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Baking Industry Awards: early-bird offer ending

first_imgThe last day for early bird booking for the 2008 Baking Industry Awards is Monday 30 June, so make sure you book your table now! The early bird offer means tables cost £1,600 plus VAT for a table of 10 (normally £1,750 + VAT) and £1,920 for a table of 12 (normally £2,100 + VAT). Individual tickets costs £170 plus VAT each (normally £185 + VAT).The awards will be held at the Great Room, Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London, and will begin with a special reception followed by a three-course meal and wine. Celebrity presenter Kate Thornton, who is hosting the event, then calls all of the finalists to the stage to receive their recognition and certificates before revealing the name of the overall winner who is given the coveted trophy. Dancing and a casino follow the awards’ announcements and with 900 people attending, there is plenty of opportunity to network and catch up with old friends.Please contact Elizabeth Ellis on 01293 846593 or email [email protected], visit www.bakeryawards.co.uk for more information and to download a booking form, which you can fax back on 01293 846538.last_img read more

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Syracuse falls out of AP Top 25 after loss to Old Dominion

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments A week after rejoining the AP Top 25, Syracuse (7-3) fell back out this week after an upset loss to Old Dominion. SU received no votes. The Orange’s next opponent, Buffalo (10-0), remained at No. 14 ahead of an important December game between the Interstate 90 opponents on Tuesday night in the Carrier Dome.Syracuse’s last win against a top-14 ranked team in the Carrier Dome was its upset of then-No. 10 Duke on Feb. 22, 2017, when John Gillon beat the buzzer for the win.SU had been in the midst of a five-game winning streak when last week’s poll ranked the Orange in a tie for No. 25 with Kansas State and Indiana. But a second-half collapse against ODU ended that streak and prevented Tuesday’s matchup from being SU’s second ranked vs. ranked matchup of the season, after Oregon on Nov. 16.Kansas remains at No. 1 in the poll, followed by a Duke team that Syracuse will face twice in Atlantic Coast Conference play. The ACC was further represented in the poll by No. 5 Virginia, No. 9 North Carolina, No. 11 Florida State and No. 13 Virginia Tech.Syracuse and Buffalo tip off at 8 p.m. on Tuesday night. The game will be televised on ESPN2.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textcenter_img Published on December 17, 2018 at 12:31 pm Contact Billy: [email protected] | @Wheyen3last_img read more

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Groves weighs in ahead of title rematch

first_imgGeorge Groves was almost two pounds under the 12-stone super-middleweight limit at the weigh-in for his world title rematch with Carl Froch.In front of a raucous crowd at Wembley Arena, Hammersmith’s Groves, 26, looked relaxed and in excellent condition at 11st 12lb 4oz before champion Froch, 36, came in at 11st 13lb 9oz, also looking in great shape.The pair will battle it out at Wembley Stadium on Saturday – six months after their first fight ended in a hugely contentious defeat for the challenger.Groves floored the IBF and WBA title holder in the opening round and dominated the following rounds before referee Howard Foster controversially stopped the bout in the ninth after a flurry of shots from Froch.DeGale is also in action at Wembley“The belts should be mine. They’ve been on loan for six months,” a confident Groves said after weighing in.“I feel perfect. I’m in the zone and couldn’t be more ready. This fight will get worse and worse for him with every round.“He was talking to me and saying I looked tight at the weight. He’s grasping for something. He needs reassurance and he can’t find it.”Meanwhile, Groves’ arch-rival and fellow West Londoner James DeGale weighed 11st 13lb 7oz ahead of a world title eliminator against unbeaten American Brandon Gonzales, who was an ounce heavier.A victory would see DeGale, 28, installed as the IBF’s mandatory challenger, putting him in line to face the winner of this weekend’s main event. West London Sport will have Twitter updates from Froch v Groves and DeGale v Gonzales on Saturday evening. See also:Groves: My left hook will finish FrochFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Magic Double Comb Easy Hair Styling Stretchy Combs Double Clip brand new : Holds thick hair together

first_imgExcellent i love these so easy to use. Arrived before due date, very inexpensive and the metal comb teeth which appear too small can actually hold thick hair together. Arrived before due date, very inexpensive and the metal comb teeth which appear too small can actually hold thick hair together. Nice but evidently not durable. Versatile and easy to use, i liked the stretchiness of the bands. Unfortunately the second time i used it one of the fittings broke and i couldn’t fix it. If i’d bought it in a local shop i would have taken it back for a replacement/refund. Nice but evidently not durableHolds thick hair togetherMagic Double Comb Easy Hair Styling Stretchy Combs Double Clip brand new (black)MAGIC HAIR SLIDE HAIR CLIP STRETCHABLE DOUBLE COMBS ACCESSORYyou can create dozens of dazzling hairstyles. Combs are soft, comfortable and perfect for any occasionCreate a variety of hairstyles for all occasions.Quick and easy hairstylesStretchable double comb creates Perfect hairstyles for weddings, the office and working outSoft and comfortable.Works for all hair types. Holds hair firmly in place Nice but evidently not durable. Versatile and easy to use, i liked the stretchiness of the bands. Unfortunately the second time i used it one of the fittings broke and i couldn’t fix it. If i’d bought it in a local shop i would have taken it back for a replacement/refund. Excellent i love these so easy to use.last_img read more

