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first_imgFudges goes onlineDorset bakery Fudges has launched an online bakery shop. Its virtual bakery will stock Fudges’ savoury and sweet biscuits, cheese straws and cheese wafers, flatbreads and cakes. To celebrate the launch, the firm has developed a number of new sweet biscuits: a Butter Biscuit, which is half-dipped in dark chocolate; Oat & Sultana Biscuits and Hazelnut Biscuits, which are both hand-dipped in thick Belgian milk chocolate; and a Lemon Zest biscuit, which is half-dipped in white chocolate. A Fudges family blog is also available at www.fudges.co.uk.UB cuts emissionsUnited Biscuits (UB) reduced factory carbon emissions by 5% in 2009 by improving staff awareness, introducing energy-saving initiatives, such as closely monitoring when ovens were used, and switching to renewable energy. The company said it has now cut factory carbon emissions by 28% since 1995 and is on course to meet its target of a 35% reduction by 2020.Ashers’ application Scottish bakery chain Ashers has lodged a planning application to create six commercial units and refurbish an area at the back of its bakery in Moray to create a courtyard retail development with a community garden.Brakes’ new siteFoodservice supplier Brakes has launched a new-look website for the group www.brake.co.uk. It now includes ’The E-List’ a tool that allows visitors to search a catalogue of thousands of products online for the first time. Users will also be able to create, download and save order lists. There is also a ’What’s in season’ section, alongside serving suggestions and nutritional information.last_img read more

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This summer, the tariff on highways lasts a month longer, starting on June 15

first_imgSummer, 10 percent more expensive toll tariff on motorways operated by Croatian Motorways and the Rijeka-Zagreb Motorway will enter into force this year June 15 and will run until September 15. Last year, when it was first introduced on HAC and ARZ motorways, the summer toll was valid from July 1 to September 30 and applied only to vehicles of I and Ia category, ie cars and motorcycles, writes Vecernji list.This year, the summer tariff will be introduced earlier due to the tendency to increase traffic on motorways in June, which is a result of the earlier start of the tourist season in Croatia. This year’s summer tariff has been extended to II. a category of vehicles that pay tolls in the total amount of about 90 million kuna on 90 summer days on HAC and ARZ motorways. Therefore, with a 10 percent higher toll, revenues from these vehicles would increase by nine million kuna in three months. At the same time, the largest part of these revenues, almost 90 percent, relates to campers and cars with trailers.In the first three months, traffic on motorways increasedAnnually, more than 40 million vehicles operate on HAC shares, and according to the results of the research, 85% of tourist arrivals are realized by road vehicles. Last year alone, 18,5 million foreign guests visited Croatia.In the first quarter of this year, traffic on 10.014.976 vehicles and tolls in the amount of HRK 455.636.108,00 without VAT was recorded on all HAC and ARZ motorways. Compared to last year, the number of vehicles increased by 3,56%, and the amount of tolls collected was higher by 9,62%.The highest traffic of 3.631.886 vehicles was recorded on the A3 Bregana-Zagreb-Lipovac motorway, compared to the same period last year, an increase of 5,5%, as well as the largest inflow of tolls collected in the first quarter in the amount of 190.769.521,60. HRK 13,58 without VAT, which is XNUMX% more than last year.Considering the upcoming tourist season as well as the announcements about the daily growth of tourist arrivals, further growth of both revenue and traffic can be expected.last_img read more

