Edward GrimesMedical Cannabis Patient Dear Editor:Throughout the nation, the move to legalize cannabis for medical reasons and recreational purposes is gaining momentum. More than a dozen States have already taken action to allow the use of cannabis to help alleviate the pain and suffering of the many thousands of individuals who are afflicted with various maladies. Here in New Jersey, there is a bi-partisan effort underway in Trenton to enact a similar law to help the residents of the Garden State. While this legislation is being sponsored by a Democrat, it also has the support of many Republicans. New Jersey needs Cannabis Patient Rights (CPR), and we need it now. It is time we legalize it, and provide for the insurance companies to pay for it.This will result in people being weened off unnecessary and higher priced pills and prescriptions, and away from dangerous street drugs, too. It is time for New Jersey to join the Cannabis Campaign in the name of the health and welfare of its citizens. Unfortunately, our local officials are doing nothing to promote this vital issue. They are standing back and letting people continue to suffer. They are refusing to help the many seriously ill persons in our community who would benefit enormously from the passage of this legislation. Fortunately, however, we do have one civic leader who is standing up for patient rights. Michael Alonso, who is running for the Assembly at the urging of Democrat Freeholder Bill O’Dea, is in the forefront of the statewide effort to help the sick and disabled by allowing them access to alternative treatments.Michael Alonso cares about people. He is committed to assisting those in need, and expanding the freedoms and rights of individuals in our society. Especially the disabled, unlike Asw. Angela McKnight, whose taxpayer funder office has a STEP and no access for wheelchairs, there’s even a video on YouTube of McKnight getting called out and embarrassed by Mike Alonso on this issue. Her office actually called the cops, cursed out and threatened the woman and her caregiver. Is that the representation we want in Trenton? It’s time for all of us in New Jersey who need and would benefit from legalized medical cannabis to stand up and speak out. Join Michael Alonso and other State leaders and support legislation for Cannabis Patient Rights. Its time New Jersey moved into the 21st Century.
This week we kick off the year with Britain’s Top 50 bakery retailers (pg 4, 16-18,) covering those who sell, but do not necessarily make, baked goods. Last year, a number of craft bakers told me that coffee and sandwich shops were not bakers as they make nothing, and I agree.But our list is about retailers. And it is essential that everyone, whether craft baker, coffee shop or snacks retailer, knows how the competition is developing or shrinking. Only by reading about the success of coffee shops or noting the trend for Pret A Manger’s imaginative sandwiches can you compete with a point of difference.That point of difference could be ’freshly-made’, it might be quality ingredients, price, service or extended opening hours – you must be the judge of what is right for you. But it is so important to keep pace with change and to charge a realistic price for your products.Certainly, Greggs, which took a brief knockback on growth in early 2006 has bounced back (pg 12). Sir Mike Darrington loves a challenge and has responded with gusto, trialling new formats, products and opening hours. He pays tribute to ’Greggs’ people’. But motivational leadership plays a big part! So congratulations to Greggs for staying at number one in our Top 50 list, but credit to Subway, which is showing rapid growth with a successful format.And it is great to see traditional craft bakers adapting to the current climate with Coopland’s, JG Ross, plus Simmons and Coughlans creeping up.The growth of sandwich and coffee bars is providing great business for bakery food manufacturers such as Evron Foods and Greencore to name just two. British Baker goes to all the big bakery manufacturers who supply coffee shops and snack bars, and whose success means they buy more ingredients and more equipment. But at the end of every link in every bakery chain is a buyer and this week we talk to Sainsbury’s in-store bakery buyer, Sarah Mackenzie, who tells us about the store’s strategy and main requirements.Finally this week, congratulations to Paul Morrow of British Bakels for securing a new global role where he will no doubt be spotting trends and bringing them straight back to Britain and to Anne Bruce, our deputy editor, who goes on maternity leave this week!
