WMF works on foam

first_imgWMF has launched ’Bistro! with dual milk’ following the success of its Bistro! coffee machines.The new machine enables the operator to make bean-to-cup coffee using the fully automatic, one-step process at busy times or, when a more individual feel is required, the manually operated steam wand, which can be used as part of a two-step process.The firm said the machine offers more control and consistency, thanks to a heat sensor in the steam wand, which will stop the steam when the set temperature has been reached. It offers three grades of foam: superfine an extremely dense foam with a shiny, creamy consistency, used for lattes; fine the normal standard of foam required to make cappuccinos; and standard for when volume and large quantities of foam are required.Additional features include the ability to set individual temperatures for each type of drink; and the option of having three integrated hoppers so a drinks menu can include a variety of chocolate drinks, as well as decaffeinated coffee.last_img read more

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Justice Friday looks at CAT program

first_imgSaint Mary’s students and staff gathered in the student center Friday to discuss the College Academy of Tutoring (CAT) program’s impact on Title One schools in the South Bend Community School Corporation as part of the Justice Fridays lecture series.Samira Payne, associate director of the Office of Civil and Social Engagement and director of CAT, led the discussion and prompted students with questions such as: “Did you feel like you had a teacher you could reach out to,” “Did you feel like school was a safe place for you?” and “How do you think poverty affects students?”“The CAT Program works with three particular schools in the South Bend area,” Payne said. “They’re actually primary and intermediate centers.”Title I schools have high numbers or percentages of children from low-income families, according to the U.S. Department of Education website, so they receive federal financial assistance to help the students meet state academic standards.According a worksheet given to students in attendance, 49.3 percent of students in the state of Indiana are eligible for free and reduced lunches.“Poverty is very cyclical. What is the number one way society tells you to improve your life?” Payne said. “They always say go to school, get a job so that you can improve your life, but if you are in a school, and this is your circumstance, how can you do that?“How can we task a third grader, a nine-year-old, to be doing this? They’re nine. This is not their responsibility. Our system is failing these students.”Although test scores are not the only indicator on the progress of students, Payne said those results still tell a story.“Graduation rates are lower, and that’s pretty significant,” she said. “It really impacts their experience.”Payne said volunteering with CAT gives [college] students an opportunity to step outside of their comfort zone, while also building skills working with students in South Bend schools.“It’s really important that we recognize it’s not necessarily that these student aren’t smart, but that they don’t necessarily have the same set of resources, and they haven’t yet found a person, or there isn’t that person in their lives who really is helping them to grow and learn and to build on those skills,” Payne said. “And so it’s really important that we start to recognize that, and when we’re working with students, it’s not that we see it as a fault within our students but that we see it as a fault within our system and what can we do to support our students.”Payne said CAT gives students in South Bend schools an opportunity to get a glimpse at college life and speak to college students.“That gives them that really cool opportunity to ask questions and dream bigger and really open their minds to [college],” Payne said. “It’s a really cool opportunity for everyone involved.”Tags: CAT, College Academy of Tutoring, Justice Friday, South Bend Community School Corporationlast_img read more

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Roma denies Rumors that Juventus wants to buy Pjanić

first_imgA.S. Roma denied the media speculations about the decision of Juventus to buy the BiH national player and the player of Roma, Miralem Pjanić.In a short statement published on the official webpage of this club, it is written that Roma denies the reports by the webpage sportmediaset.it.“Roma denies today’s statements of the portal sportmediaset.it, where it was stated that the purchase clause of Pjanić’s contract has been activated, adding that the story is completely groundless,” the statement said.(Source: radiosarajevo.ba)last_img read more

