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The rating will probably push up borrowing costs and make it more difficult to raise capital. Perhaps it was inevitable after Rolls-Royce warned it faces several years of struggle ahead for its commercial aviation division and at least 9,000 job cuts. External challenges and internal woesBesides pandemic disruption, the travel and aerospace industry has been facing increasing climate change issues, the Boeing 737 Max scandal and tightening of cybersecurity policies. It is an industry that requires astronomical levels of cash and manufacturing prowess. Hiring and keeping talent is key to progress, but also comes at a considerable cost. Upgrading manufacturing technologies regularly is expensive, but vital to stay relevant and ahead of the game. It is also increasingly competitive and reliant on government defence budgets that fluctuate with the times.Today the Rolls-Royce share price is rising again. Its reputation for quality craftsmanship and design could be partly driving this. 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Submit a Press Release Posted Apr 1, 2020 An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Bath, NC Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Submit an Event Listing Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Associate Rector Columbus, GA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Featured Events This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Submit a Job Listing Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Shreveport, LA Featured Jobs & Calls Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Africa, Tags New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Martinsville, VA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Tampa, FL The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Course Director Jerusalem, Israel [Anglican Communion News Service] The wife of the bishop of Bari and a diocesan secretary have been released more than a week after they were kidnapped by gunmen in Nigeria’s Kana State. Saratu Zubairu, the wife of Bishop of Bari Idris Ado Zubairu, and a church secretary identified only as Deborah were abducted when a gang attacked and looted the village of Gidan Mato, where the cathedral and bishop’s office are situated.News of their release was announced by the then-Archbishop of Nigeria, Nicholas Okoh, during a live televised broadcast on March 20. The broadcast, on the province’s television station ACNNTV, was showing the consecration of five new bishops and the installation of two archbishops at the Cathedral Church of Holy Trinity in Kogi.Read the entire article here. Rector Albany, NY Press Release Service Rector Hopkinsville, KY Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Director of Music Morristown, NJ Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Washington, DC Rector Collierville, TN Youth Minister Lorton, VA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Smithfield, NC Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Bishop’s wife and church secretary released by kidnappers in Nigeria Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Pittsburgh, PA Anglican Communion Rector Belleville, IL
An aerial photo shows San Juan, Puerto Rico, days after the island was hit by Hurricane Maria, Sept. 22, 2017.As of Sept. 25, two weeks after Hurricane Irma and five days after yet another deadly storm, Hurricane Maria, hit the archipelago of Puerto Rico, the total damages inflicted on this U.S. territory-colony are still not known.Images shared on social media show vast devastation: collapsed houses, rooftops gone, trees and electricity poles downed, vegetation gone, as if a fire had engulfed the previously lush foliage. The pictures of entire neighborhoods flooded remind us of the terrible scenes showing Hurricane Katrina’s effect on New Orleans: Some neighborhoods have just been wiped out. The impact on the mountain regions is still not accounted for. No area has been spared, as shown in aerial views presented on some news websites.Bridges, roads and other infrastructure were destroyed, further complicating the isolation of entire cities that have not been able to communicate with the rest of the country. The whole country has been without electricity for days. There’s no safe water, either, due to the need for electricity to power the pumps. Telecommunication is almost nonexistent. Only a few radio stations can broadcast, most of them AM.Cellphones are mostly useless now, since only a few spots have a signal. For example, cars line up on the Teodoro Moscoso Bridge in the San Juan area in order to access the limited signal available there.Even the government cannot communicate with its own agencies throughout the country. The now-privatized mobile network depends on electricity. Most of its facilities do not have backup generators, which the formerly public PR Telephone Co. used to have. This, together with fallen towers, has caused a communications desert at a very critical time. Amateur radio aficionados and satellite phone users are trying to compensate for this lack of connection.The desperation of families not knowing about the fate of their loved ones is relieved by a spontaneous network of social media — particularly through Facebook — and the available radio stations, which together operate as a connecting link, passing information between Puerto Ricans in Puerto Rico and those in the diaspora.The lack of electric power and also of vital medical supplies has shut down small hospitals and health facilities. After the Medical Center in Rio Piedras got its electricity back, it was set up as the main health service hub.Crisis aggravated by colonial statusElectricity is a major problem in Puerto Rico. For years, several bourgeois government administrations have tried to privatize this vital state industry. Only the people’s