It was a night of fun and surprises! As over 800 guests gathered for the Baking Industry Awards they were greeted by three white-shrouded living statues performing tricks. Then, heading into Warburtons’ champagne reception, it was time to network, greet friends and finalists and begin enjoying the circus-themed evening.Soon, guests filed down to the ’circus big-top’ in the ballroom to hear welcome speeches and start the fun.The main evening got off to a snap and a bang with the Kluman & Balter cracker prize draw to win iPod nanos. Director Jamie Kluman drew the winning tickets from British Baker’s ’ringmaster’, executive director John Lewis, before welcoming winners up to the stage.Next came the first of three separate circus acts from Cirque Bijou, sponsored by the National Association of Master Bakers: a high-wire act and, later, a hoop acrobat and hand acrobat.But first, dinner began with Délifrance’s bread rolls and moved on to tian of smoked trout and rack of lamb. This was followed by bread and butter pudding with ice cream and a Jim Beam Bourbon toffee sauce a dessert sponsored by culinary alcohol supplier Thomas Lowndes.During the evening guests dug generously into their pockets for the Bakers’ Benevolent Society with the chance to win a magnum of champagne on each table kindly sponsored by Bako. The Bako magnums raised well over £5,000 for the Society.Esther Rantzen was a warm and popular host for the awards, as tension mounted for the finalists, all of whom were called to the stage with their category sponsor and presented with certificates. The overall winner received a trophy. For the complete list of finalists and winners, please see page 30. When it came to Baker of the Year, sponsored by Vandemoortele, Esther Rantzen also called winner Robin Jones’ father, Alan, out of the audience to talk briefly about his son and the business. Then, the British Baker Special Award went to a very surprised John Renshaw.Late evening entertainmentAfter the awards guests were able to stay in the ballroom big-top, decorated in large red and yellow ceiling drapes like a circus. But many headed straight for the Cereform casino, where winners played with funny money to win Cereform’s top prize of a trip to Amsterdam to see Cirque du Soleil’s Totem Show.Those who wanted to dance or hear great music were treated to the Greatest Take That tribute band, who performed to loud acclaim in the Wellington Suite which enabled more tables to fit into the ballroom, resulting in the over-800 sell-out.Carriages at 2am ended an evening that, thanks to award sponsors and finalists, showcased some of the finest talent in the baking industry.l To see and order your photos from the night go to the website www.roblawson.com. Put in user name: bb (note lower case bb) and password: 2010. Press log-in. For queries telephone photographer Rob Lawson on 077721 646 833.
For the second year in a row, Harvard leads its peers in Fulbright Scholarships, with 34 students ― 22 from Harvard College, nine from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS), one each from the Law School, Graduate School of Education, and the Graduate School of Design — all receiving the prestigious grants to conduct research or teach abroad.The 2014–2015 class of College winners are: Jayshlyn Acevedo, Vishal Arora, Dipona Bandy, Eric Bersin, Gargi Chaudhuri, Susie Double, Naji Filali, Elena Helgiu, Mai Hunt, Lauren Johnson, Kristine Lee, Signa Mahung, Laura Polding, Raul Quintana, Jesse Sanchez, Laszlo Seress, Leila Shayegan, Nina Sokolovic, Kelly Sullivan, Harper Sutherland, Rebecca Tweedie, and Darshali Vyas.“I am very proud of these students,” said Harvard College Dean Rakesh Khurana.“The mission of the College is to educate citizens and citizen-leaders for our society. The Fulbright program provides the type of experience that builds the connections and shared understanding across different cultures and societies that is critical to our collective future.In addition to the winners from the College, GSAS Fulbright winners are Colleen Anderson, Maria Blackwood, Kyrah Daniels, Aditya Dasgupta, Heng Du, Sarah Politz, Michael Thornton, Jessica Tollette, and Ben Williams.“Our Fulbright winners represent an extraordinary range of topics and countries,” said Xiao-Li Meng, dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the Whipple V.N. Jones Professor of Statistics. “We are particularly proud of the fact that more than 50 percent of GSAS applicants won Fulbrights this year.”Harvard Fulbright Scholarships were also awarded to Harvard Law School’s Grace Nosek; Graduate School of Design’s Simon Battisti, M.Arch ’14; and Graduate School of Education’s Bethany Mulimbi, Ed.D. ’17.Success in the Fulbright process begins with committed students, said Greg Llacer, director of the Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships.“I think first and foremost we have great applicants,” Llacer said. “They’re being very thoughtful about the research they want to conduct, and because they’re starting in earnest during the spring term of their junior year, we’re able to engage with them early in the process. That has been a very, very successful recipe for us.”For those interested in applying, Llacer said, the process begins months before the October deadline.“During the summer they have the opportunity to write drafts of their proposals, and they’re in contact with the House fellowship tutors. Students then meet with our Fulbright Evaluation Committee, which includes faculty and senior administrators who have international experience. They interview the students, who then have a short time to make modest adjustments to their proposals.”Created by Sen. J. William Fulbright in the late 1940s, the program was intended as a sort of cultural exchange, giving American students and scholars an opportunity to study or conduct research abroad while providing citizens of other countries the chance to do the same in the United States.The program annually tops 8,000 grants across more than 150 countries. More than 300,000 scholars have participated in the program, with the United States’ total exceeding 114,000.“I think, especially in the 21st century, our undergrads and graduate students are looking sto become global citizens,” Llacer said. “Fulbright is arguably the ultimate intellectual award that allows you to do that. It’s very gratifying to me that our students are finding that this is an opportunity for them — that’s great to see.” read more
Officials in Maryland are currently searching for a man who was seen sticking a woman with what is believed to be a dirty syringe.The incident occurred at the entrance of a grocery store in Churchton, Md. on February 18th.The Anne Arundel County Police Department released a video showing the suspect walking closely behind the victim as she returns a shopping cart in the front of the store. The suspect then purposely bumps into the victim sticking her in the buttocks with a cylinder medical looking object.The victim then jumps back in shock and stumbles out of the store. The suspect seems to pretend to look around in shock as well and then follows her outside of the door where he then stood next to her for several moments before the video ends.The victim has since sought medical treatment from the incident, however, it is still unclear what may have been inside of the syringe.Authorities say they are still investigating the incident and are asking for the public’s help in identifying and locating the suspect in the video. He is said to be a white male in his 50’s. read more
“I’m very proud of a young team coming out against a veteran team and basically growing up right before our eyes,” coach Penny Hardaway told reporters. “I couldn’t have been more proud of everything that happened. Wing Lester Quinones, who was scoring 10.3 points in 25 minutes per game, has been diagnosed with a broken right hand and is expected to miss at least a month recovering from the injury, according to the Daily Memphian.That means No. 16 Memphis (5-1) will have to face N.C. State (5-1) on Thanksgiving Day at 4 p.m. without both Quinones and 7-1 freshman star James Wiseman, who is serving a 12-game NCAA suspension and will not return — barring a successful appeal cutting into that penalty — until Jan. 12.MORE: Rival coaches team up for anti-cancer TV campaignIf Quinones takes six weeks to return, he would likely be back for a Jan. 4 home game against Georgia.This is a crucial period for Memphis, whose schedule includes road games against UAB (Dec. 7) and Tennessee (Dec. 14). The Tigers also open American Conference play Dec. 30 at home against surprising Tulane.The good news is the Tigers managed to defeat Ole Miss at FedEx Forum with neither of them playing a crucial role. Freshman big Precious Achiuwa filled the void along the baseline with 25 points and 11 rebounds, and forward D.J. Jeffries delivered 23 points and 2 blocks. Backup guard Alex Lomax, taking over many of the minutes Quinones left behind, scored 14 points, grabbed seven rebounds and passed for seven assists. If you glance at the individual statistics summary for the 2019-20 Memphis Tigers, you will see they currently include four players averaging double-figure scoring.This, however, depends on one’s definition of “currently.” Because only two of them are currently available to play. “We had our bumps and bruises but, for the most part … the big-time plays we made at the beginning of the game, in the middle of the game, at the end of the game — especially after Lester got hurt and couldn’t come back — the troops rallied and pulled a huge win out.”Quinones’ scoring average does not accurately reflect his performance to date because he played only nine minutes in Saturday’s victory over Ole Miss before being injured. Take out his 2-point effort in that abbreviated appearance, and Quinones has been worth 12 points a game. Prior to the injury, he was leading the Tigers in minutes played.He was the top scorer in consecutive games against Oregon (16 points) and Alcorn State (21). read more