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Grandma’s songs set overture to Presiding Bishop’s faith journey

first_img Press Release Service Rector Belleville, IL Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Collierville, TN An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Tags Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Youth Minister Lorton, VA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Shreveport, LA Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Submit a Press Release Rector Hopkinsville, KY Associate Rector Columbus, GA Anglican Communion, Rector Bath, NC Grandma’s songs set overture to Presiding Bishop’s faith journey Music speaks to the soul, keeps us marching, Curry tells Canterbury audience Submit an Event Listing Rector Smithfield, NC Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Presiding Bishop Michael Curry Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Washington, DC Featured Jobs & Calls Curate Diocese of Nebraska Liturgy & Music, Submit a Job Listing Rector Pittsburgh, PA center_img Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Director of Music Morristown, NJ 33:10 Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY By Matthew MacDonaldPosted Oct 4, 2019 Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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Even in her darkest moments of despair, as her daughter lay dying in the hospital following a brain hemorrhage at 44, Grandma Nellie Strayhorne would sing.As she prepared dinner for the family, those melodious interludes would sow an important seed for the 14-year-old Curry, feeding his love of music and ultimately influencing his journey along the Jesus Movement.“That memory of her singing those songs imprinted itself profoundly on me,” Curry told an audience gathered at Canterbury Cathedral’s Clagett Auditorium on Oct. 2. “Thinking about it now, I realize she was singing those songs, cooking food for her grandchildren and her son-in-law, while her own daughter was in a coma. … [I thought] any woman who has figured out how to do that in that set of circumstances knows something that I want to know about this Gospel, this Jesus, about this God.”Curry later told ENS that the power of music is multilayered, and these particular songs in the midst of sorrow were clearly meditative. They brought healing and strength, not just for grandma, but for the whole family.The Very Rev. Robert Willis, dean of Canterbury Cathedral, hosts Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry for an Oct. 2 conversation about the importance of music and the songs his grandma sang. Photo: Adrian Smith/Canterbury CathedralInvoking a West African saying, “Without a song, the Gods will not descend,” Curry told his Canterbury audience, “There’s something about song that speaks on multivalent levels in us. And sometimes the song, the hymn, can reach down in crevasses deep down inside of us, that words by themselves don’t necessarily reach. … It has the power to evoke something. It is like some music can speak to the soul.”The Very Rev. Robert Willis, dean of Canterbury Cathedral and a music composer, hosted the conversation with Curry. He pointed out that the sermons you remember “are few and far between, but the hymns are actually embedded in your head and heart.”Following the success of Curry’s book “Crazy Christians,” Church Publishing Inc. encouraged the presiding bishop to write another. CPI’s Vice President for Editorial Nancy Bryan told Curry she had noticed that whenever he preached he would often quote a hymn. “When I looked back at my sermons, I realized there was a pattern to them, and many of the hymns I was quoting were actually the hymns that grandma used to sing,” Curry said.This realization led to the 2015 publication of “Songs My Grandma Sang,” which provided the theme for the Canterbury event.Many of the hymns Curry references in his book – such as “Just As I Am,” “Amazing Grace,” “His Eye Is on the Sparrow,” “I’m So Glad Jesus Lifted Me,” “I Come to the Garden Alone” – had been an integral part of U.S. culture, particularly in the southern states.Curry’s father was an Episcopal priest and his grandma was a “rock-ribbed” Baptist, “so I grew up with those two very different worlds in one sense, but at their deeper level very similar, and that has formed me as much as anything,” Curry said.Growing up in Buffalo, New York, Curry said that his father was active in the civil rights movement and remembers a series of meetings with black preachers of various denominations that he later realized had been the planning for the buses that would transport them to join the March on Washington in 1963.