Earl of Sandwich closes only UK outlet

first_imgThe American Earl of Sandwich sandwich chain has closed its only UK outlet, but vowed to be back soon.The company, a partnership between the 11th Earl of Sandwich John Montagu and Planet Hollywood founder Robert Earl, has 30 outlets in the USA, and opened its first UK shop in Ludgate Hill in 2011.This site was sold to Itsu last month, Earl Enterprises managing director Alex Garland told British Baker, after it “made a very nice offer”.However, the brand was “coming back fairly soon”, he said, as he was close to signing a deal to open two Earl of Sandwich outlets in travel locations, with a simplified menu. He said he hoped to open three or four other sites over the next year.The brand is also being rolled out to Qatar, where a deal to open five outlets over the next five years has been signed, Garland said. He also hopes to target other locations in the Middle East, he told British Baker.Garland said: “The Ludgate Hill outlet was fantastic for lunch, but was not good outside lunch; it was not progressing well after three years.”The Earl of Sandwich claims to sell the World’s Greatest Hot Sandwich and Garland said the concept had been described as a “posh Subway”, with high-quality ingredients such as topside of beef used in its sandwiches.The most popular of the 24 Earl of Sandwich outlets – at Disneyland in Orlando – turns over $10m (£8.57m) annually.last_img read more

Brilliant Phan Sets Adorable Muppets Video To Phish Music, And It’s Awesome

first_imgSometime deep in the hours of last night’s insane San Francisco run-closer, one fan uploaded a music video for the Phish song “Let Me Lie,” a song originally written for Trey Anastasio’s Bar 17 album and re-recorded on Phish’s 2009 Party Time. The song was also recently busted out earlier this summer, during the band’s performance at the XFINITY Theatre in Hartford. Starring in the music video are the lovable Muppets, Kermit and Piggy, who take bike rides through the park and “ride it slowly.”Enjoy this sweet love story, courtesy of YouTube user Chris M, which you can watch by clicking the video below!last_img read more

The String Cheese Incident & Keller Williams Announce Intimate International Incident

first_imgToday, The String Cheese Incident and Island Gigs announced a new International Incident, dubbed The Jamaican Incident, scheduled to go down on January 25 – 28, 2019 at the Jewel Paradise Cove Resort in Runaway Bay, Jamaica. The Colorado jammers will play three 2-set shows, and Keller Williams will play two Keller shows. Then, the two will join forces on the final evening for a special Keller Williams Incident!The All-Inclusive Incident will include four nights of music with String Cheese Incident and Keller Williams, a Jamaican vibes drum circle with percussionist Jason Hann, snorkeling with Michael Travis, golfing with Michael Kang, meet and greets, luxury accommodations, jerk chicken and gourmet dining, unlimited premium drinks at six bar locations, water sport activities, and much more.Tickets and packages go on sale on Tuesday, May 1 at 11am MDT here. Get ready for four nights of music on the beach with the stage just steps away from the beautiful Caribbean waters!last_img read more

Mainframes Without Experts?

first_imgThe short blog on the long goodbyeDigitalization is roaring through the field of IT like a hurricane, upending everything in its wake. Business processes, business models, working relationships, even society at large – they are all succumbing to the upheaval. Only classical large computing systems – the insuperable mainframes – are weathering the storm. Their ranks may be thinning, but mainframes are still mainstays at most large companies, insurance firms, and banks. Mainframes are secure and reliable, making them popular systems for transaction-heavy applications, but the main reason they’ve stuck around so long is because of how expensive it would be to replace them.Nonetheless, they are well past their expiration date. It’s now been over 15 years since the end of the mainframe was predicted. It was said to be unavoidable, unstoppable, and far preferable to deal with it today rather than wait until tomorrow. That was quite a few tomorrows ago. Technical wizardry made it possible to delay the end again and again – for example, by introducing object-oriented programming and Linux to the mainframe. Nonetheless, we always knew we would one day be forced to bid farewell to this once revolutionary technology. Digitalization’s prevailing technologies and processes make that abundantly clear. With a bit of acrobatic finesse, you might be able to work with AI, big data, or cloud computing, but once you hit apps and DevOps, the party is over. These modern technologies simply don’t have a place in the old mainframe landscape, and any additional tricks would just make systems more complex and more expensive. At some point, it is simply time to accept the fact that mainframe technology belongs to the (rather distant) past, and to finally bite the bullet and do what needed to be done 15 years ago – or ten at the very latest: develop strategies to replace the mainframes.And this long goodbye from mainstream technology is not only causing technical problems. Since at least the turn of the millennium, we have been warned there would soon be fewer mainframe experts in the field. Slowly but surely, they are leaving the workforce and heading for retirement. There is no reinforcement in sight, because what young, ambitious IT fan is willing to devote a career to things like PL/1? They would much rather become blockchain experts or work in media. The increase in Germany’s retirement age from 65 to 67 has granted the mainframes a bit of a grace period – and I don’t doubt that desperate mainframe operators were one of the first things on politicians’ mind when that piece of legislation was passed.Nevertheless, that relentlessly ticking clock will soon reach the day when there are simply not enough experts around to operate these systems. And because legislation that requires mainframe experts to work until the end of their lives and even beyond is bound to encounter both legal and biological hurdles, it is finally time to look squarely at the solution we’ve been avoiding for so long: It’s time to switch off the mainframe.last_img read more

