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Bakery designs pretzel for Pope

first_imgA GERMAN bakery has patented a Pope Benedict pretzel, in honour of the new head of the Catholic Church, the Bavarian Pope Benedict XVI. The special pretzel was invented by the Regensburg-based master baker, Georg Schindler and manufactured by German bakery company Backaldrin International.last_img

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why the customer is king Tony Phillips relates an experience from his days in fabric retailing, which illustrates the importance of understanding your customer

first_imgReading my paper the other day, the headline read “Third of over-50s having an affair”. That’s an awful lot of people and, as usual, I am not one of the in-group. This made me think of so many products that I read about and, when I try them, do not sell very well.Lines such as croissants and all those fancy breads have absolutely no volume with us. Could it be mainly in London and the home counties that they sell a lot? Or is the media just making a lot of noise trying to be trendy?Years ago, I started a dress fabric shop and ended up with a chain. We were making quite good money and I was in a trade which I knew very little about, but was keen to learn. As we became quite a reasonable size in the trade, we got to know more people who we presumed were very knowledgeable.Some of the buyers for the large London department stores used to hire a small plane to fly to Germany for a major show and they asked me to join them. Well, I listened to all their talk about what was in and what was out for the coming season and I felt that I was a real country hick. So I supposed they must be right and I should take their advice.This I did, but the only trouble was that while my shops were stocked with the very latest fashion fabrics, my profits and sales were not doing very well. This naturally gave me great concern, as I had become very attached to my standard of living, and the children kept wanting food.My ego was getting well massaged by mixing with these important people, and posh ladies would come into my shops and tell me how wonderful it was to see such up-to-date fabrics in their town. Then it dawned on me that these people were talking a lot, but not spending a lot.In those far-off days, the majority of people made dresses to save money and they were the ones that spent money on fabric. The fashion-conscious women were very few and far between and you didn’t make money out of them. So you could say this was a perfect example of not knowing our market. This also applies to our bakery shops, which make what our customers want and buy – not simply what we like to make.Reverting back to the fabric days, some time later I was telling this story to the then managing director of Debenhams. He laughed and said: “Never take any notice of my London buyers; they only have to buy a design in every colour and they are bound to sell it with the volume of foot traffic we have. They would never make it in a small shop; many of them try and most fail.”This might be the case with all these bakery products we cannot sell; maybe it is only in London that they sell and London is not truly representative of our country. So we shall carry on asking advice from Waterfields and all the other successful bakers who are so generous in passing on their knowledge. Now that my MD, Neville, has the privilege of being a member of the British Confectioners’ Association, it is like opening Pandora’s box – there is so much information generously given. nlast_img read more

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Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Announces Brooklyn Bowl Run

first_imgToday, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead has announced a three-night run at Brooklyn Bowl from March 8 through 10th, marking the band’s 27th, 28th, and 29th performances at the Williamsburg, New York venue. Furthermore, paired with the date announcement, the band also detailed a new policy they will be using for the run in an effort to deter scalping. As noted in the statement, “the digital delivery of your ticket .pdf will arrive by 1:00 PM EST the day of the show. Rest assured, you will receive a confirmation at time of purchase. … Once again, we are doing everything in our power to make sure these tickets go to you, our fans.”Brooklyn Bowl is an integral part of Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s history, given that the project was originally conceived back in 2013 as a one-off project for the annual and long-running Freak’s Ball (organized by the famed Freaks List of New York). In the years since, the five-piece Grateful Dead-inspired act led by drummer Joe Russo has frequently returned to Brooklyn Bowl. In 2016, the group performed its first March run there, and the following year, in 2017, JRAD hosted a six-night residency at the venue across two weekends in March, which also coincided with the band’s celebration of its 100th show.For Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s third annual March Brooklyn Bowl runs, fans can hope to expect cameos, surprise or scheduled, given the history the group has at the site. In the past, the group has been joined by the likes of Oteil Burbridge, John Mayer, violinist Katie Jacoby, and guitarist Chris Hartford, as well as horn sections of varying sizes that frequently feature regular collaborator and multi-instrumentalist Stuart Bogie.Tickets for Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s upcoming Brooklyn Bowl run in March (Thursday, March 8th; Friday, March 9th; and Saturday, March 10th) go on pre-sale on Thursday, February 1st, at 12 p.m. (EST)—the pre-sale will be password protected, and the password will be posted on the band’s Facebook page at that time. The following day, on February 2nd, at 12 p.m. (EST), tickets will go on sale to the general public.[Photo: Stephen Olker]last_img read more

