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Guenther Bakeries extends partnership with Axis Cleaning

first_imgBanbury-based Guenther Bakeries has awarded Axis Cleaning and Support Services with a new five-year cleaning and hygiene maintenance contract.The company has also been re-awarded a contract to deploy the same services at Guenther’s Heywood site in Lancashire for a similar five-year term.Chris Kendall, purchasing manager at Guenther Bakeries, said the overall objectives of the new longer-term contract were to add value, improve standards and rationalise costs and service delivery across the two sites.“Axis demonstrated an in-depth understanding of our sites, as well as the stringent cleaning and hygiene requirements for food manufacture,” Kendall said. “Axis introduced a Master Sanitisation Plan at the Heywood site that informs and controls staff movements and daily working patterns. This will now be rolled out at Banbury.He added that a detailed training plan has also been put in place, including quarterly review meetings where Axis will demonstrate the value that training has brought to the business.“Employee progression, empowerment, and morale were other key drivers in our tender process,” Kendall adds. “Axis has helped us to provide a further enhanced employee training and benefits package that will support these goals. It is also very beneficial to have Axis manage all recruitment, payroll, and remuneration reviews.”Since working with Guenther Bakeries at the Heywood site, Axis has helped its client achieve its highest-ever audit ratings.last_img read more

Watch Bill Nershi Serenade Red Rocks Security During String Cheese Incident’s Red Rock Run

first_imgLast month, the String Cheese Incident dazzled Red Rocks Amphitheater with a three-night run, with the band throwing down some of their most well-received shows over the past few years. The quintessential Red Rocks hometown throwdown concluded a seven-night Colorado run. The Barefoot Boys got things started off with two-nights at Telluride’s The Ride Festival before moving to two-midweek shows at the newly renovated and re-opened Dillon Amphitheater, in Dillion, Colorado, finally ending the run with three creative masterpieces at Red Rocks.Prior to one of Cheese’s Red Rocks shows last month, guitarist Bill Nershi stopped by the Red Rocks security guards at the backstage door, thanking them for their work by serenading them with a short but sweet traditional bluegrass lick. You can watch the heartwarming gesture below. You can also watch pro-shot footage of the String Cheese Incident’s “Birdland”> “Fearless”> “Birdland”> “Freight Train Boogie”> “Wheel Hoss”> “Birdland” fiasco, from their Saturday night Red Rocks show below.String Cheese Incident-“The Birdland Jam Sandwich” [Pro-Shot][Video: The String Cheese Incident]last_img read more

Boston Ballet dances the night away

first_img With twisting and floating movements, Harvard Gaga dance course teaches students and community members to listen to their bodies Related When night falls on Harvard’s Arnold Arboretum the landscape is transformed — towering trees assume ominous forms, leaves rustle, bushes stir. It is the perfect setting, the Boston Ballet decided, to shoot a promotional spot for its season opener, a ghost-filled, romantic ballet set in medieval Germany.“When we were brainstorming ideas for our fall ballet, ‘Giselle,’ we knew our key scene was going to be the forest,” said Kristin Carr, the company’s director of creative services. “The main character, Giselle, dies of heartbreak and is buried deep in a forest haunted by Wilis — ghostly apparitions of folklore, girls who have died betrayed by their faithless lovers on the eve of their weddings.”The company was drawn to the Arboretum’s Tilia collection, a grove of sweet-scented lindens planted at the turn of the 19th century, but the space was attractive for other reasons, too. Carr said the dance company looks for opportunities to take the ballet out of the studio, creating engaging content by making use of Greater Boston’s landmarks.Ballet Master Larissa Ponomarenko, who is staging the show, said that all of the action happens outdoors, and the Arboretum’s “ponds and grand old trees” made a fitting backdrop for a work that is at times romantic and other times dramatic. “We are thankful for the opportunity and the welcoming gesture of Arboretum team for letting our creative process merge so closely with natural environment of the park,” she said.On the day of the filming the Boston Ballet production company — including artistic directors, film crew, costume and wardrobe personnel, and hair and makeup artists — arrived in the afternoon with principal dancers Viktorina Kapitonova and Patrick Yocum for a daylight shoot near Dawson Pond. Dancers performed the famous “he loves me, he loves me not” scene there before moving into the North Woods.Yocum, a principal dancer with the Boston Ballet since 2009, said performing at the Arboretum was like nothing he has done before, as outside shows are typically done on a special stage with a sprung floor.,“This is an incredible experience. It was so easy over by the pond. Everything is so curated and cut so cleanly,” he said. “It’s the most beautiful spot in Boston.”Arboretum Director William “Ned” Friedman agreed. “As the Arnold Arboretum continues to engage with other important cultural institutions in Boston, this opportunity to welcome the Boston Ballet seemed perfect.”As the sun went down, a humming generator powered studio lights and a fog machine, creating a magical ambiance. A quiet rumble echoed through the woods and ethereal dancers entered the living set before a small audience of crew, chipmunks, squirrels, and a few passersby.In this part of the Arboretum, the Tilias stand up to 130 feet high with trunks exceeding 100 inches around. The leaves resemble lopsided hearts, and according to folklore symbolize love, healing, and good luck.“Gisele” premiered in Paris in 1841 and is considered one of the greatest romantic ballets of all times. The Arboretum was founded in 1872, and the Moltka linden tree, planted in 1902, served as the point at which dancers became dreamlike figures in the fog.“The ghostly women are part of the forest and are integral to the story. You couldn’t have a better location that will capture that,” Yocum said. “To do this at night out in the woods on location is amazing.” Flowing togethercenter_img Misty Copeland, offstage American Ballet Theatre’s first black principal dancer shares her life story with studentslast_img read more

