limit if they are there for work, and the officiant at a wedding would not count towards the limit.Support and childcare bubblesYou have to meet certain eligibility rules to form a support or childcare bubble. This means not everyone will be able to form a bubble. See the separate guidance on support bubbles and childcare bubbles.You can only use a childcare bubble for childcare. You cannot use a childcare bubble to mix with another household for any other reason. This means you cannot use a childcare bubble to meet socially with another household.Going to workYou should continue to work from home where you can.If you cannot work from home you should continue to travel to your workplace. You do not need to be classed as a critical worker to go to work if you cannot work from home.Employers and employees should discuss their working arrangements, and employers should take every possible step to facilitate their employees working from home, including providing suitable IT and equipment to enable remote working. Where people cannot work from home, employers should take steps to make their workplaces COVID-19 secure and help employees avoid busy times and routes on public transport. Extra consideration should be given to those people at higher risk.COVID-secure guidelines are available for sectors across the economy to substantially reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.See guidance for reopening businesses and venuesMeeting others for workYou can gather in larger groups or meet indoors where it is necessary for your work. This does not include social gatherings with work colleagues.Working in other people’s homesWhere it is reasonably necessary for you to work in other people’s homes you can continue to do so, for example if you’re a: PDF, 300KB, 36 pages dental services opticians audiology services chiropody chiropractors osteopaths other medical or health services, including services relating to mental health on recreational team sport on outdoor sport and recreation in England for providers of grassroots sports and gym and leisure facilities walk or cycle where possible you must not share a car with anyone from outside your household or your support bubble, unless your journey is made for an exempt reason plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport regularly wash or sanitise your hands wear a face covering on public transport, unless you’re exempt stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings or increasing ventilation indoors) If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need aversion of this document in a more accessible format, please email [email protected] tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use. (COVID-19) Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do (easy read) in a group of up to 6 from any number of households (children of all ages count towards the limit of 6) in a group of any size from up to two households (each household can include an existing support bubble, if eligible) (COVID-19) Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do (Punjabi Gurmukhi) PDF, 373KB, 36 pages non-essential retail can reopen personal care services such as hairdressers and nail salons can reopen, including those provided from a mobile setting public buildings such as libraries and community centres can reopen outdoor hospitality venues can reopen, with table service only most outdoor attractions including zoos, theme parks, and drive-in performances (such as cinemas and concerts) can reopen some smaller outdoor events such as fetes, literary fairs, and fairgrounds can take place indoor leisure and sports facilities can reopen for individual exercise, or exercise with your household or support bubble all childcare and supervised activities are allowed indoors (as well as outdoors) for all children. Parent and child groups can take place indoors (as well as outdoors) for up to 15 people (children under 5 will not be counted in this number) weddings, civil partnership ceremonies, wakes and other commemorative events can take place for up to 15 people (anyone working is not included in this limit), including in indoor venues that are permitted to open or where an exemption applies. Wedding receptions can also take place for up to 15 people, but must take place outdoors, not including private gardens self-contained accommodation can stay open for overnight stays in England with your household or support bubble care home residents will be able to nominate two named individuals for regular indoor visits (following a rapid lateral flow test) you should continue to work from home if you can and minimise the amount that you travel where possible If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need aversion of this document in a more accessible format, please email [email protected] tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use. (COVID-19) Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do (Urdu) The following types of tests will restart: Additional exemptionsThere are further reasonable excuses. For example, you may gather in larger groups or meet indoors: Request an accessible format. PDF, 282KB, 33 pages Jobcentre Plus sites courts and probation services civil registrations offices passport and visa services services provided to victims of crime waste or recycling centres getting