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BP spill could have been avoided

By on September 4, 2021

first_imgThursday 17 February 2011 9:00 pm whatsapp whatsapp BP had workers on the doomed Deepwater Horizon rig who could have prevented the missteps that led to the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill, but they were not consulted, the White House oil spill commission said yesterday. In an expanded report on the causes of the BP drilling disaster that killed 11 workers and ravaged the US Gulf coast last summer, the commission released new details about the events that preceded the BP accident. The commission’s investigators said BP workers failed to ask a knowledgeable company engineer who was visiting the rig about unexpected results from a critical negative pressure test on the rig. KCS-content Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapNew England Patriots’ Cam Newton says no extra motivation from Mac Jones’SportsnautCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe Wrap’Sex and the City’ Sequel Series at HBO Max Adds 4 More ReturningThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrapcenter_img BP spill could have been avoided Tags: NULL Show Comments ▼ by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailPeople TodayNewborn’s Strange Behavior Troubles Mom, 40 Years Later She Finds The Reason Behind ItPeople TodayTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeZen HeraldNASA’s Voyager 2 Has Entered Deep Space – And It Brought Scientists To Their KneesZen Heraldautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.com Sharelast_img read more

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Want to get rich with UK shares? 2 top stocks I think could make ISA investors millions

By on July 5, 2021

first_img I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Image source: Getty Images We all dream of millions of pounds from UK shares. Many stock investors have made gigantic pension pots with a little dedication and regular investment. But the number of people who have joined the millionaire’s club has been far less impressive. It doesn’t have to be this way though.Studies show that long-term investors make an average annual return of between 8% and 10%. This means that someone who can invest a decent amount regularly can turn their hard-saved cash into something really spectacular. Let’s say you can buy £500 worth of UK shares a month over the space of 30 years. And you buy with the intention of holding them for a minimum of a decade, the sort of time frame which will allow them to recover from any temporary volatility.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Over this sort of period you can expect to have made between £704,000 and £1.03m on your total investment of just £180,000. That’s quite an eye-popping profit I’m sure you’d agree.Making millions with UK sharesYou can significantly improve your chances of making a million with UK shares by buying after stock market crashes. The Stocks and Shares ISA has been around for decades, yet the number of people making millions in these sort of products has only exploded more recently.Why? Well these newest members to the millionaires’s lounge bought in the aftermath of the banking crisis back in 2008–09. Then UK shares were changing hands for next to nothing. So these ISA investors loaded their stock portfolios at low cost and watched the value of their assets explode as the economic recovery took hold and confidence came flooding back to the markets.2 top-class ISA buysIt’s my intention to follow their example by buying UK shares despite the uncertain economic outlook. There’s far too many top-class shares trading at rock-bottom prices to miss out on, in my book. I’ve already added to my Stocks and Shares ISA after the stock market crash and I’m thinking of buying these quality stocks as well:ITV’s been hit by sinking advertising revenues in 2020, and a cloudy outlook for marketing budgets continue to weigh on the former FTSE 100 stock. But I reckon a forward price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 8 times reflects these problems and makes it an attractive dip buy. I’m encouraged by the broadcaster’s steps to embrace the fast-growing digital segment. And I like ITV’s measures to turn its ITV Studios arm into a global production giant too.I also expect Vistry Group’s share price to recover strongly from its recent lows. This UK share trades on a P/E multiple of 10 times, a figure which doesn’t reflect how strong trading has been across the housebuilding sector since lockdown measures were rolled back. Low interest rates and ongoing government support like Help to Buy is supporting demand for newbuild homes. I expect sales of Vistry’s homes to remain strong, too, given the colossal size of Britain’s housing shortage. Want to get rich with UK shares? 2 top stocks I think could make ISA investors millions Royston Wild has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended ITV. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Royston Wild | Saturday, 3rd October, 2020 Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Enter Your Email Addresscenter_img “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares See all posts by Royston Wildlast_img read more

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New charities registered

By on June 16, 2021

Howard Lake | 9 May 2000 | News New charities registered About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.  8 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The Charity Commission registered 1,460 new charities between January and March 2000. During this period 2,264 organisations applied for charitable status. The Commission removed 6,248 charities from the Register in the quarter, the majority of which had ceased operating. At the end of March that left 182,924 registered charities in England and Wales. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis read more

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Drop in small grants programmes in Ireland over past four years

