Become a winemaker – An ideal gift for someone special

first_imgTwitter A WINE club with a difference, GrowYourWine.com promises to take wine-lovers on a journey through the entire production cycle of their very own vintage wine. Allowing members to track the progress of their vines online and to take part in the grape harvest in the Vendée region between Nantes and La Rochelle, a GrowYourWine membership makes the ideal Christmas gift.The Connoisseur’s Membership includes:Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Rental of a row of 12 vines at one of Cottage des Ajonc’s vineyards for a year.12 bottles of wine (red, white or rosé) with customised labels produced from your own vines delivered to your door or collected directly at the vineyard.A certificate of ownership and a photo of your named row.An open invitation to inspect your vines at any time.The opportunity to pick your own grapes and participate in the harvest celebrations.A winemaking class held on site at the vineyard (1 day at harvest including lunch)Free visit at bottling time with option of collecting your wine at the vineyard or having your bottles delivered to your homeAccess to the members private wine blog to track the progress of your vines online and keep up to date with vineyard happenings.A welcome gift pack (including a wine thermometer, a drip collar, a corkscrew, a tourist map …)Your winemaker’s certificate.Becoming a GrowYourWine member is very easy online. An exclusive way to enjoy your very own wine and join a community of like-minded individuals. Advertisement Facebook NewsBecome a winemaker – An ideal gift for someone specialBy admin – December 15, 2009 714 Printcenter_img Previous articleSean’s Atlantic crossing delayed againNext articleArts briefs December 19 admin Email WhatsApp Linkedinlast_img read more

Law On Reels : Nuance-Free Depiction Of A Lady Lawyer In ‘Four More Shots Please’

