Northern Foods has reported a strong performance in bakery sales for the year to 29 March.The Goodfellas pizza and Fox’s biscuits manufacturer saw total pre-tax profits rise 25% year-on-year to £50.1m. In its bakery division, revenue rose to £205m in 2008, from £197.3m in 2007, with profits up to £14.9m in 2008, against £12.7m the previous year. Chief executive Stefan Barden said the firm’s bakery performance was “particularly pleasing”.Sandwich sales grew at 4.2% over the year, while chilled pizza sales grew by 2%.
Organic pasty and pie specialist Jones Organic has announced plans to expand its production facilities, with the addition of a new site, to cope with increased demand from specialist retailers in London and south-east England.The firm, based in Bridgend, began distributing its pies through Stratford Fine Foods in September, and now has orders coming in from London-based speciality retailers, including Planet Organic and As Nature Intended.It signed the lease for a neighbouring 750sq ft factory unit, in October. “We’ve been really tight for space in the bakery to meet orders recently,” explained founder and MD Mike Sweetman.“Both our Organic Bake-Off range and our Baked Chilled range are selling very well – we’ve had no choice but to extend our bakery to cope.”The office and storage has been moved from its existing 1,500sq ft site, releasing space in the existing unit for: the doubling of its goods-out freezer capacity to house bake-off lines; the doubling of its baking capacity with a new rack oven for baked-chilled lines; and a new packing area, explained Sweetman.The work is due to be completed by the end of November this year. Jones Organic’s pies are available throughout the UK, frozen-unbaked from Stratford Fine Foods, Bako Western or Bako Wales, or baked-chilled directly from the bakery.
Though The String Cheese Incident has been sharing singles through their new “SCI Sound Lab,” perhaps the most prolific musical scientist of the group has been keyboardist Kyle Hollingsworth. Hollingsworth has already released two of his own singles on the new summer playlist, and also introduced a brand new song, “My One And Only,” to the group during their recent band retreat.The Sound Lab has hosted four singles thusfar, and Hollingsworth’s new song is the fifth from their ever-expanding collection. “My One And Only” really comes together with the addition of Elephant Revival’s Bonnie Paine, who lends her hand on both lyric writing and vocals for the track.Hollingsworth explains the song’s origins:This is a tune I brought to our first retreat in Sedona, AZ. The whole band flushed it out and left me to write lyrics. As I sat with the song for a while, I thought it would be nice to have a woman’s voice on the track. Bonnie Paine of Elephant Revival came to mind right away. So she and I sat down and wrote lyrics. The addition of her vocals really made the song come alive. Very excited to get this one out and into the world. Enjoy! – KyleListen to “My One And Only” below:Don’t miss The String Cheese Incident at Kings Theatre this weekend in Brooklyn, NY. For more information about the run, you can check out this article!
The Master in Design Studies program has announced two new areas of concentration for students enrolling in fall 2011: Anticipatory Spatial Practice and Critical and Strategic Conservation.Anticipatory Spatial Practice will address the inevitability of unpredictable shocks to the built and natural environment, whether due to earthquakes and floods or radical social ruptures. It acknowledges that the certainty of catastrophic disruptions demands anticipatory plans and practices that provide people and societies with the tools to effectively prepare for, cope with, and manage rapid change. The concentration will provide students with the intellectual skills to develop preemptive, anticipatory practices in the areas of design, analysis, urban and territorial management, and development. Associated faculty will include Michael Hooper, Rahul Mehrotra, Joyce Rosenthal, and Christian Werthmann.Critical and Strategic Conservation uses the techniques and procedures of design to extend the social, economic, and cultural usefulness of buildings, landscapes, and cities. While it is related to historic preservation and shares a concern for the built environment, it is distinct insofar as it construes the contexts for analysis very broadly, including the cultural histories of a place, and attempts to consider a wide range of possible strategies for intervention. The area coordinators are Michael Hays and Rahul Mehrotra; associated faculty include Anita Berrizbeitia, Timothy Hyde, Mark Laird, Toshiko Mori, Mark Mulligan, Erika Naginski, Antoine Picon, Jorge Silvetti, and Charles Waldheim. These two new concentrations complement the six existing MDesS tracks, two of which were launched last year and admitted their first students in fall 2010. Krzysztof Wodiczko, professor in residence of art, design, and the public domain, is area coordinator for Art, Design, and the Public Domain, and Charles Waldheim, professor of landscape architecture serves as area coordinator for Urbanism, Landscape, Ecology. Each of these areas has 11 students enrolled. These programs join with History and Philosophy of Design, Technology, Real Estate, and Sustainable Design to comprise a strong entering class of 48 students. Read Full Story
Read Full Story When news media report — and consumers read — stories about the latest scientific and medical discoveries, more emphasis should be placed on studies that summarize a large volume of research, Acting Dean David Hunter, Vincent L. Gregory Professor in Cancer Prevention at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, said in a April 21, 2016 Boston Magazine article.With findings and recommendations often changing and sometimes even conflicting, Hunter sympathizes with the public trying to make sense of the continuing flow of new information.
