BAKO North Western raises £550 for Craft Bakers’ Week charity

first_imgBAKO North Western (BNW) has raised more than £550 for the Make-A-Wish foundation as part of Craft Bakers’ Week.Staff were encouraged to get involved in the week by partaking in a series of challenges, including piping cupcakes and taste-testing.The finale featured a doughnut-eating competition, in which the winner consumed 12 doughnuts in five minutes.Craft Bakers’ Week took place from last Monday (29 September). The seven-day celebration of craft bakery saw bakers from around the UK hold different events, promote new products, and raise money for the Make-A-Wish charity, which was this year’s chosen charity to support.Many bakers took to twitter to celebrate the week. Here is a round-up of our favourite tweets.[View the story “Craft Bakers Week in tweets” on Storify]last_img read more

Historic Woombye church attracts single ladies and artists

first_imgStairs lead to the bedroom loft at 34 Wilson Ave, Woombye.The owners have partially renovated the kitchen and rewired the house, making all of the chandeliers and lantern lights. The main living area with side deck.‘The Church’ as locals know it, comes from the same Sunshine Coast hinterland town that gave us the Big Pineapple and Saturday’s auction was prepped as a major town event.“It has honestly been an icon of the town,” said Ms Cannon, who is a local resident. The property is on 898sq m which is zoned medium density residential.Fifty-five interested buyers had inspected the 898sq m property at 34 Wilson Ave, Woombye, in the four week campaign.But the house might return to the market, with the local buyer planning on doing it up, putting in a new bathroom and kitchen and potentially flipping the property.“The fact that it’s a church, that is huge for people,” Ms Cannon said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours agoFrom the front room, looking into the living area.“People just love churches, and people just want to live in a church, it has a feel. It’s hard to explain, it’s calm and inviting. Everyone who comes through is in love with it.” A bedroom loft and feature lighting.The Woombye Methodist Church was built by townsfolk and had its first service on July 7, 1900.By the 1940s it had been converted into a bed and breakfast and a decade later was sold as a private home.The current owners bought the church three years ago and have rented it out.“My favourite part of the house is the loft bedroom, and the lighting is just amazing,” Ms Cannon said. An open plan kitchen.Interested buyers came come from the local area as well as New South Wales.“It’s so varied, there are people who want to live there themselves and just love the idea of living in a church, first homebuyers, single women where it’s been a dream of theirs to live in a church, developers looking at it because it is zoned medium density and investors.center_img A cute-as-a-button entrance with stained glass windows.“We’ve had people looking at it for art galleries as well because of the area.” The church at 34 Wilson Ave, Woombye that created a stir when it hit the market.SINGLE ladies, artists and developers were lining up to buy this historic Queensland church that had been converted into a cute-as-a-button house.But an eleventh-hour offer from a keen local renovator trumped them all and the house was sold prior to auction for $480,000.“We had three offers prior to auction but this one blew them all out of the water,” Ray White Mountain Creek agent Kristy Cannon said.“It was well above the seller’s reserve.” FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOKlast_img read more


first_imgBy Emmet Rushe: Entering a gym for the first time can be terrifying!The thought of starting to lift weights can be a nightmare.You walk into the gym, take one look at the machine and free weight section and……head for the nearest cross-trainer or treadmill, and who could blame you? Some of the weights machines look like a PHD is needed to operate them.But, for the majority of you, weights are actually what you should be doing in order to achieve what 99% of gym-goers want – to get ‘toned’.When you refer to muscle ‘tone’, what you actually want is to drop body fat and maintain or develop muscle mass. No, you are not going to end up looking like a bodybuilder, unless that is what you want.As a beginner it is important to start with a proper foundation. This should be based on large muscle groups and each exercise should work more than one muscle per time…….say what now??? Don’t worry; I am going to lay down a few ways for even the newest member of a gym to get started.Everyone has body parts that they want to focus on.For men, it is usually chest and biceps.For women, it is usually arms, hips and thighs.When people dip their toes into the weight training waters, these parts are what most beginners usually work on and they end up neglecting everything else. I advise new gym-users to work on the full body and do it 3 days per week……..Yep! 3 days per week!The way it works is as follows.A session should include:• one or two exercise for the quads (front of the thighs) • one or two exercise for the hamstrings(back of the thighs),• one or two for the back,• one or two for the chest and• one or two for the abs.Altogether this gives us 5 or 10 exercises to put together to make up a full routine.Complete beginners can do the 5 x exercise routine. Those with some experience of exercise can do the 10 x exercise routine.At the start, the exercise will be the same for all 3 days, as this will allow your body to get used to the exercises and the movements.So, it goes like this1. Leg press ( Leg Extension is an optional no 2)2. *Lunge (Leg Curl is an optional no 2)3. Lat pull down (Seated Row is an optional no 2)4. Chest press (Pec Dec or Cable Fly is an optional no 2)5. Laying leg raise (Sit up or Weighted Sit Ups are an optional no 2)*Lunge is technically a quad exercise, but done right it targets the hamstrings and glutes also.On each exercise you are going to lift an appropriate weight between 8 and 12 times (Reps), take 45-60 seconds rest and you should do this 3-4 times (Sets) before moving onto the next exercise.Example:Leg Press8-12 reps,45-60 seconds rest,3-4 setsThen move onto the next exercise.These exercises are mainly machine based. Once you start to feel comfortable with this routine you can easily swap the machine exercises for a free weight or body weight equivalent.These will take a bit more time to learn but are a much better exercise overall.As with any program, please ensure that you have a qualified person show you the proper technique for each exercise.If you have any question on starting weight training or for getting a tailored program based on your starting point, contact me through the link below.#TrainSmart* Emmet is the owner and operator of Rushe Personal Training and PerformanceEMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: A BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO THE GYM was last modified: April 13th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:emmet rusheguide to the gymgymRight moveslast_img read more