first_imgColumnsLaw On Reels : Nuance-Free Depiction Of A Lady Lawyer In ‘Four More Shots Please’ Sanjoy Ghose25 April 2020 12:01 AMShare This – x”I was the first woman to burn my bra – it took the fire department four days to put it out.”― Dolly Parton Allyson Berri, in her rather interesting article “What’s behind Dolly Parton’s rejection of feminism?” points out very interesting statistics. She says less millennial black women identify themselves as feminists (21%) compared to white women (26%). 75% of white women felt…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?Login”I was the first woman to burn my bra – it took the fire department four days to put it out.”― Dolly Parton Allyson Berri, in her rather interesting article “What’s behind Dolly Parton’s rejection of feminism?” points out very interesting statistics. She says less millennial black women identify themselves as feminists (21%) compared to white women (26%). 75% of white women felt that feminism had delivered whereas 46% of African American women concurred. In explanation, she suggests that often woman of colour are asked to chose between identities –race or gender and they were not comfortable sacrificing one identity for another. If this is the complexity of America one can imagine how nuanced is the discourse on feminism in India where each of us-men and women- seamlessly wear a myriad of identities-gender, caste, region, language and ethnicity. Having read so far, it would reasonable for you to raise your eyebrows and ask as to what all this has to do with the promised legal critique of a series on Amazon Prime-that too of its second season? My answer is that I propose to examine how this series-the underlying theme of which is women’s empowerment, “liberation” being both dated and corny, opts the easy route of oversimplification of the nuance and might, in the long run, damage the cause of the woman in the legal profession. First, a brief introduction to the readers who have better things to do during lock down-like exercise videos, saree challenges, legal webinars or cooking lessons-than serial binging. “Four More Shots Please-Season Two” (which hereinafter, in tribute to Karan Johar, unless the context should otherwise necessitate, be never be referred to as “FMSP”, which expression shall include its subsequent seasons and remakes decades later) is a story of four independent women who strike a friendship at a watering hole in the Millennium City. One is Kavya Arora, a lesbian gym-trainer from Punjab, the second is Damini Roy, an entitled bong journalist whose parents, for some strange reason, break in Bangla as spoken by Jackie Shroff in Devdas, the third is Siddhi Patel, the bubbly, almost schizophrenic, South Bombay Gujju girl who journeys from reticence to rockstar stand up comic in ten episodes and the fourth is Anjana Menon, a lawyer from National Law School (NLS-as she says repeatedly) whose early marriage ends in a divorce, leaving her to balance her time between an adorable baby girl and a demanding law-firm practice. Needless to add, there is an eerie similarity to the very popular “Sex and the City” series, with Manhattan replaced by Mahadevi. The concept of four independent ladies who know what they want and how to get it in a Man’s world remains intact. Even in this pack of four there is one lawyer, one writer and one easily embarrassed ‘decent’ girl. The character Samantha, my personal favorite, seems to have been distributed between the Indian bens and Samara-a Bollywood film star who falls in love with the trainer! We examine the character of Anjana Menon. I have no cinematographic talent and so I confine my analysis to the portrayal of a lady lawyer through this NLS graduate. Season Two distributes her life in three phases. The first half has her face male chauvinism in her law firm where she hits the road block of the proverbial boys’ club. Conceded that the subtleness of gender discrimination in the legal profession would require some exaggeration to take the message home to the viewer, however, the makers should have known better than to fashion Anjana’s firm in the likeness of a khichdi cooked up with bits of Suits, Ally Mcbeal and Boston Legal! I want to know in which firm would the male senior partner have a drinking party inside the office to drive home the boy’s club message? That is if you were thick enough not to get it in the preceding scene when Ms Menon’s client is handed over to her junior associate in a meeting in their presence-again which ass would do that? The second phase is the briefest and the funniest. Anjana quits her firm peeved at being passed over for the promotion and fights her first independent case for the poor designer whose dress has been ripped off by a powerful European Haute Couture House. This pits Anjana against the debonair and dashing Mr Bose while inexplicably the two have several meetings with each trying to suppress that irresistible urge to jump under the sheets with the other while having to make do with the sheaves of proposals for settlement. A high five for alternative dispute resolution and mediation apart, even now our informal legal resolution has not reached the levels of juvenility depicted with Ms Menon and Mr Bose flirtatiously snapping at each other in a roomful of mysteriously silent props-Bose’s colleagues! The third phase is when Anjana impresses Bose so much that he offers her senior partnership as well as an entry to his “open marriage”. After a little hesitation, enough to establish for the viewer that Ms Menon was not amoral, she is soon completely at ease with jointly vetting a legal contract in the buff with her senior partner, hidden away in a hotel suite. The expressive senior partner and his “new acquisition” have no hesitation in letting their attraction spill over to the conference room-again with the “colleague” props who fail to catch the chemistry between the star crossed lovers-which even a radar in Abbottabad would have detected. The character Ms Menon therefore etches two extremes of the legal profession for us. At one end is a competent woman lawyer by-passed by a boy’s club determined to keep the doors of professional advancement locked for her. At the other is this same hapless soul transformed into a senior partner in a sleeping partnership which also seems to work out swell for her professionally. Before we proceed further, as Ms Menon is presumably from Kerala and as her heart is in Bombay-let us begin by remembering the very first in the profession from these two places. Anna