In my world

first_imgSorting through my grandmother’s bakery file with my pop, we came across a folder containing old documents and newspaper clippings. One item from the year dot was my great grandmother’s birth certificate, dated 1887, and the rank/profession of father is recorded as baker. That confirmed my heritage as being at least a fifth-generation baker and gives my son, Milo, the opportunity of being the sixth (no pressure – but we’re already seven years into an 18-year training programme).I then learnt from ’Memories of Down Ampney’ how my great grandfather, Thomas Herbert, a blacksmith by profession, swapped his leather apron for a linen one, when business dried up during the Great Depression. His wife, with her bakery upbringing, encouraged him to convert the forge to an oven and a very primitive bakery was built. The first delivery of one 140lb bag of flour from Henry Cole and Co was boycotted by 22 other local bakeries, who said they would withdraw their trade if Mr Herbert was supplied with flour.Fortunately, the miller stood his ground, stating that everyone had a right to live and that he wouldn’t deny the novice baker his right. Consequently, Henry Cole and Co delivered the first bag at the expense of 16 customers. It is recorded that the bread was awful and, while down on their knees praying for divine intervention to put bread on the table to feed their six children, a Mr Richards, a local ancillaries man, arrived. He empathised with their plight and took his annual leave to assist them in getting established. I have subsequently had the privilege of working alongside his son Ro, who, in his 90s, has generously passed his Lardy cake recipe and method on to me.Later, Herbert’s bakery made bread for the RAF’s Operation Manna at the end of the Second World War, when loaves were dropped on the famished Dutch to ease their hunger.One of their six children, Joe Herbert, was a passionate baker and an article from 1981, celebrating his 50 years in business, describes how he regularly gave demonstrations of his craft to schools. His youngest brother David Herbert, my grandfather, shared the bread gene and his entrepreneurial vision led him to buy a farm and mill, growing English wheat to supply his own bakery.Another clipping tells of his establishing a world record, with the fastest loaf from field to table. This 90-minute odyssey involved a helicopter ride from the harvested crop to Bristol City football ground, then on to the bakery. As a young boy, my brother George and I were mega-impressed with that helicopter ride, and it seems the enthusiasm and passion of my forefathers has imbued in me a sense of ’baker’. The desire, the challenges and the loaves are the same. We bake because we can; times change, but the story lives on…last_img read more

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The String Cheese Incident Heats Up Madison On Night Two At The Orpheum [Audio/Photos]