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first_img Howard Lake | 24 September 2013 | News Drop in small grants programmes in Ireland over past four years Over the last four years the number of small grants awarded by foundations and other grant sources in Ireland has fallen from 1,429 to 969, according to research commissioned by Philanthropy Ireland. This represented a decline in grants from a high of €4,187,715 in 2010 to €3,140,943 last year. The ending of the AIB Better Ireland Awards Scheme was a contributed significantly to this development, according to the research, removing more than 40% of the small grants programmes capacity (€1.8m and over 500 awards) between 2010 and 2011. ‘Small Grants Programmes in Ireland: A review of the current landscape and best practice’ was commissioned to improve information on small grants (defined as grants under €25,000), improve grant programmes and increase co-operation between philanthropic organisations. Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.center_img The research found that the success rate (the number of awards expressed as a percentage of the total number of applications) varied significantly across grant programmes, ranging from 4% to over 80%. The average across all programmes in 2012 was 27%. According to the research, there is a shift in philanthropy in Ireland, as experienced in the US and in UK, towards larger scale, multi-year, and more strategic funding. The report can be downloaded on Philanthropy Ireland’s website.Photo: dandelion seeds by Alexey U on Shutterstock.com  17 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Funding Ireland Research / statisticslast_img read more

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Objective conditions that gave rise to Ferguson

By on June 15, 2021

first_imgLarry HalesWW photo: Brenda RyanExcerpts from the talk given by Larry Hales at the 2014 Workers World Party National Conference in New York City Nov. 15-16.I believe in comradely and revolutionary love, but also in the power of hating oppression and those that oppress. I believe in letting that hate for the oppressor burn right next to the love for the oppressed, and hopefully the tornado that forms the contradictory winds keeps you inspired.This past year, how many victims have there been of state violence, both victims of the internally oppressed and of the oppressed nations externally? If we were to say all the names of the people killed by the violence of the U.S. imperialist state, then perhaps we would need more than the two days devoted to this conference. Someplace their names are being said. And they are just memories now.We have long memories. We never forget.Now the value of a young life is being weighed — of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who would have been three-quarters of the way through his first semester of college. We can all imagine which way the decision to indict Darren Wilson will go; we can infer from the so-called leaks and from numerous other cases because we don’t forget. Of course, whatever this secretive grand jury decides, it will not change the meaning of the young man’s life for his family and friends, the people of Ferguson and St. Louis County, the Black nation, oppressed people or working people in general.  It will most likely be just another indication of how this society values Black life.But I want us, comrades, to look at the bigger picture of national oppression and the capitalist system itself, of the circumstances that created Ferguson, a once majority-white, middle- to upper-middle-class enclave, into a suburban Black ghetto.Ferguson is in the spotlight because of the murder of Mike Brown by the pig Darren Wilson, but hundreds of Fergusons have been created from once majority Black cities, long divested from by businesses, that have felt the crush of constant cutbacks in state expenditures and of social needs being attacked.The neoliberal model, an imperialist policy, is now a policy destroying oppressed communities, unions, social needs such as public housing, education and food programs like SNAP [Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program] benefits. More and more the bourgeois state is becoming austere, and money is being put in the hands of the banks, financial institutions, agribusiness and huge retailers like Walmart in the form of subsidies, bond buybacks or interest payments.Developers have moved in, bought up land, built on it, establishing minimum-income requirements, pushing the poor and oppressed out.  This comes on the heels of school closings which disproportionately affect Black children. In the latest round of school closings in Philadelphia last year, 79 percent of the children affected were Black.Zero tolerance or quality-of-life ordinances are enacted, some neighborhood specific, like Broken Windows in Denver and in Harlem, N.Y., under the first Bratton term — something that is now citywide — or stop-and-frisk, the policy that led to the murders of Ramarley Graham and Kimani Gray.Ferguson was created by such policies in St. Louis, which used to be predominantly Black, somewhere around 70 percent, but is now 49 percent white. Now Ferguson is almost 70 percent Black, with 25 percent living below the poverty rate and 44 percent living below twice the poverty rate, with a 13 percent unemployment rate.These are the conditions, along with this specific killing of young Mike Brown, that led to the rebellion, and these conditions are all over the country, where poverty is growing at twice the rate in the suburbs as opposed to inner city areas. We must tie this to the current stage of capitalist imperialism — and the growing war against oppressed and working people in the imperialist center — with that of the oppressed around the globe.It is why we must raise again and again: Build independent power, build the peoples’ assemblies to fight in the interests of the most oppressed behind a working people’s program whose goal is every gain we can extract on the path toward complete emancipation of oppressed and working people.Forward ever! Power to the people, workers and assemblies of the oppressed!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Repositioning Skills in a Changing REO Environment