Chandy was born in 1905 when the place was known as Trivandrum. She was lucky to have been born in a kingdom whose regent Maharani Sethu Lakshmi Bayi had her heart in the cause of advancement of women. In 1926, when Anna obtained her post graduation degree in law from Government Law College, she became the first woman in Kerala with a law degree. Chandy was a trail blazer taking up causes such as widow remarriage and wage disparity. It was this fire in her which led her to contest the Assembly elections in 1930. Some things have not changed with time and like women in the public space, and women in the legal profession have to face even now, immediate connections with a powerful man had to be traced out. Chandy was unfairly linked with the powerful Deewan of Travancore. Unperturbed she fought on and went on the serve in the Assembly from 1932 to 1934. In the assembly, Chandy thundered at her opponent for trying to “ban all efforts by women to gain employment, on the grounds that they are a bunch of creatures created for the domestic pleasures of men and that their lives outside the hallowed kitchen-temples will harm familial happiness.” It was this spirit that drove Chandy to be elevated as Munsif (judge) in 1937, then District Judge and finally, in 1959, to be the first woman High Court Judge of India. Justice Chandy was from Ms Menon’s home state. She may have been the first lady justice of an Indian High Court, some say Asia, but she certainly was not the first lady lawyer. That distinction went to a certain Parsi gentle-lady from Anjana’s adopted city-Mumbai. The city was called Bombay when Cornelia Sorabjee, one of nine children, became the first female graduate of Bombay University. Cornelia did not rest there. With funds contributed by several benefactors, which included the celebrated Florence Nightingale, this prodigy arrived in England in 1889. In 1892, through a special exemption decree, Sorabjee became the first woman to acquire a Bachelor of Law from Oxford. On return to India, she immersed herself in causes of women’s empowerment. The tragedy was she was not permitted to defend women in court on the ground that she did not have an Indian legal qualification. When she remedied that, she was still barred from practice in Indian Courts relying upon a law which disqualified woman lawyers. This foul law would finally be felled only in 1923. Even in 1924 when the Indian profession was open to women, despite the native fascination to hire English lawyers to plead their case, and many an English lawyer flourished in our chartered High Courts, like our Ms Menon would face a century later, Ms Sorabjee was sadly mostly confined to drafting work and giving opinions. She finally called it quits in 1929 and retreated to London. Would it be fair to weigh down poor Ms Anjana with the weight of this dual legacy? In fact, Anjana is make belief, should any lady lawyer- and mercifully with every passing year, the legal profession in India is seeing more and more women take up their rightful place as officers of the Court –have to be burdened with the weight of the historical struggle being fought for generations by India’s women lawyers to find their equal place under the sun in a cloistered eco-system which frowns on merit and is allergic to change? Before you brush this aside as a storm in a tea cup-an overreaction to what is otherwise a good binge worthy series giving the much needed joy and distraction to thousands sentenced to confinement with little to do, try to close your eyes and picture Mahatma Gandhi. Now honestly admit how many thought of Ben Kingsley! My point being that the suggestive power and subtle influence of the entertainment media cannot be underemphasized. The traditional barriers to women in the workplace apply with manifold amplification to her existence in the legal eco-sphere. Imagine, this is a profession which starts off by demanding time with the saying “Law is a jealous mistress”. With minimal salaries, long gestation, preference for pedigree, the legal profession is a Himalayan challenge for the healthy but unconnected male-so one can imagine what a veritable obstacle course it is for a woman. While lot is collected in the name of lawyer’s welfare, as in the case of everything else, the Coronavirus lockdown exposed how the system has remained blinded to the marginalized-lawyers had to crowd fund to support young lawyers left without any earning. There are hardly any initiatives to support lady members with facilities like maternity assistance and child care. It is not the lack of recourses that is the inhibitor every time; it is also the mindset. For example, the biggest stumbling block a lady lawyer on maternity leave faces is how to manage her case-a creative approach could put in place a system of volunteer lawyers who could come to the aide of such women. To my knowledge there is no scheme either to assist young lawyers, men and women rent or purchase office space to start on their own. After all, not all lawyers are as lucky as Ms Menon’s boyfriend (incidentally also from the NLS) who from being an intern in season one, in a matter of months, appears as a happening “junior partner” earning enough to want to support the EMI payments of his girlfriend’s Bombay Flat! Sadly, like in all other vocations, from acting to politics, even in law, we always find it so difficult to credit the dramatic success of a woman to her sheer grit, talent and determination. It is so easy to believe the angle of a “male benefactor”-after all that also serves the subtle purpose of discrediting and tainting her achievement. I am afraid that, given that we live in a world with this predisposition, a completely nuance-free, sleeping with a senior partner character might not help the cause of the female litigator in the long run-even if it be as a bona fide tribute to the sexual autonomy of the female of this age. How would I have viewed Ms Menon? Let’s ask how Ms Menon would herself have so wished. No one puts its as well as Tagore through the words of the Manipuri Princess Chitrangada. The besotted Arjuna, the Pandava Prince in exile, offered to put her on a pedestal and worship her if only she accepted his hand in marriage. Chitrangada replied, I neither aspire for a pedestal nor do I desire to serve thee as a slave, if possible treat me as an equal! (Sanjoy Ghose is a Delhi-based lawyer. He tweets @advsanjoy)(This is the fourteenth article in the “Law On Reels” series, which explores legal themes in movies)   Next Storylast_img read more

