Isotopes Edge Bees

first_img Tags: Baseball/PCL/Salt Lake Bees May 23, 2018 /Sports News – Local Isotopes Edge Bees FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail(Albuquerque, NM)  —  The Bees gave up the go-ahead run in the seventh inning and fell to the Isotopes 4-3 in Albuquerque.Jake Jewell allowed the run, his only in two-frames of work, to take the loss.  Dustin Ackley homered in defeat.The Bees fell to 25-and-21 and play the third-of-four in Albuquerque tonight.  First pitch is at 6:35 p.m. Robert Lovell Written bylast_img read more

AMITY POOL By Jim Redwine

first_imgGavel Gamut By Jim Redwinewww.jamesmredwine.comAMITY POOLAmity, a lovely word meaning harmony and good feeling. The 1975 movie JAWS! was set on a New England island named Amity where the summer tourists provided lunch for a marauding great white shark. Local Police Chief Martin Brody (Roy Scheider) tried to warn them but Mayor Larry Vaughn (Murray Hamilton) overruled him. In this article, Gentle Reader, you may think of me as the police chief and Peg as the mayor. Peg’s Wal-Mart aboveground pool will serve as our beach.Just take a look at the photograph! That dark goo in the bottom of the pool is as scary as the shark. You will note Peg is covered from head to toe with HAZMAT protection. You may wonder why she is in the middle of the crud while I am not. Well, someone had to take the photograph and I can’t do everything.Peg’s pool brings back memories of my “quality time” with my father. Dad liked to fish but he didn’t like to tote all his equipment to the brown, stagnant Oklahoma creek which housed various critters and a few finned and slimy bass.Before each trip Mom would warn us of the dangers of typhoid fever as she knew Dad would take my brothers and me to the creek without anything to drink. Dad would point to the brackish creek water if the 110° Oklahoma summer drove us past Mom’s cautionary admonishments. Dad and Peg have similar make-ups.When Peg dragged me away from my Saturday morning coffee to help clean the pool I told her about the recent E. coli outbreaks in Pennsylvania, Idaho and California. She responded that the only thing I had to fear from the pool gunk was her if I didn’t get off my couch.How quickly she has forgotten our experience when the National Judicial College sent me to Russia to teach judges there. We could not brush our teeth, drink or even bathe in much of the water. When I reminded her of this she said, “The ten pounds you lost from the bacteria in Russia was just a start on what you need.” Unkind, very unkind.For more Gavel Gamut articles go to:www.jamesmredwine.comFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Wild Bean’s first stand alone outlet

first_imgBP’s Wild Bean Café has opened its first stand alone outlet at Portsmouth’s Continental Ferry Port in Hampshire. Wild Bean, which sells ‘gourmet on the go’ food products, has been situated at BP filling stations for the last seven years; this move signals a natural progression for the company. The new outlet, which opened on 9 July, will be operated by food and facilities management company, ARAMARK, which operates all catering for the port. “We are very excited about opening the UK’s first stand alone Wild Bean Café, after the brand’s spectacular growth over the last seven years,” said Karen Hubbard, BP’s UK convenience retail director.“Portsmouth Continental Ferry Port is the ideal location to launch this exciting new era for Wild Bean Café, with many car and vehicle drivers who are already familiar with the brand.”Wild Bean Café was introduced to BP sites in 2001, and is now present at more than 200 BP petrol stations in England and Scotland, selling hot and cold baguettes, salads and pastries.last_img read more

