Friendly’s saved from bankruptcy, preserving 130 locations

first_imgFull Name* Share via Shortlink Email Address* TagsbankruptcyRetailretail bankruptcy This isn’t the first time that the chain has faced turmoil.At one point there were more than 500 Friendly’s locations, but the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 2011 and subsequently closed more than 60 restaurants. It exited bankruptcy in 2012 and was acquired by Dean Foods in 2016 for $155 million.Other restaurant chains have similarly filed for bankruptcy during the pandemic, with a few being rescued by investors. Notably, Le Pain Quotidien was bought out of bankruptcy by Aurify Brands and continued to reopen eateries and open new locations as a result.Contact the authorcenter_img Brix Holdings CEO Craig Erlich (Photo via Brix; Getty)It’s all smiles for Friendly’s.The casual dining chain has been saved from bankruptcy by Amici Partners Group, which invests in and runs eateries. The investment firm, which is affiliated with Brix Holdings, plans to keep 130 corporate-owned and franchised Friendly’s locations open.Friendly’s filed for bankruptcy and announced a tentative deal with Amici in November. At the time, it was reported that the chain would sell for $2 million, but the parties didn’t disclose a final sale price.“The investors of Amici Partners Group, LLC have been involved with the Friendly’s Restaurant brand in many capacities over the years, not only as owners/operators and leaders in the system, but also as longtime loyal customers of this iconic brand,” Craig Erlich, Brix president and CEO, said in a statement.ADVERTISEMENTRead moreFriendly’s files for bankruptcy, enters sales agreementLe Pain Quotidien to open 10 new locationsInside the plight of a small retail landlord Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Message*last_img read more

The elephant seal industry at South Georgia

first_imgSouth Georgia, one of the Dependencies of the Falkland Islands, lies in the South Atlantic Ocean between lats. 53° 50′ and 55° S. and longs. 35° 50′ and 38°15′ W. The island is about 120 miles long from north-west to south-east and its greatest breadth is under thirty miles: it is heavily glacierized with an indented coastline and a backbone of high mountains rising to over 9000 ft.last_img

Relationship between phospholipid breakdown and freezing injury in a cell wall-less mutant of Chlamydomonas reinhardii

first_imgThe effects of freezing and thawing on a cell wall-less mutant (CW15+) of Chlamydomonas reinhardii were investigated by monitoring enzyme release, cell viability, cell ultrastructure, and lipid composition. Cells suspended in Euglena gracilis medium were extremely susceptible to freezing injury, the median lethal temperature in the presence of extracellular ice being −5.3°C. Cell damage was associated with a release of intracellular enzymes and massive breakdown of cellular organization. Changes in phospholipid fatty acid composition consistent with either a peroxidation process or phospholipase A2 activity were evident, but the time course of these changes showed clearly that alterations in phospholipid fatty acid composition were a secondary, pathological event and not the the primary cause of freeze-thaw injury in Chlamydomonas reinhardii CW15+.last_img read more

Distribution and biogeography of oribatid mites (Acari: Oribatida) in Antarctica, the sub-Antarctic islands and nearby land areas

first_imgOribatid mites are an ancient group of cosmopolitan terrestrial arthropods with limited trans-oceanic dispersal abilities. They provide an opportunity to answer questions concerning the role played by Gondwanaland, either as a migration route for terrestrial organisms or as a centre for their origin and subsequent glacial destruction, in the development of the biota of Antarctica, the sub-Antarctic islands and nearby land areas. Biogeographical studies of present-day oribatid mite faunas of the Antarctic region, New Zealand and South America (particularly the Andes Mountains) also allow insight into the historical development of such biota after the break-up of Gondwanaland. No records of fossil oribatid mites are known for the Antarctic and their main dispersal mechanisms within the biome are likely to be via sea-birds and possibly ocean currents. A total of 105 species from 20 families of oribatid mites are recorded from the Antarctic which, together with species records from South America, including Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego, and New Zealand, allowed faunal similarities to be examined using the similarity coefficient of Jaccard and principal co-ordinate analysis. Species endemism is high in both the continental (60%) and the sub-Antarctic zones (63%) compared with the maritime Antarctic zone (18%) and the Falkland Islands (19%), but lower than in the New Zealand fauna (83%) and in the Neotropical areas of South America (89%). Species diversity of oribatid mites in the Antarctic is low (five species in the continental Antarctic zone, 22 species recorded for the maritime Antarctic zone, and 78 species found in the sub-Antarctic zone) compared with New Zealand (330 species) and the Neotropical South American region (1193 species). The numerically-dominant species are from the families Oppiidae and Ameronothridae in the Antarctic region, but only a single endemic family (Maudheimiidae) occurs there. Several conclusions are drawn regarding the relationships of the oribatid mite faunas within Antarctica and between them and those of the surrounding land areas. The high similarity of the present faunas of the Andes Mountains and New Zealand at both generic and family levels suggests a genetic continuity of these areas in the past, but reduced species similarity indicates that the majority of the present oribatid mite species arose after the break-up of Gondwanaland (17 oribatid mite species found in both areas at present, have not been recorded elsewhere). Two possibilities regarding the possible land connection between these two geographical areas are (i) via what are now the sub-Antarctic islands, and (ii) via what is now the continental Antarctic. The latter is more probable in view of the disharmonic nature of the present sub-Antarctic island oribatid mite faunas. The present distribution of the most common family of oribatid mites, the Ameronothridae, in the Antarctic suggests that it is not a faunal relict but results from post-glacial recolonisation possibly from Australasia, where there are many species and high generic diversity. The sub-Antarctic islands have a distinctly richer oribatid mite fauna than the continent, probably influenced by a longer period of habitat development uninterrupted by volcanic activity. Their re-colonisation by physiologically pre-adapted, cold-hardy taxa is likely to have occurred from South America and Australia, a long-term and often accidental process. Studies are required to determine the possible mechanisms which underlie this process.last_img read more

