The biggest night in the bakery calendar – the Baking Industry Awards – is just a few weeks away.Don’t delay if you haven’t booked your place at this glittering occasion, as we are down to the last few tickets.Taking place on 4 September at the Royal Lancaster, London, the awards ceremony will be attended by some of the biggest names in the industry and is a fantastic chance to network with your peers.The awards recognise stand-out businesses, individuals and products across categories including Bakery Manufacturer of the Year, Craft Bakery Business of the Year and Supermarket Bakery Business of the Year. Other categories also recognise stand-out individuals and products.This year’s event is hosted by former Pussycat Doll Ashley Roberts – a finalist on last year’s Strictly Come Dancing – and features a dazzling ‘Intergalactic’ theme.The night will begin with a drinks reception, followed by a three-course dinner, then the awards ceremony itself. Guests can enjoy entertainment into the wee hours with hundreds of other bakery delegates.To book tickets to the ceremonyGo to bakeryawards.co.uk and click on the ‘Book Your Tickets’ buttonWhen: Wednesday 4 September 2019Where: Royal Lancaster, Lancaster Terrace, LondonTickets: £295 a ticket, table of 10: £2,690Tickets sell out fast, so apply early to [email protected] or call 01293 846593.(Finalists and partners attend free)
Cicada Rhythm just released a new music video for their tune, “Dirty Hound.” Directed by Dave Kirslis, the video depicts a dog houdini’s liberating escape attempt. The video winds through a pastoral countryside, the forest, and eventually the good dog finds himself behind the wheel of a beat-up old truck, ready to truly hit the road. After a brief run-in with his previous owner, let’s just say the video has a happy ending. The triumphant video matches the free energy of the track, and we’re all the better for watching it. You can check out the video for yourself below, and praise that good boy for bustin’ free of his chains.Cicada Rhythm just finished up dates with Dylan LeBlanc and Rising Appalachia. On April 7th, they performed with JJ Grey at eTown Taping for an NPR program, which will be available for your listening pleasure in a few weeks online and on NPR. Check out more from these guy on their website here.
58SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Martina Schubert Martina Schubert is chief technology officer for LenderClose, a digital lending platform that injects speed and efficiency into the lending process, greatly enhancing the borrowing experience. Across a career of … Web: https://www.lenderclose.com Details Starting out in computer programming in the 1980s meant having few female peers. When I was offered my first job, I remember feeling grateful a company would want to hire me.Most of my early career was spent trying to be one of the guys, emulating their styles and putting on a tough exterior. That continued for many years, as there were few, if any, female role models to follow. As I eventually entered into executive roles, the field was still continuing to recognize that the injection of more women in IT roles could bring different, yet equally valuable, skills and approaches to the workplace.I’m glad that’s changing now.I recently participated in a panel hosted by Microsoft and Des Moines Area Community College that focused on careers for women in IT. It gave me a chance to think about some of the key skills that women bring to the tech table. Here are my top three:CoachingI don’t think it’s much of a surprise to say I’ve noticed differences in the way men and women communicate in a team setting. But I have seen a specific communication style I think female managers use really effectively: coaching.When I finally worked for my first female president, I noticed that she asked questions in a way that encouraged exploration and guided me to reach my own conclusions. Instead of telling me what to do, she pointed to tools and focused on my growth and evolution. I loved that approach, and it translates well to the tech space.Contemporary technology teams are made up of highly technical people who need to collaborate extensively. Good communication and personal investment make it work. It’s important that team members have buy-in and understand how their roles and personal development tracks impact the larger picture.Emotional Intelligence When I was considering coming to work for LenderClose, CEO Omar Jordan sent me an article about female leaders faring better during the pandemic. His gesture spoke volumes because it told me he recognized, and appreciated, the traits of empathetic leadership that many women often embody.The tech profession is stressful enough without the added strain of a global virus outbreak. Building complex solutions in a landscape that’s rapidly changing and to which tech professionals are continuously pressured to adapt, naturally creates challenges. Throw in a pandemic that’s adding all sorts of new stressors – and the need to consider our colleagues’ emotional needs becomes clear.When times are tough and people are struggling – whether it’s because of a public health crisis or a super-stressful project – showing empathy and concern for what team members are experiencing makes a powerful, positive difference. Sensing and responding to their emotional and social wellness improves both the workplace culture and employee performance.Effective Team BuildingDuring my career, the most outstanding professionals and leaders I have worked with weren’t the ones who seemed to know everything. Instead, it was the individuals who acknowledged they didn’t. Doing so requires humility and self-awareness, and I believe these are key strengths that help many female leaders build high-performing teams.Recognizing that you don’t have all the answers and necessary skills encourages good leaders to surround themselves with those who have different strengths and can complement their weaknesses. The natural outcome is more diversity.Technology solutions are becoming increasingly more innovative. The most creative, disruptive new ideas come from a team that looks at challenges through many different lenses.I’m really proud of the diversity of our LenderClose technology team. That’s not just the ratio of women to men (which is 60/40), but the many different races, ethnicities, backgrounds, and ages, too, that make up our fast-growing team. I know our technology is better because of it.