Dell EMC Solutions for Microsoft Azure Stack familyMicrosoft’s partner conference – Microsoft Inspire – is taking place this week. While it will look a little different this year, we are looking forward to virtually networking and discussing what’s coming in the year ahead. This year, Dell Technologies is announcing several new expanded platform options for the Microsoft Azure Stack portfolio that further simplify and automate management as well as provide flexibility and choice.For those of you not familiar, Dell Technologies offers two comprehensive Azure Stack solutions: Dell EMC Solutions for Azure Stack HCI and Dell EMC Integrated Systems for Azure Stack Hub. While both of these solutions fall under the Azure Stack portfolio, customers deploy them in very different scenarios. Azure Stack HCI is ideal for businesses looking to refresh, modernize and consolidate their traditional on-premises virtualization platforms, while Azure Stack Hub is ideal for businesses wanting to run Azure on-premises due to regulatory compliance, for disconnected or edge use cases, or to address data sovereignty concerns. Dell Technologies makes ordering, deploying and supporting easy by fully certifying, testing and validating all the components plus providing single source solution level support.First, what’s new with Dell EMC Solutions for Azure Stack HCIRefreshed AX nodes with enhanced lifecycle management Since its early preview, Dell Technologies have added value and driven innovation into Azure Stack HCI. To continue down that differentiated path, today we are announcing the refresh of the Storage Spaces Direct Ready Nodes (S2D RN) to AX nodes as the foundation for Dell EMC’s Azure Stack HCI solution. These new nodes still contain all the goodness from leveraging the industry leading PowerEdge servers as well as Hyper-V, S2D and SDN features but now enable – for the first time – clusters to be seamlessly updated to the Azure Stack HCI solutions catalog using the native OpenManage Integration with Windows Admin Center with zero impact to running workloads. The AX nodes will be available in three flavors – AX-640, AX-740xd and AX-6515 – to meet the needs of various use cases and locations.Additional choice and flexibility with AMDWe are also announcing, for the first time, a new Dell EMC solution based on AMD EPYC processors for Azure Stack HCI as part of the PowerEdge R6515 platform. These new all-flash AMD 1U single-socket platforms offer dual socket performance making them ideal for general purpose virtualized workloads, VDI and databases. They are available for order now as model number AX-6515 for Azure Stack HCI.Not to be missed!As Microsoft Inspire happens this week, look out for the exciting news for what is coming next with Azure Stack HCI and how Dell Technologies will be participating. For those of you attending, our resident Microsoft SME, Michael Wells, will be participating in two Ask the Experts sessions around Azure Stack HCI. The first, Ask the Experts: Intel, Microsoft and OEM Partners Share How to Grow your Business with Hybrid Cloud, hosted by Intel takes place Thursday, July 22nd from 1:15 pm – 1:45 pm ET. The second, Ask the Experts: Discover HCI, hosted by Microsoft, takes place Thursday, July 23rd from 6:45am – 7:15am.Now on to Dell EMC Integrated Solutions for Azure Stack HubGPUs now available to orderEarlier this year we announced, in conjunction with Microsoft, a private preview for GPU-accelerated ML scenarios using NVIDIA GPU’s (V100) and for remote visualization scenarios using AMD GPU’s (Mi25). These new GPU hardware configurations are now available from Dell Technologies with Microsoft software support coming later this summer. In addition to providing customers with increased performance density and workload flexibility, they come fully loaded with automated LCM capabilities and exceptional support.Extend Azure storage by expanding your on-premises data capacityAzure Stack Hub is powerful because it enables you to replicate your Azure services on-premises in a consistent manner for a true hybrid cloud experience. However, the amount of data you can extend from Azure has been limited by your Azure Hub configuration. Until now. Now, you can expand the on-premises data storage capacity of Azure Stack Hub by using integration with Dell EMC PowerScale. Dell EMC PowerScale is an optimal storage extension for Azure Stack Hub because it provides a powerful yet simple scale-out storage architecture for massive amounts of unstructured data while dramatically reducing cost and complexity.
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld a district judge’s decision to order a full environmental impact review of the Dakota Access pipeline, but has declined to shut the line down while the review is completed. U.S. District Judge James Boasberg ruled last year that a more extensive review was necessary than the assessment conducted earlier by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The pipeline crosses beneath the Missouri River, just north of the the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation that straddles the North Dakota-South Dakota border. The tribe draws its water from the river and fears pollution.
