Fletchers Group of Bakeries has invested £7m in a new production facility at its Claywheels Lane site in Sheffield.The funding for the new facility came from a multi-million pound land sale to Sainsbury’s in 2011. The area sold to the supermarket firm had been used as a carpark, and was previously the site of the most modern part of Fletchers’ bakery before it was destroyed by a fire in July 2006.The bakery had said that the funds generated from the sale of the land would be vital for Fletchers’ future Sheffield investment plans, “which include the modernisation of part of the factory within the Claywheels Lane site”.Over one-third of the factory was relocated within the existing footprint of the bakery, including two production lines for rolls and doughnuts. Existing facilities were also upgraded and old equipment replaced, with the new facility including a new cold store and dispatch area.The new facility will supply fresh and frozen, white, brown or seeded rolls to retail and food service customers.Peter Williams, general manager at Fletchers, told British Baker the new facility offered greater process control, resulting in improving quality and consistency in production.”The new facility is part of the future and the growth of Fletchers Bakeries. It’s a great tonic to the staff here who can really see the progress that’s been made at the business,” said Williams.”The business is continuing to grow and improve its performance very successfully.”The facility was opened by former employee of 49 years, Gordon Maclean, alongside the Rt Hon. David Blunkett, MP for Sheffield and Hillsborough.Fletchers Group is made up of four businesses, including Fletchers Sheffield, LBD in Barnsley, Kara in Manchester and Grain D’Or in London. It supplies the major multiples, accounting for 60% of turnover, and the foodservice sector including schools, fast food outlets, and local authorities.Since posting an operating loss of almost £10m in 2007/2008, the business has achieved a profit of £0.6m in its last financial year.
Aryzta has announced that the takeover of German-based bakery firm Klemme has been finalised.Following receipt of all the necessary regulatory clearances, the Swiss-based bakery products business reported it had completed the acquisition yesterday (9 April).Klemme, a German-based company, produces frozen bakery goods for wholesalers, hotels and the catering sector, and employs around 1,000 staff.Aryzta revealed last month that it had sold its second hybrid bond for CHF300m (£210.6m), which the company said will be used to refinance its debts.
Mikko Nissinen wanted the ballet dancers to move their arms and legs in a certain, fluid way, but also he wanted them to move their spirits.“Listen to your body, feel the gravity, feel the weight,” he urged, as students in the Office for the Arts’ Dance Program worked on a turn. “Yes,” he encouraged excitedly when they responded, “that’s dancing!”Nissinen, artistic director of the Boston Ballet, was on campus Sept. 2 to offer a master class for the Harvard students — aspiring professional dancers, and those just looking to perfect their craft.Each year, visiting dance artists teach classes at Harvard as a complement to the robust series of classes offered by the program, including ballet, contemporary, theater, and modern dance. The Office for the Arts also offers master classes in art forms throughout the year.Despite a heat wave and steamy temperatures in Harvard’s Dance Center and Director’s Studio on Garden Street, about two dozen students took part in the class, which offered observers an inside look at the grueling work involved in ballet.The chance to take classes with a range of accomplished dancers and directors has been an important part of the overall Harvard experience for senior Natalie Cameron. The Cabot House resident, who is co-captain of the Mainly Jazz Dance Company at Harvard, hopes to pursue a dance career in musical theater after college.“For a dancer, it’s always great to have extra classes, especially ballet classes for training and technique, and the fact that they offer it is just fabulous,” Cameron said.Also taking part in the class was Elizabeth Bergmann, a longtime director of the dance program and a lecturer in dramatic arts. Credited with expanding dance instruction into the Faculty of Arts and Sciences curriculum during her Harvard tenure, Bergmann will retire in February.As he helped students with their technique, perfecting their pliés and tendus, Nissinen also tried to help them to listen to and connect with the music, gently encouraging their appreciation for the rhythms.“Listen to the music. The music tells you more than you think,” he said.Strong imagery also played an important part in the class, as well as a healthy dose of humor.