A butcher has pipped a baker to the World Scotch Pie Championship post, as Murdoch Brothers Butchers was announced the winner of the 11th annual contest. Highest-placed baker in the Scotch Pie category was Airdrie-based Bon Bon Cake Shop, which achieved Gold 2nd Runner-Up.A record entry of 85 butchers and bakers – 84 of them from Scotland – were represented in the secret judging, which was held at Carnegie College earlier this month. Alongside the Scotch Pie competition, there were seven other categories to enter.The winning bakery businesses included Nicoll’s Rosebank Bakery in Dundee, which won the Diamond award in the Bridies category. Nevis Bakery in Corpach won the Savouries Vegetarian category for its vegetarian haggis, neeps (turnips) & tattie pie. Kassy’s Kitchen in Cowdenbeath claimed the Diamond award for the Savouries Hot category with its roast lamb & mint sauce pie. The Diamond award for hand-held steak pies went to Stuarts of Buckhaven; and Charmers Bakery in Bucksburn won the Savouries Cold category with its black pudding & apple pie.Winning butcheries were Fraserburgh-based Bruce of the Broch, which came top in the Savouries Fish category with its Smoked Haddock Pie; and T Johnston in Dunfermline took the title for the top Sausage Roll.“The objective is to raise standards in the industry and we believe we have achieved that,” commented event organiser Alan Stuart of bakery and butchery business Stuarts of Buckhaven. “We are also encouraged to see a number of new entrants, 15 in total.”
497,367 people have been reached by the service. This includes both those testing positive and their contacts 86.4% of all contacts where communication details were given have been reached and told to self-isolate Statistics from the 16th week of operation of NHS Test and Trace show that since the service launched: NHS Test and Trace has reached a milestone moment this week, successfully reaching almost half a million people and advising them to self-isolate. We are supporting those testing positive and their contacts to stay at home to stop transmission. The new COVID-19 app launched today will help us go even further, alerting users if they have been in close contact with someone with the virus, even if they do not know each other. I hope everyone across England and Wales downloads it today to help protect those around them from the spread of the virus. While millions of people in England have now successfully been tested, we continue to see unprecedented demand. We continue to work tirelessly to build our testing capacity to meet this and our target of 500,000 tests a day, building our lab network and testing sites across the country. The guidance for testing remains in place, with only those experiencing symptoms eligible for tests. Symptoms of coronavirus are a new continuous cough, high temperature and/or a loss or change in taste or smell. People requiring tests are advised to make appointments at test sites, with new slots available throughout the day.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. Priorities include NHS patients and workers, care home residents and staff, teachers and areas of high prevalence. Essential workers can book a test across the country by declaring their occupations.The new NHS COVID-19 app has also launched today, 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 do not 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 16th week of NHS Test and Trace show in the most recent week of operations (10 to 16 September): testing capacity increased by 3% from the previous week to 1,663,155 (pillars 1 and 2) across the UK 77.7% of people who tested positive and were transferred to the contact-tracing system were reached and asked to provide information about their contacts 84.7% of contacts where communication details were given have been reached and told to self-isolate pillar 1 testing capacity was at 575,155, similar to the previous week (swab testing in PHE labs and NHS hospitals for those with a clinical need, for health and care workers, and to help manage outbreaks – including in care homes) pillar 2 testing capacity was at 1,089,000, an increase of 5% since the previous week (swab testing for the wider population administered by commercial partners across the UK) pillar 3 testing capacity was at 840,000, the same as the previous week (antibody testing administered by PHE – these are serology tests to show if people have antibodies from having had COVID-19) pillar 4 testing capacity was at 28,800 a decrease of 60% since the previous week (swab testing for large-scale surveillance studies on the spread of COVID-19) More than 1 in 10 people in England have been tested at least once since the service launched Weekly statistics show NHS Test and Trace has now successfully reached almost 500,000 people testing positive and their contacts The median distance travelled for in-person tests is 5.2 miles ‘as the crow flies’, with 28 new local test sites opening this week to help reduce distances even further This comes after it was announced that those people asked to self-isolate who are on low incomes and are unable to work from home will be eligible for financial support of £500 to stay at