Ex-Macphie boss appointed UK managing director of La Compagnie des Desserts

first_imgAndy Underwood has been appointed UK managing director of desserts and manufacturer La Compagnie des Desserts (CDD)He is replacing Richard Watts, who founded Destiny Foods 29 years ago and has continued to lead the business since Destiny was acquired by La Compagnie des Desserts in December 2019.Underwood (pictured above) was managing director of Macphie for more than four years, and had been the first person outside the Macphie family to hold the role. He left at the end of last year and was replaced by Andy Stapley, who joined the company as chief executive officer.Before joining Macphie, Underwood held board and senior commercial roles with The Authentic Food Company, Brakes, Schwan’s and Coca-Cola Schweppes.“We’re delighted to welcome Andy to the business and we’re sure his considerable experience and success in the industry to date will help the UK business continue to develop positively,” said CDD group president Philippe Bonny, who also thanked Watts for his support during the two-year transition.CDD brings together ice cream, patisserie and bakery manufacturers, including Pole Sud, Le Gourmet Parisien, La Croquanterie Gourmande, Mon Petit Patissier, Mont Blanc, Philippe Urraca, Pain-Petifour and Destiny Foods.“I’m delighted to be joining the Destiny/CDD UK business and having the opportunity to build on what has been achieved to date,” said Underwood. “We offer a high-quality product and service solution to support our customers in providing appropriate desserts to their consumers.”last_img read more

Pretty Lights Announces Live Band Fall Tour Dates

first_imgPretty Lights has been rocking it with his Live Band of late, and the jams will continue! The famed Colorado DJ has announced a new run of tour dates throughout the West Coast, with stops in Santa Barbara, San Jose, San Diego and Los Angeles from November 10-13.You can see the full announcement below, and head to the PL website for ticketing details.Pretty Lights Live Band Tour Dates11/10 Santa Barbara, CA – Santa Barbara Bowl *11/11  San Jose, CA – City National Civic *11/12  San Diego, CA – SOMA ^11/13 Los Angeles, CA – Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival* = with Big Wild and Chris Karns^ = with Chris Karnslast_img

The Shirt 2014 features new fabric on anniversary

first_imgMichael Yu | The Observer Students wondered what color, design and logo would adorn The Shirt 2014 as they stood waiting for the grand unveiling outside the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore enjoying free food and cheerleading performances.The unveiling ceremony, which takes place each year on the day before the Blue-Gold Spring Game, began at 6 p.m.Students who bought The Shirt after the ceremony received a 15 percent discount on up to two Shirts.This year’s shirt features the outside and inside of the football stadium on the front and back of The Shirt, respectively. The Shirt 2014 is heather blue made with a 60 percent cotton and 40 percent polyester blend, sophomore Camden Hill, The Shirt executive committee’s designer, said.Hill said an obstacle designers faced was deciding on a concept. He said designers had to first design the 25th anniversary logo before proceeding to work on the design of The Shirt.“From a design standpoint, I think we were trying to do something new this year but not radically different from the previous years. We had to keep it consistent with kind of the image The Shirt has created, but we were looking into different things,” Hill said. “We wanted try a different color and we thought the 25th anniversary would be a great time to try a new fabric as well. The heathered fabric gives it a unique look, unlike the two previous blues.”Hill said unlike the previous years where The Shirt focused on certain players, this year’s shirt focused on the stadium.Junior John Wetzel, president of The Shirt executive committee, said, “Coach Kelly has had tremendous success at home during his time as a head coach, which is why we thought it was appropriate to feature the stadium as the main focus in this years shirt. With the design on the back we were hoping to [portray] all the pieces of the full Notre Dame football experience by including the band, the fans and the players.”Wetzel said an obstacle was making sure that the timing of the unveiling was perfect. They had to coordinate Brian Kelly’s arrival, the committee members changing into their shirts, the band being prepped play while also coordinating online and social media releases, he said.The unveiling ceremony coordinators senior Catherine Simonson and sophomore Catherine Williams spearheaded the majority of planning and coordination of the performances for the actual unveiling ceremony, Wetzel said.The committee expects to sell around 20,000 shirts in the first day, Wetzel said.As for improvements for next year’s planning process, Hill said, “I thought what could’ve benefitted us was nailing down a more specific concept initially. We were a little nebulous going into the design process, and we thought we were more specific than we were. … In retrospect, it would’ve been better to have a better more solid understanding of the concept before designing the shirt.”Hill said he has noticed a generally positive reaction to this year’s shirt design.“I take the anonymous Twitter comments to be the most telling, because they have nothing to lose; they aren’t trying to appease me, and even from those, I’ve heard a lot of good and positive feedback,” Hill said. Tags: The Shirt 2014last_img read more

