FDF to run job workshop tour

first_imgThe Food & Drink Federation (FDF) is to hold a series of job workshops as part of its pledge to double the number of apprenticeships to 3,400 by the end of 2012.During 2012, FDF will be working with its key partners – the National Apprenticeship Service and the National Skills Academy for food and drink – to run events across the UK, including the West Midlands, the North West and Yorkshire.Its first event will be held at the William Reed-organised Food and Drink Expo at the NEC Birmingham on the afternoon of Monday 26 March.Speakers will be on hand from the National Apprenticeship Service and the National Skills Academy for food and drink, who will give food manufacturers advice on how to get the most from apprenticeships.  Representatives from food manufacturers will be sharing their experiences, as well as apprentices themselves, who will give the lowdown on their new careers.Angela Coleshill, FDF’s director of competitiveness, said: “There is certainly an appetite for investment in skills, which is why FDF members are taking collective action to help us build a pool of talented apprentices that can be developed and deployed across the industry – building skills for the future.“There is still work to be done to communicate to young people the wide variety of exciting roles on offer in the food industry, many of which are highlighted through some inspiring case studies on our website.”A spokesperson from the National Apprenticeship Service added: “The National Apprenticeship Service is pleased to be working with FDF and its members to create high-quality apprenticeships within the food manufacturing industry. Apprenticeships are a proven way to develop well-trained staff, who are motivated, loyal and will grow with the business.”Justine Fosh, director at the National Skills Academy for Food & Drink welcomed the initiative because, “In the past apprenticeships have been seen as mainly relevant to engineering roles, but this is simply not the case now.”She added: “As specialists in food industry training, and as part of Improve – the organisation that designs apprenticeships for our industry – we can assist any food business interested in apprenticeship activity. We are offering all FDF members, as part of the pledge, a personal visit and free one-to-one advice sessions to help them get started or expand their apprenticeship activity.”last_img read more


Senator Borrello Says Democrats Are Refusing To Distribute State Budget Information From His Office

first_imgALBANY – State Senator George Borrello is blasting the Senate’s Democrat Majority for what he says is the refusal to distribute an informational piece on the state budget from his office without revising or removing pieces of the information that they found “objectionable.”Borrello released the following statement to the media on Thursday:“It is the height of hypocrisy for a party that prides itself on tolerance and champions the freedom of speech protections in the First Amendment to exercise censorship over the mailings of Republican Senators.“After a two month delay, the Senate’s Democrat Majority notified my office that they would not print and mail an informational piece on the state budget unless we revised or removed sentences they found objectionable. Using political power to stifle the speech of an independently elected state legislator is unconscionable and runs counter to the values of openness and integrity that the Majority claims to revere. “The constituents in the 57th District work and pay taxes like New Yorkers across the state. They elected me as their representative and it is my responsibility to inform them of the Senate’s legislative actions, through my own perspective. Using its control of the Senate’s taxpayer-financed, in-house printing operation to censor my communication is reprehensible. The entire situation underscores the need for the Senate to contract out its printing operations to an independent firm to eliminate the possibility of political censorship and assure fair and impartial service to every Senate member.”This is a copy of the mailing document Borrello’s Office was trying to send:Failed to fetch Error: URL to the PDF file must be on exactly the same domain as the current web page. Click here for more info Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more