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Gauging the Stimulus Effect in Georgia, Minnesota

first_imgWill 2010 be the year stimulus-funded green programs finally produce their intended results? If recent stories about weatherization and green-jobs programs in Georgia and Minnesota are any indication, we may be on the verge of finding out.A lot is riding on outcomes over the next several months. And the scrutiny hasn’t let up. Over the past half year, while stimulus-program observers kept droning on about the pressures that accompany vastly expanded funding and programs, the federal, state, and community agencies managing the programs seemed to drop into increasingly cautious, almost defensive crouches as they navigated the complexities of program approvals, funding grants, wage rules, and worker training before actually beginning the process of assigning, completing, and inspecting work in the field.There are those who say the number of green jobs that eventually will be created by successfully implemented green stimulus programs such as weatherization, product rebates, subsidy proposals, and renewable-energy tax credits might improve energy efficiency in housing much more than the overall unemployment picture. Only about $5 billion of the $787 billion stimulus package signed into law last February, after all, addresses weatherization. But given the number of housing industry workers looking for jobs, and the enormous jump in funding $5 billion represents for the decades-old Weatherization Assistance Program, many people still expect green-job creation, and other outlays for energy-conservation businesses and projects, to move the needle on the employment meter at least a little toward the positive.In the North Star StateA recent story in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, for example, focuses on the slow rate of green-job growth in the state, where the unemployment rate was last pegged at 7.4% but is expected to reach 8% this year.“We, as a state, have gotten a more realistic view of the contribution that green jobs can make to the state’s economy,” state economist Tom Stinson told the paper. “They are not going to solve all the state’s economic problems. They are going to help around the edges … (but) they are unlikely to have much impact on big-picture job growth.”The president of one company mentioned in the story, solar-collector manufacturer Solar Skies, told the paper that the Department of Energy’s slow pace in approving a rebate program for the purchase of solar power systems essentially halted sales in the sector and prompted him to cut four jobs, leaving him with a staff of 10. The story also cites financial strains in the proposed Central Corridor light-rail project in St. Paul, layoffs at a wind turbine plant, and deep job cuts at a New Flyer hybrid-bus plant in St. Cloud.A fresh round of federal rebates for solar installations, meanwhile, is in fact slated to start in February, which should help revive the solar power industry in the state, said Lynn Hinkle, policy director of the new Minnesota Solar Energy Industry Association. Hinkle pointed out that rebates will prompt sales of about 300 solar installations on homes and businesses. The Star-Tribune article also notes that Cardinal Glass, in Northfield, expects to receive $7.7 million of new federal funds to convert its residential-glass factory into a solar glass-coating plant that lost 30 of its 120 workers to the housing recession in two years.In GeorgiaA recent story in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution focuses on Georgia’s slow rollout of the stimulus-expanded weatherization program, which by the end of November had seen contractors complete work on 430 of the 13,617 homes the state wants to weatherize by March 2012.We keep hearing stories like this, but also acknowledge the predictably cumbersome process and occasional points of confusion that precipitate them.“Frankly, we didn’t obviously jump on spending [the stimulus money] right away,” Phil Foil, executive director of the Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority, the state agency overseeing federal spending on weatherization, told the paper. “We wanted to take a very steady approach to this project. It is a lot of money. And we want to be good stewards of the taxpayer dollars.”The story notes that more than 11,000 people have requested weatherization audits, although most still have to qualify for the program, which is designed for low-income homeowners. So far, the state has signed $99 million in stimulus contracts with its existing network of weatherization specialists – 22 community action agencies, nonprofits, and local governments – but also has lined up other agencies that could help out should the existing network become overwhelmed.The administration’s takeIn a report released on January 15, the White House highlighted overall progress on green-job creation, including figures that it says show the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act saved or created 63,000 jobs and is expected to create more than 700,000 by 2012. By the end of December 2009, the report adds, $263.3 billion of the original $787 billion had been outlayed or gone to American households and businesses in the form of tax reductions, while another $149.7 billion has been committed to projects and activities like the weatherization program.And while Georgia has been slow to implement the final stages of its program (completing and inspecting work in homes), the Department of Energy’s seems reasonably satisfied with the state’s approach to building a foundation for the expanded program.“The Department of Energy is encouraged by the overall performance of Georgia’s weatherization program,” Matt Rogers, the Energy Department’s senior adviser for Recovery Act implementation, told the Journal-Constitution. “The weatherization network in the state has been among the top 20 percent of states nationally in terms of efficiency and weatherization spending. … We look forward to working with Georgia to continue accelerating the pace of weatherization and ensure they remain a top service provider across the weatherization network.”last_img read more