home, while those breaking the rules risk fines of at least £1,000.Since the launch of NHS Test and Trace on 28 May, more than 11% of people living in England have been tested at least once. This includes regular retesting of care home staff and residents, as the service sends out over 100,000 tests a day to care homes.The number of people testing positive this week has increased, with NHS Test and Trace continuing to reach the vast majority of positive cases and their contacts. This week the service successfully reached 77.7% of people who tested positive and 84.7% of the contacts where communication details were provided.Work continues to expand testing capacity across the UK, to reach a target of 500,000 tests a day by the end of October. More labs across the country are joining the network, with automation driving increases in tests processed each day at the country’s Lighthouse Labs. In a drive to reach 500, 28 new test sites will be opening this week, reducing the distance people need to travel to get a test.The statistics show that the median distance travelled currently stands at 5.2 miles. Since 16 September, daily testing capacity has already increased by nearly 16,000 tests a day, from 242,911 to 258,877 on 23 September. The median time taken to receive a result from a test taken in person was 30 to 34 hours, with 52.9% of results received the day after they were taken.Interim Executive Chair of the National Institute for Health Protection Baroness Dido Harding said:
The Food and Drink Federation is inviting entries for its annual awards.The competition gives businesses the chance to showcase projects they are undertaking in areas such as exports, environmental leadership, education and health.The awards are free to enter until the 31 March 2017, and winners will be announced at an event at The Brewery in central London on 21 September 2017.Company categories in the FDF Awards 2017 include:• Campaign of the Year• Community Partner (business)• Education Initiative• Environmental Leadership• Exporter of the Year• Good Employer• Health• Innovation• Regional Growth Business (six regional awards)Individual categories include:• Apprentice of the Year• Community Partner (individual)• Food and Drink Engineer of the Year• Food and Drink Scientist of the Year• Rising StarIan Wright, director general of the FDF said the evening brings together the very best from the food and drink industry.“Success at these prestigious awards brings great benefits for the winners. It goes a long way to offer an edge in today’s marketplace, he said.“Above all, these awards are a chance to recognise and reward hard-working teams and individuals, who go above and beyond to ensure the success of their respective organisations, as well as the industry as a whole.”Several bakeries won this year’s awards in September, including Roberts Bakery bagging the Good Employer accolade and the Bread Factory winning the Regional Growth Business of the Year category.
Bakery supplier Délifrance has pledged to use only 100% recyclable packaging by the end of 2025.Packaging concerns are top of the agenda for foodservice and retail operators, as well as their customers, according to Délifrance. As such, it has put a roadmap in place to put sustainability ‘front and centre’ of its business objectives.The roadmap is underpinned by three pillars:Reduce – Reducing the weight of each packaging component and the number of components in their packaging system. Adapting product and packaging sizes to reduce the impact of transportRecycle – Improve recyclability of Délifrance packaging including plastic colour, type and material combination. Actively switch from plastic to cardboard (or paper-based material)Reuse – Foster the use of recycled materials and increase reusable packaging within the Délifrance supply chain.“While the pandemic saw consumer preference to buy products with packaging for hygiene reasons, there is a grave reluctance to make single-use plastic a firm fixture in the longer term,” said Stéphanie Brillouet, marketing director for Northern Europe and North America at Délifrance.“Meeting these expectations and minimising our waste footprint is at the heart of our sustainability vision and the work we’re doing with our customers. The continuous innovation in packaging means we can now offer more practical alternatives.”Progress has been made already, she noted, with 98% of packaging already recyclable and 83% based on recycled materials.“Delightfully we are on track to meet our 2025 goal as we increase the use of recycled plastics as food safety and hygiene allows,” she added.The business’ sustainability approach is enhanced by a wider commitment to greener practices and follows the roll out of two initiatives: Go Clean, a pledge to deliver simpler recipes with more sustainable ingredients, and No Waste All Taste, designed to support customers in upcycling bakery products to limit food waste.Brillouet talked in depth about Délifrance’s clean label journey as part of a webinar hosted by British Baker called ‘Consumers, Covid and clean label baking – what’s next?’ The webinar, which also includes presentations and a Q&A with Mintel, M&S and IFF, is available on demand here.
