Blaze at McVitie’s factory contained

first_imgAround 100 workers were reportedly evacuated from United Biscuit’s Mcvitie’s Stockport factory, after some digestives caught fire.Staff at the factory in Manchester, had to remove themselves from the building at around 22:00 Monday night (15 December).According to the Manchester Evening News, a conveyer belt on a machine snapped, which resulted in biscuits being unable to more through and starting a blaze.Nick Hince, watch manager at Whitehill fire station, told the paper: “The fire was extinguished by staff, who have very well-rehearsed safety procedures.”A spokesperson at United Biscuits told British Baker:  “We can confirm that there was a small fire at our Stockport factory earlier today. Staff followed safety procedures and all necessary precautionary measures were taken. The incident was promptly dealt with and caused minimal disruption at the site”.last_img read more

Students seek peace at the Grotto

first_imgA man in an electric wheelchair rolls up to the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes in silence, lights a candle and leaves.An elderly woman rests on a bench, engaged in conversation with a middle-aged companion.A couple prays side by side on the kneeler as two young kids fidget next to them. On one of the first sunny afternoons after a long winter, Notre Dame’s shrine to the Virgin Mary has come alive.For some students, such as freshman Laura Bobich, the Grotto is a place to reflect on their days, gain a sense of perspective and seek peace.  Allison D’Ambrosia | The Observer “Last week, I was very stressed out. I came out of my class right before and was very overwhelmed, couldn’t even think straight about all the stuff I felt like I had to do,” Bobich said. “And I stayed here for probably 10 minutes, and by the time I was leaving, I was so calm, so cool and collected. … I could go through my day more systematically, and I was no longer overwhelmed.” Each trip to the Grotto has a slightly different purpose for senior Mara Stolee. What remains constant, she said, is the site’s ability to minimize distractions and to facilitate wholehearted prayer.“I didn’t really know how often I was going to come [to the Grotto] when I first came [to Notre Dame],” Stolee said. “But when I was a freshman, a senior in my dorm told me that I should just go to the Grotto whenever, because the whole world makes more sense there. And I think that’s probably true.”  Solitude and solidarityAs a place for students to visit both on their own and with others, the Grotto means something different to each person, junior Anthony Barrett said. “I’ve been here for a bunch of different reasons. I’ve been here after a friend’s dad died, I’ve been here with people who are suicidal, I’ve been here with a group of 100 band kids who are getting together to celebrate our faith,” Barrett said. “And in each one of those circumstances, it takes on a different role, but it’s always a very special place where people can go by themselves or come together as a group.”The Grotto is a personal reflection spot for senior Vincent Burns, who said he visits almost exclusively by himself to offer up individual prayer. “I would be very flattered if someone asked me to go to the Grotto with them because I think that’s a testament to the degree of openness with that person,” he said. “I, personally, would only invite my very closest friends to join me at the Grotto if I were going on my own initiative and not part of a group. I do think generally people treat the Grotto as … a place where personal prayer is of the utmost.” In the solitude, though, many students find a sense of community. Saint Mary’s first-year student Casey Kochniarczyk said the candles that other people have lit create a sense of solidarity.“You see all the prayers that other people are praying for, so you kind of know that you’re not alone and you’re not the only person facing things,” she said. “I usually pray for all the other people who’ve lit a candle or come here to pray that are facing their own problems.” Barrett said at the end of his freshman year, he invited fellow members of the Band of the Fighting Irish to join him at the Grotto at the onset of finals week. “I expected 10 or 12 people to come, but I think the first time there were 85 people that all came,” he said. “And we all met at midnight the night before the first day of finals and stood around in a group, prayed together, hugged each other and did finals week. “And it was just such a powerful thing, realizing this is Notre Dame and this is the Grotto.”  A place of refugeAt night, the Grotto becomes quiet.The candles shimmer softly, illuminating the darkness.People perch shoulder-to-shoulder on the kneeler, lost in their hopes, their anxieties, their prayers.Some nights, many visitors come at once. Other evenings, they trickle in slowly, converging from all corners of campus to spend time in silence.On a warm Saturday night in April, junior Kat Stultz visited the Grotto to strengthen her sense of perspective. “Right now, I’m wrestling with this crush that I have on somebody. It sounds silly,” she said. “But … when you walk into the area where all the candles are lit, it completely takes me out of myself and helps me to remember that there are so many people out there that have so many more struggles than I do — not in a comparative way, but just remembering to pray for them and to recognize that you don’t have to worry so much about what’s going on in your life.”For Stultz, the Grotto is a place to escape the noise of daily realities. She said it enables her to step back and to remember what she believes is truly important. “It’s often a place where I can go when I’m either confused about something or just need to look to Our Lady for a little bit of help,” Stultz said. “I think it can be a great place of refuge for students, whether it’s stress about a test or confusion about a relationship, or really anything that college students go through.”  One time, Stultz said, she was praying the Rosary on a bench at the Grotto when she felt a connection between her reflection and her life at Notre Dame.“I happened to be on the Visitation, where Mary meets Elizabeth and there’s that beautiful moment between them,” she said. “As I’m praying and I look up, my friend Colleen, … one of her friends came at her from the side and just gave her a big hug. And I felt in that moment that that mystery of the Rosary just came to life at the Grotto.”While stopping by the Grotto on the night before taking an exam, freshman James Sigman thought back to when he visited the site with upperclassmen from his residence hall during First Year Orientation. The older students were joking around as they led the freshmen on a run around campus, Sigman said, but they took on a more sincere tone when they reached the Grotto. “It’s just so cool to see how seriously the student body takes the Grotto, and I think it’s what sets Notre Dame apart completely,” Sigman said. “It means a lot to me that they have a place like this.” Tags: Grotto, Notre Dame, peace, prayerlast_img read more