struggle, particularly the fightback of the workers in the UTIER union, have prevented complete privatization.However, the PR Electric Power Authority (AEE in Spanish) has reduced its workforce by half in the last few years and has failed to maintain the infrastructure, letting it deteriorate in order to make the people accept its privatization as the only way to prevent repeated power outages and higher electricity bills.This cost cutting is in order to “repay” a $9 billion “debt” in municipal bonds, which is AEE’s share of the more than $73 billion of illegitimate “public” debt the government is expected to pay to Wall Street bondholders.In addition to payments on the bonds issued, recent policies imposed on the AEE by the U.S. through the consultant firm Alix Partners have reduced the inventory of materials needed for the generation of electricity, without taking into consideration the fact that, in extreme weather, AEE would be unable to receive these materials via shipping.Because Puerto Rico is a three-island colony that used to be self-sufficient in agriculture but whose economy has been destroyed and instead developed to satisfy its master’s hunger for profits, it depends on shipping, mostly from the U.S., to receive 85 percent of its food and supplies. Being a colony, it is subject to criminal U.S. impositions like the Jones Act, which requires all shipping to Puerto Rico be in U.S. vessels, with U.S. personnel, making it the most expensive in the world.As a consequence, Puerto Rico cannot receive aid from other countries that have offered crucial help, like Cuba and Venezuela.Only the people can save the peopleBefore any government help arrived in many communities, neighbors were reported to be helping themselves in an organized way.One message that appears in many reports, both in regular commercial media as well as from individuals using social networks, has been the extraordinary capacity of resilience and cooperative work shown by the people. In photos, even small children can be seen clearing fallen tree branches from the roads.The overall sentiment expressed is that even though they lost their material possessions, the people feel lucky they are alive, describing the hurricane experience as something apocalyptic. In fact, it is the worst hurricane to hit Puerto Rico since 1928.Message after message has been an uplifting “Puerto Rico will be stronger.” This is a very welcomed statement at a time when the criminal Fiscal Control Board appointed by the U.S. Congress to pay the wealthy bondholders has been imposing austerity measures that are suffocating the population with layoffs, increased taxes, cuts in health and education, and attempts to privatize the energy sector.The important step now is for this effort of unity in action to be translated into political action for the liberation of the Puerto Rican nation.As a recent leaflet distributed by Puerto Rican activists in Philadelphia, titled “What help do we need from the United States? REPARATIONS AND INDEPENDENCE,” reads:“IT IS TIME TO PAY. What we need now is for the U.S. to repair the damage it has done to us. Here are some examples: for the forced sterilization of our women; for the contamination of waters, air and soil by petrochemicals, coal, pharmaceutical and military plants; for the destruction of Vieques and Culebra by the U.S. Navy; for the death of thousands of young people in wars with which Puerto Rico had nothing to do; for the imposition of a merchant marine that does not let us trade with other countries. For these and many other reasons we demand: Cancel the odious debt! REPARATIONS NOW! Sovereignty with Independence! No criminal Fiscal Control Board!”Joubert-Ceci is a Puerto Rican woman from the southern city of Ponce who, as of the writing of this article on Sept. 25, has not yet been able to communicate with her relatives on the island.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
ReddIt Benton McDonaldhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/benton-mcdonald/ Benton McDonaldhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/benton-mcdonald/ Linkedin Courtesy: GoFrogs.com ReddIt Settlement reached between TCU, former professor in discrimination lawsuit + posts Thousands of TCU community members receive COVID-19 vaccines as university supply increases Board approves tuition freeze, RRI actions but doesn’t act on eligibility issue spurred by Williams TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Benton McDonald is a senior journalism and political science double major from Austin, Texas. He has worked for TCU360 since his freshman year and is currently the executive editor. Chancellor talks stimulus money, COVID-19 vaccines and more at limited attendance faculty town hall Twitter Benton McDonaldhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/benton-mcdonald/ Benton McDonald printThe TCU women’s basketball team won their second-straight game Wednesday night, defeating Texas Tech 72-60.The win was TCU’s ninth Big 12 Conference win of the season, tying a team record.TCU led 21-17 with 7:19 left in the second quarter and proceeded to hold Texas Tech scoreless for the rest of the half. The Horned Frogs scored 17 points during the Lady Raiders’ scoreless streak and entered the half with a 38-17 lead.Texas Tech’s scoreless streak extended into the first 2:31 of the third quarter as TCU stretched the lead to a game-high 26.Although the Lady Raiders outscored the Horned Frogs 26-15 in the fourth quarter, the team held on to win by 12.