Global bakery ingredients supplier Bakels has acquired Swiss firm Nutribake, in a move that looks set to expand British Bakels’ product range.Nutribake, a trading firm that develops recipes then works with specialist powder blenders to produce bakery mixes, was bought for an undisclosed sum from the Hochdorf Group. It has a turnover in excess of £23m and supplies both industrial and craft bakers.British Bakels MD, Ade Abass said the buy would enhance its speciality mixes offer for the UK. “It means we can offer authentic Swiss, German and Italian products that already have a proven track record among bakers.”
By Shamya DasguptaPakistan’s finest batsmen, through the best part of my cricket-watching years, have not been the prettiest. They were the ones that got the job done, smashingly well at that, and none superior to that man, Javed Miandad. Then Saleem Malik and Ijaz Ahmed and later, Inzamam-ul-Haq and Saeed Anwar. They were certainly not graceless, the last two especially, but neither was a jaw-dropping stylist either. For that, we have…Majid KhanMajid’s last Test had a fun batting order: Mohsin Khan (pretty), Mudassar Nazar (not pretty), Majid Khan (pretty), Javed Miandad (not pretty), Zaheer Abbas (pretty) and Saleem Malik (not pretty). Unfortunately, Majid fell for a 13-ball duck in that game. But he had made a name as a batsman most pleasing to the eye over the course of a near-20-year-long Test career.Right-handed Majid was elegant in the way left-hand batsmen usually are, with flowing drives and pulls, his bat coming down in a graceful arc. What gave him an air of sophistication was the somewhat laidback appearance at the crease, which led to more than one critic suggesting that it didn’t matter to him enough. It certainly did. A long and quite successful career at first-class and Test level proves that.Zaheer AbbasZaheer Abbas caressed the ball as if afraid he would hurt it (Getty Images)One of Pakistan’s absolute greats, Abbas was, at his best, almost the perfect batsman, beautiful to watch and someone his team could count on to lead the charge – not always a given with batsmen so pleasing to the eye. Abbas finished with a Test average of 44.79.In Australia, it was 40.62, and in England, where he also found a happy, long-term home with Gloucestershire, it was 56.06. He wasn’t quite so successful in India, strangely, or New Zealand and the West Indies. But wherever he played, Abbas wowed onlookers like few could at the time, certainly among right-handers.In many ways, he was the anti-Viv Richards. Both Richards and he scored a lot of runs and dominated attacks, and were equally stylish in their different ways, but Richards was more hammer ’em while Abbas was knife through butter. He was especially alluring because he hit so many boundaries and looked, at times, like he was worried about hurting the ball when banishing it.Is there a prettier off-drive in the game than Babar Azam’s? Getty ImagesMohsin KhanMohsin Khan walked away from the game at the age of 31 to become an actor in India. He left with some pretty impressive performances and numbers to his name, but they don’t tell of how, in late 1983, he seemed like he could make himself taller than he was at the crease and get on top of the bounce from Dennis Lillee, Geoff Lawson, Rodney Hogg and Carl Rackemann to score 390 runs at 43.33 in a five-Test series in Australia.At the time, pace and bounce were the weaknesses of many an opening bat from the subcontinent, but Mohsin – tall and loose-limbed, with in-vogue long hair – was cut from a different cloth (and even in the regulation whites of the time, he looked more stylish than his team-mates). He could have played on, surely, and had he done so it would have only made Pakistan that much more appealing a side.Mohammad YousufFrom the mid-1980s, we jump straight to the late-1990s and 2000s, and to the man who started out as Yousuf Youhana but really came into his own after changing his name to Mohammad Yousuf. Like Abbas before him, the best part about Yousuf was how well he balanced a hunger for runs with grace and grandeur. With 7530 runs in 90 Tests, at an average of 52.29, and 9720 in 288 ODIs at 41.71, he is among Pakistan’s top five run-getters in both formats. Like the other three, Yousuf was supple, graceful, and – what’s the best word? – calm. Calm himself, of course, and so unhurried, so in control, so peaceful that he created a sense of serenity while he was out in the middle. Was it the exaggerated backlift? Was it the time he seemed to create