Starbucks reports first sales drop in 16 years

first_imgStarbucks has reported a drop in UK sales for the first time in its 16 year history, and revealed it closed 44 branches last year.Results filed yesterday with Companies House for the year ending 29 September show sales at Starbucks Coffee Company (UK) declined 3.4% to £399m. Gross profit for the period rose 13% to £79.8m, but after deducting payments to other branches of the company such as royalties for the use of the Starbucks brand, the company recorded a loss in the UK of £20m.The company was hit by bad publicity in 2012 after it was revealed it was among several high profile companies to pay no tax in the UK. Starbucks has now said it will pay £20m in taxes in 2013 and 2014.The directors said the economy was improving and the main objective for the coming year as to “maintain Starbucks as a well recognised and respected brand.”last_img read more

Listen To Phish’s Glorious 38-Minute Version Of “46 Days” From Limestone 2003

first_imgA beloved jam vehicle for Phish in the 2000’s, the Round Room track “46 Days” is always emphatically met with cheers whenever placed in a setlist. Whether it is a short-but-sweet jam in the first set or an extended space-funk odyssey in the second half, “46 Days” never fails to incite an energetic response from the fans.The song made its debut on Saturday Night Live in 2002, as Phish tested the track on national television before performing it at a show. While the first few live renditions were certainly well-received, all bets were off during the song’s sixth appearance at the IT Festival. On August 3rd of 2003, Phish took “46 Days” to new cosmic heights as the opening of the third set, giving the song a full-fledged marathon jam that clocked in at 38:30.The Phish.net “Jam Chart” annotation does perhaps the best job of succinctly describing this epic display. “Haunting, thrumming, mind blowing, and masterful. The band wastes little time departing from “46 Days” and descends into an underworld soundscape filled with all sorts of chilling effects, eerie sounds and more. After nearly 20 minutes of deep exploration, the band resurfaces with 15 minutes of (appropriately) low intensity, more musically oriented improvisation, and ultimately finishes off “46 Days” in the closing minutes.”Feast your ears, below. If you’re attending Phish’s New Year’s run at Madison Square Garden, there are plenty of concerts to attend during the in-between. For fans of the jam, head to any of these shows in the area for a guaranteed good time!12/28: Aqueous + Mungion @ DROM (Phish After-Party) – tickets 12/30: PhanArt w/ Formula 5 @ American Beauty (Phish After-Party) – FREE SHOW 12/30-31: Spafford & Magic Beans @ American Beauty (Phish After-Party) – ticketslast_img read more

