In Short

first_img== Scottish baker closes ==Dunbar-based high street bakery William Smith Bakers has closed after 155 years in business, with the loss of 20 jobs. No-one in the family is prepared to head up the company following the retirement of partners David Smith and brother Bruce Smith, who have been unable to sell the business as a going concern.== Risen from the ashes ==Artisan bakery De Gustibus has rebuilt one of the three units that burnt down in a recent fire at its bakery in Oxford and restarted production. The other two units will open next year.== Winner visits Trust ==James Barnecutt, from Barnecutt’s bakery visited The Children’s Trust to see how the money raised by UK bakers in this year’s National Doughnut Week is being spent. Barnecutt, who entered a prize draw during the week in May this year, won a weekend break in London, which included a visit to the Trust, courtesy of sponsor BakeMark. Around £30,000 was raised from the event, now in its 17th year.== Scores system move ==The Food Standards Agency is due to recommend a national Scores on the Doors scheme on 10 December, making the hygiene rating of all foodservice and retail operations available to the public.== Cartoon campaign ==Kingsmill will be partnering Wallace & Gromit in the run-up to the launch of the new film ’A Matter of Loaf and Death’. Starting in December, Kingsmill will launch an on-pack campaign called ’Win a Prize of a “Loaf” Time’. It will feature across the Kingsmill Great Everyday White Bread (440g and 800g), Kingsmill Love to Toast Bread (800g) and Kingsmill Crusts Away White Bread (400g) lines.last_img read more

Enabling Today’s Service Provider Shift

first_imgWhen it comes to information technology, we are truly living in exciting times. Virtualization, cloud, big data, IoT and mobility technologies are fundamentally changing the way in which businesses, both big and small, relate to and consume technology.As this occurs, service providers are increasingly becoming the face of IT service delivery for startups and even many enterprises. Service providers around the world are aggressively investing in cloud & related technologies to meet these growing market needs. Dell EMC has been at the forefront of this shift for more than a decade now.Though many may not realize it, Dell EMC has a long history of delivering tailored offerings to cloud and communications service providers through our Extreme Scale Infrastructure (ESI) division, and the growth of such services throughout the broader marketplace is being accelerated even further by the need for edge computing and the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT).Specifically, facilities-based telco and multi-system operators (MSOs) are modernizing legacy central office environments and virtualizing the service and network functions currently running on proprietary systems. At the same time, the building blocks they use for compute, storage, and networking need to meet the rigorous requirements the industry has built over time. Dell EMC is leading the way in building new future-ready, service provider-focused solutions for these customers and we’re excited to showcase these advances at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.At MWC 2017, our ESI team is bringing together several key components of the Dell Technologies portfolio into a unified solution built to flexibly address this service provider shift at multiple levels. Imagine flexible compute, storage, and open networking infrastructure built on industry-standard systems management APIs that also include the ability to collect and analyze IoT data at the edge while further supporting leading network functions virtualization (NFV) technologies and the global management of power, cooling & related ‘facility-level’ information…all in one ground-breakingly innovative solution.Because not all service provider environments are created equal, our approach is uniquely flexible and built around our proven DSS 9000 rack-scale infrastructure. This allows providers to tailor compute, storage, and networking needs to their requirements, scaling as needed, all while staying ahead of the curve on rapidly-changing power and systems management advances.Dell EMC remains committed to open technologies and has built the DSS 9000 to take advantage of the Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF) Redfish specification for hardware interoperability. In concert with our technology partner Intel and their Rack Scale Design (RSD) initiative, we have built a highly extensible and open management framework that serves as the nerve center of this highly-scalable service provider solution. Providers can easily discover and provision resources within and across dynamic pools, even across data centers, on demand at any time.But the underlying hardware infrastructure is just one piece of the story. We’ve leveraged our many years of modular data center expertise with leading cloud providers to encapsulate all of this exciting technology into a miniaturized software-defined package that we call a micro MDC.  Though we’ve talked about the micro MDC previously, the version you’ll see at Mobile World Congress adds several new elements that are of specific interest to service providers looking to enable edge computing and IoT services quickly and flexibly. You can take a deep dive into the solution details here.The first big advance specific to service providers is around NFV technology, where we’ve built in support for Dell EMC’s 100 percent open software-defined networking (SDN) solutions encompassing a variety of virtualized network function (VNF) providers, management operations (MANO), and NFVI orchestration solutions including those for OpenStack and VMware (who will be showcasing major advances of their own in the Dell Technologies booth at this year’s MWC).Secondly, we’ve enabled the Dell Edge Gateway 5000 as part of the solution for providers looking to collect and analyze IoT-related data closer to their customers, where the true explosion in service needs are coming. We’ll also be showcasing our MDCi control software for the first time as part of this package, which allows operators insights into how the overall data center environment is functioning in terms of power, cooling, and other key ‘facility-level’ parameters.As you can see, we’re excited to show you the transformative business value we’re delivering to service providers and their customers at this year’s Mobile World Congress.  If you happen to be in Barcelona at the show, please stop by the Dell Technologies booth (Hall 3, Booth 3K10) to see how we can help address your needs with uniquely tailored solutions built around your business. Or reach out to us at any time at [email protected] with questions or comments.last_img read more