first_imgYou know you’re in for a good show when tickets sold out within hours of the on-sale. That’s exactly what happened for both nights of the String Cheese Incident’s run in Madison, WI. Ultimately, both shows lived up to the expectations. Last night built on their momentum generated from Friday and was exactly the Saturday night all Cheeseheads wanted.With cheese stickers plastering shirts, hats, cheeks, and foreheads, and cheesehead hats adorning a few heads, SCI took the stage. Even a cheese title belt was thrown on stage to let the band know they were the champs of the jamgrass genre. They opened up with “Search” and then went into “Little Hands.” The latter had a great piano part from Kyle Hollingsworth, as it always does, but the most impressive part was how he played with a backpack on. With a banana in one of the outside compartments, a lot of fans in the front row were wondering what was inside. If only bringing backpacks into shows were as easy as Hollingsworth made it look. The set ended strong with a great trifecta of “Impressions” into “Rollover,” which was, without a doubt, the best segue of the night, leading into Led Zeppelin’s “The Ocean.”With “Eye of the Tiger” blaring over the speakers, Jason Hann, portraying Rocky Balboa, took to the stage in a red boxer’s robe while Billy Nershi came out and acted as the trainer Mickey. As Nershi toweled off Hann’s head and gave him the encouragement to keep on keeping on, it was a great tribute to a classic movie and a fun way to start the second set.As the other members came onstage, they were all having a good laugh provided from their band mates until starting in with “Desert Dawn.” “You’ve Got the World” had Hann go over to the drumset while Michael Travis moved over to the percussion set. The tune had a really good groove that sadly was not long enough. Then the audience sang along to the chorus of “Sometimes a River.” They then moved to another new tune that will be released on their upcoming album Believe. “Flying” is a slower song, perhaps one of the closest things Cheese has to a traditional rock ballad. The song has potential for growth to develop itself into a second set stalwart for the band in the future. The song segued into “Valley of the Jig” which was probably the highlight of the night. The set ended with “Long Train Running” sandwiched in between “Colliding.”The encore was a tad schizophrenic. Nershi dedicated the song to his home state of Colorado, beckoning a “Colorado Blue Sky” encore, but instead included a verse of “One Step Closer” before actually going into “Colorado Blue Sky.”Multiple times the band mentioned how much they love coming to Wisconsin and playing here. They were very appreciative of the crowd support, as the crowd was equally as thankful for the music played. SCI will be hitting Austin, TX in one week before laying low until festival season gets in full swing.Listen to the full show audio below, courtesy of Couch Tour Connection.Enjoy the full gallery below, courtesy of Daniel Ojeda.Setlist: The String Cheese Incident | Orpheum Theater | Madison, WI | 4/8/17I: Search, Little Hands> Don’t It Make You Wanna Dance, Until The Music’s Over, Impressions > Rollover > The OceanII: Desert Dawn, You’ve Got The World, Sometimes A River, Flying> Valley Of The Jig, Group Hoot, Jellyfish> Colliding> Long Train Runnin > CollidingE: One Step Closer > Colorado Bluebird Sky Load remaining imageslast_img read more

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The Cast of Honeymoon in Vegas Gets Hitched in Vanity Fair

first_img Honeymoon in Vegas View Comments Star Files Something old, something new, something borrowed…and two guys dressed as Elvis? Honeymoon in Vegas is bringing the glitz and glamour of Sin City to Broadway this winter, featuring Rob McClure, Brynn O’Malley and Tony Danza in a high-stakes love triangle. Oh, and there’s also flying Elvises, because that’s just how they roll. The stars got glammed up in the newest issue of Vanity Fair—check out this Hot Shot of the cast showing off their fashionable duds, then see the new musical at the Nederlander Theatre, opening January 15! Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on April 5, 2015 Rob McClurelast_img

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Paraguay to Host Fuerzas Comando 2017

