Handmade touch for frozen range

first_imgA new selection of frozen handmade cakes are the latest offering from Country Range.The cakes come in 14 pre-portioned slices and are available in the following varieties: carrot cake, filled and topped with a sweet frosting; coffee & walnut, with layers of coffee butter icing; Victoria sandwich, with layers of jam and butter icing; chocolate, topped with layers of chocolate fudge butter icing; and lemon drizzle, featuring lemon zest pieces and crystallised sugar.Martin Ward, Country Range brand manager, said: “Market research shows that caterers are more likely to buy own-brand within the frozen category, so we wanted and needed to expand in line with caterers’ needs.”last_img

Crowdfunding helps gluten-free bakery plan second site

first_imgA gluten-free Edinburgh bakery plans to open a second store within the next year following a successful crowdfunding push that has raised more than £30,000.SugarDaddy’s hoped to raise £29,000 to help fund a much larger kitchen, bigger pieces of kitchen equipment and team when it launched its Kickstarter campaign in April, but exceeded the target with 382 backers investing £31,207.The business – which is operated by husband-and-wife team JP and Amy Ranaldi and produces gluten-free cakes, as well dairy-free, egg-free, nut-free and vegan options – first opened the Rodney Street-based site three years ago after coeliac Amy struggled to find suitable bakery items.The duo now plan to use the funds to open a second site in Edinburgh, as well as more than double the number of staff from four, at present, to as many as 10.“We’re overwhelmed to know that we have so many supporters out there,” JP told British Baker. “In the first six months we were appealing to a more niche market and attracted mostly people with allergies, but then their friends then came in and really liked our cakes. Now it’s a 50/50 split.“The problem we have at the minute is that we sell out most days and we’re booked for larger orders three weeks in advance. We also get requests for wholesale and postal orders.”The business is currently in the process of recruiting a full-time baker and would look at hiring an additional two as well as front-of-house staff.JP said the plan was to open the second shop within the year, but it would depend on the right property becoming available.“We’re incredibly grateful and humbled by all the support we’ve had from everyone from the sharing of posts to people who have pledged crazy amounts of money,” he added.last_img read more

Phish Shares Pro-Shot Video Of 23-Minute Baker’s Dozen “Blaze On” With Fully Remixed Audio [Watch]

first_imgEarlier this summer, Phish announced that they would be releasing a comprehensive new CD/LP box set dubbed The Baker’s Dozen: Live At Madison Square Garden. The new set highlights the band’s exploits from their historic 13-night residency at the famed NYC arena last summer, which saw them play two themed sets each night while not repeating a single song.The Baker’s Dozen is available in three different formats: a 3-CD or 6-LP set (with 13 tracks hand-picked by the band) and “The Complete Baker’s Dozen Box Set,” which includes the entire run on 36 CDs. Legendary engineer Elliot Scheiner (Steely Dan, Van Morrison) has remixed each show for the box set.Today, Phish has shared pro-shot video of “Blaze On” from the Baker’s Dozen run’s “Cinnamon” night, the seventh show and midway point of the Vermont quartet’s glorious 13-night run. Returning from set break, Phish laid down a set-opening “Blaze On”, sending the Trey Anastasio-penned tune on a thrilling 20+ minute ride that goes down as one of the best versions in its relatively short life span. The band took their time to patiently navigate through an adventurous and groovy jam, reaching multiple fiery hot peaks to resoundingly cement this “Blaze On” as the crowning jewel of the evening.Below, you can watch pro-shot video of Phish’s “Blaze On” from the Baker’s Dozen featuring fully remixed audio from the upcoming box set:Phish – “Blaze On” – 7/29/2017 (Fully Remixed Audio)[Video: Phish]This week, Phish announced their return to Madison Square Garden for their traditional four-night New Year’s run, beginning on December 28th and culminating with a three-set blowout on New Year’s Eve. For more information on Phish’s upcoming dates, head to the band’s website.Setlist:  Phish | Baker’s Dozen Night 6 | Madison Square Garden | New York, NY | 7/29/17Set One: Llama, Wilson > Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan > Ya Mar, Tela, The Birds > The Line, Water in the Sky, Vultures, Train Song > Horn, I Am the WalrusSet Two: Blaze On > Twenty Years Later > Alumni Blues > Letter to Jimmy Page > Alumni Blues > Meatstick > Dirt > Harry HoodEncore: Cinnamon Girllast_img read more