Students support ND from abroad

first_imgWhile students at Notre Dame have gathered in the Notre Dame Stadium to watch the football team take on its rivals this semester, hundreds of students studying abroad have congregated in places across the globe to do the same. Junior Tara Ounan, currently studying in Rome, said although it can be difficult to watch the games because of weekend travels, students in the program have still cheered for Notre Dame a few times. “For the [South Florida] game everyone in our program was in Rome so we all went to the local Irish bar together and watched the game which was awesome,” Ounan said. “We all also watched the USC game together on a projector in our residence.” Because Rome is six hours ahead of South Bend, Ounan said students are able to watch the games when they go out at night at a few bars, such as Scholar’s and Mikki’s, whose owners welcome Notre Dame students. “Staying up until 5 a.m. to see all of the USC game was a struggle though,” she said. “And not worth it.” Although there are downsides to watching the games abroad, junior Conor Hegedus said the benefits of being in London far outweigh them. “I still get excited for the games and get upset when we lose but it isn’t as bad because I can drink legally and don’t have to be in South Bend where everyone is blacked out wishing we were relevant in football again,” he said. But as the season continues, some abroad students have lost interest in the team. Junior Katie O’Leary, who is also studying in London, said because it is often difficult to watch the games, students are more likely to stop following them. “People will still talk about them and complain or celebrate depending on the outcome, but the normal enthusiasm dwindles after a while,” she said. Hegedus said it is difficult to re-create the atmosphere of a Notre Dame home game in a country where residents do not care about American football. Similar attitudes have taken hold in Rome, Ounan said. “It’s so different not being in the student section, it’s almost like I’m just watching any old football game,” she said. “Although the first game when we rolled 30 deep to the bar in ND gear and with ND flags was pretty awesome. But that was pretty much the peak of the excitement, everyone has gotten kind of lazy since then.” Ounan said although she misses being on campus for the games, she is thankful she made the decision to study abroad. “It’s a completely different experience and as much as football rocks, it’s kind of hard to think ‘I’d rather be in South Bend right now’ when you’re out at the bar in Rome or London or Paris,” she said. Although she is pained to be absent from the rivalry games, such as USC, O’Leary agreed with Ounan. “For me getting the experience of going abroad was much more important,” O’Leary said. “I love Notre Dame and going to the games, but getting to be in London for a semester is definitely worth missing a season.”last_img read more

Ferguson flabbergasted by 15-point lead

first_img They might not even need 13 given City visit Old Trafford on April 8, and the feeling is Ferguson has already set his sights on eclipsing United’s record 18-point winning margin from 2000. It has given Ferguson some leeway with his selections over the Easter weekend, when United find themselves pitched into two key games in the space of 48 hours. Following Saturday’s lunchtime trip to Sunderland – which could move United 18 points clear given City are not in action until slightly later – the Red Devils must prepare for Monday’s FA Cup quarter-final replay with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. As one of the players not being troubled by international duty, Rio Ferdinand can expect significant involvement following his controversial trip to Qatar, whilst Ryan Giggs, Nemanja Vidic and Anderson should also be fresh. “Every coach is praying that their players come back fit,” said Ferguson. “They played last Friday and they are playing tonight. Once I know later this evening how many minutes each player has played, I will start to think about my team for Saturday. “I have to make sure I have some freshness in the team because we also have Chelsea on Monday lunchtime. “It is a big ask for our squad and something we need to concentrate on because I need to make sure I pick the right teams.” Following Manchester City’s demise at Everton just before the international break, United require only 13 more points from their remaining nine games to clinch a record 20th championship. “With Manchester City coming on the scene in the last couple of years and Chelsea and Arsenal and Tottenham, you have teams vying for that top-four position,” Ferguson told Sirius XM.”I expected it to be really tight. But I never thought we would be 15 points clear at this stage of the season.” Press Associationcenter_img Sir Alex Ferguson is stunned Manchester United are 15 points clear in the Premier League title race.last_img read more

