Doughnut Week inspiration

first_imgBakers across the UK have been signing up for this year’s National Doughnut Week and are urging others to take part with ideas on how to maximise sales.Kim Cowley of Warings Bakery chain in Berkshire has taken part every year since Doughnut Week began. Soon to open its sixth store, the chain gets everyone involved, with employees dressing up as popular children’s characters and linking with local radio to create competitions, offering a baker’s dozen of doughnuts every day. “Every year we try to create special limited-edition doughnuts for our customers and look forward to the weird creations that are requested,” said Cowley.NA president Mike Holling of Birds the Confectioners in Derby said it is a great week for team-building: “Every baker should have a go. It doesn’t take a lot of effort, thanks to all the support provided by sponsor BakeMark, and every year for the last five years, we have increased the amount of funds raised.”His recommendations are fancy dress and lots of cream, caramel and jam doughnuts.National Doughnut Week runs from 10-17 May and raises money for the Children’s Trust. It offers craft bakers a chance to increase sales while raising money for charity. This year, all participating bakers will be entered into a draw to win a trip for two to London. The winner will visit The Children’s Trust to see how the money raised is spent before being treated to dinner and an overnight stay in a top London hotel. For more information email: [email protected]last_img read more

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Press release: Top marks for Highways England visit to Birdlip Primary School

first_img This visit offered a great opportunity to explain our work and raise the issue of road safety with a young and very enthusiastic audience. More information about proposals for the A417 can be found on the scheme website where Highways England hold a live monthly web chat. Members of the public can join in and ask questions about the scheme.For more information on the roles and responsibilities of a Highways England traffic officer go to the Traffic Officer web pages.General enquiriesMembers of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.Media enquiriesJournalists should contact the Highways England press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer. The bridge building was designed to be a fun activity for the students while allowing us to start a conversation about the importance of engineering in our everyday lives. Traffic officers Lynne Watkins and Dave Hayett, who normally spend their days patrolling the M5 in Gloucestershire, took time out to visit the primary school as part of a Highways England awareness day.During the visit this week, five and six-year-old pupils got the chance to chat to the traffic officers about their jobs and see their patrol vehicle and the equipment used every day as they patrol England’s major A roads and motorways.Birdlip Primary School teacher, Sue Harding, said: Children in a Traffic Officer vehicle during the visitOn the same day the team behind the A417 Missing Link also attended the school to host a bridge-building exercise with nine and ten-year-olds. The team helped the pupils design and build their own bridge as part of a longer-term STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) Highways England initiative.Mike Goddard, A417 Senior Project Manager said: The A417 is a vital route that helps people get to work, school, visit friends and family. We are working to upgrade this section of road to improve safety, support the economy and ease congestion and pollution, making it more convenient for its regular users and improving the well-being of those who live nearby.center_img The A417 team is currently putting its expertise to use refining proposals for the upgrade to the A417. Known locally as the ‘missing link’ at Air Balloon roundabout, this stretch of single carriageway road between the Brockworth bypass and Cowley roundabout restricts the flow of traffic on a key route which is otherwise a continuous dual carriageway between the M5 at Gloucester and the M4 at Swindon.Upgrading this section to dual carriageway will help facilitate 54,000 new homes and 370 hectares of employment land due to be created before 2031, helping people live and work, and businesses to invest in the south west.Mike Goddard added: Children’s learning is always enhanced by real life, hands-on experiences and the children really enjoyed meeting the traffic officers and hearing about the important role they play keeping people safe on the M5. This scheme presents some particular challenges given the route passes through the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, alongside the very challenging topography. Around 30 pupils took part in the session and had a chance to sit in the traffic officers’ vehicle and try out the controls.Highways England traffic officer, Lynne Watkins, said:last_img read more

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Warburtons works with young people in Scotland

first_imgWarburtons is to continue its work with young people, following the signing of a formal agreement with Lanarkshire-based Bellshill Academy and North Lanarkshire Council.Pupils from four primary schools, associated with the Academy, have already had the opportunity to learn how to design, create and market a new bread product through the scheme. In addition, they have had the chance to experience the ‘pitching process’ for which they benefited from mentoring from older pupils to perfect their presentation skills.Aileen Strowes, safety & CR manager, Warburtons Scotland, said: “Warburtons Scotland are delighted about the signing of the partnership with Bellshill Academy, and are more than happy to help support the school in line with the Curriculum of Excellence, we look forward to continuing our work with the school to help inspire and educate the pupils in the understanding of the world of business.”The partnership was set up by the Scottish Food and Drink Federation as part of its ‘A Future in Food’ national schools programme.last_img read more

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Middle Island Crash Leaves Man Dead