“Dance like the demons are chasing you. You want to get away. Go, go, go,” Nissinen told the students. Later, he complained that they weren’t having nearly enough fun. Observing that the faces on his young students were grim with concentration, he wondered, “Who died? Enjoy, go for it!” Getting a leg up Sarah Farrell ’13 twirls among a stage of ballerinas, all taking a master class with Mikko Nissinen. Giving some pointers To a young student who wanted to know his opinion on the most important thing for a dancer, Mikko Nissinen said simply: “Be interesting.” Graceful lady Graceful Elizabeth Bergmann, retiring dance director, participates in the master class, too. Pretty ballerina Shanna Wiggins ’14 works it at the master class. Later, the students gathered round Nissinen for a question-and-answer session. As they stretched on the floor, the artist who began his own professional career at age 15 with the Finnish National Ballet offered them advice. To a young student who wanted to know his opinion on the most important thing for a dancer, he said simply: “Be interesting.”“If you are true to yourself and you are open, you are interesting. You can be so strong that you are vulnerable. If you are vulnerable, then you are interesting.” Footwork Shanna Wiggins ’14 stretches and rubs her feet. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer ‘Listen to your body’ Mikko Nissinen (center) teaches Natalie Cameron ’11 (left). Go for it Natalie Cameron ’11 is perfectly poised. But is she having fun? Mikko Nissinen, observing that the faces on his young students were grim with concentration, wondered, “Who died? Enjoy, go for it!” Fine and upstanding Shanna Wiggins ’14 (left) and Carina Fish ’13 are on their toes for Mikko Nissinen. Taking the barre Michelle Luo ’14 (left) and Mari Sosa ’12, from the Office for the Arts’ Dance Program, get ready for a ballet master class by Mikko Nissinen, the artistic director of Boston Ballet. ‘Listen to the music’ Mikko Nissinen told his class to “listen to the music. The music tells you more than you think.” Calling on Terpsichore ‘Dance like the demons are chasing you’ “Dance like the demons are chasing you. You want to get away. Go, go, go,” Mikko Nissinen told the students. Plie Shadowdancer Sarah Farrell ’13 strikes a classic pose.
View Comments It’s rare for a Broadway hit to cross the Atlantic intact, but that is currently happening with director Scott Ellis’ acclaimed revival of The Elephant Man, which has arrived in London for a summer run at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket, with its starry Tony-nominated trio of Bradley Cooper, Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivola along for the ride. For Nivola in particular, being in London is like returning home given that the Yale-educated actor has an English wife (actress Emily Mortimer) and knows the city well. Broadway.com caught the gifted star prior to West End previews to talk his renewed love of theater, show transfers, and being out of town during Tony season.Welcome to town! How amazing is it for you guys all to be here?It is! I’ve never reprised a role before and there’s been just enough time in between the two productions for me to forget all my lines [laughs], so I’ve been spending a few days frantically trying to remember all those speeches about cauliflower.And to be here with your entire cast!I know, right? Our being over here right now is unusual enough because there aren’t that many American shows that come over to London, and very few with the entire cast intact, and no shows at all that come with a cast intact from three years ago at Williamstown [Theatre Festival in Massachusetts] where at least half the cast were non-Equity interns! What’s incredible is that we’ve held it together the whole time across three incarnations.And you’ve got arguably the most elegant theater in London—the Haymarket—for your summer run.I’d never been in [the Haymarket] before and it’s without a doubt the most beautiful theater I have ever set foot in. And they do things so right there: there are brass plaques on my dressing room door with mine and Bradley’s names on them. Our dressing room is apparently known as the Gielgud Room but we’ve turned it into a kind of youth hostel with two single beds and various sleeping bags [laughs].And of course you’re now in the city where Bernard Pomerance’s play takes place.And there’s an incredible guy who runs the [Royal London Hospital] Museum who’s just an encyclopedia of information about John Merrick [the “elephant man” of the title, played by Cooper] and Treves [the doctor, played by Nivola] and the whole world of the play. Bradley went first to have a look when he was filming in London over the summer and then we had a company trip and I’ve been on my own.For those who saw the production on Broadway, should they see it again here if they can?We have been subtly changing certain staging things—various bits that we wanted to try and improve upon. There are a few more things that we’ve adjusted so that I hope people will get the Pygmalion-like story of Treves seeming to be Merrick’s savior and then in his attempt to educate and civilize and normalize Merrick, Treves strips him of his humanity and is so