20 Apr

Major UK contract for Irwin’s

first_imgIrwin’s Bakery has secured a major new contract worth £1m for its signature ‘Joey’ products, which will be supplied to Asda stores across the UK.Produced by its cakes and biscuits division, Howell House, the madeira buns, covered in a flavoured coating and sprinkled with desiccated coconut, will be available in Asda in a number of different varieties.Irwin’s original Jammy Joeys were first listed in Great Britain in 2012, and now Asda will list three of its most popular varieties – Jammy, Snowy and Chocolate – as well as packs of Joey Bites in up to 400 stores.John Hopkins, sales director, Irwin’s Bakery, said: “We are delighted to take on this new business, which strengthens our existing relationship with Asda. It’s fantastic to see a local favourite take off and become a leading product across the UK with a major retailer.“A contract win on this scale not only highlights the quality and taste of our products, but showcases the appeal of traditional Northern Irish produce on a UK-wide basis.”The deal takes Irwin’s annual business with Asda to more than £4m.last_img read more

20 Apr

Bakkavor launches drive for 26 new apprentices

first_imgBakkavor has kicked off a recruitment drive for 26 new apprentices.The apprenticeship scheme has vacancies nationwide in roles including marketing, engineering, manufacturing, technical, processing and procurement.The fresh prepared foods business – which makes a wide range of products including bread and pizza – currently employs 250 staff on apprenticeships.“We are focused on attracting the best and brightest young people at Bakkavor and are extremely proud of our apprenticeship programme,” said Bakkavor group HR director Pippa Greenslade.“It is a superb way to give young people the chance to gain real world experience and responsibility within a range of environments and we are committed to playing an active role in nurturing young talent in the food industry.”Bakkavor runs two two-year apprentice schemes:An Advanced Apprenticeship scheme aimed at school-leavers who have typically completed GCSEs and those starting in a new career.A Higher Apprentice Scheme aimed at those who have typically gained A-Levels and are hoping to fast-track their career.Engineering and Procurement apprenticeships are four-year schemes.News of the recruitment push came a week after Bakkavor revealed that strong sales of bread and pizza had helped drive sales. Revenue from the firm’s continuing operations rose 4.6% from £1,735.4m to £1,814.8m in the 52 weeks to 30 December 2017.Bakkavor said revenue growth had been partly driven by price rises agreed with customers in response to raw material cost increases.last_img read more

