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Bakkavor seeks 30 staff for Cheshire bakeries

first_imgFresh prepared foods manufacturer Bakkavor is set to hire 30 new members of staff at its sites in Nantwich and Crewe in Cheshire.The recruits will work within its bakery division, Bakkavor Bread & Pizza, which manufactures an average of 50 different types of products a week, including chilled pre-cooked breads such as flatbreads, doughballs, garlic baguettes and slices.The vacancies are across a range of functions, including production, hygiene, engineering and logistics, as well as health and safety.“Bakkavor Bread is on a roll and we are keen to welcome anyone who is wants to rise to the challenge and get in on a slice of the action,” said Paul Peachey, business director for Bakkavor Bread & Pizza.The recruitment drive is part of a UK-wide Bakkavor initiative, which saw the group recruit more than 2,500 people last year as it strives to meet increasing consumer demand for fresh prepared food. As part of this, it looked to fill 100 vacancies at its site in Bourne, Lincolnshire.Bakkavor currently employs more than 19,000 people across the UK.last_img read more

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Watch Oteil And Kofi Burbridge Jam Out With Soulive On “So Live!” In 2014

first_imgOteil and Kofi Burbridge are simply incredible musicians. Oteil has held it down for years as the ultimate bassist, playing in the Aquarium Rescue Unit and the Allman Brothers Band for years before joining Dead & Company in 2015, and his brother Kofi has been a go-to musical partner of Derek Trucks in both the Derek Trucks Band and Tedeschi Trucks Band for the past seventeen years. Oteil’s skills on the bass are unrivaled, and Kofi’s ability to switch between keyboard, flute, and vocals have made him a true ace in the hole.When the Burbridge brothers are not crushing it in their own bands, they are two of the best musical guests that any band could ask for. They are both adventurous and confident players that bring their “A game” each time they step on stage. Perhaps that’s why they mix so well with the musical geniuses of Soulive.The Burbridge brothers have joined Soulive on stage at Brooklyn Bowl during their Bowlive concert series a number of times. Oteil and Kofi were reliable guests at Bowlive, turning in standout guest spots each year they joined in on the funky festivities. One of their most awesome appearances came in 2014, when Oteil and Kofi joined Soulive for an extra-funky take on “So Live!”. Kofi leads the charge with an excellent flute solo, before guitarist Eric Krasno blasts off with his own scorching solo. Oteil fits perfectly with the rhythm section before launching into a jazzy solo of his own. See below to experience the funky goodness of Oteil and Kofi with Soulive for yourself.Watch Oteil and Kofi Burbridge sit in with Soulive on 3/21/2014 at Brooklyn Bowl during Bowlive, courtesy of YouTube user Barry2theBIt’s no wonder that four of these five musicians, including the Burbridge Brothers and the Evans Brothers – Neal Evans and Alan Evans – will be joining forces as the All Brothers Band. Though on-stage collaborations between the family musicians have happened in the past, the four hit the studio earlier this year to record a mysterious EP. They’ll make their live debut as the All Brothers Band at Brooklyn Comes Alive, playing on October 22nd as part of a unique lineup that features members of The String Cheese Incident, The Disco Biscuits, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Lettuce, Medeski Martin & Wood, Snarky Puppy, Primus, RatDog, Dopapod, and so many more.For details about Brooklyn Comes Alive, head here!last_img read more

