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May 10 – Miamisburg natives Jake and Jordan Shteiwi are opening a second Steak Thyme location in their hometown next week following the success of their original location in Kettering.

Steak Thyme Bar & Grill, at 103 N. Springboro Pike in Miamisburg, opens Tuesday, May 17.

“I want this to be Miamisburg’s new hotspot,” Jake said.

The twin brothers, both graduates of Miamisburg High School and Sinclair Community College, took over ownership of Steak Thyme, located at 4040 Wilmington Pike in Kettering, more than 10 years ago. The brothers’ parents, Musa and Huda Shteiwi, opened the restaurant together in October 2005, just before their father, Musa, died in 2006.

“It’s something we’ve always aspired to,” Jake said.

The original Wilmington Pike restaurant is a standard, casual, take-out restaurant, Jake explained. The second restaurant will have a full-service bar, large dining room, outdoor seating and new menu items.

“The bar and grill concept was in the brainstorming process for a while and then this location came up,” Jake said. “Everything fell into place.”

Steak Thyme Bar & Grill will feature 12 beers and two wines on tap, Jake said. They will also have twisted granitas, their lime and thyme mojitos and a range of celebrity wine bottles featuring Snoop Dogg, Martha Stewart, Post Malone and many more.

“We have a back garden where we get all of our herbs and stuff for our bass,” Jake said. “Everything is really fresh.”

New menu items include Bavarian wings, pizza and pretzels with craft beer cheese, Jake added.

The Steak Thyme Bar & Grill will be open 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Sunday. Kids eat free on Sundays. Happy hour is 3-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday.

The space was a former Stacked Pickle, an Indianapolis-based sports-themed restaurant chain that opened in 2019 and closed in 2021. Prior to Stacked Pickle, the space housed a Roosters Wings restaurant.

For more information, visit www.steakthyme.com or the restaurant’s Facebook page.

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Klatch Coffee launches new website focused on e-commerce and coffee experience https://bbveggie.com/klatch-coffee-launches-new-website-focused-on-e-commerce-and-coffee-experience/ Tue, 10 May 2022 19:07:40 +0000 https://bbveggie.com/klatch-coffee-launches-new-website-focused-on-e-commerce-and-coffee-experience/

Los Angeles, CA (May 10, 2022)—klatchcoffee.com, now launched. Today, award-winning family roaster Klatch Coffee announced the launch of its redesigned site, klatchcoffee.com. With blazing speed and a lively, eye-catching site layout, Klatch Coffee’s homepage begins with both a story and a plot: “A family business, operated and talked about since 1993.”

The coffee experience from the comfort of home

For Klatch Coffee, “Where coffee is the conversation” isn’t just a tagline found on every bag of coffee, it’s an ethos of hospitality and connection woven into the e-commerce experience and front end. -care of the redesign of the site.

The new website, klatchcoffee.com, makes finding your new favorite coffee faster, easier and more enjoyable. Heather Perry, CEO, shares, “With the redesign of the site and our ‘find your beans’ quiz, we’re bringing the personal coffee experience to the world of e-commerce. This unique conversation between customer and barista is now possible in a few simple steps. »

With new coffee deals posted regularly, the “Find Your Beans” quiz on klatchcoffee.com recreates the personal coffee experience of walking into Klatch and asking the barista, “What do you recommend?” The barista learns each guest’s tastes by asking questions, guiding them to the perfect recommendation. The quiz is simple and accessible, seeking to replicate this experience by asking questions such as tasting notes and ideal roast levels.

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Transport customers to their favorite coffee destination, no flight required

Another focal point of klatchcoffee.com are notebooks with stories from Klatch’s coffee growers and each bean’s unique origin and process. As CFO, Greenbuyer and Roastmaster Mike share, “Direct trade is at the heart of Klatch. For us, people and planet always come before profit. It’s part of our commitment to the highest quality coffee.” Everything like Direct Trade bridges the gap between roaster and producer, klatchcoffee.com focuses on sharing the stories of every coffee shop and coffee producer and aims to bridge the gap between customer and coffee shop, transporting customers into Ethiopia or Colombia, no flight required.

