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UK World Pastry Cup team announced

first_imgThe UK team for the 2017 Pastry World Cup has been announced at an exclusive afternoon tea at The Berkeley Hotel, London.The Pastry World Cup is a biennial event, first held in 1989, and is designed to showcase the world’s finest pastry chefs and their creations.Led by Café Royale’s (London) executive pastry chef Andrew Blas, the three-man team is filled out by Florian Poirot of FP Macaroons (York) and Christopher Zammit of Camilleri Kitchen (East Sussex). Both are fresh from success at the UK Pastry Open 2015.The team president once more is Martin Chiffers, a pastry chef with over 30 years’ global experience in the industry. He has previously won the European Pastry Cup, a heat to qualify for the World Pastry Cup, twice and will coach and mentor the team ahead of the event to be held in Lyon, France on 22-23 January.Six hoursOver the course of six hours, teams from 22 countries from across the world will have to complete three chocolate desserts, three frozen fruit desserts, 12 identical desserts on a plate, one sugar sculpture, one chocolate sculpture and one ice sculpture.While most countries have to fight their way through one of four regional heats to get to the final, the top seven countries (based on results from the last three competitions) enjoy automatic qualification. The UK is one of those seven, along with France, Japan and current title-holder Italy.Chiffers said: “We’ve come a long way since we started in 2011 but we can’t rest on our laurels. Although the top seven placement for 2015 means we can use all our resources for the 2017 final, without needing to qualify for the European Pastry Cup, we will have a lot of practice and planning ahead. I want to try and fit in at least 35 practice sessions, so it’s going to be the hardest prep ever.”Florian Poirot was recently declared Overall Winner and winner of the Best Sugar Display category at the UK Pastry Open 2015. The event is connected to the Pastry World Cup, helping in the selection of the UK team, and Poirot’s win guaranteed him a place on the team.At the same competition, Christopher Zammit won Best Tasting Dessert and Best Valrhona Chocolate Display.last_img read more

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Festival marks Indian holiday

first_imgThe Indian Association of Notre Dame (IAND) delivered a sense of traditional Indian culture to the ballroom in the LaFortune Student Center with a Diwali Celebration on Sunday night. The Diwali celebration, known as “The Festival of Lights,” included a prayer service, a dinner of Indian cuisine and a dance celebration featuring Indian music. The Diwali celebration holds great importance to people all across India from a variety of faiths, including Hinduism, Jainism and Sikhism. “Diwali is one of the most important festivals in India, marking the end of the Indian calendar,” Indian Association faculty advisor Jindal Shah said. Five organizations came together to sponsor the Diwali event: the Graduate Student Union, International Student Service and Activities, Campus Ministry and the Indian Association of Notre Dame. The Student Activities Organization (SAO) helped provide the venue for the evening in the LaFortune Ballroom, and Campus Ministry sponsored the Diwali celebration as part of the Prayer from Around the World Series. Prof. Shah began the event with an explanation of the origins of Diwali. He said the story of Diwali spans back into Indian lore and the tale of King Dashratha, whose eldest son Rama was betrothed to the beautiful Sita and was set to inherit the kingdom. However, Rama was exiled by his jealous stepmother for 14 years. Meanwhile, the demon king Ravana kidnapped Sita, leading to a fierce battle between Rama and Ravana that ended in Rama’s victory and the return of his bride Sita. “The people lit candles to mark the return of Rama and Sita, creating the festival of lights that announces the triumph of good over evil,” Shah said. “In the story, Ravana embodies all that is evil, and Rama embodies all that is good.” Graduate student Gaurav Nigam, co-president of IAND, said the Diwali festival required about a month of planning and sought to fulfill several goals. “We wanted to make everyone aware of the Indian festivals and make the Indian students feel at home because we don’t get to celebrate Indian festivals in America very often,” Nigam said. Nigam said the Indian Association typically hosts two major festivals each year. Suresh Vishwanath, a chemical engineering graduate student and co-president of IAND, said those who celebrate Diwali pray for well-being and blessing on this occasion. Attendees of the Diwali celebration at Notre Dame came from many faiths and regions. “Some people here today faced two to three hour drives to help set up and be with us today,” Vishwanath said.   Contact Charley Ducey at [email protected]last_img read more

