The 30 best bakeries in the UK?

first_imgThe Sunday Times has published what it considers to be the top 30 bakeries in the UK because, as it puts it, “something is changing” in our attitude to bread.The newspaper said: “We eat a lot of rubbish bread in this country,” then added, “but something is changing.”It talked about the increasing consumer demand for artisan bread, and acknowledged that the list was made up of bakeries old and new which had one thing in common: “They don’t want us to eat rubbish anymore.”In no particular order, the top 30 bakeries in the UK according to The Sunday Times are:Bread Ahead, Borough Market, London The Little Bread Pedlar, Bermondsey, London Yeast, Broadway Market, London Village Bakery, Harefield, Uxbridge Stoneham Bakehouse, Hove, East Sussex E5 Bakehouse, Hackney, London Sugardough, Hove, East SussexHobbs House Bakery, various locations, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire East Bristol Bakery, Bristol Pinkmans, Bristol Leakers Bakery, Bridport, Dorset Town Mill Bakery, Lyme Regis, Dorset Exploding Bakery, Exeter, Devon Pullin’s Bakery, Yatton, SomersetMa Baker’s, Worcester Loaf, Birmingham Trove Café + Bakery, Manchester Pollen Bakery, Manchester Merlin’s Bakery Café, Burscough, Lancashire The Handmade Bakery, Slaithwaite, West Yorkshire Noisette Bakehouse, Leeds Haxby Bakehouse, Haxby, near York The Hazelmere Bakery, Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria Broughton Village Bakery, Broughton-in-Furness, Cumbria Hambleton Bakery, Exton, RutlandThe One Mile Bakery, Cardiff Bakery47, Glasgow Bostock Bakery, North Berwick Ann’s Pantry, Larne, Co Antrim Tan Lan Bakery, Conwy, WalesAgree with this list? Think differently? Let us know on Twitter @BritishBaker or by email at [email protected]last_img read more

7 Ways To Not Be A Dick At Electric Forest

first_imgHere we are again–it’s the week of Electric Forest and the anticipation is growing by the minute as the clock ticks closer to one of the best festivals of the year! While I’m excited to see my Forest Family once again, what I’m not looking forward to is the finger pointing and complaining after the fest when one or a few fans of one artist clash with fans of another artist. We all know how the story goes. We’ve all seen videos and heard stories when fan bases have disagreements. So let’s flip the script and make this the year where everyone gets along and has nothing but amazing memories from the most magical place on Earth.Here’s a simple little checklist to ensure that everybody is happy all weekend!1. Share the space. Electric Forest belongs to all of us and most of us travel pretty far to see the sets from artists that we love. If you want to be front row for an act, but another fan also wants to be front row for theirs, share the space!! Most people are willing to trade spots, and it allows you to go get some food and hit the bathroom. It’s a win-win!2. Don’t be disrespectful. Although this seems like common sense at a festival, it astounds me how people can actually be rude in such a loving environment. Be mindful of your actions. Don’t be the person that everyone is talking about on the internet for months after the event.3. Sit down in the back. Again, this seems like common sense to most music fans, but if you want to sit down during a set, do so in the back or near the soundboard. Festivals can be exhausting, but don’t make other people upset because you need a break. Sitting between sets is perfectly fine of course, but do not sit with your back to an act while they are playing. That’s a huge No-No. People will take it the wrong way entirely, trust me.4. Show love to all acts. Hey, you may not be the biggest fan of an act, but that doesn’t give anyone the right to “Boo” them. Leave those bad vibes at home. There are multiple acts playing on multiple stages all weekend, you do not need to be at a show that you don’t like, so don’t! Go see something else, or get lost in the forest for a while! There will be space for you when you get back.5. Keep totems to the side and back. There is quite possibly nothing worse at a festival than a huge totem right in the front row blocking the view for everyone else in the crowd. Totems are great for keeping friends together and expressing yourself in a creative way, but they aren’t great for making new friends during a set. If you are going to be with a crew that needs a totem, please don’t camp in the front and ruin the show for others.6. Be polite in the crowd. We’ve all seen it before. That one person that has too much to drink and plows through a crowd with no sense of manners whatsoever. Don’t be that person. Be polite going through a crowd. Say excuse me and thank you. Don’t act like you own the place. Politeness really does go a long way, sometimes all the way to the front. Oh, and if you want to be near the front, don’t make a mad dash while an act is already playing, that just causes a headache for everyone involved. There is plenty of time in between sets to get your spot! Don’t show up late and expect to get prime real estate!7. Clean up after yourself! Trash is always an issue when thousands of people come together to celebrate. Please be mindful and leave no trace, both inside the festival, and out in the campgrounds. You may see groups of people cleaning up after sets throughout the weekend and they will be welcoming to another set of helping hands. Don’t be shy! Electric Forest also has an Electricology program that rewards you for helping to keep the festival clean! To participate and potentially win tickets for life, head here!-Adam Straughn[Cover photo via Faces of Festivals]last_img read more

