Greggs’ reopening plans changed due to crowd fears

first_imgGreggs will not let the public into its stores during reopening trials over fears they may be mobbed by fans.The company announced earlier this week that it would reopen 20 stores in the Newcastle area on a trial basis, staffed by volunteers. It is hoped this would be the start of a phased reopening of all stores by July.News of the reopening attracted widespread media coverage, and the company has now altered it plans.”Due to significant interest in our 20-shop trial, and the risk that excessive numbers of customers may plan to visit Greggs, we will now initially operate these trials behind closed doors in order to effectively test our new operational safety measures,” a spokesperson told British Baker.The business plans to continue to review the situation and said it will allow walk-in customers into its shops when it is confident it can do so in a controlled manner.In April, Greggs announced it had raised £150m through the Covid Corporate Financing Facility scheme, which it said would meet the company’s liquidity needs for a “prolonged closure period”.Bakery and café chains have started to reopen stores in recent weeks after taking measures to protect staff and customers.Pret, which reopened 10 stores in London two weeks ago, is today (1 May) opening the doors of a further 20.last_img read more

New Dell EMC Unity OE 4.4 Blends Midrange Vision with Innovative Enterprise Features

first_imgNew Software Update to Dell EMC Unity Blends Midrange Vision with Innovative Enterprise FeaturesInnovation plays a significant role in Dell EMC’s midrange product strategy as we solve customer problems, lower costs, and drive customer satisfaction. Innovation is the reason customers helped grow Dell EMC Unity to more than $2B in sales and officially shipping over ONE Exabyte of raw flash capacity since its debut in May 2016[i]. Customers recognize Dell EMC Unity helps their businesses grow in today’s competitive markets.At Dell EMC, we understand that product quality, reliability and investment protection are critical attributes to our customers and partners. We remain committed to address these attributes and help customers accelerate their IT Transformation goals. The technology capabilities in Dell EMC Unity consistently enable businesses to rapidly respond to change and grow without interruption. Whether your company is coping with availability, performance, data protection, security, multi-cloud agility, or a variety of other challenging business demands, Dell EMC Unity is built to address all of these and more!Complete Array-based Replication Solutions With the new Operating Environment (OE) 4.4 software release, Dell EMC Unity provides a complete complement of array-based replication with MetroSync for File. All synchronous and asynchronous block & file replication options are now included with every Hybrid and All-Flash configuration. Nothing else is needed to ensure continuous operations of applications with rapid recovery and automated failover for both planned and unplanned events. These replication options combine to improve transactional application data RPO and RTO. Whether the operational need is for file or block, synchronous, or asynchronous replication, Dell EMC Unity supports it.Complete Data Services & Data EfficiencyHow much data services software is needed to store, manage, and protect data, or move data to the cloud? Dell EMC Unity’s all-inclusive software provides everything you’ll need – at no additional cost. While some vendors have expensive add-on software licenses, Dell EMC Unity includes all software, including RecoverPoint for VMs and AppSync. Inline compression and deduplication are included too, providing maximum data efficiency.Cloud-based Storage AnalyticsDell EMC Unity includes CloudIQ, a native cloud-based application that uses predictive analytics and machine learning to proactively provide a comprehensive health score for each array. This helps customers identify and understand potential issues in their storage environment. We know that array element managers are essential for routine operations such as configuring and managing your storage. Unisphere for example provides deeper layers of information that support the daily management of data and physical infrastructure. CloudIQ can take proactive array monitoring to new heights, and is updated monthly to bring you a regular cadence of new capabilities.CloudIQ collects performance, capacity, system, configuration, and array protection data to instantly analyze and provide information about the health and status of the array. Information such as performance anomalies, capacity planning statistics and efficiency ratios are just a few of the insights you’ll get from this zero footprint, highly intuitive, browser-based application. CloudIQ provides administrators technical details about what is happening in their storage environments and how they can optimize for the best return on their investment.Of Course, Architecture MattersYour Dell EMC Unity investment is architected to always work 24×7 for your business. Being a a true active-active architecture means both controllers are active and serving IOs and accessing the drives concurrently from each controller. This simply means continuous access and optimizing your investment while you access the data without concern for availability or performance. As a customer, we’ve even made it easy to upgrade your Dell EMC Unity fully online when you need more capacity and performance through data-in-place upgrade support. After all, architecture matters!What Else is New in Dell EMC Unity OE 4.4?Midrange customers have evolved to a point where they need much of the same sophisticated and innovative solutions that large global enterprises use to store and manage data. Dell EMC Unity has been designed to be a complete enterprise-class solution with exceptional economics and flexibility to help our customers modernize their data centers and transform IT.Our product development is focused on solving your business challenges, and we’ll provide solutions that are automated, intelligent, flexible, and economical. Unrelenting attention to our customers keeps us #1, guides our development, and ultimately unleashes a product portfolio that’s hard to beat.[1] Based on Dell internal sales data May 2016-April 2018last_img read more

ASA clears Betfair advertisement of being irresponsible

first_img Submit Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Related Articles The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has cleared a TV ad for Betfair after concerns were raised over whether the decision to focus upon the excitement of a betting experience could be deemed irresponsible.The ad in question, broadcast on 11 November 2018, showed a young man checking his mobile phone while walking down the pavement and going through what appeared to be a ‘secret’ door leading to a room with a large screen that showed horse racing.A voice-over stated: “My gut says that horse is something special and my smarts say to back it on the Betfair Exchange where I get bigger returns than if I bet with one of these other bookies. That’s why I go to Betfair. Betfair, where gut instinct meets smarts.”A complainant challenged the idea that construing the betting experience in this way, “exploits the susceptibilities of young men”, however the regulatory body ruled that there was no breach of advertising rules.Responding to the complaints, Betfair explained that the advert sought to explain that the operator could offer better value for money in comparison to other bookmakers. The protagonist was not shown to be placing any bets, therefore not implying that gambling had any priority in the man’s life.  The main character was, according to Clearcast, clearly over the age of 25 and was “portrayed as one of many unremarkable people in a fantastical location designed to be a metaphor for the ‘community’ of customers using the app.”The operator added that the advertisement did not, in any way, exploit any susceptibilities of under-18s, but rather was attempting to educate its customers about the range of odds available. Considering the response to the complaints from the operator, the ASA ruled that while they considered the character to be deemed aspirational – in reference to his ‘smarts’ – the decision to place a bet using the Betfair Exchange was deemed to be depicted responsibly.The ASA ruled that the ad had not breached the advertising code, and that no further action was necessary. StumbleUpon Share Share Bookies Corner: Trump Presidency sinks as US 2020 enters its 100 day countdown July 29, 2020 ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020last_img read more

Letterkenny school acquires life-saving defibrillator

first_imgThe staff and pupils of Scoil Mhuire gan Smál have welcomed the installation of a defibrillator in the school building.In keeping with best practice, the Letterkenny national school recently acquired the emergency medical device for the school community.A defibrillator can be used in the event of a cardiac arrest, by a trained individual, to deliver a potentially life-saving shock to the heart to allow it to resume its normal rhythm. “The funds to provide this valuable piece of equipment were sponsored by the Board of Management, to whom we are very grateful,” said teacher Mrs Margaret Rowland.Five teachers on the staff are certified in the use of this defibrillator should the need ever arise.Scoil Mhuire gan Smál is a health promoting school and has an Active Flag. Health and wellbeing is of paramount importance within the school community.Scoil Mhuire gan Smál principal Ms Simmons and teacher Mrs Rowland with 5th and 6th class students at the installation of the school defibrillator.Letterkenny school acquires life-saving defibrillator was last modified: June 11th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:defibrillatorScoil Mhuire gan Smállast_img read more

Arsenal and Southampton reportedly monitoring Caulker situation

first_imgArsenal and Southampton are monitoring the situation as Cardiff defender Steven Caulker considers offers from QPR and Crystal Palace, according to the Daily Telegraph. West London Sport recently revealed Rangers had tabled a bid for the England international and subsequently that they were in talks with him after meeting an £8m release clause in his contract, and that they remain hopeful of signing him despite reports he had chosen a move to Palace.Rangers boss Harry Redknapp believes the prospect of playing alongside Loftus Road-bound former Manchester United star Rio Ferdinand will help persuade Caulker to choose a move to west London.However, it is claimed that Arsenal and Southampton are showing some interest in the 22-year-old, who has also been linked with Liverpool.QPR are keen to sign Caulker in an £8m deal.Meanwhile, QPR have again been linked with Norwich City’s Leroy Fer, whose agent has denied reports in the Dutch media that a deal was as good as done.The Telegraph say Norwich are expected to demand a significant fee for Fer, having signed him for £5m from FC Twente only a year ago.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Farmers impacted by biotech access

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest From decreasing input costs to increasing on-farm sustainability, biotechnology is an important part of many farming operations across the country. Biotechnology provides another tool in the toolbox to help farmers meet the needs of the future sustainably.There is no question biotechnology gives farmers additional profit opportunities, but any delays in the biotech approval process will also have an economic impact, according to the United Soybean Board (USB).“Biotechnology allows U.S. farmers to evolve to meet changing end-user needs sustainably and these new technologies require a rigorous approval process to insure they are safe,” said Keith Kemp, USB farmer-leader from West Manchester, Ohio. “As both a farmer and consumer, I am dedicated to making our food more sustainable and with the regulatory process taking eight to 10 years to get an approval of new technology, it is a very lengthy and costly process for the American farmer.”One of the most frustrating approval processes as of late has been for high-oleic soybean varieties. This biotechnology produces oil with increased functionality that has benefits for food and industrial users and could increase the value of all U.S. soybeans. But one of the U.S. major trading partners is hindering the process.“We do not want to put anything in the export chain that messes up trade with any foreign countries,” Kemp said. “We scale up and then scale back and it is a very difficult situation for farmers to deal with but we just have to have some patience and wait for the approval process to play out.”Biotechnology made headlines over the 2017 growing season as farmers began noticing the ill effects of dicamba drift damage across the country, making many wonder if farmers are ready to handle new technology coming down the pipeline.“All of U.S. farmers want to be good stewards of the technology that will benefit our operation, but that doesn’t mean technology won’t give us some challenges,” Kemp said. “It also doesn’t mean we should give up on something if we hit a speed bump. We are committed to working with industry partners to make biotech work. We will learn from what went wrong with dicamba, improve upon it and have it as a tool down the road.”The majority of the soybeans grown in the United States are from seeds that have been enhanced through biotechnology. And this science has allowed U.S. soybean farmers to grow more crops on fewer acres using fewer resources. The need to understand biotech’s positive impact on agriculture has never been more important, so, Kemp said, it’s smart for U.S. soybean farmers to stay up-to-date on this critical topic.last_img read more

Foursquare Makes It Easier for Businesses to Offer “Specials” to Their Customers

first_imgThe updated Merchant Platform – which will remain free – has also added some analytics, so that business owners can track the details about the frequency and time-of-day when Foursquare users check-in at their location, and so that they can track the performance of the various Specials they offer. Related Posts Yesterday location-based social network Foursquare rolled out a substantial upgrade to its platform. Foursquare 3.0 includes improved discovery, recommendations, and rewards for its users.Those rewards are aimed at loyal Foursquare users who check-in regularly at a particular venue. So to make it easier for the quarter of a million some-odd businesses that have claimed their venues to offer these rewards, Foursquare has just announced an update to its Merchant Platform.The update will make it easier to create campaigns and it is launching with several pre-set Specials, aimed at both attracting new customers and rewarding loyal ones.These include Flash Specials – the first people who arrive after a certain time get a special discount; Friends Specials – check-in with three Foursquare friends, for example, to get a certain deal; Swarm Specials – check-in with a large group; Newbie Specials – deals for the first time you check-in; and of course, Mayor Specials. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#biz#tips A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… audrey watters 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Former FSU RB Says It’s “Dumb Sh*t” For Jimbo Fisher To Start Jacques Patrick Over Mario Pender

first_imgFormer Florida State running back Karlos Williams is upset – and a little misinformed. Saturday afternoon, Williams, who is clearly watching his alma mater take on Syracuse, tweeted out his displeasure with head coach Jimbo Fisher for starting freshman Jacques Patrick over junior Mario Pender at running back in place of injured star Dalvin Cook. The only problem? Pender is out for the contest, still recovering from a collapsed lung he suffered back in September.Screen Shot 2015-10-31 at 12.17.23 PM Williams later realized his mistake.Pender ain’t dressed. Wtf— Karlos Williams Sr (@Karlos_29_SR) October 31, 2015 Pender did return to practice this week, for what it’s worth. But he’s been listed as out since Thursday.Fisher also said that Terrance Smith, Mario Pender, Marcus Lewis, Derrick Kelly will be out for Syracuse. Ryan Hoefeld is questionable.— Curt Weiler (@CurtMWeiler) October 29, 2015Another reminder to never tweet.last_img read more

Can personal info be made public under RTI after 20 years CIC

first_imgNew Delhi: Can private information of officials held by the government be provided after 20 years as per the Right to Information statutes?The Central Information Commission (CIC) has decided to constitute a full-bench to adjudicate the crucial matter on a petition of a convict in the 2006 Mumbai train blast case. Ehtesham Qutubuddin Siddiqui, who has been sentenced to death in the case, approached the Commission after his RTI application seeking a copy of UPSC forms and other records of 12 IPS officers listed by him, was rejected by the Union Home Ministry. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The ministry invoked privacy clause of the Right To Information (RTI) Act which exempts from disclosure personal information of an individual. Siddiqui, who has been claiming that he was wrongly framed in the blasts case, said the records sought by him are over 20 years old from the date of filing of his RTI application in 2018. He cited Section 6(3) of the RTI Act which says any information relating to any occurrence, event or matter which has taken place, occurred or happened 20 years before the date on which any request is made under Section 6 shall be provided to any person making a request under that section. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KHowever, this clause allowing disclosure is limited to three types of records under ‘exempted clause’ pertaining to–strategic importance and national interest, breach of privilege of Parliament or State Legislature, and cabinet papers including records of deliberations of Council of Ministers, secretaries and other officers. “Subject to the provisions of clauses (a), (c) and (i) of sub-section (1), any information relating to any occurrence, event or matter which has taken place, occurred or happened 20 years before the date on which any request is made under Section 6 shall be provided to any person making a request under that section,” it says. It further says where any question arises as to the date from which the said period of 20 years has to be computed, the decision of the Central Government shall be final, subject to the usual appeals provided for in this Act. The Home Ministry said the Supreme Court of India in plethora of cases has held that the ‘right to privacy’ is a constitutional right, and hence, this right cannot be overruled by any Act. “The Commission, after hearing the submissions of both the parties and perusing the records, observes that the issue before the Commission is as to whether by virtue of the provisions contained under sub-section (3) of Section 8 of the RTI Act, the personal information which is in the custody of a public authority is to be disclosed under RTI application after lapse of 20 years,” Chief Information Commissioner Sudhir Bhargava said. PTIlast_img read more

Littleknown Family Information Unit ready to help MMIWG families to get information

first_imgKathleen Martens APTN News Anida Ross, the mother of Delaine Copenace, was upset.“I tried requesting autopsy photos but they won’t let me have them,” she told the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Women and Girls in Thunder Bay.“Because they said it belongs to the OPP (Ontario Provincial Police) I said, ‘Yeah, pictures of my daughter belong to you? No, they should belong to me.’”Accessing crime scene images along with autopsy information has emerged as a major sore spot for families, according to testimony at the eight public hearings to date.Some have described tense battles with police and government agencies for official documents as they try to fill in the gaps of what happened to their loved ones.“That’s where we come in,” said Laurie Davies of the Family Information Liaison Unit (FILU) in Edmonton.“We run alongside the national inquiry, and provide support to families in each province and territory,” she said.The units began operating in April 2017. Davies said they can help families get everything from medical reports to death certificates, help them interpret the information, and connect them with counselling to deal with the results.It’s a role Davies, who has travelled to every community in her Alberta territory to make presentations, is relishing.“It’s about building relationships,” she said. “I love the work: interacting with people, making a difference.”But not everyone knows about FILU, which has been quietly humming along while the troubled inquiry limps in the spotlight.That was evident in Saskatoon where the MMIWG rented a major hotel ballroom to advertise FILU services that didn’t see much traffic.“We need all the publicity we can get,” said Dorothy Myo, FILU manager for Saskatchewan, who was on hand to answer questions.Some families learn about FILU through the inquiry. Other times, FILU staff find them.Helen Vriglen, the FILU contact in Nova Scotia, said she introduced herself to the family of Virginia Pictou Noyes following their testimony in Membertou.The Pictous shared how difficult it was to access cross-border information from Maine State Police about the Canadian woman’s disappearance in 1993.Copenace’s mother, Anida Ross, said she’d dearly love to have a copy of the police report that concludes her daughter, Delaine, drowned in Lake of the Woods after going missing in Kenora, Ont., in 2016.“There seems to be a lack of contact between families and police,” said Davis.While unintentional, she said that lack of contact can hurt, confuse, frustrate and anger families.“We can be that bridge they need,” she said, adding families don’t have to participate in the inquiry to make use of FILU services.“Our job is to be non-adversarial and get valid answers why families can’t get the information they need.”Davies said police reports are what families ask for the most – then autopsy results and referrals to health support.“We bring them smudge kits but we’re not counsellors,” said Davies, noting she can refer family members to culturally sensitive workers and Elders.Davies has connected with more than 20 family members so far.“We never tell the families what they need. We try to find out what they need,” she added.Families are under “such great stress,” agreed Myo.“They feel alone when they’re trying to get information. We can access police and government agencies in a way family members can’t to help complete their story.”Myo, who has a social work background, said her office helped more than 20 families prepare for the inquiry hearings in Saskatoon.She said FILU staff were able to translate organizational jargon “into layman’s language” so families could share their stories with important details they wanted to leave on the inquiry record.With some crimes occurring in different provinces or territories, Myo said FILU teams communicate weekly so nothing falls between the [email protected]last_img read more