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first_imgFood & Bake will see the launch of Bake3D – a new system for the analysis of product quality and consistency from CF Controls (stand P270) where bakers can create a virtual loaf for analysis.Once product weight, height, length, width and volume have been recorded, the Bake3D system analyses shape, colour and texture to create a 3D virtual model. The system helps identify problems in production processes, including panning, proving and baking. It also performs slice analysis including cell size, quantity, alignment and circulation.Fully compatible with Microsoft Windows, product information and report statistics can be exported to a number of formats, such as Excel. Information is embedded into a single file so every virtual model can be traced back to the exact unit, time and date where it was created. This file can be emailed to customers for evaluation and shared within companies that have more than one site. CF Controls will also be exhibiting systems for checking bake colour, shape, texture and coverage.last_img read more

Sixth shop for Prudens

first_imgPrudens Bakery has expanded its family-run business with a new shop in Stoneycroft, Hemel Hempstead. Its sixth shop opened on 7 May and business is “going very well” so far. Prudens had been looking for a new premises for a couple of years, and has now found the ideal location at the site of an existing bakers. “It closed down over a year ago,” said director Jon Pruden. “We moved in, re-fitted it and opened the Wednesday after the bank holiday.” Prudens, run by Jon and Andrew Pruden, are the third generation to run the bakery which was founded by their grandfather in 1928. They already have shops in Dunstable, Luton, Harpenden, and Adeyfield in Hemel Hempstead, as well as their head office in Markyate. It has also expanded its celebration cake business with a wedding cake showroom at their Adeyfield premises. “We built a new bakery just before 2000, and had lady called Stella Dickinson work part-time decorating the cakes for us,” said Jon Pruden. As the business grew it was evident that the Markyate premises was not large enough to house the cake decorating side of the business and has therefore been relocated.last_img read more

Bakery enlists help of business doctor

first_imgRoyston’s Traditional Bakery in Long Stratton has enlisted the help of a ‘business doctor’ to help grow its bakery and coffee shop business.Royston Owen and his wife Michelle took over the bakery, formerly known as Mr Bunn the Baker, in May 2007 after spending four years as bakery manager for the previous owners Gary and Barbara Bunn.Owen has worked to create an old-fashioned, traditional bakery and coffee shop, and called in business doctor Hamish McMinn to help develop a strategy for long-term growth. “The recent economic climate has been a strong reminder that no matter how much passion you have as a baker, a bakery is a business like any other,” said Owen. “It’s easy to get too caught up in the everyday running of the bakery and forget you need a strong strategy to ensure the bakery remain successful as a business.” He said it has help him focus on what the bakery does best, as well as looking at areas in which it could improve.Business Doctors is a national network of business experts, specialising in helping small and medium sized businesses achieve growth through practical support with strategy, sales and profit growth and staff engagement.last_img read more

EXCLUSIVE: Katharsis, Featuring Members Of The Motet, Dopapod, And RAQ, Debut Lead Single Off New Album

