Block Party Weather Looking Good!

first_imgThe Spring Block Party in Ocean City, NJ, remains one of the most popular events of the season. It’s scheduled for Saturday, May 3, 2014.It’s a BIG weekend in Ocean City and it looks like the weather will hold out for the annual Block Party. For Saturday, sunshine returns ahead of the next big cold front that will bring more showers and cooler temperatures. Fortunately, the weather will remain on the sunny side (for the most part) with a shower threat near the end of the Party.Block Party:9AM: Sunny-Temp 64.Noon: Sunny-Temp 68. Winds becoming southerly 10-14mphAfternoon: Clouds increase with possible shower after 3pm. Best chance of showers after 5PM. Temps in the mid 60s.Saturday Evening: Showers, possibly a thunderstorm until 10PMMore sunshine for Sunday but will be windy and cooler. Winds will gust over 30mph at times. Highs will be around 60.Have A Great Weekend!last_img read more

Pork pie news encourages Cornish pasty producers

first_imgCornish pasty campaigners say they have new hope of restricting production of Cornish pasties to Cornwall, after the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie Association (MMPPA) won a Court of Appeal victory on January 24.The Melton Mowbray Association has been campaigning for seven years for the legal right to restrict production of Melton Mowbray pork pies to a 1,800sq mile zone around Melton Mowbray. It has been backed by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), which believes restricting production will benefit the region. The campaign is contested by Northern Foods which produces the pies in its factories in Shropshire and Trowbridge and has a 24% share of the £51.7 million Melton Mowbray pie market (according to TNS figures).Northern Foods had asked for a judicial review to protect its right to make the pies, but lost its High Court appeal in December (British Baker, January 6, pgs 8-9). And, on January 24, the company’s attempt to overturn that decision failed as the Court of Appeal refused it permission to appeal. Northern Foods director of communications Hilary Baker told British Baker the name Melton Mowbray is an indication of style, and not a geographical base. Northern Foods is to make a second application at the Court of Appeal for permission to appeal, as it continues its fight, she said.But DEFRA has already applied for European Commis-sion Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status for the pies, status already enjoyed by products such as Champagne. The application could be gran-ted by May. The news that Northern Foods’ first appeal request was dismissed has been welcomed by the Cornish Pasty Associa-tion. It met DEFRA officials in March 2005 to discuss a PGI application, but progress has been delayed pending the outcome of the Melton Mowbray case. The association, which includes Ginsters, Proper Cornish and Crantock Bakery among its 42 members, said it now plans to meet with DEFRA officials in March to go through any objections to its application. Proper Cornish MD Phil Ugalde told British Baker: “We are heartened by the fact DEFRA is giving support to regional food producers. Our application for PGI status is in with DEFRA, but we are waiting for the green light to take it forwards. We are encouraged by the latest news.”Meanwhile, Northern Foods is preparing comment on this application too. Ms Baker told British Baker: “This is not about artisan versus big business. It is about one food producer using EU rules to gain unfair advantage over another. What will happen in future with Chelsea buns and Yorkshire puddings?”The MMPPA includes food giant Samworth Brothers, which has a 62% share of the Melton Mowbray market (TNS). Samworth Brothers’ Ginsters business is part of the campaign by The Cornish Pasty Associa-tion to gain PGI status.Timeline1998: The Melton Mowbray Pork Pie Association is formed.1999: The Association applies to the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) for PGI status for the pies.2004: DEFRA agrees to champion the cause and forwards the application to the European Commission. Northern Foods launches a legal challenge. The EC PGI application is suspended. DEFRA agrees to consider further objections.2005: DEFRA resubmits its PGI application in Europe. Northern Foods seeks judicial review. The High Court rejects Northern Foods’ case2006: The Court of Appeal rejects Northern Foods’ case.last_img read more