Discover your new favorite coffee, every month

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Klatch’s Club subscription caters to customers who want variety and want to break out of their mundane coffee routine, offering free delivery on every subscription order and a different coffee every month. Subscription is unique in its connection to family: each of their three subscription options is hosted by a member of the Perry family. With roaster Mike handling single origins, retail manager Holly handling blends, and 2X US Barista Champion Heather handling espressos, there’s something for everyone. Klatch is currently offering 20% ​​off your first 3 shipments with promo code*: 20SPRUDGE for early subscribers.

To celebrate the launch of the site, Klatch is also offering 10 days of giveaways, from May 10-20. With 1 winner chosen per day and giveaways alternating between days, customers can win either a three month coffee giveaway subscription or a ‘Gift Bag’. Swag includes a coffee tote, a selection of glasses, a Klatch hat and a bag of coffee, a $60 value. To enter, go to the site’s homepage, klatchcoffee.com, and look for the pop-up window to sign up for announcements of new coffees and promotions via text or email.

For more information, visit klatchcoffee.com and follow @klatchcoffee on Instagram. Thanks to Pearlfisher and Splice Digital for bringing our site redesign vision to life.

About Klatch Coffee

Klatch Coffee was founded in 1993 by Mike and Cindy Perry, earning its place on the global coffee scene for nearly 30 years. Roastmaster and Greenbuyer Mike share: “For us coffee is never finished, it’s in our DNA. We have unparalleled heart, quality and drive. Family owned and operated with over 7 cafes, Klatch is known for its award-winning coffee roasted to “flavor peak” – Mike’s signature style. Heather Perry, former SCA President and two-time American Barista Champion, is the noble (and ambitious) CEO of Klatch.

*20SPRUDGE is for new memberships only, valid only on club memberships (excludes recurring, one-time, or any non-coffee items) on klatchcoffee.com. Valid until 07/31/2022. One code per order. Other exclusions may apply.

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KGH team pride after fast food trailer testing service wins national award https://bbveggie.com/kgh-team-pride-after-fast-food-trailer-testing-service-wins-national-award/ Tue, 10 May 2022 10:50:00 +0000 https://bbveggie.com/kgh-team-pride-after-fast-food-trailer-testing-service-wins-national-award/

When Covid hit the nation a KGH team faced a dilemma – how would they continue to do blood tests for patients who needed to protect themselves?

With the virus spreading across the country, the last thing they wanted was for vulnerable people to go to hospital on a regular basis.

But thanks to the imagination of the anticoagulation team, they were able to do their tests in a fast food trailer in a parking lot.

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The Kettering General Hospital Anticoagulation Team with their Cavell Star Award presented to Tess Page and the team by Divisional Director of Family Health Robert Heywood.

They set up an INR drive-thru service for patients who needed tests while taking the blood thinner warfarin, and they’ve now won a national award.

The team was awarded a Cavell Star Award by the prestigious Cavell Nurses Trust for the way they worked together to provide patient care in such an innovative way.

Chief nurse for anticoagulation Tess Page, who nominated her team for the award, said: ‘When the pandemic hit it was vital that we continued to provide blood tests to our patients who are receiving warfarin – but at the same time, these were patients who needed shielding because they were so clinically vulnerable.

“We opted for a drive-thru and were one of the first hospitals in the country to do so on March 29, 2020.

The anticoagulation team provides their vital service – with the help of a fast food trailer.

“We wanted to be in an open car park but still have a place where we could keep our papers, wash our hands, store gear and PPE and be protected from the weather.

“And that’s where the fast food trailer came in. She allowed people to drive into the parking lot of the hospital’s Diabetes Center and have a thumb blood sample taken in their car.

