UCLA Forecast Says No Recession, ‘Valley Girl’ Turns 40 | This Week on PR Newswire

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UCLA Anderson Forecast: No Recession, but U.S., California Economies Continue to Slow

The U.S. economy is likely to muddle along with below-trend growth and continued high inflation over the next 12 months, according to the UCLA Anderson Forecast’s latest report. And while no recession is forecast at this time, Forecast economists say the possibility still exists that persistent inflation and aggressive interest rate policy will lead to a “hard landing” of the economy, potentially precipitating a recession.

The World Remains Dangerously Unprepared to Meet Skyrocketing Food Prices and Hunger

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The 11th edition of the Global Food Security Index (GFSI) reveals a fragile global food system ill-prepared to weather shocks like the war in Ukraine and this summer’s heatwaves. The study from Economist Impact, supported by Corteva Agriscience, finds that insufficient investment and increasing volatility continue to drive the deterioration of the global food environment. This year’s skyrocketing food prices and rising global hunger are not just the product of conflict and extreme weather; they are also the reflection of a worrying trend of declining resilience in our food system.

Frank Zappa’s Satirical, Acid-Tongued ‘Valley Girl’ Like, Totally Turns 40

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This year marks the 40th anniversary of “Valley Girl,” Frank Zappa’s sardonic, Grammy-nominated Top 40 hit co-written with and featuring his then teenage daughter Moon Unit Zappa offering up the “totally bitchin'” local slang of the day over a gonzo riff set to an energetic beat. Released in 1982, the satirical track – which poked fun at the teen culture of Southern California’s San Fernando Valley – became the innovative artist’s biggest hit in the U.S. and inadvertently popularized “Valspeak” across the nation while capturing the zeitgeist of the day.

Liquor.com Announces Its 2022 Liquor Awards

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Dotdash Meredith’s Liquor.com unveils its inaugural 2022 Liquor Awards, which recognize key players in the bartending industry — the professionals and places both longstanding and up-and-coming — that are advancing the world of cocktails, spirits, and hospitality. The awards and the brand’s first-ever digital issue celebrate the bars, organizations, and individuals who display creativity and integrity and who are working to improve the drinks industry in a holistic fashion, making it more inclusive, more sustainable, and better for its members and the community at large.

Instacart Announces ‘Connected Stores’ Technology to Help Grocers Seamlessly Unify the Online and In-Store Shopping Experience for Consumers

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Instacart, the leading grocery technology company in North America, today (Sept. 19) unveiled Connected Stores — a bundle of six new Instacart Platform technologies that layer on top of existing offerings, helping grocers bring together the best of online ordering and in-store shopping for consumers. Connected Stores create a unified, personalized experience for customers by enabling them to move seamlessly between a retailer’s app or website and its physical, in-store experience. Together, Instacart and Good Food Holdings will open the first Instacart Platform-powered Connected Store at Bristol Farms in Irvine, California.

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Larry Grady is online content manager at PR Newswire for Journalists. He has worked in business media for over 30 years and enjoys reality TV and daydreaming about travel and wine.

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