By on May 31, 2021

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / Repositioning Skills in a Changing REO Environment Share Save Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Radhika Ojha is an independent writer and copy-editor, and a reporter for DS News. She is a graduate of the University of Pune, India, where she received her B.A. in Commerce with a concentration in Accounting and Marketing and an M.A. in Mass Communication. Upon completion of her masters degree, Ojha worked at a national English daily publication in India (The Indian Express) where she was a staff writer in the cultural and arts features section. Ojha, also worked as Principal Correspondent at HT Media Ltd and at Honeywell as an executive in corporate communications. She and her husband currently reside in Houston, Texas. August 2, 2019 1,713 Views Previous: Building Trust in Servicing Next: Optimal Blue’s Competitive Analytics to Help Lenders The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, News, REO Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily About Author: Radhika Ojha Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Related Articles Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days agocenter_img Tagged with: Agents Assets Brokers Five Star FORCE Properties real estate REO Skills  Print This Post The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Repositioning Skills in a Changing REO Environment Agents Assets Brokers Five Star FORCE Properties real estate REO Skills 2019-08-02 Radhika Ojha Subscribe Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago A recent webinar by the Five Star FORCE addressed current challenges faced by REO agents and gave tips on how they can position themselves in the current distressed property environment. The webinar titled “Agents Helping Agents: Communicating Your Value to Prospective Clients” had members of the FORCE Advisory Council providing the audience with a “kick-start toolkit” to help brokers position themselves for the next upcoming distressed market while sharing personal journies about how they managed these transitions.During this hour-long webinar, industry experts discussed pertinent topics such as website creation and REO portal profiles, creating corporate files and resumes, social media presence, marketing systems, professionalism, and much more.Sharing her personal journey, Terry Rasner-Yacenda, Five Star FORCE Chairperson and Broker/Owner of Reno/Tahoe Realty Group LLC  said that her first REO assignment didn’t go as planned. “But I didn’t give up. I just kept searching and searching, until I found someone who would mentor me,” she said. “Today, as members of the FORCE, you have the Five Star Academy that you should utilize to start positioning yourself for when the distressed property market will start happening again.”Speaking on improving performance through exposure and branding initiatives and how brokers can improve their profiles and portals, Nancy Braun, FORCE Advisory Council Vice-Chair and Owner/Broker-In-Charge of Showcase and Carolina Property Management, LLC asked brokers to dedicate at least an hour a week to update their profiles and bios on various online sites. Braun explained that such updates to bios, profiles, web pages, and social media were necessary because, “When an asset manager is looking for you, they will do a google search and if you are not updated online, they’re going to think that you are not someone who’s performing to their maximum and move on to someone else,” she observed.Explaining the items that an agent must include in their online profiles and the importance of updating their business profiles on social media and REO portals, Braun said, “The basic thing you should think about is why should they pick you over all the other agents. If you don’t have this stuff you should work towards it and showcase your unique selling proposition.”Giving tips on how agents can tap potential clients Justine Jimenez Garcia, Licensed Real Estate Broker and Coach and Owner of Countrywide Properties Inc, said that networking played an important role in getting potential leads. “Perseverance is what you need to keep in mind while getting in with any company,” Garcia said while sharing her personal experience of how networking regularly helped her.Giving an overview of the current housing market and the economy, Jim Hastings, of Hastings Brokerage Ltd took the audience through the trends that are likely to impact the distressed property market going forward. “We are in the longest nonrecessionary period in the history of America,” he said. “But an economy is all about ups and downs.”Donato Ortini, the Owner/Broker at Stone Tower Realty LLC, discussed professionalism in this field. “Essentially being professional is about giving your best at all times,” Ortini said while giving 12 tips on why it was important to remain professional, in a rapidly changing environment. “Think about how your behavior will be perceived by others and make sure to understand and follow company codes of conduct where they exist.”Steven Pagano Associate Broker at Coldwell Banker explained the importance of understanding property preservation issues. “Understanding these issues is important to communicate the value you can offer as an REO broker to asset managers,” he said.Regina Shaw, Associate Broker at Intero Real Estate Services gave insights into how brokers could prepare for the upcoming distressed real estate assets market. She said that apart from REO/foreclosures, there were many aspects to the default/distressed market that can be a great source of income. Giving some examples such as working on BPOs and short sales, Shaw said, “If you were short sale certified before, I recommend you brush up because previously mandated laws have either gone away or changed drastically.”Click here to view the complete recording. The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days agolast_img read more