“We then use a portable scan device to give them their result – with a follow-up phone appointment if further support is needed.”

The fast food trailer also added a bit of humor to patient appointments.

Tess said: “Some of our patients have felt lonely and isolated during the pandemic and being able to chat with a nurse and get their test has made them feel so much better.

“I’m so proud of how the anticoagulation team came together to implement the drive-thrus.

“Using the fast food trailer also added a bit of humor to the situation. They would say things like ‘can I get tokens with my test’. It made us all smile.

The pandemic has been a testing time for the hospital’s anticoagulation team as Covid-19 has taken a terrible toll on their patients.

Tess said: “We know a lot of our patients well because they come to see us so often – sometimes twice a week. Unfortunately Covid-19 took its toll and we lost quite a few. It had an impact on us.

“But the drive-thru helped us keep them as safe as possible. During the period we operated on him – between March 2020 and June 2021 – we supported more than 1,400 patients.

KGH Director of Nursing and Quality, Fiona Barnes, said: “I am delighted that the anticoagulation team have won this award and I commend them all for the way they have supported their patients during the pandemic. .

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Emma Raducanu confirms pre-Wimbledon plans by adding UK event to schedule https://bbveggie.com/emma-raducanu-confirms-pre-wimbledon-plans-by-adding-uk-event-to-schedule/ Tue, 10 May 2022 02:34:11 +0000 https://bbveggie.com/emma-raducanu-confirms-pre-wimbledon-plans-by-adding-uk-event-to-schedule/


Emma Raducanu will be warming up for Wimbledon this year on British shores after confirming she will play the Rothesay Classic in Birmingham.

Raducanu hasn’t played in front of a British audience since Wimbledon last year, where she impressed but also struggled mentally to handle the pressure.

It will be her first UK appearance since becoming the first person in history to win a Grand Slam as a qualifier at the US Open last year.

“I look forward to playing in Great Britain again and am delighted to be taking part in the Rothesay Classic in Birmingham for the 40th year of this tremendous showcase for women’s tennis,” said Raducanu.

“It will be great to be back on the grass at home, where the support from the British fans was so fantastic.”

Tournament Director Patrick Hughesman was also understandably delighted to have Raducanu on the entry list.

“As the current US Open champion, world number 11 and UK number 1, Emma’s appearance at the Rothesay Classic is fantastic news,” said Hughesman.

“She is one of the most exciting young players in women’s football at the moment and she will obviously create quite a stir in the home crowd as she steps out onto the pristine grass of our Ann Jones Center Court.

“It’s a great opportunity for anyone who enjoys watching world-class sport up close to experience the thrill of such top athletes like Emma competing in Birmingham.”

Raducanu is currently playing at the Italian Open, where she faces a tough opening match against former US Open champion Bianca Andreescu.

After that, she will travel to Paris to play Roland Garros for the first time before focusing on the grass season.

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Nahm Thai & Burmese Cuisine restaurant opens in Boise, ID https://bbveggie.com/nahm-thai-burmese-cuisine-restaurant-opens-in-boise-id/ Mon, 09 May 2022 10:00:00 +0000 https://bbveggie.com/nahm-thai-burmese-cuisine-restaurant-opens-in-boise-id/

One of the starters on the menu is the Chicken Satay ($11.95), chicken marinated in coconut milk, seasoned with salt, palm sugar and turmeric, then grilled.  You dip it in peanut sauce.

One of the starters on the menu is the Chicken Satay ($11.95), chicken marinated in coconut milk, seasoned with salt, palm sugar and turmeric, then grilled. You dip it in peanut sauce.

Nahm Thai and Burmese cuisine

Before Sunsanee Charoenyothin and her husband, Chauwalit Srivarawong, moved to Boise last November, they did a bit of detective work.

For six years, they served customers at Me & Tasty, a brunch and Thai restaurant they opened in San Francisco. In Idaho, they also wanted to do a Thai restaurant. But with a twist. Something different for Treasure Valley.

