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Allied Bakeries boss leaves in management shake-up

first_imgAllied Bakeries managing director Jon Jenkins is leaving the business as part of a management shake-up.Jenkins (pictured), who joined the bakery firm four years ago, is now looking at other career options at Allied owner Associated British Foods (ABF). Before joining Allied, he had driven strong growth and development at tea supplier Twinings, which is also owned by ABF.Kingsmill and Allinson’s producer Allied is moving to a joint leadership structure, with Liam McNamara assuming full commercial responsibility for the business and Nick Law overseeing the supply chain.McNamara, who was also at Twinings before joining Allied two years ago, has been the bakery firm’s commercial director since 2017. Law is a 20-year veteran of Allied, and was appointed operations director in 2008.The shake-up follows a difficult trading period for Allied, which most recently saw the business announce the loss of its largest own-label supply contract. Ending in 2020, the loss of the Tesco contract has forced the business to make a £65m impairment charge against its income.Allied has been making a financial loss for some years, although this had been forecast to fall this year.In a statement on the departure of Jenkins, Allied said it continued to operate under challenging market conditions.“We have therefore undertaken a detailed review of the business to optimise our operations for the future and have implemented a number of changes to our senior management team as a result.”The company added that, under Jenkins’ leadership, the business had significantly reduced costs, improved product quality and rebranded the range. It said Allinson’s was now the fastest-growing fresh wrapped bread brand in the UK.“We would like to acknowledge and thank Jon for his significant contribution to Allied Bakeries,” it stated. “Jon joined our business from Twinings, where he had an extremely successful career and is now exploring other career options within the ABF Group.”last_img read more

Paul McCartney Reveals Plans For Major ‘One On One’ Tour Schedule

first_imgThe legendary Beatle himself, Sir Paul McCartney, has revealed plans for an exciting “One On One” tour. With ten dates on the books and the promise of more to come, McCartney continues to outdo himself and put on live performances like none other.A press release explains that the new tour “promises to unveil a dazzling re-designed set, dozens of classics from the most beloved catalog in popular music, spanning Paul’s entire career – as a solo artist, member of Wings and of course as a Beatle – and no shortage of surprises.” The tour kicks off with McCartney’s debut performance in Fresno, CA, and features stops in Portland, Seattle, Vancouver, Little Rock, and Sioux Falls. From there, McCartney will head to Germany, the country where the Beatles made their first claims at fame.The announcement also clearly indicates that these are the “first dates,” meaning there are plenty more to come. McCartney is a prolific performer, so we’re sure more dates will be added in the coming days. You can see the announced dates below, and head to McCartney’s website for more information. Tickets for all shows go on sale tomorrow, March 10th.Paul McCartney “One on One” Initial Tour DatesNORTH AMERICA:13th April: SaveMart Arena – Fresno, CA15th April: Moda Center – Portland, OR17th April: Key Arena- Seattle, WA19th April: Rogers Arena – Vancouver, BC20th April: Rogers Arena – Vancouver, BC30th April: Verizon Arena – Little Rock, AR02nd May: Denny Sanford Premier Center – Sioux Falls, SD GERMANY:28th May: Esprit Arena – Dusseldorf10th June: Olympic Stadium – Munich14th June: Waldbuhne – Berlinlast_img read more

EXCLUSIVE: The Main Squeeze’s Max Newman Talks Fool’s Paradise, Channeling L.A. Vibes On New Album