an MOT a British national an Irish national anyone with residence rights in the UK (COVID-19) Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do (Bengali) Those who are campaigning for a specific outcome in elections or referendums can carry out door-to-door campaigning activity in accordance with guidance on elections and referendums during COVID-19.You can gather in larger groups or meet indoors for gatherings within criminal justice accommodation or immigration detention centres.If you break the rulesThe police can take action against you if you meet in larger groups. This includes breaking up illegal gatherings and issuing fines (fixed penalty notices).You can be given a fixed penalty notice of £200 for the first offence, doubling for further offences up to a maximum of £6,400.You can be fined £800 if you go to a private indoor gathering such as a house party of over 15 people from outside your household, which will double for each repeat offence to a maximum level of £6,400.If you hold, or are involved in holding, an illegal gathering of over 30 people, the police can fine you £10,000.Care home visitsYou should check the guidance on visiting care homes during COVID-19 to find out how visits should be conducted. Residents must follow the national restrictions if they are having a visit out of the care home.There is separate guidance for people in supported living.Staying away from home overnightYou can stay overnight in a campsite, caravan, boat, second home, or other self-contained accommodation. This should only be with your household or support bubble. You must not stay overnight with anyone not in your household or support bubble, unless a legal exemption applies.Self-contained holiday accommodation may reopen. This is accommodation in which facilities are restricted to exclusive use of a single household/support bubble. Such facilities include: PDF, 262KB, 32 pages Find out more about the red list travel ban countriesEveryone allowed to enter England who has visited or passed through a country where travel to the UK has been banned in the last 10 days must: You should follow the guidance: (COVID-19) Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do (large print) (COVID-19) Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do (Arabic) PDF, 331KB, 33 pages kitchens sleeping areas bathrooms indoor communal areas such as lounges, sitting areas and any lifts, staircases or internal corridors for entry and exit into the accommodation disability sport sports with your household or support bubble sports as part of the curriculum in education supervised sport and physical activity for under-18s (including those who were under 18 on 31 August 2020), this should be limited to 15 participants (COVID-19) Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do (Hindi) You can also take part in formally organised outdoor sports or licensed physical activity with any number of people. This must be organised by a business, charity or public body and the organiser must take the required precautions, including the completion of a risk assessment. You should avoid contact in training and, for some sports, avoid contact in all activities. Read the guidance on what avoiding contact means for your sport.Indoor leisure facilities may open for you to exercise on your own, or with your household or support bubble.You must not meet indoors for sport, except for: (COVID-19) Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do (Punjabi Shahmukhi) Driving lessons and learning to driveDriving tests and driving lessons may resume. Further guidance on learning to drive during coronavirus is available.You will be able to restart: PDF, 9MB, 49 pages Large print, easy read and translations PDF, 365KB, 38 pages quarantine for 10 days in a managed quarantine hotel take a coronavirus (COVID-19) test on or before day 2 and on or after day 8 of quarantining, the tests are included in the hotel package follow the guidance on this page The NHS continues to carry out urgent and non-urgent services safely. It is vital anyone who thinks they need any kind of medical care comes forward and gets help.The majority of public services will continue. These include: (COVID-19) Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do (Polish) (COVID-19) Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do (Welsh) You can also provide care or assistance for disabled or vulnerable people inside someone’s home, where necessary. However, you must only meet indoors or in a larger group where it is reasonably necessary to provide care or assistance. This means you cannot meet socially indoors with someone who is vulnerable unless they are in your household or support bubble, or another exemption applies.You should follow the guidance on how to stop the spread of coronavirus at all times. There is further guidance for those who provide unpaid care to friends or family.Support groupsSupport groups that have to be delivered in person can continue with up to 15 participants where officially organised to provide mutual aid, therapy or any other form of support. Support groups must be organised by a business, charity or public body and must not take place in a private home or garden. All participants should maintain social distancing. Examples of support groups include those that provide support to:last_img read more