Dell EMC PowerEdge + VMware: The Ultimate Hybrid Cloud Combo

first_imgWe are constantly searching for the right balance to enable us to achieve our best possible life, whether in our professional priorities, diet, exercise regimen, relationships, or myriad other areas of our lives. Similarly, companies are searching for the right balance in their IT infrastructure across physical and virtual machines, storage, networking, security, and lifecycle management whether it be on-premises, public cloud or the edge. IT decision makers and administrators know that the right balance can lead to the capability to harness intelligence from huge amounts of data, driving competitive advantages and better outcomes.Along with an exponential amount of data comes a growing number of clouds. Ninety-two percent of organizations have both public and private cloud environments installed, but the dynamic nature of these clouds, driven by ever-changing business demands, requires maximum flexibility, agility, manageability and security. More and more companies are turning to the world’s #1 global x86 server provider,¹ Dell EMC PowerEdge, to give them flexible and secure infrastructure on which to build, run and manage their hybrid cloud, with the latest VMware stack including VMware vSphere® 7 with Kubernetes, VMware vSAN™ 7, and VMware Cloud Foundation™. Read on to discover your competitive advantage with Dell EMC PowerEdge and VMware.Thousands of companies across the world use VMware vSphere for server virtualization, but the new capabilities in vSphere 7 bring to market some great opportunities for both IT and app developers alike, with native support for Kubernetes built into vSphere 7. Now, applications can be deployed using any combination of virtual machines, containers and Kubernetes. In addition, one of the most exciting new features in vSphere 7 on PowerEdge servers specifically is the new vSphere Lifecycle Manager (vLCM), which enables IT to deploy, manage and update both hardware and firmware drivers using a desired state model, when combined with OpenManage Integration for VMware vCenter (OMIVV). OMIVV is the systems management plug-in from Dell for vCenter. Customers have maximum flexibility and control when patches and updates are deployed, with unified software and firmware lifecycle management. And they can do it simply within vCenter, a familiar and comfortable tool. Save time as cluster images are replicated automatically, at your desired pace, once an ESXi host or baseline cluster profile is established. Monitor for compliance and drift automatically, and schedule updates from within vCenter.Dell Technologies is one of only two OEMs at this time that offer vLCM. For our Dell EMC vSAN Ready Node customers, this is an exciting step to offering simple, reliable and consistent lifecycle operations in vSphere and HCI clusters. If you’re wondering what a Dell EMC vSAN Ready Node might be, it’s a PowerEdge server that has been configured and jointly certified to run VMware vSAN™, which is one of the fastest-growing hyperconverged software offerings today. Think of a vSAN Ready Node as an HCI building block, and Dell Technologies is proud to offer customers flexibility to design their hybrid cloud for optimal performance and agility with one of the broadest vSAN Ready Node portfolios on the market.²To round out the full software stack, VMware has introduced VMware Cloud Foundation 4, the simplest path to hybrid cloud. It serves as an integrated software platform that automates a complete software-defined data center (SDDC) on a standardized hyperconverged architecture, such as Dell EMC PowerEdge MX. Access this Tolly report³ to learn how you can deploy your private cloud in days rather than weeks with PowerEdge and VCF 4.*Flexible, scalable and manageable hybrid clouds are nothing without security. Together, PowerEdge and VMware deliver enterprise-grade security from chip to server to VM to cloud-native applications, starting with cyber-resilient PowerEdge architecture and extending through built-in intrinsic security in the VMware stack, including vSphere Trust Authority, network-level micro segmentation in VMware NSX®, distributed firewalls and VPN, storage-level encryption for data at rest and clusters, and much more.Whether you’re an established vSphere customer, just beginning to look at HCI solutions like vSAN Ready Nodes, or looking to flexibly architect a better hybrid cloud to support traditional and modern apps, the new VMware stack plus PowerEdge can help you strike the right balance of flexibility, agility, manageability, and security. Simplify and accelerate your hybrid cloud journey from the core to the cloud to the edge, with Dell EMC PowerEdge and VMware.¹ IDC WW Quarterly x86 Server Tracker, 2020Q1, June 9, 2020 ‑ Units & Revenue.² Based on Dell EMC review of vSAN Ready Node offering across all OEMs listed on VMware vSAN Compatibility Guide on March 25, 2020.³ Tolly report, commissioned by Dell Technologies, “Tolly Proven PowerEdge MX Reference Architecture for VMware Cloud Foundation and Deployment Best Practices,” April 2020.last_img read more

Mexico Arrests Man Responsible for “Chapo” Guzmán’s Operations in Central America

