Tesco ’playing catch-up’ on bakery

first_imgTesco’s plan to overhaul its in-store bakery (ISB) format is a way of playing catch-up with other UK supermarkets, according to a leading retail analyst.This week, the supermarket announced a multi-million-pound investment to revive 850 of its ISBs, which will be branded as Your Bakery at Tesco. The first stage of the revamp started in May with the introduction of new-look bakery counters and wooden tables to display product ranges.As part of the move, Tesco has changed 70% of its existing bakery offering and expanded its line of continental breads from 10 to 30 products, including a three-cheese bread, a range of pretzels and breadsticks and a sourdough pave.David Gray, grocery analyst at Planet Retail, told British Baker: “In a lot of ways, Tesco is playing catch-up it has looked at the market and has been a bit slow to react and, as a result, is taking ideas from the competition. Most of the mainstream supermarkets already do continental breads, so it is something Tesco always needed to produce to raise its standards.”Tesco said in a statement that its decision to revamp its ISBs formed part of a wider investment plan, which the company announced in March.Nick Tatum, bakery category director at Tesco, said that shoppers had become more demanding in their choice of breads and baking goods. “For many people the smell of freshly baked bread at the bakery is the most exciting part of any shopping trip. We believe we have made that experience better by creating the kind of atmosphere you would find in an artisan bakery with wooden shelves filled with a far bigger and better range of speciality breads, savoury snacks and sweet treats.”Marks & Spencer confirmed plans back in March to roll out a new bakery format throughout all stores by mid-2013, while Morrisons completed the revamp of its ISBs in May, which includes new product lines and packaging.last_img read more

90-year-old suspected in hit-and-run that killed veteran

first_imgPasco County police are investigating a deadly hit-and-run crash involving a 90-year-old suspect and an army veteran.The unidentified person of interest who allegedly fled the scene lives five blocks away from the victim 77-year-old Larry Small, police say.The Florida Highway Patrol responded to a call of a crash involving a pedestrian on a motorized wheelchair and a Dodge minivan, Monday afternoon.The victim, Small, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to FHP.A witness captured the crash on his home surveillance video and turned over the evidence to police.“Rolled him up over the hood into the windshield and Larry came down and hit head first on the pavement,” Glenn Zimmerman told ABC Action News reporters.“The driver was going way too fast, and the driver knew that he hit him never got out of his vehicle backed up a little bit to basically get around the body or around the wheelchair or the scooter and proceeded westbound down Moog Road,” Zimmerman said. “It’s disgusting. It’s disgusting. There is a chance he was still alive. You could’ve helped you could’ve done something, and he definitely knows he hit him.”Police are not investigating any other suspects at this time.last_img read more

