WELSH plant baker Brace’s is inviting charities and community groups in the Neath Port Talbot area to apply for grants of up to £50a0 as part of its Bread for the Community initiative. “We are commited to helping local communities,” said a Brace’s spokesperson.
Fanta now contains no artificial flavours or colours, thanks to a reformulation of the drink, as part of a £6.25m brand investment by Coca Cola Enterprises (CCE) this year.Fanta will also have a pack redesign to highlight these new claims. The new design will include Guideline Daily Amounts (GDA) and state that the product contains real fruit juice.According to data from AC Nielsen in August 2008, Fanta is the biggest flavoured carbonate brand, worth £117.3m in retail sales. “Flavoured carbonates remain a massive market segment, worth £332.9m,” said Kenny Chisholm, trade communications manager at CCE.”Consumer research has proven that the new packaging communication should increase purchase intent by up to 24%, which is a great opportunity for retailers to drive soft drinks sales.”[http://www.fanta.co.uk]
The stage at the new Brooklyn Steel venue is set for Vulfpeck, as the funky group will return to Brooklyn for two nights on September 8th and 9th. Though Vulfpeck has not formally announced the shows, they have surfaced on the Brooklyn Steel website with tickets going on sale this Friday, January 13th.Vulfpeck’s last trip to Brooklyn included a multi-night run at the famed Brooklyn Bowl, but with Vulfpeck’s ever-growing fanbase, it would make sense for the band to choose a larger venue for their return. Brooklyn Steel is operated by Bowery Presents, and will open this April with a three night run by The Decemberists. Brooklyn Steel can hold 1,800, while the Bowl has a more intimate capacity of 600.Before these September shows, Vulfpeck will be touring heavily (for their standards) in 2017. They have a tour scheduled through the month of May into June, which includes a set opening for Trey Anastasio Band at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, as well as performances in St. Paul, Chicago, Toronto, Ann Arbor, Portland OR, Los Angeles, Santa Ana, and San Francisco. With no dates on the East Coast scheduled, we’re certainly hopeful that these two Brooklyn shows are indicative of larger plans for the band.For more information about the two shows, be sure to head to the Brooklyn Steel website.
Load remaining images Over weekend, Phish spent three nights performing in Riviera Maya, Mexico for fans who made the journey across the border. Those fans were met with three great shows, including a top notch finale that featured takes on “Tweezer,” “Ghost,” “Fluffhead,” “Slave To The Traffic,” “Harry Hood” and countless others. Of course, one of the appealing aspect of Mexico is the location itself, as the beautiful sandy shores and palm trees provide an idyllic backdrop for the Vermont jam band.Fortunately, photographer Chad Smith was on hand and able to send over images from the three night run. See them in a full gallery, below.
Walk on by A visitor passes through an airy corridor. Lost in translation This plaque, carved in Latin, adds to the mystique of Dumbarton Oaks. Translator, anyone? Rooms with a view The expansive, and meticulously manicured, yard at Dumbarton Oaks. Cherubic These playful fountain carvings are of boy cherubs riding horses. Dumbarton Oaks Crystal blue persuasion Who wouldn’t want to soak in this Greek-style pool? Professor Ziolkowski Jan Ziolkowski, Arthur Kingsley Porter Professor of Medieval Latin and director of the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, tours the grounds and gardens of Dumbarton Oaks. Fleur de lis This patterned landscaping, seen from above, resembles a fleur de lis. Among the wildflowers This ornate wall peeks from one of the many gardens. Mossy walkway Located in residential Georgetown, Dumbarton Oaks is full of otherworldly gardens, nooks, and crannies, and fairytale paths, like this one. Mosaic This mosaic of a horned god overlooks the pool. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer WASHINGTON — Ask a scholar of the Maya to describe Dumbarton Oaks, and you will learn about a world-renowned center of pre-Columbian research.Ask a medievalist, and you will hear about the rare Byzantine collection, while a landscape architect might refer with admiration to the center’s historic terraced gardens.It used to be difficult to get the full picture of this Harvard outpost spread across 16 verdant acres in the Georgetown neighborhood of the nation’s capital, in part because it long functioned as something of a walled paradise for scholars looking to immerse themselves in one of its three very different areas of specialized research.But more people now are witnessing the treasures of Dumbarton Oaks, partly because of the opening of new library and museum facilities in recent years that were planned under former director Ned Keenan, and because of the efforts of current director Jan Ziolkowski to increase connections with the Cambridge campus and reach out to political, educational, and cultural leaders in Washington.