first_imgBelcolade, the Belgian chocolate from Puratos (Buckingham, Bucks), has re-launched its website, [], making it more user-friendly and interactive. As part of the redesign, product information has been made quicker and simpler to access, while a database of recipes has also been added. “The aim of the site is to make it easy for customers to find the right Belcolade chocolate to meet their needs,” explains Matt Crumpton, marketing director of Puratos UK. “There are over a dozen applications on the site.”last_img read more

McCambridge announces intentions to close factories

first_imgMcCambridge has announced it intends to close two of its Own Label division factories as part of its strategy to streamline the business.Group commercial director Neil Fraser said Lisa Bakery in Oldham, which produces predominately swiss- and mini rolls, and William Lusty in Heywood, Lancashire, which manufactures slab cakes, have “physical constraints” which do not facilitate economic growth. “It is proposed to transfer the production at these sites to other North West based manufacturing facilities within the Own Label Division of the McCambridge group,” said Fraser. “We’re not walking away from these products, we’re just going to move them, and obviously this will require staffing at the other sites.” He admitted that “realistically there will be some jobs at risk”, but said it’s too early to say how many. The equivalent of around 65 full time staff are employed at Lisa Bakery, and 40 at William Lusty, he said.The firm will now enter into consultations with the Bakers, Food & Allied Workers Union, and its employees on the proposals, which are expected to last a minimum of 30 days.last_img read more

Press release: Walkers to enjoy new 16-mile public path in Lincolnshire

first_img England’s beautiful coastline is a sight to behold, and I am delighted that more people than ever before will be able to enjoy its striking scenery during this Year of Green Action. With Lincolnshire home to some of our most precious coastal habitats, the new stretch of path announced today will open up access while boosting valuable tourism for rural communities and businesses. The new route takes into account the area’s important coastal habitats, including the seascapes and unique habitats of Anderby Marsh, Chapel Pit and Wolla Bank Reedbed. Walkers will be able to enjoy the adjacent sand dunes, clay pits and beaches, where a range of bird species such as the bearded tit and reed bunting thrive.Users will also enjoy views of Woola Bank Site of Scientific Special Interest (SSSI) at very low tides – a submerged forest dating from the Neolithic Period – and access to the world’s first official cloud spotting area at the Anderby Creek Cloud Bar.Natural England is currently establishing a 2,700-mile path around the entire English coastline, with today’s stretch the eleventh to open. When completed, it will be the longest continuous coastal walking route in the world. It will also become a National Trail – the nation’s finest and most popular long-distance paths.Today’s launch comes during the government’s Year of Green Action, a commitment outlined in the 25-Year Environment Plan to inspire more people to engage with the natural world.Colin Davie, Executive Councillor for economic development at Lincolnshire County Council, said: Interim Chief Executive of Natural England Marian Spain, who is attending today’s event at the North Sea Observatory, said: The England Coast Path plays a key role in helping people connect with and access nature and it is a privilege to open the first Lincolnshire stretch. “From wild dunes to sandy beaches, the public will now be able to easily enjoy the countless beautiful habitats between Skegness and Mablethorpe.center_img Natural England will today (27 February 2019) open the latest stretch of the England Coast Path, increasing access to the magnificent Lincolnshire coastline with a new 16-mile route from Skegness to Mablethorpe.Encompassing the tourist hotspot of Skegness, wild sand dunes and the world’s first official cloud spotting area, Lincolnshire’s first open stretch of the England Coast Path will enable people to explore the route’s natural and diverse wildlife that have made the area their home.Home to a long-established coastal tourism industry, the new Lincolnshire route will benefit from improved access and signposting to allow visitors and locals alike to enjoy the diversity of the coast, with a new boardwalk at Chapel Point improving access to the North Sea Observatory.Rural Minister Lord Gardiner, said: I’m delighted that the England Coastal path now runs from Skegness to Mablethorpe, through our beautiful Coastal Country Park. We have such a spectacular coastline with amazing wildlife, Blue Flag beaches and ‘excellent’ bathing waters – perfect for people to explore. Tourism is vital to our county’s economy and our coastal strip attracts millions of visitors each year. I’m sure the new coastal path will encourage many more people to visit Lincolnshire and explore our brilliant coastline.last_img read more

Barry Callebaut buys American Almond

first_imgChocolate manufacturer Barry Callebaut is to acquire the assets of nut products company American Almond Products.The deal is part of the chocolate company’s strategy to grow its presence in the complementary ingredients sector. It made a similar acquisition of Spanish company la Morella nuts in 2012.Barry Callebaut, which also sponsors British Baker’s National Cupcake Week, has signed an agreement to acquire the customer portfolio, brands, recipes, and manufacturing equipment from nut products manufacturer American Almond Products Co.American Almond manufactures about 2,000 tonnes of nut specialties a year and generated sales revenue of approximately EUR 14.2 million in 2014.The two parties have agreed not to disclose any further details on the transaction.Dave Johnson, chief executive and president Americas of the Barry Callebaut Group, said: “American Almond’s business fits perfectly with our overall strategy to further strengthen our market position in adjacent ingredients products for both our Gourmet & Specialties and Food Manufacturers Products business. The acquired business will significantly broaden our product portfolio and open up attractive new growth opportunities as it complements our chocolate and cocoa product offerings.”Vic Frumolt, president and chief executive of American Almond, added: “We are thrilled with the enormous growth opportunity for American Almond and for our customers as we become a strategic part of the Barry Callebaut Group and take full advantage of the many new product development, sales and distribution resources they have.”last_img read more