No Coercive Action Against Cattle Transport Till Rules Are Made : Karnataka Govt Tells High Court

first_imgNews UpdatesNo Coercive Action Against Cattle Transport Till Rules Are Made : Karnataka Govt Tells High Court Mustafa Plumber26 Feb 2021 8:28 AMShare This – xThe Karnataka Government on Friday assured the court that till the rules are brought into force under the “Karnataka Prevention of Slaughter and Preservation of Cattle Act 2021”, no coercive action shall be initiated for breach or violation of Section 5, which restricts cattle transport.When the Karnataka Prevention of Slaughter and Preservation of Cattle Ordinance was in force, the…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?LoginThe Karnataka Government on Friday assured the court that till the rules are brought into force under the “Karnataka Prevention of Slaughter and Preservation of Cattle Act 2021”, no coercive action shall be initiated for breach or violation of Section 5, which restricts cattle transport.When the Karnataka Prevention of Slaughter and Preservation of Cattle Ordinance was in force, the Advocate General had made a similar undertaking before the Court on January 20.Now that the Ordinance has been replaced by the Act, the Advocate General told the Court that the same undertaking can be continued.A division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice Sachin Shankar Magadum in its order recorded :”Advocate General states that the statement recorded in order dated Jan 20, will continue to apply in relation to breach or violation of section 5 of the Act, which has been brought into force. In view of the statement, what is recorded in para 3 of the order dated January 20, will continue to operate as far as section 5 of the Act is concerned.”Section 5 of the Act reads as:Restriction on transport of cattle.- No person shall transport or offer for transport or cause to be transported by whatever means any cattle from any place within the State to any other place within the State for slaughter: Provided that, the transport of any cattle, in the manner prescribed by the State Government or Central Government, for bona-fide agricultural or animal husbandry purpose shall not be construed as an offence under this section.The government had, on January 5, promulgated the anti-cattle slaughter ordinance that provides for punishment for killing of cattle and offers protection to those acting in good faith to save them, as the Bill to this effect was yet to be cleared by the Legislative Council after having been passed in the Legislative Assembly in December last year.Soon after petitions were filed before the High court challenging the ordinance, contending that the law violates the fundamental rights of citizens and is unconstitutional.  During an earlier hearing,  the court had expressed reservations about Section 5, observing that it can affect the livelihood of ordinary farmers. “State will have to consider what happens to a common farmer,” Chief Justice AS Oka had observed while suggesting that either state will have to make a statement for time being no coercive action will be taken for violation of section 5 of the Ordinance, or it will pass appropriate orders. Following this,  the State had given the assurance to the court of not taking any coercive action for breach of the said section. However, on February 9, the bill was cleared by the Legislative Council and has been enacted as a law. Accordingly the court allowed the batch of petitioners one week time to amend their petition and challenge the Law.Advocate General Prabhuling K Navadgi informed the court that he has no objection to the petitioner being allowed to amend the petitions. He submitted that the statement of objection to the petitions will be filed four weeks after the amended petitions are served on the state government. The bench will next hear the petitions on March 5, for fixing a date of hearing. Senior Advocate Professor Ravivarma Kumar appearing for one of the petitioners prayed for by way of interim relief staying the ordinance in view of the fact the new act has come in place. He submitted that the state government is not filing its statement of objection but still people are being prosecuted under the ordinance. The court observed that “We cannot ask them to file two statements of objection one to the ordinance and one to the new act. As far as prosecution under the ordinance is concerned, a statement is already recorded of the Advocate General.” It added, “We have to finally dispose of the matter, we cannot spend time on interim relief.” As per the new law defines “cattle” as “cow, calf of a cow and bull, bullock and he or she buffalo below the age of thirteen years”. “Beef” is defined as “flesh of cattle in any form”. It imposes a total ban on the slaughter of cattle.”Notwithstanding anything contained in any law, custom or usage to the contrary, no person shall slaughter or cause to be slaughtered, or offer or cause to be offered for slaughter or otherwise intentionally kill or offer or cause to be offered for killing any cattle”, says Section 4 of the law.While many states have laws against cow slaughter, most of them exempt buffalo from the prohibition. Karnataka has widened the ambit of the prohibition by covering buffaloes below the age of 13 years.The bill further prohibits transportation of cattle within or outside the state for the purpose of slaughter. The bill also states that no person should purchase, sell or otherwise dispose of or offer to do so any cattle for slaughter or knowing or having reason to believe that such cattle will be slaughtered.A police officer above the rank of sub-inspector, if he has “reason to believe” that an offence under this Act has been committed, can inspect any premises and conduct a search. Seized cattle will be handed over to the care of state-run organizations.The offences are cognizable and violations can be punished with imprisonment of three to five years and fine ranging from Rs 50,000 to Rs 5 lakh. There is also a provision for the forfeiture of the confiscated cattle, vehicles, materials and premises to the State on conviction.The exemptions under the law are buffaloes above the age of 13 years and certified by a competent authority, cattle used in medical research, cattle certified for slaughter by a veterinarian to prevent spread of a disease, and very sick cattle.The new law repeals the Karnataka Prevention of Cow Slaughter and Cattle Preservation Act 1964. Under the 1964 law, slaughter of bullock or buffalo was permissible with certification from the competent authority as the ban was only on the slaughter of “cow or calf of she-buffalo”.Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

