Bakers up and down the UK have been publicising their Royal Wedding-themed products in the run-up to the big day.”The royal wedding is an exciting time for everyone and our team of cake decorators couldn’t resist making models of the happy couple,” said David Smart, production director at Greenhalgh’s.The Bolton-based craft bakery has created 120cm figurines of Will and Kate out of sugarpaste and will be showcasing them in its 59 stores and giving people the chance to have their picture taken with them. The photos will then be posted on the bakery’s Facebook page, and entered into a prize draw for a Royal Wedding Party Pack and a six inch Royal Wedding Cake.Sainsbury’s is capitalising on the fact Fiona Cairns, who supplies the supermarket, is making the Royal Wedding cake, with the launch of a box of exclusive commemorative cupcakes, made by the royal cake-baker.The Kooky Cake Company has been selling cupcakes with an image of Kate and Will on, as well as some London-themed cookies. American bakery Outsider Tart is creating a wedding cake with a difference a twist on an Eton Mess, made with multi-layered meringue, fruit and frosting, while Susan Stevenson owner of Blossom Cakes and Bakes has made a four-tier Royal Wedding cake, decorated biscuits and bunting-themed cupcakes.Islington cake designer Cynthia Akinsanya, owner of Delights by Cynthia, said the phone has not stopped ringing since the wedding was announced, with enquiries and orders for themed cakes and cupcakes. “This year couples are totally embracing the Cool Britannia theme for their wedding day by including touches of red, white and blue,” she said.Welsh independent bakery Brace’s is to help 50 royal wedding parties go with a swing by donating food and decorations.Meanwhile Greggs is to donate 10p from every Royal wedding cupcake and jammy heart biscuit and 20p from every coronation chicken sandwich to charity Help for Heroes.>>Fiona Cairn’s and McVitie’s tasked with royal cake baking
The reprehensible use of chemical weapons in Douma is further evidence of the Syrian regime’s appalling cruelty against its own people. We will not stand by whilst innocent civilians, including women and children, are killed and made to suffer. The international community has responded decisively with legal and proportionate military force. Let these united actions send a clear message to the regime – the use of chemical weapons is categorically unacceptable and you will be held to account. At 0200 UK time on 14 April, British forces joined close Allies in a precision strike on Syrian installations involved in the regime’s use of chemical weapons against its own people. The strike was launched as a response to the chemical weapon attack on 7 April in Douma which killed up to 75 people, including young children; a significant body of information, including intelligence, indicates that the Syrian regime was responsible for this latest attack.As the Prime Minister has made clear, this pattern of behaviour must be stopped, not just to protect innocent people in Syria from these horrific weapons, but also because the erosion cannot be allowed of the international norms that prevent the use of chemical weapons.Our action is proportionate, specifically aimed at degrading the regime’s ability to use chemical weapons and deterring further such appalling acts; it is therefore focused on regime facilities linked to the production and use of chemical weapons.The UK element of the carefully coordinated joint action was contributed by four Royal Air Force Tornado GR4s and four RAF Typhoon FG4s in support. The Tornados launched eight Storm Shadow missiles at the Him Sinshar chemical weapons storage site. The military facility was a former missile base, located some fifteen miles west of Homs, where the regime is assessed to keep chemical weapon precursors stockpiled in breach of Syria’s obligations under the Chemical Weapons Convention. Very careful scientific analysis was applied to determine where best to target the Storm Shadows to maximise the destruction of the stockpiled chemicals and to minimise any risks of contamination to the surrounding area. The facility which was struck is located some distance from any known concentrations of civilian habitation, reducing yet further any such risk.Detailed analysis of the effectiveness of the strike is currently underway, but initial indications are that the precision of the Storm Shadow weapons and meticulous target planning have resulted in a successful attack.Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said:
Saint Mary’s students, faculty and staff gathered in Carroll Auditorium on Monday to hear Pakistani entrepreneur and social organizer Shiza Shahid share her life’s trajectory towards her position as the co-founder and Global Ambassador of the Malala Fund. Shahid was the closing keynote speaker for the College’s 10th annual Diverse Student Leadership Conference (DSLC).Despite Shahid’s strong family structure, she “knew all around [her] that things were broken.”Shahid said she sought answers as terrorism and radicalization grew during her post-9/11 childhood, lived under military dictatorship in Pakistan.“Things like suicide attacks, terrorist attacks were becoming commonplace,” Shahid said. “I needed to understand what was happening to my society, so I decided to understand it through the lens of women and girls who lived the issues that I only saw from afar.”Shahid said she began to take up roles that would allow her to help the very women she sought to learn from.“When I was 13, I began volunteering in a women’s prison,” Shahid said. “In the prison, there were not any real female doctors, so I offered to set up medical counsel along with a local NGO [non-governmental organization]. I would spend time with women who were in deeply vulnerable positions.”Shahid said observing these women, and their incarcerations’ effects on their families, was tragic, particularly for their children.“Children at the site were born while their mothers were in captivity,” Shahid said. “I understood what it meant then to be discarded before you were born for those who were born behind bars and then raised behind bars along side their mothers.”Her role as a grassroots organizer would be something she would practice repeatedly throughout her lifetime.Shahid said when she was 16, her best friend died in an earthquake because the building he was in was built with faulty materials. Shahid said she was the only regular female volunteer at the local relief center, which meant all the women and girls with medical problems came to her.“I remember taking a [Pakistani woman to a doctor because her] breast milk froze inside her from the cold,” Shahid said. “I would spend the day talking to young girl in hot tents knowing we couldn’t go outside because their mothers and fathers did not want them to be seen.”She said the gender dynamics of the relief center informed her of a reality she had not witness before.“I understood then what it meant to be a woman facing harsh circumstances in the world,” Shahid said. “To have your very body, your very existence, as a source of shame.”The activist said the learning experience was as inspiring as it was saddening.“I also learned the power of being an advocate,” she said. “I learned that I could multiply the influence that I had as a grassroots volunteer if I could mobilize people, tell stories effectively and get people to act.”Shahid said her volunteering experiences allowed her to understand her own role in the world around her.“All of us have the power to create change,” she said.Empowered, Shahid said she applied to some of the top schools in the United States with a personal statement that read: “My society is like a moth, drawn to the flame of its own destruction … I want to get a scholarship so that I can help my society, so that I can help other girls.”Shahid said her full-ride to Stanford helped her understand her country’s problems in a much more academic way. Her deeper intellectual comprehension, paired with Stanford’s entrepreneurial brightest, primed her to think about constructive solutions for contentious issues.As terrorism in Pakistan grew, Shahid said she “felt the social fabric of [her] society growing.” With its fray, Shahid felt beckoned to her homeland to apply what she had learned to those in need — girls who were forbidden to attend school, she said.Shahid said she heard how the Taliban threatened young girls who wanted to attend school just three hours north of Pakistan’s capital and felt compelled to do something.At 20 years old, Shahid was inspired by a little girl named Malala to help create an environment for girls where their education would not be destroyed.“Discover beyond the life you were born into,” Shahid said. “Understanding who you are is not only an incredible responsibility but an immense joy.”Tags: DSLC, Malala Fund, Shiza Shadid, women’s rights
by: James Robert LayA few days ago, we visted the past and reviewed our top 20 digital marketing resources in 2014. Today, we’ll take a peak into the future as we explore three digital marketing predictions for credit unions in 2015.1. Overall Digital Marketing Budgets Will IncreaseAs consumers continue to adopt digital channels for everyday banking transactions, and as they use digital channels when researching consumer products, credit unions will increase digital budgets as they change their marketing to match evolving consumer behavior.However, the big question we often hear from financial institution’s is, “How much should we spend in digital?” The Marketing Budgets 2014 Report from Econsultancy in association with Responsys (Download the infograph) found that 71% of organizations are planning to increase their digital marketing budgets.This increase of dollars will be pulled from traditional marketing budgets. On average, the organization’s surveyed spend 38% of their total marketing budgets on digital. More importantly, these organization’s reported that 35% of their revenue is generated through their digital channels.With that said, credit unions should expect to invest a minimum of one third of their marketing budget in digital channels. If digital is their primary source of lead generation, conversion and cross-selling, they should invest an even greater proportion of their marketing budget.Furthermore, credit union marketers will set aside dollars within their budgets for proper digital marketing training. According to Adobe’s Digital Distress study, marketers believe marketing has changed more in the past two years than in the past 50 years. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Tuesday issued an interim final rule that broadens the availability of certain special provisions for credit unions and other small creditors in the Regulation Z qualified mortgage and escrow rules. It is a victory for the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), which strongly advocated for it in both the regulatory and legislative fronts.“This is an important win for credit unions and consumers alike,” CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle declared Tuesday. “The rule reduces the burden of recent CFPB mortgage lending rules on more credit unions, and these member-owned, community-based financial institutions will be able to provide more credit to consumers in rural and underserved areas. Our thanks to Director Cordray for getting this needed change into the rulebook quickly.”The new rule takes effect March 31. It implements the Helping Expand Lending Practices in Rural Communities (HELP) Act, legislation backed by CUNA, and is relief for some small creditors from the CFPB’s prior regulations in the mortgage market, such as the Qualified Mortgage requirements and escrow requirements for higher-priced mortgage loans. continue reading » 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
164SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details Traveling is fun for a lot of people, but can also be a source of stress for some. It’s fun to see different parts of the country (or world), but it can be frustrating if you arrive at your destination and find out your luggage pulled a Kevin McCallister and got on the wrong plane. You can’t really do much about a luggage mix-up, but here are five ways you can make flying easier and less stressful…Get the app: Smartphones and the apps that come with them have made checking in the easiest part of flying. Who wants to have to lug all your stuff up your airline’s counter, check in, and have to keep up with those annoying paper boarding passes? I don’t know the answer to that question, but it’s not me. Wouldn’t you rather check in 24 hours prior to your flight and have your boarding passes ready to go in your phone’s digital wallet?Bring snacks and your Nalgene: If you find yourself spending a lot of time sitting around in terminals, you’re probably going to get hungry at some point. Instead of paying for a pack of crackers every time your stomach growls, buy a box of those bad boys and bring them along. And while you can’t bring outside drinks into the airport, you can bring an empty water bottle and refill it as many times as you need to.Carry-on if possible:Depending on how long your trip is, you may need to pack a lot of stuff. But if you’re only traveling for a few days, you can probably get away with only packing a carry-on bag. It’s pretty hard for the airline to lose your luggage if you never let it out of your sight.Noise-cancelling headphones: Some people might not have a problem with the loud engine noise during a flight, but if you prefer it a little bit quieter, you may want to invest in some noise-cancelling headphones. While not cheap, a good pair of Bose headphones will cut out every bit of noise around you.Getting a Lyft is an Uber good idea: Parking at airports isn’t exactly cheap. The most inexpensive lot at the airport will probably leave you with a pretty good trek from the airport to the building, and that will be even more annoying if the weather isn’t nice. It’s also not fun to get back to your car after a trip and find a flat tire. Trust me, that sucks. Instead of paying for parking, pay for a ride and enjoy surfing your Instagram feed on the way home.