Open Networking – 3 Great Years and Going Strong

first_imgLooking back, it’s hard to believe it’s been three years since we announced our Open Networking initiative in 2014. We embarked on the journey with the belief that our customers deserved more innovation and choice than they were receiving from traditional, proprietary networking vendors. At its core was a simple proposition: decouple networking switching hardware from its software. Simple, yet profound for an industry that inextricably tied, monetized and packaged hardware and software together.Our initial step was launching the industry’s first open networking switch using the Open Network Install Environment (ONIE) and could run Cumulus Linux OS from our first ecosystem partner Cumulus Networks.In 2015, we delivered more choice to customers by adding OS partners including Big Switch Networks, IP Infusion and Pluribus Networks and delivering a family of open networking switches with connectivity capabilities from 10 to 100GbE. Today, we are the only OEM networking player in the industry that provides this level of choice, flexibility and infrastructure protection.In January of 2016 we introduced the latest version of our network operating system called Operating System 10 (OS10) which further “disaggregates” the networking stack by separating the base OS from the NOS. The base module of OS10 called OS10 Open Edition is offered to customers for free and runs a fully-open, unmodified Linux kernel and Debian distribution. This base is currently being tested and deployed by several customers.In March of 2016, we announced our collaboration with Microsoft on the design and implementation of modules in the Software for Open Networking in the Cloud (SONiC) part of the Open Compute Project (OCP) to help drive industry disruption and adoption.  Our OS10 Open Edition software serves as the foundational element for SONiC. From this contribution we are helping customers big and small accelerate adoption of fully-functional Linux networking software based on open source components.That same year, we contributed OS10 Open Edition software to the OpenSwitch project, which represents a fully open, fully disaggregated base subsystem incorporating hardware and platform abstraction layers for networking switching applications.The OpenSwitch project running under the Linux Foundation aims to develop a complete open-source network OS.In Q4 of last year we released the beta version of OS10 Enterprise Edition which provides customers with standard networking features, interfaces and scripting functions including Layer2/Layer3 protocols, policy control and traditional networking switch CLI. One of the OS10 Enterprise Edition beta customers is Indiana University who have already published their initial findings while testing our OS10 Open Edition at OS10 – A First Look.Of the hundreds of customers now running Dell EMC open networking solutions, a key example is Verizon’s deployment of the industry’s largest known Network Function Virtualization OpenStack cloud deployment across 5 of its U.S. data centers. Dell EMC and several partners worked closely with Verizon in developing this OpenStack pod-based design that went from concept to deployment of more than 50 racks in the production data centers in less than nine months.Another innovative customer is Netherlands-based hosting solutions company Hostnet, who implemented a Dell EMC open networking solution to help accelerate the development of their Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offerings using DevOps techniques. Their deployment consisted of Dell EMC open networking switches running Cumulus Linux software and Puppet automation software.The 2016 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Center Networking report recognized both Dell EMC Networking and VMware companies under Dell Technologies, as the most visionary networking vendors. Together we are helping transition the industry towards a new direction in networking which IDC calls the third platform of computing, and who better to pick than the most visionary ones rather than “me too” networking vendors.To kick off 2017, we expanded our open networking offerings into the campus environment with the announcement of our latest N-Series switches with multi-gig PoE ports, 40GbE uplink ports and support for third party OS’s via ONIE. The simplified scalability and OS flexibility offered by these new switches continues our legacy of investment protection that our customers expect and the tools needed to confidently grow their operations.Indeed, it’s been an exciting journey over the last three years as we continue our market leadership with open networking products, partnerships and open source contributions. We aren’t finished just yet. As recent market estimates claim the use of brite boxes will explode in 2017, we at Dell EMC are leading the charge and it is our full intention to continue raising the bar for others to follow.Looking forward, in my crystal ball I can see images that portray a continuing set of launches focused on extending our open networking vision. Some of these pictures look to me like more multi-rate 100GbE and next-generation open networking switching platforms for the data center and campus, increasing adoption of our products into service provider data centers, and even more customers and partners integrating OS10 software into their solutions.I can honestly say that I’m more excited now than I was on that eventful day three years ago. We will continue to deliver on our promise of empowering customers with the networking choice and flexibility they need to help accelerate innovation and new services within their businesses.For additional information on Dell’s Open Networking solutions visit our home page.last_img read more

CUSE funds summer research projects

first_imgSenior biology major Kiley Adams considers her day-to-day activities to be her most valuable memories of this past summer.But for Adams, who spent the summer researching community-based rehabilitation (CBR) models to increase opportunities for people with disabilities in rural India, those day-to-day activities were far from mundane. They included playing soccer at a Tibetan refugee camp, teaching physical therapists how to swim and “attempting [or] failing to make perfectly round chapathi for lunch.”“I traveled to the four corners of India, [and] lived, dressed, cooked, danced and worked with locals in pursuit of [research],” Adams said. “Some days, my research project entailed conducting more formal interviews with CBR professionals, such as [those] at Vidya Sagar, an NGO in Chennai for children with disabilities, but, other times, it meant getting devoured by mosquitoes while attempting to stomach bamboo stew to learn firsthand some of the struggles of village life that may prevent people from seeking [disability] services.“I thought I knew exactly what my Indian adventure was supposed to entail — independent research on the community-based rehabilitation model for peoples with disability in rural India. Little did I know it would also entail an overnight camel safari into the Thar Desert — a little too close to the Pakistan border for my mom’s liking — time spent living with a rural village family and learning their traditional trade of carpet weaving, or literally walking into another country – Myanmar — after playing a game of glorified charades with their military personnel on border patrol. India is an extremely unpredictable country — the power may be cut at any second, you may or may not be able to find reliable water and food and just when you think you have picked up enough of one of India’s 1,652 languages, you travel a few miles away and no one speaks it anymore. The challenges to living in India are as endless as are the rewards.”The adventure was funded by the Notre Dame Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement (CUSE), which has recently been renamed the Flatley Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement, although its acronym is still the same.Kati Schuler, administrative coordinator for CUSE, said in an email that 323 grant applications were submitted to the Center for the 2015-2016 academic year. Of those 323 applications, 166 were for summer activities, including, Schuler said, “independent research, creative endeavors, service learning, internships and research assistantships, conference presentations and attendance and immersion and discernment activities, as well as specialty grants.”This past academic year, CUSE awarded 96 grants. 38 of those were allotted for summer activities.“After each grant deadline, CUSE has a committee review all of the completed applications,” Schuler said. “After the committee members review and score each proposal based on criteria for each grant type, the committee meets as a group to discuss the scores assigned to each proposal and make award decisions. Proposals that receive high scores are awarded grant funds. Because funding is so competitive, students are encouraged to come to CUSE for workshops … and make appointments with CUSE staff [for] individual advising and proposal feedback.”Schuler said the maximum award amount available from CUSE differs between the academic year and summer. The maximum award during the academic year is $1,500, but the amount increases to $3,000 for the summer period.“As part of our grant application process, students are required to submit detailed budgets outlining all anticipated expenses, and CUSE works closely with campus partners to facilitate cost-sharing arrangements to provide students with as much financial support as possible,” Schuler said.Each funding recipient went through a long and strenuous process before submitting their grant proposals.“The earlier you start planning your project and crafting your proposal, the more likely your proposal will be awarded funding,” Schuler said, “You can schedule a meeting with a member [of] our undergraduate research team to receive individual advising at any stage of the process, from how to start planning a project to proposal feedback for grant and fellowship applications.  Developing projects and crafting grant proposals requires various different components, such as securing a faculty mentor, requesting recommendation letters and [Institutional Review Board] approval, all of which are taken into account when reviewing proposals and awarding grants.  So start early and use the resources and services available to you.”Adams said CUSE helped her conduct successful research.“Their application process ensured that I had not only my research question more fully developed, but also my travel and safety plans,” she said. “I have found CUSE nothing but helpful in the grant-writing process, with so many people willing to read drafts of proposals and budgets alike.”Tags: CUSE, grants, India, summer researchlast_img read more

Dames at Sea’s Lesli Margherita Sets Sail with New Vlog

first_imgDid you miss her? We did! Lesli Margherita is moving across the street from Matilda to Dames at Sea, and she’s bringing her vlogging camera with her! Get all hands on deck for Ship Happens: Backstage at Dames at Sea with Lesli Margherita.The Looks Not Books queen, stripped of her blonde curly wig and thrown into tap shoes, will once again give us a glimpse of behind-the-scenes life, this time at the Helen Hayes Theatre. Expect appearances from her nautical co-stars Eloise Kropp, Mara Davi, John Bolton, Cary Tedder and Danny Gardner. Let’s hope they know the Q&A theme song.Margherita, who plays Mona Kent in the musical, won an Olivier Award for her performance in Zorro in the West End. In addition to her “Loud” Broadway debut in Matilda, her previous stage credits include Man of La Mancha, Showboat and Little Shop of Horrors.Ship Happens sets sail on September 23 and will run every Wednesday for eight weeks. Dames at Sea Related Shows Lesli Margherita Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 3, 2016 View Comments Star Fileslast_img read more