First Confirmed Case Of COVID-19 ‘U.K. Strain’ Identified In New York State

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) MGN ImageALBANY – The first confirmed case of COVID-19’s ‘U.K. Strain’ has been identified in New York State.Governor Andrew Cuomo made the announcement during a conference call with the media on Monday afternoon.He says the Wadsworth lab confirmed the case of the United Kingdom’s COVID-19 variant.“Wadsworth lab confirmed a case of the U.K. strain in Saratoga County, New York,” Gov. Cuomo said. “He’s a man in his 60s who had some symptoms. He did not travel recently so evidence suggests it’s in the community.” The governor says this strain is 70% more contagious than the original COVID-19 strain and he said contact tracing is paramount to keep the spread of the strain under control.Wadsworth Laboratory, based in Albany, began research into a new strain of COVID-19, which was first spotted in the United Kingdom, in late December.“I think this strain is more prevalent than people know,” Gov. Cuomo said.New York State Public Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker says this strain is more transmissible, but there’s no evidence yet that it isn’t affected by vaccines, or that it is more dangerous for people who are infected.Governor Andrew M. Cuomo provides a coronavirus update from the Red Room at the State Capitol. (Image by Mike Groll/Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo)It was the second update of the day from the governor, following a Monday morning briefing where he provided new statewide numbers regarding the pandemic and declared the Finger Lakes region is the state’s “greatest problem” at present.last_img read more

Start Your Journey off on the Right Foot in Morehead-Rowan County

first_img Step into your next adventure in Morehead-Rowan County today.  Fishing, water sports and days at the lake are part of the Morehead-Rowan County experience as well. The largest in northeastern Kentucky, Cave Run Lake offers more than 8,000 acres of open water, 200 miles of shoreline and more than 150 species of fish to catch. This fisherman’s paradise boasts a few challenging fish like the notorious musky, but it is also home to the largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, white bass, black crappie and white crappie. Chances are you’ll reel in something you want to take home after a day on the water. Cave Run Lake and the adjoining Licking River provide paddle boating and kayaking opportunities year-round. Daily pontoon or houseboat rentals make it easy for friends and families to set out for adventures of all kinds. Whether you’re interested in fast-paced fun like boating and jet-skiing or simply soaking up the sun, there’s always a good time waiting for you beyond the shoreline.  Morehead, an official Kentucky Trail Town, is an ideal destination for outdoor lovers of all kinds. Nestled in the Daniel Boone National Forest, with Cave Run Lake nearby, outdoor adventures can be found on and off the water. Morehead-Rowan County is home to more than 100 miles of multi-use trails, making it the perfect place to experience the beauty of northeastern Kentucky on foot, bike or horseback. “By far my favorite thing about Morehead, and hardly any other community has it, is you literally wake up, you open your door, and you are in the forest,” said Jordan, a local avid hiker. Local hikers love Morehead because a trail is always close by. The Sheltowee Trace NRT runs right down Main Street! Sign up to receive our adventure planning pack! Here, you can wake up, open your door and walk into the forest. Follow the sound of the waves to the lake. Spend a day or two completely immersed in the beautiful mountains and lakes here in the Daniel Boone National Forest, the gateway to Eastern Kentucky. Warm up with an uphill trek to Lockegee Rock and take in the beautiful, scenic view. Grab your pack or walking stick and head to the Sheltowee Trace northern terminus for a day-hike with Mother Nature. Head out to Cave Run or stroll along the Eagle Lake Loop Trail and enjoy where land meets the waves. Regardless of preference or skill level, spring is the best time to start your journey in Morehead-Rowan County.  Outdoor exploration season is here, folks. These Appalachian mountains are breathing, blooming and well on their way to growing into that lush, green forest everyone loves to explore. When you visit Morehead-Rowan County, you’re one step closer to adventure. last_img read more