first_imgEarlier in the year, a new supergroup side project was born in Denver, Colorado. Katharsis—consisting of Dave Watts of The Motet on drums, Chuck Jones of Dopapod on bass, Todd Stoops of RAQ on keys, and Marcus Rezak of Digital Tape Machine on guitar—made its formal debut back in early May, with the four lauded musicians coming together to create funk-rooted, psychedelic jams. With a focus on improvisation and innovation, the longtime friends formed Katharsis as a way to tap into their shared musical sensibilities while using their special blend of psychedelic funk to expose the cathartic experience of seeing music live and in person.As Dave Watts noted to Live For Live Music earlier in the year, “I’ve been wanting to start a project with Todd and Marcus for a long time. When I found out that Chuck was moving to Denver, it seemed inevitable that we would put something together. These are three of my favorite guys to hang with, and they all happen to also be absolute monsters on their instruments.” He continued, “Katharsis is the ancient spelling of a word that means the act of releasing a strong emotion through artistic expression. That emotion is the pure joy we feel when get to play together!”After their formal debut earlier in the year, more good news is on the way from the Katharsis camp, especially for those who were unable to catch the group in action in Colorado. In July of this year, the band spent three intensive sixteen-hour days writing, recording, and improvising at Mountain Star Studios in Rollinsville, Colorado. Katharsis has given Live For Live Music the privilege of getting a sneak-peek of what to expect from these sessions and the subsequent album that is due out later in the year.“Diabolical” off Katharsis’ upcoming album was written and produced by Watts and engineered by Andrew Lundsford and perfectly encapsulates the vibe of this new act. With the powerful rhythm section propelling the song forward from its onset, the song presents a darker side of funk, all the while remaining deeply danceable. As the song progresses, the song embarks on an improvisational journey, becoming explicitly more psychedelic as it unfolds, complete with trippy ornamentations from the guitar and keys. You can check out Katharsis’s “Diabolical” below, and stay tuned for more information about the group’s upcoming release. You can also catch Katharsis live in September during their three-night run across Colorado. Upcoming Katharsis 2017 DatesSeptember 27th – Barkley’s Ballroom – Frisco (free show)September 28th – Aggie – Fort Collins, CO (opening for G. Love)September 29th – Cervantes’ Other Side – Denver, COOctober 5th – Emporium Arcade Bar – Chicago, ILlast_img read more

Combatting Rural Stress

first_imgThe challenges facing rural America today are diverse, and the answers to rural issues won’t come from a single expert or institution.That’s why the University of Georgia is convening its first forum on rural stress, bringing together experts from across the nation to unpack the underlying causes of the challenges facing rural Americans — economic stagnation, opioid dependence, population migration, increasing suicide rates — and help build an interdisciplinary framework for finding solutions.“Rural Stress: Promising Practices and Future Directions” will be held in Atlanta Dec. 10-11, 2018, at the Crowne Plaza Atlanta-Airport. Interested stakeholders, local officials, business leaders and academic researchers studying rural issues are welcome to attend. Faculty of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES), the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences, and the UGA School of Social Work are hosting the forum.The hope is to leverage the existing organizational and outreach structure of land-grant universities and the Cooperative Extension System to find solutions.“The role of land-grant institutions has always been to connect the needs of people with the research-based resources that come from our universities,” said Sam Pardue, dean and director of the CAES. “Since before the Great Depression and the farm crisis of the 1980s — when rural communities were in trouble — land-grant universities and the Cooperative Extension System have worked hand in hand with local officials and local families to improve the communities’ prospects. That’s what we’re doing here.”In order to develop collaborative solutions, experts in mental and physical public health, rural development, economic development, and substance abuse prevention from more than a dozen states will present and participate in roundtable discussions.“The stresses faced by rural communities are complex and multifaceted — financial strain, lack of access to health and behavioral healthcare, social isolation, the opioid epidemic,” said Anna Scheyett, dean and director of the UGA School of Social Work. “We need an interdisciplinary approach if we are going to provide them with the support they need to face these challenges. Having the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences come together with the School of Social Work and other social sciences, in the context of a land-grant university, to tackle these issues has the potential for meaningful impact in rural communities.”Each school or college involved in the forum has experience working in rural development, and that history will better enable them to make the connections that could lead to solutions.“Families are at the core of helping address the complexity of the stresses communities are facing,” said Linda Kirk Fox, dean of the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences. “The multidisciplinary approaches we apply in our Family and Consumer Sciences Extension program have been an integral part of Extension work at the local level for more than 100 years working with farm, rural and urban families.” To see the forum agenda, go to read more