Financial institutions may use retail beacons to benefit own apps

first_imgAre banks ready to hone in on mobile offers delivered via beacons? Beacon network Mobiquity is hoping that’s the case, Mobile Commerce Daily reported.Last week, Mobiquity announced a deal with app provider Relevant Solutions that would add location-based offers, coupons and targeted advertising to bank and credit-union apps. The idea is that when a bank’s customer is in one of the 200-plus shopping malls that have Mobiquity’s beacon networks, the beacons will send offers to the bank’s app, which will then prompt the customer to pay using that bank’s credit or debit card.The financial institution would then collect a fee from the merchant or brand sending the offer as well as interchange on the transaction.The Mobiquity-Relevant partnership “has the potential to provide more than 2,500 financial institutions an opportunity to bring branded, local offers to their mobile app users,” the companies said in a press release. However, no specific banks or credit unions were named as participating in the program.That doesn’t mean the opportunity isn’t there. “Credit card marketers like Visa, MasterCard and American Express and issuing banks like Citibank, Chase, Wells Fargo and others regularly use valuable merchant offers to encourage credit card usage and loyalty,” Mobiquity Chief Marketing Officer Jim Meckley told Mobile Commerce Daily. “Leveraging Mobiquity Networks’ platform to deliver those offers as the consumer is entering the shopping mall adds location context in real time to make the offers highly relevant and gives Relevant Solutions’ clients a distinct advantage.” continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more


Hoornstra: Baseball’s designated hitter rule could benefit from compromise

first_imgThe average game time reached 3 hours, 10 minutes last season, a record. It’s doubtful a universal DH rule would make much of a difference. Last season, the average AL game was less than two minutes shorter than the average NL game.Yet the National League game was better in 2019. It gave us more baseball. It gave us more strategy from the dugout. It also gave us more strategy from the batter’s box. Hitters set new single-season records for home runs and strikeouts in 2019. American League teams combined to hit 180 more homers than their NL counterparts. Despite having the benefit of the DH, American Leaguers struck out more in 2019, not less.So, no, I’m not eager to see the NL game disappear. Maybe the question of whether or not to allow the DH in both leagues is a false dichotomy. Could the two leagues forge a compromise? If so, what might that look like?Here are three options.Option 1.Let the home manager decide whether the DH is in effect on a game-by-game basis.This is my favorite idea, at least in theory. It restores some autonomy to the manager’s seat. It introduces an extra layer of pregame strategy. It gives the home team an advantage beyond batting last in every inning and hearing the roar of the crowd.The biggest implication: pitchers who fail to hit, and hitters who can’t play a position, would be more easily exploited, while a two-way talent would have an even more decisive advantage.Shohei Ohtani could hit on the days he starts for the Angels, and force the other team’s pitchers to bat for themselves at home. On the road, opposing managers might take the Angels’ DH away – but at the cost of forcing their own pitchers to hit. Would Nelson Cruz have to learn a position if he wants to start a game outside of Minnesota? That would be Rocco Baldelli’s problem.Option 2.Allow the DH to stay in the game as long as the starting pitcher remains in the game.If you miss a good starting pitchers’ duel, this option is for you. Say it’s the top of the fifth inning, the pitcher is struggling, and the home team’s DH is due up in the bottom of the inning. Now the manager has an extra decision to make: remove his starter for a fresh reliever and lose his DH, or let the starter try to work out of trouble?Related Articles Angels fail to take series in Oakland, lose in 10 innings How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone “I would not, not force the DH on the National League,” Angels manager Joe Maddon told me in spring training last year, the last time the universal DH suggestion was brought to life.“The National League game is much more thought-provoking,” Maddon said. “If you want more offense, don’t worry about getting one more guy in the lineup. Worry about teaching a different method of hitting a little bit.”“My desire is we don’t sanitize things in the game too much,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell told me around the same time. “I think strategic parts of the game are what makes it a great game.”Like Counsell and Maddon, I prefer a game with more strategy, not less. It helps if the fruits of these strategies are readily obvious to fans. Moves and countermoves translate better than launch angles and spin rates.There’s nothing wrong with a faster-paced game. Far from it, in fact. MLB’s pace-of-play initiatives (automatic intentional walks, limiting mound visits, futile attempts at reducing the time between pitches) have had little effect to this point. This year, relief pitchers must face a minimum of three batters, unless the inning ends first, and that might nudge the average time of game downward.center_img Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies If you dislike “openers” – relievers who start the game, and only pitch one or two innings – this plan is not for you. Effectively, this option exchanges one layer of strategy for another. It also reduces the impact a DH can potentially have on each game. Cruz, arguably the Twins’ best hitter, would rarely bat in a late-game situation when he’s in the starting lineup. Teams would be incentivized to stash better hitters on the bench, perhaps at the expense of their starting DH.It’s imperfect, but another example of a possible compromise.Option 3.Mandate that starting pitchers bat for themselves, then allow managers to insert a DH once the starter is removed from the game.This is the opposite of Option 2, and it would likely elicit the opposite effect. Openers would be encouraged. The value in having a deep bench would evaporate. Double switches would die. Potentially, we’d see better hitters taking late-game at-bats, but essentially this is what we already see in the National League. Relief pitchers rarely bat as it is, so this change would merely allow the same pinch-hitter to bat for multiple relief pitchers in the same game.If MLB insists that messing with 47 years of tradition would better the game, so be it. But the DH doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing proposition. There’s a broad middle ground to be found, if the league wants to look for it. Think the designated hitter is coming to the National League?“The suggestion, often made, that the pitcher be denied a chance to bat, and a substitute player sent up to hit every time, has been brought to life again, and will come up for consideration when the American and National League Committees on rules get together.” Those words were printed in 1906. Even 114 years ago, the chatter around the DH rule was an old one.The National League has mandated pitchers hit for themselves in every non-interleague game since 1973. That might change a year from now, according to a report that surfaced this week. It’s hard to take any such report too seriously until the universal DH becomes part of the league’s official rules. The momentum behind the rule change is obvious: it would achieve one of Commissioner Rob Manfred’s explicit goals of lowering the average game time.It would also tick off some very interested parties. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more