first_imgL4LM: You’re an NYC kid, so you know the feeling of being stuck in the brutal winters up here and needing to get away. You guys are heading out to Florida for Fool’s Paradise next week for some great music and some fun in the sun. Anything in particular you’re excited about for Fool’s?MN: Just being in that part of the country again is going to be great. We have a cool connection with Florida. One of our best sets that we’ve ever played was at Hulaween in 2013. It was this crazy set where it was right after the String Cheese Incident‘s main stage headlining set, and we were on the other main stage that you had to walk by to get back to the camping, so we amassed a huge crowd. Then it started downpour raining—and very few people left. And there was this kinda legendary “Whipping Post” that went down. Years later, people would be seeing us at a small club in some random city in Florida, and come up to us and be like “Dude. Whipping Post. Hulaween Set.” That’s just one of those things that you never forget. And we’ve just heard so many great things about Fool’s Paradise, and saw some really great footage from last year. Plus, we’re super stoked because Antwaun Stanley is gonna sit in with us! So that’s gonna be really dope–Corey [Frye] and Antwaun are a pretty crazy one-two punch vocally. [You can watch a short clip of The Main Squeeze’s epic “Whipping Post” cover in the rain at Hulaween 2013 below]:L4LM: Along the same lines of that “Whipping Post” story, I also got turned onto you guys years ago was from one specific song. In college, my buddy played me an early version of “Dr. Funk” that we would rock out to in the car every day. I loved the verse where the “Doctor” is talking to his over-eager “patient,” and the whole thing is worded as a clever metaphor for a “drug” dealer slingin’ the Funk. But I was always a little bummed that the version that made it onto The Main Squeeze LP significantly toned down that reference. Was that a conscious decision to sort of dull that imagery to make the song more palatable to mainstream audiences?MN: That’s good research right there, nobody’s ever really asked about that. And it’s definitely true. Some people like the First Drops (2011) version, and some people like The Main Squeeze LP (2012) version. First Drops was our first thing, and we kinda just threw it together. The LP was a bigger undertaking, and the thinking was, ‘let’s take the best song form the EP and put it on the album too,  just to strengthen it and bolster the album.’There was the question of—should we just add the old track, or re-record it. We decided to re-record, since we’d grown so much as musicians at that point, and we were making the record in this one studio so we wanted to kind of unify the sound, added a new horns section. At that point, there was a conversation about those lyrics—were they too explicitly about, like “selling drugs?” We figured there was a way we could still talk about that, but in more of a double-entendre kind of way, like it’s “ear drugs,” or it’s music, or whatever it might be. But the old version still lives on. I’m pretty sure Corey just switches it up at shows—sometimes he sings the old version, sometimes he sings the new version. It’s just one of those things where both of them live on. I think he even does it based on where we are. If it’s, like, a rowdy college crowd, sometimes he’ll just throw that old verse in. [You can watch The Main Squeeze perform “Dr. Funk” with its original lyrics below as part of their 2016 Jam In The Van session]:L4LM: The Main Squeeze hits the road next month for a nationwide tour in support of the new album. We’re really excited to be presenting your album release show for Without A Sound in Boulder on April 28th. Do you guys have anything special planned for that one?MN: That show’s going to be really sick. We’re in the process of doing all the live arrangements for our new tunes right now, and the way everything’s coming together has got us really excited. In the studio, I can lay down three or four different guitar parts, we can lay down three or four different synths, we can do a real bass and a synth bass, we can do a real drum set and add some electronic, hip-hop drums to fatten it up, stuff like that. So the challenge of taking this stuff live is, ‘how do we still portray the songs with that energy, but with just our five pieces? Boulder will be a great showcase for all these new arrangements. The town’s got a great music scene, our management is based out of Boulder, so that’s sort of becoming even more of a hot spot for us.Don’t miss The Main Squeeze at Fool’s Paradise next week, and in a city near you this Spring. For a list of tour dates, head to the band’s website. The Main Squeeze’s new album, Without A Sound will be available worldwide on April 28th. The album is available for pre-order everywhere now.