In Short

first_imgScrumptious DiscipleBaker Paul Bradford, of Truly Scrumptious Designer Cakes in West Lothian, Scotland, has been made a Disciple Escoffier after impressing chefs from across the world with a series of classes in Monte Carlo, reported the Sunday Mail. He was invited to Monte Carlo after creating a 12-tier cake for a VIP wedding at the Hotel de Paris, and the pastry chefs were apparently so impressed, he was invited back to pass on some of his wisdom.Coffee chain cupcakesCaffè Nero has introduced its first ever range of cupcakes. The range, developed by Aulds Delicious Desserts, uses no artificial colours and includes chocolate, lemon and berry varieties. They retail at £1.35 for take out and £1.45 eat in.Iberian StarbucksStarbucks has begun serving 100% Fairtrade Certified and Starbucks Shared Planet verified coffee in the UK in all of its espresso-based beverages. The chain has also assumed 100% operating control of its French business, currently run in a 50/50 joint venture with partner Spanish firm Grupo Vips, which operates stores in France, Spain and Portugal. As part of the agreement, Vips will be a fully licensed partner with exclusive rights to operate Starbucks coffeehouses within Spain and Portugal.Impulse offerUK Point of Sale (UK POS) has launched new products so that bakers can take advantage of the popularity of Halloween and Bonfire Night. The new items include shelf wobblers, aisle signs and impulse bins, which it said can be used to highlight promotional campaigns and generate impulse buying among customers.last_img read more

Real Good Food vows to shake up financial reporting

first_imgHaydens and Renshaw owner Real Good Food has said it is committed to improving its corporate governance and reporting after failing to fully report details of payments made to directors.Payments had been made to two directors for consultancy services that were not properly disclosed in transaction notes for the company’s accounts in 2014 to 2016. The costs had been accounted for by the business, however.Real Good Food (RGF) today said its standards of corporate governance and reporting had been below those investors “might reasonably expect”, adding it was “committed to rectifying this important aspect of operations and disclosure”.At the end of last month, RGF reduced its earnings expectations for the financial year ended 31 March 2017 to £1m. This was half the figure suggested by the business earlier this month, which was itself around £3m lower than previously forecast (see full details here).The RGF board said it would be appointing external advisers to conduct a full review of the company’s corporate governance and financial reporting procedures, and would make a further announcement when the review had been completed and “any necessary changes implemented”.“In light of the recent discovery that transactions for these separately remunerated activities had not been appropriately declared as related party transactions in the company’s annual report and accounts as regulation required, the board carried out an exercise to establish precisely what payments had been made to which related parties,” announced Real Good Food (RGF) today.The accounts probe was conducted with the forensic accounting department of BDO LLP.Undisclosed payments made to RGF founder and executive chairman Pieter Totté in the financial years 2014, 2015 and 2016 totalled £1.9m and, said RGF, included consultancy agreements for services relating to merger and acquisition and other project work that was beyond his day-to-day role as executive chairman. The total includes £1.1m in relation to the disposal of the Napier Brown Sugar business in 2016.Undisclosed payments totalling £96,000 had been made to non-exec director Peter Salter, who was chairman of the firm’s audit and remuneration committees. Salter resigned the role and stepped down from the board on 1 August. Totté stepped down a week later, the same day chief financial officer David Newman left the business. Newman has been replaced by Harveen Rai, previously chief financial officer at Arzyta UK Holdings. Non-exec director Pat Ridgwell is currently interim chairman, while Christopher Thomas is executive director.last_img read more