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first_imgLife Is Beautiful Music & Art Festival returns to “Sin City” for its sixth year this fall when it takes place in the heart of downtown Las Vegas on September 20th-22nd. On Tuesday, the festival’s organizers shared the lineup of artists confirmed for this year’s event, which includes Chance The Rapper, The Black Keys, Post Malone, Billie Eilish, and Vampire Weekend as the headlining performers.Related: Life Is Beautiful Brings Over-The-Top Las Vegas Lifestyle To New HeightsThe three-day event will also feature performances from Of Monsters and Men, the popular Icelandic folk-rock band which hasn’t played in North America since June 2016, Lord Huron, Toto, Phantogram, Janelle Monáe, Maggie Rogers, Tash Sultana, Banks, Lil Wayne, Portugal. The Man, Rüfüs Du Sol, and Hot Chip, just to name a few. The event schedule also features a mix of non-musical acts including a live recording of Pod Save America, hosted by former Barack Obama staffers Jon Favreau, Tommy Vietor, and Jon Lovett. Progressive Brooklyn nightclub House of Yes will also have a presence at the event, presumably similar to how they’ve provided an extra party hub at events like Bonnaroo in recent years.Fans can watch the video below for the recap of last year’s event to get an idea of what to expect in Las Vegas come September.Life is Beautiful Festival – 2018 Recap[Video: Life Is Beautiful Festival]Tickets for this year’s Life Is Beautiful will go on sale this Thursday, April 25th, beginning at 10 a.m. PT. Fans can head over to the event website for more information and ticket package options.last_img read more

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Basketball player earns honors

first_imgHarvard sophomore Victoria Lippert earned her first league honors of the season this week (Jan. 3) as she was named Ivy League Co-Player of the Week for her performances last week for the Crimson.Lippert averaged 19.5 points, five rebounds, and three assists off the bench in a win and a loss for the Crimson last week. She scored a season-high 22 points and handed out a career-high four assists at Dayton. Lippert posted 17 points, including 10 in the first half in an 83-70 win over the University of Massachusetts. She has six rebounds, two steals, a block, and a steal against the Minutewomen.The San Diego, Calif., native is second on the team in scoring with 13.5 points per game.Read the full story.last_img read more

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Woody Hastings, 87

first_imgJ. Woodland “Woody” Hastings, the Paul C. Mangelsdorf Professor of Natural Sciences Emeritus in Harvard’s Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, passed away on Wednesday, according to his family. He was 87.Hastings was an expert on bioluminescence and one of the founders in the field of circadian biology. By studying a single-celled marine bioluminescent dinoflagellate, he detected the inner workings of circadian rhythms that, scientists increasingly realize, affect our lives as well. “Just think of jet lag,” Hastings suggested during an interview in 2010. In his research, Hastings also identified a green fluorescent protein (GFP) in colonial hydroids that is now standard in the biologist’s toolbox. Researchers who applied GFP as a reporter for gene expression won the 2008 Nobel Prize in chemistry. Hastings also discovered that bacteria can communicate with each other using a mechanism he called autoinduction, later dubbed quorum sensing, which has fundamentally changed the understanding of the microbial world.Hastings’ work has had relevance to naturalists, basic researchers, medical clinicians, industry, the human sleep lab, the child’s glow stick, and more, and earned him many awards and honors, including election to the National Academy of Sciences.Born in 1927 in Salisbury, Md., at 10 Hastings became a choirboy at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York, where he attended its boarding school. The United States was in World War II when he graduated from Lenox School in Massachusetts in 1944, so he joined the Navy V12 medical officer-training program, which sent him to Swarthmore College.Instead of going to medical school when the war ended, Hastings finished his bachelor’s degree at Swarthmore, resigned from the Navy, taught biology (in French) at a lycée in southern France, and worked on reconstruction in Germany. Returning, he completed a Ph.D. program in biology at Princeton University with E. Newton Harvey, who worked on bioluminescence; Hastings was hooked.Hastings joined the Harvard faculty in 1966, and it was here that he proved that luciferase, the light-emitting enzyme, and luciferin, its substrate, are synthesized and destroyed daily, not just activated or inhibited, and so is the entire cellular organelle called a scintillon that houses these proteins. Carl Johnson, who worked on this project as a postdoc from 1982 to 1987, recalled that they had trouble convincing reviewers to publish this work. “It was the first demonstration of any circadian rhythm of protein synthesis. Now, it’s commonplace knowledge that many proteins exhibit these rhythms.”Johnson was one of “many very bright people who were attracted to Hastings’ manner of directing research — a free exchange of ideas without daily supervision,” said Thérèse Wilson, a senior research associate who joined Hastings’ lab in 1969 and conducted independent research on photochemistry. She also co-authored many papers and later a book with Hastings. “He lets people blossom.”Hastings’ influence on young people went beyond his lab and classrooms, and his own four children. For 20 years, from 1976 to 1996, he and his late wife of 56 years, Hanna, were much acclaimed “co-masters of the Universe” at North House (now Pforzheimer), the smallest and some said the most intimate House at Harvard.A private memorial service will be held in October.last_img read more

