Bagel business finds buyer

first_imgLondon-based manufacturers, The Bagel Group, which filed for administration earlier this month, has been sold to a new company, Mr Bagel’s Limited, as a going concern. Under the terms of the acquisition, the business and other assets were sold to Mr Bagel’s on 28 January, according to administrator MCR Corporate Restructuring.Paul Williams, partner at MCR, said it had been able to preserve “the majority of jobs in the company”. The company, previously known as Mr Bagels plc, reportedly produces around 150 million bagels a year under its Mr Bagel’s and Natural Bagel brands. It supplies the retail and foodservice markets.Mr Bagels was set up in 1988 by the Kahalani brothers, Paul and Avi, and, in 1996, became a limited company. The Bagel Group hit national headlines in December, after alleging an executive at rival Maple Leaf Foods was involved in attempted price-fixing, an allegation that is still under investigation. Mr Bagel’s Limited was registered at Companies House on 13 January 2009. Details have yet to be confirmed by the administrator about the new company’s financing and management structure.last_img read more

Sometimes even Richard Sherman needs an escape

first_imgIn this June 12, 2014, file photo, Seattle Seahawks’ Richard Sherman yells during an NFL organized team activity football practice in Renton, Wash. Where he’s gone from being largely overlooked coming out of Stanford, to being one of the most polarizing figures in the NFL. There isn’t much of a middle ground with Sherman. He’s either loved for a style that borders on cockiness, or he’s despised for the same reason. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)RENTON, Wash. (AP) — The places and ways to escape were simpler not that long ago.When Richard Sherman could go unrecognized in public. When his dreadlocks might bring a curious glance and be forgotten just as quickly. When he was still mostly overlooked, the same way he ended up being bypassed in the NFL draft until the fifth round.“It’s difficult at times. It’s more frustrating at times,” the star cornerback says about that anonymity being gone. “When you’re at dinner with your family or you’re just trying to be out hanging out on vacation and you can’t just sit there and sit on the boat without people driving up to the boat, constantly trying to take pictures and then them calling you rude because you say you just want to relax and be on vacation for a second.“It gets to be a bit much when you lose your personal time.”This is the world that Sherman has chosen. Where he’s gone from being largely overlooked coming out of Stanford, to being one of the most polarizing figures in the NFL. There isn’t much of a middle ground with Sherman. He is either loved for a style that borders on cockiness, or he is despised for the same reason.It’s a difficult space to navigate for someone 26 and suddenly flush with money after signing a $56 million contract extension.So there are times when Sherman must escape what he’s created. Often it’s as simple as locking himself in a room and playing video games for a few hours, or hanging out with his girlfriend and watching a movie.The games are an escape from The Game. A way for Sherman to get lost in something, anything other than the hoopla that surrounds him.“I really put time in it, I focus on it. I cut my phone off. Nobody comes and bothers me when I play my games,” Sherman said. “It allows you to clear your head for a while, and when it’s time to get back to work it’s time to get back to work.”___Football fans were already well-aware of Sherman before Jan. 19. With one loud, passionate, emotion-filled postgame interview with Erin Andrews, Sherman became must-see TV beyond the sports channels. CNN, MSNBC and Fox News all cut into live programing to show his next news conference. It was the biggest play of his career and sent Seattle to the Super Bowl, but people wanted to talk more about the interview.Sherman was buzzy. Advertisers were drawn to his colorful personality and name recognition equal to any professional athlete. He landed on the cover of the biggest sports video game on the market.Distraction is easy. Keeping on course is now Sherman’s biggest challenge.“For him, football is the root of everything. So you have to always stay focused on that — first and foremost — and surround yourself with people in other areas that can support that vision,” said Kobe Bryant, who participated in Sherman’s charity softball event. “But you can’t get distracted from that. You have to stay focused on what got you there because that is the root of everything.“As long as you stay centered on that and hire very talented people around you to manage areas that are important to you then you’ll be absolutely fine.”This is what Sherman is learning: balance. His on-field persona bubbles with bravado. Away from the field, friends describe Sherman as the opposite. The conflict comes when the worlds collide and when people assume Sherman’s personality is what they see on the field.“You’ve got this person who is so passionate for the game of football and he displays that every time he steps out on the football field, but when he’s off the field he’s this (big) Teddy bear,” teammate Doug Baldwin said.“But the persona that obviously the fans that see him on the field, gives him this negative persona because he is high intensity, which he has always been. I can see it at times and I know sometimes it gets to him, bothers him a little bit, but he’s extremely mentally tough where he can handle those situations with ease.”___It’s July 4th weekend, and as they have for the past few summers, Sherman and some of his teammates jet across the Cascade Mountains to the resort town of Chelan. Brother time, as Kam Chancellor calls it.When they were first thrown together in Seattle, that bonding time took place on the basketball court at a local fitness center. Playing hoops was the baseline for a relationship that has helped create the best secondary in the NFL.“We go to battle on the field and we know each other on the field and we know where we’re supposed to be on the field and each other’s responsibility, but when you take it to something greater than that and knowing someone as a person, someone as a brother and understand where they’re coming from and their thoughts and their generalization on things you really figure them out and get close to them,” Chancellor said. “That’s what we create when we go on trips.”Now that time is spent in sunny Central Washington during one of the busiest weekends of the year for the tourist community. Sherman and Chancellor no longer go unnoticed. Their public waits. On the water, their boats and jet skis are surrounded by fans snapping photos that instantly end up on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.“I talked to Andrew Luck and he said he went to Europe and he finally got to walk around with no hood or no hat on and had a good time. Nobody had any idea who he was,” Sherman said. “It’s just a sense of freedom to relax and hang out and not have to worry about people constantly taking pictures or filming what you do.”___Let’s not forget, Sherman is at least partly responsible for the public’s perception and the attention he receives. In the midst of putting together one of the best two-year stretches for any cornerback in NFL history with 16 interceptions and 40 passes defensed, Sherman added provocation to his performance.In various ways, Sherman called out Tom Brady, Darrelle Revis, Roddy White, Patrick Peterson, Calvin Johnson, Trent Williams, Jim Harbaugh — well, it’s a long list — in a variety of media. Was it necessary? What good did it do?He could have kept quiet. He could have remained humble and sportsmanlike and adhered to the notion of never riling up an opponent — all those code words coaches try to use in muzzling headstrong, mouth-strong personalities.But that would go against the tide of Sherman’s personality since he was a kid. It isn’t about to change.“He never bit his tongue,” said Seattle teammate Jeron Johnson, who first became friends with Sherman at age 13.  “That’s Richard. That’s Richard Sherman. He hasn’t changed a bit.”___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more

