Bakkavör to shut down UK factory

first_imgIcelandic company Bakkavör Group has said it will close its UK pasta plant in Scunthorpe by the end of the month. The closure may lead to the loss of 107 jobs, according to local press reports.The firm reportedly blamed the decision on the increased cost of raw materials and a declining market.The reports add that Bakkavör completed a 90-day consultation process, but was unable to find an alternative to closure.The news comes only three weeks after Bakkavör announced it had made two acquisitions: a 45% share in Hong Kong’s leading producer of premium bakery and pastry products, La Rose Noire; and Italpizza, an Italian pizza maker, as reported by Flexnews.last_img

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Notre Dame launches a new initiative on race and resilience

first_img Google+ WhatsApp Twitter Facebook WhatsApp Google+ Pinterest Notre Dame launches a new initiative on race and resilience By Tommie Lee – January 20, 2021 2 173 IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Twitter Pinterest By Eccekevin (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons Notre Dame launched a new Initiative on Race and Resilience on Monday. Its a new interdisciplinary program focused on “the redress of systemic racism and the support of communities of color both within and beyond the Notre Dame campus.”The effort is led by the College of Arts and Letters with help from the Provost’s office and brings scholars and students together to challenge systemic racism.You can read the University’s statement by clicking here. Facebook Previous articleWhitmer and Michigan GOP prepare to face off over COVID reliefNext articleWalorski hopes Biden follows through on message of “unity” Tommie Leelast_img read more

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Reed Mathis & Electric Beethoven Share 21 Minute Compilation Of Straight Improv From Denver Show

first_imgReed Mathis & Electric Beethoven are one of the most unique groups to come out of 2016. The collective efforts of bassist Reed Mathis, keyboardist Todd Stoops, drummer Jay Lane, and guitarist Clay Welch create the foundation for the world’s first “Classical Dance Music” project. Reimagining Beethoven symphonies to a new generation of live music lovers, the band has been traveling the country to spread some serious musical explorations of the modernized material.Today, they’ve shared something quite special. A song they call “Thunderstorm” is defined as a passage from the fourth movement of Beethoven’s sixth symphony, “tranced the funk out for a dance exploration and meditation improvisation.” What Reed Mathis has done with this recent Denver recording is even more interesting.He explains in a Facebook post, “So, in my Beethoven band we have this one tune where it’s one long chord progression that we can move through at any pace we like, and we just make up riffs and ornaments through repetition, sort of like crickets talking. The recording of us doing this in Denver was 44 minutes long. ‘Just for the hell of it,’ I wondered, ‘what would happen if I remove the transitional bits, and just string together all the improvised riffs using only the parts where they had solidified?’ So, I spent a couple hours last night editing that 44 minute performance down to 21 minutes. Pretty crazy! Fascinating to hear our collective-improvised negotiations go from stepping-stone to stepping-stone so quickly. Plus, Beet’s chord progression is definitely non-shitty. Freakin’ unique little band I’ve got here.” Indeed!Check out the 21 minute compilation of improvisational material from Reed Mathis & Electric Beethoven at Cervantes below:last_img read more

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Aretha Franklin, The Queen Of Soul, Has Passed Away

first_imgThe 76-year-old legend performed her last public performance at Philadelphia’s Mann Center in August of 2017, and her final performance was for the Elton John AIDS Foundation in New York in November of the same year.Few souls will ever be as long-lasting as Aretha Franklin. The world will miss her greatly.Aretha Franklin – “I Say A Little Prayer”,In 2010, Aretha Franklin was diagnosed with cancer. The “Respect”, “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman”, “Spanish Harlem” and “Think” singer/songwriter continued to work through it as much as she could, before officially announcing her retirement in February of 2017. In an interview with Detroit WDIV Local 4, when she announced her retirement, she expressed: “I feel very, very enriched and satisfied with respect to where my career came from, and where it is now… I’ll be pretty much satisfied, but I’m not going to go anywhere and just sit down and do nothing. That wouldn’t be good either.”,The 76-year-old legend performed her last public performance at Philadelphia’s Mann Center in August of 2017, and her final performance was for the Elton John AIDS Foundation in New York in November of the same year.Few souls will ever be as long-lasting as Aretha Franklin. The world will miss her greatly.Aretha Franklin – “I Say A Little Prayer” Aretha Franklin has passed away at the age of 76. According to Publicist Gwendolyn Quinn, the “Queen of Soul” died Thursday morning at 9:50 a.m. at her home in Detroit. In the Associated Press, the statement confirms: “Franklin’s official cause of death was due to advance pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type, which was confirmed by Franklin’s oncologist, Dr. Philip Phillips of Karmanos Cancer Institute.”The family responded: “In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart. We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds.”They continued, “We have been deeply touched by the incredible outpouring of love and support we have received from close friends, supporters and fans all around the world. Thank you for your compassion and prayers. We have felt your love for Aretha and it brings us comfort to know that her legacy will live on. As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time.”On Monday of this week, reports began to spread that Aretha Franklin was “gravely ill” in hospice care, surrounded by family and friends who were asking for prayers and privacy in Detroit.In 2010, Aretha Franklin was diagnosed with cancer. The “Respect”, “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman”, “Spanish Harlem” and “Think” singer/songwriter continued to work through it as much as she could, before officially announcing her retirement in February of 2017. In an interview with Detroit WDIV Local 4, when she announced her retirement, she expressed: “I feel very, very enriched and satisfied with respect to where my career came from, and where it is now… I’ll be pretty much satisfied, but I’m not going to go anywhere and just sit down and do nothing. That wouldn’t be good either.”last_img read more