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MICHO: We were undone by stage fright

first_imgFULL STORY: Ayew sinks Uganda (CLICK TO READ)He added: “I believe our team has seen that our level of fitness acquired in preparation is enough for this competition but there are other aspects we need to correct.”Uganda face record seven-time winners Egypt in their next outing at the same stadium on Saturday.“No matter that the giants Egypt and Mali are in front of us, we still believe and we will give 200 percent in order to go further,” added the coach known as “Micho”.RELATED STORY: What does Cranes need to make it in Gabon?Share on: WhatsApp Port-Gentil, Gabon | AFP | Uganda coach Milutin Sredojevic admitted that the occasion got to his players as they succumbed to a 1-0 defeat to Ghana in their first match back at the Africa Cup of Nations on Tuesday.Thirty-nine years after losing to Ghana in the 1978 final, the Cranes made their comeback in the tournament in Port-Gentil but lost their Group D opener to a first-half Andre Ayew penalty.“In 39 years we have not been there and in the first half we had an element of stage fright,” admitted Serbian coach Sredojevic after defender Isaac Isinde’s foul on Asamoah Gyan for the penalty proved decisive.“We paid dearly for the mistake that is hard to explain. The experience of a great player allowed him to intercept and win the penalty that Ayew converted.“At half-time we were fully aware that we are on the big stage. It needed man management and awakening of every player, injecting belief that we can play.“We risked everything at the end but unfortunately it didn’t come our way.”last_img read more

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National Rebuilding Day 2014 Brings the Community Together, Helping Each Other

first_imgSubmitted by Rebuilding Together Thurston CountySee all those people?  They are your neighbors!  They are just some of the folks who spent a recent Saturday working on the maintenance needs of some very special homeowners in Thurston County.  As part of Rebuilding Day 2014 there were over 150 volunteers who worked on the homes of nine individuals and families – all of whom were incredibly grateful.  It was a fabulous day and the rain held off just long enough to complete all the necessary repairs – whew!With morning pastries provided by Momma Bear’s Bakery in Yelm, and a welcome from each of the House Captains, the six different work groups set about getting their chores checked off the proverbial list:  power wash driveways, decks and patios; pull weeds, cut back overgrown bushes and rambling ivy, plant new flowers, spread mulch, and water; replace windows that let in lots of cold air and water; clean out and repair gutters; install grab bars; repair drippy faucets; install new doors; paint; and lots more.Eight of the projects were located in Lacey (including a mobile home park where four homeowners received services), so we were delighted to have a visit from Deputy Mayor Cynthia Pratt from the Lacey City Council.Tumwater Mayor Pete Kmet and a homeowner on National Rebuildling Day.She toured several of the projects, met with the homeowners and came away impressed with the work of so many volunteers and donors.  Mayor Pete Kmet of Tumwater rolled up his sleeves to work with the volunteers at Cheryl’s home.  Though she has an Olympia address, her home is closer to services in Tumwater, so it was particularly noteworthy that he was so generous with his time with RTTC that day.  Thanks to Ms. Pratt and Mr. Kmet, both of whom are clearly interested in the efforts of their citizenry to make their towns and homes healthier and safer.Olympia Federal Savings (and their significant financial support), United Roofing (and their 12 roofers!), the very capable services of Hometown Property Management, and Lacey Gateway Rotary members (and their strong backs) were the movers and shakers behind the biggest project this year: Shirley’s home.  After her husband died three years ago, this 76 year old lady lost interest in most everything and didn’t have the ability to take care of much of it in any event.With the assistance of about 45 volunteers, her home was transformed and in the end was a stunning example of how much good can be done in a day!  