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The most-loved NPD from our Instagram this year

first_img9. Barratt Mini BagsSweet-toothed scrollers loved the look of Barratt’s November launch, which saw the brand put classic sweet varieties into mini bags. The £1 multipacks contained Shrimps & Bananas, Jelly Beans, Mini Bears and Strawberry Milkshake Bottles. 3. Deliciously Ella Vegan Ready MealsShe’s one of the most prominent (and most followed) vegan influencers on social media, so it’s no surprise that the new ready meals from Deliciously Ella went down a storm on Insta. Our followers loved the look of the plant-based recipes, which included Sweet Potato & Black Bean Shepherd’s Pie and Cauliflower & Lentil Dahl. 2. Aunt Bessie’s Yorkshire BasesCashing in on the craze for Yorkshire pudding wraps, Aunt Bessie’s launched its frozen Yorkshire Bases in November. The likes flooded in and commenters expressed their excitement for making their own Yorkie creations at home, with one summing it up: ‘Aunt Bessie is a genius!’ 7. Jaffa Cakes NibblesJaffa Cakes took on a brand new form when McVitie’s launched Nibbles earlier this month. Instagram certainly approved of the treats, which are available in snack packs and share bags, with more than one commenter calling them a ‘game changer’. From crisps and confectionery to popcorn and plant-based, The Grocer’s Instagram features the most exciting launches coming to UK supermarkets before they land on shelves. Here are the top 10 products that had our followers double-tapping this year,10. Propercorn Microwaveable PopcornPropercorn claimed a UK first in October with its palm oil-free microwaveable popcorn, which launched in Sweet, Salted and Cinnamon flavours. Given the current hype around palm oil (catapulted into the mainstream by Iceland’s banned Christmas ad) it’s not surprising this product made our most-loved list. 4. Walkers Christmas CrispsAs can be expected, the ‘first ever’ Brussels sprout crisps from Walkers sparked some controversy on this post. ‘They have gone too far’, said one commenter, while another asked, ‘is it wrong we really want to try these?’ Sprouts aside, the other (less contentious) festive flavours included Pigs in Blankets and Turkey & Stuffing (swipe the picture below to see them). center_img 1. Cadbury Easter RangeEven before Halloween and Christmas were out of the way, confectionery lovers were getting very egg-cited for the new range of Easter treats from Cadbury. In fact, more than 500 people showed their love for the new eggs and Twisted share bags, making it our most-loved post of 2018. 8. Fox’s Party MilkshakesContinuing the mini bag and milkshake themes, Fox’s new launch was also a hit on our account. The brand launched the strawberry & banana iced biscuits in October. 6. Mr Kipling Christmas rangeChristmas came early for Mr Kipling fans when we shared its festive offering in October. The new range included Raspberry & Vanilla Candy Cane Slices and a Chocolate & Caramel Reindeer Cake.  5. Linda McCartney’s Vegetarian PizzasThe latest offering from Linda McCartney’s stuck a chord with non-meat eaters on Instagram, making it our most commented post to date. Veggies were excited by the flavours, which included Arrabiata Chicken and Chorizo & Chilli, although some commenters were disappointed the pizzas weren’t vegan.last_img read more