Welsh wizards

first_imgDespite the fact that the founders of The Village Bakery in Coedpoeth, North Wales, came from a plant background, the business was founded on craft ideals and principles. These have always been important to the company and no doubt played their part in the company scooping the Rank Hovis-sponsored Craft Business Award at last years’ Baking Industry Awards.Established in 1964 by joint managing director Tim Jones’ father and grandfather, the business has grown from a small two-man outfit to a successful wholesale business, employing around 210 staff. It also has five retail shops based around Wrexham, though this is not the business’ main focus; Jones says it is currently an 80% wholesale/20% retail split.The bakery’s largest customers are Somerfield, The Co-operative, Londis and, more recently, Marks & Spencer. On the wholesale side, it mainly distributes to businesses within a 50-mile radius of Wrexham, but it also supplies bespoke products across the UK. For example, its Welsh Cakes are delivered to M&S nationwide and it recently had an order for 50,000 packs of them for St David’s Day.Initially, the bakery produced bread, cakes and savouries, but after a couple of years, it was decided to concentrate solely on bread. In 1988, an opportunity for savouries opened up and the company bought a small unit on Wrexham industrial estate, producing around 250 pies a week. It now produces more savouries (60%) than breads.The company moved to its Minera site in 1992. “It was a greenfield site, so we decided to build a new premises. In theory it was supposed to serve all purposes, but we have actually extended twice since then,” says Jones. Also in the early 1990s, the company made its first move into retail. The last major extension to the Minera site was in 2001, which saw the addition of a new training facility, production suite and freezer unit, as well as an extension to its savoury department.The bakery, now run by joint MDs and brothers Tim and Robin Jones, produces breads, savouries and morning goods, from rye bread to pasties and Welsh Cakes. One of its most successful products is its Welsh Oggie – a much larger version of the Cornish pasty. It is filled with layers of potatoes, onions, leeks and beef and weighs over 500g. These are not just popular in Wales – the firm sold around 15,000 of them at last year’s Glastonbury Festival.”The real growth over the last six or seven years has been in the savoury department, especially with their inclusion at garage forecourts for example,” explains Jones. “There are so many more people actually baking-off these days, that the vast majority of growth is in frozen unbaked goods.”Jones also points to the growing popularity of sliced bread. He says that, over the last few years, whenever the business launches a new loaf, they always launch it sliced, as they have noticed that when they decided to sell existing breads in a sliced format, sales have gone through the roof. “If you can get that same quality, but sliced for convenience, then you’re laughing,” he says.Five for luckEntering the awards is becoming something of a five-yearly ritual for The Village Bakery, having entered and been winners in 1998, 2003 and 2008. “We’d had some successes and a good year with regards to new business,” says Jones of the year leading up to the application in 2008. “We’d also set up a new gluten-free production facility on Wrexham industrial estate – so we thought it put us in with a good chance.”Jones says he was “absolutely over the moon” when it was announced they had won. “It was a genuine surprise, as the competition was so good.” The award, he says, has certainly been a great tool when speaking to new customers and has given the firm a lot of confidence. “It has also been very good for the staff. They have all enjoyed the fact that we won, and it’s a great reward for them.”Speaking about why it won, Jones says the judges were impressed with the fact that the company had done so much during the year, in terms of developing the gluten-free business and on the marketing side, as well as regarding the general standard of its products. “We are great believers in provenance and try to source our ingredients locally, wherever possible,” says Jones. “It has served us very well over the years, and we’ve also had quite a bit of aid through the Welsh Assembly. So wherever we can support locally, we always do. Of course there’s a premium for that price-wise, but it’s worth paying.” Polish connectionsDespite sourcing locally, The Village Bakery doesn’t only take inspiration from all things Welsh. Wrexham has a Polish population of around 5,000, 30 of whom are employed at The Village Bakery. Jones says there are now even Polish signs around Whitchurch in Wrexham.The high proportion of Polish residents has meant that The Village Bakery isn’t just making traditional Welsh products, but traditional Polish products too. It launched a 400g Polish rye loaf, containing 50% rye and 50% white flour, which became its fastest growing product. It started producing around 300-400 a week, but in no time at all, demand pushed production up ten-fold.Since winning the award, the business has also struck a deal to supply a number of Tesco stores. “We’ve got a listing for nine products for 11 stores (in Wales), which is about to go live any week now.” Looking to the future, Jones says he’d like to think the business will do more business with M&S, as well as with other larger chains. But there are no plans for national domination just yet. “We’d still like to grow, but we’d like slow organic growth,” he says.—-=== What winning means to us ===”It’s great sense of satisfaction and we’re very proud to win it. At the end of the day, it’s nice to be recognised for your efforts. I really believe it’s very beneficial for all the employees and it does help install a sense of pride in the business. It was a brilliant evening.”- Tim Jones, joint MD—-=== Did you know? ===While working as a maintenance engineer at The Village Bakery, former triathlete and Iron Man, Peter Norman, came up with the idea of giving all competitors in the Wrexham Half Marathon Welsh Bara Brith instead of medals. Bara Brith is a fruit bread, produced by The Village Bakery, which sponsors the Half Marathon, and has been made to the same recipe for over 30 years.last_img read more