between bowler releasing ball and batsman doing something about it? Or was it, maybe, Younis Khan and Inzamam-ul-Haq on either side of him in the batting order? Yousuf stood out. An unusual run-machine who rarely ever looked clumsy.Babar AzamSome say he should be included in the current Fab Four – lose one of Steve Smith, Kane Williamson, Virat Kohli and Joe Root. That, or just make it the Fab Five because there can’t be a list of great current-day batsmen without this young man. It’s tough to say exactly why he sets the pulse racing because Azam is not quite as obviously magnificent as the other four stylists on this list. He isn’t even built like them; not as languid nor as nimble.The thing about him is that he never looks ugly, or gauche, not for a moment. His statements on style aren’t as conspicuous as, say, Williamson’s, but you’ll find them – enough to be bowled over – if you are attentive. Think soft-shouldered suits and a dollop of the blasé. That’s Azam.When I can began writing this piece, I didn’t think it would end it with five right-hand batsmen and not even Anwar in it. Here we are, though – and when it comes to Team Pakistan… you know the cliché. (ESPN Cricinfo)
SBC’s Year In Review: October’s big betting news December 30, 2019 Share CheckdMedia extends sponsorship of Altrincham FC August 21, 2019 CheckdMedia CEO Jamie Knowlson on the opportunity for growth and US expansion October 21, 2019 Related Articles Submit StumbleUpon Share Non-league Altrincham FC has renamed its main stand the FootyAccumulators.com Stand in time for the new season, after striking a sponsorship deal with Manchester-based CheckdMedia.The deal will include regular collaborations and access to exclusive content, as Altrincham look to continue their recent success following promotion back into the National League.Altrincham Director Lawrence Looney, who was a key player in setting up the sponsorship deal stated: “We are very excited to be working with CheckdMedia, who have a particularly strong social media presence, with over 3 million followers across their different brands. “This innovative collaboration is the first of its type for Altrincham Football Club and represents a very real opportunity to create, develop and grow commercial opportunities for both partners. It’s the first time CheckdMedia has officially partnered with a football team and follows previous sponsorship deals with professional boxer Charlie Edwards. The increased investment in partnerships highlights the continued progression of CheckdMedia to add offline exposure to the current strong online presence.Lee Struggles, www.CheckdMedia.com Owner and Marketing Director, said “We are delighted to announce our sponsorship of Altrincham FC’s main stand for the upcoming season.“We have always been big supporters of non-league football and see this as a great opportunity to not only partner with a great community club but also work together to produce exclusive and original content for one of CheckdMedia’s brands.”
BILL NEAL :10 The Masters is Coming, the Masters is Coming, the Masters is Coming…and so is Tiger Woods, and he’s bringing hell with him. (Tombstone…Kurt Russell as Wyatt Earp, after they killed his brother.) Come on people try to keep up.:09 “Champions” High School All-Star Basketball Classic (formerly The Kenny Durrett High School All-Star Basketball Classic) is back on track after a down year last year due to extenuating circumstances beyond our control. But as the saying goes, “Champions Rise to the Occasion…That’s Why They Are Champions.” And rise we did as the 38th annual classic tipped off Sunday, April 7 at the brand spanking new and super magnificent, state of the art Penn Hills High School. Over 1,000 people rolled through on the day to see the middle school girls’ tournament won by Pittsburgh Impact and the boys middle school tournament won by “UMOJA” out of Homewood. The big events on the day saw the WPIAL high school senior girls dominate the Pittsburgh City League girls for the fifth consecutive year with a final score of 58-36. And bringing home the WPIAL sweep, the WPIAL boys won a hard fought contest in a great game over the City League boys, 54-53. The event was a slam-dunk on the day and a “Great” time was had by all. A big thank you goes out to all our sponsors, volunteers, players, coaches, All-Star committee and executive staff, and most especially Chuck Sanders Charities and the Penn Hills Democratic Committee. And a real tip of the hat goes out to Jerry Chippinelli and Phil Scaleri.
