Caravan carry-on

first_imgOur lingerie story should convince you that British Baker is a broad church. And so it is that we extend a hand oh why hold back, have a kiss, it’s Christmas! to our new friends at Practical Caravan magazine. Stop the Week spotted a story online about a competition that the mobile-dwelling bible ran in association with Lakeland, to find the best caravan-shaped cake. The competition was launched in September alongside a feature on “how to make the perfect caravan cake” (see pic above).Vital business info for cake baking readers, we thought, so we got in touch. “’Perfect’ may have been a bit strong for my caravan cake…,” caravan-writer-cum-cake-baker Alyson Warnock at Practical Caravan told us. Nevertheless, she added, they received an astonishing 100 entries off the back of it, “most of which made my cake look very amateurish.”A harsh self-critic, I’m sure you’ll agree. And if you don’t, then surely the winning competition entry has attained caravan cake perfection (see pic right).last_img read more

Senate expected to vote on defense bill with study language

first_img 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The Senate is expected to vote today on a revised, House-passed defense authorization bill that provides for a NAFCU-sought study on the reliability of the Defense Manpower Data Center database and annual meetings with stakeholders, including credit unions.The House is on recess for Veterans Day this week; it considered the revised bill last week after an earlier version was vetoed by the president. The new bill was approved on a vote of 370-58.The bill contains a provision that NAFCU worked on with Reps. Denny Heck, D-Wash, and Steve Stivers, R-Ohio, regarding the DMDC database. The bill will require the Defense Department to submit a report to Congress on the reliability of the database within 60 days of the bill being signed into law. The Defense Department would also be required to report on the accuracy and reliability of the database every six months through Dec. 31, 2020.In addition, the DMDC would be required to have regular meetings with financial industry stakeholders about the database. continue reading »last_img read more

‘Invaluable’ time for T.D.

first_imgGREGORY DIXON/Herald photoBLOOMINGTON, Ind. — The last time UW had a Tyler Donovan sighting, the junior quarterback was walking off the field to a sea of grimaces by the Wisconsin faithful at Camp Randall after leading three drives that resulted in negative yardage. Donovan did not complete a pass to anyone but a Western Illinois defender, throwing an interception that was returned for a touchdown.With Wisconsin up 42-0 late in the third quarter it was clear that the starters on both offense and defense had made the intended statement. Head coach Bret Bielema took advantage of a golden opportunity to get his backups some playing time, Donovan included. “There’s a lot of valuable experience to be gained out there,” Bielema said. “A lot of guys had never had game experience before. There’s a lot of positives to take out of it.”This time around Donovan was much more effective. “That was a tough situation for those guys and myself,” said Donovan. “It was good to get out here and get in a little bit better situation where you actually can do something.”The backup quarterback led UW to 10 points, completing three of his four passes for 26 yards, including a conversion on third down, before making way for third-stringer Dustin Sherer, who took the field for the first time in his career. “Bottom line, if John were ever to go down, we’d have to be able to step up, and [Donovan’s] got to be able to execute,” said Bielema, who while not normally superstitious couldn’t help but literally knock on the wooden table in front of him while making the statement. “These reps today are priceless.”Mr. Smith goes to BloomingtonOne week after barely seeing the field against Michigan, freshman tailback Lance Smith made up for lost time, carrying the ball for a career-high 19 times, for 65 yards and his first career touchdown at Memorial Stadium, almost eclipsing the number of carries starter P.J. Hill received. Although Hill did gain 129 yards and scored three touchdowns, coaches are still looking for improvement from Hill in other fazes in the game. “P.J. does a good job running the football, but there are still some things he has to clean up as far as [pass] protection,” Bielama said. “The great news about P.J. is that he’s only five games into his career.”Hill showed no signs of being miffed at not getting more carries however, instead stating his belief that the combination is a dangerous one. “He brings a little thunder and lightning into the situation,” Hill commented. “I think it’s good. He has speed and he has power and that throws a defense off a lot.””I like the tandem, we didn’t get Lance in the ballgame last week, there was a concerted effort to get him early. You can see he’s got a little bit different speed than P.J.While Smith had a career day, fifth-year senior Dywon Rowan had a forgettable one, not in that he made any poor plays, but just that his name was absent on the stat sheet after the game, possibly signaling that Smith has surpassed him as the backup running back. “In the words of Paul Chryst, P.J. is No. 1, Dywon is the second running back and Lance is the second tailback,” Bielema said. “They are trying to trust me, trying to give me more chances,” Smith said. “I don’t know what they are going to do with us, but I just know when my time comes I’m going to take advantage of it.”Kickoffs return offWhile it was all smiles after the game for the Badgers and their head coach, Saturday’s contest wasn’t without its blemishes, most notably the continued struggles on kickoff returns. Freshman Josh Nettles who never advanced the ball past the 20-yard line against Michigan only got to the 15-yard line in his only return versus the Hoosiers. Complicating matters was that he fumbled on the play, allowing Indiana’s Troy Grosfield to return the fumble 15 yards for a touchdown.”Kickoff returns still an Achilles heel for us,” said UW head coach Bret Bielema. “We gotta be able to either check our personnel or [our] scheme and make sure that we aren’t trying to do something we can’t execute.” On the ensuing kickoffs, Jarvis Minton returned to lead return duties, which had been stripped from him following a fumble against Western Illinois in the Badgers’ home opener. “I feel that I can help out the team on kick off returns,” Minton said afterward. “I am going to get out there and show everybody that I can make a difference out there.”last_img read more