Google antes up $2.6M to settle pay, job discrimination case

first_imgSAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — Google will pay $2.6 million to more than 5,500 employees and past job applicants. The payments are to resolve allegations that the internet giant discriminated against female engineers and Asians in California and Washington state. The settlement announced Monday closes a 4-year-old case that the Labor Department brought as part its reviews of the pay practices at federal government contractors such as Google. That inquiry resulted in accusations that Google had been paying its female engineers less than men in similar positions during a period spanning from 2014 to 2017.  Google isn’t admitting any wrongdoing, but the settlement still could blemished its once-cherished reputation as an employers that pampers its workers.last_img read more

Pass-In-Review honors ROTC members

first_imgFourteen exemplary members of Notre Dame’s Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program received awards for integrity, leadership and community involvement at the 2013 Presidential Pass-In-Review ceremony yesterday. The formal military ceremony, held in the Stepan Center, gathered all cadets and midshipmen on campus. Midshipman Jason Koncsol spoke about the importance of Notre Dame’s ROTC program. University President Fr. John Jenkins opened the Pass-In-Review with an address. “The military has a long and historic involvement at Notre Dame, with members of the military attending the University as far back as 1858,” he said. “Notre Dame is one of only 56 universities with a ROTC program representing all four branches of the United States military.” Jenkins said he respects the dedication of the ROTC students and the work they do. “People will look to you for leadership. They will look to you for purpose,” he said. “I know that what you do as a ROTC participant is not easy. On top of the same responsibilities that every student faces, you have ROTC duties and activities.” Jenkins’ invocation emphasized the service aspect within the ROTC program. “I know you do this out of a great sense of commitment that resonates to your service in various branches of the military,” he said. Cadets Abigail Nichols and Edward Spinelli were awarded the prestigious Army Officer’s Saber. Spinelli was also honored with the Hendry Memorial Award and the Patrick Dixon Award, an honor he shared with Army Cadet Michael Dompierre. Other leadership awards given to ROTC members included the Dr. Michael McKee Award, earned by Cadet Sabina Fischer and the Edward Easby-Smith Award, awarded to Midshipman Katherine Griffin. Cadet Benjamin Coffey received the Captain Paul Roberge Memorial Award, which acknowledges the specific accomplishments of a pilot candidate. Naval ROTC Midshipmen Michael McCormick, Blake Weller, Kevin Hickey, Madeleine Anderson, Devon Graham and Elizabeth Schroff and Cadets Eric Wilde and Patrick Bowlds were honored with decorations recognizing their integrity, diligence and service. In memory of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, Jenkins commended the actions of Fr. Corby, a Holy Cross priest who accompanied the Union Army and whose statue stands outside of Notre Dame’s Corby Hall. “Fr. Corby stood on a rock and gave absolution to the troops, not simply for the Union soldiers, nor only for the Catholic soldiers, but for all soldiers,” he said. “[He] embodied this message of serving a just peace. I challenge all of you as participants of the ROTC program to pursue this cause of a just peace as well.” Contact Charlie Ducey at [email protected]last_img read more

