Bakery Business Survey 2015 launched

first_imgBritish Baker launched it’s first-ever Bakery Business Survey to gauge opinions from the industry last year.The results formed part of the Bakery Market Report 2014 – a complete analysis of the retail bakery market – which was published in March.And this December we have launched the survey again, with the aim of assessing the current state of the retail bakery sector and identifying the issues causing most concern.For example, last year 43.8% of our survey’s respondents said they were more positive about the baking industry.But what will the results show this year?ComprehensiveBritish Baker is calling on all retail bakers to take part and make next year’s survey even more comprehensive. We want to know just a few details about sales, confidence and outlook and the survey takes just a few minutes to complete.Martyn Leek, editor of British Baker, said: “The Bakery Business Survey was one of the first-ever attempts by British Baker to gauge the reaction of the industry to their trading challenges and it was widely supported by the industry.“The past year has been one of conflicting fortunes within the industry and hopefully the latest survey will be able to provide a snapshot of the current state of play.”To complete the survey click here: Bakery Market Report 2015 will be published in March. Keep an eye on for further detailslast_img read more

Anthony Kiedis Hospitalized, Red Hot Chili Peppers Forced To Cancel Headlining Festival Appearance

first_imgA video posted by Kristyn (@kristyn5527) on May 14, 2016 at 10:13pm PDT UPDATE 5/15 @ 6:30 PM: Red Hot Chili Peppers Share Optimistic Update On Anthony Kiedis’ HealthThe Red Hot Chili Peppers were to headline KROQ Weenie Roast in Irvine, California last night, but had to last-minute cancel. 53-year-old Anthony Kiedis was reportedly rushed to the hospital for “extreme stomach pain,” according to Billboard. Instead, Weezer extended their set and Blink-182, who was not previously scheduled to perform at the festival, closed the show.The band broke the news to the festival-goers, who were audibly devastated to hear that the day event’s headliner would not be performing. Bassist Flea announced, “Anthony is on his way to the hospital right now and we’re unable to play this evening,” he said. “We are devastated about it. We’re really sad. We love you so much. We live to rock. …. But unfortunately there’s a medical thing that happened and he needed to deal with it.” Watch their announcement below: Drummer Chad Smith also tweeted about the situation:center_img The Red Hot Chili Peppers are next scheduled to play the iHeartRadio Theater in Burbank, California on May 17th.last_img read more

Turning purchase information into “gold” insight for targeted marketing

first_imgEd. Note: This blog was authored by Jason Bray, SVP Engineering at CardlyticsAt Cardlytics, we believe every purchase tells us a story. Understanding that story is what we call purchase intelligence. Our proprietary technology helps financial institutions generate new revenue streams by analyzing customers’ purchasing patterns without exposing their personal information.Our rapid growth made it tough for our IT staff to scale our infrastructure fast enough. After all, our 300 employees now manage 6 petabytes of data from 1,500 bank partners, and these numbers are increasing quickly. Rather than struggling with our traditional infrastructure, we adopted a hyper-converged, software-defined solution based on Dell XC Series appliances powered by Nutanix. Each appliance includes servers, storage, management tools and Nutanix software for defining virtual storage pools.For us, a hyper-converged solution from Dell is definitely the way to go. We stood up our solution in less than two weeks, cut our infrastructure costs by 50 percent and achieved 500,000 IOPS. But more importantly, we can quickly add data and onboard new customers in days, rather than weeks or months.&nbsp;</p><p>To get more in-depth information on how we’re using our Dell solution to help our clients make smarter business decisions and build more meaningful customer relationships, you can read the full Cardlytics customer story here.last_img read more

