British Baker’s Christmas Stars 2019 winners revealed

first_imgBritish Baker is delighted to announce the winning products in the 2019 Christmas Stars competition!Bakery experts judged dozens of festive products across eight categories, including mince pies, Christmas pudding and free-from.The winners and runners-up in each of these will be able to use the ‘Winner’ or ‘Highly Commended’ logo on all marketing materials and packs.All entries were scored ‘blind’, with judges initially unaware of the identity of the manufacturer or retailer of the products. Products were scored on a range of criteria including appearance, taste, aroma and value for money as well as innovation.“Once again, the standard of products judged in this year’s Christmas Stars awards was extremely high,” said British Baker deputy editor Amy North. “Retailers and their suppliers continue to offer festive shoppers great innovation, quality and value for money.”Christmas Cakes, Pastries & TartsWinner: Aldi Specially Selected Exquisite Christmas Cake SelectionHighly Commended: Lidl Chocolate Orange Muffin. Supplied by Cherrytree BakeryChristmas PuddingsWinner: Aldi Specially Selected 18 Month Matured Christmas PuddingHighly Commended: Aldi Specially Selected Golden Topped Christmas Wreath PuddingFestive Biscuits (Sweet & Savoury) including GingerbreadWinner: Aldi Specially Selected Charcoal & Cranberry CrackersFestive Bread including PanettoneWinner: Lidl Caramelised Red Onion & French Camembert Doughball Wreath. Supplied by Crust & Crumb BakeryHighly Commended: Lidl Turkey, Brie & Cranberry Festive Feast Hand-Stretched Sourdough Pizza. Supplied by Crust & Crumb BakeryFestive Savoury Pies & PastriesWinner: PieWich Chicken, Cranberries and Walnuts. Supplied by The Russian Food CompanyFree from Christmas BakeryWinner: Costa Black and White Wreath Cake. Supplied by CSM Bakery SolutionsHighly Commended: Co-op Free From Irresistible Hand Finished Yule Logs. Supplied by CSM Bakery SolutionsMince Pies (Sponsored by Flemings Zeelandia)Winner: Aldi Specially Selected Exquisite Mince PiesHighly Commended: Asda Extra Special Luxury Mince PiesStollenWinner: Aldi Specially Selected Stollen with Jamaican Rumlast_img read more

Allseas Buys Dutch OTEC Firm

first_imgSwiss marine contractor Allseas has acquired Bluerise, a specialist developer of Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) technology that delivers renewable energy solutions.Based in Delft, the Netherlands, Bluerise has been researching and developing OTEC technology for 9 years, designing systems that utilise the natural temperature difference in the ocean between cold deep water (5°C) and warm surface water (25°C) to generate clean electricity.Allseas will use its offshore expertise and record of deep-water technologies to advance Bluerise concepts and accelerate the implementation of OTEC technology for renewable energy projects.To remind, Bluerise was recently declared bankrupt by the court in Den-Haag.The company which last year partnered with Ecopower Lanka to build an ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC) project in Sri Lanka, filed for ‘suspension of payments’ due to the inability to pay the employees and its creditors.last_img read more

Japan goes small vs PH

first_imgSteam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours While Gilas Pilipinas and Chinese Taipei have enlisted services of centers as naturalized players, Group B mate Japan has included 6-foot-4 guard Ira Brown in its list of pool members submitted to Fiba (international basketball association) for the World Cup 2019 Asian Qualifiers starting Nov. 24.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Andray Blatche will return for another tour with the Filipinos, who will play the Japanese in the first round at Komazawa Olympic Park General Sports gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan.Brown plays for the Ryukyu Golden Kings in the Japanese B League and posted efficient numbers for the national team by leading Team Nippon in rebounds, steals and blocks in the 2016 Fiba Asia Challenge Cup in Tehran, Iran.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogBorn in Corsicana, Texas in the US, Brown went through a two-year period learning the Japanese language extensively. He currently resides in Tokyo.That was the last time that Brown played for Japan, which has a relatively tall team of homegrown talents led by the versatile Joji Takeuchi, a 6-foot-10 center who has a deft perimeter jumper and is agile to leave other big guns on the move. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Yuta Tabuse, a 5-foot-8 guard who saw action for the Phoenix Suns in the NBA and played against the Filipinos in the 2015 Jones Cup, is not in the roster initially submitted by the Japanese association.Team Philippines, ranked higher (30th) than Japan (43rd) and Chinese Taipei (57th) in the latest world rankings, will play the Taiwanese and a very familiar foe, Quincy Davis III, at Smart Araneta Coliseum on Nov. 27.The Filipinos are 1-1 with the Taiwanese in their last two clashes, with the Chinese Taipei victory happening in 2013 in Manila, 84-79, during the first round of the Fiba Asia Cup at Mall of Asia Arena.Team Philippines got back at the Taiwanese in the Jones Cup in front of a boisterous Taiwanese crowd, 88-72, with Filipino-German Christian Standhardinger and Mike Myers at the helm.Gilas played that game without its PBA veteran pool members led by June Mar Fajardo, Jason Castro, Terrence Romeo and Calvin Abueva.ADVERTISEMENT Falcons secure 3rd semis seat Blatche last played for the Philippines in the Southeast Asia Basketball Association (Seaba) Championship in Manila last May.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more