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UW relying on strengths in return to action

first_imgAfter a nearly two-week break, the Wisconsin men’s hockey team (5-9-2, 3-6-1 WCHA) is back to work, as the Badgers are set to take on conference opponent North Dakota (7-6-1, 5-4-1) this weekend. The last game the Badgers played was a 2-0 victory over Michigan State, which finally halted Wisconsin’s six-game losing streak. Now, Wisconsin will be looking to build on that victory.However, the Badgers are still having major problems scoring goals. During the losing streak, which included a shutout loss and three games with just one goal scored, the Badgers mustered just nine goals. Wisconsin is now averaging fewer than two goals per game for the season.The team knows this, as the Badgers’ goal-scoring troubles have been apparent all season. Wisconsin’s top two scorers, freshman forward Michael Davies and senior forward Andrew Joudrey, have combined for just seven goals and 15 assists.”It’s tough, when the goals aren’t going in, you want to fix things right away,” Joudrey said. “The biggest thing for me to do is keeping plugging away, get in front of the goalie … screen him and get rebounds. We’re not going to score a lot of highlight-reel goals.”An increase in goal scoring would result in more than just points; it would take a lot of pressure off senior goaltender Brian Elliott and the defense. Elliott has been a workhorse for the Badgers, starting in 14 of 16 games and recording the second-most minutes played among goalies in the WCHA.Elliott currently holds a solid save percentage of .922, second in the conference, and a goals-against average of 2.19. Though UW head coach Mike Eaves sat Elliott for the Michigan State game — backup Shane Connelly earned the shutout of the Spartans — it was evident whom Eaves would be depending on to turn this season around.”Elliott is your ‘starting pitcher,'” Eaves said, “and you put the ball in his hand as much as possible. … This weekend, we’re going to put the ball into our best pitcher’s hand, and that’s Brian Elliott going into North Dakota.”Elliott stacks up quite well against the Sioux’s goaltenders. North Dakota goalies Philippe Lamoureux and Anthony Grieco have been splitting time all season, and both are inexperienced. Lamoureux, a sophomore, holds a save percentage of .892 and a GAA of 2.65. Grieco, a freshman, has an even weaker save percentage (.880) and allows more than three-and-a-half goals per game.Meanwhile, Wisconsin’s defense has held opponents to just 2.25 goals per game, good for third-best in the conference. However, the success of Elliott and the defense goes for naught when the Badgers’ offense can’t get the puck past the opposing goaltender.”If we can get three or four goals, I think we’re in pretty good shape,” Eaves said. “We’re still the type of team that’s got to manufacture [goals]. I don’t think you’re going to see this group score a lot of goals … so we’ll just have to continue to work on that thought process of manufacturing some gritty goals, getting tip-in goals and rebound goals.”The Badgers’ power-play percentage hasn’t helped either. The Badgers have converted just 14.6 percent of power-play opportunities into goals, resulting in just 12 goals. The penalty kill has been mediocre so far this season, killing off almost 85 percent of opponents’ power plays.However, this series could turn out well for the Badgers’ special teams. North Dakota’s power-play percentage has been respectable, converting 23 percent of their chances. However, the Sioux’s penalty-kill rate is the second-worst in the conference (stopping 77.6 percent of opponents’ power plays), and they spend more time in the penalty box than the Badgers do (17.6 minutes per game for North Dakota; 15.2 minutes for Wisconsin).If Wisconsin can play with relatively few penalties, the Badgers’ power play would be pitted against the Sioux’s woeful penalty kill.North Dakota has also been very streaky thus far. After starting the season with a four-game winning streak, the Sioux went on to lose three in a row before recording another three losses and one tie. The Sioux are currently riding a two-game winning streak.”It will be a great series,” Joudrey said. “They play hard, they play fast … they have a lot of good players. It’s going to be fun, it’s going to be fast paced and we’re really looking forward to going up there.”The Badgers are going to need goals if they want to win this series, which will likely be a hard-fought, physical battle. If Wisconsin can light the lamp, Eaves feels Elliott and the defense will take care of the rest.”We’re starting to be more comfortable with who we are and what our strengths are,” Eaves said. “Playing to those strengths … is going to give us the best chance to be successful.”last_img read more

