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A frenzy of frosting

first_imgNational Cupcake Week came to a sweet conclusion on Sunday, with British Baker having whipped up the UK into a frosting frenzy. The idea behind the launch of the week last year was to support the trade by driving footfall into bakeries. We did this with a media and PR campaign, with the backing of our sponsors Renshaw and Chevler and supporters BFP Wholesale and Robert Dyas. This year, the cupcake craze reached new heights; for the first two days, ’National Cupcake Week’ was one of the most popular subjects on social media site Twitter in the UK, according to its Trending league table.Interest snowballed and, before long, everyone from Danni Minogue to former first lady Sarah Brown was tweeting about it. In fact, it was the second most talked-about topic on Twitter for two days running no mean achievement in a week where such watercooler events as the Pope’s visit, Barbara Windsor’s Eastenders exit and George Michael’s imprisonment were getting as much coverage as a meat dress on Lady Gaga.So how did a humble bakery product become one of the most talked-about subjects in the UK? This was the culmination of a five-month build-up, which began with the launch of our second-ever National Cupcake-off, to find Britain’s best cupcake baker. The eco-boutique Hotel Rafayel played host to the August cake judging event, which attracted nearly three times as many entries as last year from professional cupcake bakers. David Bennett of The Sunshine Bakery in North Allerton, Leeds, scooped the title with his banana and mango cupcake.The power of social media meant that, before long, major publications got in on the act, from BBC Good Food to consumer watchdog Which? (no, they actually liked it!), The Guardian and incredibly enough The Spectator.An army of over 200 bakers joined in the campaign, attracting coverage in national papers, and on TV and radio, including the BBC, BBC Radio 4 and Manchester, ITV, Radio Aire and Galaxy Radio even a blog from the Washington Post in the USA. The regional press went to town with stories in Manchester Evening Post, Liverpool Echo, Bath Chronicle, Newcastle Journal, Shields Gazette, Portsmouth News, Yorkshire Evening Post, The Northern Echo, Northants Chronicle & Echo, Urban Life Manchester, Notts Evening Post, Ormskirk Advertiser, Hampstead & Highgate Express.TV channel Food Network joined in the fun as a media partner, giving National Cupcake Week an on-screen and online presence, with two weeks of on-air promotions to drive awareness every half hour. The channel also staged a cupcake art installation event in the Westfield Centre, with 5,000 cupcakes making up a giant image of Olympic boxer James DeGale.With our Facebook and Twitter followership ballooning, hundreds of active blogs posted cupcake-related stories and recipes. Even non-bakers got in on the act, helping to drive awareness of the week. The event was supported on the high street by homewares retailer Robert Dyas, which ran a TV ad campaign during the week to promote its JML giant cupcake mould. Other retailers that took part in the campaign included Hobbycraft and Interflora. Waitrose, Asda, Tesco, M&S, Bart Spices, Ryland Peters & Small, Urban Coffee Company, Lurpak, Breville and Peros.The cupcake craze shows no signs of slowing and we look ahead to making the event bigger and better on 12-18 September 2011!For details, visit the main National Cupcake website page, the official Cupcake Week Face-book page and @CupcakeWeek on Twitter. The first person to mention @CupcakeWeek on Monday morning was MarketingGeni, which offered prizes to businesses with the best answers to the question: “Why does your workplace deserve to win a box of cupcakes?” Many other cupcakers followed suit with launches, prizes and offers including:Food Network UK hosted a consumer competition that attracted 13,000 entries.Coffee Republic launched a signature cupcake, with proceeds going to the Teenage Cancer Trust.The Cake Nest in High Peak, the Peak District ran a Facebook competition to win a baking kit and did a ’cupcake of the day’ every day.www.cupcakestogo.co.uk ran a 10% discount all week to celebrate National Cupcake Week.Baker Rebecca Campbell used National Cupcake Week as an opportunity to launch her bakery, Shut Yer Cakehole, in Nottingham, offering vegan, egg-free, dairy-free and gluten-free cakes, puddings and cookies.Master bakers Kindreds Bakery in Herne Hill ran a week-long ice cream theme for its cupcakes, from cookie dough to mint choc chip.Ella’s Bakehouse ran daily lucky dips to celebrate National Cupcake Week.Leakers Bakery in Bridport made hat-themed cupcakes to tie in with a local hat festival.Meningitis UK launched a new fundraising event called Time 4 Tea to coincide with National Cupcake Week.Alice Rose Cakes & Cookies launched cupcake canapés a bite-sized cupcake that is completely edible, even including the case. 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Kroger cuts charitable donations to alleged anti-government militia group

first_img WhatsApp Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook IndianaLocalNews Google+ By Network Indiana – January 21, 2021 5 222 Twitter Facebook Kroger cuts charitable donations to alleged anti-government militia group By mcsquishee [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons An Indiana nonprofit is no longer on a list of community organizations that can get charitable donations from Kroger.The reason, Kroger learned the nonprofit was actually an anti-government militia group.Kroger said Indiana Oath Keepers was an IRS-approved nonprofit that had signed up to receive donations through Kroger’s customer-directed Community Rewards Program.Indiana Oath Keepers said it’s a militia of former law enforcement and military personnel, but by the Southern Poverty Law Center it’s an extremist anti-government group.Right now, the FBI has been looking at extremist group ties, including the Oath Keepers, to some of the Capitol rioters arrested, said USA Today.Kroger said the group was one of the thousands nonprofits people in Indiana could have selected for the store to support. Kroger didn’t say how much money had been given to them, but said it wasn’t very much. Pinterest Previous articleTwo people arrested on drug-related charges after traffic stopNext articleMan arrested after trying to engage sheriff’s captain into drag race Network Indiana Google+ Twitterlast_img read more

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Midwest summer storms threaten ozone, study warns

first_imgStorms common to the Midwest in summer create the same ozone-damaging chemical reactions found in polar regions in winter, according to a new Harvard study. And with extreme weather on the rise, people living in the region could face an increased risk of UV radiation.Powerful storms in the Great Plains inject water vapor that, with temperature change, can trigger the same chemistry eroding the Arctic ozone, according to a new paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.The paper was led by James G. Anderson, the Philip S. Weld Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences.Graphic: James Anderson/Harvard UniversityResearchers tracked on average 4,000 storms each summer penetrating into the stratosphere over the central U.S., a rate far more frequent than previously thought, sparking a call from the paper’s authors for weekly forecasts of ozone loss.“These developments were not predicted previously and they represent an important change in the assessment of the risk of increasing UV radiation over the (region) in summer,” said Mario J. Molina of the University of California San Diego, the 1995 Nobel Prize winner in stratospheric chemistry, who was not involved in this research.The study’s authors say the lack of data recorded on ozone loss in the Midwest has curtailed researchers’ ability to forecast increases in UV radiation in the region, heightening risk for residents of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, the Dakotas and states that border the Great Plains.“Rather than large continental-scale ozone loss that occurs over the polar regions in winter characterized, for example, by the term Antarctic ozone hole, circumstances over the central U.S. in summer are very different,” Anderson said.Stratospheric ozone is one of the most delicate aspects of habitability on the planet, researchers point out, with only marginally enough to protect humans, animals and crops from UV radiation.“Every year, sharp losses of stratospheric ozone are recorded in polar regions, traceable to chlorine and bromine added to the atmosphere by industrial chlorofluorocarbons and halons,” said Steven C. Wofsy, the Abbott Lawrence Rotch Professor of Atmospheric and Environmental Science at SEAS and co-author of the study. “The new paper shows that the same kind of chemistry could occur over the central United States, triggered by storm systems that introduce water, or the next volcanic eruption, or by increasing levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide. We don’t yet know just how close we are to reaching that threshold.”last_img read more