Their idea? Myanmar – the country of Southeast Asia.

You may know it as Burma.

“We are planning,” Charoenyothin said. “We’re researching that Boise doesn’t have that kind of cuisine.”

Six weeks after the launch of Nahm Thai & Burmese Cuisine, 577 E. Park Blvd., the secret is out. And judging by online reviews, Boise’s heads are exploding. Located in the Ram Plaza, Nahm enjoys the kind of positive feedback frenzy that most new restaurants only dream of generating. The restaurant is rated 5 out of 5 stars from 25 Yelp reviews. And 4.9 out of 5 stars from 42 Google reviews.

Compliments range from ‘exquisite’ and ‘delicious’ to ‘this is the real deal’, ‘knocked it out of the park’ and ‘forget the best Thai, this is easily the best restaurant I’ve eaten at. in Idaho.

“We’ve been here three times and had different entrees and appetizers each time,” wrote one Yelper, “and I’ve been blown away EACH TIME.”

“Wow. Didn’t expect our takeout food to be so delicious. This place is something special,” added a Google reviewer.

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Nahm Thai & Burmese Cuisine opened at the end of March. Michel Actes mdeeds@idahostatesman.com

By purchasing the former Pat’s Thai Kitchen, Srivarawong (owner, chef and manager) and Charoenyothin (manager) remodeled the space. The couple, from Thailand, also brought in help from San Francisco, including a chef. “We have friends and family,” Charoenyothin explained, adding that she is looking to hire more chefs. “But it’s hard, so hard.”

And while Thai dishes are a big part of the menu, Burmese food is what she says sparked a lot of the excitement. After all, Thai restaurants already exist in Boise, including the recently opened Boise Thai Noodle House, 12375 W. Chinden Blvd. It scores 4 1/2 out of 5 stars on Yelp and 4.6 out of 5 on Google.

“We are the first Burmese restaurant in Boise,” Charoenyothin said. “They’ve never tried Burmese food before – and our Thai food has a kind of strong flavor to it.”

It’s as the reviewer said – “the real deal”. Not Americanized. Two Nahm starters are the most popular, Charoenyothin said. Kaukswe Beef ($16.95, sometimes spelled “khao soy beef”): Egg noodles and slow-braised beef in coconut broth. The fried chicken yellow curry ($18.95) is a traditional Southern Thai favorite: yellow curry with coconut, onion, tomato and potato, served with roti, rice and aa-jaaad (a condiment with cucumber).

Critics also rave about the Burmese-style tea leaf salad ($13.95). It includes house fermented sencha tea leaves, romaine lettuce, spring mix, tomato, cuke, fried garlic, fried shallot, nuts, seeds and a squeeze of lemon juice . Do you like the richness of pork belly? Try Hung Lay ($17.95), a “rich and sweet” curry with pork belly, ginger, pickled garlic, pearl onion, tamarind and boiled egg. “Sometimes the pork belly is too greasy,” noted a Yelp reviewer, “but it was perfection. SO good!!!”

Nahm’s business is split fairly evenly between dine-in and takeout, Charoenyothin said. The restaurant accepts orders online at nahmboise.com and by phone at (208) 388-8638. Opening hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday, 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday. Nahm also offers delivery through DoorDash and Uber Eats.

Even with the love online, the small restaurant – which seats around 35 diners – is still trying to spread the word. Weekend evenings, however, are busy. “Friday and Saturday at dinner time,” Charoenyothin said, “it’s packed.”

Should you try it? Don’t be surprised if Nahm’s food makes you “feel like you’re not in Idaho,” as one Google reviewer wrote — “in the best way.”

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Entertainment writer and opinion columnist Michael Deeds chronicles the good life in Boise: restaurants, concerts, culture, cool stuff. Acts materialized at the Idaho Statesman as an intern in 1991 before taking on roles such as sportswriter, editor and music critic. Over the years, his freelance work has spanned from writing album reviews for the Washington Post to hyping Boise in that airline magazine you left on the plane. Deeds holds a bachelor’s degree in editorial journalism from the University of Nebraska.