Data Protection Evolution in the Coming Decade – Part 2

first_imgIn the first part of this blog series we reviewed how unrelenting data growth, the increasing value of data and the transformation of application services are introducing increased complexity and risk into the data protection process.In part two, we will examine how the increased distribution of data along with the maturation of artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies is adding further complexity to how critical data should be protected across Edge, Core and Multi-Cloud environments.Trend 3: Distributed DataAs the Internet of Things (IoT) drives intelligence deeper into the edge of the network,  growth in data and the IT infrastructure itself will not be confined to just the four walls of the data center and the public Cloud. From autonomous vehicles and smart cities to automation on factory floors, data is being created at every conceivable corner around the globe. This data is stored and analyzed locally without being uploaded to a central data center or to the Cloud.This distribution of compute, storage and code changes the game not only for the applications but also for data protection systems that can no longer rely on a centralized control server to manage protection for all the entities that make up an application service. If data is captured and analyzed at the edge, its importance is being determined there and therefore the level of protection required for it also needs to be applied there. Moreover, data is becoming ephemeral and predefined data protection policies may not apply anymore.One example of this would be the video feed from a connected car. Typically, this data is deleted after a short period of time, however, if there is an accident or the car is stolen, the value of the video dramatically increases. In this instance, the video should be immediately protected and replicated to the core data center. A traditional, centralized data protection control plane cannot manage this type of a distributed environment that could potentially constitute many thousands of individual endpoints. Consequently, data protection implementation methods need to change.Trend 4: Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning The fourth trend is the growth in artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) technologies. For centuries machines worked for humans, but now we have entered an era where intelligent machines work alongside humans.Humans, in many cases, are guided by machines and interact with them similarly to how they engage with other humans. Digital assistants, navigation systems, auto-pilots and autonomous cars are just a few examples[1]. Such new models of interaction between humans and machines will become the norm not only in our daily life but also in how we operate IT systems. Users who grew up talking to Siri or Alexa will be the next generation of application developers and IT system administrators. The solutions deployed in the Cloud, data centers or Edge will need to evolve to enable user interaction using natural language and to automate most of the mundane work, leaving the users/administrators to perform high-level guidance and exception handling.So how will these four mega-trends impact and change the data protection solutions of the future? In Part 3, we will discuss the four pillars of future data protection management.[1] For more information on human|machine partnership check out the paper from the Institute For The Future and Dell Technologies here.last_img read more

Chocolate Class.

first_imgA new college student may be a little leery of signing up fora biology or accounting course. But what student wouldn’t warmup to a class called Chocolate Science.At the University of Georgia, food science professor Rob Shewfeltdeveloped the chocolate class to entice students into the worldof food science. Actually a freshman seminar, the class meetsjust one day a week, on Tuesdays, for one hour.”Some freshman classes have as many as 300 students inthem, but freshman seminars are limited to the first 15 to signup,” said Shewfelt, a professor in the UGA College of Agriculturaland Environmental Sciences.”We intentionally keep the classes small,” he said,”to permit one-on-one interaction with a senior faculty member.”Surprisingly, there’s just one food science major on the classrole. Most of the students are business, biology or journalismmajors.Finding A Topic That Turns Them On”Freshmen are so great to work with, because they aregenuinely interested in learning, particularly when you find atopic, like chocolate, that turns them on,” Shewfelt said.Chris Lady signed up for the class because he loves chocolateand “it looked like an easy class.” Teri Brady wantedto learn about the inner and outer workings of the chocolate worldand get to eat chocolate in class.Both students will get what they expect from the class, andmore. The class is a pass/fail class where students are just requiredto attend and participate in order to pass.And they do eat chocolate. During a recent class, the studentstasted all the current M&M chocolate candies and ranked themaccording to the class’s favorites and least favorites.”Every class, we taste at least three different typesof chocolate,” Shewfelt said.Chocolate motivates the students to sign up. But what’s Shewfelt’smotivation for teaching it?Recruiting for Georgia’s Food Industry”Our state needs more food science graduates,” hesaid. “Virtually every food company in Georgia has one ofour graduates working for them and we need more graduates to meetthe food industry’s demands.”Shewfelthopes the chocolate class will persuade students to consider becomingfood science majors or tell their friends, who might then considerfood science as a major. Either way, the class is beneficial toother majors, especially business students.The class textbook is “Emperors of Chocolate,” byJoel Glenn Brenner. It details the long-standing rival betweenthe M&M Mars and Hershey companies.”Using this book I can teach the students about businessissues such as marketing, corporate culture and consolidation,as well as social issues such as child slavery in cocoa harvesting,”Shewfelt said.”They learn there are many, many steps between harvestingand packaging,” he said. “And they learn about all ofthe many ingredients that go into chocolate.”Shewfelt uses chocolate, too, to teach students the more seriousaspects of food science:* The complex steps required to manufacture food.* The tests necessary to make sure chocolate is safe to eat.* Nutritional problems associated with overconsumption of chocolate.* And how new and unusual chocolate products are developed.”Teaching is a matter of connecting minds,” Shewfeltsaid. “I use chocolate to rouse their curiosity, which thenleads them to ask questions. While answering their questions,I am able to teach them the basic principles.”last_img read more

