moe. Announces First U.S. Tour Dates Of 2019

first_imgToday, moe. has announced their first U.S. tour dates of 2019— a four-date run stopping in three cities in the northeast.First, on Friday, February 15th and Saturday, February 16th, the five-piece will head to the State Theatre in Portland, Maine. The following night, Sunday, February 17th, moe. will make their way to The Strand in Providence, RI. Finally, the following Saturday, February 23rd, the band will travel to the Big Apple for a performance at the storied Beacon Theatre.Pre-sale for the newly announced shows begins tomorrow, Wednesday, November 14th at 12 p.m. ET. Public on-sale begins on Friday, Nov 16th at 12 p.m. ET. For more information on ticketing for the newly unveiled dates, head to the band’s website here.While the new announcement certainly stokes fan excitement for next year, moe. still has plenty on their plate for the remainder of 2018. On Wednesday, November 28th, moe. will begin their run of late-2018 shows with a performance at Charleston Music Hall in Charleston, SC. They’ll continue through the southeast from there with stops in Orlando, FL (11/29); Fort Lauderdale, FL (11/30); St. Petersburg, FL (12/1); Ponte Vedra Beach, FL (12/2); Charlotte, NC (12/5); Birmingham, AL (12/6); and Atlanta, GA (12/7, 12/8) before capping the stretch with a show at Nashville, TN’s Marathon Music Works on Sunday, December 9th. Finally, to close out the year, the Buffalo-native band will head to nearby Rochester, NY for a two-night New Year’s run at Kodak Center on Sunday, December 30th and Monday, December 31st.In the early weeks of 2019, ahead of their newly announced northeast run moe. will host their third-ever tropical throe.down in Runaway Bay, Jamaica. Head to the band’s website for more information.last_img read more

On Tour With The Grateful Dead 1982: New York State, Ice Hockey, & A Bit Of Long Island Magic [Audio/Video]

