April 23, 2021
  • 5:45 am ROLL UP FOR BEST OF THE REST
  • 5:44 am In Brief
  • 5:44 am Co-op research into Leeds loaf
  • 5:44 am Northern profits slump
  • 5:44 am Counter intelligence

first_imgUnlike traditional sandwich shops in high street environments, the philosophy of the Soho Sandwich Company is to meet the needs of companies. It has sites in Highgate Studios, a coffee shop in Hendon Library and the most recent acquisition, the Loughton sandwich café shop, on the ground floor of a multi-storey office block.The firm supplies fresh New York deli-style gourmet sandwiches, salads, sushi and fresh fruit for wholesale, retail, corporate and private functions.With numerous corporate clients, the option to offer customers an account facility is an important part of the business. When the company started with its Highgate Studios site, it found it difficult to keep accurate records of customer accounts through its existing point-of-sale (POS) system. When the Loughton and Hendon sites were acquired the company consulted Aufait Systems, which recommended Datasym.POS software installed on Toshiba ST-70 touch-screen terminals.”We were impressed by the flexibility and ease of use of the software,” says Soho Sandwich’s manager Adam Gilbert. “The compact, fanless and spill-proof terminals were ideal because we serve hot and cold food and drinks. They also fit well into our counter space.”keeping trackWith the system in place, the firm is now able to track individual customer account balances easily and accurately. Gilbert explains: “It enables customer accounts to be pre-set on the system. All items are processed through the POS terminals. We use the system to send each customer a monthly report of all purchases, taken directly from the till, and can also provide customers with a summary of their account.”When a customer comes in to settle their account we print out two receipts from the terminals, which the customer signs. The customer keeps one and we keep the other. With account customers making up 50% of our business, this is an important facility.”As well as managing customer accounts, the system provides multi-site sales information, which enables the company to look at sales and margins data and to see exactly what has been sold across different product lines. “The system is very easy to use, simple to add new items and I can change prices in a matter of minutes,” says Gilbert.There is a facility in the new system to implement specific offers, promotions and meal deals and the facility to see which specials and promotions have been successful.last_img read more

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first_imgFood ingredients and bakery supplier Real Good Food (RGF) saw share prices drop 20% after it warned that profits for the year would not hit market expectations.The board at RGF said in yesterday’s profit warning statement that it did not expect the final profit outcome for the financial year ended 31 March to meet current market expectations.Extensive investment and restructuring, as well as the sale of Napier Brown sugar to Tereos last September, has had a “short-term effect” on the share price, which yesterday dropped over 20% to a low of 34.10p – a low not seen since April of last year, when low EU sugar prices soured trading at Napier Brown.The group also cited “one-off events” as having had an impact in the profit warning, and indicated that its investments in cake decoration, food ingredients and premium bakery in the last year had also affected margins.It said: “The business has invested heavily in people, product and brand across all its businesses as it executes its strategy of achieving the optimal operating platform from which to drive significant future growth.”As a result, ebitda within the continuing business is expected to remain flat year on year. The stock has recovered some of the losses and is now trading 12.4% down at 39p.The statement said: “The current financial year has been one of significant transition for the group as it implements its operational strategy and investment programme across the business.”last_img read more

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first_imgLast summer, Dead & Company embarked on their first-ever summer tour together. The band, which is made up of original Grateful Dead members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, and Bob Weir alongside John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge and Jeff Chimenti, played four tour-closing shows in California after an extensive national run together. The final show ended at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA on July 30, 2016, the same venue that the band had thrown a surprise free show at two months earlier. It was only fitting that their summer run should come to a close at Shoreline, right near the Dead’s origins in the Bay Area.Dead & Company has shared a fantastic version of “Terrapin Station” for all those to enjoy, in anticipation of their return later this month. Enjoy:Dead & Company will hit the road from May 27th through June 28th, kicking off the tour in Vegas and hitting major venues across the country. The dates include stops at places like the Hollywood Bowl, Shoreline Amphitheatre, Folsom Field, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Fenway Park, Citi Field, Wrigley Field and more! You can see the dates below, and head to the band’s website for details.Setlist: Dead & Company | Shoreline Amphitheatre | Mountain View, CA | 7/30/16Help on the Way, Slipknot!, Shakedown Street, Cassidy, Standing on the Moon, Me and My Uncle, Brown-Eyed Women, Franklin’s TowerII: Dark STar, St. Stephen, Eyes of the World, Terrapin Station, Drums, Space, Days Between, Not Fade AwayE: U.S. Blues, Brokedown Palacelast_img read more

