20 Apr

Press release: International Trade Minister joins Stoke ceramics firm to keep Great British industry firing

first_imgPromoting British exports and protecting industries from unfair global trading practices are high on the government’s agenda as we leave the European Union.Trade Policy Minister, George Hollingbery, hosted a roundtable discussion for ceramics firms in Stoke-on-Trent this week (Monday 7 January), alongside local MP, Jack Brereton.The roundtable discussed the industry’s trade priorities, including those measures the government is taking to ensure British ceramics are protected from dumping, which involves overseas firms selling their goods at below cost price to undermine the British market. Dumping is against World Trade Organization (WTO) rules and measures to combat it are currently being taken by the EU. After leaving the EU, the UK will have its own powers to address these practices.The government is committed to ensuring that UK industry can continue to compete on a level playing field when we leave the EU, as well as helping them to realise opportunities to trade freely with new markets around the world.Minister Hollingbery also visited Heraldic Pottery for a tour of their production facility and discussed their priorities to continue their exporting successes as the UK leaves the EU.For example, a future free trade agreement with the USA could potentially remove significant tariffs on British ceramic catering ware, making them more competitive and helping to boost exports.The government is also setting up the UK Trade Remedies Authority (TRA), which will investigate unfair trading practices and unforeseen surges in imports. The TRA will be up and running before exit day to ensure that vital British industries are protected by the global trade rules.Trade Policy Minister, George Hollingbery said: It was a pleasure to meet ceramics businesses in Stoke today, who are already having great success in exporting to markets around the world. It is one of my top priorities to ensure that fantastic businesses like Heraldic Pottery are able to continue expanding into new and established markets. They should rest assured that, as we take control of our independent trade policy, we will act in the interest of vital British industries to ensure that British jobs are not undermined by unfair trading practices.last_img read more

20 Apr

Veggie Pret opens third shop in Exmouth Market

first_imgVeggie Pret, the vegetarian spin-off to Pret A Manger, has opened its third shop in Exmouth market in Islington, London.The Exmouth Market site welcomed 500 customers for a preview of the shop and to taste its menu, which included Red Pepper Hot Wraps and Sweet Potato, Coconut & Cashew Flatbreads.The new site will be the first Veggie Pret outlet that isn’t a conversion to an existing Pret A Manger shop.Pret A Manger announced it would be opening a third Veggie Pret site in September.Veggie Pret, which has two other sites in Soho and Shoreditch, is also encouraging its customers to improve the environment by selling reusable glass bottles for £3.99 (250ml) and £4.99 (500ml). Displayed next to the bottled water counter, customers have the choice to refill their bottles rather than buying a new plastic one each time.“Pret has always tried to lead on food waste and we are making inroads on the problem of packaging waste by reducing where we can and making more of it recyclable,” said Pret CEO Clive Schlee on his blog post.“Plastic bottles present a real challenge and there are two schools of thought within Pret. The passionate environmentalists say ‘Stop selling them altogether’, while the pragmatists say ‘Make it as easy as you can for customers to use fewer plastic bottles’.”last_img read more