Just a few weeks ago, Umphrey’s McGee returned to their hometown for a three night New Year’s Eve run in Chicago, IL. After opening up the run at the Riviera Theatre, UM spent 12/30 and 12/31 at the famed Aragon Ballroom, hosting a celebration for the ages with special guests, bust outs, balloons and so much more.Among the many highlights from these shows was a performance of Rage Against The Machine’s “Bombtrack,” busted out by Umphrey’s for the first time since 2011 and the third time overall. With Kris Myers singing the lead vocals, the band needed some additional percussion accompaniment, and called on The Motet’s Dave Watts to get the job done! The Motet had opened the show, and Watts’ style meshed perfectly with Umphrey’s McGee for this wild cover.Thanks to TourGigs and Umphrey’s, we’re delighted to share pro-shot footage of this exciting bust out performance. Check out footage of “Bombtrack” streaming below.UM has a number of tour dates already set for 2017, including dates with Joshua Redman, Spafford, Greensky Bluegrass, and more. They’ll also be headlining at Red Rocks for three nights, and returning to Lockn’ and Summer Camp festivals this summer. You can see their tour schedule below, and head to their website for tickets and all other information.Umphrey’s McGee 2017 Tour DatesJanuary 13th, 14th & 15th – The Tabernacle, Atlanta, GAJanuary 20th and 21st – The National, Richmond, VA*January 22nd – Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe, PAJanuary 26th – College St. Music Hall, New Haven, CT**January 27th – State Theatre, Portland, ME**January 28th – Palace Theatre, Albany, NY**January 29th – Anthology, Rochester, NY**February 3rd & 4th – The Fillmore, Detroit, MI*February 17th & 18th – Exploreasheville.com Arena, Asheville, NC^February 19th – The Orange Peel, Asheville, NCMarch 1st & 2nd – The Hive, Sandpoint, IDMarch 3rd & 4th – The Wilma, Missoula, MT#March 9th – The Depot, Salt Lake City, UTMarch 10th – Montbleu Theater, Stateline, NV*March 11th – Fox Theater, Oakland, CA*March 12th – Terrapin Crossroads, San Rafael, CA*March 16th – Marquee Theatre, Tempe, AZ*March 17th – Brooklyn Bowl, Las Vegas, NV*March 18th – The Wiltern, Los Angeles, CA*March 19th – The Observatory North Park, San Diego, CA*May 26th-28th – Summer Camp Music Festival, Chillicothe, ILJune 30th – Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, [email protected] 30th – Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO%June 30th – Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO&August 24th-27th – LOCKN’ Music Festival, Arrington, VA* w/ Special Guest Spafford** w/ Special Guests Joshua Redman & Spafford^ w/ Special Guest Greensky Bluegrass# w/ Special Guest [email protected] w/ Special Guest Stick Figure% w/ Special Guests Snarky Puppy and Bokante& w/ Special Guest Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers
The recent Peach Music Festival at Montage Mountain in Scranton, PA served as a sincere and emotional celebration of the recently departed Butch Trucks and Gregg Allman, both in name and in spirit. In addition to the festival’s usual Allman Brothers Band aesthetic, the event hosted several Allman-oriented sets, including the collaboration-heavy last-ever performance from Trucks’ Les Brers and the festival’s All-Star Tribute to Gregg and Butch featuring Chuck Leavell, Jaimoe, Oteil Burbridge, Marc Quinones, Warren Haynes, and a huge cast of extended Allmans family members.Peach Festival Sees MMJ Cover The Allman Brothers, Lettuce With Chaka Khan, And More [Video/Audio/Photo]But while the jam-centered festival surely tilted more toward Macon and the Brothers, it also featured a compulsory nod to Marin and the Dead in the form of two Thursday sets by Joe Russo’s Almost Dead. Below you can relive the two-set performance in all its glory thanks to taper Bill:SETLIST: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | The Peach Music Festival (Show #116) | Montage Mountain | Scranton, PA | 8/10/17Set One (8:32PM – 9:47PM):Alligator @ ->Scarlet Begonias >Feel Like A StrangerKing Solomon’s ->The Eleven ->Keeping It Simple # >Fire On The MountainSet Two (10:23PM – 11:53PM):Jam ->Let It Grow ->Girlfriend Is Better Jam $ ->Let It Grow Reprise ->Jack Straw >Dancing In The Streets % ->Franklin’s Tower ^ >Morning Dew &ENC:Samson & [email protected] – Unfinished, with a Mr Charley Jam# – Partial Version, 2nd half of the song, from the instrumental break in 11 to the end$ – Instrumental, incomplete version of a Talking Heads Cover (No lyrics were sung. May not get tracked, depending on length)% – With a DD solo in the intro & a Duo Jam that referenced / hinted at “Bubblehouse” (Medeski Martin & Wood)^ – Contained numerous Slipknot! teases & jams& – With “Thank You” (Led Zeppelin) Teases (MB)[Cover photo via Phierce Photo by Keith G.; Instagram: @PhiercePhoto]
