Source: Floozie CookieFloozie CookieVegan cookie brand Floozie Cookie has launched an indulgent treat just in time for Valentine’s Day.Called the Devil’s Food Cake (£3.50), it is stuffed with cookies and cream ganache and adorned with heart-shaped sprinkles.The cookie is available for nationwide delivery or takeaway from its Covent Garden branch. Consumers can place their order via the Floozie Cookie website. Source: Bradfords BakersBelgian Chocolate Rose CupcakesBradfords BakersScotland-based Bradfords Bakers has launched a host of Valentine’s goodies, from cupcakes to hampers.The Belgian Chocolate Rose Cupcakes (£16.90/box of six) are made from a light Madeira sponge or rich chocolate cake. Topped with swirls of Belgian chocolate ganache or salted caramel frosting, they are hand decorated with Belgian chocolate flakes, raspberry crumble, cappuccino pearls, toffee crunch or tangy fruit purees.For breakfast in bed, couples can try the Breakfast Tea Tray (£24.90). The selection, which is presented on a re-usable wooden tray, includes flaky croissants, white chocolate and raspberry muffins, breakfast tea bags, Columbian medium roast coffee, strawberry jam and marmalade.Lovers can show their fun side with freshly baked ring doughnuts. Called Do-Nutty About You (£14.90/box of nine), they are dipped in white, milk or strawberry chocolate and decorated with a Valentine’s face or finished with chocolate shavings. Consumers can also personalise three doughnuts with a Valentine’s message.Each treat comes with a card so shoppers can add a personalised note. Source: Primrose BakeryBakeries are looking to spread the love this Valentine’s Day with an array of affectionate treats.Gail’s Bakery, Knead A Little Love and Primrose Bakery are among those to roll out a range of bakes such as heart-warming hampers, desirable doughnuts and rum-antic cupcakes.Krispy Kreme, Doughnut Time and Costa Coffee have already revealed their plans for Valentine’s Day, tapping into trends such as doughnuts and online shopping.Letterbox gifting and bitesize treats, meanwhile, were on for agenda for Lovingly Artisan, Waitrose and Paul Bakery.Here’s our pick of the latest NPD for 14 February: Source: Primrose BakeryPrimrose BakeryPrimrose Bakery has partnered with Bacardi Rum to launch a limited-edition cupcake & cocktails kit.Its Bacardi Rum-antic kit (£30) gives best friends and couples the chance to personalise six rum-flavoured cupcakes with a heartfelt message.Available in three varieties, the cupcakes are infused with Bacardi Coconut, Bacardi Raspberry or Bacardi Spice, the brand’s top selling rum blend. Each kit contains two of each variant.“We hope this collaboration with Primrose Bakery will equip people with what they need to have a bit of fun and share the love this Valentine’s Day whilst also introducing some new fans to our portfolio of delicious and versatile flavoured rums,” said Marie Peyto, UK brand director at Bacardi UK. Source: Knead A Little LoveKnead A Little LoveBalham-based Knead A Little Love has unveiled a Vegan Valentine’s Day Doughnut Box.Available for an rsp of £14, the indulgent box contains three new flavours.It includes: a peanut butter cream filled doughnut with a vegan honeycomb; a pink raspberry and rosewater filled doughnut, topped with fresh raspberries; and a vanilla and goji berry filled doughnut topped with fondant hearts.Decorated with edible rose petals and vegan chocolate coated strawberries, consumers can also personalise a message for a loved one.Couples can order the Vegan Valentine’s Day Doughnut Box via the Knead A Little Love website. Source: Gail’s BakeryChocolate Breakfast In Bed HamperGail’s BakeryGail’s Bakery has rolled out a range of chocolate-infused treats to share the love.Its Chocolate Breakfast in Bed Hamper (£30) is filled with a freshly baked chocolate sourdough, organic orange marmalade, Quicke’s whey butter, two pains au chocolat, Daily Dose freshly squeezed orange juice and Gail’s House Blend Coffee.The Hot Chocolate Afternoon Tea Hamper (£25) combines Islands’ 75% chocolate buttons which transform into hot chocolate, vanilla shortbread, two chocolate and cherry scones with Rodda’s fresh Cornish Clotted Cream and two flourless chocolate cakes.For something a bit different, shoppers can opt for Hot Lip Biscuits (£1.90). They are made with dark cocoa powder and icing using natural colouring from purple carrots.All products are available for takeaway in store or via the Gail’s Bakery website.