County Derry PSNI renew appeal following pedestrian’s death

first_img Previous articleConcerns heighten at potential implications of BrexitNext articlePope promises to study Mother and Baby Homes report News Highland County Derry PSNI renew appeal following pedestrian’s death Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Police in County Derry are renewing their appeal for witnesses just over one week after a 58 year old man lost his life after being struck by a car.Eamon McCafferty died following the collision in the early hours of Saturday, 18th August.Mr McCafferty was walking on the Foreglen Road close to Claudy when he was struck by a car around 2am.Police say people who were travelling on the Forelgen Road around that time could hold information vital to the investigation, and they’re appealing for those people to come forward.The PSNI are especially keen to hear from anyone who may have captured dashcam or helmet camera footage of Mr. McCafferty walking along the road on the night in question, or of the vehicle involved in the collision. Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Homepage BannerNews Facebook Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Twitter By News Highland – August 27, 2018 center_img Pinterest WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows DL Debate – 24/05/21 WhatsApp Google+ Facebook Google+ Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA last_img read more

Oil giant flies the flag for keeping HR skills in-house

first_img Previous Article Next Article Oil giant flies the flag for keeping HR skills in-houseOn 26 Sep 2000 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Top companies are embracing the idea of shared services as an alternative to outsourcing HR administration. The approach allows organisations to keep HR in-house by setting up resources in one unit that can be accessed by sites in different countries, often using Internet technology. In the last six months, oil giant Shell has rejected the option of outsourcing its HR function and set up an HR shared services business in Europe, which includes both HR expertise and transactional processes such as payroll services and employs 300 people. Sandra Law, manager of Shell’s European employee service centre, told Personnel Today that the company has no intention of following BP Amoco and Unisys down the route of outsourcing all of its HR function. Speaking at a conference on e-enabled HR organised by IIR in London last week, Law said, “The next stage will look at using the web technology, but we are not looking to outsource all HR services. “In the future we may outsource parts, but we think the service as a whole should be kept within the organisation. This then keeps a professional HR network.”Shell People Services employs 550 people globally, including 300 in Europe, comprised of staff with strategic HR expertise, diversity specialists and transactional processes such as payroll.Another company, Citigroup Business Services, set up three shared services in Europe, the Philippines and the US three years ago to manage HR in the 92 countries in which it operates, with HR as a key component.“After 12 months the cost base was reduced by 30 per cent with no loss of services or control,” Leo Bartle, European head, told delegates. The shared services approach was praised by Steve Tree, senior manager of Arthur Anderson’s human capital group. He told delegates that businesses that used shared HR services made budget savings estimated at between 20 to 30 per cent. By Catriona Marchantlast_img read more

Fur seal diving behaviour in relation to vertical distribution of krill

first_imgQuantitative studies of predator-prey interactions depend on a knowledge of their spatial dynamics and behaviour. Studies on marine vertebrates have hitherto been precluded by the difficulty of acquiring the relevant data. (2) Continuous records of diving depths of female Antarctic fur seals on 3-8 day feeding trips to sea from South Georgia were analysed in conjunction with data on diel changes in the abundance and distribution of their main prey, krill. (3) In 36 complete days foraging by seven seals, 75% of 4273 dives were at night. Dives then were consistently shallower (dive depth <30 m) than in daytime (mostly 40-75 m). (4) This closely matched changes in the vertical distribution of krill, nearly all of which was below a depth of 50 m from 09.00-15.00 h, with substantial quantities above 40 m only between 21.00-06.00 h. (5) Although over 40% of krill in the water column at any time of day was below 75 m, only 3% of dives exceeded this depth. We suggest that because krill migrate vertically fur seals are able to exploit them most efficiently during shallow dives at night.last_img read more

