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Danish bakery business to make UK debut

first_imgLagkagehuset, the Danish bakery chain, is set to launch in the UK amid international expansion plans. The company, led by Steen Skallebæk and Ole Kristoffersen, has appointed Alastair Gordon, who was regional director at Jamie’s Italian for more than five years, as its UK operations director to oversee its launch and expansion here, according to British Baker sister title M&C.The group, which operates 38 sites in Denmark, is targeting an opening in London before the end of the year, prior to expanding in the capital in 2016.It is thought the group will operate under the Ole & Steen Danish Bakery brand in the UK.The company is backed by FSN Capital and reported sales of c€60m (£42.8m) in 2013.Gordon joined Jamie’s Italian in 2010 and was responsible for 10 of the brand’s sites in London, with an annual turnover of £30m.He previously had stints at Vapiano, Laurel and Loch Fyne.last_img read more

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Rodriquez Honored

first_imgSophia Rodriguez, a Hinesville, Georgia, 4-H member, has been awarded the national 2018 4-H Youth in Action Healthy Living Pillar Award. Rodriguez received the award for her effort to promote the emotional well-being of children in military families through her Tie Dye for Troops program.She will be recognized at the National 4-H Council Legacy Awards in Washington, D.C., this month.Created by Rodriguez, the Tie Dye for Troops program has served more than 500 children of military families at Fort Stewart, the largest U.S. Army installation east of the Mississippi River. She will receive a $5,000 college scholarship and serve as spokesperson for national 4-H agriculture programming.The high school senior’s father returned home with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after six years of service in the Army. Rodriguez’s personal and family journey to overcome the challenges of her father’s PTSD inspired her. Through her experience, she came to see emotional wellness as an important part of healthy living.“Because I didn’t know about PTSD, I didn’t understand what my dad was experiencing and I often felt isolated and confused,” said Rodriguez, a fifth-year 4-H member and former Georgia 4-H State Board vice president. “I didn’t know how to talk about it, but after counseling, I learned it is important to express your feelings, and that sometimes it’s OK to not be OK.”Rodriguez’s Tie Dye for Troops program uses a tie-dye craft project, a lesson plan and a comic book that she wrote to facilitate an open dialogue in which youths can explore and express their emotions. Rodriguez and fellow 4-H leaders visit the Fort Stewart School Age Centers each month to teach lessons on the importance of feelings, color and creativity. The Georgia National Guard State Youth Council has also been trained to teach the program.“We begin with asking kids simple questions they can easily answer, such as, ‘Do you like the color green?’ And they tell us whether or not they do and why,” she said. “Then we transition into a lesson on why it’s OK to feel or think certain ways. We also tie-dye pillowcases. The colors can get messy and chaotic, but with time and patience they can make something beautiful.”Rodriguez tells the students to squeeze their pillow whenever they feel alone. “Because we made them together, I wanted it to serve as a reminder that we’re always there for them and that their feelings matter,” she said.Rodriguez said that she loves being a part of something bigger than herself and showing students the importance of taking care of their mental health.“The lack of awareness of mental health and support for military youth is troubling,” she said. “Military children can suffer from a variety of issues that often go undiagnosed. From academic problems to depression, having a parent in the military is challenging, and unfortunately, many students don’t have a place where they feel safe to communicate about those challenges.”Kasey Bozeman, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension 4-H agent in Liberty County, said that Rodriguez goes above and beyond to make this program successful.“Having known Sophia for the past six years, I’ve seen her leadership skills flourish through her 4-H involvement. This is one of many projects she has led that impacted others. I’m incredibly honored and blessed to know her,” Bozeman said.Rodriguez is also a member of Georgia 4-H’s Clovers and Co. performing arts group, a military ambassador and a Health Rocks! ambassador. She also competes in land judging, forestry judging and poultry judging. She plans to attend UGA and hopes to continue her journey with 4-H at the collegiate level.Rodriguez is one of three other 2018 Youth in Action winners: Cassandra Ivie of Utah, Serena Woodard of Oklahoma and Kyra-Lee Harry of New York. To learn more about 4-H Youth in Action and to view the other pillar winners, visit www.4-h.org/youthinaction.(Tenisha Bell of the National 4-H Council co-wrote this article.)last_img read more

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CU auto lending: Wake up, it’s not “your daddy’s Oldsmobile” anymore!