Virtus.Pro are clear, clear favourites here. Then again – they were considered one of the favourites at EPICENTER: Moscow where they were heavily backed on home soil. They lost in the semi-finals to eventual winners Team Liquid and didn’t quite look like they had refreshed their ideas and adapted to patch 7.06. Empire’s recent results against Virtus.Pro haven’t been awful, having W1 D1 L1 in their last three. There’s clearly no value in backing VP so if you’re one for an underdog – there’s definitely value in Empire who beat them VP 2-1 as lately as May 15th. 5.190 from Pinnacle is the leading price whilst UK users can find similar prices at most bookmakers. Team NP versus LGD The Dota 2 scene is now in the home stretch towards The International 7 – Valve’s flagship tournament that’s looking likely to boast well over $20 million in prize money. Two of the final big tournaments are taking place this weekend. We’ve chosen Beyond the Summit’s “The Summit 7” for our Gambling Report. Good performance at this tournament is imperative for those looking to stake their claim for an invite to the year’s biggest event – so the pressure’s on. The tournament’s always a fan favourite amongst the Dota community. Gone are the huge crowds and high pressure main stages. They’re intimately replaced by sofa casting, players joining the commentary team and matches being played in cosy rooms. It gives the fans a glimpse at what their favourite professionals are like outside of the game. Understandably some are reserved yet The Summit has unearthed some phenomenal personalities in the past. We had a look across Betway, Bet365, Pinnacle, William Hill, Sky Bet and Unikrn to see who’s offering the best odds ahead of the action. We also previewed each match for those interested in having a punt themselves. Virtus.Pro versus Team Empire Virtus.Pro22.214.171.124126.96.36.199 Team/BookmakerBetwayB365PinnacleSkyBetHillsUnikrn Team NP1.851.831.8691.801.801.79 Secret1.351.361.3691.331.361.36 Empire3.804.335.1904.334.334.40 LGD 1.851.831.9521.911.911.97 Team/BookmakerBetwayB365PinnacleSkyBetHillsUnikrn Team/BookmakerBetwayB365PinnacleSkyBetHillsUnikrn VG.J1.551.501.501.441.531.44 Natus Vincere2.302.502.632.632.37 2.70 There’s a reason that both of these teams are priced so closely across all of the above bookmakers. Simpy put, no one really knows that much about either of them. Team NP looked fairly strong in Taipei, only to lose to the first “Tier 1” opposition they faced in Newbee. With PieLieDie and FATA- in the NP ranks they look an intriguing prospect on paper. LGD haven’t faced anyone but Chinese opposition in their last 100 odd matches which means they too are an intriguing prospect. Flip a coin and you probably have as good a chance of predicting this one.Team VG.J versus Natus Vincere Team/BookmakerBetwayB365PinnacleSkyBetHillsUnikrn Digital Chaos 2.953.003.1503.253.00 3.10 Natus Vincere did themselves no favours in the betting after their performance at EPICENTER: Moscow. The CIS fan favourite only made it to the tournament in Russia after a “redemption vote” sent them in. They were plunged into a group of death and didn’t manage a victory – bombing out 0-8 in the tournament. They’ll have to improve significantly to beat a VG.J squad that itself has struggled for form but still has infinitely more pedigree than this Natus Vincere squad. Betway at 1.55 offer best price for the Chinese squad – whilst Unikrn are best for those who like throwing money away.Team Secret versus Digital Chaos Team Secret are an incredibly good team to watch and on their day they look nigh-on unstoppable. Digital Chaos had somewhat of a honeymoon run in qualifying for Kiev and performing fairly well but haven’t really been able to sustain performance truly of note. They’re not to be underestimated but we saw Secret at EPICENTER and if they turn up they should have too much for DC. Odds are fairly similar across the board here.
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal believes Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Aston Villa could end up costing his side a shot at the Premier League title.The Red Devils managed to recover from their shocking start to the campaign and go on a remarkable winning run in recent weeks, recording six straight victories to lift them to third in the table.But Van Gaal believes their slip at Villa Park could threaten to undo all their hard work, having reduced the gap on league leaders Chelsea to eight points ahead of the weekend’s fixtures.United were forced to come from behind to seal a point, on-loan hitman Radamel Falcao cancelling out Christian Benteke’s opener, but the 20-time champions had plenty of chances to snatch all three in the closing stages after Gabby Agbonlahor’s harsh sending off.The draw means Chelsea can extend their lead at the top with victory over Stoke on Monday, and the Dutch boss was left to rue his side’s missed opportunity.“Yes, that’s what I mean,” he said, when asked if he feels the result cost his side their chance for title 21 this season.“We dropped two points. We were the better team and that’s frustrating when you’re the better team and you don’t win these kind of games. When you want to be a part of the title race you have to win these games.“I have seen Manchester City in the first half against Crystal Palace and they could have been behind in the first five or ten minutes. They struggled until half time but at the end it is 3-0, that’s the difference.“We weren’t so aggressive in the first half as we are usually. We kept the ball much better but didn’t create so much because we were not looking for the forwards.“It was not good enough to catch the victory here. We were not creative enough in the second half but we had more aggression so that was the plus.“We have a draw and that’s why I’m a little frustrated because you could have won the game in my opinion. We didn’t do it but we were responsible for that.”Falcao scored just his second goal for United, heading in Ashley Young’s second-half cross, and, having previously called for the striker to prove himself in a red shirt, Van Gaal was pleased with the Colombian’s impact.“It was a beautiful goal, I liked him today. I am very happy for him and I am always happy when Manchester United score,” the manager added.“I have to compare players every week, there’s always a question for every player, not only for Falcao.”