Watch This College A Cappella Group Perform Infectious Version Of “Back Pocket” By Vulfpeck

first_imgThe music of Vulfpeck is happy by nature. Songs like “Back Pocket” and “Funky Duck” inevitably leave smiles across faces when they grace the musical palette, so it’s no wonder that people like to play their infectious songs and share them with the world. As did THUNK, Northwestern University’s premiere co-ed a cappella group, with their rendition of “Back Pocket”.The group will be bringing this arrangement to Cape Town next month for their traditional trip to South Africa, where they conduct music workshops at local schools, community centers, and rehabilitation facilities while also taking the opportunity to perform at venues around the city. In addition to holding workshops and playing gigs, THUNK members use their remaining time to explore the wonders of Cape Town, visiting landmarks such as Robbin Island, Table Mountain and Cape Point. At its core, the Cape Town Project serves to enrich the lives of those in the communities they visit as well as the lives of their members. “We do that the best way we know how – through music,” they explain. Support the 2016 Cape Town Project here, and enjoy THUNK’s performance of “Back Pocket”, as arranged by Ogi Ifediora and Ryder Chasin.Shout out Vulfpack!last_img read more

Vampire Weekend Announces Madison Square Garden Concert

first_imgVampire Weekend has added their first non-festival date for 2019 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY on September 6th.Frontman Ezra Koenig recently revealed that Vampire Weekend will release an 18-track double album, Father of The Bride, which will be preceded by the band releasing two new tracks from the record once a month through March. Marking Vampire Weekend’s first new material since 2013, the first two songs were released last week: “Harmony Hall” and “2021”.While a support tour has yet to be announced, the MSG show was revealed on Sunday night at the “World’s Most Famous Arena” during the New York Knicks vs. Miami Heat game. Koenig was sitting courtside when the scoreboard flashed the announcement, and later confirmed the news in an Instagram message that revealed a “full tour announce” coming later this week.Vampire Weekend’s only other scheduled performances are at Hangout Music Fest, Firefly Music Festival, and Mad Cool Festival.Listen to Vampire Weekend’s newest material below, and stay tuned for more:<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Vampire Weekend 2019 Tour Dates:05/16-19 – Gulf Shores, AL @ Hangout Music Fest06/21-23 – Dover, DE @ Firefly Music Festival07/11-13 – Madrid, ES @ Mad Cool Festival09/06 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Gardenlast_img read more

