Summer Sunday Lawn Concert

first_img Summer Sunday Lawn Concert WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook Museum of the SouthwestSummer Sunday Lawn ConcertMuseum of the Southwest, 1705 W. Missouri Ave., Midland, has scheduled a Summer Sunday Lawn Concert featuring Weatherstone from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday on the front lawn of the Turner Mansion.Concerts are family and pet-friendly. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and coolers. Food trucks will be onsite. Admission is free. Call 683-2882. By admin – June 9, 2018 Pinterest WhatsAppcenter_img Twitter Facebook Twitter Museum of the Southwest logo Previous article‘Pack the House’ to destroy barriersNext articleGOOD NEWS: Inaugural Artisan Art Walk Art Show Winners admin Local Newslast_img read more

Janet Jackson surprises UCLA gymnast after viral performance to singer’s tunes

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailKatharine Lotze/Getty ImagesBy ANGELINE JANE BERNABE, ABC News(NEW YORK) — UCLA gymnast Margzetta Frazier is wowing many on social media with her floor routine to some of Janet Jackson’s popular tunes — including the singer herself.Over the weekend, Jackson surprised Frazier with a FaceTime call before a meet against Utah.“You’re incredible,” Jackson told the 20-year-old college gymnast in their call, which was shared on Jackson’s Instagram. “I think you are incredible, I think you are beautiful … The routine you did was excellent. And to learn those steps?! You did them perfectly.”Frazier debuted her floor routine inspired by the singer’s music and choreography in January. Some of the choreography she incorporated included moves from the music videos of Jackson’s songs “If” and “Nasty.”Earlier this month, her performance of the routine earned a 9.925 out of 10, during a competition against Brigham Young University’s gymnastics team.Jackson commented on the routine saying, “#iLuvIT” with three heart emojis.#iLuvIT @IAmMargzetta!!!— Janet Jackson (@JanetJackson) February 11, 2021During their FaceTime call, Jackson told Frazier that her performance moved the singer to tears.“A friend sent me this video, and it was a video of you and the routine you did,” Jackson said. “When I watched it, I began to cry. I was so thankful to God for all that he has allowed me to do and given me and just to see the work that I’ve done — the young generation still having fun with it the way that I did and still do 35 years later.”“Thank you, because you inspire me,” Jackson added. “You really inspire me. Thank you so much for that inspiration, I think you are incredible.”Frazier, who was overwhelmed with tears during the conversation with her idol, replied and told Jackson, “You inspire me.”Jackson ended the call by wishing Frazier luck during her meet later that evening and said she hoped the gymnast would teach her some moves someday.“Keep doing it,” Jackson said. “Because you’re doing an incredible job. And good luck. All the best.”Frazier earned a 9.925 on the balance beam and a career-high vault score of 9.875 during UCLA’s meet against Utah, which helped UCLA finish with a season-best team total of 197.100. Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Written by February 22, 2021 /Sports News – National Janet Jackson surprises UCLA gymnast after viral performance to singer’s tunescenter_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

