Allied Bakeries has closed its Reading bakery, which once employed 196 staff, following a strategic review of its UK bakery operations.The company shut the distribution depot and manufacturing plant on the Viscount Way site last month, and it closed the remaining plant this week.The decision to close was “regrettable but necessary as the Reading site is not suitable for future development,” Allied Bakeries said in a statement. It needed to move production to sites which are bigger and have greater capacity, it said.A consultation process with employees on the closure began in November 2005.Allied said: “This has not been an easy decision and in no way reflects the efforts and commitment of our employees at the site.” Allied Bakeries thanked employees for their support.
New Orleans is about to have a heavy dose of lights, as famed DJ Pretty Lights has just announced a two-night New Year’s run with his funky live band. With Brian Coogan, Borahm Lee, Chris Karns and Alvin Ford, Jr. meshing beautifully as the PL Live Band, there’s no limit to this group’s musical potential.The shows will take place from December 30-31, and will be held at the famed Mardi Gras World Ballroom in New Orleans, LA. Ticket information can be found here.[Photo by Visual Suplex Media And Design]
We all have heard of the often used phrase that technology is experiencing exponential growth with the common reference point being Moore’s Law – the doubling of computer processing speed every 18 months. During the first session of some university courses I’ve taught, I ask students to describe common technologies from 10 years ago. Then we compare that to today’s widespread use of technologies like wireless Internet, smartphones, social networking and its pretty eye opening.Today’s business world is experiencing a similar feeling when taking snapshots of technology advancements and how they need to adapt in almost real-time. IT data centers are being challenged on a daily basis from advancements like virtualization, changing workflows, new methods like containers and more.Unfortunately, there is one critical infrastructure within data centers that isn’t keeping up – the network. Organizations are struggling with the rapid technology change and user demand while still running and managing outdated, inflexible, proprietary network infrastructures. A good analogy is handling modern traffic flows in and out of major metropolitan centers using the highway system of the 1960’s. Good luck.Open Networking and WhyIt departments need to take a closer look at their data center network infrastructure and ask some serious questions. Am I in control of my network or is it (and my networking vendor) in control of me? Does my network allow me to take advantage of the rapid technology innovation I’m seeing in areas like network virtualization, cloud and orchestration? Can I pick and choose best-of-breed solutions that help me specifically address my unique needs? If not, it might be time to look at open networking solutions.Open networking is a new approach for network infrastructures where the data center switch hardware is disaggregated from the operating system software. It also incorporates key standardized technologies like off-the-shelf merchant silicon and the Open Network Install Environment (ONIE) that provide a cost-effective environment for installing different network OS’s on the same hardware platform.By adopting open networking solutions into their data center, organizations can ensure they are positioned for optimum choice of field-proven switching hardware, network operating systems and open source tools and applications. By taking this initial step they can bring innovation back to their network infrastructure, while also laying a clear path to a software-defined, future-ready network environment.Dell: A leader in Open NetworkingDell was the first major networking vendor to introduce the concept of open networking with the announcement of our support of Cumulus Networks’ Cumulus Linux OS on our switching platforms in January of 2014. Since then we have introduced over 7 new open 1GbE to 100GbE networking platforms, added 3rd party OS partners like Big Switch Networks, Pluribus Networks, and IP Infusion, and helped hundreds of customers implement open networking solutions in their data centers.Dell Networking was able to accomplish this major feat through our existing experience as a market-leading networking vendor, participation in global standards organizations like OpenCompute, OpenDaylight, Open Networking Foundation and Ethernet Alliance, and a proven history of leveraging component standardization and openness with our computing products. We were recently acknowledged in the 2016 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Center Networking as the only major networking vendor in the visionary quadrant. And this is just the beginning.SummaryIt’s doubtful that we’ll see a slowdown of innovation and technology advancements anytime in the near future. Change is here to stay. Doesn’t it make sense to start now with transitioning your data center infrastructure to open networking? It’s a win-win proposition to help satisfy today’s growing demands on your network while also paving the way to a software-defined environment of the future.
