Nationals return to DC as World Series champs

first_img Beau Lund Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailmiflippo/iStock(WASHINGTON) — The Washington Nationals are back home after winning the World Series in Houston Wednesday.The first-time champions landed in Dulles International Airport Thursday night and are gearing up to celebrate their victory this weekend.A parade will be held for the Nats in the nation’s capital on Saturday, beginning at 2 p.m. For more on the parade route and celebration, watch the video below:Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.center_img November 1, 2019 /Sports News – National Nationals return to DC as World Series champslast_img read more

Vanessa Bryant says Kobe wanted to use retirement to ‘make up for lost time’

first_img Beau Lund FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailRob Carr/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — To mark Mamba Day, the fourth anniversary of Kobe Bryant’s final NBA game, his widow, Vanessa Bryant, shared footage of his final moments on the court.In her caption, Vanessa Bryant reflected on the “senseless” deaths of her husband and their daughter, 13-year-old Gianna, who were killed in a helicopter crash in January.Noting that the NBA legend, nicknamed “The Black Mamba,” “worked his ass off for 20 years,” she explained that he’d hoped to use his retirement to focus on family.“All he wanted was to spend time with our girls and me to make up for lost time,” she wrote. “He wanted to be there for every single milestone and special moment in our girls’ lives.”Kobe Bryant, 42, and Gianna — known as Gigi — were among the nine victims killed in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26 in Southern California. At the time, they were en route to a basketball game at Bryant’s Mamba Academy.Like her famous father, Gigi loved to play basketball, and, according to Vanessa Bryant, “she worked hard and gave her all 7 days a week just like her daddy.”“He only got to enjoy 3 years and 9 months of retirement. We had 2 more daughters, he won an Oscar, he opened Granity studios, he became a 5x best selling author and coached Gianna’s basketball team in that time,” Vanessa Bryant wrote. “I wish I could back to that morning, every day. I wish they had a normal local game on 1/26. Life truly isn’t fair.”Kobe Bryant is survived by his wife and three daughters: Natalia, 17, Bianka, 3, and Capri, 9 months.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. April 14, 2020 /Sports News – National Vanessa Bryant says Kobe wanted to use retirement to ‘make up for lost time’center_img Written bylast_img read more

Bernard scores 19 as UCLA keeps Utah at arm’s length 76-61

first_img Tags: Jules Bernard/Pac-12/UCLA Bruins/Utah Runnin’ Utes Basketball FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Jules Bernard scored 11 of his 19 points in the second half, making all four of his field goals, as UCLA broke away to defeat Utah 76-61.Bernard finished on 7-of-10 shooting, including four 3-pointers, to lead four Bruins into double figures. Johnny Juzang scored 18 points, Cody Riley 15 points and Jaime Jaquez Jr. 11.Branden Carlson led Utah with 17 points, four after halftime, while Riley Battin and Ian Martinez added 10 each.Riley opened the second half with back-to-back baskets on UCLA’s first two possessions as the Bruins opened a double-digit lead that they kept the rest of the game. Associated Press Written by February 25, 2021 /Sports News – Local Bernard scores 19 as UCLA keeps Utah at arm’s length 76-61last_img read more

Kensal Rise Library to be turned into flats

first_imgThe ‘Save Kensal Rise Library Campaign’ has suffered a further setback, following a recent meeting with All Souls in which it was announced that the College is selling the library to a property developer to be turned into flats.Campaigners who call themselves ‘The Friends of Kensal Rise Library’ held a rally on Saturday outside All Souls in the hope that Fellows would use it as an opportunity “to discuss a more meaningful future for Kensal Rise Library.”Margaret Bailey, a Director of the campaign, said, “We invited the Warden and Bursar to come to speak to us on that occasion. They de- clined, but we have been invited to a further meeting on 20th November 2012. We have asked to meet with the College on other occasions and have been referred to Cluttons their property agents.”They have also written an open letter to the College which expresses that they feel “misled” by the college. The letter, which has been sent to the Warden and all of the Fellows of All Souls individually, describes the college’s move as a “breach of faith.” In the letter Bailey said, “We represent a larger community that sees the Col- lege’s current proposal as nothing short of a breach of faith with this relatively poor area of north-west London, from which it has already profited handsomely.”She continued, “Although the College do- nated the land, the library building from which the College and Mr Gillick now seek to profit was not paid for by the College, but by public subscription and a donation from Andrew Car- negie, the philanthropist.”In a press release, campaigners asserted, “The Friends of Kensal Rise Library were shocked at a recent meeting with the College’s Bursar, Mr Thomas Seaman, to be told that the College was selling the library to a property developer to be turned into flats.“On the 3rd August 2012 Mr Seaman, Bursar of All Souls, claimed that “this building will not be turned into flats. In reality the entirety of the old library is to be converted for residential use, with only a small part of the new building re- maining available for rent by the library.”Campaigner Laura Collingon told Cherwell, “We are very disappointed by the way that All Souls’ have behaved so far. They assured us that the building would not be turned into flats but they are now saying that this will happen.“However, they have said that we have persuaded them that there should be a library on the site. I don’t think this will be possible if we are shut out of our historic library building and forced into a tiny space where we have to pay a market rent to an unsympathetic property de- veloper, which is what is currently suggested by All Souls.”She continued, “This is not a sustainable future for the library. It would be shocking if an educational institution like All Souls persisted in putting profit before learning.”Bailey remains hopeful about the future, telling Cherwell, “We have a meeting with the college on 20th November and we hope the discussion will be productive.”The library, opened in 1900 by Mark Twain, has been a source of tension between All Souls and the community in Kensal Rise. The cam- paign has been supported by numerous literary figures, including Alan Bennett, Philip Pullman, Zadie Smith, Jacqueline Wilson and Maggie Gee, as well as the Royal Society of Literature.last_img read more