Quinta do Lago training camps are recipe for success for England’s elite

first_img23 Apr 2015 Quinta do Lago training camps are recipe for success for England’s elite Quinta do Lago’s reputation as one of Europe’s premier golf destinations has received a ringing endorsement after the famous Portuguese resort completed a successful winter of hosting England Golf’s national squads. After signing an exclusive four-year deal to become England Golf’s new winter training base last autumn, Quinta do Lago staged a series of five and seven-day training camps for its men’s, ladies, boys and girls elite squads between January and March. The primary focus of the warm-weather breaks was to work on improving each player’s scoring skills, with squad members being put through a series of daily activities and practising on Quinta do Lago’s championship courses and Paul McGinley Golf Academy – the only one in Europe. Players also had the chance to enjoy the resort’s array of other five-star facilities and England Golf’s  coaches were unanimous in hailing the camps as an overwhelming success. Scott Godfrey, coach of the England Girls’ Squad, said: “The players certainly benefitted from their week at the resort.  Being able to practice in warm weather and playing on green surfaces as good as Quinta do Lago was a massive advantage for us so early in the year. “Our camp was very much centred around performance skill testing and competitive play on the course.  Having great facilities enabled the squad to achieve this. “The North Course was in fantastic condition and was a great test for our players, challenging them in every discipline of the game. The Paul McGinley Academy provided a great base for the players to work on their games.  Each member of the squad utilised the short game area which challenges you with a great variety of shots. “Quinta do Lago is a fantastic resort and provided everything we needed.  The staff supported us in anything we required and the facility and courses are world class.” Featuring three 18-hole championship courses – including its widely acclaimed, award-winning North Course – outstanding practice facilities at its Paul McGinley Academy, a TaylorMade Performance Centre and extensive leisure activities and facilities, Quinta do Lago has everything needed to guarantee a first-class golf experience. As well as working on swing techniques, daily activities for the players included sessions on fitness, the short game, wedge play, ball-flight control, game management and the mental side of the game. Graham Walker, coach of the England Men’s Squad, added: “I found Quinta do Lago a very welcoming venue with excellent facilities. The courses were in top class condition for the benefit of all the players, and the real strength of the resort was that we could set up challenges on the golf course. “It was a great benefit to be able to play and practice on championship-standard courses throughout the winter. “The courses were a pleasure to play and all the players enjoyed them. The other facilities at Quinta do Lago including the food were top of the range and the staff were very accommodating, allowing us to concentrate on our work.” Under the terms of the four-year agreement, England Golf squads will stay at Quinta do Lago each winter  and use its driving range and practice facilities, as well as having access to both the South and North courses. In addition, each group will also utilise the swing analysis with a launch monitor, biomechanics golf fitness training sessions whilst being fully catered for with a daily breakfast and lunch also provided. The England Golf National Performance Programme supports around 50 of the best amateur players within the England national squads and a further talented 160 players within boys and girls regional squads. This programme aims to support players to break into the top 10 of the World Amateur World Golf Rankings and to transition into the professional ranks, following in the footsteps of successful amateurs such as Luke Donald, Lee Westwood, Justin Rose and Charlie Hull. Set amongst 2,000 acres of the picturesque Ria Formosa Natural Park, Quinta do Lago has been at the forefront of European golf for more than four decades with three 18-hole championship courses matched by outstanding practice facilities including Europe’s only Paul McGinley Golf Academy, a state-of-the-art TaylorMade Performance Centre and new short game area. Away from the fairways, there is plenty to keep everyone occupied, with events, tennis, cycling and watersports just some of the extensive leisure activities available. For further information on Quinta do Lago and its facilities visit www.quintadolago.com Image (copyright England Golf): England Golf men’s squad players Michael Saunders (left) and Ashley Chesters.last_img read more

Nelson skaters look to sharpen routines in Rossland

first_imgSTAR 4 13&O – Courtney Shrieves, Morgan SaboSTAR 5 U13 – Charly DeFouwSTAR 5 13&O – Breanna TomilinInterpretive Events:Pre-Introductory Interpretive – Charly DeFouwIntroductory Interpretive – Morgan SaboBronze Interpretive – Breanna TomilinDance Solo Events:Jr. Bronze Dance Solo – Lila McKechnieSr. Bronze Dance Solo – Courtney ShrievesSr. Silver Dance Solo – Christina Champlin, Breanna TomilinElements Events:Elements 1 – Helena Keating, Isabella Kroker-Kimber, Morgan SaboElements 2 – Charly DeFouw, Breanna TomilinFor more info and photos visit nelsonfigureskatingclub.ca Free Skate Events:STAR 1 – Aurora Panko-Dool, Lulu Nyiti, Courtney DonaldsonSTAR 2-Tia Berens, Leo Measures, Lila McKechnie, Helena Keating, Hannah CorvenSTAR 3 – Isabella Kroker-Kimber A slate 14 of competitors the Nelson Figure Skating Club will test their mettle this weekend at the West Kootenay Invitational in Rossland.The meet marks the second major competition in the Kootenay Region giving skaters another opportunity to have their performances rated by a team of judges. In addition many skaters will be attempting to pass Dance and Elements Test.“Our senior skaters are looking to improve on their scores from the East Kootenay Invitational in Kimberley this past November,” said coach Sarah Gower.“They’re building towards hitting their peaks for the STARSkate Super Senior Series Final in Kelowna this March where provincial champions at all levels will be crowned.”For those skaters competing at STAR 4 and over their marks will also count towards qualifying for the Provincial Development Camp later this year.“The is the busiest time of the season,” adds coach Yoshie Measures.  “We have kids working on freeskate and interpretive programs as well as taking tests. For our younger skaters Rossland will be their first taste of what a competition is like.”last_img read more

