New bakery concept to be introduced to London

first_imgA new bakery, restaurant and bar concept, Wright & Bell, is due to be launched by former Mitchells & Butlers retail director Jayne Baker.As reported by M&C Allegra Foodservice, the first outlet will be launched after Christmas at South Place, near Moorgate, London, and will include a 44-cover artisan bakery/café alongside a 228-cover restaurant and 175-cover casual dining bar.Baker has identified two further sites – one in the City and one in the West End – which will open soon after the South Place.She said it is likely the outlets will operate under separate names within the Wright & Bell family.Baker is looking for further London sites and has not ruled out long-term expansion outside of the capital.last_img

Virginia Governor “Didn’t Know” He Was Posing Next To Willie Nelson’s Weed

first_imgIn one of those “Are you kidding me?” type moments, we look at the recent picture of Willie Nelson and Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe that features a container of “Willie’s Reserve” in the middle of the two adults. The picture, posted by Willie’s wife, Annie, with the caption “UH OH Trouble!” went viral after the pro-pot singer and governor sat down for a brief meeting. @PaulBegala @GovernorVA UH-OH Trouble!— ??6630507 (@BioAnnie1) September 17, 2016Nelson was in town for Farm Aid 2016, another successful affair which featured performances from Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds, and more to ‘bring awareness about the loss of family farms and to keep farm families on their land’. The governor was in town and naturally wanted to meet the living legend. The two sat down for a bit on Nelson’s tour bus, where the picture was taken. After the picture was posted, the comments from social media followers came flowing through the floodgates.Brian Coy, a spokesperson for McAuliffe stated, “He was not and still is not aware of whatever was on the table or anywhere around him and wouldn’t know marijuana or related paraphernalia if it walked up and shook his hand….He’s cool, but he’s not that cool.”As is typical with politics, a statement had to be made to clear the air and save face. However, in Gov. McAuliffe’s defense, he has expressed his support for medical marijuana over the years, and recently signed into legislation SB 701, a bill that is essentially acting as a first-step for patients suffering from epilepsy to have access to cannabidiol oils (or CBD’s). The bill requires a second passage in 2017, but unfortunately would still prohibit those with multiple sclerosis and PTSD’s from gaining access as well. So, there is still a long way to go in Virginia, which is historically a tough state on drug offenses. It is a start though!Whether or not McAuliffe was truly unaware that the Godfather of Pot would have the good greenery on his tour bus remains a mystery. Whatever the truth, this picture rocks.[via Richmond Times-Dispatch]last_img read more

What You Need to Know About Emerging Architectures for Digital Transformation

first_imgWe are seeing through many real-world examples that business technology has been the backbone of successful digital transformations of organizations. In this blog, I plan to write about emerging cloud native architecture and IT practices that are helping enterprises transform their business operations. The term Cloud Native encompasses modern ways of efficiently building and managing technology organization at scale to deliver business’s digital services faster.While traditional applications built upon monolithic architectures have their own advantages like simpler design, testing and debugging, they suffer when elastic scalability and application agility are required. Monolithic applications tend to have different application components tightly-coupled; due to the risks involved in updating the monolithic applications, IT teams resorted to infrequent feature upgrades, driving end-users and developers away.In the pre-smartphone era, the benefits of building monolithic architectures of applications and infrastructure outweighed their shortcomings. But, the advent of smartphones and their impacts on consumer behaviors are making organizations rethink about how they build and operate their applications or business services. Every business now wants to meet, serve and grow its customers where they are – mobile.As highlighted above, microservices-based architecture allowed splitting up of application into smaller manageable services, which can be developed, deployed and scaled independent of each other. Building applications with microservices architecture improves developer productivity, simplifies application life cycle, and increases scalability in an efficient manner. Developers love it. As application updates are done frequently, end-users love it.Adoption of microservices is often accompanied by two other significant technology transformations that make the implementation of microservices feasible and scalable:Application Portability with ContainersContainer technologies such as Docker isolate software from the execution environments by allowing developers to package software including its dependencies.  Manual deployment of containers is not feasible when you start dealing with hundreds of containers and infrastructure nodes. Container scheduler and orchestration platforms such as Docker Swarm, Kubernetes, Apache Mesos, and Cloud Foundry enable IT Operators to easily deploy, scale and auto-heal services running in containers.Cloud Native InfrastructureMuch like monolithic applications, traditional infrastructures are rigid, expensive to own, complex to operate and inefficient to scale. Microservices-based application architectures require a transformative infrastructure approach in order to enable the hardware abstraction, elasticity and software-based automation.  So, what are some of the characteristics of a cloud native infrastructure?Cloud infrastructure is software-defined, hardware-agnostic and built upon industry standard hardware. Container Orchestrators will be able to easily match generic requests for compute, memory and storage made by application services only with industry standard hardware.Cloud native infrastructure is heavily virtualized, multi-tenant and elastically scalable. Elastic scalability without affecting the availability of services is of paramount importance in modern architectures. Only software based infrastructure solutions can enable the hardware abstraction and elastic expansion ‘on the fly’, allowing seamless life cycle operations of both hardware and software.The infrastructure must be programmable too with a RESTful API for easier integration into automated development, deployment and operations workflows. Modern IT teams that are practicing agile development and Continuous Integration (CI)/Continuous Deployment (CD) should be able to integrate infrastructure resources easily into their workflows without manual intervention.What about data life cycle management for enterprise data? Cloud native and containers were a thing of stateless applications in the beginning. But, that’s rapidly changing. Stateful applications like databases can also benefit from better image management, runtime isolation and simplified life cycle operations offered by containers and container orchestrators (CO). Extensibility of container technology to data centric stateful applications requires a cloud native storage with enterprise features.Are you excited as we are about the cloud native transformation? Feel free to check out the white paper for more details on containerizing stateful applications with Dell EMC ScaleIO. Also, the {code} team at Dell Technologies has got a lot of tutorials to help you get started.last_img read more

ND, ESPN deliver oral arguments in Indiana Supreme Court

first_imgThe Supreme Court of Indiana heard arguments from attorneys representing Notre Dame and ESPN on Tuesday, the latest development in an ongoing case hinging on the status of Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) as a public or private agency.Like police departments across the state, NDSP responds to, investigates, interrogates and arrests individuals for crimes such as robbery, rape and assault, ESPN attorney Maggie Smith said, according to an audio recording of the oral arguments available on the Indiana Judicial Branch’s website.Lindsey Meyers “But unlike all the other police departments in the state, including those at public universities, Notre Dame wants to keep all the records of their police department secret and insulated from the public accountability that all of the other police departments in the state have,” Smith said.Notre Dame attorney Peter Rusthoven said when examining the “plain and ordinary” language of Indiana’s Access to Public Records Act (APRA), the law applies only to governmental agencies and departments.“There is not a single reference to anything other than public’s right to know what their elected representatives and agencies do,” Rusthoven said. “And whatever else Notre Dame may be, it is not the elected representatives of government.”ESPN filed the lawsuit against the University in January 2015 after NDSP refused to release incident reports related to student-athletes on two separate occasions.The St. Joseph County Superior Court issued a ruling in Notre Dame’s favor in April 2015. After ESPN appealed the decision, the Indiana Court of Appeals reversed the district court’s ruling in March 2016.Since October 2014, two state officials — Public Access Counselor Luke Britt and Attorney General Greg Zoeller — have said they believe Notre Dame to be subject to APRA.Both attorneys discussed Indiana House Bill 1022, a bill to change the public record requirements for private universities, that was vetoed by Gov. Mike Pence last March. The bill would have required police departments at private colleges and universities to only release information about incidents that result in arrests or incarcerations, exempting a large number of the cases that occur on college campuses.“I think this court has to look at that as an express recognition by the legislature that the existing law — which governs this dispute — did not do what Notre Dame wanted it to do,” Smith said. “It had to come in and change the law to accomplish what they wanted.”The law would not have affected the case in question, Smith added, for it would only apply to future incidences.Rusthoven argued that when the legislature wants to say something, it knows how to say it clearly, noting that no additional attempts at legislation have been made to address the issue.“This has been out there for a long time,” he said. “If the legislature wants to change it, they have to do it.”The Indiana Supreme Court granted Notre Dame’s appeal on June 30, agreeing to hear the case. There is no schedule for when the decision will be announced.last_img read more

Three Pint-Sized Actors to Join West End’s Matilda in Title Role

first_imgA host of charmingly naughty and revolting children will join the West End company of Matilda. Zaris-Angel Hator, Clara Read and Emily-May Stephenson will join Evie Hone in the title role beginning March 15 at London’s Cambridge Theatre. The three step in for Anna-Louise Knight, Lara McDonnell and Lizzie Wells.Also joining the cast are Nael Ameen, Henry Austin, Owen Bagnall, Oliver Crouch, Ellie-Rose Eames, Taha Elamin, Twinkle Jaiswal, Thea Lamb, Oliver Llewelyn Williams, Maxim Samartsev, Josh Shadbolt, Harrison Wilding, Ynez Williams, Maisy-May Woods-Smeeth and Dora Yolland. They join the rotating roster of pint-sized actors who play Bruce, Lavender, Amanda and Crunchem Hall students.Matilda is the story of an extraordinary girl who dreams of a better life. Armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, Matilda dares to take a stand and change her destiny. Based on the beloved Roald Dahl novel of the same name, the musical features a book by Dennis Kelly and music and lyrics by Tim Minchin.The Royal Shakespeare Company production, directed by Matthew Warchus, premiered in Stratford-upon-Avon in 2010 before transferring to the West End and winning seven Olivier Awards. View Commentslast_img read more

Lawyers in the Legislature

first_img April 30, 2006 Regular News Lawyers in the Legislature Jan Pudlow Senior Editor What’s a Harvard educated lawyer doing in the Florida Legislature?Sponsoring complicated legislation, such as the probate law rewrite (SB 1824); the Uniform Commercial Code rewrite (SB 2716); the Florida Trust Code rewrite (SB 1170); and another complex lengthy bill creating the Florida Land Trust Act (SB 1956).“The legal stuff is falling to me,” says Sen. Dave Aronberg, D-Greenacres. “I’d like to believe it’s because I have clout in the Senate. But really, it’s because the former go-to lawyer-senators are all running for higher office.”The Senate is where Aronberg loves to be, but never expected to be, elected in 2002 at the tender age of 31.After working as a White House fellow during the Clinton and Bush administrations in 2000-01, Aronberg learned how government worked from the inside and wanted to run for a Florida House seat.While working as an assistant attorney general in the Economic Crimes Division in Ft. Lauderdale, his boss, Attorney General Bob Butterworth, told him: “No, you should run for the Senate.”Aronberg’s initial reaction was a 31-year-old can’t get elected straight to the Senate in the first try. It was brand-new District 27 stretching from the liberal Democrats of Palm Beach County across the state through rural counties over to Republican-dominated Ft. Myers, containing voters who are 39 percent Democrats, 38 percent Republicans, and the rest independent.Three months before the election, Aronberg made the decision to switch to run for the Senate seat, reaping 81 percent of the vote.“General Butterworth, as usual, was right,” Aronberg said. “I was so thankful.”The Senate, he says, enjoys “a culture of bipartisanship. Democrats and Republicans work together to provide common sense solutions. Ninety-two percent of votes are unanimous. The other 8 percent of issues are partisan disputes. The issues get worked out in advance. In the Senate, they judge you on your ideas, not on your party.”In the Senate chambers, they sit together, and Democrats are not relegated to the back rows as they are in the House.That’s not to say Aronberg isn’t working hard for the Democratic Party. As chair of Florida Mainstream Democrats, his mission is to rebuild Democratic infrastructure in rural counties that are majority Democrat but vote Republican, such as Glades, Suwannee, and Baker counties.“We are trying to reunite the Democratic Party. I really want to help the party return to vibrancy, to be competitive again, and field candidates who can win. I think it will lead to results in this year’s election in November for governor, and down the line. We are supporting centrist candidates,” Aronberg said.“Everybody benefits from a two-party system. The legislature has not had a real two-party system. You need a vibrant minority to check the excesses of the majority.”And it’s good to have lawyers in the legislature who pull out statute books, read case law, and check the constitutionality of proposed legislation.“What brought this to life for me was during the Terri Schiavo debate,” Aronberg recalls. “The lack of attorneys in the legislature led to the passage of an unconstitutional, unconscionable law in 2003 for the government to get involved in a family matter. We passed that, and I was appalled by that.. . . I remember the sponsor of the bill that passed in 2003 said the governor has the right to require the feeding tube be put back in. My question was: Who checks the power of the governor? And the response was: the governor. It was a clear violation of the separation of powers.”Aronberg’s experience as an assistant attorney general sparked his two niches in the Senate: consumer protection issues and criminal justice issues. Among the eight committees he serves on are Commerce and Consumer Services, Justice Appropriations, and Judiciary. He is vice chair of the Communications and Public Utilities Committee.His proudest moment at the legislature, he said, was passing the Choice Point bill last year, which requires all companies who collect data to inform consumers when their data has been stolen. And, on April 20, with a unanimous vote, he ushered the Slam Spam bill through the Senate (committee substitute for SB80), which would criminalize the worst kinds of e-mail spam.Last year, he received the Florida Legal Services Equal Access to Justice Award, for amendments during the Medicaid debate that gave people access to prescription drugs.Aronberg says his public service spirit started with his grandfather, who was the mayor of Ashland, Kentucky. It skipped a generation and landed with full-force passion in Aronberg, who loves his job as a lawyer at Greenspoon Marder in West Palm Beach, doing a mix of local government law and general consumer law, as well as his job as a senator.“If you love people, and I do, and love public service, it’s a very noble and rewarding profession,” Aronberg says. “Politics is the art of compromise. It’s about rules and relationships, knowing the rules of the game and loving relationships.”And when you are the senator of District 27, it means loving to spend time in your car. On his official senator Web page, he lists his recreations as “golf, exercise, guitar, and driving back and forth on State Road 80.” Lawyers in the Legislaturelast_img read more

Tourist activity of population of Republic of Croatia in 2016

first_imgIn 2016, at least one private multi-day trip was 1.6 million people or 44.0% of the population of Croatia aged 15 and over, according to data from the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS).A total of 3.8 million of private trips were realized, of which 2.5 million (67.8%) were realized in Croatia and 1.2 million (32.2%) were realized abroad. The most common international destinations were Bosnia and Herzegovina (21.5% trips), Italy (13.7%), Germany (12.0%), Austria (11.3%) and Slovenia (9.1%).The most common reasons for going on a private trip with overnigh stays were visiting relatives and friends (1.2 million trips or 32.7%) and seaside vacation (1.1 million trips or 28.3%).The largest number of nights was realized in non-commercial AccommodationThe population of the Republic of Croatia realized a total of 23.1 million nights on trips with overnight stays, of which 16.8 million (72.8%) were realized in Croatia, while 6.3 million (27.2%) were realized abroad. An average of 6.1 nights were realized on a single trip. An average of 6.6 nights were realized on trips in Croatia, while for trips abroad the average amounted to 5.2 nights.By type of accommodation, the largest number of nights was realized in non-commercial accommodation establishments (16.5 million nights or 71.5%), of which 8.6 million nights were realized in non-commercial accommodation establishments owned by relatives and friends and 7.3 million nights were realized in own vacation homes (second homes).Average travel expenses amounted to HRK 1The total expenditure on private trips with overnight stays amounted to 6.5 billion kuna, of which 3.1 billion (48.8%) were spent in Croatia, while 3.3 billion (51.2%) were spent abroad. Average travel expenses amounted to HRK 1.In 2016, 56% of the population of the Republic of Croatia did not go on a trip, usually due to financial reasonsOut of the total population of the Republic of Croatia aged 15 and over, 2.0 million or 56.0% of them did not go on a private trip with overnight stays in 2016. The most common reasons for not going on private trips with overnight stays (multiple answers possible) were the lack of finances (61.6%), health reasons (24.3%) and lack of free time due to family obligations (15.9%).More business / professional trips were realized abroadThere were 318 thousand persons or 8.8% of the total population of the Republic of Croatia aged 15 and over in 2016 that went on at least one business / professional trip with overnight stays. A total of 784 thousand business / professional trips were realized, of which 380 thousand (48.5%) in the Republic of Croatia and 403 thousand (51.5%) abroad.Almost 7 million same-day visits were realizedIn 2016, the population of the Republic of Croatia aged 15 and over realized 6.8 million same-day visits, out of which 6.1 million (88.8%) were for private and 765 thousand (11.2%) were for business / professional purposes.For the first time in Croatia, 100 million overnight stays were realizedCroatian tourism has achieved historic tourism results this weekend.The long-awaited and anticipated record of 100 million overnights has been recorded for the first time in Croatia’s eVisitor system, which includes tourist traffic realized in commercial and non-commercial facilities and nautical charter (eCrew system).So, in the period from 1 January to 29 October. According to the first data, in Croatia, 17.8 million arrivals and 100.1 million nights spent in Croatia. This is an increase of 13 percent in arrivals and 12 percent in nights. The largest number of overnight stays were made from Germany, Slovenia, Austria, Poland and the Czech Republic, and most of the overnight stays were realized in Dubrovnik, Rovinj, Poreč, Medulin and Umag. Analyzing traffic by type of accommodation, in the mentioned period most of the overnight stays were realized in household facilities (about 35 million), hotels (around 24 million) and camps (around 19 million).last_img read more