1 Mar

In on the act

first_imgIf it takes a village to raise a child, for playwright Taylor Mac, it took a community to develop an otherworldly theater piece.While it’s not exactly a cast of thousands, more than 30 people, including four Harvard undergraduates, take the stage in the American Repertory Theater’s (A.R.T.) production of “The Lily’s Revenge,” described by The Boston Globe as “a five-act phantasmagoria.”“If Busby Berkeley had dropped acid while watching ‘Pee-wee’s Playhouse,’ ” wrote Globe theater critic Don Aucoin, “the result might have been ‘The Lily’s Revenge.’ ’’The Obie-winning play, at Oberon through Oct. 28, includes elements of film and Noh, a Japanese art form that fuses drama, music, and dance. Mac does double duty, also starring as the flower searching for love and understanding. The show’s run at the A.R.T. marks the first time students will be involved with the production. But their inclusion, said the playwright-actor, fits with his master plan and the work’s operating ethos.“For me, it’s really important that ‘Lily’ utilizes all different kinds of people from all different walks of life and theatrical backgrounds … to accommodate its different genres, and styles and forms,” said Mac. In addition, Harvard students who don’t have access to an undergraduate major in dramatic arts, he said, can “experience the history of our craft. Just by being in one play, they can get a little dose of everything.”Two Harvard undergraduates are cast members, another helped produce the play’s three interactive intermissions, and another created an animated film for the play’s fourth act. Mac said he was impressed by the students’ dedication and by how they  “jumped right in and were game for anything.”One student who was ready to try his creative hand at something new was senior Josh McTaggart, the production’s kyogen associate. Mac incorporated kyogens — short, comic pieces with close ties to Japanese Noh theater — into the show’s three intermissions. The breaks consist of informal interactions between the audience and the performers: Audience members can get a massage from one of the actors in a chair in the lobby, or go backstage and chat with performers. In the men’s room, one actor, who is also a professor at Wellesley College, delivers a lecture about the show using the bathroom’s mirror as his chalkboard.McTaggart, a regular on the Harvard dramatic scene since his freshman days, began working on the show at the start of the semester, meeting with actors in rehearsals to help flesh out ideas. Later, during the show’s technical week, he spent close to six hours a day helping to perfect the dynamic intermissions.“I’ve never experienced anything like this,” said McTaggart of the show’s organic nature and community feel. The production reinforced his notion, he said, that theater is “all about connections with people, building a community, building a collaborative environment, and really understanding how to work with other people.”Although working on the play made for some late-night study sessions and hectic priority shuffling as McTaggart prepared for midterm exams and the opening of the Harvard Radcliffe Dramatic Club’s production of “Sweeney Todd,” which he is directing, he wouldn’t have missed it.“It’s reminded me of the joy of working collaboratively with people of all ages, experiences, and interests … and it has inspired me to want to go on and do projects that bring people together from different disciplines.”For Shira Milikowsky, the show’s director, the only drawback when working with students concerned those pesky little things called classes.“I wish they were free during the day,” said Milikowsky, with a laugh. But reworking rehearsal schedules was a small price to pay, acknowledged the director, who regularly encouraged feedback and suggestions from her young performers and creative team, and who enjoyed watching them interact with Mac’s diverse cast.“It’s just really exciting to see the undergraduates collaborating with the A.R.T. Institute students, collaborating with (A.R.T. veteran) Tommy Derrah, collaborating with equity actors, collaborating with local Boston performers. It’s fun to watch their brains interact.”One of those many collaborators is Lily Glimcher ’14.A psychology concentrator with a secondary concentration in dramatic arts, Glimcher described her character as a “deranged flower girl who follows her instinct … without any forethought.” She called working on the production “undeniably the best learning theatrical experience of my life.”During a recent rehearsal, the junior practiced a scene that required her to flop on the floor, her legs and arms entwined with a half-dozen actors and actresses doing the same. “Does everybody know where their body parts are going?” asked choreographer Ara Glenn-Johanson. Glimcher responded with a smile and a nod.Receiving feedback from the A.R.T. Institute students, watching professional actors hone their craft, drawing inspiration from Mac’s “energy, joy, passion,” and collaborating with Glenn-Johanson to develop dance movements for the third act’s ballet have been vital parts of the experience, said Glimcher.“The whole process,” she said, “has been about creating something magical together.”Colm Dubhrosa, a visual and environmental studies concentrator, helped to produce an entirely different type of creative element for the show. For almost three months, he worked closely with Milikowsky to develop and refine a 10-minute animated film based on elements of Japanese Noh theater for the play’s fourth act.Dubhrosa used 3-D animation software known as Maya to create the piece, which charts the lily’s efforts to transform itself into an alluring groom for a human bride. The senior said he was surprised at how much autonomy he was given with the project.“Right from the start, Shira was extremely encouraging about me taking my own initiative and making exactly what I wanted to make. I was stunned by how cooperative and how willing she was to encourage me to do what I wanted to do.”But what Dubhrosa loved most was working closely with others.“To make anything substantive you have to cooperate with other people. For me, the most worthwhile part of this experience was learning how to get your own ideas out but at the same time cooperating.”last_img read more

18 Jan

Odds & Ends: Alan Cumming Gets Emmy Love, Kristin’s Dark Side & More!

first_imgHere’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.Who Needs Tony (This Year!)? Alan Cumming and Lin-Manuel Miranda Get Emmy LoveTony winners Alan Cumming and Lin-Manuel Miranda have picked up 2014 Daytime Emmy Award nominations. Cabaret headliner Cumming was nominated for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program for playing Sebastian Winkleplotz in PBS’ Arthur. Miranda received his nod in the Best Original Song category for his Sesame Street tune “Rhymes with Mando.” Miranda’s In the Heights co-star, Holler If Ya Hear Me’s Christopher Jackson, also got a nomination for Original Song for his Sesame Street number “ABC’s of Moving.” Meanwhile, Great White Way alum Whoopi Goldberg and her View co-hosts received a nom in the Outstanding Talk Show Host category.Kristin Chenoweth Taps Into Her Dark Side for DisneyKristin Chenoweth will play Maleficent in the Disney Channel’s telepic Descendants. Variety reports that Descendants follows the offspring of famous Disney villains and that the Tony winner will play the mother of a teenage daughter, Mal, played by Dove Cameron.It’s All Relative for Neil MorrisseyU.K. stage and screen star Neil Morrissey will join the West End cast of Relative Values from May 26 through June 21. He will play Crestwell, taking over from Rory Bremner at the Harold Pinter Theatre. Morrissey is best known for his work on the TV show Men Behaving Badly. Stage credits include Acorn Antiques, Guys and Dolls and Oliver!Carole King Plans to Perform at the TonysIt may have taken her awhile to get around to seeing Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, however Carole King is now intending to perform at the Tony awards on June 8. According to The New York Times, the Grammy-winning legend does not yet know which song from the Tony nominated musical she’ll sing, but as long as she’s duetting with Tony nominee Jessie Mueller, the earth will move under our feet! View Comments Star Files Lin-Manuel Miranda Kristin Chenowethcenter_img Jessie Mueller Alan Cumming View All (4)last_img read more