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Broadway Grosses: Sunday in the Park with George Gives the Hudson New Life

first_imgJake Gyllenhaal in ‘Sunday in the Park with George’ at New York City Center(Photo: Stephanie Berger) When making a work of art, first of all you need a good foundation, otherwise it’s risky from the start. Fortunately for the new Broadway revival of Sunday in the Park with George, they’re already off to a solid run. The Pulitzer Prize-winning musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine reopened the historic Hudson Theatre on February 11, and in its first preview performance, the Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford-led production played to a full capacity and grossed 93.51% of its potential. Meanwhile, another return of a Broadway classic celebrated opening night at the Palace Theatre: Sunset Boulevard. The production, starring Glenn Close, broke $1 million (coming in at $1,142,254). It was the highest-grossing of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s four musicals currently playing, with School of Rock, Cats and The Phantom of the Opera garnering figures in the mid $600,000s. Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending February 12:FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross)1. Hamilton ($2,903,693)2. The Lion King ($1,553,274)3. Wicked ($1,306,187)4. The Book of Mormon ($1,264,107)5. Aladdin ($1,218,011)UNDERDOGS (By Gross)5. Chicago ($506,158)4. Jitney ($353,719)3. The Glass Menagerie ($312,736)*2. In Transit ($234,518)1. Sunday in the Park with George ($136,384)**FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity)1. The Book of Mormon (101.71%)2. Hamilton (101.56%)3. Dear Evan Hansen (101.52%)4. Sunday in the Park with George (100.00%)**5. The Lion King (98.93%)UNDERDOGS (By Capacity)5. Paramour (65.49%)***4. School of Rock (64.06%)3. Kinky Boots (61.27%)2. The Phantom of the Opera (60.02%)1. On Your Feet! (54.94%)*Number based on five preview performances**Number based on one preview performance***Number based on seven regular performancesSource: The Broadway League View Commentslast_img read more