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Dell Technologies and PGA TOUR Give Back to Community

first_imgIt’s that time of year again when our three favorite things are coming together; golf, technology and community outreach!On March 21-25th Dell Technologies Match Play will be entering its third year in Austin for the third of four World Golf Championships events on the PGA TOUR schedule.Why are our fans so excited about this event? Not only are we bringing the world’s top golfers together, but fans can attend knowing that they’re making strides towards making the city of Austin a better place.Dell Technologies and the PGA TOUR share a mission to give back to the community. The money raised at the tournament will be invested into giving back to youth development and wellness.If you are attending the tournament this March, you will have the pleasure of helping us support Austin Parks Foundation, The First Tee of Greater Austin, Boys and Girls Club of Austin, Helping Hand Home, and Keep Austin Beautiful.The five benefitting charities have been chosen based on their alignment with that mission. In the past two years, this event alone has contributed over $2.1 million to local charities. The event has generated more than $17 million for charity since its inception, including prior title sponsors.Our fan zone will be filled with virtual reality, remote controlled race cars and Alienware gaming stations to ensure there is never a dull moment at Dell Technologies Match Play.We can’t wait to see what we accomplish this year. Will you be there?Join us in our efforts of making the Austin a better place and have fun doing it!To follow along with the event happenings, follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook!last_img read more

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Imagining Tomorrow’s Schools

first_imgAll around the world students at schools and universities are preparing for year-end exams and graduations, and this time every year makes me think back on my own student days. The choices of programmes were way fewer, and the types of jobs to prepare for much clearer. It was nothing like the future today’s students will have to face.Where my generation is still often astonished at the impact of new technology, the younger generations are hyper connected. They navigate naturally in a world with voice assistance, self-driving cars, and not least information available at the touch of a screen. They leverage technology in everything they do and will demand the same level of innovation and personalisation at school and in their future jobs that they experience in their personal lives today.Although today’s technology changes and innovations present today’s businesses with interesting challenges, it will be even more challenging for our education system to adapt to the reality of tomorrow. How can teachers, schools and universities prepare our children for jobs that do not even exist yet? How can they help future generations make the shift from learning and storing information to digesting knowledge? How can they apply new technologies in the classroom and include both soft and hard skills?In a recent study – Realize 2030 – commissioned by Dell Technologies, 3,800 CxO business leaders from around the world shared their views on how they prepare for the future by working together with intelligent machines and new technologies in a so-called human-machine relationship. More than 42 percent believe they will get more job satisfaction by giving the most boring tasks to intelligent machines. And an impressive 82 percent of leaders expect humans and machines to work as integrated teams in their organisation within five years.What is even more interesting is that almost 60 percent say that our education system will need to change to teach students how to learn and how to digest information on the fly, rather than to continue to teach them facts and memorise data. This will be critical if we want to help students prepare for jobs that don’t even exist yet – taking into account that an incredible 85 percent of jobs that are likely to exist in 2030 haven’t been invented yet.According to a recent article in Harvard Business Review, the next generation will need to work in teams even more than today and increasingly integrate solutions and components from other teams in their own work. To do so seamlessly, they will need a strong set of soft skills ranging from creativity and adaptability to interpersonal skills. An open, inclusive and culturally aware mindset will prove invaluable as boundaries between companies and nationalities blur and crowdsourcing play an ever-increasing role.Future new technologies will not only provide the next generation with some incredible opportunities, it will also push their ethical boundaries and present them with difficult choices of how far they can and should go. Hence, a strong ethical foundation bundled with increased technological understanding will be key. In order to offer students the right set of hard skills and stimulate them to feel comfortable in a technology-heavy world, schools need to immerse students in a broad range of computer science domains from an early age. It is critical to secure at least some basic technological understanding, but clearly even better to help students discover a higher level of passion for technology – ranging from robotics to computational mathematics such as statistics, probability and logic.From what I have seen when travelling around the region, the future of our next generation is bright. More and more educational institutions already make use of new technologies that are available, providing students with great insight into what the future holds. But we can do better – I still see an increased opportunity and an important role for Artificial Intelligence (AI), Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) at the schools of tomorrow.With mobile VR, students would have the world at their fingertips. A VR history class could transport students to anywhere in the world and offer them an immersive history lesson without leaving the classroom, thus democratising knowledge and allowing children from all social classes access to the same experiences. Medical students could use the technology and VR videos of real-life surgery to practice steps of surgery in detail, and it could give architect and design students an instant virtual view of their projects. With AR, static images in books can be brought to life and bring an extra dimension to the learning experience.If today’s educational sector continues to utilise the available technologies with a strong focus on teaching soft collaborative skills combined with the right set of hard digital skills, they can offer tomorrow’s data-driven workforce everything needed to start their professional life – in jobs that are yet to be created.As the exam season nears I wish all students the best of luck with their exams – and the rest of us congratulations on a much better educated and technology savvy workforce of tomorrow.last_img read more