full of guilt and regret that it just tears him apart. Getting that story to be clear to an audience has always been a challenge.A challenge that you and your colleagues have clearly met successfully if the Tony nominations are any gauge.That’s lovely of you to say, but what’s been particularly satisfying is that Patty [Clarkson] and Bradley and I were all nominated—that we were all remembered. My main concern about coming to London was that we were all aware we would be starting our run the week after the nominations had been announced and if someone had been snubbed or left out in the cold, it might have made for a brutal few weeks!As it is, it must be making for a lot of trans-Atlantic travel.What’s happening is that we have Sunday off anyway—the day of the ceremony—and then we’ve got the Monday off so we’ll fly to New York Sunday morning, go to a hotel and change our clothes, go to the ceremony, then go to sleep and fly back the next day and do a show the following night.So the June 9 [two nights after the Tonys] performance back in London should be an interesting one.That’s going to be our hangover show [laughs].How does it feel to be overseas amid the whirl of Tony-time parties and receptions back in New York?I do feel sad not to be a part of it. It’s not every day that you get nominated for a Tony so I wanted to really soak it up, but what can you do? In a perfect world, we would be running our show in New York and I would be going to all the parties and the Tony people would be coming to see our show but instead we’re in another city.Will you spend the flight over to New York on June 7 practicing your speech?[Laughs.] God, I haven’t really given that much thought. I mean, I don’t know: I guess I have to be prepared for anything. I don’t think it’s something I’ll be nervous about; I’m just so excited about it. It’s one of the biggest moments in my career and I feel so happy that coming back to the theater has rewarded me in this way.You’ve had a pretty great theater run of late with A Lie of the Mind off-Broadway and then The Winslow Boy for Roundabout followed by The Elephant Man.When Emily and I moved back to New York about seven years ago, one of the first things that came to my mind was, “Why haven’t I been trying to do more theater?” So when Ethan Hawke [who was directing the Sam Shepard revival] asked me to do A Lie of the Mind, that was my first thing back on stage and it turned out to be one of the best experiences of my life—and then the two Broadway shows as well.It must be fun being in the same Tony season as Helen Mirren, with whom you made your Broadway debut 20 years ago in A Month in the Country.Which was also directed by Scott Ellis! I realized the morning the Tony nominations came out that Scott had given me not only my Broadway debut but my New York theater debut when I was a year out of Yale: that was the play that started my career.Could you have guessed back then that Dame Helen would make a career out of playing Queen Elizabeth II?If somebody had told me that was in the stars, it definitely wouldn’t have surprised me.Did you ever refer to Dame Helen at the time as “Her Majesty”?[Laughs.] I was tempted!
Draker Labs, the industry’s leading provider of turnkey monitoring solutions for commercial and utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) projects, was recently selected by Con Edison Development (CED) to monitor and control more than 40 MWs of grid-interconnected solar projects in the Northeast, including the 20MW Pilesgrove solar power plant. The Pilesgrove facility is the largest PV plant in the northeastern U.S. The Pilesgrove project was put in service in Q3 and is expected to generate enough clean energy to power over 5,000 homes while reducing CO2 emissions by approximately 1,900 tons per year, the equivalent of removing 3,400 cars from the road annually.Mark Noyes, Vice President of Con Ed Development, commented, “We selected Draker based on the scalability and reliability of their data acquisition system, as well as their ability to deliver an integrated monitoring and control solution to manage the utility interconnection. Draker’s team of dedicated project managers and field engineers were instrumental in commissioning the plant and interconnecting to the utility grid. We look forward to completing additional utility-scale projects with Draker in New Jersey, and beyond.” Draker has worked cooperatively with both CED and its engineering partner, RMT, to develop a secure monitoring and control solution that integrates with the utility’s SCADA system and data historian through a local Human Machine Interface (HMI). Draker provided switchgear monitoring and control through real-time automation controllers manufactured by Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL). A dedicated team of Draker project engineers provided design and engineering services and onsite installation and commissioning support.”We are delighted to be working with Con Edison Development on their Pilesgrove project and other utility-scale projects in New Jersey. Our ability to successfully serve utility-scale customers like CED with our Utility Suite continues to add to Draker’s industry-leading capabilities and reputation,” said Draker CEO Charles ‘Chach’ Curtis. About Draker Draker Laboratories provides accurate and highly reliable monitoring solutions that help owners and operators of commercial and utility-scale PV systems maximize the efficiency and profitability of their solar assets. As a supplier of end-to-end monitoring solutions, Draker’s turnkey systems combine proven field instrumentation with an intuitive web-based data management system and unmatched customer support. www.drakerlabs.com(link is external)About Con Edison Development Launched in 1997, Con Edison Development focuses on the development, ownership and operation of renewable and energy infrastructure projects in the Northeast. Through acquisitions as well as greenfield development, Con Edison Development has owned, operated and marketed 1700 MW of electric generating facilities. The company has proven expertise in engineering and construction management, start-up and commissioning, and a strong track record of financial stability and regulatory experience. Con Edison Development is a subsidiary and registered trademark of Consolidated Edison, Inc., one of the nation’s largest investor-owned energy companies. More information can be obtained by calling 914-993-2185. You can also visit the Consolidated Edison, Inc. website at www.conedison.com(link is external) for information on all of the Consolidated Edison companies.BURLINGTON, VT, USA ‘ October 18, 2011 – Draker Labs
Tables turned as justices are quizzed by lawyers Mark D. Killian Managing Editor From the usefulness of amicus briefs to protocol for who gets to answer questions during oral argument, members of the Bar had a unique opportunity to fire questions at the Supreme Court during the Appellate Practice Section’s discussion with the court program at the Bar’s Annual Meeting.“Openness is one of the high values of the court and I think it is especially helpful when we do this every year. . . because it gives you an opportunity to come and instead of being peppered with questions from the bench, you get to ask a couple of questions yourself,” Chief Justice Harry Lee Anstead told those gathered at the Bar’s June convention in Boca Raton.What follows are some of the questions posed to the justices: • When there are two or more lawyers on the same side during oral argument, is it permissible for a lawyer not already at the podium to rise to answer a question asked his colleague?Anstead said it makes “eminent good sense” that if the lawyer seated is better equipped to respond to that question to do so.“We are generally only concerned with the consumption of the time and getting our questions addressed, because that represents the concerns that the justices have going into the oral argument,” Anstead said. “I see no reason why someone can’t be called up to the podium to respond to a question like that.”Justice Charlie Wells, however, noted the 20 minutes allotted for argument goes fast and that if you waste your time “with people bouncing up and down” you risk breaking the continuity of the argument.“What you are really looking for is the questions the court asks as opposed to a presentation by lawyers,” Wells said. “You want the court to get out on the table the things that are troubling the court. So if you are not in a position where you can answer that, then the person who can had better pop up real quick.”Justice Pariente, who became chief justice a week after the Annual Meeting, also said the justices are less interested in hearing presentations from lawyers before them as getting their questions answered.“If you can get your name out without a question, you are in good shape,” Pariente said. • A bill which failed in the legislature last session would have created a sixth district court of appeal in Southwest Florida. Is the court considering this issue?Anstead said the court has a history of studying the issue, but no recommendation for the new DCA has made it past the subcommittee stage in recent years.“I think that is still an issue that bears examination and study,” Pariente said, noting the proposals made this year in the legislature came without any prior discussion with the court.“We have been told that this year, the new legislature may not be interested in that issue,” Pariente said.Pariente has, however, decided to study the workloads of the DCAs again and the potential need for a new DCA to be created “in a global way so it does not become a partisan football.”The bill this year tied the creation of a new DCA to the approval of any new judgeships. • What is the point of motions for rehearing when on the one hand lawyers are not supposed to reargue something they already argued in their brief and on the other are not supposed to make new arguments?“When I was an attorney, I always thought motions for rehearing at the Florida Supreme Court were a waste of time, because it is hard enough to convince three DCA judges to change their minds and it’s especially difficult to get seven Supreme Court justices to change their minds,” Justice Raoul Cantero said.Cantero did, however, say he had good experiences filing motions for clarifications where he essentially accepted the court’s holding “but said we also argued X and you did not address that.“I thought the court was much more open to that: not asking to redo the merits, but addressing this one issue,” he said.Pariente also noted motions for clarification often “look like motions for rehearing.” • Do amicus briefs help the court in deciding cases?Cantero said in the vast majority of cases amicus briefs add nothing to the case because they simply restate the arguments made by the parties involved.“The amicus briefs I thought were helpful were those that come from a different perspective,” Cantero said. “If the parties are arguing a constitutional issue, they argue a statutory interpretation issue.”Cantero said an amicus is also useful if it educates the court about what is happening on the same issue in other states.Pariente also said it is helpful when truly neutral organizations weigh in on the issue, especially in rules cases.“What we see are a lot of not friends of the court, but friends of the appellate or appellee,” she said. Tables turned as justices are quizzed by lawyers August 1, 2004 Managing Editor Regular News
NCUA Board Member J. Mark McWatters recently had some sharp words for the CU regulator.“NCUA should not treat members of the credit union community as Victorian era children—speak when you’re spoken to and otherwise mind your manners and go off with your nanny,” McWatters told the Pennsylvania CU Association’s annual meeting in Hershey last week.The agency “should, instead, renounce its imperious ‘my-way-or–the-highway’ approach and actively solicit input from the community on NCUA’s budget and the budgetary process,” he added.“I champion the right of the regulated to speak to the regulator on the record regarding the expenditure of their limited resources,” McWatters said. Rather than such hearings being “dog and pony shows,” he said, public hearings are “simply a matter of respect and professionalism evidenced through the lens of transparency and full accountability.” continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
This is placeholder text continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr This post is currently collecting data… The financial services industry has shifted toward digital banking—perhaps slowly at first, then with urgency at the onset of the pandemic. This shift is creating new member engagement opportunities for credit unions, and the quality of a credit union’s digital interactions translates directly to the quality of the end‑user experience. Such interactions impact member satisfaction positively or negatively based on perceived level of empathy, content quality, relevance, ease of use and timeliness—and, ultimately, how well the credit union knows their members’ or prospects’ identities, needs, financial understanding and product interests.In today’s digital environment, consumer satisfiers—and dissatisfiers—have changed, making the delivery of an exceptional member experience more complex. With over 80% abandonment rates par for the course for banks’ online application processes, the stakes for designing a satisfying experience are higher than ever before.Historically, credit union member engagement has been executed through in-person discussions, written correspondence and telephone conversations. And while members do still value face‑to‑face service, digital access brings a host of new opportunities both for the member and for the credit union. While traditional interactions were typically reactive to member‑initiated visits or calls, in a digital world, software‑based engagement methods take a more proactive approach with the ability to capture additional touch points across various stages of the member journey.
Legal expert Feri Amsari criticized the letter, saying that the President’s special staffer did not have the authority to decide and appoint a company for COVID-19 mitigation efforts.“There is a clear conflict of interest here as he is also the founder and CEO of the company,” he said. “This is not only embarrassing for the President, but it also gives the impression that our country is playing around in the middle of a disaster.”The letter drew more criticism from social media users, activists and politicians.“Jokowi’s special staffer, Andi Taufan Garuda Putra, sent a letter with the Cabinet Secretary letterhead, asking all district heads in Indonesia to support PT Amartha Mikro Fintek [in the efforts to] mitigate COVID-19. But he himself is the CEO of PT Amartha. How about that?” @soeyoto1 tweeted.Staf Khusus Presiden Jokowi, Andi Taufan Garuda Putra mengirim surat”berkop Sekretariat Kabinet”kepada camat di seluruh Indonesia untuk mendukung PT Amartha Mikro Fintek (Amartha) menanggulangi Covid19Sedang dia sendiri CEO PT AmartaTrus piye Jal?https://t.co/vvNgyKEXJN— S0EY0T0 (@soeyoto1) April 14, 2020 Meanwhile, human rights activist Andreas Harsono tweeted: “I am sure that Harvard teaches ‘conflicts of interest’ on campus. How could a presidential staffer, also a Harvard graduate, in Jakarta use the Palace to make sure his own company’s service is being used nationwide?”I am sure @Harvard teaches “conflict of interests” in the campus. How could a President @jokowi staff, also a Harvard graduate, in Jakarta uses the palace to make sure his own company’s service is being used nationwide? #Stafsus #COVID19indonesia https://t.co/nTqdBdEg84— Andreas Harsono (@andreasharsono) April 14, 2020 Andi has since revoked the letter and issued an apology on Tuesday. He claimed the letter was aimed at supporting the village volunteer program and was done “purely for humanitarian reasons” without using state or regional budgets.“My intention was to do something good and as quickly [as possible] to help prevent and overcome COVID-19 in the villages, which is through direct support by Amartha field teams under my leadership,” Andi said in a statement on Tuesday.In November, Jokowi appointed Andi and six other “millennials” aged between 23 and 36 years old as his presidential expert staff members, whose task is to advise the President on various subjects, including education, entrepreneurship, the creative industry, disabled rights and religious tolerance.Topics : Democratic Party politician Abdullah Rasyid jumped in, tweeting: “When the people are screaming [for help], Jokowi’s special staffer instructed district heads to involve his company [Amartha]. “This action is akin to that of a scalper and is borderline abuse of power. The President should fire him immediately as he is an embarrassment to the Palace.”Disaat Rakyat Menjerit, Staffsus @jokowi instruksikan Camat agar libatkan perusahaannya (AMARTHA). Tindakan Stafsus rasa Calo ini sudah katagori ABUSE OF POWER. Presiden harus sgera pecat, memalukan istana #JkwKKN pic.twitter.com/sdmklJlscf— Abdullah Rasyid (@RasyidDemokrat) April 14, 2020 Andi Taufan Garuda Putra, a special staff member for President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, is being slammed for asking district heads across Indonesia to support a COVID-19 relief program led by PT Amartha Mikro Fintek, a company that he owns.In a letter sent to local leaders dated April 1, the 32-year-old staffer — appointed by the President to reflect the ideals of millennials — said his company had joined the Villages, Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration Ministry’s COVID-19 Village Volunteer program to raise awareness about the disease, as well as to collect information on how much personal protective equipment is needed at community health centers (Puskesmas).“Therefore, we ask that you [district heads] and related village officials support the program to ensure its success,” said the letter, which was printed on paper bearing the Cabinet Secretary’s letterhead.
On Friday, Ukraine’s interior minister Arsen Avakov and head of emergency service Mykola Chechotkin reassured President Volodymyr Zelensky that the smog does not pose a chemical or radiation threat.Kiev authorities made similar assurances to residents in the capital.”In Kiev, smoke and air pollution are being observed as a result of fires… but there is no radiation,” Kiev Mayor Vitali Klitschko said in a video address.Officials nevertheless urged locals not to go out without urgent need and to keep their windows shut.The Kiev air pollution hit a city already under lockdown due to the coronavirus epidemic, with 4,662 confirmed cases in Ukraine and 125 deaths.In Kiev, people are allowed to walk outside but only wearing masks and not in groups of more than two. On Tuesday, Ukrainian authorities said the blaze had been largely extinguished thanks to heavy rain.But on Friday a thousand firefighters aided by two planes and three helicopters were still battling a number of small blazes in the wooded area some 80 kilometres (50 miles) north of Kiev, the emergency service said.The sky became clearer in the evening as Kiev dropped from the top of the list to seventh place in the ranking compiled by IQAir Group.The smog has been blown in by strong winds from dozens of forest fires in surrounding regions, including from the nuclear exclusion zone around the Chernobyl power plant. Thick smoke hung over Ukraine’s capital Kiev on Friday as forest fires smouldered on in the Chernobyl nuclear zone, but city officials said no radiation spike had been detected.The acrid haze hindered visibility all over the city of three million people and the smell of smoke permeated homes as Kiev jumped to the top of high air pollution rankings.A forest fire broke out almost two weeks ago close to the Chernobyl reactor that exploded in 1986 in the world’s worst nuclear accident. Topics :