Riders Clinic

first_imgTaylorMade Horsemanship Clinic has been set for Sept. 6-7 at the University of Georgia’s Livestock Instructional Arena in Athens. Riders of all levels and disciplines, from weekend trail riders to serious competitors, can come out and learn from one of the sport’s best, Melanie Smith Taylor.Taylor is one of only two riders to ever win the “Triple Crown of Show Jumping.” However, she is the only one to win the American Invitational, the International Jumping Derby and the American Gold Cup on the same horse, Calypso. She also participated in the Pan American games, the “Alternate Olympics” and the World Cup Final. After winning the World Cup in 1982, she was named the United States Olympic Committee Sportswoman of the Year. In 1984, Taylor and Calypso won the Gold Medal at the Los Angeles Olympic Games. Three years later, Taylor retired from competition but has remained active in the equestrian community. Now a television broadcaster and recognized judge, she continues to be an active member of the horse world, teaching others about the sport. The clinic will tentatively be held from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. each day. Preregistration is required. Riders and auditors should contact Christine Rodick, the organizer of the event, for more information about the riding clinic at (706) 254-4845. The UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences is cohosting the clinic.last_img read more

Officers from the Chilean and Brazilian Air Forces in Professional Exchange

first_imgBy Dialogo September 23, 2010 Two pilots from the Brazilian Air Force (Força Aérea Brasileira – FAB) have been at Chabunco Airbase, in Chile, since September 7th, in a professional exchange between the two countries in which FAB officers have been able to fly with Chilean Air Force F-5 Tiger III aircraft. Aviation Group No. 12, the host tactical unit, welcomed Captains Cássio de Souza Neto and Gregore Denicoló, who arrived from the cities of Rio de Janeiro and Porto Alegre, respectively. Both expressed their happiness to be in Punta Arenas, especially with the Fourth Air Brigade, where they were very warmly received and witnessed the professionalism with which the Chilean Air Force (FACh) operates. During their stay with Aviation Group No. 12, the Brazilian officers will be able to participate in a flight program elaborated by the institution, in which they will have the opportunity to carry out several missions with F–5 Tiger III aircraft, in a region that has special geographical and meteorological characteristics. The FAB officers said that among the conditions that stand out are the low temperatures and the strong wind predominant in the area, while in Brazil the temperatures in which they are used to operating vary between 20ºC and 30ºC, and the wind speed normally does not exceed 40 km/h. On September 9th, Captains Cássio and Denicoló were hosted by the Commander of the Fourth Air Brigade and the Southern Joint Command, Air Force Brig. Gen. Juan Soto Palomino, who offered them a cordial welcome and wished them much success in the mission they were beginning with the Brigade.last_img read more

Barclay brothers to inject £50m into Moorfield fund

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COVID-19: Civil society groups call on govt to clear up confusion over social distancing

first_imgThe Civil Society Coalition, which consists of several civil society groups such as the Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras), Lokataru, the Foundation of the Indonesian Legal Aid Institute (YLBHI) and Amnesty International Indonesia, wrote in a statement that social distancing was not regulated under the legal system.“Today, social distancing is a mere suggestion to individuals and not adhered to by companies and other workplaces, making the recommendation ineffective,” the group said in a statement on Tuesday.The large number of Transjakarta and MRT passengers on Monday was an example of how the call for social distancing was largely left unheeded, with many residents using public transportation to commute to work. Many companies have required their employees to work from the office.Read also: IYSF scientist praises social distancing policy, urges govt to cancel ‘mudik’ The coalition said the main message of social distancing was that, “by taking care of ourselves, we protect the health of others”. It said the involvement of the public required effective and crisis-sensitive leadership.The group also attributed the public’s response to poor coordination between the government and local administrators.“There is poor communication between the President and the Jakarta governor. In a time of crisis when the people’s safety is at stake, leaders must halt any kind of individual or political competition and focus more on handling the crisis together,” the coalition said, stating that humanity should win over political interests.Moreover, the social distancing recommendation has not been accompanied by an increase of hospital services. Though the government announced that several hospitals were prepared to deal with a spike in patients, the current situation suggests otherwise.“A number of reports have revealed how the services of hospitals in Jakarta are poor for residents who intend to get check-ups. This shows that hospitals are not ready to handle patients, especially the common people,” the statement said. (aly) Topics :center_img A coalition of civil society organizations has called on the government to better explain its social distancing recommendation to clear up confusion among the public over how to handle the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).In his televised speech on the COVID-19 outbreak on Sunday, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo highlighted the importance of social distancing to slow the spread of the virus.However, the recommendation has done little to change behavior at certain workplaces that have continued to run as normal.last_img read more