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Eastern storm moving out, major storm to hit Central US with tornadoes, flooding

By on May 18, 2021

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — A quick but heavy burst of snow moved through the Mid-Atlantic Tuesday and Tuesday night, producing up to 7 inches of snow in central Pennsylvania and 4 to 6 inches of snow in West Virginia and southwest of Washington, D.C. Officially, Reagan National Airport got only a trace of snow. The quick-moving storm that brought this burst of snow is now moving out of the Northeast, with snow showers Wednesday morning in New England. Behind this storm system it will get windy and very chilly later Wednesday afternoon and into Thursday morning.Now, our attention turns to the West, where storms continue to pound the coast with heavy rain and snow in the mountains. Up to 2 feet of snow fell in parts of the Northern Rockies, where an avalanche warning has been issued for Idaho and Western Montana.Yet another storm is expected to move into the Northwest and Northern Rocky Mountains Wednesday, with more heavy snow in the mountains and rain along the coast and lower elevations. A winter storm warning has been issued for the area. By Thursday, some of the western storms will begin to make their way south and east with rain expected from Southern California to the Great Lakes. But this is just the beginning, as a much strong storm is expected to develop Friday and Saturday in the heartland.By Friday, this western storm will move into the southern Plains and strengthen to produce a severe weather outbreak from the south, with tornadoes, damaging winds and large hail. Dallas, Houston and Little Rock, Arkansas could be in the crosshairs of this severe weather. Further north and east, heavy rain could lead to flash flooding for the Tennessee and Ohio valleys. Further north and west, snow will fly from Colorado to Iowa.On Saturday, the storm will strengthen even more and move east with damaging winds and a tornado threat spreading into major cities such as New Orleans, Birmingham, Alabama and Nashville, Tennessee. On the backside, heavy snow is expected from Missouri to Michigan, and Chicago could also be in the crosshairs. The storm could bring major delays to the Central U.S. at the end of the week into the weekend. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Sturdy Savings Bank, Prides Itself on Being a Part of Community

By on May 2, 2021

first_imgBy Maddy VitaleGerald Reeves defies all of the stereotypes a person may think a bank president is supposed to be, all business, a bit stiff or stuffy, and definitely serious.Not Reeves.He has a wide range of interests from basketball and the Eagles – he went to the Super Bowl with his son, and most importantly, is devoted to the banking business, his wife and six grown children, and three grandkids with three more on the way.In an interview Tuesday at Sturdy’s administration building, 506 South Main Street in Cape May Court House, Reeves, a lifelong Cape May County resident and president of the bank since 2008, spoke about the importance of working with and for the community it serves.That mission has kept Sturdy Savings Bank a banking choice for the community since 1922, he said. “The number one reason in my mind is we stay in touch with the marketplace. We know the community we serve,” Reeves said. “Our officers, our directors, live here and know the business owners and the homeowners.”And with the banking world changing, with bank closures and mergers, Sturdy has not only managed, but excelled, in keeping and gaining customers. The institution is known for providing all the services of a larger bank, with a community feel.Sturdy serves 12 branches in Cape May County, soon to be 13, with a Marmora branch opening in the spring, and a branch in Somers Point in Atlantic County. “People say, ‘My grandparents banked with you. My parents banked with you. I feel like I should bank with you,’” Reeves said. “The local connection keeps us viable in an area where bigger banks are buying little banks.” Over 95 percent of the loans from Sturdy are to businesses and homeowners within the communities it serves, he said. “We have a strong understanding of the marketplace,” he noted. “We are available, and we are approachable. I don’t think you have that approachability at other banks.”As a community bank, it may seem more difficult for it to keep up with the larger banks. But it does, Reeves emphasized.That is because Reeves and the directors know it is vital to keep evolving and providing the newest services and products, which help keep longtime customers happy and also grow their customer base. He said new customers often come through referrals. Sturdy has been the No. 1 lender to small businesses in Cape May County for the last eight years, Reeves noted.“We have mobile banking, mobile check deposit, person to person deposit transfers, we keep adding products and services,” Reeves said. “People want it and they enjoy it.”Dave Repici, director of retail banking senior vice president, said Sturdy’s mission with that strong community mindset is partly because of Reeves at the helm.“It is his life and his passion,” Repici said. “He looks forward to coming to work. It is a good part of his life, along with his family.” Sturdy Savings Bank President and CEO Gerald Reeves, looks over a donation list with Executive Assistant Margaret McAteer Tuesday. The bank donated $167,000 to organizations in Cape May County over the last year.Sturdy does a lot of outreach with the community. Reeves, who grew up on a vegetable farm and whose parents also owned a hotel in Cape May, said giving back to the community is important, because it is another way the bank really solidifies it is part of the area it serves.The bank donated to 215 organizations totaling $167,000 this past year, according to figures through mid-December.“We continue to be successful and profitable and we are able to allocate some funds to the community,” Reeves said. Donations to The Wetlands Institute, theater groups, youth sports, and artistic endeavors, help make the community better as a whole, Reeves explained. The bank also has donated funds to fire companies and other volunteer personnel. “It is so meaningful. It makes a difference,” Reeves said of donating to organizations. “I enjoy every day because we are serving our community in a remarkable way.”Sturdy Savings Bank branches are in Avalon, Cape May, Cape May Court House, Dennisville, North Cape May, North Wildwood, Ocean City, Rio Grande, Somers Point, Stone Harbor, Tuckahoe, and Wildwood Crest and soon to be in Marmora.For more information about Sturdy Savings Bank, visit www.SturdyOnline.com or call 609-463-5220. Sturdy Savings Bank President and CEO Gerald Reeves, a lifelong Cape May County resident, said in an interview Tuesday at the administrative offices in Cape May Court House, that the bank provides the superior services of a larger institution, but with a community feel, and is the No. 1 lender of small business loans in Cape May County. last_img read more