MICHAEL MURPHY NAMED IN STARTING LINE-UP FOR DONEGAL

first_imgMichael Murphy is to start against Derry at MacCumhaill Park in Ballybofey this afternoon.The Glenswilly man has been out for almost three months and it was thought unlikely that he would start.But Jim McGuinness has put out what appears to be his strongest squad possible to stave off the danger of neighbours Derry. Murphy has been named in midfield but it’s unlikely the big man will play there.Eamon McGee is also in but Rory Kavanagh has not been named in the starting line-up.Heavy rain has left conditions difficult at MacCumhaill Park.There has been huge traffic tailbacks as far as Drumkeen for the game as people leave it until the last minute to get to the game. WE will bring you updates form the game as it develops. MICHAEL MURPHY NAMED IN STARTING LINE-UP FOR DONEGAL was last modified: June 16th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Humboldt State men’s basketball unveils five-player recruiting class for 2016-17 season

first_imgARCATA >> Unlike some of the other teams in the California Collegiate Athletic Association, Humboldt State head coach Steve Kinder isn’t having to re-work the core of a team that made its return to the NCAA Tournament in March.There’s still all-conference point guard Malik Morgan, there’s still guards Tyras Rattler Jr. and Nikhil Lizotte. And then there’s the return of forward Calvin Young II.The spine of the team is unquestioned. But as Kinder put it after the season, he wants to add to an …last_img

Former Eureka High standout Soma Vainuku signs on with the Atlanta Falcons

first_imgFLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. >> Soma Vainuku is back in the league and he has his eyes on trying to lock down a starting spot for one of the best teams around.The former Eureka High standout was one of two fullbacks signed by the Atlanta Falcons on Tuesday as the reigning NFC champions look to fill the void left by the loss of Patrick DiMarco in free agency.DiMarco signed a four-year contract with Buffalo, leaving a void in the backfield. Derrick Coleman, the other fullback added by the Falcons, and …last_img

53rd Logger Classic tips off today

first_imgIf the Loggers needed an early season opportunity to get right after a pair of winless tournament appearances to start their season then they need look no further than their yearly home tournament, the 53rd annual Logger Classic, which tips off today.Eureka (0-6) is coming off a disappointing run at the Arcata Invitational Basketball Tournament last weekend which saw the Loggers — then still without their full compliment of players as several starters were in the midst of football season — …last_img