Out of Home Business of the Year 2020

first_imgFinalist: Costa CoffeeNational coffee chain Costa Coffee was described as the ‘gold standard’ of predominantly thaw and serve products by the panel of judges who were impressed with the success of seasonal launches such as the Terry’s Chocolate Orange Muffin. Other NPD includes the Lotus Biscoff muffin and Accidentally Vegan range which features a cookie, croissant and teacake.Training is high on the agenda for Costa, which uses its Costa Academy to deliver online training programmes for all staff. Every product developer, for example, creates a step by step guide for each of their products so that colleagues at store level are up to speed on everything they are serving.The collective passion and ambition of the Costa team in a very competitive marketplace was fantastic, according to the BIA judges. Its insight into its customer base – what and when they buy and what they like – was also praised. New to the Baking Industry Awards 2020, this category explores all aspects of the out of home market, including customer experience, how baked goods are merchandised and innovation. Sponsored by Winner: Broken ClockBroken Clock strives to serve high-end, restaurant quality desserts from its café in Glasgow.This bustling business opened 18 months ago and has stolen the hearts and stomachs of local consumers with its range of Instagrammable patisserie, desserts, pastries and cakes. This feeds in to its top-line strategy which was to create a place where people can enjoy very special cakes that can’t be created at home, at least not without some very specialist knowledge.But it’s not just about the eat-in experience as every single one of the 45 different cakes sold in the café can be made into a celebration cake, in a variety of sizes, to take home. It creates between 150-200 individual cakes daily – with its inventory selling out nearly every day.The judges were impressed with the business model and ambition of the owners who have their sights set on four additional outlets in the short-term. They added that Broken Clock’s ambitious but strategic approach to business was ‘robust and positive’ as its owners had already demonstrated how nimble they could be switching, almost overnight, to online delivery as a result of Covid-19. Finalist: The Little KitchenThis independently owned and operated business situated in Boston, Lincolnshire, prides itself on offering every customer a delicious experience and not just ‘a product’.It boasts a wide range of free-from products to eat in or take home, including treat boxes, and creates products for special events. It aims to offer more than one product for people with different allergens and surprise its customers with new flavours, which are revealed on social media, weekly. These include the quirky Wagon Wheel Cheesecake, praised by the judges for its level of innovation, and the Christmas Chocolate Baubles.The in-store environment includes an open kitchen, allowing customers to see the team in action as they whip up cakes and decorate them, as well as bask in the irresistible smell wafting from it.last_img read more

Ween Announces 2017 Summer Tour Dates

first_imgAfter announcing various residencies for the past year, the newly reunited Ween has revealed their first tour schedule. Spanning ten days this summer, from June 2nd through July 16th, Ween will be on the road with performances across the country, bringing the Boognish to a venue near you.The tour kicks off with a show in Royal Oak, MI on June 2nd, and continues with dates along the East Coast through June 11th. They’ll be stopping in Baltimore, Brooklyn (two nights), Cooperstown, and Portland, ME for that leg of the tour. A few weeks later, the band will hit the Pacific Northwest with shows in Bend, OR and Seattle, WA on July 1st and 2nd, and follow that up with the tour closer in Missoula, MT on July 16th. Their scheduled Nelsonville Music Festival headlining set will also fall during this time as well, on June 3rd.Head to the Ween ticketing site to get pre-sale tickets (the password is mollusk), and you can see the full tour announcement below.Ween Summer Tour 2017 Dates6/2 – Royal Oak, MI Royal Oak Music Theater6/4 – Baltimore, MD Pier Six Pavilion6/6 – Brooklyn, NY Brooklyn Steel6/7 – Brooklyn, NY Brooklyn Steel6/9 – Cooperstown, NY Ommegang Brewery6/10 – Portland, ME Thompson’s Point6/11 – Boston, MA Blue Hills Bank Pavilion7/1 – Bend, OR Les Schwab Amphitheater7/2 – Seattle, WA Marymoor Park7/16 – Missoula, MT KettleHouse Amphitheaterlast_img read more

The Marcus King Band To Perform On ‘The Late Show With Stephen Colbert’

first_imgToday, The Marcus King Band has announced some big news: The South Carolina-native outfit will make their debut on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert next Wednesday, February 13th. The high-profile appearance marks the young band’s second-ever late-night TV performance following their spot on CONAN last summer.Related: Marcus King Talks Reckoning With His Own Expectations, Focused Songwriting, & Calling Nashville Home [Interview/Photos]The Marcus King Band’s The Late Show performance—to be filmed at the show’s iconic Ed Sullivan Theater, where The Beatles first touched down in the U.S. back in 1964—is the latest step in Marcus King and company’s gradual global takeover. It comes as the band continues to tour in support of their 2018 album, Carolina Confessions. And with house band Jon Batiste and Stay Human also on hand, we’re hopeful for a very special performance that shows mainstream audiences around the country what we’ve known for years: The Marcus King Band is the realest of deals. Set those DVRs!Following their appearance on The Late Show, The Marcus King Band will head out for a run of March dates in the northeast and Florida before making their way across the globe for stretches of shows in Asia and Australia in April. For a full list of the band’s upcoming tour dates, head over to the band’s website here.last_img read more