Vatican suspends ‘bishop of bling’

first_img Share Share Tweet 52 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring!center_img There is no surprise in Rome that the Vatican has ordered the bishop’s suspension from his duties, correspondents saThe Vatican has suspended a senior German Church leader dubbed the “bishop of bling” by the media over his alleged lavish spending.Bishop of Limburg Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst is accused of spending more than 31m euros (£26m; $42m) on renovating his official residence.The Vatican said it deemed “appropriate… a period of leave from the diocese” for the bishop.The suspension comes two days after he met the Pope to discuss the matter.“A situation has been created in which the bishop can no longer exercise his episcopal duties”, a Vatican statement said.It said a Church commission would rule on the matter, but did not say where Bishop Tebartz-van Elst, 53, would go or what he would do while the inquiry was held.The bishop’s official residence in Limburg has been described as luxuriousThe head of Germany’s main lay Catholic group, the Central Committee of German Catholics, Alois Glueck, welcomed the Vatican’s decision.He said: “Pope Francis’s decision offers the chance of a first step toward a new beginning in the Limburg diocese, because the situation has become an increasing burden for the faithful there, and in all of Germany, over recent weeks.”First-class flightBishop Tebartz-van Elst – and his spending habits – had become infamous in Germany, where many people pay Church tax to the state. The tax raised 5.2bn euros for Catholics and 4.6bn euros for Protestants in 2012.Calls were made for the bishop to resign after he was accused of lying under oath about his spending.He was criticised for a first-class flight to India to visit the poor.But his official residence is at the heart of the criticism, after renovations were originally costed at 5.5m euros.German media are reporting that the residence was fitted with a bath that cost 15,000 euros, a conference table for 25,000 euros and a private chapel that cost 2.9m euros.The story has attracted heavy coverage and has stoked controversy among Catholics.It was in Germany that Martin Luther launched the Reformation five centuries ago in response to what he said were excesses and abuses within the Church.The BBC’s Alan Johnston, in Rome, says all this was bound to play badly with the new Pope, who has repeatedly expressed his disapproval of senior clerics whose lifestyles seem a little too lavish.Pope Francis has also signalled his intention to clean up the Vatican’s finances, appointing a commission to advise him on reforms.There is no surprise in Rome that the Vatican has ordered the bishop’s suspension from his duties while the spending row is investigated, our correspondent adds.Steffen Seibert, a spokesman for German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is the daughter of a Protestant pastor, said that she had expressed “hope that there will be an answer for believers, for people’s confidence in their Church”.In his absence, the bishop’s diocese will be administered by Limburg’s vicar general, Wolfgang Roesch.BBC News FaithInternationalLifestylePrint Vatican suspends ‘bishop of bling’ by: – October 23, 2013 Sharelast_img read more

FIFA steps in to run Venezuelan Football after death of Acting President

first_imgFIFA has appointed a Normalisation Committee to run the Venezuelan Football Federation (FVF) following the death of Acting President Jesús Berardinelli last month. The worldwide governing body said the Committee, which will manage the body on a day-to-day basis and will organise elections, had been installed to address the “leadership vacuum” at the FVF. Berardinelli had been acting President since January after Laureano González stepped down citing health problems. He was also first vice-president of the FVF and FIFA said his death at the age of 61 – which came shortly after he was arrested on charges of misusing public money – meant the the FVF “is currently facing a situation in which its President and first vice-president are permanently absent”. “This leadership vacuum prevents the FVF from taking key administrative and sporting decisions during these critical times, which could impact negatively on the development of Venezuelan football at all levels,” FIFA said in a statement.Advertisement Restrictions imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic could also prevent the FVF from holding its elections within the time period set out in its statutes, FIFA added. The Normalisation Committee’s mandate is set to run until June 30 of next year at the latest. read also:US Justice Department cautions FIFA on international ban FIFA stepping in to run the FVF marks the latest crisis for the Venezuelan body, which was embroiled in the corruption scandal at the worldwide organisation. González took over as FVF President after predecessor Rafael Esquivel, a former vice-president of the South American Football Confederation, was arrested during dawn raids at the Baur Au Lac hotel in Zurich ahead of FIFA’s Congress in May 2015. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… center_img Promoted Content7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MorePortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiThe Best Cars Of All Time13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hoot7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?Top 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?7 Reasons You Have Trouble Getting Things Donelast_img read more

Cole eyes West Ham stay

first_img “Hopefully I’ve done myself a favour and will get a start soon. I’ll wait for the manager to make the decision.” Fellow substitute Joe Cole and Mohamed Diame were also on the scoresheet in what turned out to be the Hammers’ first home win since the opening day of the season. The Hammers fans who booed their team off after last week’s 3-0 win over Chelsea lauded their team on Saturday afternoon. But given that West Ham are still only three points above the relegation zone, Carlton Cole knows his team cannot afford to take their foot off the accelerator. “We saw the Fulham game and the Crystal Palace game (on Tuesday) as six-pointers,” Cole added. “So the next game is another big game for us. “Hopefully we can get our first back-to-back wins of the season. “We’re doing our match preparations now, we’re ready.” The former Chelsea man now hopes he can start banging the goals in on a regular basis. “Once you score you feel you can get in a rhythm and score more so hopefully there will be more to come for me now,” said Cole, who drew a blank in the first four games since he re-signed for the club. “Hopefully they will be important goals. I want to keep the momentum and doing the right thing.” Should he keep scoring, Cole admits his chances of prolonging his stay beyond January, when his contract expires, will improve. “I want to stay, of course, and I’m very confident,” he said. “I know the ins and outs of the club. Sometimes change is good but I’m here and have been here for so long – I’d like to stay on. “It’s up to the manager. I can only play my best and try to play to my capacity on the field. Whatever they will do in the future is beyond my control. “We’ll see how it goes. I’m fit now, I’ve always been working for my fitness and the manager has been waiting for the right time for me to start. Cole left West Ham in the summer following seven years at the club, but the Hammers handed him a short-term contract in October after the severity of Andy Carroll’s injury became clear. The 30-year-old started repaying manager Sam Allardyce on Saturday afternoon when he came off the bench to score the second goal in West Ham’s 3-0 victory over Fulham. Carlton Cole is hoping to start scoring regularly for West Ham so he can earn a contract extension at Upton Park. Press Associationlast_img read more

History on Johnson’s side

first_imgDustin Johnson has recent history on his side as he looks to end his run of major misery with victory in the Open Championship, which will finish on a Monday for just the second time ever. Press Association But when play eventually resumed at 6pm, the 31-year-old American completed a second round of 69 by driving the 18th green and two-putting for birdie to finish 10 under par, one ahead of England’s Danny Willett – who finished his 69 on Friday – and two clear of 1999 champion Paul Lawrie. Australia’s Jason Day and 2010 champion Louis Oosthuizen finished seven under par to join Friday finishers Marc Warren, Zach Johnson, Adam Scott and Robert Streb in joint fourth, with world number two Jordan Spieth two shots further back after a second-round 72. ” This morning when we started it was almost impossible, but I managed to hang in there and then when we just went out and restarted it was very tough, but managed to make some good pars and then birdie the last hole,” Johnson said. “So it was a good way to finish the day.” Asked about the incident on the 14th, where his ball was blown down a slope towards that of playing partner Spieth, Johnson added: ” Fortunately it happened in kind of the end part of the second round, so we’ve still got a lot of golf to play, so it is what it is. Can’t do anything to change it. “W hen I went up to mark it I got probably an inch from the ground. My coin was about to hit the ground when it took off. Then I went to mark it again and I think it took off again. And then Jordan was running to his ball. It was pretty funny.” The last seven major winners have led or shared the lead after 36 holes, but Johnson has already let several chances slip through his fingers. He held a two-shot lead early in the final round of the US Open last month but failed to convert an eagle attempt from 12 feet on the 72nd hole to claim the title and missed the return from four feet to miss out on a play-off with Spieth. The world number four also took a three-shot lead into the final round at Pebble Beach in 2010 but collapsed to a closing 82, while a two-shot penalty for grounding his club in a bunker on the 72nd hole of the US PGA two months later cost him a place in the play-off. Masters and US Open champion Spieth, who is chasing the third leg of an unprecedented calendar grand slam, did not think play should have started at 7am, but was also furious with himself for five three-putts in his round. “I t was an interesting round that took a lot of time, but it’s nice to look back on Saturday evening and instead of being five shots back with one to go, I’ve still got two full rounds, so anything can happen here,” the 21-year-old said. “I believe I’m still in contention. I still believe I can win this tournament. I need a really solid round tomorrow, though, because Dustin is not letting up. “Dustin is going to shoot a good round tomorrow with less wind and I’m going to need to shoot a great round to really give myself a chance. “To fall from two back to five back isn’t exactly what I wanted, but it could have been worse, could have been better. If I can shoot something like 10 under in the last two rounds, I think I’ll have a chance to win.” Asked about the pressure of trying to win a third straight major title, Spieth added: “W hen we’re out on the course inside the ropes, it’s just another event, and I’m working as hard as I can to get into contention and beat the best players in the world. “I understand where we’re at off the course, but it doesn’t do any good thinking about that. It does better for me focusing on the task at hand. That’s what we did in the first two majors.” A delay of 10 and a half hours forced the R&A to extend proceedings into a fifth day for the first time since Royal Lytham in 1988, with the third round scheduled for Sunday at St Andrews. After a 7am restart on the Old Course, Johnson had seen his ball roll off the 14th green in winds gusting up to 45mph during the 32 minutes of action possible before play was suspended. last_img read more

Hogan hopes for Haydock heroics from Gordon Lord Byron

first_img Press Association Hogan’s stable star lifted this prize in 2013 and was runner-up 12 months ago and in 2012, but needs to bounce back from a slightly disappointing effort in the Renaissance Stakes at the Curragh a fortnight ago. “Gordon Lord Byron worked extremely well on Tuesday and I am very happy with him,” said Hogan. Tom Hogan expects a return to Haydock to bring out the best in Gordon Lord Byron in the Betfred Sprint Cup.center_img “He was a bit stiff after the Renaissance Stakes – he just doesn’t seem to cope that well with the undulations at the Curragh. “He prefers level tracks like Haydock and Deauville and I was very pleased with his third place in the Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville last month, which rates as good a performance as he has ever produced. “I think the Maurice de Gheest winner, Muhaarar, is the best sprinter we have seen in Europe for a while and the runner-up, Esoterique, went on to win a Group One a week later. “Gordon Lord Byron tends to have little issues the whole time so some days he is not absolutely on his ‘A’ game and others he is. But we have learned to manage him – he is very precious to us. “It looks a very competitive race with plenty of nice three-year-olds in the field, but he has never run a bad race at Haydock and, please god, he can keep that up on Saturday.” last_img read more

Indian Premier League IPL 2019 STAT: Rajasthan Royals’ overwhelming favorites against Kings XI Punjab at home

first_img Jaipur: In last eleven editions of the franchise-based T20 league, Rajasthan Royals has featured in nine seasons with getting suspended for two editions. In this while, Rajasthan Royals’ fortress – Sawai Mansingh Stadium has hosted Kings XI Punjab five times, and the former has emerged victorious on all five occasions. With this, all Kings XI have to do is to look back on their ‘daunting’ record, and see the areas they need to improve. The overall record between two teams is also in favor of Rajasthan Royals’ as they have won 10 out of 17 games played between two franchises.Kings XI Punjab has always been a side who starts well in the tournament but haven’t been able to continue the run in a six-week long tournament. There’s no better way to do things correctly, and start this season fresh. The side has once again touched Jaipur base and would be looking to open their winning tally on this ground. For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlights Rajasthan Royals has won five out of five games against Kings XI Punjab at home.In the Head-to-Head, Rajasthan Royals has won 10 out of 17 games.Chris Gayle is six runs away from becoming the second overseas batsman to score 4000 plus runs. Last year, they over-invested in trying to be different, KXIP were out of gas when other teams stepped it up last year, so don’t be surprised if they have a bit more method to their madness this year. Being boring is what they couldn’t be in 2018. Ravichandran Ashwin is an astute captain who’s also ready to run into the wild, which is why Mike Hesson’s appointment as the head coach becomes so much more significant. He can be the restrain KXIP can do with, the antidote to everything bold and beautiful that Ashwin brings to the table. This remains to be seen whether it actually happens. The news from the center is that Rajasthan Royals’ skipper Ajinkya Rahane has won the toss and asked the opposition to have a bat first. It will be interesting to see if they are able to put up a defendable total on the board.Meanwhile, Rajasthan Royals currently has the best winning record at home, which is close to 73 percent. This remains to be seen if they are able to continue this dream stint at home.All Kings XI have to do is look back at who won last year, and how. There’s no better way to do things correctly, and there’s no point trying to do the correct things differently. Over-invested in trying to be different, KXIP were out of gas when other teams stepped it up last year, so don’t be surprised if they have a bit more method to their madness this year. Being boring is what they couldn’t be in 2018.Ravichandran Ashwin is an astute captain who’s also ready to run into the wild, which is why Mike Hesson’s appointment as the head coach becomes so much more significant. He can be the restrain KXIP can do with, the antidote to everything bold and beautiful that Ashwin brings to the table.And then there are 13 new players in a 23-man strong squad, which will allow the team a fresh lease of reputation that goes beyond how good their opening batsmen are. The auctions weren’t perfect for them but it doesn’t mean that the season can’t be.last_img read more

Dornsife adds minor in Iranian studies

first_imgThis fall, the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences will offer a minor in Iranian studies through a partnership with the Farhang Foundation in Los Angeles.The establishment of the minor is part of a multiphase process to establish an Iranian studies program at USC. The first phase began last year, when the university offered its first Persian language classes.According to NPR, Southern California boasts the largest population of Iranians outside Iran, roughly 500,000. UCLA, another large Southern California school, already has a Persian studies program.“UCLA has a Persian studies major so it’s about time that USC became involved in the Persian community, especially with all the resources available around us,” Emily Zolfaghari, secretary for USC’s Iranian Student Organization, said.Zolfaghari hopes to work for Doctors Without Borders in the Middle East, where she believes her Persian language studies will help her.While support for USC’s program exceeded expectations, it was necessary for the program to expand gradually to ensure that there was a demand for the classes and support within the Iranian-American community, according to Haleh Emrani, chair of Farhang’s Iranian Studies Council.“It was important to make sure USC — which is one of the most important universities in Southern California with the largest number of Iranian diaspora students — has an Iranian studies program,” Ali Razi, chair of the Farhang Foundation Board of Trustees, said.According to Emrani, the classes received an overwhelming response.“After we established the Persian language classes and they were received well by the student body, we realized that the time was right for the second part of the process to be implemented.”Professor Hani Khafipour, who previously taught at the University of Chicago, will join the Dornsife staff this semester to teach three courses in Iranian history, arts and culture that the minor will consist of.Khafipour said he hopes to help his students change their thought processes to focus less on the differences between Iran and America that are often emphasized in the media today.“The time has come to move away from this outdated framework and obstructive perspective,” Khafipour said. “I would like to encourage my students to distance their thoughts from such attitudes, challenge their assumptions, orient their viewpoint toward finding commonalities between the countries and to think critically about how to build new ways of developing relationships.”Emrani said the third phase of the process will be the establishment of an endowed chair in Iranian Studies, which would allow for the creation of a major in the subject.Steven Lamy, Dornsife’s vice dean for academic programs, said the university is not rushing to create a major because they want to ensure that they can offer students a quality program first.“We don’t create a major unless we have the faculty expertise as well as student interest,” he said. “We’re hoping this will attract students, then eventually we can create a major.”Hootan Omidvar, a junior majoring in psychology, said he initially took classes because of his Iranian heritage. He is planning to pursue degrees in clinical psychology and business, but he enjoyed the Farsi classes so much he is considering the Iranian studies minor as well.“If I pursue clinical psychology, I could have a niche of clients that are Persian,” he said. “I could more effectively communicate with them and understand them better because understanding their language leads to a deeper understanding of them emotionally. In business, any language skill makes for a more effective entrepreneur.”According to Emrani, the main purpose behind this specific effort at USC is to bring some level of knowledge to the community at large about Iran and Iranian culture.“We’re not only bringing the two communities together and the cultures together but we’re providing a set of skills for students to participate in the global economy,” Emrani said. “If students become familiar with cultures that may not be as well-known to them, it will lead to a more compassionate world.”Follow Kate Guarino on Twitter @km_guarinolast_img read more