Five Key points from Euro footy weekend

first_imgEmery has turned Arsenal into potential title contenders1- Unai Emery Smelling The Coffee: Arsenal’s blood and thunder Premier League victory over North London rivals Spurs once again emphasised the numerous strides the Gunners are making under Unai Emery.By fighting back from going down to a phantom penalty and doing so with style, Arsenal proved that the years in which they were a yo-yo club happy to settle for Champions League qualification are over.Emery has his tactics, team selection, substitutions and team balancing all spot on. If the Gunners continue improving at such an astronomical rate, a title challenge might be in offing within eighteen months.2- Everton Equipped To Fight For Top Four:There is no reason why Everton shouldn’t be fighting for a Champions League position.Marco Silva has assembled the best Toffees squad in the Premier League era. For example, while Spurs are overly reliant on Harry Kane, and Chelsea are stuck with two misfiring strikers in Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata, Everton have SIX number nines. Richarlison is the pick of the bunch, but any of Ademola Lookman, Oumar Niasse, Theo Walcott, Dominic Calvert Lewin and Cenk Tosun can be match winners for Silva.3- Juventus To Roll Over Serie A Rivals:Fiorentina is one unofficially one of Serie A’s top six sides.The Florentines were supposed to challenge Juventus’ unbeaten start to the campaign but Old Lady brushed them aside 3-0 with minimum fuss.Massimilliano Allegri’s champions have now already beaten AC Milan, Fiorentina and Napoli. If they tame Inter Milan on Friday, we might as well hand them their eighth straight Scudetto.4- African Footballers Impact Diminishing:There was a time when at least three African footballers were in the running for individual accolades of best player or top scorer in Europe’s top five leagues.1995 World Footballer Of The Year George Opong Weah led the way. In the early years of this century, Cameroon legend Samuel Etoo was always in the reckoning for Pichichi.In England, Didier Drogba, Michael Essien, Nwankwo Kanu and Yaya Toure could all have won gongs before Riyad Mahrez and Mohammed Salah were crowned EPL Footballer Of The Year.This season I can’t see any African footballer winning anything.5- Bayern Defenders Have Lost Fear Factor:Bavarian giants Bayern Munich’s patchy form is in no small measure courtesy of the team’s loss of the fear factor.Fingers are being pointed at manager Niko Kovac but the entire team must take blame for poor defending especially at the Allianz Arena.Jerome Boateng, Matt Hummels and Niclas Sule have all been so poor, journeymen strikers always arrive in Munich confident of giving them a runaround.Bayern’s defensive problems are being transferred to the German national team where Joachim Loew is in the middle of his worst run of results.Comments Tags: Top five conclusions from Weekend’s actionlast_img read more