IU researchers track COVID vaccine uptake, online misinformation

first_img Pinterest Google+ Twitter Facebook IU researchers track COVID vaccine uptake, online misinformation Google+ By Jon Zimney – March 23, 2021 2 162 Previous articleElkhart man accused of offering meth to hotel maid, is arrestedNext articleFormer Indiana economic development leader on why he resigned Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Facebook WhatsApp Only 9% of Hoosiers have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19, but that’s a higher percentage than in any of its neighboring states. (Adobe Stock) Indiana has a somewhat high rate of COVID vaccine refusal, and researchers are investigating whether false information online is planting seeds of doubt.Indiana University’s Observatory on Social Media has an online dashboard, called CoVaxxy, which tracks daily data on vaccine uptake.It also tracks posts on social media that include certain vaccine-related keywords.John Bryden, executive director for the Observatory, said there are some wild theories about the safety of the vaccine and its availability.“And I know from personal experience, you only need to see one message and immediately, you have doubt,” Bryden explained. “I had to go and actually check the facts myself to reassure myself.”The latest dashboard data indicate a 35% rate of vaccine hesitancy in Indiana, compared to a high of 45% in North Dakota and a low of 16% in Massachusetts.So far, 9% of Indiana’s population has been fully vaccinated, which is a higher percentage than in bordering states.CoVaxxy is interactive and includes information on the most-shared low- and high-credibility sources, hashtag use, geography and political affiliation.Bryden noted two trends emerging from what they’ve collected so far.“There’s a strong relationship between more Republican states being more hesitant to take the vaccine,” Bryden observed. “But we’re also getting a sense that the states that are spreading more misinformation, even Democrat ones, are actually more hesitant as well.”Indiana just extended its vaccine distribution to include anyone age 40 and older, and teachers of all ages.The state has used 80% of vaccines it has received for distribution. WhatsApp IndianaLocalNews Pinterest Twitterlast_img read more

Tesco to discuss ’gay cake’ supply contract

first_imgSupermarket giant Tesco has said it is ‘reviewing’ the judgement of Ashers Baking Co, after it was found guilty of discrimination towards a gay customer.The retailer stocks sausage rolls and other baked products from the bakery in its Northern Irish stores.It responded on the social media site Twitter, when a blogger questioned Tesco’s stance on the situation, following the ruling on Tuesday (19 May).The blogger tweeted: “Any comment from @Tesco who stock ashers sausage rolls in coleraine branch, a company proven to discriminate on sexuality…?”Tesco repsonded via twitter. It said: “We are reviewing the judgement and will discuss it with Ashers. Tesco has a great track record of working with local suppliers, large and small, from across Northern Ireland.“Our focus and our commitment is to serve customers in all communities, from all backgrounds and beliefs.”Ashers bakery was found to have discriminated against gay rights activist Gareth Lee, after it refused to supply him with a cake with a pro-gay marriage message last year. Lee was awarded £500 damages.last_img read more

Charity launching bakery employing young people with autism

first_imgA charity is planning to build a commercial bakery employing young people with severe autism.  Berkshire-based Prior’s Court School hopes the bakery will enable young people to build skills for life, while increasing employment for the number of people with autism. It is kicking off a fund-raising drive for the scheme next week.The charity has worked with baking industry experts to research the scheme’s financial viability and the suitability of baking to the strengths, interests and needs of young people with autism. It said the bakery could accommodate a wide range of skills, and that young people responded well to practical, routine tasks and found baking and food preparation rewarding.   One of the experts the charity has worked with is Steve Fudge, from Dorset Village Bakery, who has given support, including contacts, attending building design meetings and securing donations for equipment. “The strengths of baking are seen in the tactile experience of baking bread, that it is easy to understand and it relies on routine activities which can be established and learned,” he said. “There is a massive amount of joy in baking and that is experienced from a child through to an adult and across the whole spectrum of needs. Bread-making carries on throughout life and the experience stretches across society.”The bakery, which will be led by a master baker, will make organic goods initially, sold to the local community, but Prior’s Court would like to secure national supermarket listings in future. “We want to create a team of bakers with real skills and a product that tastes great,” said Prior’s Court chief executive Mike Robinson. “We want to challenge perceptions and raise the bar for autism employment. “We work to unlock the potential of our young people by being ambitious in our aims and in the strategies we use to ensure they achieve in every area of their lives,” he added, “but this project is our most ambitious yet.”An appeal is being launched at the London Stock Exchange on 14 November to raise funds towards the £350,000 cost of the initiative.Prior’s Court SchoolOpened in 1999, Prior’s Court School offers specialist education and support to more than 80 young people aged from five to 25 years old. All have autism, severe learning difficulties and complex needs and may experience high levels of anxiety. Most are non‐verbal or have limited functional communication, said the school, adding that all face enormous difficulty coping with the world around them.last_img read more