first_imgThe great state of New York hosted a whopping 309 Grateful Dead shows over the course of the band’s 30-year career, ending in 1995. While over half of those shows were in or around the San Francisco-based band’s second home of New York City, the band also cultivated and maintained a significant presence upstate, which started with their infamous gig during a rainstorm on August 16th, 1969 at the iconic Woodstock Music & Art Fair.As the 2019 NHL playoffs start today, it’s more than appropriate to acknowledge that New York has long been a hotbed for the sport of ice hockey, serving as the home to 3 NHL teams and dozens of minor league, collegiate and junior teams. The city of Lake Placid was also the site of the 1980 Winter Olympics, where the USA men’s ice hockey team staged their “Miracle On Ice” en route to winning one of the most unlikely gold medals in Olympic history.On Tour With The Grateful Dead 1987: Reliving The First East Coast Shows After Jerry Garcia’s Coma [Full Videos/Audio]The Grateful Dead, pro hockey, and New York all intersected very nicely in April 1982, when the Grateful Dead played five straight shows in New York hockey arenas during their spring tour. While this tour’s most famous show is the Philadelphia Spectrum show on April 6th (listen below), this week in New York was an eventful one for both the Grateful Dead and for hockey. This was also the first tour where lead guitarist and vocalist Jerry Garcia and bassist Phil Lesh had switched stage positions, so Garcia was now left of center next to keyboardist/vocalist Brent Mydland while Lesh moved out to stage right—the stage plot that would remain for the remainder of the Dead’s career, spawning the terms “Phil side” and “Brent side” amongst latter-day Deadheads.Grateful Dead – Philadelphia, PA – 4/6/82 – Full Audio[Audio uploaded by Jonathan Aizen]The week kicked off on April 8th in Syracuse, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Arena. The arena has been home to five minor league hockey teams since opening in 1951 and is the current home of the Syracuse Crunch, but in hockey lore it’s most famous as the filming location for the legendary scene in the 1977 hockey comedy film, Slap Shot, when the Charlestown Chiefs’ infamous Hanson brothers climb into the stands to fight with the opposing team’s fans.Slap Shot Fight ClipHowever, the Grateful Dead brought a decidedly more peaceful vibe with them on this night, delivering the last of the seven shows they would play at this venue over 11 years. The band’s performance on this night was solid, with highlights coming by way of a particularly strong night from rhythm guitarist and vocalist Bob Weir. The first set featured a strong “Let It Grow”, while the second set was anchored by “Playing In The Band”, “Estimated Prophet”, and a strong version of “Not Fade Away” emitting from the “Space” segment of the show.Grateful Dead – Syracuse, NY – 4/8/82 – Full Audio[Audio uploaded by Jonathan Aizen]The following night found the band 88 miles west at the Rochester War Memorial, which was built in 1955 and has remained the home of the AHL’s Rochester Americans since 1956. In 1982, the “Amerks” were on an upswing that would culminate in Calder Cup championships in 1983 and 1987 and a trip to the finals in 1984. On April 9th, 1982, the Dead were on an upswing of their own from the previous night’s show. The first set was highlighted by an “Alabama Getaway” > “Greatest Story Ever Told” opening duo, a nice “Bird Song”, and a set-closing “China Cat Sunflower” > “I Know You Rider”. The second set raised the bar even further with a rare second-set appearance of “To Lay Me Down” and an excellent set-closing run of “The Other One” > “Stella Blue” > “Goin’ Down the Road Feelin’ Bad”. The set closed with a cover of The Rolling Stones‘ “Satisfaction”—and when a Dead show contained a version of the Rolling Stones classic, it was almost always a sign that the band was having a hot night. As Bob revealed in David Gans and Peter Simon’s 1985 book, Playing in the Band, “‘Satisfaction’ just came up one night…one of those little clouds of madness that drifted across the stage. We do it every now and then, usually when I‘m feeling pretty ringy. We have never done that one remotely the same way twice, and obviously we’ve never, ever rehearsed it. There are a number of songs we’ve never rehearsed, but ‘Satisfaction’ is one of the songs that rehearsal would ruin.”Grateful Dead – Rochester, NY – 4/9/82 – Full Audio[Audio uploaded by Jonathan Aizen]Saturday, April 10th, 1982 was an off-day for the Grateful Dead, but not for Jerry Garcia, who took the opportunity to sneak across state lines to New Jersey to play not one but two solo acoustic shows at the Capitol Theatre in Passaic, with the second one running until after 2:00 am.Jerry Garcia Solo Acoustic – Passaic, NJ – 4/10/18 – Full Audio (Early Show)[Uploaded by nognuisagoodgnu]Jerry Garcia Solo Acoustic – Passaic, NJ – 4/10/18 – Full Audio (Late Show)[Uploaded by nognuisagoodgnu]Garcia’s late night may explain the slower start to the Grateful Dead’s first of two shows at Long Island’s Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, NY