NHL free agency 2019: Goalie carousel takes Lehner, Varlamov to new homes, Mrazek staying put

first_imgThe goalie carousel did not go all the way around on July 1 — it went two-thirds of the way.Despite Don Waddell’s uncertainty at signing his top netminder, Petr Mrazek opted to stay in Carolina. On the flip side, Robin Lehner left the New York Islanders for the Chicago Blackhawks with the Islanders’ adding Semyon Varlamov in his place. Mrazek, who went 23-14-3 with a 2.39 goals-against average and .914 save percentage in 40 starts in 2018-19, signed a two-year, $6.25 million deal.As Carolina’s No. 1 goalie, the 26-year-old was between the pipes for the team’s seven-game upset of the Washington Capitals in the first round of the playoffs. He then started two games against the Islanders but suffered a lower-body injury in Game 2 forcing him to miss the remainder of the series. Mrazek returned for the first two games against the Bruins in the Eastern Conference Final; however, he allowed 10 goals between the two games and did not play again in the postseason.Glad to have ya back, @pmrazek34!— Carolina Hurricanes (@NHLCanes) July 1, 2019Earlier in the day, the Hurricanes lost Mrazek’s partner Curtis McElhinney, who signed a two-year, $2.6 million contract to serve as Andrei Vasilevskiy backup in Tampa Bay. Despite continuously stressing he did not want to leave Long Island, Lehner ended up signing a one-year, $5 million contract with the Blackhawks.The Vezina Trophy finalist and Masterton Award winner told reporters on Monday that he never “walked away from anything” and “It not working out on Long Island had nothing to do with me.” He added that he was offered a contract that he didn’t fully like and took a few days to think about it. When he responded, the Islanders said they had already moved on.Here are Robin Lehner’s full comments on how things went down with the Islanders. Not a good look.— Ben Pope (@BenPopeCST) July 2, 2019It was revealed soon after Varlamov was the goalie they moved on to at $20 million for four seasons. The 31-year-old netminder went 20-19-9 last season with a 2.87 GAA and .909 save pct. He lost his starting role to Philipp Grubauer, who carried the Avalanche into the second round of the playoffs. Semyon Varlamov said he believes Islanders/Long Island is right place for him and his family. Exciting to work with #Isles coaching staff, including director of goaltending Mitch Korn and goalie coach Piero Greco.— Andrew Gross (@AGrossNewsday) July 1, 2019last_img read more



first_imgAn understrength Donegal side were well-beaten by Down in the Ulster Senior Hurling Championship quarter final today.Donegal manager Ray DurackRay Durack’s side never really got going and eventually lost 1-31 to 0-10.Donegal went in at half-time trailing 1-16 to 0-7 and the game was already over as a contest.  HURLING: DONEGAL WELL-BEATEN BY DOWN IN ULSTER QUARTER-FINAL was last modified: June 15th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalDownHURLINGUlster quarter finallast_img read more


