In my world – the café owner

first_imgUmer Ashraf is owner of Glasgow-based iCafé. He has three shops and plans to expandPeople often ask me what impact the recession is having on my business and I answer, “We’re actually not that bad.” The truth, though, is that we are as bad as the business next door or the one further down the road on some fronts, but much better, secure and robust on others.As well as coffee, we sell paninis, wraps, gourmet sandwiches, nachos, hot and cold filled bagels and baguettes.Everyone in this industry is affected one way or another. If it isn’t the rising costs, it is the declining sales. If it isn’t the declining sales, it is probably the profitability. After all, our general prices have gone up, and our sales have come down. But not everything is this gloomy. What we have to remember is that everything has a counter-effect and perhaps we are forgetting those many opportunities these tough times have created.For me, I have looked at a few and started my latest project. I am taking a brand new concept, called Paradise Bay, to the beautiful city of Oban. It’s a juice and smoothie bar – nothing new to this industry I agree, but it’s how I have done it that will make the difference – and I’ll be selling croissants, Danish and the other baked goods, as before.My vision for the iCafé chain of coffee houses has grown from strength to strength, but in the present climate, things are moving rather slowly on the expansion front. Instead, everyone at iCafé has focused their energies on making the business more robust and bringing in systems we perhaps couldn’t have before. This gives me an opportunity to explore what else is out there and grow my little business empire by making the best of the deals that exist – whether it be incentives on the rentals, incentives from suppliers or simply the change in the market trend giving new concepts an opportunity to test the waters or, dare I say, grow.There was a time when consumers were going for a premium range on most things. Now, they want a value range on most things, as everyone is watching their total spend. Paradise Bay focuses on bringing premium-range products at value-range prices – a win-win result for everyone. As a business, we will provide a far superior product for the price, resulting in repeat custom due to value for money, quality and the whole offering.The store is due to open on 20 March and, in my forthcoming column, I will tell you how I got on with the launch. What were the good points and the bad points and what worked, and did not work… so watch this space!For now, I will leave you with this quote by Johann Wolfgang: “Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.”last_img read more

Explosion and Fire at The Festy Hospitalizes One, Delays Performances

first_imgEarlier today, festivities at The Festy in Arrington, VA were brought to a halt after a propane tank exploded on a funnel cake truck on the festival ground, causing a fire that spread to engulf adjacent food trucks, according to witness reports.Newsplex, the local CBS affiliate station, has reported that one person was taken to the UVA Medical Center for injuries, although the person’s condition was not disclosed. Wintergreen Fire & Rescue Chief Curtis Sheets ambulances and fire trucks were already on the scene at the festival and able to respond to the fire right away.The Festy reached out to its audience via Facebook, advising attendees to return to their campsites while the situation was being assessed. They recently posted an update saying that the performances would recommence at 4 with Elephant Revival at the Blue Ridge Bowl stage, which is separate from the main festival grounds where the explosion occurred.Emergency Services continue to assess the damage. We’ll update you as more information becomes available. We hope everyone on site in Arrington is safe![Photo Credit Ross Winecoff]last_img read more