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Sportito launches Under-21 Fan’s Favourite award

first_img Related Articles StumbleUpon Riccardo Mittiga, SportitoDaily fantasy sports operator Sportito has launched a monthly Under-21 Fan’s Favourite award for the qualifying Premier League player who has garners the most mentions on social media within the past month.The award highlights the young players that have excited the fans of each club the most within the period with the winner decided by the most total mentions on Twitter. Sportito employed SBC Media and social media marketing agency Pilot Fish to conduct the study.The winner of the inaugural Under-21 Fan’s Favourite was Tottenham Hotspur’s Dele Alli, the current PFA Young Player of the Year and enjoying another stunning season at White Hart Lane. He topped the chart for a two-week period in January with just under 28,000 Twitter mentions, way ahead of fellow young England star Raheem Sterling who came second with nearly 15,000 mentions.The global nature of the Premier League was highlighted by the fact that the biggest territory for mentions in total was the US, followed by the UK.The ongoing project will see a player crowned each month as the Under-21 Fan’s Favourite. The data is collected via Twitter which determines who garnered the most mentions throughout the month.Riccardo Mittiga, Chief Executive of Sportito, said the aim of the new Under-21 Fan’s Favourite of the month award was to attempt to leverage the interest in the English Premier League in an innovative way.“By highlighting the interest of the fans as displayed on social media, we hope to link that enthusiasm with the ability on our daily fantasy sports offering to pick players out that you wish to follow,” he said.“The popularity of the Premier League is there for all to see and we know that competition in the daily fantasy sports market is heating up, so in order to stand out from the crowd we thought a project linking directly to the enthusiasm of the fans would get us more noticed.”Sportito, which launched its DFS offering at the start of this season, has been busy in recent months doing commercial deals, first with Championship side Fulham and more recently announcing itself as the fantasy sports partner with Premier League side Burnley.“The Under-21 fan’s favourite award complements our work with both Fulham and Burnley and through the coverage we hope to gain we hope to further the Sportito brand awareness.”Sportito and SBC Media will be releasing the name of the winner of the Under-21 Fan’s Favourite at the end of each month. The next winner will be announced in the first week of March.Sportito offers players the chance to enjoy and win real cash prizes everyday by choosing which players they would have in their fantasy team. As a daily game, Sportito players do not need to play all season long – they can dip in and out whenever they want to play a game. It has also made it more exciting to play in tournaments by letting users choose their favourite players without having to worry about a salary cap restriction. Sportito also offer numerous competitions featuring players across many leagues including the Premier League, Championship, Bundesliga, La Liga, World Cup and many, many more. Share UKGC suspends two licences over failure to integrate GAMSTOP April 3, 2020 Sportito makes LatAm debut in Brazil October 30, 2019 Submit Sportito gets green light to expand into Mexico January 9, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

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Former Legonite footballer making a difference as frontliner in the US

