Tributes have been paid to former Wrights Pies director David Wright, who passed away last week in sudden and unexpected circumstances.In a statement announcing his uncle’s death to the company’s employees, David’s nephew Peter Wright, the current chairman & CEO of Wrights Food Group, said: “David was managing director of the company from 1962 until his retirement in 1993. He had been involved with the business all his life and took over running of the company following the death of his father, the founder John James Wright.“He was a familiar face around the bakery and paid a weekly visit to enjoy breakfast with family members and catch up with the company’s news. I know he was tremendously proud of what the team achieved together.“Our special thoughts and heartfelt prayers are with his beloved wife Margaret.”David joined the family business as a boy and, in his time, did virtually every job in the bakery, from driving the company vans, making pie shells to bottling and preserving huge jars of fruit.
With the presidential race heating up in America, one candidate has been embraced by the live music/jam community more than others: Bernie Sanders. Interestingly, it seems the Sanders family has some love for the community as well, as Sanders’ wife Jane O’Meara Sanders recently spoke about being a fan of the Grateful Dead and Phish, and even attending the Woodstock Festival, in an interview with Bloomberg.At first glance, that information is enough to make even the casual fan grin. “From Woodstock To White House?” – certainly an eye-catching headline, but a closer look at the episode of “With All Due Respect” shows a more amateur side to the fandom of Mrs. Sanders.When asked about Woodstock, Sanders recalls: “Listening to the music was unbelievable, but what was fun was they had—it was raining all the time so everyone was jumping in the mud, it was fantastic.” The hosts ask for her favorite musical moment from the experience, and she says that there were just too many to count. Fair enough. The festival was 47 years ago, and Mrs. Sanders definitely gets some street cred for being there.The hosts then ask her about her taste in music, and she replies that she likes the Grateful Dead “and now Phish.” They ask how many Grateful Dead shows she’s been to, and Sanders replies that she had kids early in life and never got a chance to see the band perform live. “A Deadhead who hasn’t seen The Dead,” they muse.It gets even rougher, as Mrs. Sanders struggles to identify what her favorite Grateful Dead song is. The hosts wind up helping her out, offering up “Ripple” and “Truckin’” before she recognizes the latter by its name. Phew. She explains that remembering song names was never her cup of tea.All in all, however, things could be much worse. At least the Sanders family isn’t listening to Nickelback.
Reed Birney Stephen Karam’s The Humans, which just opened officially off-Broadway on October 25, will transfer to the Great White Way next year. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the production will play Broadway in early spring 2016, with the cast from the current Roundabout production—including Reed Birney and Jayne Houdyshell—intact.In addition to Birney and Houdyshell, the company includes Arian Moayed as Richard, Lauren Klein as Fiona, Cassie Beck as Aimee and Sarah Steele as Brigid.Joe Mantello directs the production, which is scheduled to play off-Broadway’s Laura Pels Theatre through December 27. No word yet on exact dates or a venue for the move to the Great White Way.This will mark the Broadway debut of Karam, whose previous plays include Sons of the Prophet, Speech & Debate and columbinus. The show follows Mr. Blake, who, after a sleepless night, brings his family from Pennsylvania to his daughter’s new apartment to celebrate Thanksgiving. Family tensions reach a boiling point as things start to go bump in the night. View Comments Star Files
Additionally, Delta will be expanding coronavirus testing at its hub airports, while providing at-home tests for its employees in the hard-hit states of Florida and Texas.Reservations agents who do not work at hubs will also receive the at-home tests, according to the airline.Delta expects to have tested all of its U.S. employees within the next four weeks.Earlier this week, that airline began requiring passengers who claimed a medical exception to the face mask rule to go through new screening. That includes a phone call with a staff member at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Some of the largest airlines are changing their face mask and coronavirus-related policies.For starters, Delta Air Lines plans to provide at-home COVID-19 tests for some of its employees.Delta competitors Southwest and American Airlines will be tightening their rules on face masks, by ending exceptions that have been in place for medical reasons.“We’re simply seeing too many exceptions to the (mask) policy. It has put our flight crews in a really tough spot and also made our customers pretty uncomfortable,” Southwest President Tom Nealon said Thursday.The moves come as airlines attempt to reassure passengers and employees about safety, at a time when many people are afraid to fly.We know you have questions about traveling, so we caught up with infectious disease expert Dr. Michael Saag to explain why airplane cabin air is clean, safe and healthy to breathe. pic.twitter.com/XGI90nW86t— Delta (@Delta) July 16, 2020
Los Angeles, Dec 7 (AFP) Boxer Floyd Mayweather says his New Year’s Eve bout with Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa will be “all about the entertainment”.The nine-minute exhibition in Japan will have no official winner or loser if it goes the distance, and Mayweather said at a press availability at his training base in Las Vegas on Thursday that he was looking forward to the event as a chance to sample “something different”.The contest will take place at the Saitama Prefecture Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, Mayweather said.Saitama is 16 kilometres (10 miles) north of Tokyo.Mayweather added that there and won’t be any judges present and the bout would not count on the combatants’ official fight records.”It is all about the entertainment,” Mayweather said. “Nine minutes of entertainment …. I’m in the entertainment business.” Besides three-minute rounds, the exhibition will take place at 67kg (147 pounds), feature “straight boxing rules” and eight-ounce boxing gloves.”This will be full contact competition but the bout is not going on boxing or MMA records,” a Mayweather spokesperson said in a news release.Nasukawa, also in Vegas Thursday, said he hopes his countrymen will get behind the show.”There has never been a Japanese fighter to face Floyd Mayweather in the ring. I would like to make a big impression,” said the 20-year-old, who is 27-0 with 21 KOs as a featherweight kickboxer.”I want to get the whole fight community, the whole country of Japan and the entire world involved in this fight.Thursday’s press event came almost a month after 41-year-old retired welterweight champ Mayweather (50-0, 27 KOs) announced he had scrapped plans to stage a fight with Nasukawa, indicating he had been duped into agreeing to a contest.advertisement”I want it to be clear that I, Floyd Mayweather, never agreed to an official bout with Tenshin Nasukawa,” Mayweather wrote on Instagram.But on November 15, the CEO of mixed martial arts promoter RIZIN said a “misunderstanding” with Mayweather had been ironed out and the fight was on.At that time, Mayweather described the match to TMZ Sports as “a little boxing exhibition” with no kicking involved.There was no mention Thursday of a US broadcaster, an undercard, or how much money Mayweather would receive for the spectacle.Mayweather came out of a two-year retirement in 2017 and knocked out mixed martial arts fighter Conor McGregor in the 10th round of a super-hyped boxing match. (AFP) APAAPA