On Wednesday evening, the Student Senate convened in LaFortune Student Center to discuss relevant issues and initiatives to the Notre Dame community.“We’re really focusing on trying to get the computer science class initiative through, [because] it would be a really positive thing,” Keough Hall senator and junior Kevin Coleman said.Passed unanimously by the Senate, the resolution will propose an introductory computer science course to the administration, which would fulfill a core-curriculum requirement for science.“This is something that, say, if you were a non-engineering major, it could still be helpful to know HTML or Java … I could really foresee this becoming a reality, and a really positive change,” Alumni Hall senator and sophomore Scott Moore said.Cavanaugh Hall senator and sophomore Ashley Calvani, proposed a reform to the grab-and-go paper bags.“It’s an annoyance to use those brown paper bags all the time, so perhaps we eliminate them and use reusable bags to carry around all the time and use in place of the brown paper bags,” Calvani said.The initiative suggests a reusable bag given to first year students at orientation. The reusable bags would be used each time a student utilized the grab-and-go service in the dining hall.“This could be super effective for those who use grab-and-go as their daily routine,” senior Matt Devine, student body vice president, said.“This could be a really great thing particularly at the grassroots level, and those would want to do it would do it,” Moore said.Student body president and senior Lauren Vidal gave an update on the new Student Nighttime Auxiliary Patrol (O’SNAP) pilot program.“They’re adding two new dispatchers to the O’SNAP program in order to promote efficiency within the pilot program,” Vidal said.Ridership went up significantly in November and December to nearly 1,000 riders per month, which almost triples the number of riders Safe Walk ever accommodated in a similar period.A number of events, such as hall elections in two weeks and Hall of the Year presentations in slightly over a month, are highly anticipated by members of the Senate.“It’s the only thing [I’ll say] but it’s the most important thing … the Fisher Regatta is officially 73 days away,” Fisher senator and junior Grant Humphreys said.The meeting concluded with a prayer in honor of Daniel Kim, the Notre Dame sophomore who recently passed away.“This is a true tragedy for the Notre Dame community … though [I] did not know Daniel personally, from what I have learned, he was a genuinely, genuinely kind human being who truly cared for his friends and family,” Vidal said.Tags: ashley calvani, computer science class initiative, grant humphreys, kevin coleman, Lauren Vidal, Matt Devine, scott moore, Senate, senate discusses initiatives, student senate
Shakespeare at Notre Dame, the University’s professional theater company, is ringing in the start of the school year with a continuation of its Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival (NDSF). Their production of “Othello,” directed by Cameron Knight, runs through this Sunday. The festival has also concluded its run of “The Merchant of Venice.”Grant Mudge, the Ryan Producing Artistic Director, said he chose the productions of this season — including “Othello” — to highlight the way Shakespeare’s work handled inclusion.“The whole focus of the season was Shakespeare’s treatment of the stranger, or the excluded or the marginalized. … We looked at others throughout the course of the summer and we wanted to kind of examine the notion of a continual effort of inclusion and ensuring that a diverse and welcoming world is one that we promote,” Mudge said. “I think even Shakespeare was about opening that door and not excluding people because of their unfamiliarity or religion.”Recent tragedies in the news also impacted the company’s choice in productions this season, Mudge said.“Just as we were opening last year’s show in 2017, Charlottesville happened, and the staff and artists and I sat down and said that we had not only an opportunity, but an artistic responsibility as well,” Mudge said. “It’s an aspect of our world that we needed to examine as artists, and of course we discovered that Shakespeare did, too.”Mudge said this production of “Othello” strikes a balance between feeling staged and modern, in part due to the company’s training from the Naval Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).“We have a very contemporary staging of ‘Othello’ set essentially in a kind of analogous U.S. Navy — not quite the United States Navy, but it kind of feels like it. It’s just enough distance from our world that it feels a little fictional,” Mudge said. “We were very grateful to the Notre Dame Naval ROTC program here who advised us and put us through some basic training.”Eric Ways, a 2018 Notre Dame graduate, is in the ensemble for “Othello” and said this production is particularly unique because it is the first NDSF production involving African-Americans in prominent positions.“It’s really great because this is the first production we’ve had a black lead and black director doing the show, which is about a lot of issues that are still very timely today,” Ways said. “That’s one of the reasons I was inspired to audition and be a part of the Shakespeare Festival.”Shakespeare at Notre Dame aims for its festival to bridge the gap between the professional and undergraduate world with their two companies, a touring and professional company. Mudge said there is a combination of actors that have done Broadway-caliber work and are members of the Actors Equity Association and actors that are current undergraduate or graduate students, and even local actors.“Because it’s Notre Dame, people come here and recognize that this is the way Shakespeare’s company — and theater in general — brought up new artists,” he said. “We bridge that gap between the university and undergraduate world and the world of the professional theater.”Tyrel London, a Notre Dame senior in the ensemble for “Othello,” said in an email he agreed with Mudge’s assessment of the value of this connection between the professional actors and students.