Anti-corruption efforts awarded in South Africa

first_img17 September 2015Zanele Mxunyelwa, the National Treasury’s head of specialised audit services, was named the 2015 Certified Examiner of the Year at a gala dinner of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) held at the Sandton Convention Centre, on 15 September.“As South Africans, we have a responsibility to prevent fraud and corruption. It is a struggle that must be fought by all of us,” Mxunyelwa said. “With our well educated future generation who understand the impact of fraud and corruption in hindering service delivery, I strongly believe that we will eliminate this scourge.”She joined the National Treasury in 2010, and took it upon herself to set up the first forensic investigation unit for the country. “We are responsible to conduct forensic investigation for all spheres of government and co-ordinating all investigations and feed them to the Anti-Corruption Task Team,” Mxunyelwa said.“We are also assisting the country to investigate foreign bribery. My unit is capacitated with advocates, chartered accountants, cyber specialists and there are 10 forensic firms that are assisting us throughout the country. I believe that we will conquer and we will succeed.”The significance of the award, she added, was increased awareness from the public about the National Treasury and its work in fighting fraud and dishonesty.“No one talks about the National Treasury in terms of dealing with fraud and corruption in the country. No one knows that we exist; no one knew where to report fraudulent activities. Now that we’ve won the top awards, it means people will know that there are effective fraud busters at the National Treasury.”Congratulations on fighting a good fight“While we congratulate [Zanele Mxunyelwa] for her tireless efforts, we also need to warn those who are planning to get involved in the corrupt and fraudulent activities to refrain from doing so before our law catches up with them,” said Communications Minister Faith Muthambi at the event.She commended the National Treasury for winning the ACFE corporate member award. “We congratulate the National Treasury for their efforts of saving millions if not billions of rands of the taxpayer’s money.”#ACFE gala dinner. CFE of the year award goes to Zanele Mxunyelwa. National Treasury going home with a second award . Congratulations!— Claudelle von Eck(@CvonEck)September 15, 2015Zanele Mxunyelwa receiving CFE of the year award at ACFE Gala Dinner#[email protected]/lGyoL3d64f— Morne Britz (@Morne_73)September 16, 2015About the ACFEThe ACFE is recognised as the only professional body for fraud and forensic examination practitioners in South Africa.“As a non-profit professional body we exist to improve the level of professionalism and positively influence the quality of advice delivered by our members,” reads the company website.Source: and SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Finding the Smartest Use for Smart Meters