on April 11th, 1982. Known colloquially as “Nassau” by both Deadheads and hockey fans, the building was the full-time (and now part-time) home of the NHL’s New York Islanders, who in April 1982 were the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions. Nassau opened in 1972 for the Islanders’ debut season, and the Dead would ultimately play 42 shows there over 12 multi-night runs from 1973 through 1994.The first set on April 11th had a somewhat slower vibe at times, but it was ultimately redeemed by nice versions of “Althea”, “Beat It On Down The Line” and “Let It Grow”. The second set featured a traditional Sunday airing of “Samson and Delilah” followed by a non-traditional second set version of Mydland original “Never Trust A Woman” and a “Truckin’” that generated the loud and expected cheers as its lines about Buffalo and New York were delivered.Grateful Dead – Uniondale, NY – 4/11/82 – Full Audio[Audio uploaded by Jonathan Aizen]However, the Dead returned to Nassau the following night and delivered the strongest start-to-finish show of the five-show run in the state. Opening with then-rarity “Iko Iko” was a good omen, and other highlights came from a mid-set “Bird Song” and the closing pairing of “Looks Like Rain” and “Deal”. Meanwhile, the second set hit greater heights with new addition “Man Smart Woman Smarter” as the opener followed by a lengthy, sparkling “Sugaree”. A standout version of “Estimated Prophet” followed (complete with a second “mid-song” solo at its conclusion) before dropping into “Uncle John’s Band”, and “The Other One” that came out of “Space” was deep enough to trick Bob into accidentally signing its second verse twice. In addition, for the second time in a week, “Satisfaction” appeared. This time, the Stones classic served as the encore, and as the lights came up, those famously invisible clouds of Grateful Dead magic were left hanging in the Nassau’s rafters.Grateful Dead – Uniondale, NY – 4/12/82 – Full Audio[Audio uploaded by Jonathan Aizen]As it turned out, Nassau’s primary tenants had some use for that magic. The very next night, the defending-champ Islanders were trailing 3-1 with less than 6 minutes left in the deciding game of a first-round playoff series with the then-lowly Pittsburgh Penguins, a sub-.500 team who had miraculously hung around despite being severely overmatched. But when all seemed lost, the Islanders scored two late goals to tie the game and then went on to win by scoring early in sudden-death overtime. The Islanders admitted the Penguins “scared us half to death” before going on to win their third of four consecutive Stanley Cups (NHL link below). The Islanders would not actually lose a playoff series until the 1984 finals, when they were finally dethroned by the Edmonton Oilers and their 23-year-old wunderkind Wayne Gretzky.Islanders vs. Penguins – 1982 Stanley Cup Playoffs – Nassau Coliseum[Video: Disengage]While that hockey magic played out on Long Island, the Grateful Dead also made a little history of their own that day when Jerry and Bob made the first of five appearances by Grateful Dead members on Late Night with David Letterman, where they engaged in humorous chatter with Dave and played acoustic versions of “Deep Elem Blues” and “Monkey and the Engineer”.Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir On Letterman – 4/13/82Last but not least, the band finished out their week of gigs in New York hockey arenas by heading back upstate to Glens Falls, NY. The compact 4,974-capacity Glens Falls Civic Center was built in 1977 and was then the home of the AHL’s Adirondack Red Wings who, in April 1982, were the defending Calder Cup champions—the first of four Calder Cups they would win over the next decade. Since 2015, the arena has been home to the ECHL’s Adirondack Thunder.The Dead rounded out this week with one of the best first sets of the year featuring a “Jack Straw” opener, a big early surprise in the form of an electric “Deep Elem Blues” that was doubtlessly prompted by its acoustic performance on TV the night before, a welcome “Lazy Lightning” > “Supplication” with a couple lyrical miscues, and a fiery “Bertha” to end the set. The second set opened with an unusually long, involved “China Cat Sunflower” that segued into the expected “I Know You Rider”. That was followed by the biggest highlight from these five shows: one of the finest versions of “Playing In The Band” from the era, a 16-minute version that a featured Bob using a slide to beautiful effect before yielding the stage to allow drummers Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart to deliver their nightly, spirited and improvised duet.Grateful Dead – Glens Falls, NY – 4/14/82 – Full Audio[Audio uploaded by Jonathan Aizen]From there, the band would leave New York for shows in Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Maryland to finish out the spring tour, but all things considered, it was a solid week of business for the Grateful Dead, the state of New York, and four of its hockey arenas. Hopefully, someone from the New York Islanders sent a thank you note to the Grateful Dead.last_img read more