“So I grew up in this world that was really about making the world and life something closer to God’s vision and God’s dream for all of us,” he said.The songs and sayings that pervaded the lives of Curry’s grandma and her generation – who lived through the Jim Crow years of enforced racial segregation – “reflected a deep faith and profound wisdom that taught them how to shout ‘glory’ while cooking in ‘sorrow’s kitchen,’ as they used to say,” Curry writes in the first chapter. “In this there was a hidden treasure that saw many of them through, and that is now a spiritual inheritance for those of us who have come after them. That treasure was a sung faith expressing a way of being in relationship with the living God of Jesus that was real, energizing, sustaining, loving, liberating, and life-giving.”Curry recalled hearing Andrew Young Jr., a leader in the civil rights movement and a close confidant to Martin Luther King Jr., say that there would have been no movement had they not had songs. “What I think he was saying was that something had to keep people marching when they were scared to death,” Curry said. “It’s sort of like a mantra, something that you can keep singing, that can keep you focused and then you can handle whatever is coming at you. … When cultures stop singing, something is missing.”Willis acknowledged that “Amazing Grace,” with text by English priest and abolitionist John Newton, is one of the few hymns or songs that is widely known throughout the Anglican Communion. But he recently learned that the text of the final verse, which begins, “When we’ve been there ten thousand years, Bright shining like the sun,” actually came from the United States, around the time of the American Civil War. According to sources, the verse was written by American abolitionist and author Harriet Beecher Stowe. “It was written as a verse of hope … but it’s a nice thing to think that the two cultures came together in that one hymn,” Willis said.Even in the most tragic circumstances, music has the power to uplift and regenerate.Curry remembers reading a speech from the director of the New England Conservatory of Music, who told his freshman students not to think about music as a frivolous add-on to life. The music director was in New York when 9/11 happened and said he saw a city silenced. “The first sign of life was when the symphony [orchestra] played music and people sang,” Curry quoted him as saying. “Don’t think music is a frivolous thing. It speaks to the soul.”Similarly, Willis said he was moved by seeing people singing and lighting candles in Paris as Notre Dame was ablaze.The Canterbury event marked the first time Curry had been invited to speak publicly about his book, “Songs My Grandma Sang.” He told ENS that it was a special moment to be able to reflect on his grandmother’s indomitable faith and profound influence that paved his pathway toward ordination.The Very Rev. Robert Willis, dean of Canterbury Cathedral, hosts Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry for an Oct. 2 conversation about the importance of music and the songs his grandma sang. Photo: Adrian Smith/Canterbury CathedralFollowing his royal wedding sermon that was watched by 1.9 billion people, Curry confessed that his grandma had been in St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. “She was there in the room singing hymns. I could hear her voice in the back. She was saying: ‘I gotta see this, I gotta see this.’”As he reflected further on her life, Curry shared that during a very difficult time in college when he was pursuing a path toward political advocacy, his grandma’s face appeared, and that started his discernment for the priesthood. He started to read some of the writings of Martin Luther King Jr. and “that’s when it all began to crystallize,” Curry said. “Well, if you want to have an impact on the world where we live, maybe your way is to become a priest.”Although Curry’s grandma didn’t live to see him ordained, she knew he was in seminary. Curry said that when she found out, she joked, “Now Baptist preachers ain’t get the call; they start preaching. How come you’ve got to go to school?”– Matthew MacDonald is associate editor of the Episcopal News Service. Rector Martinsville, VA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Albany, NY Rector Knoxville, TN last_img read more

