McCambridge Foods reveals new name

first_imgCake manufacturer McCambridge Foods has announced the company will now be known as Bright Blue Foods Ltd.The UK firm revealed its new name and corporate identity today (22 November), which it said “reflects the business’ aspiration to apply fresh thinking and innovative solutions to the cakes and pastries category”.The firm said there will be an expansion and reorganisation of new product development, to meet customers’ needs for new creative bakery ideas. It will also be investing in a new innovation centre at the company’s head office in Blackburn.McCambridge Foods was formed from the acquisition of McCambridge Group’s own label cake division by NBGI Private Equity, in December 2012.The firm added that the new name distinguishes the company from the McCambridge Group.Andrew Johnson, chief executive of Bright Blue Foods, said: “Bright Blue Foods is a progressive identity for our new business to reflect our commitment to NPD and ‘thinking outside of the box’ with regards to bakery innovation. We are planning expansion and investment both in the UK and in Poland.”Bright Blue Foods operates bakeries in Manchester, Bradford, Blackburn, Salisbury and Szczecin, Poland, producing a broad range of cakes and pastries for leading retailers.Celebration cakes will be added to the range produced in Poland, “which will be made to quality UK standards but at lower, industry challenging costs,” it said.last_img read more

IOC: ‘No need for any drastic decisions’ on Tokyo Olympics’

first_img Promoted ContentTop 9 Scariest Haunted Castles In EuropeThese Films Were Sued For The Weirdest ReasonsPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Art7 Theories About The Death Of Our Universe6 Great Ancient Mysteries That Make China Worth VisitingCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year But the IOC insisted it would work to surmount any difficulties that threw up. “To date, 57 percent of the athletes are already qualified for the Games,” it said. “For the remaining 43 percent of places, the IOC will work with the IFs (international federations) to make any necessary and practical adaptations to their respective qualification systems for Tokyo 2020.” The IOC vowed to “continue to act in a responsible way and have agreed on the following overriding principles about the staging of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020: “1. To protect the health of everyone involved and to support the containment of the virus. 2. To safeguard the interests of the athletes and of Olympic sport.” The IOC will continue to monitor the situation 24/7. Already in mid-February, a task force was set up. The body added any decision it takes on the staging of the Games “will not be determined by financial interests because thanks to its risk management policies and insurance it will, in any case, be able to continue its operations and accomplish its mission to organise the Olympic Games”. A task force (consisting of the IOC, the World Health Organisation, the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, the Japanese authorities, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government) was created in mid-February to ensure “coordinated actions by all stakeholders” and offer guidance the IOC said it would follow. Already, the format of all the test events in March and April in Japan has been “altered to allow for the testing of essential Games elements”. Read Also:No deadline for Olympic decision – IOC’s Coates “The lighting of the Olympic torch in Greece and subsequent elements of the Torch Relay in Japan are being adapted, the entire Games preparation supply chain has been analysed, and alternative plans are in place in the event of an anticipated disruption,” the IOC said.– “He’s going to be a legend, no doubt about that. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… “The IOC remains fully committed to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, and with more than four months to go before the Games there is no need for any drastic decisions at this stage, and any speculation at this moment would be counter-productive,” the IOC said in a statement after its executive board met in Lausanne. The Tokyo Olympics are scheduled to run between 24 July to 9 August, but the year’s biggest sporting event is as yet one of the sole sporting competitions to have survived a postponement in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak that has caused more than 7,400 deaths and infected more than 180,000 around the world. The IOC statement fell shortly after both this summer’s Euro 2020 and Copa America tournaments were postponed by one year to 2021. US President Donald Trump has suggested the Japanese capital also postpone the Olympics for 12 months, although Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe responded by pledging his country would host the Games as planned and said he had no immediate intention to declare a state of emergency over the virus outbreak. “This is an unprecedented situation for the whole world, and our thoughts are with all those affected by this crisis,” the IOC said. IOC president Thomas Bach added: “The health and well-being of all those involved in the preparations for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 is our number-one concern. “All measures are being taken to safeguard the safety and interests of athletes, coaches and support teams. We are an Olympic community; we support one another in good times and in difficult times. This Olympic solidarity defines us as a community.” The IOC acknowledged preparations for the Tokyo Games had been impacted and encouraged all athletes to continue training “as best they can”. “The IOC has confidence that the many measures being taken by many authorities around the world will help contain the situation of the Covid-19 virus.” One of the results of the virus outbreak has been the cancellation of qualifiers, in a number of sports, for the Tokyo Olympics. International Olympic Committee said on Tuesday it was not the time for “drastic decisions” over the staging of the Tokyo Olympics, which has not yet been postponed because of the deadly coronavirus pandemic.last_img read more