[The Main Squeeze slide down the 405 late-night dance party style in their single release video below]: There’s an undeniable allure to the age-old narrative of packing up and moving to Los Angeles to try and “make it.” Just ask Max Newman, guitarist for infectiously soulful five-piece The Main Squeeze, who recently made the move from the midwest out to the City of Angels to do just that. However, for every person who makes the pilgrimage to L.A. and finds success, there are countless others who fall short and fade away, chewed up and spit out by that L.A. pipe dream–“the greatest story ever sold.” We caught up with Max to chat about the ways the band’s move to to California affected their songwriting on their stellar new LP Without A Sound, their upcoming set at Fool’s Paradise in St. Augustine, FL, the evolution of one of their fan-favorite tunes, and more:Live For Live Music: The Main Squeeze started out as a college band in Indiana and grew rapidly from there. Now you’re based out in California. How have you guys grown as a band and as musicians, going from being a college band to being a nationally touring act out of L.A.?Max Newman: The biggest shift has been realizing ourselves as songwriters. In college, it was always about having sick jams and raging shows. And it’s still about that, don’t get me wrong, but when it comes to the studio, now we really want to make great songs, songs that people all around the world and from all walks of life can really connect to. So we’ve really focused on songwriting, really thinking about what the song means and what it’s supposed to convey and going with a more direct, ‘less is more’ approach in the studio. Because obviously, we have five insane musicians who could just play a mile a minute all over the whole track, so it’s a challenge sometimes, but that’s where our focus has been.L4LM: I’m excited to hear those results. What else can you tell us about the new record, Without A Sound? [*available 4/28, pre-order now here*] I’m sure this more focused approach to songwriting is paying dividends.MN: Yea, for sure. Really, the whole thing is meant to capture our experience of moving to Los Angeles. We started working on music right when we got out here. We didn’t really have a specific plan to make an album, necessarily, but we got here and had two months before we went out on tour and sort of realized—let’s just fuckin’ do this! Let’s capture this moment of arriving in LA. It’s never going to be our first time living in this new place again. We figured as soon as we go out on tour and come back, a lot of that energy of having new surroundings dissipates since tour is this crazy grind. So it was like a race to finish this before tour. We ended up recording everything before the tour, and did all the mixing and post production in the months following that. The whole project was just about capturing that feeling.L4LM: I’ve been grooving to your new single “405” off the new album Without A Sound all day. It reminds me of why you guys caught my ear in the first place years ago. There are so many bands out there that are great and put on amazing concerts, but then you leave the show and you can’t hum one of the songs, you can’t sing along to them, there’s not that one song you rush to go find and re-listen to when you get home. But you guys have always had those great songs, in and of themselves, and I think “405” continues that trend. Like you spoke about, the vibe for the band changed a little bit when you moved out to LA, and this is of course an L.A.-themed song. It’s even got a sort of 90’s west coast hip-hop vibe–windows down, riding through palm trees…MN: Definitely. That song is all about L.A.–the lyrics, the vibe, everything–and particularly about our personal experience moving to LA. It’s cool, because it’s both speaking fondly of the city and taking a little bit of a satirical tone. And you don’t even necessary catch that dual meaning unless you’re listening closely. So obviously a lot of it is easy to understand—we moved from Chicago to L.A., and it’s like “I’m never going back to the cold.” But then it can also be sort of an anthem for anyone who’s ever moved to L.A. to pursue success—“I’m never going home, I’m never getting older, I’m never letting go”. There are so many people who come here for this pipe dream—ourselves included—just trying to become something. You hear about it all the time. So it’s about that sort of popular L.A. narrative of coming here and trying to “make it.” But there’s always this interesting undertone, where it’s a constant revolving door here. So many people that come here leave within a few years, and it’s like—what happens to those people? For a while, the big line in the chorus was “the greatest story ever told,” and then the day before we went into the studio, we changed it to “the greatest story ever sold.” That was just this little piece of satire—L.A. is selling this insane life and dream to people, and its nothing against L.A., it’s just the nature of the beast. “Late night slide down the 405,” the 405 is a main highway in L.A., it’s the highway that leads to our house. And there’s no underlying meaning to that, it’s just a late night drive, just cruising to this. But that one little line flips the script, turns it into something a little deeper.[You can stream The Main Squeeze’s band new single “405” below]:last_img read more

