Dean’s pursues ambitious targets

first_imgAberdeenshire shortbread and biscuit producer Dean’s is seeking to increase its turnover by £3m to £10m by 2012, following a re-launch of its core biscuit range this spring.The firm, based in Huntly, is hoping to grow its customer base both within the UK and internationally, and has a number of product launches planned for 2010.Although the packaging will remain the same, the firm has made significant investment in a new above-the-line campaign to help increase awareness of the brand range, including advertising and a phased website launch, starting in April.The investment was prompted following UK-wide research by Dean’s to uncover trade and consumers’ perceptions of its brand. MD Bill Dean said 71% of interviewees recognised the logo and its synonymy with shortbread. “But people were not aware that we do other products,” said Dean. “If we’re to be successful with these launches, we need to work on our brand identity.”The firm will keep the original strapline – History in the Baking – but will do more promotion of its non-shortbread ranges, such as oat biscuits and oat cakes.last_img read more

Celebrate Parks and Rec Month in Monmouth County

first_imgSummer camps resume July 6 with modifications. Most will be outdoors and there will be fewer programs than in typical years, said Livingstone. However, many are running as scheduled. Face coverings will be recommended for outdoor camps and required for indoor camps. According to Patti Conroy, superintendent of recreation, registration for summer programs began June 3 and generated about $94,000 in revenue by the Monday, June 8 Monmouth County Board of Recreation Commissioners meeting. While the MCPS encourages Monmouth County residents to take advantage of its offerings this summer, it advises that anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 not use the parks or trails. It asks that visitors share the trails and warn others nearby when passing. There may be limited access to public restrooms and water fountains. Social distancing should be maintained with at least 6 feet from others at all times. Group gatherings should be avoided, it warned. While some activities are prohibited during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, there’s still plenty to do through the Monmouth County Park System (MCPS). Middletown resident Christopher Porter told The Two River Times that he has golfed six times in the past week and a half, including at the Shark River Golf Course in Neptune. He said the experience has not been very different compared to other years, aside from the face coverings. “You just need to wear a mask if you want to go inside the pro shop or clubhouse,” he said.  Additionally, beaches at Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park in Long Branch are also subject to periodic closures, according to the MCPS, if there are too many visitors.  Beaches and golf courses reopened in May and June per Gov. Phil Murphy’s orders. However, there have been limitations to comply with social distancing. Sandy Hook is following the state’s lead and has been operating at 50 percent capacity to enforce proper social distancing regulations for beachgoers. Before the pandemic, the national park would typically operate with a capacity of nearly 4,500, according to Daphne Yun, National Park Service spokesperson. MONMOUTH COUNTY – July is national Parks and Recreation Month, and with the summer heat kicking in, it could be a good time to go outdoors and have some fun while remaining socially distant and wearing face coverings as recommended by the CDC. “We have a lot open for people to enjoy in the parks,” said Karen Livingstone, public information officer with the MCPS. “There’s a lot where people can still come out and enjoy. Our attendance has been up throughout the park system.”center_img That includes basketball courts, boat ramps, fitness trails, skating rinks, marinas, off-leash dog areas, pickleball and tennis courts, picnic pavilions and more. But the most popular sites during the pandemic have been quintessential summer spots – beaches and golf courses, said Livingstone. Fishing areas and piers are also open, and the MCPS has even hosted two recent fishing derbies at the Manasquan Reservoir and Turkey Swamp Park in Freehold Township. Both derbies were attended by 100 participants, said Livingstone, and were successful. Social distancing regulations were still in place. July is national Parks and Recreation month, and there are plenty of ways to celebrate in the Two River area. The Monmouth County Park System’s parks, golf courses, programs and more are open for all to enjoy – with social distancing guidelines in place. Courtesy MCPS Staying safe in the parks is important, the MCPS posted on its website. “Social distancing is the practice of reducing close contact between people to slow the spread of infections or diseases.” With few rainy days so far this summer, Livingstone said golf courses have also been busy this year. Tee time reservations are available one week in advance, with walk-on times generally available. Single-occupancy golf cart options are available during the pandemic and may result in limited cart availability throughout the day, according to MCPS. However, immediate family members, caretakers, household members and romantic partners can share a cart. Face coverings are required for entry into the golf centers. The article originally appeared in the July 2 – 8, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Reading the box while eating my Cheerios

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest I enjoyed a bowl of Cheerios one recent morning as I scanned the marketing content on the box. From experience, I’ve learned you should take what you see on a cereal box with a grain of salt. Pretty much like reading a newspaper or watching the evening news.I trace this skepticism back to my boyhood, when a cereal box in our pantry caught my eye with the promise of a free B-52 bomber model inside. The picture had me hook, line and sinker. Though my mother had already opened another box of cereal, I couldn’t resist. I opened the new box when she wasn’t looking. I had to have that B-52 right then. Naturally, the plane was buried at the bottom of the box. So, being an enterprising child, I dumped all the cereal out.And what a disappointment! The bomber had a pitiful two-inch wingspan. Definitely not what I envisioned — and not worth the fast talking I had to reel off to avoid a spanking.As a boy, I was a fan of “The Breakfast of Champions.” I looked forward to seeing who would be the next athlete featured on the front of the Wheaties box. I probably defeated the wholesomeness of the cereal when I spooned a huge dollop of brown sugar on top but not stirred in. Over it, I poured enough milk to require a bowl with sideboards. I was fussy like James Bond requesting a martini — dry with a twist of lemon, shaken but not stirred. Regardless of my morning ritual, those were the days of true champions — individuals who accomplished impressive feats. Not like today when every child gets a trophy, win or lose.But I digress, as you know only I can.Back to those little Os of oats that I now enjoy for breakfast, without added sugar. Prominently featured on the front of the box, like that B-52, is a heart with the message “Can help lower cholesterol.” (Looking back, I wonder what the Breakfast of Champions did for my heart health).I’ve read research that Cheerios can help lower your blood cholesterol. But before I switched breakfast cereals I had to weigh the fact that cholesterol is the basic material from which hormonal estrogens and testosterone compounds are synthesized. So, did I want to lower cholesterol at the possible risk of compromising my testosterone?Here’s some other information I’ve gleaned from the Cheerios box and the Cheerios website — with a well-rounded spoonful of commentary added:“First ingredient whole grain oats,” and followed by …“Simply made gluten free.” Now, wait a minute! Since when did oats ever contain gluten protein? Never. However, the Cheerios website includes a page about when Cheerios were recalled in 2016 due to “an incident that occurred at our production facility in Lodi, California, that allowed wheat flour to enter our gluten-free oat-based system.”“We have committed to sustainably source 100% of our cereal boxes by 2020.” What does “sustainably sourced” cereal boxes mean? Will General Mills own a tree farm and plant their quota of new trees every year? Or will they convert sawdust from a furniture factory to boxes? Or could they develop a box you can eat after the cereal’s gone? The General Mills website reports, “General Mills is among the largest users of post-consumer recycled paper packaging in the United States, and continues to implement innovative packaging solutions to help reduce its overall environmental footprint.”No added colors. (I guess that eliminates competition with Froot Loops.) By the way, have you ever eaten Froot Loops by sorting out the different colors to determine the difference in taste between colors? I will save you the effort, there isn’t!Contains no genetically modified grain. Of course, like gluten-containing oats, genetically modified oats don’t exist. And as the Cheerios website states: “We don’t use genetically modified ingredients in original Cheerios. Our principal ingredient has always been whole grain oats – and there are no GMO oats. We use a small amount of corn starch in cooking, and just one gram of sugar per serving for taste. But our corn starch comes from non-GMO corn, and we use only non-GMO pure cane sugar.”Most of the oats used in cereal are grown in Canada. Oats are ideal for the short growing season of northern climates. In an online General Mills interview, Canadian farmers say they consider producing oats as part of their patriotic duty. Indeed, I am impressed by their commitment. The one thing that I can assure you about breakfast: It’s the most important meal of the day. Because, if you aren’t home in time for breakfast, you’re in trouble!last_img read more

How Professional Persistence Works in Sales

first_imgThe call that you make to your dream client may or may not result in a conversation. Even if the outcomes is not what you want, that call still matters.The voice mail that you left isn’t likely to get you a meeting, but that voice mail is still important. The voice mail may be the first time your dream client hears your voice—and maybe the first time they recognize you have ideas worth exploring.The follow-up email to reiterate the message you left on your prospect’s voicemail may be skimmed before being deleted, but because you kept your promise and followed through on the commitment you made on your voice mail, you have now begun the process of building trust through reliably doing what you said you would do.The LinkedIn connection request, provided it isn’t followed up by a 4 paragraph pitch within 4 minutes, may get some contact’s attention and it may result in their engaging with you. But even if they don’t, they have seen you again, and they are now beginning to recognize your persistence in pursuing a conversation.The blog post you printed and scanned to send you dream client with the most important ideas highlighted provided ideas that were worth their time, and they took note that you were the one that sent it to them. Your contact now knows your name.The next phone call might be the beginning of a conversation, or it may be the one after that that results in engagement. It may take more time, and greater persistence on your part, especially as it pertains to making every interaction valuable for your prospect, regardless of the medium. But eventually, should you stay the course of professional pursuing your dream client, you will get your meeting, they will be willing to explore change, and you will create an opportunity. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Phoenix, Blackwater clash in virtual q’final KO match

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding The Fuel Masters and Elite figure in a potential knockout clash at 7 p.m. with Phoenix missing gunner Matthew Wright and Blackwater playing without Allein Maliksi, who are both on loan to Gilas Pilipinas for the second window of the Fiba World Cup qualifiers in Australia.With six teams still in the hunt for three remaining quarterfinals spots, GlobalPort is also hard-pressed to overcome slumping Kia in the first game at 4:30 p.m.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Batang Pier blew an early lead in absorbing an 81-96 loss to Magnolia on Friday that put their quarterfinal hopes in peril after they dropped to 4-5.“We need to play hard and there’s just no room to relax,” said GlobalPort coach Pido Jarencio, whose squad can climb into a share of sixth spot with Barangay Ginebra with a victory. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH CEU stays unbeaten Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES The mad scramble for quarterfinal berths continues on Wednesday as Phoenix Petroleum and Blackwater collide without a key player each in the PBA Philippine Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Another win against Phoenix on March 2 will seal the Batang Pier’s entry to the next round. But even with its 1-8 record, Kia will be going all out as the Picanto are dedicating the game to the wife of team manager Joe Lipa, Ging, who passed away Friday.“Despite our situation we remain unperturbed and defiant as we go all out to get a win,” said Kia coach Ricky Dandan, whose team has dropped its last four games. “And, yes, win one for Tita Ging (Lipa) and coach Joe.”Stalled by Meralco last Wednesday, Phoenix, which also has a 4-5 record, isn’t taking any chances as it seeks the first of two wins needed for an outright quarterfinal berth starting with a victory against the Elite.The Fuel Masters are comforted by the fact that their fate is still in their hands unlike the Elite, who are looking to close out the elimination round with a win that could give them a shot at a playoff for a quarterfinal spot.“At least, our fate is still in our hands,” said Phoenix coach Louie Alas. “We can make things happen.”ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoisescenter_img Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ AFP official booed out of forum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting View comments Read Next NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencerslast_img read more

From Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj to Nitin Gadkari, lawyers dominate Narendra Modi’s cabinet

first_imgOne-third of the Union Council of Ministers in India are law degree holders while two are doctors and nine graduates in various other streams.Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh are among 12 ministers in the 44-member team who possess Masters degree.As many as 15 who hold law degrees include Cabinet Ministers Sushma Swaraj (External Affairs), Arun Jaitley (Finance), M Venkaiah Naidu (Urban Development), Nitin Gadkari (Road, Transport and Highways), D V Sadanand Gowda (Railways), and Ram Vilas Paswan (Consumer Affairs).Besides them, Chemicals and Fertilisers Minister Ananthkumar and Communication and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad also hold law degree, according to their biodatas and self-sworn affidavits.Ministers of State (Independent Charge) Textiles Santosh K Gangwar, Sarbananda Sonowal (Youth Affairs and Sports), Piyush Goyal (Power) and Rao Inderjit Singh (Planning) also have degrees in law.Ministers of State for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Radhakrishnan P, Kiren Rijiju (Home Affairs) and Krishan Pal (Road Transport and Highways) have completed their graduations in law, according to their affidavits filed while contesting Lok Sabha elections.The two doctors in the Modi ministry are Harsh Vardhan (Health and Family Welfare Minister) and Jitendra Singh (Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Prime Minister’s Office).Minority Affairs Minister Najma A Heptulla has Masters degree in Zoology and is also a Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD); Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Minister Kalraj Mishra is a Master of Arts; Commerce and Industry (Independent Charge) Minister Nirmala Sitharaman a Master of Philosophy; Petroleum and Natural Gas (Independent Charge) Minister Dharmendra Pradhan possesses a Master of Arts and Minister of State for Rural Development Upendra Kushwaha is a postgraduate from Bihar University.advertisementMinisters of State for Agriculture Sanjeev Kumar Balyan and VK Singh (External Affairs) hold PhD, and MoS for Tribal Affairs Mansukhbhai Dhanjibhai Vasava possesses Master of Social Work, according to their affidavits.There are nine ministers who are graduates — Narendra Singh Tomar (Mines), Radha Mohan Singh (Agriculture), Thaawar Chand Gehlot (Social Justice and Empowerment), Shripad Yesso Naik (Culture), Prakash Javadekar (Information and Broadcasting), Manoj Sinha (MoS Railways), Nihalchand (MoS Chemicals and Fertilizers), Raosaheb Dadarao Danve (MoS Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution) and Sudarshan Bhagat (MoS Social Justice and Empowerment).Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Zubin Irani has done Bachelor of Commerce (Part I) while Food Processing Industries Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram have diplomas, as per their affidavits.The qualification of six ministers in Modi’s team ranges from Class VIth to XIIth. These include Water Resources Minister Uma Bharati (Class VIth), Women and Child Development Maneka Sanjay Gandhi (Class Xth), Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju (Class Xth), Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Minister Anant Geete (Class Xth), Mines Minister Vishnu Deo Sai (Class XIth) and MoS Civil Aviation G M Siddeshwara (Class Xth), according to their affidavits.last_img read more

Georgia Football: Malcolm Mitchell’s Latest Trick Catch Video Is Unbelievably Impressive

first_imgGeorgia's Malcolm Mitchell performs trick catches at practice.IG/money_mitch26 There may be better wide receivers in the country, but no one makes trick catch videos like Georgia’s Malcolm Mitchell. The Bulldog pass catcher’s first videos showed him catching passes from his back, in an attempt to one-up New York Giants star Odell Beckham Jr. Today, he put out a video that blows it out of the water. He catches balls from his back while laying on a table, he catches a pass between his legs, and he even juggles two other football’s while catching a third from a JUGS machine. You need to watch this.If these skills translate to the field at all, Georgia’s going to be a must-watch team in 2015. With Nick Chubb in the backfield, they probably already are.last_img read more

TSX up in broadbased advance as US stocks hit new record highs

first_imgTORONTO – It was a positive day on both sides of the border as Canada’s main stock index pushed higher and U.S. stocks hit new record highs.The S&P/TSX composite index advanced 72.25 points to 16,076.65, with the materials and base metals sectors leading the broad-based advance.“Looking at all the sectors, they’re up — you have energy, materials and banking up. Overall, it’s a good day. I’ll take it,” said Allan Small, a senior investment adviser at HollisWealth.South of the border it was a similar story as most industries, including technology and health-care companies, posted solid gains.The Dow Jones industrial average climbed 160.50 points to 23,590.83. The S&P 500 index added 16.89 points to 2,599.03 and the Nasdaq composite index gained 71.77 points to 6,862.48.In addition to Tuesday’s record finishes on Wall Street, investors were also cheered by a report from Goldman Sachs analyst David Kostin, who forecast that the S&P 500 will rise about 14 per cent in 2018 if Congressional Republicans and U.S. President Donald Trump are successful in cutting corporate taxes.Kostin said continued economic growth and lower taxes should help the S&P 500 rise to 3,100 by the end of 2020.In Canadian corporate news, shares of RBC (TSX:RY) lost value amid news that the bank — the country’s biggest — is the first Canadian lender to be added to the Financial Stability Board’s list of global systemically important banks, which are deemed too big to fail. Its stock was down nine cents, or 0.09 per cent, to $100.92.Retail giant Loblaw Companies Ltd. (TSX:L) was also down after Canada’s competition watchdog closed a 3 1/2-year civil investigation and concluded that there wasn’t sufficient evidence to support allegations that Canada’s largest grocer abused its dominant position in dealing with its suppliers. Its stock gave back 14 cents, or 0.20 per cent, to $68.94.On the commodities front, the January crude contract advanced 51 cents to US$56.93 per barrel and the December natural gas contract was down three cents at US$3.02 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was up US$6.40 to US$1,281.70 an ounce and the December copper contract added four cents to US$3.13 a pound.In currency markets, the Canadian dollar was trading at 78.26 cents US, up 0.09 of a U.S. cent.– With a file from The Associated Press.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.last_img read more