At 81, her first solo show at home

first_imgJust a year ago, the Harvard Art Museums reopened, uniting works from three museums under one roof. One of the inaugural exhibition’s most alluring discoveries awaited visitors in the Egypt Room. Among the ancient objects were two paired photographs of a young African-American woman and of Egyptian queen Nefertiti and her sister.In these diptychs, American conceptual artist Lorraine O’Grady connected a personal story — her mixed-race heritage — with a larger history spanning millennia.Such evocative juxtapositions occur often in the art of O’Grady, whose works are in the collections of many leading museums, including the Harvard Art Museums.O’Grady visited the Art Museums Tuesday night to deliver an M. Victor Leventritt Lecture in collaboration with Harvard’s Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts. The Carpenter Center, located next door to the Harvard Art Museums, has an exhibition through Jan. 10 titled “Lorraine O’Grady: Where Margins Become Centers.” Curated by John R. and Barbara Robinson Family Director James Voorhies, the show samples O’Grady’s works in photography, film, collage, performance, and writing from 1980 to 2012.Installation view of Lorraine O’Grady’s “Where Margins Become Centers” at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts. Photo by Dan BoardmanIn a talk that unfolded like a great dinner table conversation, rich with anecdotes and touches of humor, O’Grady, age 81, voiced elation at having her first solo show in her hometown.Elegant and trim in a black leather jacket, leggings, and cowboy boots, O’Grady began by showing pictures from her family album. She spoke of being from an “invisible” class of comfortably off, accomplished African-Americans. While rejecting a culture of cotillions in favor of a bohemian lifestyle, O’Grady brought to art a drive “to make the invisible visible.”A Boston native whose West Indian parents emigrated from Jamaica, O’Grady was in the class of 1955 at Wellesley College. She worked as an intelligence analyst for the U.S. government and then as a translator before turning to the arts.Despite mainstream success and an elite education, O’Grady, who lives and works in New York City, creates works that explore the experience of an outsider.A portrait of O’Grady.With her mixed-race heritage as her lodestone, O’Grady navigates disparate worlds and finds that two images are better than one to reveal and heal rifts. Her diptychs and hybrid images as well as performances create unexpected juxtapositions that challenge boundaries imposed by gender, class, sexuality, culture, and race.“Most of what interests me is occurring in the in-between spaces,” O’Grady writes in the indispensible brochure that accompanies the Carpenter Center show.The show’s display cases reward close inspection. A photograph shows O’Grady as her performance persona Mlle. Bourgeoise Noire (1980-83). With sass and style, O’Grady spoofed the look of a high-society debutante to invade New York’s then-segregated black and white art scenes. Wearing a tiara and a white gown made out of 180 pairs of white gloves, she arrived with her own master of ceremonies, art critic, and paparazzi. While shouting her poems of protest, she snapped a white cat-o’-nine-tails, “the whip that made plantations move.”Documents from the Lorraine O’Grady papers of the Wellesley College Archives show a level of planning fit for a siege, including a step-by-step storyboard. A sympathetic Village Voice article reports her “intervention.”“Miscegenated Family Album (Sisters III), L: Nefertiti’s daughter, Maketaten; R: Devonia’s daughter, Kimberley.”On the gallery walls at the Carpenter Center are diptychs from the “Miscegenated Family Album” series, in which O’Grady pairs images of her sister and nieces from family photo albums with those of Nefertiti and her daughters. The three pairings show poignant similarities between families separated by millennia. Other works evoke unease. A video, “Landscape (Western Hemisphere),” 2010/2011, focuses on O’Grady’s hair as it churns to the sounds of wind and cawing wildlife. A 1991/2012 diptych, “Body Is the Ground of My Experience (The Clearing: or Cortez and La Malinche, Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings, N. and Me),” is a surreal composite of erotic dream and nightmare that alludes to the unacknowledged relationships that created culture in the Western Hemisphere.Showing an image that is also in the exhibition, O’Grady said, “This is my first self-portrait.” Titled “The Fir-Palm” (1991/2012), the photomontage fuses the branches of a New England fir onto the trunk of a Caribbean palm tree that sprouts from a black woman’s navel.Advocating hybrids of all kinds, O’Grady concluded by pointing out that Egypt fulfilled its potential as a great civilization by uniting the disparate cultures of the Northern and Southern Kingdoms. “Only when united,” said O’Grady, “did Egypt become itself, a new, fully integrated culture that didn’t see race.”last_img read more

How to learn from your competitors to dominate the market

first_img 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr To succeed at e-commerce, you need to learn how to reach the front page of search results, win price comparisons without losing profit, and claim coveted featured spots like the Amazon Buy Button. You could try to reinvent the wheel and explore how to do this on your own, or you could observe the brands that are already crushing it and learn from them.Competitor research is essential to business. In e-commerce, you need to research how much a product will cost to produce, so that you can determine how much you need to sell it for in order to make a profit. Then, you’ll need to research your would-be competitors to find out if the market is willing to buy at that price point.If you don’t know what your competitors are doing, you can’t meet or exceed what they are offering. In sports, for example, opposing teams and players invest hundreds of hours into researching and studying their competition to learn their moves and tactics. Colonel Harland Sanders meticulously researched McDonald’s before launching KFC. Sam Walton regularly visited competing stores to find out what they were doing. Steve Jobs famously quoted Pablo Picasso, saying “Good artists copy, great artists steal.” continue reading »last_img read more