Lady Bulldogs Victorious Over Lady Eagles On Senior Night

first_imgThe Batesville Lady Bulldogs honored their seven seniors on Thursday night as they hosted the Heritage Christian Lady Eagles. Georgia Gratz, Hailey Mohr, Ellie Waechter, Ashlyn Czerniak, Caitlynn Werner, and Gabby Gibbs were all recognized before the game for their 4 year dedication to the team.Once the whistle blew, Batesville went to work early and were able to get a lead 6 minutes into the contest. Lauren Gutzwiller was taken down inside the penalty box and Batesville was awarded the penalty kick. Carlie Werner stepped up and put away the penalty kick easily putting the Lady Bulldogs up 1-0. Batesville would add two more goals in the half. Senior captain Georgia Gratz was able to find the back of the net for her 17th score of the season off an assist by co-captain Liz Heidlage. Werner netted her second goal after some nifty moves along the end line to dance around the Lady Eagle defender and slip the shot near post past the Heritage Christian goalie. Batesville outshot Heritage Christian 15-3 in the first half.In the second half, Heritage Christian began to find some success on the counter-attack. With 23 minutes to go in the match, #13 Byers was able to get behind the Batesville back line and buried the shot into the far corner to make it 3-1. Batesville was able to stop the momentum with 2 more goals of their own. Both of the goals came from Davalos on direct kicks. Gratz drew a foul just outside the 18, and Davalos was able to bend the shot around the wall and into the back of the net. With 2 minutes to play, Davalos had a direct kick from 35 yards out that went up and over the goalie for the 5th Lady Bulldog score. 12 seconds to go in the game, Liz Heidlage looked to make a well-timed tackle on a Lady Eagle forward and the official signaled for a penalty kick. #4 VanderMeer put the PK away to round out the scoring to end 5-2.Batesville will finish off their regular season for a chance to win conference against East Central. Both teams sit 6-0 in conference and will battle in St. Leon on Friday night at 5:00.JV – Batesville 2 – Heritage Christian 1Ashley Nobbe netted both goals for the Lady Bulldogs. The first came from the right wing as she lofted the shot up and over the goalkeeper. Nobbe converted the second on a penalty kick. The Lady Bulldogs wrapped up their season and it was a great team effort to come away with the victory.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Kyle Laker.last_img read more

AG Curtis Hill announces settlements with Fiat Chrysler and supplier over consumer and environmental improprieties