Horribly profitable Halloween

first_imgA major event in the US, Halloween has never had the same impact in the UK. But there are signs that this is changing, with the British public showing more interest in ghouls and ghosts.According to Steve McCann, technical baker for ingredients supplier Macphie, sales during the scaring season are soaring. “With the UK Halloween market growing by a staggering 25% year on year, many bakeries find that this is their strongest time of the year for novelty lines, even though it has a much shorter selling period than Christmas,” he says.”Halloween sales might stretch to a couple of weeks, compared with 8-12 weeks for Christmas. Both Christmas and Halloween have strong visual identities and are great opportunities for bakers to create excitement and revitalise existing lines to capture the imagination.”Halloween has a strong appeal to both children and adults, and has a much broader consumer base than say Valentine’s day, says McCann. “Everyone seems to get into the spirit of Halloween and most bakers enjoy the opportunity to come up with gruesome ideas in the most shocking colours.”So what does he look for in a Halloween idea? “Mainly we look for ideas that are simple to make but have a lot of visual impact. Bakers can make the most of the range of Macphie bakery ingredients available,” he says.For example, Macphie recommends starting with plain cake bases (such as Macphie’s Mississippi Muffin/Case Mix or Genoese Cake Mix) or cookies (such as Macphie’s American Soft Cookie Mix).Simply cut these into novelty shapes and top with quick and easy decorations. McCann says: “It’s important to keep the concepts grounded in practical reality. We know that people are pressed for time and don’t always have the finishing resources they’d like.”Childrens’ sweets can be used to finish some of the products, which are easily obtainable at any supermarket or sweet shop. There are a variety of plaques and toppers available.McCann says: “We also look for ideas that will appeal to both children and adults, with a sense of fun and an element of gruesomeness, because we know that these are the ideas that will walk out of the shop.”McCann says his ideas for Halloween tend to come from the traditional ghosts and ghouls Halloween themes. “Our marketeers research global databases for what’s new, what costumes themes are on the web and that kind of thing. They keep a list of ideas associated with Halloween. If you can work around these, you can’t go far wrong.”Despite the US tradition of celebrating Halloween, Macphie says the event actually originated in England. In nineteenth century All Souls’ Day parades, poor people begged for food and families gave them pastries called “soul cakes” in return for their promise to pray for the family’s dead relatives. The distribution of soul cakes was encouraged by the church as a way to replace the ancient practice of leaving food and wine for roaming spirits. n—-=== Let your imagination run wild ===n Use what is readily available to finish productsn Keep the final format simplen Produce fun, scary ideas that will appeal to children and adultsn Make sure to use Halloween-themed packaging to make things extra specialBride of Frankenstein and Frankenstein Cakes:Make up Macphie Genoese Cake Mix as per basic recipe. Deposit 5kg of batter into 18in x 30in tray. Bake at 180ºC (360ºF) for 40 minutes. When cool, cut into rectangles. Enrobe with 5th Avenue White Icing coloured with green food colouring. Create faces and hair with jelly sweets, Liquorice Allsorts and 5th Avenue Chocolate Icing. Use chocolate curls to create Frankenstein’s hair.Maggoty Muffins:Make up Mississippi Plain and Chocolate Muffin/Cake Mixes as per basic recipe. Add green food colouring to the plain batter as required. Gently blend the two batters together to create a marble effect. Deposit 85-90g of batter into paper cases on muffin trays. Bake at 185ºC (365ºF) for 30 minutes. When cool, decorate with jelly worms to create a scary maggoty effect.Trick or Treat Cookie Bags: A mixture of delicious “treat” cookies and unusual “trick” cookies for example: hot chilli flavour, which are surprisingly tasty!Make up Soft and Chewy Cookie Mix as per basic recipe. Blend in 10g of dried chilli per 1kg of powder mix. Deposit 75g of dough onto baking tray and bake at 170ºC (350ºF) for 14 minutes. Alternatively make up cookies using Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chunk, Oat & Raisin or Chocolate Cookie Mix.—-=== Halloween line-up ===last_img read more

Plimsoll seeks out ’hidden jewels’

first_imgAccording to business analyst Plimsoll Publishing, new technology can predict the success or failure of almost any proposed acquisition in the UK and Nor- thern Ireland.The technology, Valuations, Industry analysis, Business acquisitions (VIBE) draws on a database of information from the age of a firm’s directors to details about the company’s strengths and weaknesses.”We also identify the firms we describe as ’hidden jewels’, where the fees paid to directors have been distorting the profits for years,” said Plimsoll’s senior analyst David Pattison. “This is a package of key information that is not available anywhere else in a single document.”Each report is supplied via email, or CD or on a USB memory stick.last_img

Classic combination

first_imgWhy has nobody thought of it sooner? This is the first artisan bread and cheese emporium (at least that we know of), featuring a Paxton & Whitfield cheese concession.Ran Avidan, joint-managing director of Gail’s and its wholesale arm, The Bread Factory, had previously held talks with celebrated cheese shops La Fromagerie and Neal’s Yard before realising his dream with Paxton. It took five years to open seven stores “and get it right”.The company now plans to open four more this year and sustain that level of growth next year. Kitchen on view l The open kitchen area is continuously producing foods during the day, such as sandwiches, quiches and hot pastry for lunchtime; the main table then becomes more cakey in the afternoon. Viennoiserie is proved from frozen on-site. It has introduced a breakfast menu, made-to-order. All the gear, plenty of ideas l Essential kit: Sveba-Dahlen oven and La Marzocco coffee machine. “We’ve learned that if you buy cheap, you pay more in downtime and problems,” says Avidan. Heart of the matter l “Bread is the essence of what we do,” says Avidan. One feature is a central table, at the entrance in the middle of the shop. Products on offer will change during the day, beginning with morning goods. Playing it cool l This is the first Gail’s shop not to feature open fridges, “which I hate because they’re ugly”, says Avidan. The closed fridges, recessed into the walls, are bespoke and more energy-efficient. These are filled with frequently changed salad ranges and dips all of which are made by Gail’s/The Bread Factory.last_img read more