20 Apr

Warburtons, Pukka and Crosstown reveal new bakery products

first_imgSource: British BakelsVegan caramel, British BakelsOver at British Bakels, a Vegan Caramel PF which professes to offer all the ‘indulgent qualities’ associated with a traditional millionaire’s caramel has been created.Sporting an ‘incredibly smooth’ texture, the palm oil-free ingredient is available through national and regional bakery wholesalers in a 12.5kg format.“Caramel is a hugely popular taste right now and coupled with the surge in the popularity of plant-based lifestyles, Vegan Caramel PF strikes the sweet spot for bakers looking to incorporate both into their confectionery range, without compromise on taste,” British Bakels marketing manager Michael Schofield, said. Source: Crosstown DoughnutsThe UK weather has been unseasonably chilly, but a flurry of NPD may warm the cockles.From indulgent cookies and biscuit-topped doughnuts to sweet petits fours, vegan caramel and liquorice-laced brownies, there’s plenty to choose from.Savoury products, too, have also hit shelves. Think gluten-free, square-shaped sandwich rolls and brioche and microwaveable hot pies.Below, we round up some of April’s hot picks. Source: TipiakFrench Chocolate Petits Fours, Tipiak For those seeking delicate treats, French pâtissier Tipiak has the answer. Aimed at the UK foodservice market, its new range of French Chocolate Petits Fours is a ‘thaw and serve’ collection featuring 42 individual pieces and eight different flavours.Products include chocolate and feuilletine squares, chocolate and hazelnut tartlets, chocolate, mascarpone & coffee squares, caramel & chocolate tartlets, a Tonka flavoured financier, milk chocolate & coconut shortbreads and hazelnut & chocolate fingers.“The beauty of petits fours is that they can be served in a variety of ways – as part of an afternoon tea, with a coffee as a café gourmand, to round off a meal, or as part of a trio or selection of mini desserts,” Marie-Emmanuelle Chessé, Tipiak’s international development project manager, said.The new range is available to UK foodservice professionals via frozen food distributor Central Foods. Source: WarburtonsGluten-free rolls, Warburtons Warburtons has added two new square-shaped sandwich rolls to its gluten-free range on the back of the success of its Gluten-Free Toastie debut in 2020.Super Soft Sliced Square Rolls and Soft Sliced Brioche Rolls are aimed at picnic, BBQ or lunchbox occasions and can hold ‘substantial fillings’. The NPD underlines the brand’s commitment to the free-from market, Chris Hook, Warburton’s free from director said.“We definitely think we are on a ‘square’ roll with these new products being added to our gluten-free range. It is important to us to be able to bring excitement and innovation to the free from bakery category and provide consumers with a range of delicious products that cater to changing tastes and trends,” he added.Both rolls are currently available from Co-Op (rsp: £2.50) and the squares will also be available in Sainsbury’s and Tesco shortly. Source: Crosstown DoughnutsAnzac Day doughnuts, Crosstown DoughnutsCrosstown Doughnuts, too, has gained inspiration from the diary with its Tim Tam and Lamnut doughnuts making a return for Anzac Day (25 April), the national day of remembrance for Australia and New Zealand.The Tim Tam features Crosstown’s cocoa sourdough filled with a Tim Tam chocolate custard, a Tim Tam milk chocolate ganache and chopped Tim Tam pieces. The lamington doughnut, also known as the Lamnut) comprises a Crosstown cake dough with a layer of homemade raspberry jam through the middle. It is dipped in dark chocolate and rolled in desiccated coconut.“We’ve shipped in a mountain of ingredients for these fan-favourite doughnuts, ready to give our fellow Aussies and Kiwis a taste of home during the ANZAC Day commemorations,” said Crosstown co-founder Adam Wills.The Anzac Day flavours will be available exclusively across Crosstown’s London and Cambridge stores, individually (£4.50) or as a pack of six and twelve (£22/38) from the 19- 25 April. Customers in the rest of England, Wales and lowland Scotland will also be able to order a mixed six or twelve pack of Lamington and classic Dark Chocolate Truffle doughnuts (£27.50/£48).center_img Source: Ginger BakersBlackcurrant & Liquorice Brownie, Ginger Bakers Ginger Bakers have breathed life into the humble brownie with a blackcurrant & liquorice variant.The bake forms part of the brand’s April monthly Cake Club subscription box service. The Cumbria-based bakery said it was inspired to create the quirky flavour by Liquorice Day, which took place on 12 April.Ginger Bakers launched its curated Cake Club box service in December. It gives subscribers a choice of either four tray bake portions, a sponge loaf cake or a fruit cake delivered direct to their door each month. Membership options are a three-month subscription (£35), six months (£70) or a year (£135, working out at £11.25 a month). Source: PukkaMicrowavable pies, PukkaOver at hot pie brand Pukka, savoury tastes are being catered for with a new Veggie Cheese, Leek & Potato Microwaveable Twin Pack into Morrisons.Cooked from frozen, and ready-to-eat in four minutes, the product is made with diced leeks and potatoes in a creamy, Cheddar sauce and encased in shortcrust pastry.“With a retail sales value of £3.3 million, our chilled Veggie Cheese, Leek & Potato pie is the bestselling vegetarian sku in the category,” said Rachel Cranston, Pukka head of marketing and Innovation. “People are falling back in love with their freezers and growth in the frozen food category is up 17% so it was the natural next step to offer shoppers the same tasty recipe in frozen, that they can heat and eat straight from the freezer.”The pie will roll out across multiple retailers including Iceland from May (rsp: £2.75 per twin pack). Source: DoughliciousChocolate Triple Chip Cookie Dough, DoughliciousCookie-monsters take note. Doughlicious is launching a Chocolate Triple Chip Ready-to-bake Cookie Dough exclusively in 217 nationwide Waitrose stores later this month (rsp: £2.99).Made from a blend of Luker Chocolate’s sustainable, single-origin Colombian dark, and white and milk chocolate chips, the gluten-free treat has ‘chocolatey power in every gooey bite’, according to the brand.Each pack contains six ball-shaped portions which are baked from frozen and ready-to-eat in 14-18 minutes. Chocolate Chip and Vegan Cranberry Oatmeal variants will also be stocked in Waitrose from 19 April.Doughlicious founder, Kathryn Bricken, said baking continued to be hugely popular, but “many people don’t have the time to fuss with all the ingredients”. “Demand for our cookie dough is ever-growing, so it’s fantastic to be able to offer our customers another way to purchase our products, whilst also attracting a whole new group of Waitrose consumers,” she said.last_img read more