Independent English firm Daymer Bay has launched a new range of iced teas, available in peach, lemon and mango flavours. The company, which takes its name from a stretch of sandy beach in North Cornwall, focuses solely on producing iced teas. The tea is sourced from Sri Lanka, where a penny for every bottle sold supports the local orphanage Singithi Sevana. The tea is then blended in the West Country and distributed in Cornwall by Chaffins Foodservice, and by JJ Foodservice to the rest of the UK. The teas are free from preservatives and artificial additives.Additional flavours will also join the product line-up following the company’s research into consumer preferences.www.chaffinsfoods.co.ukwww.jjfoodservice.com
Roberts Bakery has launched a ‘Lindsay’s Pledge’ campaign to raise at least £50,000 to improve screening for breast cancer.The 12-month campaign, which started in September, is fronted by Lindsay Occleston, a member of the Roberts family, and a breast cancer survivor.Roberts, based in Northwich, Cheshire, plans to sell 5m loaves in pink packaging to raise at least £50,000 for research into gene therapy by Genesis Breast Cancer Prevention.The money raised from loaves with the slogan ‘Think Pink and Help Prevent Breast Cancer’ will be used for research to look at genes which predispose women to breast cancer.This research, which requires only a saliva test, will allow breast cancer screening to be targeted in the longer term.Lindsay Occleston was diagnosed with breast cancer in early 2009, and went on to be treated with chemotherapy and radiotherapy, before being declared cancer-free.Today, as a family director at Roberts Bakery, she spends a lot of time campaigning for Genesis Breast Cancer Prevention and raising money for this cause.
Vermont jam band Twiddle is moving up in the world, so to speak. After an impressive sell out at New York City’s Irving Plaza over the weekend, which featured the debut of a new fan-inspired song, “Collective Pulse,” and a sit-in by 12-year-old guitar prodigy Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, the band has announced that it will be returning to New York for a headlining date at Port Chester’s storied Capitol Theatre on May 7.Coverage: Twiddle Debuts New Song, Welcomes Brandon ‘Taz’ Niederauer In NYCHeavy instrumental four-piece and New York natives TAUK will be joining Twiddle in support of the evening’s festivities, too. Stay tuned for more details including pre-party announcements.Tickets go on sale this Friday, 3/4 at 12 PM EST here.Twiddle hits the road again on March 10 at the 9:30 Club in Washington D.C. for several more dates to wrap up their Plumperdump winter tour before undertaking the Plumpty Dumpty spring tour kicking off in Raleigh, NC at the Lincoln Theatre on March 29th. Twiddle’s spring tour dates can be found here.
The Tedeschi Trucks Band just came off an earth-shattering three-night run at Boston, MA’s Orpheum Theatre this past weekend, which witnessed the group continue to shine with plenty of that soul-blues rock that have made them one of the most powerful bands out there today. Led by the husband and wife duo of Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, TTB is a sheer force to be reckoned with.The first night featured some choice covers, such as the George Harrison-penned Beatles track “Within You Without You” from Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, A majestic cover of Leonard Cohen‘s “Bird On a Wire,” and show closer of Joe Cocker‘s “Space Captain.” The group also brought out special guest guitarist Jorma Kaukonen of Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna fame on the blues standard “Key To The Highway.”On Friday night, the group continued to build on the night before. “Keep On Growing” brought the energy up early, as Tedeschi and backup singers Alecia Chakour and Mark Rivers beautifully complimented each other, while Trucks showcased those slide skills that have been handed down by a divine power. The Grateful Dead‘s “Sugaree” was placed in between an “Angel From Montgomery” sandwich, with Kofi Burbridge providing a little accent on the flute; he also showed a deft hand on organ and keys on a gospel-like “Bound For Glory.”For the Saturday night special, it was simply a culmination of the previous two nights. Tedeschi showed off those beautiful, gritty vocals on a cover of The Four Tops‘ “Loving You is Sweeter Than Ever,” and once again on “Midnight in Harlem” which came out of a spacey “Little Martha” interlude, which saw a nice lead from Kebbi Williams on sax. The group concluded the three-night stint with the Beatles’ “With a Little Help From My Friends,” but more akin to the Joe Cocker version.All in all, a perfectly executed run from the Tedeschi Trucks Band, a group clearly playing at the top of their game right now. Take a listen to all three shows below:Tedeschi Trucks Band | Orpheum Theatre | Boston, MA | 12/1/16:[courtesy of taper Jim Kelly]Tedeschi Trucks Band | Orpheum Theatre | Boston, MA | 12/2/16:[courtesy of taper Team Dirty South]Tedeschi Trucks Band | Orpheum Theatre | Boston, MA | 12/3/16:[courtesy of taper Jim Kelly]