New bakery appointment at Jestic

first_imgThe foodservice equipment manufacturing company has announced that Steven Lamb will be its new bakery product manager. It said that the appointment was “to complement increased investment in the bakery sector”.Lamb previously worked at Benier UK, and has experience in establishing and managing independent bakeries across the midlands.He said of the appointment: “I’m confident that the ability to utilise my experience and apply my in-depth knowledge of the bakery sector will assist the business in establishing itself in this vibrant sector, and very much look forward to working as part of this forward thinking company.”Steve Loughton, managing director at Jestic, said: “In bringing Steven’s expertise to the team, we are able to maintain our current level of innovation in commercial bakery, one of our newer product sectors, and offering that to our customers is crucial in order to adhere to the Jestic ethos of ongoing excellent service.”Lamb will be working closely with Jestic’s design team to expand the company’s development kitchen, which will be extended to include a dedicated menu development area and testing facility for bakery customers.Last month, Jestic announced its expansion into the bakery sector.last_img read more

International Law Section sets forum for Canada

first_img September 1, 2002 Assistant Editor Regular News International Law Section sets forum for Canada International Law Section sets forum for Canada Amy K. Brown Assistant EditorMembers of The Florida Bar’s International Law Section will be traveling to the Great White North this month for their Fourth Annual Florida-Canada Forum, to be held in Montreal and Quebec, Canada.Beginning Friday, September 13 in Quebec City and wrapping up Monday, September 16 in Montreal, the conference offers several international business-oriented programs with speakers from France, Canada, and Florida.“We’re developing quite a good relationship with the Canadian Bar Association,” said Lucius Smejda, treasurer and CLE chair of the International Law Section. “This year they are really rolling out the red carpet for us.”On Friday, forum participants from Florida will join members of the Quebec Bar and the Versailles Bar in the Quebec 2002 Colloquium for a full day at the Château Frontenac in Quebec City centered on “The Challenge of Advising Financially Troubled Businesses.”“We’re trying to focus on the practical issues of the lawyer being involved,” said Smejda. “It’s very difficult because the corporation or business represents so many interested parties: clients, shareholders, officers, directors, employees. It’s a thorny thicket of problems.”One of the goals of the day is to look at the ethical rules in place to govern lawyers’ conduct in advising financially troubled businesses, and how new laws passed by Congress, including the “Public Company Accounting Reform and Investor Protection Act of 2002,” will affect lawyers’ involvement and the troubled businesses in general.The first session, from 9:30 to noon, will address how and when the legal advisor should intervene, whether to re-organize or re-establish the business, and the consequences of a business’ financial trouble for its associated companies.After lunch, participants will continue the seminar with a discussion of business ethics in the wake of the Enron scandal, a comparative analysis of professional legal ethics in various jurisdictions, and a look at multidisciplinary perspectives post-Enron scandal.“This is tied into Canada because U.S. accounting and legal rules apply so widely throughout the world,” Smejda said. “In this particular case, in Canada, there are firms who offer both accounting and legal services. In the case of companies that are financially troubled, that results in some very, very major conflicts of interest.. . . “Congress is moving to require complete separation in accounting firms between audit and management advisory services. Similarly, as this is happening in the accounting firms, the legal profession needs to look at this as well.”The group will participate in informal get-togethers and tours over the weekend, and on Monday, participants will travel to Montreal for two sessions.Monday morning’s session will focus on the International Civil Law Notary Practice in Canada and the United States, including relevant treaties and conventions and a panel to discuss specific case studies and best practices, and it will be held at the Montreal Notaries’ Chambers.“Civil law notaries are kind of super-lawyers,” said Smejda. “Florida is the first state (in the United States) that really created this special super-lawyer notary status.”Smejda, who is himself a civil law notary, said that such notaries are common in other countries, but have not existed in the United States for very long. Civil law notary status “allows Florida lawyers to create evidence to be used in foreign jurisdictions,” he said. “We can actually create evidentiary documents that have probative value in many of the 80 countries that have civil law notaries.”Participants also will discuss the Montreal International Financial Center — an onshore tax haven created when Canada and the Province of Quebec worked together to aggressively recruit international business to the area.Foreign financial institutions that locate offices in Montreal are entitled to a partial tax-free status, Smejda said. The Canadian government saw the success Miami found when it tried a similar approach, and, by making small changes in its tax code, Montreal created a desirable location for these large foreign-owned banks.“But, what Montreal is doing is much more aggressive than what we did (in Miami),” Smejda said. “They’re hoping to attract the international financial institutions that otherwise would go to the Bahamas (or to other areas in the Caribbean). . . and they’re succeeding.”For more information contact Lucius Smejda at (305) 358-9995, or Angela Froelich at (850) 561-5633 or at [email protected]last_img read more