Fair gets on track with double-double against Long Beach State

first_img Related Stories FAIR SHARE: Five SU players score in double figures in rout of Long Beach State Published on December 7, 2012 at 12:47 am Contact Ryne: [email protected] C.J. Fair darted down the lane. Left alone as Long Beach State doubled Syracuse center DaJuan Coleman, Fair cut to the hoop and drew a foul 19 seconds into the game.The Syracuse forward stepped to the free-throw line, took the ball and knocked down his first shot. He stayed at the line, received the ball again and drained his second attempt.“The way I shot them, I felt it was going to be a nice little day for me,” Fair said.Fair’s feeling proved to be right as he finished with team-high 16 points and career-high 13 rebounds in Syracuse’s 84-53 win over Long Beach State at the Carrier Dome on Thursday night. On a day when five Orange players scored in double figures, Fair generated his own offense on the glass and set the tone with his active play around the rim.After leading the team with 17 points against San Diego State in the season opener, Fair struggled to find his rhythm in the next five games. The forward said he came out focused on getting into a groove early on Thursday. It translated into a standout performance in yet another dominant victory over a nonconference opponent.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“C.J. was really good,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. “I should have started with that. He was the best he’s played all year. He was really on the boards aggressively and I thought he did a really good job.”Nineteen seconds into the game, Fair found his rhythm and confidence with his cut to the basket and trip to the foul line. The opening sequence encapsulated Fair’s performance the rest of the night. He was aggressive, and he finished his opportunities.Fair grabbed his first offensive rebound on SU’s second possession, cleaning up on the glass for his first field goal following misses by Rakeem Christmas and Coleman. The Orange was off and running behind Fair, who scored 10 of the team’s first 20 points.He was there for the offensive rebound after Michael Carter-Williams failed to finish a lob at the rim. He stuck with the play after his follow missed and finished at the rim to put SU up 16-4.His putback slam as the half wound down gave Syracuse a 44-26 advantage, and brought his totals to 12 points and eight rebounds. Only one field goal came off an assist, and six points came following offensive boards.Fair was leading the charge with hustle plays as his teammates operated within the offense.“Sometimes a play’s not going to be ran for you so you got to find other ways to get the ball in the basket,” Fair said. “So today I was just active on the offensive glass and that got me a few easy points.”Coming out of the break, Fair showed his range with his third 3-pointer of the season. The forward sat behind the arc as Carter-Williams sliced into the lane. The point guard found him wide open, and Fair said he felt in rhythm – just as he did on the free throws to open the game.Fair held his follow through for a moment as the ball swished through the net, and SU’s lead grew to 20. Less than a minute later, he rose up in the paint to corral another offensive rebound, drew a foul and hit one of two free throws.“As you can see, nobody can check him when he gets that rebound and go back up,” Coleman said. “He’s either going to get fouled or make the basket so that definitely helps us out a lot.”A little more than four minutes later, after adding his 12th and 13th rebounds, Fair’s night was done.More than 13 minutes remained and Syracuse was well on its way to victory with a 25-point lead. Fair shined in a game where the Orange rode a balanced effort to the easy win.And it all started 19 seconds into the game with a pair of free throws.“Today I felt my rhythm early,” Fair said. “I think I was active on the offensive and defensive glass and a couple balls fell my way and I was able to get to them.” Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Ghana can win the Afcon if – Abedi Pele

first_imgFormer Black Stars captain Abedi Pele believes Ghana can win the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations title in South Africa.The former Olympic Marseille kingpin says it is possible if only the team eschews complacency.Pele, who was part of the team that won Ghana’s last Nations Cup title in 1982 at age 16 holds the record for the most appearance in the Afcon final.“Ghana have always been one of the strongest in the Afcon so I believe that Ghana is always going to play that seniority role in the Afcon,” he football maestro told Metro Tv.“The coach has done his homework, and the technical men have made their choices. They have won a couple of friendly matches and have given the country a lot of hope and confidence so we are keeping our fingers crossed hoping it goes well for them.”The 48-year-old was, however, quick to caution the team against complacency. “Football on the continent is not easy these days, the fact that Cameroon and Egypt didn’t qualify tells a lot. “We should be careful and attach a lot of seriousness to the matches and with the talents in camp, I am sure they will make an impact.”last_img read more

Hunt: “I definitely felt like this was a really important Competition when you look at the Series”