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By on April 21, 2021

first_imgBako, a top name in bakery wholesale with five branches nationwide, is branching out into supplying foodservice. In the past the company has told me it would not stray from what it does best – supplying bakers. But I believe the decision is right. Bakery, particularly the craft sector, has contracted in recent years with consolidations and closures on the one hand and concessions to supermarkets on the other. If you ask the vital question, ‘where do they go from here?’ I think absolutely the right answer is foodservice. Preserving profits is vital to the service they provide bakers. And I don’t believe that service will suffer. I think in time it will get even better with more opportunity to invest in people and technology, alongside transport.Many congratulations this week go to Coughlans of Croydon and also to Marks & Spencer, among others, for their triumphs at the ‘Sammies’, which give industry recognition to Britain’s top sandwich makers and suppliers. Apart from the fact that one is an exceedingly good craft baker and the other is a multiple retailer you might think that winning is all they have in common. But you’d be wrong. Pioneering is what they have in common, and a commitment to quality. The level of NPD in both is astounding. One gets the impression that those responsible for fillings, quality and variety see every day as a challenge. What can we invent today? What will keep existing customers interested and attract new ones? And let’s not forget the good breads they use as carriers. Coughlans makes and fills its own, as well as providing a fantastic range of cakes, which actually draw people to Croydon. Marks & Spencer will soon be buying its sandwich bread from Fine Lady Bakery – an accolade for Joe Street and the team.Meanwhile, Phillip Brown, founder of Philpotts sandwich chain, likes to give people ‘a tangible hug’ when they go into his shops with charm, choice and opulence. That’s a new angle on service!In this issue, we also pay tribute to a much loved baker, Anne Heffernan, who spent a lot of her life helping others.Finally, do enter the Baking Industry Awards! There is a category for almost everyone and we welcome first time entrants. Closing date is June 16. Knowing how busy you all are we have simplified the forms. We look forward to hearing from you!last_img read more

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Full Video Of David Gilmour’s ‘Great Gig In The Sky’ Has Emerged [Watch]

By on March 2, 2021

first_imgLast week, David Gilmour made history by returning to the ancient Roman amphitheater in Pompeii for the first time in 45 years. Not only that, it was the first performance at the amphitheater with a full audience since the famous Pompeii volcano erupted in the first century. Talk about bucket list concert moments.Among the many highlights from the run was the bust out version of “The Great Gig In The Sky.” The Dark Side Of The Moon hit had not been played by Gilmour on tour, thus making its performance the first such appearance since 2006. With an incredible staff of singers behind him, Gilmour works his magic on the pedal steel guitar for the great musical moment.Thanks to Daily Motion, we can share full video of this great performance. While this is taken from a performance at the ancient amphitheater in Verona just a couple nights later, the sheer power of the song is only amplified by the historical significance.Watch as it all goes down in the video below.David Gilmour – The great Gig in the Sky – Live by danilopolanilast_img read more

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