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Meriden School Cafeteria Manager Honored as Regional Manager of the Year https://bbveggie.com/meriden-school-cafeteria-manager-honored-as-regional-manager-of-the-year/ Sun, 08 May 2022 22:26:00 +0000 https://bbveggie.com/meriden-school-cafeteria-manager-honored-as-regional-manager-of-the-year/

MERIDEN – The cafeteria at Thomas Hooker Elementary School was buzzing Friday afternoon, as students walked through the lunch queue, grabbed trays full of food, juice packets and milk cartons and took place at long tables.

On the menu that day: chicken sandwiches and cheese mozzarella breadsticks, with salad and fruit.

A sign hanging from the ceiling bears the official title of the cafeteria: Hungry Husky Cafe. The name is accompanied by an illustration of the school’s Husky mascot wearing a puffy chef’s hat and holding a fork.

Deb Timek is the cafeteria’s longtime manager. Earlier this week, the nonprofit National School Nutrition Association named Timek as its Northeast Regional Director of the Year.

“The award recognizes the dedication, resourcefulness and compassion shown by SNA members who excel in nurturing students,” the organization said.

“It motivates me to see the kids enjoying a great healthy meal in our cafeteria every day,” said Timek, who added that she was touched by the recognition.

Serving meals daily is everyone on deck at Thomas Hooker. Timek, as the cafeteria manager, has a small office located near a stainless steel sink in a small kitchen space that poses some challenges.

But you won’t find Timek sitting behind that desk during meals. She will be elsewhere in the cafeteria, for example behind the cash register or the counter, serving the students with a smile alongside two other colleagues. Between meals, staff members quickly wipe down tables and stools and prepare for the next wave. They serve meals to some 300 students every day.

Timek, a Meriden resident, started working at Thomas Hooker 22 years ago. Midway through her term, she became cafeteria manager.

Timek described the opportunity to work at the school, which offered a flexible schedule that allowed her to spend time with her own children, like the one she stumbled upon. Soon the Husky Cafe became a second home.

“I love this school,” Timek said, explaining that she’s had the opportunity to go to other schools. But she always wanted to stay with Thomas Hooker.

“I love the kids. I love watching them grow,” Timek said. “It’s so much fun watching them grow from kindergarten through fifth grade. We see every kid in this school in the cafeteria.

Timek said learning that she was nominated for the SNA award and named as the recipient came as a “complete surprise.”

As it happens, Friday, when the Record-Journal visited, was also school lunch day. The SNA had established it as a day to recognize school food service workers. Earlier in the week, the Board of Education also recognized the collective efforts of these employees across the district.

Susan Maffe, director of food and nutrition services at Meriden Public School, addressed the board at its Tuesday meeting. During this address, Maffe presented data relating to the 2020-2021 school year.

Throughout this school year, when students attended school in person or remotely, school district staff served a total of 871,828 breakfasts and 973,407 lunches. Last summer, the district served 337,000 additional breakfasts and lunches in those months alone.

The district has managed to feed students for the past two years, despite high staff turnover — 31%, Maffe said. The ministry has faced other challenges including staff illnesses and supply chain issues over the past two years.

“Our 13 cafeterias and our staff remain resilient. Our team is stronger and more flexible than ever,” Maffe told the board.

School Board Chairman Rob Kosienski Jr. and Meriden Public Schools Superintendent Mark D. Benigni thanked cafeteria workers.

“I think anyone who’s seen what we do knows it’s done so well because of you,” Kosienski told the staff members in attendance. “1.9 million resources over the 2020-2021 period. It’s incredible. Give yourself a round of applause. We know it’s not easy… Your hard work, dedication, attention is greatly appreciated.

Benigni also said he can’t thank the district’s catering staff enough.