Free Script Writing Software Options for the Low-Budget Filmmaker

first_imgNeed to write a script on a no-to-low-budget? Here are some great, free alternatives to the high priced Hollywood standards.You want to write a movie! You Google the best screenwriting software and come upon Final Draft, an industry standard. With such words of praise from Guillermo del Toro like: “If one could marry a program — or even elope with one — I would choose Final Draft.” J.J. Abrams even recommends getting Final Draft, even if you don’t own a computer! Then you get to the price: $250.Now, I’m not saying it isn’t worth it. Final Draft has many wonderful features that help get you from concept to, well, a final draft of your script. The program aids in fast character and scene reports so your First AD and Line Producers can start building budgets and schedules. But when you’re starting out as a starving screenwriter, you might not be able to afford this with all its bells and whistles. You need something cheap. You need something free!For the past few years, I’ve been using an old desktop version of Celtx. Celtx still has a free version. However, it’s browser-based and only allows you to write up to three projects (including ones you trash). The browser version is still good, featuring a decent character catalog system and other features. However, I wanted to see if there were any fully free script writing software on the web that don’t limit you. Here’s what I found.FountainFountain isn’t even a program. It’s a very basic set of rules you can incorporate into any standard word processor, whether it be Notepad, Microsoft Word, Google Docs, etc. It’ll take a bit to learn, but it’s free. Once you’re done writing, you just pass your document through a growing list of Fountain-supported apps that will then do all the industry standard formatting for you. And yes, several of those apps are free to use.Images via fountain.ioThis is great because you could write a whole screenplay on your phone’s text app, as long as you follow the Fountain syntax rules. And, through some of the supported Fountain apps, you can even convert it to a Final Draft file. But Final Draft will not directly import Fountain, so you’ll need to pass it through a conversion app. However, the programs listed below do import Fountain and can even export to it for switching between programs.TrelbyIn a way, Trelby is a step up from Fountain. It’s a full fledged program you can download for free. It’s open source so if you’re a developer, you can get into the code and modify it as you please.Trelby is only available for Windows and Linux, so it’s a no-go for iOS (any Mac users can just skip ahead to the next program overview). Keep in mind, Trelby is extremely basic. Want to write a script? Here you go. It’s got some features and allows for decent customization of margins and what the Tab and Enter keys do, and the colors of the interface.Image via trelby.orgA negative of the program is that whenever you add (V.O.), it counts it as a whole new character in the reports. But a positive is that the PDF export contains bookmarks for each scene heading. Plus, along with exporting to Fountain, you can export to Final Draft XML.Image via trelby.orgAll in all, it’s pretty straightforward. Open the app, write your script, export. There are no bells and whistles with Trelby. No complaints, but it leaves the user wanting.Kit ScenaristThis program is pretty awesome. For being completely free, it’s very versatile. It’s made by a Russian developer who is continuously perfecting the software. You can even download the most current Beta Test version, or simply opt for the last, most stable update.You can export for Final Draft, which is a plus if you’re going to be working with a crew who uses it. It also exports to Word DOCX and PDF, of course. The program offers several different script formats depending on your region. It includes Hebrew, Chinese, and Russian script formats, along with the default Hollywood standard.A nice feature is that up in the right hand corner, there’s a clock that gives you an estimation of how long your screenplay is in minutes and seconds. Depending on where your cursor is, it also shows how many minutes into the film you are. Of course, this clock is an approximation based on sixty seconds a page (which can be adjusted in the settings), but it gives a nice sense of accomplishment as you write more and more.Additionally, this feature extends to the scene Table of Contents on the left. There, you can see estimations of how long each scene will be. I love this feature because it really helps me with figuring out pacing in my scripts, so I can decide if a scene should be longer or shorter.While it’s free, you can pay for dedicated cloud storage and buy a mobile version for your phone (available on both Android and iOS). Through the cloud storage, you can sync your script between desktop and your mobile device. However, no money or email signup is required to download the free version.A negative is that the program is still in the works, so you may run into some issues here and there as the developer refines the coding. Be sure to save your work often and download the updates when prompted.Overall, I really like this program because of how intuitive it feels. If you’ve ever written a film script before, you’ll easily pick up this program in just a few minutes. There’s a lot of great features to explore — too many to list here — especially considering it’s free. Definitely check it out!These are just a few options for free screenwriting software. If you decide to purchase a full-fledged, script writing software, you don’t have to limit yourself to Final Draft. But, I hope these options help you as you’re starting out. At the end of the day, what matters most is the screenplay itself. No program can make up for poor writing. Be sure to keep practicing, refining your art, and reading other scripts to sharpen your skills. The program is just a tool to make the job a little more convenient.Top image via gerasimov_foto_174.Looking for more tips on script writing? Check these out.How to Overcome the 5 Biggest Obstacles to Writing Your ScreenplayPre-Production Tips: How and Why to Break Down a ScriptIndustry Insights: The Ins and Outs of Working as a Script SupervisorAustin Film Festival Interview: Insights for Turning Your Script into a 90-Second PitchInterview: Christina Kallas on Writing and Directing Multi-Protagonist Screenplayslast_img read more