first_img An individual responsible for transporting drugs from Central America to Mexico for the cartel led by Mexican drug boss Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán was detained in the southern part of the Mexican capital, the Secretariat of National Defense (Sedena) announced. The Mexican José Carlos Moreno Flores, alias “La Calentura” (“The Fever”), who according to Sedena was working with Guzmán’s organization in the state of Guerrero (in southern Mexico), is suspected of maintaining contacts with “Costa Rican and Guatemalan drug traffickers for the transport of alkaloids” to that Mexican region, the agency indicated. From Guerrero, on the Pacific coast, Moreno Flores sent the drugs to “the United States, using various routes and means of transportation,” the defense secretariat added. “El Chapo” Guzmán, a fugitive since 2001 and head of the Sinaloa cartel, is considered the most powerful Mexican drug trafficker by the U.S. magazine Forbes. Moreno Flores was also “one of those chiefly responsible for the violence generated in Chilpancingo (the capital of Guerrero, 300 km from Mexico City), where he was waging a battle for control of the drug trade with an enemy group known as ‘Los Rojos’ (‘The Reds’),” the Sedena statement indicated. Guerrero, which includes the port of Acapulco, is one of the battlefields in the wars between drug traffickers and anti-cartel agents that have left more than 41,000 dead since December 2006, when President Felipe Calderón orchestrated a national anti-drug strategy with the participation of 50,000 military personnel. By Dialogo September 21, 2011last_img read more

NAFCU to NCUA: Keep cybersecurity tool voluntary

first_img 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr In a comment letter Friday, NAFCU praised the recent cybersecurity assessment tool designed by the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council, and it urged NCUA to keep the tool voluntary for credit unions.In June, the FFIEC released the tool, which allows institutions to do self-assessments to help them improve their risk management strategies. FFIEC members – credit union and bank regulators – will update the assessment tool as new threats and vulnerabilities emerge.The FFIEC includes representatives from the Federal Reserve Board, FDIC, NCUA, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, CFPB and the State Liaison Committee.NAFCU Regulatory Affairs Counsel Kavitha Subramanian noted that NCUA plans to train its examiners on how to use the tool during the exam process. NCUA will aggregate data on credit union cybersecurity preparedness to share with other regulators in the FFIEC. continue reading »last_img read more

Croydon fights back

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Facebook slams ‘severe’ Singapore misinformation law

first_imgThe page was run by anti-government activist Alex Tan, who lives in Australia and has been repeatedly accused of spreading falsehoods on a variety of subjects. Four Facebook pages that he operates have now been blocked, according to authorities. A Singapore government website aimed at debunking untrue information claims that Tan “continues to publish falsehoods that distort the public’s understanding of the [misinformation] law and how it has been implemented”.Other tech giants, including Google and Twitter, as well as rights groups have expressed concerns about the law, which came into force in October.The government’s political opponents have also raised concerns that it is being used to suppress criticism ahead of elections expected within months. But authorities insist the measure is necessary to stop falsehoods from circulating online that could sow divisions in the multi-ethnic, multi-faith country of 5.7 million.Topics : The site was ordered to erect a banner flagging it was false — but it refused, and Facebook was ordered to block access to the site’s page in Singapore.Asked about the government request to block the page, Facebook said the company was “legally compelled” to comply. But a spokesperson added that “blocking orders like this are severe and risk being misused to stifle voices and perspectives on the internet”.”Freedom of expression is a fundamental human right, and we work hard to protect and defend this important civil liberty around the world.” Facebook said Monday Singapore’s use of an online misinformation law is “severe” and risks stifling free speech, after the company was again forced to block a page in the city-state.It was the latest criticism from the tech giant over legislation that empowers ministers to tell internet platforms to put warnings next to posts they deem false and order the blocking of pages. Fringe political website the National Times Singapore was accused of making false statements via its Facebook page, including a claim that “every criticism” of the government had been outlawed under the disinformation law. last_img read more