Russian Feminist Protest-Punk Heroes Pussy Riot Share Jarring New Track, ‘Police State’ [Video]

first_imgBack in 2012, a group of Russian feminist protest-punk rockers known as Pussy Riot garnered worldwide mainstream notoriety after five band members were arrested and held without bail for staging a performance inside Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior. Their show was deemed to be “sacrilegious” by officials of the government and the Russian Orthodox church officials–both of which are heavily and clandestinely influenced by president Vladimir Putin himself. The arrests prompted widespread support for the girls, much of which focused on celebrating their defiant free speech and expression in the politically precarious atmosphere of Putin’s Russia.Pussy Riot Protest Against Sentence of Russia’s Opposition Leader In New VideoToday, as a tongue-in-cheek nod to the anniversary of The Russian Revolution–as well as the anniversary of Donald Trump‘s election–the self-described “feminist art collective” has shared a topical new song, “Police State”, and an official music video starring actress Chloe Sevigny. As the band explains in a statement, “The moving picture sums up the current state of affairs of authoritarian leaders like Russia Putin and America’s Trump: Actress Chloe Sevigny, who plays a law-enforcement officer in the video, is carrying a baton for riot control. Today’s youth is strapped stuck to watch political leaders run and ruin the world. The ballet dancer’s grace is juxtaposed by police being fun-stoppers.” The jarring visuals play the grace of ballet dancers off of the violence and aggression of “the law”, and the song’s lyrical and thematic content serves as a counterpoint to its seemingly sunny, sing-song melody.Watch the video for Pussy Riot’s “Police State” below from the band’s YouTube page:Pussy Riot’s Nadya Tolokonnikova worked with GRAMMY nominee Ricky Reed on the song, and the video was created director by Matt Creed and director of photography Sean Williams.This week, Pussy Riot will perform their debut live music performance in Berlin on November 9th. They will come stateside to play their sold out debut in Los Angeles on December 13th, before heading to Houston’s Day for Night Festival on 12.15. Nadya Tolokonnikova will also speak on a panel alongside fellow high-profile political dissidents Chelsea Manning and Laurie Anderson at the festival. More live shows are scheduled to be announced at a later date.Lastly, from 11.14 until 12.24, Nadya Tolokonnikova is co-creating and producing the immersive political theatre production Inside Pussy Riot alongside Les Enfants Terribles and Bird&Carrot, which runs at London’s Saatchi Gallery. You can get tickets to Inside Pussy Riot here.For more information about Pussy Riot and their upcoming and ongoing projects and initiatives, head to their website.Below, you can read Pussy Riot’s Nadya Tolokonnikova’s full breakdown of the meanings and political sentiments behind the new song/video, “Police State”:“Pro-authoritarian trends and autocratic, conservative, right-wing leaders are spreading around the world like a sexually transmitted disease. What can we do?If we find a way how to act together, be articulate, focused and persuasive, we can shift mountains. Look back: people did it before. Soviet dissidents were fighting against one of the most oppressive governments on the planet and shared their own diy magazines (samizdat) via secret networks. Labor union leaders and civil rights activists were dying for their beliefs in the US. And it actually did make our world a better place.“Think about 120 years ago. There were children working in factories, losing their fingers. People fought back. They fought to create unions. Think about the women’s movement. Think about the civil-rights movement. You’ve got to jump in and start fighting.” – Bernie Sanders reminds us.When Trump won the presidential election one year ago, people were deeply shocked. What was in fact blown up on 8th of November 2016 was the social contract, the paradigm that says that you can live comfortably without getting your hands dirty with politics.But we’re more than atoms, separated and frightened by TV and mutual distrust, hidden in the cells of our houses behind screens, venting anger and resentment at ourselves and others. If you have to point at an enemy, our greatest enemy is apathy. We’d be able to achieve fantastic results if we were not trapped by the idea that nothing can be changed.What we’re lacking is confidence that institutions can actually work better, and that we can make them work better. People don’t believe in the enormous power that they have but for some reason don’t use.We do fight with the police state in Russia; since we’ve been released from jail we started an independent media outlet Mediazona ( that covers what’s happening in Russian courtrooms, police stations, prison, labor camps. With lawyers of “Zona Prava” (Zone of Justice) we’re fighting for prisoners – helping them to get medication and better conditions, get out of jail, open criminal cases against guards and cops who break the law and abuse their power.Actions are more important that opinions and comments. It’s crucial to build alternative institutions, establish alternative power structures and networks, especially when your government sucks. There’s a lot that can be done and should be done. Putin will not disappear tomorrow, but we can show our fellow Russians how corrupted, damaging and ineffective his rule is. If everybody who denounced Trump on social media showed up on the streets and refuse to leave until he’s gone, he’d be out of office in a week. What it takes is just to abandon our learned helplessness.[Cover photo via Pussy Riot website]last_img read more