With a completely new roof, numerous smaller projects completed around the home and extensive landscape maintenance, her home is in a truly beautiful setting; and most importantly she feels like it’s something that she can maintain now that it is all under control.Special thanks go to Western Cedar Supply/PABCO for the roof supplies, to Ken Kirkland for his House Captain leadership, and to Dirty Dave’s for a terrific lunch. Susan, a 70 year old woman now living alone, received services from the Lacey Presbyterian Church (a team of about 32 men and women who have been with us on Rebuilding Day for several years now; thank you, volunteers, and to the Church for their continued financial support of RTTC!).  Big thanks also go to Rob Hodgeman, the House Captain, and to Subway for the donated box lunches that kept the volunteers going through the afternoon.Cathy Johnson, owner of Dandelion Gardens, sprucing up old planters on National Rebuilding Day.The project at Crestwood Park in Lacey had an energetic crew from the YouthBuild Construction Trades program (New Market Skills Center in Tumwater) who teamed with an equally hard working larger group from KAYO/KGY Radio.  This was definitely a case of age and experience, mixed with eagerness and wonder – surely the best of all combinations!  All three homeowners (Curt, Vietnam vet; Drema, a 71 year old lady living alone; and Ivan, who is disabled) were all absolutely thrilled with the work done on their homes and the differences were significant!  The team of volunteers also replaced the security bollards at the entrance of the park that were taken out in a car accident earlier this year.  Coordinating all these efforts was the Sater family (Lane, Tonya and all five of their children, each of whom contributed to the successes of the day).  In addition, T & S Cleaning (Ted and Shirley were both there); Chris from Gillaspie’s Tree Service; and Casa Mia and their pizzas all contributed to a job well done.  And since then, we’ve received calls from others in the park who would like assistance.Failing windows can cause lots of angst for any homeowner, but imagine if you did not have the funds to do anything about it.  That was the position 67 year old Cheryl was in, so with the enthusiasm of HomeStreet Bank employee Chris Hutchison and the major financial backing of the same institution, along with the construction skills of Nick Bevans (Bevans Construction) and John Hays (Puget Construction), she was the very happy recipient of five (yep, 5!) new windows!  In addition, Mayor Kmet was a member of this crew and Pizza Hut donated lunch for everyone.And finally there were the Robyn and Cameo projects.  Both are relatively young women (Robyn with certain disabilities and Cameo a single mom with three kids) with leaking, safety, and security repairs – important to address to keep the homes in good and safe condition as both intend to live in their homes for years to come.  Lowe’s on Martin Way in Olympia was not only instrumental in providing work crews for both projects but also provided the expertise of James Powers (Assistant Manager of Lowe’s on Martin Way) as the House Captain for both projects.  Subway and Jimmy John’s provided lunches for participants.In addition to all these outstanding companies and volunteers, there were several more who absolutely need recognition for their contributions, which were connected to more than one project:  Cathy Johnson of Dandelion Gardens worked on two projects and was instrumental in the coordination and design of both projects;  Mary Carskadon and Jackie Ashley enhanced everyone’s lunches by providing cookies and chips to each site; Cutter’s Point Coffee provided warming coffee for several of the sites; and Rob’s Excavation and NW Cascade provided port-a-potties for each work site.And where would we be without Lowe’s on Martin Way in Olympia? Not in the position we’re in, that’s for sure.  They’ve been working with us for months to make sure that all materials we needed were pulled and delivered at exactly the right time; that all their employees were trained in how to deal with us and the coordination of materials; and their financial support has been huge.Here’s a huge THANK YOU to our Executive Director, Raechel Kilcup, for all of her hard work and dedication to coordinating all of these projects as well as to all volunteers and participants who made Rebuilding Day 2014 the success that it was!Altogether, we served 32 homes in our county during the month of April, utilized over 400 volunteers, and for every $1 donated we were able to turn it into $13 of service to these homeowners. Typically, $1 is turned into $4.  We are extremely proud of the work done and thankful for the support of our community. Facebook98Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