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Webinar Series: Data Protection Solutions

first_imgDell Technologies continues to modernize and simplify our trusted data protection portfolio. Dell EMC NetWorker is proven technology that offers comprehensive, flexible and scalable data protection. As businesses evolve, they need assurance that their existing and modern workloads are protected. We invite you to join us for a special webinar on Wednesday, July 29, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST to learn more about the Dell EMC NetWorker Advantage and help you maximize your investment and plan for the future.In this session, we will present NetWorker’s latest innovations including centralized monitoring and reporting of backups and protection storage, as well as protecting VMware, Hyper-V and business-critical applications. We will explore how these comprehensive enhancements can optimize your NetWorker deployments and prepare you for next-generation data management.Please join your Dell Technologies Data Protection Team for this special presentation and product demonstration, including:Presenter: Anjali Munjal, Product ManagementDemo: Ken Voigt, Systems Engineer, Global Technology OfficeRegister now hereFor updates, please follow @DellEMCSupport on Twitterlast_img read more

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Champlain College students work for state trade partnership

first_imgBURLINGTON, Vt.–Champlain College students Heather Littlefield, Anna Wisniewska, Alina Stanciu and Emily Howland have been working atthe Vermont Global Trade Partnership (VGTP) during the spring 2007 semester. These Champlain College students earned their internships through a competitive interview process.Vermont business people access a broad range of trade services through the VGTP, a state program which has established an office in the S.D. Ireland Family Center for Global Business and Technology on the Champlain College campus. Champlain offers the only International Business program in the state of Vermont.Businesses can receive assistance with: reviewing trade regulations, tariffs and logistics, researching new markets, importing and exporting, product sourcing, trade missions, overseas trade shows, and networking opportunities.Additionally, student Emily Howland is doing a four-month internship in Shanghai, China. She is an intern at the Shanghai Small Enterprise Trade Development Center, promoting international business relationships. Howland is no stranger to China, having studied for four years in Beijing. She is a fluent speaker of the Chinese dialect of Mandarin. Howland is sharing her experience in China via a student blog.Prior to this spring internship, she has been continuing her role as lead research assistant for the Vermont Global Trade Partnership. In November, she accompanied a Vermont delegation on a trade mission to China and assisted as an interpreter. More recently, she organized Vermont’s participation in the American Education Fairs in Taiwan. She also hosted a tourism representative from China and toured her around Vermont.”I’m looking forward to getting experience in working in a Chinese office,” she said. “It’s a similar organization to where I work now — I’ll just see things from the other side.” Howland grew up in Richmond, Vt. and is a graduate of Mt. Mansfield Union High School.Littlefield, from Morrisville, Vt., is a graduate of People’s Academy. She is finishing her bachelor’s degree in International Business and she brings retail experience to the VGTP, including shipping and receiving responsibilities for textiles. With the VGTP, she performs research in areas that include sourcing and distributor searches, as well as regulatory market reports.Wisniewska is a native of Poland. She is a Business and Management major who also brings human resources and accounting knowledge to the internship.Stanciu is from Romania and she is an International Business student. Stanciu is helping the VGTP investigate new business opportunities in Romania and Bulgaria — which are new members of the European Union.last_img read more

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Demo Humvee Burns 70 Percent Less Fuel