Jenny Lewis Shares New Single “Heads Gonna Roll” Featuring Ringo Starr, Don Was; Adds Fall 2019 Tour Dates [Listen]

first_imgJenny Lewis has shared the second single from her forthcoming solo album, On The Line, scheduled to arrive on March 22nd via Warner Bros. Records. The new song, “Heads Gonna Roll”, follows the previously-shared “Red Bull & Hennessy” and features some musical contributions courtesy of former Beatle Ringo Starr on drums, Wolf Bros member Don Was on bass, former Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench on organ, and The Section Quartet providing a warm layer of strings onto the recording. Lewis also handles the piano duties for her latest single.The warm and nostalgic soft-rock track features Lewis turning what sounds at its core like a simple piano ballad into a five-minute anthem worthy of any fireside sing-a-long. The lyrics look on a very close friendship (and maybe even more), as Lewis sings, “Took a little trip up north in a borrowed convertible red Porsche/With a narcoleptic poet from Duluth we disagreed about everything from Elliott Smith to grenadine.”The song confidently charges forward as Lewis provides the listener with an easy-to-remember repeating chorus line leading up to the uplifting organ solo courtesy of Tench starting at the song’s 2:42-minute mark. Fans can check out the audio-only video below to listen to “Heads Gonna Roll” in full.Jenny Lewis – “Heads Gonna Roll”[Video: Jenny Lewis]Jenny Lewis will take “Heads Gonna Roll” and the rest of her On The Line material on the road when she heads out on her 2019 spring tour beginning on March 26th in Illinois.Lewis also announced another batch of U.S. tour dates on Thursday, which are scheduled to begin on September 10th in Fort Lauderdale, FL. The seven new shows will keep the singer on the road well into the early fall months. Fans can reference the listing of dates/cities/venues below for the full schedule of fall 2019 performances.Tickets for the upcoming spring tour are on sale now and can be purchased on the tour page of Lewis’ website.Jenny Lewis Fall 2019 Tour DatesSept. 10 – Revolution Live – Fort Lauderdale, FLSept. 13 – New Orleans, LA – Civic TheatreSept. 14 – Birmingham, AL – Saturn BirminghamOct. 25 –  Boston, MA – House of BluesOct. 26 – Philadelphia, PA – The Met PhillyOct. 29 – Ithaca, NY – State Theatre of IthacaNov. 3 – Columbus, OH – Providence, RIView New Fall Tour Dateslast_img read more

Acting minister appointed

first_imgWendel W. “Tad” Meyer, who joined the Memorial Church at Harvard University as associate minister for administration in December, will become acting Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church, effective immediately, Harvard announced Thursday (March 10).Meyer will assume the full range of responsibilities involved in leading the church and maintaining a vibrant and active congregation during the search for a permanent successor to the Rev. Peter J. Gomes, Plummer Professor of Christian Morals and Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church, who died on Feb. 28.“I am enormously grateful that Tad Meyer has agreed to take on this role during such an important moment in the life of Memorial Church and the University,” said President Drew Faust. “Tad is a distinguished preacher who has led congregations in Philadelphia and Beverly, Massachusetts. He also worked with Peter Gomes as an associate minister in the 1990s, and thus understands both the distinctive character of the Memorial Church and the rich diversity of Harvard’s larger religious profile. We are very lucky to have someone of Tad’s experience, intellect, and sensitivity willing and able to step in during this time of transition.”“I am honored and humbled to be asked to serve the University in this way,” said Meyer. “I look forward to working with colleagues at the church and across Harvard to maintain an active ministry and engaged congregation as the University seeks to identify a permanent leader for the Memorial Church. I think of this assignment as my small but tangible way to honor the memory of Peter Gomes, who was a cherished friend and mentor to me and to so many others.”Meyer plans to maintain the full schedule of Morning Prayers and weekly and special services in the church and ensure the continued excellence of the preaching and the music program. Meyer also will serve as primary liaison to the Harvard chaplains, who represent the wide range of religious traditions on campus.Prior to returning as associate minister in December, Meyer served for 10 years as rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Beverly Farms, retiring from the full-time ministry in 2009. From 1997 to 1999, Meyer was associate minister of the Memorial Church. Between 1979 and 1997, Meyer held positions in churches in New Haven, Conn., Buffalo, N.Y., and Philadelphia. He has served throughout his career in leadership positions within various Episcopal Dioceses, taught in a variety of academic and congregational settings, and published articles and reviews in numerous journals.Meyer holds a B.A. from the University of the South, Sewanee, Tenn., degrees in ministry from the General Theological Seminary in New York City, and a Ph.D. from Cambridge University in England. Meyer was ordained to the priesthood in New Haven in 1979.A memorial service celebrating the life and ministry of the Rev. Gomes will be held in the church on April 6 at 11 a.m. All are welcome to attend.The service will be broadcast live on Harvard’s radio station, WHRB 95.3 FM. For those outside the Cambridge area, WHRB provides live Internet streaming.last_img read more