Doyle Bramhall II, the decorated singer, songwriter, guitarist, producer, and son of Austin, TX music legend Doyle Bramhall, is getting ready to release his fifth solo album, Shades, due for an October 5th release. This week, Bramhall has shared the third single from the LP (after “Love and Pain” and “Searching for Love”) featuring guitar legend Eric Clapton, one of the many iconic artists with whom he’s worked closely with throughout his career.The sultry tune harkens back to a retro soul/R&B aesthetic, highlighted by Bramhall’s emotive lead vocals, gospel-style choral accompaniment. The song builds to a climax behind a guitar solo standoff between Bramhall and Clapton, who shows why he’s still one of the greatest guitarists on the planet with his searing riffs. You can watch a new lyric video for Doyle Bramhall II’s “Everything You Need” featuring Eric Clapton below:Doyle Bramhall II ft. Eric Clapton – “Everything You Need”[Video: Doyle Bramhall II]In addition to Clapton, Doyle Bramhall II’s new record features contributions from several of his other talented go-to collaborators including Norah Jones and Tedeschi Trucks Band. As Doyle explains in a statement, “Without appearing immodest, I can admit that I’ve led a pretty charmed life. I’m thrilled and honored to have all of these incredible people guest on my record.”He continues,The new record finally feels like I’m comfortable in my own skin, like I don’t have anything to prove other than trying to express myself as honestly as I can. … As an artist, writer and producer, I’m in a good place, and I think I can allow this flow of music to come out and form a real body of work that my fans can appreciate. I’m thrilled to have them go on this journey with me.For more information about Doyle Bramhall II’s new album, Shades, and his various upcoming live performances, head to his website.Doyle Bramhall II Shades Track List1. “Love and Pain”2. “Hammer Ring”3. “Everything You Need” (featuring Eric Clapton)4. “London to Tokyo”5. “Searching for Love” (featuring Norah Jones)6. “Live Forever” (featuring Greyhounds)7. “Break Apart to Mend”8. “She’ll Come Around”9. “The Night”10. “Parvanah”11. “Consciousness”12. “Going Going Gone” (featuring Tedeschi Trucks Band)View Track List
Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy has announced his forthcoming solo studio effort, WARMER, due out this Saturday, April 13th via dBpm as a Record Store Day exclusive release.The 10-song LP will serve as a companion album to Tweedy’s 2018 WARM release, recorded during the same studio sessions at his Loft Recording Studio in Chicago. Tweedy’s 2018 WARM release marked his first solo album of new original solo songs.Tweedy shared his thoughts on the upcoming album. He explains,At some point I separated the songs from the ‘WARM’/’WARMER’ session into two records with individual character, but still tried to keep the overall tone and texture of the combined session consistent. In a lot of ways these two records could have been released as a double LP. Warmer means as much to me as ‘WARM’ and might just as easily have been released as the first record of the pair.Ahead of WARMER‘s release on Saturday, Jeff Tweedy has shared a video for the second song off of the album, “Family Ghost”, which you can watch below:Jeff Tweedy – “Family Ghosts”[Video: wilco]WARMER‘s vinyl-only edition is limited to 5,000 copies for Record Store Day, with a digital release planned for later in the year, NPR reports.Head to Wilco‘s website for a list of Jeff Tweedy’s upcoming tour dates and ticketing information.WARMER Track List1, “Orphan”2. “Family Ghost”3. “And Then You Cut It in Half”4. “Ten Sentences”5. “Sick Server”6. “Empty Head”7. “Landscape”8. “Ultra Orange Room”9. “Evergreen”10. “Guaranteed”View Tracklist
The ocean holds 97 percent of the Earth’s water and covers 71 percent of the Earth’s surface. Twenty percent of the protein that the human race consumes comes from the ocean. Yet more than 95 percent of the ocean remains unexplored. In fact, we have seen more of the surface of the moon — which is approximately 240,000 miles away — than we have of the ocean floor, which is seven miles at its deepest.According to Peter Girguis, professor of organismic and evolutionary biology (OEB) at Harvard University, the ocean’s various challenges, unexplored terrain, sheer enormity, and vast importance in issues such as transportation, commerce, food, and even climate change make the the study of marine science more relevant today than ever before. Girguis hosted nearly two dozen high school students from Cambridge