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Upstream Without a Paddle: What CIOs Need to Know About AI

first_imgMost of us are familiar with the saying “upstream without a paddle”. This is an unfortunate event, where one finds themselves without the proper resources. I have witnessed this exact phenomenon on one of my canoe trips. A pair of canoers had broken a paddle. While they managed to move, they were extremely slow, uncoordinated, and constantly yelled at each other. It was chaos. As I rowed my boat gently down the stream, I wished them luck. At that moment, they realized their fun adventure turned into a grinding undertaking. Surprisingly, this type of situation happens a lot more than you think.As businesses adopt artificial intelligence (AI), I see similarities between their journey and canoeing with one paddle. Both have great aspirations when they undertake their journeys. They excitedly explore new territory, and sometimes forget the dangers that lurk below the water. Without the right plan, infrastructure, and partner, organizations risk finding themselves upstream without a paddle.First, not planning the correct route can lead to getting lost and wasting time. Similarly, with AI projects, proper planning and coordination allow for greater ROI. Unfortunately, many business units deploy disparate AI initiatives on separate platforms. Without the proper coordination between IT and the business, a shadow IT emerges. This shadow wastes time and money on unproductive projects outside IT’s control. Thus, leaving business units uncoordinated and rowing one-sided. The canoe endlessly spins in circles.Secondly, having the right equipment on a canoe trip is essential. Correspondingly, companies deploying AI initiatives must invest in the right IT equipment. Many organizations run the risk of not having the proper infrastructure and tools in place to help them maximize AI benefits. Antiquated infrastructure makes it difficult for IT organizations to support the business. 71% of organizations lack server automation, and 61% lack servers with GPUs/FPGAs/purpose-built processors¹. Since AI applications come in different shapes and sizes, different computational complexities are required. Computational demand is even more complex with machine learning and deep learning.Finally, having the right partner along for a canoe trip makes all the difference. Having someone reliable and trustworthy allows you to reach your destination efficiently. Similarly, having the right partner on your AI journey is imperative. Fortunately, Dell EMC understands the AI challenges that organizations face. It has deep and diverse AI experiences. Dell EMC offers distinct, effective solutions for a diverse set of AI workloads.Deep investments are being made today in AI. 51% of companies expecting 2-5x the ROI from automation, this number will continue to increase. ¹ CIOs are uniquely positioned to drive business value through transformed IT. All IT actions and decisions have downstream effects. When IT teams lead AI initiatives, the company deploys twice as many AI building blocks, compared with companies where the lines of business lead. ¹ More building blocks result in higher revenue growth. It also results in better customer experiences, innovation, and operational effectiveness.CIOs need to take the lead on AI to transform their companies. They will achieve higher business results by nurturing the adoption and deployment of system infrastructure across the organization. Moreover, CIOs need to invest in modern infrastructure to build out their AI strategy. The modern AI infrastructure requirements align with the key tenets for Dell EMC PowerEdge serversGreater scalability and flexibility of server systemsEasier management of complex server clustersRobust End-to-End SecurityMake sure when it’s your AI journey, you don’t end upstream without a paddle. When you have the proper route, equipment, and partners, you will navigate efficiently to your destination. Dell EMC is that partner with the necessary tools to help you reach your destination. Learn how to further prepare yourself and your organization for your AI journey. Dive into this study conducted by Forrester Consulting and commissioned by Dell EMC: CIOs Need To Take The Lead On AI For Transformational Outcomes Across The Company.To stay up to date on our latest resources for your AI journey, follow @DellEMCServers. [1] Source: CIOs Need to Take The Lead on AI For Transformational Outcomes Across The Companylast_img read more

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Christian Borle Is Taking Things to ‘A Whole New Level’ with Peter Pan Live!