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Have You Generated Your Consumer Insights from IoT?

first_imgFollow the Puck Tags:#advantage over your competitors#analyze individual habits#consumer insights#Internet of Things#RFID tags AI is Not the Holy Grail of Sales, at Least Not… Sonal is a business analyst at Marketresearch.biz. She specializes in analyzing and managing various market insights. Well, have you? Have you generated your consumer insights from IoT?  Or even should you? The answer is a resounding ‘Yes ‘ – you must! If you don’t then somebody else will! It is becoming increasingly more important to use the internet to obtain ‘Micro Data’ to give yourself a business advantage. There is a massive gap between “Big Data” and “Micro Data”, isn’t there?  Or is there? “Big Data” is today’s buzz term, but what about the future? Is “Micro Data” going to offer business opportunities for companies in the future? Perhaps – let’s check out what consumer insights are available to those that promote MicroData over Big Data. Let’s forget the quote marks!What is IoT – the Internet of Things?  Using IoT in BusinessWhat is IoT? The term Internet of Things refers to the network of connected devices. Not just the connection between computers, laptops and cell phones and the internet, but of much more. Your power usage, kitchen appliances, and even your car may be connected together through the IoT. Any electronic device can be connected to another through the internet of things. Your power Smart Meter is part of IoT. Even your medical monitors may be connected. Pacemakers, heart monitors and even the device you use to measure your stats when jogging can be connected to the internet. Using IoT in business can give you an advantage over your competitors that don’t use it. The Internet of Things is sure to expand over the coming years, so how can you use it to give you more insight into the needs of your customers?In general terms, the Internet of Things involves every device that is connected to the internet. That internet connection is all that is needed for anyone to connect them all together. This can generate an amazing network of product manufacturers, their distributors or sales outlets and the customers – individual or corporate. According to Bernard Marr (‘Big Data in Practice’,  ‘Key Business Analytics’ and ‘Key Performance Indicators), the Internet of Things is going to be massive in 2018. Here are some examples of how IoT is being used to gather data and why it is being used.Banks and Other Financial ServicesPhysical bank branches are rapidly disappearing from the streets and malls.  The activity of bank customers or account holders in these branches was a good source of information about the banking and spending habits of account holders.  Because of this, banks and other financial services institutions had to find another way of collecting data. Wearable devices offer a low-cost solution to this.  The Bank of America and Fitpay got together to enable the bank’s customers to make contactless payments using wearables.  Barclays Bank has recently unveiled its UK bpay contactless watch payment system.  There are many similar systems either already in place or in process of development, Financial service providers are using the IoT philosophy to obtain data from ATMs, mobile devices, and various banking apps as it is generated. This enables the financial services company to analyze individual habits and the way they use the service.  By using an individual customer’s data, offers or promotions can be customized for each individual customer. This use of customer insights from IoT enables targeted promotions which produce far better results than a general promotional campaign. Smart vs. IOTThere is little difference between ‘Smart’ and ‘IoT’, Smart devices can provide information to the user that is also being delivered to another party.  The two-way connection between a Formula 1 racing car’s data and the engineering team is an example of this.  The data can help the team to make wireless alterations to the car’s set-up to improve performance. Such data links could arguably not be classed as a network, but a 2-way communication although it is a fundamental form of the Internet of Things. Telematics and Auto Insurance Another example of how IoT can be employed is telematics.  This is a form of science where sensors are used to provide information on a wide range of activities.  This information can be used to control remote objects. It can be used by auto insurers to establish the driving practices of individual drivers, their speeds, how heavily they brake and where they regularly drive.  Insurers can establish whether individuals drive largely at night, whether mainly on rural or on city roads, and whether or not you take proper breaks on long Journeys. This information can be used to set an auto insurance premium. You may one day receive a call from your insurer telling you that you drive too fast in speed restricted areas and that your premium is being increased because of this.This form of IoT can also be used in car sharing, where the availability of vehicles registered in the scheme is determined by GPS and provided to those needing transport. Ralph Lauren PolotechAnother genuine use of IoT is the Ralph Lauren Polotech Shirt.  Sensors integrated into the Polotech shirt can record a number of biometrics useful to athletes.  Among these are the depth of breathing, heart rate when running at measured speeds, calories expended and even the efficiency of calories burned with distance traveled. The data can be wirelessly sent to an iPhone or Apple watch. Using IoT in Intelligent Shopping  Stores can use RFID tags on their goods in a number of ways to make shopping easier for their customers.  Amazon Go:   Customers at Amazon Go physical stores can use the Go app on their smartphone to enter the store.  They then select their goods and place them in their shopping trolley, and when finished just walk out the store – no checkout queues!  Each item is tagged electronically and is registered as the customer leaves the store. The total is automatically charged to their Amazon account. Rebecca Minkoff:  Another use of RFID tags was applied by fashion store Rebecca Minkoff.  Smart dressing room mirrors could read information from the RFID tags attached to its garments.  Screens appear on the mirrors enabling customers to request alternative sizes, find suggested accessories to go with the item or even request a store assistant.  Internet of Things SummaryThe Internet of Things (IoT) can be used to generate consumer insights and so assist the business and the consumer in new and varied ways.  A smartphone is just one example of the ever-increasing world of IoT. Once you have generated your consumer insights with IoT, you will have a significant business advantage of those that fail to do so. The above are just a few of the many different ways in which IoT can benefit your business. Related Posts Sonal Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…last_img read more