first_imgOur nation was built on dreamers and such is the story of Isaac Kissi.Some 14 years ago he was coming out of a chemistry class at the University of Ghana when he was told there were some American college coaches at the soccer field and they were looking for talented players.“It was the last day before they were leaving, so I said to our coach, ‘Let me try quick. You never know,’” Kissi recalled. “I actually borrowed a friend’s cleats and hopped into the action and the guys all got me involved.“Afterward, Paul Souders, the (assistant) coach from Dayton, said he liked the way everyone was drawn to me and my coach said, ‘Yeah, and he’s smart, too.’“And that’s when Coach Souders said, ‘How would you like to play soccer at the University of Dayton?’“I’d had chances in the past to go play in Europe, but my parents felt I was way too young to leave home and besides, soccer wasn’t guaranteed. But this was a chance to play and get an education. To me it was a no-brainer. “I had no clue where Dayton was, but I was like, ‘Hey, I don’t care. It’s somewhere in America!’ And back then every kid in my neighborhood had hopes of coming to the U.S.”In those days he said he embraced a popular world view of America:“America was the beacon of hope for everyone. There could be turmoil in the rest of the world, but America would step in and say, ‘Hey, knock it off! Get it together!’“I had dreams of being a part of all that. I had dreams of making a difference.”And since leaving Ghana, the 33-year-old Kissi has done just that. •He starred at the University of Dayton, leading the Flyers in goals and points as a senior and being named the team MVP and an All-Atlantic 10 first team selection. He got his degree and was drafted in the third round of the 2010 MLS Draft by Chivas USA.He played three season with the Rochester Rhinos of the USL before knee injuries all but shelved his career. He did return in 2018 to play for the Rochester Lancers of the NPSL, is the general manager of the Roc City Boom, a UPSL team in Rochester, and now he’s helped open a pipeline of talent from Ghana to UD that’s brought the Flyers some top players recently.•He also graduated from the University of Rochester nursing school in 2016 and now is a registered nurse who’s spent the past several months working on the front lines in the COVID-19 battle.He worked in the ICU unit at Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, where he was engulfed in the nonstop life and death struggles at the height of the pandemic in New York. And now he is doing COVID-19 testing in Rochester for the government.•And in 2017 he proudly became a United States citizen. Through all of this, Kissi has fully eclipsed some of those skewed theories and negative stereotypes too many people are embracing these days. Their narrow view of America is not what Kissi grew up idolizing and it certainly is not what made America great.Our strength has come from a diverse collection of dreamers from all over who make a positive impact in our melting pot nation.Kissi is that in many ways. He is:—An immigrant success story.—A black life that matters in so many ways. —A guy who puts himself on the line every day to help get the rest of us through the perils of COVID- 19. And in the process he is a voice of caution and reason when too many people are floating false narratives about the deadly pandemic.And along with all this, he’s also dealt with a heartbreaking loss of his own.His beloved father, Samuel Kissi – who did so much for him and his three siblings when they were growing up – had been in declining heath for the past several months.Last year Isaac had begun the procedure to bring his dad to America to get better medical treatment. But even though all the proper paperwork had been done for months, he said he was told by government officials he needed more proof that this was his dad.But the unnecessary red tape took a deadly toll. His 63-year-old father died in Ghana a couple of weeks ago. The paperwork finally had cleared a few days earlier, but by then his dad was too sick to travel.Former University of Dayton soccer player Isaac Kissi (center) with his late father Samuel (left) and older brother Stephen.Although he’s continued with his COVID-19 testing work, Isaac was forced to drop out of the classes he was taking to become a nurse practitioner. He wouldn’t be able to finish the semester.He is headed back to Ghana in eight days and the family will hold his father’s memorial service on Aug. 1.‘This is not fake’Samuel Kissi and his wife Comfort raised their four children on the principles of hard work and the strength of family. “My dad worked with all his might and strength to put us all through college,” Isaac said. “He worked as a driver and transport officer with the electricity company in Ghana. He would take the engineers to different sites.“He saved everything he could, so instead of staying in hotels on those trips, he’d sleep in his car or stay with a friend or just sleep on a bench somewhere. That way he could save those extra bucks and put them toward our tuitions or maybe get me those soccer cleats I had been pestering him for.”All four of the children did go to college.It helped that Isaac got scholarship money to go to UD, but he admits it still wasn’t easy for him in the beginning:“It was a big culture shock and I had to adjust to the weather – I didn’t have warm clothes – and I had to get used to the food, too.”What compounded his homesickness – something he said he told almost no one about – was that before he’d left Ghana, he and a young woman there had had a baby daughter.Isaac Kissi and daughter Gifty when she was younger.“It surprised us both,” he said. “Our daughter was a gift from God. That’s why I named her Gifty. Her mother was amazing. She understood the situation and my parents got involved, too, but I never spoke about it in Dayton. I didn’t know how people would react.”last_img read more