I have resided in the town of Glen since 1978, but — prior to last year — my commitment to my job in ethics, in addition to my commitment to take care of my ailing mother, never provided me adequate opportunity to actively participate in any local government functions. However, now retired (and no longer being a full-time caregiver, as my mother passed at the age of 95), I had the honor of being appointed to the town’s planning board by Supervisor John Thomas and the Town Board March 12.Three days later, I sat alongside my fellow Planning Board members for the first time. The members in attendance openly welcomed me as a neighbor and colleague. For that kindness and professional respect, I am grateful.It’s now my great privilege to take my seat on this board to serve my community – a duty I take very seriously. During the next seven years, I look forward to bringing transparency to the board, as well as being dedicated to dealing with facts while carefully listening to the thoughts and comments of my fellow residents; the people I now serve.Thank you for this opportunity, Supervisor Thomas. I truly appreciate you having asked me to serve my community. I am looking forward to the next seven years.Rosalie FarinaFultonvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion
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Read More Comment 1/1 The German playmaker was an unused substitute in the Gunners’ defeat (Picture: AFP)Mesut Ozil has risked the ire of Arsenal fans after giving his shirt to Manchester City’s Leroy Sane at half-time of the Gunners’ miserable 3-1 defeat at the Etihad on Sunday.The German was named on the bench for the trip to Manchester, where a hat-trick from Sergio Aguero saw Unai Emery’s side slip to sixth in the Premier League table.Ozil was an unused substitute in the match, having fallen out of favour under Emery, while the Spanish boss opted to bring on Aaron Ramsey and Denis Suarez ahead of the German. Sane and Ozil chatted as they walked down the tunnel at half-time (Picture: YouTube/Man City) Read More PLAY Read More Halfway up the stairs, Ozil gave Sane his matchday shirt (Picture: YouTube/Man City)With little need for his shirt, Ozil decided to give it to countryman Sane at half-time, with the City winger also benched for the match.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT The pair were seen deep in conversation as they headed to their respective dressing rooms at the break, laughing and joking, and Ozil gave his former German teammate a parting gift.He had to ask the kit man for a new shirt ahead of the second half, though it wasn’t needed as Emery opted not to call upon his most creative – and highest-paid – player despite requiring two goals.Ozil has only played in one of Arsenal’s last six Premier League matches since being taken off at half-time of the 1-1 draw with Brighton on Boxing Day.There have been reports that Emery does not trust Ozil in big matches, or particularly physical encounters, and he was frequently linked with a move away from the Emirates during the January transfer window.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Video Settings by Metro Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Top articles Advertisement / Metro Sport ReporterMonday 4 Feb 2019 1:57 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.2kShares Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Read More Advertisement Full Screen Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Mesut Ozil gives his Arsenal shirt to Leroy Sane at half-time of Manchester City defeat Skip Coming Next Read More About Connatix V67539 Skip Ad SPONSORED 1 min. story
Serenity on Hillview. Serenity on Hillview.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa18 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoRay White Prestige Gold Coast agents Jackson Paradise and Glen Williams are marketing the project.Mr Paradise said he had received plenty of interest with two already sold.“There’s nothing on offer like this in the area,” he said. “We’ve had a variety of potential local and interstate purchasers as well as some overseas interest,” Mr Paradise said.Designed by Andrew Halstead Architect, the villas will feature European stainless steel appliances, calcutta quartz benchtops in the kitchen, timber flooring, a study area and bi-fold doors opening out to patios. Serenity on Hillview.A COLLECTION of high-end villas is set to be built at Ashmore.Gold Coast developer SRPG are behind Serenity on Hillview, which will feature 21 luxury villas at 74-76 Hillview Pde, Ashmore.Priced from $569,000, the double-storey villas offer three bedrooms, two bathrooms and up to 95sq m of yard space. Serenity on Hillview.There will also be the option of a single or double garage.Mr Paradise said the location on Hillview Pde was a huge selling point.“They’re located in probably one of the best streets in Ashmore among multimillion-dollar homes,” he said.“There’s nothing like this on offer in the area and so we expect the interest to continue.“It’s proximity to shoppings centres and schools is also great, it’s a really good spot.” Mr Paradise said the pricing was also very competitive. “The price is extremely affordable for a brand new product in the inner-city,” he said.Completion of Serenity on Hillview is scheduled for mid-2019.