“[It’s priceless] to see the skill honed by years on and off stage, the passion of talented hearts, the kind hearts of generous people who want to share the wisdom they have earned. And above all, it’s been fun to be able to interact, work and talk with the type of people I aspire to be,” he said.This production of “Othello,” London said, is a “timely piece to be a part of” due to its subject matter.“At its core, ‘Othello’ is about misplayed love and loyalty,” he said. “With the rest of the NDSF season, ‘Othello’ shows us that racial animosity, undying loyalty, misplaced love and unbridled passion can be the doom of everything we hold dear, especially if we let ourselves get swept away with the power all those things hold.”“Othello” runs through Sunday, Aug. 26. Student discounted tickets are available.Tags: notre dame shakespeare festival, Othello, Shakespeare at Notre Dame
The Long Shrift follows Richard Singer, a dorky teenage boy who is accused and thrown in jail for rape, tearing his parents apart. Now, nine years later, Richard is out of jail and his accuser is back in his life. The play will feature set design by Andromache Chalfant, costumes by Jessica Pabst, lighting design by Burke Brown and sound design by Bart Fasbender. Star Files View Comments Sheedy made her film debut in Bad Boys, and has since appeared on screen in projects including The Breakfast Club, St. Elmo’s Fire, War Games and Short Circuit. She starred off-Broadway in Hedwig and the Angry Inch in 2000. O’Reilly’s breakout performance was in The Help; she has since gone on to appear in films including The Time Being, Jobs and CBGB. Gallerani’s stage credits include My Children! My Africa! and The Metal Children. Haze makes his Off-Broadway debut in The Long Shrift; he has worked under the direction of Franco before in the films Child of God, As I Lay Dying, Bukowski and the upcoming The Sound & the Fury. Lally has worked with Franco on multiple projects, including Bukowski and The Sound and the Fury. He recently partnered with his director in creating Studio Four, an acting school in North Hollywood. Ally Sheedy will star in the world premiere of Robert Boswell’s The Long Shrift. As previously announced, the off-Broadway play will be helmed by Of Mice and Men headliner James Franco (making his stage directing debut) and run from July 7 through August 23. Joining Sheedy in the cast are Ahna O’Reilly, Allie Gallerani, Scott Haze and Brian Lally. Opening night is set for July 13 at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. James Franco
Analysis finds ‘verdant’ MacArthur Foundation still invests in fossil fuels FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Nonprofit Chronicles:Eighteen months ago, the people who manage the endowment at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation got some bad news: Investments they had made in funds managed by EnerVest, a Houston-based private equity firm that operates more than 33,000 oil and gas wells across the US, had plummeted in value to almost nothing.The losses were small, relatively speaking — roughly $15 million, a fraction of the foundation’s $7 billion endowment — but they were unwelcome, if only because they called attention to the fact that MacArthur, whose mission is, famously, to build a “more just, verdant and peaceful world,” had taken a financial hit by investing in fossil fuels.Lesson learned? No.Despite its stature as a major funder of climate-change solutions, MacArthur continues to finance the fossil-fuel industry, a review of its most recent federal tax return shows. It does so deliberately–that is, by seeking out opportunities to invest in oil and gas, unlike investors who are inadvertently exposed to fossil-fuel companies because they own broad-based index funds that capture the entire stock market.The MacArthur endowment holds investments valued at well over $200m in at least a dozen private equity firms, including EnerVest, that finance the exploration, production and distribution of fossil fuels, according to MacArthur’s 2017 Form 990-PF. (The full scope of its fossil fuel holdings can’t be determined because many private equity and hedge funds do not disclose what they own.) Some of MacArthur’s funds are invested in western Canada’s oil sands, which have been called the largest–and most destructive–industrial project in human history. The Chicago-based foundation also invests in mining companies, including those that mine coal in the western US and in South Africa; in Dynegy, a coal-burning utility; and in an energy-related hedge fund, the Cayman Islands-based ZP Offshore Energy Fund.The fossil fuel investments persist even as grant-makers at MacArthur sound alarms about climate change. By investing in fossil fuels, MacArthur supports the industry that has done more than any other to oppose the climate solutions put forth by the environmental groups that it funds. Its grantees include the Sierra Club, the Environmental Defense Fund, the Nature Conservancy, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Carbon Disclosure Project.To sum up: MacArthur pays its asset managers generously for generating average returns while investing in ways that make a planetary catastrophe more likely.More: The MacArthur Foundation invests in climate solutions—and in fossil fuels