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on May 5, 2019 at 9:46 pm Contact Anthony: [email protected] The end of the academic school year doesn’t mean it’s the end of the Syracuse sports season. Several Syracuse teams are still finishing up their seasons throughout the month of May and into June.Here’s a look at the Syracuse teams to watch out for as they enter and continue postseason play:Men’s Lacrosse No. 10 Syracuse (9-4, 2-2 Atlantic Coast) received a No. 9 seed in the NCAA tournament field. The Orange will play No. 8 seed Loyola (Maryland) on Saturday. Faceoff is set for 12 p.m. at Loyola.If the Orange were to advance, they would play in the NCAA quarterfinals at either Hofstra or Fairfield University the following weekend. Their most likely opponent is No. 1 seed Penn State, but they could face either Marist or UMBC, if the winner of the play-in upset the Nittany Lions.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textShould the Orange find themselves in the semifinals, they would head to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for championship weekend on May 25 and 27.Women’s lacrosse No. 4 Syracuse (15-4, 5-2) lost in the semifinals of the ACC tournament to then-No. 1 Boston College. Now, like the men’s team, the Orange are headed to the NCAA tournament. SU received a No. 5 seed, meaning they received a first-round bye. Syracuse will play on May 12 in the Carrier Dome against either Penn or Georgetown. If they win that, its most likely opponent is No. 4 seed Northwestern, which the Orange would play in Evanston, Illinois on May 18-19.The national semifinals and championship are set for May 25 and May 27 at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore.Tennis No. 31 Syracuse’s season came to an end as a team on Saturday after No. 3 seed Stanford defeated the Orange 4-1. SU picked up a win over No. 35 Wisconsin on Friday.Gabriela Knutson was the only Syracuse player invited to the individual NCAA Championships for singles or doubles. She’ll compete in the singles tournament, earning a bid as a 9-16 seed. The full bracket has not been released, but the tournament begins May 20 in Orlando.SoftballSyracuse (21-31, 8-16) is headed to the ACC tournament as a No. 9 seed. The Orange will play in the opening round of the tournament on Wednesday against No. 8 seed North Carolina State at 1 p.m. SU beat NC State in two of the team’s three games this season.If the Orange win, they’ll play Thursday at 11 a.m. against No. 1 seed Virginia Tech.Given the SU record, it’s very unlikely the Orange will make the NCAA tournament, unless they win four games in four days and earn an automatic qualifier spot by winning the conference tournament.Track and FieldSyracuse athletes will travel to Charlottesville, Virginia, for the ACC Championships from May 9-11. The National Championships are set for Austin, Texas from June 5-8. Comments
By The Nelson Daily SportsAt the beginning of the season LVR coach Val Gibson wondered if the Bombers would ever win a game.The squad did more than just snap out of a losing streak.LVR completed the Cinderella run by defeating Grand Forks Wolves 31-23 in the final to claim the West Kootenay Junior Girl’s Basketball Championship last week at the J. Lloyd Crowe gym in Trail.“It was an incredible high to end the season,” said Gibson after the surprising victory.LVR entered the tournament ranked third. And it didn’t look good for the Bombers playing the top-ranked Wolves.But Gibson employed a zone press picked up from former coach Lorne Wuori that totally frustrated the Wolves, allowing LVR to build a 23-7 first half lead.“Defence always wins games,” Gibson exclaimed.“The Wolves fought their way back in again the Bomber’s more inexperienced players, but the LVR team would not give up,” Gibson added.The Big Three for LVR, Devyn Parker, Jayden Roch and Lynnea Carr led the way with eight and six points, respectively.Kyley Mirva added five for LVR.LVR opened the tournament by stopping Stanley Humphries Rockers 42-19. Roch scored 12 points to pace LVR while Mirva and Carr each had 10.The win advanced the Bombers to the semi final where LVR held off a pesky Rossland Royals team to win 38-31.The teams combined for 40 fouls in the tough, hard-fought game. Carr had a breakout game with 16 points while Parker had nine.OVERTIME: The Big Three, Devyn Parker, Jayden Roch and Lynnea Carr, were busy last week. Not only did the trio pace LVR to the Junior title, but the three players also traveled to Grand Forks Friday to help the Senior Bombers at the Kootenay High School AA Girl’s Zone Basketball Tournament. Parker, Roch and Carr were all in the lineup for LVR against Prince Charles Comets, helping the Bombers to an easy [email protected]