Marriage linked to better cancer outcomes

first_imgPeople who are married when diagnosed with cancer live longer than those who are not, report researchers at Harvard-affiliated Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Married patients also tended to have cancers diagnosed at an earlier stage — when it is often more successfully treated — and to receive more appropriate treatment.The study’s findings will be published online today by the Journal of Clinical Oncology.“Our data suggests that marriage can have a significant health impact for patients with cancer, and this was consistent among every cancer that we reviewed,” said Ayal Aizer, chief resident of the Harvard Radiation Oncology Program and the paper’s first author. “We suspect that social support from spouses is what’s driving the striking improvement in survival. Spouses often accompany patients on their visits and make sure they understand the recommendations and complete all their treatments.”Utilizing the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program, the researchers conducted a retrospective analysis of 734,889 people who were diagnosed with cancer between 2004 and 2008. They focused on the 10 leading causes of cancer deaths in the United States: lung, colorectal, breast, pancreatic, prostate, liver/bile duct, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, head and neck, ovarian, and esophageal cancer. They also adjusted the data to account for a number of demographic factors, including age, sex, race, residence type, education, and median household income, which could have an effect on the health outcome.Their analysis found that in comparison with married patients, unmarried cancer patients, including those who were widowed, were 17 percent more likely to have metastatic cancer (cancer that spread beyond its original site) and were 53 percent less likely to receive the appropriate therapy.“We don’t just see our study as an affirmation of marriage, but rather it should send a message to anyone who has a friend or a loved one with cancer: By being there for that person and helping them navigate their appointments and make it through all their treatments, you can make a real difference to that person’s outcome,” said the study’s senior author, Paul Nguyen, a radiation oncologist at Dana-Farber and Brigham and Women’s, and an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School. “As oncologists, we need to be aware of our patients’ available social supports and encourage them to seek and accept support from friends and family during this potentially difficult time.”The study was funded in part by a Heritage Medical Research Institute/Prostate Cancer Foundation Young Investigator Award, a JCRT Foundation Grant, Fitz’s Cancer Warriors, David and Cynthia Chapin, and a grant from an anonymous family foundation.last_img read more

3 tips to maximize debit card interchange income

first_img This post is currently collecting data… ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Debit card interchange income is one of the highest non-interest-oriented revenue streams for financial institutions. However, many institutions still don’t get the most out of their card programs. Insufficient benchmarking, sub-optimal interchange rates or too few transactions mean missed opportunities.Maximizing interchange income can make a significant impact on your institution’s bottom line. The following steps will point you in the right direction. They will incentivize customer behavior, build customer relationships and increase revenue.Measure What MattersClear measurements of customer behavior are needed to improve your institution’s interchange income performance. Effective benchmarking and the tracking of key performance indicators inform you of gaps to fill. A careful recording of the following can guide you to maximize interchange revenue:Penetration: the number of accounts eligible for cards compared to the number that have them. If there is a disparity between these two numbers, you should promote card use to a wider range of customers.center_img This is placeholder text continue reading »last_img read more

Will shooting range increase violence?

first_imgMore from The Daily Gazette:Local movie theater operators react to green lightEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion The photo of the woman with the pouty pursed lips on the top right corner of page C1 of the Oct. 21 Daily Gazette is disturbing. Is the gun a sex object? Is a shooter more attractive?The article quotes the chief operating officer of Modern Round Entertainment Corp., Mr. Bill Scheidhauer, as saying: “People come to have a drink and some food while also getting the chance to shoot at zombies or participate in other action scenarios.” Drinking and practice shooting “laser technology-based replica firearms” doesn’t sound like gun safety to me.Do you think this “virtual interactive shooting experience” will increase gun violence in the city?Greer PomeroyDuanesburglast_img read more