1 Mar

Angry outbursts appear to boost heart attack, stroke risk

first_img Read Full Story People who have angry outbursts appear to be at increased risk of heart attack or stroke, especially within the first two hours of an outburst, according to a study by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and New York-Presbyterian Hospital researchers. Those with cardiovascular disease (CVD) are at particular risk.“Although the risk of experiencing an acute cardiovascular event with any single outburst of anger is relatively low, the risk can accumulate for people with frequent episodes of anger,” lead author Elizabeth Mostofsky, instructor in the Department of Epidemiology at HSPH, told the BBC News on March 3, 2014.In reviewing data from nine studies involving thousands of people, the researchers found heart attack risk increased about five times in the two hours after an outburst; the risk of stroke more than tripled. A single angry outburst once a month in someone at low risk for CVD was associated with one extra heart attack per 10,000 people annually; the risk increased to an extra four per 10,000 people among those at high risk. Five angry episodes each day would result in about 158 extra heart attacks per 10,000 people at low risk annually, or about 657 extra heart attacks per 10,000 in those at high risk.last_img read more

1 Mar

What prompted Capitol rioters to violence?

first_img Related Bacow, Harvard faculty, students call for affirmation of American principles Psychologist suggests starting with asking them what they think, feel Though there is still much to learn about radicalization, she and Goldenberg hope this research highlights the complex array of political actors that exist and shows the different psychological pathways that can lead people to embrace extreme political action.“Appreciating the diversity of origins and manifestations of ideological extremity is essential in order for identifying it in the first place and understanding the reasons some individuals are more vulnerable and susceptible to engaging with ideologies in an extreme way,” said Zmigrod.It’s also valuable information for policymakers and others who seek to craft counter-extremism initiatives that try to prevent radicalization. This research suggests that interventions that address an individual’s psychological traits, such as cognitive flexibility, intellectual humility, and emotional regulation, “will be more comprehensive and informative than interventions that focus on demographics or even ideology alone.” Historians and political scientists say still unclear, but more turmoil in near term seems certain When Donald Trump amassed 74 million votes in the 2020 election, it was natural that many of his supporters would feel deeply disappointed that Joseph R. Biden Jr., who racked up more than 81 million votes, was declared the winner. But Americans of all political stripes were stunned and horrified on Jan. 6 when several hundred Trump rallygoers stormed the U.S. Capitol hoping to stop Congress from certifying Biden’s victory.Many of the Capitol rioters were extremists, according to the FBI and federal prosecutors. Some belonged to violent, far-right paramilitary and white supremacist groups, held anti-government views, or believed in political conspiracy theories.Certainly, many Trump supporters felt anger over an election result they believed was illegitimate, yet only a tiny fraction responded that day in Washington, D.C., with violence. So what kind of person is moved to try to forcibly take over their own government? The answer may lie in the way people inherently think and respond emotionally to events, a growing body of research into the psychology of extreme political actors suggests.Those willing to endorse ideological violence share a number of underlying cognitive and emotional traits. In addition to being impulsive and sensation-seeking, they are “significantly” more likely to perform poorly on executive-function tasks that combine planning, problem-solving, and memory, and show little awareness of their own learning and thinking processes, according to a recent paper by Amit Goldenberg, a Harvard Business School psychologist, and Leor Zmigrod, a research fellow at the University of Cambridge and former visiting fellow at Harvard who studies why people become radicalized.,These cognitive and personality traits are more predictive of support for ideological violence than even demographic factors such as age, gender, and education level, Zmigrod’s research work has shown.It’s part of a very new approach to the study of radicalization, one that departs from the usual focus on factors thought to best predict someone’s attraction to ideological violence, like social isolation, group identification, and the degree to which they are influenced by social norms.