Weekly unemployment claims spike, continue to climb

first_imgThere were 1,653 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance last week, an increase of 398 from the week before. Altogether 12,253 new and continuing claims were filed, an increase of 303 from a week ago and 1,636 fewer than a year earlier. The Department also processed 2,008 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08), 4 fewer than a week ago. In addition, there were 861 Second Tier claims for benefits processed under the EUC08 program, which is an increase of 5 from the week before. The Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/(link is external). Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/lmipub.htm#uc(link is external)  Vermont’s unemployment rate continued to fall. The March 2011 rate was 5.4 percent. See storyHERE.last_img read more

Donegal bakery rises to the top in national Food and Drink Awards

first_imgArdara’s Gallaghers Bakery are among the nine food and drink companies from across the length and bread-th of Ireland to receive top honours at Bord Bia’s Food and Drink Industry Awards today.Bord Bia’s awards celebrate businesses who have demonstrated excellence in the production, promotion and growth of the Irish food and drink industry in Ireland and overseas.Gallaghers Bakery in Ardara earned a slice of success with the ‘Entrepreneurial Award’ for the company’s foresight in successfully identifying, researching and developing a successful offering for the gluten-free market. This vision has driven huge success for the business. They have been on a roll since 2011, from employing 65 people to 305 direct employees in 2017, with a further 40 expected by early 2018.The judges note that the success of Gallaghers Bakery is no doubt driven by their entrepreneurial spirit, their ability to think big and smartly leverage retailer’s consumer insights and data. It is an incredible story of drive, ambition and the team’s tenacity to succeed.Pictured is Gallaghers Bakery, Declan Gallagher, Founder / Director and Tom Doyle, Founder / Director of Gallaghers Bakery, which won in the entrepreneurial category of Bord Bia’s Food & Drink Industry Awards. Photo Chris Bellew / Fennell Photography 2017More than 300 Irish food and drink industry leaders will gather for the awards ceremony in the RDS, Dublin, hosted by broadcaster Miriam O’Callaghan.  Other award winning companies, encompassing some of Ireland’s best known brands, family businesses and export successes, included Diageo; Butlers Chocolates; The Happy Pear; Silver Hill Farm; Dawn Meats; Kerry Foods; Monaghan Mushrooms and Pip & Pear. In addition, Bord Bia presented the inaugural ‘Industry Champion’ Award to Denis O’Riordan of Kerry Foods in recognition of his outstanding contribution in delivering global success for the Cheestrings brand.The awards will be presented by Tara McCarthy, CEO, Bord Bia, who said, “Bord Bia’s Food and Drink Awards provide us with an opportunity to acknowledge the trailblazers in the Irish food and drink industry who have proven their commitment and ambition to drive the sector forward.“These companies have demonstrated excellence and innovation in their use of marketing principles and consumer insight and provide an example of best practice which new and emerging businesses can aspire to.“I would like to congratulate and applaud all nine companies for their vision and determination to succeed which is helping us to develop the positive reputation for Irish food and drink on the global market.” Donegal bakery rises to the top in national Food and Drink Awards was last modified: November 29th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Bord Bia’s Food and Drink Industry AwardsEntrepreneurialGallagher’s Bakerylast_img read more

