BBF pledges to reduce plastic packaging

first_imgSource: BBFCake maker BBF is working with major supermarkets to reduce the plastic used in its packaging by over 22 tonnes annually.The manufacturer has also committed to cease the use of black plastic, which is harder to recycle, and offer plastic-free alternatives for packaging where possible.The pledges are the latest in a line of environmental initiatives from BBF, which produces more than 600 million cakes annually for retailers in the UK, Europe and Australia.Since 2017 the company has been fulfilling a zero waste to landfill commitment, while also reducing electricity and gas usage by 8.5% and 4.5%, respectively.The ambient cake and dessert specialist has also made various investments towards reducing food waste, including training for employees. As a member of the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP), BBF has pledged to reduce food waste and surplus by 15% within 12 months – a commitment the company claims to have already surpassed.“Reducing our footprint on the environment is a huge priority for us here at BBF, which is why we’ve implemented various different initiatives to ensure sustainability takes precedence across all areas of the business,” said Jonathan Lill, CEO of BBF.“We’re continuously building on the infrastructure we already have in place to ensure we’re reducing our environmental footprint as much as possible and will continue to streamline the initiatives we have implemented to work towards the targets we have set to achieve over the next few years and beyond.”last_img read more

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Are You Running Windows Server 2008 or SQL Server 2008?

first_img Should I upgrade infrastructure and applications at the same time?Outside of application, OS, and hypervisor refreshes, IT departments have also been evaluating software-defined storage (SDS), hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) and software-defined data centers (SDDC). Now may be the perfect time to combine multiple projects and modernize your data center with SDS with Microsoft SQL Server 2017 or 2019 and Windows Server 2019.The question many IT departments wrestle with is whether they should just refresh the software or if they should upgrade the hardware, too. There are times when the hardware the EOS software is running on is so out-of-date that an upgrade of just the software won’t work. Those are the no-brainer situations, but there are other times when it’s not so clear-cut. Consider this:Moore’s law continues to play out by doubling processing power every 18 months. Servers and their key resources (compute, memory and storage), as well as applications keep finding new ways to leverage technology gains. The combination of PowerEdge, SQL Server and Windows Server produced 12X more IOPS in a vSAN cluster[1], 20.8X faster queries and reduced configuration time by 99%[2] compared to running on older serversPerformance is an obvious benefit and Dell EMC OpenManage is a powerful portfolio to simplify, automate and optimize IT. Did you know, PowerEdge servers also significantly increase security with features to lock down server configurations, secure firmware updates, and simplify the retirement/repurpose of a server with Secure Erase?Only you can decide whether to upgrade the hardware as you upgrade the operating system. You have to ensure that the hardware can reliably and adequately support the new version of Microsoft Windows Server and/or SQL Server. How can I right-size my infrastructure?Properly sizing a new infrastructure is more challenging than ever. We all know server consolidation is a given – you will not need as many servers to run the same amount of workloads. The extent in which you are consolidating and the new server configuration requirements are important concerns to address. In addition, if you are moving to a hyper-converged or software-defined storage architecture, more questions will need to be answered  You can take the guesswork out of properly sizing an environment using Live Optics.Live Optics is an online software (nothing to install) that gathers workload characteristics and resource utilization to give you all the information you need to size an infrastructure based on your needs. It often eliminates overdesign and provisioning from not understanding what resources are truly being used. How do I know I am making the right decisions?Now is the perfect time to refresh an aging infrastructure while refreshing to a newer version of Windows Server or SQL Servers. Using Live Optics, you can ensure your refresh maximizes your infrastructure resources and optimizes your socket and core-based licensing. Don’t overlook the savings you can reap from licensing. Typically, you can consolidate servers on a 5:1 basis delivering significant licensing savings.Let us help you design an infrastructure that is right-sized, delivers automated management throughout the entire server lifecycle, and increases your server security.To learn more, visit dellemc.com/servers or join the conversation on Twitter @DellEMCservers.[1] Principled Technologies (PT) commissioned by Dell EMC, “Consolidate Your Data Analytics Servers with Dell EMC PowerEdge R740xd,” October 2017. Full Report: http://facts.pt/rszSR7.[2] Based on Principled Technologies report, “Simplifying Systems Management with Dell OpenManage on 13G Dell PowerEdge Servers,” commissioned by Dell, testing Dell’s 13th-generation R730 with Enterprise-level Dell systems management, August 2014. Windows Servers 2008 support ends on January 14, 2020. If you are running this version of the Windows operating system, here’s what you need to be thinking about now. Is it time to move?Server upgrades are moving. No one looks forward to moving, but in almost every occasion, the end result is worth it. If your IT organization is like most, you try to combine as many IT upgrades or refreshes as possible to lessen the upheaval necessary to modernize your IT infrastructure. In IT, most refreshes are driven by an application upgrade, an OS refresh or an architecture change.Over the last six months, Microsoft has announced the EOS (end of support) of SQL Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008. We prepared an eBook on upgrading Windows Servers 2008 to help you understand how much time is left and what you need to be considering now. The EOS announcement is important. One detail that stands out is that Microsoft will no longer provide security updates on either SQL Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008. You could be introducing a huge security risk by simply continuing to run software past EOS.Now is the perfect time to modernize your infrastructure and applications.Ensure your applications and infrastructure are secureAdd advanced analytics and get the most out of your dataConsolidate and simplify infrastructure and operationslast_img read more