Taxonomic turnover and abundance in Cretaceous to Tertiary wood floras of Antarctica: implications for changes in forest ecology

first_imgBased on the temporal distribution, abundance, and taxonomic composition of wood floras, four phases of vegetation development are recognized through the Cretaceous to Early Tertiary of the Antarctic Peninsula: (1) Aptian to Albian communities dominated by podocarpaceous, araucarian, and minor taxodiaceous/cupressaceous conifers with rare extinct gymnosperms (Sahnioxylon). (2) Progressive replacement of these communities in ?Cenomanian to Santonian times by angiosperms, most without modern analogues. (3) Increasing dominance of angiosperms becoming important both in terms of diversity and abundance towards the mid-Late Cretaceous. (4) Modernization of the flora during the Campanian to Maastrichtian with the extinction of earlier forms, appearance of the Nothofagaceae and diversification of associated elements. These patterns broadly follow trends seen in the leaf and palynological record but with some important differences. During the Cretaceous, conifer composition undergoes a change whereby Phyllocladoxylon-type woods increase relative to the older Podocarpoxylon forms. During the Paleocene to Eocene period, a marked extinction in wood types occurs associated with an increase in the abundance of nothofagaceous wood. Detailed examination of wood abundance and distributions from sections within Maastrichtian and Paleocene formations points to strong environmental control on taxonomic compositions. Similar differences are encountered when comparing coeval floras from different geographic regions and palaeoenvironments.last_img read more

Ice-stream response to ocean tides and the form of the basal sliding law

first_imgThe response of ice streams to ocean tides is investigated. Numerical modelling experiments are conducted using a two-dimensional flow-line model of coupled ice-stream and ice-shelf flow. The model includes all components of the equilibrium equations, and uses a non-linear viscoelastic constitutive equation for ice. Basal sliding is simulated with a Weertman type sliding law where basal sliding is proportional to some power of the basal shear stress. The response of ice-streams to tidal forcing is found to be profoundly affected by mechanical conditions at the bed. For a non-linear sliding law, a non-linear interaction between the two main semi-diurnal tidal constituents (M2 and S2) can give rise to a significant perturbation in ice-stream flow at the lunisolar synodic fortnightly (MSf) tidal period of 14.76 days. For a linear sliding law, in contrast, no such modulation in flow at the MSf frequency is found. For vertical ocean tides of the type observed on Filchner-Ronne Ice Shelf (FRIS), the amplitude of the horizontal modulation in ice-stream flow at the MSf frequency resulting from a non-linear interaction between the S2 and M2 tidal constitutes can be larger than the direct response at the S2 and the M2 frequencies. In comparison the non-linear interaction between K1 and O1 tidal components is weak. As a consequence, modelled ice-stream response to mixed oceanic tides of the type found on FRIS is stronger at the MSf period of 14.76 days than at both the semi-diurnal and diurnal frequencies, while at the same time almost absent at the similar Mf period of 13.66 days. The model results compare favourably with measurements of tidally induced flow variations on Rutford Ice Stream (RIS), West Antarctica. On RIS a strong tidal response is found at the MSf frequency with a smaller response at the semi-diurnal and diurnal frequencies, and almost no response at the Mf frequency. A non-linear viscous sliding law appears to have the potential to fully explain these observations.last_img read more