Quick Hits: Hawk Eyes

first_imgScan The Skies This SeptemberIf Vic Laubach doesn’t have to work and the rain holds off, he is probably at Rockfish Gap, Milepost 0 on the Blue Ridge Parkway counting birds of prey.“When raptors migrate,” explains Laubach, Rockfish Gap Hawk Watch Coordinator, “they all follow common paths, and we can get good population counts.”The same mountain ridges that give us big views act as “leading lines” for migration, providing raptors, like hawks, eagles, vultures, and falcons, the weather conditions needed for long-distance travel. If you’re a bird traveling all the way to South America, says Laubach, “you don’t want to flap your wings the whole time.” Instead, many raptors “kettle” in mesmerizing circles of invisible columns of rising hot air called thermals or soar along slopes when northwesterly winds collide with northeast-southwest ridgelines.August begins with a trickle of birds. Numbers peak for two weeks in September, when thousands of broad-winged hawks can pass in one day. Diversity peaks in October and November, with high numbers of vultures, eagles, sharp-shinned hawks and red-tailed hawks. All that data is compiled with the Hawk Migration Association of North America alongside the data from hundreds of other volunteer hawk watch locations.“We hope it’s [data] being used by scientists,” says Laubach. The reality, he continues, is that data shows downtrending raptor populations resulting from “loss of habitat and food sources,” and those issues will likely be further impacted by climate change. Some changes, however, are more interesting than concerning, like rebounding bald eagle populations and more Mississippi kite sightings.There’s certainly no shortage of places to sit back and watch the skies, but here are five places, north to south, where every fall is hawkwatch season.Hawk Mountain SanctuaryKempton, PAA cornerstone of raptor conservation, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary was actually once a hawk hunting ground. Today, the North Lookout at the 2,600-acre preserve is a well-known (read: crowded) hawk watch, so hike to East Rocks instead. Start at the Visitor Center, making a 4-mile loop using the Lookout, Skyline, River of Rocks, and Golden Eagle trails.Rockfish Gap Hawk WatchAfton, VALocated at the Inn at Afton along Blue Ridge Parkway, Laubach sees Rockfish Gap as an accessible option. “Anyone can drive up and look up” to see passing raptors, and volunteers are regularly available to share spotting scopes and information. Laubach enjoys October when diversity means “you could see anything” and the weather starts to cool.Hanging Rock Tower RaptorObservatory, Union, WVHanging Rock Tower, the only official hawk watch site in West Virginia, is high atop Peters Mountains (elevation 4,073’) along the almost-finished, 330-mile Allegheny Trail. The 2-mile round trip hike from Limestone Hill Road to the tower is steep, but you’ll be rewarded with 360-degree views and a small, dedicated group of hawkwatchers. Post hawkwatch, stay for the sunset.Mahogany Rock OverlookSparta, NCNo hike necessary at Mahogany Rock Overlook (Milepost 235) where the Blue Ridge Birders set up in the grassy pull off with an almost 360-degree view. Thanks to a few dedicated volunteers, this site became North Carolina’s first official hawk watch in 1986. It’s still a great place to stop and learn a little from regulars.Caesars Head State ParkCleveland, SCThe “Wing Nuts” of the Greenville County Bird Club spend fall hawkwatching at 3,226-foot Caesars Head and its 180-degree view into the South Carolina Piedmont. The Main Overlook is accessible by a short walk from the parking area, where Tim Lee, Naturalist at South Carolina’s Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area, recommends looking north back over the ridge to track raptors as they pass over.last_img read more

