Ag Groups Fear Anti-trade Talk at RNC, Look to Pence for…

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Ag Groups Fear Anti-trade Talk at RNC, Look to Pence for Help Facebook Twitter SHARE Previous articleNearly 42,500 Comments Filed on 2017 RFS ProposalNext articleRains Bring Relief for Some, Problems for Others Hoosier Ag Today Farmers and agriculture groups all fear anti-trade talk at this week’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland. They are also looking for the presumptive nominee to keep pushing for reform of the regulatory agenda in D.C. Donald Trump has come out against the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the North American Free Trade Agreement, and threatened to impose high tariffs on China. That is alarming to the agriculture industry, but Trump’s selection of Indiana Governor Mike Pence has brought some optimism back into the ag sector. Pence is an outspoken supporter of the TPP and the other trade deals. House Ag Committee Chair Mike Conaway has offered to advise the Trump Campaign on farm policy, but they haven’t responded.Conaway will be joined by Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Pat Roberts at the Great American Farm Luncheon on Wednesday. This is an event organized by agribusiness interests at the Republican National Convention. Roberts hopes that Trump will keep up his criticism of President Obama on regulations, saying “our candidate has hit that one out of the park.”Source: NAFB News Service SHARE Facebook Twitter By Hoosier Ag Today – Jul 18, 2016 Ag Groups Fear Anti-trade Talk at RNC, Look to Pence for Helplast_img read more

How to get academic accommodations this semester

first_img + posts printThe beginning of a new semester can be a daunting task or refreshing start. The Center for Academic Services encourages students to plan ahead if they would like to receive academic accommodations for courses in the fall.The process for receiving the proper academic accommodations can be simple if done as soon as possible.The first step is to send or bring the most current testing records available to the Center for Academic Services department, located in Sadler Hall. This should be done as soon as possible. After the Academic Services has received the documents, they will be reviewed and the student will be assigned coordinator.The student and coordinator will have an interview where they discuss what the student wants most out of their accommodations. The coordinator’s role is to take the student’s testing results and interview them. Here, the coordinator will take into consideration the testing and interview to make a list of the accommodations necessary for the student to do their best. At the end of this interview, it’s crucial to set up another meeting time during the first week of school to review the accommodations the coordinator makes.First Week of ClassIn this meeting, the student will either approve or make changes to the accommodations that the coordinator has given. If changes need to be made, the student and coordinator will need to set up another meeting where they approve the changes made. If the accommodations are approved by the student and coordinator at the end of the first meeting, the student moves to the next step.The coordinator will give the student letters that must be signed by all professors the student will have that semester. Now, it is up to the student to speak to professors as quickly as possible. Professors often want to give the proper accommodations to students–it is important to arrange the accommodations before the first exam. This makes the testing process easier for the student and professor.Second Week of ClassDuring the second week of class, students should return all signed accommodations letters back to their coordinator. The coordinator will then ask the student to sign an agreement for the next semester. This agreement simply says that by turning in the signed accommodations letters, the Academic Services department will have the accommodations letters for the next semester’s courses available on the first-day class to expedite the process. This process will continue throughout one’s time at TCU.If students have any questions or concerns about how to receive their academic accommodations they can check out the Center for Academic Services website or call: (817) 257-6567. Facebook ReddIt Facebook Megan Guter is a senior journalism major and FTDM minor from New Orleans, Louisiana. Megan is an aspiring fashion icon and pop culture enthusiast. She loves reality television, boybands, and New Orleans to an extreme level. She is also a co-host at TCU’s one and only celebrity entertainment podcast, Celebrity Dish. Geaux Frogs! TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Megan Guter Review: Ali and Mortensen bring the ’60s to life in Peter Farrelly’s ‘Green Book’ Megan Guterhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/megan-guter/ Megan Guterhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/megan-guter/ Megan Guterhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/megan-guter/ Students seeking academic accommodations can go to Sadler hall to set up their first meeting.Photo credit: ATMTX Photography Live Blog: Medical School Receives Preliminary Accreditation Review: Christian Bale goes above and beyond in Adam McKay’s ‘Vice’ Megan Guterhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/megan-guter/ Twitter ReddIt Twitter Linkedin Linkedin Previous articleDumpster fire causes evacuation at University House TCU apartment buildingNext articleTCU misses shots and big opportunity in loss to No. 6 Baylor, 62-53 Megan Guter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Welcome TCU Class of 2025 TCU community honors loved ones during National Suicide Prevention Week World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution last_img read more