first_imgDon’t worry, everyone. Peter Pan Live!’s Christian Borle still has a moustache! Take a look at this promo for the live telecast, featuring our first look at the Tony winner as Mr. Darling and Smee. “Last year I think surpassed all expectations,” he says, referring to NBC’s mega-successful The Sound of Music telecast, which he also appeared in. “And this year, we’re trying to take it to a whole new level.” That’s right: Did Carrie Underwood fly around the Abbey last year Sally Field-style? Nope. And Allison Williams is still over the moon (literally) about playing the Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up: “I am aware every single day that I’m the luckiest girl—the luckiest boy girl—in the world.” You can catch Borle, Williams, Christopher Walken, Kelli O’Hara and more live on December 4. In the meantime, we’ll continue to think lovely, wonderful thoughts. View Commentslast_img read more

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Top Adventure Towns 2020

first_imgPick some apples and watch the sunset from Carter Mountain, ride the rooty network of singletrack at Walnut Creek Park, and explore the beautiful scenery around Ragged Mountain and Ivy Creek natural areas.  From hiking and climbing to whitewater rafting and hang gliding, Chattanooga is surrounded by waterways and forests to explore. Choose from a variety of adventures on the Tennessee River, from standup paddleboarding through downtown to kayaking through the towering cliffs of the gorge. Pack in a full day at Lookout Mountain, including a trip to the tallest and deepest underground waterfall open to the public, views of seven states, and one of the world’s steepest passenger railways. Fifteen minutes from downtown, Raccoon Mountain features 30 miles of intermediate and advanced singletrack filled with technical obstacles.  With that in mind, we asked our readers to select the region’s best adventure hubs in our 10th annual Top Adventure Towns contest, which featured 100 towns across the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast competing for the title of best outdoor burg. Week by week, readers narrowed down the choices to pick their top tiny town (population less than 3,000), small-town (population 3,001-16,000), mid-sized town (population 16,001-75,000), and large town (population 75,001+).  Top Medium Town: Charlottesville, Va. (pop. 48,019) Top Tiny Town: Floyd, Va.(pop. 428) The Chattahoochee River runs right through Helen, Ga., providing endless opportunities for water play in the tiny mountain town. Raft, kayak, or tube sections of this scenic river, or ride Georgia’s first mountain coaster. Venture out farther to Unicoi State Park and the Chattahoochee National Forest for miles of mountain biking singletrack, hiking trails lined with waterfalls, and secluded spots for trout fishing. Anna Ruby Falls, a pair of towering, double waterfalls, are a must-see while you’re in the area.  Tucked away in southwest Virginia, Floyd combines the authentic feel of a quaint country town with a vibrant cultural scene in the Blue Ridge Mountains. “I feel like Floyd is a hidden gem,” said Floyd local Brittany Bonner. “It’s known for bluegrass music, art, and wineries, but there really is so much to do here as far as the outdoors.” To share the area’s adventure opportunities, Bonner and her husband opened Buffalo Mountain Adventures, which offers caving and climbing trips and driving tours of the area. “A lot of people come to Floyd, and they know there are options, but there’s nobody to really guide them,” she said.  The hike to Roaring Run Falls, just outside of Roanoke, Va., features a trout stream, natural waterslide, and rock walls. Photo by Sam Dean Photography–Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge Top Adventures When Matt and Leslie Evans saw property for sale on the French Broad River, they decided it would be the perfect place to open a paddling outfitter in Hendersonville, N.C. At the time, it was a relatively unused section of the river in comparison to stretches near Asheville and Brevard. That began to turn around in 2016 when the Evanses opened Lazy Otter Outfitters and the state started putting in public boat ramps. “We went from having almost no easy river access to having wonderful river access with multiple points,” Matt Evans said. “Even on a busy day, you can feel like you have Henderson County’s stretch of the river all to yourself.” The proposed Ecusta Trail, a 19-mile rail trail, is an exciting recreation opportunity in the works to connect parks, communities, and Pisgah National Forest.  Although 2020 was not the year we thought it would be, it offered many of us the opportunity to slow down and fully explore the mountains, waterways, and parks in our Blue Ridge backyards.   Woodstock, Ga. (pop. 32,234) Readers Pick This Year’s Best Outdoor Hubs Floyd, Va., offers a variety of backroad biking experiences, including Tour de Dirt in the fall. Photo by Tony Greatorex Top Small Town: Bedford, Va. (pop. 6,597) After traveling on the Blue Ridge Parkway as a kid, Micah Pick decided he wanted to live in a small town in the Blue Ridge one day. As a college student in Virginia, he would explore the area looking for places to hike. “I drove through Bedford and I said, ‘wow, this place is perfect.’ So I bought a house in town and I’ve been here for eight years,” Pick said. From his front door, he can hike Sharp Top Mountain and be back home in two hours.  Finalists Hendersonville, N.C. (pop. 15,166) Top Adventures Hot Springs, Va. (pop. 750) In the 24 years since starting as the Roanoke Valley Greenways coordinator, Liz Belcher has worked with a variety of government and nonprofit partners to build more than 30 miles of greenway across the valley. “What really makes Roanoke special in terms of being an adventure town is that no matter where you live, you can drive 15 minutes and get to a trail,” she said. “Or ride your bike for 15 minutes and get to a greenway. There are just so many close-to-home opportunities. We are really blessed with public lands.” The paved greenways link downtown and neighborhoods to popular recreation spots like Mill Mountain Park and Carvins Cove.  Hart and her husband own Blue Mountain Adventures, a public/private partnership with Explore Park to offer camping, shuttles, and gear for beginner and experienced adventurers. “[I] love where I live, which I guess is what has inspired me to be so committed to my small business project here,” Hart said. “It’s an opportunity to create, build, and be a part of something that I believe brings good to our community and promotes the outdoors for all.”   Featuring more than 250 waterfalls, Brevard, N.C., and the surrounding county boasts the highest concentration of waterfalls on the East Coast, from ledge-style falls to tumbling cascades. Demacy Monte-Parker, a yoga teacher at Brevard Yoga Center and Namaste in Nature, leads a hike and yoga session to Hooker Falls in Dupont State Forest. “We get the world from a different perspective because most of the time when we’re outside we’re not laying on our back and looking up,” she said. “I love allowing yourself to tune into the sounds around you and grounding down to the earth.”  For hiking, Hess recommends the Cascade Gorge Trail for views of several waterfalls and unusual plant life. Mountain bikers should try Deer Lick Trail for stunning views of the valley and challenging terrain or Fore Mountain for a thrilling 45-minute ride downhill.  With all of the water in the area, there are countless opportunities to cast a line or paddle. If you prefer to stay on land, the granite plutons provide an abundance of slick rock singletrack mountain biking trails and challenging climbing routes. Float or paddle the James and Roanoke rivers, hike the Appalachian Trail to Virginia’s Triple Crown, and mountain bike at Carvins Cove.  The Saunders-Monticello Trail in Charlottesville, Va., is a great way for the whole family to get outside. Photo by Sanjay Suchak Erin James and Seth Herman have noticed the increase, too. Since the couple opened High Tor Gear Exchange, they’ve worked with close to 1,500 consignors to resell outdoor apparel and gear. With two kids under the age of four, they said it’s a great town for outdoor families, noting a favorite activity is to pack a picnic and ride the Rivanna Trail to Darden Towe Park. “We could go somewhere different every weekend for a really long time,” James said. “It feels doable. There are a lot of ways to get outside that are within reach.”  An ever-growing network of trails encircles the city with a mixture of paved greenways and hand-built singletrack. Multiple parks along the Rivanna offer a variety of places to put in and take out a canoe or kayak. “When you paddle out of town on the Rivanna, you can see bald eagle, catch smallmouth bass, and enjoy some rapids,” Silver said. “It’s all right here.” Charlottesville’s location in the foothills of the Blue Ridge offers easy access to some of the region’s classic scenic gems. Just a half hour’s drive west you can reach the southern terminus of Shenandoah National Park and northern entrance of the Blue Ridge Parkway. But when Gabe and Sonya Silver decided to move back to Charlottesville, they wanted to help others tap into the adventure opportunities right in town. So six years ago, they opened Rivanna River Company, a paddling outfitter on the edge of the Rivanna River, right near downtown. “In terms of paddling, mountain biking, trail running, I don’t know that Charlottesville is on the top of everyone’s radar,” Gabe Silver said. “But all of that stuff is available in abundance around here.” Top Large Town: Roanoke, Va. (pop. 96,000) Having grown up in Roanoke, Holly Hart was shocked when she moved back in 2015 by the amount of recreation infrastructure development that had gone on during the few years she lived out west. “Roanoke is perfectly nestled in the valley of a chain of mountains, like it’s surrounding us with a hug,” she said. “We live in a beautiful valley and are fortunate enough to run into a mountain or a river most any direction you go.”    