Exquisite Handmade Cakes launches charity tea party

first_imgExquisite Handmade Cakes, the Leeds based-bakery and confectionery company, is to sell its wares at an event to raise money for a cancer charity.The event, called A Blooming Great Tea Party!, takes place at the Thorpe Park Hotel & Spa, near Leeds, between 10.30am and 12.30pm on Thursday, 28 June, 2012.The fundraiser will offer a range of delicious goodies for cake-lovers, including Exquisite’s Summertime Victoria Sponge, with coffee and tea – all for £5. All profits will be donated to the charity. Attendees will spend the morning at the picturesque grounds of the hotel either relaxing alfresco in the beautiful surroundings of the garden or, if wet, in the courtyard or poolside terrace areas.A free raffle will also be held offering prizes, including a night’s stay for two at the hotel, use of the hotel’s leisure and spa facilities and a hamper of mouthwatering Exquisite treats.Based in Kirkstall, Leeds, Exquisite Handmade Cakes employs 31 people and supplies high-quality bakery and confectionery products via a national network of distributors to a wide range of customers, including contract caterers, sandwich shops, cafés, schools, hospitals and hotels.Entry to the Blooming Great Tea Party is free and parking is available on site.last_img read more

Dr Zak’s plans to treble sales amid product extension

first_imgHigh-protein bread brand Dr Zak’s plans to double or treble sales in a year with several new product launches planned by the end of 2014.The year-old company is working on a bagel with around 24g protein content and a flatbread with around 20g to launch in August. A third product of organic extra virgin olive oil will launch in the next six to eight weeks with a plan to achieve eight or nine products in the market by the year-end.Dr Zak’s currently has two products in-market – protein bread and pasta bread – and supplies to Tesco Extra and 100 independent health food shops and smaller niche businesses. It is currently in talks with Ocado and managing director Ray Brilus hopes to supply new products to the same companies. New products may not necessarily be Dr Zak’s-branded.“If we come across an innovative brand, for example in America, we would promote it in the UK in return for exclusivity,” said Brilus.High-protein bread contains fewer carbohydrates and keeps the eater fuller for longer, thus aiding weight loss when combined with a healthy lifestyle. Look out for the 11 July issue of British Baker for more on high-protein, high-fibre, seeded, gluten-free and anceint grain breads.last_img read more

Listen To Mavis Staples And Arcade Fire’s Live Cover Of Talking Heads’ “Slippery People”

first_imgIn 2014, a star-studded collection of musicians came together at Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre to celebrate the 75th birthday of legendary R&B and gospel singer Mavis Staples. The tribute show, billed as “I’ll Take You There,” was filmed for a live concert film which is set to air on AXS TV tonight before receiving a proper CD/DVD release via Blackbird Presents Records on June 2nd. To prepare yourself for the long-awaited I’ll Take You There album and film, take a listen to one of the highlights from Mavis’s big blowout–a cover of Talking Heads‘ “Slippery People” featuring Win Butler and Regine Chassagne of Arcade Fire:The full live album features guest performances by Greg Allman, Jeff Tweedy, Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Michael McDonald, Widespread Panic, Eric Church, Glen Hansard, Grace Potter, and more. You can watch a trailer for the film I’ll Take You There, and check out a full track list from the upcoming release below. You can pre-order the Mavis Staples: I’ll Take You There — An All-Star Concert Celebration CD/DVD combo today.Mavis Staples: I’ll Take You There – An All-Star Concert Celebration Full Tracklist:01. Joan Osborne – You’re Driving Me (To The Arms Of A Stranger)02. Keb’ Mo’ – Heavy Makes You Happy03. Otis Clay – I Ain’t Raisin’ No Sand04. Buddy Miller – Woke Up This Morning (with My Mind On Jesus)05. Patty Griffin – Waiting For My Child06. Emmylou Harris – Far Celestial Shore07. Michael McDonald – Freedom Highway08. Glen Hansard – People Get Ready09. Mavis Staples & Aaron Neville – Respect Yourself10. Ryan Bingham – If You’re Ready (Come Go With Me)11. Widespread Panic – Hope In A Hopeless World12. Grace Potter – Grandma’s Hands13. Eric Church – Eyes On The Prize14. Taj Mahal – Wade In The Water15. Gregg Allman – Have A Little Faith16. Mavis Staples & Bonnie Raitt – Turn Me Around17. Mavis Staples, Bonnie Raitt, Taj Majal & Greg Allman – Will The Circle Be Unbroken18. Mavis Staples, Win Butler & Régine Chassagne – Slippery People19. Mavis Staples and Tweedy – You Are Not Alone20. Mavis Staples – I’ll Take You There21. Mavis & Everybody – The Weight[h/t – Consequence of Sound]last_img read more

