NAMB plans action group for craft sector

first_imgThe National Associations of Master Bakers (NAMB) is hoping to create an ‘action group’ with the hope of redressing certain perceptions of the craft baking industry. A statement from the NAMB said: “In recent years the craft bakery sector has come under pressure from many fronts. This has led to many companies struggling and a poor perception of the industry to customers, government and potential employees.” The action group would be the starting point of a big campaign to get consumers to spend their money in their local shop and to support the independent craft baker. The objectives of the group would be to remind people that the independent baker has an important commercial and social role in the local community and also to inspire these bakers to maximise their involvement in the local community.last_img read more

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Richemont Competition deadline this Friday

first_imgEntries for the ninth Richemont Club of Great Britain National Competition must be received no later than this Friday 14 September.The competition, which forms part of Bakers’ Fair Autumn, taking place on Sunday 7 October at the Yorkshire Event Centre in Harrogate, is the chance for bakers to show off their best loaves, sausage rolls and scones.It will be judged by members of the Richemont Club during the fair, organised by British Baker, and will include other categories, such as the best celebration cakes, Danish pastries, Halloween cupcakes and pork pies.Trevor Mooney, competition secretary at Richemont and sales director at Chatwins Bakery in Cheshire, told British Baker: “It is great to be involved in this competition and put something back into the industry. We would really encourage bakers and their staff to come forward, show us their skills and celebrate their craft.”A special category has been dedicated to young bakers aged up to 21 years old, as well as a Christmas-themed class for bakers to submit products, such as a Christmas cake, a Christmas pudding and a chocolate log.The Live Challenge Cup will also take place at the event, and will be competed for by invited teams from the Richemont Club and the National Association of Master Bakers.Special guest Shaun Williamson, best known for his role as Barry in BBC One soap opera Eastenders, will be announcing the competition’s winners live on the Bakers’ Fair stage next month.To enter the Richemont Competition online, or download an application form, visit www.bakersfair.co.uk. Alternatively, contact Trevor Mooney on 01270 624572, or email [email protected]last_img read more

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Umphrey’s McGee Releases “Upward” Video In Anticipation Of Denver NYE Run

first_imgProgressive jam titans Umphrey’s McGee have just finished up their 11th annual tropical getaway, Dominican Holidaze. Now, all eyes are on the band’s upcoming New Year’s Eve run at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver, CO. This year’s three-night run marks the third time that Umphrey’s has brought their New Year’s run to the venue, having brought their NYE festivities to the Fillmore in 2013 and 2015.Umphrey’s McGee Drops Futuristic Techno-Romp Music Video For “The Silent Type”The band’s New Year’s runs are must-see affairs for hardcore Umphrey’s fans, as the band typically delivers standout performances on each night of their run—they are often joined by a horn section, and they tend to book some of the best up-and-comers that supported them on tour throughout the year. The band also uses New Year’s runs to workshop new songs, taking the opportunity to debut new material or showcase material that they’ve been workshopping over the course of the year.Umphrey’s McGee Extends 2018 Tour With Marcus King Band, BIG Something, Organ Freeman, & MoreBack in 2015, “Upward” was still a new-ish song—after its debut at Summer Camp Music Festival in 2014, Umphrey’s performed the song a handful of times on the road and at a few festivals. “Upward” is one big, emotional build towards an eventual climax, and the band quickly learned that it worked coming out of a long piece of improvisation as a landing pad for huge jams with a built-in euphoric peak.When the band hit Denver in 2015 for their New Year’s run, they dropped a memorable version of “Upward” that capped off an impressive “Robot World” > “Resolution” > “In The Kitchen” second-set opening segment. It cemented the song as one of their brightest new pieces of material, as another impressive arrow in Umphrey’s McGee’s eclectic musical quiver.In honor of this year’s forthcoming New Year’s run in Denver, Umphrey’s McGee has released a video of this memorable moment from 2015 when the band showed the true potential “Upward”. Check out the video below, and don’t miss Umphrey’s McGee at the Fillmore Auditorium from December 29th through 31st!To purchase tickets for Umphrey’s McGee’s New Year’s Run, visit the band’s website.[Photo: Ojeda Photography]last_img read more

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Men’s hockey downs Yale, 3-2, in quarterfinals

first_imgThe Harvard men’s hockey team took the first step toward advancing in the ECAC tournament when they downed Yale Friday at Ingalls Rink, 3-2, in the first game of the quarterfinals.With the game tied for most of the third period, each team kept looking for a game-winning opportunity. With just two and a half minutes to go, Harvard got theirs on a 2-on-1 breakaway when forward Alexander Kerfoot ’17 passed to linemate Jimmy Vesey ’16, who slammed the winner home for his 26th goal of the season.Now the two teams go at it again today at 7 p.m. If the Crimson win, they’re on to Lake Placid. If they lose, the third and deciding game will be Sunday.To read full coverage, visit the Harvard Athletics website.last_img