Bot Fly Squirrels

first_imgThose “tumor-looking lumps” on the squirrels are almost certainly the larvaeof Cuterebra emasculator — a bot fly. Photo courtesy University of Florida Sorry, no 200 dpi image available “I live in Midtown (a neighborhood in Atlanta), and some of the squirrels that frequent my bird feeder have big and small lumps on their backs, throats and bellies. I’ve seen both male and female squirrels with these thick, tumor-looking lumps. … It’s disconcerting because there are several like this, and I wonder if they’re breeding and spreading this disease, whatever it might be. Secondarily, I worry about my cats which sit in my windows. Anyway, should I be concerned? I actually like squirrels, and I hate to see the little guys looking so pitiful.”center_img A University of Georgia Extension Service colleagueforwarded this query about a mysterious squirrel disease: Of the array of parasites that squirrels endure, Cuterebra produces the most questions.Usually it’s squirrel hunters who notice these lumps and the stout, black maggots thatinhabit them.The hunters often call them “warbles or wolves.” They ask what they are andwonder if it is OK to eat the meat of such squirrels. (The meat is OK, and when thesquirrel is skinned the parasites come off with the hide.)The Cuterebra has an interesting life cycle. The adult fly lays its eggs on thesquirrel or at a site squirrels frequent. Other Cuterebra species may infest rabbits orother species of rodents.After the maggot, or larva, hatches, it crawls onto the squirrel and enters the flesh,possibly through the nose. Then it burrows to a place, often on the neck or back, where itgrows to a size that can be seen.The feeding end of the larva penetrates into skin, and the rear end is exposed to theoutside. Spiracles in the maggot’s rear end are like portholes. They are the exposed endsof the air tubes through which the maggot breathes.Can these flies infest the cats or humans? It’s extremely unlikely. The regular hostsof Cuterebra emasculator are gray squirrels and chipmunks. It’s pretty hard for aparasite to change its evolutionary genetic program and parasitize something new.However, Curtis Sabrosky, an authority on members of the Cuterebra group, did report inhis 1986 book that a few human infestations have occurred. So what should we do about this “problem”? Mostly nothing, in my view. Justwatch the squirrels and enjoy knowing more about their life and times.Soon, as cold weather approaches, the larvae will mature. When their days as a maggotare done, they will withdraw their mouthparts from the squirrel and worm their way out ofthe little sack the squirrel has grown around them. Then they will drop to the ground topupate. Next year, the adult flies will emerge to repeat the cycle.Are these parasites “bad”? No. Like a lot of things in the natural world,they just are.last_img read more

Chittenden to acquire Maine bank

first_imgJanuary 19, 2007 03/07CHITTENDEN TO ACQUIRE MERRILL MERCHANTS BANCSHARES, INC.Burlington, VT — Chittenden Corporation (NYSE: CHZ) and Merrill Merchants Bancshares, Inc.(NASDAQ: MERB) (Merrill), announced today that they signed a definitive merger agreementwhereby Chittenden will acquire Merrill and its subsidiary, Merrill Merchants Bank, forapproximately $111.4 million in cash and stock. Consummation of the agreement is subject tothe approval of the shareholders of Merrill, as well as various regulatory agencies.Theacquisition is expected to close in the second quarter of 2007. Following the completion of thetransaction, Merrill Merchants Bank will operate as a separate unit of Chittenden Corporation,maintaining its name and senior management team.In announcing the agreement, Paul A. Perrault, Chittenden’s Chairman, President and ChiefExecutive Officer, said, I am delighted that Merrill Merchants will join the Chittenden family ofbanks. Their well-established history of relationship banking has resulted in strong growth andhigh performance, and therefore will blend into our culture and strategies very nicely. By usingChittendens broad capabilities and products, they will be able to deepen their relationships andattract new ones. With a very strong and experienced management team remaining in place,this is a great strategic fit for both companies.Edwin Clift, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Merrill Merchants Bancshares, Inc.,commented, “Merrill has accomplished a great deal as an organization and has operated at ahigh level of performance. We have known the management group at Chittenden for a numberof years, and in working together have found that our banking policies and philosophies are verysimilar. Chittenden understands community banking and the need to keep local bankers withauthority in place. Our Board of Directors carefully considered the interests of our shareholdersand employees and determined Chittenden to be an ideal merger partner for us. Thistransaction is good news for our communities, customers, and employees.”Under the terms of the merger agreement, shareholders of Merrill can elect to receive $31.00per share in cash, with total cash consideration of approximately $44.57 million, or 1.02 sharesof Chittenden common stock for each share of Merrill stock they own, with total stockconsideration of approximately 2.20 million shares of Chittenden common stock. Elections willbe subject to allocation procedures that are intended to ensure that 60% of the Merrill commonstock outstanding immediately prior to consummation of the merger will be converted toChittenden common stock. The transaction is intended to qualify as a reorganization for federalincome tax purposes, and as a result, the shares of Merrill common stock exchanged for sharesof Chittenden common stock are expected to be transferred on a tax-free exchange basis.Chittenden was advised by its legal counsel, Goodwin Procter LLP. Merrill was advised by,Keefe, Bruyette & Woods, Inc., and its legal counsel was Thacher Proffitt & Wood LLP,Washington, D.C.Merrill and its subsidiary, Merrill Merchants Bank, are headquartered in Bangor, Maine. Merrillhad total assets of $449 million, $339 million in loans, deposits of $360 million, and $39 millionof stockholders’ equity at December 31, 2006. Merrill presently operates 11 banking offices incentral and eastern Maine.last_img read more