GardenPro QR codes

first_imgThis is the year of the “smart tag” or “QR” (quick response) code. Have you noticed the intrigu-ing little boxes with geometric designs on everything from ketchup bottles to magazine advertisements?When scanned by a smart phone or other mobile device, these tags direct the user to a website or web page for more information. University of Georgia Cooperative Extension is now using QR codes to connect gardeners to UGA publications. Through the GardenPro program, QR codes displayed in area garden centers lead gardeners to information on a variety of gardening topics formatted especially for mobile devices. To view the information, you must first download one of the free QR reader apps like Google Goggles or Barcode Scanner for Android phones and RedLaser or ShopSavvy for iPhones. To scan the QR tag, launch the app and line up your phone’s camera with the barcode-like box until the app has recognized the tag. Your phone’s web browser will be led to a UGA website with more information about the item you’ve scanned – for example, a plant, gardening tool or fertilizer product.With GardenPro, you also can choose to receive periodic alerts with timely information from your local UGA Extension office. To sign up, click on the green “Get GardenPro Tips” button and provide your email address.The UGA Center for Urban Agriculture piloted GardenPro in the fall of 2011. The current GardenPro posters lead users to information on winter gardening topics like fire ant control, attracting birds and butterflies and protecting plants. The spring topics will include turf management and deer-resistant plants.Watch for the UGA GardenPro smart tags at your area garden centers this spring and learn while you shop.last_img read more

U.S. Senate Bill Aims to Loosen Investment Restrictions for Florida Solar Industry

first_imgU.S. Senate Bill Aims to Loosen Investment Restrictions for Florida Solar Industry FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享WTLV (Jacksonville):U.S. Senator Bill Nelson introduced legislation this week that could further expand the solar industry in Florida by allowing banks to invest heavily in the renewable energy sector, a financial move which is currently banned under Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation regulation.Under the Bank Holding Company Act of 1956, bank holding companies (BHCs) may invest in businesses engaged in non-banking activities, but are limited in the amount of outstanding stock they can control. Currently, BHCs are only allowed to control up to 5 percent of any non-banking company.Florida’s senior senator wants to increase that amount up to 20 percent for companies that engage solely in the production or storage of renewable energy, a stimulus for BHCs that could potentially flood the renewable energy sector with capital needed to expand.“Florida is the nation’s Sunshine State but ranks twelfth when it comes to solar production,” Nelson said in a press release Monday. “That needs to change.”Nelson’s ranking of Florida’s solar production is a generous one at that. The Portland-based commercial research company Solar Power Rocks ranked Florida No. 26 overall in its 2017 U.S. Solar Power Rankings.A total of 11 policy and incentive factors are used in the ranking of each state. Some of the factors include electricity cost, net metering, rebates and performance payments. Florida scored low on all weighed factors except for net metering and tax exemptions.According to Nelson, allowing BHCs to invest more freely in the relatively untapped marketplace would make it easier for those financial institutions to offer financing to homeowners for the instillation of rooftop solar power systems.Pricing for the instillation of a rooftop solar power system varies widely from state-to-state, but the average homeowner can expect to pay upwards of $21,000 before tax credits, according to HomeAdvisor. Banks have been hesitant to approve loans for such homestead modifications, giving rise to third-party financing via solar power purchase agreements.Nelson says his “Green Banking Act” would direct the Federal House Finance Agency (FHFA) to create uniform underwriting standards that banks owned by BHCs could use in the offering of loans to homeowners looking to go green.More: Bill Nelson looks to expand Florida’s solar industry through ‘Green Banking Act’last_img read more

CUInsight Minute with Lauren Culp – December 11, 2020

first_imgHow Do You Evaluate Performance During a Pandemic?by LORI MACKENZIE, JOANNE WEHNER, SOFIA KENNEDY, HBRThe ongoing crises of 2020 are affecting women’s careers and, as we enter performance review season, managers have a responsibility to make sure that bias against women — and women of color in particular — doesn’t do further damage. If you want to retain this critical group of talent and avoid lasting consequences for workplace diversity, it will help to rethink how your organization handles performance reviews. (read more) Welcome to the CUInsight Minute, sixty seconds from our Publisher & CEO Lauren Culp with our favorite reads from the week.Mentioned:Authentic leadership starts at the topby RENÉE SATTIEWHITE, AACUC“Leadership starts at the top.” That is a common phrase that we have all heard before, right? It is a motivational, digestible, and relatable saying. It empowers employees to hold leadership accountable and it also highlights executives’ ability to spark meaningful change. It is a common phrase that resonates across pay scales and jumps across cultural lines. That is why we use it so much. (read more)Emotional engagement: Differentiate your members’ experienceby STEVE HEUSUK, CUNA MUTUAL GROUPEmotions play a huge role in shaping member experience. Emotions influence members’ desire to buy or not to buy, what they remember and share about their experiences, and, most importantly, whether they will be loyal to your credit union. To better understand how emotions shape member perceptions of their credit unions, CUNA Mutual conducted research earlier this year that examined emotions at two different levels: (read more) ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Lauren Culp Lauren Culp is the Publisher & CEO at CUInsight.com.She leads the growing team at CUInsight, works with organizations serving credit unions to maximize their brand and exposure, connects … Web: https://www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

Emerging markets fuel 6.7% return at Switzerland’s Publica

first_imgThe average funding ratio for Swiss corporate pension schemes is at its highest since 2008.Source: Willis Towers Watson Overall, Publica’s developed market investments gained 2.9% in 2017.Equities were the best performing of the main asset classes Publica held in 2017, gaining 5.5%. Its European equity holdings returned 14% on a currency-hedged basis, while its emerging markets exposure made almost 30%.Publica’s bond holdings ended up making a positive contribution to the overall result for 2017, gaining 0.8%. Positive returns from emerging market government bonds, corporate bonds and private debt instruments offset losses on other government bonds.Publica is the multi-employer pension fund for the Swiss confederation and network of governmental universities and research institutions. It comprises open and closed pension plans, and runs different investment strategies for each.The investments for its open schemes, which account for the bulk of the institution’s total assets (CHF36bn), gained 7.1% in 2017. The investment strategy for its closed plans led to a return of 3.3% for 2017.The average funding level of all 20 pension plans within Publica was estimated at 107% at the end of 2017.Publica’s board of directors was due to make further decisions about its technical parameters this month after the Swiss federal parliament late last year rejected a request for funds from the government to cushion the impact on federal personnel from cuts to the parameters.Publica, which is also the pension fund for federal employees in Switzerland, announced the cuts last year, effectively reducing the pension promises to future retirees.Commenting on the federal parliament’s decision to reject the support measures for Publica, the trade union for federal employees (VGB) said the government and Publica’s decision-making bodies needed to come up with a solution.“Reducing the technical interest rate and consequently the conversion rate without accompanying measures is unthinkable,” said the VGB. “The benefit loss for federal employees would be enormous.” Publica came out as Switzerland’s largest pension fund in IPE’s 2017 Top 1000 Pension Funds ranking.  Swiss corporate plans on the upSwiss corporate pension schemes’ funding increased by around 1.5 percentage points in the fourth quarter of 2017, according to the latest Willis Towers Watson figures.The coverage ratio climbed from 102.5% to 104% over the period, it said.Positive investment returns had the most significant impact on the consultancy’s Swiss pension index, offsetting the impact of increasing pension obligations from a lower discount rate.The return on investments held by Swiss pension funds was 2.3% higher in the fourth quarter than the preceding quarter, based on the Pictet BVG-40 plus index.This took the return for the calendar year to “a very solid” 7.6% overall, the consultancy said.Adam Casey, senior consultant at Willis Towers Watson, said: “Companies should consider measures to reduce risk in their pension positions as IAS 19 balance sheet levels are close to 10-year highs. This can be done more easily if the pension funds are in a better funding position.” Publica, Switzerland’s largest pension fund, achieved a net return of 6.7% on its investments in 2017, buoyed in particular by the performance of its emerging markets holdings.Excluding currency hedging the 2017 result would have been 8.2%.In 2016 the CHF39bn (€36bn) public pension fund’s investments gained 5.1%.Publica’s emerging markets investments made the biggest contribution to the fund’s overall performance, gaining just less than 3%. Equities gained just under 30%, and US dollar and local currency denominated government bonds returned around 9%.last_img read more