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first_imgForecourt-based café Wild Bean is introducing a Black Forest Muffin to its offering this month. It has been developed exclusively for the café and will only be available for two months in BP Connect petrol stations. The chocolate muffin is flecked with black cherry pieces and milk and dark chocolate chunks. There is also a cherry filling in the centre of the muffin, which is dusted with icing sugar.It is being marketed as a seasonal product for autumn. “It will only be on the shelves for a short time, as we like to change our muffins with the seasons and keep our range fresh for our customers,” commented BP spokesman Mark Salt.Price: £1.39www.wildbeancafe.comlast_img

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Scott Tong for Marketplace.org:It’s not just a question of mines and jobs – on the chopping block in bankruptcy is money set aside for workers pension and for cleaning up environmental damage from mines.Here’s the difference five years makes. In 2011, Peabody Energy’s stock flew over 1,000. And it bet big on mine purchases in Australia, said analyst Kristoffer Inton at Morningstar.“They paid full price for these, and they used a lot of debt to do so,” said analyst Kristoffer Inton at Morningstar. “That’s basically the debt that they’re dealing with now. You buy something at the peak market, use a lot of debt and the market collapses.”Coal prices have fallen 60 percent. Peabody stock is down to $2 a share.This commodity bust has withered demand. U.S. production could hit a 30-year low, says the Energy Department, which also thinks cheap natural gas will surpass coal for the first year ever.Peter Marsters at the Rhodium Group said there’s a more hidden problem: a shrinking China market for the type of coal that makes steel. It’s more profitable.“It’s just worth a lot more,” he said. “So any decline on that market will have a comparatively greater impact on a lot of these companies’ revenues.”Many analysts think the companies in bankruptcy will shrink but not go away. But some of their financial obligations could.In court, at least one big company has canceled health insurance payments to retirees. Another is trying to do something similar. Andrew Cosgrove is with Bloomberg Intelligence.It’s kind of a back and forth where they say ‘Okay, we’ll chop part of the pension obligations off, and rework the labor contract,” said Andrew Cosgrove of Bloomberg Intelligence. “So you guys can keep jobs. The company can continue to run.’Then there’s a question of cleaning up mines when they shut down. For now, most are still open during bankruptcy. The question is, who holds the bag if a company liquidates.Bankruptcy looms for biggest coal-miner in U.S. Mistakes Were Made: How the U.S. Coal Industry Went Awrylast_img read more

first_img“I feel like comedy has gone the way of music, where it’s the younger, the hotter … are getting stand up specials over the older, funnier people,” Yashere said. “So when I came to America, I was not getting specials, nobody was offering me specials … I’d send tapes in to Comedy Central, to Netflix — all those guys — nobody was interested. So I was like ‘Well, fuck ‘em. I’m gonna make my own specials.’” In 2007, she made her U.S. comedy debut on the “Last Comic Standing,” a reality competition show for aspiring comics that earned her a spot in The Hollywood Reporter’s top 10 rising talents. Yashere has since focused her work in the States. One year later, she became the first and only British comedian to appear on “Def Comedy Jam,” the HBO comedy series that was the bedrock for the careers of comics like Bernie Mac and Dave Chappelle. “I can absolutely testify to what she says there,” Akinfemi said. “I don’t know how she does it. We marvel at how much stuff she does. It’s just incredible to see her juggle all these different responsibilities, without missing a beat. It’s amazing.” Her role was integral in creating the authenticity that shines through in the performances, including pushing for Nigerian actress Folake Olowofoyeku to play the lead, Yashere described in an interview with MEAWW earlier this week.  It was also vital to procuring the writing for several quippy scenes entirely in Yoruba, which secured her the executive producer and writer role on the show.  “I just felt like in England I was a big, big fish in a small pond,” Yashere said. “I wanted to expand, and as a Black performer in England, I thought I’d hit the glass ceiling. You know, because it’s such a small amount of talent, especially television, such a smaller market in England, and they have almost a nightclub policy when it comes to Black performers in England. One of us gets on TV, and then the rest of us have to sit back and wait ‘til they die to get on TV. So I was like, I can’t wait.” Bayo Akinfemi, adjunct lecturer in the SCA Division of Film & Television Production and recurring actor on the Yashere co-creation “Bob Hearts Abishola,” invited Yashere to speak to the “Cinematic Communication” class to show Yashere’s evolution from a stand-alone comic to taking bigger roles in producing, writing and casting for a major studio.  Longtime stand-up comic, writer, voice artist and now executive producer-actor of CBS sitcom “Bob Hearts Abishola” Gina Yashere spoke to a School of Cinematic Arts class Thursday about incorporating her lessons from doing stand-up comedy into all facets in her career. “It was filmed in L.A., there was a massive crowd that was, you know, a lot of comedians were like, ‘Oh, my God this is a big break,’” Yashere said. “But coming from England, I already had sort of 12 years of television experience under my belt and doing stand-up comedy television shows in England. For me it was just like, ‘Eh, this is fun.’” Born in London to Nigerian parents, the English comedienne originally worked as an elevator engineer before securing stand-up appearances on famed comedy shows such as “Live at the Apollo” and “Blouse and Skirt,” the latter focusing on the Black British experience. After working and achieving a great amount of success in the U.K., Yashere felt as though she hit the glass ceiling.center_img Lorre brought some writers from his shows, but Yashere ensured that the stories, many of which were inspired by her own upbringing, were written from diverse perspectives. Five out of 8 writers in the room are women, two of whom are Nigerian and one who is African American.  Yashere described the transition to working on “Bob Hearts Abishola” as an investment in her own talent. Chuck Lorre, creator of “Two and a Half Men,” “The Big Bang Theory” and “The Kominsky Method,” found Yashere through a Google search for a Nigerian woman to consult on a new show about a relationship between actor Billy Gardell and a Nigerian nurse.  As the studios weren’t receptive to her audition tapes, she rented out 300-person theaters in London, sold tickets and shot her own specials to sell to Showtime and Netflix, owning the property and still making money on royalties.  While hitting minor roles on TV series and correspondent spots on late shows such as “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah,” Yashere also produced three stand-up specials on Netflix while also starring in the second-season installment of the platform’s “The Standups.” She ended the talk, after bantering with Akinfemi for keeping her over her time, with some advice for the students. “When I was meeting with the guys and creating the show I was like, ‘Listen, we need some Black writers, you need some writers of color in this room. It can’t be all white dudes because half the cast is Nigerian,” Yashere said. “And if you want this to be authentic, I cannot be the only voice of color in this room.” “Don’t wait for the gatekeepers to tell you whether your stuff is good enough or whether you’re good enough to have your product out there,” Yashere said. “There are so many, so many ways to share your work now that you don’t need to wait for anybody.”last_img read more

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