Little Silver Ball Fields Upgraded With $250K Grant

first_imgBy Chris Rotolo |LITTLE SILVER – When the boys and girls of summer take the field this season, they’ll do so on revitalized borough ball fields.According to Doug Glassmacher, Little Silver’s director of recreation, a $250,000 parks and recreation grant awarded annually by Monmouth County has helped borough officials refurbish baseball and softball diamonds at Sickles Field and Borough and Library Fields.“The fencing was old, the dugouts and bleachers needed upgrades, and the drainage of the fields was a big issue that needed to be addressed,” Glassmacher said. “These are fields that hadn’t been upgraded in more than 30 years. So it was our goal to make some long-lasting improvements to them.”Sickles Field is located next to Sickles Market, at 200 Rumson Road. The Little Silver Borough and Library Fields can be found behind CVS and Borough Hall, at 480 Prospect Ave.Glassmacher confirmed that the aged and rusted galvanized fencing surrounding these Little Silver facilities has been replaced with new black vinyl coated materials. For Glassmacher, the most significant of those upgrades are the new concrete pathways leading into the dugouts and nearby bleachers, making the fields more accessible and comfortable for special needs fans and athletes.“The handicap accessible pathways were something we were really pushing for. We have such a large special needs population in our area, and all over the county. So this was a very necessary upgrade, and one we were going to push for even if we didn’t get this grant.” “The recreation improvements have been a long time coming,” Little Silver Mayor Robert C. Neff Jr. said. “We have a really dedicated recreation committee in town, who brought their concerns to us, so we looked for opportunities. That’s when Doug and our Borough Administrator Kim Jungfer went to work and got us the grants from the county. And with that we’ve been able to make some really significant upgrades.” New dugouts with covers are now in place, while a newly purchased high-quality clay mixture has been used to enhance the condition of the infield.State-of-the-art drainage systems have also been installed at the fields to combat the underground streams beneath Sickles Field and Borough and Library Fields.Glassmacher said that Challenger Field, accessiblefrom Willow Drive, has also been equipped with a new drainage mechanism to keep over flow from the nearby wetlands at bay. Glassmacher said the grant award was due much in part to the formation of a master plan by the recreation committee – a document produced by Suburban Consulting Engineers, Inc. of Wall Township – which allowed the borough to take inventory of its athletic fields and recreational facilities.The planning document also makes suggestions on upgrades, which the recreation director says gives the borough’s grant requests more credence in the eyes of the county.“The planning document does provide us a little bit of a wish list in terms of upgrades, so each year we apply for more grants we can reference the master plan, which gives the applications more credibility. And we plan on applying for them every year moving forward. We may not be awarded each year, but the master plan displays a clear vision of what funding would accomplish.”The article was first published in the May 10-17, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