‘Green’ buildings boosting health of low-income residents

first_imgResidents of low-income housing appear to get a boost in health from living in “green” buildings that are built with eco-friendly materials and energy-efficient features, according to a Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) study.The researchers, led by Meryl Colton of HSPH’s Department of Environmental Health in collaboration with the Boston Housing Authority (BHA), surveyed the health of people living in public housing units before and after they moved from conventional apartments into “green” ones. The researchers also did environmental sampling and home inspections. They found that improved ventilation and pest management systems in the green apartments appeared to boost indoor air quality and also lessened “sick building syndrome” symptoms such as headaches and itchy or burning eyes.The study was published online June 18, 2014 in the Environmental Science & Technology journal. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Picturing Harvard — and America

first_imgArt begot art in a new Harvard exhibition that explores and celebrates, through portraits of the University community, what it looks like to be an American in 2019.“Portraits,” the first exhibit in the Smith Campus Center’s Arts Wing, conveys through photographs a sense of the people who make up Harvard and the larger world around it.“The main goal here is to see your neighbor a little differently,” said photographer Khabeer M. Sultan of Boston. “Just some inspiration to meet a new friend or think about things a little bit differently when you’re confronted by portraits that you can’t escape.”Inspired by a previous exhibit in Harvard Yard last fall, the 18 portraits — of students, staff members, and people who live nearby — are hard to turn away from. They’re especially striking because they were taken in black and white and are hung at eye level, so that on quick glance it looks as if a small row of people are standing behind a window staring directly at you. And because of the diversity of the subjects, the differences from person to person — from style to posture to ethnicity — are highlighted.The exhibit, commissioned by the Harvard University Committee on the Arts (HUCA), is Sultan’s artistic response to Teresita Fernández’s “Autumn (… Nothing Personal).” That work was inspired by James Baldwin’s 1964 essay “Nothing Personal,” a biting commentary on the violence Baldwin observed and experienced as an African-American living through the civil rights era.“It brings together a lot of issues,” Lori E. Gross, associate provost for arts and culture, said of the “Portraits” exhibit. “It crosses between the arts and the community. This is a way that we can be reflective and more open to the larger community about what Harvard is like.”Fernandez’s installation, of thousands of orange-and-yellow-pinstriped tubes, resembled a bamboo forest. Just steps away from the Widener Library, it had many admirers. Sultan used that foot traffic to his advantage by asking people to pose in front of the installation. His only request was that the subjects not smile, so their pictures would fit with the somber tone he wanted the art to convey.,“I intentionally asked the subjects to look directly into my camera and not smile,” Sultan said. “Admiring James Baldwin’s truth-telling abilities, I wanted the portraits to echo Baldwin’s writings by confronting the viewer with a stern look. When thinking about the social issues of our times in the larger conversation of America, I ask myself if we have a reason to smile.”Sultan, a Boston native, began his photography career in 2012. His first solo exhibition, “An American Experience,” was shown at the Watertown Public Library in 2017. His works are also in private collections.During the opening reception for “Portraits,” his subjects came to see the final arrangement, looking for themselves in the line of faces. Among them were first-year students Lauren Tucker and Alexis Elliot, who enjoyed the black-and-white aesthetic and the message the compilation delivered.“It really shows the diversity,” Tucker said. “Black and white makes it powerful. There’s something about seeing people in a sort of abstract way.”For Elliot, “Portraits” represents the kind of diverse community she wants to introduce to her future children. That’s exactly the sort of response Sultan was hoping to produce. “In 2019,” he said, “America doesn’t always feel like it’s for everyone. We must confront the person or thing that stands in the way of continuing to encourage an America for everyone. I hope my exhibit challenges the viewer to look within first.”“Portraits” runs until March 10 at the Arts Wing on the second floor of the Smith Campus Center. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Teresita Fernández’s James Baldwin-inspired installation reacts to its surroundings Taking it all personally A luminous vision for Harvard Yardcenter_img Carpenter Center show reflects racial disparities that helped fuel James Baldwin’s writing Relatedlast_img read more

