Table for Two: Restaurants in a pandemic

first_imgMargaritas-to-go is just one of the ways Uno Mas has pivoted to make ends meet during the COVID-19 pandemic.KINGFIELD – With the approaching one-year mark of the COVID-19 pandemic, restaurants are settling into what has become the new normal for their industry. Many restaurant owners have had to re-evaluate their businesses several times over the past few months and remaining open has meant constant flexibility and creativity to supplement profits.“It became a game of how to not lose money, instead of a game of how to make money,” said Ryan Nezol, who owns Uno Mas. Uno Mas was one of the few restaurants that remained open in the early months of the pandemic. This was mostly due to the early preparations that Nezol took with his employees and his business. Nezol cut the staff to a minimum and offered only take-out services, an option that many restaurants would utilize in the coming months.“A lot of our customers saw the precautions we took early. They could tell we were taking it seriously and they’ve been supportive ever since. They’d leave extra tips because they knew how much we were struggling. It had some people ordering from here twice a week. It felt good to know the community had my back,” said Nezol.Despite the support from community members who looked to help restaurants any way they could, Uno Mas has suffered many of the same negative impacts of other restaurants this year.Uno Mas is also working on expanding their bar area in order to seat more people while still social distancing.“Between 25-35 percent of my business is people passing through,” said Nezol. With the tourist season all-but nonexistent in the past year and the fears of customers in the early pandemic, Uno Mas struggled to keep its doors open.“There were months on end when I couldn’t afford to spend an extra cent,” said Nezol.Revenue fell more than 40 percent from that of 2019, and it wasn’t clear if Uno Mas would recover. In the recent months, with the opening of dine-in services again, profits have increased, but according to Nezol, they’re nowhere near where they normally are in February when business usually picks up after the holiday decline. Nezol received a round of Covid relief funds part of which he’s utilized to expand the bar inside the restaurant to seat more customers while still socially distancing. He hopes that this will help upcoming business, but the stereotype surrounding restaurants might be the bigger obstacle to overcome in maintaining success as the pandemic continues.“The limited capacity dining in a restaurant is actually safer than having dinner at a friend’s house. That’s where the spread happens, but restaurants were demonized early on by the news,” said Nezol.Polly MacMichael, co-owner of Rolling Fatties in Kingfield, hasn’t necessarily felt the weight of the stereotype, but this may be due to her communal approach to remaining open. To minimize risk and to consolidate resources, the restaurant has cut their hours to weekends only, offering takeout services as well as a fully stocked grocery store.Rolling Fatties now offers their homemade salsa, guacamole, tortillas and even pre-packaged chicken wings through their online market.“We source 95 percent of our products locally already, so we worked with our distributors and local sources to sell raw ingredients and Maine products. People can order it online and we stock it right here, so it’s easy for them to pick it up,” said MacMichael.The products range from locally sourced meats to produce and grains. Distributors such as Maine Grains and Cold Spring Ranch contribute to Rolling Fattie’s market. When customers order online, their market items are placed on the pick-up porch outside the restaurant with the rest of their food order.“We also offer prepared foods, like our guacamole, so that people can buy that in bulk too. The idea is that you can do your grocery shopping and buy everything you need to make your own “fattie” at home. People seem to really appreciate the ease of it, and so we haven’t seen too much of a decline in business,” said MacMichael.Whether Rolling Fatties continues their grocery offerings or not will depend, but for now, there is too much fluctuation to tell MacMichael said.“We just want to do what best for our employees and our customers.”A typical Rolling Fatties market pickup- local produce, beverages and fixings for make-at-home fatties.last_img read more

