Purple stays popular for wedding cakes

first_imgA Derbyshire bakery has revealed purple to be on trend for wedding cakes this year.Luke Evans Bakery, founded more than 200 years ago, has also found elegant and vintage styles, with intricate designs, are becoming increasingly popular among 2012 brides, following on from the royal wedding last year.Sharon Dance, who has created wedding cakes at Luke Evans Bakery for 18 years, said: “Last year purple became popular as a colour, and that’s continuing in 2012. Round is the most popular shape of cake, and many couples are opting for brighter, bold designs.“Trends in wedding cakes tend to go round in circles. It’s like fashion. When they come back round, the younger generation haven’t seen them before so they appear to be fresh and new. Having said that, there are always new designs, ideas and influences, so each wedding cake is individual and unique to a couple.”The American style of tiers of cake without the use of pillars or stands continues to be in demand, with round being the most popular shape of cake. In addition, modern alternatives to a traditional cake, such as cupcake wedding towers, allow newly-weds to have a range of different flavours of cake and endless choices when it comes to design.Dance added: “The wedding cake is traditionally the centrepiece of the wedding reception. The possibilities for style, design and decoration are virtually endless, and then of course there’s the type and flavour of cake. Many brides and grooms opt for a three-tier cake, with one tier of fruit cake, another tier of Madeira cake and a third tier of chocolate cake. This means they have something to suit everyone.”last_img read more

First of three public meetings on Duke rate increase held Monday

first_imgStatewide—Duke Energy is proposing a 15 percent rate increase for its Indiana customers. Customers got their first chance to voice their opinions and give feedback on the potential hike during Monday night’s Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission public hearing inside Carmel High School’s auditorium.The request is for an overall average rate increase of approximately 15% averaged across all customer groups. If approved, the new rates will be phased in over two years, with a proposed 13% increase in 2020 and a 2% increase in 2021. Timing will depend on state regulatory commission approval. The rate hike would result in a $395 million increase in annual revenue.Duke officials said the extra money would allow the company to accelerate the retirement of some of its coal-fired power plants and add more natural gas and renewable energy sources. The Regulatory Commission’s next meeting on the proposed Duke Energy rate hike will be Sept. 23 in Terre Haute.last_img read more

Fed Cup: Czech Republic beat Russia to retain title

first_imgDefending champions the Czech Republic won a dramatic decisive doubles rubber against Russia to secure a fourth Fed Cup title in five years.Resuming at 1-1, Maria Sharapova put Russia 2-1 up with a 3-6 6-4 6-2 win over Petra Kvitova.Karolina Pliskova beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-3 6-4 to level things.In the decider, Pliskova and Barbora Strycova beat Elena Vesnina and Pavlyuchenkova 4-6 6-3 6-2 to secure a 3-2 win for the Czechs.The match lasted more than two hours, with Russia gaining an early advantage before the Czech pair fought back to secure victory.– Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img

New federal jobless benefits to include $400/week bonus, not $600

first_imgIowans who are collecting unemployment will see federal benefits extended under President Trump’s executive order, which he signed as the U-S House and Senate still disagree over a new COVID-19 relief package. Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says the president’s plan is for Uncle Sam to pick up 75-percent of the cost of those updated jobless benefits, leaving states to pay the remaining 25-percent.“It would go $300 of enhanced federal money,” Grassley says, “and out of the $150-billion that went to states or their own money, they have to put up $100.” The added federal jobless benefits ran out July 31st and while they lasted, were providing many unemployed people an additional 600-dollars a week. Grassley says the new 400-dollars-a-week plan is the result of compromise.Grassley says, “That $400, I think, was probably selected because it was halfway between the $200 figure that was in the Senate bill and the $600 that we have right now.” The 400-dollar payments are on top of the regular state unemployment benefits, so some people are able to make more money by not returning to work. Grassley says 600-dollars was way too much and hurt businesses of all sizes as they couldn’t get people to come back to their jobs.“Maybe the $400 is still a disincentive for people to go back to work, but obviously it wouldn’t be as much of a disincentive as the $600,” Grassley says, “and I think it runs for two months.” Negotiations over the new COVID relief package fell apart late last week. Democrats propose spending some three-trillion dollars through their plan, the HEROES Act, while Republicans favor a one-trillion dollar rescue effort called the HEALS Act.last_img read more

Magic get crucial win in NBA playoffs chase, rout Cavaliers

first_imgMOST READ Gordon, Fournier and Terrence Ross made 3-pointers in a 15-0 run that left the Magic with a 44-20 lead early in the second quarter. Cleveland went more than five minutes without scoring during that stretch and never recovered.A 3-pointer by Kevin Love cut the margin to 17 a few minutes later, but that is as close as the Cavaliers would get.“It seemed like it was one of those days where you’ve got to give a lot of credit to them,” Love said. “They played extremely hard. Obviously they’ve got something to play for, and a lot of things just didn’t go our way.”TIP-INSCavaliers: The Cavs have lost only four of their last 24 games against Orlando, including two this season. … After missing the preceding game with a foot injury, Love had 10 points and eight rebounds in 24 minutes.Magic: The Magic are 12-11 while using the same starting lineup in 23 straight games. … C Khem Birch had his first double-double of the season with 13 points and 11 rebounds. . . . F Jonathan Isaac has made 44.4 percent of his 3-point shots over the last 16 games after shooting 26.5 percent in his first 48.UP NEXTCavaliers: At Dallas on Saturday night.Magic: Host Atlanta on Sunday night. Aaron Gordon scored 21 points, D.J. Augustin added 20 points and seven assists and the Magic routed the Cavaliers 120-91 on Thursday night. Vucevic had 19 points and 11 rebounds.The Magic won for only the second time in six games while chasing the final Eastern Conference playoff spot. The won left them a game and a half behind eighth-place Miami.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying “We’re aware of the situation. We know our schedule, so we know we have to take advantage of that stretch of games,” Orlando swingman Evan Fournier said.Collin Sexton scored 23 points for the Cavaliers, his fourth straight game over 22 points.Eight Magic players contributed to 45.3 percent 3-point shooting, making 14 of 31 attempts. Cleveland also shot 31 threes but made only seven.“I just liked the way we approached the whole game. This is one of the better games we’ve played,” said Magic coach Steve Clifford. “Since the All-Star break, we’ve had three or four good ones, but none any better than that.”Jordan Clarkson came off the bench for 15 points for Cleveland. The Cavs beat the Magic by 14 points at Cleveland on March 3.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “Every game moving forward for us, the margin of error is getting slimmer and slimmer – almost to none,” Vucevic said. “We have to get on a run now if we want to get back in the eighth spot.”It was the first of five straight home games for the Magic, the first four against losing teams. Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Nikola Jokic tows Nuggets past Mavericks with buzzer beater LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Orlando Magic’s Terrence Ross (31) blocks a shot attempt by Cleveland Cavaliers’ Nik Stauskas (1) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, March 14, 2019, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)ORLANDO, Florida— For one night, the Orlando Magic did almost everything right. The Cleveland Cavaliers didn’t do much of anything at all.“We knew that we had to respond tonight and play a better game, which we did,” Orlando center Nikola Vucevic said. “We played really well from the beginning.”ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more