Jokowi signs controversial new Mining Law: Expert staff

first_imgPresident Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has signed the new Coal and Mineral Mining Law, which is meant to expand Indonesia’s mining industry but is marred with controversy over its socioenvironmental impacts and lack of procedural transparency.According to a copy obtained by The Jakarta Post, Jokowi signed Law No. 3/2020 on June 10, a month after the House of Representatives (DPR) approved the bill on May 12. Presidential expert staff member Dini Shanti Purwono has confirmed the President’s signing.“The Mining Law is hoped to balance out legal certainty, business certainty and corporate compliance,” Dini told the Post on Thursday. In particular, companies were expected to comply with laws related to the environment and obligations to the state, she added.As the country grapples with the COVID-19 crisis, lawmakers went ahead to approve the controversial revision of the 2009 Coal and Mineral Mining Law, despite outcry from civil society organizations.Notable revisions include quadrupling the maximum size of traditional mining zones to 100 hectares and allowing mining activities in rivers and the sea. Meanwhile, the revision cuts red tape for miners by centralizing permit issuance at the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry instead of keeping governors and regents in charge.Activists have lambasted the DPR for not giving many stakeholders, including civil society groups, foreign investors and regents, time to scrutinize the bill.Eight civil society organizations, including Greenpeace and the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi), have mobilized grassroots support for challenging the new Mining Law through a judicial review.“Deliberations in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic left no room for public participation and information,” Edo Rakhman of Walhi Indonesia said on May 12. “What the House did was like burglary in the middle of a fire.”Topics :last_img read more

