British 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 Rum
DES MOINES — A program created by the Iowa Legislature in 2004 requires one-half percent of the gambling tax revenue from the state goes to 84 counties which don’t have a casino.Iowa Gaming Association president, Wes Ehrecke says the idea was the spread the wealth. “Making sure that all of the non-casino counties would also have a source of funding. And they established the qualified community county foundations,” Ehrecke says.Ehrecke gave a report on the 15 years of the County Endowment Fund last week to the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission. “There’s been 28,581 grants with $107 million provided — which has been extraordinary in each of these respective counties,” according to Ehrecke.He says the program allows the counties to create grants based on their needs. “They all have their own separate board of directors to decide the criteria,” Ehrecke says. “They each received approximately $125,000 last year. Which 25% goes into a permanent endowment. And over those 15 years — that has grown extensively.” The other 75 percent of the money is spent on grants each year.You can find out more about the endowment funds in your county at www.iowacommunityfoundations.org.
Bayern Munich 0 Hertha Berlin 0: Lewandowski’s run ends as leaders are held at home Rob Lancaster Last updated 1 year ago 00:27 2/25/18 Bongarts Bayern Munich saw their winning run end at 14 games as they drew a blank at home against Hertha Berlin. Robert Lewandowski failed to score for a record 12th successive Bundesliga home game as Bayern Munich’s winning streak ended with a 0-0 draw against Hertha Berlin.Fresh from scoring five against Besiktas in the Champions League on Tuesday, Bayern drew a blank for the first time since a 3-0 European defeat at Paris Saint-Germain that cost former manager Carlos Ancelotti his job.Lewandowski – who had tied Jupp Heynckes’ scoring record with a goal against Schalke last time out on home turf – had opportunities to continue his streak at the Allianz Arena, only to be thwarted by Hertha goalkeeper Rune Jarstein. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The visitors also defended in stoic fashion as they played the role of party poopers to perfection, in the process recording a third successive clean sheet on their travels.Despite their failure to secure a club record 15th straight victory, Bayern still extended their lead at the summit to 20 points, albeit nearest rivals Borussia Dortmund can cut into that gap when they host Augsburg on Monday.#FCBBSC pic.twitter.com/Tks8LpAE2j — FC Bayern München (@FCBayern) February 24, 2018 When the teams had met in Berlin last October, Bayern surrendered a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 in their first outing following the departure of Ancelotti.Heynckes wasn’t in charge on that occasion, but the veteran coach has engineered such a stunning turnaround in the club’s on-field fortunes that it’s now a case of when, rather than if, Bayern secure a record-breaking sixth successive Bundesliga title.The 72-year-old – who missed the home win over Schalke on February 10 due to illness – recalled Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben as he shuffled his pack on Saturday, though all eyes were firmly focused on Lewandowski’s record attempt.The Poland international twice went close to creating history before the interval, with Jarstein keeping out a close-range header before then combining with defender Jordan Torunarigha to snuff out a one-on-one opportunity set up by Thomas Muller’s first-time throughball.Home matches of Robert Lewandowski for @FCBayern this #Bundesliga season:#FCBSCB #MiaSanMia — Gracenote Live (@GracenoteLive) February 24, 2018 Torunarigha was also in the right place to hack clear when Mats Hummels inadvertently deflected Javi Martinez’s driven cross towards the goal, while Ribery carelessly blasted over as Bayern endured a frustrating first 45 minutes.Jarstein continued to keep Lewandowski at bay after the break, anticipating well to grasp hold of a curling attempt on one of the few occasions the forward had escaped the attentions of the impressive Torunarigha.David Alaba saw a curling free-kick from 20 yards out turned away in acrobatic fashion as Bayern’s frustrations grew with each passing minute the game remained scoreless.Heynckes sent on Kingsley Coman, Sandro Wagner and Arturo Vidal in an attempt to find a breakthrough, though when the first of the three substitutes quickly picked up an injury, Bayern were effectively reduced to 10 men for the remainder of the contest.Still, Robben saw a set-piece strike kept out by Jarstein during stoppage time as Hertha held firm through to the final whistle to claim an unlikely point. read more