Costa Coffee’s first national Foundation Day raised £150,000, which will be donated to coffee growing communities. Profits generated in its 700 stores on 14 June are being donated to The Costa Foundation today, and will go towards building five new schools in Costa Rica, Guatemala and Uganda.The charity was set up by Costa in 2006 to help with the building of schools, to improve education and the lives of coffee growing communities across the globe. “We wanted to give something back to the communities where we source our coffee and local farmers have specifically told us that the best way Costa can help is by focusing on education through building schools for their children,” said David Hutchinson, Costa Coffee marketing director and Costa Foundation trustee.“Our first Foundation Day was a huge success with customers across the country supporting us simply by buying their regular coffee at our stores. We are hoping to continue to run Costa Foundation Day on an annual basis to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to coffee growing farmers.”Since the Foundation began it has improved sanitation, developed land to enable families to grow crops, and has built accommodation for teachers and four schools in Columbia, Uganda and Ethiopia.
Children’s baking company BKD is to appear on Dragons’ Den this Sunday (24 September).Airing at 9pm, the episode will see founder Adelle Smith pitch to five dragons, including new investors Jenny Campbell and Tej Lalvani, in the hope of securing investment for her business.BKD, which specialises in children’s baking kits, was launched in May 2015 and the business has grown rapidly, with revenues of £151,000 in 2017 and over 30,000 units being sold. The kits are stocked in more than 160 stores across the UK and Ireland, including John Lewis, Lakeland and Moonpig.In 2016, Smith launched her first book, Baked, which contains more than 20 family focused recipes such as Oreo Easter Chick Pops and Minibeast Sugar Cookies.BKD isn’t the first bakery to appear on Dragons’ Den, although others, including Rule of Crumb, a gluten-free business, and Bad Brownie have had varying success.
Following the recent release of Mötley Crüe biopic The Dirt, headlines about the pioneers of the have been everywhere. The band member who’s been the most active on interviews and social media is the notorious group’s co-founder, writer, photographer, radio host, songwriter and, of course, the bass player, Nikki Sixx. Nikki was and still is open to sharing his opinion on what he thinks about certain aspects of our reality. Here are six sets of six Sixx quips on six different topics.1. Darkness1) “When you can’t climb your way out of such a hole, you tend to crouch down and call it home.”2) “What can I say that will make people that are in recovery want to stand up and support Recovery Month? A friend of mine said, ‘You know, the fact that you did a really honest book and it changed people’s lives, that’s something to talk about.’”3) “In ’85, I went through rehab and I wasn’t ready. If you’re not ready, you’re not ready. You don’t want to hear the truth, and you’re gonna keep doing what you keep doing.”4) “When the addict gets recovery, his family gets recovery, right?”5) “If you don’t deal with your demons, they will deal with you, and it’s gonna hurt.”6) “I love Starbucks. Maybe that’s a bit sad. But I definitely need my caffeine. It’s what gets me out of bed in the morning.”2. Positivity1) “Beauty, to me, is kind, generous, and people that are humble.”2) “Even as a kid, I saw the world in my own way and thought most things that were different were beautiful and magical. Even things that other people thought were horrifying and disgusting and weird.”3) “What inspires me? I am so inspired every day. I am inspired by thinkers. I am inspired by rebellion. I am inspired by children. I have been inspired by love.”4) “Through recovery, I’ve been able to do so much good stuff.”5) “Every day, I wake up, and the first thing I think of is my kids.”6) “Love those who hurt you the most, because they are probably the ones closest to you. They, too, are on a path, and just like you they are learning to walk before they can fly. Imagine of everybody you hurt in life turned their backs on you? You would be playing a hell of a lot of solitaire. Love them no matter what.”3. Cynicism1) “Life is like a long ride to nowhere in particular.”2) “I forgive my mom for being a psycho and my dad for being a loser.”3) “It’s interesting. People go to an animal shelter and pick a dog that’s been kicked, beaten, and has lost a leg and an eye, and they’ll take that dog home and give it love and support, but they don’t do that with people.”4) “I do believe that I’m an addict on one level or another at all times.”5) “People say I have a distorted lens. I think I see things as they really are.”6) “It takes all kinds to make the world go ’round. If everyone was straight-laced and uptight, it would sure be a drag. We need a little tug of war in society.”4. Motivation1) “We all fall off the wagon. It’s only one day; it’s not the rest of your life. Pick yourself up and go again.”2) “I had to find the courage to turn my life around.”3) “You can get through anything if you want it bad enough.”4) “You can’t pee like a puppy if you wanna run with the big dogs.”5) “Ego is the great enemy. Ego will hold you back every single time.”6) “I’ve got so many mountains to climb and goals to conquer. I’ve got so many scars I want to leave on the planet. I just feel like I’m not there yet. I feel like I am just getting started.”5. Industry1) “Celebrities, movie stars and rock stars are losing their mystique.”2) “The industry needs to be run by artists, because we are the only people that care about art.”3) “They say the music you listen to in your formative years stays with you and leaves an impression for the rest of your life. For me, the things that I fell in love with happened in the ’70s, when artists were nurtured by record companies and it wasn’t about singles.”4) “The industry is a menace to artists.”5) “Artists are very young, and say, Um, ok, to these industry dudes.”6) “What’s scummy about the music industry is that everybody loves you when you’re dead.”6. Mötley Crüe1) “If you actually dissect the lyrics in ‘Motley Crue’, you’ll notice that there’s a lot going on beneath the surface.”2) “If you were on the phone with me and Tommy [Lee] right now, we would probably forget you were there, we’d just be cracking jokes. It’s like Beavis and Butthead.”3) “It’s about what happens on stage, whether we can deliver it in a hungry way that is who we are in our hearts.”4) “The thing is that I’ve known the guys from Motley Crue longer than just about everybody.”5) “Do I think anything I ever do will be as big as Motley Crue? It’s impossible.”6) “There’s a sound with Motley Crue, and it comes with Vince [Neil]’s voice, which is such an important part of the show, and Mick’s guitar. And the way Tommy and me play together is an important part of it.”The Dirt – Official Trailer Zack Hargrove is a blogger and remote editor. You can always catch him up on Twitter @zackhargrovejr. If you get anxiety during computer classes, feel free use his tips on programming help and get professional service on his website.