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Utilities, maintenance leadership provides updates on carbon reduction goals

first_imgNatalie Weber Paul Kempf, ND assistant vice president for utilities and maintenance, speaks on the University’s energy efforts on Tuesday in Bond Hall.Kempf said efforts trace back to 2010 when the University decided to make energy a main focus of its sustainability initiatives. Working towards carbon reduction, Notre Dame has depended on a number of strategies, Kempf said.“I think our perspective was that we wanted to take advantage of the assets the University already owned, and that we had invested in, and get our value out of those, but at the same time reduce in carbon,” he said. “And like a good investment portfolio, diversification is always a good practice.”One such way the University plans to reduce its carbon output is through the construction of a new hydroelectric plant in South Bend, for which the University broke ground on Aug. 19.“Hydro will actually produce, based on today’s usage, 7% of electricity we use on campus, and it will reduce our carbon foot by 9,700 tons,” Kempf said. “Our carbon footprint today is probably about 190,000 pounds. So it will reduce our carbon footprint by 5 or 6%. Not a huge number. But there isn’t a home run here, folks, there are a lot of little projects that go together to reduce their carbon footprint.”Kempf also explained how the University’s East Plant — which houses the geothermal fields’ mechanical equipment, water chillers and a thermal energy storage tank — functions. He said the water chillers work at night — a time when power is cheaper, or the University has excess power because of a lower energy demand. Using this load shifting, Notre Dame has been able to increase its energy efficiency, Kempf said.The University also uses energy from a solar array it owns near the local airport. According to the South Bend Tribune, Notre Dame estimated the array would reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by 2,000 tons over the course of about 20 years.“Our plan was, we weren’t going to try to produce more solar energy than we needed for [the] facility,” Kempf said. “We really wanted to be able to have some amount of power we bought all the time and have the full benefit of the solar array to the facility.”Notre Dame also purchases about half of its electricity from Indiana Michigan Power, Kempf said.“What they do on their side of the ledger matters to us as well,” he said. “They have a partner on that side that’s doing things to try to reduce their carbon footprint.”As a whole, the University is continuing to look for more cost-effective and carbon-reductive strategies, Kempf said.“There’s a whole series of different projects, some of those ones that I just mentioned,” he said. “So we have a roadmap [but] we’re always looking to see if we can make a better roadmap.”Tags: carbon reductions, coal, East Plan, Energy Week, Geothermal Field, hydroelectric plant, renewable energy, solar power, sustainability, Utilities and Maintenance Notre Dame’s coal pile is dwindling as it focuses on taking advantage of other fuel sources and works towards its goal of stopping coal combustion by the end of 2020.Assistant vice president for utilities and maintenance Paul Kempf gave updates on the University’s progress towards this goal during a presentation Tuesday afternoon. During the talk, he focused on Notre Dame’s hydroelectric plant, purchased power, geothermal fields and a number of other strategies the University is employing to work on carbon reduction.last_img read more

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Ground Covers.

