Paramount Foods resumes trading

first_imgParamount Foods has resumed trading despite making more than 100 redundancies across the business.A total of 118 employees have lost their jobs at the Cheshire-based frozen and chilled pizza manufacturer, which was placed into administration last week due to the loss of a contract with Morrisons, accounting for 40% of business.Administrators David Whitehouse and Sarah Bell of financial advisory firm Duff & Phelps, said the business had begun to trade again, with a view to securing an ongoing trade sale of the business and its assets.However, as a result of the move, 42 members of staff from Paramount Foods’ Salford site where it produces it pizza bases, and 76 individuals working at its Deeside facility, creating finished products, would lose their jobs, effective immediately.Whitehouse said: “On appointment and as a consequence of the company’s insolvency, the joint administrators suspended operations whilst urgent discussions were held with key customers and parties who may be interested in acquiring some or all of the business.“As a result of those conversations with the positive support we have received from key customers, Paramount Foods has resumed trading. Regrettably a number of redundancies were required in order to provide the opportunity to continue to trade the business in the short-term.”He added that parties interested in a full or part buyout of the business should come forward and contact Duff & Phelps’ Manchester offices immediately.last_img read more

The Disco Biscuits Announce 3-Night New England Run In March

first_imgToday, The Disco Biscuits have added to their spring calendar with a newly announced three-night in the Northeast from March 8th – 10th. The Biscuits will kick off the run on Thursday, March 8th, with a performance at The Strand Ballroom & Theatre (formerly Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel) in Providence, Rhode Island. This performance will serve as a warm-up ahead of the group’s two-night stand at the State Theatre in Portland, Maine on Friday, March 9th and Saturday, March 10th. It’s clear that the jamtronica juggernauts are looking forward to getting back to the Pine Tree State as, in the announcement statement, the group noted that the State Theatre is “where we enjoyed one of the loudest post-show cheers in recent memory!”A BiscoTix presale lottery for The Disco Biscuits’ upcoming New England run in early March is currently open for entry and will remain open until 5 p.m. (EST) on Thursday, February 1st. The lottery will allow fans to request single-day tickets (with reduced fees) for the group’s Thursday show at The Strand in Providence, as well as discounted two-day passes to the Biscuits’ shows at Portland’s State Theatre. You can register for the Providence pre-sale lottery here, or the Portland pre-sale lottery here.[Photo: Andrew Blackstein]last_img read more

Watch Tedeschi Trucks Band’s Soulful Aretha Franklin Homage From LOCKN’ [Pro-Shot]

first_img[Video: Nick Kosot/Relix]You can also listen to full audio of the set below:Setlist: Tedeschi Trucks Band | LOCKN’ Festival | Infinity Downs Farm | Arrington, VA | 8/25/2018Set: I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You), Made Up Mind, Do I Look Worried, Lord Protect My Child, Laugh About It, Don’t Know What It Means, High & Mighty, Idle Wind, A Song for You, Bound for Glory *, Show Me ^, How Blue Can You Get?,  Little Martha > Midnight In Harlem, The Storm > Whipping PostNotes: * Ivan Neville on keys | ^ Ian Neville on guitar | Mike Mattison did not perform with the band due to prior commitment; he was to return for Sunday’s (8/26/18) show, also at Lockn’ | Whipping Post began with a bit of Soul Serenade. At this past weekend’s LOCKN’ Festival, Tedeschi Trucks Band performed two stand-out sets, with the renowned twelve-piece band led by Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks leading into Saturday and Sunday’s headlining performances by Dead & Company. During their Saturday performance, Tedeschi Trucks Band kicked off their weekend with a band, inviting Ivan Neville and Ian Neville out following the two New Orleans players’ own set with Foundation Of Funk.However, that’s not the only surprises Tedeschi Trucks Band had in store for the eager crowd. The band started out their first LOCKN’ set with a tribute to the recently deceased Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. With the band’s own powerhouse vocalist, Susan Tedeschi, leading the tune, Tedeschi Trucks Band energized their captivated audience with a rendition of Aretha Franklin’s “I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Loved You)”, ahead of moving into a take of one of the band’s originals, “Made Up Mind”.Recently, on the heels of this stunning tribute, LOCKN’, in conjunction with Relix, have released pro-shot video from Tedeschi Trucks Band’s take on “I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Loved You)”. Relive the LOCKN’ magic below.Tedeschi Trucks Band – “I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Loved You)” [Pro-Shot]last_img read more