‘DON’T LEAVE YOUR HOUSES’ | Iloilo City records 1st local COVID transmission

first_img“They are doing this for the love ofIloilo City,” he said. Contact tracing has started, he added. For 15 days beginning yesterday,residents here will be treated to free pandesal. The patient is a 59-year-old male fromMandurriao district. He is hypertensive and diabetic. “Angimportante makalampuwas kita sini nga dala naton tanan nga mga Ilonggo. When we get through this, hopefully, no one will be left behind,”said Treñas./PN Peoplecan catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease can spread fromperson to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spreadwhen a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. Thesedroplets also land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people thencatch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes,nose or mouth. The city government has transformedbarangay daycare centers as community kitchens to feed people during thequarantine period. “Please, ang akon ginapangayo gid sa aton mga pumoluyo, kon pwde man langmagtinir kamo sa inyo balay, magtinir kamo,” said Treñas. As to the possibility of extending theenhanced community quarantine, the city mayor said the city government isstudying all options. CHECKING THE CHECKPOINT. Iloilo City police director Police Colonel Eric Dampal checks a quarantine control point in Barangay Balabago, Jaro, Iloilo City. The metro is on an enhanced community quarantine to stop the spread of the coronavirus disease. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN Treñas said the patient is confined ina hospital. Observe social distancing and wear facemask,he added. Treñas lauded the three home-growncompanies for their “sense of bayanihan.”  “Maymga private doctors nanawag sa akon kay may mga concerns man sila. Malantaw ko anay sang ila recommendations. I don’t wantto make a decision which is not science-based,” said Treñas. “Ginhawata ka pangita paagi makakita masks and cannedgoods. Ginapadul-ong naton sa aton kabaranggayanpaagi sa aton barangay officials,” said Treñas. Treñas also confirmed that the city’ssecond COVID-19 confirmed case – and the region’s 11th case – a 72-year-oldmale from Mandurriao, died on March 21. Treñas announced recently that throughthese community kitchens thousands of pandesalwould also be distributed. Angelina Bakeshop would bake the pandesal. The city government woulddistribute the bread. This new case – also Western Visayas’34th COVID-19 patient – had close contact with the city’s second COVID-19patient, according to Treñas. Three companies are joining forces toproduce the popular bread so no one would go hungry. Over 40,000 pieces of “Ilonggo pandesal” would be baked and distributeddaily, according to Treñas. The enhanced community quarantine isset to end on April 14. Treñas assured residents the citygovernment would be giving them provisions while on home quarantine. The Uygongco Flour Mill volunteered toprovide flour while the Carlos Uy Corp. would supply the other neededingredients. Will the enhanced community quarantine in Iloilo City be extended? Mayor Jerry Treñas says he is studying all options. PHOTO BY IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN ILOILO City – This city has recordedits fourth confirmed case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). This is alsoits first local transmission of the disease. Wary of more transmissions, MayorJerry Treñas once again appealed to residents: “If possible, stay in yourhouses. Don’t leave your houses.”last_img read more

INDOT announces Ripley County road work

first_imgRipley County, Ind.— The Indiana Department of Transportation has awarded a $808,000 contract for drainage improvements on U.S. 50 and U.S. 421 Ripley County, work is expected to begin this fall.Aurora-based Paul H. Rohe Company will replace a three-sided concrete box culvert under U.S. 50 under Caesar Creek east of County Road 525 South. Motorists can expect single lane traffic controlled by a traffic signal at either end of the construction area. That section of U.S. 50 reportedly handles about 6,200 per day.Next spring, the same contractor will replace a concrete culvert on U.S. 421 about 14 miles north of State Road 250. The project will be done one lane at a time as well. Officials estimate 3,700 vehicles per day use that section of the highway.last_img read more

Honeymooner Becomes 10th Tourist Dies after Visiting the Dominican Republic

first_imgThe Dominican Republic death toll of Americans who visited is up to 10. Less than a week after returning home from her honeymoon in the Dominican Republic, a Louisiana woman has died.NEW: Honeymooner becomes the 10th U.S. tourist to die after visiting the Dominican Republic https://t.co/W0T1hTnjgG— News Breaking LIVE (@NewsBreaking) June 20, 2019 This makes her the 10th U.S. tourist to die visiting the Caribbean island.Her husband says she was rushed to the hospital with fluid on her lungs. He said he wasn’t aware that others have died and wouldn’t have traveled there if he knew.Investigations are still ongoing and Dominican authorities say they have not found any connection between the deaths.last_img read more