“Road wins in the Big 12 aren’t easy,” head coach Raegan Pebley said. “I was really worried about this Texas Tech team. This is a very different team than the first time we saw them. They play harder and more focused and have been able to climb out of some deficits, so we knew that we had to prepare really hard.”Junior Amy Okonkwo led the team with 19 points. Courtesy: GoFrogs.comJunior Amy Okonkwo led the Frogs on offense with 19 points. She was the only player to score in double figures.Defensively, the Horned Frogs held the Lady Raiders to 38.8 percent shooting from the field. This was the fourth time this season they have held a Big 12 opponent to under 40 percent shooting.The team’s 18 regular season wins are their most since the 2010-2011 regular season and their most under Pebley.TCU will play their final home contest Saturday against the No.3 Baylor. Tip-off is set for 5 p.m. at Schollmaier Arena. TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello Facebook Linkedin Twitter Previous article‘More Than a Word’ screening addresses Native American based mascotsNext articleBane leads Horned Frog comeback in season sweep of Iowa State Benton McDonald RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Benton McDonaldhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/benton-mcdonald/ Facebook Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award
Follow the news on Myanmar MyanmarAsia – Pacific Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar Organisation News RSF asks Germany to let Myanmar journalist Mratt Kyaw Thu apply for asylum News Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association are outraged by last week’s imposition of an additional severe jail sentence on Kaung Myat Hlaing, a blogger already serving a two-year sentence in Insein prison. Also known by the blogging name of Nat Soe, he was tried secretly inside the prison and was sentenced to a further 10 years in jail under the Electronic Acts for allegedly participating in a poster campaign calling for the release of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other political prisoners. The trial was held behind closed doors. Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association point out the illogicality of convicting Kaung Myat Hlaing of activities in support Suu Kyi’s release when Suu Kyi has since been released by the Burmese authorities.The blogger was removed from his cell prior to the trial and was held for 10 days in an interrogation room, where he was deprived of food and sleep until he confessed to having belonged to a dissident group called “The Best Fertiliser.”He was arrested in April 2010 after bombs were set off at the Water Festival in Rangoon. Although it was established that he had nothing to do with the bombings, the authorities continued to hold him and gave him a two-year jail sentence at the end of an absurd trial.Initially jailed on a trumped-up charge, Kaung Myat Hlaing has now been convicted again on the basis of a confession under torture. Everything about the methods used by the Burmese judicial system reveals a determination to ruthlessly crush free speech defenders and trample on fundamental rights.Two other bloggers, Zarganar (see press release) and Nay Phone Latt (see press release), are still detained in the country.Burma was ranked 174th out of 178 counties in the 2010 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. It is also one of the countries on the Reporters Without Borders list of “Enemies of the Internet.” May 26, 2021 Find out more February 8, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Additional 10-year jail term imposed on blogger already serving two-year sentence to go further May 12, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts May 31, 2021 Find out more RSF_en US journalist held in Yangon prison notorious for torture MyanmarAsia – Pacific News Help by sharing this information News
News News May 10, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts It is the duty of the press to highlight how this internationally created system of justice works, to question its procedures and to stimulate public discussion. Letter to Dunja Mijatovic: June 2, 2021 Find out more Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU ——-Dear Madam,Dear Sir,Reporters Without Borders, an organization that campaigns for freedom of the press and freedom of expression, wishes to express its full support for the petition submitted recently by Ms Florence Hartmann referring her case to you.Ms Hartmann, an investigative journalist and former spokeswoman for the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, was fined 7,000 euros for contempt of the Tribunal according to a ruling on 14 September 2009 upheld on 19 July this year, for disclosing the Tribunal’s legal reasoning in her book “Peace and Punishment: The Secret Wars of Politics and International Justice ”.On 16 November this year, the Tribunal issued a warrant for the journalist’s arrest, even though the amount of the fine had been deposited in a bank account.Ms Hartmann has no legal recourse to contest either the decision itself or the warrant. She lives under the threat of arrest, is unable to travel and can no longer practise her profession as a journalist.The Tribunal accuses Ms Hartmann of having mentioned two decisions by the appeals chamber as part of the trial of former Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic, which allegedly implicate the Serbian government in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre.However, by investigating this matter of public interest, which is of particular importance for the victims of the massacre and the search for historical truth, the journalist was only carrying out her duty to inform. Help by sharing this information December 15, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders appeals to OSCE and U.N. Rapporteur in Hartmann case – Condemn the contempt of court procedure, set up by the court itself (rule 77a of the regulations of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia), as a violation of article 10 of the European Court of Human rights and article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.