first_imgBesides rooting cuttings and sowing seeds, there are other ways to increase ground-cover plants, says a University of Georgia expert. First, it helps to know how your ground cover spreads, says Bob Westerfield, an Extension Service horticulturist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Ground-cover plants spread by stolons (aboveground runners) or rhizomes (underground stems), Westerfield says.Plants With Stolons To propagate plants from stolons, such as flowering strawberry or ajuga, peg runners into contact with the soil or composted leaf mulch. Keep the area moist, and the stems should root within one to two months. Separate new little plants from the parent in late summer or early fall.Plants With Rhizomes Plants with rhizomes, such as lily of the valley, are easy to propagate, too. In early spring or early fall, use a spade to slice through the lateral stems that connect a parent plant with a newly developing plantlet. Make sure each plant has at least one bud, Westerfield says. Replant them at the same depth. For more information on ground covers, see the UGA Extension Service publication on the Web at www.ces.uga.edu/pubcd/L121.htm.last_img read more

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Splash into Summer in Frederick, Maryland

first_imgGet away to FrederickCounty, Maryland where you will find all the natural wonders the region has tooffer with all the amenities of a city.  Make your way down the Monocacy River, the perfect waterway for paddlers just starting out or looking for a relaxing float. Take in the grandeur of the Catoctin Mountains as you make your way past forests and farmlands. With 10 public boat launches in the county, tailor the length of your trip to fit your day. Hop on the Potomac River at the southern border of the county, an important river to maintaining the health of the Chesapeake Bay. This river offers everything from a mellow ride on a tube to Class III whitewater rapids.   Visit the Carroll Creek Park from June throughOctoberto see the Color on theCreek water garden. Volunteers manage the garden, filled with more than 1,200blooming lilies, lotus, and bog plants on the water. View the butterflywaystations at Kemptown and Utica Parks for a glimpse of themonarch butterfly as it makes its way south for the winter. Hike, bike, or horsebackride through the mountainous GambrillState Park. Three overlooks allow you to view the valleys below and the mountainsin the distance. Fish for bass, bluegill, and catfish in the small pond, nolicense required. At Greenbrier State Park, boaters can access the man-made freshwater lake to paddle in the Appalachian Mountains. Hike through 11 miles of trails through a variety of habitats, including the Appalachian Trail as it passes through the park. With over 200 boutique shops and uniquerestaurants in Downtown Frederick and 20 tasting rooms in the county, there isplenty to do at the end of the day. Spend the night at one of several majorhotel brands, like Hilton and Marriott, in addition to other vacation rentalsand bed and breakfasts right downtown or out in the country. center_img Stay Awhile Learn from important Civil War sites, including the National Museum of Civil War Medicine and Monocacy National Battlefield or ride into Downtown Frederick on the scenic Historic National Road, the first federally funded interstate highway. Enjoy a four-course meal in a vintage 1920s passenger car as the Walkersville Southern Railroad runs through the Maryland countryside. Stop by The Trailhouse in Downtown Frederick for all the gear you will need, from tents and backpacks to climbing gear and paddling maps. While you are downtown, stop for a meal before making your way out onto the water. If you are looking for a guided trip, River & Trail Outfitters have an adventure for you. Whitewater raft on the Shenandoah River, tube or paddle down the Potomac River, cycle along the C&O Canal, or zipline high above the trees. Combine your paddle with drinks on one of their boat and brew tours. Get up close with bison, sheep, and more on a safari excursion through the Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo or bottle feed a calf at South Mountain Creamery before trying some of their delicious ice cream made with ingredients from the farm.   Head out of the city to Cunningham Falls State Park in the Catoctin Mountains and visit Hunting Creek Lake. During the summer, you can rents boats at the lake to explore the 43 acres surrounded by forests. Hike miles of trail, view the 78-foot cascading waterfall, the tallest in Maryland, and choose from over 100 campsites to extend your visit to the park. In Frederick County, youwill find all the outdoor adventure you are looking for with a backdrop thatcan’t be beat. last_img read more

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Millennials on a mission to learn about financial literacy

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Bill PrichardMillennials have been the most attractive generation for all financial services for a while. And, as has been widely reported, they will – if they haven’t already – overtake baby boomers in 2015 as the largest living generation.For the majority of marketers, this generation remains mysterious because the proven ways of engaging and connecting don’t apply to these technology natives.Almost a year ago, during the THINK 14 Conference, CO-OP Financial Services launched a Millennial campaign on Twitter, FaceBook and a dedicated website; supported through paid media and search. The first few months were dedicated to testing and experimenting. Over time, three common themes emerged:Millennials are visual: This generation is highly visual as learners and communicators. The credit union story needs to be told visually through videos, quizzes, infographics and enticing imagery. continue reading »last_img read more

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