Your weekly new’s update for the week of April 2, 2014.HOBIE FOUNDER PASSES AWAY AT 80Watersports cultural icon Hobart “Hobie” Alter passed away on Saturday at the age of 80. Alter began shaping surfboards and later an entire watersports culture, a story recently revealed in his biography, “Hobie: Master of Water, Wind and Waves.”Born October 31, 1933, Hobie grew up on Laguna Beach and began shaping balsawood longboards for friends in the 1950s, opening the area’s first surf shop in Dana Point in 1954. With friend Gordon “Grubby” Clark the two pioneered the development of the foam surfboard and Hobie quickly became the number one surfboard brand in the world. The list of legendary surfers that shaped boards and rode for Hobie is a veritable Who’s Who of surfing legend.In the late 1960’s Alter unveiled his namesake “Hobie Cat” performance sailing catamaran – bringing sailing to the masses with a boat that could be launched from any beach. He also invented the “Hobie Hawk” remote controlled glider, the “Hobie Super Surfer” skateboard, a 33-foot mono-hull sailboat, a “Float Cat” for fly-fishing, and the “Katie Sue” 60-foot power catamaran.His goal to “not wear hard-soled shoes or work east of California’s Pacific Coast Highway” had become a reality. He introduced a brand of active lifestyle products that improved the lives of thousands worldwide. Alter received the Waterman Achievement award from the Surfing Industry Manufacturers Association in 1993, was inducted into the Huntington Beach Surfing Walk of Fame in 1997, and was admitted into the National Sailing Hall of Fame in 2011.CONSUMER CONFIDENCE HIS HIGHEST LEVEL SINCE JAN. 2008Good news for outdoor apparel and gear, along with other industries. The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index, which had decreased in February, improved in March. The Index now stands at 82.3 (1985=100), up from 78.3 in February. It was the strongest reading since the index stood at 87.3 in January 2008, just as the Great Recession was beginning.ITALIAN SETS NEW SPEED SKIING RECORDClocking in at 156.8 mph, Italian Simone Origone broke his own world speed skiing record on Monday at Chabrieres in the French Alps.The Chabrieres slope drops more than 1,600 feet in three quarters of a mile and has a maximum grade of 98 percent. In comparison, most black runs in the United States have a maximum grade of about 35 percent. Whoa.Origone’s previous record was 156.2 mph, set in 2006. Check out the video here.GLAMPING AIMS TO GET MORE OUTDOORSGlamorous camping, or “glamping,” aims to get individuals who are timid about an overnight outdoors experience more comfortable in the wild.Companies like Solid Ground Shelters boast full-range camp set up and preparation, along with tear down after your trip is over. They offer homey amenities such as a real mattress and high quality linens to top off the experience, whether in your backyard or at a music festival.Campground attendance is strong in Virginia, with state parks registering 712,609 campers in 2013, and another 379,423 that stayed the night in cabins. While certainly not roughing it, glamping adds just another facet to the state’s bustling outdoor culture.
Egyptian side Ismaili are in talks with Gaish’s Ghanaian striker Ernest Papa Arko over a free transfer next summer, FilGoal.com has reported.Arko, 28, will run out of contract in the summer as Ismaili, who have just signed his compatriot John Antwi, are keen to add him to their non-Egyptian list of players.Arko, who spent six months on loan at Al-Arabi of Qatar last year, has been a key member for Gaish since joining the Cairo side from Zamalek in 2004.He was the Egyptian Premier League top scorer in 2008-2009 with 12 goals.