German discounter Aldi has been named the cheapest supermarket for bakery items as the price of a weekly shop rose 0.55% in the last month to £88.59. mySupermarket’s Groceries Tracker found that, of the 35 items bought in the research, the staple items that had increased the most were carrots (+4.55%), fresh peppers (4.57%) and broccoli (16.53%).Items that decreased in price were grapes (-3.61%), crisps (-2.71%), potatoes (-2.62%) and squash drinks (-2.3%). This meant the average grocery basket was still markedly down (-6.4%) on February 2014 when it was £6.05 more expensive.As part of mySupermarket’s Own Brand Watch, Aldi was found to be “best-priced” for bakery items, dairy and egg products, fruits, vegetables, tins and jars, as well as drawing in affordability with Morrisons for fish and poultry. Asda offered the cheapest snacks and sweets. Ocado and Waitrose were best to use for packets and cereals, while Morrisons was also the place to visit for drinks, frozen products and pet products.Gilad Simhony, chief executive of mySupermarket, said: “Although we have seen a rise in the cost of the weekly shop in the last month, shoppers are still seeing a saving of over £6 compared to 12 months ago. Even with the increase in certain products over the last month, longer term, we see a welcome trend of lower food prices due to the continued supermarket price war.“Looking at the Own Brand Watch we can see that no one supermarket can claim to be the cheapest overall, meaning that shoppers must compare prices before they head to the supermarket.”
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File image by Storm Hartmann/WNYNewsNow.JAMESTOWN — The National Comedy Center will reopen its state-of-the-art museum, as well as the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum this Friday, following New York State officials’ authorization of Phase 4 of its New York Forward reopening plan for the Western New York region.Both museums have been temporarily closed since March 16, 2020, as a precaution due to COVID-19, just two weeks after being named the “Best New Museum” in the country by USA Today.The National Comedy Center has developed a multifaceted and comprehensive health and safety program entitled “LaughSafe,” which will be implemented upon reopening to ensure the health and safety of all guests and staff.The LaughSafe program has reimagined health and safety protocols in order to ensure a safe, worry-free and touch-free experience for all visitors to the National Comedy Center and Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum. With its expansive 37,000 square feet of space and non-linear, free-flow design, coupled with new reduced capacity to 25%, timed-entry ticketing and touch-free protocols, the National Comedy Center is suited to enable a safe, socially-distant visitor experience.“We’re thrilled at the opportunity to help people start laughing again – and it’s clear that the power of comedy is more important than ever in these challenging times,” said Journey Gunderson, National Comedy Center Executive Director. “We’re so pleased that we can welcome visitors once more, and provide a safe and worry-free environment for our guests to take a much-needed break, relax and simply laugh –- loud and often — as they enjoy some of the greatest comedy of all time.”The National Comedy Center’s LaughSafe program was developed in consultation with health professionals at UPMC Chautauqua and UPMC in Pittsburgh, including health and safety protocol reviews with UPMC epidemiologists and an on-site inspection with local UPMC Chautauqua professionals.The LaughSafe health and safety program features include:“Touch-Free”: All exhibits and screens are now touch-free with the use of a disposable stylus, disposable earbuds and a new “LaughCard” featuring an RFID chip for personalized comedy.Temperature checks are required for all guests and staff members upon entry, as well as a daily health screening for staff members.Masks are required to be worn by staff and guests (including children age 2 and above) at all times.Museum capacity has been reduced to 25% and timed guest entry protocols have been implemented.Certain exhibit experiences in contained spaces are limited to small groups consisting of members of same household.Advanced online reservations are strongly recommended to ensure entry.Visitors now have a new opportunity to create their Sense of Humor profiles at home, before they visit, rather than at a kiosk within the museum.Social distancing markers and signage have been placed throughout the museum to ensure proper physical distance between guests.Hand-sanitizing stations are located throughout the museum.Touch-free, contactless payment options are now available.Museum staff have been trained extensively for new health and safety protocols.State-of-the-art, deep cleaning and disinfecting techniques have been implemented, including frequent disinfecting throughout the day.Real-time monitoring of the guest experience and guest feedback to optimize health and safety protocols.The National Comedy Center is now in the process of producing a new LaughSafe video featuring comedian Lewis Black, who will remind National Comedy Center visitors to wear face masks and maintain social distance within the museum.For more on LaughSafe, visit ComedyCenter.org/LaughSafe.In addition to consultation with local UPMC Chautauqua health professionals, the National Comedy Center sourced local Chautauqua County companies for many of its LaughSafe initiatives, including The Resource Center and Team Jock Shop for face masks, Jamestown Soap & Solvent for cleaning and disinfecting supplies and 360 Graphics for signage.The National Comedy Center and Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum will operate on a reduced schedule during its reopening phase, with opening hours as follows beginning Friday, July 3rd:National Comedy Center:Open Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday , 10 am to 5 pm.Closed on Tuesday and Wednesday.Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum:Open Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday, 10 am to 5 pm.Open Sunday, 11 am to 4 pm.Closed on Tuesday and Wednesday. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