Old pipe organ rings out for 90th year

first_imgTalk about old school. One of the oldest, most charming schools in the San Fernando Valley celebrated its 90th year in style this week by throwing a big, belated birthday party. During the celebration, school officials cranked up its vintage 900-pipe organ, which was donated in 1922 by a local music company. “We’re the only elementary school in the Valley that looks like a mission and has its own pipe organ,” said Rosemarie Kubena, principal of Reseda Elementary School, a designated state historical landmark. The school opened in September 1916 with 69 students, a principal and three teachers, each educator making $864 a year. It had eight classrooms, a library, a cafeteria and a front office. “Seniors from all over Michigan collected bulk playing cards from the casinos in the Midwest, then took them to senior centers to be sorted into decks,” Blashek said. “The problem was, they could not afford the close to $10,000 to ship them to us. Meanwhile, a Girl Scout troop in New Berlin, Wis., not only sold Girl Scout cookies for us, but organized a Beanie Baby collection drive after reading the letter from a Marine on our Web site about Beanies saving the lives of troops. “The girls collected 32 barrels of Beanies, but the shipping was going to cost several thousand dollars they didn’t have,” Blashek said. When officials at Roadway, a national shipping company, heard the story, they sent a truck to Michigan that then went on to Wisconsin to collect the items and drive them out to Van Nuys for free. Nice touch, Roadway. The May 26 and 27 drive will be held at the California Army National Guard Armory, 17330 Victory Blvd., Van Nuys. For information on donating or volunteering, log on to And finally, if you want to say thank you to some great guys, stop by the Veterans Memorial at the Chatsworth train station at 10a.m. Saturday for the annual Loyalty Day ceremony sponsored by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post11508. The station is at 10040 Old Depot Plaza Road in Chatsworth. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. [email protected] (818) 713-3749160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Today, Reseda Elementary – recipient of a California Distinguished School Award this year – has 542 students, 23 classrooms, 30 teachers and administrators, and an old pipe organ that has survived three earthquakes. “Fortunately, after the 1994 Northridge Earthquake, there was no major structural damage to the school like there was after the 1933 Long Beach temblor, but all the pipes of the organ fell down and were eventually repaired with a FEMA grant because of our historical landmark status,” said Cathy Altuvilla, who has taught at the school since 1979. Seldom in use these days, the organ was playing again Tuesday during an open house celebration at which students sang popular songs from each of the different eras that their historic little elementary school has taught through for 90 years. Happy Birthday, Reseda Elementary. Here’s a little behind-the-scenes story from Carolyn Blashek, founder of Operation Gratitude, which has sent more than 200,000 care packages in the past four years to troops overseas and those in hospitals back home. Two items that will be in the packages being collected for the troops this Memorial Day weekend will be 55,000 decks of playing cards and more than 6,000 Beanie Babies that soldiers can give to kids in Iraq and Afghanistan to help win their trust and get them to tell where landmines have been buried. last_img read more

Live postgame video: Reactions to Warriors win over Rockets

first_imgRelated Articles CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the video on a mobile deviceWatch the postgame reactions from the players and coaches following Sunday afternoon’s intense Game 1 when the Warriors survived with a 104-100 victory as both sides spent time complaining about the officials.Kevin Durant was brilliant in scoring 35 points and Stephen Curry buried a late 3-pointer as Golden State left the Rockets fuming. Warriors resemble team of old, Kevon …last_img

Bonkers, the Pygmy goat

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Every set of Pygmy goat kids born at my place has one silly member. This year was no exception.In mid-March, a wether was born that immediately caught my attention with his fun antics. If he isn’t chewing on my jacket or jumping on a toy in the goat pen, he is knocking his brothers and sisters off my lap so he can take a seat. He is so much fun.This particular wether is destined to go to a 4-H home when he is weaned, and I generally let my customers pick the names of their goats. This particular kid wether is going to be a 4-H project for a young lady. She is very excited about her goat project, and I am excited for her because I know a kid this tame and silly will provide much fun and entertainment for his owner’s family.The family that is buying this little boy was nervous about picking a name for him. They were afraid that since he will be shown he might need a regal or special name. I assured them that goat names are usually not read out loud at Pygmy goat shows and even if they are, any name the 4-Her chose would be fine.A few days later, the family of the 4-Her sent me a name for this silly wether. They are naming him Bonkers. I can’t think of a more perfect name for such an affectionate silly little guy. Sometimes being a little bonkers is all it takes to make a 4-Her’s day and that is my hope for his future life.last_img read more