Hadoop Is Growing Up.

first_imgAs a part of my regular duties, my job is to pay attention to macro-level movements of various industries and technology sectors. One of those sectors is facing some rather large tectonic shifts as of late is the emerging and rapidly growing sector often referred to as big data. More specifically, the topic is Hadoop.Hadoop is much decried as being too hard to implement, and many complain about the lack of talent and expertise in Hadoop. Much of this is overblown, but it is undoubtedly true that running the network and compute on 10,000 nodes of Hadoop is FAR more difficult than running a lab of 10 Hadoop nodes with 3 master nodes. The level of complexity past 1,000 Hadoop nodes is a logarithmical curve. It is also true that hiring polymath talent to do all things Hadoop is very competitive.Lately, there have been some very interesting polls and studies around organizational interests in Hadoop, as well as benchmark studies that line up with that interest. IDC released a customer survey last year that made it into my hands a few months ago (Source: IDC, Hadoop Adoption Rationale and Expectations, September 2016). Based on responses from 219 private and public sector organizations in the U.S., the results in this IDC poll showed a very interesting quandary:The most popular architecture for Hadoop was centralized enterprise storage (selected by more than 35 percent of survey respondents who indicated they were considering or had already deployed Hadoop). However, performance was the number one primary driver for selecting a Hadoop architecture (indicated by more than 50 percent of respondents).Based on this data, it’s clear that enterprises want enterprise storage for Hadoop and they are also very concerned about performance. This is a contraction to the traditional Hadoop reference architecture from just a few years ago (i.e. direct-attached storage).Indeed, now when I talk to our customers about their hopes for Hadoop, they talk about the need for enterprise features, ease of management, and Quality of Service. These are the signs of Hadoop moving out of its infancy and awkward teenage years, and becoming part of a more mature enterprise technology sector.Intel also recently released a performance benchmark study that showed no performance slowdown for Hadoop when run in Docker containers. This too is fascinating.The benchmark study shows that performance for Hadoop on the container-based software platform from one of Dell EMC’s partners, BlueData, now rivals the performance of a bare-metal Hadoop instance. The BlueData platform also provides enterprise security and multi-tenancy for large-scale containerized Hadoop deployments. Again, the traditional reference architecture for Hadoop has historically been all about bare-metal clusters; containerized Hadoop was perceived as potentially slower, less secure, and/or not scalable. The study’s findings clearly fly in the face of “conventional wisdom” for Hadoop.[The chart above shows the overall performance of containerized Hadoop running on the BlueData software platform compared to Hadoop on bare-metal for 10, 20, and 50 node clusters. In this case, higher is better].From a Dell EMC Isilon perspective, we have responded to the same sentiment illustrated in this study. Our new Gen6 Isilon comes with 11 times the throughput of previous models. This can be seen in an increased backplane and the 40 Gb network cards achieves > 15 GB per second per 4U chassis on the all flash model and > 12 GB per second per 4U chassis on a spinning disk model.  The ability to pair greater performance on a centralized scale-out storage platform helps to make that apparent disparity in the IDC polls more realistic.If I pause and consider these things in tandem, the thought that comes to my mind is that Hadoop is really starting to grow up. Customers are increasingly seeking enterprise-grade, IT-based capabilities such as backups, redundant clusters, and better storage efficiency (versus the triple-mirroring of traditional Hadoop deployments).  And they are looking to achieve operational efficiencies by using their existing staffing and technology investments.The benefits of a containerized solution such as BlueData can help in this regard, by delivering the on-demand elasticity of Big-Data-as-a-Service in an on-premise or hybrid deployment model. It’s now possible to spin up instant Hadoop clusters for short-term usage (e.g. special jobs or special projects), while tapping into data from shared enterprise storage. And secure multi-tenancy with fully containerized clusters for Quality of Service amongst different Hadoop users is now viable. All of this defies the conventional wisdom of running Hadoop on bare-metal with “pizza box” servers, supported by a few polymaths in a lab.Let’s tease this apart a bit more. If we build a stack that corresponds to the IDC poll and the Intel benchmark study, we have containerized Hadoop on shared storage and commodity compute with no special storage subsystem needs. From an operational perspective, we could peel back more layers of that onion to reveal additional opportunities: The storage team could manage the centralized storage, the DBAs could manage Hadoop, he server team could manage the compute (using BlueData’s software to manage containerized Hadoop) along with their other servers. And with BlueData, the data science teams and analysts get instant access to the Hadoop-based environments they need without having to understand the underlying infrastructure and operations. This seems to remove some of the concerns around Hadoop operations and the elusive hunt for unicorn polymaths to run the whole stack.  Federation of the pieces could easily be supported by almost any internal IT team or outsourced provider.Peeling back the layers of this onion even further, the density of shared storage and the use of containerized compute shrinks the footprint of a Hadoop environment. Rows and rows of Hadoop nodes can be condensed into a manageable set of cabinets. Containerization and multi-tenancy delivers the potential for Quality of Service and mini-clusters. This removes the dependency on massive clusters with a few master nodes.  (The 10,000 nodes to five master nodes brings other challenges, but I can tackle that in another blog…)Maybe Hadoop really is growing up. Dell EMC and our partner BlueData see a lot of demand for this type of architecture as of late. In fact, we conducted a recent webinar together (you can watch the replay here) to help companies avoid common mistakes and outlined new best practices for Hadoop in the enterprise. If you have any feedback, thoughts, or questions, please feel free to ping me on Twitter @KeithManthey.last_img read more