Tallulah Fest + Chattooga River Clean Up

first_imgWe did it! We fit everything we need to live for eight months in the back of a truck to haul across the country to the Blue Ridge Outdoors headquarters to meet our new home, Live Outside and Play Van (yet to be named). Among our adventure gear, I’ve hidden logic puzzles, homemade sunscreen, and a color changing LED light string, I think we’re set. After we swing by the BRO headquarters, we make way for our first festival, Tallulah Fest!With only five opportunities to dip and dive through the currents of Tallulah River this year, missing this rowdy party and classic rapid run would be a grave mistake. Come join us at Tallulah Fest on April 1st, for boats, brews, bluegrass, and boogying. Emphasis on the boogying, especially by Ben. Boaters from all over come to play in the fresh currents, as well as camp, hike, and celebrate general merriment. There’s even a film festival for the more cultured among us. It will be our first festival of the Live Outside and Play 2017 tour, and Tallulah Fest’s last year (for now), so we need to make it the best year.This is a perfect opportunity to meet us in person and find out what Roxy’s favorite animal is. Stop by our tent, say howdy (it is Georgia after all), and ask us how we managed to fit our entire lives in a van, plus a guitar and a didgeridoo.Once you’ve enjoyed the four B’s of Tallulah Fest, come back to the Live Outside and Play tent Sunday morning (April 2nd) to partake in a Chattooga River clean up. We will be meeting at 10AM to make the world a better place, one piece of litter at a time. We will caravan to the parking lot at the Bull Sluice rapid on the Chattooga and clean up between the US-76 bridge and the flowing Chattooga. As an added bonus, we will have giveaways from our sponsors, as well as dad jokes, and impromptu didgeridoo performances.Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook or Instagram to see when we will be close by!last_img read more

Haiti: One Year after the Earthquake, Priority Is to Speed Up Recovery

first_imgBy Dialogo January 12, 2011 The solution for Haiti is to have a Government of a different nationality, because all of the former Haitians have been corrupt and dictatorial and they only talk about Port Au Prince. The problems of Haiti are not only in Port AU Prince but throughout the entire country. For example in Hinche there is a lot of poverty and more than 500 people have died of cholera. There is no potable water and only one hospital that serves a population of 500,000 people. One year after the earthquake that caused 225,550 deaths in Haiti and displaced 2.3 million people, the “absolute priority” of UN humanitarian agencies in 2011 will be speeding up the country’s recovery, the organization indicated on 11 January. “We need to hit the accelerator on recovery efforts. This will be the absolute priority in 2011,” the spokesperson of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Elisabeth Byrs, explained to AFP. The process is expected to last “months and even years,” given the magnitude of the task on the ground, Byrs admitted, in particular the rebuilding of 180,000 damaged or destroyed homes, the removal of tons of debris, and the reestablishment of basic services for hundreds of thousands of people still waiting to be rehoused. “With 800,000 people still in camps, we should be realistic about the time that will be needed to rehouse all of them,” the spokesperson insisted. The humanitarian agencies again defended their overall handling of an unprecedented disaster that annihilated the structures of an entire state, which lost around 30% of its officials in the 12 January 2010 earthquake. The UN itself mourned the death of two hundred of its employees in the collapse of the building housing its Haitian mission.last_img read more

NAFCU urges lawmakers on MBL relief

first_imgNAFCU Vice President of Legislative Affairs Brad Thaler urged lawmakers to support legislation to provide credit unions relief from the statutory member business lending cap in a letter ahead of today’s House Small Business Committee hearing on entrepreneurship.The committee will receive testimony from various business owners on how they achieve success and the challenges they face in today’s economy in recognition of National Entrepreneur’s Day. The hearing begins at 11 a.m. Eastern.In his letter to committee Chairman Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, and Ranking Member Nydia Velázquez, D-N.Y., Thaler urged support for H.R. 1188, the “Credit Union Small Business Jobs Creation Act,” and H.R. 1422, the “Credit Union Residential Loan Parity Act.”NAFCU today will also monitor a House oversight hearing on the Federal Communications Commission, which is being challenged by NAFCU and others over it ruling on autodialed calls to account holders. The hearing, set for 10:15 a.m. Eastern, will be held by the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology. continue reading » 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Facility solutions: Designing smart spaces at your credit union

first_imgThe financial services industry is realizing that brand is more important than commodities in initiating, building and maintaining relationships. Most banks and credit unions offer very similar products and services. Today it is how we deliver those products and services that makes us unique.This concept of spaces that work exceedingly well has a history that goes back 6,000 years ago to the establishment of the principles of feng shui (a Chinese system of harmonizing everyone with the surrounding environment). Even today, spaces affect not just what we do (and what we can do), but how we feel.Think about the places you go in your daily life. Are there spaces you enter and feel good about the experience while you’re there and after you leave?If designing high performance space is about creating both high function and strong positive feelings, why is “vibe” often overlooked in the creative process? I am talking about driving specific positive responses rather than decorating a space to gets wows for aesthetics alone. continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more