World Cup boost for SA tourism

first_img5 May 2010The country’s reputation as a world-class destination would be further entrenched after the Fifa World Cup, Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk has told MPs.Delivering his budget vote speech in Parliament in Cape Town this week, Van Schalkwyk said the World Cup would leave a tangible and lasting tourism legacy in South Africa.He was confident that the tourism industry would also benefit from the powerful word-of-mouth marketing when soccer fans returned home as ambassadors and advocates for South Africa.“Long after the whistle is blown at the last match, we will continue to reap the rewards of investments in this tournament which have catalysed huge developments,” he said.He said the local tourism industry outperformed world trends in 2009, with a growth of 3.6% in foreign arrivals with a total of more than 9.9-million foreign arrivals to the country compared to about 9.6-million in 2008. This increase represented a 7.4% contribution to gross domestic product (GDP).The total foreign direct spend in 2009 grew by 7% compared to 2008 to R79.4-billion.“This is a tremendous feather in the cap of the industry in a time when all other tourism markets worldwide were in a slump,” Van Schalkwyk said.African, Asian growthVan Schalkwyk said arrivals to South Africa were driven by healthy growth from Asia, with a 3.7% increase, African air markets with a 3.3% increase, and African land markets, which saw 5.7% growth.“The particularly good growth from China (12.4%) and India (17.5%) is considered a good return on South African Tourism’s investment in these markets,” he added.Domestic tourismTurning to domestic tourism, Van Schalkwyk said that the number of South African adults who went on domestic trips increased from about 14-million in 2008 to about 15-million in 2009.The number of trips taken fell from about 33-million in 2008 to 30-million in 2009, and the average nominal spend per trip also declined from R780 in 2008 to R730 in 2009 as consumers tightened their belts.This, said Van Schalkwyk, was a continuation of a trend that started in 2007 as a result of economic pressure on consumers.“Given the volatility of the international market, it is of course vital that any country fosters a healthy domestic tourism industry, and this is one of the aspects of our industry we will address in the tourism sector strategy,” he said.Tourism Sector StrategyMeanwhile, the department is finalising the National Tourism Sector Strategy, which will among other things inspire and accelerate the responsible growth of the tourism industry from 2010 to 2015.Van Schalkwyk said they would launch the strategy for public comment before the end of May.In order to create an environment conducive to the growth and development of tourism in South Africa, the department has also embarked on a process to review and update the existing Tourism Act of 1993.The proposed legislation will be tabled in Parliament during the last quarter of 2010.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Mandela Day launch for smart ID cards

first_img4 July 2013 South Africa’s new smart ID cards will officially be launched on former President Nelson Mandela’s birthday on 18 July in order to honour his legacy, according to Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor. “President Mandela’s lifelong struggle for freedom and human rights for South Africans and oppressed people all over the world was, at one level, dedicated to acknowledging the fundamental worth of each and every human being,” Pandor said at a media briefing in Pretoria on Thursday. The department will hand over the new smart IDs on the day to President Jacob Zuma; Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe; former Presidents Thabo Mbeki and FW de Klerk; Archbishop Desmond Tutu; Winnie Madikezela Mandela; Sophie de Bruyn; Andrew Mlangeni; Dennis Goldberg; Ahmed Kathrada and a few senior citizens of in the 80-90 age group, who are termed the “Mandela Generation”. Home Affairs will record the biometric details and photographs of the eminent South Africans over the next few days as part of the process of introducing the smart card.‘Honouring the Mandela Generation’ “We are prioritising the Mandela Generation, those veterans in their 80s and 90s whom we wish to honour while they are with us in person, and while they can reflect with us on the roles they played in opposing the various apartheid measures that denied South Africans their rightful place in our society,” she said. Twenty-seven regional offices around the country are currently being prepared to roll out the new IDs. Pandor said Home Affairs was trying to ensure that businesses, banks, the insurance industry and other partners have the necessary equipment to verify smart ID cards. “In terms of delivery to the broader public, we will in due course announce plans to roll out to the general public, focusing on young South Africans as first-time applicants for identity documents, as well as senior citizens,” she said. Pandor explained that in order to avoid a barrage of applications, applicants will be invited to in stages, according to their dates of birth.Cutting down on fraudulent IDs “We must stress that it will take between six and eight years before all South Africans have Smart ID Cards. “We appeal to everyone to be patient and to allow us to phase in this change efficiently,” she said, adding that her department will work hard to expand the number of offices to process applications for the smart card ID. South Africans still be in possession of the green bar-coded IDs will still be able to use them for voting in the 2014 elections. According to the department, the smart cards aim to cut down on the fraudulent use of fake or stolen IDs, as the department says the new cards will be almost impossible to forge. The new smart ID card will have a microchip, the specifications for which cannot be disclosed for security reasons. The chip will house the necessary biometric data unique to every individual. The information on the chip will be laser-engraved to prevent tampering. The new IDs will be processed in Pretoria and thereafter sent out to applicants. The process is said to take between five to 10 days. Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