Navigating Through COVID-19

first_imgCreating a successful remote working environment takes more than just the right technology. Organizations also need the right HR and leadership policies and guidelines. Later this month, we will be inviting you to join us for webcasts featuring our HR, IT and Security experts who are responsible for shaping and implementing our flexible work policy and environment. We’ll share more information here and directly with our customers through our sales teams.Please let us know how we can help you implement technology to help keep your employees productive while they work from home now and in the future.Creating a successful remote working environment takes more than just the right technology. Organizations also need the right leadership policies and guidelines. We invite you to view and share webcasts featuring our HR, IT, Facilities and Security experts who are responsible for shaping and implementing our flexible work policy and environment. You can learn more and view the webcasts by following this link.Ensuring Business ContinuityOur services and sales teams, supply chain and partners are working together to meet our customers’ business-critical technology needs.We are managing the impact on our business and supply chain operations through order lead times. Up-to-date information is visible to customers, partners and our own sales people during the order process.All Dell Technologies’ products are manufactured in accordance with our global health and safety policy and undergo rigorous screening prior to shipment regardless of factory location.Our Tech Support teams continue to serve our customers’ needs globally, by working from home where needed or shifting support calls to other locations. Blog Updated April 7, 2020As the impact of COVID-19 spreads, we have two main priorities: caring for the health and safety of our team members, their families and our communities, and doing everything we can to take care of the needs of our customers and partners.We are rolling out our own work-from-home guidance and supporting our customers as you do the same. We are going virtual with events like Dell Technologies World and Executive Briefing Center experiences. We have our own business continuity plans in place, and our supply chain and services teams are working around the clock to help customers meet business-critical technology needs.We will use this space to provide our stakeholders with broad information and updates on how we are taking precautions, supporting communities, and enabling our customers and partners. If you have questions or comments, please post them. Happy to answer everything we can.We’ve put policies and guidelines in place to help keep each other and our communities safeWork-from-Home (Section Updated March 15, 2020)We have established a global work-from-home policy for team members capable of doing so. We will reassess the situation frequently and update policies as we have more information.Fewer people onsite makes it safer for those team members who must come in to an office, factory or lab to do their jobs and support our customers. In addition to “social distancing,” we continue to fully sanitize our sites several times a day, wiping down frequently used surfaces and disinfecting common areas with alcohol-based solutions. We’ve also increased the number of hand sanitizer stations around our facilities and encourage team members to practice healthy habits. Any employee not feeling well should stay home.Team Member and Third-Party Visitor Travel PolicyWe’re limiting international and domestic travel for Dell team members and contractors to business-critical and customer-critical only.And, when employees travel to or through countries that have travel bans in place – for personal and non-Dell reasons – they must self-quarantine, refrain from entering any Dell Technologies facility or customer site, nor interact with any Dell personnel or customers for 14 days upon returning home.We’ve put a third-party policy in place, ensuring visitors adhere to the same policy as our team members.  Our Customer Engagement programs have developed virtual offerings to ensure that customers and partners are getting what you need to fulfill your technology needs.We’ve advised that if a person is feeling unwell or has recently had any symptoms of illness, they cannot enter our facilities.Events We are evaluating all event attendance and participation in the best interest of our team members, customers and partners. This includes decisions on events across the Dell Technologies family.We have decided to make Dell Technologies World 2020 a virtual event. The core of what we set out to accomplish together in Las Vegas is still important, which is why we will deliver keynotes, select breakout sessions and live chats with experts as a virtual experience. We will share more details soon via city of Austin called for the cancellation of SXSW 2020, so we will not hold the Dell Experience at SXSW. Austin is our home, and we will continue our commitment to the city and our community.The PGA TOUR has cancelled all PGA TOUR events through the Valero Texas Open