VIDEO: U.S. President Gives Speech on Impact of Sequester at NSS

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today VIDEO: U.S. President Gives Speech on Impact of Sequester at NSS View post tag: U.S. Authorities View post tag: Navy VIDEO: U.S. President Gives Speech on Impact of Sequester at NSS View post tag: Defence View post tag: Sequester View post tag: Speech View post tag: gives View post tag: Presidentcenter_img View post tag: Naval Share this article Unless Congress takes action, over the next few weeks the U.S. economy will be hit with harmful automatic cuts that threaten hundreds of thousands of middle class jobs. President Obama yesterday visited, 26 February, shipyard in Newport News, VA to talk about what these cuts — which are known as the sequester.While the full damage of these cuts will spread to nearly every corner of USA economy over the next few months, some workers will receive layoff or furlough notices within days. Many of the 5,000 companies and small businesses from across the country that supply Newport News Shipbuilding with parts and equipment will be impacted, which will affect the firm’s productivity. And down the road at the Norfolk Naval Station, the threat of these cuts has already forced the Navy to cancel the deployment and delay the repair of certain aircraft carriers, and postpone building on additional vessels. If the cuts are implemented, about 90,000 Virginians who work for the Department of Defense will be forced to take unpaid leave from their jobs, creating a ripple effect on thousands of other jobs, businesses, and services throughout the Commonwealth – and not just in the defense industry.The plan put forward by President and Congressional Democrats would avoid these cuts and allow time for both sides to work on a long-term, balanced solution to our deficit challenges. President Obama’s proposal resolves the sequester and reduces the deficit by over $4 trillion dollars in a balanced way- by cutting spending, finding savings in entitlement programs and asking the wealthiest to pay their fair share.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, February 27, 2013; Image: US Navy View post tag: Defense View post tag: News by topic February 27, 2013 View post tag: NSS View post tag: impactlast_img read more

Burton’s Biscuit Company sold

first_imgBurton’s Biscuit Company has been sold to a Canadian pension scheme for a sum believed to be in the region of £350m.Burton’s said that “the sale process attracted interest from multiple high-quality bidders, including from a number of private equity houses and trade companies”. However, it finally opted for Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP), which has $129.5bn in net assets.Other bidders for the company are understood to include private equity firms Apax, Warburg Pincus and Clayton Dubilier & Rice – which also owns a substantial stake in Liverpool retailer B&M Bargains.The sale is expected to be completed this month.Under the terms of the agreement, OTPP will acquire the business as a whole, including all of Burton’s brands, all of the rights under Burton’s Cadbury licence and Burton’s manufacturing sites in Blackpool, Edinburgh and Llantarnam, along with its chocolate refinery in Moreton.Burton’s will also continue to be led by its existing management team, under chief executive Ben Clarke, and operate under its existing name from its current head office in St Albans.Credit Suisse were lead financial advisers to Burton’s, with Linklaters acting as legal advisor.Clarke said: “We are delighted that OTPP will shortly acquire Burton’s Biscuit Company. During this process we have met with over 30 different potential buyers and, as significant co-investors going forward, it was critical for the management team to find the right partner.“With their combination of extraordinary financial firepower, true partnership approach and global expertise, it is clear to me that OTPP are the ideal partner for us. We are very excited about working with Jo Taylor and his team as we pursue our ambitious plans for growth both in the UK and internationally.”Jo Taylor, head of OTPP’s London office, added: “We look forward to supporting Burton’s outstanding management team to grow the business in the UK and further into overseas markets. There are also many strategic acquisitions to consider in those territories that can enhance these ambitious growth plans. “With its portfolio of iconic brands, Burton’s is set to lead the premium biscuit market for some time to come and use product innovation to appeal to consumers looking for delicious treats and snacks inside and outside the home.”OTPP’s other investments include Camelot, owner of the National Lottery, which was bought in 2010.Burton’s employs 2,200 people across the UK, with manufacturing sites in Edinburgh, Blackpool and South Wales.last_img read more