18 Dec

What is a SIEM and does my credit union need one?

first_img 34SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Kirk Drake Kirk Drake is founder and CEO of Ongoing Operations, LLC, a rapidly growing CUSO that provides complete business continuity and technology solutions. With its recent acquisition of Cloudworks, Ongoing Operations … Web: www.ongoingoperations.com Details With the ever increasing threat of a cyber security issue impacting your credit union and the ever increasing regulation – SIEM (Security Incident Event Management) is a real opportunity for credit unions to elevate their cyber security program. Over the past 20 years I have watched credit unions deploy a patchwork of cyber security tools with varying degrees of success.  Some credit unions are good at budgeting for the tools, some for the labor, but very few successfully sustain the ongoing care, feeding and investment that a robust cyber security program requires. In many cases, Ongoing Operations is hearing from its clients that they are spending over 85% of their IT resources just on keeping up with basic operating needs.Cyber security advancement and hacking is derived from an endless game of cat and mouse that requires the modern credit union to be nimble, sophisticated and most importantly aware.  SIEM is a critical part of this system.  In most credit unions (if they have implemented 80% of the NCUA requirements), there is a never ending feed of data from disparate sources.  SPAM filters, web filters, Anti-Virus, Firewall logs, and Intrusion Detection systems are just a few. Generally we find credit unions have about 15-20 sources of information that they need to determine the current cyber security status of their environment. Given that most would be hard pressed to give even a 90% accurate count of their devices (pcs, smart phones, printers, etc.) on any given day – it seems like even being aware an attack is going on is unlikely.SIEM aggregates all of this information into one data feed. Logs, inventory, event information, and even login activity is all aggregated together and then pattern recognition can be applied.  A well deployed credit union SIEM allows the organization to recognize typical hacker behaviors such as multiple login attempts from multiple workstations or employees accessing unusual files. Of course there are infinite ways and many attack vectors that can be used to exploit almost any credit union. Hence, early detection and recognition is absolutely essential to know that something shady is going on. Without a SIEM, the credit union would spend countless hours scouring log files trying to correlate things. Imagine your accounting department looking in 10 different General Ledgers trying to detect a check kiting incident. It would be almost impossible – yet somehow we expect that from our IT departments or CISOs (Chief Information Security Officers). SIEM offers the promise of 24/7 eyes watching, waiting, and looking for unusual activity so that it can be A) Detected and B) Stopped before significant damage occurs.Implementing SIEM for your Credit Union today should be a top priority for budgeting and insuring that you are adequately protecting your members’ data and your credit union’s reputation. Learn more about how Ongoing Operations can help your credit union by contacting us at [email protected] or visiting www.ongoingoperations.com.last_img read more

17 Dec

You can stop a member from leaving

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Alyssa Nolte Alyssa Nolte is Chief Development Officer for Discida (de-see-da), a national research science firm that serves a wide range of organizations, including credit unions. Discida data scientists developed the Brand … Web: www.discida.com Details It’s been well-documented that acquiring new members is far more costly than growing relationships with the ones you already have. It’s just one reason that building member loyalty is a priority for most credit unions, and one of the key metrics measured in a strong, healthy brand. Happy, loyal members can be a credit union’s greatest asset. Not just for their lifetime value, but for the new members they may recruit with word-of-mouth, positive online reviews and social shares. If you have a segment of active and engaged members, pat yourself on the back. What you’re doing for those folks is working well. But what about your not-so-engaged members? They’re quieter and easier to forget about. Before a member leaves, there’s rarely an announcement or singular tell-tale sign. Rather, there’s a subtle pattern of behaviors – and non-behaviors – that insinuates an impending departure. Because there are many potential behaviors and variables relative to member attrition, it can be difficult to identify members in danger. Unless you have the right data science tools, that is. Artificial intelligence solutions, such as neural networks, are providing credit union leaders with new windows of insight into members with the greatest likelihood of disengaging from their products and services. Rather than accept attrition as an inevitable part of business, credit unions are now working to become proactive and sharply-focused in their retention efforts. Here’s an example…. Let’s say a credit union was losing market share. Throwing up their hands in despair isn’t an option for leadership. Neither is be impulsively rolling out marketing offers. Wouldn’t it be great to respond with laser-focused efforts right where they’ll have the most impact? With the assistance of a tool like an AI neural network, a credit union can deeply analyze member data to get those answers. The network’s ability to synthesize large amounts of multi-dimensional data can reveal the behavioral patterns and factors that precede a member leaving. That, in turn, allows a credit union to segment its member base and deploy hyper-personalized promotions that get the right offer to the right member at the right time. AI and data science enable credit unions to become both proactive and effective, reaching waning members with re-engagement campaigns before they’re gone for good.  Credit unions don’t need a crystal ball to know which members will leave. In fact, they have the answers right now. They’re just buried deep within their data, waiting for the right tools to uncover them.last_img read more