Twitter loses legal battle in user surveillance transparency lawsuit

first_imgAfter years of litigation that spanned the tenures of four US attorneys general — Eric Holder, Loretta Lynch, Jeff Sessions and William Barr — US District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers granted the government’s request to dismiss the lawsuit.She wrote in an 11-page ruling that the Justice Department had shown — in part through the use of confidential declarations — that releasing the precise number of national security letters from 2014 — which is what Twitter wanted to do — posed a national security risk.Topics : Twitter lost its six-year legal battle to let the public know exactly how many requests it received from the FBI to snoop on private user accounts.A federal judge said Friday the government convinced her that granting the request “would be likely to lead to grave or imminent harm to the national security.”Twitter broke ranks with other large internet companies, including Facebook and Google in 2014 when it balked at the government’s order that it only reveal the number of national security letters — basically search warrants — in aggregate numbers of 1,000.It sued to be allowed to publish the precise number as part of a planned “transparency report” and argued that being prohibited from doing so violated its free speech rights.last_img read more

Joseph Mariathasan: China’s financial Big Bang

first_imgInstitutions lacking a China strategy should ask themselves when they intend to develop one, Joseph Mariathasan writesI was sitting next to a senior Scottish lawyer and his wife over lunch near Glasgow a couple of years ago, and they were moaning that their 20-year-old son had decided to be a photographer but was now staying at home, doing little to fulfil his aspirations. It was wonderful to see their expressions when I suggested the answer was quite simple: they should buy themselves return tickets to Beijing and their son a single.I was joking, of course, but only half joking. In 1996, when I first went to Beijing, and the foreign community was small enough everyone seemed to know each other, I met quite a few people in their 20s who had done exactly that. Indeed, one person I met last year is now the COO of a major insurance company based in Asia.China still represents a tremendous opportunity. The inclusion of the yuan renminbi in the IMF’s Special Drawing Rights marks another and significant step in China’s path towards full capital account liberalisation. A mature and functional finance industry, including functional capital markets, is a pre-requisite for successful currency and capital account liberalisation. The better financial markets work, the greater the benefits of liberalisation. A freely floated currency requires meaningful price signals to be reflected in a benchmark interest-rate curve, credit spreads and foreign-exchange crosses, both spot and forward, as well as in stocks and traded commodities. Of course, this all assumes mature financial-institution balance sheets, intermediation mechanisms and traded capital markets, with investors and issuers managing their balance sheets though this system.There is still some way to go, but China’s financial Big Bang has already commenced, and its pace is accelerating. There are numerous important new sectors sporting annual growth rates from 20-30% up to 100-500% where there was no business as recently as 3-6 years ago in the absence of a licensing and regulatory framework. The scale of this development is unprecedented. What China has already accomplished in terms of its exports, urbanisation and real estate development will now occur in finance.For the world’s investors and fund managers, China’s Big Bang will provide a cornucopia of opportunities. China’s non-SOE corporates will become the largest credit-issuer base in the world. On a purchasing-power-parity-adjusted basis, the small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) sector is larger than that of Europe or the US but underdeveloped in credit-issuance terms. The ratio of total liabilities to assets in the private SME sector is still only about 31%, and fully half currently carry no debt on their balance sheets.Liberalisation appears self-perpetuating. The success of renminbi (RMB) liberalisation since 2009, combined with achievements in domestic finance liberalisation, together require – and would allow for – the liberalisation of the exchange rate. This can be expected to continue, in fits and starts and at varying speeds. In time, a free-floating RMB and global activities of China’s larger financial institutions will require significant opening of the capital account. The flow of China’s domestic retail savings into overseas assets has barely begun, but it will become a major source of capital, particularly into higher-yielding assets. The US Federal Reserve’s rate rise and the potential for the US dollar to strengthen on the back of further increases will act as added stimulus for those flows.The historical impact of China’s financial Big Bang is often lost in the rhetoric of speculation and hysteria about short-term market moves. Yet these are of little consequence and to be expected in any developing economy. The financial centres of the world are already competing to establish themselves as offshore centres for Chinese finance. It also is another reason why investors and financial institutions should consider looking at China as a separate investment proposition, as opposed to merely a component in a heterogeneous emerging market asset class.The opportunities are vast, the changes are swift, but the experience of many institutions in China is still low or non-existent. As we enter 2016, those institutions that haven’t yet developed a China strategy should certainly start asking themselves when they intend to develop one.Joseph Mariathasan is a contributing editor at IPElast_img read more