Brazilian Army Petty Officer Second Class Second at the Modern Pentathlon World Championship

first_img In spite of leading the laser shooting and run combined event, the last trial of the event, the gold went to the current Olympic champion, Lithuanian athlete Laura Asadauskaite, who won with a five-second difference (5,312). The bronze went to Russian athlete Donata Rimsaite, vice-champion of the 2010 World Games, who reached the finish line two seconds before the Brazilian athlete (5,284). By Dialogo August 29, 2013 On August 24, in Taiwan, Petty Officer Second Class Yane Marques stepped on the podium to receive one more unprecedented title for her and for Brazil: second place in the Modern Pentathlon world championship. The silver medal came a little over a year after Yane became the first Latin-American athlete to win medals in the Modern Pentathlon, shortly after winning the bronze in the London Games. In the combined competition, Yane displayed a great performance with the fifth best time of the championship (13:02:42), earning 2,072 points. With a fast time and great aim at the laser shooting event, the athlete from Pernambuco remained in first place for all four 800-meter interval running series. The Brazilian athlete passed Elodie and Murray, and after being threatened by her Russian competitor Liudmila Kukushkina, who ended in 29th place, she continued to lead the competition in many instances, but ended up being overrun in the last series. In order to achieve second place, Yane had to improve greatly throughout the five events in the final. On August 23, she started off the day in 11th place, after the fencing competition (19 victories and 880 points total), then she moved to seventh with the ninth best time in swimming: 2:15:20 (1,180). The athlete, who is currently fifth in the world at the International Modern Pentathlon Union (UIPM), continued her climb toward the world vice-championship after the ninth best horse riding presentation. In horse jumping, she only knocked over one obstacle and earned a total of 1,160 points. The athlete from Pernambuco came in third place in horse back riding, as she took off 14 seconds behind the current champion, French athlete Elodie Clouvel, and only 6 seconds after second place holder, the athlete from England, Samantha Murray, who won the silver medal in the 2012 London Games. The Brazilian Army Sports Committee athlete won the historic medal after a very balanced dispute at the Fengshan Stadium, in Kaoshiung, the second largest city in Taiwan, with a total of 5,292 points. last_img read more

Revamping your credit union card offerings

first_img 21SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr For $2 billion/220,000-member Langley Federal Credit Union, Newport News, Va., which serves NASA and Air Force personnel as well as many large SEGs, overseas travel is the norm and many members were already familiar with chip cards.AVP/Support Services Ann Johnson used EMV technology as the catalyst to rebrand her entire credit card portfolio in May of 2013, first switching from MasterCard to Visa, and then introducing three new card types with the chip technology.“We segmented the cards into a low-rate card, rewards card and cash-back option,” explains Johnson. “All contain the new chip with enhanced security used as a focal point in branding.” The CU first introduced the cards on a limited basis – for those who wanted the EMV technology and new card offerings. Thirteen months later, it converted all cards to the new technology.Langley FCU made the move to EMV early because of the number of military members who either live or travel overseas. “We started by placing information about the technology on our website and how living or going abroad would be easier,” says Johnson. “We also encouraged members to apply and switch to the new cards before the mass issue.” With the offering of three cards, members could choose their program based on individual preferences. If they didn’t reapply, balances would transfer to the CU’s new Visa chip card with their original credit line and same card parameters. continue reading »last_img read more