first_imgAND contactless curbside as well as home vehicle delivery are now commonplace.  In this environment there’s less room for CU auto loan engagement so it is a “must” to engage members when they first begin the vehicle research process.Your members are spending 10-12 hours online researching and shopping before they buy a vehicle and if it’s not on your website’s Digital Car Buying Portal, out of view of the internet “cookies”, they’ll be bombarded with EZ finance and auto loan offers from internet marketers and BIG banks with their sophisticated digital solutions.Even if you do indirect auto lending, don’t turn a blind eye to the use of technology. Dealers and internet marketers are all using the newest digital solutions including data mining, cookies, SEO, AI, chatbots and more and if you don’t “get in the game”, you will lose whatever mojo you thought you had. You now can integrate direct and indirect auto in your auto lending solution, maximizing both channels’ performance.So the question to ask your Team is: Is your auto lending trending toward the Oldsmobile, Blockbuster and Sears model where your view is through the rear view mirror, or are you on the Amazon, Apple, Google path embracing technology, thinking strategically and charting your course? You must question your auto lending strategy and approach in your planning sessions as Digital Car Buying is here to stay. Are you one that makes things happen, watches things happen or wonders what happened?As busy financial institution professionals, it’s understandable that most wouldn’t stay abreast of the auto industry and how technology is rapidly changing the car buying experience. Do yourself and your members a favor and seek help from solutions partners that understand the new auto lending paradigm and digital and marketing landscape. A CU is the only one in the auto vertical with members’ best interest at heart … people helping people! After a storied 107 year history, including a whimsical song, “In My Merry Oldsmobile” where Johnny Steele courted his girl, Lucille, in his new Oldsmobile, the brand fell to the ash heap in 2004.  For Oldsmobile, they lost their MoJo as technology, consumer preferences and the auto industry were passing them by.And more recently, companies like Blockbuster, Circuit City and Sears lost their MoJo and slipped into oblivion based, in large part, on lack of strategic thinking, foresight, technology and once again, consumer habits and preferences.  As an aside, in 1999 Blockbuster turned down the opportunity to buy Netflix for about $50 million, .00023 of Netflix’s current market value of $220 billion, and we all know the rest of that story.  Hindsight is 20/20 but strategic thinking is luminous, shining the light on what can, might or will be.So why do I bring this up?It’s all about the “thinking”, pondering the what ifs, developing strategy, executing and taking action, sometimes boldly, that these companies lacked. Unfortunately, lack of strategic thinking, especially as it relates to technology, will put more CU’s in the merger column or out of business than anything else.So how does this relate to auto lending?If you thought auto dealers and internet marketers were out-maneuvering you in the auto vertical prior to COVID-19, you were right!And if you think COVID-19 is a wakeup call for the use of technology and digital in car buying and finance, you are right … Dealers had no choice but to further embrace digital!71% of consumers NOW say they want to complete some, if not all, of their auto buying/financing online … and THIS IS A BIG DEAL!  Blockbuster and Sears shareholders, did you hear that?So what are you doing differently in your auto lending TODAY to adapt to the “newest” digital paradigm shift in auto lending?  HINT:  Car buying doesn’t start at the LOAN, it starts with online research, hopefully on your CU website’s Digital Car Buying Portal!Here’s some facts to consider as you plan your auto lending future.  Unfortunately all these lead to reduced CU auto lending volume, unless you act to mitigate … online and digital is the future.NADA projects new vehicle sales in 2020 will be down 20-25%, compared with 2019 salesThree of the largest online vehicle sellers have invested billions of dollars in online research, selling and financing digital technologies and every brick and mortar dealer is following suit:Carvana has invested $2 billion in their digital solutions and their market value now equals the #2 auto manufacturer’s (Ford) market valueVroom has invested about $1 billion in their digital solutionsCarmax has invested over $300 million in their digital platformThousands of new car dealers are investing heavily in advanced digital solutions 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Ed Bourgeois Ed Bourgeois is a founder and CEO of Auto Link, a CU-Centric Technology and Marketing Solution that helps CU’s stay relevant, compete and win in the competitive auto vertical … Web: https://bookmoreautoloans.com Detailslast_img read more

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Steroid use not major concern at high school level

first_img Wilson Hall’s future may be decided in next 90 days – February 8, 2014 Beechland Road project expected to go out to bid in March – February 14, 2014 Latest Posts Latest posts by Bill Pearson (see all) Latin-Caribbean cuisine focus of class – February 22, 2014center_img Bill PearsonFormer Ellsworth American reporter worked at the Piscataquis Observer for 3.5 years before joining the American. The Corinna native served one term on the SAD 48 Board of Directors. Bio ELLSWORTH — It seems the sports pages are filled with an increasing number of revelations about professional athletes running afoul of both the rules and laws pertaining to performance enhancing drugs.With the Maine high school fall season about to begin, schools around the state began pre-season activities last week informing student-athletes about staying academically eligible and avoiding substances such as illegal drugs, tobacco and alcohol.Substances not specifically mentioned, but still prohibited, are performance enhancing drugs. PEDs fall into the illegal drug use category in most high school handbooks.Besides PED use being against the law, student-athletes risk being suspended from their team in the same manner as if they used a narcotic, alcohol or tobacco.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textPED use among Maine high school athletes is either nonexistent or so rare, according to Maine Principals’ Association officials, that the organization hasn’t seen the need to address PEDs as a problem.The MPA encourages member schools to formulate their own policies regarding drugs and alcohol. Find in-depth coverage of local news in The Ellsworth American. Subscribe digitally or in print.last_img read more

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