News from the Good Ship Leaf is not good as the Heritage City franchise continues to fight the injury bug heading into the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League stretch run.“Unfortunately, we’re not getting any healthier,” said Leaf coach Dave McLellan on the eve of Friday’s 7 p.m. home game against the Creston Valley Thunder Cats at the NDCC Arena.“And that hurts has in many areas of our game — power play, penalty killing . . .,” McLellan added.“Hopefully we get them back in a week or two.”What has been frustrating for the Leaf coaching staff is when one player returns, another goes on the injury list.“Our original goal was to be up and running and ready for the playoffs,” McLellan confessed.“But right now it’s hard to assess that when we don’t have our set power play units in place or set concepts because everyone is moving around playing in different roles.”Who’s in and who’s out? Good Question On the positive side, McLellan did see the return of defenceman Patrick Croome and forward Blair Andrews during last weekend’s East Kootenay road trip.However, both players had some considerable rust with their game.“We had (Patrick) Croome back in the lineup, but he played like he’d been out of the lineup for two months,” said McLellan.McLellan said forward Dylan Williamson may see limited action this weekend after recovering from a hand injury as well Michael Crawford, who left the team, is now back with the Leafs.Nelson’s second leading scorer, Matt MacDonald, remains out of the lineup.MacDonald was definitely missed last weekend as Nelson scored one goal in two games.Help from the Kootenay Ice McLellan said defenceman Aigne McGready-Bruce should be in the lineup to bolster the Leafs this weekend as his Ice team is idle in the BC Hockey Major Midget League.McLellan said he also hopes to give Ice netminder Jason Mailhoit some action before the regular season ends.Hawks on horizonNelson, playing in Spokane Saturday, has a mid-week contest next week as Beaver Valley pays a visit to the NDCC Arena.The Hawks, holding a nine-point lead on the third-place Leafs in Murdoch standings, are winners of three straight entering weekend action.
Dear Editor,I write to convey my serious concern on the decision of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) to free the men responsible for the Lusignan Massacre of the charges which were laid against them.While the massacre may have caused fear to nestle in the hearts and minds of Guyanese men, women and children, the decision of the CCJ on May 11 sent shock waves of terror across the length and breadth of this land of many waters.Before one endeavours to examine the decision to which the court came, and whether justice was done, one must be reminded of how the case progressed through the courts of Guyana.On January 26, 2008, Lusignan was forever scarred by the massacre, which claimed eleven innocent lives, five of whom were children. The Police later arrested several men, two of whom were indicted for the murder of the eleven persons. Following a substantial misdirection and several material irregularities at the Victoria Law Courts, the jury unsurprisingly returned a verdict of not guilty.The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) appealed the acquittal. The Court of Appeal, in agreeing with the DPP, overturned the verdict of not guilty and ordered a retrial in the interest of justice.Thereafter, the duo appealed to the CCJ; which ruled, among other things, that their acquittal be restored.It is now that one would attempt to analyse, with brevity, the written decision of the CCJ. The court had many questions to answer before they could have come to a conclusion. It is worth noting that a majority of these questions being answered favourably for one side does not mean that that side has won the case. In this case, twelve (12) issues/questions arose, but the determining issue was the proper test to be applied on a prosecution appeal against an acquittal.The court posited that the prosecution must satisfy the court that, given on the one hand the nature and weight of the evidence as a whole, and on the other hand the seriousness of the judicial error(s) or procedural flaw(s), it can, with a substantial degree of certainty, be inferred that had the error(s) or flaw(s) not occurred, the trial would not have resulted in an acquittal of the accused.Apart from this test, which was strangely devised, the manner in which the court applied it is mind-boggling and most unfortunate. The CCJ found that there were significant irregularities in the selection of the jury, and the failure of the trial judge to order an investigation into the alleged improper communication with a juror constituted a material irregularity.Moreover, there was a substantial misdirection in the summation to the jury, to the extent that the trial judge failed to properly counterbalance the allegations of Police impropriety, launched by the accused from the safety of the dock, with a direction pointing out to the jury the fact that that allegation was not supported by evidence; and that great caution should have been taken when considering the allegations, since the accused could not have been cross-examined.How could they have agreed with the Guyana