IMCA Stock Cars chase $1,000 check at BVR’s Kyle Suter Memorial

first_imgALTA, Iowa – IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars run for $1,000 to win and a minimum of $100 to start at Buena Vista Raceway’s Wednesday, July 1 Kyle Suter Memorial.Larry and Desi Suter of North Central Line Service sponsor the draw/redraw special and pay the $35 entry fee for Stock Cars. Fifty dollar hard charger, long tow and tough luck awards will be given. Tow money for the Stocks is $75.Also running Wednesday at Alta are Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Mach-1 Sport Compacts and BVR Bombers.All applicable points will be awarded in the IMCA divisions.Pit gates open at 5 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5:30 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:45 p.m. with racing to follow.Grandstand admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and veterans with ID and free for kids 12 and under. Pit passes are $25.More information is available by calling 712 299-7304, on Facebook and at the www.buenavistaraceway.com website.last_img read more

Skidding Orange looks to turn it around against South Florida

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 5, 2012 at 1:30 am Contact Austin: [email protected] More than halfway through his first season as head coach, Leonid Yelin and Syracuse women’s volleyball team have lost five of their last six games.With 12 games remaining, the team is looking to get back on track this weekend. The Orange (8-10, 0-3 Big East) takes on South Florida (10-7, 2-2 Big East) at noon Friday and Pittsburgh (10-8, 1-3 Big East) at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Women’s Building.Yelin and his assistant, Stephanie Cantway, are working around injuries and adjusting lineups to put out as successful of a team as possible. Yelin, an experienced postseason coach who led Louisville to 14 NCAA tournaments, admits his first season at the helm has been challenging.“As a coach, it’s been very challenging,” Yelin said. “Am I enjoying it now? No.”Yelin said he knew the team would get off to slow start this season. But that doesn’t make losing any easier.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“This is my life,” he said. “This is everything for me. I’ve been married to volleyball for so many years. I joke sometimes, and even my wife accepts that volleyball is my first wife.”Senior defensive specialist Zoe Guzman has played under three coaches in her college career: former coach Jing Pu, Kelly Morrisroe, who took over for Pu when he was relieved of his duties last season, and now for Yelin.“It’s definitely a huge change from the previous coaching staff,” Guzman said. “It’s a good change. Every transition period is going to have its ups and downs and right now everyone is struggling with the new freshmen coming in and adapting to the new style.”Yelin has proven himself as one of the better coaches in the conference, posting a 366-112 record at Louisville. The hardest part about changing coaches, Guzman said, is becoming accustomed to how a coach wants things done on and off the court.“They’re so different from the other ones,” Guzman said. “We’re trying our best. We still want to win. I think that’s the main goal of everyone and we’re trying everything possible in our power to do that.”Last year as a freshman, libero Melina Violas started the season playing under Pu. When he was relieved of his duties in October, like the rest of the team, Violas had to adapt to Morrisroe’s coaching style.Now, she is playing under Yelin and Cantway. The coaching staff had a lot of work to do when they took over the program, Violas said.“They are building a completely new tradition,” Violas said. “They’ve changed everything from the way we are supposed to eat, the way we’re supposed to practice, how we’re supposed to be on and off the court. It is a huge transition for all of the girls on the team and we have to keep with it and keep implementing it knowing that it will work and it will pay off.” Commentslast_img read more

Insider Trading: Man City to rival Spanish giants for Pogba, and Liverpool flop heading back to Italy?