Something from Nothing Dept.

first_imgHow do you get optimization by chance?  In a Concepts piece in Nature this week,1 William J. Sutherland (U. of East Anglia, UK) suggested that the constraints of the environment will drive living systems toward optimal solutions.  He thinks that’s how “selective forces” shaped your teeth and jaw, for instance.  Economists and engineers use optimization theory, he reasons, so why not biologists? The use of optimization has allowed biologists to move from merely describing patterns or mechanisms to being able to predict, from first principles, how organisms should be designed.  Optimality models are based on three elements: the choices available; what is being optimized; and the constraints.    Physiologists have used optimization to answer a wide range of questions about animal morphology.  For example, optimization has been invoked to predict the design of a bone of given weight that minimizes the risk of breaking or buckling; the speed at which it is most efficient to switch from running to walking; and the gut design that provides the highest energy gain from a given diet.  The prediction of the triplet code as the most parsimonious means of coding 20 amino acids using the four bases of DNA is another successful example of this methodology.   (Emphasis added in all quotes.)Though the concept has its critics, Sutherland gives a few more examples of how the optimization approach might have shaped biological systems by natural selection.  But intelligent design (ID) is clearly not what he has in mind; he gives Darwin the credit: “Darwin’s theory of natural selection provided an obvious mechanism for explaining optimization in biology: more efficiently designed individuals will leave more offspring.”2  The optimization approach will be fruitful, he concludes:A considerable strength of using optimization is that once we understand why organisms are as they are, then it should be possible to understand how they will respond to new conditions.  Optimization can therefore be used to understand behaviour, and to predict population dynamics, in new environments, such as those resulting from habitat loss or a rise in sea level.    There are increasing calls for biology to be predictive.  Optimization is the only approach biology has for making predictions from first principles.  The wider adoption of these ideas right across biology should reap ample rewards.1William J. Sutherland, “The Best Solution,” Nature 435, 569 (2 June 2005) | doi: 10.1038/435569a.2Of course this is obvious.  How do you know the individual is efficiently designed?  Because it left more offspring.  Why did it leave more offspring?  Well, obviously, it must have been more efficiently designed.  This circular argument, is an example of a tautology, or a statement of the obvious, like “deaf people can’t hear, because they are deaf.”  Natural selection falls into this tautology trap any time fitness is defined in terms of fecundity (see 10/29/2002 entry).Sorry, Bill.  You can’t get the blood of design from a turn-up of natural selection.  Necessity is the mother of invention only when intelligence guides the process.  The only thing nature is good at optimizing is entropy.  The optimization approach will only make sense when design scientists oust the naturalistic usurpers from biology.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