Keeping the door open

first_imgEditor’s Note: This story is the second installment in a two-part series on University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh’s legacy at Notre Dame. This series is also the final installment in the “From the Office of the President” series. The door was always open, and the light was always on. That was Fr. Ted Hesburgh’s philosophy during the 35 years he inhabited the Office of the President in the Main Building. “The students were up half the night, so my light was on until 2 a.m. or 3 a.m. every night, and the door was open so the kids felt free to come in,” Hesburgh said. “And so most universities … the big problem was that nobody was listening to them, and they couldn’t meet the people in charge. They couldn’t say that to me.” The 1960s were a turbulent period on college campuses across the nation, a time when students rebelled against administrators at University of California, Berkeley and Columbia University.  “I was on many … national organizations for educational development and growth, so I was in daily touch with many of the leaders of higher education,” Hesburgh said. “So all of that was helpful, and it was fortunate that I was around long enough to get to know many of those people as life-long friends, and they were all very helpful of course.” Like at other schools across the country, anger boiled at Notre Dame. But Hesburgh engaged students rather than ran from them, even as bricks flew through the windows of presidents’ offices at other schools, he said. At the height of student revolution around the country, Hesburgh penned a letter to the student body in February 1969 outlining Notre Dame’s policy on dissent and protest. The letter, soon known across the country as his “Tough 15-Minute Rule,” also ran in The New York Times. “I believe that I now have a clear mandate from this University community to see that: (1) our lines of communication between all segments of the community are kept as open as possible, with all legitimate means of communicated dissent assured, expanded and protected; (2) civility and rationality are maintained; and (3) violation of another’s rights or obstruction of the life of the University are outlawed as illegitimate means of dissent in this kind of open society,” the letter stated. The letter continued to explain any student who did protest, violently or nonviolently, in a way that infringed the rights of others would be given 15 minutes to reconsider and stop his actions. If that student chose not to do so, he could turn in his ID card at the end of 15 minutes and consider himself suspended. Students without ID cards would be charged with trespassing and disturbing the peace on private property. “May I now say in all sincerity that I never want to see any student expelled from this community because, in many ways, this is always an educative failure,” the letter stated. “Even so, I must likewise be committed to the survival of the University community as one of man’s best hopes in these troubled times.” More than 40 years after Hesburgh sat down in the early hours of the morning to write that letter, he sat again in his office. The smell of cigar smoke hung in the air. The dome is visible out the west window, shining in the early afternoon sun over Hesburgh’s shoulder. “I found that students are wonderful people if you understand them,” Hesburgh said. “And what you have to understand is they’re not full-fledged adults. They are people moving toward that goal. … You have to kind of be patient with ’em because they make some mistakes, but you also have to be friends with them so you can help them in their career of growth.” It’s been 60 years since Hesburgh first sat in the Office of the President. His office is now on the 13th floor of the library, but it still sees a steady stream of students. They read his newspapers aloud, and he listens. He tells his stories, and they listen. “I have found students a delight rather than a menace,” Hesburgh said. “I’ve learned a lot from them. I hope they’ve learned something from me.”last_img read more

Parkway Road Rage Ends in Assault Arrest

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Merrick man has been accused of beating a West Sayville man following a road rage altercation that led to a car crash on the Southern State Parkway in West Babylon over the weekend.New York State police said Rodney Selman, 42, got into a traffic dispute with the 49-year-old victim that resulted in one driver rear-ending the other while driving eastbound near exit 36 for Straight Path shortly before 9 p.m. Friday.When both drivers pulled over, the feud escalated into a physical fight with the suspect throwing the victim to the ground, police said. The victim was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in West Islip for treatment.Selman was charged with assault. He will be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip.last_img read more