first_imgtalkSPORT’s transfer guru, Warren Haughton, rounds up all the latest transfer rumours and gossip.He brings us the latest on Manchester City’s pursuit of Europe’s hottest property: Paul Pogba. Can they tempt the Juventus star away from Real Madrid and Barcelona?According to some reports, the Premier League runners-up made an enquiry over the weekend with a view to an £83m bid for the Frenchman. The futures of two City strikers – Stevan Jovetic and Edin Dzeko – are also uncertain, with the former reportedly being lined up by Inter Milan.And will Mario Balotelli be offered a route out of his Liverpool nightmare by Serie A side Sampdoria?Here’s some of the top transfer rumours from talkSPORT.com:Barcelona to fight Chelsea and Manchester City to land £5million Brazilian wonderkidMan City and Bayern Munich to move for Liverpool and Tottenham target Marc BartraManchester United target Roberto Firmino IS moving to England, confirms Hoffenheim star’s agentZlatan Ibrahimovic to hold PSG talks as Arsenal linked with stunning swoopTottenham set to miss out on transfer target Imbula as Inter Milan close on £15m dealEverton open talks with Augsburg defender Ragnar KlavanInter Milan ready bid for Manchester City forward Stevan JoveticSerie A side Sampdoria considering move for Liverpool star Mario BalotelliDanish star set to rule out Liverpool or West Ham move with £7m switch to TurkeyPaul Pogba latest: Juventus boss admits Man City target for sale at the right priceLiverpool transfer news: Tevez to sign? Plus deal for brilliant midfielder and defender latestReal Madrid enter battle for Chelsea and Man City target Mauro Icardilast_img read more

Research Finds Text-Messaging Improves Children’s Spelling Skills

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Teens’ text-messaging habits are legion. They send thousands upon thousands of texts per month, and every once in a while, some unfortunate parents make the headlines when they get a bill in the mail for thousands upon thousands of dollars in texting charges. The increasing use of text-messaging by teens – and increasingly often, by younger children – has given some people cause for concern. They argue that the abbreviations used in texting are detrimental to literacy development. Spelling, grammar, phrasing – these are all somehow poised to suffer, critics of texting contend, because of the use of shortened words and sentences. Soon, they predict, students’ essays will be filled with LOLs and L8Rs.But a new study from Coventry University finds no evidence that having access to mobile phones harms children’s literacy skills. In fact, the research suggests that texting abbreviations or “textisms” may actually aid reading, writing and spelling skills.The research, set to be published in the Journal of Computer Assisted Learning next month, examined the impact of text-messaging on 9- and 10-year-olds. The study recruited 114 children for the study, none of whom had previously used a mobile phone. Half of the group were given access to a mobile phone. Better Spelling Through Texting?Based on a series of reading and spelling tests, researchers found a “significant contribution of textism use to the children’s spelling development during the study.” The study made it clear that it wasn’t the access to the phone per se, or even the text-messaging as much as specifically the use of textisms that aided the development. The reason, writes Dr. Clare Wood, one of the authors of the study, “is partly explained by the highly phonetic nature of the textisms that are popular within this age group, as the phonological and alphabetic awareness that is required for the construction and decoding of these textisms also underpin successful reading development.”It’s also possible, the researchers add, that textisms add value because they are “another way in which students are exposed to print outside of school.” And while sure, it’s not the same as having students exposed to “great works of literature” on the weekends, it looks like texting is a good influence nonetheless. Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#news#NYT#web center_img audrey watters A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