Classical literature of India ‘unlocked’

first_imgHarvard University and Harvard University Press (HUP) announced recently that the Murty family of Bangalore, India, has established a new publication series, the Murty Classical Library of India, with a generous gift of $5.2 million. The dual-language series aims both to serve the needs of the general reading public and to enhance scholarship in the field.Harvard Provost Steven E. Hyman noted that the Murty family gift will enable HUP to present the literary cultures of India to a global readership in an unprecedented manner. “The Murty Classical Library of India will make the classical heritage of India accessible worldwide for generations to come,” said Hyman. “We are truly grateful to the Murty family for their vision and leadership in making this historic initiative a reality.”The Murty family’s endowed series will serve to bring the classical literature of India, much of which remains locked in its original language, to a global audience, making many works available for the first time in English and showcasing the contributions of Indian literature to world civilization. Narayana Murthy said of the new series, “I am happy that Harvard University Press is anchoring this publishing project.” His wife, Sudha, agreed: “We are happy to participate in this exciting project of bringing the rich literary heritage of India to far corners of the world.”Under the direction of General Editor Sheldon Pollock, William B. Ransford Professor of Sanskrit and Indian Studies at Columbia University, and aided by an international editorial board composed of distinguished scholars, translators will provide contemporary English versions of works originally composed in Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Marathi, Persian, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu, and other Indian languages.Each volume will present the English translation with the original text in the appropriate Indic script on the facing page. The books will be supplemented by scholarly introductions, expert commentary, and textual notes, all with the goal of establishing Murty Classical Library volumes as the most authoritative editions available.The Murty family’s vision has already begun to impress notable scholars, such as Harvard’s Thomas W. Lamont University Professor and Professor of Economics and Philosophy Amartya Sen, who expressed his appreciation for the initiative. “There are few intellectual gaps in the world that are as glaring as the abysmal ignorance of Indian classics in the Western world. It is wonderful that the Murty Classical Library of India is taking up the challenge of filling this gap, through a new commitment of the Harvard University Press, backed by the discerning enthusiasm of the Murty family, and the excellent leadership of Sheldon Pollock — an outstanding Sanskritist and classical scholar. This will be a big contribution to advancing global understanding that is so much needed in the world today.”HUP plans to make the works available in both print and digital formats. The first volumes are scheduled for publication in fall 2013. An Indian edition is being planned.Founded in 1913, Harvard University Press is a major publisher of nonfiction, scholarly, and general interest books with offices in Cambridge (Mass.), New York, and London.last_img read more

Administration plans ceremony

first_imgThe University will hold 19 diploma ceremonies in addition to other special events for campus groups and parents on the weekend of its 169th Commencement, University registrar Chuck Hurley said. Steph Wulz and Lesley Stevenson | The Observer Hurley said Thursday’s senior class prayer service and last visit to the Basilica of the Sacred Heart and the Grotto, as well as the service send-off ceremony and the Commencement Mass on Saturday, stand out as popular events for the weekend.“Undergraduates typically look forward most to their Sunday afternoon college or school diploma ceremony,” Hurley said. “That is the opportunity students and families have been waiting for all weekend.  It is the chance to walk across stage, have one’s name read and actually receive their diploma.”“Personally, my favorite moment annually at Commencement is the Mass,” he said. “It is an extraordinarily holy event. “The Holy Cross clergy organize a wonderful celebration of the Eucharist for our students and families. Moreover, [director of bands] Dr. [Kenneth] Dye, the student musicians and the choir provide us with arrangements that are second to none.”Hurley said the weekend demands a large amount of planning from The Office of the Registrar to coordinate every event and welcome about 25,000 guests of the 3,000 graduates to Notre Dame Stadium for the commencement ceremony.“Planning for commencement typically begins in late summer,” he said. “Due to the sheer size of our Commencement, planning is happening nearly year-round.”Hurley said The Office of the Registrar focuses on the logistics of academic ceremonies. “The Office of the Registrar coordinates the academic events of commencement weekend,” he said. “We help students and faculty obtain their academic regalia. The office provides the diplomas to all graduates. We reserve and coordinate event locations and schedules.”A full list of events throughout Commencement Weekend can be found at http://commencement.nd.edu/commencement-weekend/schedule-of-events/Tags: 2014 Commencement, ceremony, commencement mass, logistics, Prayer servicelast_img read more