Tams rip Eagles, force do-or-die

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Tolentino anchored the Tamaraws’ strong start, while Cani sparkled in the last two quarters as FEU lived to fight another day, while dealing Ateneo its second straight loss of the season, counting the setback to rival La Salle at the end of the second round of the eliminations.“I don’t feel any regret transferring to FEU and wishing I was still with Ateneo, because they (Tamaraws) accepted me wholeheartedly,” said Tolentino in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“The FEU mentality, the spirit, I’ve already adopted it at the start of the season.”The rubber match, which will determine La Salle’s opponent in the best-of-three finals, is set this Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena. No taming the mighty Red Lions Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:16UAAP Season 80 Preview: Ateneo Blue Eagles02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8001:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA LATEST STORIES QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt’s been two years years since Arvin Tolentino and Hubert Cani left Ateneo for Far Eastern University, but the duo made sure the Blue Eagles felt the impact of their departure with the Tamaraws’ season on the line.Returning to haunt their former team, Tolentino and Cani starred in each half as the Tamaraws dealt the top seed Eagles a stunning 80-67 defeat on Sunday night to forge a do-or-die clash for the second finals seat of UAAP Season 80 at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT “I didn’t want my UAAP career to finish today,” said Dennison.“I want to play in the finals. In our last practice, I told the team to give everything and leave our fears behind.”The Tamaraws played with a spring in their step, closing out on Ateneo’s gunners, while beating them to offensive rebounds on the other end, particularly in the second half, where they had 14 second-chance points.Richard Escoto had nine points and grabbed five offensive boards, typifying FEU’s workmanlike display on both ends of the floor.“Definitely, this is our best game,” said Racela. “We were confident that we can finish strong. But what we did was take Ateneo’s twice-to-beat advantage. But we’ll have to play better them again on Wednesday.” Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ MOST READ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “It’s a sweet win, of course, but as coach Olsen (Racela) said, this game is finished and we have to focus on the next game,” said Cani, who poured eight of his 11 points in the second half.“We know Ateneo is difficult to beat because they’re a very disciplined team.”Ron Dennison fired 17 points and grabbed eight boards for the Tamaraws, who held the Eagles to a season low output in what FEU Racela described as his team’s best game of the season yet.On his final year for the Tamaraws, Dennison said he was determined to prolong his career to one more game.Dennison’s play rubbed off on his teammates as they seized control early and stopped every Ateneo counter in the second half where the Tamaraws led by as much as 17 points on Cani’s triple with under three minutes remaining.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Nextlast_img read more