in April. This means WGC – Dell Technologies Match Play will not be taking place. This was done out of abundance of caution given the COVID-19 outbreak. We support this decision for the health and safety of all attendees.Supporting Communities and CustomersWe are working with our team members around the world to support our communities, customers and partners during these challenging times.Giving and our Technology on the Front Lines (Section updated April 7, 2020)We provided an initial donation of two million yuan ($284,000 USD) to fund badly-needed materials including surgical masks, protective clothing and eye protectors for local hospitals, under the guidance of the Ministry of Civil Affairs and the assistance of China Youth Development Foundation and Hubei Youth Development Foundation.We have extended our support in China, delivering an in-kind IT infrastructure donation valued at 6 million yuan ($853,000 USD) to the Hubei Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in China. This donation has helped upgrade the IT infrastructure of Hubei CDC and enable the centre to respond to the epidemic situation more effectively. It has also substantially enhanced the Center’s ability to provide public health services over the long term by optimizing service support and enabling new capabilities such as hybrid-cloud-based PaaS.We have set aside another $3 million USD in funds and in-kind technology donations to help meet the greatest needs of our communities and the front-line organizations working to treat and contain COVID-19 around the world. As the situation evolves, we will continue to assess opportunities to leverage our technology to deliver support where it is needed most. We will update you here with more information.Through our Dell match program, we will match every team member donation to support the COVID-19 response, dollar for dollar up to $10,000 per employee per year. To help in the relief efforts worldwide, we have set up a targeted fundraising effort for global team members to donate to one of four charitable partners including: the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Foundation, the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for the World Health Organization via the United Nations Foundation, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and CARE.We are also working with customers in the area of infectious disease prevention and control.  For example, our advanced computing clusters are being used to understand disease outbreaks, including how diseases like COVID-19 are spreading and how to better track them. For example, The University of Texas at Austin and other institutions in Hong Kong, mainland China and France used the Texas Advanced Computing Center’s (TACC) Wrangler system to analyze comprehensive travel data from location-based services to develop a model of the spread of the virus through China.The Governor of Texas announced the creation of a temporary Supply Chain Strike Force — immediately naming Keith Miears, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Procurement at Dell Technologies, to serve as Supply Chain Director for the state of Texas. Miears will be supported by former State Representative John Zerwas, MD, who will assist with hospital relations and preparedness, Clint Harp, Vice President of Transmission Strategic Services for the Lower Colorado River Authority, who will assist with asset research and procurement, and Elaine Mendoza, Chair of the A&M Board of Regents, who will assist with statewide child care infrastructure for critical workers. The Supply Chain Strike Force will be tasked with guiding collaboration between the public and private sectors to ensure health care facilities have the supplies and resources they need to respond to COVID-19. In addition to working with the federal government and businesses to secure necessary personal protective equipment, the team will work to ensure day-to-day resources (including food) are available for Texas’ medical personnel, first responders and those who have contracted COVID-19.Together with the City of Round Rock, Round Rock Community Foundation and the Round Rock Chamber, Dell Technologies is a founding member of Round Rock Cares, a fund with an initial investment of $100,000 USD to support small and local businesses in the Round Rock, Texas community.To further support our local Austin community, Dell Technologies has made a donation to the All Together ATX fund, a joint initiative between the Austin Community Foundation (ACF) and the United Way for Greater Austin. This fund will support the Greater Austin community during the COVID-19 pandemic with needs including food insecurity, basic and medical needs, employment and child care. The fund will provide resources to nonprofit organizations working with vulnerable populations who are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and the economic consequences of the outbreak. Dell Technologies will also serve on the advisory committee set up by the Austin Community Foundation and United Way for Greater Austin made up of philanthropic public sector leaders and community advisors.Dell Technologies