10 ways to create attentive meetings

first_img 87SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Neen James Think force of nature. Boundless energy. Timely topics. Laugh out loud fun. Eye opening ideas. Take-aways that ACTUALLY create positive change.  Sound like what YOU’RE looking for? Then Motivational … Web: Details Ever sat in a meeting checking your email?Ever attended a meeting and wondered why you were there?Ever been frustrated by a badly run board meeting at your Credit Union?If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are not alone!When did it become OK to be rude in meetings or to be on our devices rather than pay attention? If you want to engage your team members, board members or participants in your next meeting here are ten strategies to help people pay attention and get faster results from your meetings.Publish the purpose of the meeting – in your meeting invitation explain the purpose in one sentence. Let everyone know what you will do and keep it action-oriented i.e. brainstorm, decide, determine next steps, finalize the project, debrief event. Be specific.Stop being rude – email is not more important than the meeting. Give participants a reason to pay attention and lead by example.Shorten meetings – instantly halve your meetings and see what happens. Stop wasting people’s time. If you host 60-minute meetings try 30 minutes, if you host 30 minutes try 15 minutes. People will thank you when you give them time back.Consider device free meetings – if you are brainstorming new ideas or handing a tough conversation ask people to put away devices to pay attention for short periods of time.Control side bar conversations, disruptive attendees and tangent conversations with his simple (and assertive) line ‘For the sake of time, let’s move on’ – keep the conversation moving.Cancel meetings – if you don’t have the decision maker or the information required to make a decision, cancel the meeting. If you don’t need to ask others to invest their minutes with you, give them back. People will appreciate you.Decline meetings – if you are unsure the purpose of the meeting or how you will add value to the meeting, say No. Yep, that’s right. No is a complete sentence. Decline the meeting. Be brave.Summarize actions before the meeting end – allocate owners and timeframes to actions and ask people to report back between meetings on progress. A meeting with no agreed outcomes is a waste of time.Listen with your eyes – show people you are listening to them by being involved in the conversation, asking relevant questions and probing for more answers. Use your body language to actively participate and pay attention.Read Death by Meetings – this brilliant book is one of the best I have ever read on this topic. It defines four styles of meetings and when to host them. Check it out.In a time of massive change, technology changing he pace we work and many Credit Unions wanting to get more out of less resources, one of the best things you can do is eliminate unnecessary meetings and run more efficient meetings. If someone gives you the gift of their attention in your meeting, honor them and make it worthwhile.last_img read more