Court of Appeal on these points, YET allow the appeal? IT JUST DOES NOT FOLLOW!Notwithstanding all of these serious errors and flaws, the Trinidad-based court found that the sixteen (16) prosecution witnesses, which included Dwane Williams and Durwin Wright, who both testified as being part of the “Fine Man” gang when the appellants (James Hyles and Mark Williams) took active roles in killing the eleven innocent persons in Lusignan, did not constitute sufficient evidence upon which it could have ordered a retrial. The prosecution had two (2) witnesses, and the credibility of these witnesses IS AN ISSUE FOR THE JURY TO DECIDE, and not this final appellate court.If this foreign court cannot infer, from the overwhelming evidence adduced by the prosecution, that the jury would have convicted the appellants, then it cannot be depended upon to deliver decisions which are just and of a high quality.It is no wonder that most of the Caribbean countries have resisted accession to the CCJ. Guyana, Barbados, Belize and Dominica did not hold referendums to join the CCJ; and governments, fearing rejection because of the current rate at which the court is going, are and will continue to be reluctant to take that course of action. When St. Vincent held a referendum to determine whether their final appellate court should be in Trinidad, they rejected it. The decisions of the CCJ ferment widespread dissatisfaction because of their poor quality, and more and more, the people of Guyana and the rest of the Caribbean are coming to be cognisant of this fact.The time has come for the CCJ to be abolished, as it has not only failed the people of Guyana, but it has failed them miserably. Guyanese have been forced to deal with the CCJ because it had been left without a proper third court when the Republic abolished the Privy Council in 1972 and replaced it with nothing for thirty years.In 2001, when the CCJ was established, it was the hope of Guyanese that justices of that court would have displayed a great degree of erudition and skill. However, this has been proven to be quite far from the truth. Decisions like the one in the Lusignan Massacre case, Sichand Harrychand, AG for Guyana vs. Dipcon all point towards the direction of no-confidence.Dissatisfaction with the CCJ will intensify, and fewer cases will be taken to it, as justice is not being improved. The high standards of the Privy Council are not known by this regional court, which is losing the confidence of both the people of Guyana and other Caricom member states every time a decision is handed down.IN GIVING THE DECISION IT DID, THE COURT ACTED LIKE A FOREIGN COURT, REMOVED FROM THE PEOPLE OF GUYANA, AND PARTICULARLY THE PEOPLE OF LUSIGNAN.Sincerely,Ramesh GirdhireResident of Lusignan,Guyana
Sam Simbwa (left) has been in charge of URA as a care-taker (Photos by Agencies)URA FC sealed the acquisition of former Express FC head coach Sam Simbwa Bamweyana on a three year deal.Simbwa has been acting as care-taker for the last few games of the past season and although he initially said that it was on temporary, he has now turned it into a permanent role.Speaking after his appointment, Simbwa rubbished talk that he enjoys moving from one place to another.“I am not a journeyman like many people say, said Simbwa.“Name for me any other coach in Uganda apart from Fred Kajoba and Mike Mutebi that has spent more than two seasons at the same club.“That is just the nature of our job that when conditions worsen, you move on.“Take a look at Express, I won the trophy but there was no money to pay me, I am a professional coach and work to be paid.“At SC Villa Jogoo, the chairperson called for a change from nowhere so like i said, this is the nature of our job as coaches.Last season, Simbwa was in charge of URA for four games, winning one (2-1 away to Proline FC on the final day) and drawing the other three.During that period,he has sought for his back room staff and identified Robert Mukasa as his immediate assistant, former club legend Augustine Nsumba the second assistant and former Vipers goalkeeping coach Steven Billy Kiggundu as the new URA goalkeeping coach.Simbwa (second left) and his coaching staff pose for a photo with URA FC officialsThe trio has also been handed a three year tenure each and will be tasked to help Simbwa restore URA’s past glory.URA has won four league titles in their history, last winning it in the 2010/11 season.The others came 2006, 2006/07 and 2008/09 but it has come increasingly difficult of late like Paul Nkata can attest, to even contend for the league.Nkata was fired just before Simbwa came in and at the time of his (Nkata) departure, left URA only five points off relegation.Ssimbwa is one of the most experienced coaches in Uganda and the CECAFA region having coached more than 10 clubs.In Uganda, he has handled Entebbe Health, Military Police, Mbale Heroes, SC Victoria University, Express, KCCA, Sports Club Villa Jogoo, Soana, Police (Rwanda) and lately Sofapaka in Kenya.His last league triumph in the Uganda Premier league dates back to the 2011/12 season when he guided Express FC to their latest crown.Speaking about his targets at URA, Simba had this to say.“I thank URA FC for this opportunity given.“I am an experienced coach ready to use teamwork to get results.I will work and serve interests of football and this coming season, i want two trophies (Uganda Cup and league).Ssimbwa’s immediate task at hand will be rebuilding a stable dressing room, establishing a quality playing staff through affluent signings and restoring the faded club glory.URA FC has already embarked on preparations for the new season with test and trial matches for aspiring new players. Most recently, URA FC humiliated Kamwokya based RIFO Namataba 4-0 at the barren and dusty Kamwokya playground, along Kira road.Comments Tags: sam simbwaURA FC