Watch Phish’s New Light Rig In All Of Its LED Glory

first_imgWith one show under their belt, Phish has already started things off with a bang this summer, kicking things off last night with a bust-out-heavy show at the Xcel Center in St. Paul, MN. With fans anticipating new material from the album they recorded in Nashville this spring with producer Bob Ezrin, the band surprised fans by skipping the newer material, instead choosing to play a series of rarely-played covers, such as The Beatles “Dear Prudence”, Velvet Underground‘s “I Found A Reason,” and traditional bluegrass song “Daniel Saw The Stone.”However, the real surprise of the night was the debut of Phish’s new and improved, LED-based light rig. We gave you a sneak peak at the rig from Phish’s rehearsal earlier in the week, and last night we got to see their new production in all of its glory. With swirling, synced up visuals, moving monitors, and a whole new canvas for lighting designer Chris Kuroda to work with, we can only imagine the fireworks that will come as the band and their team get used to the new setup.Check out some videos of the new light rig below!End of “Simple” -> “I Found A Reason”, courtesy of YouTube user madpickn:“Mike’s Song” + “Weekapaug Groove”, courtesy of youtube user madpicken:“Bouncing Around The Room” (complete with a huge crowd singalong!), courtesy of YouTube user lifeboyfourtwenty:“Dear Prudence,” courtesy of lifeboyfourtwenty:“Horn”, courtesy of YouTube user 777jones:“Walls of the Cave,” courtesy of YouTube user 777jones:“Ghost,” courtesy of YouTube user 777jones:last_img read more

Scott Pemberton Releases New Video For Energetic Track “Elbow Grease” [Premiere]

first_imgScott Pemberton‘s sound is much like the vibe of his native Portland, OR: freaky, fun and just the right amount of weird. The guitarist — who categorizes his music with the moniker “Timber Rock” — applies his own lens and creative stamp to the sounds of the Pacific Northwest, the region he has always called home. The region’s deep jazz, rock, grunge, and blues roots, as well as the flavor of west coast funk are all clearly apparent in his music, often all in a single song.Live For Live Music is excited to debut the new video for Pemberton’s “Elbow Grease”. The video, filmed predominantly at Scott’s usual Portland haunts, also includes live footage captured at shows across the country. The video was directed by Benjah Brown in association with www.10minw.com.According to Pemberton, “Playing in front of a live audience is the best. There’s a give and take that happens. Our audiences are so ready to jump in with us. I feel like it’s a team effort. People bring energy and we feed off of it. It elevates the music. For me, it’s like a Labrador with a tennis ball or something, and I feel like that with all the guys in the band–Jack “The Stabilizer” Johnson (bass), Sam Berrett (drums), Rudy Slizewski (steel pans/percussion). The songs can be substantially different from each other every night. That keeps us all on our toes and keep our ears open, and from getting boring and mundane.”The response to Scott’s music has made him an emerging talent on the festival circuit, placed him at #1 in Portland’s pop charts and #4 on Bilboard‘s “Tastemakers” chart, and garnered him several glowing reviews from the press. In the aftermath of Safeway Water Front Blues Festival, The Oregonian raved, “At a festival FULL of guitarists, none played like Pemberton or was as fun to watch.”Pemberton and his guitar have been inseparable since the musician was in his teens, and he quickly established himself as an integral part of Portland’s musical fabric, sitting in on studio sessions, becoming a fixture at jazz and rock clubs, and teaching guitar at local colleges from an early age. His funky guitar work has led to collaborations with legendary drummers such as Motown’s Mel Brown and Bernard Purdie, a.k.a. “the world’s most recorded drummer.”Perhaps more remarkable than Pemberton’s ascent in popularity, however, is his story of redemption: His musical vision and artistic drive were renewed an reinvigorated after a near-death experience in a serious bike accident. Scott rediscovered his gift and his love affair with his instrument during the rehab process, and the experience has shaped his trajectory ever since.last_img read more