“Our food service is second to none,” he said, adding that staff members have maintained a positive attitude throughout the pandemic.

Maffe had nominated Timek for the national award. Separately, the School Nutrition Association of Connecticut named another district cafeteria manager, Janet Crosetti-Jackson of John Barry Elementary School, as its rising star of the year. This recognition is granted to people who have worked 10 years or less in their respective positions.

At Thomas Hooker, school principal Gail Kelly had her own accolades for Timek.

“You take pride in your work. But you also make it fun,” Kelly told Timek. Kelly described Timek as humble, friendly and dedicated.

“She is there for the children. I’m very proud,” Kelly said. “We are lucky to have him.”

Timek had similar praise for Thomas Hooker’s staff. “We have a great team,” she said. “Our manager is very supportive in everything we do.”

Timek said there are many days when the job of feeding students is very hectic.

“But it’s rewarding for sure,” she said.

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]]> Old Winstead site takes on new life as Whataburger site https://bbveggie.com/old-winstead-site-takes-on-new-life-as-whataburger-site/ Sun, 08 May 2022 18:07:13 +0000 https://bbveggie.com/old-winstead-site-takes-on-new-life-as-whataburger-site/

Headed to the opening of Whataburger’s Blue Springs location on Monday? The city wants you to know about traffic flow.

The Texas-based chain’s recent openings in the Kansas City area have drawn long lines of shoppers, causing traffic to stretch for blocks. To lessen the impact of this congestion, Blue Springs will have detours in place when the chain opens its last location at 11 a.m. Monday at 905 Missouri 7 Highway.

Closing and detours will be from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through May 15, as needed. Here’s what to expect:

  • The westbound lane of Northwest South Outer Road will be closed from Missouri 7 west to Northwest Mock Avenue, preventing vehicles from turning from Missouri 7 to Northwest South Outer Road.
  • Westbound traffic on Northwest Mock will not be able to cross Missouri 7. Instead, they will have to turn north on Missouri 7.
  • For those heading to the fast food restaurant, the city asks drivers to use the westbound RD Mize Road. At Northwest 15th Street, they should head north. Once they get to Northwest South Outer Road, they need to head east to get to the Whataburger entrance.

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The Whataburger Opening Day Traffic Plan at Blue Springs whataburger

Whataburger pays well for enhanced police and traffic assistance, the city said. People passing through the area should expect heavier than usual traffic.

“We wanted to make sure traffic doesn’t back up on Missouri Highway 7 and that residents and visitors won’t be inconvenienced by the influx of traffic,” Blue Springs Police Chief Bob Muenz said. , in a press release. “We ask vehicles to respect the surrounding neighborhoods and businesses and to respect the detour routes indicated.

The fast food restaurant opens in the former Winstead location, which closed in late 2018.

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]]> Windfall tax on oil giants won’t hurt British pensioners, think tank says | Oil and gas companies https://bbveggie.com/windfall-tax-on-oil-giants-wont-hurt-british-pensioners-think-tank-says-oil-and-gas-companies/ Sun, 08 May 2022 10:30:00 +0000 https://bbveggie.com/windfall-tax-on-oil-giants-wont-hurt-british-pensioners-think-tank-says-oil-and-gas-companies/

Britain’s major pension funds hold less than 0.2% of shares in Shell and BP, contradicting claims that a windfall tax on big oil companies would hurt the retirement incomes of British savers.

A review of the oil giants’ shares by the Common Wealth think tank shows the biggest holdings are held by US investment firms, including BlackRock and Vanguard, and wealthy Norwegian pension funds. Britain’s multi-billion-pound defined contribution occupational pension funds, which hold the savings of tens of millions of workers, rank among the smallest investors after decades of spreading their investments across different markets around the world .