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Sod Survey

first_imgIf your spring landscape plans include installing sodded turfgrass, you can expect to pay more this year, according to a University of Georgia and Georgia Urban Ag Council survey.Thirty-five Georgia sod producers participated in the 2013 telephone survey. The growers represented farms ranging from less than 300 acres to more than 900 acres, but the majority of the survey participants manage less than 300 acres.Inventory and prices“The purpose of the annual survey is the determine inventory levels and projected price changes,” said Clint Waltz, turfgrass specialist with UGA Extension. “We found that delivered prices for the bermudagrass, centipedegrass and St. Augustine are expected to increase by more than 13 percent. Bermudagrass and centipedegrass prices should be at historic levels.”Waltz attributes the price increase to unfavorable environmental conditions during the regrowth period this past summer and fall sod sales. Both large and small scale sod producers were affected by the lack of sunlight during the 2013 growing season and were unable to regrow enough grass to meet expected demands, Waltz said.“Several growers have told me that strong fall sales have dropped their inventories of warm-season grasses down to levels lower than they commonly experience in the first five months of the year,” he said. Fifty-two percent of the bermudagrass growers rated their fall inventory as adequate to excellent. But nearly half the bermudagrass growers (48 percent) surveyed projected having less than adequate supplies this spring. “The supply of bermudagrass is low, regardless of the farm size,” Waltz said.The number of growers producing zoysiagrass grew with 60 percent of those surveyed growing the grass. Forty-eight percent of these growers project a shortage this year.Of the producers surveyed, 57 percent grow centipedegrass. Thirty-five percent of these anticipate a 2014 inventory shortage. Sixty percent of the St. Augustinegrass growers reported adequate supplies. All tall fescue producers reported an adequate inventory, which continues a 10-year trend. Eighty-six percent of the tall fescue growers surveyed reported excellent to adequate inventories. Prices up for all varietiesThe delivered price is expected to increase for all grasses in the survey. A truckload of bermudagrass delivered to the Atlanta area, or within 100 miles of the farm, is expected to rise 14 percent. The delivered price of zoysiagrass is expected to rise 1.4 percent to 35.8 cents per square foot. “Considering expected price increases for 2014 and consumer demand, spring and summer prices for zoysiagrass are likely to exceed these survey prices,” Waltz said.The price of delivered centipedegrass is also expected to rise to an average of 23.5 cents. “Interestingly, it has taken seven years for centipedegrass to match or exceed its 2007 price (21.3 cents),” Waltz said.Tall fescue’s delivered price is expected to rise 1.7 percent to an average of 24 cents per square foot. The average price should fall between 20 and 30 cents.St. Augustine’s delivered price should be up by 17.3 percent to an average of 34.6 cents per square foot.“This year’s gain brings St. Augustinegrass back in line with 2006 and 2007 prices,” Waltz said. “Since it was added to the survey in 2005, St. Augustinegrass prices have varied wildly compared to other species. Last year there was a 13 percent decrease from the previous year, and this year the prices are expected to rise 17 percent.”You get what you pay forBuyers who prefer certified sod should expect to pay an additional 2 to 3 cents per square foot. This year marks a seven-year price increase for certified grass. “This translates to between $10 and $15 extra on a 500 square foot pallet,” Waltz said. “Consumers should consider this a nominal cost to insure varietal purity of a perennial species.”The survey revealed that most Georgia-grown sod is sold to landscape contractors (39 percent) with homeowners following as the second largest purchasers (14 percent). The remainder of the supply is bought for sports/athletic fields, golf courses, garden centers, brokers, developers and landscape designers.None of the sod growers surveyed expect to reduce the number of acres they produce in 2014. Eighteen of the 35 producers plan to add more acres this year. “These additional acres would not affect the market until 2015 or 2016,” Waltz said.The UGA Farm Gate Value Report estimated the 2012 farm gate value of Georgia turfgrass at $83.7 million and reported 21,728 acres devoted to turfgrass. The top five turfgrass producing counties in Georgia are Macon, Cook, Bulloch, Bartow and Sumter. To view the complete survey, go to www.GeorgiaTurf.com.last_img read more

