Country Choice

first_imgCountry Choice (Orpington, Kent) has two varieties of fun-size, thaw-and-sell muffins in its Bake & Bite range, available in Double Chocolate or Blueberry flavours.Supplied with film-coated Bake & Bite multi-buy bags, they also come with a two-part label, one part of which contains the product details and date, the other a pricelast_img


first_imgRecently I was speaking with some directors of a credit union. One of them wanted to know what the secret to the successes of my career was. I replied that we were there. This reply was met with stunned silence.  Then they asked, “How could simply being there lead to the tremendous growth and substantial market share you experienced?”I went on to explain.We were there for our members. In good times and bad. We were there. We worked with members to improve their credit scores. We helped them create savings and spending plans. We provided assistance and guidance during births and deaths. We provided loans to start businesses, acquire dream homes and first cars.We were there for our team members (internal members). We were there and shared their pain during their illnesses, domestic issues and losses. We were there and shared their joy in promotions, graduations, healing and other joyous successes. We were there encouraging their continued education and professional advancement.We were there for our communities. We attended public meetings over air pollution in neighborhoods. We initiated meetings to enhance public safety. We counseled regularly with our elected officials – local, county, state and federal. We were there for parades, school award ceremonies, Little League opening days, Change of Command ceremonies, Chamber of Commerce events and other special events. We were there for non-profit organizations, providing leadership, volunteers and financial support. We welcomed Girl and Boy Scout troops to our offices to enhance their education. We provided financial literacy to schools, non-profits, business partners and members.But it was not enough to be there once. We had to be there consistently to demonstrate our commitment to our members, team members and communities.As you can see, being there is simple, and difficult. It is also far from dormant. In fact, it is a vigorous way of life. To be there you must exhibit the following:T – Trustworthy – To truly be there requires the trust of others. This can only be gained over time by doing the right thing, time and time again. Walk the walk.H – Honesty – Obviously, in our industry, honesty is a must regarding transactions and the protection of members’ assets. Being there requires an authentic organization or person. You can’t fake being there. People will know.E – Engaged – Commitment to the cause is required and will develop further relationships.R – Responsible – Ownership and accountability for mistakes can never be in question. Admit to and fix errors without negatively impacting others.E – Encouraging – Inspire others to achieve success.Given the events of 2020, are you there for your members, community, and team? 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,David Clendaniel David Clendaniel is an inspirational and strategic leader that translates business strategies into programs and products to improve the quality of life for members, employees, and community. After being raised … Web: Detailslast_img read more

No slams, but Machado, Padres end Astros’ 8-game win streak

first_img First Published: 22nd August, 2020 10:37 IST LIVE TV Written By Manny Machado hit a pair of RBI singles and scored a run for the San Diego Padres, who beat Houston 4-3 Friday night to snap the Astros’ eight-game winning streak.The Padres won their fifth straight but failed to add on to their MLB record of hitting a grand slam in four straight games, which they accomplished in sweeping the Texas Rangers in a four-game, home-and-home series. Eric Hosmer, who had the historic fourth slam on Thursday night, batted with the bases loaded with two outs in the sixth against the Astros and grounded out.Machado had the third slam in the streak, a walkoff shot in the 10th inning for a 6-3 win Wednesday night.Machado singled home Hosmer in the first and singled in Trent Grisham in the two-run fifth, both off Lance McCullers Jr. (2-2). Hosmer and Grisham were both aboard on doubles.Machado scored from first on rookie Jake Cronenworth’s double in the fifth for a 4-1 lead. Cronenworth scored on Jurickson Profar’s sacrifice fly in the fourth.The Astros closed the gap against San Diego’s bullpen. Taylor Jones and Myles Straw hit consecutive doubles off Craig Stammen in the sixth and Kyle Tucker hit an RBI single with two out sin the seventh off Cal Quantrill.Javy Guerra (1-0) struck out three in 2 1/3 hitless innings for the win. Emilio Pagán pitched the ninth for his first save.Padres starter Garrett Richards lasted just two innings after throwing 64 pitches but managed to get out of a bases-loaded jam in each inning relatively unscathed.Richards allowed hits to the first three batters he faced, including an RBI single by Carlos Correa. He got two outs and then walked Kyle Tucker to load the bases before striking out Taylor Jones to end the first.Richards loaded the bases in the second with a single and two walks with one out before striking out Correa and Josh Reddick.McCullers gave up four runs and seven hits, struck out two and walked two.TRAINER’S ROOMPadres: Placed LHP Drew Pomeranz on the 10-day injured list with a strained left shoulder, retroactive to Wednesday. To take his spot, RHP Luis Perdomo was recalled from the alternate training site. Pomeranz’s injury is the latest for a bullpen that had been projected as the team’s major strength. Among the several injured relievers are closer Kirby Yates, out with an inflamed right elbow. Yates had an MLB-high 41 saves last year.UP NEXTAstros: RHP Brandon Bielak (3-0, 1.69 ERA) is scheduled to start Saturday night.Padres: RHP Zach Davies (3-2, 3.25) is set to go for the Padres.Image credits: AP WATCH US LIVE Associated Press Television News center_img SUBSCRIBE TO US COMMENT Last Updated: 22nd August, 2020 10:37 IST No Slams, But Machado, Padres End Astros’ 8-game Win Streak Manny Machado hit a pair of RBI singles and scored a run for the San Diego Padres, who beat Houston 4-3 Friday night to snap the Astros’ eight-game winning streak FOLLOW USlast_img read more