9 months agoMilik: Napoli can match Juventus

first_imgMilik: Napoli can match Juventusby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli striker Arkadiusz Milik insists they can match Juventus.Milik believes the runaway Serie A leaders can still be caught.He said, “Coming back after two injuries and being at your best isn’t easy. My knee injuries took me out of shape, so I have to get back to my best and keep growing.“We can all do better. I’m happy with what I’m right doing now, but let’s look ahead. We want to go all the way this season and anything is still possible.“We’re strong, so why don’t we try to stop Juventus? Let’s look ahead to the games we have coming up.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Norwegian Yara fined in corruption scandal

first_imgOSLO – Norway’s Yara, the world’s biggest mineral fertiliser producer, said Wednesday it had been hit with a hefty fine by Norwegian authorities following an international corruption investigation.The firm said it would not contest the 295-million-kroner (35.4-million-euro, $48.3-million) fine.“The company acknowledges guilt and accepts a corporate fine,” Yara said in a statement. When it emerged that suspect payments had been made to a Libyan oil minister in the Kadhafi regime — according to police — just ahead of creating a joint venture in the country, Yara opened an external investigation of its international operations in 2011.The investigation revealed other “unacceptable payments” in Switzerland and India, and led Norwegian police to press charges against the company for “aggravated corruption.”“The affair is about bribes to senior government officials in Libya and India, and to a supplier in Russia (via a Swiss subsidiary),” the Norwegian National Authority for Investigation and Prosecution of Economic and Environmental Crime confirmed Wednesday.“In total, the bribes amount to around $12 million between 2004 and 2009”.  The police criticised the management of the company, accusing it of failing to report the corruption allegations until 2011, despite having heard about them in 2008.last_img read more

Urban Meyer on Braxton Miller Kenny Guiton against Penn State Were going

No. 9 Ohio State travels to Penn State this weekend for a battle between the conference’s two teams ineligible for postseason play. OSU coach Urban Meyer and PSU coach Bill O’Brien weighed in on the status of Buckeyes quarterback Braxton Miller at the weekly Big Ten football coaches teleconference. Preparing for Miller Time Miller was injured in the third quarter of last Saturday’s overtime win against Purdue, and Meyer said that the sophomore quarterback is still nursing a very sore neck. Meyer confirmed that Miller has been cleared to practice, but said backup redshirt junior Kenny Guiton will be prepared to play. “We’re going to have two ready,” said Meyer of his quarterbacks. Nonetheless, O’Brien said his team is preparing for OSU’s typical offense, in which Miller is the team’s leading passer and rusher. “Obviously, we’re preparing for Braxton Miller,” O’Brien said. “He’s one of the top players in the country, at the end of the day that’s the guy that we have to prepare for.” High Praise for Heuerman Buckeye fans might be celebrating Jeff Heuerman for his receiving skills right now – the sophomore tight end caught the game-tying two-point conversion last Saturday – but Meyer has been impressed with a different aspect of Heuerman’s skill set. “He might be the best blocking tight end that I’ve ever had in my head coaching career,” Meyer said. Heuerman’s contributions might not jump off a stat sheet, he has six receptions this year for one touchdown, but Meyer said that Heuerman’s blocking has been extremely important this season. “He’s giving us a component that we’ve never really had at that spot,” Meyer said. “He’s a point guy that can really block a defensive had. That’s really great to have.” Better left unsaid? Michigan has not won a Big Ten title since 2004, and coach Brady Hoke said that he uses the program’s conference championship drought to motivate his players everyday. “Let’s face it,” said the second-year Michigan coach. “Besides graduating and honoring your name, the expectations are to win Big Ten Championships. We embrace it and we are not going to shy away from it.” Hoke’s approach is fundamentally different than that of Nebraska coach Bo Pelini, who said he just tries to keep his team focused on getting better every day. “I don’t talk about (winning the conference) daily,” Pelini said. “Our players understand what’s out there and what the challenges are.” Michigan (5-2, 3-0 Big Ten) and Nebraska (5-2, 2-1 Big Ten) meet this weekend, and whether the coaches want to talk about it or not, the game has major implications on the conference championship picture. To maintain its undefeated conference record, Michigan will have to do what it’s failed to do twice this season – win a night game away from home. The Wolverines were handled, 41-14, on a neutral field against Alabama on Sept. 1, and fell to Notre Dame three weeks later. “We haven’t played our best football,” Hoke said. “We are going to need to this week.” read more