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 30-year-old Bay Shore man was killed when he crashed his car into a utility pole in Middle Island on Thursday afternoon.Suffolk County police said Timothy Melia was driving a Hyundai Santa Fe eastbound on East Bartlett Road when he failed to negotiate a turn in the road, hit a pole and the car flipped on its side in a wooded marshy area at 4:20 p.m.The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. His identity was not immediately released.Seventh Squad detectives impounded the vehicle, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information on the crash to call them at 631-852-8752.last_img

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European equities drag down Spanish pension funds’ Q1 returns

first_imgStrengthening financial markets throughout March enabled Spanish occupational pension funds to achieve positive returns for the month, according to figures from Mercer’s Pension Investment Performance Service (PIPS).The average return for the month was 1.1%, the biggest – 2.4% – coming from non-EU equity portfolios.EU equity portfolios returned 2.1%, fixed income 0.3%.However, this did not compensate for the turbulence in the second half of 2015 and the first two months of this year. Across all asset classes, returns for the first quarter of 2016 were -0.4%, with EU equities returning -7.6% and non-EU equities -3.5%.Fixed income portfolios, however, made gains of 1.5%.The PIPS survey covers a large sample of Spanish pension funds, most of them occupational schemes.Over the 12 months to end-March 2016, fixed income returned exactly 0.0%, while EU equities returned -15.4% and non-EU equities -9.3%.Xavier Bellavista, principal at Mercer, said: “The quarter has seen volatile performances, especially in equity markets. EU equity assets had the worst negative performance, but non-EU equity assets also posted negative returns, especially because of the performance of non-EU currencies.”He added: “Fixed income assets are also increasing in volatility and have incurred a negative performance for some months.“EU fixed income assets made positive returns for the quarter to end-March, but lower returns are now expected because fixed income indices posted a negative performance during April.”Bellavista said non-EU fixed income assets had been affected by the negative performance of some emerging fixed income assets, and also by the depreciation in non-EU currencies.Meanwhile, according to Spain’s Investment and Pension Fund Association (INVERCO), occupational pension funds returned -3.33% for the 12 months to 31 March 2016.         Average annualised returns for Spanish occupational funds were 4.66% for the three years to 31 March 2016, and 4.67% for the five years to that date.As at the end of March 2016, total assets under management for the occupational pensions sector stood at €35bn, a decrease of 3.4% over the past year.Total pension assets, including those in individual plans, now amount to €103.1bn, while the number of participants in the occupational system remains stable, at just over 2m.According to INVERCO, the gradual shift away from domestic assets continues, with an average 60.6% of portfolios now invested domestically, compared with 61.4% at end-December 2015.Non-domestic assets made up 22% of portfolios as at the same date, with the balance in cash and technical provisions.Fixed income investments make up 57.3% of portfolios, barely unchanged over three months.The biggest single component of pension fund portfolios – 32.3% – is still invested in Spanish government bonds, with a further 16.3% in Spanish corporate bonds.Bellavista highlighted what he considered to be the most significant change in asset allocation in corporate pension funds in the past 15 years – the increased allocation to non-EU fixed income assets.“Historically, this allocation was close to zero,” he said. “But, in the past three to four years, it has increased to around 6% of corporate pension fund portfolios.”Over the past couple of years, he added, Spanish pension fund managers have been increasing the duration of fixed income portfolios in response to the extremely low interest-rate environment.The average duration of corporate pension funds rose from 3.5 years at end-2013 to 4.5 years at end-2015.Meanwhile, an average 21.2% of portfolios is invested in equities, down by 1.4 percentage points since end-December, according to INVERCO.The category of ‘other investments’ – real estate and alternatives, almost all invested domestically – has increased from 3.6% at end-December 2015 to 4%, more than double the percentage in December 2011.last_img read more

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Fjord Line Orders Catamaran Ferry from Austal

first_imgNorwegian ferry operator Fjord Line has inked a shipbuilding contract with the Australian shipbuilder Austal Ships for a new catamaran ferry. The newbuild is intended to be put into service on Fjord Line’s route between Kristiansand (Norway) to Hirtshals (Denmark) from the season of 2020, amid three years of solid growth on the route.“The new catamaran will be the most relaxing and comfortable mode of travel, as well as being the fastest route between Norway and Denmark. With a top speed of 40 knots, the travel time will still be 2 hours and 15 minutes,” says Rickard Ternblom, CEO of Fjord Line AS. “Furthermore, the investment will make Fjord Line into a new operator within the freight segment on this corridor.”The new vessel will have a passenger capacity of 1,200 and be able to carry more than 400 passenger vehicles – both representing doubled capacity from today, the company said.Fjord Line added it would keep investing in today’s catamaran, HSC Fjord Cat, towards the summer season 2020.“We are continuously working on developing all our products and offerings from Bergen, Stavanger, Kristiansand, Langesund, and Sandefjord. That also means upgrades on today’s ships,” Ternblom commented.Based on the company’s data, from 2014 to 2016, Fjord Line grew with 26,000 passengers and 7,400 cars on the route between Kristiansand and Hirtshals. In 2016, the shipping company transported 213,000 passengers on the route, divided into 576 sailings.last_img read more