- Ask the president of the Tribunal to review its decision based on international standards and to ensure the court’s composition guarantees its impartiality and independence.- Condemn the use of an arrest warrant to penalize a matter arising from the exercise of freedom of expression and freedom of information.- Ask OSCE member states not to apply the ruling. Thank you for your consideration of this matter.Please accept my sincere good wishes.Jean-François JulliardSecretary-General, Reporters Without BordersLetter to Frank La Rue: Related documents Letter to Frank La RuePDF – 229.45 KBLetter to Dunja MijatovicPDF – 229.62 KB News News FranceEurope – Central Asia Attachments:Reporters Without Borders press releases on the Hartmann case:- http://en.rsf.org/pages-from-journalist-s-book-that-09-06-2009,33360.html- http://en.rsf.org/netherlands-free-expression-hangs-on-outcome-08-07-200…- http://en.rsf.org/netherlands-by-convicting-former-journalist-15-09-2009…- http://en.rsf.org/arrest-warrant-against-ex-17-11-2011,41415.htmlReporters Without Borders press releases on the proceedings against Croatian journalists:- http://en.rsf.org/croatia-hague-court-to-question-eight-09-11-2007,24315…- http://en.rsf.org/croatia-disturbing-precedent-seen-in-20-06-2007,22625….- http://en.rsf.org/croatia-journalist-is-freed-flies-to-the-14-10-2005,15…Note for Reporters Without Borders by Thierry Cruvellier on contempt of court published on 10 July 2006: – http://www.rsf.org/IMG/pdf/rapport_gb.pdf- http://en.rsf.org/croatia-report-on-rwanda-tribunal-s-31-08-2006,18730.html to go further June 4, 2021 Find out more RSF denounces Total’s retaliation against Le Monde for Myanmar story “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says On 14 December, Reporters Without Borders wrote to Frank La Rue, United Nations Special Rapporteur, for Freedom of Opinion and Expression, and to Dunja Mijatovic, Representative for Freedom of the Media of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, in support of a petition by journalist Florence Hartmann over the case brought against her by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. The press freedom organization drew attention to serious deficiencies in the procedure that led to the conviction of the French journalist, a former spokeswoman for the Tribunal, contrary to the case law of the European Court of Human rights.It deplores the fact that an international arrest warrant was issued against her as a means of penalising a matter arising from the exercise of freedom of expression, and expresses concern about the possible consequences of such a serious precedent.Reports Without Borders takes this opportunity to congratulate Florence Hartmann on being presented with a lifetime achievement award by the Croatian branch of the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Zagreb on 10 December.Here is the letter (PDF versions available down this page) RSF_en Follow the news on France Organisation FranceEurope – Central Asia The procedure used by the Tribunal, like its final decision, are unworthy of an international court – which must act in an exemplary fashion as far as fundamental rights are concerned — and requires swift intervention on your part. Ms. Hartmann’s appeal submission alleged the judgment was not consistent with the principles of freedom of expression as recognized by the European Court of Human rights.However, the Tribunal referred to its own standards regarding freedom of expression and, quoting the case of Croatian journalist Josip Jovic as a precedent, said the appeals chamber was not bound by decisions of the European Court of Human rights.The judges in The Hague did not seek to balance the subject dealt with by Ms. Hartmann, which is indisputably of public interest, against the reasonable grounds of defending the work and independence of the legal system.Furthermore, the penalty in the form of a 7,000-euro fine converted into a seven-day prison term, is entirely disproportionate. The issuance of an arrest warrant for alleged abuse of freedom of expression, in this case contempt of court, is particularly disgraceful and inappropriate.Beyond the Hartmann case itself, the decision to penalise criticism of an international tribunal is a dangerous precedent for all those working in the media. The Tribunal’s 2002 ruling in the case of former Washington Post journalist Jonathan Randal – a landmark decision protecting the confidentiality of a war reporter’s sources – showed that a precedent set by an international tribunal can be a source of inspiration for courts, and indeed for national legislators.The court’s reasoning is intended to justify that, in certain individual cases, a journalist’s right of scrutiny may be disregarded. The ruling could be used as a legal basis by countries wishing to silence journalists deemed to have too much curiosity where sensitive judicial inquiries are concerned.Reporters Without Borders fears that this backward step in the history of freedom of expression will have permanent repercussions. This danger is all the greater since it is not the first time that the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia has singled out journalists. In 2006 and 2007, our organization criticized legal proceedings against Croatian journalists, some of whom were sentenced to fines and imprisonment.A halt must be called to these dangerous actions against journalists.For the reasons given above, Reporters Without Borders asks you to take an official position and undertake the following:- Issue a reminder that journalists are legitimately entitled to protection when they contribute to the discussion of a matter of public interest. It must be stressed that this protection should be even greater where this concerns international justice, even if confidential documents are used. – Remind international courts that they are subject to international norms, especially those concerning freedom of expression.