WHO: Indonesia’s withholding of viruses endangers world

first_imgAug 7, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – A World Health Organization official said yesterday that Indonesia is endangering the world’s health by continuing to withhold H5N1 influenza virus samples collected from human patients.”Indonesia is putting the public health security of the whole world at risk because they’re not sharing viruses,” David Heymann, the WHO’s assistant director-general for communicable diseases, said in a news teleconference yesterday. He briefed reporters on the results of a WHO-sponsored meeting last week in Singapore on virus-sharing issues.Indonesia, the country with the most H5N1 cases and deaths, stopped sending H5N1 isolates to the WHO last December to protest the cost of commercial vaccines derived from the viruses. The virus samples are needed to track the virus’s evolution and drug resistance and to make vaccines, since the virus is viewed as the potential precursor to a pandemic strain of flu.In May Indonesia said it was sending three H5N1 samples to the WHO, ending its embargo. But Heymann reported yesterday that those samples contained no live viruses.”Although they were PCR [polymerase chain reaction] positive, they did not have living virus in them,” he said.Indonesia is the only country that is not sharing samples from its human H5N1 cases, Heymann said. China sent some samples in June, and Vietnam “is trying to ship specimens to WHO, but those specimens are not cleared through all the mechanisms and rules required in Vietnam and receiving countries,” he added. Vietnam has had several human cases this year, after going about a year without any.Heymann said Indonesia is endangering its own people by withholding the viruses. “If those viruses are not freely shared with industry, vaccines will not contain the elements of the Indonesia infections,” he said.Indonesian officials are aware of the risks they are taking, he added. “Indonesia understands these issues and is working with WHO . . . to see how they can best begin sharing again, and we’re hoping that can occur fairly soon,” he said. “We have hope but no guarantee.”Last week’s meeting in Singapore stemmed from a resolution passed by the World Health Assembly (the annual meeting of WHO member countries) in May that outlined steps intended to ensure the equitable distribution of vaccines in the event of a flu pandemic. The meeting involved officials from 23 countries, Heymann said.The resolution requests the WHO director-general to develop a mechanism for sharing of viruses and prepare a report on intellectual property issues related to vaccine development, Heymann said. The resolution also calls for establishing a global vaccine stockpile and drawing up guidelines for the handling of flu viruses by WHO collaborating centers, meaning the laboratories in the United States, Japan, Australia, and the United Kingdom that study flu viruses for the agency. Further, the resolution calls for setting up an “oversight mechanism” for the WHO’s Global Influenza Surveillance Network.Heymann said the Singapore conference produced three documents, two of them dealing with the handling and sharing of flu virus samples by the WHO and one dealing with the requested oversight mechanism.He gave no details on the documents’ content, but said they will be discussed at an “intergovernmental meeting” in November to which all 193 WHO member countries will be invited.”The meeting in November will attempt to finalize the documents and review and debate other issues and pass on a report to the [WHO] executive board, which will then review the report and see what’s necessary to put into a resolution to pass on to the World Health Assembly,” he said.In response to questions, Heymann said one of the possibilities discussed at the meeting was the WHO’s taking “ownership” of viruses supplied by countries. “There would be no change in procedures if WHO took ownership of these,” he said. “It would be very difficult if not impossible to patent a virus.””If WHO did have ownership, if this were feasible, WHO would make sure they [viruses] were freely shared and would work at the same time to make sure the benefits were shared,” he said.”What we will ensure is that there is transparency in the flow of viruses so that countries can determine where their viruses have gone,” Heymann added. “This was asked for by all countries.”He said the WHO would be providing a report on the meeting and copies of the documents produced, possibly as soon as the end of next week.In reference to Vietnam’s problems in sending virus samples to the WHO, Heymann said the complex rules and procedures governing the shipment of infectious materials were not part of the agenda at the Singapore meeting. He reported that the Universal Postal Union and other groups are working with the WHO on those.”It’s a very complicated international system which is standardized only in guidelines, but each country seems to take those guidelines and adapt them quite severely to their needs, setting up additional layers of potential obstacles,” he commented.See also:Aug 1 CIDRAP News story “WHO working group grappling with virus-sharing issues”May 23 WHO resolution on virus sharing 23 CIDRAP News story “WHO adopts resolution on flu virus sharing”last_img read more