“The way that this question has been asked before is: ‘Let’s look at the circumstances of the situation, the specifics, and the people related to it, and ask, why did these people decide to go and act?’” said Goldenberg.“We try to ask something slightly different, which is: ‘What are the personality characteristics about the way that people behave in the world unrelated to politics — the way that they think, the way that they respond emotionally to events — that predict whether they’re more likely to behave in an extreme way in the context of political actions?’” he said.People who have trouble adapting to new, changing intellectual demands or circumstances, known as cognitive rigidity, tend to hold more ideological and dogmatic views about politics, nationalism, and religion, for example. That inflexibility is also predictive of a greater willingness to endorse violence in support a political group and a strong belief that they would sacrifice their own life to save other members of the group, according to the paper, forthcoming in the journal Current Directions in Psychological Science.All of this helps explain the appeal to certain individuals of extreme ideologies that offer simple, unambiguous explanations of complex ideas and events, often found in conspiracy theories and other forms of “fake news.”,“One of the things that drives the spread of fake news is ‘cognitive laziness,’” a term associated with MIT scientist David Rand, Ph.D. ’09, to describe a person’s inability to engage in cognitively challenging situations, Goldenberg noted.“And that’s not the obvious thing you would think. The obvious thing you would think is that people are just likely to see the reality through the lens of their political affiliation and be motivated to see fake news as real because it’s congruent with what they want it to be,” he said.Stoking anger has long been an effective tool of political parties and politicians on the left and right to spur supporters to action, from registering to vote to making a campaign contribution. How strongly a person reacts emotionally to events in general, as well as his or her ability, or lack thereof, to regulate those emotions, is also a predictor of whether a person is willing to take extreme political action.Many Jan. 6 rioters, upset that Biden was to be declared president-elect, characterized their presence at the Capitol to reporters and on social media as a righteous effort to prevent the presidency from being “stolen” from Trump, often comparing themselves to American colonists revolting against the British occupation of 1776.,Given how often human beings are “mistaken” about why they do things, Goldenberg said such statements, especially those made on social media, were more “signaling efforts” designed to reach others in the far-right media ecosystem than actual explanations of their motivation for storming the building.“We also seek moral justifications for decisions that were impulsive and made because of emotions we felt at the time,” he said. “These explanations provide us with a good outline of the social norms that these people are in and what is considered moral and good” and therefore “are important pieces of information for us to understand.”For over a decade, federal law enforcement agencies have identified political extremists as a growing security threat. On Wednesday, the Department of Homeland Security’s National Terrorism Advisory System warned of a “heightened threat” from domestic violent extremists, some of whom are “ideologically-motivated” to incite or commit violence well into 2021.Whether any political persuasion is more or less prone to violence than another is not yet known. Zmigrod said no large-scale statistical data is available regarding how the willingness to endorse ideological violence relates to various political ideologies. Where are we now after a second impeachment? Concern over storming of the Capitol How to talk to your kids about the Capitol riotslast_img read more

26 Jan

Construction limits student parking

first_imgTags: Construction, Student Parking Keri O’Mara Construction work on a new research building to the east of the Hesburgh Library has changed student parking options on campus, and the number of spaces in the D2 lots will continue to fluctuate for the next few months.Mike Seamon, associate vice president for campus safety, said while the University’s growth and expansion is good news, “one of the challenges of this growth is the stress that is put on various roadways and parking lots surrounding the new construction.”“We are very sensitive and are aware that the construction around campus, and particularly on the east side, is causing some issues for people in regards to traffic and parking,” he said.In D2, there are now 450 student spots in the North and Middle sections. In the nearby Library Lot and the Middle and South sections of D2, there are 900 faculty/staff spaces.The University constructed a new parking lot near Bulla Road and North Twyckenham Drive to compensate for reallocated student spaces in the three D2 lots, and with the additional Bulla lot spaces, Seamon said the ratio of faculty/staff to student spaces is “about the same as it was before the construction.”The current project is a utility construction process that is part of the infrastructure required to serve the new buildings, Seamon said. Work began in the summer and is scheduled to be completed on the east part of campus by the end of the fall.“Upon completion of the utility project, each of the lots along the east side of campus will see a slight increase in parking spaces,” Seamon said. “In the short term, however, over the course of the next few months as the utility project continues to unfold, some spaces will be lost on a temporary basis until the project is concluded.“Once the [utility] project is finished in late fall, the spaces will return in the respective areas. At that time, we anticipate the parking set-up to remain in place for the foreseeable future.”An email from the parking offices sent to all students this summer said the east campus construction is scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2016.Seniors and juniors living in North and Mod Quad residence halls are “the priority” for the 450 D2 student spots, Seamon said, and an email from parking services said they can purchase passes specifically for those lots. Sophomores and all other students living on campus can park in the Bulla Lot or D6 on the west side of campus.Although the Bulla lot is farther east than D2, some students have found the situation better than they expected after reading the email announcement this summer.Junior Jessica Zic, of Breen-Phillips Hall, said the Bulla lot path is relatively accessible.“The walk from the new Bulla lot to [Breen-Phillips] was long, but it really didn’t feel that much longer than the walk from a far parking spot in the old D2 lot,” she said.Kim Sammons, another Breen-Phillips junior, said the Bulla lot is “a lot bigger than I expected.”“It isn’t as bad of a walk in the warm weather, but I know once it gets cold there could be a bigger issue,” she said. “[All of the lots] are a trek back to BP, but I’ve never felt unsafe. They could be better lit between the parking lots and Mod Quad.“It’s a straight shot from the [Bulla] parking lot through Mod Quad, so it isn’t too bad when there’s not snow.”Seamon said safety was a top priority when constructing the Bulla lot and its pedestrian pathways, so the lots and walkways are equipped with closed circuit television cameras, lighting and Blue Light emergency call boxes. NDSP is “routinely patrolling the lot,” he said, and O’SNAP and Safewalk will also provide services to the area. The area was fenced and cleared to enhance safety, he said.A free shuttle will operate weekdays from 7 to 9 a.m., 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. with stops at the Bulla lot, Hesburgh Library, East Gate and the Main Building. Another shuttle will operate on the same hours between the C1 parking lot near the track and field complex and Main Circle, with stops at Eddy Street and Holy Cross Drive near Legends.The second shuttle anticipates more parking realignment on the south side of campus due to more construction, according to the email from the parking offices.Some students are interested in the shuttle options, but said the hours are inconvenient or that they end too early for the service to be helpful in the dark.“I’ve never seen the shuttle working, so I think they could advertise that better,” Sammons said.The current setup is based on recommendations from a 14-member committee made up of undergraduate and graduate student representatives, Faculty Senate and Staff Advisory Council members and staff from relevant departments. Seamon said Lauren Vidal, student body president, and Andrew Carmona, director of University Affairs for student government, represented the undergraduate student body on the committee. The group “placed a premium on preserving the pedestrian nature of the Notre Dame campus and ensuring convenience and safety,” the parking services email said.last_img read more

30 Dec

November Trail Mix Free Music Download: Big Star, Bear’s Den, Field Report and More

first_img“Dad, isn’t that the theme song to That ‘70s Show?”My son, John Patrick, and I had just hopped in the van to run some errands and I had tossed Live in Memphis, the recently released live recording from Big Star, into the cd player, when he lobbed that query at me.Having little tolerance for vapid sitcoms (sorry, Ashton), my only response was, “Hell if I know.” I was then struck by the thought that, unknowingly, my son was hip to Big Star, the Memphis rock band that was alternative long before radio made it cool in the mid-1990s.I found that refreshing.Turns out that “In the Street,” the first track on Live in Memphis, is the title track to That ‘70s Show. While this won’t have me running to Hulu to catch up on old episodes, I would like to toss out kudos of the show for selecting a pretty killer track for their theme song.Trail Mix is also stoked to have Big Star here on the November mix. Check out “Daisy Glaze,” taken from Live in Memphis, the only known Big Star that was professionally filmed, which is now out there and available on both CD and DVD.There’s lots of other great music available this month, too. Check out brand new tracks from Bear’s Den, a great up and coming trio from Great Britain, and Field Report. Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge return to the mix with their acoustic magic, and the mix is happy to feature a new cut from Front County, one of the few bands to have won both the Rockygrass and Telluride bluegrass band competitions.Cale Tyson, with his new spin on old country, and Josh Oliver, one of East Tennessee’s finest songwriters, return to the mix this month, as does Josh Daniel, of The New Familiars, though he does so with a track from his latest sonic foray, The Josh Daniel/Mark Schimick Project.Trail Mix is also happy to welcome newcomers like Springtime Carnivore, Scott Ainslie, DRGN KING, Jack Kerowax, The Dead Ships, and all of the other artists that round out this fantastic collection of music.As always, spread the word about Trail Mix. Play it loud. Play it often. Tell a friend. And, of course, buy these records. This music is just too good to not purchase.Download this month’s playlist here.last_img read more