“I care about the fields,” said Ziolkowski, the Arthur Kingsley Porter Professor of Medieval Latin. “To keep them alive, you have to make more people aware of them.”Dumbarton Oaks was purchased in 1920 by Robert Woods Bliss, a Harvard alumnus who had a successful career in the diplomatic corps, and his wife, Mildred Barnes Bliss, heiress to a fortune built on Fletcher’s Castoria, a patent medicine first marketed in the 19th century.The Blisses were avid collectors of Byzantine and pre-Columbian art, and in 1940 donated their collections and an associated research library to Harvard to serve as “a home to the humanities.” They also gave the property, including the gardens that Mildred Bliss had developed with noted landscape designer Beatrix Farrand.“Their idea was that a cultured public could enjoy the gardens and occasional concerts, while research fellows brought here could have years in a beautiful setting in which they could produce scholarly work in a sustained way,’’ said Ziolkowski.The construction of a new library in 2006 has attracted an increasing number of scholars, and the renovation of the house to create new exhibition space in 2008 has led to a dramatic increase in museum-goers who come to view such artifacts as luxury Byzantine jewelry, impressive figural floor mosaics, carved ivory icons, or golden figurines left by the Inca and exquisite Maya ceramics and sculpture on display in the galleries. The gardens have also been drawing new visitors, in part thanks to two installations of art that John Beardsley, director of garden and landscape studies, arranged to display there.Ziolkowski also has expanded the number of public lectures and the number of researchers studying at the center while increasing connections to universities in the area and other cultural institutions, such as the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Institution. He also has established summer internships for Harvard students and encouraged class visits from Cambridge.The director sees the facility’s constituencies as not only Harvard students and faculty, but also scholars around the world working in each of the three fields featured in the Dumbarton Oaks collection, as well as the local diplomatic and cultural communities.“In a city of political and international power, the humanities have an important role to play,” he said recently to an audience gathered in the music room to hear a presentation on the Florentine Codex by the director of the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City. “Knowing the past enables us to understand others better, and to be better global citizens.”The event, co-sponsored by the Mexican Embassy and held in a room featuring a painting by El Greco and a sculpture by Tilman Riemenschneider, was a fair example of the kinds of public engagements that the center promotes.The center has been opening up to the public in other ways, too.For the fourth year in a row, Dumbarton Oaks has seen attendance in the gardens grow, from 16,171 to 23,428. In the museum, the number of visitors per year surged 30 percent from 2004 to 2009. Concerts held in the music room are occasionally broadcast on public radio.Although not open to the public, the library has doubled the number of researchers to whom it extends visiting privileges in the past decade, and it now regularly posts online the more than 2,500 monographic titles it acquires each year to help other libraries with their own collection development efforts.Meanwhile, Mildred Bliss’ correspondence related to the gardens, a treasure trove for historians interested in landscape architecture — particularly those focused on the career of Farrand — is being digitized to increase access. In addition, the extensive correspondence between the Blisses and their art adviser, Royall Tyler, has been transcribed and digitized and is being annotated for web publication. This correspondence chronicles, among other things, the Blisses’ interest in and acquisition of Byzantine, pre-Columbian, and European art objects that came on the market in the 1920s and ’30s and formed the nucleus of the collection.In Byzantine studies, Director Margaret Mullett is overseeing the creation of an online database that will catalog all of the seals used to secure correspondence that are housed in the collection. She is also planning a summer school program for students interested in learning how to read ancient seals and coins. “These are scarce skills, and I think it’s an obligation we have to ensure that there’s a new generation of sigillographers and numismatists,” she said.The pre-Columbian program, in addition to holding symposia and organizing lectures such as the one on the Florentine Codex, is preparing a catalog of the Maya collection. This collaborative initiative has brought together leading scholars in the field of Maya studies to probe the glyphs, iconography, and materials of this important early collection. The result will be both a print and an online catalog available to scholars and the public.“Part of our brief as scholars is to disseminate the fruits of our research,’’ said Joanne Pillsbury, director of the pre-Columbian program. “To not do so would be a tremendous lapse of our responsibilities.” Stone pillar This pillar, encircled by an intricate stone layout and beds of ivy, is just off the beaten path. Medieval hideaway This serene but strange fountain, surrounded by its own moat, makes a clandestine spot.