In new escalation, Burundian minister threatens French radio reporter

first_img News January 6, 2016 – Updated on March 8, 2016 In new escalation, Burundian minister threatens French radio reporter News Receive email alerts BurundiAfrica Reports Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is outraged by the Burundian government’s barely veiled threat against a visiting French radio journalist, the latest escalation in attacks on freedom of information in a country that is spiralling ever deeper into political violence and confusion.In a 4 January press release, the public security minister attacked the “customary accursed reporting” by Sonia Rolley, a Radio France Internationale journalist who arrived in Burundi two weeks ago, and accused her of broadcasting “inflammatory false information” and fabricating interviews.Rolley’s reporting has included coverage of the systematic use of rape during police raids.In a barely veiled threat, the communiqué ended by saying, “the authorized government services will take the necessary measures to deal with this journalist’s disruptive activities.”“It is absolutely outrageous that a government minister should make such threats against a journalist known for the quality of her reporting,” said Cléa Kahn-Sriber, the head of RSF’s Africa desk.“On the one hand, President Pierre Nkurunziza makes fine-sounding announcements and talks about reopening certain media outlets. On the other, he allows officials to continue intimidating journalists and censor the few scraps of information emerging from the current chaos. The government is violating not only the right of journalists to do their work but also the Burundian public’s right to know what is going on in their country.” Burundian appeal court upholds prison sentences for four journalists News October 21, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Burundi June 5, 2020 Find out more The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Burundi is ranked 145th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2015 press freedom index, which covered events in 2014. The arbitrary closure of news media and persecution of journalists accompanying the political crisis that erupted in 2015 means that Burundi is unlikely to hold this position in the next press freedom index.More information about the crisis in Burundi here. Organisation BurundiAfrica RSF_en November 27, 2020 Find out more Four Burundian journalists complete 12 months in arbitrary detention to go furtherlast_img read more

RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan

first_img News AzerbaijanArmeniaEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalists Armed conflictsImpunity AzerbaijanArmeniaEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalists Armed conflictsImpunity June 8, 2021 RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan Organisation News Receive email alerts June 2, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Azerbaijani authorities to shed all possible light on the exact circumstances in which two Azerbaijani journalists were killed by a mine last week in a region near the Nagorno-Karabakh, the disputed region that was the subject of a war with neighbouring Armenia last autumn. Help by sharing this information to go further Newscenter_img Siraj Abyshev, a cameraman with state-owned AzTV, and Maharram Ibragimov, a reporter for the state news agency AzerTag, were on their way to report in the village of Susuzlug when their vehicle ran over an anti-tank mine in Azerbaijan’s Kalbajar region a few kilometers from the Armenian border shortly before midday on 4 June. The explosion also killed an Azerbaijani official and injured four other people.Hundreds of people attended funeral services for the two journalists on 5 June in the capital, Baku, and the city of Sumgait.“The deaths of these two Azerbaijani journalists is tragic news for the entire media profession,” said Jeanne Cavelier, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “Other journalists wanting to report in this region could suffer the same fate or could be deterred from going. We remind the Azerbaijani authorities that they have a duty to protect journalists when they are working, and we ask them to shed all possible light on this tragic accident and to conduct a fully transparent investigation.”They are the first journalists to be killed in the territories taken over by Azerbaijan near the Nagorno-Karabakh, since the end of last autumn’s war over the disputed region, which is located within Azerbaijan but has a mainly Armenian population. At least seven journalists were injured during the war.Despite the signing of a Russian-brokered ceasefire and the deployment of Russian peacekeepers, tension is still high in the region, with the two countries disagreeing over border demarcation.It is regarded as one of the world’s most heavily-mined regions and Azerbaijan says its attempts to demine the areas it now controls are being hampered by Armenia’s refusal to provide maps showing where it placed mines. The Armenian authorities contacted by RSF have not responded to these accusations and have not commented on the deaths of the two Azerbaijani journalists.Armenia is ranked 63rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2021 World Press Freedom Index while Azerbaijan is ranked 167th. June 7, 2021 Find out more Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says Follow the news on Europe – Central Asia News Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown June 4, 2021 Find out more “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says Two Azerbaijani journalists were killed in a mine explosion in Kelbadjar, a few kilometers from the Armenian border, on Friday June 4. (credit: RSF_en last_img read more