has provided the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) – a Dell Technologies strategic non-profit partner in the area of pediatric cancer – with access to Dell Technologies’ Zenith Supercomputer. TGen is conducting population-level sequencing for rapid genomic analysis, which gives public health organizations the ability to rapidly identify which strains of COVID-19 are circulating more than others, what might be causing focal outbreaks, and how fast the genome is mutating and changing. By comparing the results within the context of global genomic information, this COVID-19 sequencing program could inform biomedical researchers in the hunt for better targets for new treatments and vaccines for COVID-19.To support [email protected]’s efforts to simulate the dynamics of proteins involved in COVID19 and hunt for new therapeutic opportunities, Dell Technologies is engaging users of our Alienware PCs to ‘lend’ their computing power. Each simulation a person runs on their own PC increases the chances of finding possible ‘druggable sites’ on the proteins, which can lead to treatment options for the disease. Learn more by visiting this site.Dell Technologies is supporting Ventilator Challenge UK, a consortium of significant UK industrial, technology and engineering businesses from across the aerospace, automotive and medical sectors producing medical ventilators for the UK’s National Health Service (NHS).Michael Dell’s family foundation, The Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, is doing its part to respond to COVID-19. They have dedicated $100 million to initiatives and projects to fight COVID-19 around the world. The contribution supports two priorities: 1) The eradication of the virus as quickly as possible through a commitment to the COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator, launched by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Wellcome, and Mastercard, and 2) relief for the communities MSDF serves with a focus on  healthcare, education, small businesses and social enterprises. You can learn more about the initiatives at team at Boomi got together to hack ways to help our communities at this time. They came up with 100 ideas in just 24 hours. The idea that rose to the top was ‘Answers on Demand’ – a completely free question and answer ‘bot’ which can sit on an organization’s website and handle the huge influx of questions they are fielding during this time. It means that questions like ‘should I come into the clinic if I feel unwell?’ or ‘how can I access my school work online?’ can now be answered automatically, leaving them free to focus on how they can best support those they serve. And recognizing the limited IT resources at these organizations, Boomi designed Answers on Demand to be easy – it can be configured in as fast as 10 minutes with only the most basic technical skills required to set it up.Working with the i2b2 tranSMART Foundation and its members, Dell Technologies are supporting the Foundation’s open source platforms to rapidly create a federation of translational research centers. This federation will enable large-scale population monitoring of COVID-19 patients, mobilizing the data from their network of more than 200 institutions worldwide to identify and collect datasets and tools that can be leveraged to study COVID-19 by the scientific and clinical research community. This timely, comprehensive data on COVID-19 patients across the globe is helping to broker research on prevention and cures, including identifying “hot spots” for where medical resources are most needed.We have provided an in-kind laptop donation to the largest public health hospital in Brazil, SP Hospital das Clínicas. These laptops will provide a mobile solution to enable the team leading 3,500 physicians, nurses and support staff to collaborate in real time as they open up additional treatment areas to meet anticipated demand for those infected with COVID-19.Enabling Remote Work (Section Updated March 26, 2020)Like you, we are prioritizing the health and safety of our teams, their families and the communities where we live. As you arm your teams with the ability to work remotely, we are sharing key elements of our Connected Workplace Policy and Program, established in 2009 to give our employees the power to choose the work style that best fulfills their work and life needs. It’s become a core component of our culture.For technology needs:Provide notebooks with supporting components like docks, monitors, headphones and software, all designed to work together, with built-in security.Deploy these systems to employees, straight from our factory to their homes, with the apps and settings they need pre-installed, using Unified Workspace to manage Windows 10 devices remotely and help users get to work instantly and stay productive.Arm users who have more heightened security needs with Virtual Desktop solutions.Set up additional virtual desktops quickly with our HCI and cloud solutions.To meet the dynamic demands of your organization, move applications to and from on-premises and public clouds with Dell Technologies Cloud.last_img read more