Tipp continue NHL campaign away to the Déise

first_imgHe’s delighted the new season is up and running.The match begins at 2 o’clock with Tipp FM’s build-up getting underway ten minutes beforehand.  Our live coverage will be brought to you in association with Donal Ryan Motor Group, Nenagh, Thurles and Roscrea AND O’Dwyer Brothers, Tipperary Town. The Premier County’s second Division 1A fixture is against Waterford at Walsh Park.Tipp will be looking to make it two wins out of two in the section against familiar opponents.John McGrath will line out at full-forward against the Déise.last_img read more

Giants lose to Reds and Belt comes up limping

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — The Giants were already having a tough night en route to a 7-0 loss to the Cincinnati Reds when things went from bad to worse.Dereck Rodriguez gave up four unearned runs in the second inning Friday to continue his struggles at Oracle Park, but injury was added to insult in the eighth inning when first baseman Brandon Belt grounded to short and came up limping after stepping on first base.Neither Belt nor manager Bruce Bochy think it’s anything serious, but that will be …last_img read more

10 Things You Need to Know About HEVC (H.265)

first_imgHEVC is the secret to 4K streaming success.So it seems like 4k is here to stay….but how in the world is your computer supposed to playback (or edit) 4k footage? The answer is HEVC.HEVC is a new codec that has been growing in popularity since it’s recent unveil. It has proven to be faster and much more efficient than H.264 and in a few years there’s a good chance we’re all going to be using it. Here are a few things you need to know about HEVC:High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) is a video compression format that succeeds H.264 and AVC HD.HEVC is also known as H.265.It can support 4k resolutions up to 8192 x 4320.Netflix will begin using HEVC to stream 4k content later this year.Amazon is shooting it’s original programming in HEVC 4k (a) for online streaming.Broadcast companies won’t be able to stream HEVC 4K content for a several years.File sizes are about 50% smaller using H.265 than using H.264.Recent studies say (b) HEVC is visually superior than H264.A download speed of 15Mbps is recommended to stream HEVC 4K content (c).You can try encoding in HVEC today by downloading the free DivX encoding software. Photo credit: SlowMotionCameras For more info check out these HEVC resources:a. Toms Guide: HEVC Explained b. Evaluation of HEVC Video Compressionc. Daily Tech: Netflix to Stream via HEVClast_img read more

JD(U)’s new slogan ‘inspires’ RJD’s poster attack

first_imgBihar’s ruling Janata Dal (United) has released a new poster in which Chief Minister and party president Nitish Kumar has been projected as “okay”, a perceptible change from the “honest and good” leader that he was described as in posters publicised in March.The Opposition Rashtriya Janata Dal released a counter poster on Tuesday, taking a dig at the JD(U)’s publicity material. “Kyun karen vichaar… thike to hai Nitish Kumar (why should we think… Nitish Kumar is doing okay),” reads the JD(U)’s latest poster with a large image of Mr. Kumar sporting a smile. The word “thike” loosely translates in English as “okay or all right”. The poster has been put up outside the JD(U) office at Beerchand Patel Marg in Patna. Earlier in March, the JD(U) had released a poster with the slogan “sachha hai, achha hai… chalo Nitish Kumar ke saath (he is honest and good… let’s go with Nitish Kumar)”. The RJD’s counter poster reads, “Kyon na karen vichaar, Bihar jo hai beemar (why shouldn’t we think things over, since Bihar is ill).” Featuring the State’s map, the poster points to what the Opposition party claims ails Bihar currently — deaths of children due to encephalitis, floods, drought, dacoity, kidnappings and murder. The poster is displayed outside the local RJD office, a few yards away from the JD(U) headquarters. Another poster which has gone viral on social media reads, “Ho chuka hai vichaar, denge ukhaar… kahin ke nahi rahenge Nitish Kumar (it’s resolved now, we will uproot him… nowhere will Nitish Kumar be left relevant).” ‘Not okay with just okay’Taking a potshot at the new JD(U) poster, Leader of the Opposition Tejashwi Yadav said: “Being just okay won’t work Nitish ji.” Senior RJD leader Shivanand Tiwari asserted that Mr. Kumar’s profile had been “downgraded from being honest and good to just okay” by some of his own party leaders who are closer to the BJP. Dismissing the criticism, JD(U) spokesperson and party leader Sanjay Singh said: “The slogan represents the voice of 12 crore residents of Bihar… the poster means there is no vacancy for the post of Chief Minister in Bihar.” Local BJP leaders declined to comment on the poster. “Each party is free to come out with its slogan and face of the leader,” said a senior BJP leader. “But, whoever has coined the slogan in the new JD(U) poster has damaged Nitish Kumar more than projecting him as a leader,” he added, with a smile.last_img read more