Oil industry supporters last week defended the government’s refusal to levy a windfall tax on North Sea oil companies, including BP and Shell, saying it would force them to cut investment and pay dividends to shareholders. BP chief executive Bernard Looney, announcing record quarterly profits of £5bn last week, said plans for “up to £18bn of investment” over the next eight years would continue even if there were a windfall tax on corporate profits. He said £2.5billion would be spent buying back shares to increase their value.

Shell also reported record quarterly profit of £7.3billion for the first three months of the year, putting further pressure on the government to use a windfall tax to fund special measures to deal with soaring household energy bills.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak, who has resisted No 10’s attempts to pay for additional support with higher government borrowing, has hinted he is considering a tax on oil companies, despite Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng being supposed to be against the idea.

Nick Butler, a visiting professor at King’s College London who spent nearly 30 years as an executive at BP, was one of many to argue that a windfall tax would force oil companies to redirect profits to shareholders, who , according to him, were ordinary people dependent on dividend income to support their pensions.

“I think shareholders who are just pensioners, they are not black hat men – they are people like you if you have a BP stake in your pension. [Paying a dividend] does not take money out of the system,” Butler told the BBC last week.

The 10 largest direct stakes in the two companies are dominated by subsidiaries of US asset management giants BlackRock and Vanguard, while Asian and Norwegian sovereign wealth funds also have large shares. BlackRock subsidiaries represent four of BP’s top 10 shareholders and three of Shell’s top 10 shareholders.

Common Wealth said that while many occupational defined contribution plans invest in global equities, using large US fund managers, “their vulnerability to a windfall tax on BP and Shell will be absorbed by the enormous breadth and diversification of these asset management giants”.

Independent pensions consultant John Ralfe said most large end-salary pension schemes were unlikely to hold shares of BP or Shell after selling their holdings to buy safer bonds.

Research earlier this year by the TUC, Common Wealth and the High Pay Center showed that UK pension funds accounted for just 2.4% of the total market value of shares listed in the UK, down from 13% before. the 2008 financial crisis. Indirect ownership via investment funds accounted for an additional 6%.

“The idea that BP or Shell are widows and orphans stocks, or that pensioners are relying on the income of oil giants to make ends meet, is just laughable,” Ralfe said. “As an argument against a windfall tax, it has no validity.”

Mathew Lawrence, director of Common Wealth, said: “Ministers had two lines of defense – that a windfall tax would reduce investment levels, which even BP denied, and that the impact on shareholders would significantly affect the thought people.

“But, although many UK pensioners hold shares of BP and Shell, the reality is that UK-based pension funds now only hold a very small percentage of the total. Ongoing trends, including the diversification of pension funds and the rise of international asset managers, have transformed the ownership of energy giants.

“That in turn has changed who gets the dividends. Given this, any impact of a windfall tax on ordinary pensioners would be more than offset by the benefits pensioners would receive from additional financial support, funded by redistributing some of the windfall profits from BP and Shell.

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Longtime Local Chef to Open Coastal Mexican Restaurant | Local News https://bbveggie.com/longtime-local-chef-to-open-coastal-mexican-restaurant-local-news/ Sat, 07 May 2022 18:07:36 +0000 https://bbveggie.com/longtime-local-chef-to-open-coastal-mexican-restaurant-local-news/

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Slimey Crud Cafe Racer 2022 [Spring Edition] https://bbveggie.com/slimey-crud-cafe-racer-2022-spring-edition/ Fri, 06 May 2022 22:29:54 +0000 https://bbveggie.com/slimey-crud-cafe-racer-2022-spring-edition/

High Panhead. It was an easy choice.

The Slimey Crud Cafe Racer Run was and remains Wisconsin’s first unaffiliated, unsponsored, unaligned, dissociated and completely free motorcycle rally and rolling show. Maybe in the upper Midwest. Or the whole country, for that matter. It was founded ages ago by people who, for the purposes of this report, will remain anonymous, but who were committed members of the original Slimey Crud biker gang, for the purpose of establishing the first aforementioned event. . At first, it didn’t generate the swarm of runners it does today, even though the Gang did some real publicity.

