Le Pain Quotidien launches in Dublin

first_imgGlobal bakery-restaurant chain Le Pain Quotidien has opened a site in Dublin’s Molesworth Street.The latest addition to the Brussels-founded chain, and the firm’s second site in Ireland, opened to customers on 10 May.The firm’s organic bread — made from its home-brewed levain — will also be sold in-store, as well as its array of vegan bakes.Le Pain Quotidien Dublin will be serving the café’s new spring menu, including vegan dishes such as its maple quinoa porridge and spring tartine.The latest site covers over 243sq m and can cater for up to 104 diners. The interiors and fittings have been sourced from reclaimed materials, while the furniture — including communal dining tables — is handmade from recycled timber.last_img

Digital T-Shirt Printer Purchase

first_imgAmalgamated Culture Works of Burlington has purchased and put into production the Kornit 931, the worlds first industrial digital t-shirt printing machine. ACWs Kornit printer, which is manufactured in Israel, is one of only 10 such machines in North America and the first east of the Mississippi.The Kornit 931 reproduces imagery on t-shirts at resolution never before possible with screen printing and, as it works directly from the desktop, it requires neither color separation nor screens to do its job. Among the advantages of the Kornit machine is the ability to produce full color work in short runs without prohibitive set-up charges.The Kornit 931 is a revolutionary high-speed digital inkjet printing machine for the garment and apparel printing industry, the first digital industrial machine that prints directly on the garment. together with its unique textile inks, developed especially for the garment industry, Kornits product offers custom printers worldwide new opportunites for advancemenet into a new era.For further information, please contact Wayne Turiansky at [email protected](link sends e-mail) or 802-734-3875.last_img read more

The times are a’changing… again

first_imgUntil recently, the last rising rate period in the U.S. occurred from 2004-2006. Then, the Fed increased rates 17 times, from 1.0 percent to 5.25 percent. That was more than a decade ago, and neither the iPhone nor the Kindle had been released yet.The world is a much different place now than it was in 2006. Much has changed since the last rising rate cycle. In particular, tools available online for consumers to rate shop and move money from one institution to another have multiplied and improved substantially. How have your credit union’s online offerings changed in the last decade? How have your competitor’s online offerings improved? The competition for deposits is already strong, and that competition is amplified in a rising rate environment.Member behavior is likely to differ in a world with nearly unlimited rate information available online, combined with convenient online account set up and money movement capabilities. Depositors have struggled through a prolonged period of historically low interest rates, and stronger demand is likely for rates higher than those in previous rate cycles. continue reading » 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

NCUA issues proposal to allow capitalization of interest

first_img The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) Board recently issued a proposed rule that would remove the prohibition on capitalization of interest in connection with loan workouts and modifications. NAFCU’s Regulatory Alerton the proposed rule provides all the details you need to better understand the rule and help us provide useful feedback to NCUA as to whether this rule strikes the correct balance of helpful but not too burdensome. The capitalization of interest is the addition of unpaid interest to the principal balance of a loan. This practice is particularly useful in managing loans in deferment or forbearance, which has been regularly offered during the COVID-19 pandemic. Borrowers are still facing financial hardships as a result of the pandemic that has stretched almost ten months in the United States. Access to viable solutions to address deferred interest will help borrowers and credit unions navigate the uncertain new year ahead.NAFCU has advocated for a capitalization of interest allowance several times this year, including two letters written to NCUA in March and September. The letters, as well as NCUA’s rule release, mention operational concerns and the overly burdensome nature of the restriction. This relief will help credit unions and their members to meet loan obligations during the pandemic and beyond.Current StructureUnder the current loan modification structure, the options for borrowers are limited. Many borrowers may have already been delinquent when their deferment period began under the CARES Act or similar hardship modification. A credit union can seek to recapture the deferred interest in a few ways, each of which has its own flaws for both the borrow and the credit union. This is placeholder text continue reading » This post is currently collecting data… ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NCUA headquarterslast_img read more

Australia to probe foreign influence at universities

first_imgTopics : Australia’s parliament is set to probe alleged foreign interference at public universities, a government minister said Monday, as concerns grow about Chinese influence.A proposed inquiry by the security and intelligence committee follows a series of controversies over China’s clout on Australian campuses, ranging from hacks of university data to questionable financial donations and intimidation of Beijing’s critics.Concerns have also been raised about the nature of research links between academics and scientists in the two countries. “We need to be assured and the public need to be assured that there isn’t that foreign interference in our universities sector,” he said.He did not say if the probe was aimed at China.The Australian newspaper reported that Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton outlined the terms of reference for the inquiry in a letter Sunday to committee head Andrew Hastie, a government parliamentarian and outspoken China critic.Advisors to Dutton did not respond to a request for comment.The university guidelines announced in November push public institutions to enhance cybersecurity systems, undertake due diligence before signing partnerships with overseas organizations, and train staff to recognize foreign influence attempts.Academics have been urged to be wary of sharing knowledge on sensitive topics and discern how joint research with international scholars could potentially be misused.Schools and government officials also committed to more intensive consultation to protect Australia’s national interests.Beijing has repeatedly denied interfering in Australian campus life.China-Australia relations have reached a new ebb in recent months, with the two governments at loggerheads over trade and competing for influence in the Pacific.Tensions spiked in April when Australia infuriated China by calling for an independent probe into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic, which emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan late last year.center_img Alan Tudge, the minister for population and cities, told Sky News the mooted inquiry was the latest government attempt to tackle spiraling foreign interference now at “levels not seen since World War II”.The move comes after Canberra announced last week that it was seeking new powers to scrap deals between local authorities and foreign countries that threaten the national interest — sweeping powers that would extend to universities.It also comes less than a year after Australia announced new guidelines for universities for research collaboration, cybersecurity, and international partnerships.Tudge said the inquiry would “go further” than previous probes into alleged foreign interference.last_img read more

Syracuse softball splits at No. 10 Georgia, Winthrop

first_img Published on February 11, 2017 at 7:49 pm Contact Michael: [email protected] | @MikeJMcCleary Syracuse (2-2, 0-0 Atlantic Coast) split its Saturday doubleheader against No. 10 Georgia (4-0), getting clobbered 14-2, before bouncing back for a 4-0 win versus Winthrop (1-3) in Athens, Georgia.In the top of the first inning against UGA, Faith Cain smacked a double to right-center field for SU’s only hit of the game. That brought in Alicia Hansen for the Orange’s first run. Sydney O’Hara got caught trying to score a second run for Syracuse, ending the inning.After that, Georgia never looked back. Against Syracuse ace AnneMarie Gatti, the Bulldogs’ Alissa DiCarlo homered in the bottom of the inning to take a 2-1 lead. DiCarlo hit two home runs in the game.The Bulldogs scored seven runs in the third inning. The first three were surrendered by Gatti, the others off of Baylee Douglass.UGA scored five times in the fourth, including DiCarlo’s second home run of the game, a three-run shot.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange pitching and defense struggled on Saturday. Gatti lasted only two innings, failing to record an out in the third inning while forfeiting three runs. Douglass wasn’t strong either, giving up six earned runs in only one and two-thirds innings pitched.Syracuse did, however, shut out Winthrop.Freshman left-hander Alexa Romero started the game in the circle for SU, going five frames without allowing a run. She had a perfect game through three innings and allowed only four hits in a dominant first career win. O’Hara, a senior right-hander, closed the game out, allowing no runs in the final two innings.Sammy Fernandez led the Orange with three hits and Hannah Dossett followed close behind with two of her own, driving in two of SU’s four runs.Syracuse is scheduled for a rematch against Winthrop on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. in Athens, Georgia, for its fifth and final contest of the opening weekend. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