Oil discounts grow as CEOs complain of Canadas competitiveness gap

first_imgCALGARY – Discounts on Canadian crude oil widened to multi-year highs on Wednesday as oil and gas executives took turns at a conference pointing out Canada’s competitiveness gap in attracting energy investors.Prices for both Western Canada Select, an oilsands bitumen blend, and Edmonton Sweet crude oil fell relative to New York-traded West Texas Intermediate because of a lack of pipeline capacity, growing production from the oilsands and a reduction in demand due to U.S. refinery maintenance shutdowns, said Tim Pickering, founder of price tracker Auspice Capital in Calgary.“All of those things have culminated into a system that is completely overloaded,” Pickering said.“Anything people can move out, they’re moving out, but we’ve basically just got the perfect storm.”He said the WCS differential grew to as much as US$48 per barrel on Wednesday morning, the highest since at least 2011, and the Edmonton Sweet differential was at US$27.50 per barrel, a multi-year high that’s more than three times its typical size.On the sidelines of the Energy Roundtable conference in Calgary, meanwhile, CEO Kevin Neveu of Precision Drilling Corp. said the differentials are having an immediate chilling effect on companies’ ability to fund drilling budgets in Canada.“It’s proportionate to the cash flow. So if (a drilling customer) expected a netback of $50 Canadian or $55 or $60 and they’re only getting $45 or $50, they’ll adjust back to that outlook quickly, within the quarter,” he said.He said the drilling industry in Canada is headed for activity this year in line with 2017, which was the second-worst year for drilling profitability after a disastrous 2016.In a speech later at the conference, Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi acknowledged there have been “setbacks” for the Canadian oil and gas sector, notably a court’s overturning of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion approval. But he also cited the signing of a free trade deal with the U.S. and Mexico and a final investment decision by partners in the $40-billion LNG Canada project as recent positives.He told reporters later when asked about high differentials that he feels “frustrated” that no new oil pipelines have been built to take Alberta resources to markets other than the United States.“The amount of revenue we are losing as a country because we don’t have access to non-U.S. markets is absolutely unacceptable and we need to do better and we are committed to do better,” he said.He defended Ottawa’s decision not to appeal the Trans Mountain decision because that would take longer than bowing to the court’s requirement to refer shipping issues to the National Energy Board and fill in gaps in Indigenous consultation on the pipeline.Earlier, Doug Suttles, CEO of Encana Corp. said government policy is making Canada an uncompetitive place to drill for oil and gas.“Today, every well we drill in British Columbia, we pay over $100,000 in carbon tax just on the diesel used to drill and complete that well,” he said during a speech at the conference.“Those products are largely moving to markets in the United States. In the United States, we don’t pay a dollar of carbon tax.”Calgary-based Encana is focused on two major oil and gas plays in Western Canada and two in the southern United States.Due to corporate tax cuts under U.S. President Donald Trump, Suttles pointed out Encana also pays higher income taxes in Canada than it does in the U.S.“As a Canadian, it’s easy to get really down,” said Ian Dundas, CEO of Enerplus Corp., a Calgary-based company with 90 per cent of its production in North Dakota and little in Canada.“We’ve let the Americans outcompete us and outregulate us and we find ourselves in this position.”He said the solution is to stop making the situation worse — citing Ottawa’s Bill C-69 to reform the NEB and its proposed clean fuel standards as examples of that — and start coming up with ways to help Canadian companies compete with U.S. rivals.He added he hopes next year’s federal election encourages the public to discuss changes to national energy policies.Follow @HealingsSlowly on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:ECA, TSX:PD, TSX:ERF)last_img read more