How Book Clubs Can Transform Your Social Media Strategy

first_img Topics: Originally published Jan 23, 2012 9:00:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Social Media Strategy Regardless, the activity has some fundamental aspects that can teach marketers how to effectively use social media for inbound marketing.1. Invite Interested ReadersIf you’re forming a book club, you’re likely to invite others who enjoy reading. Asking a friend who loathes opening any book (unless it has tons of pretty pictures in it) and would rather spend his/her day playing Mario Kart isn’t your best bet. Inviting members requires an understanding of who would want to participate.This is no different on social networks like Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, or Twitter. Your business can’t be all things to all people, but it can be one beneficial thing to a certain group of people. Search for users who will benefit and enjoy the content your social media account has to offer or that addresses their problems that your products/services can solve for them. Start targeting your social media updates toward these types of people to generate an active, engaged, and qualified following of potential customers.2. Pick the Right BookThere’s a big difference between picking a good book and picking the right book. A good book is subjective to the reader and won’t necessarily appeal to others. Book club organizers must understand their groups well enough to choose books that members will actually want to read.Similarly, businesses must have a grasp of what their audience wants to get out of following them in social channels. Just because a certain topic interests you, doesn’t mean it interests them. Put your feet in your ideal customers’ shoes by developing and understanding your business’ buyer personas, and share content and updates that truly speak to their needs and interests. If you want to delve into this further, just as a book club would allow its members to pick which book to read next, allow your fans to suggest which topics you should post about. Post a link to a brief survey or, for for instant feedback, tweet/post a quick question that asks folks what they’d be interested in learning about through your social presence.3. Prepare Discussion QuestionsWhen someone hosts a book club meeting, he/she doesn’t simply invite guests over and let them take charge of the event. The host must be prepared with questions and thoughts to commence and shape the conversation.This also holds true for the social sphere. Don’t just create a Facebook or Twitter account and assume that your fans will take hold–it won’t happen. Instead, prompt intriguing and thought-provoking questions that call on followers to respond and engage. This will help grow your reach and create a positive environment within your individual social media account. Fans will appreciate that you value their voice as much as your own.4. Participate in DialogueThe lamest book club members are those who join but sit silent during meetings. People want to hear each other’s opinions and ideas about the book; otherwise, members wouldn’t have been invited to join.When you start increasing your social media following, don’t let these users simply enjoy your company. Unless you share your voice with your followers, your company is worth squat. One great way to create awareness for your business is by participating in online exchanges. One place to do so, for example, is LinkedIn Groups. Find public groups that are discussing topics related to your business, and share your ideas there. Comment on discussions other members have started in the group (when relevant). This can help you become visible to a new audience while building yourself up as a thought leader and expert on a certain topic or industry.Miss participating in book clubs? Never been in one? Well how about trying an ‘ebook club!’ Join HubSpot for our fifth Twitter Chat tomorrow, January 24th, 3:30 PM ET. Our book club-inspired chat will discuss our ebook, An Introduction to Lead Generation. Read the ebook and come hear what fellow marketers have to say about it. Author Kipp Bodnar will attend to answer your burning questions on the topic. The hashtag to follow along is #InboundChat.Image Credit: Jukka Zittinglast_img read more