Contract Price for Solar Electricity Hits a Low

first_imgDebating Our All-Renewable Energy Future These Southern Cities Are Going 100 Percent Clean (Energy)Renewable Energy Squabble Goes to CourtTransforming the Electric SystemWind Overtakes Hydro as Top Renewable in U.S. Separately, Greentech Media cited a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) that predicts that all types of clean energy will match the cost range of fossil fuels within the next two years. The study examined cost data from some 15,000 utility-scale projects, including biomass, geothermal, hydro, solar, and both onshore and offshore wind.IRENA said the levelized cost of energy had dropped sharply for some types of power. Over a seven-year period from 2010 to 2017, for example, the levelized cost of electricity from utility-scale solar projects plummeted to 10 cents per kWh, a 73% decline that IRENA called “remarkable.”For onshore wind, IRENA found that turbines commissioned in 2017 produced power for an average levelized cost of about 6 cents per kWh, an 18% drop since 2010.GTM Research noted that utility-scale solar prices during the fourth quarter of last year ranged from a low of 3 cents per kWh for a project in Mexico to a high of 15 cents per kWh in Japan.Factors driving the downward push on prices include technological improvements, competitive bidding for the procurement of electricity, and a growing number of experienced developers.“The trend is clear,” the IRENA report says. “By 2020, all mainstream renewable power generation technologies can be expected to provide average costs at the lower end of the fossil-fuel cost range. In addition, several solar PV and wind power projects will provide some of the lowest-cost electricity from any source.” The contract price for electricity from a new solar-electric facility in New Mexico is the lowest for distributed photovoltaic (PV) power in the U.S., the Rocky Mountain Institute said.The 3-megawatt installation in Alamogordo, New Mexico, is due to come online in March and will sell electricity to the Otero County Electric Cooperative under a 25-year power purchase agreement. The project is owned by SoCore Energy, a Chicago-based solar developer.What’s called the Carrizozo project is the second solar facility developed by the Otero Cooperative. Its first was a 76-kilowatt project built in 2014 and later expanded to a capacity of 150 kW. The array in Alamogordo is being developed without any state tax credits or subsidies.RMI, a non-profit research and consulting organization, said in a news release that it also is working with electric cooperatives in Texas and Colorado to help develop community-scale solar projects.center_img RELATED ARTICLES last_img read more


India inks tech-leveraging smart city pact with Russia

first_imgDonal Power India signed a deal with Russia over the cooperation of smart city initiatives and the use of IT technology from Russian companies.As reported by the Times of India, Russia and India signed the Memorandum of Understanding against the backdrop of bilateral talks between the two countries.The MOU was signed in Goa, where Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi were holding expansive talks covering a range of bilateral engagement.According to an official statement, an agreement was signed between Russia’s JSC Rusinformexport and India’s ministries of Urban Development and Home affairs, as well as the National Buildings Construction Corp. and the Haryana government.India previously announced plans to develop 100 smart cities around the country by 2022. By last month 60 of the cities have been chosen under the ambitious plan that the government hopes will act as a springboard to modernize outdated urban infrastructure across India.Russia just helping fellow BRICS smart city effortsThis comes as senior Indian government officials have been promoting potential opportunities to foster smart city cooperation among fellow BRICS nations. This includes further information sharing between these nations to enhance and accelerate the smart city learning process.However, concerns have been raised that India’s laws will need a major overhaul in order to accommodate the modern challenges such smart cities will presentThe huge increase in data that smart cities’ connected infrastructure will produce raises privacy issues that may be beyond the scope of India’s existing laws.As well, there are questions being raised as to how exactly municipalities will be able to raise the massive amounts of capital needed to make these smart cities a reality.City leaders have said that implementing India’s ambitious smart city goals will likely mean cities will need to boost revenues to cover costs of managing multiple stakeholders involved in smart city systems. This would require amendments to various laws including those governing municipalities and municipal corporations. How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… Tags:#India#Internet of Things#IoT#Russia#Smart Cities How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic …center_img Related Posts Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Cities For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In…last_img read more