Trail Dames Summit: An Exploration of Self and the Outdoors

first_img“Even though I didn’t know anyone and it was a scary because I didn’t know what it was all about, you all were very welcoming,” she said. “I changed my view about my hiking and hike my own hike mentality.  So today I wore my Trail Dames summit shirt as I completed 500 miles walking/hiking this year! Even though most of you are a continent away from Southern California, I hike with you in mind.” “I thought of warmer days, sunny skies, and the laughter of women ringing out over the trail,” Huthmaker said. Anna “Mud Butt” Huthmaker started Trail Dames in 2011 after her own experience hiking the Appalachian Trail. Seeing the community of hikers on the trail, she started planning a conference that would bring together women from across the country to share in a love for the outdoors. This year’s conference will feature speakers, clinics, hikes, and more. Listen to the experiences of women who hiked El Camino de Santiago in Spain, the Himalayas in Bhutan, and the 4,000-foot White Mountains in New Hampshire. Learn how to prepare for an overnight trip, how to tie useful knots, and how to take care of yourself out on the trail. Get outside and moving with other trail lovers in the mountains of Western North Carolina.  Spend your weekend amongst a supportive group of women at the 2020 Summit: A Woman’s Exploration of Self and the Outdoors.  Why: Get inspired for your next trip on the trail with informative sessions and a great atmosphere! Don’t forget to bring the gear you no longer use to participate in the gear swap. It’s a great way to find your gently used gear a new home. Take home something during the silent auction or from the author and vendor area.  When: June 26-28 Registration for the summit includes lodging for Friday and Saturday night, five meals, and all of the scheduled activities. Located between the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains, you’ll be staying in the dorms at Western Carolina University less than a mile from the Tuckasegee River. Where: Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, N.C. An accepting and nonjudgmental organization, the Trail Dames welcome women of all abilities to grow individually and together at their hiking and backpacking conference this summer, taking place in Cullowhee, N.C. on June 26-28. “I promise it is so much fun, and I learned a lot even though I’ve hiked my whole life,” she said. Another attendee said she went home with some trail yoga moves, an eye towards mindfulness, and a new foot balm recipe.  Whether you are a beginner hiker looking for tips on getting started or an experienced trail blazer with more than 5,000 miles under your belt, the Trail Dames Summit is for you.  Who: Anyone who identifies as a woman and enjoys getting outside “Little Bear,” a 2018 summit attendee, walked away from the experience with a renewed energy for hiking.  For more information about the Trail Dames and the 2020 conference, visit traildamessummit.com. Stay tuned for more information on the keynote speaker and clinics coming soon.  last_img read more