Bail set at $1 million for policeman charged with Floyd murder

first_imgA Minneapolis judge set a $1 million bail for police officer Derek Chauvin Monday as he made his first court appearance charged with the murder of George Floyd, the 46-year-old African-American man whose death sparked nationwide protests.Chauvin, who was filmed on May 25 pressing his knee on handcuffed Floyd’s neck until he expired, appeared by video from Minnesota state prison to face charges of one count of second degree murder, one count of third degree murder, and one count of manslaughter.Dressed in an orange prison suit, Chauvin, 44, answered questions matter-of-factly in the procedural hearing, which did not require him to submit a plea. Topics : Three other Minneapolis officers who were with Chauvin when Floyd was arrested have been charged with aiding and abetting the murder and are still being held in a local jail.All four were fired the day after Floyd’s death.center_img Hennepin County District Court Jeannice Reding set his bail at $1 million with conditions, and $1.25 million without conditions.Meeting the conditions would require him to surrender his firearms, not work in law enforcement or security in any capacity, agree not to leave the state and have no contact with the family of Floyd.State prosecutor Matthew Frank had asked for a high bail, calling Chauvin a flight risk due to both the severity of the charges and the strong public reaction to the case.Reding sat a June 29 date for the next hearing in the case.last_img read more

Pension funds can cope with lower returns over long term – PGGM

first_imgBos, PGGM’s former CIO, said the 8% average returns of recent decades were untenable in the current economic climate.“The very low interest rates are resulting in increased savings rather than increasing consumption and investment, which doesn’t generate new jobs or growth,” she said. She said pension funds could boost returns by bringing asset management in-house, and that PGGM was building the necessary expertise to manage illiquid investments such as infrastructure and private equity.“By removing the expensive intermediate layer, we can reduce our costs by up to 200 basis points,” she said. “Moreover, in-house management enables us to take into account the issues that are important to us, such as sustainability.”Bos acknowledged, however, that costs – including staff remuneration – posed a potential hurdle for in-house management, as pay is very much under scrutiny in the Dutch pensions sector.In particular, investment experts for infrastructure and private equity usually demand sizeable salaries.“Any tightening of legislation for remuneration would make it increasingly difficult to hire the expensive specialists we need to reduce costs,” she said. Lower returns over the longer term would not be a disaster for pension funds, according to Else Bos, chief executive at the €200bn asset manager PGGM.In an interview with IPE sister publication Pensioen Pro, Bos said low inflation could help pension funds cope with low returns.“We don’t really need returns of 8%, as pension funds now base their contribution levels on an interest rate of 2% to 2.5%,” she said.“Because the European Central Bank is targeting an inflation of slightly less than 2%, returns of 5% would be sufficient to meet pension fund liabilities.”last_img read more

KLP U-turns on Dakota pipeline firms after UN slams project

first_imgNorwegian municipal pension fund KLP is to dump more than half a billion kroner of investments in companies behind the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline after a UN envoy criticised handling of the project.The move is despite the NOK589bn (€64.4bn) pension fund earlier this month defending its decision to remain invested in the pipeline companies even while other institutions had offloaded the exposure. After sending a staff member to the US to assess the situation, KLP last week said it had not been able to document serious or systematic violations of environmental or human rights in the matter, evidence it needed in order to justify removing a firm from its portfolio.KLP said it had subsequently decided to exclude the firms Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), Phillips 66, Enbridge, and Marathon Petroleum Corporation from its investments because of an “unacceptable risk” of contributing to human rights violations.The decision was made, it said, in the light of most recent developments around the pipeline. On 3 March, the UN special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, said the tribes affected by the project had not been consulted sufficiently. She also said she was “deeply concerned” by US president Donald Trump’s executive order on 24 January giving the project the go-ahead without a broader environmental impact statement.Annie Bersagel, acting head of responsible investments at KLP’s asset management arm, KLP Kapitalforvaltning, said: “In making the decision to divest, KLP places significant emphasis on the UN Special Rapporteur’s assessment, a previous recommendation on exclusion from the Council on Ethics for the Government Pension Fund Global, as well as the lack of progress through active ownership.”It had been a difficult case, she added.KLP noted in its analysis underpinning the decision that it was “unnecessary to consider whether a state has violated human rights in order to conclude that a company faces an unacceptable risk of contributing to a human rights violation, so long as the conduct in question falls below the minimum standards outlined in international human rights instruments”.KLP will now divest roughly NOK578bn of investments, including around NOK56m of fixed income investments in ETP; some NOK190m in Phillips 66 in equity and fixed income; about NOK273m of equity and fixed income issued by Enbridge and Spectra Energy – a company recently acquired by Enbridge – and around NOK59m in Marathon Petroleum, also in both equity and fixed income.last_img read more