With no internal rebel groups to contend with, the Chilean military is particularly active in providing support to U.N. peacekeeping missions. “Since we don’t have any internal combat operations in Chile, we’ve been actively supporting 48 peacekeeping missions across the globe,” said Chilean Army Col. Andres Schuler. The Chilean’ military’s primary peacekeeping missions include supporting the U.N.’s Minustah in Haiti, Schuler said. Chilean military forces are also working with Salvadoran troops, Ecuadorian engineers, and Argentinian soldiers on a peacekeeping mission in Cyprus. Chilean soldiers are also contributing to the European Union’s peacekeeping effort in Bosnia-Herzegovina. “In Haiti, our main challenge now is dealing with day-to-day operations that involve regular contact with civilians,” Schuler explained. “Up until now tensions between the Haitian population and our soldiers haven’t involved human rights’ violations but if this occurred it would be dealt with by a special Guatemalan investigative body operating under the UN umbrella in Port-au-Prince”. More than 50 high-ranking military officers from more than 60 countries recently gathered in Cartagena for the Senior Workshop on International Rules Governing Military Operations (SWIRMO 2013). The meeting was sponsored by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). It took place from Oct. 6 through Oct. 12. The meeting was the seventh edition of SWIRMO, and the first gathering to be held in the Americas. Previous meetings were held in Malaysia, South Africa, and France. Peru’s Armed Forces are dealing with an adversary – the Shining Path – which is becoming more involved in transnational drug trafficking operations, said Army Col. Hugo Molina Carazas. Peruvian Special Forces are relying on intelligence to battle the Shining Path, Carazas said. In the 1980s and 1990s, the Shining Path committed violence to advance its extremist political ideology, but now, the organization behaves like a drug cartel, Caranzas said. “They [the Shining Path] are now narco-assassins without a political ideology,” Carazas explained. “To target this change, our Special Forces are using targeted intelligence gathering methods to bring down their leaders”. The peak of the conflict with the Shining Path, in the 1980s, young soldiers did not receive the detailed level of training they do now regarding the IHL, the colonel said. During that time, the Peruvian military’s top priority was to limit the violence of the Shining Path, he explained. As the conflict has evolved, so too has the training for the Peruvian Armed Forces, Carazas said. “Now we have a stronger legal structure together with academic curricula that pinpoint the key applicable areas of IHL for use in our operational plans,” said Carazas. Confronting the Shining Path Military cooperation By Dialogo October 23, 2013 Military training Colombia was chosen to host the meeting because of the ICRC’s high regard for the professionalism of the country’s Armed Forces, according to Jorge Enrique Bedoya, Colombian vice minister for defense. The ICRC also recognized Colombia’s rigorous adherence to International Humanitarian Law (IHL), Bedoya said. Organizers of the conference recognized that Colombian military leaders have compiled an impressive record fighting two rebel groups, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the National Liberation Army (ELN). “Through our long internal armed conflict, Colombia has built up a great deal of experience fighting terrorists and we have worked with partners across the region to share this know-how,” according to Bedoya. “This is the first time this event has taken place in the Americas and both Colombia and our allies should be proud of the achievements we have made.” Colombian security forces have registered several important victories in recent months. For example, during the first six months of 2013, the Colombian National Police broke up more than 75 extortion gangs which took more than $10 million from victims in four of the country’s largest cities. Officials from Colombia, Peru, and Chile engaged in simulations of Armed Forces operations to demonstrate how they use IHL in field training, in developing a national doctrine, and in their military disciplinary systems. Colombia is known for making good use of the IHL, said Frederico Almendra, the ICRC’s military and security representative for South and Central America. “The Colombian Ministry of Defence ensures specific reference to the implementation of IHL is made in all its military operations,” Almendra said. In recent years, military leaders in Colombia, Chile, and other nations in the Americas have shared their knowledge of security issues to United Nations peacekeeping operations in Latin America and the Caribbean. They have also shared their knowledge with military authorities in the Middle East and in Africa. Colombian security forces recognized Chilean peacekeeping operations The workshop served as a “unique opportunity for military leaders to exchange opinions and learn new ways to integrate these International Humanitarian Law into their military operations,” Almendra said. Carazas agreed with this assessment. “We learned a lot from our Colombian counterparts in terms of ways to instill a community approach to our military operations, integrated with our police forces, as a means to win back the hearts and minds of smaller localities where the Shining Path continue to operate,” Carazas said. I liked it and Iâ€™m entering the Colombian territory A lot of coca, a lot of money!
Mr Cullum added that he wasn’t even able to seek outside assistance, because the seatbelt light was switched on. “I tried lifting her up, shaking her, and startling her, but it seemed like nothing was going to work,” he explained. Forced to decide whether to politely wake his fellow passenger up or lightly nudge her away as she rested on his knee, Mr Cullum decided to film his struggle with the exhausted woman. Uploading the video (below) to Youtube, Mr Cullum said the woman fell asleep pretty much as soon as they sat on the plane, The Daily Mail reported. What do you do when a co-passenger falls asleep next to you and ends up using your lap as a pillow? Record it, according to one flyer. Check out the passenger’s struggle below: On a recent flight, this was the exact awkward situation traveller Steve Cullum was placed in. Eventually the tired woman moved away from Mr Cullum and found the passenger on the other side of the three seater row. Record it, according to Mr Cullum.