There is less than a month left until the start of National Doughnut Week (NDW), but there’s still time to sign up and get involved. The week, sponsored by BakeMark UK, runs from 9-16 May and gives bakers the chance to benefit from boosting its doughnut sales as well as making money for charity.For every doughnut sold, a donation goes to The Children’s Trust – a charity that provides specific care, education and therapy for children with multiple disabilities.To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Trust, NDW aims to raise more than £50,000.Founder of NDW Christopher Freeman, of Dunn’s Bakery in Crouch End, North London, is encouraging craft bakers up and down the country to get involved.“In these days of difficult trading conditions and doom and gloom, this is a fun event that will raise the profile of high street craft bakers and raise money for the most severely challenged children in the UK. What’s stopping you?” says Freeman.Two employees from Dunn’s have also decided to don doughnut costumes and take part in this year’s Flora London Marathon on 26 April, in aid of The Children’s Trust.Mark Legg and his partner Mari Griffiths are running in the event to help raise awareness about National Doughnut Week.If you would like to sponsor Mark and Mari, please visit www.justgiving.com/marigriffiths1. Bakers can obtain registration forms for NDW from Christopher Freeman by calling or texting 07776 480 032, or emailing him at [email protected] You can also sign up online at www.nationaldoughnutweek.org.
Premier Foods, the manufacturer of Mr Kipling and Cadbury cakes, has revealed it is to write off its £8m investment in Hovis.The company said it would retain its 49% stake in the company and maintain the joint venture.British Baker has contacted Premier Foods as to the reasons behind the move and is awaiting a response.Premier Foods split off its bread business, including Hovis, in early 2014 to run as a separate joint venture with US company Gores Group.Meanwhile, Premier Foods has rejected two takeover bids from US spice brand company McCormick, which Premier said undervalued the company.An unsolicited offer of 52p per share on 12 February was followed by a higher offer of 60p on 14 March. McCormick now has until 20 April to make a higher offer, but Premier Foods refused to speculate on whether it would be receptive to such an approach.David Beever, Premier’s chairman, said: “McCormick’s proposal represents an attempt to capture the upside value embedded in Premier’s business that rightfully belongs to Premier’s shareholders.“The proposal fails to recognise the value of Premier’s performance to date and prospects for the future, including the strategic plans we have to accelerate growth.”Premier Foods owns many UK household brands, including Mr Kipling, Homepride, Oxo and Bisto.McCormick describes its products as “saving your world from boring food”.
1919: Willie Fisher and David Donaldson return from World War One and purchase a small bakery premises in Cupar, Fife1942: Fisher’s nephew, Alexander Milne, buys the business and a second shop opens1965: Alexander’s son Grant Milne takes over the business1975: Two of Grant’s sons, Sandy and Eric, join the business1996: Ben Milne leaves school and joins the firm full time2005: Bakery HQ moves to a new state-of-the-art facility in Cupar and Eric’s son, Ben, becomes bakery manager2019: The business celebrates its centenary year As Scottish bakery Fisher & Donaldson celebrates its centenary, director Ben Milne reveals the formula he believes will keep the business healthy for the next 100 years.From humble beginnings 100 years ago, with a small shop in Cupar, Fisher & Donaldson now has seven outlets across Fife and Tayside and a state-of-the-art bakery.Fisher & Donaldson began operating in 1919 after founders Willie Fisher and David Donaldson returned from war. The business was later purchased by Fisher’s nephew Alexander Milne, who had helped out in the bakery for many years, and has since passed through four generations of the Milne family.The business began with the purchase of a small premises in Fife, Scotland, followed in 1942 by a second in St Andrew’s that is now Fisher & Donaldson’s flagship store.In 1965, Alexander’s son Grant Milne took ownership of the business and expanded it into Dundee. Two of Grant’s five sons – Sandy and Eric – followed in 1975, and Eric’s son Ben joined the business in 1990.Ben was aged 10 when he began helping out in the business by cleaning the baking tins on a Saturday. He has since performed a range of roles including serving customers, working the night shift in the bakery and as a chocolatier.He is now a director alongside his father and uncle, who still remain in the company.In 2005, Ben oversaw the purchase, design and build of the new state-of-the-art bakery in Cupar and became the bakery manager when the two existing bakeries merged there. Ben is now learning the ropes in the lead-up to Sandy and Eric’s retirement.The business operates mostly for retail, preparing goods to sell in its seven shops across Fife and Tayside. Each has a bakery counter and handmade chocolate display, and five of the seven also operate tearooms, serving breakfast and lunch.As the business celebrates its centenary year, Ben and his sisters, Jade and Chloe, hope to take what the business does well and build on it, securing its position as a well-loved, traditional Scottish bakery.“I think our success is down to quality first and foremost; we have always strived to make the best products we can,” says Ben.“Our aim is to leave the business on a firm footing to allow it to continue for another 100 years or more.”