New dates announced for National Doughnut Week

first_imgSource: Getty ImagesNew dates have been announced for National Doughnut Week 2021.Originally due to take place from 8-16 May, the charity event has been pushed back to 10-18 July.The celebration of doughnuts aims to raise funds for The Children’s Trust – the UK’s leading charity for children with brain injury – through the sale of the sweet treats.Bakers who register for the week will receive a pack of promotional materials from sponsor CSM Bakery Solutions to help them raise as much money as possible.The initiative, which was established 30 years ago by Christopher Freeman, co-owner of Dunns Bakery, raised £32,000 in 2019 for the trust which provides specialist rehabilitation, education and community services across the UK for children and young people with brain injury and neurodisability.However, it was cancelled in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.“We hope that bakers from around the country sign up and help us raise much-needed funds for The Children’s Trust,” said Cristiana Ballarini, CSM Bakery Solutions, activation director west, south & international. “It’s been a tough year for charities which is why we want to change the dates to raise as much money and awareness as possible.”Since launching in 1992, National Doughnut Week has raised a total of £972,256 for charitable causes, including £437,187 for The Children’s Trust.last_img read more

Health reform may require a crisis

first_imgA new, more sweeping version of health care reform that provides universal coverage and controls costs is still a few years away, according to ABC-TV’s medical editor Timothy Johnson, M.P.H. ’76. Unfortunately, it likely will take a budget crisis to get it through Congress, Johnson said.Despite the passage of national health care reform that extends coverage to the uninsured, ends discrimination against people with pre-existing conditions, and allows parents to keep children on their insurance until age 26, Johnson said even more sweeping changes are in the works that would create a system similar to Canada’s single-payer program.The reason, Johnson said, is that health care costs in the United States remain far higher than those in other countries and are climbing fast enough to threaten the nation with bankruptcy within a few years.“In five to seven years, we’re going to be facing true financial catastrophe, with the possibility of actual bankruptcy in this country,” Johnson said. “We’ll probably throw up our hands … and what we’ll probably do at that point is expand Medicare to cover everyone.”Johnson, who is also the medical editor for the local ABC affiliate, WCVB-TV, and who holds appointments at Harvard Medical School and Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital, analyzed America’s health quandary Wednesday evening (May 4) during the annual Lowell Lecture, sponsored by the Harvard Extension School and the Lowell Institute of Boston.Johnson based his talk on his recent book “The Truth About Getting Sick in America: The Real Problems with Healthcare and What We Can Do.”  He was introduced by Dean of Continuing Education Michael Shinagel.There are no easy answers to America’s health care problems, Johnson said. Per capita costs for health care in America are more than double those in other industrialized nations. Though some observers may say that the quality of care is better in America, Johnson argued that it is not more than twice as good, and the problems of the uninsured and of the bureaucratic burden placed on doctors far outweigh any benefits.Any discussion of quality of care must include the impact of medical errors, Johnson said, which are estimated to take 100,000 lives a year and which Johnson attributed to the lack of comprehensive federal oversight. Another 45,000 deaths a year are attributed to the lack of insurance, something that Johnson labeled as simply wrong.He attributed fast-rising health costs to malpractice costs, to the role of insurers, to the financial incentive to drug and medical device companies to sell more of their products, and to doctors and hospitals being paid on a fee-for-service model that rewards them financially for providing more care. He also said the media act as cheerleaders for new advances, which are demanded by patients even at greatly increased costs. America’s patients demand convenient, cutting-edge care, which has little personal cost.“We want cutting-edge care even if the latest isn’t the best,” Johnson said. “We have this list of expectations but expect someone else will pay for our bill. That’s a recipe for disaster.”True reform has been difficult because the people and businesses making money on America’s $2.6 trillion health care industry resist reform, he said. In his own recipe for a working system, Johnson said tort reform will be critical to reduce malpractice lawsuits that benefit only a few injured patients a year, as will changes to how industry players are paid to remove financial incentives to provide more care, even if unnecessary. Also needed are national information technology standards that will allow analysis and comparison of health outcomes, universal access to primary care, and a population that has overcome fears of greater government involvement in health care.Johnson attributed the fear of government-run health care to politicians adept at scaring the public. The facts on the ground are that government-run health care programs are already in effect and are largely successful, he said. The Veterans Affairs health system is a successful model, where electronic records and physicians paid by salary keep costs down and quality high. Another example, Johnson said, is the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, which insures millions of workers, including members of Congress. In addition, millions of America’s elderly get help through Medicare, which, though its costs are rising, has just 1.3 percent of its cost going to overhead, compared with 11.7 percent for private, for-profit insurers.There is a chance the nation will avoid the budgetary calamity that seems headed this way, Johnson said. Massachusetts, which already has universal coverage, is now tackling the cost problem. With state political leaders and medical and health industry leaders located here and participating in the conversation about cost containment, Johnson said it’s possible they’ll succeed and point the way for the rest of the country.Johnson likened the need for federal involvement in the health care industry to that of the airline industry. Federal regulations and oversight ensure that planes are inspected, maintained, and safe to fly. A health system where thousands die annually from medical errors could benefit from similar oversight, he said. Further, Johnson sees little difference in the government’s mission of protecting the public’s safety by providing police and fire services and protecting its health by providing health care.“They’re all essential to life,” Johnson said.last_img read more

Dell’s New Air Gap Security Solution Keeps Sensitive Data Airtight

first_imgWhat’s more secure than a secure internet connection? How about no connection at all?That’s the philosophy behind air gap: using PCs that are not connected to the internet, other devices nor the company’s primary network. For high-assurance organizations like utilities, critical infrastructure, banks, government agencies and other heavily regulated companies, air-gapped devices can be a simple solution to today’s complex data security challenges.The idea behind air gap technology is simple: leave no doors or windows open, and criminals will have no way in and data no way out. There are very few ways to infiltrate air-gapped computers because data can only be shared to and from the machine via a FireWire connection, a USB flash drive or other external, removable media.But as many IT teams have learned firsthand in recent years, air-gapped devices aren’t immune to insider threats, zero-day attacks or the risk of coming into contact with malicious USBs. Stuxnet, a virus that wreaked havoc on centrifuges used at a uranium enrichment plant in Iran back in 2010, is one of the most notorious examples of compromising an air-gapped environment. The attackers first infected the PCs of external contractors programming the plant’s systems in Iran. Unaware they had been breached, the contractors brought their infected laptops into the plant to transfer data to the air-gapped systems with a flash drive.More recently, WikiLeaks released new Vault7 files revealing the details of malware aimed at infecting air-gapped PCs using USB drives. This leak, known as Brutal Kangaroo, included a user guide on “Drifting Deadline,” malware designed to first infect a computer and then any thumb drive plugged into it. After infecting an air-gapped device, the malware would perform an encore, employing a software called “Shadow” to create a custom covert network within the victim’s closed network where the attacker could carry on freely with further attacks.So how can high-assurance organizations protect their air-gapped devices? Many organizations in air-gapped environments turn to traditional, signature-based anti-virus solutions for additional protection, but they require ongoing, manual updates. These frequent signature updates are an enormous burden for IT teams, and sometimes IT falls behind on this time-consuming maintenance. Furthermore, signature-based anti-virus is inadequate protection against zero day threats or newly-created targeted malware precisely because it hasn’t been released yet – a requirement for these applications in order to have the malware signatures.All of this amounts to a defense that’s less than airtight, which isn’t good enough for high-assurance companies in heavily-regulated industries. Dell took on the task of finding a way to close the gaps in air gap environments to give our clients the level of protection they require and helping them reduce the burden on their IT teams at the same time.We recently introduced an air gap version of our Dell Endpoint Security Suite Enterprise solution. By developing APIs to adapt the solution with Cylance’s mathematical modeling technology and enabling it for on-premises, air gap environments, we are able to give organizations an advanced threat protection and data encryption solution that removes many of the shortcomings that make air-gapped environments vulnerable and inefficient for teams to manage.The combined power of advanced threat protection and data encryption rolled into a single, on-premises solution means organizations can defend against insider threats like malicious USB connections as well as external zero-day attacks, in addition to protecting the data itself with file-based encryption. Dell Endpoint Security Suite Enterprise air gap solution not only protects against incoming threats, but goes one step further by easing the burden on IT teams because the mathematical models used to detect anomalies only need to be updated a few times a year. Compare this to the often daily, manual updates required by signature-based anti-virus solutions.The data encryption solution included in the suite provides a policy-based approach to protect data on any device or external media. It allows IT to easily enforce encryption policies for multiple endpoints and operating systems without disrupting end-user productivity.If you’re ready to see the next generation of air gap security solutions, we’re ready to show it to you. Learn more at read more