Tickets Now On Sale for Husband & Wife Drama Annapurna, Starring Real-Life Couple Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally

first_img Offerman currently plays Ron Swanson on Parks and Recreation, and his film and TV credits include Axe Cop, 21 Jump Street, Childrens Hospital, We’re the Millers and Sin City. Annapurna marks his off-Broadway debut. Annapurna Art imitates life! Tickets are now on sale for the New York premiere of Sharr White’s drama Annapurna, starring real-life couple Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation) and Megan Mullally (Will & Grace). Directed by Bart DeLorenzo, the New Group production will begin performances April 13 off-Broadway. The show is slated to play a limited engagement at Theatre Row’s Acorn Theatre through June 1. Offerman and Mullally will reprise their roles in the new play after starring in the two-person drama at the Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles in April 2013. The production tells the story of Emma (Mullally), who walked out on her husband, cowboy-poet Ulysses (Offerman) in the middle of the night. Now hearing he’s in dire straits, she tracks him down in the wilds of Colorado in a grungy trailer, working on his magnum opus, hooked up to an oxygen tank and cooking in the buff. Their reunion, charged by rage and compassion, brings back the best and worst of their former bond. Show Closed This production ended its run on June 1, 2014 Related Shows View Comments Mullally last appeared on Broadway in Young Frankenstein. Her additional Broadway credits include Grease and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Perhaps best known as Karen on Will & Grace, her other film and TV credits include Childrens Hospital, Bee Movie, The Kings of Summer and Bob’s Burgers.last_img read more

Nutritionally-charged Peanut Butter

first_imgThe United States produces about 3 million metric tons of peanuts per year.Nearly 60 percent of that production goes into peanut butter, according to Ruthann Swanson, University of Georgia associate professor of foods and nutrition. About 1.2 billion pounds of peanut butter are available for consumption annually.What happens to all the peanut skins?”They’re discarded as waste, which is a shame because peanut skins are high in antioxidants, specifically phenolics, and dietary fiber,” said Swanson, a member of the College of Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) faculty.Consumers don’t seem to mindSwanson and a team of UGA scientists published a paper recently in the LWT – Food Science and Technology journal that suggests peanut skins can be incorporated in to traditional peanut butter with potentially surprising results. The team included FCS professor emeritus James Hargrove and College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences food scientists William Kerr and Ron Pegg. “We found we can do this, and people found it to be acceptable,” Swanson said.The objective of the project was to assess the effects of peanut skin incorporation on consumer acceptability, with measurements of appearance, flavor, texture, ease of spreadability and overall satisfaction. Blanched and roasted, tooThe study also looked at skins heated to different degrees during processing: blanched (the mildest heat treatment), light-roasted and medium-roasted. The UGA research team tried varying levels of peanut skin incorporation, going up as high as 5 percent, with no difference from the control as far as acceptability on the blanched skins.The findings suggest a food company could attempt to diversify its product line by incorporating peanut skins into production, even in the use of other food products, such as cookies, Swanson said.Consumer acceptance has changedHistorically, consumers have found the presence of particulates in peanut butter to be objectionable, she said. Further, most peanut butter consumers tend to be very “brand loyal,” making new products difficult to market.“But what has happened in recent years is a movement towards healthier products in general, including nut butters, and an increased emphasis on natural (products), and the peanut butters than contain some skin particles are perceived to be more natural by the consumer,” Swanson said. “This generation does not seem to be as brand loyal, and they want products that are closer to their original state.”last_img read more

Criticism in New Mexico of Utility’s Solar Market Control

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Santa Fe New Mexican:Last week, the state Public Regulation Commission voted 3-2 to approve the utility company’s renewable energy portfolio plan, which include procuring solar, wind and geothermal power. The plan is aimed at meeting the goal of relying on renewable energy for 20 percent of the total energy mix in New Mexico.The solar and geothermal power purchases were contested by some, and a hearing examiner for the commission said the utility should not be allowed to move forward with the investments because it had failed to show they were the most cost-effective options. PNM’s costs ultimately show up in customers’ bills.New Energy Economy, a longtime opponent of PNM, filed a motion asking the commission to “rehear and reverse the findings and conclusions” associated with PNM’s solar plan, which outlines investing in a 50-megawatt facility built by Affordable Solar.Mariel Nanasi, director of the group, wrote the commission had ignored and distorted evidence and applicable law when it decided to allow PNM to move forward with the plan.She said Affordable Solar received a significantly better deal to build a solar-powered center for Facebook last year from PNM. Solar prices have declined, she said, yet the renewable portfolio plan will cost ratepayers in New Mexico a higher fee per megawatt hour than Facebook.This is “not the most cost effective among feasible alternatives,” Nanasi said.PNM has said the plan will provide crucial energy benefits to New Mexico. Earlier this week, Moody’s Investor Service released a statement finding that the plan’s approval is “credit positive.”“The New Mexico regulatory environment historically has been inconsistent and unpredictable,” Moody’s wrote. “And the possibility of litigating the case remains.”More: Environmentalists ask PRC to reverse approval of PNM’s solar plan Criticism in New Mexico of Utility’s Solar Market Controllast_img read more