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Sleep Tight, Learn Better

first_imgAlmost any teacher in America can look at her class and know which kids went to bed too late the night before.Sometimes the students are grumpy. Sometimes they’re drowsy. Sometimes they’re just not as attentive as they usually are. The symptoms are varied, but they’re all caused by a lack of sleep.Many kids — and adults, for that matter — don’t get enough sleep. On average, high school students need between seven and 11 hours of sleep. For younger kids, even more time is needed: 12 hours for school-aged kids, 13 hours for preschoolers and close to 14 hours for toddlers.With homework, after-school activities, increased screen time and other demands, it’s harder than ever to make sure children get enough sleep, but it’s vital to their development. Sometimes behavior problems or problems at school seem to come out of nowhere, but often it’s as simple as sleep deprivation, said Diane Bales, an associate professor of human development with the University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences and UGA Cooperative Extension.Signs and symptoms of sleep deprivationThere are several symptoms that can clue parents into whether their child is getting enough sleep.“Irritability, being hard to wake up in the morning, complaining about being tired, falling asleep in the middle of things and lack of concentration are all symptoms of sleep deprivation,” Bales said. “Even excessive energy can be a mechanism that kids use to keep themselves awake.”Even for young people, it can be hard to set aside enough time for sleep each night and maintain a healthy bedtime routine.“Lots of kids of many different ages do a lot of things,” Bales said. “But a lot of people don’t understand the importance of sleep, and how damaging it is to not get enough sleep, so they don’t prioritize it.”Technology also plays a growing role in keeping kids up too late, she added.                                                                                           Light from cell phones and other electronic devices can make falling asleep difficult. Things seen or read online can create overstimulation.It’s easy for kids and adults to get drawn into games, conversations and other sources of online engagement before bed. That time online can eat into sleep time and make it harder for adults and children to fall asleep after they turn off their devices.Even without electronic interference, sometimes it’s simply hard to wind down after sports practice or hours spent on homework, even if enough time is allotted for sleep.Sleep solutionsStrengthening routines is key to making sure that kids get enough sleep. Parents should establish this by counting back from the time the kids need to wake up for school.“If the child needs 10 hours of sleep, you have to back up 10 hours from that wake-up time, and the child needs to be in bed by then,” Bales said.Another piece of the bedtime puzzle involves setting up routines that help kids relax.“It’s key to plan out when they need to have a bath, when to turn off electronics and what routine is going to help the child wind down,” she said.Building a bedtime routine will also help kids ease back into school.“Parents need to start early in the summer,” Bales said. “A lot of times, kids get off their normal sleep schedule during summer break. Parents shouldn’t wait until school starts to make that adjustment back to the school-year bedtime routine.”Bales suggests backing up the bedtime by 15 minutes every few days for a few weeks.When parents create a bedtime routine, they should think back to advice from their parents and grandparents.“It’s about turning down the lights, reading a book, taking a warm bath and having some kind of a ritual that’s part of bedtime,” she said.last_img read more

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Trust: The silver bullet?

first_imgCertain things in life help make things easier. Trust is certainly one of those things.We have share insurance on our accounts. Consumers can trust us when we say their money is safe.Regulation E protects consumers. They can trust that using their debit card is safe. Your child is going to a sleepover. You know and trust the family that is hosting the party. You’ll sleep a little bit better that night.Warranties. Money-back guarantees. All of these things make people feel safe. They can trust that they won’t be hurt.But how does that translate into businesses? Or people?I’m lucky to have met someone who has studied the link between trust and individual and organizational success. His name is David Horsager. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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WDA plans £150m tie-up to deliver high-tech schemes

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South Korea scrambles to contain new coronavirus outbreak threatening Seoul

first_imgThe spike in cases comes just as the South Korean government was easing some social distancing restrictions and moving to fully reopen schools and businesses, in a transition from intensive social distancing to “distancing in daily life.”Seoul’s education superintendent proposed delaying reopening schools scheduled to begin on Wednesday by one week in light of the new outbreak, Yonhap news agency reported.Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon pleaded with clubgoers to be testing, warning that people caught evading testing could be fined.”If Seoul was penetrated, the nation is at risk,” he said, noting the city currently has fewer than 700 of the nation’s 10,909 cases, which include 256 deaths.In a speech to the nation on Sunday, President Moon Jae-in warned that “it’s not over until it’s over,” adding that the new cluster shows the virus can spread widely at any time. Most of the new cases were linked to an outbreak at several Seoul nightclubs and bars. Authorities had tested 4,000 people who had patronized the night spots, but were still trying to track down around 3,000 more.”Our top priority is to minimize the spread of the infections in the greater Seoul area,” Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun told a meeting with government officials on Monday.Chung called for local governments to mobilize as many personnel as available and work with police to track down the missing patrons, some of whom authorities suspect of intentionally avoiding being tested.”We should quickly find and test them, and speed is key,” he said. South Korean officials scrambled on Monday to contain a new coronavirus outbreak that is threatening to spread throughout the densely populated capital city of Seoul, leading the country to reconsider plans to reopen schools.Officials reported 35 new infections across the country as of midnight on Sunday, the second consecutive day of new cases of that magnitude and the highest numbers in more than a month, reinforcing fears the country could be entering a second wave outbreak.The 69 cases reported by the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) over the past 48 hours were equivalent to the number of cases it recorded over the entire previous week.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Arsenal have ‘huge responsibility’ to play attractive football, says Arsene Wenger