The beautiful thinkers

first_imgThey are naturally beautiful but they prefer to flaunt their brains instead. From curves to charms, they have them all but the endgame is simple: these women are a thinking man’s dream come true. Talking to them can conjure fantasies that makes touching dumb belles feel like lifting weights. A,They are naturally beautiful but they prefer to flaunt their brains instead. From curves to charms, they have them all but the endgame is simple: these women are a thinking man’s dream come true. Talking to them can conjure fantasies that makes touching dumb belles feel like lifting weights. A checklist of the top Thinking Man’s Sex Symbols in Delhi and what some men who matter feel why they are what they are.Chitrangada SinghThere is a mysterious air about her which makes Chitrangada a perfect combination of beauty and talent. Maybe that is the reason why director Ketan Mehta describes her as rare. Passionate, inquisitive and compassionate are the adjectives she uses to describe herself. “I’m a very regular person and do a lot of the usual stuff,” says she. What appeals to her in men is their confidence and honesty.Raseel GujralWhen asked to describe herself in five adjectives, the first thing she mentions is. “I am deeply loyal.” And that’s the reason, she votes for her husband, Navin as the sexiest man alive.”I am not a window shopper. But I find George Clooney and Sean Connery sexy too.” She is constantly stimulated by design, beauty in space, objects, art and textiles. “I often need to unwind myself and I do that by reading, watching films and spending time with my younger son as he is uncomplicated.”In touch with reality, Gujral prefers to call herself a girl next door.Jagi PandaStanding at five-foot-nine inches with an impeccable look, Jaggi Panda, wife of parliamentarian Jay Panda, has donned many hats-an airhostess with Air India to a supermodel to a broadband entrepreneur. She negates the typical image of a neta’s wife. An ideal example of beauty and brains, Panda keeps herself intellectually stimulated by following what’s happening in the industry worldwide by attending conferences and reading industry related books or magazines. Work takes most of her time while fitness comes second. “Five days a week, both cardio and weights is a must.” She runs two companies, has some 500 employees working under her, but that doesn’t take away some of the girl next door qualities she has. “When at home, I love looking at magazines on interiors and doing little things for the house.” She likes men who are compassionate, good communicators, large hearted and have a vision. And the sexiest man alive, according to her is Denzel Washington.Soha Ali KhanHer charming smile and almond eyes make million hearts go thump. She is the ultimate beauty who has made a name for herself. She turned out to be a fine actress and after her kissing scene with Emraan Hashmi in Tum Mile, she became the talk of tinsel town. This alumni of British School, Delhi, calls herself a boring person and one who doesn’t like many changes. When it comes to food, she prefers a simple meal. Dal, roti and vegetables form part of her staple diet. But she loves to binge on the Bengali food that her mother cooks.Kalyani ChawlaA patron of the arts and fashion, Kalyani Chawla and her grandeur is hard to miss. Being a successful art curator and the vice president of Dior India, she has set a high benchmark for not just her peers but aspiring fashionistas and art lovers. But behind her enchanting avatar is a traditional Bengali girl who like most Bengalis is a culture vulture with a superiority complex that she claims to be rightfully true. “My love for European art, books and music was derived from my father who is the best looking grey haired Bengali bhadrolok I know,” she smiles.Indrani DasguptaThis glamrous diva considers fashion the most important thing in anyone’s life.Before she entered the world of fashion, Indrani wanted to be a lawyer. That’s what makes her a voracious reader. “I read whatever I get my hands on. Newspapers, magazines, fiction and non fiction.I love the smell of books, old or new,” says Dasgupta. She describes herself as a girl next door. When she isn’t walking the ramp in her high heels, she loves to curl up in her oldest tee and pajamas. And when it comes to men, she adds, “I like a man who has a funny bone and a good sense of humor. Somebody who wears his skin well.”Ayesha SharmaThis young TV anchor is a muse for those who aspire to follow the same career. While men think of her as a perfect example of beauty with brains, Ayesha, on the contrary, says, “Beauty has little to do with intellect but it’s true that people react differently to someone who looks good.I don’t think the two need to be mutually exclusive.” She is a foodie and loves to binge on but her keen interest in sports keeps her fit.Meera AliWith unmatched enthusiasm and charm, Meera Ali is every thinking man’s fantasy. She keeps herself busy by meeting people who are not affected by their own status in the society, working with the rural folk, craftsmen and children whose minds are open to new and challenging ideas. “Listening to poetry from my husband, reading and designing for my fashion label keeps my mind active,” says the woman who feels looks will only take a person that far, but beyond that, each person needs to be intellectually sound.Manjari ChaturvediBeing the only Sufi Kathak dancer in the world, Manjari Chaturvedi has combined the mysticism of Sufi traditions with classical Indian dance to create a stunning new art form. “I read a lot and I am obsessed with my dance that gives me no time to think of physical beauty,” says Chaturvedi who insists on wearing black to negate all the attention so that the audience sees beyond the body. “When not dancing, I like to sew and want to make a sewing room in my house,” she smiles.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more