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Marin Ireland Will Star in On the Exhale Off-Broadway

first_imgMarin Ireland(Photo courtesy of Polk & Co.) Related Shows On the Exhale View Commentscenter_img Tony nominee Marin Ireland will star in the world premiere of Martín Zimmerman’s On the Exhale. Leigh Silverman will direct the Roundabout Underground production, which will begin performances at the Black Box space in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre on February 7, 2017.In the one-woman show, Ireland plays a liberal college professor who finds herself inexplicably drawn to the very weapon used to perpetrate the crime—and to the irresistible feeling of power that comes from holding life and death in her hands. Peering down the barrel of a uniquely American crisis, she begins to suspect that when it comes to gun violence, we’re all part of the problem.Ireland earned a Tony nomination for her Broadway debut in reasons to be pretty and went on to appear in Roundabout’s productions of The Big Knife and After Miss Julie. Her previous off-Broadway credits include Ironbound, Kill Floor, Maple and Vine and Three Sisters. On screen, she has appeared in Glass Chin, the upcoming film Aardvark and the NBC miniseries The Slap.On the Exhale will open officially on February 28 and is scheduled to run through April 2. Show Closed This production ended its run on April 2, 2017last_img read more

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Onion comeback

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaDespite the early threat of crop-damaging viruses, Georgia’s sweet Vidalia onions look good now. There should be plenty to harvest in a few weeks, University of Georgia experts say.”If the weather stays (springlike) as it has been for the past several weeks, we should have a good crop,” said Reid Torrance, UGA Extension Service coordinator in Tattnall County, where farmers plant about half of Georgia’s Vidalia onion crop.The onions are growing normally, “and we’re pleasantly surprised in how good the crop looks,” he said. The quality of Georgia’s official vegetable should be top-shelf come harvesttime in April.Winter worryBut a dark, uncertain cloud hovered over the crop this winter, when many onion plants looked really puny, he said. They weren’t growing normally, and some were dying in fields.Torrance believes the early-season onion problems were symptoms of iris yellow spot and tomato spotted wilt, two new viruses discovered in this year’s crop.TSWV has been in Georgia since the early 1990s and has caused problems for other crops like tobacco, peanuts and vegetables. IYSV had never been reported in the state before this year. Both viruses are carried by thrips, small insects that feed on plants.”Basically, the ill effect of the viruses was a loss of plants in fields early on,” Torrance said.About 25 percent of plants were lost early in the season, he said. Farmers planted about 16,000 acres of onions this year, about 10 percent more than 2003.There’s always some stand loss in any year’s onion crop, he said. That’s why he believes this year’s crop is right on track for an average harvest.Spring surprise”The onions today look totally different from what they did two months ago,” he said. “I never expected this crop to look this good at this point after looking as poorly as it looked this winter.”David Langston, a plant pathologist with the UGA Extension Service, agrees. Any damage caused by the new viruses passed, and the pressure from other diseases was light this year.SamplingUGA