Gnocchi – some really good fast food

first_imgNewsGnocchi – some really good fast foodBy admin – December 14, 2011 596 Email Linkedin Print Twitter Previous articleWarning issued to jewellersNext articleGrant payment delays forcing students out admincenter_img Facebook Advertisement WhatsApp GIVING a hat tip to a fast food theme as it were, this gnocchi dish is really very good and as with most things Italian in nature, it is all down to the sauce and the quality of the produce used. A good potato gnocchi is as much about the potato as anything else. So using a good quality potato, baking it and then shaping them may seem like a lot of work but the end result is simply amazing.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up WHAT TO DO For the gnocchi4 baked potatoes2 eggs150g flourPinch of salt and nutmeg (it works)For the sauce1 punnet of cherry tomatoesfresh basil – it’ll be foreign, but worth itparmesan cheese1 finely diced onion 2 cloves of garlicA light squeeze of tomato pureeOlive oilA little knob of butterWHAT TO DOFirst off, you must bake the potatoes, I find that baking them makes for a better result in my opinion. Also, I will say that there are several very good pre-made options out there and for those of you caught for time, they are perfectly acceptable to offer. Making your own gnocchi is something, like many of the Italian classics, that you must do at least once. Once the potatoes are baked, scoop the white flesh out of the skins and add the eggs and flour to a bowl and combine with the salt and the nutmeg. Shape into a long cylinder and cut them to small bite sized pieces. You can roll them into oblong shapes for that authentic feel and look. They will only take a few minutes to cook so have a pan of salted boiling water ready to cook them as they will only take three minutes to bring back to life. Meantime, get the sauce on by sweating the onion and the garlic in a pan with a little olive oil and butter. Add the cherry tomatoes and a little cup of water with the tomato puree. Some pasatta will suffice also. A sprinkle of sugar is an optional extra if you want to lift the sweetness. Allow that to reduce and let the tomato-ness shine through. Drop the gnocchi into the salted boiling water and once they have floated to the top, remove them and combine with the sauce. Top with some shredded basil and grated parmesan cheese. last_img read more

Calix Launches Revolutionary New Capabilities for the Intelligent Access EDGE That Will Transform Service…