At the March 21 meeting of the Faculty Council, its members heard reports on proposed updates to the Handbook for Students, the FAS’s plans for implementing the University’s conflict of interest policy, Harvard College admissions, and the Library.The Council next meets on April 4. The faculty next meets on April 10. The preliminary deadline for the meeting of the faculty is March 27 at noon.
Three former members of the Congregation of Holy Cross who spent time at Notre Dame during their careers were credibly accused of sexually abusing a minor during their ministry, a press release Wednesday from the Congregation of Holy Cross said.In the release, the Congregation of Holy Cross listed 15 of its former members as credibly-accused sexual abusers. Of the 15, 10 are deceased and two were removed from ministry, the release said.The three who worked at Notre Dame include Fr. John Fitzgerald, who was removed from ministry in 1992 and left the Congregation in 1997, Fr. Archibald McDowell, who died in 1994, and Fr. David Verhalen, who died in 2012. Fitzgerald, McDowell and Verhalen join four other Notre Dame-affiliated priests who were credibly accused of sexual abuse in September by the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend.McDowell had “multiple” accusations against him while Fitzgerald and Verhalen each had one, according to the release.The announcement of the abusive priests follows the University’s creation of a task force in 2018 to address the Catholic Church’s sexual abuse crisis and subsequently released plans to combat the crisis through dialogue, scholarship, advanced leadership training and better accountability for sexual abusers.Paul Browne, vice president for public affairs and communications, said in an email he became aware of the list shortly before it was posted by the Congregation of Holy Cross.“One of three individuals, who had been at some point in their careers assigned to Notre Dame, was credibly accused 70 years ago of child sexual abuse while employed by the University,” he said. “Archibald McDowell, who taught religion, was accused in 1949 of unwanted touching by a teenage male, and was separated from the University soon thereafter.“… As far as we know, [no other priest] was the subject of a child sexual abuse complaint while employed by the University.”The accusation against Fitzgerald was received the same year he was removed from ministry in 1992. The allegation against Verhalen was received in 2007, six years after he was “permanently removed” from ministry.The press release was accompanied by a letter from Fr. William Lies, provincial superior of the Congregation of Holy Cross. In the letter, Lies apologizes for the suffering caused by the abusers.“On behalf of the members of the U.S. Province, I apologize,” Lies said. “I am profoundly sorry for the pain and suffering inflicted on anyone who has been abused or impacted in any way by the actions of any of our members. All victim-survivors and their families are deserving of transparency and accountability. I hope that these disclosures, while painful to review, will help bring about some healing and peace.”An accusation is deemed credible following an independent review of all information and consultation with a review board, the provincial council and the provincial administration, the release said. It can also be named credible if the accused member admits to the allegation or is “convicted by civil authorities in a court of law.”Although the accusations have been deemed credible by the Congregation, the release said a credible accusation still may not necessarily be true.“It is important to note that inclusion on this list does not necessarily mean that these allegations are true or correct or that the accused religious has been found guilty of a crime or liable for any civil claim,” the statement said. “Many of these allegations arise from events that occurred decades after the alleged abuse would have taken place, making it difficult to conduct a complete investigation. In addition, some of these allegations were made after an accused religious died and, therefore, he did not have the opportunity to respond for himself.”The statement also said the list will be updated as more information emerges.In his letter, Lies said the Congregation will assist victims who come forward in the future.“Nonetheless, we know there may be other victims who have not come forward,” he said. “We are committed to accompanying all who have been abused by these or other men, and we encourage any victims to please come forward. Any victimization of a minor should be reported to law enforcement immediately.”Tags: Catholic Church abuse scandal, congregation of holy cross, sexual abuse, Sexual abuse scandal
continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Paid media is coming back into its own as a strong marketing choice as the promise of other channels has faded or been assessed more realistically, according to a study by Gartner.Getting the media mix right is critical. Consumers’ attention represents a finite quantity spread more thinly than ever. Financial marketers find themselves not only up against other banks and credit unions and fintechs, but anybody vying for that attention, including, in digital channels, any brand on the planet, potentially. Measurement of results both in specific channels and for marketing efforts overall is proving more critical than ever as financial marketers need to pick and choose among options with finite budgets.Gartner’s “Annual CMO Spend Survey 2019-2020” makes a handy yardstick for seeing how your financial institution’s budgeting picks, priorities and processes compare to many other firms. The annual research is based on a study of spending by larger companies in both North America and the U.K. (Another pair of handy tools that are even more specific are The Financial Brand marketing budget reports for banks and credit unions. Readers can also download detailed Excel documents for deeper digging.)Marketing budget growth in Gartner’s CMO surveys has been relatively flat in the last five years, coming in around 11% of annual company revenue. Budgets took a slight tick down in 2019, to 10.5%, according to the firm. In a related series of surveys among CEOs, 61% anticipate increasing their company’s marketing budgets in 2020, according to Ewan McIntyre, Vice President and Analyst, though the research also found that the potential state of the economy makes this prediction less certain than usual.
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » When it comes to your credit union’s marketing, what’s one of the worst things that can happen? Creating an ad that you think is awesome—only to find your masterpiece at the center of a social media uproar due to its perceived offensiveness. That scenario may sound far-fetched, but I’m willing to bet that most of the companies that have experienced this nightmare never thought it would happen to them. So, what’s the best way to handle it if your organization’s advertisement went viral for all the wrong reasons? Let’s take a look at a recent misstep by Peloton®.What Peloton experienced last week went far beyond the objections of a few exercise-hating trolls. The high-tech exercise equipment company heard from thousands—perhaps hundreds of thousands—of people mocking them for becoming “tone deaf” in their advertising. Their gaffe came in the form of a new holiday ad that featured a svelte, slender woman receiving one of the company’s interactive stationary bikes as a Christmas morning surprise. The ad generated a flood of social media responses, many echoing the sentiment of one Twitter comment that read, “Nothing says ‘maybe you should lose a few pounds’ like gifting your already rail-thin life partner a Peloton.”In the advertising circles, many suggested the ad could have been produced in better taste with a variance in creative. And while it certainly could have benefitted from a different approach, the commercial itself was not the company’s biggest mistake. No, their biggest mistake was how they responded to the criticism. How bad could it have been? Peloton’s official corporate response was as follows:“While we’re disappointed in how some have misinterpreted this commercial, we are encouraged by—and grateful for—the outpouring of support we’ve received from those who understand what we were trying to communicate.”
The lengthy story details how Emergent BioSolutions Inc., Rockville, Md., mounted a campaign involving more than 50 lobbyists, including former aides to Vice President Dick Cheney, to cancel the government’s $877 million contract with VaxGen Inc. of Brisbane, Calif., for a new vaccine for civilians. According to the newspaper, the company’s lobbyists argued that: The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded VaxGen the contract in 2004 to produce 75 million doses of the new vaccine, or enough to vaccinate 25 million people. But the company encountered problems with the vaccine’s stability and potency, and HHS canceled the contract on Dec 19, 2006, after the problems caused VaxGen to miss a deadline for starting a clinical trial. “It wasn’t an unsurmountable problem,” Russell was quoted as saying. He had supported the VaxGen program while in government, but after leaving HHS in 2004, he didn’t advise or lobby for either company, the story said. The contract was the first and largest award under Project BioShield, a federal program designed to stimulate the production of medical countermeasures for biological weapons and related threats. The cancellation came the same day President Bush signed legislation designed to revive the $5.6 billion program, which had drawn little interest from major pharmaceutical companies. As the Times story recounts, the aim of the VaxGen contract was to provide a vaccine that would deliver protection with fewer side effects and fewer doses than Emergent’s vaccine, called Anthrax Vaccine Adsorbed (AVA), or BioThrax. That vaccine, developed in the 1950s and used by the US military, requires six doses over 18 months and annual boosters thereafter. Hundreds of US military members over the years have refused the injections. A lawsuit by some military members forced the suspension of mandatory vaccinations for much of 2004 and 2005, but the program was later resumed. HHS began buying anthrax vaccine from Emergent long before canceling VaxGen’s contract, ordering a total of 