Minesto hires marine operators

first_imgSwedish tidal energy developer Minesto has awarded a framework agreement to Holyhead Towing, and Leask Marine covering various marine operational needs as part of Deep Green tidal project.The agreement involves the supply of vessels and marine equipment for Minesto’s DG500 tidal energy project in Holyhead Deep in Wales, the company said.The framework agreement will also be used to support Minesto in the supply of vessels and equipment for marine operation trials such as development and testing of the of the Launch and Recovery System (LARS), as well as other general operational support.Minesto plans to deploy a 500kW tidal power plant in Holyhead Deep, off Northern Wales, in 2018.The site could be potentially scaled-up to form a tidal array of up to 80MW.To remind, Minesto recently published updated cost of energy analysis which showed the company’s LCOE will fall to €100/MWh after 100MW cumulative installed capacity in tidal streams, and below €50/MWh for arrays of Minesto devices in continuous ocean currents.last_img read more

Planning Division develops guidelines for potential tourism developers

first_img Share Acting Chief Physical Planner, Annie EdwardsThe Planning Department has taken a proactive approach in assisting prospective tourism investors in ensuring that their structures are in sync with Dominica’s sustainable tourism development thrust. Over the past ten months, the Planning Division in collaboration with a number of key stakeholders has been working on putting together a number of guidelines for sustainable development tourism.Last week, the Planning Division teamed up with the Invest Dominica Authority in staging a workshop for new tourism developers at the Jungle Bay Resort and Spa. At that workshop, acting Chief Physical Planner Annie Edwards spoke to some of the new guidelines which must be taken into consideration when constructing tourism related properties in Dominica.Ms Edwards told GIS News these guidelines are necessary to ensure that developers incorporate sustainable elements into their designs.“They focus on things like energy efficiency, the design of yours structure so that it takes into consideration the natural light, the natural ventilation, things like disposal of waste, design of the building in an architectural way that is in keeping with the Dominican architecture and another focus is on the environment you develop your plan within. A lot of people, when they start their construction, they go ahead and cut down the natural vegetation; they do not design it in a way that takes the natural elements of the site into consideration. These guidelines will give people some ideas of how they can design in an environmental friendly way.”The use of renewable energy is also a very important concept that the planning division is hoping that developers would consider when designing their properties.“It is predicted that there will be stronger hurricanes, more droughts and so forth. As a result, using droughts as an example, developers should develop their buildings in a way like I have said before, that takes the natural ventilation into consideration. If this is done, it will not only help in terms of allowing proper airflow but would also assist in lessening the use of air-conditioning. If it is designed in a proper way, you use less air conditions. Consequently, there will be less use of energy. You use more natural lighting; therefore there will be less use of energy. We have noticed at the Planning Division, that a lot of people use a lot of massive concrete making those buildings so uncomfortable. If they just had some guidelines, some advice at an early stage, this could have been avoided.”Meanwhile, Government recently announced a waiver of import duties on renewable equipment for tourism investors.“In regards to the renewable energy, whilst Planning has said that the initial capital outlay may be a bit costly, Government recognising the importance of having renewable, has been giving the waiver of import duties on various renewable items. Therefore, investors who want to put this in place for their establishment can benefit from duty-free concessions on the renewable equipment required for their development.”For more on other incentives you can contact the Invest Dominica Authority.by Emmanuel Joseph Sharing is caring! LocalNews Planning Division develops guidelines for potential tourism developers by: – March 29, 2011 Sharecenter_img Share 20 Views   no discussions Tweetlast_img read more