first_img Pinterest Local NewsBusiness Facebook Facebook WhatsApp Previous articleCockburn, Dosunmu lead No. 5 Illini past Northwestern 73-66Next articlePandemic politicking: Israel’s election sprint echoes US’s Digital AIM Web Support Twitter Twittercenter_img Calix Launches Revolutionary New Capabilities for the Intelligent Access EDGE That Will Transform Service Provider Economics and Simplify Network Architectures SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 17, 2021– Calix, Inc. (NYSE: CALX) has once again revolutionized the architecture of the subscriber-facing network by moving the subscriber management function closer to the subscriber for both new and existing networks. With this latest release, the AXOS®Subscriber Management Module (SMm) is now available on the Calix Aggregation Service Manager (ASM3001), enabling communications service providers (CSPs) to aggregate and manage subscribers across legacy and new networks in one integrated framework. This combination of SMm, the E9-2 Intelligent Edge System, and the ASM3001 allows CSPs to place critical network functions close to the subscriber. As a result, the integrated Intelligent Access EDGE solution improves network security, reduces latency, and eliminates the need for up to 87 percent of the systems required in traditional subscriber-facing networks. Service providers of all types and sizes are evolving to match growing bandwidth demand and differentiate their service offerings. These enhancements to the Intelligent Access EDGE solution enable a CSP to bring 100G aggregation to the access network. More importantly, they simplify network architectures and reduce the total cost of ownership. Because the consolidation of critical network functions can reduce the number of required systems by more than 87 percent, CSPs can build new networks at a significantly lower capital cost. With the combination of SMm and the E9-2 ASM3001, CSPs can also eliminate as much as 95 percent of the recurring fees associated with the software currently required to operate their networks. Finally, by combining subscriber management functions, CSPs can reduce the steps required to provision subscriber services to six—nearly an 80 percent decrease. Tennessee-based Highland Telephone Cooperative (HTC) is a longtime Calix customer that has migrated to a 100 percent fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband network. As its membership and demands for bandwidth continue to grow, the cooperative partnered with Calix to transform their network. “Bandwidth demands and our company growth have triggered the need to upgrade our access network transport, so our first step was to speak to our trusted partner, Calix,” said Jared Carson, chief operating officer for HTC. “Their professional services team suggested bringing 100G aggregation, Layer 3 and subscriber management closer to the subscriber with the E9-2 system and the ASM3001. Not only are we building added capacity into our network, but we are also implementing an end-to-end solution that improves operational efficiency, network security, and network reliability. This network is an investment in the future of our business and will enable us to ensure we exceed the expectations of all of our members—now and in the future.” Once HTC has its 100G transport running, it will focus on improving traffic management and network efficiency, as well as simplifying tasks like IP address management and eliminating the need for additional network elements. The improvements in IP utilization will enable HTC to recover stranded IP addresses, eliminating the need and cost to purchase additional ones. “We are delighted to partner with our customers and provide solutions that enable them not only to deliver the services their subscribers demand, but also to help them build successful businesses,” said Michel Langlois, chief development officer Intelligent Access EDGE products for Calix. “This new simplified subscriber management solution is the next step in implementing our vision of helping CSPs reduce network elements, decrease operational costs with advanced insights and workflow simplification, and deliver exceptional subscriber experiences. Our most recent cadence releases have grown our Layer 3 and subscriber management functionality with SMm significantly, and we are excited for our customers like HTC to see the benefits of these capabilities.” Learn more about the Intelligent Access EDGE and the Highland story on the February 17 webinar, “ Is the Recipe for Your Network as Simple as Ready-to-Bake Cookies?” About Calix Calix, Inc. (NYSE: CALX) – Calix cloud and software platforms enable service providers of all types and sizes to innovate and transform. Our customers utilize the real-time data and insights from Calix platforms to simplify their businesses and deliver experiences that excite their subscribers. The resulting growth in subscriber acquisition, loyalty and revenue creates more value for their businesses and communities. This is the Calix mission; to enable communications service providers of all sizes to simplify, excite and grow. This press release may contain forward-looking statements that are based upon management’s current expectations and are inherently uncertain. Forward-looking statements are based upon information available to us as of the date of this release, and we assume no obligation to revise or update any such forward-looking statement to reflect any event or circumstance after the date of this release, except as required by law. Actual results and the timing of events could differ materially from current expectations based on risks and uncertainties affecting Calix’s business. The reader is cautioned not to rely on the forward-looking statements contained in this press release. Additional information on potential factors that could affect Calix’s results and other risks and uncertainties are detailed in its quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC and available at www.sec.gov. View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210217005246/en/ CONTACT: Press Inquiries: Dale Legaspi 408-474-0056 [email protected] Inquiries: Tom Dinges 408-474-0080 [email protected] KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA CALIFORNIA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: TELECOMMUNICATIONS SOFTWARE NETWORKS INTERNET DATA MANAGEMENT TECHNOLOGY MOBILE/WIRELESS SECURITY SOURCE: Calix, Inc. Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/17/2021 08:25 AM/DISC: 02/17/2021 08:25 AM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210217005246/en Pinterest TAGS  By Digital AIM Web Support – February 17, 2021 WhatsApplast_img read more