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Undercover at The Globe

first_imgWhen I was a child I thought that Shakespeare was a load of rubbish. Sinceleaving school, one of my oldest and best friends, AM, who also doubles upas my token leftie friend, and has gone on to be an English teacher, hasbeen performing a slow but effective water torture on me to give it one morego.Tonight was the night. We went to The Globe, on the Southbank.Well, blog. Well, well, well. Where do I start?Once the evening was set in the diary, I used every event of communicationwith AM to hint that it may be more enjoyable to sit with those awfulelitists, rather than stand with the cheap-skates, as is traditional at TheGlobe. AM was having none of it though. After evenings with me, living itup at The Colony, Scotts, and the 28th floor bar of the London Hilton, thiswas his chance to hit back with some hard hitting, ‘real’ (they love thatword), middle-class leftie entertainment. And as I will go on to try andrecount for you, blog, however painful it may be for me, he rammed it home abit like Tiger Woods, when leading, on the last day of a major.We met at Yo Sushi on the south side of the Thames (I even ate at a chainrestaurant to try and play the game tonight!) and we then strolled down toThe Globe. AM, with glazed over eyes, was recounting tales of this place asif it was some kind of perfect, heavenly created, den of pleasurable sin,that he was remembering like he was living his last few hours of life jackedup on morphine. He told me that much of the history and traditions of TheGlobe had been preserved and that once upon a time, ladies of persuadablevirtues used to work there and perform services for gentlemen up against theback wall of the standing area, in view of all, during the performances.Interesting.Then, from nowhere, he said ‘it’s lucky I’ve got my coat with hood,’.‘Err, why’s that, AM?’ (I had just a jumper).He then let me know, as if it was nothing and everyone knew, during thewettest summer on record, that we were not only standing ‘to really feel theatmosphere’ but it was also outside.Right, blog, the tickets were a fiver. This apparently adds to the leftieedginess of it all. At this point, in order to again try and go with theflow, I didn’t point out that if there was an option to pay a grand, where Iwas carried in on a sedan chair, be openly vilified by the proles, and lefton a raised but covered platform, where I was fed grapes by a bikini cladmaiden, I would have taken it gladly.On arrival, I was still clinging to a hope that we might be able to sit. AMhad me in his grasp though and he was not entertaining ANY option other thanstanding with his brown and green jumper wearing comrades. I also noticedsome silly Shakespeare wannabes with pointy beards on display.As a teaser, some silly luvvies dressed in old fashioned clothes, came ontothe stage and played some crap flute type instruments. This didn’t bodewell for the evening’s entertainment but again, to myself, I did all I couldto deny the obvious.The show got under way and I, for the first ten minutes, could vaguelyfathom out what was happening. The highlight of the evening for me thoughwas that Trigger from Only Fools and Horses was in it. What was hethinking? The poor chap seemed totally out of his depth. He was probablytrying to gain some artie street-cred – stick to the Nag’s Head with DelBoy, Trigg.If you are looking to pick up an intellectual straggley-haired bird – thisis the place to be. Sidle over, know when the bits are when the pretentiouspeople laugh, and join in. She won’t know what’s happening or what she’slaughing at, she’ll be too embarressed to ask, but by the fact you’relaughing at the same time as all the other wannabes, she’ll think you’redouble cool.During the first half of the first half, the crowd were keeping up with itand even laughing when prompted by the more knowledgable and preparedluvvies. A girl standing in front of me had a good idea as she had bought atext of the play and was following along. However, within about a quarterof an hour she had lost interest, had two mobile phones out, and spent theremainder of the evening on Facebook and Twitter texting everyone that shewas at a Shakespeare play. Oh dear.It got so boring for one poor sole that she collapsed and had to be removedon a wheelchair. I looked to the back wall of the standing area indesperate hope and unfortunately saw that the interesting sounding traditionAM had told me of earlier had fallen by the wayside – gutted.As the interval came, after an hour and twenty minutes, which I must sayseemed rather excessive, a glow of relief came over me. AM reassured me bywhispering, like I was terminally ill, ‘you’re doing well’.The interval lasted no more than ten minutes and we were then back on ourfeet in the torture chamber. It started raining. I giggled in irony,laughing at my plight, and AM simply giggled at me. He put his hand on myshoulder, feiging support in my hour of need, and said trying to soundsympathetic but laughing proudly, ‘down the the people’. He is a leftiesadist!!!At ten to ten, I could take no more. I asked a bearded steward how longthere was to go, he looked to the heavens like he was an true thesbian actorand informed me begrudgingly that there were thirty five minutes to go. Ihad been beaten and went and sat outside on a bench.Afterwards, when AM appeared looking just like a victorious and rather smugEd Milliband after getting one over David Cameron, we made our way backalong the river. He asked me what I now thought of Shakespeare. I saidthat I thought he gave insecure intellectuals a pretence and identity tohold onto in society. He told me I was a heathen.In a moment of silence, we passed a Damien Hirst exhibition at the TateGallery. I only hoped that, unlike Shakespeare, that burk isn’t imposed ongenerations of our children for hundreds of years to come too.Goodnight, blog. I shall enjoy my bed tonight.B xlast_img read more

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