10 million doses in May 2005 and May 2006. In September of this year, HHS awarded the company a $400 million contract for 18.75 million doses. The vaccine has a 3-year shelf life. According to the Times, the federal decision to push for the acquisition of 75 million doses of a new, genetically engineered vaccine was made in late 2003. The thinking was that that amount would be enough to respond to simultaneous attacks on New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC, the story said. Dec 3, 2007 (CIDRAP News) Lobbying by the maker of the only US-licensed anthrax vaccine was a key factor in causing the federal government to cancel its big contract with VaxGen Inc. for a new anthrax vaccine that was expected to be safer, according to a report published yesterday by the Los Angeles Times. But Dr. Phillip K. Russell, a vaccinologist who was a senior biodefense official in the Bush administration, said the contract cancellation was driven by politics, not national security, the Times reported. When the contract was awarded, Emergent BioSolutions officials saw it as a threat to their company’s existence and quickly launched a major lobbying campaign, according to the Times. In 2004 the company nearly tripled its spending on lobbyists, and from 2004 through June 2007 the firm paid 52 lobbyists a total of $5.29 million. Kimberly B. Root, an Emergent spokeswoman, said the company’s lobbying “ultimately served the national interest,” the Times reported. Without it, the government might not have any anthrax vaccine for civilians, she said. Bill Hall, an HHS spokesman, told the Times that HHS canceled VaxGen’s contract because of the company’s “poor performance.” In making the decision, the agency “acted as effective custodians of government finances,” he said. See also: Emergent was ready to fill a civilian stockpile, whereas VaxGen hadn’t proved it could deliver a new vaccine Emergent might stop making its vaccine if the government didn’t buy a supply for civilians The story said Emergent and its friends in congress “ridiculed VaxGen and impugned the competence or motives of officials who supported the new vaccine.” The paper’s investigation showed that the lobbying campaign “damaged VaxGen’s credibility with members of Congress and the Bush administration.” In the spring of 2005, VaxGen determined that an aluminum additive that had been expected to increase the vaccine’s potency actually had the opposite effect, company officials told the Times. The company needed time to figure out how to fix the problem, requiring patience from federal officials. But because of Emergent’s lobbying effort, officials who had previously supported VaxGen’s effort were no longer helpful, the story said. The Times reports that VaxGen was seeing problems with the vaccine’s immunogenicity even before the company won the HHS contract in November 2004, but that complication didn’t deter HHS from making the award. The contract called for VaxGen to start delivering doses in 2 years, with the company getting no payments until then. Among Emergent’s lobbyists, the story said, were Jerome A. Hauer, a former HHS acting assistant secretary for emergency preparedness; John V. Hishta, a congressional staff member with strong ties to Republican congressional leaders; and Cesar V. Conda and Ron Christie, both of whom had been policy aides to Vice President Dick Cheney. Dec 19, 2006, CIDRAP News story “HHS cancels VaxGen anthrax vaccine contract” President Bush signed the original Project BioShield legislation in July 2004, authorizing $5.6 billion for medical countermeasures. At the time, VaxGen had been working on its anthrax vaccine for 2 years, building on earlier work by the US Army and using $100 million in grants from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The vaccine’s active ingredient is a recombinant form of protective antigen, one of three components of the toxin produced by anthrax. The drive for a new anthrax vaccine began after the anthrax letter attacks in the fall of 2001 killed five people and sickened 17 others. Envelopes containing powdered anthrax spores were sent to two US senators’ offices and several news media offices. Hundreds of postal workers and Capitol Hill staff members were treated with antibiotics in the wake of the attacks. Calling the outcome a “dramatic failure,” Russell said that if HHS had given VaxGen a little more time, the company probably would have solved the problems with the vaccine. Nov 4, 2004, CIDRAP News story “HHS to spend $877 on new anthrax vaccine” The newspaper says Emergent BioSolutions “prevailed in a bitter struggle with a rival company that was preparing what federal health officials expected to be a superior vaccine. The episode illustrates the clout wielded by well-connected lobbyists over billions in spending for the Bush administration’s anti-terrorism program.” The lack of an anthrax vaccine stockpile meant civilians were at risk At the time, Dr. Noreen A. Hynes headed the HHS office overseeing Project Bioshield drugs and vaccines. The BioShield law allowed advance payment of up to 10% of the value of a contract. Hynes told the Times that she sought permission to make an advance payment to VaxGen, but officials “at the highest level” denied the request. Sep 26 CIDRAP News story “HHS orders 18 million doses of anthrax vaccine” Oct 31 CIDRAP News story “GAO critiques anthrax vaccine procurement, management”