Senad Lulic led “Lazio“ to the Final of the Italian National Cup

first_imgRoman “Lazio“ is the second finalist of the Italian Cup after last night’s triumph against Napoli with a result 1:0.The hero of fans from Rome is again Senad Lulic who scored the only goal for “Lazio“.After he scored a winning goal in the final match of the Italian Cup against “Roma“ two years ago, since when he enjoys special sympathy of fans of “Lazio“, player of the national team of BiH, led „“Lazio“ to the final of the Italian national cup where “Lazio“ will play against “Juventus“, with his goal last night.Eleven minutes after he entered the game, Senad was at the right place, and after Anderson passed him a ball. He scored a goal for the big celebration of guests.(Source: read more

Fantasy Football Injury Updates: Emmanuel Sanders, Tyler Lockett affect Week 11 waiver wire pickups

first_imgWEEK 11 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endThat doesn’t sound good, especially since there didn’t seem to be an obvious play to point to that Lockett was injured on. Any Lockett absence would make DK Metcalf a must-start WR in fantasy and would also elevate Josh Gordon into a bigger role quicker than expected. Russell Wilson also relied on Malik Turner for two big catches in overtime after Lockett had left the game, so he’d be a name to watch, as well. Neither Emmanuel Sanders nor Tyler Lockett finished Monday Night Football due to injuries picked up during the game. As of Tuesday morning, we don’t yet know the extent of the injuries, but Lockett reportedly spent last night in a hospital and didn’t return to Seattle. Both are starting fantasy WRs, meaning the Week 11 fantasy rankings and/or waiver wire pickups will be affected if they end up missing time.For injury updates on Matthew Stafford and Jacoby Brissett, click here; for news on banged-up WRs Adam Thielen, A.J. Green, T.Y. Hilton and more, click here; for the latest on James Conner and Matt Breida, go here. Follow us at @SN_Fantasy for more news and updates. WEEK 11 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerEmmanuel Sanders injury updateSanders exited Monday night’s game in the first quarter and didn’t return. Replays showed him clutching at the right side of his ribs after running a route. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, X-rays on Sanders’ ribs were inconclusive, so he’s going to undergo an MRI Tuesday to determine the extent of damage.It had started before Sanders left the game, but Monday night was Deebo Samuel’s breakout game. He finished with eight catches for 112 yards on 11 targets. Samuel should be a top add on the waiver wire this week, and even if Sanders is healthy, Jimmy Garoppolo looks to have found his rhythm enough to keep Samuel involved. A potentially continuing absence for George Kittle (knee) only helps his cause, too.MORE WEEK 11:Waiver wire | FAAB planner | Trade values | Snap counts | Fantasy playoff SOSTyler Lockett injury newsLockett went into the medical tent before overtime on Monday night and didn’t play the remainder of the game. According to Schefter, Lockett spent the night in a Bay Area hospital with a lower leg injury, one which Schefter said Pete Carroll termed, “a pretty severe situation right now” due to “a lot of swelling.”last_img read more

Mason City council to consider professional services agreement for River City Renaissance project skywalk design

first_imgMASON CITY — The City Council in Mason City tonight will consider approving a professional services agreement to design the skywalk between the hotel and Music Man Square as part of the River City Renaissance project. City Administrator Aaron Burnett says in a memo to the council that the hotel and conference center are moving through the design phase and that requires that the skywalk design be completed. He says the skywalk design work allows for the proper coordination between the various components of the project. Burnett says WHKS has submitted the necessary preliminary approvals to the Iowa Department of Transportation and the final design will allow for a bid date that will work with the schedule for the hotel and conference center construction. Burnett says WHKS is the logical firm to complete the remainder of the skywalk design, with the agreement including that they work closely with the hotel design to ensure cooperation between the projects. The proposed agreement with WHKS would be for a fee not to exceed $205,500 including expenses. The council meets at 7 o’clock tonight in the Mason City Room at the Public Library.last_img read more