Erect bryozoans are extremely abundant and diverse in polar waters and individual species may span a wide range in latitude and bathymetry. A number of aspects of lifestyle, including polypide recycling, embryo production, distribution, growth form and epibiosis were compared in three species of erect byozoans. These were collected from two locations; Signy Island (60°S) and Rothera Point, Adelaide Island (68°S) and a variety of depths. All three species were in similar stages of polypide cycling within and between the two sites. In the species Isosecuriflustra rubefacta and Nematoflustra flagellata the rate of brown body production (polypide generations) was slower at Signy Island than at Rothera Point. There was little difference between localities (within species) in the pattern of embryo production and no change in embryo size with depth. Embryos of I. rubefacta, however, were significantly larger at Rothera Point than at Signy Island. The proportion of the community occupied by each species changed with depth, but all three species occurred in shallower water at Rothera Point than at Signy Island. Fouling by epibionts decreased with increasing depth and from Signy Island to Rothera Point, both in terms of per cent cover and number of colonizing taxa. Possible trends with depth and latitude are compared with other studies involving bryozoans. The literature on Antarctic benthic taxa, in general, is also considered to determine whether trends within the Bryozoa are reflected in other groups.
Our understanding of the diversity and community dynamics of soil fungi has increased greatly through the use of DNA‐based identification. Community characterisation of metabolically active communities via RNA sequencing has previously revealed differences between ‘active’ and ‘total’ fungal communities, which may be influenced by the persistence of DNA from non‐active components. However, it is not known how fungal traits influence their prevalence in these contrasting community profiles. In this study, we co‐extracted DNA and RNA from soil collected from three Antarctic islands to test for differences between total and active soil fungal communities. By matching these geographically isolated fungi against a global dataset of soil fungi, we show that widely dispersed taxa are often more abundant in the total community, whilst taxa restricted to Antarctica are more likely to have higher abundance in the active community. In addition, we find that active communities have lower richness, and show a reduction in the abundance of the most dominant fungi, whilst there are consistent differences in the abundances of certain taxonomic groups between the total and active communities. These results suggest that the views of soil fungal communities offered by DNA‐ and RNA‐based characterisation differ in predictable ways.
The new website for National Craft Bakers’ Week (NCBW) has been launched.The new-look website, www.craftbakersweek.co.uk, contains information about how to get involved and enables bakers to register online to take part between 7 to 13 October.All registered events will appear on the website, enabling members of the public to search for events near to them. Free point-of-sale materials, including posters and bunting, will be provided to bakers registered to take part and will be available from August.Ivor McKane, channel director at CSM and chair of National Craft Bakers’ Week 2013 said: “We want this to be the biggest and most successful National Craft Bakers’ Week yet. This new website is part of our investment to help take the week to another level and really engage both the industry and the general public.”The theme for National Craft Bakers’ Week 2013 is ‘Love your Baker’ and the campaign encourages people to visit their local high street craft baker and highlights the skills and range of produce, including regional specialities, that bakers make every day.National Craft Bakers’ Week is funded and supported by the Craft Bakers’ Association and Scottish Bakers and stakeholders from across the bakery sector, including British Baker, California Raisins, CSM, Bakels, Bako, BFP, Dawn, Ireks, Marriage’s, Macphie, Puratos, Reynards and Zeelandia.Bakers can also register for the awareness week by calling the Craft Bakers’ Associaion on 01920 468061 or Scottish Bakers on 0131 229 1401.