The following is a guest post from Eric Vanderburg, who serves as the Vice President of Cybersecurity at TCDI and Vice Chairman of the board at TechMin. He is a security and technology leader, author, speaker and member of Dell’s influencer program.For decades Virtual Reality (VR) has tantalized our minds. We have an acute fascination for it since virtual reality offers us experiences no other technology can match. The implications for gaming and entertainment are quite obvious and have consumed much of the recent conversation on the subject. However, virtual reality goes far beyond gaming and media. VR is currently entering many homes but soon headsets like this one that appeared at CES 2017 will make its debut into workplaces, and already has in some instances. In fact, VR adoption in the workplace is expected to increase rapidly as the technology becomes more democratized. But what will this look like?The End of the Conference RoomWorkplaces can expand beyond physical boundaries to connect employees and customers with virtual reality. Employees may connect with each other in a virtual meeting space rather than over a conference call, eventually allowing for non-verbal communication interactive presentations or virtual collaboration from remote employees as if they were in the office together. This use case for VR is anticipated and highly valued. According to Dell’s Future Workforce study data, 67 percent of millennials believe it is important to use virtual reality in meetings and product development.Virtual WorkspacesVirtual reality allows employees to take their workspace with them much like they carry their applications and user interface customizations or virtual desktops with them now. A headset replaces the monitor and the surrounding workspace such as family photos, wall art, books and other items you would find in an office. This virtual office can be accessed just like a virtual desktop.Virtual PrototypingWith VR, prototypes can be experienced, rather than just viewed. Employees can step inside a machine or walk through a building plan before a single part has been ordered. This helps companies create better products and avoid costly rework.Virtual TrainingVR can also be used for to create realistic virtual environments where skills can be put into practice. Training in VR allows people learning new tasks (students made me think of schools) to make mistakes without actually breaking something and the virtual environment can be reset quickly and easily so trainees can practice until skills are second nature. The immersive environment of VR allows for a deeper imprint on memory and caters to a different learning style that can better reinforce knowledge and improve recall.VR and the Customer ExperienceVirtual reality is also has tremendous opportunity for consumers to virtually try out goods before making a purchase. Currently, some real estate firms allow customers to virtual walk through a space. Construction is similarly undergoing changes with VR. Imagine walking through an office or home while it is still in the design stages, checking out the view from your next vacation rental, sitting behind the wheel of that new car, or virtually trying on clothing from an online retailer. The sports industry uses virtual reality to replay events in previous games or train on certain maneuvers. This is some of what VR is offering the enterprise.Roadmap to VR successDell’s workforce study showed that employees, especially millennials, expect to be working in a smart office in the near future and many do not consider their current office smart enough. Virtual reality in the enterprise is a way to attract the best talent and to make them more productive. VR also enables companies to establish better relationships with their customers. So how do companies prepare now to utilize this technology?Businesses need to be able to create VR content for their employees and customers, so they must have the equipment and training to make their ideas a reality. Dell is one company that has stepped in to meet this challenge