Neal’s Family wins £5,000 community award grant

first_imgLancashire-based Neal’s Family Bakery has won an award from dating and social networking app Bumble.The family-run bakery won £5,000 in Bumble’s competition to support small businesses during the Covid-19 outbreak.One of 10 winners, Neal’s Family Bakery was nominated for the Bumble Community Grant Award and chosen out of 2,500 UK applicants.The coronavirus pandemic had led to the closure of its café, which accounted for half of its annual turnover. It had to adapt and branch out into an online ordering service for contactless collection and delivery, in order to ensure the most vulnerable members of the local community had access to its products.“The grant is facilitating the continuance of our business during these challenging times and contributing to the cost of our online ordering and delivery service. In an effort to future-proof our business, we have invested in glass screens, in order to create individual booths in our café. This will ensure we can provide effective social distancing facilities, as and when we are permitted to open,” said Jane Neal, co-owner of Neal’s Family Bakery.The majority of the bakery’s customer base is made up of an older demographic, who are at higher risk from the virus, it added.People in the community spoke highly of the business and how well it served its clients and took care of its staff.Neal’s has fostered an environment where its employees feel they can grow as individuals, creatives and a team, said a spokesperson from Bumble.Bumble is a free, women-first social networking app, with more than 80 million users across six continents.last_img read more

Foo Fighters, Iggy Pop & Post Pop Depression, Billy Idol To Headline 2018 Cal Jam Music Festival

first_imgCal Jam Music Festival will return for a second year, going down October 5-6, 2018 at the Glen Helen Regional Park in San Bernardino, California. The Foo Fighters-hosted-and-curated event will also include headlining performances from Billy Idol, Iggy Pop and Post Pop Depression–an exclusive one-off reunion which features Queens of The Stone Age’s Joshua Homme, Dean Fertita and Troy Van Leeuwen and Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders. Also on the lineup are Tenacious D, Garbage, Billy Idol, Greta Van Fleet, Silversun Pickups, Manchester Orchestra, The Front Bottoms, Black Mountain, Deer Tick, Gang Of Youths, Thunderpussy, and more. The daily breakdowns can be found below.Friday, Oct. 5thBilly Idol, Bridget Everett, Mexrrissey + More!Saturday, Oct. 6thFoo Fighters, Iggy Pop with Post Pop Depression, Tenacious D, Garbage, Greta Van Fleet, Silversun Pickups, Manchester Orchestra, The Front Bottoms, Black Mountain, Deer Tick, Gang Of Youths, Slaves (UK), Giant In The Trees, Metz, Yungblud, Thunderpussy, Anna Von Hausswolff, Fea, Kingfish + MoreCal Jam Music Festival’s good times come at the affordable price of $99 (plus taxes and fees) for one day GA. This year, Saturday ticket holders have the option to buy a Friday night ticket for $30 (plus taxes and fees). All camping packages include free entrance to the Friday night Party. Tickets and camping packages go on sale this Thursday, May 17th at 10AM PST. Visit the festival website for more information.last_img read more