first_img The Army is displaying a unique fuel-efficient concept tactical vehicle to senior leaders in the nation’s capital. The Fuel Efficient Ground Vehicle Demonstrator, dubbed ‘FED Alpha,’ has a solar panel on its rear hatch that can recharge its electrical system. It also has a custom engine, transmission and a score of other features that dramatically increase its mileage per gallon compared to other Humvees. The vehicle has all the capabilities of an up-armored Humvee, but burns about 70 percent less fuel, said Steve Kramer, an engineer with the U.S. Army Tank and Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Command, known as TARDEC, headquartered in Warren, Mich. Kramer has been involved in designing the FED Alpha for the past three years. TARDEC has been working with a British company on the testing phase of the vehicle at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland since July. The FED Alpha may never be mass produced as is, Kramer said, but added that he hopes many of the energy-saving features can be priced low enough to make it onto the next generation of tactical vehicles. “Hopefully the technology on here can get back into the force,” he said. The FED Alpha features a Cummins turbo-charged 200-horsepower 4-cylinder diesel engine, a six-speed automatic transmission, and low-rolling resistance tires. The low-rolling tires alone provide an estimated 7 percent fuel reduction. While officials said that percentage may not sound like much, if applied to the Army’s entire tactical vehicle fleet, it would add up to about $45 million in fuel savings annually. The vehicle also has a gas pedal that provides the driver feedback if the vehicle exceeds the recommended fuel-efficiency speed. The pedal vibrates and provides force against the driver’s foot, but if it’s mission-essential to increase the speed, Kramer said the driver can punch through the feedback and continue the mission. The FED Alpha also has: • A high-efficiency 28-volt integrated starter-generator that enables electric accessories and 20 kW of onboard power for equipment • A lightweight aluminum structure, except for the armored cab and underbelly V-shaped blast shield • An improved driveline that uses a unique carrier and differential assembly, including non-geared hubs and isotropic super-finished gears to reduce friction The Aberdeen Test Center Roadway Simulator is validating the fuel economy of the vehicle. ATC is the world’s largest automotive test simulator and is designed to perform vehicle dynamics, powertrain performance, shock and vibration testing in a laboratory environment. It enables the FED Alpha to be tested in a controlled environment so small changes in fuel economy can be verified. ATC will test the FED Alpha in convoy operations, urban assault, cross-country trips and extended idle situations. By Dialogo October 25, 2011last_img read more

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Leaders in average loan balances (2Q18)

first_img continue reading » Helping members achieve home ownership in a high-priced urban market has helped IDB-IIC FCU($564.2M, Washington, DC) achieve measures of member engagement that put it among the top leaders in loan balances, according to data from Callahan & Associates.As of June 30, 2018, the District-based cooperative reported an average loan balance of $82,427, which placed it seventh by that measure among all 5,596 U.S. credit unions.The 10,873-member credit union is owned by members and employees of the Inter-American Development Bank and Inter-American Investment Corp., which provides financing and other support for development in Latin America. As for the credit union, it provides financing and support for members in our nation’s capital. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Fend off card fraud

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Fighting credit and debit card fraud is a shifting battle as would-be thieves regularly roll out novel schemes, but credit unions can look to new defenses from card issuers and processors built on sophisticated data analytics.For merchants who completed the EMV chip upgrade, card fraud at the point of purchase has declined 76% since 2015, which marked the liability shift to merchants not equipped to process chip card payments, says Doug Leighton, head of community accounts for CUES Supplier member Visa, based in San Francisco. Now credit unions must remain vigilant and look for fraud prevention and detection tools in the card-not-present environment, where the threat of fraud persists in e-commerce, online billing and mail order.“Generally, across our business, growth is happening in card-not-present transactions at roughly four times that of face-to-face growth rates,” he says. “Credit unions need to be talking to their network partners and processors to make sure that they are enabling the latest technologies to combat that fraud”—and, in the bargain, head off additional operational costs and member inconvenience.last_img read more

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Better together: A year in review

first_img This post is currently collecting data… What a year! From a pandemic to lockdowns around the world, 2020 has kept us on our toes. While this year has been full of unexpected challenges for individuals and businesses worldwide, it has also been full of valuable lessons. For companies, balancing a new remote workforce, employee health, and shifting consumer demands were just a few of the many uphill battles. For individuals, work-life balance, pandemic hardships, and quarantine were only a few of many challenges thrown their way.The bright side of it all is that we are going into 2021 even stronger than before and with a few lessons learned: technology keeps us connected, a successful business prioritizes its consumers and employees, and always expect the unexpected.How Adlumin Trailblazed Through UncertaintyAdlumin’s primary goal is to revolutionize how financial institutions of all sizes secure sensitive data. As the hectic year unfolded, Adlumin found ways to successfully strengthen that goal while reaching new heights along the way. This is placeholder text continue reading »center_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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AHL pushes back 2020-21 season start date

first_img(WBNG) — The American Hockey League has announced the anticipated start of the 2020-21 season has been pushed to December 4, 2020. The revised date was approved by the league’s Board of Governors during its annual meeting today. The AHL’s press release says further details regarding the upcoming season schedule are still to be determined.center_img The official statement said the AHL will work with its member clubs to monitor developments and guidelines across the league’s 31 cities.last_img