Call to HR to take leading role in corporate ethics

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. HR must take a more strategic role and lead the push for corporate ethics aspotential staff increasingly look for values-led employers. George Starcher, secretary general of the European Baha’i Business Forum,which promotes ethics in 48 different countries, said firms are too slow totake the ethical message on board, despite a strong business case. Speaking to the International Business Forum, the former director ofMcKinsey consultants said that HR should seize the opportunity to tackle theissue, which would soon take centre stage as more young workers preferred tojoin companies with ethical business practices. Recent Totaljobs.com research found that 43 per cent of candidates would notwork for a firm that didn’t have ethical and environmental policies – even ifthe employer offered £10,000 more than a responsible firm. “We read about the Shells, the BPs and the Bodyshops taking the lead,but there are another 60,000 companies that are not reacting in this way,”Starcher added. He said younger employees were causing a paradigm shift in employment asworkers sought self-satisfaction over profit, with value-led companiesattracting better staff. Call to HR to take leading role in corporate ethicsOn 18 Nov 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Canadian Navy prepares for Arctic offshore patrol ships

first_img View post tag: HMCS Harry DeWolf Back to overview,Home naval-today Canadian Navy prepares for the arrival of Arctic offshore patrol ships November 2, 2016 View post tag: Royal Canadian Navy Authorities Canadian Navy prepares for the arrival of Arctic offshore patrol ships The Royal Canadian Navy has already selected the first commanding officer for its Arctic Offshore Patrol Vessels and preparations are underway for the delivery of HMCS Harry DeWolf in 2018.Lieutenant-Commander Corey Gleason, along with a small preliminary crew, are preparing for the new vessel, one of six ice-capable offshore patrol ships that will conduct sovereignty and surveillance operations in Canada’s ocean areas of interest, including in the Arctic.“It’s truly exciting to have this role as first commanding officer,” says LCdr Gleason. “The first ship in its class is always a lot of work and there’s a long road ahead – about five years between shore office work and the first operational cruise for the lead ship. We get the opportunity to pave the way for everyone else.”Rear-Admiral John Newton, Commander Maritime Forces Atlantic, said that the pending arrival of these vessels inspires the RCN to undertake bolder activities in all of Canada’s ocean areas. This past summer, maritime coastal defense vessel HMCS Moncton was patrolling in Hudson Bay, while its sister ship HMCS Shawinigan was far west along the Northwest Passage, creating new learning experiences for sailors in the fleet.“For several years now our crews have been increasingly busy familiarizing themselves with Arctic waterways and the communities that struggle with shifting economies, climate and human activities,” says RAdm Newton. “We have engaged in new partnerships with government agencies that are keen to benefit from the support of the RCN.”The future fleet of AOPVs has been designated the Harry DeWolf Class in honor of Vice-Admiral Harry DeWolf, a Canadian wartime naval hero, and the first ship of the class also carries his name.Construction of HMCS Harry DeWolf began in September 2015, and Irving Shipbuilding in Halifax is building the AOPVs. Over the course of time, 65 smaller units become 21 larger blocks, which then become three mega-blocks.Updating the progress of Harry DeWolf, LCdr Gleason says the engines have now been installed, the middle section is upright and the entire ship will be soon sitting in the water.“Trials will begin in 2018 and more routine seasonal deployments will be under way commencing in 2019,” he says. “However, there is a great deal of work to do before those deployments can take place.”Once commissioned, the ship will undergo sea trials and collective training, and then take part in Arctic-based international engagements supporting northern operations such as Limpid and Nanook.Considering the seasonal rhythm of operations, Canada’s AOPVs can expect to be tasked with an annual wide range of domestic and international operations, including capacity and confidence building between Canada and new foreign policy interests.“The actual platform of the ship itself has a capability that lends itself to completing multiple operations,” explains LCdr Gleason. “Therefore we will not just be focusing on bringing this ship into the Arctic to increase the RCN’s presence there, but in all areas the RCN is traditionally employed.”Harry DeWolf, measuring the length of a Canadian football field, can carry a crew of up to 65 people, plus an additional 22 to support an enhanced naval boarding party, army troops, special operations forces and other government departments to support science and research. It also carries a helicopter, up to six sea containers, and up to seven small boats.“Despite being 2,000 tonnes heavier than a Canadian patrol frigate, its electrical diesel engine makes it a more economical choice for traveling long distances to a target or for Caribbean operations interdicting smugglers,” says LCdr Gleason.The sealift capability, sea-to-shore connectors, additional personnel capacity, and ability to carry mission-specific supplies and resources also make it a superior platform for humanitarian and disaster relief missions.“If a ship can operate in the Arctic well into the navigable season, it can certainly operate anywhere in the world because of its range of capabilities,” LCdr Gleason said. “We’re all looking forward to seeing what it will accomplish.” Share this article View post tag: AOPSlast_img read more