23 June 2014The board of directors of Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Friday announced further steps to drive its transformation initiatives, targeting black African players specifically.In the upcoming season, local franchises will have to field at least five players of colour, two of them black Africans, in all competitionsTeams playing in semi-professional competitions will be required to field at least six players of colour, three of whom must be black Africans.This means the target for players of colour that has been in place for the past 10 years will be increased by one in 2014/15.‘Quality playing opportunities’“CSA is determined to grow the pool of black African players by ensuring there is quality playing opportunities for such players in all forms of cricket,” CSA Chief Executive Officer Haroon Lorgat said in a statement.“Having studied the results from last season’s experience, we have decided to increase the minimum number of players of colour by one.“It is a fact that we have still not succeeded in unlocking the vast cricket talent among black African people and next season we will expect the affiliate and franchise Presidents, CEOs and their coaches to assume direct responsibility to do so.”Women’s cricketIn a boost for women’s cricket, CSA said it had also decided to more than double the number of national professional contracts awarded to members of the Momentum National Women’s squad.“Last season we had for the first time awarded contracts to six of our top women players and, together with the intensive training programmes at the High Performance Centre, this played a major role in the impressive results we achieved at the ICC World Twenty20, when we reached the semi-finals,” Lorgat said.“We will now increase the number of national contracts to 14, which will enable us to have a full-time professional squad of players. I would like to thank our women’ team sponsor, Momentum, for their vision and ongoing support which has made this possible.”Future sustainabilityThe Board also held a joint meeting with the Members’ Forum, with the key point of discussion being the future sustainability and growth of the game in South Africa. CSA management presented a new operating model to ensure sustainable advancement of the game in future.“The joint meeting accepted in principle that we cannot sit back and do nothing while the sustainability and growth of the game is under threat,” Chris Nenzani, the Chairman of the Board and President of CSA said.“This new model is intended to guide CSA, its affiliates, associates, franchises and stadia on how to optimally apply and allocate its resources to deliver on its strategies whilst sustaining itself in the process.“The operational model is a work in progress at the moment, but everybody is agreed that it is a matter of urgency,” he concluded.ProposalsSome of the proposals discussed included activity-based funding, centralising and/or consolidating of certain activities to take advantage of economies of scale and to grade stadia.As part of the exercise, the CSA Board also confirmed, in principle, a proposal to introduce a new knock-out style T20 competition while reducing the number of matches played (from 13 to 10) by the semi-professional teams.The competition will be contested by all the provincial affiliates and consideration will also be given to inviting teams from several African countries.“It is critical for us to re-engineer ourselves to ensure future sustainability and growth and in this process we will search for a new sponsorship to launch this competition in the coming season,” Lorgat said.SAinfo reporter
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool veteran Milner: Newcastle clash always excitingby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool veteran James Milner is looking forward to facing Newcastle United today.Milner moved from Leeds to Newcastle in 2004 and enjoyed four years at St James’ Park, making 136 appearances across all competitions. He made no secrets about his excitement of facing his former team on Boxing Day.”It’s an exciting fixture,” he said. “The amount of goals and classic games you see. Two clubs who are very well supported so there’s always a great atmosphere at the game.”I think you always want to see your former clubs doing well. People want to see Newcastle doing well.”It’s a great football club, very well supported and when things are going well in that city, the fans get behind them and you feel that momentum everywhere you go.”
WASHINGTON – The U.S. trade deficit widened for the second straight month in July, reaching the highest level since February, as imports hit an all-time high. The deficit in goods with China and the European Union set records.The Commerce Department said Wednesday that the deficit in goods and services — the difference between what America sells and what it buys from other countries — rose to $50.1 billion in July from $45.7 billion in June. Exports slipped 1 per cent to $211.1 billion. Imports increased 0.9 per cent to a record $261.2 billion on increased purchases of trucks and computers.The deficit rose despite efforts by President Donald Trump to bring it down by renegotiating trade agreements and imposing taxes on imports.The United States has already slapped tariffs on $50 billion in Chinese goods in a dispute over Beijing’s aggressive efforts to challenge American technological dominance. It is taxing imported steel and aluminum and may target auto imports next, causing a rift with the EU. Trump also has threatened to exclude Canada from a revamped North American trade agreement.So far, the president’s aggressive policies have had little impact on the trade numbers. The goods deficit with China rose 10 per cent in July to a record $36.8 billion. The gap with the EU shot up 50 per cent to a record $17.6 billion and with Canada nearly 58 per cent to $3.1 billion. The July deficit with Mexico, though, plunged 25 per cent to $5.5 billion.So far this year, the trade deficit is up 7 per cent from January-July 2017.Trump views trade deficits as a sign of economic weakness, caused by bad trade deals and abusive behaviour by America’s trading partners.Mainstream economists blame persistent U.S. trade deficits on an economic reality that can’t be changed much by trade policy: Americans spend more than they produce, and imports fill the gap. The strong U.S. economy is also encouraging Americans to buy more foreign products.In July, the United States ran a deficit of $73.1 billion in goods such as cars and machinery, but recorded a surplus of more than $23 billon in services such as education and banking.
VICTORIA, B.C. – The Province of British Columbia, with support from the Federal Government, will be taking steps to ensure that people who live and work in Northern B.C. continue to have access to inter-city bus services.As directed by the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, B.C. Transit is conducting a competitive process to extend northern inter-city bus services through to March 31, 2021.According to the Government, the request for proposal aims to select one or more qualified transportation providers to operate on the four routes currently serviced by B.C. Bus North. The Province says the RFP will remain open on BCBid until August 22, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. Pacific time.Respondents are asked to state conditions that would lead to the inter-city transportation service to operate without government subsidies.All inquiries from interested parties are to be directed to B.C. Transit as outlined in the RFP.For more information, you can visit the BCBid website.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday ordered closure of a banquet hall, which is situated below Raja Garden flyover in west Delhi, with effect from March 30 saying it is a “traffic hazard”. A bench of Justices Arun Mishra and Deepak Gupta observed that the apex court-mandated monitoring committee on sealing of unauthorised constructions in the national capital has also said that the banquet hall was being operated in violation of provisions of Master Plan of Delhi-2021 and building bye-laws. Master Plan of Delhi-2021 is a blueprint for urban planning and expansion in the metropolis to ensure overall development. Senior advocate Ranjit Kumar, assisting the top court as an amicus curiae in the Delhi sealing, told the bench that the banquet hall below Raja Garden flyover should be closed down as it was creating traffic problem there.
Last week, we told you the U.S. had a 1.2 percent chance of winning the World Cup. The odds of that dream have dropped by half since then, without the U.S. playing a match: Underdogs like the U.S. have come oh so close before without winning a match in the knockout stage.Argentina vs. Switzerland, 12 p.m. EDTU.S. vs. Belgium, 4 p.m. EDTIn briefSee our World Cup predictions for the latest probabilities.In depthHeading into Tuesday, the last day of the Round of 16, six group leaders have played six group runners-up in the knockout stage. Nearly every match has been close-fought and competitive. Brazil and Costa Rica needed penalty kicks to advance. Germany went to added extra time. The Dutch needed to come from behind in the final minutes. And France was locked in a scoreless battle until the final 20 minutes.Yet in every case, the group leaders won.That’s bad news for the U.S. and Switzerland, the two remaining group runners-up, for two reasons: First, if they do manage to upset Belgium and Argentina, respectively, difficult opponents await. In their half of the draw is the Netherlands, sixth in the world in ESPN’s Soccer Power Index ratings. If they somehow reach the final, one of the world’s top five teams awaits.The second reason is that by winning, all the soccer powers have demonstrated