Ocean City Home Bank Tree-Lighting at 6:30 p.m. Monday

first_imgThe Ocean City Home Bank annual tree-lighting will be held at 6:30 p.m.  Monday, Nov. 24, in the bank parking lot.The Dance Place and the Upper Township Small Ensemble will perform.  The bank will be giving away gift certificates to downtown Ocean City to spread holiday cheer, and Mayor Jay Gillian will light the tree.Santa also will be on hand for pictures.Ocean City Home Bank is at 10th Street and Asbury Avenue. All are invited to attend.last_img

Grant funding helps UK exhibitors at Anuga

first_imgBritish bakery companies are being urged to take advantage of grant funding made available to businesses planning to exhibit at international food and drink trade show Anuga. The exhibition, which is marketed as housing 10 trade shows under one roof, runs from 10-14 October 2009 at the Cologne Exhibition Centre in Germany. Eligible exhibitors can claim a UKTI grant of £1,400 towards their participation costs.The show features a bread & bakery and hot beverages section, as well as fine food and organic, and has an exhibition space of 300,000sq m.The last Anuga show in 2007 saw 163,348 trade visitors attend – 54% of which came from abroad. This year, 60 companies are expected to exhibit across the UK pavilions, with 21 first-timers signed up, including Glebe Farm, which produces gluten-free bakery products and mixes. Dorset-based Honeybuns will also be exhibiting for the first time.Formerly organised by Food from Britain, the UK pavilions are now organised by PS8, run by directors Sandra Sullivan and Paddy Edwards.“PS8 is thrilled to be working with so many exciting companies at Anuga this year and our hard work has paid off, with the group almost sold out,” commented Sullivan. “With such strong international opportunities available to all levels of exporters, we urge anyone who has not yet booked their stand to contact us urgently to check availability.”last_img read more

THe customer focus award

first_imgWinner: Burns the BreadGlastonbury, SomersetThis 26-year-old business operates three shops in and around Glastonbury and serves a few wholesale clients. During the winter, Burns runs a weekly showcase programme. “I think it’s a unique way of promoting ourselves; it demonstrates our products to groups like the WI, Brownies and the Rotary Club,” says partner Terri Petherbridge. “They spend an evening here, sampling products, trying their hand at making pastry and touring the bakery.”The judges described this as a well thought-out, long-term project, which was all about the customer. They added that there was no financial gain involved, just a chance for customers to learn more about the bakery.”We also do a lot in the community to support our customers donating products to help raise money for the local hospice. I think it’s really important to be part of the community,” adds Petherbridge.Finalist: Allied BakeriesMaidenhead, BerkshireAllied is a national plant manufacturer and distributor of brands such as Kingsmill, Sunblest and Burgen, as well as producing own-label products for retail multiples. It employs over 4,000 staff and boasts an annual turnover of around £420m.”Customer service is part of our corporate ethos,” says logistics director Paul Longley, “and that focus means we can achieve the highest possible levels of fulfilment.”Allied achieved top place in the order fill category of the Advantage survey last year, scoring 99.5%. “Basically this means that for every 1,000 loaves we send out, only five will not meet the delivery criteria.” Longley says his team are the reason for this strong performance, citing their routine three-times-a-week conference calls to 19 delivery sites as just one example of their dedication.Finalist: Nicholas & HarrisSalisbury, WiltshireNicholas & Harris (N&H) supplies speciality breads, rolls and buns to most of the major multiples and boasts a turnover of around £15m. The 170-year-old company supplies Sainsbury’s with a range of speciality organic products, including multiseed batch loaves, muffins and hot cross buns. As part of its growing policy of using British ingredients, Sainsbury’s turned to N&H to source sufficient organic flour for its bread.”Together with Shipton Mill we gathered enough quality grain to meet demand. It was only about 400 tonnes, but we only knew we’d done it at the last minute,” says managing director Simon Staddon. “This was a simple problem and a simple solution: I think it shows that good customer service doesn’t have to be expensive or time-consuming, and it can really deepen a working relationship.”last_img read more

News story: Universities urged to boost support for armed forces

first_imgThe participation rate for young people from military service families in higher education is 24 per cent, according to research by the University of Winchester. This compares with a rate of approximately 43% for the overall population.Universities which have already signed up to the Armed Forces Covenant are leading the way with support for military personnel and their families, pledging to support those who wish to serve in the armed forces as Reservists, and offering flexible leave before or after deployment to personnel and their partners.Some universities have also included Service children as a target group in their Access and Participation Plans, which all English universities will be drawing up this year for implementation in 2020/21.The University of Winchester leads a number of initiatives to support children from military families to progress in education, including developing resources for higher education providers to use in outreach activities. Universities should do more to support ex-service personnel and the children of servicemen and women who have lost their lives during duty, the UK Government has urged today (18 April).In a joint letter to all UK universities, the Universities Minister and Defence Minister have called on institutions to step up and support those that have sacrificed the most, by signing up to the Armed Forces Covenant.The Armed Forces Covenant aims to remove barriers faced by members of the armed forces community in accessing public services, including education. Only 57 of 136 UK universities have signed up to the Covenant to date, with just 3 of the 24 Russell Group universities pledging their support.Universities can support the Covenant in a number of ways including ensuring admissions policies reflect the needs of the armed forces community, benchmarking military experience and qualifications against course entry requirements or having a presence at local careers fairs for those leaving the services.The Ministers are also calling on universities to establish armed forces champions within each institution, which would be empowered to uphold the commitments of the Covenant, and to act as a first point of contact for the military community, service charities, and local businesses.The call comes as the Department for Education confirms £5 million in continued funding for higher education schemes in England for the armed forces. The Service Leavers Scheme pays the tuition fees for ex-service personnel who have not studied higher education before, and the Armed Forces Bereavement Scheme provides university scholarships for children of those killed in the line of duty.Universities Minister Chris Skidmore said: Minister for Defence People and Veterans Tobias Ellwood said: We want everyone with the talent and potential, no matter their circumstances or background, to go on to university and thrive. The scholarships offered by these two crucial higher education schemes empower those who have fought for our country, or whose parents have paid the ultimate sacrifice. Nearly 60 of our universities have signed up to delivering the Armed Forces Covenant, which provides rights for veterans and their families to access education, and I know universities such as Winchester have long had outreach programmes with their local armed forces communities. I’m sure all universities will wish to consider the benefits of being a civic university that supports armed forces families in their communities, which is why I have written urging them all to actively consider signing up to the Covenant. Signing the Armed Forces Covenant is a fantastic way to show support for our former and current service men and women, as well as their families. Thousands of businesses and organisations have already pledged to make a difference, and I’m pleased that so many of this country’s universities have already followed in their footsteps – with the Universities of South Wales and Lincolnshire and London South Bank University receiving awards last year for their work supporting the military community. Today, I want to make sure that all universities understand the value of supporting our armed forces and their families, and I encourage them to step up and sign our pledge.last_img read more

New café opens in Merseyside

first_imgCake baker Nina Halliwell is to open a new bakery café in Merseyside.As reported in the Liverpool Echo, the Albion Bakehouse will open on 31 October in Leyland Street, Prescot. The upstairs will be a dedicated tearoom while a café will be located downstairs.Halliwell started her baking business three years ago after quitting her job as a fashion designer making handbags. She has built a strong customer base during that period, with regular customers at various Liverpool and Prescot markets.She told the Echo: “I’ve run my cake-making business for three years and it has started to outgrow my house. When a shop came up in Prescot, I thought – why not?”She added the café/tearoom would serve a wide range of cakes, including Halliwell’s popular Nutella and Ferrero Rocher cakes and baked doughnuts, along with high-quality Joe Black coffee and tea from the Brew Tea Company.“The bakehouse will be something different, somewhere people come to relax. We’ve got lots of traditional furniture for the secret tearoom upstairs, which we’ll also hire out, and the downstairs café will have a more modern feel.”last_img read more

Roger W. Brockett honored with McDonald Mentoring Award

first_imgRoger W. Brockett, An Wang Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), has received the Capers and Marion McDonald Award for Excellence in Mentoring and Advising.Brockett, a pioneer in control systems theory, founder of the Harvard Robotics Laboratory, and a 42-year member of the Harvard faculty, accepted the award from Dean Cherry A. Murray at an All Hands Meeting today.“Roger Brockett has clearly earned the admiration of his current and former students, who describe him as ‘a big ideas man,’ ‘a role model,’ ‘instrumental,’ and ‘inspiring,’” Murray said. “He continues to play an important role in their professional development, in some cases decades after they have earned their degrees.”Established at SEAS in 2008 by Capers W. McDonald and Marion K. McDonald, the McDonald Mentoring Award recognizes leaders in engineering and applied sciences “who, as exemplary mentors and advisors, have significantly and consistently supported the personal and professional development of others.”last_img read more