Opponent preview: Everything you need to know about Florida State ahead of Saturday’s matchup

first_imgSyracuse (4-4, 2-2 Atlantic Coast) comes off its bye and goes right back to the state of Florida, this time for a matchup with Florida State (2-5, 2-4) at 12:20 p.m. Saturday. Before the bye, the Orange lost a matchup with then-No. 8 Miami, 27-19. Meanwhile, FSU got clobbered by Boston College, 35-3, one week ago.Here’s what to know about the Seminoles:All-time series: Florida State leads 9-1, and has won the last nine matchupsLast time they played: Syracuse lost to then-No. 17 Florida State, 45-14, on Nov. 19 one year ago. The Orange got torched by FSU’s Dalvin Cook, who ran for 225 yards and four touchdowns in the contest. Zack Mahoney started the game for Syracuse as Eric Dungey missed the matchup with an injury.The Florida State Report: Florida State was the No. 3 team in the preseason Top 25. But its season went awry in the first game against Alabama when starting quarterback Deondre Francois left the contest with a season-ending injury. While it was without its quarterback, FSU still competed. Three of its five losses were decided by one score. Last week’s game was the first blowout loss of more than three scores for the Seminoles.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe FSU offense hasn’t been all that strong without Francois, ranking just 113th in total yards per game (335.6) and 122nd in points scored per game (17.4). Outside of last weeks matchup, the defense has been strong though. On the other side of the ball the Seminoles are 31st in the country in yards allowed per game (347.3) and as the 50th best team in points allowed per game (24.3).This is the first year the Seminoles have started 2-5 since 1976.How Syracuse beats Florida State: Play a full game on the road. Syracuse hasn’t won away from the Carrier Dome this season. Senior linebacker Zaire Franklin said that he and the other veteran members have talked about needing to play better on the road and finish off the games. Beat writers around the team said Florida State quit in last week’s matchup, and we’ve seen Syracuse play well for most of the season. As long as Syracuse doesn’t start off slow like it did in games against LSU, NC State and Miami, the Orange can maybe pull off its fifth win.Player to Watch: Cam Akers, No. 3, running backAkers had to take over for the best running back in school history, and he’s done an admirable job filling in. Akers has racked up 496 yards on 105 carries for the Seminoles. The Orange has shown that it can be slowed down by a solid running game as it was by NC State earlier this year. Syracuse slowed down Miami’s running game a week ago, and it’ll need to do the same on Saturday. Comments Published on November 3, 2017 at 4:53 pm Contact Tomer: [email protected] | @tomer_langer Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more