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first_imgToday, EMC is announcing Native Hybrid Cloud, a turnkey, Pivotal Cloud Foundry Converged Platform that accelerates and simplifies cloud-native application development and deployment.  It reduces the weeks and months once needed to push out new applications and features to just days or hours. With Native Hybrid Cloud, organizations gain the agility they need to accelerate business outcomes that can differentiate their organization, increase customer loyalty and grow revenue.Listen to what Chad Sakac of EMC, James Watters at Pivotal, and Kevin Reid of Virtustream have to say about the introduction Native Hybrid Cloud.For the new age of digital-driven customers, user experience trumps all. Applications are now the new face of business. They need to be available anytime, anywhere and on any device while providing real-time updates and intelligent interactions. This necessitates embracing new development models for delivering and iterating cloud-native applications, enabling faster innovation and response to business demands.Many enterprises are struggling to make the transition to this model because planning, designing and building a custom platform for cloud-native applications can be a complex project – too long for customers who need a solution to address immediate business needs and too costly to maintain and enhance. That is why EMC is introducing Native Hybrid Cloud – a fully engineered Converged Platform – to accelerate the development and deployment of cloud-native applications and deliver a turnkey Pivotal Cloud Foundry developer experience.The Native Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service with Pivotal Cloud Foundry software can be deployed in as little as two days after system delivery. This can be up to 93% faster time to code compared to a build your own* approach. It also connects developers to IT ops to accelerate the delivery of cloud native applications.  With the Native Hybrid Cloud, applications can be pushed out as soon as code is written seamlessly and consistently.And, it not only reduces the time and effort to develop and deploy new applications, but it streamlines the conversion of traditional apps to cloud native.Native Hybrid Cloud delivers an on-premises platform to provide the performance, security and data sovereignty required to meet business demands. It also brokers the provisioning of applications off-premises to Virtustream for customers seeking a hosted option – all with the same seamless turnkey developer experience. Native Hybrid Cloud accelerates and simplifies application development and offers an add-on option that produces a comprehensive toolkit for data scientists and engineers to perform big data analytics.Native Hybrid Cloud integrates Pivotal Cloud Foundry’s cloud-native platform withVMware Vsphere or OpenStack (and in the future VMware Photon) with VCE hyper-converged VxRack System 1000 offerings. Selecting the vSphere option enables customers to maximize compatibility with existing VMware investments while Photon or Openstack optimize scalability and efficiency for cloud native applications.With Native Hybrid Cloud, developers can simply build and iterate their code, with instant access to application services and always-on data protection while IT Operations gains full visibility and control through built-in monitoring and reporting. This is one of the hardest parts of achieving a true DevOps experience – and it’s fully packaged for customers into an engineered platform. Supported end to end by EMC with upgrades and single contact support, Native Hybrid Cloud reduces the cost, time and complexity associated with building your own cloud-native platform.For more information on our solution, visit our webpage.*Source –   Compared to equivalent environmentlast_img read more