experts have taken about 4,300 Vidalia onion samples this year. Of these samples, 9.4 percent were infected by IYSV and 7 percent by TSWV.They also tested weeds around onion fields and found that many were also infected with IYSV. This indicates, Langston said, that IYSV has possibly been in the state a lot longer than just this past winter and spring.And if IYSV hasn’t caused enough onion damage in the past to be noticed, Langston said, there’s a good chance it won’t in the future.”We found these viruses this year in onions because this is the first year we’ve tested onions for these viruses,” Langston said.IYSV does cause serious problems in other onion-growing regions of the world, such as Peru and parts of the Pacific Northwest.These regions grow onions in the hot summer. Georgia grows its onions in the cool winter. This could make all the difference in how damaging a virus can be, Langston said.A lot can happen to an onion crop, he said. And farmers know it. The only way to know for sure if you have a good or bad year is to count the onions when the harvest is over.About 20 Vidalia onion varieties are grown in Georgia. They’re known as short-day onions. They grow to maturity depending on the amount of sunlight they get in a day. Vidalias generally start to bulb when days are about 11 hours long. Harvest runs through June.last_img read more

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Cleanup liability stalls talks over potential sale of Navajo coal plant

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Arizona Republic:Negotiations for a Navajo Nation energy company to take over the troubled coal plant near Page have hit a major impasse over who could be responsible for the eventual cost of cleanup.The owners of the Navajo Generating Station, which is on tribal land and fed by a mine on Navajo and Hopi land, are planning to close the power plant this year.The Navajo Transitional Energy Company, or NTEC, which is owned by the tribe, has been negotiating to take over the plant, which is the largest coal-fired generator in the West. But a Feb. 25 letter from NTEC to the power plant owners, which include Salt River Project and Arizona Public Service Co., indicates the deal has stalled because the parties cannot agree over the long-term liability for the plant.The parties met Wednesday and an SRP spokesman said Thursday the deal stalled. “The discussion we had with them yesterday did end at an impasse,” SRP spokesman Scott Harelson said Thursday. “We don’t see a path forward.”Because SRP and the other owners have run the plant since it opened in the 1970s, they are responsible for the majority of the cleanup, even if new owners take over the plant and run it for another decade or two.The plant’s current owners have agreed to put money in an escrow account to pay for the eventual cleanup of the plant if it is transferred to NTEC. And NTEC has agreed to a second clean-up fund as a “backstop.” NTEC has offered to issue a performance bond, and is willing to negotiate the amount, to pay any potential cleanup liability beyond what SRP is offering. But SRP wants even more: full release from any further liability, according to the letter. Harelson confirmed the negotiations ended over clean-up liabilities.More: ‘We don’t see a path forward’: Navajo coal plant negotiations hit big roadblock Cleanup liability stalls talks over potential sale of Navajo coal plantlast_img read more

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Switchback Results: American Races and Atlantic Drilling