Tough as a rugby player

first_imgThis is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates.Small in stature but packing a punch, Harvard College senior Shelby Lin has a fitting nickname bestowed by her teammates on the women’s varsity rugby team: “Mighty Mouse.”She’s an All-Ivy star scrum half, a quarterback-style role requiring scrappy play and bold direction of team offense and defense from midfield.“I feel like I don’t have a very demanding general personality, but when it’s for the team, on the field, I’m screaming the entire time, which is what you want a scrum half to be doing,” said Lin with a laugh. “I think something about sports for me in general is that it’s always been one of the things where I’m more challenged to be a leader than in other things I do.”Lin, 21, assumed the position only last fall, but now she is one of about 50 players nationwide invited to try out this summer for the Women’s Collegiate All-American team, a stepping-stone to future international play.“She has gone from virtually zero experience at that position and has through her own personal work ethic and her commitment to understanding the game, to become one of the best in the country at that position,” said coach Sue Parker. “It’s not just that she’s an awesome player, but Shelby is absolutely the kind of player who raises the level of everyone around her because her joyfulness in playing is so contagious.”Lin was instrumental in pushing for the team’s elevation this year from club to varsity status.Rugby has “been a huge part of what I’ve done here, and a lot of the people I’m closest to at Harvard are my teammates. It’s kind of amazing the relationships you have with people after you’ve been on the field protecting each other and laying your body down on the line,” said Lin, an Adams House resident.An applied mathematics concentrator within the field of economics, Lin wasn’t entirely certain how her College years would unfold, and says her path to graduation has been a bit surprising.“Math would come naturally, I was good at problem-solving, but what I was looking for was a field where I could use that to do something more closely related to society or what I see every day,” she said. “So applied math fits with that concept, and I think economics in particular also does because you’re studying questions that I can really care about but using methods I really trust, which are quantitative methods.”A John Harvard Scholar from 2010 to 2012, Lin took her junior year off to complete a graduate-level microeconomics course and to work as a research assistant at Harvard’s Lab for Economic Applications and Policy, a position usually filled by graduating seniors. One project, with rising star economist Raj Chetty, looked at variations of economic mobility between generations in the United States and made the front page of The New York Times.“The whole year was a good way to see how much I liked research and jumping in at a really high level from undergrad,” Lin said of the detour.This summer, she and some friends will make a 68-day bike trek from Washington, D.C., to San Francisco. In the fall, she will head to Pembroke College at the University of Cambridge in England to study public health on a Harvard-Cambridge Scholarship. She plans to return to the United States in 2015 to begin work at Massachusetts Institute of Technology on a Ph.D. in economics, with a focus on health.“She’s a person who has true integrity because she doesn’t hold herself to a standard of excellence in one facet and then mediocrity is OK in other areas of her life,” said Parker. “In academics, in athletics, in her personal interactions with people, in all facets, Shelby is truly an outstanding person.”last_img read more

Dell Technologies Bolsters PC Security for Today’s Remote Workers

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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. Cybercriminals are opportunistic by nature, altering their attack methods to compromise endpoints and access critical data. This is never truer than during times of change such as now with the overnight shift to a global remote workforce. With cybercriminals ramping up activity, organizations need to protect their remote workers starting with the devices they use to get their jobs done.One area attackers will target is the PC BIOS, the core system built deep inside the PC that controls critical operations like booting the PC and ensuring a secure configuration. To protect against BIOS attacks, organizations need built-in security solutions to protect endpoints. In response, Dell Technologies is introducing Dell SafeBIOS Events & Indicators of Attack (IoA) to further protect our commercial PCs, which are already the most secure in the industry[1]. SafeBIOS Events & IoA uses behavior-based threat detection, at the BIOS level, to detect advanced endpoint threats.With remote work increasing security gaps and the high economic pressure for businesses large and small to perform, Dell Technologies is arming customers with security solutions and best practices to better secure their PCs so they can stay focused on serving their end customers.Dell SafeBIOS Events & Indicators of AttackAs workforces transition to remote work nearly overnight, organizations need to ensure their workers’ PCs are secure, starting below the operating system in the BIOS. Securing the BIOS is particularly critical because a compromised BIOS can potentially provide an attacker with access to all data on the endpoint, including high-value targets like credentials. In a worst-case scenario, attackers can leverage a compromised BIOS to move within an organization’s network and attack the broader IT infrastructure.Organizations need the ability to detect when a malicious actor is on the move, altering BIOS configurations on endpoints as part of a larger attack strategy. SafeBIOS now provides the unique ability to generate Indicators of Attack on BIOS configurations, including changes and events that can signal an exploit. When BIOS configuration changes are detected that indicate a potential attack, security and IT teams are quickly alerted in their management consoles, allowing for swift isolation and remediation. SafeBIOS Events & IoA provides IT teams the visibility into BIOS configuration changes and analyzes these for potential threats – even during an ongoing attack.Detection at this level allows organizations to respond to advanced threats quickly and successfully, interrupting the attack chain before it’s able to do more damage. The SafeBIOS Events & IoA utility is available globally today for download on Dell commercial PCs as part of the Dell Trusted Device solution.Helping Organizations Securely Work from HomeAs many organizations enable remote working, it is critical they have the security tools and knowledge to work safely and securely. That’s why Dell Technologies is offering existing customers flexible endpoint security solutions to help them:Better secure today’s new working model as quickly as possible with VMware Carbon Black who has eliminated endpoint limits until June 20, 2020.Pressure test remote work deployments with Secureworks’ accelerated vulnerability assessments, and get faster deployment and flexible payment options for Secureworks’ managed detection and response and incident response solutions.Securely deploy work-from-home devices with Dell Technologies who is offering temporary licenses for Dell Encryption until August 1, 2020.For companies who have recently taken their workforces remote, check out this informational webcast interview with Dell Technologies Chief Security Officer John Scimone for insight into the broad range of security issues organizations face when supporting a remote workforce. [1] Based on Dell internal analysis, January 2019last_img read more