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India’s Modi to go into virus lockdown for Holi festival

first_imgIndian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Wednesday he will stay away from celebrations during one of the country’s biggest festivals as coronavirus fears gripped the country of 1.3 billion people.India has been one of the latest countries to report a surge in cases, sparking a run on masks, while the government said all air passengers entering the country would now be screened for the virus that has killed more than 3,000 around the globe.Modi said he would stay away from events for Holi, the “festival of colours”, which is normally a raucous day when paint and water are splashed in the streets of many cities. “Experts across the world have advised to reduce mass gatherings to avoid the spread of COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus,” Modi said on Twitter.”Hence, this year I have decided not to participate in any Holi Milan programme.”The Hindu festival, which this year falls next Tuesday, marks the beginning of spring.Ever since he became prime minister in 2014, Modi has taken part in high-profile events for Holi and other major festivals, mingling freely with crowds. India has reported 28 cases of the new coronavirus so far, up from five on Tuesday, with 16 of them Italian tourists who have been quarantined in New Delhi.India is the world’s second-most populous country after China, where the virus first emerged last year.Worldwide, around 3,200 people have died from the virus with more than 90,000 infections.With the new cases, India has stepped up preventive measures.Health Minister Harsh Vadhan said all air passengers entering the country would now be screened for symptoms.India has already barred visitors from Italy, Iran, South Korea and Japan, except diplomats and officials from international bodies.Authorities say isolation wards are being set up in 25 Delhi hospitals in expectation of a flood of cases.Topics :last_img read more

Two bars and a Japanese hot tub create perfect place to host party

first_img6284 Sylvan Lane, Hope Island.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North4 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa23 hours agoMr Cummins said the Japanese- inspired hot tub he built was always a big hit with guests. “Geordie and I had 250 people here for a New Year’s Eve party,” he said. “We built it to use as an entertainer and it has been magnificent. The house is poised on a 2160 sqm blockOur only problem is we get an itch to start something new every 10 years. We plan to build another house and downsize.” The house has a commanding presence on 2160sq m but Mr Cummins says it feels like a private haven. Sit back and enjoy the views with a glass of red from your own bar“The balcony stretches across the whole side of the house with a sandfly screen and has a magnificent view,” he said. 6284 Sylvan Lane, Hope Island.ORIENTAL style combines with open plan spaces and a modern design in this striking Sanctuary Cove house. Homeowners Russell and Geordie Cummins built the five-bedroom house for entertaining. Two bars, a theatre and a cabana set the scene for a grand party. It has the space you need for a big house partylast_img read more