Don’t just sit there

first_img“I want theater to look like this,” said Diane Paulus, artistic director of the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.), gesturing dramatically at a PowerPoint slide that looks like it was taken in a packed 1970s nightclub, glitter ball and all.The slide, however, shows the A.R.T. production of “The Donkey Show,” which set Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in a disco and had audience members standing up and dancing alongside actors. The production represents Paulus’ vision of theater that actively engages the audience, tearing down the invisible wall between actors and attendees.Likewise, many schools are turning to new forms of education that break the mold of static lectures and passive listeners.Examples of this kind of “active learning,” matched with new classroom technologies and the evolving role of the instructor, were highlighted on Friday (Feb. 11), in the first of a series of campuswide dialogues on teaching and learning called “[email protected]: Redefining Teaching and Learning for the 21st Century.”Paulus; Christopher Winship, the Diker-Tishman Professor of Sociology; and David Malan, lecturer on computer science, each described examples of active learning rapidly gaining acceptance at Harvard and campuses elsewhere.Schools are going “beyond the traditional college lecture format in which the student is simply a passive listener,” said Michael D. Smith, dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS), in his opening remarks.“Overall, the practice of supplementing traditional classroom teaching with more hands-on experiential learning is common to a very large number of courses taught at Harvard and truly transcends disciplinary boundaries,” Smith told a group of about 122 people in Maxwell Dworkin G115.Determining the actual number of attendees was part of the presentation by Malan, who has been applying innovative techniques in teaching introductory computer programming for his popular CS 50 class.Malan illustrated “logarithmic growth” or improving the speed of searching through massive amounts of data by having audience members interact and use a formula to count themselves, instead of having him painstakingly count each person. To everyone’s delight, including Malan’s, the system worked and the audience got a demonstration of new ways to look at old techniques.“We do this in the very first lecture of CS 50,” he said. “It’s one thing to represent the notion of an algorithm formulaically, but it’s a lot more memorable and compelling to actively see and feel what that algorithm would actually be like.”Winship described the evolution of his own thinking about interactive learning, sparked in part with his efforts to develop statistical models for evaluating educational programs in Boston’s Dorchester and Roxbury neighborhoods — an experience that showed him the challenges of applying academic models to the real world.Research shows that, on average, after 10 minutes a student tends to tune out, Winship said.  In his course on “Reinventing Boston,” he encourages students to break out of the “Harvard Square bubble” by having them work on projects that use Boston neighborhoods as living subjects for field research, interviews, and demographic analysis.  The goal is to “show students the connections between the classroom, the real world, and the lives they really want to lead,” he said.“Theoretical, conceptual models are enormously important to help us think, but testing them against the real world is absolutely critical and is what pushes our thinking to become more sophisticated,” he said.Active learning can take myriad forms. Paulus, who has co-taught Shakespeare classes while the A.R.T. presented Shakespeare plays, said that she will teach classes on “Porgy and Bess” in advance of an upcoming A.R.T. revival of the famous George Gershwin opera.“I really believe that my interaction with students and what I hear from them will actually impact the production,” she said. “Because part of doing  ‘Porgy and Bess’ in the 21st century is ‘What do we make of this work?’ and ‘How do we place it in a context that has meaning for our audience?’”While Malan uses new technology — like online recordings of his lectures and live chats — to help students grasp the details of programming, he also uses the model of the high school science fair for the popular CS 50 fair in which students show off programs they created. The class even hosted an all-night “Hackathon” in which students — fueled by pizza and 2 a.m. Chinese food — worked all night on problems and helped each other through the night.Befitting the topic, the question-and-answer period was lively. Panelists were questioned about whether rigorous evaluation has proven the effectiveness of active learning, whether it works better for some subjects like languages, how instructors grade in an active learning environment, and whether activities like reading are, in fact, an “active” form of learning. Several participants argued that Harvard should do more to teach better ways of teaching across all its disciplines.Future topics for [email protected] will include  “Instilling a Global Perspective” on March 25 and “Teaching With Collections” on April 1.In his course on “Reinventing Boston,” Christopher Winship encourages students to break out of the “Harvard Square bubble” by having them work on projects that use Boston neighborhoods as living subjects for field research, interviews, and demographic analysis.last_img read more

Harvard Kennedy School faculty reflect on the World Economic Forum

first_imgEurope’s financial crisis dominated the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) annual meeting, which wrapped up Sunday (January 29) in Davos, Switzerland. For the first time, growing wealth disparities were a main topic of discussion, thanks largely to the Arab Spring uprisings, the Occupy movement and other protests around the globe.More than 2,500 VIPs, including Harvard University President Drew Faust, Harvard Kennedy School Dean David Ellwood, Academic Dean Iris Bohnet and several Kennedy School faculty members attended the five-day gathering. The week included intense discussions, with some 260 sessions involving the world’s foremost business and political leaders on the planet’s most pressing issues.In a panel discussion Friday (February 3), Harvard Kennedy School faculty members shared their experiences of the WEF.Overall, Ellwood remarked how subdued the atmosphere was at Davos. “I wouldn’t call it pessimism, but there was very little optimism on a broad scale.”“The Arab Spring is over,” said Lawrence Summers, Charles W. Eliot University Professor of Harvard University. According to the panelists, that seemed to be the general consensus. “It is now being referred to as the ‘so-called Arab Spring. No one is optimistic about the conflicts in the Middle East,” said Ellwood. “There were a lot of private conversations on the Middle East, but there seemed to be a fear of openly discussing the topic,” added Dan Shapiro, Director of the Harvard International Negotiation Program, and faculty member at the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School and Harvard Medical School/McLean Hospital.last_img read more