first_imgBy Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo July 25, 2017 For the second time since its founding, the Paraguayan Armed Forces have hosted the top soldiers from across North and South America, who competed for one of the Western Hemisphere’s most prestigious military trophies: Fuerzas Comando. The special forces of North and South American partner nations have been participating in the military exercise every year since 2004. For 2017, the competition’s slogan was “The Force that Brings Us Together.” From July 17th-26th, around 500 personnel, including military, police, special agents, and civilian personnel from 20 countries gave it their all in tests at various Paraguayan Army units, including the Infantry Training School (in Vista Alegre), the Special Forces Facilities (in the department of Presidente Hayes), and the Artillery Command (in the department of Paraguarí). Paraguay organized Fuerzas Comando for the first time in 2006. The competition is sponsored by U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) and run by the U.S. Army Special Operations Command South (SOCSOUTH). It promotes relationships between military members, increases interoperability, and improves regional security. “Thanks to the excellent coordination and the joint work of our armed institutions and SOCSOUTH, partner armed forces are participating in a competition involving demanding military skills that strengthen the preparedness of special forces in the fight against transnational organized crime, terrorism, and all these crimes that have a connection to each other,” Paraguayan Army Brigadier General Héctor Alfredo Limenza Ríos, the general coordinator of Fuerzas Comando 2017, told Diálogo. “The competition allows the participating teams to obtain recognition as elite forces representing their country,” U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Ángel Martínez, the deputy director of training and exercises for SOCSOUTH, told Diálogo. He is in charge of the U.S. delegation participating in the competition. “Also, they acquire knowledge that benefits all members of the region so they can work in a more integrated manner to address regional security challenges.” On this occasion, commandos from Argentina, Belize, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, the United States Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, the Dominican Republic, Trinidad and Tobago, and Uruguay “are competing in ground and environmental conditions that they have never dealt with before, including obstacle courses that challenge members of each team with physical and mental tests and tests of teamwork, as well as tests that require a high level of technical skill,” Lt. Col. Martínez said. Brazil rejoined the competition after a two-year hiatus. Each command is composed of four troops of an assault group, two snipers, and an alternate. The combined assault groups compete in physical fitness tests, a confidence course, combat, a march, an aquatic event and an obstacle course. The sniper teams face each other in a series of events including marksmanship and mobility tests, transfers in hostile territory, hostage-rescue simulations, obtaining photos, stress tests, and obtaining distances based on data from the operations center. The most grueling military competition The premier special forces troops are getting ready mentally and physically for different tests established by SOCSOUTH. “The competitor goes to the competition prepared and ready to carry out tasks in events that simulate uncommon and unexpected situations in an unknown, risk-filled environment,” Lt. Col. Martínez said. “With the goal of obtaining the best results in our most strenuous military competition, we train in an intensive, progressive manner on techniques and procedures that should be followed in the fight against terrorism, drug trafficking, and guerrilla organizations,” First Lieutenant Joel Velázquez, Paraguayan Army Special Forces Course instructor, told Diálogo. This is his third time participating in the friendly event. The main challenge for the competing elite commandos is to react and obtain the highest level of proficiency, and the highest scores in the tasks assigned to them during events that are, for the most part, unknown to the competitor up until only a few seconds before the test begins. “The most stressful test is the 20-kilometer off-road march with a rucksack of approximately 30 kilograms, along with aquatic exercises, and an obstacle course,” 1st Lt. Velázquez said, vividly recalling experiences from previous competitions. “Because it doesn’t just put the soldiers’ [physical] resistance to the test but also their psychological resistance and spirit; it requires a lot of willpower to finish.” To ensure a fair competition, the assigned tasks are scored and evaluated by judges from each participating country. These judges competed in previous editions and subjected to the same tasks. The series of evaluations will conclude with an airborne operation test, also known as a friendship jump. Goals with a minimum of errors “In any competition, a winner emerges. The country that obtains the Fuerzas Comando trophy not only wins pride and prestige but also the responsibility to redouble their efforts and training for the next competition,” Brig. Gen. Limenza said. Colombia holds the record for having won the hemisphere’s military competitions eight times. “Competition is always healthy, we all win,” 1st Lt. Velázquez stressed. “The tests also allow the participants to identify how to improve their collaboration with each other and to reach their goals in a more effective way and with as few errors as possible, thus developing their internal methods for a more effective performance of their work,” Lt. Col. Martínez added. The force that brings us together While the teams measure their knowledge and skills, senior military commanders and government representatives from the competing countries simultaneously conducted a seminar called the “Distinguished Visitor Program” (DVP) in the capital city of Asunción. The special meeting was geared towards issues concerning how to counteract current transnational and transregional threats in the Americas, according to the website of the Paraguayan Ministry of Defense. The DVP program focused on improving military and political relations and multinational military cooperation. “In addition, and maybe much more valuable, are the relationships that are established and strengthened among participants from across the hemisphere, who share a common goal of being prepared to protect the stability and security of our hemisphere,” Lt. Col. Martínez said. “This is the force that brings us together to improve our cooperation, mutual trust, training, our recruitment levels, and the capability that the special forces across the Americas can have, since the crimes that plague us are transnational,” Brig. Gen. Limenza added. “What happens today in Paraguay or in another partner nation also has an influence in other places,” he concluded.last_img read more