25 TEDTalk Quotes to Inspire You

first_imgHave you ever attended live or viewed an online TEDTalk? You know, those inspiring, funny, or fascinating talks from industry leaders and amazing people that take place around the world? Today, the TED nonprofit, which began in 1984 as an annual conference that brought together people from the technology, entertainment, and design industries, has launched TED Quotes, a web page on the TED.com website dedicated to featuring some of the best quotes from its TEDTalks.It’s a brilliant move; who doesn’t love a good, insighful quote? We’ve been scouring the TED Quotes today and wanted to highlight some of our favorite ones from the technology, internet, management, and business categories. These quotes are easily tweetable and Facebook sharable via the TED website, and they can make great additions to your presentations and other marketing content. Enjoy!TED Technology Quotes1) Clay Shirky: Time Warner has called and they want us all back on the couch, just consuming — not producing, not sharing — and we should say, ‘No.’ Tweet This! (Watch the TEDTalk)2) Ian Ritchie: [Tim Berners-Lee] told me about his proposed system called the ‘World Wide Web.’ And I thought, well, that’s got a pretentious name. Tweet This! (Watch the TEDTalk)3) Roger Ebert: Because of the rush of human knowledge, because of the digital revolution, I have a voice, and I do not need to scream. Tweet This! (Watch the TEDTalk)4) Evan Grant: Everything gives out some kind of data, whether it’s sound or smell or vibration. Tweet This! (Watch the TEDTalk)5) Aaron Koblin: An interface can be a powerful narrative device. And as we collect more and more personally and socially relevant data, we have an opportunity, and maybe even an obligation, to maintain [our] humanity and tell some amazing stories. Tweet This! (Watch the TEDTalk)6) Ze Frank: On street corners everywhere, people are looking at their cell phones, and it’s easy to dismiss this as some sort of bad trend in human culture. But the truth is life is being lived there. Tweet This! (Watch the TEDTalk)7) Nicholas Christakis: Social networks are these intricate things of beauty, and they’re so elaborate and so complex and so ubiquitous that one has to ask what purpose they serve. Tweet This! (Watch the TEDTalk)8) John Underkoffler: That’s the old way, that’s the old mantra: one machine, one human, one mouse, one screen. Well, that doesn’t really cut it anymore. Tweet This! (Watch the TEDTalk)9) David Agus Quoting Andy Grove: No technology will win. Technology itself will win. Tweet This! (Watch the TEDTalk)TED Internet Quotes10) Clay Shirky: We are in a world where most American citizens over the age of 12 share things with each other online. Tweet This! (Watch the TEDTalk)11) Joe Sabia: In 6,000 years of storytelling, [people have] gone from depicting hunting on cave walls to depicting Shakespeare on Facebook walls. Tweet This! (Watch the TEDTalk)12) Adam Ostrow: By the end of this year, there’ll be nearly a billion people on this planet that actively use social networking sites. The one thing that all of them have in common is that they’re going to die. Tweet This! (Watch the TEDTalk)13) Eli Pariser: Facebook was looking at which links I clicked on, and it was noticing that I was clicking more on my liberal friends’ links than on my conservative friends’ links. And without consulting me about it, it had edited them out. They disappeared. Tweet This! (Watch the TEDTalk)14) Eli Pariser: In a broadcast society, there were these gatekeepers, the editors, and they controlled the flows of information. Along came the Internet and it swept them out of the way, and it allowed all of us to connect together, and it was awesome. But that’s not actually what’s happening right now. Tweet This! (Watch the TEDTalk)15) Eli Pariser: Your filter bubble is your own personal, unique universe of information that you live in online. What’s in your filter bubble depends on who you are, and it depends on what you do. But you don’t decide what gets in — and more importantly, you don’t see what gets edited out. Tweet This! (Watch the TEDTalk)16) David McCandless: Data is the new soil, because for me, it feels like a fertile, creative medium. Over the years, online, we’ve laid down a huge amount of information and data, and we irrigate it with networks and connectivity, and it’s been worked and tilled by unpaid workers and governments. Tweet This! (Watch the TEDTalk)17) Stephen Lawler: We’re so constrained by browsing the Web, remembering URLs, saving favorites. As we move to search, we rely on the relevance rankings, the Web matching, the index crawling. But we want to use our brain! We want to navigate, explore, discover information. Tweet This! (Watch the TEDTalk)TED Management Quotes18) Stanley McChrystal: Leaders can let you fail and yet not let you be a failure. Tweet This! (Watch the TEDTalk)19) Elizabeth Lesser: Don’t persuade, defend or interrupt. Be curious, be conversational, be real. And listen. Tweet This! (Watch the TEDTalk)20) Jason Fried: [Facebook and Twitter] aren’t the real problems in the office. The real problems are what I like to call the M&Ms, the Managers and the Meetings. Tweet This! (Watch the TEDTalk)21) R.A. Mashelkar: An innovator is one who does not know it cannot be done. Tweet This! (Watch the TEDTalk)22) Simon Sinek: If you hire people just because they can do a job, they’ll work for your money. But if you hire people who believe what you believe, they’ll work for you with blood and sweat and tears. Tweet This! (Watch the TEDTalk)TED Business Quotes23) Jacek Utko: There is no reason — no practical reason — for newspapers to survive Tweet This! (Watch the TEDTalk)24) Tim Harford: Ten percent of American businesses disappear every year. … It’s far higher than the failure rate of, say, Americans. Ten percent of Americans don’t disappear every year. Which leads us to conclude American businesses fail faster than Americans, and therefore American businesses are evolving faster than Americans. Tweet This! (Watch the TEDTalk)25) Lisa Gansky: A brand is a voice and a product is a souvenir. Tweet This! (Watch the TEDTalk)Which TEDTalk quote inspires you the most? Topics: Marketing Experts Originally published Feb 14, 2012 5:00:00 PM, updated July 28 2017 Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