The terrestrial and freshwater invertebrate biodiversity of the archipelagoes of the Barents Sea; Svalbard, Franz Josef Land and Novaya Zemlya

first_imgArctic terrestrial ecosystems are generally considered to be species poor, fragile and often isolated. Nonetheless, their intricate complexity, especially that of the invertebrate component, is beginning to emerge. Attention has become focused on the Arctic both due to the importance of this rapidly changing region for the Earth and also the inherent interest of an extreme and unique environment. The three archipelagoes considered here, Svalbard, Franz Josef Land and Novaya Zemlya, delineate the Barents Sea to the west, north and east. This is a region of convergence for Palearctic and Nearctic faunas re-colonising the Arctic following the retreat of the ice after the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM). Despite the harsh Arctic environment and the short period since deglaciation, the archipelagoes of the Barents Sea are inhabited by diverse invertebrate communities. But there is an obvious imbalance in our knowledge of many taxa of each archipelago, and in our knowledge of many taxa. Research effort in Svalbard is increasing rapidly while there are still few reports, particularly in the western literature, from Franz Josef Land and Novaya Zemlya. Nevertheless, there appears to be a surprising degree of dissimilarity between the invertebrate faunas, possibly reflecting colonization history. We provide a baseline synthesis of the terrestrial and freshwater invertebrate fauna of the Barents Sea archipelagoes, highlight the taxa present, the characteristic elements of fauna and the complexity of their biogeography. In doing so, we provide a background from which to assess responses to environmental change for a region under increasing international attention from scientific, industrial and political communities as well as non-governmental organizations and the general public.last_img read more

Prep Sports Roundup: 5/2

first_img Written by Brad James FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailBoys Soccer2-A PlayoffsFILLMORE, Utah-The Millard Eagles exploded with five first half goals in besting the Merit Knights 8-3 Wednesday in the first round of the 2-A boys soccer playoffs. Millard next travels to Layton Christian Saturday at 1:00 pm in the state quarterfinals.BEAVER, Utah-Isaac Ornelas, Jesus Magana and Konner Beard each found the net as the Beaver Beavers stymied Wasatch Academy 3-1 in the first round of the 2-A boys soccer playoffs Wednesday. Beaver next hosts APA West Valley Saturday at 11:00 am in the state quarterfinals.Softball2-A SouthKANAB, Utah-Allie Luab went yard twice and the Enterprise Wolves hammered Kanab 22-0 in 2-A South softball action Wednesday. Tags: Beaver/Boys Soccer/Kanab/Layton Christian/Millard/Softball/Wasatch Academy May 2, 2018 /Sports News – Local Prep Sports Roundup: 5/2last_img read more

NCAA Utah Golf Roundup: 5/8

first_img Tags: BYU/Dixie State/NCAA Women’s Golf May 8, 2018 /Sports News – Local NCAA Utah Golf Roundup: 5/8 Brad James Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailAUSTIN, Texas-Tuesday, as the NCAA Women’s golf super regional continued from Austin, Texas, Brigham Young slumped to 9th place at 587 +11, which has them tied with #11 seed Michigan State.#1 seed Arkansas is in command for the time being as the Razorbacks are at 555 -21 with host Texas in second at 566 -10.The Cougars’ star performer Tuesday was Rose Huang who was 141 -3 and ended the second day of competition in fifth place overall. Her teammate, Kendra Dalton, was close behind at 142 -2 and tied for eighth overall in the standings.The other Cougars’ competitors were far below this mark as Naomi Soifua and Annie Yang are tied for 60th at 152 +8. Rounding out BYU competitors on the afternoon was Anna Kennedy, who ended the second day of competition tied for 73 at 154 +10.The third and final day of competition in this regional commences Wednesday at 8:00 am MDT and the top six teams will advance to the NCAA Tournament.To reach this point, the Cougars will have to make up six strokes as the current sixth place team, Oklahoma, is at 581 +5.DURANGO, Colo.-Tuesday, as the NCAA Division II women’s golf super regional continues at the Hillcrest Golf Club of Durango, Colo., Dixie State’s Katie Ford continues to rise up the board.As the Trail Blazers’ only women’s golf player to qualify for this postseason tournament, Ford has a lot of expectations riding upon her shoulders.In any event, she thrives on pressure as Tuesday, she rose 10 spots in the overall standings to 22nd and is tied with four others at 156 +12.Ford got to this point by successfully penciling in a pair of birdies on her opening nine, while collecting one more birdie and five pars (eight total) on the back nine.Wednesday’s final round of action commences at 9:30 am MDT.last_img read more

Dastrup to transfer from BYU

first_img Tags: Basketball/BYU Cougars/Payton Dastrup Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPROVO, Utah – BYU men’s basketball coach Dave Rose announced today that Payton Dastrup will transfer from the program. He has two years of eligibility remaining.Dastrup, a 6-foot-10 forward from Mesa, Arizona, lettered two years for BYU. As a sophomore in 2017-18 he averaged 3.3 points and 1.8 rebounds while shooting 52.0 percent from the field and 43.3 percent from 3-point range. Dastrup posted season highs of 14 points, six rebounds, three blocks and two steals.“We are grateful to Payton for the time he spent here at BYU,” Rose said. “He is a very talented player and inspirational teammate. We wish him all the very best moving forward” Robert Lovell June 1, 2018 /Sports News – Local Dastrup to transfer from BYUlast_img read more