Over the last few months, we have seen the COVID-19 pandemic radically reshape lives and livelihoods. People across the world have transitioned to remote work and education arrangements, increasing our reliance on digital technologies. In the education sector, students and teachers have had to quickly adapt to new models of learning and teaching from remote settings, a transition that has highlighted the importance of digital skilling and universal access to technology. At this moment of accelerated change, we at Dell Technologies remain committed to the task of transforming education through technology and addressing the need for greater digital access across communities and geographies.As Chair of the Governing Board at the EU Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition, I have been truly impressed with the proactive steps taken by policymakers and educators over the past few months to introduce online classes and ICT tools to minimize disruptions to students’ education and help teachers adapt to technology-driven classrooms. For instance, the European Schoolnet has released a wide range of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and curated online teaching materials to support teachers in conducting classes remotely. At the same time, this pandemic has exposed the uneven landscape of digital resources and competencies across many regions, which hinders students’ and teachers’ ability to transition to virtual arrangements. According to the European Commission’s Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI), 42% of European citizens and 37% of people in the labor force lack sufficient digital skills. Meeting the current challenges of our time will require new collaboration across government, academia, and the private sector to modernize technology infrastructure for education and design student-centric learning models that develop the future readiness of students.This theme is the primary focus underpinning Dell Technologies’ upcoming PolicyHack that will be held in association with STEM Alliance – an organization that brings together the European Ministries of Education with industry partners to promote STEM subjects across all levels of education. This August, Dell Technologies PolicyHack and STEM Alliance have launched a competition for teachers across Europe to submit policy recommendations on how ICT tools can be used to solve STEM education challenges faced at the local and regional levels. Our expert panel of judges will carefully select four groups of winning contestants, who will then each form a competition team with representatives from government, academia, and industry. These four teams will proceed to a hackathon held in November alongside the annual “Back to School Campaign” organized by STEM Alliance, which brings together schools, universities, libraries, and other academic institutions to celebrate studies and careers in STEM.The teams will be challenged to come up with innovative ICT solutions that address four of the most pressing challenges faced in today’s classrooms: cultivating inclusion in classrooms, integrating constructivist and personalized teaching approaches, supporting inquiry-based learning, and building lifelong learning skills. Through this initiative, we hope to support collaboration among diverse perspectives and stakeholders while encouraging new ways of using ICT tools to enhance learning content and methodologies, build digital competencies, and encourage diversity in classrooms.Dell Technologies believes in digital skilling and inclusion as critical factors toward empowering our future workforce, bridging societal divides, and providing opportunities for underrepresented communities. These extraordinary times underscore the importance of fostering digital skills among students and empowering educators to teach in new ways that promote digital literacy. Looking ahead, Dell Technologies will be committed to acting on the lessons learned from this rise in virtual education and work with stakeholders to leverage digital transformation and emerging technologies to help citizens thrive in an increasingly digital world.
By Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaWhen agricultural lobbyist Bob Redding wants to know how a pending Washington policy decision will impact farmers in Georgia or other places, he often turns to a tool developed by University of Georgia economists.The U.S. Representative Peanut Farms are virtual farms created using real data collected from 100 real, live farmers. Economic information can be fed into them to see how different scenarios affect the farms’ bottom lines.“They are very helpful, and we use them in various ways,” said Redding in a phone interview from his Washington office. “It’s a scientific approach that takes the guess work out of it. We can take that to congressmen to say these are the facts.”Redding is a lobbyist for several commodity groups and farm organizations, including the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.“I initiated the representative farm project because peanut farmers needed to have the level of information other commodities, which have similar representative farms, have” said Stanley Fletcher, director of the National Center for Peanut Competitiveness and an economist with the CAES.There are 19 different virtual farms. Each is a composite made by five or six family farms of similar size, location and production practices from Virginia to New Mexico. The one thing they all have in common is peanut production. Since Georgia produces almost half of the total U.S. peanut supply, it has the most farms. But the farms include cotton, corn, soybean, cattle, fruits or vegetables, too.Lobbyists aren’t the only ones who want to know what the virtual farms say. Congressional staff and other farm leaders call, too, with different scenarios to run.”Any time an issue comes up from a regulatory- or policy-type avenue, we are able to take these farms and see how they’d be affected,” Fletcher said.The farms are built to be flexible and adjustable to many situations, not just policymaking. What if chemical prices go up or commodity prices go down? Will one crop make more money than another? Will a new farming technique be economically better than an old one? What if Georgia has a drought? It all can be plugged into the farms to see what happens. When current, real-world numbers are plugged into the farms, the reflection isn’t pretty, Fletcher said.“The representative farms show Southern agriculture is in real trouble. Since ’05 we’ve taken a nosedive,” Fletcher said. “We have had increases in crop prices, but the increase hasn’t covered the total input costs enough to be economically viable. I’m not sure how a lot of these guys are still in business. In the representative farms, many are not.” The representative peanut farm project was developed using similar, nationally recognized models developed for other crops by the Agricultural and Food Policy Center at Texas A&M.It’s funded by the farmer-supported Georgia Peanut Commission and the National Peanut Board through the Southeastern Peanut Research Initiative. “Say that water becomes restricted or the cost of energy goes up like it has dramatically in the past few years,” said Allen McCorvey, a CAES economic research coordinator. “We run this through the farms, analyze it and see how it will impact the viability and the cash flow of the operations.”
While the majority of credit union members may not be considered part of the “mass affluent,” what Visa and Mastercard define as those earning $100,000 and up, most CUs have pockets of wealthy members, says Kenton Potterton, VP/solutions and consulting at CUES Supplier member PSCU, St. Petersburg, Fla.These may be some of your best members, those who have larger mortgages, business loans or are using your credit union as their primary financial institution.If you are looking to attract the affluent to your credit union’s card programs or entice current wealthy members to do more with you, try these nine tips:Be selective: Know who it is you’re trying to attract.Be thoughtful in your product design and appeal.Expect this segment to ask, “What’s in it for me?” continue reading » 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
“They missed the opportunity to immediately go after the girls,” said Pastor Laolu Akande of the Redeemed Christian Church of God in Bay Shore.Hempstead High School students tie a ribbon around a campus tree. Attached to the tree is a sign imploring: “Bring Back Our Girls.”“Nobody did anything,” Akande said. “There was no kind of prevention.”Akande, a native Nigerian, has also reported on his home country for years in both Nigerian and western newspapers.Not only was Jonathan’s government ridiculed for taking weeks to simply acknowledge the kidnapping took place, but also for reportedly disregarding an intelligence report predicting the mass abduction, Akande said.He said he’s already had discussions with people affiliated with the incoming government and is hopeful the girls will be reunited with their families, as long as the new government, led by President-elect Muhammadu Buhari, takes a new approach.“We believe these girls are still alive,” he said. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Moments before a Hempstead High School event Tuesday marking the one-year anniversary of the mass abduction of 250-plus Nigerian school girls got underway, Assistant Principal Olga Brown-Young turned to a sea of students and educated them on the significance of a tragic event that happened more than 5,000 miles away from Long Island.Her voice rising, Brown-Young said they had gathered in solidarity with demonstrators worldwide commemorating the day the 276 girls were taken—53 were said to have escaped during the kidnapping—and to send a clear message: “We want those girls back!”Standing under a cloud-covered sky outside the high school’s sprawling campus, speakers one-by-one echoed Brown-Young’s call for the girls’ safe return. They stood amid a backdrop of at least 100 students, some holding white signs that blared: “Bring back our girls”—a call-to-action that began in Nigeria and spread on social media in the weeks and months after their tragic kidnapping at the hands of the blood-thirsty, anti-West militant group Boko Haram.One year later, the girls—many of whom are the same age as the Hempstead High School students at Tuesday’s event—haven’t been heard from since. Many fear that the girls, kidnapped from their campus dormitories at a government-run boarding school in Chibok last April, have been forced into marriages with militants or have been killed. Others refuse to give up on them, holding out hope that the once budding teens will eventually be safely returned to their grief-stricken families.“Those girls did not deserve that,” Brown-Young told the students. “Parents haven’t seen or heard from them for a year.”Village of Hempstead Deputy Mayor Waylyn Hobbs said the community was proud “that our young people are taking a stand” and prayed for the girls’ safe return.Perhaps the most impassioned plea came from Hempstead Union Free School District school board trustee Sherley Brazley, who credited the school district for taking a “global stand.” Speaking of today’s youth, she said, “these young people are our future.”Two students, Joselyn Alvarez, a junior, and Osato Irowa, a freshman whose parents emigrated from Benin City in southern Nigeria, took to the podium and asked the one question thousands of others have been pondering since the girls were taken a year ago.“Why has nothing been done?” they said, reading from prepared remarks. “There is no rational justification for their actions,” the students said of Boko Haram.“It’s time to bring our girls back,” they added.Dozens of student were then handed red ribbons, which they tied around nearby trees as a reminder that the girls remain missing.While students here were using their voices to spread awareness about the lost girls’ plight, hundreds spilled into the streets Tuesday in the Nigerian capital of Abuja and held vigils in honor of the kidnapped students.The anniversary comes weeks after sweeping political change in Nigeria where President Goodluck Jonathan was voted out of office, partly due to what his critics said was a lax response to the kidnapping and failure to aggressively defend the country against Boko Harm’s assault. As for the U.S. government, Akande called on officials to target Boko Haram like it has the so-called Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL.“This is the time for the U.S. government to do everything in its power,” he said. View image | gettyimages.com
The camp benchmarking project continues and is slowly but surely joined by an increasing number of camps.We bring you an interesting research Benchmarking of Croatian camps for the Croatian Camping Association (KUH) conducted from month to month by the Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality Management from Opatija. A total of 30 campsites are participating in the Benchmarking project from which relevant data such as camp occupancy, utilization rate, revenue per night, average length of stay and many others can be extracted.Otherwise, Benchmarking is the process of measuring and comparing a company’s operations, products and services with the best, either within the company’s area of operation or outside it. Benchmarking is a process based on comparing one’s own dimensions (processes, products, costs, etc.) with a company that deserves to be a measure of value.”Camps that have not yet joined are invited to join immediately in order to gain additional representativeness and accuracy of the data and further raise the quality of the results.” stand out from KUH. Otherwise, from the opening until 11.7.2017. The camps realized 6.167.121 overnight stays, ie an increase in the number of overnight stays compared to last year of + 23,31%.Below, by clicking on the link, you can download the benchmarking reports of the camps for the 5th and 4th month.Download the report “Camping benchmarking – 4/2017.”Download the report “Camping benchmarking – 5/2017.Related news:ADRIANO PALMAN, KUH: WE STRONGLY OPPOSE THE NEWLY CREATED CATEGORY “CAMP RESORT – ROBINSON ACCOMMODATION”KUH EXECUTIVE BOARD HELD MEETING WITH MINISTER OF TOURISM