Intel in talks to buy Israel’s Moovit public transit app for $1 billion: Media

first_imgChipmaker Intel Corp is in advanced talks to acquire Israeli public transit app developer Moovit for US$1 billion, financial news website Calcalist reported on Sunday.Moovit has raised $133 million from investors including Intel, BMW iVentures and Sequoia Capital.Officials at Intel Israel and Moovit declined to comment on the report. Calcalist reported that people with knowledge of the talks, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the deal is very close to being signed.Moovit’s free mobile navigation app provides transit information to more than 750 million users in 100 countries.Last month it launched an emergency mobilization service, which was created for transit agencies and enterprises during the COVID-19 pandemic. The technology transforms vehicle fleets into an on-demand service to get essential employees safely to work and has been implemented in a number of cities by large corporations.Intel has made significant investments already in Israel, having acquired autonomous vehicle technology provider Mobileye for $15.3 billion in 2017. In December it bought Israeli artificial intelligence firm Habana Labs for $2 billion.Topics :last_img read more

Bruins Skate Past Islanders, 2-1

first_imgBOSTON — Loui Eriksson quickly found a puck near his skates and Tuukka Rask seemed to see every shot all night.Eriksson scored the go-ahead goal with 7:34 left in the third period and Rask stopped 39 shots to lift the surging Boston Bruins to a 2-1 victory over the New York Islanders on Feb. 7 for their ninth win in 12 games.“It’s one of many lately,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said of Rask’s night. “He’s been in a zone, really good for us and focused and intense. He’s not afraid to yell at the players around him if they’re not doing their job. He’s just been a determined athlete for us the last little while. It’s made a big difference for our hockey team.”Patrice Bergeron added a first-period, power-play goal for the Bruins, who have collected points in 14 of their last 16 games (10-2-4).The red-hot Bruins now have a showdown with rival Montreal on Feb. 8. Rask has been carrying a heavy load of games lately, but didn’t say if he’ll be facing the Canadiens, who have beaten Boston all three times this season after eliminating them in seven games in last spring’s playoffs.“If they want me to play, I’ll play,” he said. “It doesn’t matter to me. Nobody’s told me otherwise, so I’m sure I’ll be playing. Hopefully I’ll get a win so I don’t have to answer any questions.”John Tavares had a power-play goal for the Islanders, who have lost four of five. Former Bruin Chad Johnson made 34 saves.“I’m really just proud of the effort we had in here tonight,” Islanders coach Jack Capuano said. “We played a solid game against a good hockey team. We had some chances, but we have to find a way to score some goals.”Eriksson scored the winner out of a scramble in front when he spun around and sent a backhand shot under Johnson’s left arm.“I was able to find it,” Eriksson said. “I think I was able to get a shot first and was able to find it at my feet. I was able to put it in. It was nice.”The teams traded first-period power-play goals, but were scoreless in the second in a contest that featured many good scoring chances and plenty of open-ice breakouts.Tavares one-timed a rebound past Rask from the bottom of the left circle 9:06 into the game for his team-leading 24th goal.But that’s all they could get against Rask.“It’s tough to win when you score one or two against these guys,” Islanders defenseman and former Bruin Johnny Boychuk said.Bergeron tied it 4:06 later when he collected Michael Grabner’s errant clearing pass in the slot and fired a wrister over Johnson, who was on his stomach after making a save on a shot.Both goaltenders made nice stops early in the second. Rask flashed his left pad, robbing Anders Lee’s close bid, and Johnson made two good saves on Carl Soderberg, who cut in front for a shot and turned and had a rebound chance.The Bruins had an excellent scoring chance early in the third, but Daniel Paille’s backhander sailed over the wide-open side of the net to Johnson’s left at the end of a 2-on-1 break.Seconds later, the Islanders went on a power play after Brad Marchand was whistled for high sticking, but Rask made a few stops to keep it tied.(KEN POWTAK)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more