18 Dec

Hey Long Island! Know Anything About This LIRR Proposal? #HaveYouSeenThisCouple

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Ok, so it’s time to use the powers of The Buzz for good, instead of evil. Not that I typically use the power of The Buzz for evil, but never much for good. Unless you count making people laugh or learn something as “good.” Ok, so maybe I do use the powers of The Buzz for good. But now, I am trying to use the power of The Buzz for even GOODER!Have you seen this couple?Someone did, witnessing a Long Island Rail Road, Say Anything-inspired act of love, on a Babylon line train headed for the Big Apple. He held a portable music player up, the smooth sounds of blue-eyed soulster Justin Timberlake wafting through the cabin, as he dropped to one knee, displaying a ring to his soon-to-be betrothed. She said yes, and the train sped on to Penn Station, temporarily turning that short, dark approach into a true tunnel of love.Ok, maybe I should keep my day job and not try and write for Hallmark. The point is, if you know who the couple from the January 12, 2014 Manhattan bound Matrimonial Express, these self-described documentary film producers want to know too.Check their video re-enactment below and if it jogs your memory or you actually know who the real happy couple is, hook it up and contact the filmmakers at (646) 770-4707 or [email protected]: I don’t know any of these people. The Long Island Press takes no responsibility for any of this. Unless it helps and there is a connection and it’s awesome. Then, it’s all thanks to me.last_img read more

17 Dec

Turn your checkers and hawkers into solvers

first_imgConnecting and consulting with your members in today’s convenience-driven world isn’t easy. They are time-stressed, and they expect a fast and simple process. To meet these rising expectations, credit unions strive to deliver a superior member experience through the staff they have in service roles.That’s not as simple as it may seem. When you don’t strike the right balance between offering an efficient process and delivering appropriate products and services, some of your staff could morph into one of two personalities:The Checker: Think of a grocery store. The customer fills their cart with what they want, takes it to the register and the checker dutifully rings up the items and completes the transaction. From a convenience standpoint, it’s certainly fast and easy. But financial services are much more complicated than groceries, and members aren’t always in the best position to know or understand, all their options.The Hawker: Have you ever walked into an electronics store and told a staff member you’re thinking about changing your entertainment set-up? Before you know it, you’ve seen 55” LED screens, Blue Rays, DVRs, ROKU, Apple TV, and a host of other choices. That rep conveniently laid out a glut of options. Unfortunately, none of it helped you because it wasn’t focused on your needs. For financial services, running through a variety of products and services is of little help without any context around the member’s financial situation and stage in life. continue reading » 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

16 Dec

Long Island Advocates Mark National Disability Employment Awareness Month This October

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York To boost recognition of the importance of disability inclusion in the workplace, October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, and Long Island-based experts are doing their part.This year’s theme is “The Right Talent, Right Now,” to encourage business leaders not to overlook this talented pool of prospective employees.“Unemployment rates for the general public are extremely low right now — less than four percent — but for individuals with disabilities the rate of unemployment reaches eighty percent,” says Michael Kramer, CEO of The Corporate Source, a Garden City-based nonprofit dedicated to promoting the employment of individuals with disabilities. “This heartbreaking disparity drives TCS’s mission: To promote the employment of individuals with disabilities and provide services leading to independence and fulfillment.”To recognize the value of work — how it gives meaning, purpose, productivity, friendships as well as financial independence — TCS will be hosting a special reception titled Celebrating Work: A Labor of Love, honoring actress Jessica Hecht with its Impact Award on behalf of the cast and production crew of Emmy-nominated series Special that illuminates the challenges faced by a young man with cerebral palsy.“The cast, crew and executives behind Special have made a bold breakthrough whose time has come,” Kramer said. “They have succeeded in taking subject matter once outside the awareness of the general public and highlighting many of the challenges faced by individuals with disabilities. By presenting Ryan’s story with humor in a creative and engaging way, the series brings about critical awareness and sensitivity to many who are otherwise unrepresented on screen.”Celebrating Work: A Labor of Love will be held at The Bowery Hotel, 335 Bowery, Manhattan at 6 p.m. on Oct. 23. For more information or to buy tickets, visit thecorporatesource.orglast_img read more