first_imgIndianapolis, In.—  Attorney General Curtis Hill today announced that Indiana, as a member of a coalition of states, has reached landmark settlements with Fiat Chrysler and supplier Robert Bosch. These settlements provide for combined civil-penalty payments of approximately $2.5 million to Indiana and more than $171 million to 52 jurisdictions nationwide. Bosch supplied and helped program the illegal emissions “defeat device” software used by both Fiat Chrysler and Volkswagen in their diesel vehicles.“Whenever businesses take unfair advantage of Hoosier consumers or otherwise disregard Indiana state laws, they should anticipate that our office will come after them hard for whatever damages they have done,” Attorney General Hill said. “This settlement represents the fruits of such labor. We will continue to work hard every day to protect consumers and defend the rule of law.”Fiat ChryslerFollowing a nearly two-year investigation, the Office of the Attorney General found that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V., its U.S. subsidiary FCA US, LLC, its Italian affiliate V.M. Motori S.p.A. and V.M. North America, Inc. – collectively, “Fiat Chrysler” – installed unlawful “defeat device” software and undisclosed Auxiliary Emissions Control Devices (“AECDs”) in 1,645 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Ram 1500 diesel vehicles that the automaker sold in Indiana. These vehicles are from the model years 2014-16.The Attorney General’s Office also found that Fiat Chrysler cheated on federal and state emissions tests by calibrating the vehicles’ software to conceal that the vehicles emitted higher than permitted levels of harmful nitrogen oxides (NOx) in real-world driving conditions. Further, Fiat Chrysler misled consumers by falsely claiming the “Eco-Diesel”-branded Jeep SUVs and Ram 1500 trucks were environmentally friendly and compliant with the law in all 50 states.The settlements announced today require Fiat Chrysler to pay Indiana $1,028,125 in civil penalties under Indiana’s consumer protection laws for deceptively and unfairly marketing, selling and leasing the vehicles to consumers. Nationwide – excluding the separate penalties the company will be required to pay to the federal government and California – the multistate agreement is expected to result in payments totaling $72.5 million to 49 states, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia and Guam.Indiana’s settlement also prohibits Fiat Chrysler from engaging in future unfair or deceptive acts and practices in connection with its dealings with consumers. Further, it requires Fiat Chrysler to carry out its obligations under a related settlement agreement in the Multidistrict Litigation (“MDL Consumer Settlement”) pending in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.The MDL Consumer Settlement, once approved by the MDL court, will resolve claims brought by a national class of affected consumers. The MDL Consumer Settlement requires Fiat Chrysler to: eliminate the “defeat device” features from the relevant software through a software “flash fix”; provide eligible owners and lessees extended warranties; and, together with co-defendant Bosch, pay eligible owners who take their vehicles to authorized dealers for the software repair an average restitution of approximately $2,908 and pay lessees and former owners restitution of $990.Related settlements between Fiat Chrysler and the U.S. Department of Justice, the Environmental Protection Agency, the California Air Resources Board and the State of California also require Fiat Chrysler to make available 200,000 upgraded catalytic converters to mitigate air pollution across the country when installed by Fiat Chrysler vehicle owners as replacements to their existing catalytic converters.Assuming all owners and lessees nationwide participate, this will result in total available restitution of approximately $307 million, including approximately $4.7 million to affected owners and lessees of 1,645 vehicles in Indiana.The settlements with Fiat Chrysler follow earlier comprehensive settlements reached between Indiana, along with other state, federal and private actors, and Volkswagen for equipping, marketing, selling and leasing more than 570,000 Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche diesel vehicles with illegal “defeat devices.”  Under those settlements, Volkswagen paid Indiana civil penalties of more than $6 million, fixed or repurchased the affected vehicles, and paid restitution to Indiana consumers.BoschBosch is a multinational engineering company well known for its consumer products. It is also a major supplier to the global automotive industry. Among the products Bosch supplies to its auto manufacturing customers are the electronic control units (“ECUs”) that house the complex software that controls nearly all aspects of an engine’s performance, including emissions systems. When Volkswagen, a Bosch customer, was revealed to have systematically utilized “defeat device” software in its diesel vehicles, several states attorneys general, including Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill, commenced a separate investigation into the role played by Bosch in enabling its customers to potentially violate federal and state emissions regulations. Today, after another Bosch customer, Fiat Chrysler, has settled claims that it too employed illegal “defeat devices,” the Attorney General’s Office is able to announce the conclusion of that separate investigation into Bosch’s conduct.As a result of this investigation, Attorney General Hill concluded that Bosch facilitated the implementation of the “defeat device” software in more than 600,000 Volkswagen and Fiat Chrysler vehicles over a period that spanned more than a decade. Notwithstanding concerns about the illegal “defeat devices” raised internally, to management, and externally, to Volkswagen and Fiat Chrysler, Attorney General Hill found that Bosch continued to assist these customers as they implemented the “defeat devices” and concealed their misconduct from regulators and the public.Under the terms of the proposed settlement with the Indiana Attorney General, Bosch will pay Indiana $1,490,940 in consumer and environmental civil penalties. The agreement also includes precedent-setting injunctive terms and requires Bosch to maintain robust processes to monitor compliance and to refuse to accommodate requests for software development and programming that could result in the installation of “defeat device” software.Today’s settlement with Bosch recognizes the important role that suppliers play in ensuring regulatory and legal compliance in the automotive industry and establishes the important precedent that those who knowingly go along with their clients’ wrongful conduct will be held accountableUnder a multistate agreement involving Indiana and 49 other jurisdictions – including Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, Guam and all states other than California, Texas and West Virginia – Bosch will pay a total of $98.7 million under the jurisdictions’ consumer protection and environmental laws and make a separate $5 million payment to the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) for training and future enforcement purposes. Under the related MDL Settlements, Bosch will also pay approximately $27.5 million to consumers who purchased or leased the affected Fiat Chrysler vehicles. Bosch earlier paid more than $275 million to consumers who purchased or leased the affected Volkswagen vehicles.Indiana’s finalized settlement documents will be available in forthcoming days.last_img read more