The 9 Drunkest Presidents on Drunk History

first_imgHi. I’m Carli Velocci. Today we’re going to talk about Drunk History‘s, uh, history in depicting United States Presidents.This President’s Day, considering who is currently President, many of us will probably be (responsibly) drinking (and Feb. 18 is National Drink Wine Day so we might make it a weekend thing). In celebration of Presidents, drinking, and past Presidents, we turn to Drunk History, which has been helping its audience to understand some of the most exciting moments in history through the eyes of super drunk comedians. It might not always be accurate, but it’s at least entertaining.So in celebration of whatever you feel about President’s Day, we’re counting down our favorite Drunk History Presidents, which include a few that make multiple appearances. Because some Presidents are just more relevant and fun to talk about than others, even if they weren’t necessarily good at their jobs.Will Ferrell as President Abraham LincolnThis clip comes from before Comedy Central picked up the show from Funny or Die, and it’s interesting to see how little has changed. In the retelling of the friendship between President Lincoln and Frederick Douglass (who is dead, by the way), Will Ferrell and Don Cheadle tease the bromance comedy we kind of want in a full-length feature film. Ferrell is playing Lincoln with a stoicism that he’s able to exploit for some great deadpan reactions, but the way he wears the fake Lincoln beard is memorable enough. It looks like a drunk person put it on.Bob Odenkirk as President Richard NixonBob Odenkirk is one of comedy’s best straight men and overall actors, so his depiction of President Nixon is a little eerie. It’s not an outright, comedic impersonation, but he does inhabit some of the man’s more physical quirks. It’s more nuanced than you would expect from a Nixon impression, but because it’s Bob Odenkirk, you’re okay with it. It’s just perfect casting, minus the fact it’s also a great Nixon story.Stephen Merchant as President LincolnPresident Lincoln is probably the most popular president on Drunk History, and Stephen Merchant played him the most often, rare considering parts change from episode to episode. The lanky, bug-eyed Merchant is physically one of the best people to play the President, even if he’s British and probably knows nothing about playing him. Merchant knows how to use his giant eyes and his body to elicit a reaction from his audience. Just the way he moves is hilarious, and he knows it.Andy Daly as President Teddy RooseveltThis is the story of how Teddy Roosevelt became a “bad ass” and a “rock star.” It’s a great story, told by a man lying on the floor too drunk to stand. But Teddy Roosevelt didn’t lie on the floor. He went up that hill! He marched. And if anybody turned around, he’d shoot them.Nick Kroll as President Ronald ReaganFirst Lady Nancy Reagan takes center stage in this tale about how Ronald Reagan left the entertainment industry to become a politician, but I enjoy watching Nick Kroll play the clueless puppet to his wife. He’s innocent and wide-eyed, so probably not like the actual President Reagan, but he has a chiseled jaw. We can trust him. I promise.Joe Lo Truglio as President John AdamsHistory has some differing opinions on President John Adams’ legacy. The current view, echoed in Hamilton and in Drunk History, is that Adams wasn’t fit to be a leader. Lin-Manuel Miranda, as Alexander Hamilton in his musical, calls Adams a “fat motherfucker.” Drunk History looks at him like a petulant child, especially when talking about the election of 1800 against future President Thomas Jefferson (although in Adams’ defense, Jefferson doesn’t fare better). Joe Lo Truglio is known for playing borderline creepy man-children, which is perfect when you’re talking about how the Founding Fathers were actually just middle schoolers spreading rumors about each other.Courtney Cox as President Edith WilsonTotally counts! First Lady Edith Wilson made decisions in her husband’s stead while he was recovering from a stroke, so she basically did all his duties, effectively becoming the first female President. She even pulled a Weekend at Bernie’s and propped President Wilson up in bed to ensure that Congress didn’t catch on to the “true condition.”Jack McBrayer as President Andrew JacksonIf President Lincoln has the most appearances in Drunk History, President Jackson is a close second. Or maybe he takes the honor. There are plenty of stories to tell about the guy, who was a war general, war criminal, and genocidal maniac. If you’re going to depict one of the most violent Presidents in our nation’s history, why not cast one of the most adorable, bright-eyed actors? Jack McBrayer makes a living off playing lovable and carefree simpletons, so the comedy is in just the casting. He doesn’t even need to do much, but he brings some bright-eyed innocence to the role anyway.Michael Cera as President Andrew JacksonSpeaking of bright-eyed, here’s Michael Cera doing the exact same thing with a little more relaxation. Cera has played his share of politicians on the show, appearing in the very first episode as Alexander Hamilton, but as President Jackson, he’s able to be “bad ass” without showing off typical markers of the trait. There’s probably a reason why Drunk History keeps having him back on, and it’s probably because of how good he looks in a mustache and old-timey uniform. Yeah, nothing to do with his acting ability.Stream Drunk History here for free with your Hulu account.last_img read more