Pressure builds on Louis van Gaal as Manchester United humbled by Stoke

first_imgThe pressure increased on Louis van Gaal after Manchester United were handed an embarrassing beating at Stoke. “You’re getting sacked in the morning,” the home fans chanted when Arnautovic drove his fierce shot into the top corner and one Stoke fan dressed as a cross between the Grim Reaper and Jose Mourinho waved an oversized P45 in Van Gaal’s direction. With Mourinho on the market, and United looking like they have forgotten how to win – and play attractive football – Van Gaal’s position is looking more precarious than ever. The Dutchman, who dropped Wayne Rooney from his team for the first time, demanded an apology from the media for stories suggesting he would be replaced by Mourinho on Wednesday, but it is the 2,557 United fans who travelled to the Britannia Stadium on Boxing Day who deserve an apology for this latest sorry performance. It was clear from the first whistle that Stoke had the hunger, desire and confidence United lacked. There was a moment of panic when Jack Butland miscontrolled Arnautovic’s poor back-pass while Anthony Martial raced at the Stoke goalkeeper, but the hosts cleared. That was the first and last sniff of goal United would have in the first period. Daley Blind and Ashley Young had no answer to the trickery and pace of Xherdan Shaqiri and Arnautovic. Blind, still dizzy from taking a ball to the nose from Geoff Cameron, was turned inside out by Shaqiri, who was only stopped by an Ander Herrera foul. The Spaniard was doing little to justify his place in the starting XI and gave the ball away twice in the opening 15 minutes. When United kept possession, they did little with it. The Stoke supporters chanted “boring, boring, boring” every time United had the ball – and they were right. The visitors were woefully short of ideas. When Stoke took the lead it came as no surprise. That it came about because of an embarrassing gaffe from a United player came as no shock either. Depay, a £25million player who scored 22 league goals for PSV Eindhoven last year, tried – and failed – to head a simple ball back to David de Gea, Glen Johnson stole in and squared to Bojan, who tapped in. The manner of Stoke’s second goal was just as embarrassing for United. Ashley Young flung his right hand up in the air to block Arnautovic’s cross. Kevin Friend awarded a free-kick, which Bojan took. His shot cannoned off the wall and fell to Arnautovic, who hit the fiercest of drives into the top corner. Van Gaal looked on despondently. His mood would have darkened further had Arnautovic scored another when through on goal moments later but luckily for United, the Austrian shot wide. Van Gaal brought Rooney on at half-time and the captain added energy and fight – he caught Philipp Wollscheid in the face with his forearm while jumping for the ball – but little quality. Stoke, a club who just a few years ago were effectively branded a rugby team by Arsene Wenger, were still by far the better side. The Potters were toying with United. When the ball went out of play for a Stoke throw, Mark Hughes demanded it be returned quickly. He did not want to settle for 2-0. He wanted to inflict a real hammering on his old employers. There was a brief glimmer of hope for Van Gaal when Rooney squared for Marouane Fellaini, but the Belgian scuffed his shot and Butland saved. There was no way back for the visitors. TWEET OF THE MATCH @rioferdy5: “I’m not even surprised….that’s what hurts even more at @ManUtd ….come on boys” – former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand was not impressed with the club’s latest performance. https://twitter.com/rioferdy5/status/680739456857567232 PLAYER RATINGS MANCHESTER UNITED David de Gea: 6 Ashley Young: 4 Phil Jones: 5 Chris Smalling: 5 Daley Blind: 4 Michael Carrick: 5 Marouane Fellaini: 4 Juan Mata: 4 Memphis Depay: 3 Ander Herrera: 3 Anthony Martial: 4 Substitutes: Wayne Rooney: 4 Andreas Pereira: 5 STOKE Jack Butland: 8 Glen Johnson: 7 Ryan Shawcross: 8 Philipp Wollscheid: 7 Erik Pieters: 7 Glenn Whelan: 6 Geoff Cameron: 7 Xherdan Shaqiri: 8 Ibrahim Afellay: 7 Marko Arnautovic: 9 Bojan Krkic: 9 Substitutes: Marco van Ginkel: 6 Mame Diouf: 6 Charlie Adam: 5 STAR MAN Marko Arnautovic: Stoke caused United troubles across the final third all afternoon and no one did as much damage as Arnautovic. The forward occupied all three positions behind Bojan Krkic at various times in the match. He was too strong for United’s defenders, who bounced off him when he ran with the ball. He picked United apart when he lifted his head up and took his goal superbly well. MOMENT OF THE MATCH: Arnautovic’s goal. A late contender for the best goal of 2015 – the Austrian showed superb composure to steady himself when the ball dropped to him after Bojan’s shot was blocked and he rifled the ball into the top corner from 25 yards to make it 2-0. David de Gea had no chance. VIEW FROM THE BENCH Van Gaal’s position looks more precarious than ever thanks to this defeat. United are now without a win in seven matches and Van Gaal has some questions to answer. There was a plethora of top-quality international players on the pitch at Stoke, but none of them performed. Wayne Rooney may have been poor this season, but dropping your captain for such a big game was ultimately a mistake. Stoke boss Mark Hughes, on the other hand, rightly identified the full-back positions as United’s weak spot and exploited that to perfection, with Arnautovic and Xherdan Shaqiri both causing Daley Blind and Ashley Young no end of problems. MOAN OF THE MATCH: Diving: Anthony Martial feigned a trip looking to earn a penalty in the first half. Referee Kevin Friend did not fall for it and ordered the Frenchman to get up. The official did not book Martial, but he had his yellow card out of his pocket after the break when Bojan went to ground in the United box without being touched. The striker did not appeal for a penalty, but it was clear what he was trying to do and deserved his booking. WHO’S UP NEXT? Everton v Stoke (Barclays Premier League, Monday, December 28) Manchester United v Chelsea (Barclays Premier League, Monday, December 28) Van Gaal said his players had not performed in the first half. He told Sky Sports 1: “My thoughts are that we don’t dare to play football in first half. We gave a very bad goal away and then they score out of a free-kick indirect. “At half-time we have spoken with each other and I have to say the second half was much better but still we have created one or two chances and then you have to score and then maybe the belief is coming back. In the second half we played better but the problem is we don’t dare to play and that’s my analysis. “I’m always very faithful and I see also how (the players) have trained so they want to perform well but the circumstances are difficult, not only the wind but also with the pressure and that’s why, in my opinion, we don’t dare to play football. Second half we were in a losing position and we can give everything more easily and that we have done but then you have to score the first chance.” When asked if he was the man to help United rediscover their form, he said: “It’s more difficult because I’m also a part of the four matches that we have lost. People are looking at me and I have to deal with that, but much more important is that the players have to deal with that because they have to perform.” And on his future he added: “It’s another situation. We have lost the fourth game so you have to wait and see.” Bojan Krkic took advantage of a terrible error by Memphis Depay to put Stoke ahead and Marko Arnautovic scored a 25-yard screamer as Van Gaal ‘s position came under even more scrutiny after going seven games without a win. Do not be fooled by the 2-0 scoreline. This was a comprehensive win for Stoke, one that caused glee among the home supporters who branded United “boring” throughout. Press Associationlast_img read more