UCL: Managerless Bayern seal last-16 berth

first_imgRelatedPosts Bayern Munich fans undergo Super Cup coronavirus tests Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter Aguero could be out of action until November, Guardiola says Bayern Munich clinched their place in the Champions League last 16 by beating Olympiakos 2-0 at home on Wednesday as second-half strikes from Robert Lewandowski and Ivan Perisic secured their fourth win in Group B. Playing their first game since coach Niko Kovac was sacked after the humiliating 5-1 drubbing at Eintracht Frankfurt, Bayern out-played the Greek champions but lacked composure in the area for large parts of the game. They finally broke the deadlock in the 69th minute through Lewandowski, who continued his remarkable run of scoring in every Bundesliga and Champions League game this season. The Polish striker prodded home a cross from Kingsley Coman from close range for his 21st strike in all competitions, setting interim boss Hansi Flick on the way to victory in his first game since being put in temporary charge. Croatian winger Perisic claimed Bayern’s second in the 89th to seal the win, slamming the ball home with his first touch less than 60 seconds after coming off the bench. Bayern top Group B with 12 points from four games and will be confirmed as group winners if Red Star Belgrade’s match with Tottenham Hotspur later on Wednesday ends in a draw.Tags: Bayern MunichNiko KovacOlympiakosRobert LewandowskiUEFA Champions Leaguelast_img read more

Moyes: Giggs perspective unrivalled

first_img Press Association David Moyes will face the media for the first time as Manchester United manager on Friday with his status reinforced by the appointment of Ryan Giggs to his coaching team. Whilst it had been widely anticipated Phil Neville would return to Old Trafford to begin his coaching career this season under the man he has worked so closely with at Everton since 2005, confirmation Giggs will be combining his responsibilities as a player with a position on Moyes’ backroom team was a surprise. Having signed a new contract in March, the 39-year-old seemed completely focused on adding even more silverware to a collection already unsurpassed in the modern game. center_img However, with Mike Phelan, Rene Meulensteen and Eric Steele, who has agreed to a short stint at Shrewsbury, all leaving in the wake of Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement, Moyes has moved to silence any doubts over the inside knowledge about United’s inner workings within his coaching team. “Ryan’s success and ability to adapt his game over a number of years gives him an unrivalled perspective on the modern game,” said Moyes. “His career is an example to anyone. I am sure that both he and the players will benefit from his new role.” The practicalities of Giggs’ role have not been outlined, although evidently the veteran Welshman, owner of 13 Premier League winners’ medals and the only man to have scored in all 21 seasons of the competition’s history, will be expected to make a significant contribution on the field. However, with Neville also coming on board, in addition to Nicky Butt, who has remained on the coaching staff after being hired by Ferguson last season, there are now three key members of that famed ‘Class of 92’ within the Red Devils fold. “It is a great privilege to be appointed a player-coach,” said Giggs. “I hope I will be able to bring my experience to bear, having been both a player and part of the Manchester United family for so long. “It’s no secret that I have been taking my qualifications and I see this as the first step in my future career. “I’m really looking forward to working alongside David and the team.” last_img read more