Economy, Press Release Governor Tom Wolf announced the approval of $20 million in grant funding through the COVID-19 Cultural and Museum Preservation Grant Program for cultural organizations and museums to offset lost revenue caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.“Pennsylvania’s museums and cultural organizations provide education, entertainment, and meaningful experiences to both residents and travelers alike, and the COVID-19 pandemic severely inhibited their ability to fulfill their cultural mission,” said Gov. Wolf. “This funding will be used to offset the impact the pandemic had on these organizations and will help them move forward in their recovery efforts as they begin to welcome visitors back in their doors.”The Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) today approved 164 projects in 36 counties. The program will administered by the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED).A list of recipients can be found online.Under the program, funds may be used to offset lost revenue for eligible cultural organizations and museums that were subject to closure by the proclamation of disaster emergency issued by the Governor on March 6, 2020, and any renewal of the state of disaster emergency and that experienced a loss of revenue related to the closure. Funds cannot be used to offset revenue, which has already been offset from other sources, including philanthropic and federal, state, and local government sources.Eligible cultural organizations or museums included children’s museums, general museums with at least two equally significant disciplines, history museums or historical sites, military or maritime museums, natural history museums, accredited zoos, planetariums, science and technology centers, orchestras, art museums, and performing arts organizations.More information about the Commonwealth Financing Authority can be found on the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) website. To stay up-to-date on all Pennsylvania economic development news, follow DCED on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn, and be sure to sign up for the department’s monthly e-newsletter. Wolf Administration: $20 Million in Relief Funding Awarded to Pennsylvania Museums and Cultural Organizations September 15, 2020 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
In a superhero team-up greater than anything committed to film, football fans might finally have the chance to see the two icons, Lionel Mesi and Cristiano Ronaldo play alongside each other on screen. Loading… Local rivals United are reportedly another of the clubs discussed, but the Red Devils are struggling to even secure Champions League football. Paris Saint-Germain, who snatched Neymar from Barcelona back in 2017, have also been listed alongside Italian giants Inter Milan and Juventus. A move to Turin would see Barca icon Messi unite with his long-term rival Ronaldo. The two icons, who have scored a staggering 1,414 career goals for club and country between them, would lead an all-star Juve attack. Some football fans have argued that the two’s dramatically different style of play would actually HINDER a team, but Ronaldo himself believes it would work. He told France Football in 2016: “It would be interesting to see both of us in the same team. Read Also:Ronaldo wishes himself happy 35th birthday as Juventus superstar defies his age “I think great players should play together. So if we were in the same team, I think I would have more than him, but he wouldn’t be far off.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Argentinian superstar Messi has been battling his Portuguese counterpart Ronaldo for the crown of the world’s best player for over a decade. But the two, who have already shared plans to have dinner together, could be about to serve up something greater this summer. That is because Messi’s future at Barcelona has been plunged into doubt after a public fall-out with club sporting director Eric Abidal. But despite taking to social media to vent his anger at his former team-mate, the feeling is that the 32-year-old will stay in Catalonia. Yet a clause in Messi’s current Barca contract does allow him to leave the Nou Camp on a free transfer at the end of any given season. According to reputable Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport, five clubs who would be able to afford his astronomical wages have already expressed an interest. A reunion with Pep Guardiola at Manchester City has been mooted, but the reigning Premier League champions don’t expect Messi to quit Barca. Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?Some Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That Exist7 Things That Actually Ruin Your PhoneWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Insane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Art8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our Planet11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top7 Worst Things To Do To Your Phone