State Awards $40,000 to Town of Hartford for Growth Planning

first_imgState Awards $40,000 to Town of Hartford for Growth PlanningHartford Receives Growth Center Award To Plan For Future Development WHITE RIVER JCT., Vt. – The state has awarded a $40,000 grant to the Town of Hartford to help the town plan for Growth Center designation, a move that would help streamline future development and create jobs and housing opportunities. “I’m very pleased that Hartford won this grant, and that it might someday benefit this project,” said Governor Jim Douglas, who presented the check to town officials after watching a presentation on a proposed redevelopment project on Prospect Street in White River Junction. “This is why I signed the Growth Center bill, to encourage communities to create more compact and dense mixed use development in appropriate areas.”This is the second year that the Department has awarded, through a competitive process, a special grant for Growth Center Designation planning. Last year Colchester received the grant.Growth Center Designation was created by the Legislature and subsequently signed into law by Governor Douglas in 2006 in an effort to encourage communities to plan for denser and mixed use development in appropriate areas.The legislation established a two-step process, whereby an advisory board, the Planning Coordination Group, provides technical assistance to towns interested in designation, and the Expanded Downtown Development Board reviews final applications for full designation.Designated Growth Centers receive benefits under Act 250, including relaxed thresholds; greater flexibility in reducing impact on agricultural soils; and increased options for obtaining revenues to fund infrastructure investment.Hartford will use their grant monies to work with the Planning Coordination Group and complete a final application to go before the Expanded Downtown Development Board for Growth Center designation by the end of the 18-month grant period.”We are very pleased to receive this grant from the state,” said Lori Hirshfield, Director of Planning and Development Services for the Town of Harford. “Hartford is unique in that historically development has been concentrated in five villages while retaining much of the town’s rural character. These funds will help us preserve what makes it special while planning for growth that will keep it vital.”Since the establishment of the Growth Center Program in early 2007, several communities have gone through the preliminary review including Montpelier, Waitsfield, and Middlebury and others, including Colchester, will be going through the preliminary review shortly.Two communities, Williston and Bennington, have received full growth center designation by the Board.This special award is part of the Municipal Planning Grant Program, funded by the Municipal and Regional Planning Fund established in 1988 from revenue generated by the property transfer tax.The fund assists Vermont municipalities with the development of town plans and other community planning projects such as zoning bylaws, encouragement of citizen participation and education, and innovative demonstration planning projects.The Vermont Department of Housing and Community Affairs (DHCA), which awarded Hartford’s grant, is making more than $800,000 in grants available to communities across the state for municipal planning and other special projects.Municipalities may apply for Municipal Planning Grants of up to $15,000 or $25,000 for multi-town “consortia” projects.”These grants help Vermont’s cities and towns craft plans that promote economic and housing development in our downtowns and village centers, while protecting Vermont’s working landscape from sprawl,” Douglas said.The Municipal Planning Grant website can be accessed at: www.dhca.state.vt.us/Planning/MPG.htm(link is external).For more information about the Growth Centers Program, please visit: http://www.dhca.state.vt.us/Planning/GrowthCenters.htm(link is external).last_img read more