Dutch retail scheme to replace TKP with Capgemini

first_imgUpperman said the scheme expects to get direct access to participant and employer data as well, rather than through periodical reporting.Capgemini would set up a dedicated “innovation line”, where both players would jointly test ideas for pensions provision, based on systems for client service developed by Capgemini for customers in other sectors, he added.Upperman suggested that Capgemini had also made an attractive offer financially, but emphasised that costs hadn’t been the primary driver for Detailhandel’s switch.“We will have a say in the set up of a new line for pensions provision based on the latest technology at Capgemini,” he said.Earlier this year, Capgemini confirmed that it was planning a proposal for pensions administration as well, joining a wider market trend. The €26bn Dutch pension fund for the retail sector (Detailhandel) has confirmed it will replace its provider TKP with ICT firm and consultancy Capgemini in 2021.The departure of the industry-wide scheme, with 1.2 million participants and pensioners, is a blow for the Groningen-based provider and a boost for Capgemini, which has attracted its first client for pensions provision.René Upperman, the scheme’s director, said that “the importance of technology is growing, and participants and employers have increasing expectations of our performance in this area.”A wider choice of tech options was a rason for the appointment, he confirmed. Rene Upperman at DetailhandelNew players on the market for pensions provision include Centric and RiskCo, also firms with an ICT background.Capgemini declined to provide additional information.Detailhandel had been with TKP since 2015, when it joined from Syntrus Achmea – Syntrus had to shed 100 jobs, while TKP was allowed to hire 120 new staff.In a response, TKP said it was disappointed about the decision of the sector scheme. It said that the problem wasn’t the quality of pensions provision, but “differing views” on the subject.It said that it would assess the impact on its organisation in the coming months, “as the departure of Detailhandel would significantly affect the deployment of people, processes as well as systems”.TKP added that it was likely to find alternative jobs for affected staff, as its parent company, insurer Aegon, would soon place the implementation of its pension plans with the provider.Currently, TKP is improving its digital services through a strategy called TKP Connect.Upperman described the programme as “excellent”, but emphasised that Detailhandel “had a different view”.TKP has also embarked on a strategic reorientation of its client portfolio, and has encouraged several smaller customers, including the pension funds of supervisor DNB and IBM Netherlands, to seek an alternative provider.TKP stated that the departure of Detailhandel wouldn’t change this approach.At the end of 2018, Detailhandel had 310,000 active participants, 103,000 pensioners as well as 812,000 deferred members. It includes 32,000 affiliated employers.last_img read more

Kiwis want more action on child poverty – but not higher taxes

first_imgNZ Herald 5 September 2014Most New Zealanders want more done to fix child poverty – but not if it means higher taxes to pay for it. A poll of 1013 people for the Child Poverty Action Group has found that 51 per cent of New Zealanders believe the current Government is not doing enough to address child poverty. Only 19 per cent believe it is doing enough. But only 36 per cent would be willing to pay higher taxes if that was necessary to reduce child poverty. A slightly higher number, 38 per cent, would not be willing to pay higher taxes if necessary, and 26 per cent were unsure. The poll was conducted by MMResearch from June 10-16 using an online panel designed to be representative of all adults aged 18-plus and has a margin of error of 3.1 per cent.…The poll found that 80 per cent of people agreed that child poverty is a problem in New Zealand. Only 13 per cent disagreed. They were then asked to write, unprompted, what they believed was the primary cause of child poverty. Answers were split evenly: 40 per cent listed economic factors such as low wages, unemployment and the widening gap between rich and poor; but another 40 per cent blamed the parents, listing factors such as neglect, not prioritising children, not budgeting, and spending too much on alcohol, cigarettes and drugs. Other suggestions included welfare, housing and political issues (12 per cent), uneducated parents (9 per cent) and having too many children (8 per cent). There was a clear age divide, with the numbers blaming parents rising from 29 per cent in the youngest age group (18-24) to 50 per cent in the oldest group (55-plus).…Only 18 per cent of Aucklanders said they personally knew any child living in poverty, compared with 23 per cent in the rest of the northern North Island, 28 per cent in the lower North Island and 30 per cent in the South Island.… Asked about the effectiveness of 11 suggested actions to reduce child poverty, there was most agreement (92 per cent) with the effectiveness of the Government’s policy of free doctors’ visits for children under 6, increasing to children under 13 from July 2015. The Labour Party also proposes free doctors’ visits for children under 13, while the Greens propose free visits until children turn 18.Other actions judged to be effective were: KidsCan’s programmes donating shoes and raincoats to children in low-decile schools (88 per cent), volunteers helping in schools and communities (88 per cent), targeting businesses to provide food (83 per cent), improvements to housing such as subsidised insulation (82 per cent) and Fonterra’s free milk in schools programme (79 per cent).None of these would require more taxpayer funding.Asked specifically whether four programmes should be available universally or only to a defined target group, 77 per cent supported universal free doctors’ visits for all children under 18 (19 per cent opposed), and 74 per cent supported Fonterra’s programme of universal free milk in schools (also 19 per cent opposed).But people were split 46 per cent each way on whether improvements to housing such as subsidised insulation should be available universally, as the Greens advocate, or only to a targeted group, as at present.Only 41 per cent supported Child Poverty Action’s key policy of universal tax credits for all children with young children, with 46 per cent supporting credits only for a targeted low-income group as at present. read more