first_img Comments are closed. Thisweek’s guruEvershedsevent roots out its Weakest LinksOna recent away day to Brighton, Guru dropped in on Eversheds’ Employment LawConference at the Grand Hotel.Thelawyers staged their version of The Weakest Link to illustrate the impact of theHuman Rights Act and other anti-discrimination legislation.AudreyWilliams – ironically, a partner in the firm’s Cardiff office – starred in theAnne Robinson-style interrogation, in which Eversheds’ lined up its aspiringfemale lawyers. While Guru suspected that several contestants were being paidto take a fall, there were a few howlers. Thefollowing questions received positive responses: Could an employer make staffclean the toilets as a disciplinary action? Could a Rastafarian smoke cannabisat work after 2003? And could a transvestite wear women’s clothes to work?It’sclearly getting tougher even for City law firms to recruit the best staff. Now,hands up any readers out there who didn’t know the answers, either. Anew spin on artistic thinkingGuruhad just sat down at his workstation the other morning when a ballerinapirouetted by. AsGuru was starting to wonder about the possible hallucinogenic effects of CocoPops, a colleague put him out of his misery. Apparently, it was all part of Arts& Business Week. Thousands of employees up and down the country got intothe spirit of the event, which ended today. Itwas designed to showcase how business and arts can share skills and ideas,develop creative thinking at work and motivate staff. Well, that’s what Gurutold the MD the next day when he wanted to know why his greatest managementthinker was wearing pink tights and a tutu.It’sred faces not red noses hereTheunfortunate Darcey Bussell impersonation is an object lesson in not getting toocarried away with these national events. Anemployee who helped raise money for last month’s Comic Relief, by lettingcolleagues look at his payslip, is now facing disciplinary action, claims theOxford Mail. Thestaff member raised £10 before bosses at Super Conductivity stopped him. Hehad been charging his colleagues £1 a peek. Nowthat is a serious sense of humour loss. Callingtime on clockwatchersTimestood still at the HQ of Internet access provider AOL last week when it removedits employees’ access to clocks. The 400 staff in London were asked to leavetheir watches at home last Monday (with security guards removing the timepieces of any transgressors). A further 100 staff were also denied access toclocks in the workplace. Clocks on desks, PCs and mobile phones were tapedover, and staff had to go to lunch when they were hungry and hold meetings foras long as was necessary. Aspokeswoman explained that it was an experiment to see if staff were lessstressed and more productive without the clocks ticking. Thetrial coincided with the company’s launch of a new pricing system, which offersInternet access on a non-timed basis. The jury is out at the moment, but onemember of staff found it so liberating she immediately disposed of her shiny newwatch. GuruOn 3 Apr 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Seafloor spreading in the Weddell Sea and southwest Atlantic since the Late Cretaceous

first_imgGeosat radar altimetry defines a pattern of closely spaced curvilinear gravity anomalies in the northern Weddell Sea and adjacent parts of the southwest Atlantic. These anomalies are caused by a fracture zone pattern resulting from seafloor spreading, mainly on the southern flank of a ridge system which now exists only to the east of the South Sandwich Trench. Flowlines derived from these anomalies are combined with isochrons resulting from an interpretation of all available magnetic anomaly profiles in the region, to produce a new tectonic summary chart. This chart reveals major changes in spreading direction during (i) the Cretaceous magnetic superchron, (ii) the latest Cretaceous/Paleocene (∼ 65 Ma) and (iii) the mid-Eocene (∼ 50 Ma). The latter two changes enclose a period of very slow spreading, and define a kink in the flowlines which is discernable throughout most of the Weddell Sea. Preliminary modelling indicates that trends from the western Weddell Sea to near the South Atlantic triple junction can be explained by the separation of just two plates. There is some disagreement between the observed flowlines and those predicted by rotations published for the South Atlantic and Southwest Indian Ridge, but abrupt changes in spreading direction and a slowing of rates are observed on all three branches of the South America-Africa-Antarctica plate system between the times of anomalies C31 and C21. This suggests that the lack of closure results from errors in the calculated rotations, and that the seafloor of the Weddell Sea and southwest Atlantic was created as a direct consequence of South America-Antarctica plate motion. The data do not support the existence of a Late Cretaceous Malvinas Plate within the Weddell Sea, although microplates in the northernmost Weddell Sea do appear to have formed briefly as a result of interactions between the former spreading ridge and a subduction zone located at the South Scotia Ridge.last_img read more

Canadian Eventer Holly Jacks-Smither Retires More Inspiration

first_img We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Email* Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! SIGN UP Horse Sport Enews More from News:MARS Bromont CCI Announces Requirements For US-Based RidersThe first set of requirements to allow American athletes and support teams to enter Canada for the June 2-6 competition have been released.Canadian Eventer Jessica Phoenix Reaches the 100 CCI4*-S MarkPhoenix achieved the milestone while riding Pavarotti at the inaugural 2021 CCI4*-S at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.Tribunal Satisfied That Kocher Made Prolonged Use of Electric SpursAs well as horse abuse, the US rider is found to have brought the sport into disrepute and committed criminal acts under Swiss law.Washington International Horse Show Returns to TryonTIEC will again provide the venue for the WIHS Oct. 26-31 with a full schedule of hunter, jumper and equitation classes. More Inspiration (Morris), the OTTB gelding ridden with great success by Ontario native Holly Jacks-Smither at some of the biggest 4* and 5* events in the world, has been retired from upper-level competition. During their 13-year partnership the pair completed their first 4* at Kentucky in 2017 (26th), were 12th at Les Etoiles de Pau CCI5*-L in France in 2019 with a personal best dressage score, and this year placed 4th in the CCI4*-S at Stable View in Aiken, SC. Morris, who is owned by Holly and Bruce Smither, also claimed the award for the top-placing Thoroughbred when they finished fifth at Plantation Field International CCI4*-S in Sept. 2020.In an April 20th post on her Facebook account, Jacks-Smither wrote:“Today I had to make the hard decision of retiring my best friend from Upper level competition.Morris was checked in to the Kentucky Horse Park and the vets at the in barn noticed a heart murmur.After running more tests the decision was made to end his upper level career.Morris, thank you for being my constant. You have been with me through thick and thin. You took me from a gallop girl to a 5 star event rider. We travelled the globe, attending Aachen Nations Cup, the 5 star at Pau France and of course the Rolex Kentucky.You taught me that 5 star horses don’t need to be fancy and well bred. They can have crooked legs, sway backs and huge hearts.To say I’m totally heartbroken is an understatement; however I am so thankful that the team at Kentucky found this and he is going to be ok.Thank you to everybody who has been part of this 13-year journey, what a wild ride it has been!” Tags: eventing, Holly Jacks-Smither, LRK3DE, More Inpiration, Morris, last_img read more

Freeholders Approve O.C. Land Purchase

first_imgThe former American Legion post property at 33rd Street and Bay Avenue will be one of the sites for the new duplexes providing affordable housing. By MADDY VITALEThe Cape May County freeholders voted unanimously to sell property to Ocean City that the town had leased at 3304 Bay Ave. The land, which was home to the former American Legion Post 524, will be purchased for $890,000 by the city, according to a resolution outlining the sale from the freeholder board’s Jan. 29 meeting. Ocean City Public Information Officer Doug Bergen said on Wednesday, “The mayor and administration are grateful to county freeholders for their cooperation as we work toward final acquisition of this unused parcel.”He noted that “there are no immediate plans for any sort of demolition or construction.”American Legion Post 524 moved to 46th Street and West Avenue to a new building in 2018. Since then, the county looked to rent the property out, but nothing came to fruition, so it remained vacant.Ocean City officials have discussed possibly using the property to meet some of the city’s affordable housing obligations upon buying the site. “The parcel could potentially help Ocean City fulfill a small part of its affordable housing obligation and continue to provide a home for the Ocean City High School crew team’s dryland training program,” Bergen explained.Freeholder E. Marie Hayes, of Ocean City, said of the vote to approve the purchase of the property, “We are happy to see the American Legion in their great new location at 46th and West. With the former location vacant, it just made sense to work with Ocean City so they could acquire it.”In October, City Council introduced a series of ordinances to help the city meet its state-mandated “fair share” of affordable housing. The ordinances stemmed from a 2018 court settlement in which Ocean City agreed to provide affordable housing for low- and moderate-income residents.One ordinance set aside money to buy the property at 3304 Bay Ave.City Solicitor Dorothy McCrosson, seated next to Mayor Jay Gillian, tells City Council of potential plans to use the former American Legion hall site for affordable housing.Freeholder Director Freeholder Director Gerald M. Thornton said in an interview Wednesday that the county was happy to lease the property to the American Legion for many years and is equally pleased about selling it to Ocean City.“They (American Legion members) had it for a number of years and when it was vacant, I said we should put it on the market and see what happens,” Thornton said. “I am happy about Ocean City and their project. We have a great working relationship with Ocean City and are happy we could support them.”Thornton added that county officials want to assist Ocean City – especially since the city is dealing with what can be difficult requirements to meet when it comes to affordable housing obligations.“It is so very difficult. They all have difficulty with the mandate of affordable housing,” Thornton explained of the state’s municipalities. “The Mount Laurel decision really placed a burden on towns to comply. I know Ocean City and all of the other towns try to comply.” City Solicitor Dorothy McCrosson explained during a Council meeting in the fall of 2019 that the city has carefully crafted its affordable housing plan in a way that will allow new construction to blend in with the rest of the neighborhoods without “jamming up” the town with high-density projects. The city dramatically reduced its affordable housing obligation with the 2018 court-approved agreement to require 93 units, instead of 1,687, for low-income families, seniors and the disabled.last_img read more