D’Angelo Russell, Caris LeVert lead Nets to Game 1 stunner over 76ers

first_imgBrooklyn Nets’ Caris LeVert, right, dunks the ball as Philadelphia 76ers’ Tobias Harris, left, defends during the first half in Game 1 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Saturday, April 13, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)PHILADELPHIA — D’Angelo Russell rang up a scoring burst that helped Brooklyn dial up an upset and filled Philly’s home court with a barrage of boos.All-Star Ben Simmons wants to put the fans on mute — and the Sixers could stand to silence their cellphones.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Sixers benchwarmer Amir Johnson was caught by TV cameras sitting on the bench and scrolling through his phone late in the fourth quarter and the Sixers down big. Johnson showed All-Star Joel Embiid whatever message was on the phone and then slid it into his warmup pants pocket.Embiid said Johnson received an update on a sick daughter. Sixers coach Brett Brown called Johnson’s actions “completely unacceptable.”So was Philadelphia’s performance.Jimmy Butler scored 36 points and saved the Sixers, widely considered a favorite to at least reach the East semis, from losing by 25. Embiid slogged his way through 24 forgettable minutes on his bum left knee. Simmons was a postseason dud against Russell, his high school teammate.The sixth-seeded Nets turned Philly in the city of 20,000 boos — and that’s just counting the ones echoing throughout the Wells Fargo Center — as they phoned in one of their worst efforts of the season.Sixers starters Simmons, Tobias Harris and JJ Redick combined to shoot 11 of 31 from the floor for 18 points. The Sixers missed 22 of 25 3-pointers.“We all got to do a better job. Us. The fans. We have to bring the fun,” Embiid said.Poised for a postseason breakthrough, Russell flourished and hit a string of jumpers in the third that never let the Sixers seriously chip away at the lead. LeVert’s third 3 in the fourth made it a 16-point game and there was no looking back — at least not for Russell as he raised his arms in celebration as he headed down the tunnel into Brooklyn’s locker room.“I trust our offense. We got great minds behind it,” Russell said. “Coach set us up earlier this season with a routine and recipe for the offense and it’s been flowing ever since.”Embiid was introduced to a roaring standing ovation and heard chants of “MVP!” and “Trust the Process” when he opened the game with two free throws. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated “I think earlier in the season, especially when we were struggling, we’d lose games like that,” coach Kenny Atkinson said.Not in April.Russell, LeVert and Spencer Dinwiddie gave the Sixers fits off the dribble, buried open looks from 3-point range (11 of 26) and smoked a Sixers team that resembled one straight out of the early Process era.Russell got the first win of his playoff career and the last laugh, scoring 14 points in the third quarter and leading the Nets to one of the biggest wins since they moved to Brooklyn. It came days after Los Angeles Lakers executive Magic Johnson, who dumped Russell on the Nets, resigned. Russell, who scored 19 points in the second half, can safely scroll through his phone to see his Nets are trending.The 76ers might want to keep their phones on lock.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES “If you’re going to boo, then stay on that side,” Simmons said.Russell flashed some postseason magic, playing like the All-Star leader Brooklyn needed with 26 points, and Caris LeVert scored 23 to lead the Nets to an impressive 111-102 win Saturday over the 76ers in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference first-round playoff series.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“We’ve got the right pieces to keep it going,” Russell said.Check out this update on a mobile device: A Nets team that got hot late just to make the playoffs has the upper hand on the road over a 51-win team stocked with stars. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messcenter_img DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew “We think he’s the right leader to take us where we need to go in the playoffs,” Harris said. “I’m focused on the Brooklyn Nets.”UP NEXTGame 2 is Monday in Philadelphia.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss DJ Augustin has 25, hits winning 3, Magic beat Raptors Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting But he just wasn’t ready to play at an All-Star level for any serious length of time. He was hit with a technical when he shoved Jared Dudley to the ground and went back to the locker room for more treatment with about 3 minutes left in the first half. He scored 22 points — including 12 free throws — and had 15 rebounds.Butler kept the Sixers in the game with a sensational first half that showed why the franchise surrendered so much to land the four-time All-Star. He buried a 3 at the horn to send the Sixers into the break down 62-54. He was 6 of 10 and scored 23 points while the rest of the Sixers shot 10 of 38 for 31 points.Embiid has always fancied himself a 3-point shooter, and with tendinitis in his left knee that cost him most of the final month of the season rendering him immobile, he decided to camp out a bit more beyond the arc. He missed all five 3s in the half — and the Sixers missed their first 11.“I thought that Joel looked like he hadn’t played for a while yet was still dominant,” Brown said.With or without a healthy Embiid, the Nets were about unstoppable for much of the half with the Sixers clearly not ready to play. Dinwiddie and DeMarre Carroll hit consecutive 3s during a 12-0 run. LeVert hit two straight 3s for a 14-point lead and the Sixers — who had been the darlings of the city during the Process — were soundly booed off the court by 20,000 fans ticked off at a supposed East contender.TIP-INSNets: C Jarrett Allen was whistled for fouls on Philadelphia’s first two possessions.76ers: Butler and Tobias Harris are both eligible for free agency and could stick around after they were acquired in mid-season trades. Team owner Josh Harris said both players could be re-signed. “It’s really hard to get good players of their caliber. Now that we’ve attracted them into our system, we’re going to work really hard at keeping them around for a while,” Harris said.VOTE OF CONFIDENCE?Harris said Brown was a “great coach” but offered no assurance he would return to the bench for another season if the Sixers failed to make a deep run in the playoffs. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Leo Austria puts positive spin on Terrence Romeo’s outburst: ‘He’s a warrior, he wants to win’