FIFA 2014: Six Goa MLAs to pay from pocket for Brazil trip, Congress unimpressed

first_imgUnder attack over their proposed government-funded trip to Brazil to watch the football World Cup, six Goa legislators today decided to pick up the tab for the visit themselves although opposition Congress said it would only believe them if an official notification confirmed their decision.”The six (of us) legislators met last evening. We decided to go to Brazil on our own without taking money from the state government. We don’t want to spend money from the state exchequer. We don’t want to be a burden on the state coffers,” Fisheries Minister Avertano Furtado said.The proposed Brazil visit of the six MLAs, including ministers Ramesh Tawadkar (Sports), Avertano Furtado (Fisheries) and Milind Naik (Power), had sparked a row after it became public that the state sports department had sanctioned Rs 89 lakh for the tour.Brazilian soccer fans celebrate the third goal of their team against Croatia as they watch the opening match of the FIFA Brazil 2014 World Cup in a beach restaurant in Porto Seguro.Congress had termed the trip a “wasteful expenditure” and sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervention to “stop the junket”, although Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar had defended the decision and described it as an “investment”. FIFA World Cup: Neymar shines as Brazil revel in 3-1 win over Croatia Furtado said that the decision was unanimously taken by the six of them, including the MLAs Benjamin Silva (Independent), Glen Ticlo and Carlose Almeida (both BJP), after the media created a “hype” over the tour.”It was a big hype created that we are going at the cost of the state exchequer. All six of us decided that we will pay from our own pockets and visit Brazil,” said Furtado, a former goalkeeper of Salgaocar Football Club. Photo Gallery: FIFA World Cup opening ceremony advertisementHowever, Congress refused to give credence to their claims about paying their own bills unless “the government comes clean on the issue in black and white”.”They have made a U-turn. But the government has to come clean on this, in black and white. Congress demands that the notification that the MLAs are going on their own is made public,” said Goa Congress spokesman Durgadas Kamat.”We don’t believe the statement by the ministers because we have seen several U-turns by the Parrikar government,” he said.Former Congress MLA Jitendra Deshprabhu demanded that the “books of accounts” related to the trip, which was cleared by the government, be placed before the Legislative Assembly.”I don’t think there is any truth in the statement of the ministers that they are going on their own money. Yesterday, they were justifying their travel at the state’s expense,” he said.”I will be delighted if the Prime Minister, who has been advocating austerity measures for his Cabinet colleagues in Delhi, advises his (party’s leader) here to ensure that similar austerity measures are brought in the state administration,” Deshprabhu said.Goa CM Manohar Parrikar has justified MLAs trip to Brazil.The legislators are expected to meet the Chief Minister later in the day to convey their decision.Despite the uproar, Parrikar had yesterday strongly defended the tour, terming it an “investment” by the government which has declared football as Goa’s official sport.”We are looking at this as an investment. Goa has declared football as a state sport. The delegation approved by the state government has MLAs who are actually footballers,” he had said.”The decision (to send the delegation) has been taken in the state’s interest. Recently, we organised Lusofonia Games where Brazil was one of the participating nations. The current trip is a continuation of that partnership,” he said.Parrikar had said that India is hosting the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup and Goa has bid to organise some of the matches. The visit would help in the understanding of the “mechanisms” behind holding such events, he had stated.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

Video: Softball Player Pulls Off Ridiculously Impressive Bat Trick

first_imgGirl does bat tricks in her backyard.Bat Tricks GirlSoftball, as we all know, is a game of statistics. Here’s an impressive number for you. The below Vine, posted one day ago, has nearly 8 million loops. Why? Because it features an incredible softball bat trick.The girl’s name is Marisa Arriaga, and she hails from Cedar Hill, Texas. She posted the original video back in June, but it’s gone viral the past 24 hours. In the clip, she lifts a bat off of the ground with her foot, bounces it behind her back, kicks the ball off of the tee, juggles it, and then crushes it into the woods. It’s awesome.Bat tricks?— marisa (@marisa_arriaga) June 24, 2015Yeah, I can’t do that. Impressive, to say the least.last_img read more

Videos: Jay Williams Won’t Wear UNC Gear, Unveils Cam Newton Jersey To Pick Tar Heels Over Notre Dame

first_imgClose-up view of Brice Johnson's jersey.CHAPEL HILL, NC – JANUARY 05: Players of the North Carolina Tar Heels wear a patch on their jersey to remember ESPN anchor, Stuart Scott, who recently passed away from cancer and was an alumni of the University of North Carolina before their game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Dean Smith Center on January 5, 2015 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The basketball edition of College GameDay is attempting to make Jay Williams its version of Lee Corso. This season, Jay has been making his pick for the games the crew travels to by unveiling a jersey from under his suit at the end of the broadcast. Today, GameDay went to South Bend for Notre Dame vs. No. 2/1 North Carolina. Williams, a former Duke point guard, wouldn’t go so far as to pick the Irish to make the upset, but he also refuses to wear UNC gear, so he called a bit of an audible for his jersey choice.North Carolina is embracing the pick anyway.Apparently, @RealJayWilliams got the #OneCarolina memo.#GoHeelsGoPanthers #KeepPounding— UNC Tar Heels (@GoHeels) February 6, 2016That seems like a fair compromise.last_img read more