they’re even better than previously thought, making it even less likely that a solid but not elite team such as the U.S. could upset them.Add to that a tweak to our model late last week, to account for the advantage favorites have in added extra time and penalty kicks, and the U.S. team’s chances of winning the Cup have dropped to 0.6 percent, from 1.2 percent after last week’s match against Germany. Switzerland’s chances have dropped to 0.7 percent from 0.9 percent after its previous match.Winning the Cup was always a long shot for these two teams, though. Reaching the quarters would be a good result for either one. And the U.S. has the better chance. It gets Belgium, the second weakest of the eight group winners, in the late match Tuesday. The U.S. has a 41 percent chance of winning. That’s nearly double Switzerland’s 23 percent chance of upsetting Lionel Messi and Argentina.Drawing Belgium in the Round of 16 was the U.S.’s reward for making it out of one of the toughest groups. Belgium advanced to the World Cup out of one of the weakest European qualifying groups, then won the weakest World Cup group. It remains a formidable opponent and is better than the U.S., with high-priced talent on its roster, much of it familiar to English Premier League fans. But Belgium is a tier or three beneath tournament favorite Brazil. After nearly beating Portugal and nearly equalizing late against Germany, the U.S. shouldn’t fear another European opponent.Switzerland, meanwhile, will attempt to earn what would be only Europe’s third win in 10 tries against South American opponents at this World Cup. The Swiss have one of the two wins so far, over Ecuador. (The Netherlands has the other, over Chile.) Ecuador is a far cry from Argentina, though. Messi has scored on four of his seven shots on target, all with his left foot. Switzerland might need Xherdan Shaqiri, who scored a hat trick against Honduras, to live up to his stretch of a nickname, “Alpine Messi,” to have a chance.YesterdayTwo Union of European Football Associations powers stamped tickets to the quarterfinals Monday thanks to substitutes. France beat Nigeria behind the influence of Antoine Griezmann, whereas it took an André Schürrle goal to finally open the scoring in Germany’s lively 2-1 extra-time win against Algeria.Olivier Giroud started at forward for France, but the French game really started when Griezmann replaced him in the 63rd minute. Giroud had 14 attacking-third touches and didn’t create a chance during a lackluster 62 minutes, but Griezmann provided the necessary spark. He had 12 attacking-third touches in 28 minutes, including a great scoring chance with a 1-2 ball to Karim Benzema in the 70th minute. In total, the French created six chances in the first 62 minutes and five over the final 28, converting two for goals.Griezmann was the difference, though he did not officially figure in either goal. His best “shot” was an 84th-minute close-range strike that required a reaction save from Nigerian goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama. Enyeama left the tournament with a competition-best 21 saves over Nigeria’s four matches. Although it wasn’t a shot, Griezmann’s near-post run in the first minute of stoppage time produced a goal officially credited as a Joseph Yobo own goal.The Germans, meanwhile, did not lack for attacking possession throughout Monday’s match, posting a 246-90 advantage on touches in the attacking third. In the first 90 minutes, Germany completed almost four times as many passes into the attacking third as the Algerians (125-32), but it couldn’t convert a massive advantage in chances created (18-5) into a regulation winner.Two minutes into extra time, Schürrle put the Germans ahead. He actually hit the ball on his near-post run (as opposed to Griezmann), and Schürrle was credited for the goal. But the result was the same in both cases.Mesut Özil scored later in the extra time, and that proved to be the eventual game-winner, though Algeria scored before the final whistle. Abdelmoumene Djabou’s left-footed finish was the latest goal in World Cup history, but it wasn’t enough to prevent the Germans from facing France on July 4. — John Parolin, senior stats analyst, ESPNOff the pitchArgentina and Switzerland cooperate in a number of ways — investment protection, aviation, legal protection — but perhaps the most important aspect of their relationship is trade. According to data from the Observatory of Economic Complexity, Swiss exports to Argentina have increased significantly in recent years, from $187 million in 2005 to $1.06 billion in 2012, which is most likely because of an increase in bilateral trade agreements. A majority of those exports were health-related products and chemicals, at 62 percent. Watches made up 7 percent of the exports, chocolate comprised .22 percent, and milk and cheese was just .05 percent. Trade in the opposite direction has increased over time as well, but not to the same degree. Argentine exports to Switzerland totaled $121 million in 2005 and $627 million in 2012. Gold dominated at 79 percent, followed by wine, trucks/vans and bovine meat. — Hayley MunguiaFurther readingLionel Messi Is ImpossibleHas the U.S. Men’s National Team Plateaued?Stoppage Time Is Often Home-Cooked, Especially in the MLSThe Rise of the Red Devils