by providing the tools for VR content creation and an environment where innovation and collaboration can take place. In an interview with Liam Quinn, CTO at Dell, he explained how Dell has established a VR center for excellence where companies work with VR technologies, collaborate and innovate solutions. Dell also provides VR content creation tools with its Precision workstation series that is equipped with hardware capable of creating VR applications.It is not too early to start thinking about how VR will fit into your enterprise. Connect with the VR community, exchange ideas, and equip your workforce with the tools to seize these opportunities. Are you ready to take your company into VR?This post was sponsored by Dell, but the opinions are my own and don’t necessarily represent Dell Technologies’ positions or strategies.Eric Vanderburg is an author, thought leader, and consultant. He serves as the Vice President of Cybersecurity at TCDI and Vice Chairman of the board at TechMin. He is best known for his insight on cybersecurity, privacy, data protection, and storage. Eric is a continual learner who has earned over 40 technology and security certifications. He has a strong desire to share technology insights with the community. Eric is the author of several books and he frequently writes articles for magazines, journals, and other publications.
Saturday at 9 a.m., roughly 400 people will line up for Notre Dame’s annual Domer Run.The race originally began to give students something to do on a Saturday when the football team was on the road, but since then, the race has taken on an additional service component.“Notre Dame is such a traditional university,” Justine Morneau, a RecSports intern in charge of organizing the run, said. “I think that is what really draws a lot of people in, the Notre Dame tradition. I am really excited to get to the day and have everyone running, to get to see the smiles on everyone’s faces.”According to Notre Dame’s RecSports website, the Domer Run has raised over $65,000 since its inception 32 years ago. The proceeds go to charity, funding programs which help to educate both the Notre Dame community and the surrounding areas about various forms of cancer.“I’m excited to be a part of this because of what it stands for,” Morneau said. “Usually we donate anywhere from $3,000 to $5,000. I’m expecting we’ll donate about the same this year.”The money raised will benefit RiverBend Cancer Services, Morneau said. According to their website, RiverBend Cancer Services offers programs for survivors of cancer designed to aid in readjustment to everyday life.In cooperation with RecSports, a branch of RiverBend Cancer Services called Gyna-Girls will help organize the race on Saturday.“We have about 70 volunteers,” Morneau said. “Inside, the Gyna-Girls … volunteer. They bring a bunch of their survivors.”Half of the 70 volunteers are Notre Dame students, Morneau said. Most of those students will be at various places along the course, working to manage water stations.“The Domer Run isn’t just Notre Dame,” she said. “It’s Michiana. I have a couple people registered that are all the way from Florida. People have heard about it, and anyone that is a survivor of cancer or had a scare like this, they want to support it and tell people, ‘Hey, it’s okay to go get checked out. You don’t need to be scared.’”According to the RecSports website, each of the three offered routes — a six-mile run, three-mile run and two-mile walk — will take the runners through Notre Dame’s campus, starting on Irish Green near Eddy Street Commons.However, the course will be slightly different than in past years.“The course has been the same for so many years,” Morneau said. “But with all this construction, from this year forward for about four or five years, we’re going to have to do a new course every single year.”While a few changes will need to be made to the course, RecSports has made an effort to preserve the tradition present in the run, Morneau said. She said the most iconic landmarks, like the lakes, will be included in the routes.“The lakes are a big part of it,” Morneau said. “We always want to make sure that the participants get to run around the lakes. It’s a really beautiful spot to run around, especially in the fall.”The course itself isn’t the only aspect of the race which is different this year. According to Morneau, the registration process has also changed.“Usually we do it through RecRegister,” she said. “Anyone from the community would have to come in here to register. This way, we’re doing it through Raceentry.com. Doing it that way allows everyone to register.”The new method of registration is more convenient and customer friendly, Morneau said. Although it is past the registration date, anyone looking to donate money may still do so by visiting www.raceentry.com.Tags: Construction, Domer Run, RecSports