Harvest update and 2020 outlook with Mycogen Seeds🎙

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Dave Russell talks with Melissa Bell, Commercial Agronomist with Mycogen Seeds. They talk about stalk quality, ear molds, useful data in a year like 2019, what farmers can expect from Mycogen Seeds and what farmers should be thinking about when selecting seed for 2020.last_img

Three Megatrends Disrupting The Database Industry (And What To Do About Them)

first_imgHow Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Cloud computing continues to influence the choices made about database designs. The early days of cloud computing dealt with simple computations, straightforward communications between devices, and short-term storage alternatives. Today, most new consumer and business apps run in a cloud-computing environment—meaning they access servers over the Internet rather than in one physical location.Because relational databases—the conventional kind—typically grow in length rather than expanding database fields, they can be a poor choice for apps that need to handle large bursts of users. NoSQL technologies were designed in part to help handle these dynamics.Turning To NoSQLSo with Big Data, Big Users, and cloud computing in play, an increasing number of developers, like the ones at Twitter, are turning to NoSQL databases. They say it helps them make better apps with data sets they can control. NoSQL also lets them increase or decrease the number of users and the data they create as needed. As a result, these developers can improve the performance of apps and make them more responsive to people that use them.When companies evaluate the need for a NoSQL database to support Web apps, there are a few questions they should ask. First, how easy is it to increase the size of the database? All NoSQL databases can do this, but your database should allow you to add or remove whole batches of networked database computers with a simple command.Second, does your database deliver consistent high performance? Ideally your database should deliver sub-millisecond response times and consistent stream of information no matter how much volume is needed. Third, the database should be flexible enough so you can change records at any time.Finally, your NoSQL database should be working at all times, even if the IT department is upgrading software or hardware … or if the data center hosting a particular server is recovering from a disaster like a fire.This post is sponsored by Couchbase. As a promotional post, it reflects the views of the writer, not ReadWrite’s editors. Technology giants like Google, Amazon, Facebook and LinkedIn helped create new data-management systems to support the number of increasingly complex Web applications they run. These new technologies, broadly grouped as databases that don’t use Structured Query Language technology, or NoSQL databases, are being rapidly adopted by companies of all sizes.Three Big Trends In Big DataSo what’s fueling this trend to simplify the information of the world and make sense of it using NoSQL databases? Internet technology experts suggest it comes down to three interrelated megatrends: Big Data, Big Users, and cloud computing.Big Data is a term that evolved out of the problem caused by an avalanche of information. How big? No one can say, though a rough definition is anything that’s too big to be handled on a desktop computer by Microsoft Excel. Capturing and using the tremendous amount of data being generated creates the need for a different type of database. NoSQL provides a data model that maps better to an application’s data and simplifies the interaction between the application and the database.Big Users play a part in the problem. Think of all those people downloading and using an app: The sheer number of devices can do more calculations than anything NASA uses to launch things into space. It’s not uncommon for apps to have millions of users a day. Supporting huge numbers of people online accessing the same information at the same time, combined with the challenge of using only as much bandwidth and computing power as needed, has contributed to the adoption of NoSQL. Tags:#Couchbase#Couchbase Unstructured#databases#NoSQL#relational databases#sponsored posts#sql#unstructured data Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting This post is sponsored by Couchbase. As a promotional post, it reflects the views of the writer, not ReadWrite’s editors.Over the last decade and a half, the information-rich lives we live online mean a soaring pile of bits and bytes. And it’s growing harder to manage, not easier.  Experts see three related megatrends disrupting attempts to sort things out. But don’t despair—the database masters of the world are working on a solution.The inherent problem is that not all Web interactions are built alike. Apps come in all shapes and sizes. Connecting the dots between your email, your Web search, and your online purchases, for example, requires more than just the standard age/sex/location identifiers.Add to this the number of people online who are accessing and inputting information at the same time—2.4 billion at last count—along with bits and pieces of loosely formatted or unformatted information, known in the database industry as unstructured data, and you can see how complex the issue has become.center_img Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Related Posts ReadWrite Sponsors Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo…last_img read more