Classy Real Madrid turn Santiago Bernabeu into medical storage facility to help in Coronavirus…

first_imgAdvertisement 3ep0puNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsca8zWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E3gnuyb( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 1p64h1Would you ever consider trying this?😱ih4epCan your students do this? 🌚5zzpRoller skating! Powered by Firework Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, the home-ground of Real Madrid will be used as a centre for medical supplies in the fight against coronavirus, the club announced on Thursday. Madrid, the country’s capital is one of the worst-hit areas by the Covid-19 pandemic, with more than 17,166 positive cases as of now and over 2,000 deaths so far.Advertisement As Spain continue to grapple with the coronavirus crisis, the number of new cases rose to over 8,744 on Monday; the second-worst in the continent after Italy. The Spanish ministers earlier declared a state of emergency which has shut down much of the country and are likely to extend the initial 15-day period lockdown.Advertisement And with medical facilities in the capital struggling to cope, the Los Blancos have opened up their stadium to ease the burden during these testing times.“Real Madrid Club de Fútbol, in collaboration with the High Council for Sport (CSD), has launched a project in Madrid to supply and distribute strategic medical supplies to be used in the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic,” the club announced on their website.Advertisement “As a result of the close collaboration between the two institutions, the Santiago Bernabeu will offer a space that is equipped to store the donations of medical supplies required in the fight against this pandemic.”  “All of the stored supplies will be passed on to the Spanish health authorities, under the authority of the Spanish government, so that the resources, so necessary in the current health emergency situation, are employed in the best and most efficient manner.As part of the initiative, organisations and businesses will also be given a space for donations,” the club added.“Real Madrid will provide a facility for organisations and businesses, particularly those belonging to the sports sector, to leave money or material donations that they wish to make to the Ministry of Health,” they stated in a press release.Meanwhile, four Bundesliga clubs, Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich, RB Leipzig and Bayer Leverkusen have combinedly donated over €20million as part of a solidarity fund to help German clubs in the top two tiers during the coronavirus pandemic.These four clubs, who were Germany’s initial Champions League representatives this season, will share most of their media revenue, which equates to around €12.5m, while adding a further €7.5 on their own.You may also like:Huge update on Wimbledon 2020 amidst Coronavirus pandemicFootball helps out: Players and teams who have done charity to aid the Coronavirus crisis Advertisementlast_img read more

Holmdel’s Day Of Its Own

first_imgBy Joseph SapiaHOLMDEL – As Mayor Eric Hinds walked around Cross Farm Park during Community Day, he observed the township does not have a downtown and “everybody has this thing with a garage-door opener.”Translated, townspeople drive into their garages, close the door and may not run into each other, because the township has no central gathering point. That is where the 25th annual Community Day – held Saturday, April 16, at Cross Farm Park – came into play.“People love to come out, get to see each other, get together,” Hinds said. “We have a great park, we just need an event to get them together.”So, there they were – townspeople, vendors, entertainment, children’s activities and food, along with the Holmdel Youth Athletic Association (HYAA) parade and sporting events. These two entities work together to run Community Day.“It’s a cooperative effort between the two organizations,” said Bob Ward, the director of the township Parks and Recreation Department.An estimated 2,600 people attended the event, according to Parks and Recreation.Steven DeJesus, 7, plays baseball through the HYAA and participated in the HYAA Opening Day Parade for its baseball and softball teams. He was there with his parents, Steven and Xiomara, and his brother, David, 3.“It’s a fun day, a fun time, sort of the beginning of spring and summer activities,” Xiomara DeJesus said.She said the family has attended every year since moving to Holmdel about three years ago.Holmdel Police were on hand, celebrating the department’s 50th anniversary. There, they unveiled a 1964 Ford Galaxy 500, restored as a police car – based on the police department’s first police car.“We’re here to support the community, meet the people,” said Police Chief John Mioduszewski.People can talk to officers about policing issues, Mioduszewski said. He said residents were leaving a lot of compliments, too.A student at Master Coyne Kumsung Martial Arts, Middletown, performs at Holmdel Community Day.“Everything’s nice, seems like a nice little park fair,” said Old Bridge’s Chris Danaher, whose son was refereeing a soccer game at the site. “Beautiful day, a good day for a fair.”The fair was held in sunny, breezy weather with temperatures in the 50- to 60-degree range.The Ayers-Pastena family were on hand, with Samantha Ayers, 7, a HYAA softball player participating in the parade. Her mom, Tammy Pastena, was enjoying a lemonade, while her dad, Michael Ayers, said the family was just out relaxing at Community Day.Another group on hand was the township Green Team, which works on environmental initiatives.“One of our recent successful projects, which we coordinate with other groups is Holmdel Community Garden,” said Sabrina Conlan, a Green Team member and co-chair of the garden.The Community Garden rents gardening plots to residents at the municipal complex. There, they grow vegetables and flowers, while encouraged not to use chemicals, in an area fenced to protect the crops from deerAt Community Day, the Green Team was educating the public against using one-time plastic water bottles and encouraging the use of re-usable cloth bags – or, at least, re-using plastic bags.“Americans use 100 billion plastic bags per year, most of which do not get recycled,” Conlan said. “(They) land up in our landfills and waterways.”A youngster hits the climbing wall at Holmdel Community Day.The township conducted a plastic foam recycling program Saturday and will do another one in October, according to Green Team members.While Community Day was in its 25th year, it was only a few years ago that they merged with the HYAA parade.“We’re coming together in all aspects of the town,” said Hinds, who complimented the township Board of Education, also, for being a partner in the community. “That’s what makes us work.”“It’s a true community event,” Ward said. “Holmdel’s a small town. We want to make sure we’re all working together, so we’re not competing with one another.”The HYAA handed out three awards Saturday: the Volunteer of the Year to Anthony Pesce, President’s Award to Joe Crowley and Lifetime Achievement to Joseph Ponisi, who is a Township Committee member.“All recognized for their years and hours of volunteerism,” Hinds said.last_img read more