20 Nov

Linksys Velop AX4200 Tri-Band Mesh Wi-Fi 6 System can connect up to 120 devices » Gadget Flow

first_imgIf you’re tired of slow internet speeds, the Linksys Velop AX4200 Tri-Band Mesh Wi-Fi 6 System could be a helping hand. It connects up to 120 devices simultaneously with speeds up to 4.2 Gbps. This makes it great for a large household or to use in an office. This Wi-Fi system delivers fast streaming so you can play games, video chat, download files, and work without interruptions. Furthermore, it delivers gigabit Wi-Fi speeds to cover every corner of your home—even if you’re in the garden. And with a range of up to 8100 square feet, it’ll reach everywhere you need. With a 1.4 GHz quad-core processor, you can experience smooth video calls, streaming, and gaming. Also, the Linksys app makes the set-up process simple. You can also view or prioritize connected devices via the app. Overall, with faster internet speeds, the Linksys Velop AX4200 Tri-Band Mesh Wi-Fi 6 System provides 3.5 times more speed compared to Wi-Fi 5. – Advertisement –last_img read more

28 Sep

The Ocean Cleanup: Countdown Begins

first_imgOn September 8, The Ocean Cleanup foundation will launch the world’s first ocean cleanup system from its assembly yard in Alameda, through the San Francisco Bay, toward the infamous Great Pacific Garbage Patch.As informed, the assembly of System 001 will be finalized on August 30, after which it will be lowered into the Seaplane Lagoon.In exactly two weeks, we will launch our first cleanup system from San Francisco, into the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. We would like you to join us for this milestone, either in person or online. For schedule, viewing spots and the livestream, visit: https://t.co/1BtgT8VOAz— The Ocean Cleanup (@TheOceanCleanup) August 25, 2018In the evening of September 7, the system will be transferred from the lagoon to make new tow with Maersk Supply Service’s AHTS, Maersk Launcher, at Anchorage 8. A second vessel will be fixed to the aft of System 001 to maintain a stable position.From there, the system will be towed to the Pacific Ocean, passing near the Bay Bridge, Treasure Island, Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge.Apart from the towing and installation, Maersk Supply Service will also monitor the cleanup system.The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is located 1,200 nautical miles off the coast of San Francisco.In the long-term, the foundation plans to install at least 60 systems to remove 50% of the 80,000 tons of plastic in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch within five years.Image Courtesy: The Ocean Cleanuplast_img read more

26 Sep

Ligue 1: Could Neymar, Mbappe antics derail PSG campaign?