first_imgWOMEN1- Cesilie Carlton (USA) – 316.40pts.2- Helena Merten (AUS) – 314.303- Anna Bader (W) (GER) – 280.504- Adriana Jimenez (MEX) – 275.505- Ginger Huber (USA) – 267.206- Yana Nestsiarava (W) (BLR) – 247.257- Eleanor Townsend Smart (W) (USA) – 114.40 England’s Gary Hunt returned to imperious form to score his second victory of the season in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and in doing so reclaimed a lead at the top of the men’s overall standings. American Steven LoBue also repeated his best result of the season by taking second place, while 22-year-old wildcard and World Series debutante, Nikita Fedotov of Russia, produced a surprising but stunning performance to finish in third in front of 17,000 enthusiastic fans. In the women’s, Cesilie Carlton of the US put a poor season behind her to fire to a first victory since 2015, with Australia’s Helena Merten finishing in second place and German wildcard Anna Bader in third.Much of the build up to this event had centred around Hunt’s previous struggles from bridges at World Series events, as in four competitions from bridge into river he has failed to land on top of the podium, as well as his recent dip in form from 27m. But in one afternoon he proved the doubters wrong on both counts, returning to his brilliant best to hold off the roaring challenge of an inspired LoBue and grab his 30th victory in 64 stops.“I definitely felt like this was a really important competition when you look at the Series. I arrived here and on the second day I read an article saying that I’ve never won a competition on a bridge and that kind of got to me and I said to myself ‘okay, I’m going to show you I can dive off a bridge’, “ Gary Hunt said.“It’s definitely exciting when the season is open on that last event. It’s a very strange feeling to finish the season when it’s already wrapped up. So it means it’s going to be a super exciting and fun event, but I’ll be carrying this victory with me and hopefully that confidence is going to help me win,” American Cesilie Carlton said after the winners’ announcement ceremony.This was a season of downs for me, so I feel amazing today, I’m ecstatic. The season was terrible for me, so come out and put four dives together, I’m beyond words. I’m so happy! The people here are amazing, the crowd is insane, you see them on the bridge and everywhere. It’s a great atmosphere.Results – Stop #5, Mostar | BIHMEN1- Gary Hunt (GBR) – 400.90pts2- Steven LoBue (USA) – 393.853- Nikita Fedotov (W) (RUS) – 376.254- Kris Kolanus (POL) – 376.105- Alessandro De Rose (W) (ITA) – 364.106- Jonathan Paredes (MEX) – 363.307- Michal Navratil (CZE) – 356.308- Sergio Guzman (MEX) – 268.309- Miguel Garcia (W) (COL) – 254.8010- Blake Aldridge (GBR) – 234.7011- David Colturi (USA) – 232.0012- Oleksiy Prygorov (W) (UKR) – 222.5013- Orlando Duque (COL) – 205.4014- Andy Jones (USA) – 179.00last_img read more

NFL Week 1 picks: 49ers post upset; Raiders get fans more upset

first_img(CLICK HERE, if you are unable to view this photo gallery on your mobile device.)The NFL is back, and so are my weekly picks. Let’s improve on last season’s record (166-90) by starting with these Week 1 locks:Falcons 31, Eagles 24: NFL researchers say defending Super Bowl champs are 42-9-1 to open their ensuing season. Make it 42-10-1. Line: Falcons +149ers 23, Vikings 20: It’s another Minneapolis Miracle, only this time the distracted Vikings are on the losing end of a late stunner. Jimmy …last_img

Why You Need Heavenly Sunshine for Vitamin D

first_imgRickets is on the rise again, along with other diseases caused by vitamin D deficiency, reports Erik Stokstad in the Dec. 12 issue of Science1.  Most vitamins we take in the mouth.  Why do we need to stand outside for this one?  He explains:Vitamin D is a steroid hormone that helps regulate calcium, an element vital not just for strong bones and teeth, but for nerves and the heart as well.  It’s found in very few foods except for salmon and other fatty fish.  Most vitamin D is made when ultraviolet B (UVB) light hits a precursor molecule in the skin.  As 25(OH)D, it then travels through the blood to the kidneys, which turn it into an active metabolite that regulates calcium levels.  Other tissues make this metabolite locally to maintain cell health.Of course, too much sun can lead to sunburn and increased risk of skin cancer, but “Evidence is coming in that higher levels may be desirable,” he says.  Too little sun, as well as too much, can lead to cancer.  Shortage of vitamin D can even lead to diabetes.  Infants and the elderly seem to be especially at risk for vitamin D deficiency.  More studies are needed regarding proper dosage, but for what we know now, Dr. Stokstad prescribes: “While researchers work out the details, most healthy people can probably get enough vitamin D by simply soaking up midday direct sunlight on their face and hands for 10 to 15 minutes three times a week, or longer if they’re darker skinned.”1Erik Stokstad, “Nutrition: The Vitamin D Deficit,” Science Volume 302, Number 5652, Issue of 12 Dec 2003, pp. 1886-1888.Isn’t it interesting that a precursor protein is just sitting there in the skin waiting for the right wavelength of light from the right kind of star.  Almost makes you think God wanted us to get out of the house once in awhile and explore His awesome creations.  Visit our Photo Gallery for some sources of heavenly sunshine.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Important Updates to Geocaching HQ’s Policies