Congressman Larry Bucshon Deputy Chief of Staff and Communications Director Nick McGee To Move…

first_imgDear City County Observer:This is certainly a bittersweet email to send. After five fulfilling years serving Dr. Bucshon and the Hoosiers of Indiana’s Eighth District, my tenure comes to an end today.What began as summer internship in Indiana, eventually brought me to the nation’s capital for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work for a true public servant and an awesome boss. I can’t thank Dr. Bucshon enough for taking a (massive) risk by giving me a chance. We accomplished a lot together and, more importantly, had a hell of a time doing it.I’m grateful for the opportunity to work with and alongside some tremendous people along the way who’ve helped me grow professionally and personally.I’m know this is a temporary farewell and our paths will cross again soon. In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to reach out if I can be of help or to just stay in touch. My personal cell phone number is 812-457-5231 and personal email is [email protected] As of 5pm today, I will no longer have access to my house email address.With respect to my next steps, I start a new opportunity as Director of Public Affairs at Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) on Monday, September 18.Thanks for everything. Talk soon.Nick McGeeDeputy Chief of Staff and Communications DirectorCongressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. (IN-8)1005 Longworth HOB | Washington, DC 20515202-225-4636 (p)http://bucshon.house.govP.S. An announcement regarding who will take over the media/communications responsibilities for Dr. Bucshon will be forthcoming. In the meantime, if you are a member of the media or have a media-related request, please direct your questions, comments, or concerns to Kyle Jackson at 202-225-4636 or [email protected] LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

IS IT TRUE JUNE 22, 2016

first_imgIS IT TRUE we are pleased to announce that CCO is once again getting some valuable information from our Civic Center “MOLES”? …in the near future we shall be sharing some interesting information that members of the Winnecke Administration have attempted to keep from going public?IS IT TRUE we have been told that BRANDON LEE FERGUSON has decided to run for the Vanderburgh County Council seat as a Democrat in the upcoming November 8, 2016 election?  …we  predict that Mr. Ferguson will be selected in the upcoming June 30, 2016 Democratic caucus as a candidate for the Vanderburgh County Council seat?IS IT TRUE that yesterday one of our readers posted  the following question? …he said: “I wish I knew more about if there was a trust fund for Mesker Amphitheater. I suspect the plan to demolish it is because it is sitting on money someone wants to spend more freely”? …we strongly recommend  that he contact City Controller Russ Lloyd Jr and City Council Finance Chairmen Dan McGinn and let them explain why this TRUST FUND was mis-used by the City of Evansville?IS IT TRUE during the last election several voting centers weren’t handicap accessible.  …we are pleased that officials of The Indiana Disability Rights groups attended the Vanderburgh County Election Board meeting to voice “legal concerns.”  about the lack of accessibility for handicap people of the several voting centers? …we are sure this issue will be resolved in an reasonable manner?IS IT TRUE we are extremely proud of the University of Southern Indiana Chamber Choir for winning  first place in the Mayo International Choral Festival in Castlebar, Ireland?   …USI competed against more than 30 choirs from Ireland, Norway, Wales and the U.S.?  …USI won both the four-part competition, the sacred music competition and placed second in the Gaelic languages competition?IS IT TRUE Killer is the only locally owned skate shop with a first class skate park?   …the publicly owned Lamasco skate park on West Columbia Street  has seen better days? …the publicly owned skate park at Wonder Ice Rink has long been dismantled?  …Killer is run by Glenn Davidson and his wife Sheena?  …Killer offers skate camps, contests and the basics of skating?  …Killer is open Monday through Saturday noon to 9 p.m. and Sunday 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information on Killer, visit their website at  www.killerskatepark.com?   …Killer is located at 1315 North Cullen Avenue?IS IT TRUE according to the City Engineers’s Office the the following road are closed?  …the reason why is that asphalt street milling activities will be taking place Tuesday (6/21/16) through Friday (6/25/16) at the following locations:· Division Street from Boeke Road west to the on-ramp for the Lloyd (between Taft Ave and Fairlawn Ave) and  Washington Ave from Hebron Ave west to Boeke Road?FOOTNOTES:  Todays “Readers Poll” question is:  Do you feel that Mayor Winnecke will save Mesker Amphitheater from the wreaking ball?Please take time and read our newest feature articles entitled “HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS” posted in our sections.If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] 2015 City County Observer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributedFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Inside Outsider