Work-for-health-care mandate is no answer

first_imgCategories: Editorial, OpinionThe following editorial appeared in The Washington Post: Obamacare tried to fill that gap – and break the link between work and insurance – by opening up a subsidized individual market and by admitting millions of working-age adults to Medicaid.This was progress, both ideologically and substantively.And now the Trump administration proposes to undermine it by allowing states to require non- disabled adults to work for Medicaid benefits heretofore provided based on only income.This is a solution in search of a problem.The majority of the target population already work (60 percent) or live with a worker (79 percent), according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.So even if the official rationale for the new policy — the Department of Health and Human Services says work improves health — is valid, it’s superfluous in most cases.Of those who aren’t working, many have care-giving responsibilities that either they would have to abandon or states would have to accept as the equivalent of work outside the home, after a lot of complex and expensive administrative hassle. In contrast with those of other advanced industrial democracies, especially in Europe, the U.S. system of social insurance and income support distributes benefits based not only on membership in society, but also on work effort, past and present.In the realm of health insurance, this means that instead of adopting universal coverage as a national legal standard, then devising a unitary system to meet that goal, the United States cobbled together programs whose organizing principle, such as it is, is work.A plurality of adults get tax- subsidized insurance through their employers; most retirees get Medicare, paid for out of deductions from their past paychecks.Many others — poor children, people with disabilities — obtain insurance from programs whose premise is that the recipients are neither expected nor able to work, which is itself a work-related criterion.This makes no actuarial sense, because the need for health care and work are not necessarily connected.It created the impediment to worker mobility known as “job lock.”And it created a large and chronic coverage gap for working-age, non- disabled adults who lacked jobs, or whose employers did not provide insurance but paid their employees too little for them to buy it on their own.center_img Eight states have petitions pending for the relevant legal waiver that would allow them to impose work requirements.Of these, five expanded Medicaid through Obamacare, so the necessary effect would be to tighten eligibility for that population, ending coverage for at least some poor people who have it now.(A waiver for Kentucky, also an expansion state, has just been approved.)Of the other states that did not expand Medicaid, the new policy would, in some cases, add to administrative burdens without affecting work incentives for anyone except a relative handful of non-disabled adults.And, of course, people who can’t meet a work requirement will not cease seeking medical care;.They will get it as they used to before Medicaid, by showing up at emergency rooms, where they must be treated, often at higher expense than would have been the case if they had insurance.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

Erdogan denounces ‘massacres’ committed against Muslims in India

first_imgAccording to a document seen by AFP the victims are a roughly even mix of Hindus and Muslims, based on their names.Erdogan, a devout Muslim, sees himself as a defender of Islam, often taking public stands on issues concerning the faith and its followers. He accused the mobs attacking Muslims of hurting children studying in private tuition centres with “metal sticks as if to kill” them.”How will these people make global peace possible? It is impossible. When making speeches — since they have a large population — they say ‘we are strong’ but that is not strength,” Erdogan added.The unrest is the latest bout of violence over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s citizenship law, which triggered months of demonstrations that turned deadly in December.Critics say Modi wants to turn the officially secular country into a Hindu state.Many of the 200 million Muslims in India fear the citizenship law — combined with a mooted citizens’ register — will leave them stateless or even sent to detention camps.Topics : Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hit out Thursday against “massacres” of Muslims in India after communal riots in New Delhi left at least 33 dead.”India right now has become a country where massacres are widespread. What massacres? Massacres of Muslims. By who? Hindus,” Erdogan said during a speech in Ankara after violence broke out this week between mobs of Hindus and Muslims over a citizenship law.Over 200 people were injured and 33 killed since late Sunday in clashes that saw mobs of Hindus and Muslims fight running battles, armed with swords and guns. Thousands of properties and vehicles were touched in the violence.last_img read more