In Short

first_imgBSB golf day detailsThe British Society of Baking annual golf day is at Marriott Forest of Arden Golf and Country Club in Meriden, Warwickshire, on Monday 9 May from 12.30pm. Golfers get to play the course and enjoy a three-course evening meal for £130. Contact Keith Houliston on 01869 247098 or [email protected] for more details.Free skills conferenceA free conference, Attracting Talent and Increasing Productivity, is a to take place on Wednesday 23 March. Organised by the National Skills Academy for Food & Drink and the Food & Drink Federation in partnership with Improve, the food and drink skills council, the conference will provide a platform to discuss skills, training and careers development. To book a free place and get full details of the agenda, contact Laura Kemsley at [email protected] supplementIn response to the rising trend for home baking, Sainsbury’s is to give away a 24-page Cakes and Cookies supplement in the April issue of its magazine.New site for SpoonerSpooner Industries has launched a new fully interactive website www.spooner.co.uk which will be available in 50 languages. It provides information on its custom-built provers, ovens and coolers and will be updated on a weekly basis with product news, case studies and company events.Price amendmentCorrection: In the story ’Short stocks force sugar suppliers to raise prices’ in the 25 February issue of British Baker, the Tate & Lyle price increase should have read 176m/t not 125m/t.last_img read more

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Your digital branch

first_imgSuccessful websites have morphed into profitable digital branches, using marketing automation to drive conversions. “Design your site for lead generation, to track buyer behavior,” suggests James Robert Lay, founder and CEO of Digital Growth Institute, Houston. “Don’t make it a glorified brochure. Instead, use relevant content for greater conversions. Examine product position; don’t focus solely on features but think how the consumer thinks and buys. Beware of cognitive overload as well; replace heavy text with bullets or graphics.”And consider your website as a place where business begins.“This is such a crucial point to grasp,” says Alexander Kesler founder and president of inSegment, Inc., Boston. “CUs can be all over the place when it comes to website design. For success, focus on the basics: design your site with proper SEO and keywords. Understand how to position your site within the competitive landscape. How will it drive traffic in your service area? How will you convert this traffic into sales?” Optimizing your site should also increase your existing members’ share-of-wallet more effectively than any physical branch. continue reading » 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Gonna tell your kids these were the best sports memes from social media’s latest craze

first_imgAccounts from all corners of Twitter are posting pictures of athletes and pop culture figures with captions of “Gonna tell our kids this was …” while intentionally naming incorrect people not shown in the picture. Of course, the trend quickly spread to the world of sports, where plenty of team and athlete accounts chimed in with their own posts. There has been no shortage of pop culture comparisons. Here are the best ones we could find.MORE: Did Nelson Agholor get caught on Twitter using a burner account?Gonna tell my kids that this was John Cena pic.twitter.com/kq9z1CxupP— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) November 21, 2019I’m gonna tell my kids this was Jay-Z. pic.twitter.com/XseTWEAQn6— SportsNation (@SportsNation) November 21, 2019Gonna tell my kids this the ‘I Have A Dream’ speech pic.twitter.com/wT1PaoOy5a— LastSonOfNewCoachSoonComeKrypton (@GodofKrypton) November 21, 2019Gonna tell our kids this was @KimKardashian . pic.twitter.com/EEOfVmY4Y6— NHL (@NHL) November 20, 2019Gonna tell our kids this is Lady Gaga. pic.twitter.com/Z7Ck6rwX5B— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) November 21, 2019There were some notable baseball mentions.Gonna tell our kids this was Mike Trout. pic.twitter.com/sG10ZEsiZ7— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) November 20, 2019Gonna tell all our kids this was Bryce Harper. pic.twitter.com/JKIbyMQY2D— Cut4 (@Cut4) November 20, 2019Gonna tell our kids this is Babe Ruth. #TBT pic.twitter.com/u4RWuGbQsM— MLB (@MLB) November 21, 2019Look away, Falcons fans.Gonna tell my kids this was the final score pic.twitter.com/ZJvSfHOpaM— Adam the human, what’s your fav color? (@iliketheBraves) November 21, 2019You too, Warriors fans. Gonna tell my kids this is Draymond Greenpic.twitter.com/FtaLvE6cry— Lakers⋆Hoops🇵🇭 (@LakersHoopsPH) November 20, 2019To be fair, Ben Simmons hasn’t missed a three-point attempt this season.Gonna tell my kids this was Ray Allen. https://t.co/yFOAzWDYHA— Shaker Samman (@ShakerSamman) November 21, 2019Former teammate of Michael Scott:Gonna tell my kids this was Rip Hamilton. pic.twitter.com/jwQ7AFrEhp— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) November 20, 2019 You may have noticed the latest meme fascination sweeping across social media this week.last_img read more