Green groups push debt forgiveness plan as means of moving U.S. co-ops away from coal generation FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):A proposal by several Democratic presidential hopefuls and environmental groups aimed at helping rural electric cooperatives transition away from coal-fired plants to renewable generation sounds relatively straightforward but, in reality, faces a number of challenges that put the viability of such an option in question.The Center for American Progress, Center for Rural Affairs, advocacy group Clean Up the River Environment and co-op association We Own It have suggested that Congress could help electric cooperatives transition to a greener generation portfolio by allowing the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service, or RUS, to forgive the outstanding debt that cooperatives owe related to coal-fired generation.As a second step, the groups said Congress could authorize the RUS and the U.S. Department of Energy to offer grants in lieu of tax credits to install renewable power capacity equivalent to that of the retired coal plants and fund related needed grid improvements. One of the proposals would make the debt relief contingent on investing in renewables.However, the potential impact of the proposal remains unclear, given that several of the co-ops with the most coal-fired generation no longer owe the federal government money. The plan also faces practical hurdles, such as gaining the support needed to change existing tax laws to accommodate the plan.The cooperative debt forgiveness and grant idea has nevertheless picked up new traction among some Democratic presidential hopefuls, including Sens. Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren and businessman Andrew Yang, who included one or both aspects of the proposals in their recent climate change plans.Electric cooperatives reduced their annual carbon dioxide emissions by 9% from 2009 through 2017 and have invested in 7.5 GW of wind generation and 900 MW of solar generation through ownership or power purchase agreements through 2018, according to a July report by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. Co-ops have another 3 GW of wind and solar generation capacity planned. But while the U.S. power sector, in general, has shifted from a coal-dominant mix to one led by natural gas, coal plants in 2017 accounted for 64.2% of cooperative-owned generation, the report said. The goal of the debt forgiveness and grants proposal is to provide the money cooperatives need to shutter coal plants and help them invest in renewables.More ($): Forgiving co-ops’ federal coal debt to promote renewables faces hurdles
By Juan Delgado/Diálogo November 20, 2020 The largest cocaine seizure in Paraguay’s history took place on the night of October 19, when authorities found almost 3 tons of cocaine hidden in a charcoal shipment at a private port in the city of Villeta, 30 kilometers from Asunción.Following the inspection of 11 containers, authorities seized a total of 2,906 kilograms of cocaine, the Paraguayan Ministry of the Interior said in a press release. State news agency IP reported that the drug was bound for Israel.The cocaine seizure was a Sensitive Investigative Unit (SIU) operation, which consists of members of the Paraguayan National Police (PNP), who led this operation, along with assistance from the Administrative Coordination of Customs Investigation (CAIA, in Spanish), PNP Antinarcotics, and attorneys from the Specialized Unit in the Fight Against Drug Trafficking.On October 13, SENAD agents destroyed 9 tons of marijuana in the Caaguazú area within the framework of narcotrafficking operations. (Photo: Paraguayan National Anti-Drug Secretariat)“The connection Asunción-Buenos Aires-Antwerp (Belgium), and finally Israel, was the route to be used for the shipment’s transfer,” said Paraguayan Interior Minister Euclides Acevedo, the newspaper La Nación reported. “But the final destination of the drug was not Israel; rather, it was going out to other locations from there. Now it’s all going to be investigated. The special agents will virtually recreate the route to learn about the modus operandi.”Commissioner Osvaldo Ávalos, head of the National Police Antinarcotics Department told the digital newspaper Última Hora that the National Police carried out several raids, where they seized documents and cell phones, enabling the investigation to move forward.“It’s a triumph, a strong historical blow to organized crime, and it’s the commitment of our government, and we are going to continue working,” said Paraguayan President Mario Abdo Benítez after visiting the private port, the office of the Presidency said in a statement. “It’s significant, it’s the largest shipment; we already had a record last year, [and] now we broke our own record for cocaine seizures.”In February 2019, IP reported that the National Anti-Drug Secretariat (SENAD, in Spanish) had seized 2,580 kg of cocaine in Concepción department, which was considered the country’s record seizure at that time.Marijuana plantations destroyedSENAD agents also destroyed 9 tons of marijuana during an operation in the Caaguazú area on October 13. Troops entered a farm to eradicate marijuana crops and destroy drug storage sites.“Once the run through was completed, we found an area with newly cultivated marijuana crops and one already in the harvesting process. With notable signs of deforestation, the area also had tents with the drug ready to dry, and part of it was already in bags,” SENAD said in a statement.According to the U.S. Department of State’s 2020 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report, Paraguay continues to be one of the largest marijuana producers in the Western Hemisphere, and serves as a transit country for Andean cocaine.
As the marketing discipline continues to evolve, your Credit Union or Community Bank’s approach to budgeting for marketing initiatives should too. It’s more important than ever that marketers recognize their efforts are far more than “just expenses” and are able to appropriately communicate that within their institutions.Here are 3 things every Credit Union or Community Bank marketer should know about budgeting:Know Your Assets From Your LiabilitiesThis is one of the areas most credit union and community bank marketers struggle with. Typically labeled as an “expense department,” many marketers view budgeting season as a time to prepare for battle as they fight for the “expenses” they’ll be “costing” the organization. 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »