‘It’s an amazing accolade for our team’

first_imgPaul Rostand, owner of Dorset-based Great British Biscotti Co, on how collaborating with customers Hotel Chocolat and the National Trust led to it winning the 2019 Customer Focus Award.Great British Biscotti Co sought to break the mould when it began life three-and-a-half years ago with its portfolio of sweet and savoury biscotti. Its 20 flavours range from coffee & walnut to chocolate orange and even parmesan & fennel, as well as Indian spice.“What we do is unique within the baking industry, particularly in relation to biscotti, as our products are very different to the rock-hard, dry Italian products,” says Paul Rostand, owner of Great British Biscotti Co. “Everyone has heard of sweet biscotti, so we expected to sell more sweet ones than savoury, but people have already bought into the savoury range because it is truly unique.”It was this kind of thinking that garnered the attention of coveted customers Hotel Chocolat and the National Trust, as well as the judges at the 2019 Baking Industry Awards (BIA), who rewarded the company with the Customer Focus Award.“Working with them is a real endorsement for the quality of our products,” he adds. “They’ve been really happy for us winning the award, but also with the service we have been giving them.”The partnership has seen Great British Biscotti Co create bespoke products for both organisations.“We always put the customer at the heart of our business,” Rostand says. “We always want to achieve and exceed the expectations of our customers and, whether that is through product quality or customer service, we have to fulfil their needs 100%.”Being a smaller firm that makes things by hand gives it the flexibility to make changes based on customers’ needs as it’s not constrained by the capabilities of machinery. This even allows for Hotel Chocolat’s development chef to work on-site when creating new products.As for the BIA experience, Rostand says “it’s something to be cherished”. “We’re a relatively small company that hasn’t been going that long, so to win is such an amazing accolade for us and the team back at the bakery.”He adds that the BIA are a great opportunity to showcase a business and to show the rest of the market what you are doing.“There are so many VIPs at the awards who hear about your company – it’s such great exposure – and an endorsement for your hard work.”Paul Rostand, owner of Great British Biscotti Co, is presented the award by John Lindsay, CEO of sponsor CSM Bakery Solutions, and event host Ashley RobertsSponsor’s comment“Great British Biscotti Co had a clear objective, which focused on delivering an ambitious category-first, while putting its customers at the heart.”Ellie David, marketing manager, CSM Bakery Solutionslast_img read more

‘Bugs’ on the subway: Monitoring the microbial environment to improve public health

first_imgThe trillions of microbes that transfer from people to surfaces could provide an early warning system for the emergence of public health threats such as a flu outbreak or a rise in antibiotic resistance, according to a study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The researchers took to the Boston subway system to find out what kinds of bugs people across the city are passing around—and how they might help preserve or disrupt our health.The study, which was published online June 28, 2016 in the American Society for Microbiology’s journal mSystems, is the first high-precision microbial survey in a mass-transit environment to look at multiple surface types and materials.Watch a video.“We were surprised to find that the microbes that we collected of surfaces that people touch—and sometimes sneeze on—had low numbers of worrisome pathogens or antibiotic resistance genes. These environments have drastically lower virulence profiles, in fact, than are observed in a typical human gut,” said senior author Curtis Huttenhower, associate professor of computational biology and bioinformatics. “Our findings establish a baseline against which deviations can be used as an early warning system to monitor public health.”With the support of the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority, the researchers collected samples by swabbing seats, seat backs, walls, vertical and horizontal poles, and hanging grips inside train cars from three subway lines, as well as touchscreens and walls of indoor and outdoor ticketing machines at five subway stations. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Best Buddies hosts fashion show

first_imgThe Notre Dame Best Buddies club, a club serving people with intellectual disabilities, will host a fashion show as part of Disabilities Awareness Month on Wednesday in Legends.“The event is meant to gain awareness for disabilities, but is also just a fun night,” President of Best Buddies and senior Kelly Keenan said. “Our buddies are people in South Bend who have intellectual and developmental disabilities, and the event will be a chance for them to get dressed up and have fun.”The fashion show is part of a yearly initiative formed several yearsw ago on campus by Notre Dame graduate Soeren Palumbo to end the use of the R-word.  This year, Best Buddies is collaborating with Special Olympics and the Super Sibs club to hold the event, Keenan said.“The [fashion] show was a vision of another member of Best Buddies,” she said. “She had a friend on campus that is a Vineyard Vines representative, so they are supplying our men’s clothing. A boutique in Granger, Ind., called Sorella is supplying the women’s clothing, and we also have clothing from adidas and Dress Barn.”Keenan said planning the show has been an organizational process.“When we knew we wanted to hold a fashion show, we spoke to Legends because they had done fashion shows before, so they already had the whole event set up for us,” Keenan said. “There has also been a lot of communication to find clothing to borrow.”Keenan said she hopes the event will open the eyes of the Notre Dame community to disabilities.“The main thing we would love is to get a lot of people there and show them what disabilities awareness is really about,” Keenan said. “We want to show the Notre Dame community what this is all about and what our three clubs do.”In addition to the fashion show, members of the Best Buddies club will be in the LaFortune Student Center, North and South dining halls and the Hesburgh Library on Wednesday as part of a pledge campaign.“We will station ourselves around campus to gather pledges to end the hateful use of the R-word,” Keenan said.Keenan said an important component of the event is to make sure everyone has a good time.“Our buddies are so excited about walking the runway in awesome clothes,” Keenan said. “We want to make it a fun event for everyone involved.”Contact Katie McCarty at   [email protected]: best buddies, disabilities awareness, fashion show, NDlast_img read more

Modern Amphibious Units will Counter Narcoterrorism in the VRAEM

first_imgBy Dialogo February 14, 2013 On February 7, Peruvian Ministry of Defense Pedro Cateriano Bellido introduced two modern Hovercraft amphibious units in the city of Pucallpa that will be used for surveillance and support of the Armed Forces in the fight against narcoterrorism in the Apurímac, Ene and Mantaro Rivers Valley (VRAEM). After the opening ceremony, Minister Cateriano boarded one of these amphibious units and sailed through the Ucayali River, where he was able to verify its operational capabilities, as well as how well the officers that will counter narcoterrorism in the VRAEM are trained. The main naval authority also joined Cateriano on the units, which later took them through the premises of the “BAP Clavero.” Afterwards, the authorities went to Pucallpa Naval Station, where a ceremony was held to commemorate members of personnel who died in the line of duty at Ucayali Front. Once the ceremony ended, the General Director of Companies and Coast Guards, Vice Admiral Edmundo Deville Del Campo gave a presentation about illegal mining in the Amazon. Then, Fourth Naval Zone Commander, Rear Admiral Hugo Verán Moreno spoke about the mission, its current situation and the goals within the area of responsibility. During his visit, the minister of defense stated that “we are putting two Hovercraft vessels that will join the fight against drug trafficking and terrorism, in service.” Furthermore, he reported that two more units will be added soon, both of which are currently under construction. He added that “in this way, the government is showing its commitment to provide the Armed Forces with the best tools, so they can perform their constitutional role of defending the country against other threats, such as terrorism.” It is important to consider that these amphibious Hovercraft units have aluminum armor and special air mattresses, so they can float and glide to emerge on either maritime or land surfaces, overcoming all kinds of obstacles. With a capacity to lodge 20 combatants, these vehicles can reach up to 35 knots. The units assigned to the VRAEM will be armored and armed, and they have night vision capabilities. In addition, they can go into an area, perform rescue tasks in support of a helicopter, for example, and then return to the water. According to technical specifications, their revering maneuverability remains operational throughout the year, under any weather conditions.last_img read more

3-Ex NYPD Cops from Long Island Charged With Bribery

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Three former New York City police officers from Long Island were implicated in an alleged scheme to rush gun permit licenses in exchange for bribes, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.Paul Dean, a 44-year-old former lieutenant of the NYPD’s Licensing Division from Wantagh, and 47-year-old Robert Espinal, an ex-officer from Seaford, were each charged with extortion and conspiracy to commit bribery. David Villanueva, a 43-year-old Valley Stream resident and former sergeant, who was arrested last summer for his role in the alleged scheme, pleaded guilty in February to conspiracy to commit bribery, bribery and making false statements. Villanueva also helped grease gun permit applications reviewed by the Nassau County Police Department’s Pistol Section investigators, authorities said.“Corruption at the License Division also spawned a cottage industry of parasitic profiteers, alleged bribers masquerading as so-called expediters,” said Joon Kim, the acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. “The critically important police function of issuing and controlling gun licenses was one they were willing to pervert for personal profit. When police officers violate their oath in this way, they not only betray the public they have sworn to protect, but their fellow officers who do their jobs the right way.”Prosecutors said the LI trio, a former NYPD detective from Queens, an ex-Brooklyn prosecutor and a gun permit license expeditor orchestrated a scheme to have the NYPD License Division speed up the approval of gun licenses in exchange for bribes of cash, paid vacations, food, liquor, guns and prostitutes between 2013 and last year.Dean, Espinal, Villanueva and a fourth officer from the city received bribes for clients of three gun permit expeditors, one of whom was a former NYPD detective, authorities said. In exchange, the accused officers didn’t do the required level of investigation into the applicants by, for example, not conducting interviews with them. Some of those who got gun permits in the alleged scheme had been convicted of violent crimes involving weapons and had histories of domestic violence, according to investigators.Dean and Espinal retired in 2015 to become better paid as gun permit expeditors themselves, relying on their contacts in their old unit to get special treatment for their clients, prosecutors said. They also tried to pressure other gun expeditors to share their clients or they would use their clout in the unit to slow their approvals, authorities said.In a separate alleged scheme, prosecutors said Villanueva received free dinners, sports memorabilia and an $8,000 watch for helping a former Brooklyn prosecutor shorten his clients’ 40-day waiting periods to as little as one day and shorten permit suspension periods, prosecutors said.The ex-prosecutor also had Villanueva send gun license renewal applications to the Nassau police Pistol Section on NYPD stationery, knowing that would shorten the review time for the ex-prosecutor’s clients, authorities said. In exchange, Villanueva was paid in cash and sports tickets by the ex-prosecutor, authorities said.The suspects face up to 10 years in prison.last_img read more

Luxury living doesn’t get any better than this Gold Coast mansion

first_img131-135 Monaco St, Broadbeach Waters. 131-135 Monaco St, Broadbeach Waters.THE Grasso family waited years for their chance to move onto Monaco St and when No. 131-135 hit the market they didn’t wait a second longer.Johnathan and Roberta Grasso bought the waterfront home three years ago.“We bought the house so we could live on the street,” Mr Grasso said. “It has been a dream goal for my wife and I for a long time.”The family previously lived on the Isle of Capri and admired the street.“When we first drove down the driveway we were really blown away, and we still are,” he said. “The effect hasn’t worn off yet, it’s really pretty magical.”131-135 Monaco St, Broadbeach Waters.These Queensland homes are also pretty dreamy…Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:45Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:45 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Summer Dream Home: Currumbin01:45 Related videos 01:45Summer Dream Home: Currumbin01:34Paradise for sale…01:16Dream home: Broadbeach Waters01:33Dream Home: New Farm01:36Dream Home: Brookfield01:00Mermaid BeachA long winding driveway surrounded by palm trees, manicured lawns as well as a large swimming pool and kids play area leads up to the front door.“It is grand but it’s family orientated,” the father-of-two said.A cabana-bar and a timber deck add an element of entertainment to the frontyard but Mr Grasso said the backyard was even better.A spa overlooks the water and brilliantly captures the skyline.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North7 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago131-135 Monaco St, Broadbeach Waters.“Sitting in the spa with a glass of wine and soaking up the sunset is something you can’t do in many homes,” Mr Grasso said.“We have two little ones and they have had all their friends over for camp-outs on the front yard and birthday parties with an outdoor cinema.“When we bought the home we put a few of our own touches on it too,” Mr Grasso said.“My wife is really talented with design.131-135 Monaco St, Broadbeach Waters.The family put in new bathrooms and a special entertainment room.A piano and hanging pedant lights feature in the bar creating an elegant and fun space.“When you step through the front door, the home blows you away,” he said.“We have never lived in something like this before.”131-135 Monaco St, Broadbeach Waters.The floor plan includes a basement cinema, self-contained nanny’s quarters, guest wing, media room and wine bar.The property is on the market at $9.95 million.Michael Kollosche and Jordan Williams of Kollosche Prestige Agents are marketing the residence.131-135 Monaco St, Broadbeach Waters. 131-135 Monaco St, Broadbeach Waters.last_img read more

UK’s NEST adopts ‘climate aware’ fund for default strategy

first_imgNEST, the UK government-backed defined contribution (DC) master trust, is allocating a portion of the assets in its default strategy to a new “climate aware” fund managed by UBS Asset Management.It seeded the fund with around £130m (€154m), representing roughly 20% of its current developed equities portfolio and 10% of total investments in the default strategy. It is intended to address risks and capture opportunities associated with the move to fight climate change.The UBS Life Climate Aware World Equity fund tracks the FTSE Developed Index, but over- and underweights companies depending on their alignment with the transition to a low carbon economy.For example, a positive “tilt” will be applied to companies providing renewable energy or those making changes to meet targets in line with the internationally agreed goal of keeping global warming to 2ºC above pre-industrial levels. A negative “tilt” will be applied to companies that are heavy carbon emitters, have fossil fuel reserves, or are not adapting to the 2ºC scenario.Despite it being a tracker fund it will apply an active voting and engagement policy. This will concentrate on companies that need to adapt their business models to meet climate change goals.Mark Fawcett, NEST’s CIO, emphasised the mandate was aimed at managing the investment risks associated with climate change as well as being positioned to capture investment opportunities.In a statement, he said: “As responsible long term investors on behalf of our members, we can’t afford to ignore climate change risks and we’ve committed to being part of the solution.“Through the UBS Life Climate Aware World Equity Fund we can start reducing our members’ exposure to some of the worst financial impacts. At the same time they’ll get in early in industries and technologies that’ll help the global economy move away from fossil fuels.”Responding to questions from journalists yesterday evening, he was adamant that this was not a marketing ploy and nor was the pension fund taking a moral stance on climate change.He noted that the youngest member in NEST is 17 years old and could be investing via the pension fund for 50-60 years, a period during which “climate will change, the world economy will change”.For its youngest members, the pension fund aimed to invest 30% of the equities in the Foundation Phase of its Retirement Date Funds to the new UBS fund.NEST’s move was welcomed by the chief executives of ShareAction, the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), and the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC).NEST is the second UK pension fund in a short space of time to have integrated climate change considerations in the investment strategy for a DC default strategy.In November last year HSBC Bank UK Pension Scheme adopted a new Legal & General Investment Management multi-factor equity fund with a climate change “tilt” as the DC scheme’s default option.Fawcett was reluctantly drawn to comment on the difference with the Legal & General fund that the HBSC scheme has adopted, saying there is “a significant difference”.In addition to being a smart beta fund with, as Fawcett described it, a “climate or low carbon overlay”, the Legal & General fund also provides for divestment from companies – something NEST had sought to avoid.Fawcett said that NEST had assessed existing products on the market but felt that none of these – active or passive – met the fund’s requirements.The pension fund had sought a forward-looking perspective by focussing on companies that are transitioning to a low carbon economy, without exclusion or divestment rules.The new UBS fund is the outcome of a year-long collaboration between the asset manager and NEST, and for NEST is also an output of three years of work on climate change.NEST was established in 2008 as a UK government-backed vehicle for its auto-enrolment pension policy. It took home the Best European Pension Fund award at December’s IPE Awards in Berlin.last_img read more

High on life on the hill

first_imgFor many parents of school aged children, and even those with children yet to come, it’s the fact that it’s in the school catchment zones of West End Primary and Brisbane State High schools. 4 bed 3 bath 3 car pool It took more than three years and a trip to the land court for Mr Lynch to get Council approval.“By the time you get to the back of the house it’s at least three storeys high and you talking about the days when they had a 7.5m (limit) and I was trying for a 11.5m high house print,” he said.“It’s on a 900sq m (876sq m) lot…but it’s only 10m wide, so when you’re trying to deal with Council on a 10m wide site, they treat you as if you’re on a small lot.”He said his brief, was like any city house brief – “full of contradictions”.“You’re trying to get light into your house, but you’re trying not see your neighbours,” he said.“You’re trying to get privacy, but as well as that you’re trying to get views.“It’s a 365sq m house internally, that’s without the garage, so you’re trying to get a large house on a small block, even that’s a contradiction isn’t it?”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours ago Owner Paul Lynch said while it might be a “happy accident” the suburb has turned out this way – you couldn’t argue that it was well connected – with taxis, buses, trains, scooters, ubers and even ferries.“My wife started scootering to work, and she’s worked out she can get to the CBD in 12 minutes on a Lime Scooter,” Mr Lynch said.A commercial architect by trade, this was the first house that he designed.“A lot of the finishes are commercial finishes, so they actually don’t date,” he said.“It’s got acoustic ceilings like you find in a hospital and it stops the echo when you’re having dinner parties.” Now that his boys were teenagers, it was time to opt for a low maintenance lifestyle.“The kids don’t use the backyard anymore,” he said.“It’s this little oasis in the middle of the city and it’s quite lovely, but… if the teenage boys aren’t kicking a soccer ball around in it, then there’s no point having it.” He said you needed a three-storey house in the city if you want to have some green space.“I think you need to always steal views, and I think this (house) does a good job of stealing views,” he said.“What you’re trying to do is use your backyard and your neighbour’s backyard as your view…that’s really important.”So important, that it was Mr Lynch’s most prized part of the home. “My favourite thing about the home is actually the view out the back,” he said.“I adore the fact that you can have a city house, with basically a bushland view, with possums and lorikeets and you can’t hear the city, you can’t hear the traffic.“There’ almost not a room in the house a city view or a bushland and suburban view.” PRICE ON APPLICATION Having fallen in love with the locale over the past 20 years, Mr Lynch said they would downsize to a four-bedroom apartment down the road. The opportunity exists to purchase this home on its own 438sq m block with the option to also buy the joining vacant land to make it 876sq m. For those with tertiary aged offspring, it’s just a ferry stop away from the University of Queensland.For the social butterflies, it’s within walking distance of West End’s Boundary St, South Bank and even Brisbane City. House of the Week: 155 Dornoch Tce, Highgate Hill.Location, location, location! It’s a catch phrase we’ve all heard too many times before – but it is the highlight of this beautiful home. That is a big call as the home in itself is a showstopper. AGENT/ Deb Maguire, 0427 246 279, Place Kangaroo Pointlast_img read more

DesignPro device optimization pushes back SEENEOH splash

first_imgIrish company DesignPro Renewables has rescheduled the deployment of its device at the French testing site SEENEOH to accommodate additional improvements on the device expected to be completed before fall this year.The company will now install the 25kW device at the site in the French city of Bordeaux in September 2018, as opposed to the previously planned installation that was set for March.The extra time, according to design DesignPro, will be spent on the optimization of the device and deployment plans.Vincent McCormack, Innovation Manager at DesignPro Renewables, said: “We had built in this window of time in the project to deploy at a later stage but it’s always good to be ambitious to keep momentum up.“Having identified a number of areas that could be optimized and would ultimately improve the success and performance of the testing, we made a strategic decision to use this time effectively and implement these further improvements to the technology and the deployment site plans and set up.”The company is carrying out the optimizations at the DesignPro facility in County Limerick, Ireland in conjunction with the Seeneoh team based in Bordeaux.The turbine to be tested will be shipped to France at the end of July for further onsite work and assembly, DesignPro added.“The final 3D design of the floating platform that will support the turbines is now completed and material supply has been launched. This week will be even more concrete with the starting of fabrication, cutting, welding within the naval workshop,” said Marlène Kiersnowski, SEENEOH Test Site Coordinator.The 25kW machine will undergo extensive operational and environmental testing at the SEENEOH test site.To remind, DesignPro Renewables secured funding for a €2.7 million Horizon 2020 SME Instrument project to develop and commercialize 25kW and 60kW hydrokinetic turbines for riverine and estuarine environments.last_img read more

Neymar’s €36m salary covers entire Atalanta squad wages

first_img Promoted Content13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hootHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithWorld’s Most Delicious Foods Read Also: Atletico confirm two positive Covid-19 tests ahead of UCL clashWhen analysing the wage bills, Neymar alone earns as much as the entire Atalanta team put together.The Brazilian is reported to have a salary worth €36m per year, whereas the top earners in the Atalanta squad are Papu Gomez, Josip Ilicic and Duvan Zapata on €1.2m per year plus performance-related bonuses.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Both teams go head-to-head in the opening Final Eight fixture in Lisbon on Wednesday night.center_img French giants PSG have added a different status to their Champions League quarter-final opponents, as Neymar’s salary covers the entire Atalanta squad wages.Advertisement Paris Saint-Germain already in Portugal to set up in their Faro base on Saturday, while their Serie A foes are due to leave Bergamo today.La Gazzetta dello Sport took a look at the finances of these clubs and found a quite extraordinary statistic.last_img read more