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10 months agoPSG midfielder Rabiot agrees terms with Barcelona

first_imgPSG midfielder Rabiot agrees terms with Barcelonaby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot has agreed terms with Barcelona, it has been claimed.Le Parisien, ignoring Barca’s statement of denial, reported on Monday that Rabiot has reached an agreement with the Catalan club over his salary and signing bonus. At the moment there are no negotiations between Barça and PSG, but that the situation could evolve “this week”. Barça released a comment on Sunday denying “any type” of agreement with the midfielder. The club added that they have always acted in the correct manner with PSG, who they contacted over the player in August and again last week. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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a month agoTammy Abraham: I want to be Chelsea legend

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tammy Abraham: I want to be Chelsea legendby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTammy Abraham is determined to become a Chelsea legend.The 21-year-old is making his mark at Stamford Bridge this season, with a hat-trick in Saturday’s win over Wolves taking his season total to 7 from five Premier League games.”I have grown up watching big stars playing in the Champions League, and to play in it myself would obviously be a dream,” he said.”Players like the gaffer [Frank Lampard], Didier Drogba and John Terry are great legends. They have been there and done it. I would like to follow the same path. “I am delighted to be scoring goals for a team I have grown up loving and have always wanted to play for. It is just an amazing feeling and hasn’t kicked in yet.”Hopefully this is the beginning of a great career at Chelsea. I’m living the dream and I need to keep it running.” last_img read more

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5 days agoShearer praises Hudson-Odoi for Chelsea’s win over Newcastle

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Shearer praises Hudson-Odoi for Chelsea’s win over Newcastleby Paul Vegas5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveGeordie legend Alan Shearer praised Callum Hudson-Odoi for Chelsea’s win over Newcastle United.Chelsea beat Shearer’s former side Newcastle 1-0 on Saturday thanks to Marcos Alonso’s late goal.But it was Hudson-Odoi who provided the assist, his third of the season, as Chelsea continued their winning ways under manager Frank Lampard.”He has played three times this season and he has three assists,” Shearer said on BBC’s Match of the Day.“He had such a terrible injury which he’s come back from. He’s 18 years of age and can spray the ball around like that, left or right, and he is full of confidence.”He can go on the outside and come on the inside.”Everything Chelsea did well he was at the heart of it.“He did his bit defensively which he had to do and he was hugging the touchline, and with that drive that he’s got he makes it very difficult for defenders.”For the goal he sets it up for Alonso, puts it into his path and says ‘go on, have a go’ and that was the winning goal. Chelsea were the better team and deserved to score.” last_img read more

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Rutgers Commit Marques Ford Makes It Clear He Wouldn’t Re-Consider Tennessee

first_imgA general view of Rutgers football stadium.NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – NOVEMBER 19: A general view during the first half of a game between the Cincinnati Bearcats and Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Rutgers Stadium on November 19, 2011 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)Gibsonton (Fla.) East Bay defensive end Marques Ford was committed to Tennessee for six months until losing his scholarship on Jan. 21 due to a numbers crunch in the Vols’ class. Ford rebounded by committing to Rutgers two days later, and indicated after his official visit to RU this weekend that he planned to sign with the Scarlet Knights.Because Tennessee lost a commitment from four-star running back Kendall Bussey this afternoon, some Vols’ fans on Twitter broached the idea of trying to bring Ford back into the fold, but the four-star recruit dismissed any notion of that tonight.All this talk about me going back to Tennessee and im just like ..  #CHOPNation pic.twitter.com/TW7S9VZabP— 5⃣6⃣ (@Marques_Ford) February 3, 2015Even with Bussey de-committing, it’s doubtful Tennessee would have tried to move back in on Ford. If they did, he indicated he wouldn’t be interested. Somehow, I think this one works out well for all parties: UT still has a highly-rated class under Butch Jones, Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood lands a talented four-star and Ford ends up in a place where he is clearly wanted.last_img read more