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first_imgIn the first blog in this series we talked about programmable fabrics and their use causes. In this blog we’ll look at what a programmable fabric actually looks like.The following diagram shows the high-level architecture of a programmable fabric:The programmable fabric can be broken down into two main layers, the control plane and the data plane.Control Plane LayerThe control plane layer is responsible for configuring and managing the data plane and is normally more centrally located, i.e., one per PoP or region.The control plane is normally divided into three separate domains – Fabric, Telemetry & Configuration and Management –  to allow them to scale independently. However, they could be implemented in one software controller, for example in a small-scale implementation.1.     Fabric ControllerThe Fabric Controller controls the loading and programming of the data plane pipeline using the P4 Runtime interface to communicate with the data plane’s programmable forwarding engine as shown in the diagram below.There will be a number of controller applications or “network functions” that talk to the fabric controller to control various aspects of the programmable fabric.The Fabric Management applications manage the underlying network fabric setup and configuration. It can also be thought of as a number of virtualized switch and router network functions that provide the underlying network fabric using the programmable fabric.The Fabric Management applications rely on user plane functionality being implemented in the P4 pipeline in the PFE.The NF control plane uses a CUPS (Control User Plane Separation) methodology to implement the control plane portion of a Network Function while the user plane functions are pushed down into the “data plane node” as described in this document.2.      Telemetry ControllerThe Telemetry Controller allows applications (i.e. Fault Management) to collect telemetry on the network elements in the programmable fabric using the Programmable Fabric’s gNMI streaming interface. It is expected that other applications will use things like machine learning to provide more intelligent decisions and provide control loop feedback into the Fabric Controller applications to provide pre-emptive service reconfiguration and repair as we move towards autonomous networks.3.      Configuration and Management ControllerThe Configuration and Management Controller will provide applications with common north bound interfaces and models for the configuration and management of the programmable fabric.The OpenConfig group  provides a set of network data models that allow network functions to be managed using a common set of tools and protocols.  The gNMI and gNOI interfaces use the OpenConfig models to allow efficient access to configure and manage the network functions in the Programmable Fabric.Data Plane LayerThe data plane does the bulk of the network traffic forwarding only sending exception or control packets up to the control plane for processing (i.e. DHCP for a new IPoE session in a BNG-c).  While the data plane might normally be thought of as a standalone network switch in the network it could also be a SmartNIC in a compute server that allows the programmable fabric to be extended up into the server (i.e. using P4 to define a pipeline in an FPGA SmartNIC).The data plane is normally made up of several components:Data Plane Node (DPN):is used to describe the hardware that houses the data plane forwarding function (i.e. all the components below).  This could be a stand alone network switch with a PFE like Intel/Barefoot’s Tofino chip or a compute server with a P4 based SmartNIC like Intel’s PAC N3000.Data Plane Agent (DP-Agent):provides the standardised north bound data plane interfaces (i.e. P4 Runtime, gNMI and gNOI) that allow the control plane network functions to communicate with the data plane.  An example implementation of the DP-Agent is the ONF’s Stratum project.Network Function user plane (NF-u):the user plane portions of network functions can be defined in the programmable pipeline (i.e. using P4 for example) and then loaded into the PFE to process packets.  These functions are programmed by their control plane counters parts (i.e. BNG-c, UPF-c, Fabric Manager-c) in order to handle the bulk of the traffic in the PFE without needing to go up to the control plane for processing.Programmable Forwarding Engine (PFE):the actual hardware that does the packet forwarding. Some examples of a PFE could be the P4 based switch chipset like Intel/Barefoot’s Tofino chipset, or another could be an FPGA based SmartNIC using P4 to define the packet forwarding pipeline.Dell Technologies is committed to driving disaggregation and innovation through open architectures and the competitiveness this brings to our customer’s networks. The high-level architecture described in this blog is in line with the Open Networking Forum’s Stratum and NG-SDN projects and provides open building blocks that allow telecommunication providers to build open, scalable and cost effective edge solutions.last_img read more

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first_imgWARSAW, Poland (AP) — Preliminary figures show that Poland’s economy shrank 2.8% during 2020 due to the pandemic, ending three decades of constant growth. The report released Friday showed that the usual driving forces of the economy faltered. Private sector spending shrank by 3% and investment contracted by 8.4%. It was the first contraction in Poland’s GDP since a 7% drop in 1991, when the economy was going through a painful transformation from being centrally-run to a market-driven system. Like most other countries, Poland’s economy was disrupted severely in 2020 by restrictions on public life meant to contain the coronavirus.last_img