EDITORIAL: Healthcare is a key general elections issue

first_imgSeveral issues critical to voters are being addressed and promoted by the several candidates seeking office in the November 6 general elections. But, as the election approaches, universal healthcare has emerged, including here in Florida, as a key issue to voters and candidates, especially Democratic Party candidates.Democrats ads focus on healthcare In recent weeks, over half of the ads of Democrats running for governors, US Senate and House of Representatives, have focused on universal healthcare. The preponderance of healthcare ads coincides with a “Washington Post” report that 75 percent of congressional districts across the country had the term ‘healthcare’ as the top Google search this year. The search was higher in districts currently held by Democrats, and in 44 percent of Republican districts considered likely to flip to the Democrats.Concern over coverage for pre-existing conditions Voters interest in healthcare, and the response by candidates, is largely fueled by attempts made over the past two years to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, signed by President Barack Obama. Although Obamacare remains, its impact on national healthcare has weakened. Particularly concerning to voters is the threat to remove one of the pillars of the ACA – insurance coverage for preexisting medical conditions. Recently, Republicans headed by President Trump have tried to assure Americans in op-eds and ads that even if Obamacare is repealed coverage for preexisting conditions will remain. But, meanwhile, there’s  a pending Republican filed lawsuit in Texas to erase coverage for preexisting conditions.Most Americans are concerned about their healthcare as costs continue to rise. Clearly there’s need for something to be done. Several Democratic candidates agree this “something” is Medicare for All, a solution initiated by Senator Bernie Sanders during his 2016 presidential campaign.Medicare for AllThe Medicare for All proposal is one supported by President Obama, although the initiative would create major changes to Obamacare.Entering the 2018 general election campaign in September, Obama criticized Republicans for attempting to remove Obamacare, while offering his support for “Medicare for All.”  He stressed that Americans were buoyed by the need for universal health coverage, and commended Democrats for running not only “on good old ideas like a higher minimum wage, they’re running on new ideas, Medicare for all.” In primary elections held this year in several states candidates who supported Medicare for All won their races against seemingly unsurmountable odds These candidates included Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, Democratic candidate for Florida governor. Increasingly, national polls are showing support by voters for a universal healthcare policy similar to the popular national healthcare program for seniors over age-65.During the raucous debate over the ACA, several experts suggested Obama should consider expanding Medicare which offers comprehensive healthcare to seniors for affordable rates, as the national universal healthcare plan. However, these suggestions went unheeded.Govt. administered plan for Americans The Medicare for All plan proposed by Senator Sanders, supported by several Democrat candidates is a government administered plan for all Americans.The proposed plan requires consumers to pay a fixed premium, and unlike current private insurance policies would not require them to pay deductibles, and co-payments, and would cover preexisting conditions.To meet operational costs, under Medicare for All employers and individuals would pay a monthly fee. It is also proposed that federal funds spent on Obamacare insurance premiums and other federal healthcare programs would be redirected to Medicare for All.It’s also proposed under Medicare for All:Doctors and healthcare providers would receive reimbursement from the government at a rate set by the Department of Health and Human Services. These rates would be set at the current Medicare levels.The current Medicare benefits would be expanded to include coverage for vision and dentalcare.The age of eligibility for coverage would gradually fall every year for four years from the existing 65-years age for Medicare to include all Americans. Importantly, newborn infants would be automatically enrolled in the program.Some Medicare for All proponents want a public option where individuals will have the ability to purchase and keep private insurance plans.Strong public support A recent Reuters/Ipsos poll indicated 85 percent of Democrats, 52 percent  of Republicans, and 70 percent of Americans, overall, favor Medicare for All. A March 2018  Kaiser Family Foundation poll found some 60 percent of Americans favor a national health plan administered by the government. But despite this popularity Medicare for All is sternly opposed by Republicans. The opposition includes the cost of the program, likelihood of low reimbursement rates for providers, and possibility of longer wait times for care.Clearly, voters want universal healthcare, but such a policy can only be implemented if voters elect candidates that support it. There’s a real possibility this could become national policy, but only if there’s unusually heavy voter turnout in this crucial general election.last_img read more

Dodgers coaches Bob Geren, George Lombard candidates for managerial openings

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Pirates’ search for a manager has been put on hold with the firing of GM Neal Huntington on Monday.There are currently four teams who have yet to hire a manager for 2020 – the Giants, Pirates, New York Mets and Kansas City Royals. Two Dodgers coaches have interviewed with other teams for different managerial openings.Bench coach Bob Geren has reportedly interviewed with the San Francisco Giants. Dave Roberts’ bench coach for each of his four seasons as manager, Geren had a 334-376 (.470) record in parts of five seasons (2007-11) as the Oakland A’s manager where he worked with Farhan Zaidi. The Dodgers’ former GM is now the Giants’ president of baseball operations and looking to replace Bruce Bochy as manager for the 2020 season.Houston Astros bench coach Joe Espada and former Phillies manager Gabe Kapler are also known to have interviewed for the Giants’ job.Meanwhile, Lombard reportedly interviewed with the Pittsburgh Pirates last week. An outfielder for parts of six big-league seasons, Lombard has been the Dodgers’ first-base coach for four seasons under Roberts.last_img read more

Fish Evolved by Sunbathing

first_img(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 A new slant on how the first land creatures evolved is found in New Scientist: sunbathing fish received more energy, and this made them better predators.  In all seriousness, James Randerson writes,Our distant fishy ancestors first hauled themselves on to land in order to warm up in the Sun.  So claims a team that says basking would have provided an energy boost that made the fish more agile in the water, improving their chances of snaring prey.  It was also an evolutionary milestone that heralded the rise of all land vertebrates, including us.”Jennifer Clack, Ms. tetrapod evolution (see 08/09/2003 and 07/03/2002 headlines), is apparently a convert to this suggestion.  Presumably the new fad of sun-worshipping started a land rush, and all the fish tried to get the best spots on the beach.  Our ancestors were the ones that remembered to pack the umbrellas and sunscreen.Does anyone need better evidence that Darwinism is not so much a scientific theory as the eternal quest for a good story?  (See 12/22/2003 headline).  The best candidates are those that lend themselves to cartoons by Johnny Hart and Gary Larson.  How the destructive energy of raw sunlight was able to generate lungs and legs and other specialized organs for land habitation is inconsequential, as long as the plot has possibilities for visualization.  Write here with your suggested caption:Roll me over, Melba, I’m done on this side.Charlie Tuna here, out to catch some rays, and shrimp, too.Now you know why they call us sunfish.That’s not skin cancer; it’s an evolving leg.Let’s try another beach; there’s nothing to eat here (see 04/30/2002 headline).The original fish fry.Storm the beach: the marines are looking for a few good men.last_img read more