Is that so? – Assessing the reliability of online information

first_imgThis article was originally published Monday August 20,2012 on the Military Families Learning Network blog.  This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. If you are interested in learning a bit more about “Assessing the reliability of online information”,  join Kristen Mastel and Stephen Judd for a free eXtension webinar on Tuesday August 21, 2012, at 2 PM EDT. The webinar will also be conducted on the DoD/DCO Adobe network on Wednesday August 22, 2012, at 2PM EDT to facilitate participation by military family service professionals.When the information we sought was contained in books and journals that had authors, editors, proofreaders, and fact-checkers, we had a sense of comfort that the material was reliable. (I admit that this is an arguable point.) However, with online publishing, we are left wondering who the author is, where the information came from, and if it’s true.Assessing the reliability of online information is a critical skill for each of us to develop and hone. Using or citing inaccurate online information can be embarrassing, expensive, and perhaps dangerous. Consider someone trying to fix an appliance, based on information they got from a random webpage – if the instructions aren’t right, the result could be further damage to the appliance, injury, etc.C.R.A.A.P.The Meriam Library at California State University, Chico, developed the C.R.A.A.P. test to give users a set of questions to ask when assessing information sources and their accuracy. CRAAP is an acronym that stands for currency, relevance, authority, accuracy, and purpose. By applying the questions in these categories to the source in question, a user can decide for themselves whether a source is reliable or not.Some example questions are:Is the information current?Who is the author or publisher? What are their qualifications?Is the information supported by evidence?Can you verify the information from another source?What is the purpose of the information? to inform? teach? sell? entertain? persuade?In his excellent book, Net Smart: How to thrive online (2012, MIT Press), Howard Rheingold uses the term crap detection to discuss how to decide if online information you find is true. Rheingold says, “Don’t refuse to believe, refuse to start out believing. Continue to pursue your investigation after you find an answer. Chase the story rather than just accepting the first evidence you encounter.” In other words, be skeptical.Rheingold links to a blog post (In the context of web context: How to check out any Web page) by Scott Rosenberg, co-founder of, that offers some practical tips for beginning to assess web pages. Understanding who operates a site, how long it’s existed, whether the content is unique or not, and who links to it are all important components of figuring out how reliable the site is.How confident?You may not need to ask these questions every time you visit a new website. Instead, how much time and effort you choose to spend digging into the reliability of the information will be dependent on your purpose.What you plan to do with the information should guide how rigorously you need to verify its accuracy. If you’re just curious about something and won’t be making decisions based on the information you find, then you might be more casual about verifying its accuracy. However, if you plan to stake time, money, reputation, health, etc. on the information, then you should take the time to assess the information’s validity.Role for online networksGiven the vast amount of information accessible to us, having a filter or guide can be valuable. Online networks can serve this purpose, if we intentionally cultivate our networks to include people who are knowledgeable in areas that we aren’t, that share diverse interests, and whose judgement we trust. Curation is a term now applied to the intentional act of collecting and sharing information and links in an online environment. Using our online networks to connect with curators, is one way to apply an initial test to information. Taking Howard Rheingold as an example; if you are interested in this subject, you might use Rheingold’s curated links on crap detection which he maintains on as a jumping off point. I trust that he has done, at least, an initial vetting of these sources, so I’m more comfortable with their reliability.Search engines, such as Google and Bing, sometimes include information in search results that indicate if others in your networks have “liked” or “+1’ed” a page. This implicit endorsement by your connections may influence how reliable you believe a site is. Of course, you need to take into account the person, their expertise, and the ambiguity of what it means to “like” or “+1” a page.Ultimately, it’s up to youIt’s your reputation, time, money, health, or well-being that’s at stake when you make decisions or publish based on information you discover online. How carefully you vet that information and its source is up to you.Author: Stephen Judd (+Stephen Judd, @sjudd)last_img read more