SOUTHCOM Chief Stresses Innovation, Cooperation in Countering Threats

first_imgBy Shannon Collins, DoD News, Defense Media Activity February 17, 2017 Fighting transregional and transnational threats requires building networks stronger than those that are keeping those threats in business, the commander of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) told members of the American Chambers of Commerce in Latin America and the Caribbean at a luncheon in Miami on February 9th. “The global flow of drugs, weapons, people and illicit goods [is] the visible manifestation of powerful, networked organizations and groups,” Navy Adm. Kurt W. Tidd said. “You probably know them as cartels, gangs, drug trafficking and criminal organizations, violent nonstate actors, narcoterrorists and the like.” Threat networks These networks exploit the interconnected nature of the American financial, transportation and technological systems, the admiral said. “Some networks smuggle desperate people from all over the world into our countries, where they may go to find jobs or refuge from conflict… while other networks specialize at moving individuals with questionable backgrounds, worrisome intentions and possible ties to terrorism through the region and into the United States,” he added. Some of these networks are globally integrated enterprises that rival Fortune 500 companies and have worldwide reach, Adm. Tidd said, and others dabble in activities such as cocaine trafficking, extortion and human trafficking. Others smuggle precursor chemicals into Mexico to make heroin and fentanyl, and some reap enormous profits by illegally mining gold in Guyana, Peru and Colombia, Adm, Tidd told the group. Combating networks The U.S. government needs to find new ways to work together with its partner nations, allies, nongovernmental organizations, academia and the private sector “to build networks stronger than the ones that threaten the prosperity and security of our hemisphere,” said Adm. Tidd. “Security and economic prosperity go hand in hand,” he added. “We need to better integrate our economic development with our security and stability ones. We need to increase regional cooperation and share more information. We need to coordinate more effectively among and across agencies, departments and ministries, civil society and the public sector.” Adm. Tidd also said that to stay ahead of transregional and transnational threats, agencies need to harness technologies that not only make them smarter, but also are better than those of the “not-so-friendly” networks. “And that’s no easy feat,” he added. “We’re talking about groups who constantly find new ways to transport their illicit products and conduct their illicit operations. As one expert recently noted, the one law these guys don’t break is the law of supply and demand.” Innovation SOUTHCOM will need new regional partnerships and innovation to combat these threat networks, Adm. Tidd said. “These networks are pretty creative,” he said. “There’s nothing they won’t try. They’re building million-dollar submarines in the jungles of Colombia and Ecuador. They’re revamping old products and new synthetic drugs like meth and ecstasy. We’ve got to find a way to out-innovate a very innovative adversary.” One way they can do this is by leveraging revolutions happening in commercial space and machine learning to transform how SOUTHCOM and its partners use nano-satellites and other tools to provide critical situational awareness of threat network operations, the admiral told the audience. Visualization tools would help them better understand how these groups interact and how illicit funds move through the global financial system, he explained. SOUTHCOM and its partners also need to develop advanced data analytics of publicly available information to understand who is attracted to becoming a member of these groups and how these groups operate in the cyber domain, he added. “These kinds of innovation partnerships aren’t just good for us – they’re good for U.S. and Latin-American companies,” he said. “They provide a platform for engagement in the region, drive economic growth and create jobs for all countries involved.”last_img read more

Germany finds H5N1 in frozen duck meat

first_imgSep 10, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – A government official in Bavaria said today there was a chance that some frozen duck meat contaminated with the H5N1 avian influenza virus made its way to consumers’ tables, according to a German news agency.The virus was found in 18 frozen ducks from a batch sample at a poultry company slaughterhouse, Deutsche Presse-Agentur (DPA) reported today.The DPA article says the birds are from a processor in the town of Wachenroth, which is the location of Germany’s most recent H5N1 poultry outbreak, according to a report from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).After the disease struck 4,000 birds at Wachenroth, animal health officials culled more than 129,000 birds, the OIE report said.Meanwhile, German officials culled more than 205,000 birds at two nearby farms in Trumling and Hofing because the two facilities have business ties to the affected Wachenroth site, Reuters reported on Sep 8. Frank Pfeffer, a Bavarian government spokesman, said the birds didn’t appear sick but were destroyed as a precaution, because blood tests showed they had antibodies to the H5N1 virus.Roland Eichhorn, a Bavarian consumer affairs minister, said that at the first sign of the outbreak, authorities impounded all meat produced on the farms on or after July 30, DPA reported. He said animal-health officials believe the outbreak began Aug 1.However, Eichorn told DPA that he couldn’t rule out the possibility that some of the infected meat reached food stores and was sold to consumers. But if it was, the health risk would be low, he asserted.”This type of duck is casseroled, and then the meat poses no danger to the consumer,” he told DPA.According to the World Health Organization (WHO), cooking poultry to 70°C (158°F) kills the H5N1 virus, and so far humans have not gotten sick from eating properly cooked poultry, even if the meat contained the virus before it was cooked. (The US Department of Agriculture recommends cooking meat to 165°F to kill foodborne pathogens, including avian influenza.)Several human H5N1 cases have resulted from eating improperly cooked poultry products. Also, unsafe food-handling practices could allow the virus to spread from raw poultry to other foods to be eaten raw, leading to infection.During the H5N1 outbreak at a British turkey farm last February, officials were concerned that turkey meat imported from restricted avian flu zones in Hungary might enter the UK food chain. However, an investigation by the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) found no evidence of illegally imported turkey meat and concluded no H5N1-infected meat reached food stores.See also:OIE reports on Germany outbreakAug 25 CIDRAP News story “Germany, Vietnam battle H5N1 in poultry”CIDRAP avian influenza overviewFeb 16 UK Food Standards Agency statementlast_img read more