first_imgArsenal have scored 13 goals in eight league matches this term (Picture: Getty)‘I’m not here to judge coaches. I am a supporter of Arsenal Football Club so I just support [Emery] and hope that he can win games and plays a type of game that I like,’ said Wenger.‘I think a club like Arsenal is a huge responsibility and one of those responsibilities is to play attractive football.‘After that, I think the most important thing is to support the team, the club and win games.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalArsenal are just a point behind champions Manchester City but Wenger doubts his former side have enough to mount a title challenge this term.Instead, the Frenchman believes Liverpool will end their long wait for the Premier League.‘At the moment you don’t look too much at the position because the points difference is very small with anybody else,’ Wenger told SPORF.‘You draw, you’re 7th. You win a game, you’re 3rd.‘I don’t think [Arsenal can challenge for the title] at the moment on what I’ve seen. Liverpool is too far ahead for everybody else.‘Man City looks to me to have the best potential to fight against Liverpool, but as long as long you’re not too far away you can hope.’MORE: Leicester star James Maddison reserves special praise for Premier League midfield rivals Jorginho and Harry Winks Advertisement Arsenal have ‘huge responsibility’ to play attractive football, says Arsene Wenger Advertisement Comment Arsene Wenger says Unai Emery has a ‘responsibility’ to play attractive football (Picture: BeIN Sports)Arsene Wenger has reminded Unai Emery of Arsenal’s ‘huge responsibility’ to play ‘attractive’ football following the club’s start to the season.The Gunners are third in the Premier League and have a 100% record in the Europa League but there remains sections of the support who are unhappy with Emery’s management of the side.Arsenal scraped past Bournemouth on Sunday thanks to David Luiz’s early goal and there was a strong lack of adventure in their 1-1 draw with Manchester United a week ago at Old Trafford.Emery declared on his appointment that he would ‘rather win 5-4 than 1-0’ but supporters have been critical of the lack of progress the side have made in the 15 months since he arrived.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAnd Wenger, who says he ‘supports’ Emery, insists it’s a requirement of any Arsenal manager to play attacking football. Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 8 Oct 2019 12:44 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.8kShareslast_img read more

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BLOG: Make the Right Calls for a Safe Super Bowl Sunday

first_imgLike Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Our data shows that last year, from 6 p.m. on Super Bowl Sunday through 6 a.m. the following morning, there were 309 crashes statewide. Nineteen of those involved a drinking driver. While that isn’t as many as the 57 drinking-driver crashes we saw on that day in 2013, let’s aim to make this year’s number ZERO.Driving sober won’t just keep you and other Pennsylvanians safe, but it’ll also keep you out of a police car. PennDOT is distributing nearly $4.8 million in federal enforcement funds this year to more than 700 local police departments and the Pennsylvania State Police. This weekend, police will be on the lookout for impaired drivers.This Sunday, don’t be one of the thousands of people arrested for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol in Pennsylvania each year. Have a great, safe Super Bowl Sunday! February 06, 2016 By: Leslie S. Richards, Secretary of Transportation PSA,  The Blog While Pennsylvania’s professional football teams sadly won’t play in this year’s Super Bowl, many fans will still join family and friends to watch it in homes, restaurants or bars.As you’re making your list for food or decorations to buy, make sure that you’re also prepared for safe travel. Just like any other day of the year, you should NEVER drive impaired by drugs or alcohol.Here’s how to play it safe:Designate a sober driver BEFORE you leave home, not once you’ve reached your destination. The HERO Campaign is designed to prevent drunk driving fatalities, injuries, and crashes nationwide by reminding the public to drive sober.Remember that impairment begins at the first drink. Our safety website has a quick reference on what “one drink” is, along with the consequences of DUI.Download the SaferRide app from iTunes or Google Play. It can help you plan a safe ride home even before kickoff. BLOG: Make the Right Calls for a Safe Super Bowl Sundaylast_img read more