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Tunisia festival showcases art produced by local artists

first_imgTunisian art festival showcases art produced by local artists. The festival has been running for eight years now.A highlight of the fair was an exhibition titled Oucham (USHAM) Arabic for tattoo which included pictures taken by a Tunisian photographer, documenting people with tattoos.Approximately two hundred people: artists, curators, and volunteers, participated in organising the festival that included 22 events: film projections, photo exhibitions, and outdoor performances.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOfWl1Rauyklast_img

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Spurs trying to get Lille sporting director

first_img However, this coming summer Spurs will make another attempt to land the Portuguese. Read Also:Ancelotti determined to land Lille defender Gabriel Mourinho has a good relationship with Campos and he also tried to ferry him away from LOSC while in charge of Manchester United. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted Content10 Characters That Should Be Official Disney PrincessesTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Geeky And Hilarious Shower Curtains For AdultsBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Top Tastiest Foods From All Over The WorldWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?8 Amazing Facts About Ancient EgyptBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your Phone Lille sporting director, Luis Campos, continues to be linked with Tottenham. L’Equipe says Campos could yet move to Tottenham this coming summer. The London giants made an attempt for Campos in January after the appointment of Jose Mourinho as manager, but couldn’t settle on compensation with Lille.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Lady Bulldogs Battle Lady Spartans

first_imgThe Batesville JV Volleyball team pick up its first win in the EIAC and their third win in three tries this season defeating Connersville in 3 games. Scores were 25-16, 18-25, 15-13. Belle Wolters was the leading server scoring 8 points including 3 aces while making good on all 14 of her service attempts. Nikki Fox also contributed with 8 points and 3 kills in the match. Kerigan Haskamp led the front line attack with 4 kills in 13 attempts.In the varsity match up batesville commanded leads throughout the night but could never put the spartans behind enough to close out the match.  It was one of those matches as a coach where you want to be angry, but you are proud of the learning and perseverance that you just witnessed.In the end it was straight out mental fatigue that kept us from the victory.  We made crucial errors when the momentum was ours; for large point swings…  IF one facet of the game got us behind tonight it would have to be our discipline at the net.  We were called in the net over 10 times, and only scored about six points from the block.  We were lead offensively bey #16 Caitlyn Broering, with key line shots that gave us wins hitting 10 kills and the fewest errors.Varsity is now 1-2 overall and 0-1 in the EIAC.  Full box scores and stats will be posted on Maxpreps within 24 hours.Dogs lost: 17-25, 26-24, 23-25, 25-21, 15-12.The ladies will play their first road game vs. Shelbyville on Saturday with a JV tip off @ 10:00 AM.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Jody Thomas.last_img read more

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Chelsea complete Filipe Luis swoop

first_img The 28-year-old played an integral part for Atleti last season as they won the Primera Division and made it to the Champions League final but the Brazilian is clearly excited by the prospect of playing in England. “This move is a dream come true for me,” he said. “I now have the opportunity to play for Chelsea, and also in the Premier League. “I’m very happy and looking forward to getting started and giving my best for the team during the coming seasons.” Filipe Luis now has an opportunity to replace Ashley Cole as Chelsea’s first-choice left-back in the long-term. After missing much of the 2013-14 season through injury, veteran England defender Cole left the Blues on a free transfer in June and has since joined Roma. Natural right-back Cesar Azpilicueta proved an able deputy to Cole and kept hold of his spot when the 33-year-old returned to fitness as Chelsea finished third in the Premier League, but Filipe Luis’ arrival will allow the Spaniard to return to his preferred flank. Filipe Luis joined Atleti from Deportiva La Coruna in 2010 and has made 98 appearances in all competitions for the Madrid side, winning the Europa League in 2012 and the Copa del Rey in 2013 before becoming a league champion. He has four Brazil caps and was placed on the standby list for the 2014 World Cup in his homeland. Chelsea have completed the signing of Filipe Luis from Atletico Madrid, the Barclays Premier League club have announced. The Blues reached an agreement to sign the left-back from the Spanish champions on Wednesday and have now agreed terms on a three-year deal. “Chelsea Football club is delighted to announce the signing of Filipe Luis from Atletico Madrid,” read a statement on the club’s official website. ” The Brazilian defender has signed a three-year contract and will wear the number five shirt.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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