News on iPad

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… When the iPad launched in April last year, news media companies were among the first to create applications for the new tablet device. We’re now a year into the iPad era and some of those news apps have dramatically changed how we consume news. But it hasn’t been the apps from traditional news media. Rather, it’s been two iPad native apps that have enhanced our news consuming user experience: Flipboard and Newsy. Some big media companies have attempted to be revolutionary, with less success. Rupert Murdoch’s The Daily launched in February with claims of being the “future of the newspaper.” However its user experience fell flat, especially in comparison to Flipboard.This is the second post in a new RWW series looking at how the user experience of consuming media has changed with the increasing popularity of devices other than the PC. Yesterday we explored the thriving world of music on smartphones. Today we look at news apps on the iPad.One of the main selling points of the iPad is its ease of use as a content consumption device. It’s also a very tactile device, with its touchscreen interface. As such, the iPad inspired designers to create visually attractive, interactive apps. The iPad is nearly always a pleasure to use – unlike the sometimes burdensome PC or the pokey smartphone.What Makes Flipboard Better Than Other News Apps?One of the first apps to take advantage of the iPad’s unique functionality was Flipboard. A self-styled “social magazine,” Flipboard allows users to browse news and other content using a sophisticated but easy-to-use user interface. In fact earlier this month, Flipboard upgraded its UI to an even slicker, faster version. Related Posts What Big Media Can Learn From Flipboard & NewsyOne possible criticism of both Flipboard and Newsy is that they appear to be catering to short attention spans. Both Flipboard and Newsy emphasize the ease of scanning content. Is that reducing our ability to focus on longer form content? Possibly, but the ‘problem’ with both apps is that they make it so darn fun to browse around!Regardless of the drawbacks of easy scannability, both Flipboard and Newsy have a lot to teach traditional news media. News apps for the iPad must be a pleasure to use (the UI, visual design, using multimedia), be highly customizable, offer generous dollops of external content, make it easy to share content, and chunk content so its easier to digest. Many traditional media iPad apps are visually appealing and at least a little interactive – for example apps from The New York Times, Washington Post and CNN – but on the other points, big media has some catching up to do.What do you think of the user experience of Flipboard, Newsy and other news apps on the iPad? A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img richard macmanus 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market When I think about what makes Flipboard a better user experience than the news apps of traditional media like The New York Times and Washington Post, there are two things that stand out. The first is that it’s simply a pleasing experience to flip through stories using Flipboard’s hand-swiping page turning UI. It makes it easy and fast to browse new stories. The second is the ability to customize your Flipboard, using content from all over the Web – RSS feeds, Twitter, Facebook, Flickr (and lately, Instagram). The ease of sharing content is a plus, too.Read more: How Flipboard Was Created & its Plans Beyond iPadNewsy: Why its Content is Better than The DailyNewsy, which recently announced a new funding round of $1.5M, is another iPad app that has impressed me over the past year for its user experience. Newsy features 2-3 minute video presentations of news and it serves these up in an appealing user interface. Using your swiping finger, you neatly flick through categories and stories until you find one to watch.Newsy is mostly innovative for its fresh approach to content. It analyzes news stories, providing context from a variety of external news sources – including niche blogs as well as more established media companies. Each news clip is just 2-3 minutes, so it’s optimized for a device like the iPad – where attention spans aren’t as long as they are for television or even PCs.It’s helpful to compare what Newsy is doing to what Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation attempted to do with its iPad-only news app, The Daily. It’s a little apples vs. oranges, as Newsy is focused on video while The Daily is mostly text. But from a pure content perspective, The Daily has two big issues: firstly a lack of choice for the consumer, and secondly the blandness of the content that is on offer. By comparison, Newsy goes out of its way to link to external sources (so there’s plenty of choice) and its snappy video presentations are anything but bland.Read more:Newsy: The Story Behind its Innovative News App Tags:#New Media#Series#UX Evolutions#web last_img read more