Israel among countries reporting new H5N1 outbreaks

first_imgJan 3, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Animal health officials in Israel today notified the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) of an H5 avian influenza outbreak at a site near Haifa, and media outlets are reporting that final tests have confirmed the virus is the lethal H5N1subtype.Eighteen of 20 chickens at a petting zoo adjacent to a kindergarten in the city of Binyamina in northern Israel were found dead this morning, reported Xinhua, China’s state news agency.Shmuel Rishpon, a Haifa district physician, said the kindergarten staff has been given preventive medicine and authorities believe none of the children or parents had contact with the birds.According to the OIE report, only chickens at the zoo were struck by the virus. Eight ducks and four pigeons were also housed with the chickens in a small enclosure.Polymerase chain reaction testing at Israel’s national laboratory at Kimron Veterinary Institute on samples from the infected birds were positive for the H5 serotype, but neuraminidase inhibition assay tests were pending, the OIE report said.However, the agriculture ministry said today the birds had the lethal H5N1 strain, according to the Jerusalem Post. Israel’s agriculture ministry received final test results from its department of veterinary services, indicating the birds had the H5N1 subtype, Globes Online, an Israeli business media outlet, reported today.The remaining birds were destroyed, and health officials placed a 3-kilometer protection zone and a 10-kilometer surveillance zone around the outbreak area, said the OIE report.Israel’s last H5N1 outbreak, which hit domestic poultry, occurred in March 2006, according to reports from the UN Food and Animal Organization (FAO). No human H5N1 cases or deaths have been reported in Israel.Elsewhere, animal health officials in Vietnam said the H5N1 virus killed 350 white-winged ducks in northern Vietnam’s Thai Nguyen province, according to a Reuters report today. The outbreak occurred at a farm in 2-month-old ducks. Animal health workers culled the remaining birds, the report said.The H5N1 virus also struck ducks and chickens in Tra Vinh province in southern Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, Reuters reported.Officials in Bangladesh yesterday said the H5N1 virus was detected on a poultry farm in Dinajpur in the northern part of the country, prompting the culling of 300 chickens, according to another Reuters report.In other developments, the state media in Myanmar on Dec 29 reported an outbreak of the H5N1 virus in chickens in a village near the Myanmar border with Thailand, the Associated Press (AP) reported.The New Light of Myanmar, the state-run newspaper, said the outbreak occurred in a village in Shan state among domestic chickens and was reported to livestock officials on Dec 23, according to the AP report.See also:OIE reports on Israeli avian flu outbreakFAO update on H5N1 in birdslast_img read more

Professional gatherings were held as part of the first day of the Croatian Tourism Days event

first_imgDuring the first day of the most important tourist event, Days of Croatian Tourism, which take place this year in the City of Hvar on the island of Hvar, two expert meetings were held to discuss trends in the world of creative industries, ie the connection between film and tourism and Croatia’s recognition in the United States market. . The panel discussion “Film Industry and Tourism”, which opened the Days of Croatian Tourism, discussed how the film industry is transforming Croatian tourism. The panel brought together representatives of the Croatian and world film industry under the moderation of the director of the Croatian Audiovisual Center, Daniel Rafaelić. Mohamed Sarim El Haq Fassi Fihri, director of the Moroccan Film Institute, pointed out the positive impact of the foreign film industry on Moroccan tourism, but also  on the development of its rural parts due to the creation of new jobs for the local population. Revenues from the film industry and film tourism are rising year by year in Morocco, and Fassi Fihri  believes that Morocco’s film industry will be the world leader in the next 10 years with significant revenue growth. Director of the Hungarian Film Office Miklos Taba boasted of the enviable figures that Budapest achieves thanks to a large number of foreign film productions, which in the future could result in Budapest becoming the center of the film industry – the new Hollywood. Successful Croatian television producer and journalist Nebojsa Taraba He pointed out that film production in Croatia is developing more and more, which has been recognized by world television companies such as Netflix and HBO, which opens many opportunities for the Croatian film industry to develop, but also increase the recognition of film production, which, Taraba believes,  Croatian tradition.Croatian world-renowned director of photography with an American address, Vanja Černjul he spoke of safety as an important factor when choosing locations for filming movies and series, but also stressed that it is not crucial. In addition to safety, according to Černjul, important factors for choosing a location are infrastructure, incentives and conditions and quality of life, and it is Croatia that can offer all this. Černjul sees the future of the Croatian film industry in the young workforce, which the Croatian film industry can be proud of, and he hopes that Croatia will know how to use it. Director of the Pula Film Festival, Gordana Restović she spoke about the success of the Pula Film Festival, which gathers an increasing number every year  domestic and foreign visitors and especially emphasized the importance of the film festival as an integral part of cultural heritage and one of the increasingly common motives for visitors to Croatia. State Secretary at the Ministry of Culture Krešimir Partl he sees the development of the film industry in the opening of film studios in Croatia and is gathered  presented the support and contribution of the relevant ministry for the system of encouraging the export of audiovisual services and attracting international  film and television productions in Croatia. In addition, Secretary of State Partl pointed out that the initiative to open a new film studio has existed for many years, but in order for it to be formed in Croatia, it is necessary to make a study that would answer key questions such as study size, study funding, management, maintenance and Fig. Development of strategies and plans for cultural heritage management, says Partl, are necessary for their preservation.A lecture was held in the continuation of the program Ala Merschena, a leading PR and marketing expert on the American market called “Croatia – an attractive destination for American tourists.”  Merschen is the president and founder of MMGY Global, one of the most important marketing and PR companies in the United States that conducts independent research, and as part of this year’s Days of Croatian Tourism presented an author’s research conducted in the US market on the potential and recognition of Croatia as a tourist destination. presented the habits of Americans as tourists.  Europe, the study points out, Merschen pointed out, as  the most desirable location due to the ancestors of Americans and their interesting culture, and in recent years visitors from the American market are increasingly interested in Croatia as a tourist destination, ie as many as 47 percent of people from the study are interested in traveling to Croatia.  In conclusion, Merschen reminded that the changes in global tourism are very visible, for the money invested the goal of the trip is no longer beaches, sunbathing and the sea, but studying the culture of living and enjoying food and wine. Tourists want a certain value that they will later be able to share on their social networks and talk about their experiences with family and friends, and that is the best promotion a tourist destination can have.last_img read more