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Neil LaBute’s The Money Shot Begins Off-Broadway

first_img View Comments The Money Shot The Money Shot tells the story of Karen and Steve, two glamorous movie stars with one thing in common: desperation. The night before filming a big scene for the latest film by a hot shot European director, the two meet with their respective partners to make an important decision: how far will they let themselves go to keep from slipping further down the Hollywood food chain? Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 19, 2014 In addition to Reaser and Weller, the cast features Gia Crovatin and Callie Thorne. The Money Shot, by Neil LaBute, begins performances off-Broadway on September 4. Elizabeth Reaser and Frederick Weller star in the MCC production directed by Terry Kinney. Performances will run through October 12 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre. Opening night is set for September 22.last_img read more

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German utility EnBW to build 180MW, subsidy-free solar project, country’s largest to date

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:German utility EnBW has signed off on the investment for a 180-megawatt subsidy-free solar farm. As well as becoming Germany’s largest solar farm, EnBW says it will be the first major unsubsidized solar project in the country.Work on the Weesow-Willmersdorf plant, in the state of Brandenburg, will begin at the start of next year. The company expects commissioning to take place before the end of 2020.EnBW CTO Hans-Josef Zimmer said he was confident in the project’s economics without subsidies, but cautioned that it, and future projects, would require priority dispatch rules to remain viable.The priority dispatch rule is part of Germany’s landmark renewable energy act, known as the EEG. It attempts to limit the curtailment of renewable sources by putting them at the head of the queue for grid access.But the European Union has ruled as part of its post-2020 energy package that new renewable energy projects in member states should not benefit from priority status. An exception was granted for solar installs up to 400 kilowatts. Existing plants won’t be affected.Developer BayWa r.e. is in the construction phase of a small 8.8-megawatt, subsidy-free project that it refers to as a test case. It will be one of the country’s very first to go forward without subsidies.More: Germany’s largest solar farm will also be subsidy-free German utility EnBW to build 180MW, subsidy-free solar project, country’s largest to datelast_img read more

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Newsday Gets 3rd New Publisher in 6 Years

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Newsday named a former Dow Jones executive as publisher of Long Island’s lone daily newspaper in what comes as the third change at the helm in a span of about six years.Gordon McLeod will take over as head of Newsday Media Group on April 1, the paper, which is owned by Bethpage-based Cablevision Systems Corp., announced in a news release Thursday.“I am honored to be joining such a talented team and I look forward to continuing their work of enhancing Newsday‘s vital role for readers, advertisers and the community,” McLeod said in a news release.McLeod replaces Fred Groser, a former phone book publisher, who announced his plans to retire last year. Groser had taken over for Terry Jiminez, the former publisher of free New York City daily amNewYork, in 2010. Jiminez’ brief stint as Newsday publisher started when Timothy Knight resigned after five years in the fall of ’09, the year after Cablevision bought the Melville-based paper.The incoming publisher will oversee editorial, digital and business operations for the newspaper, its website, amNewYork, amny.com, exploreLI.com and the company’s group of weekly shopper publications. He will report to Brian Sweeney, Cablevision’s senior executive vice president of strategy.McLeod had previously worked at Krux, an ad-tech start-up, after he left News Corp.’s Dow Jones & Company, as president of The Wall Street Journal Digital Network in ’10. Before that, he held executive roles at CBS News, Grey Entertainment and Time Inc.As of March ’13, Newsday ranked as the 12th largest daily newspaper in the nation with an average circulation of more than 377,000, which marked a 5 percent drop from the year prior, according to the latest figures available from the Alliance for Audited Media.last_img read more

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Freeport Murder Suspect Identified

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nassau County police have identified a suspect wanted for allegedly gunning down a 21-year-old man outside of the victim’s Freeport home last weekend.Homicide Squad detectives alleged that Autrey “Pluto” Watson repeatedly fired a semi-automatic pistol into a crowd, striking Lyreek Crawley in the head during a house party at on Colonial Avenue shortly after 1 a.m. Dec. 28. The gun has not been recovered, authorities said.The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Neighbors told the Press that the dispute may have been gang-related, but police did not confirm that. Police did say that a house in Freeport was shot at on Tuesday night, but it was not clear if it was the same residence.The murder suspect may have fled the scene in a champagne-colored Toyota Camry that was last seen heading westbound on Colonial Avenue toward Main Street, according to investigators.Watson is described as 5-feet, 6-inches tall, 130 pounds with short hair. His last known address was 117 Debevoise Ave., Roosevelt.Nassau County Crime Stoppers is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in this case.Homicide Squad detectives ask anyone who has any information about the whereabouts of this suspect, or with any information about this crime, to call them at 516-573-7788 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS.last_img read more