Broadway.com Culturalist Challenge! Which B’way Stars Would Make Good Disaster Buddies

first_imgThe Broadway.com staff is crazy for Culturalist, the website that lets you choose and create your own top 10 lists. Every week, we’re challenging you with a new Broadway-themed topic to rank. With Disaster! the musical on the boards, we’ve been thinking about infernos, earthquakes, shipwrecks, shark attacks and other happy thoughts. We’re sure every one of us has a list of people we would like to have by our side if disaster struck: Someone who would keep things light, keep us safe and calm and ward off drama with a big belty voice or dance break. Broadway is full of personalities that we know would keep our minds off impending doom, so we ask you: which Broadway stars would you like to survive a disaster with? Broadway.com Producer Lisa Spychala kicked off this new challenge with her top 10. Now it’s your turn!STEP 1—SELECT: Visit Culturalist to see all of your options. Highlight your 10 favorites and then click “rearrange list” (or, if you have nothing to rearrange, go right ahead and hit “publish”). STEP 2—RANK & PUBLISH: Reorder your 10 choices by dragging them into the correct spot on your list. Click the “publish” button.Once your list is published, you can see the overall rankings of everyone on the aggregate list.Pick your favorites, then tune in for the results next week on Broadway.com! View Commentslast_img read more

Palms add a tropical flair

first_imgTo most folks, the word “palm” triggers thoughts of Florida, southern California, Hawaii or Georgia’s coastal islands. But you don’t have to live in any of these areas to enjoy palms. Palms lend a tropical look, but they also are low-maintenance, drought-tolerant and evergreen. There are a few cold-hardy palms that will grow as far north as Tennessee and North Carolina (USDA Hardiness Zone 6), where the average winter temperature may reach zero to minus 10 degrees Fahrenheit. The windmill palm, or Trachycarpus fortunei, is one of the hardiest. It will grow throughout Georgia and has been reported to survive temperatures as low minus 10 degrees F. During the deep freeze of Jan. 23, 2003, windmill palms in Athens, Ga., weathered 9 degrees F without a scratch. The windmill palm looks nice when planted in groups of three to five to accent the corner of a building or courtyard entrance. It’s great around swimming pools because it does not drop litter into the water like deciduous trees. It grows 20 to 25 feet and has fan-shaped leaves and a brown trunk covered with burlap-like fibers.Needle palm, or Rhapidophyllum hystrix, is a clumping, understory palm with deep-green, fan-shaped leaves. It’s a native to the Southeast and has become an endangered species as its native habitat is becoming increasingly destroyed by development. Its name stems from the numerous needle-like spines along its petioles, which are usually not a problem until pruning becomes necessary. Once established, it requires little care and survives temperatures as low as minus 5 degrees F.Surprisingly, needle palm does better inland than it does along the coast because it does not like salt spray. It has a mound-like growth habit and grows 5 feet tall and wide. One plant will fill a large space.Saw palmetto, or Serenoa repens, is a native palm species commonly found in Georgia. It’s the one found in large quantities under pine trees along the highways in south Georgia. It grows 5 to 10 feet tall and occasionally forms a trunk. A form with silver foliage is highly prized among collectors. Its berries are harvested from the wild, processed into capsules and sold in the pharmaceutical industry to treat prostate cancer. This palm would not be hardy in the piedmont region without special cold protection, like growing it in a container for moving indoors.Dwarf palmetto, or Sabal minor, is native to river floodplains throughout the Southeast. It grows 4 to 5 feet high and wide with green to blue-green fronds. Although it’s not as hardy as needle palm, it has been reported to withstand temperatures as low as 10 degrees F without damage. This palm looks best when planted in clumps of three to five plants. Moist, sunny locations are preferred. Unlike the saw palmetto, this dwarf grows rampantly throughout the woodlands of south Georgia and Florida. It is not invasive and doesn’t bear needle-like spines like the saw palmetto.Cabbage palm, also called the palmetto palm, or Sabal palmetto, is the state tree of South Carolina and is native to coastal areas from North Carolina to Florida. It is also found in the wild throughout the Florida panhandle and parts of southern Georgia. It can be grown without cold protection along a line from Columbus to Augusta, but cold protection is advised in areas to the north of that line. This means planting it in a sheltered courtyard or on the southeast side of a structure where it is sheltered from cold winter winds. Wrapping the fronds and center bud in blankets can protect it when temperatures dip below 25 degrees F.A cold-hardy alternative to the cabbage palm in the piedmont is the Birmingham palmetto, or Sabal ‘Birmingham’ palm. This cold-hardy form was discovered outside Birmingham, Ala., and is known to have survived temperatures as low as zero degrees. It grows like a large shrub and eventually forms a small, squatty trunk after several years. However, it doesn’t grow as tall as the cabbage palm.To protect palms in winter, tie the fronds together in bundles and cover them with burlap or blankets. Small palms can be covered with a cardboard box. Protecting the central bud is most critical because it is where new growth originates. Wrapping the truck, which is commonly done, does little to protect the palm from cold injury because the center bud is the most cold-sensitive part of the plant, not the trunk.The Southeast Palm and Exotic Plant Society has an excellent manual for growing palms in the Southeast. To get it, call your local University of Georgia Cooperative Extension office at 1-800-ASK-UGA1.last_img read more

India’s installed renewable generation hits 138.9GW, up 72% in six years—Singh

first_imgIndia’s installed renewable generation hits 138.9GW, up 72% in six years—Singh FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享ET Energyworld.com:The installed capacity of renewable energy generation in the country has grown 72 per cent from 80 gigawatts (GW) to 138.9 GW during the past six years, according to new and renewable energy minister R K Singh.He also added that foreign direct investments of $6.1 billion flew into the Indian clean energy sector — including solar, wind, biomass, large hydro and nuclear ‒ in the five-year period 2014-19.“Globally, India stands third in terms of renewable power, fourth in terms of wind power, and fifth in terms of solar installed capacity. For the period 2014-2019, clean energy investments in India were about $75 billion,” Singh said in a written reply to Parliament last week.Of the renewable energy sources, excluding large hydro above 25 MW, installed capacity of solar energy registered the highest growth. It grew from 2.6 GW in March 2014 to 34.4 GW in February this year.As part of its Intended Nationally Determined Contributions, as per the Paris Climate Agreement, India has committed to install around 40 per cent of its power generation capacity based on non-fossil fuel resources by 2030.Singh also said an additional 62.4 GW of clean energy capacity is currently under various stages of implementation and 34.07 GW is in various stages of bidding.More: India’s renewable energy generation capacity has grown 72 per cent in six yrs: R K Singhlast_img read more

Lending in this COVID-19 world

first_imgEven amid all the uncertainties with the ongoing course of COVID-19 and the related recession, lending leaders should be seeking out ways to build business and improve the loan experience their credit unions offer.Though challenges abound, with a downturn in credit quality and uneasy outlook for new loan demand and repayment of balances already on the books, this unparalleled upheaval has uncovered gaps in service delivery that can be corrected and potentially profitable market segments that may be tapped. Navigating this new territory will require lending executives to figure out when to maintain a judicious watchfulness and when to take action.To Each Its OwnEach CU and its members will face a unique pace of economic lapse and eventual recovery. While some industries maintained full employment in the spring and summer, others were harder hit by job loss and saw a slower return to work. CUs with community charters supported members through starts and stops in local and regional reopenings. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Thousands arrested for ‘virus-related crimes’ in China

first_imgTopics : The country has also deployed a range of smartphone apps to track the whereabouts of people to quickly identify possible cases.Wearing a mask is mandatory in supermarkets, cinemas or on public transport, and many choose to wear one while outdoors as well, as a safeguard against the virus.China has not reported any locally transmitted infections in recent days. Some have also been accused of embezzling money collected from fundraisers to help coronavirus patients, selling defective medical equipment and lying about their travel history or health condition.”From January to July, 5,797 people were arrested and 6,755 were prosecuted,” the Supreme People’s Procuratorate said in a statement Thursday. The statement did not specify how many people were still in detention or whether some had already been sentenced.China has largely brought the spread of the novel coronavirus under control — since it first emerged in the central city of Wuhan in December 2019 — with strict lockdowns, aggressive contact tracing and close monitoring of neighborhoods.center_img Nearly 5,800 people suspected of killing health workers, selling defective medical equipment and lying about their travel history have been arrested in China for epidemic-related crimes since January, the state prosecutor’s office said.One case involved a shopper who beat another customer to death for not wearing a mask in a supermarket.Other cases included a person who deliberately mowed down medical workers with a car, and another was arrested for stabbing a health inspector with a dagger when monitoring temperatures.last_img read more