Planning: Handle with care

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Walsalls packed

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How to get an online supermarket delivery slot if you are shielding

first_imgSo what should those who have received a letter do to secure a slot? “I’ve wasted hours, getting up in the middle of the night to try and find slots”Hazel Dakers received a text from the NHS on March 31, informing her that she had been identified as extremely vulnerable. A four-page letter followed days later, spelling out that coronavirus put her at “very high risk of severe illness”.Warned to stay at home “at all times” and avoid any face-to-face contact for a period of at least 12 weeks, Dakers went online in the hope she could get groceries delivered rather than put herself at risk by visiting a store in person.Like so many others who have received the NHS letter, securing a delivery slot has been close to impossible.“I have been battling to obtain a supermarket slot on a regular – even if not frequent – basis. I have been banging my head against a brick wall,” said the 70-year-old, who suffers from asthma and other chronic conditions. “I feel very distressed.””I have been banging my head against a brick wall”Dakers, who lives in Brentford in west London, had already bought an Ocado Smart Pass on the advice of her son in March, booked one delivery and received it. But she hasn’t been able to secure a slot since, because three deliveries with the pass are required before Ocado considers someone a priority customer. She has a Waitrose card and had set up an order three weeks in advance. As she was editing her order to include items for neighbours, the slot vanished.“I was dismayed, and angry,” Dakers said. “It’s not what I find entertaining.”Dakers called the Sainsbury’s customer careline and left her details. Weeks later came an automated call back: “The wording and tone came across as though they didn’t believe me.” The advice given if she thought they had made a mistake was to call another number, but she would need a Nectar card first, which she doesn’t have.By “sheer chance” – tipped off by her daughter, who had heard on a community website that Tesco were releasing new slots one evening – Dakers managed to secure a one-time slot with the supermarket.“I’ve wasted hours, getting up in the middle of the night to try and find slots. Many times at midnight trying to find one. And many hours trying to source things elsewhere from independent shops,” Dakers says. “I’m extremely vulnerable, and they can’t be bothered.” Last month, the NHS wrote to around 1.5 million people in England warning they were at “very high risk of severe illness from coronavirus”.Recipients have been told to stay at home “at all times” and avoid any face-to-face contact for a period of at least 12 weeks. That includes “going out for food”.To get supplies, those deemed “extremely vulnerable” are advised to “ask a friend, neighbour or family member” for help. The letter implies that it’s also risky for someone else in the household to do the shopping, even though those on the so-called ‘shield list’ are advised to minimise contact with them, too.As a result, many of those shielding are turning to online grocery as their last hope in staying fed. They are not alone. Supermarket delivery services have been swamped by demand in recent weeks as Brits look to avoid going to the shops. You have completed the additional support form AND are an existing online customer of a supermarket. Now what?In most cases the supermarket will be proactively trying to contact you. In other cases, next time you log in there will be slots available to you.Waitrose: “We’ll be in touch with our customers on the list – they will see priority access to delivery slots when they log in (on an ongoing basis). Please be reassured that we’re doing all we can as quickly as possible. To allow us to cope with demand, we are kindly asking customers to wait for communication from us rather than trying to get in touch at this time.”Ocado: “We have already identified our customers on this list and reached out to offer them delivery slots with We will continue to play our part as the government updates its shield list of people in need of support. In order for us to identify you on the government’s list, you must declare that you are in need of getting essential supplies delivered to you.”Asda: “We’ve contacted everyone who is on the list the government gave us and offered them free, recurring delivery slots.”Tesco: Existing customers should call 0800 917 7359.Sainsbury’s: “We continue to receive more data and have been able to match nearly 250,000 additional customers against our database so far, and are contacting them to arrange priority home delivery.”Morrisons: Has not revealed any use of the government database to give priority to those in it.Iceland: “We are regularly emailing customers that we have matched and are providing exclusive times for them to book a slot before other customers. The details on how to do this are contained within the email they receive, including a special link to use.” If you have received a letter and want to get a priority supermarket delivery slot, you must visit the website on the letter and fill out the online formThe government is sharing a database of people on the shield list with supermarkets to help them assign priority slots.However, the government is not sharing the entire shield list. To get on the database shared with supermarkets, letter recipients must register here.Although the website wording can seem like you are registering to get on the shield list, you are registering to “get support” as a shielding person, which includes priority deliveries.The online form will ask for your name and details, and your NHS number. This number is on the letter, but you can also proceed if you don’t have it to hand.The form asks: “Do you have a way of getting essential supplies delivered at the moment? For example, friends or family who can make sure you have enough food.”To get on the list shared with supermarkets, you must answer ‘No’.Next, the form asks if you have any dietary requirements and tells you that “deliveries will be left on the doorstep”. This is because everyone on the shield list also qualifies for a free food package from the government. Even if you don’t need a free food package from government, you must answer these questions and submit the online form in order to get on the database shared with supermarkets.Defra advises those shielding who only need access to online delivery slots to turn away the free food box at the doorstep when it arrives if they don’t want it, and it will be given to someone else. Once a delivery slot has been secured with a supermarket, you can go back and edit your needs.It is understood supermarkets are receiving updates to the database on a weekly basis. You have completed the additional support form BUT are NOT an existing online customer of a supermarket. Now what?“We are looking at how we can assist those who are clinically vulnerable, but who are not on any supermarkets’ existing online customer list, to gain access to an online delivery slot,” Defra says.In the meantime, if you are on the database shared with supermarkets but are not on the retailer’s own customer database, you will need to register as a new customer with one.Most supermarkets are still accepting new online customer registrations.Tesco: “New customers who have a letter from the NHS can either create an account online or call us on 0800 917 7359. We will then be able to verify whether they are on the government’s list.”Iceland: “We’re receiving regularly updated data from the government, so for new customers to be matched to this, they just need to create an Iceland account. Customers should make sure that the data they register with matches that which they have provided to the government to ensure we can match it.”Sainsbury’s: “We are working with government to understand how we can support customers who are not already signed up to a home delivery service.”Asda, Waitrose and Morrisons are also accepting new online customer registrations. Ocado is not. If you live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland the whole process is similar. But supermarkets can’t help yetIn Scotland 136,000 people are in the shielded group and have been asked by text if they want their details forwarded to supermarkets for priority service. In Wales 88,000 are on the shield list, which has been passed to supermarkets.Housing minister Julie James last week acknowledged it was “very unlikely” all would get a priority slot and urged family and friends to help. In Northern Ireland there are 10,400 homes where someone is shielding.NI minister for communities Deirdre Hargey has said informing retailers is more complicated than in England because patient information is held on disparate databases.The supermarkets have stated they are ready to assist those on shield lists in each country but are waiting to receive government databases.last_img read more