Chooks-to-go Pilipinas winds up 5th in Fiba Asia Champions Cup

first_imgThe Philippines had an 83-76 lead with 3:38 left in the game but Michael Singletary hit a quick three with just 10 seconds elapsed on the clock to cut the margin to four, 83-79.Ravena then scored four straight points, a jumper and a couple of free throws, to hike Chooks-to-go’s lead to eight, 87-79 with 2:10 left. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Philippines shrugged of a slow start against its fellow Southeast Asian foe after it fell 45-42 at the break. A strong third quarter propelled Chooks-to-go to 66-57 lead after outscoring Mono Vampire, 24-12, in the penultimate period. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Isaiah Austin had 37 points, 15 rebounds, and six assists to lead the Philippines while Ravena had 18 points.Singletary led Mono Vampire with 30 points and 12 boards. Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentcenter_img Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments Thunder’s Westbrook signs record $205M deal LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Photo from Fiba.comChooks-to-go Pilipinas salvaged the fifth place in the Fiba Asia Champions Cup after fending off Mono Vampire Basketball Club, 89-79, Saturday at Chenzhou Sports Center in China.Kiefer Ravena came up big in the clutch for the Philippine side after the Thai Club threatened a late comeback.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

20 days agoArsenal fullback Kieran Tierney not interested in London sightseeing

first_imgArsenal fullback Kieran Tierney not interested in London sightseeingby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal fullback Kieran Tierney admits he’s never been to central London despite signing this summer.The full-back moved from boyhood club Celtic to join the Gunners and since then, has had to cope with the transition with moving from Glasgow to London.The defender said: “Coming to London has been a huge change for me.“I’m a home boy who has always stayed with my parents and now I’ve come to a new country and a massive city.“I’m living on my own for the first time and it’s not been great. I need to cook every night and I’m still learning how to do that. But I’ll get there.“People back home ask me ‘what’s London like?’ But I have no idea because I’ve never been into the city.“I train, I work hard, I go home to recover and I train the next day. It’s just a simple life and I put everything into football.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Minister Thwaites Hails School’s 100 Per Cent Mastery in Literacy and Numeracy

first_imgMinister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, has commended the Mona Preparatory School for achieving 100 per cent mastery in literacy and numeracy at the Grade 4 level last year.Addressing the institution’s School Leaving and Prize Giving ceremony held on Tuesday, June 25, at the Jamaica College Auditorium in St. Andrew, Rev. Thwaites opined that other schools should seek to emulate this standard.“Almost 40 per cent of Jamaica’s children don’t achieve mastery in literacy at grade four and more than 50 per cent don’t achieve mastery in numeracy. Consider yourselves very fortunate and all the Mona community should be grateful for your high standards of achievement,” he said.In the meantime, the Minister commended the parents of the 52 graduates for laying a solid foundation for their children’s educational success.“What you have given them through this education is an almost certain passport to reasonable success at the high school level and beyond,” he said.The Minister further stressed that this emphasis on educational attainment by parents and caregivers, is critical to ensuring the success of the nation’s children.“Parenting is the most important element in a child’s education and therefore, whatever the difficulties and sacrifices, that parents are called upon to make, it is most important that we recognise that the child grows best when they are attended to and they are nurtured by … persons who are able to guide them, to correct them, to love them and to share with them,” he said.Rev. Thwaites lamented there is “a deficit of parenting that evidences itself in Jamaican schools and I am urging that the simple things that have to do with child rearing, be emphasised …anew….if we expect transformation in education and in our society”.Contact: Alecia Smith-Edwardslast_img read more