Rindge & Latin School (CRLS) on Harvard’s campus recently for a discussion about the various career paths available in marine science.He urged the students to think outside the box, telling them that marine science is about more than studying fish. It’s interdisciplinary; it involves chemistry, biology, physics, engineering, and even computer science.For example, the ocean, he said, plays an enormous role in climate change. Its ability to absorb heat means it has some potential to dampen temperature swings. “It will help to some degree, but the problem is that we just don’t know how quickly it will work. A hundred years? A thousand years? It’s hard to say, and we also don’t know how badly — and how quickly — [climate change] will affect all the marine life.”In addition to careers involving marine science and climate change, students, he suggested, might consider building robots that would sit on the ocean floor and send critical data to shore. Still others might explore ways in which the ocean could be used more efficiently for commerce and global business, such as developing ships that could more quickly transport products from one location to the next, or outsmarting competition by discovering and utilizing new sea routes.“There are a lot of job opportunities regarding the ocean, you need only to keep an open mind,” Girguis said.The high school students talked to Girguis’ graduate students and toured the OEB Biolabs, learning more about some of the ongoing projects being conducted by Girguis’ team.Earlier in the day they toured the Harvard Museum of Natural History, where they explored various specimens and examined swimming underwater robots.The collaboration between Girguis, CRLS marine biology teacher Paul McGuinness, M.Ed. ’06, and the high school students is not new. Last spring, three CRLS marine biology students spent the semester with Girguis and his graduate students conducting research in Harvard’s labs. The internship program will continue this upcoming spring, and there is a desire on both sides to extend and expand the program.“It’s a huge addition to the curriculum for CRLS marine biology students to be able to visit a world-class research lab at Harvard and talk directly to researchers like Dr. Girguis and his staff,” said McGuinness, noting the high marks students gave to Girguis’ lecture and his willingness to engage them directly. “They were also impressed by the high-level range of projects that the graduate students were working on,” McGuinness said.“I had a great time! I loved seeing how passionate Professor Girguis is about his research and really enjoyed hearing him explain how and why he decided to enter into the field of marine biology,” said 17-year-old Eleanor Lieberman, a senior at CRLS.Girguis, one of the world’s most respected marine biologists, explained his rather unconventional entry into the field.“I grew up in southeastern Los Angeles,” he said. “I wasn’t hanging out with the movie stars or sailing around on my yacht. We didn’t have a lot of money. Most people in my town worked at a local factory that made the Apollo moon rockets. As a kid, I’d go there, and they’d let you sit in a simulator for free — and pretend you were manning the rocket. It’s the first time that I realized that anybody — no matter who you were, or where you were from — could be part of great things if you worked hard enough and wanted it bad enough.”
Read Full Story A new NPR/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health poll finds that more than six in ten people living in the U.S. (62%) are concerned about their future health. Nearly four in ten (39%) said that they had one or more negative childhood experiences that they believe had a harmful impact on their adult health.Causes of ill health“When the public thinks about the causes of ill health, it’s not just about germs. They also see access to medical care, personal behavior, stress, and pollution as affecting health,” said Robert J. Blendon, Richard L. Menschel Professor of Health Policy and Political Analysis at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.When given a list of 14 factors that might cause ill health, the top five causes cited by the public as extremely important are lack of access to high-quality medical care (42%), personal behavior (40%), viruses or bacteria (40%), high stress (37%), and exposure to air, water, or chemical pollution (35%).Those rankings diverge, however, among ethnic groups. African-Americans are more likely than whites to perceive lack of access to high-quality medical care (56% to 41%), God’s will (47% to 29%), having a low income (45% to 23%), and not having enough education (41% to 26%) as extremely important causes of individuals’ health problems. Hispanics are more likely than non-Hispanic whites (46% to 31%) to say that bad working conditions are extremely important.