Should You Delete That? A Guide to Moderating Blog Comments

first_img Blogging Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack If you’re looking for a post that gives you the green light to delete those annoying comments you get on your blog, good news: This is the post for you.While some of the comments that make your blood boil will still be gracing your blog (see the section titled “Don’t Delete Even Though You Want To”), this post will explain which types of comments should be immediately deleted, and which ones you’re justified in deleting when you’re on the fence.Alright, ready to dive into the scary world of blog comments? Me too. Well, as ready as one can ever be.Definitely Delete1) Rude, Crude, and Offensive ContentEven if you didn’t write the rude, crude, or offensive content, you’re still responsible for ensuring it doesn’t live on your site. A couple years ago, we got an email from a blog reader who had stumbled upon an old post that was still receiving comments. She was writing to let us know that someone had left some unsavory content in the comments section, and that she thought we’d like to know — that was a truly appreciated email, because we didn’t want our site to harbor that kind of nastiness. Work hard to keep the filth off your site and rely on your community to help you monitor.Tip: You can try to pre-empt some of this by setting up commenter guidelines. Check out what the New York Times does — they go into a lot of detail on this page about how they deal with comments, and what they expect out of their commenters.2) Blatant SpamOf course, you should also get rid of obvious spam comments. You can use Akismet to block a lot of the spammy comments, but some will still get through. If you’re not sure what blatant spam looks like, here’s an example:And another:3) Secret SpamOoooh, what’s secret spam?!It’s a term I just made up to explain spam comments that, to the untrained eye, look like they might be legitimate. But they’re not. They’re spam written by someone with marginally more initiative than your garden-variety spam commenters. Here’s an example:Because the post on which the comment appeared was about brides, the comment kind of makes contextual sense. Except that it’s devoid of any actual content, and there’s anchor text pointing another website in a useless ploy to get inbound links. Other ways to identify secret spam include:Poor grammar (though this isn’t always an identifier … which you know if you’ve read any comments section, ever)Off-topic commentsOff-topic comments that find ways to weave in mentions of keywords that are only marginally related to the articleSometimes, it’s hard to tell the difference between secret spam and someone who just doesn’t know how to leave coherent comments, though — so you’ll have to use good judgment here. Which leads us to our next section … the gray area! (Who doesn’t love some confusing gray area?)Maybe Delete4) TrollersTrollers are people who leave comments on posts to try to get a rise out of either the author, or other commenters. The best practice for dealing with trolls comes down to one easy-to-remember phrase: Don’t feed the trolls. This means the more you engage with trolls, the bigger and stronger they become — that’s what they want! To get a rise out of you.So while some people would say you should definitely delete troll comments, sometimes this can incite trolls to get more aggressive with their commenting. As such, the best thing you can do with trolls is to just ignore their comments, unless it ventures into the rude, crude, or offensive bucket we discussed earlier.5) Another LanguageIf you’re getting comments in other languages, it’s hard to tell whether you should keep or delete the comment … because you can’t read it. If the comment looks like spam — the biggest hallmark would be links — go ahead and delete it. But it’s a good idea to plop the text into Google Translate to see whether the comment does contribute to the conversation. Who knows — you may have more international readers than you suspected!6) The Sales PitchSome comments are clearly someone in Marketing or Sales trying to get either leads, or an inbound link. Now, you may think these should be deleted because they’re completely self-serving, but sometimes, it’s just a commenter that’s trying to contribute who doesn’t know commenting etiquette. Consider the difference between this hypothetical comment:Check out http://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/how-long-should-your-blog-posts-be-faqAnd this real comment:You see how that second comment is actually helping someone out, and it doesn’t seem like a Sales or Marketing pitch? Well technically, that first hypothetical comment could have been doing the same thing. It just seemed really spammy-looking. If you’re about to delete a comment because it seems like someone’s simply shilling their own products or content, take a second to assess whether they’re just out of tune with commenting etiquette. They might actually have something helpful to contribute that simply isn’t presented properly.Don’t Delete Even Though You Want ToRemember earlier, when I talked about the comments that make your blood boil? Yeah, sometimes you have to keep those.I know, life’s unfair.When a commenter is argumentative — either with you or another commenter — it can make you feel a little tense or even infuriated. But healthy discussion (healthy is the operative word there) is what makes your blog an interesting place to comment. Don’t delete the dissenters, even if you think they’re wrong. Best-case scenario: They are wrong, and other commenters chime in to make it clear. Worst-case scenario: They’re right, and you now have a comments section where smart people can actually hang out and teach other things.Not too shabby either way, eh? Originally published Jan 3, 2014 11:32:00 AM, updated February 01 2017 Topics:last_img read more