Part of South Quad will be transformed into a rustic landscape Thursday as Welsh Family Hall presents its second-annual Hoedown Throwdown. The event will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. and will feature a variety of games and food including apple cider, donuts and kettle corn. All proceeds from the Throwdown will benefit St. Marianne Cope Young Women’s Education Project, a foundation that helps women in Dhaka, Bangladesh receive higher education and enter the workforce.Sophomore Morgan McLaughlin, Welsh Family special events co-commissioner, said Welsh Family Hall wants all dorms to participate in the event.“We have mechanical bull riding, and we’re getting a hall representative from each dorm to participate in a [mechanical bull riding] competition,” she said. “So we’re kind of getting all the halls excited and involved, and then we have a trophy and a gift card for the final winner.”Entrance into the event is $5, and with an additional donation of $3, attendees can ride the mechanical bull.Junior Maegan Rose Dolan, Welsh Family Hall president, said the success of last year’s Throwdown has motivated the dorm to establish the festival as an annual event.“This was a new event for our dorm last year, and it was the brainchild of our president last year,” Dolan said. “It actually won best new event on campus last year, so we’re excited to see it flourish again this year.”In hopes of attracting more students to the Throwdown, student-led country line dancing will be an addition to this year’s activities.McLaughlin said she hopes the Hoedown Throwdown will become Welsh Family’s signature dorm event. “Obviously, every dorm wants to have a signature event that’s really successful and lots of people know about it, so we’re every year trying to slowly build that up and create a name for ourselves through this event, while also helping a really great cause,” she said. The mission of St. Marianne Cope Women’s Young Women’s Education Project resonates with Welsh Family Hall residents, McLaughlin said.“It’s just something that we’re all super passionate about, since we are able to go to Notre Dame as women, too,” McLaughlin said. “We’re super grateful for this opportunity and we’re trying to help other women across the world have the same opportunity to pursue their own education and professional degrees.” Last year, Welsh Family raised about $2,500 for St. Marianne Cope Women’s Project, Dolan said. Dolan expressed her hope that this year’s Throwdown will be even more successful. “I think we are really just trying to aim higher this year, and just keep increasing,” Dolan said. “We’re just hoping to make an impact.”McLaughlin said preparations for the Throwdown have strengthened the sense of community in Welsh Family Hall.“I know lots of people in my committee are super excited about doing the chalk outside the dining hall or handing out posters,” she said. “All the different committees and just people in the dorm in general who aren’t on hall council either are planning to go to the event or want to help in some way.”To its residents, the Welsh Family Hall community is like a real family, freshman resident Cassie Kronenberger said.“I just really love how everybody puts 100% of their effort into Welsh Fam,” Kronenberger said. “Everyone wants [Welsh Family Hall] to have a positive impact on the Notre Dame campus.” Tags: Bangladesh, Hoedown Throwdown, Mechanical bull, Welsh Family Hall
A former president/CEO of a Washington credit union, who stole more than $350,000 and burned bank documents to conceal her theft during an NCUA examination, was sentenced last week to 14 months in prison.Krista Stephanie Putnam, former president/CEO of the $3.3 million Grays Harbor Woodworkers Federal Credit Union in Aberdeen, pleaded guilty in November to five first-degree theft charges. One count of second-degree arson was dropped.Putnam was ordered to pay $335,758 in restitution, according to Grays Harbor County Prosecutor Katie Svoboda. 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »