The number of retailers going out of business has risen by 38% in the first quarter of 2012, according to accountancy firm Wilkins Kennedy.The latest statistics from the firm revealed 680 companies went bust during the first three month of the year, up from 486 in the fourth quarter 2011.Anthony Cork, partner at Wilkins Kennedy, said: “Last year was bad but this year is even worse. Retailers are still struggling with rents that they feel are far above the market rate and banks are particularly reluctant to extend credit to struggling retail businesses.“The double-dip has pulled the retail sector down sharply. It is hard to see consumer spending rebounding in the current environment of slow wage growth and worries over the Eurozone.”Some of this year’s high street retailer casualties have included discount clothing retailer Peacocks, The Game Group and Clinton Cards.The Office for National Statistics (ONS) additionally reported slumping retail sales figures for April last week, highlighting zero growth in total sales values, excluding fuel, compared with April 2011 – meaning a real-terms fall. This compares with a 1% decline recorded for the same period by the British Retail Consortium’s (BRC) own figures earlier this month.Stephen Robertson, director general at the BRC, said:”April sales were always going to struggle against a strong performance a year ago helped by better weather, a later Easter and an extra bank holiday then but real-terms sales declines are bad news. Falling inflation offers some hope for customers but disposable incomes are still dropping and people are not spending on things that aren’t immediate needs.”Retailers are hoping the return of sun in the last few days and the build- up to this summer’s big events produces a much- needed lift in the public mood but a fundamental turnaround remains illusory.”
Load remaining images Last night, Brooklyn Bowl hosted a great tribute to honor the songs of poet and Grateful Dead lyricist, John Perry Barlow. The event featured Grahame Lesh, Ross James, Alex Koford, and Scott Padden, aka the Terrapin Family Band, alongside an all-star cast of special guests. Eric Krasno and Jackie Greene both added their unique guitar playing to the occasion, with Jon Graboff of Ryan Adams & The Cardinals, Karina Rykman of Marco Benevento Band, Katie Jacoby, Rob Barraco of Dark Star Orchestra, Leslie Mendelson, and more.HeadCount and D’Angelico Guitars teamed up to auction off an exclusive guitar signed by Bob Weir and John Perry Barlow. The auction and show were designed to raise money for the John Perry Barlow Wellness Trust to aid the longtime Grateful Dead lyricist in his current medical battle. In case you weren’t able to make the event, you can also donate here. Check out the full gallery below, courtesy of Andrew Scott Blackstein Photography.
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It’s time again for the Big Muddy Challenge in Richmond, Virginia. There’s still time to get your tickets, and if you’ve never been, it’s the perfect time to start. Anyone six and over is welcome, so the whole family can participate.For those of you who haven’t heard, the event was created by a group of active individuals who found that having children meant they had a lot less free time. They also noticed it was difficult to find endurance events that their kids could enjoy. Thus the Big Muddy Challenge was born — an event designed specifically for parents and children to experience a fun run together.If you’re looking to volunteer, there’s a bunch of different roles you can perform from registration to supervising the course, and everything in between. You’ll get a free t-shirt and food for the day, plus a free parent/child registration.This year the event is being held August 2 at Ashland Berry Farm just a little north of Richmond. There’ll be a wide variety of vendors, from food trucks to bands, and race sponsors at the event for you to peruse before or after your race. It’s a truly family event so there’s something for everyone.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A female Nassau County Deputy Sheriff filed a federal lawsuit alleging that she was subjected to near constant sexual harassment for the two years she was assigned to the Family Court Unit.Alicia Boudouris, 45, claimed in the lawsuit filed Friday that when she threatened to make a formal complaint, she was allegedly transferred and subjected to further retaliatory harassment—including being followed and filmed by fellow officers.“They were behaving like a frat house,” her attorney, Rick Ostrove, told reporters Monday during a news conference at his Garden City office. “Like a bunch of people who don’t know how to behave properly and who don’t respect women and who don’t treat women properly, objectifying women to talk about their body parts. It’s not what should be happening in any workplace and women should not have to be subjected to this.”The suit alleged that Sherriff Michael Sposato, Capt. Lawrence Schnurr, Lt. Lou Cafiero and Sgt. Dan Snydor created and perpetuated an atmosphere of hostility toward women in the male-dominated agency that runs the county jail in addition to court duties. The suit names all four men and the county as defendants. The court documents did not specify how much in monetary damages are being sought.The harassment began, she alleged, before she even stepped foot inside her department. According to the lawsuit, Boudouris learned that was branded as “old hag” and “old bag” while she was still in the academy from June 2010 to January 2011, when the unit learned that the 45-year-old married mother of two was assigned to work alongside them upon graduation from the academy.Once she began working in her official capacity, she was continuously subjected to what was she said was commonly referred to as “the Lou Show,” a rolling often profane and offensive commentary by Lt. Cafiero, she alleged. Subjects included musings about possible grooming techniques for genitalia, calling Rosie O’Donnell and Ellen Degeneres “carpet munchers,” among other degrading comments, according to the lawsuit.Boudouris, who Cafiero allegedly referred to as “Boobdouris,” also contended that after she’d been transferred out of the Family Court Unit and into a field unit, she was denied the same opportunities to earn overtime compensation. The case is being investigated by the Equal Opportunity Commission, officials said.“We do not comment when there is an active EEO investigation,” Nassau County Carnell Foskey said in a statement in response to a request for comment from the sheriff’s office. “We take any allegations of this nature seriously and are fully investigating this matter.”Ostrove, who did not make his client available for comment, added: “The types of things being said were the types of things that we can’t say here today and should never be said in any workplace, especially a law enforcement environment where people are assigned to protect the public and to respect the laws and respect others and provide gender equality.”
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Statewide—As of midnight on Monday morning, the Indiana State Department of Health announced that 4,944 Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in Indiana. To date, 26,191 tests have been reported to ISDH. A total of 139 Hoosiers have died to date. Locally Decatur County had 90 confirmed cases, 55 for Franklin County, and 70 cases confirmed in Ripley County.
Bradley Cooper and Irina Shake are calling it quits after four years of dating.Reports say the actor and the supermodel have mutually decided to break up.It was reportedly earlier this week that they were both unhappy and their relationship was barely hanging on after his on-screen chemistry with Lady Gagain the movie, “A Star is Born.”Cooper and Shayk share a two-year-old daughter.Breaking news: Bradley Cooper and his long time girlfriend Irina Shayk have broken up. Below is exclusive footage of the moment their relationship ended. pic.twitter.com/gAQRgmmKaK— Luke Diamond (@LukeDiamond19) June 7, 2019
Ground Zero Performance Café will no longer be serving their own food and drinks because it does not have the proper credentials. However, the space may sell pre-packaged items, according to Trojan Events Services. (Emily Smith | Daily Trojan)Ground Zero Performance Café will reopen this semester — but primarily as a study space.The longtime student-run establishment, once known for its milkshakes and performances, will return after a year of renovations, according to the facility’s new management Trojan Events Services. Milkshakes and coffee will no longer be made in-house, but performances and events like open mic nights and improv shows will be reinstated in the space.TES said the space did not have the proper credentials to make fresh food, so it will instead consider selling pre-packaged food and drink. Over the summer, a petition circulated online among students and alumni pleading the University to reopen the cafe in the fall.“The purpose was to help the University realize how much Ground Zero meant to not even just the people who worked there but the student body in general,” said Moriah Polk, a junior majoring in communication, who worked as one of the cafe’s house managers at the cafe. “Sometimes [USC forgets] that we want something student-run and very comforting rather than something that is so grand.”Production manager Syann Cromwell, a junior majoring in philosophy, politics and law and African American studies, noted that the space was intended to be an environment for students to congregate and relax while studying. “[Ground Zero was a] free space [and] a unique environment on campus for students to hang out, enjoy milkshakes, enjoy live performances,” Cromwell said. “Just a different kind of vibe that wasn’t on campus before.”While the space will be open in the fall, Polk said that she will miss serving culinary staples that allowed her to interact with customers in a student-oriented venue. “It ultimately is a tragedy that we can’t sell food or milkshakes anymore,” Polk said. “I know what drew so many people to Ground Zero and drew people back years after they graduated. I know that it is a memory that we all shared together.”Many employees agreed that the food and drink fostered a welcoming environment for students. House manager Kiera Salvo, a senior majoring in mechanical engineering, shared how the space exuded friendliness. “I think for me, USC’s campus, especially the places you can go between classes if you are going to stay on campus and you just grab coffee or food, it has all felt pretty sterile to me,” Salvo said. “Ground Zero was always a place where you didn’t have to do that. You could just sit there and talk to your friends, listen to the music that we were playing or just be sitting and studying and on a grind.”Despite the changes coming to the space, Cromwell expressed how she and the other employees plan to work together to re-establish Ground Zero as a gathering space for students again this semester.