first_img SharePrint RelatedInside Geocaching HQ transcript (Episode 27): Is it legal?July 31, 2019In “business”Inside Geocaching HQ Podcast Transcript (Episode 4): Logging Changes, Send to GarminMay 10, 2018In “Community”Inside Geocaching HQ Podcast Transcript (Episode 14): Geocaching® app updatesMay 21, 2018In “Community” We are updating our Privacy Policy to give you more control over how we use your personal data. This is part of our ongoing commitment to be transparent about how we use your data and keep it safe. We have also included changes to address the new standards introduced by the European data protection law known as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).We encourage you to read the updated Privacy Policy. Here are some of the highlights of what’s changing:Transparency: We’ve provided additional details about the information we collect and how we use that information. We’ve also explained your choices and the control you have over your information.GDPR: On May 25, 2018, a new European Union (EU) data protection law, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), takes effect. The GDPR gives individuals in the EU more control over how their data is used and places certain obligations on businesses that process information of those individuals. We’ve updated our Privacy Policy and our processes to take into account the new requirements of the GDPR.Functionality: We have added delete functionality to the Geocaching Forums to allow you to delete your posts. We have also added the ability to opt-out of sharing your publicly available Geocaching profile on Authorized Developer’s geocaching-related sites/applications. These changes will take effect for existing users of our services on May 23, 2018. By continuing to use our services on or after May 23, 2018, you acknowledge and agree to our updated Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. Feel free to contact  if you have any questions. We hope these updates demonstrate our ongoing commitment to protecting your privacy and respecting your data.Thank you for being a part of the Geocaching community. Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Urban Airship’s In-App Purchase for Android Goes Live

first_imgRelated Posts This morning, Portland-based Urban Airship commercially launched its In-App Purchasing Product for Android. The company describes the service as a “last mile” offering for developers that simplifies the process of integrating in-app purchasing features within Android applications. The new service is similar to Urban Airship’s in-app purchases services for iOS, which launched just 18 months ago. Since then, the company has enabled over 2.8 million transactions.Urban Airship says it designed its in-app service for Android while participating in Google’s in-app beta test program, developing its features alongside Google’s in preparation for this launch. Tags:#Android#apps#mobile sarah perez The new In-App Purchase for Android service offers the following features:Dynamic content: The Android Market limits application size to 25 MB, but apps using Urban Airship In-App Purchase can grow beyond that. Developers upload paid and free content to the Urban Airship servers, and those servers deliver the content to the end user when it’s needed.Security: Urban Airship validates all purchase receipts before delivering content to the application.Versioning and updates: Urban Airship tracks updates to purchasable content and notifies users when updates are available. Developers can fix bugs in their updates without shipping an additional app update.The program complements UA’s recently launched Push for Android service, launched in March, which offers an alternative to Google’s default solution, C2DM. You can learn more about that service here.Urban Airship by the NumbersUrban Airship supports a large number of developers on the iOS, Android and BlackBerry platforms, and serves over 100 million mobile devices. To date, it has delivered over 2.6 billion push notifications in total, at a rate of 15 million push messages per day. Year-over-year, the company says the number of notifications it sends out has increased by 1,555%.With in-app purchases, as noted above, Urban Airship has delivered over 2.9 million transactions, and its customers make an average of 8,000 in-app purchases per day.Developers interested in signing up for the new Android service can do so here. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

What’s Wrong With This Crawl Space?

first_imgThe photo shows an unvented crawl space in a cold climate. The home was built in 1885. This crawl space is attached to an adjacent concrete-floored basement. The foundation walls are made of mortared limestone.Even in the small area captured in the photo, there are a number of problems that compromise energy efficiency, building durability, and life safety.Next week, we will post the answers that a Building America team, NorthernStar, came up with.last_img