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Inside Marketing: Weighing in on web design

first_imgThe ultimate test of a website is how well it meets users’ expectations, but it’s not easy to find out what members like and don’t like about your online portal. Two credit unions gathered member input via a simple pop-up feedback system to help guide their website redesign.$135 million Duke University Federal Credit Union used HappyOrNot Web Smileys panel to encourage members to rate selected web pages and content by clicking on a smiling, neutral or sad face and supplying additional comments if they’d like.“With our current website, our goal was to provide as much information as possible,” says CUES member Daniel Berry, CCE, CEO of the Durham, N.C., credit union. “What we’re learning is if it takes more than two or three clicks, members prefer to gather information in a phone call. As a result of feedback from members, our new website design will be simpler and more intuitive, with less information.” continue reading » 29SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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President of the Trade Union of Istria, Kvarner and Dalmatia calls for urgent adoption of long-term measures and assistance to the tourism sector

first_imgThe union cooperates with employers and continuously monitors the impact of the corona virus on the tourist season and on the results achieved, however, the situation is changing day by day. Unfortunately, the current epidemiological situation leaves no room for optimism. In such circumstances, it is questionable how to maintain liquidity and ensure regular payment of wages to workers. Although most employers in this industry want to keep jobs, because they are aware of the problems they have faced to ensure not only quality and professional, but the required number of staff to work in tourism at all levels, owners (especially those who are not in this industry) they are looking for an economic calculus. The President of SIKD calls on the Minister to advocate for urgent long-term measures that will be demotivating for employers regarding dismissal of workers, ie they must be motivating for employers regarding retention of employment, not only in terms of retaining workers for an indefinite period, but also permanent seasonal workers. . “It is the only way to maintain quality and be not only the safest tourist destination, as we were until mid-August, but also the highest quality.” Marina Cvitić points out in the letter with the conviction that the Minister shares the opinion of SIKD that this sector has the potential to start the overall economy through its multiplier effects and it is extremely important to preserve jobs in tourism which are the foundation without which normalization cannot be counted on. conditions one day when the epidemic is over. The Trade Union of Istria, Kvarner and Dalmatia is the majority Trade Union in tourism in the most developed tourist regions, ie in Istria and Kvarner. The president of the union, Marina Cvitić, sent a letter to the Minister of Tourism, Nikolina Brnjac, with an appeal to advocate the urgent adoption of long-term measures and assistance to the tourism sector, which is facing a very difficult period with the primary goal of retaining workers. As a member of the Social Council for Tourism, the president of SIKD reminded that a meeting in the Ministry was requested at the beginning of August. Recognizing the fact that she took over the duty of the Minister of Tourism at the most inconvenient time for tourism and that she is facing many problems, President Cvitić emphasized that tripartite social dialogue is necessary and common interest at the moment and suggested that the requested meeting be held as soon as possible. In this way, the tradition of the new Minister of Tourism exchanging his thoughts with the social partners would continue. In addition, the president of SIKD warns that this season far fewer seasonal workers are employed compared to last year and that those who were lucky enough to be employed will work for a much shorter period compared to previous years. Permanent workers with a contract of indefinite duration who work in the redistribution of working hours, in such a way that during the seasonal summer months they work a larger fund of hours (up to 60 hours per week) thus accumulating a sufficient number of hours for winter, this season it will not work too short for workers to accumulate winter hours. Holidays or part of the holidays are usually used in the first months of the pandemic, so a large number of workers will not have hours to use in mid-October, and unfortunately no work, because even in normal winter only a few hotel facilities were open. On the other hand, there is a long period until the start of the 2021 season, for which it is still unknown when and what it will be like. In this context, the president of SIKD invites the minister to advocate for urgent measures.center_img In the letter, he points out that in the past period, the Government of the Republic of Croatia adopted measures that significantly helped the economy and the preservation of jobs. The special measures adopted for the tourism sector have significantly helped to “survive” the crisis period caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. As this year’s tourist season, although above initial expectations, is far weaker than in previous tourist years, the Union estimates that a large number of seasonal workers who expected to “patch” the household budget during the summer months will be deprived of their expectations. . Although the Trade Union is aware that the funds available to the Republic of Croatia are limited, targeted long-term measures and assistance to the tourism sector, with the obligations of those receiving these benefits to keep workers for whom they receive support for a certain period of time and after the need for subsidies ceases. for the state budget less burden than in the case of dismissal of workers. “If the Government of the Republic of Croatia does not adopt a further package of measures, long-term, which will provide support for a long time, at least until the” normalization “of the situation in tourism, we justifiably fear that there will be mass layoffs in September.” says Cvitić. Source: Union of Istria, Kvarner and Dalmatialast_img read more