Understanding faults

first_imgEstimating the location, size, and timing of future earthquakes is becoming ever more important to keep people safe on an active Earth. Phoebe Robinson DeVries, a Ph.D. candidate in earth and planetary sciences and 2016 Harvard Horizons Scholar, works to model the way in which stresses from one seismic event are generated and transferred, and may trigger future earthquakes. Finding ways to share the work of Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences’ graduate students in the humanities, the social sciences, and the sciences, within Harvard and with the general public, is a key aim of the Harvard Horizons initiative. Each year, eight Ph.D. students are chosen to participate in an intensive mentoring program designed to help them communicate the substance of important academic work to a broad audience. The training culminates in the Harvard Horizons Symposium, where the Horizons Scholars deliver five-minute talks about their work from the stage of Sanders Theatre. The symposium, which is free and open to the public, will be held April 5 at 6 p.m.DeVries discussed her work in advance of the symposium.GSAS: How did you develop an interest in science?DEVRIES: My science teachers in elementary school and high school were so creative and engaging. We built models of the solar system and volcanoes, tapped our own maple sugar tree, went to visit a dairy farm, and exploded things in chemistry classes. What I learned in science and math classes changed the way I thought about the world.GSAS: What question drives your research?DEVRIES: How can we accurately model time-dependent motion across faults both during and between earthquakes? Can these models inform estimates of seismic hazard?GSAS: Why is it important to study earthquakes?DEVRIES: Since 2000, earthquakes have killed more than 400,000 people worldwide. Improving estimates of seismic hazard — and in particular, improving estimates of the size, location, and timing of large earthquakes before they happen — could help countries, cities, and individuals to prepare for and respond to these devastating events.GSAS: Who do you think is conducting innovative research in your field at Harvard?DEVRIES: I feel very lucky to be a graduate student in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard. The department has such a dynamic group of graduate students, and EPS faculty members are leading research groups that are conducting innovative and impactful research in many different areas.GSAS: Most scientists believe that earthquakes cannot be predicted. Do you think it is possible to develop a predictive model?DEVRIES: A successful earthquake prediction would include an accurate estimate of the size, location, and time of an earthquake. Many earthquakes happen along the boundaries, or faults, between tectonic plates. But large tectonic plates are effectively made up of many smaller plates, all of which are bounded by faults that could cause earthquakes. To understand which faults may be the most dangerous, researchers have developed large-scale models of the fault systems in the western United States, Japan, Turkey, and elsewhere, based on the motion of the Earth’s surface today, observed with thousands of global positioning system stations (high-precision versions of the same GPS devices in cell phones). These models can estimate where stress may be accumulating the fastest along fault systems — and in many cases, where, but not when, large earthquakes are likely to occur in the future.One striking example of the potential of these models is a study published in 2010, in which [Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences] Brendan Meade and his former postdoc John Loveless used GPS observations to identify the parts of the subduction zone in Japan that could potentially generate a large earthquake. One large area of the subduction zone that they identified was off of the coast of the region of Tohoku. The 2011 [9.0 magnitude] Tohoku earthquake, which caused a devastating tsunami and the meltdown of the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power plant, occurred one year later in this location. In other words, and in this case, Meade and Loveless were able to image the location and potential size of a large earthquake before it happened.Many of the recent advances in earthquake science, including the study described above, have been made possible by the development of satellite technology. In particular, GPS stations can record the motion of the surface of the Earth over time and allow earthquake scientists to watch and study the gradual motion occurring across faults between earthquakes in real time. Building accurate time-dependent models of this observable motion across faults between earthquakes could provide valuable insights into all three components of an earthquake prediction, and allow earthquake scientists to see earthquakes before they happen.last_img read more