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first_imgStudent Senate passed a resolution requesting the University approve an application for a gay-straight alliance (GSA) on Wednesday. The resolution also requested the University offer a public statement explaining its decision on the application. Twenty-one members of Senate voted to approve the resolution and two members abstained from voting. Junior Katie Rose, gender issues director for student government and vice president-elect, said student government’s records show the possibility of an official gay-straight alliance has been discussed since at least 1989. Senate entered into closed, executive session for much of its discussion about the resolution. When public discussion resumed, student body vice president and president-elect Brett Rocheleau, a junior, clarified the position of the Office of Student Affairs on the recognition of a GSA. “They believe that with [the Core Council for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Questioning Students], the pastoral counsel that comes with these questions [of sexuality] is needed,” Rocheleau said. “With a peer-to-peer advocate, they are afraid that this need of the counseling won’t be as well met.” Morrissey Hall senator and sophomore Cal Belden said if Core Council were the only resource needed by students that identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender (GLBT), more students would utilize it. Sophomore Gaby Nunez, Cavanaugh Hall senator, said Student Affairs might not understand the value of peer-to-peer interaction. “In a situation like a gay-straight alliance, if you have a gay student who has come out mentoring a questioning student through the experience, that might be more effective because the student has been there,” she said. Tom Lienhoop, a Core Council member and sophomore, said a GSA would augment Core Council’s work. “There’s so much value in having a peer-to-peer organization that is recognized at the University,” he said. “Without speaking on behalf of other Core Council members, that is something that has been expressed before — the fact that a GSA would be a benefit regardless of what Core is already doing.” Student body president and senior Pat McCormick said the effort to request the recognition of a GSA is not a criticism of the Student Activities Office (SAO), but rather, an attempt to engage in dialogue. “I think that as an administration we are also seeking to advance that spirit of inclusion,” McCormick said. “I think the hope of the resolution is that sense that we can do more on this issue, that we can include more fully, and that this resolution isn’t an attempt to criticize the attempts that have already been made, but an attempt to move them forward.” Rocheleau said the next step is to promote collaboration between SAO and students that file an application to create a GSA. Senior Joanna Whitfield, vice president of the Progressive Student Alliance, said after the meeting she was glad Senate took time to discuss the resolution and the effects it would have on the student body. “I think that this resolution affirms that Notre Dame really is inclusive to all its students,” Whitfield said. “Students really want to further inclusion and they really want to help out GLBT students on this campus … We’re also really happy that it’s the Student Senate, so it does show that the students really do support this movement.” In addition to approving the GSA proposal, Senate also approved junior Alexa Shaw as the next student union treasurer and passed two other resolutions. One resolution changed the transition date for Student Union Board positions from April 1 to May 1, effective this spring. The other resolution imposed restrictions to maintain the balance of the “carry-forward” financial account that exists as a source of emergency funding for student government.last_img read more

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first_imgShelburne, VT: Tim Williams of Shelburne has launched Exterus Business Furniture, a contract furniture dealer specializing in office, healthcare and hospitality furniture. Services include sales, customer service, consultation, space planning and design, as well as delivery and installation. Don Gill has been hired as a Sales Representative bringing with him 30 years in the office furnishing industry. Hours of operation: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday thru Friday. 4750 Shelburne Road, Shelburne, VT 05482. 802-383-1770. www.exterusfurniture.com(link is external).last_img

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first_imgHolders of Hvar tourism so far have been tourists from the USA and Great Britain, who accounted for 65% of all overnight stays, and it is impossible to close so many holes in a few months. In the period from 1 January to 31 July, 113 arrivals were recorded in Dubrovnik, or only 912% of last year’s tourist traffic and 14 overnight stays, also 347% of last year’s tourist traffic in the same period. From January 848 to July 14, 01, there were 31 arrivals on Hvar or 2020% compared to last year, while with 19.924 realized overnight stays it was at the level of 17,28%. Of course, this is an opportunity to reset a new tourist paradigm, both in Croatia as a whole and in individual destinations. We need to be ready for quick decisions and quick transformation, and there is a need for synergy in the tourism sector. Those who turn to market development will certainly benefit, as always. Although in Dubrovnik and Hvar this season the prices in all accommodation capacities, as well as in the destination in general, the prices are much lower than usual, in accordance with the current situation, due to dislocation, still did not trigger a big motive for coming. Dubrovnik and Hvar are among the two most affected tourist destinations in Croatia. And this is best shown by the data from eVisitor. This is supported by the traffic of the three busiest airports in Croatia: Dubrovnik, Split and Zagreb. In the first seven months of 2019, the three mentioned airports had a traffic of 5.299.919 passengers, while this year the number is significantly lower, just over one million. From January to the end of July, Dubrovnik Airport generated 146.159 traffic, while Split Airport generated 280.189 passengers. The airports are increasingly connected to the rest of Europe, and the British market is expected to do the most. Photo: Pixabay.com Dubrovnik and Hvar are among the two most affected tourist destinations in Croatia. There is no philosophy or space for populism, the thing is very simple. These are the destinations that depend most on air traffic, most guests this year came from the American and British markets, and with poor transport links and a combination of more luxurious destinations, it is clear to everyone that current tourism results are not the product of poor promotion. .center_img On the other hand, optimism has awakened on the island of Hvar, in spite of everything. Thus, 16.602 arrivals were recorded in July, which is at the level of 31,73% compared to last year, and 91.073 overnight stays or 44,99% compared to 2019. Of course, the numbers are not for opening champagne, especially on Hvar, but still cheerful and hopeful. “According to the first estimates from March, when we hoped to realize 30 percent of last year’s tourist traffic, the current figures show that in the city of Hvar in the challenging year 2020, tourist dreams are still coming true.”Points out Petar Razović, director of the Hvar Tourist Board. People are already or will certainly accept the narrative “new normal” i.e. accept the fact that we have to live with the coronavirus. Life, economy and thus tourism must go further, of course with the observance of all epidemiological measures. So a much better season and a more stable tourist season is expected from next season. On Hvar, they put a promotional focus on the markets of Germany, Slovenia, Austria, Croatia and intensified the promotion towards the British market. “Currently, the most numerous guests are from Germany, Slovenia and Poland, while we have the largest increase from the Czech Republic, which is the result of an excellent promotional campaign that we conducted in European markets. In August, we expect an increase in overnight stays from 10 to 15 percent, primarily due to the arrival of air guests from traditional Hvar tourist markets (UK and Scandinavia), which instills optimism in this year’s tourist season. says Razović. “In the best predictions for this tourist season, we “dream” of 30 percent of last year’s traffic”Said Petar Razović, director of the Hvar Tourist Board at the beginning of April this year, when asked about the expectations for this tourist season. Although shocking, but on the other hand quite realistic for all the above reasons. According to the eVisitor tourist check-in and check-out system, 01 tourists stayed in Dubrovnik on August 9, which is 214% of the tourist traffic compared to the same date last year. On the same date, Dubrovnik recorded 35 arrivals, which is 3% of tourist traffic compared to August 283, 43.  The announced flights from Great Britain, and marketing cooperation with the British tour operator are expected to increase the arrival of foreign guests and increase the number of nights on the island of Hvar. So that August and September, could still boost the statistics and thus generate spending to survive until next year. Although it is difficult to predict, if the situation does not escalate in Europe and thus in Croatia, which should not except through occasional small jumps in new cases, and whether to find a cure or vaccine for covdi19 (which we all of course hope for positive news) the next tourist years will certainly be much better and better in statistical figures.last_img read more

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first_imgFrnaklin County, In. — A two-vehicle crash at State Road 1 and Lucas Road injured one person Tuesday.A report from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department says Johnathan Osborn, 21, of Connersville was southbound on State Road when he drove left of center, striking a northbound vehicle driven by Brian Canady, 54, of Cambridge City.Osborn was treated at Fayette Regional Hospital.last_img

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