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HBCU Spelman College chooses fitness over athletics

first_imgDR. BEVERLY DANIEL TATUM PRESIDENT, SPELMAN COLLEGE by Christina AlmeidaAssociated Press Writer ATLANTA (AP) — Sports began on American college campuses as a way for students to blow off steam and be healthy. Over the last century and a half, athletics have transformed into something very different: a handful of elite athletes, showered with resources and coaching, competing against other schools while the rest of the student body cheers from the stands. On Nov. 1, Spelman College — a historically Black women’s college in Atlanta with a far-from-big-time NCAA athletics program — announced how it plans to return to the old model. The school said it would use the nearly $1 million that had been dedicated to its intercollegiate sports program, serving just 4 percent of students, for a campus-wide health and fitness program benefiting all 2,100.“When I was looking at the decision, it wasn’t being driven by the cost as much as the benefit. With $1 million, 80 student-athletes are benefiting,” said Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, Spelman’s president. “Or should we invest in a wellness program that would touch every student’s life?”Spelman’s decision won’t influence the Georgias and Ohio States of the world — where sports have become inextricable from the identity of the university. But it could attract notice at a broader band of colleges struggling with budget cuts and agonizing over whether the cost of college athletics is compatible with their missions.For Tatum, there is also an element of social responsibility. She said a campus analysis found that almost one out of every two students has high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes or is obese.“I have been to funerals of young alums who were not taking care of themselves, and I believe we can change that pattern not only for them but for the broader community,” Tatum said.The Division III school has been part of the Great South Athletic Conference in seven sports, including basketball, softball and tennis. Tatum said the school was sending a letter to the NCAA saying the school would be withdrawing from the conference and would no longer have an athletics program. Instead, the school plans to expand wellness programs and renovate fitness facilities.David Ridpath, an associate professor of sports administration at Ohio University, called the announcement eye-catching and predicted it could serve as a model at similar schools.“I don’t really look at this as a complete anomaly,” said Ridpath, who is also president-elect of the Drake Group, a national faculty organization advocating for changes in college athletics. “I think there might be other schools that try to get out of the rat race and get back to the original view of we need to worry about the mind and body of our students.”Spelman is unusually well-suited for such a move as it will likely face little uproar from alumni. Tatum acknowledged that Spelman’s student-athletes were disappointed when they were told last spring, but said she was hopeful it would not discourage them or future students.“They are passionate about what they do and want to keep doing it,” Tatum said. “Students who really want to be at Spelman will still come to Spelman. Athletics has been important to those students who have participated but to the overall campus community it has not been a major emphasis.”The cost of athletics can be particularly painful at HBCUs, which have struggled to maintain enrollment in recent years, due to the weak economy and tighter credit requirements that have made it harder for some of their often low-income students to get loans to pay for college.Earlier this month, all-male Morehouse College — Spelman’s sibling institution in Atlanta — announced it would furlough faculty and make other budget cuts due to lower-than-expected enrollment.The economics of college athletics vary widely from big-time programs to Division III schools where intercollegiate athletics are little more than another extracurricular activity. At most places, they lose money for the college and typically, schools say that’s fine. They argue there’s educational value in athletics, and they run all sorts of programs to benefit students that aren’t expected to pay for themselves, from jazz bands to the English department. It’s part of the college experience.But athletics are a part of the experience for only the tiny percentage of students who participate directly. According to the NCAA, there are about 400,000 student-athletes nationwide, but there are 18.6 million undergraduates.The median Division 1 athletic program, including those without football, is losing about $10 million annually, according to NCAA figures.At programs like Spelman, the losses are less severe but expenses are rising rapidly. For Division III schools with football programs, expenses from athletics have nearly doubled since 2004 to $2.9 million for the median school. At schools without football, such as Spelman, costs have more than doubled to about $1.4 million annually.At Spelman, the wellness initiative includes spending money to help renovate the school’s Read Hall, which was built in the 1950s, to make it a state-of-the-art fitness facility, with expanded hours and programs.“We are trying to meet students where they are in terms of their interest, but also helping them understand that the elements of wellness … are the kinds of things that are going to help them avoid the kinds of illnesses that are killing African-American women far too early,” Tatum said.(Justin Pope reported from Ann Arbor, Mich.)Follow Justin Pope at http://www.twitter.com/JustinPopeAPFollow Christina Almeida at http://www.twitter.com/almeidaaplast_img read more

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