Aquatika welcomed its hundred thousandth visitor

first_imgOn Saturday, September 30, the public institution Aquatika welcomed the hundred thousandth visitor in its wonderful water world and thus confirmed the status of a unique tourist attraction of Karlovac County, and the jubilee visitor arrived less than a year after opening, which is certainly a great success.”In less than a year since its opening, Aquatika has been awarded numerous recognitions that have confirmed our efforts to present the riches and beauties of the Croatian aquatic world to as many people as possible. But we are most pleased with the smile on the faces of visitors, especially the youngest ones, whose satisfaction is our most important recognition. Therefore, the arrival of one hundred thousand visitors is an additional motivation to work so that we can continue to develop this project of vital importance in terms of tourism, culture and education for the City of Karlovac, Karlovac County and Croatia.”, Said the director of Aquatika Margarita Maruškić Kulaš.Getting to know the rich world of river flora and fauna is the most interesting for the youngest visitors, so it is not surprising that the hundred thousandth visitor is 10-year-old Petra from Zagreb, who will surely remember Saturday’s visit to Karlovac’s Aquatica. “This project shows that it is affected in its essence because Karlovac is an ideal city for a freshwater aquarium. The success of this project, after only a year, shows that the employees of Aquatika, led by the director, are doing a top job. This is an indicator to all of us in the City of Karlovac of how we must work in the future and how to plan all projects. The value of the project for Karlovac is that we have shown that in the city itself we have people who know and can design a project like this. In order to use EU funds, projects must be well designed, prepared and done, which is why Aquatika is an added value of the city of Karlovac. ” he pointed out Karlovac Mayor Damir Mandić.The implementation of the project of the Public Institution Aquatika was co-financed by the European Union from the European Regional Development Fund within the Operational Program Regional Competitiveness 2007-2013 in the amount of HRK 36.222.282,45. The total value of the project entitled “Freshwater Aquarium and Museum of Rivers – KAquarium” amounted to 36.691.939,25 kuna.Croatia with 1.000 museumsThe successes of Aquatika, the Museum of Vučedol Culture, the Museum of Illusion, the Museum of Broken Relationships, the Museum of Salt, the Museum of the Sinj Alka, etc. are great proof that different and authentic museums are a hit and great tourist stories. I have been saying for years that Croatia should have “1.000” museums and encourage private initiatives, ie private thematic museums, because our biggest tourist advantage is precisely our incredible diversity and authenticity. It is these true, credible and incredible stories that tell stories about our identity, customs, history amo we need to tell thematic museums. Because again, the motive for coming is not accommodation, but a quality, diverse and primarily authentic experience and content of a tourist destination.Let’s be what we are – Croats and tell our stories, and one of the great media are museums, as an excellent additional quality content of the destination’s tourism.last_img read more