first_imgRomeo received two quick technical fouls for berating a referee in the fourth quarter of the Beermen’s 108-101 Game 2 win Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum in a scene where the combo guard seemed uncontrollable.Austria said Romeo felt that the Hotshots were too aggressive on the defensive end but still managed to get away with a few physical hits that triggered Romeo’s ire toward the game officials leading to his ejection with 6:23 left to play.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsREAD: Beermen have ‘nothing but praise’ for Terrence Romeo“I think he feels that he was on the receiving end of excessive fouls, I think that’s what happened,” said Austria in Filipino. “Prior to the technical, there was a prior incident where a foul wasn’t called.” “But I like the kid because he wants to win,” said Austria of Romeo. “He’s a warrior, that’s a sign that he doesn’t want to be stepped on. But still, this is a basketball game, sometimes someone will get ahead of you sometimes not.”“He should be mature already but slowly he’ll get there.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew LATEST STORIES Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte “They [the Hotshots] kept bugging him and there were no fouls, and then when he does that he gets called with a foul in an instant.”San Miguel governor Robert Non tried to pacify Romeo, who finished with 13 points and three fouls in 20 minutes of play, but his efforts fell on deaf ears.READ: Finals first-timer Terrence Romeo ‘serious’ about mulling retirement if Beermen wins titleAlex Cabagnot and the other Beermen then took a shot at calming down Romeo but they too failed to control their teammate.Austria, though, found a silver lining in Romeo’s outbursts.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Marcio Lassiter gets confidence boost after strong Game 2 showing MANILA, Philippines—San Miguel head coach Leo Austria believes emotions just got the best of Terrence Romeo in his outburst in Game 2 of the PBA Philippine Cup finals.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View commentslast_img read more

10 months agoBrighton boss Hughton: Dunk return key to Everton win

first_imgBrighton boss Hughton: Dunk return key to Everton winby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton boss Chris Hughton was happy to have Lewis Dunk back for their 1-0 win over Everton.Dunk returned to keep a clean sheet alongside Shane Duffy in the heart of defence, and Hughton was pleased to see the pair rekindle their successful partnership.“It’s important because they know each other very well, and that’s not taking anything away from Leon Balogun, who’s played well in the last few games for us.“But they’re a partnership that know each other very well, and they had to deal with a fair bit of pressure towards the end of the game.“It’s been a good year for us. We’re on the back of two really good performances, both at home against two very good teams.“That puts us in good stead, but we now go through a difficult away game on Wednesday and we’ll have to show a lot of what we’ve showed over the last two games.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoPerez: Everton more likely to buy Propper than Ajax

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Perez: Everton more likely to buy Propper than Ajaxby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Ajax striker Kenneth Perez could see his old club being interested in Brighton midfielder Davy Propper.However, Perez says Ajax would not have the spending power to convince Brighton to sell.”Do you really think they could just pick up a boy like that?” quizzed Perez on FOX Sports.”He played one year in the Premier League at Brighton (in fact two years). He did very well.”What would Brighton not ask for him?”He had a good year at Brighton. There is a good chance that another English club would also be interested. For example, Everton laughs and pays thirty, forty, fifty million euros for a domestic transfer.” last_img read more