Photo Caption: New York City from PixabayDell EMC will “Let the Transformation Begin” next week during Strata+Hadoop World 2016 at the Javits Conference Center. The recent formation of Dell EMC has created an even more powerful company, driven to ensure your analytics capabilities are stronger than ever. As a Strategic Sponsor, we look forward to showcasing our newly combined, extensive portfolio.Swing by the Dell EMC booth (#501) to demo our latest products, speak with our onsite experts, and experience our booth theater presentations. Dell EMC will also be featured in the Cloudera Partner Pavilion, and will be holding a number of speaking sessions throughout the conference. Please include the following sessions on your calendar:Data science from idea to pilot to production: Challenges and lessons learnedAmihai Savir | Tuesday, Sept. 27 | 10:00-10:30 am | Location: 1B 01/02In the age of big data analytics, smart monitoring and predicting abnormal behavior of corporation mission-critical systems can save large amounts of time and money. Drawing on a real-world case study from EMC, Amihai Savir, a seasoned data scientist currently leading a team of data scientists in Dell EMC, offers an overview of the team’s remarkable journey, discussing the multiple phases and development stages as well as the many questions and doubts that arose along the way. Eventually, the project proved a great success and is now running in production monitoring the MS Exchange and Authentication (ITOA) environments. Amihai will share the team’s experience and insights, which will provide value and a solid knowledge foundation for managers, data scientists, analytics professionals, and IT operations to leverage in order to drive and build data-driven processes.Modern Analytics with Dell EMCPatricia Florissi | Wednesday, Sept. 28 | 10:05-10:10 am | Location: Javits NorthIt is clear that we’re at a critical inflection point in the industry – organizations are realizing that they must quickly adapt in order to keep pace in today’s ever-changing digital economy. With your most precious commodity, data, increasing at an alarming rate, it is essential that it be a component to your deepest insights and allowing you to focus on your business outcomes.Achieve Richer Insights and Business Outcomes with Dell EMC Big Data and AnalyticsCarey James | Wednesday, Sept. 28 | 11:20 am – 12:00 pm | Location: 1B 01/02Big Data and analytics is a team sport empowering companies of all kinds to achieve business outcomes faster and with greater levels of success. Dell EMC has integrated all the key components for modern digital transformation, taking you on a Big Data journey that focuses on analytics, integration and infrastructure. Our portfolio provides the flexibility to buy or build your analytics ecosystem, the choice is yours. Our offerings range from servers and data lakes to flexible analytics with a turn-key development platform. In this session we discuss how the formation of Dell Technologies and Dell EMC can help you on your data analytics journey and how you can turn actionable insights into new business opportunities.Getting it right exactly once: Principles for streaming architecturesDarryl Smith | Wednesday, Sept. 28 | 1:15-1:55 pm | Location: 1 C04 / 1 C05We are moving to real time, and data scientists need a framework to evaluate and architect the right technologies. Darryl Smith, chief data platform architect and distinguished engineer at Dell Technologies, shares tested principles for streaming architectures so you can navigate solution options quickly. The mission—reinforced by the rise of Apache Kafka and the importance of exactly once semantics—is clear: move from batch to real time.Enhancing the customer experience when driving Hadoop adoptionAnthony Dina | Wednesday, Sept. 28 | 2:55-3:35 pm | Location: 1B 01/02Defining the challenges, outlining the goals, identifying the use cases, and tracking ROI are always important considerations when building a big data strategy, but what about greater behind-the-scenes challenges like security, consumer privacy, fraud detection, governance, and financial investment? Each impacts the business and its brand. Mastercard’s Nick Curcuru hosts an interactive fireside chat with Anthony Dina from Dell EMC to explore how the flexibility, scalability, and agility of Hadoop big data solutions allow one of the world’s leading organizations to innovate, enable, and enhance the customer experience while still expanding emerging opportunities. You’ll also have the chance to discuss the most important considerations for driving big data strategies and implementations.But wait, that’s not all! Dell EMC is an official sponsor of Data After Dark on Wednesday evening from 8:00-11:00 p.m. aboard the City at Sea: Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. While exploring life at sea, enjoy an XD theater simulator, a lounge, a DJ, and much more, as you wander through different areas with themed cocktails, appetizers, and entertainment.If you are unable to attend the event, be sure to follow along on Twitter. We’ll be providing live updates from our @DellEMCBigData and @DellAlliances handles, and via the #DellEMC and #StrataHadoop hashtags.We hope to see you there!