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COVID-19 task force urges regional poll candidates to campaign online

first_imgThe National COVID-19 task force has urged the election organizers to prohibit direct campaign rallies in the upcoming simultaneous regional elections and turn to online or broadcasted campaigns instead to curb the coronavirus transmission during the elections slated to take place on Dec. 9.Taskforce chief Doni Monardo said the hardest task during the elections was to prevent crowds.[Regional elections] are a celebration of democracy that brings people together. The KPU [General Elections Commission] has limited rallies to a maximum of 100 people, but some candidates have violated this,” he said on Tuesday during a hearing with House of Representatives Commission VIII, which oversees social affairs. “Some of our recommendations to reduce crowds are making the candidates campaign virtually and utilize public television broadcaster TVRI and radio RRI.”In addition to banning campaign rallies, the task force would also recommend voters to use gloves and hand sanitizer on voting day and limit the number of people allowed at each polling station as well as the voting time.Read also: Regional races ‘can’t wait until the pandemic is over’: State Palace says amid criticismDoni, who is also the head of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), said the task force would finalize its recommendations and present them to Home Minister Tito Karnavian and Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Mahfud MD.He added that the public should be wise in selecting regional candidates by also looking at their compliance with the COVID-19 health protocols, noting the need for unity to protect each other as the pandemic had shown no signs of ending anytime soon.“There’s not an inch of land that is safe in a country where people are still exposed to COVID-19. This ping-pong pattern will occur when there are areas [with infected people]. There’s no territorial boundary for COVID-19. It will definitely spread if we can’t guard ourselves,” he said.The Home Ministry and election organizers on Monday agreed to revise a KPU regulation that allows candidates to hold rallies and concerts during the campaign trail, as it is deemed counterproductive to the country’s efforts to curb COVID-19 transmission. The KPU said it would also increase the number of voting booths and polling stations for December’s regional elections.Topics :last_img read more

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Singular boosts gaming offering with Incentive Games deal

first_img Submit Related Articles StumbleUpon FES and Incentive Games launch esports prediction game June 2, 2020 Share BtoBet integrates Incentive Games content July 29, 2020 iGaming platform provider Singular has strengthened its games offering after agreeing to integrate Incentive Games’ Paid-to-Play Virtual Sports products and its Free-to-Play Sports Tools for Acquisition and Retention (STAR).Under the agreement, Incentive Games will supply its white-label, multi-sport, multi-league portfolio to Singular.“We are thrilled to make Incentive Games accessible to our Tier 1 network of clients,” said Robert Dowling, Chief Commercial Officer at Singular. “We believe that its suite of products and tools will not only enhance our strong dedication to high-quality gaming content but also boost revenue via increasing LTV of players.” John Gordon, Incentive Games CEO, added: “We are delighted to be partnered with Singular. Integrating our suite of games, which range from virtual sports to free-to-play acquisition games, will provide Singular with a new dimension when acquiring clients, whilst also offering our games to the company’s existing suite of Tier 1 clients.” In November, Singular launched its ‘4th generation’ proprietary sportsbook platform, which has allowed the platform provider to optimise client performance when engaging with players in in-play environments.Singular’s sportsbook platform is built on a modular framework leveraging big data and AI modules. It allows customers to deploy ‘configurable player journeys’, driving higher engagement of players. George Shamugia, Singular: How the COVID-19 pandemic has shaped Nigerian sports betting June 5, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