Pellegrini to investigate injuries

first_imgManchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is to investigate the spate of muscle injuries that threatens to undermine his side’s return to form. Both are unlikely to be fit before new year and join forwards Sergio Aguero and Stevan Jovetic on the casualty list. Their absences will leave sizeable gaps at both ends of the field and Pellegrini wants to find out if there is an underlying cause, although the Chilean will not make excuses. “Maybe we must find a reason why,” said Pellegrini, whose side have won seven in succession. “It is very unlucky to have the three strikers out with injuries but we must try to solve the problem and play another way, or keep a clean sheet. “It is difficult because we have to play a lot of games during the last days of December, but I never complain about the players who cannot play.” Kompany had been making his comeback after a three-game absence with a hamstring injury and the influential Belgian also missed a game at QPR in November with a calf problem. Dzeko had only recently returned from a four-game lay-off with a calf strain while Jovetic has had niggly hamstring issues in recent weeks and aggravated them in Wednesday’s Champions League win at Roma. Full-back Aleksandar Kolarov missed all City’s November fixtures with a calf injury. Top scorer Aguero has knee ligament damage and could be out for up to eight weeks. Teenage striker Jose Angel Pozo was drafted into the side at the King Power Stadium at the last moment and the lack of current alternatives could force City into the transfer market in January. City could have to play through the Christmas programme without a recognised senior striker and their captain after a costly 1-0 victory over Barclays Premier League bottom side Leicester on Saturday. The club’s only fit striker, Edin Dzeko, suffered a calf muscle injury in the warm-up before skipper Vincent Kompany pulled up with a recurrence of a hamstring problem late in the second half. Pellegrini said: “In January we will see, it is an option. I think our squad must always be strong.” Another looming problem is the loss of midfielder Yaya Toure to the African Nations Cup next month. That is likely to mean Pellegrini will press harder to extend the loan of Frank Lampard in the coming days. Former England and Chelsea midfielder Lampard again proved City’s chief inspiration and was their match-winner at Leicester, netting the only goal – his sixth for the club – five minutes before half-time. The 36-year-old’s loan from sister club New York City expires at the end of the month and Pellegrini has made clear he wants him to stay longer. He also said after the game that Lampard himself also wanted to stay on. A decision has not yet been made but Pellegrini had already come to a firm opinion on his value before the injuries to strikers that left the veteran as one of the team’s few obvious goalscorers. “That is why he is now on the team but he would not stay with us because we have injured strikers,” said Pellegrini. “He would stay with us because he is a very important player.” City were laboured but at least kept claimed the three points needed to prevent Chelsea extending their three-point advantage at the top of the table. Leicester made the early running and rallied late on but City’s defence held firm and recorded a valuable third clean sheet in the space of a week. “As a defender it is always nice to have a clean sheet but I want to say all the team defended well,” said right-back Bacary Sagna. “We faced a very athletic team. They tried to create problems but we stayed compact as a team and finally we got the three points. We have to look forward and keep working.” Leicester boss Nigel Pearson feels his side are letting themselves down at both ends of the field. The result left the promoted Foxes bottom of the table and without a win in 11 games, since they stunned Manchester United on September 21. He said: “This remains the frustrating aspect about our season so far – that we are not converting key chances and an inability to keep that clean sheet. “We find ourselves adrift at the bottom at the moment and that is something we are going to have to rectify. “From a tactical perspective we didn’t really allow them to have a great deal of dominance. “But the bottom line is, it is about being dominant in both boxes and we have not delivered that again.” Press Associationlast_img read more

India’s FIFA 2022 World Cup qualifiers postponed due to COVID-19

first_imgNew Delhi: India’s FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 joint qualification round 2 matches — which were scheduled to be played in March and June this year — have been postponed due to the ongoing spread of coronavirus.India was slated to host Asian champions Qatar at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar on March 26. In June, they were scheduled to play Bangladesh in Dhaka on June 4 and then host neighbors Afghanistan in Kolkata on June 9.In a letter, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) wrote: ‘FIFA and AFC will discuss further details of the postponed matches and communicate to the PMAs in due course.’Meanwhile, the continental apex body further mentioned that upon mutual agreement, the respective countries can decide to play as per the pre-decided schedule should the safety and health concerns are taken care of.”PMAs may still play the matches in March and June 2020 upon mutual agreement, provided the safety and health concerns of all individuals involved meet the required standards, subject to prior approval by FIFA and AFC.””AFC and FIFA will continue to assess the situation and decide whether further changes to the schedule of the Preliminary Joint Qualifiers Round 2 are required with the aim of protecting the well-being and health of all individuals concerned,” the statement added.India’s away friendly against Tajikistan scheduled to be played on March 31 has also been postponed. IANSAlso Read: FIFA, AFC to postpone football activities due to coronavirus outbreakAlso Watch: Doul Govinda Temple agog as Holi beginslast_img read more

A brief history of Syracuse-Penn State rivalry

first_imgCORRECTION: In a previous version of this article, the events that occurred in 1991 were misstated. Syracuse was independent before it joined the Big East upon the conference’s formation in 1991. Penn State was also independent before it joined the Big Ten upon the conference’s formation in 1993. The Daily Orange regrets this error.For almost 20 years, their rivalry lay dormant. From 1991 until 2008, Syracuse and Penn State did not play each other.It resumed with that 2008 meeting, when the Nittany Lions throttled the Orange, then beat SU soundly again the next year. Now, for the first time since 2009, the rivalry kickstarts again with a meeting at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., on Saturday. The Daily Orange took a look back at some of the defining moments of one of Syracuse’s oldest rivalries.Penn State leads the all-time series 42-23-5.1922: Syracuse and Penn State tie 0-0 in their first-ever meeting at the Polo Grounds in New York. The Nittany Lions had won 29 straight games, but the Orangemen’s defense provided several goal line stands in the first half. An injury to PSU fullback Mike Palm also slowed the Nittany Lions’ offense in the second half, but the underdog Orangemen were unable to punch in any of their scoring chances.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text1950: Syracuse beats Penn State 27-7 at Archbold Stadium, snapping the Nittany Lions’ eight-game winning streak. The Orangemen crowd the line of scrimmage to take away the run game, and ultimately return three interceptions for touchdowns as first-year Penn State head coach Rip Engle’s Wing-T offense sputters out in Syracuse.1953: Penn State defensive back Lenny Moore intercepts a pass to seal a 20-14 Nittany Lions victory. After he is shoved out of bounds into the SU bench, an Orangemen player jumps on Moore, sparking a brawl. Fans leap down from the stands and enter the fray as the fighting goes on for several minutes. When the field is finally cleared and play continues, Penn State takes a knee to end the game.1950-1970: Penn State wins 11 of 21 games as the rivalry heats up. “I think they were the No. 1 rival that Syracuse had,” Robert Drummond, Syracuse running back from 1985-88 said. “Syracuse-Penn State always made for a great game, always made for national television.”1973: Syracuse head coach Ben Schwartzwalder retires and Penn State wins 16 straight meetings from 1971-1986. Scheduling issues and the beginnings of conference realignment damage the rivalry.1987: Penn State’s streak is snapped as the Orangemen thrash the Nittany Lions 48-21 in the Carrier Dome. Syracuse wins again in 1988, but loses the following two matchups before the series is suspended in 1991. “It was even more impressive for us because the year before they won the national championship,” Drummond said. “There was no way we were going to lose that game.”1991: Formerly independent Syracuse joins the Big East when the conference is formed in 1991. Two years later, formerly independent Penn State joins the Big Ten when it forms in 1993. This puts the rivalry on hold for what would be 17 years.2008: Penn State creams the Orange 55-13, and again, 28-7 the next year as the two-year, home-and-home series does not go well for Syracuse.2013: The rivalry is reborn again. Syracuse will take on Penn State on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. “I think they have a very good shot,” Drummond said. “It’s always great going into the game being the underdog. Coach Shafer’s going to have those guys ready to fly high.”—compiled by Stephen Bailey and Trevor Hass, asst. sports editors Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on August 28, 2013 at 1:01 amlast_img read more

USC pledges to help veterans achieve higher education

first_imgUSC is one of 24 private colleges and universities in California to join the One More Veteran Pledge, an initiative that aims to make higher education more accessible to veterans.Through signing the pledge, the institutions vow to recognize veterans as assets to their educational communities and to take into account veterans’ service in the admissions process.The pledge marks the first time since World War II that select private colleges and universities have made a concerted effort to recruit veterans. Historically, standard admission guidelines including high school GPA and standardized test scores have disadvantaged veterans in the admission process. By signing the pledge, the schools strive to admit one more veteran in the upcoming academic year than they did in the year prior.All of the participating institutions, including the California Institute of Technology, Claremont McKenna College and Otis College of Art and Design, are recipients of the Ahmanson Veteran Scholarship Initiative. The scholarship provides funds to enroll, support and graduate more student veterans.According to the statement, William Ahmanson, president of the Ahmanson Foundation, said the One More Veteran Pledge demonstrates that educational institutions value veterans’ presence both on campus and in the classroom. He hopes that the initiative will inspire a shift in admissions processes throughout the nation.“College admissions should treat veterans like national assets, similar to prized athletic recruits,” Ahmanson said in a press release. “With prominent ads in the The New York Times, Internet, radio and social media during admissions season, we have an opportunity to raise awareness, lead by example and effect change.”last_img read more