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Peterson case creates new crisis for NFL

first_imgIn this Sept. 7, 2014, file photo, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson warms up for an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams in St. Louis. The Vikings benched Peterson for Sunday’s game after his attorney said he had been indicted by a Texas grand jury on a charge of child abuse. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam, File)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson’s booking on a child abuse charge Saturday has created another crisis for the embattled NFL, already derided for not responding strongly enough to acts of domestic violence by its players.It also has touched off a national debate about the role of corporal punishment in parenting.In the eyes of a Texas grand jury, Peterson crossed the line when he repeatedly struck his son with a tree branch, or switch, in May. Peterson’s attorney has said he has never run from what happened — and that Peterson was inflicting the same discipline he endured as a child.“Obviously, parents are entitled to discipline their children as they see fit, except when that discipline exceeds what the community would say is reasonable,” Montgomery County Prosecutor Phil Grant said about 12 hours after Peterson was booked and released from jail on $15,000 bond. He is charged with causing injury to a child age 14 or younger.Peterson, one of the NFL’s most popular players and widely considered one of the best running backs to ever play, flew from Minnesota to Houston in the early morning hours after authorities indicted him on Friday evening. He has a home in both locations.The Vikings almost immediately decided to deactivate him for Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots, and NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said on Saturday that Peterson’s case “will be reviewed under the NFL’s personal conduct policy.”The situation comes as the NFL proceeds with a self-commissioned investigation by a former FBI director into how it handled the case of Ray Rice, who knocked his then-fiancee unconscious in an Atlantic City elevator. Rice was released Monday from the Baltimore Ravens after a video surfaced that showed the violence. The NFL said it hadn’t seen the video before then, but a law enforcement source told the AP it was sent to a league executive’s office in April and provided a voice mail confirming it was received.Unlike Rice’s situation, Peterson’s case is complicated by his stance that he meant his son no harm but rather was applying the same discipline he experienced growing up.“Adrian is a loving father who used his judgment as a parent to discipline his son. He used the same kind of discipline with his child that he experienced as a child growing up in East Texas,” Peterson’s attorney, Rusty Hardin, said.Steve Eudey, who coached Peterson as a young boy in Palestine, Texas, and has remained a family friend, said he has heard stories from Peterson about his father Nelson “being a firm disciplinarian.”“Some of the things his dad did to him was to make him tough,” Eudey told The Associated Press.Eudey said he had yet to speak to Peterson since his arrest, but said his actions were consistent with the type of upbringing he had.“I will go to my grave defending Adrian, but at the same time you can’t harm a child, either,” Eudey said. “I know that was never his intent.”Grant, the Texas prosecutor, said the grand jury felt the charge was warranted after spending several weeks reviewing “lots of evidence.”It’s not unusual for people subjected to physical discipline as children to use corporal punishment against their own children, experts say, and courts will sometimes consider that as a mitigating factor when sentencing an abuser. Peterson faces up to two years in prison and a $10,000 fine if found guilty.News of Peterson’s charges led several prominent athletes to tweet about their experiences with corporal punishment when they were children.“Am I the only one that got hit with a switch? I had to go outside and pick my own switch. It taught values, respect (and) accountability,” former NBA star Tracy McGrady said. But he later qualified those remarks, tweeting, “Disciplining a child is vital. Of course any early physical punishment should be within reason, not overboard, and inside certain boundaries.”While the legal process plays out, the NFL is facing a potential test case for the tougher penalties it declared last month for players involved with domestic violence.Commissioner Roger Goodell announced an initial offense will draw a six-week suspension without pay, though “more severe discipline will be imposed if there are aggravating circumstances such as the presence or use of a weapon, choking, repeated striking, or when the act is committed against a pregnant woman or in the presence of a child.”It is not clear if Peterson’s case will invoke those penalties.Corporal punishment is legal in Texas, and the law spells out that non-deadly force against a child by a parent or guardian is permissible.But the punishment is abusive if it causes injury. While a blow that causes a red mark that fades in an hour is not likely to be judged abusive, a blow that leaves a bruise, welt, or swelling, or requires medical attention, could be judged abusive. The child’s injuries will likely be under scrutiny as the case proceeds.The guidelines also say while spanking with the bare, open hand is least likely to be abusive, use of an instrument “is cause for concern.”The Vikings jumped ahead of the NFL and the legal system by shelving Peterson for the game Sunday. Two other teams — Carolina and San Francisco — have taken heat for allowing players involved in alleged recent domestic violence incidents to continue to play.The team — and the league — will likely face scrutiny as they decide whether Peterson returns to the field as the legal process plays out. As of Saturday, no decision had been made about his outlook this season, and no court date had been set in Texas.___Associated Press writers Jeff Baenen in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, David J. Phillip in Spring, Texas, Mike Graczyk in Houston and Tim Jacobs and Jason Keyser in Chicago contributed to this report.___Online:AP NFL websites: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more

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