Assistant professor named a Carnegie Fellow

first_imgElizabeth Hinton, assistant professor of history and of African and African American Studies, has been named a 2018 Carnegie Fellow.Hinton, who was among 31 awardees who will each receive $200,000 for research focused on Stockton, Calif., home to one of the highest crime rates in the country, called the recognition “overwhelming.”“Whenever you begin a new research project, you are unsure of exactly how it will be evaluated and if it’s interesting to anyone else. I’m incredibly passionate about this work, so to receive recognition in this way is a tremendous validation,” she said.Said Dean of Social Science Claudine Gay: “Elizabeth is doing path-breaking work on the history of the carceral state. This award not only is a fitting tribute to what she has already accomplished in her career, but also speaks to the extraordinary promise of her future work on criminal justice.”Hinton’s award-winning book, “From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime: The Making of Mass Incarceration in America,” studied racism and related law-enforcement policies on a large scale. This award, which will support her next, to-be-named book, zeroes in on Stockton as it works to turn around policies and programs that caused the spiral.“Stockton provides a powerful lens to examine political and economic transformations in the late 20th century, as well as the dimensions of contemporary racism,” she wrote in her research prospectus.During her 2016‒17 sabbatical year, Hinton assisted Stockton Police Chief Eric Jones in reforming the police force.“Widely regarded in the law-enforcement community as one of the most progressive police chiefs in the country, Jones has taken important strides to improve policing and public safety in the city under the National Network’s guidance. He is the first police chief in the U.S. to begin a process of ‘racial reconciliation’ in his department, whereby officers hold listening sessions with black and Latino residents and take action on grievances,” she wrote.Vartan Gregorian, president of Carnegie Corp. of New York, said in a statement about all of the winners, who were recognized for scholarship in the humanities and social sciences: “The response to the fellows program gives me great hope for the future of the study of the humanities and the social sciences as a way for this country to learn from the past, understand the present, and devise paths to progress and peace.”last_img read more