Despite cool, wet weather in the morning, turnout was quite impressive at Pine Bluff.

Now, despite the lack of banners and posters co-emblazoned with light beer or energy drink, plastic cheese cups or any other promotional trinkets, the Crud Run attracts a large number of bikers, unique motorcycles and even classics of all descriptions, even in fairly gloomy weather. Performed on the first Sunday in May and October each year, the traditional actions involve riders gathering at the hamlet of Pine Bluff, west of Madison in Dane County, Wisc., for a meeting period of old ride buddies, meet new riding buddies and ogle the assortment of bikes that come along. From there, each cyclist is free to choose their own route to the village of Leland across the Wisconsin River in Sauk County. There is no attempt to designate an “official route” for runners, no route captains, no wristbands and no rules to follow. Only the general warning to ride safe, have fun and keep the shiny side up. Other than that you’re pretty much on your own, that’s where you should be. We are, after all, tough individualists, as all motorcyclists should be.

The Top – and I believe the only – original e-bike was this one, with a Kawasocki tank badge!

This is good because there are a number of city and county roads that offer scenic beauty, light traffic, and plenty of curves and hills to keep the cyclist entertained. My advice when racing: slow down, get out of the tank and enjoy the view. Save the high-speed stuff for your track days. Done right, you can spend most of the day doing the trip and never see the same route twice unless you manage to get lost, which is possible, unless you ruin it by using the GPS or a map. Despite the drizzle and occasional morning temperatures in the 40s, it got cooler as the day progressed, a good number of runners turned up. Admittedly, this was only about a third of the number typically seen at the event, but it was still a substantial representation.

The British call a drag bike a sprinter. It was the only sprinter I saw at the Crud Run, but it was definitely a clean, well-made machine that deserved the title of Top Sprinter—or Drag Bike, if you will.

It’s always fun to offer up images of some of the most interesting or “Best Of” random categories of bikes seen racing. Categories are sometimes appropriate, but not a requirement. The “Best Of” award is entirely arbitrary, based on how we feel at the time. Fairness and consistency are neither required nor considered. No trades, substitutions or protests are allowed, and all errors in judgment are fully expected. The next Slimey Crud Café Racer Run will be on the first Sunday in October. Be there or be, well, you know. Yes, we have more photos:

Nothing beats this example for the Top Unrestored Vintage Triumph!
2022 Slimey Crud Moto Gang Cafe Racer Run [Spring Edition]: ATC Honda
There’s a three-way tie for Top Three-Wheeler, and here they are, all parked together in a puddle.
2022 Slimey Crud Moto Gang Cafe Racer Run [Spring Edition]: Royal Enfield
This Royal Enfield INT 650 is named Top Café Racer, capturing the spirit of the event.
2022 Slimey Crud Moto Gang Cafe Racer Run [Spring Edition]:BMW
The Top Vintage Beemer can’t claim any original paint, but it looks pretty cool in shocking blue.
2022 Slimey Crud Moto Gang Cafe Racer Run [Spring Edition]: Three-wheeled wheelchair
The best wheelchair-friendly machine was this one built around a BMW platform.
2022 Slimey Crud Moto Gang Cafe Racer Run [Spring Edition]: Shovelhead Sportster
This pristine bike wasn’t the only shovelhead Sportster at the Crud Run, but it’s our pick for the Top Shovelhead Sportster.
2022 Slimey Crud Moto Gang Cafe Racer Run [Spring Edition]:Honda CB360J
Okay I admit the Top Sentimental Favorite is one of my obviously biased picks because this very original 1976 Honda CJ360T is identical to the one I have in my shed and was the same model of bike I have bought as my second bike.

This isn’t the first time we’ve covered the Slimey Crud Motorcycle Gang Café Racer Run. Don’t miss our Spring 2021, Fall 2019, Spring 2019 and Spring 2018 coverage. ]]>