first_img Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest Pocket8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our PlanetBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreThe Top 9 Oddest Underwater Discoveries No One Can Explain6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made One of that rare breed of English players trying his luck abroad, the 21-year-old, Derby-born forward Mavididi is currently a regular in a Dijon team battling to avoid relegation. Mavididi left Arsenal without playing a top-team game and last year he joined Juventus – becoming their first English player since David Platt in 1992 – after being scouted by Giorgio Chiellini’s brother. After one appearance for Juve last season, he was allowed to move to France on loan and he has already scored three times for the Burgundy side, who host Nantes this weekend. Key stats 4 – The number of goals scored by Mbappe in a 5-0 win when PSG hosted Lyon last season. 15 – Marseille are unbeaten in 15 games in all competitions, including 12 in the league, as they host bottom club Toulouse, who have taken one solitary point over the same period. 12 – The number of league goals scored by Metz captain Habib Diallo this season. The club that brought Sadio Mane, Ismaila Sarr and Papiss Cisse to Europe have unearthed another Senegalese gem. Fixtures (times GMT) Friday Angers v Lille (1945) Saturday Marseille v Toulouse (1630), Amiens v Monaco, Dijon v Nantes, Metz v Bordeaux, Nice v Nimes, Rennes v Brest (all 1900) Sunday Montpellier v Saint-Etienne (1400), Strasbourg v Reims (1600), Paris Saint-Germain v Lyon (2000) FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 English forward Stephy Mavididi (L) in the red of Dijon, where he is on loan this season from JuventusRead Also: Bundesliga: In-form Bayern out to ‘boss’ Leipzig in top-of-the-table clash While Neymar has been partying with an injured rib, and Kylian Mbappe has been making no attempt to hide his displeasure with his coach, Paris Saint-Germain supporters could be forgiven for having that sinking feeling. This has been the time of year when the French club’s season has tended to implode in recent years, with three successive eliminations in the first knockout round of the Champions League. Will Kylian Mbappe and Neymar both be fully fit and focused for PSG’s Champions League tie against Borussia Dortmund? They are currently unbeaten in 20 games in all competitions after Tuesday’s 2-1 success at Nantes, and sit 12 points clear at the top of Ligue 1. However, everything is gearing up towards their Champions League last-16 tie against Borussia Dortmund, with the first leg in Germany on February 18. PSG have not made it beyond the last 16 in four years, with the nature of defeats against Barcelona in 2017 and Manchester United last season helping make them something of a laughing stock around Europe. Injuries to Neymar at this stage in each of the last two years proved crucial, so fans of a nervous disposition will be hoping the rib injury suffered by the Brazilian against Montpellier last weekend is nothing more than a short-term problem. The injury did not prevent the world’s most expensive player from staging a lavish party at a Parisian nightclub for his 28th birthday last Sunday, but it did keep him out of the Nantes game. With the Dortmund first leg coming into view, he could be rested for this Sunday’s visit of Lyon. “I hope he can play on Sunday,” said coach Thomas Tuchel. “He was in pain at half-time against Montpellier. He is in exceptional form, but we will decide later. He needs to manage the pain.” Meanwhile, Mbappe seems certain to play, just as he did in midweek despite an angry reaction to being substituted against Montpellier which has brought back the rumours that the 21-year-old – regularly linked with Real Madrid – may not stick around in Paris too much longer. “He was decisive for us. There was no need for him to show a reaction,” Tuchel said of Mbappe’s midweek performance. The France star is PSG’s leading scorer this season with 22 goals. The days when Lyon were the most feared opponents in the country are long gone, and they have taken just two points from their last 11 visits to Paris. Rudi Garcia’s side are also struggling in sixth place just now after a soporific 0-0 draw with Amiens in midweek. With or without Neymar, PSG will surely be too strong for them. It is the Dortmund tie that really matters though, and Tuchel needs his two biggest stars fully fit and focused in time for the trip to Germany. Player to watch: Stephy Mavididi Loading… last_img read more

26 Sep

Osimhen, others warn against ‘dangerous’ return of Ligue 1 season

first_img Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 were suspended indefinitely on March 13 due to the coronavirus pandemic, with France on a nationwide lockdown until at least May 11. A report in L’Equipe last week said organisers are considering restarting the top flight on June 3 or 17, with teams likely to have to play every three days to conclude the regular campaign by July 25 and leave time for promotion and relegation play-offs in early August. Such a hectic calendar would lead to a greater risk of players becoming injured and risk games becoming less entertaining for fans, according to Sylvain Kastendeuch, the co-president of the National Union of Professional Footballers (UNFP). Kastendeuch instead suggests the priority should be on making plans to ensure the 2020-21 season takes place as normal, rather than rush through the completion of 2019-20. “It seems so obvious that we often forget it: without footballers, there is no football!” he wrote in Le Monde. “We must therefore take care of them and protect them from the risks to which they are exposed.Advertisement Promoted Content9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes7 Netflix Shows Cancelled Because They Don’t Get The RatingsMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It AppearedMost Outstanding Female Racers Who Made History In SportsWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearWe’re Getting More Game Of Thrones: Enter House Of The Dragon!6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth Professional footballers’ union in France has warned against resuming the Ligue 1 season because the busy schedule could put the health of players at risk. Loading… “The medical analysis carried out by the UNFP and FIFPro warns of the high physical risks in the event of matches being organised for every three days after such a long pause: increased fatigue, and a sixfold increase in the incidence of muscle injuries from the end of the second match, a drop in performance. “Should these risks be taken? The question deserves to be asked as it’s a real issue for the players, for their careers, for the industry as a whole and, above all, for the spectacle football can offer. Will it be able to meet expectations, especially in these difficult times? We have to think about it collectively. “The economic emergency must not take precedence over the importance of public health. Let us renounce resuming the championship under these conditions – a resumption that would be hasty and dangerous. “Let us arrange today the conditions for a successful and exemplary next season of this football we love so much. read also:There’s possibility Osimhen will leave Lille – Lopez “In order to allow our talents to continue to shine, it seems to me more reasonable, more just and more virtuous today to make the choice of reason, so that tomorrow we can again make the choice from the FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more