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Watch Members Of The Disco Biscuits, The Motet, More Cover INXS In Denver [Pro-Shot Video]

first_imgLast month, members of The Disco Biscuits, Lotus, The New Deal, Thievery Corporation, and The Motet joined forces with some of Denver’s favorite local players to once again blast off on the Dance Party Time Machine.From Elvis to Holy Ghost and everything in between, this one of a kind collaboration dazzled the sold-out crowd with an eclectic mix of dance party favorites ranging from old school disco and funk, to 80s pop, 90s hip hop, and even current day hit makers like Anderson .Paak.Watch Members Of The Disco Biscuits, Lotus, The Motet, More Cover The Crystal Method In Denver [Pro-Shot Video]After some serious electronic dance jams coming from TDB and friends, things took a turn towards the smooth with a cover of INXS‘s “Need You Tonight”, bringing a sexier vibe to the proceedings. This 80s classic had the crowd singing along and showing off their moves before a funked out jam whipped things into a frenzy. Check out the video for “Need You Tonight” along with the full setlist and show audio below.“Need You Tonight” (INXS) – Dance Party Time Machine[Video: J2G LIVE- Concerts, Events, Party Buses]Setlist: Dance Party Time Machine | Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom | Denver, CO | 3/29/19Set 1:Walk of Life (Dire Straits)Bam Bam (Sister Nancy)I’m Alright (Kenny Loggins)Golden Years (David Bowie)Rock Your Body (Justin Timberlake)Little Less Conversation (Elvis Presley)Party All The Time (Eddie Murphy)You’re So Gangster (Chromeo)Do It Again (Holy Ghost)Slippery People (Talking Heads)Dance Hall Days (Wang Chung)Rock The Casbah (The Clash)Set 2:Check Yo Self Medley (Ice Cube, Grandmaster Flash, and Puff Daddy)Ghetto Superstar (Pras ft ODB and Maya)Come Down (Anderson Paak)I Don’t Feel Like Dancin’ (Scissor Sisters)Everywhere (Fleetwood Mac)Better Off Alone (Alice DeeJay)Sweet Dreams (Eurythmics)If I Had No Loot (Tony Toni Tone)Need You Tonight (INXS)Busy Child (The Crystal Method)last_img read more

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Pick the Perfect Pumpkin

first_img“Most varieties we grow get to about 25 or 30 pounds at most,” Kelley said. “That’s about aslarge as people can comfortably handle for holiday decorating or preserving.” * Make sure the stem is attached. Infections can invade easily and cause rot. Many rotorganisms love sugar, and pumpkins are full of it. If the pumpkin you’ve picked will be your jack-o’-lantern, here are some hints: Different varieties have different shapes, colors and flesh thickness. Some are better forjack-o’-lantern carving. Larger pumpkins have thicker walls that may be harder to carve. It’s time to head to the patch to pick the perfect pumpkin. “Whenever prices go up in any crop, farmers will plant more of it,” he said. Don’t waste the flesh. “It can turn into an outing,” Kelley said. “Take a family trip to the pumpkin patch beforeHalloween. See the sights and fall leaves. Make a day of it.” This year you may have a better selection. But even the extra acres won’t meet Georgians’ demand for pumpkins. Kelley said marketsusually import pumpkins from the Midwest and Great Lakes area, where a bad growing seasonin 1995 boosted market prices. * Choose a pumpkin that’s not damaged and is evenly firm. Check it all over for nicks, cuts,pits or soft spots that can lead to rotting and discoloration. The world-record pumpkin, grown in Ontario, Canada, weighed in at 990 pounds. TheSoutheast’s weather favors diseases that damage or destroy pumpkins before they reachmammoth size. “We estimate there are about 500 acres of pumpkins in the state this year, up from about 350two years ago,” Kelley said. “Figuring about 1,500 pumpkins per acre, that’s 750,000potential jack-o’-lanterns.”center_img Pie pumpkins are usually smaller, running four to five pounds each. “Their flesh is thicker andmore dense. And they’re sweeter,” Kelley said. No matter the type of pumpkin you want, Kelley suggests you select and store it carefully. Growers are also trying innovative marketing ideas in the pumpkin patch. They range fromhay rides and petting zoos to displays of novelty vegetables, such as ornamental pumpkins,gourds and popcorn. If you plan to preserve your pumpkin, decorate it with nontoxic paints, markers or stickers.The cut flesh will dry out quickly and can rot more easily, making it unfit for canning orfreezing. You also can find pumpkins at roadside stands or farmers’ markets. The price varies by size,type, color and when you buy. Pumpkin is rich in vitamin A and potassium. One-half cup of cooked pumpkin provides morethan the recommended daily allowance of vitamin A. And one cup of cooked pumpkincontains only 81 calories. It’s low in fat and sodium, too. “Georgia farmers planted almost half again as many pumpkins this year as in 1994,” saidTerry Kelley, a horticulturist with the University of Georgia Extension Service. Use a sharp, clean knife to cut open the pumpkin. Then clean out the pulp and rinse the cavity.Use a paring knife to carve the jack-o’-lantern features. * Store it carefully, especially if you pick it from the vine yourself. Cure a fresh-pickedpumpkin by keeping it in a dry place. Don’t handle or disturb it. Curing toughens the rind,making it less prone to rot. If it’s size you want, don’t expect the Great Pumpkin to appear in any Georgia fields. As the fall holidays near, Georgia growers strive to provide perfect pumpkins. “Roadsidestands and farmers’ markets will probably have the best deals on pumpkins,” Kelley said. “Butprices almost always rise the closer to Halloween it gets.”last_img read more