first_imgIllustration by Wade MickleyShould the Atlantic be opened to oil drilling?Yes: 24%If it helps with giving Americans jobs and keeping our gas prices lower in the USA, then I don’t see a problem with it. —Brian, via e-mailAs long as we continue to improve our safety and environmental records, we should drill anywhere in American territory, be it the Gulf, Atlantic, Pacific, or the Arctic. The visual presence of a drilling platform 10 miles off the coast is not a reason to obstruct drilling. It is but a dot on a very large horizon. —Photo Nomad, via e-mail No: 76%The short-term gains don’t outweigh the long term negative consequences. Earthquakes, hurricanes, and other natural disasters, as well as human error, will inevitably lead to catastrophe. And since when is oil the only source of jobs? How about the jobs that could be created from increased usage of green technologies? That’s where the potential growth is greatest. —Laura Ryan, via e-mailI wonder how the Outer Banks, Chesapeake Bay, New York Harbor, Long Island, Boston Harbor, and the Lobster fields of Maine will like an oil spill like the one in the Gulf that BP gave us. The oil companies will eventually make a mistake and the whole East Coast will feel the impact. —Dave Henderson, via emailYou want to talk jobs? Renewable energy will create tens of thousands of jobs, advance America to the forefront of renewable energy, and help save the environment. —M.P. Crosson, via e-mailWe need to take advantage of what is free. Capture the power of the sun, wind, and water. I would much rather see wind mills far out in the ocean than oil rigs. —Sheila B., via e-mailShould foreign runners be allowed to win American races?Yes: 90%As an American runner, I enjoy competing against runners from other countries. It’s nice to be able to work hard against runners from different backgrounds and heritages. It is also nice to be able to trade stories about different runs and how we may have more in common with someone from another country than we once may have realized.—William Orndorff, via e-mailA race is a competition. Runners want to compete and know who is the fastest, regardless of their background.—Bea, via e-mailThe beautiful thing about running is that there are no leagues, divisions, or major associations seen in organized sports such as football. The fact that an American can compete against an Italian, Kenyan, and Japanese runner at the same time on American soil is one of the unique aspects of running that makes it interesting. The idea is to be the fastest runner, and if that individual happens to be a Slovak, so be it.—McGinnis, via e-mailNo: 10%The Kenyans and foreign runners win all of the prize money, depriving American runners of winning races on their home soil. It’s not as exciting to see a pack of foreign runners far ahead of the rest of the American field.—Louie S., via e-maillast_img read more

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Brentwood Shooting Kills 1, Wounds Another

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 24-year-old man was shot and killed in his hometown of Brentwood and a second victim was wounded in the same shooting on Saturday night, Suffolk County police said.Officers responded to a 911 call reporting shots fired on Gibson Avenue, where they found Kenneth Evans and another man injured at 10:50 p.m., police said.Both men were taken to a local hospital, where Evans was pronounced dead and the other man, only identified as a Brentwood resident in his 20s was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information on the shooting to call them at 631-852-6394 or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.last_img read more

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Local 9-year-old sells fresh produce roadside

first_img“I thought this would be a good idea for me to save money for college,” Donovan said. “We figured this would be a good homeschooling project that would teach him about science and math,” Cynthia said. At his stand, Donovan does everything himself. From setting up the stand, to setting the prices and picking all the product. TOWN OF CHENANGO (WBNG) — On his family’s farm, 9-year-old Donovan Grant is selling produce he’s been growing since march. Donovan says the reason he wanted to sell produce was to invest in his future. At his stand, Donovan sells blackberries, squash and laid eggs. Donovan plans to add pumpkins, tomatoes and corn to the stand this fall. “If they see a child run this too,” Donovan said. “They can do the same as me.”center_img “This is actually one of the first things he’s actually stuck with to fruition and he’s seeing the fruits of his labor,” Cynthia said. Cynthina Grant, Donovan’s mom, says they started growing the produce when it was decided he wasn’t going back to school this fall. Cynthia says she’s proud of her son for sticking to this project. The stand has been up since Tuesday and Donovan’s product has been selling out every day since. If Donovan could give any advice to others in the community… “He goes in the chicken coops,” Cynthia said. “He picks the chickens. That’s not my thing.” last_img read more