Brothers combine Indian and bakery

first_imgCombining Indian food with a traditional bakery offer is proving a hit with customers of Hurst Bakery & Provisions, based in Berkshire. Owned by brothers Jitu and Duras Miah, it produces bread, rolls, cakes, morning goods and sandwiches – but Indian food is also on the menu. The brothers bought the 78-year-old shop as a going concern in 2006 and wanted to offer something that other companies didn’t. The pair’s restaurant-owning background means they can serve up curries, naan bread and samosas to custmers, which Jitu says is proving a success. Spicy food is also on the company’s new catering menu – launched in February – and already bringing in orders for work events and parties of up to 200 people at a time. “It’s an unusual bakery,” said Jitu, “but we’ve also tried to create a homely atmosphere.” He added that the pair had launched the catering side of the business after getting lots of enquiries from customers. “There’s definitely demand for the service and I’m confident that it will take off,” said Jitu.last_img read more

One dead, one badly injured after crash on Dragoon

first_img Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Twitter Google+ Previous articleDowagiac house fire victims identifiedNext articleArcade vandalized in Mishawaka Tommie Lee Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Google+ By Tommie Lee – March 26, 2021 0 331 (Jon Zimney/95.3 MNC) One woman was killed and another severely injured in a crash Friday morning on Dragoon Trail.Police say it happened around 8:45 a.m. near the Marian Schools soccer fields.19 year-old Macayla Teeter died in the crash after losing control of the vehicle and hitting another car. The 34 year-old woman driving the second vehicle was transported for treatment of “significant injuries.”The FACT team is investigating the crash. One dead, one badly injured after crash on Dragoonlast_img read more

Greggs and Pret win top spot over Starbucks

first_imgGreggs and Pret A Manger have beaten Starbucks to top the list of the UK’s most desired coffee shop and snack hotspots.According to a survey by Market Force Information, a leading customer intelligence company, Pret A Manger had the highest loyalty score of 55%, followed by Greggs (40%), with Caffè Nero, Costa and Starbucks to follow.The company asked 4,500 consumers in January 2015 to rate their satisfaction with their last experience at a given coffee shop and their likelihood to recommend it to others. The data was averaged to rate each restaurant brand on a Composite Loyalty Index. The survey also found that Greggs scored highest in the number of customers to download the bakery’s mobile application, followed by Starbucks, Costa and then Pret A Manger.Cheryl Flink, chief strategy officer at Market Force, said: “Coffee brands have the opportunity to capture more wallet share in two ways. First is focusing on creating a great experience through exceptional execution by every location in the estate, which will create differentiation in a market that has become very competitive. Second, brands can drive awareness and adoption of mobile apps to create a convenient, hassle-free experience.”Of all the businesses, Greggs was rated highest for being value for money, and second-highest for friendliness of staff, speed of service, and store cleanlinesslast_img read more

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