EdgeX Foundry and Industrial Security for the IoT Edge

first_imgThis post is co-authored by Riaz Zolfonoon, an RSA Distinguished Engineer who leads the Emerging Technology group at RSA. He is responsible for strategy and technical direction for IoT. Riaz also represents RSA at IoT standards organizations and industry consortia such as IIC, OpenFog, and Edgex Foundry. Previously, he worked on a number of security technologies such as Identity management and PKI. Riaz is a co-inventor on 12 granted patents.As we exhibit at Hannover Messe 2018 and look back on the EdgeX Foundry’s first year of operation, there is a real sense of pride in what the community has collectively achieved so far and a ton of excitement about what’s to come. A clear path to greater IoT edge interoperabilityTwelve months in, the project has a clear roadmap in place and we’re meeting our delivery commitments with the recent “California Preview” release, which has dramatically reduced our footprint through the new Go Lang-based microservices. Net-net, we’re well on the way to living up to our goal of facilitating vendor-neutral interoperability between commercial value-add solutions at the IoT edge, regardless of underlying hardware, operating system or connectivity standards.Growing community and commercial adoptionIt’s wonderful to see growing community adoption with hundreds of developers actively working with the EdgeX code and companies starting to incorporate it into their commercial offerings. For example, IOTech has launched the first commercially-supported version of the baseline code compete with developer support. Beyond the 70 plus backing organizations and growing developer engagement, we’ve also seen the community expand in the form of university-sponsored EdgeX research efforts plus EdgeX-focused hackathons.A focus on security So, where to next? The big priority has to be industrial-grade security. To set some context, from a Dell EMC perspective, we purposely didn’t include much about security in our initial code contribution that seeded the EdgeX project because we felt it was important that these features were collectively defined by the community to gain universal trust.Global collaborationAs a result, over the last year, there has been a valuable, global collaboration within the EdgeX Foundry project between security leaders to define layer upon layer of security modules. RSA and VMWare have played a big part in this effort along with fellow EdgeX member companies including Analog Devices, Beechwoods Software, ForgeRock, Mainflux, Mocana, Samsung and Thales.  That work is now largely complete and the resulting APIs and reference code in EdgeX will pave the way for new commercial security innovations.Opportunity and riskLet’s put the importance of security in context. As we all know, the IoT promises unprecedented connectivity that equates to tremendous opportunity and considerable risk. According to Gartner, the total number of IoT endpoints will reach 21 billion units by 2020. It follows that a large enterprise could have millions of IoT sensors and actuators for functions such as building automation, smart manufacturing, logistics, transportation and so on.Unique IoT security concernsHowever, while many traditional IT endpoint security techniques still play a role for certain IoT use cases, there are several concerns unique to IoT that require innovative new approaches, such as massive scale, constrained devices, hostile locations with no physical security guarantees (for example, an unmanned wind turbine or traffic sensors in a smart city) plus of course, legacy and brownfield deployments. Due to all these concerns, securing only the “thing” will not scale in the long-term.IoT monitoring and threat detectionRSA – a market leader in risk-based authentication and fraud detection – has recently launched RSA Labs to focus on these unique security challenges. In one of its first efforts, dubbed “Project Iris”, data scientists from RSA Labs – have been using a gateway with the EdgeX Foundry platform to research the benefits of analytics and machine learning for threat detection. At Hannover Messe, RSA will join Dell EMC to demonstrate the results of its research with the theme of the showcase being “Industrial Security for the IoT Edge”.Security monitoringSo, how does it work? Briefly, Iris agent, a container running on the gateway, monitors the environment and collects the relevant security events. These events are sent to Iris Cloud. The services in Iris Cloud will then profile and classify the data to define the expected baseline for normal operations. As a result, Iris can then monitor devices for anomalous behaviour and detect threats, such as infection, command and control, lateral movement, data exfiltration and denial of service attacks.Data protectionOf course, in the Industrial IoT landscape, data is the primary value driver. It follows that the integrity and protection of data is critical. Addressing this concern, RSA will also present a demo, called  Project Notus, featuring secure OPC-UA communication between IoT devices and a Dell EMC Edge Gateway running EdgeX Foundry. However, for this demo, we have replaced the default security package for OPC-UA with an industrial-grade crypto library from RSA. For additional protection, the OPC-UA device service has also been integrated with a secure vault for protection of keys and credentials.Upcoming releaseExpect to see initial security functionality reflected in the next major EdgeX Foundry code release in June, called “California”. We are confident that this release will trigger an even bigger increase in the number of field PoCs scaling out this summer with a knock-on increase to production deployments spinning up later this year.We’d love to hear your feedback, comments and questions. If you’re in Hannover, do come and meet us! Meet us at Hannover Messe, April 23-27 and experience these demos at the EdgeX Foundry member area in Hall 6, Stand B17.Learn more about the EdgeX Foundry at Hannover Messe and the full list of interactive demos available:https://www.edgexfoundry.org/blog/2018/04/12/edgex-foundry-on-display-at-hannover-messe/To learn more about EdgeX Foundry visit: www.edgeXfoundry.orgTo learn more about Dell EMC OEM, visit: www.dellemc.comTo learn more about RSA Labs, visit: https://www.rsa.com/en-us/research-and-thought-leadership/rsa-labsKeep in touch about ongoing developments in the Internet of Things. Join the Dell EMC OEM LinkedIn IoT Showcase pageJoin the IoT conversation on Twitter: @dellemcoemlast_img read more

‘Pennies 4 Paws’ Campaign Looks To Raise Money For Animals In Need

first_imgShare: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) A dog at the Chautauqua County Humane Society. File image by Justin Gould / WNYNewsNow.JAMESTOWN – The Chautauqua County Humane Society’s fifteenth annual Pennies 4 Paws campaign that kicked off earlier this month is looking to raise more than $13,000 for animals in need.Officials with the Humane Society say last year they helped over 4,000 animals with a variety of needs including food, shelter and medical care.Community members, schools, social organizations and businesses to are asked to find creative ways to become involved and support area animals by collecting pennies.Collection containers are also available at the Humane Society’s Strunk Road location. Although pennies are the most common, the organization accepts any and all monetary donations.  Donations can be made by visiting ChqHumane.org. The campaign runs through the end of April.last_img read more