Every year, the League surveys theatergoers to create an extensive report titled The Demographics of the Broadway Audience. In the just-released 2013-14 report, which was based on the completed questionnaires of 9,431 responders, when asked the question “Where do you look for theater information?” 33.1% (up 2% from last year!) chose Broadway.com. “Personal recommendation” was the second most chosen answer, earning 28.4% of the responses. Broadway.com was the clear frontrunner of online resources, receiving double the responses of any other website. In other interesting stats, the use of the Internet was up all around, with 70% of all theatergoers turning to the web to look for theater information. 60% of seniors looked online, an increase from 37% in the 2012-13 season. So click here, and we’ll see you at the theater! You still like us, you really like us! For the fifth year in a row, Broadway.com is the number one source for theater fans to find out information about the Great White Way, according to an independent report by The Broadway League that analyzes the habits of theatergoers. Broadway.com outranks other sources such as word of mouth from friends and family, television, The New York Times.com, Facebook, Twitter and all the other theater-related websites out there. View Comments
By Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaIn the heat stress of Georgia’s summers, dairy cows give less milk. Some University of Georgia researchers are trying to help cows cope by doing something they want to do anyway: eat.Cows can be stressed when average daily temperatures rise above 77 degrees Fahrenheit. In Georgia, this happens up to six months every year, said Joe West, a dairy nutritionist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.West and CAES graduate student Lani Pacetti are working on a dairy feed study at the Coastal Plain Experiment Station in Tifton, Ga.Cows are less able than humans to get rid of excess heat, West said, because they have less surface area compared to internal body mass.Dairy cows are most comfortable when outside temperatures are in the 40s and 50s. Most Southeastern dairies have sprinklers and fans to help cows stay cool. But it often isn’t enough during Georgia’s summers, when the heat index can reach into the 80s at night.A hot cow will eat less and give less milk. Milk production can drop in the summer by as much as 20 percent in Southeastern states. Heat stress can hinder reproduction, too, and lead to health problems.Part of the problem is that eating can heat up a cow, too. A meal high in fibrous carbohydrates, West said, takes more energy to digest, generating more heat inside the cow. A diet high in fat, though, takes less energy to digest and generates less heat.West and Pacetti hope to mix common feed components like cottonseed, alfalfa hay, soybean hulls and corn silage into a ration that will keep cows from producing excessive heat during digestion while still getting the nutrients they need.The theory is that by simply adjusting feed rations, farmers could help keep their cows cooler in summer. Cool cows produce more milk.Pacetti said the eight-week study, which began June 13, will use three groups of 10 cows. She and West will monitor and track each cow’s body temperature, weight variation, respiration and blood components, as well as the milk volume and fat content. They will also record the environmental conditions surrounding the cows.Each cow in the study wears a magnetic key around her neck that lets that cow eat only from a certain trough, or gate, where she gets her experimental diet.Group 1 will be fed a diet high in fiber and carbohydrates and low in fat. This should generate the most heat during digestion.”It would be like us eating a big bowl of bran flakes,” Pacetti said. This group can eat as much as it wants during each feeding. But cows should feel full with this diet and eat less than they normally do in cooler weather.Group 2 will get a diet high in fat and starch. This should generate less heat during digestion. “This would be like us eating ice cream,” Pacetti said.This group can eat as much as it wants, too, which will probably be more than Group 1, she said.The cows in Group 3 will be fed Group 2’s high-fat-and-starch diet but won’t be able to eat as much as they want. They’ll get the same amount of calories that Group 1 decides to eat.”The best outcome would be the cow producing less total body heat,” West said. “This would make the cow comfortable and more likely to consume more feed and use the nutrients more efficiently, which would mean more milk.”A dairy cow can eat 100 pounds of feed each day. A good cow gives 11 gallons of milk daily. Georgia dairy cows produced more than 16 million gallons of milk last year, worth about $200 million.
North Macedonia considers scrapping aging coal plant, replacing it with solar FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:North Macedonia’s state-owned electric company Elektrani na Severna Makedonija (ESM) is planning to expand the generation capacity of the solar project it is building at its 125 MW TPP Oslomej coal plant near Kičevo, in the west of the country.Originally tendered in April as a 10 MW solar facility, the project may be expanded to completely replace the lignite coal plant, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has announced.The bank, which is backing the €8.7 million project with €5.9 million, said the utility is evaluating scenarios to fully replace the old power plant. ESM is planning to expand the PV field and could eventually reach 125 MW of solar capacity through a modular approach, according to the EBRD.“This project of 10 MW is very important to us because it’s a nice unit – the first large scale plant,” announced the utility. “It can then be cloned and multiplied to fulfill our strategy further down the line. It’s a pilot project for the future and it’s a power plant all by itself.”The EBRD said the Oslomej coal plant is being kept active at a minimum service level and is being used mainly as a reserve in case of problems elsewhere in the system.The utility has planned for years to prolong the life of the 39-year-old coal plant by another 30 years, even though the associated lignite coal mine in Kičevo is almost depleted. In 2015, the utility conducted a feasibility study into modernizing the plant by using imported coal with higher calorific value. The study concluded such a move would cost €145 million and require a four-year construction timeframe. “According to the estimations, the production price of electricity after the eventual modernization of TPP [thermal power plant] Oslomej is estimated to be above €61/MWh,” the ESM said in a document about the feasibility study.More: North Macedonian utility embraces solar at expense of coal