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Wednesday people roundup

first_imgHymans Robertson – Stephen Makin has been appointed a senior risk consultant in the Enterprise Risk Management practice. He joins from Prudential, where he was head of longevity research. He also ran his own consultancy business, with a focus on the quantitative aspects of Solvency II preparations.AMP Capital – Kate Campbell has been appointed institutional director for Europe. She joins from JP Morgan, where she was executive director of capital introduction in the prime brokerage region. She has also held positions at Deutsche Bank, Equity Capital Markets and Goldman Sachs.LCP – Suzanne Taylor has been appointed as a senior consultant in the pensions administration team. She has more than 14 years’ experience in pensions administration and operational change management, most recently with Aon Hewitt.Affiliated Managers Group – Niall Ferguson has been appointed to the board of directors. Ferguson is Laurence A Tisch professor of history at Harvard University, and a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. State Street Global Advisors, Babson Capital, BlackRock, Hymans Robertson, AMP Capital, LCP, Affiliated Managers GroupState Street Global Advisors – Joe Riddaway has been appointed UK senior consultant relations manager. He joins from Mercer Investments, where he was head of UK client service for its fiduciary management business. He has also worked at JLT Actuaries, Consultants and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Jasper Bugter has been appointed as senior relationship manager for the institutional business in the Benelux team. He joins from Generali Investments Europe, where he was head of institutional sales for the Benelux region. Before then, he worked at Robeco, Aegon and ABN AMRO Bank. Michele Marchese has been appointed senior sales manager for SSgA’s institutional business in Italy. Previously, he worked at Credit Suisse in the asset management division, where he was responsible for developing its institutional business in the country.Babson Capital – The asset manager has added 12 new investment professionals to its emerging market investment team, completing an expansion that began in the autumn of 2013. Last October, the firm hired Ricardo Adrogue and Brigitte Posch to spearhead its new emerging market debt team under the leadership of Russ Morrison, managing director and head of global fixed income. Babson recently launched two emerging market debt funds in Europe, and plans to expand its offerings over the near term.BlackRock – Pablo Goldberg has been appointed managing director, portfolio manager and senior strategist within the emerging market fixed income business. He joins from HSBC, where, since 2010, he was managing director and global head of emerging market research. Before then, he was global head of emerging market debt strategy and chief economist for Latin America at Merrill Lynch.last_img read more

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COVID-19 boosts digital agenda across asset managers, reveals gaps

first_imgThe coronavirus pandemic is putting pressure on asset managers to accelerate digital growth throughout their businesses, a consultancy has said on the basis of a survey.Alpha FMC, an asset and wealth management consultancy, surveyed 40 of the largest global asset managers. It found that 79% now considered digital a top or high priority area, compared with 64% in last year’s survey.More than half (55%) predicted their firms’ digital spending would increase over the next year. Sales enablement activity was the second-ranked area of expenditure on digital for asset managers across the board and the top priority digital spend for institutional firms.The consultancy also said the coronavirus pandemic had effectively stress-tested the digital estate of many firms, highlighting that some might not be as far along their transformation journey as they previously thought. The majority of firms (68%) described themselves as ‘getting organised’ on digitisation, a 20% increase on 2019.According to the survey, less than a quarter of managers thought their existing digital capabilities met client expectations and 75% said less than 5% of their workforce were in roles that focus on the growth of digital.“Digitisation is now equally relevant across all segments including institutional investors”Kevin O’Shaughnessy, head of digital and agile transformation at Alpha FMCAlpha said its research threw up a “stark change in landscape” since 2019 with regard to the obstacles preventing widespread digital adoption.According to the latest survey, the top three obstacles to good digital delivery in 2020 are seen as a lack of investment, organisational set-ups that are digitally incompatible, and a need for cultural change across businesses.In last year’s survey, underinvestment was not necessarily considered an obstacle and previously, lack of buy-in from senior leadership proved one of the major barriers to digital change.“However, this year’s findings indicate that the industry’s key decision makers now recognise the benefits that company-wide digitisation can bring,” said Alpha.Kevin O’Shaughnessy, head of digital and agile transformation at Alpha FMC, said: “While coronavirus appears to have shocked many firms into taking their digital transitions more seriously, there is still much work to be done across the sector in order to meet increasing client demands.“Our findings indicate that the importance of digitisation has moved across many aspects of an asset managers business and is now equally relevant across all segments including institutional investors. Asset managers see that their clients have become accustomed to slick digital offerings in lockdown and want to see them rolled out further.”Alpha’s survey took place between April and May this year.Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here.last_img read more

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