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Luis Moraes joined the Department of Animal Sciences at The Ohio State University on December 15, 2016. He grew up in Brazil where his family owns and manages a beef cattle operation.Moraes has been always involved with agriculture through his family business and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Agronomic Engineering from the University of Sao Paulo at the ESALQ campus. Following his graduation, heLuis Moraesmoved to California where he received two Master of Science degrees, one in Animal Biology and one in Statistics, and a PhD in Animal Biology, all from the University of California-Davis. He worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the UC Davis in the Department of Animal Science until he joined the faculty at Ohio State as an Assistant Professor.His research focuses on the application of statistics, mathematics, and economics to the animal sciences. He is particularly interested in the use of economic optimization models for dairy management. While at UC Davis, he developed linear and goal programming models that simultaneously minimized diet costs and methane emissions.He has also worked on the application of statistical methods for describing nutrient utilization in cattle. For instance, multivariate mixed models, nonparametric growth curves, and Bayesian methods are examples of techniques that he has used to better understand energy and protein metabolism in growing and lactating cattle. At OSU, his research plans are to develop mathematical models that incorporate nutrient management information into diet optimization. Further, he will continue to develop and apply statistical modeling techniques for the extraction of meaningful information from animal science data and for the improved understanding of biological processes.
TrackFinger seems like a cool motion tracking tool for After Effects users, but does it work?For more info on trackFinger check out our earlier post here.OverviewTrackFinger is the latest app by Exmachina designed to track your finger movements on an iPad and move them into After Effects. In our previous article we talked about some of the features that TrackFinger offers, but does it really work? In this article we review the features in TrackFinger, analyze the workflow and give the verdict on what we really think of this app. The FeaturesTrackFinger has one main purpose: Convert iPad finger movements to After Effects tracking data. The app features:A project management screen with ratings systemA fully customizable clapboardFinger trackingA green screen for keying.A settings menu with many customizable optionsGetting StartedWe noticed that TrackFinger was difficult to find in the app store so here is the link just in case you can’t find it. TrackFinger is not an easy app to figure out so it is highly recommended that you watch the how-to video before attempting to use it. After watching the video the app interface will be much easier to understand. Using TrackFingerThe app itself is not incredibly intuitive but it does work just as advertised. After selecting “New Track” simply fill out the clapboard with all the information you need and click the clapboard to begin tracking. After the screen turns green you are ready to record your finger movements. Once you’re done simply click the the bottom corner and the tracking will stop. Upon hitting the bottom corner a screen will pop up asking you to rate the track between good, bad and reserve. From that screen you can send the tracking data to up to 2 emails at a time. After a track has been labeled and stored you can sort through and delete previous tracks. The VerdictAs stated before, TrackFinger works exactly as advertised and there is a lot to be said about that. However, even with the app working perfectly the workflow isn’t exactly “convenient”. Our biggest complaint is the fact that you must connect to your email to get the tracking data. It can also can get confusing in After Effects when you have a situation in which a person has picked up their finger and placed it down again. Convenience aside the app works great as a tool to simulate finger movement on an iPad. It is very accurate and it read our finger movements perfectly.Who Should Use ItIf you are a video editor who does a lot of app demos or simply wants to film an iPad screen, than this app is for you. The price is a bit steep at $39.99 but if you need to record finger movements on your iPad this seems to be one of the best options. A free version (trackFinger lite for iPhone) is scheduled to be released in the next few weeks. More info and download on the trackFinger site.