FLLIC funds Foundation Summer Fellowships

first_imgFLLIC funds Foundation Summer Fellowships January 15, 2006 Regular News FLLIC funds Foundation Summer Fellowships Camille Murawski Special to the News Sometimes, a summer relationship can turn into a meaningful, lasting experience. So it has been with The Florida Bar Foundation’s Legal Services Summer Fellows and Florida Lawyers’ Legal Insurance Corporation.The Florida Bar Foundation, established in 1956, has a mission of providing greater access to justice. FLLIC was formed in 1978 for the purpose of adopting and implementing prepaid legal service plans at reasonable rates and to make those plans available to Florida’s public.Thanks to an ongoing funding partnership between the Foundation and FLLIC, nearly a dozen first and second year law students have been given the chance to make a real difference in the lives of Florida’s poorest residents.FLLIC has been funding summer fellowships through the Foundation since 2000, when Frances Viamontes and Onier Llopez were chosen for the 11-week public-interest work experience.Viamontes, who worked at the University of Miami School of Law Children and Youth Law Clinic, represented juveniles in the foster care system. Also during that time, she was a guardian ad litem, and she and her mother were responsible for the legal needs of five siblings for four years. “It was a great experience,” Viamontes said. “It made me want to do more community service.” Viamontes is now working for the State Attorney’s Office in Ft. Lauderdale.For Llopez, the two consecutive summers he spent as a Florida Bar Foundation-FLLIC Fellow are still “important legal experiences” that continue to help him “recognize the value of pro bono services.”FLLIC also funded Tequisha Myles’ summer fellowship in 2001 at Florida Rural Legal Services in West Palm Beach. After she graduated from Florida State University College of Law, Myles returned to FRLS as a staff attorney, representing clients in the areas of housing, Social Security Disability, and unemployment compensation.The Foundation’s Summer Fellowship Program — which pays first-year law students $4,500, and second-year law students $5,500 — has been a success not only for the interns, but also for the legal aid programs they serve. Each year, the state’s approximately 37 legal aid organizations file applications with the Foundation, stating the number of interns they would like, and in what capacity they will work. The Foundation then matches suitable applicants with the host organization.Every summer, an orientation for the students is held prior to the start of the fellowships, where topics such as client confidentiality and overviews of family, housing, and immigration law are discussed. The students are also given a Foundation-produced handbook and reference guide.The competition for the sought-after summer fellowships has been heating up: Last year, the Foundation received more than 100 applications. After narrowing the list to 19 students, Nicole Wiseberg and Liah Catanese were selected as FLLIC-funding recipients.Wiseberg, who expects to graduate in May from the University of Miami School of Law, spent the summer at the Legal Aid Society of the Dade County Bar. According to Wendy Robbins, Wiseberg’s supervising attorney, “Nicole’s analytical and writing skills are comparable to a seasoned attorney. She prepared petitions and counter-petitions for our divorce, custody and paternity cases, and drafted various motions and other pleadings, including motions to dismiss for lack of jurisdiction and motions for contempt and sanctions.”Robbins also enthused that “Within the first few days of Wiseberg’s fellowship, she was conducting her own new intakes and assisting clients with issues on the phone and in the office.”Of her fellowship, Wiseberg said, “The opportunity to do such extraordinary and meaningful work is an important one that more law students should take advantage of.”Liah Catanese was assigned to The Lucha Project at Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center in Miami, which provides legal assistance to battered immigrant women, victims of violent crimes, and victims of human trafficking. Catanese, who expects to graduate in May, 2007, from the University of Miami School of Law, had previously interned with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-NY, where she worked on immigration and refugee cases ranging from advance parole cases to large work-visa projects. At FIAC, Catanese worked on approximately 19 sensitive cases, according to Ana Isabel Vallejo, supervising attorney of The Lucha Project.“She is a very bright, self-motivated industrious young woman. She was very creative and resourceful, and passionate in her approach to legal arguments.”Catanese said she was “empowered” by helping the battered immigrant women, and her summer experience solidified her commitment to working in public interest.“I have always known that I loved this type of work and I will continue my loyalty to public interest work no matter what type of position I have in the future,” she said. Camille Murawski is the communications coordinator for The Florida Bar Foundation and can be reached by calling (407) 843-0045 or e-mail [email protected]last_img read more