first_imgA bakery shortlisted for a restaurant and bar design competition? That’s a first! That bakery is the deliciously-camply monikered Outsider Tart a name inspired by partners and co-founders David Lesniak and serial entrepreneur David Muniz’s love of outsider art. The Chiswick-based US-style emporium is the only bakery to make the finals of the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards 2010 (to be held in June). What’s more, they managed the shop fit with a mere £36,000 spend.Lesniak an established New York architect set out to create a small-batch American-style bake shop in everything from portions to sizes and ingredients, with all recipes created from scratch and made on-site. In the six months since opening, they’ve generated a word-of-mouth buzz via Twitter, Facebook, a mailing list and PR, that has left the national press salivating.The story behind sourcing its site at one of the busiest intersections in Chiswick is perhaps less chichi than appearances in glossy mags Vogue and Glamour might suggest they spotted it while stuck in traffic. Thinking they’d never be able to afford it, but with nothing to lose, they contacted the agents and, within two days, they had made a commitment.Lesniak then set about designing the shop. “I knew what I didn’t want,” he remembers. “Slowly but surely, I figured out what I did want. Because of my background, when we would go into any café or bake shop around London, I would be constantly editing in my head and thinking, ’If I had this space, what would I do?’.”Not that that process was without its skirmishes, as the Davids’ bickering banter suggests. For example, on the shelving:Lesniak: “One of the last-minute edits in our shop was the shelving, because I had a different approach at the beginning…”Muniz: “…which I liked better…”Lesniak: “…which I now couldn’t be happier with. I think it looks fabulous.”…and on the flooring:Lesniak: “One of the things that added time to the fit was the decision to replace the flooring…”Muniz: “…I liked the original flooring better…”…and the concept:Muniz: “The whole business has evolved through what is and and isn’t working…”Lesniak: “…That has always been your approach and my background has always been ’solve the problem, execute the solution’. You’re more like, ’I’m not sure what the problem is, but here’s a piece of the puzzle’…”Muniz: “…It doesn’t sound like it, but it does work well!”However, underlying these squabbles over the detail was a solidly thought-through concept, to which they have remainedtrue. “We’re completely clear on our vision and what we want to do,” says Lesniak. “If you look around, it’s our personality, no-one else’s.”There’s no doubt the pair are from the “business models suck” school. “The misconception is you have to have your business model. You have to have all the planning in place. But it doesn’t have to be that way. You can be much more incremental,” says Lesniak. “I think we benefited from it truly evolving, as opposed to coming in with a really slick concept, turning off your head and executing that concept.”Adds Muniz: “The biggest mistake people make is in saying, ’This is my business plan, nothing is going to deviate from this’. It’s better to say ’these are my concepts, and if that doesn’t work, jettison it and make more branches and revenue streams off what does work’.”The evolutionary approach also typifies the products, which are changed daily. “Some people compliment us on the evolution. ’Every time I come in here there’s something different I love that’” says Lesniak. “Others are conversely rattled by that. ’Where’s the cheesecake that I always like?!’ Having people growing with the business does create a lot of loyalty, because people get caught up with the fun of what we’re doing. We’re making cakes that sell well. We’re not churning out the same items every day we’re experimenting and trying new things.” That, and the tight margins on no-compromise premium ingredients, influenced their decision not to do wholesale.The community didn’t react well to the lack of outside café seating, admits Lesniak a delay caused by the council. “The lack of seating sent unconscious signals to a lot of people that it’s not viable,” he says. Thankfully, with spring approaching, the Tarts have just got approval for café terrace seating. “The shop environment is very social and communal,” adds Muniz. “A lot of people didn’t like to feel they had to be involved in the conversation, or feel that they were bringing down the conversation by not participating, which is fair.”Instead, customers wanted that option to sit and read the paper or use their laptop something they will take into account when planning their next two shops the first of which should open this year.Nevertheless, Lesniak urges anyone starting out to stick to their guns. “For anyone opening a shop, you owe it to yourself to see your vision through. It’s very easy to fall victim to comments you cannot appeal to everybody; not everyone who walks through your door is your customer. The moment you start answering to all those requests and criticisms, everything will unravel.” The execution The look was “found objects, put together with purpose”. Antique circus arrows have been wired as lights and the centerpiece of the bakery is a striking custom-made counter made from Corian a plastic with the durability of marble. The shelving offers long-term flexibility with a rustic charm. The floor was chosen to emulate unearthed rustic floor boards and the walls are painted a deep dark chocolate brown. The signage letters appear as if sourced at random, with a giant beater insignia. Lessons learned 1. “That Chiswick reads The Times, not The Guardian!” exclaims Muniz, after appearing in both papers, with zero pick-up in trade after the latter. “The response we’ve had since we appeared in The Times (in January) was shocking. I’ve started up a bunch of businesses and it’s critical to spend money where you know it’s going to work. The best way to get into the minds of the people who you know are your customers is to be validated by something they trust, whether it be a magazine, TV, radio or getting a blogger excited about what you’re doing.”2. “It’s guaranteed that, in the first three years of your business, you’re not going to have a life other than eating, breathing and sleeping that business,” says Muniz. “Everybody, including the people closest to you, will tell you it won’t work. You have to ignore that. It will feel like every vendor, every client, everything is trying to drive you insane. It is a slow road to convince everyone that what you’re doing makes sense and is fun, good, and worth having a business for.” At a glance Products: Chocolate brownies with a hint of cinnamon are the biggest seller (£2.50); recently-introduced savoury breakfasts include bacon, egg, potato and cheese omelette in a potato crust (£2.50); quiche such as potato, mushroom, leek (£3.50); apple & fennel/veggie nut/cajun sausage rolls or chicken rolls (£2.50); raisin bran muffins with walnuts (£2.50); oatmeal, apple & raisin loaf slice made with a twice-cooked apple compôte (£2.50); whoopie pies such as chocolate, strawberry cream (£3); sourdough bread is sourced from a local supplierRevenue: Private and online orders are the biggest revenue stream, with made-to-order cakes starting from £45, pies from £25 and tarts from £22.50; shop sales are 80% take-away, 20% eat in; they also trade at farmers’ markets around LondonAdd-ons: Classes and evening events help to generate word-of-mouth interest and loyalty; hard-to-find American groceries are offered in-store, accounting for up to 20% of revenueOpening hours: 8am to 6pm, seven days a week; at weekends they’re filled to the rafters, with peaks at pre-work, post-work and around lunch. Muniz: “Mothers with strollers we love them. They fill in the gaps!”www.outsidertart.comlast_img read more

Press release: 1 in 8 people in England have now been tested for coronavirus

first_img One in eight people in England have now received a test at least once and with nearly 500 testing sites across the UK, the median distance to a test site is now just 4.3 miles. These are achievements in which everyone involved can be immensely proud. We are continuing to work tirelessly to increase capacity and make tests as accessible as possible. Our new lab partnership with Birmingham University is another example of how the public, private and academic sectors are working together to meet our target of 500,000 test capacity a day. In the meantime, NHS Test and Trace has now reached more than half a million people and advised them to self-isolate – and in the past week more than 14 million people have downloaded the new COVID-19 app, all of which will help break the chains of transmission. I am very excited that we can be part of the extension testing that will provide a needed boost to national COVID-19 testing efforts. Universities like Birmingham are perfectly placed to provide the expertise required to make this happen and I am confident we can make a significant contribution to COVID-19 testing and containing virus transmission in this country. 1 in 8 people in England have now been tested for coronavirus at least once since the service launched Latest weekly figures show testing capacity for pillars 1 and 2 has increased by 25% since mid-August 1,588,760 tests were processed in the UK in pillars 1 and 2 during week 17 – 23 September Weekly statistics show the median distance travelled for in-person tests is now just 4.3 miles Additional lab partnership with Birmingham University Lab announced to boost capacity by the end of October pillar 1 and 2 testing capacity has increased by 8% to 1,797,894 tests since the previous week and is a 25% increase since mid-August 83.7% of contacts where communication details were given have been reached and told to self-isolate 71.3% of people who tested positive and were transferred to the contact-tracing system were reached and asked to provide information about their contacts 1,588,760 tests were processed in the UK in pillars 1 & 2 during week 17 – 23 September, that’s 56,810 more tests than the previous week a new continuous cough high temperature a loss or change in taste or smell Statistics from the 17th week of operation of NHS Test and Trace show that since the service launched: Professor Alan McNally, Director of the Institute of Microbiology and Infection at the University of Birmingham, said: In response to unprecedented demand, a list of priority groups has been published outlining how the government is managing capacity to protect the most vulnerable, protect the economy and manage outbreaks, with only those experiencing symptoms eligible for tests. Prioritised groups include NHS patients and workers, care home residents and staff, teachers and areas of high prevalence. People requiring tests are advised to make an appointment, with new slots available throughout the day.The new NHS COVID-19 app has also been launched, with people across England and Wales encouraged to download it to help control transmission alongside national and local contact tracing. The app uses low-energy Bluetooth to log the amount of time you spend near other app users, and the distance between you, so it can alert you if someone you have been close to later tests positive for COVID-19 – even if you don’t know each other. The app has been designed with user privacy in mind, so it tracks the virus not people, and uses the latest in data security technology to protect privacy.The weekly statistics from the 17th week of NHS Test and Trace show in the most recent week of operations (17 to 23 September): The guidance for testing remains in place, with only those experiencing symptoms eligible for tests. Symptoms of coronavirus are: With close to 500 testing sites now operational across the UK, people with coronavirus symptoms are now travelling shorter distances to get tested, with the median distance just 4.3 miles, down from 5.2 miles the previous week.The service has also seen significant improvements in turnaround times compared to the previous week. The median time taken to receive a result from taking a test in person is now 25 to 29 hours, with 70.6% of results received the day after they were taken, this is compared to 52.9% in the previous week.The number of people testing positive this week has increased, with NHS Test and Trace continuing to reach the majority of positive cases and their contacts. This week the service successfully reached 71.3% of people who tested positive and 83.7% of contacts where communications details were provided.As demand grows, capacity is also increasing. In the latest week pillar 1 and 2 testing capacity has increased by 8% to 1,797,894 tests since the previous week – a 25% increase since mid-August.Work continues to expand testing capacity across the UK, to reach a target of 500,000 tests a day by the end of October. In addition to the growing Lighthouse Lab network, the introduction of partnership agreements with the public, private and academic sectors will see capacity grow by tens of thousands of tests in the coming months. Birmingham University has been announced today as one of the first of those lab partnerships to come online, with more partnerships to follow.NHS Test and Trace has now reached more than half a million people, including those testing positive and their contacts, to slow the transmission of coronavirus in England.While the COVID-19 app, which was launched last week, has been downloaded more than 14 million times, with 6 million downloading it on the first day.Interim Executive Chair of the National Institute for Health Protection Baroness Dido Harding said: 588,036 people have been reached by the service. This includes both those testing positive and their contacts 86.2% of all contacts where communication details were given have been reached and told to self-isolatelast_img read more