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Dutch security scheme puts PE, infrastructure investments on hold

first_imgIt added that it was also reconsidering the management of its 1.2% private property by Syntrus Achmea Real Estate & Finance (SAREF), explaining that it had serious difficulties disposing of its holdings. The plans to sell the assets came as the portfolio delivered a return of 5.8% last year.The private security scheme indicated that it also wanted to divest its stake in commercial mortgages, which were also managed by SAREF.The asset class produced almost 4.7%, whereas private mortgages generated 8.2% last year.The pension fund, which has 56,000 participants in total, posted a 17.9% return, with euro-denominated government bonds and equity generating 11.4% and 11% respectively.Credit and inflation-linked bonds returned 8.5% and 5.7% respectively.PPB further said that it had extended its contract for pensions provision with Syntrus only after it had negotiated “increased transparency, better quality as well as lower costs”.The scheme reported administration costs of almost €122 per participant. Costs for asset management and transactions were 0.43% and 0.07% of asset under management respectively.In 2014, it had hedge a quarter of its interest risk on liabilities through government bonds and interest swaps.Its currency hedge fully covered developed markets and 70% of the most important reserve currencies, and had contributed €11.7m to returns, it said. PPB, the €1.2bn industry-wide pension fund for the private security sector, said it halted further investments in private equity and infrastructure last year, pending the conclusions of an asset-liability management study (ALM). In its annual report, the fund suggested that ”modest economic growth as well as a declining number of buy-out transactions last year” had contributed to its decision to stop investing further.Its 2% allocation to globald private equity – both through funds and directly in companies – generated almost 18%, according to the scheme, which said that by far the largest part of its performance-related fees were paid for investments in the asset class.PPB attributed the 13.4% return on its 2.4% infrastructure portfolio largely to a revaluation of its investments.last_img read more

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Photo(s) of the day: Tension tethers ocean currents

first_imgThe FTMC Turbine demonstrator being tested in CEHIPAR basin (Photo: Seaplace) Magnomatics is in charge of the design, manufacturing and testing of a scaled demonstrator version of Magnomatics PDD generator. Under the project, the UK-based company will design the optimum magnetic gear ratio and performance of the generator to match the operating conditions of the turbine.De-risking of critical components and designs to for robust operation and performance of the generator will also be conducted by Magnomatics, which will also procure and build the power electronics and test equipment.Aside from other responsibilities, Magnomatics will also design a solution for a full-scale version of the PDD generator.The project is co-financed by the Eurostars Program, which supports projects of R&D-intensive small and medium sized enterprises, and is monitored by CDTI in Spain, together with Innovate UK in the United Kingdom. Tidal turbine destined to go further – from shore that is – being developed through international EU-backed partnership has recently been successfully tested in Spain’s capital Madrid. In order to achieve the FTMC demonstrator’s efficiency levels – said to be one third more than originally predicted – the following tasks are being developed by Spanish and UK companies through a project set to complete in spring 2019.The FTMC Turbine is a marine turbine specifically designed to harness the energy from tidal and ocean currents in those regions which, having relatively-high-speed water flows at depths with long distance to the seabed, cannot ensure an economic exploitation with fixed turbines.Short for ‘Floating tension-tethered and self-steerable Marine-current Turbine’ – the project is being developed by Spanish company Seaplace, and its UK partner Magnomatics.The design of the FTMC Turbine – being validated through prototype tests at CEHIPAR model basin – entailed delivery of several tasks by Seaplace to ensure the optimized performance, versatility and ease of maintenance, according to the company.Seaplace scope for the 32-month project covers already completed preliminary design of the platform geometry and mooring system, and marine operation analyses.Determination of the optimum location of the device, carrying out analyses and studies relating to environmental parameters, and considering the legislation in force in these locations also falls under the share of work to be conducted in the project by Seaplace.Aside from tank tests, carried out together with Magnomatics, the Spanish company will also perform design validation from test data, and adjustments for an optimized turbine design.The combination of a TLP-like or Tension Leg Platform mooring, and a robust and simple floater arranged as a nozzle, makes the concept feasible, according to Seaplace.The coupling of a turbine with a Magnomatics Pseudo Direct Drive (PDD) generator will ensure a robust and a high efficient solution that can operate in the inherently rough immersed conditions, the developers hope.Founded by the Spanish Navy – CEHIPAR is an independent public center for research, technological development and technical services. It houses a 6-meter deep still-water basin used for the FTMC Turbine testing (Photo: Seaplace)last_img read more

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