Don’t wait for the next compliance shoe to drop

first_imgA guest who checked into a motel one night was warned to be quiet because the guest in the room next to his was a light sleeper. As he dressed for bed, he dropped one shoe and sure enough, awakened the other guest. He managed to get the other shoe off in silence, and got into bed. An hour later, he heard a pounding on the wall and a shout: “When are you going to drop the other shoe?”If you are like me, you might be in a semi-constant state of anxiety wondering when the next compliance shoe is going to drop and where it will come from. It’s bound to happen sometime, right?One area that I’m always fearful about hearing the other shoe drop is the compliance monitoring and/or audit program. After all, it is one of the critical cornerstones of a good compliance management system. Is it comprehensive enough? Can you make it easier and still do what is required? Will your examiner think it’s sufficient?So, let’s say that you have a monitoring program in place and you think it’s probably working pretty well. But, could it be better? Chances are it could. Maybe it’s time to think about what you can do NOW to beef up your monitoring program. Here are some ideas to get you started. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

CUNA talks regulatory relief with CFPB’s Mulvaney

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Key CUNA staff met with Acting Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Mick Mulvaney Thursday to discuss ways to provide credit unions with regulatory relief. Ryan Donovan,CUNA Chief Advocacy Officer, and Leah Dempsey, Senior Director of Advocacy and Counsel, were joined by leaders of various financial services trade associations.Mulvaney released an outline earlier this month on how the bureau will function under his leadership, and his priorities aligned with those of CUNA’s.CUNA has several advocacy goals for its work with the CFPB in 2018, including: continue reading »last_img

Axxis Geo Solutions gets North Sea contract cancellation

first_imgAxxis Geo Solutions (AGS), a Norwegian ocean bottom node seismic company, has received a cancellation of a small contract in the North Sea.Illustration. Source: Axxis Geo SolutionsAGS stated on Thursday that the contract was scheduled to be executed in the second quarter of 2020.The company added that it had not previously announced this contract, but the contract was presented as firm in the fourth quarter 2019 presentation.According to the company, the contract revenue was estimated at $1 million, and AGS will receive a cancellation fee of 25 percent of the estimated revenue amount as compensation.This is the third canceled contract for a seismic company in March. Polarcus received two cancelations from its clients earlier this month, one for a survey offshore West Africa and one in the Asia Pacific region.Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product, or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

Man tears can be a huge turn-on.

first_img Sharing is caring! Share 34 Views   no discussions LifestyleRelationships Man tears can be a huge turn-on. by: – July 7, 2011 Over coffee last week my friend Joe asked me if I thought vulnerable men were sexy. It’s been a long time since I dated a man who didn’t show some emotion, so yeah I find vulnerable men sexy, but that doesn’t mean I want a big cry-baby or emotional oversharer either. There’s a time and place for the vulnerable man, and while being open to sharing feelings and going deep with a partner is one of the hottest things I can think of, being whiny and spontaneously bursting into sobs, not so much.Opinions range on if vulnerability makes a man, or woman, weak or strong. But the right amount of vulnerable can make any relationship stronger. Sure it can feel annoying and uncomfortable at times, but vulnerability is also attractive and admirable. Just look at when Bradley Cooper cried during a taping for Inside the Actor’s Studio. James Lipton asked Bradley about an influential acting coach and his emotions overtook him. Loudly. He acknowledged this and even discussed his vulnerability with the audience. His visceral response, and emotional struggle, were endearing. Now, if he got all gooey on the first date, that could be weird. He’d seem overly emotional. But, a man who knows how to show emotion, I can handle that.If you define the word vulnerable literally, then of course being an easy target for an emotional or physical attack is obviously not a good thing. But vulnerability is about shedding that tough exterior and showing his soft underbelly. When we get a glimpse of that man, we feel closer to him. When a man shows he’s hurt, that he has feelings too, I can relate to him better. I’ve been hurt! I have feelings too!I can get closer to a vulnerable man. It makes me feel like we have something special. That he trusts me most to see who he really is. And we share a bond that he doesn’t share with his drinking buddies or co-workers.When a guy realizes he doesn’t always have to “act like a man” (how does a man act anyway?), he can be open to exploring what a man acts like anyway. I’ve had more than one boyfriend sob in my arms. Whether it was about loss or love, that didn’t matter. What does matter is that he trusted me with his vulnerability.I used to think a man who wasn’t vulnerable wasn’t man enough, now I think he’s manned The_Stircenter_img Tweet Share Sharelast_img read more