Can Zuckerbergs media blitz take the pressure off Facebook

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – In the wake of a privacy scandal involving a Trump-connected data-mining firm, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg embarked on a rare media mini-blitz in an attempt to take some of the public and political pressure off the social network.But it’s far from clear whether he’s won over U.S. and European authorities, much less the broader public whose status updates provide Facebook with an endless stream of data it uses to sell targeted ads.On Wednesday, the generally reclusive Zuckerberg sat for an interview on CNN and conducted several more with other outlets, addressing reports that Cambridge Analytica purloined the data of more than 50 million Facebook users in order to sway elections. The Trump campaign paid the firm $6 million during the 2016 election, although it has since distanced itself from Cambridge.Zuckerberg apologized for a “major breach of trust,” admitted mistakes and outlined steps to protect users following Cambridge’s data grab.“I am really sorry that happened,” Zuckerberg said on CNN. Facebook has a “responsibility” to protect its users’ data, he added, noting that if it fails, “we don’t deserve to have the opportunity to serve people.”His mea culpa on cable television came a few hours after he acknowledged his company’s mistakes in a Facebook post , but without saying he was sorry.Zuckerberg and Facebook’s No. 2 executive, Sheryl Sandberg, had been quiet since news broke Friday that Cambridge may have used data improperly obtained from roughly 50 million Facebook users to try to sway elections. Cambridge’s clients included Donald Trump’s general-election campaign.Facebook shares have dropped some 8 per cent, lopping about $46 billion off the company’s market value, since the revelations were first published.While several experts said Zuckerberg took an important step with the CNN interview, few were convinced that he put the Cambridge issue behind hm. Zuckerberg’s apology, for instance, seemed rushed and pro forma to Helio Fred Garcia, a crisis-management professor at NYU and Columbia University.“He didn’t acknowledge the harm or potential harm to the affected users,” Garcia said. “I doubt most people realized he was apologizing.”Instead, the Facebook chief pointed to steps the company has already taken, such as a 2014 move to restrict the access outside apps had to user data. (That move came too late to stop Cambridge.) And he laid out a series of technical changes that will further limit the data such apps can collect, pledged to notify users when outsiders misuse their information and said Facebook will “audit” apps that exhibit troubling behaviour.That audit will be a giant undertaking, said David Carroll, a media researcher at the Parsons School of Design in New York — one that he said will likely turn up a vast number of apps that did “troubling, distressing things.”But on other fronts, Zuckerberg carefully hedged otherwise striking remarks.In the CNN interview, for instance, he said he would be “happy” to testify before Congress — but only if it was “the right thing to do.” Zuckerberg went on to note that many other Facebook officials might be more appropriate witnesses depending on what Congress wanted to know.At another point, the Facebook chief seemed to favour regulation for Facebook and other internet giants. At least, that is, the “right” kind of rules, such as ones requiring online political ads to disclose who paid for them. In almost the next breath, however, Zuckerberg steered clear of endorsing a bill that would write such rules into federal law, and instead talked up Facebook’s own voluntary efforts on that front.“They’ll fight tooth and nail to fight being regulated,” said Timothy Carone, a Notre Dame business professor. “In six months we’ll be having the same conversations, and it’s just going to get worse going into the election.”Even Facebook’s plan to let users know about data leaks may put the onus on users to educate themselves. Zuckerberg said Facebook will “build a tool” that lets users see if their information had been impacted by the Cambridge leak, suggesting that the company won’t be notifying people automatically. Facebook took this kind of do-it-yourself approach in the case of Russian election meddling, in contrast to Twitter, which notified users who had been exposed to Russian propaganda on its network.In what has become one of the worst backlashes Facebook has ever seen, politicians in the U.S. and Britain have called for Zuckerberg to explain its data practices in detail. State attorneys general in Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey have opened investigations into the Cambridge mess. And some have rallied to a movement that urges people to delete their Facebook accounts entirely.Sandy Parakilas, who worked in data protection for Facebook in 2011 and 2012, told a U.K. parliamentary committee Wednesday that the company was vigilant about its network security but lax when it came to protecting users’ data.He said personal data including email addresses and in some cases private messages was allowed to leave Facebook servers with no real controls on how the data was used after that.Paul Argenti, a business professor at Dartmouth, said that while Zuckerberg’s comments hit the right notes, they still probably aren’t enough. “The question is, can you really trust Facebook,” he said. “I don’t think that question has been answered.”Cambridge Analytica headquarters in central London was briefly evacuated Thursday as a precaution after a suspicious package was received. Nothing dangerous was found and normal business resumed, police said.___AP reporters Danica Kirka and Gregory Katz in London and Michael Liedtke in San Francisco contributed to this story.last_img read more