GW Plastics expansion of Silicones Division could add 50 jobs in Vermont

first_imgGW Plastics Inc,Global precision molder and contract manufacturer GW Plastics announced today the expansion of its Silicones Division in Royalton, Vermont, to support increasing demand. With an initial investment of approximately $3 million dollars, GW will break ground in October 2011 and plans for full occupancy by the first quarter of 2012.GW Silicones offers highly-automated, precision molding and contract assembly services for Liquid Silicone Rubber (LSR) applications, as well as, internal mold design and build capabilities. The new expansion will allow for increased capacity by creating an additional 15,000 square feet, scalable up to 25,000 square feet, including a new ISO Class 8 cleanroom for silicone molding and assembly. The initial expansion will be capable of supporting up to 18 machines. Based upon current projections, GW expects the expansion to add 25 to 50 jobs over the next three to five years.‘The expansion of GW Silicones reflects our commitment to the business and growing manufacturing jobs in Vermont,’ states GW Silicones’ General Manager Mark Hammond. ‘It is encouraging to see our customers recognize the value that GW Silicones is bringing to the market’.About GW Plastics:GW Plastics Inc. – Plastics News 2009 Processor of the Year – is a global, high-precision injection molder, mold builder and contract manufacturer specializing in single-source responsibility for medium-to-high volume, close-tolerance components and assemblies. Ranked among the world’s top injection molding companies GW Plastics’ leading edge technologies, total quality commitment and pursuit of innovation have driven its steady growth since the company was founded in 1955. The financially strong, closely held organization services a portfolio of market leading companies in the Healthcare, Consumer/Industrial and Automotive Safety markets. GW’s capabilities include thermoplastic/silicone injection molding, tooling and assembly including precision conventional, insert, multi-shot and gear molding operating from six ISO Class 8 cleanrooms worldwide. The company’s ISO 9001, 16949, 14001, 13485, and FDA-registered facilities are located in Bethel and Royalton, Vermont; San Antonio, Texas; Tucson, Arizona; Querétaro, Mexico; Dongguan, China; and Cartago, Costa Rica. Royalton, Vermont, USA ‘ September 26, 2011last_img read more

NCUA bans 7 from future work in FIs

first_imgThe NCUA in September issued five prohibition notices and two prohibition orders, which prohibit individuals previously associated with credit unions from any future participation in the affairs of a federally insured financial institution.Violation of a prohibition order is a felony offense punishable by imprisonment and a fine of up to $1 million. The names and details from last month’s prohibitions include the following:Richard Fortney, a former institution-affiliated party of Mid East Tennessee Community Credit Union in Decatur, Tenn., agreed and consented to the issuance of prohibition order and agreed to comply with all of its terms to settle and resolve the NCUA Board’s claims against him.Connie Marie Kent, a former employee of Topeka Post Office Credit Union (now 1st Kansas Credit Union) in Topeka, Kan., pleaded guilty to the charge of embezzlement. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Away Daily Carry-On compact suitcase has a built-in front pocket for easy access

first_imgIf you’re a frequent traveler, you know how important a great suitcase is. The Away Daily Carry-On compact suitcase can be that bag for you. This travel suitcase has a front pocket that makes it ideal for holding your essentials. This isn’t the suitcase for your summer jaunt across Europe. This compact suitcase is specifically designed for quick trips where you’ll be away for a weekend or a few days. And if you need to take your laptop on a work trip, this bag keeps your computer safe in its padded interior pocket. The pocket holds laptops up to 13 inches in size, so you could use it for a tablet if you prefer. Furthermore, this suitcase has a removable accordion that helps you keep things organized. Use it when you need to take papers and files with you. Or leave it behind when you’re just bringing clothes on vacation. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Meyer Werft Announces Float Out of Norwegian Encore

first_imgNorwegian Cruise Line’s newest ship, Norwegian Encore, is scheduled to leave the covered building dock II at Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg on August 17, 2019, German shipbuilder said.Once the 169,145 GT Norwegian Encore leaves the dock, it will berth at the shipyard’s outfitting pier to be fitted with its funnel cladding.The newbuild will then remain in the shipyard port for further outfitting work and onboard trials until its passage through the river Ems up to the North Sea, which is expected to take place at end of September.For Norwegian Encore to be able to berth at the outfitting pier, the floating section –engine room unit — of P&O’s Iona that is currently moored there will have to be moved to another berth in the shipyard port. After Norwegian Encore leaves dock, the floating part for Iona, which is due for completion in spring 2020, will be maneuvered back into the free covered building dock II for further construction work, Meyer Werft explained.Being the fourth ship in the Breakaway Plus class, Norwegian Encore measures 333.46 meters in length and 41.4 meters in width, with capacity for 4,004 passengers.The cruise vessel will offer seven-day cruises to the Eastern Caribbean from Miami beginning November 17, 2019, through April 12, 2020.Image Courtesy: Meyer Werftlast_img read more