first_imgEven though energy use can be reduced dramatically by straightforward, cost-effective retrofits – switching to CFL light bulbs, beefing up insulation and airtightness, etc. – utility companies and other energy-use experts still devote a lot of time and effort to changing consumers’ energy-usage patterns, which can be some of the squirrelliest variables in the energy efficiency equation.A report released last week by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, a nonprofit research group based in Washington, D.C., zeros in on the disconnect between actual energy savings and the intended energy-saving benefits of installing “smart meters,” which can be read remotely by utility companies and provide more-detailed usage information to customers on their monthly bills. Studies have shown that changing usage behavior alone can reduce energy costs in a home by as much as 15% and electricity consumption by as much as 12%. But behavior doesn’t seem to change much under utility programs that rely entirely on smart metering. The missing ingredient, the ACEEE report says, is usage information that consumers can track in real time and compare with usage patterns elsewhere in their community.Adding contextThat’s not a new concept, but over the past couple years it has attracted the attention of several companies looking for ways to exploit the possibilities. In previous posts, we’ve mentioned some of the tools that can be used to help consumers closely track their household energy use, such as home dashboards that display electricity consumption in real time, and Web-based monitoring systems that provide similarly detailed usage data, such as Google’s PowerMeter, Microsoft’s Hohm, and systems being developed by network specialists Cisco Systems and Verizon Communications, and one by “smart grid” specialist Silver Spring Networks). An even broader approach is being taken by a company called OPOWER, whose Home Energy Reporting System is designed to tell utility customers how their rates of energy use rank relative to those of other homeowners in their service area.The OPOWER strategy seems especially pertinent to findings in the ACEEE report, whose lead author, Karen Ehrhardt-Martinez, a senior research associate at University of Colorado’s Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute, notes that consumers are more likely to take positive action if their usage is framed against a backdrop of usage in the neighborhood.“Rather than simply presenting consumers with information about the amount of energy consumed during the past month, enhanced billing programs in the short-term can provide a context in which consumers can evaluate their consumption levels and give expert recommendations about the best approaches for reducing energy consumption,” Ehrhardt-Martinez says. “People may be unhappy to get an electricity bill for $200, but it’s even worse to find out that your neighbors’ energy bills are half what you’re paying even though their homes are the same size. Through enhanced billing consumers can better evaluate their energy consumption practices, determine how energy is being wasted, and take action.”The report notes that, depending on how it’s implemented, energy-use feedback has the potential to reduce consumers’ electricity costs by $2 billion to $35 billion over the next 20 years.last_img read more

NCP leaders accuse BJP of using intimidation, fear to poach leaders

first_imgThe Opposition has hit out at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the ‘indiscriminate poaching’ of its leaders even as Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MP Udayanraje Bhosale formally joined the saffron alliance on Saturday. The NCP — which has been at the receiving end of the exodus — said the saffron alliance is turning out to be a ‘B’ team of their party with as many six senior leaders switching sides in the run up to the Assembly elections. Criticising Mr. Bhosale, a direct descendant of Maratha king Chhatrapati Shivaji, senior NCP leaders said they have conveyed their feelings to party leader Sharad Pawar, who went out of his way to accommodate Mr. Bhosale while antagonising many in the leadership. “Pawar saheb had loved him (Mr. Bhosale) like his own son and even kept aside his political value system just to accommodate Udayanraje. It does not matter who comes and who goes but it is hurtful to see somebody who we loved like our own has done this to us,” said senior NCP leader and former minster Jitendra Awhad.The exit of the MP from Satara —- a strong and prosperous sugar belt of the State — is seen as a big set back for the NCP, which tried hard until the last minute to dissuade Mr. Bhosale from switching sides. It is also being considered as one of the wisest choices made by the BJP, which has made some questionable political recruitment of those facing corruption charges, say political analysts.“This is a major victory for us since not only does he (Mr. Bhosale) belong to the NCP bastion and stronghold but was personally groomed by Mr. Pawar. He was one of the few who came out unscathed during the Modi wave of 2019,” said a senior BJP leader adding the party is now close to making a dent in the Pawar stronghold with the entry of Mr. Bhosale and Harshavardhan Patil from the Congress.Mr. Awhad, a former minister of Medical Education and Horticulture in the State cabinet, said the BJP/Shiv Sena with the entry of leaders such as Mr. Bhosale, Bhaskar Jadhav, Ganesh Naik, Sachin Ahir is more and more looking like NCP’s alter ego. It will be hard for people to tell the difference between the BJP/Sena and NCP if more leaders continue to join, he said. “In the end, the BJP will look more like the NCP by the time elections are near. They are just poaching our leaders using fear and intimidation as a tactic,” said NCP’s Mumbai unit chief Nawab Mailk.last_img read more

Boateng Its a big honour to play for Barca

first_imgKevin-Prince Boateng dubbed his move to Barcelona as a “dream” after the midfielder’s shock loan switch was completed on Monday.Boateng, 31, joined the Catalan side on loan from Serie A side Sassuolo for the rest of the season, with an €8million purchase option included.The former AC Milan and Las Palmas midfielder said it was a dream to get an opportunity to play for Barca.‘It’s an honour to play for Barcelona’ – KP Boateng— SportsAfric (@sports_afric) January 22, 2019David Villa, FC BarcelonaTop 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.“I’m very happy. It’s a big honour to be here and have the possibility to play for this great club,” Boateng told Barca TV and cited on FourFourTwo.“For every kid who starts to play football I think it is a dream to play for a club like Barcelona, so for every player and especially for me it’s a big dream come true.”Boateng only arrived at Sassuolo from Eintracht Frankfurt in July last year, making 15 appearances for the club.📹 INSIDE VIEW👀 @KPBofficial’s first hours in Barcelona ⚽️ #EnjoyPrince 🔵🔴— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 21, 2019last_img read more