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Overtime…Anji Corley new co-host of national show ‘Vacation Creation’

first_imgLike us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlFollow @NewPghCourier on Twitter  https://twitter.com/NewPghCourier ANJI CORLEY, right, and Andrea Feczko are the co-hosts of “Vacation Creation,” a nationally-syndicated show which airs on ABC stations each weekend. In Pittsburgh, it airs on WTAE-TV Channel 4 most Sundays at 12:30 p.m. Corley, a Pitt graduate, formerly hosted mornings on WAMO Radio. by BILL NEAL, For New Pittsburgh Courier:10—Look, Look, Look…I know you’re still waiting for the next music memory to be bestowed upon you. And here it is (and you know it’s the bomb because I’m starting off with it). If you lived anytime between 1968 and 1978 you’ve got this in your mix somewhere…The legendary Four Tops classic and underrated, “Still Waters.” One of the greatest and most underappreciated LP’s of all-time. Mannnn, I am talking about a serious stroll down memory lane that will put a smile on your face and “Joy” in your heart. Now go get it. And you’re welcome.:09—Now that the Lakers have truly lost their NBA minds I’ll commit early to Golden State for the next three years. Are you kidding me? Frank Who? Oh, Frank Vogel! No, I had it right… Frank Who?:08—As far as the NBA East goes, my pick was the 76ers, but can you believe that last-second buzzer beater Kawhi Leonard hit for Toronto??!! CRAZY! So it’s Toronto vs. Milwaukee for the East title. And needless to say, if the Warriors can take out Houston even without Kevin Durant…yea, I got the Warriors to win it all. They’re playing Portland in the West finals.:07—Here’s the good news…Your Pittsburgh Steelers report to training camp July 25. First game without “B & B,” preseason opener Friday, Aug. 9 versus Tampa Bay at home – 7:30 p.m. “Here we go, Steelers, Here we go!”:06—A little shoutout to one Albert Pujols, clean Albert, non-steroid Albert for accomplishing something only one other player has ever accomplished in Major League history. That’s right, two men in the entirety of Major League Baseball have 3,000 hits, 2,000 runs batted in and 600 home runs—Albert, after driving in his 2,000th run last Friday night and the inestimable Hank Aaron. Take that, you Advanced Metric nerds.:05—Pittsburgh, here’s a proud and well-deserved atta-girl to our very own Anji Corley, formerly of WAMO. If you haven’t seen it, she’s co-hosting a national travel program called “Vacation Creation” that airs on most Sundays at 12:30 p.m. on WTAE-TV (Channel 4). And she’s beautiful and fabulous. Another Pittsburgh champion. Corley formerly hosted the WAMO morning show with Sly Jock, and later with GQ, along with hosting the midday show. She also was a radio personality in Washington, D.C., New York, and Sirius XM. Corley also hosted a digital travel series, “Local Eyes.” She is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh.:04—Speaking of champions, the 45th consecutive Willie “Pops” Stargell Pittsburgh MVP Awards and Connie Hawkins Pro/Am Summer Basketball League Hall of Fame Inductions will be held Saturday, June 15. Here’s to you, “Pops!” We are still “Fam-I-lee!” For information call Achieving Greatness Inc. at 412-628-4856.:03—How about your boy Tiger Woods going to the White House to kiss Donald Trump’s butt. C’mon, Tiger, represent at least once, will ya!?!:02—Say what you want about the Pittsburgh Pirates, they’re in the fight and they give you what they got, especially “Cool” Josh Bell. And trust me when I tell ya, there’s not a better time to be had than a night at PNC Park. Try it, you’ll like it.:01—It’s “on” and poppin’ now, to be sure. “Soul Take—Champions Live!” Western PA’s #1 sports talk show. Starring Kevin Cameron, Bill Neal and a cast of celebs and sports V.I.P’s. Tune in every Saturday on urbanmediatoday.com. If you want to come on the show call me at 412-628-4856.:00—GAME OVER!last_img read more

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