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Coal-heavy Missouri utility gets OK to move ahead with 400MW wind farm

first_imgCoal-heavy Missouri utility gets OK to move ahead with 400MW wind farm FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享St. Louis Post-Dispatch:A proposed wind farm that Ameren has said would be the largest in Missouri cleared a key regulatory hurdle Wednesday when state officials at the Public Service Commission approved the agreement to build the facility.The 400-megawatt High Prairie Wind Farm would be in Schuyler and Adair counties, in northeastern Missouri. Initially announced in May, Ameren said the project represented the company’s “first major step” toward meeting renewable energy goals it made in late 2017 that aim to have wind power account for about 10 percent of its electricity generation by the end of 2020. The vast majority of the company’s generation currently comes from coal and nuclear power.Ameren said in a statement that “more milestones remain for the northeast Missouri facility,” such as “obtaining a timely and acceptable” agreement on transmission interconnection with the Midcontinent Independent System Operator, or MISO — the regional manager of the electric grid.Earlier this week, the utility said it had reached a separate agreement to develop another wind farm in Atchison County, in northwest Missouri. That 157-megawatt project is expected to be operational in 2020.More: Ameren’s proposed northeast Missouri wind farm gets authorization from state regulatorslast_img read more

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Guatemala Provides Air Support to Costa Rica to Put Out Forest Fire

first_img The Guatemalan Air Force will provide a helicopter to help combat the fire that has been affecting Costa Rica’s Chirripó National Park for the last week and has consumed 150 hectares of valuable forest, the National Emergency Commission (CNE) announced on March 4. The helicopter will serve to drop loads of water from the air and to transport personnel working on containing the fire on the ground, among other logistical aspects, the CNE explained. The Costa Rican government requested the help of friendly countries in combating the fire in this national park, located in the Southern Pacific region, following a week of efforts that proved insufficient to halt the advance of the flames. At the moment, “the fire is sustained, and work is now prioritizing control and liquidation,” for which the Guatemalan air support will be decisive, the CNE indicated. Chirripó National Park, in the Talamanca mountain range, is the home of the peak of the same name, the country’s highest at 3,820 meters. The area, protected by law, contains a variety of climate environments, from the highland ecosystem at the mountain’s peak to the humid tropical forest on its lower slopes, with valuable plant and animal species that run the risk of devastation. Given the absence of rain and the force of the winds, forest fires have increased in Costa Rica in the last three months, reaching a “historical record” of 27, according to matching figures from the CNE and the Corps of Firefighters. Nevertheless, the fire in Chirripó National Park is the year’s most extensive and destructive. By Dialogo March 06, 2012last_img read more

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Two Smugglers Arrested in Colombia with $80,000 in Their Stomachs

first_img A Colombian and a Venezuelan were busted with $40,000 hidden in each of their stomachs while trying to enter Colombia on flights from Costa Rica. This money laundering method has never been detected in the country, informed immigration officials on September 14. “Until now, we have only detected several cases of drug ingestion aimed at leaving the country,” Wilson Patiño, regional director of Immigration Services at the Antioquia Department (province) explained to AFP. Last week, both heavy-built men, ages 35 and 40, were detained separately during security checks performed at the Medellin International Airport, in the capital city of Antioquia. The Venezuelan national was detained on September 13, when immigration agents detected an unusual nervousness when they asked him about the purpose of his trip, said the Colombian Immigration Department in a statement. After a body scan, “we were able to detect the presence of foreign objects in his abdomen, to which the traveler acknowledged that he had swallowed 40 capsules with ten 100-dollar bills each,” according to the document. The Colombian national was arrested on September 16, also with $40,000 dollars hidden in his stomach and detected with the same technique. “Apparently, this action is perpetrated by a money laundering organization already established, since the same modus operandi was used in both instances, as well as the same route: from Tegucigalpa to San José, and from there to Medellin, where they deliver the money and leave,” Patiño described. It is strongly suspected that the money comes from drug trafficking, although it is possible that it came from other illegal activities, such as human or weapon trafficking. By Dialogo September 18, 2012last_img read more