In a college town known for its wineries, breweries, and history, the outdoor recreation possibilities are attracting a growing number of visitors and locals. “Interest in the river had been on the rise even before we started,” Silver said. “Having an outfitter in town really put the river on the map as something to do. This year with COVID and quarantine, the lid has come off it. We saw pretty much double the use of the river than ever before this year.”  Boone, N.C. (pop. 17,100) With an increasing interest in the river from both locals and visitors, Sowers started On the Water in Floyd in 2008. Now, from fly fishing on nearby streams to cycling the rolling backroads, he’s seeing more visitors come to Floyd for the outdoor opportunities. “During the summer of the first year, we helped 100 people,” he said. “That was a big year. Now, we run 115 people a day [on a busy weekend].”Top Adventures Melissa Weddell moved to Boone for a job with Appalachian State University’s Recreation Management program. The past president of the Boone Area Cyclists said the eight miles of trail, four skills areas, and pump track at Rocky Knob Mountain Bike Park has become a go-to hangout spot for the community. “In the past 10 years, it’s changed our total dynamic,” Weddell said. “We’ve all worked together in the community to create different types of outdoor experiences based on comfort level.”  A chef and avid mountain biker, Justin Balmes has always been drawn to towns with a bustling food and outdoor scene. Woodstock provided the perfect blend of the two. “The green space of Woodstock is just gorgeous with phenomenal trails,” he said. “I can’t say enough good things about them.” Blankets Creek and Rope Mill feature miles of fast, flowy singletrack for mountain bikers of all abilities. Balmes’ favorite trails in town are Van Michael, Turbine, and Raceway. You can also walk miles of paved greenway along Noonday Creek or paddle to the parks and creeks off Allatoona Lake. Chattanooga, Tenn. (pop. 180,000) Finalists Fly through the trees at Buffalo Mountain Ziplines, one of the tallest and longest tree canopy tours in the area, and drive 40 miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway, including a stop at Mabry Mill. For hikers visiting the area, Bonner recommends Buffalo Mountain Natural Area and Rock Castle Gorge for panoramic views of southwest Virginia.FinalistsHelen, Ga. (pop. 524) This year’s winners boast miles of nearby trails, summits, and serene waters, and hold communities passionately prioritizing access to the outdoors.  When he moved to Hot Springs for his job at the Omni Homestead Resort, John Hess quickly fell in love with the natural beauty of the area. “There are many, many mapped trails around that are not highly traveled,” he said. “I love that remote feeling when you go out and you don’t hear any traffic. It seems that everywhere you turn, there’s a gorgeous view right around the corner.”  Pick’s three children are also hooked on the outdoor opportunities Bedford presents. “Every day of the summer and every Saturday during the school year they say to me, ‘Dad, what’s going to be our adventure today?’ This year, my seven year old hiked up Sharp Top for the first time. It was like a rite of passage, and she was so proud of herself,” Pick said. Although paved trails take a lot of time and money to implement, local residents have come to expect the greenways as everyday amenities. “It has just become part of their life,” Belcher said. “It’s like if you never lived without public libraries, you can’t imagine not having your library to go get books. People can no longer imagine not having the greenways. It has allowed the region to build a system that connects not just what the local government owns but the National Forest and Appalachian Trail.”  Other favorites include the rocky climbs, ladders, and challenging hiking terrain at Grandfather Mountain, plus some classic East Coast climbing at nearby Ship Rock. In the winter, locals head to nearby resorts like Appalachian Ski Mountain and Beech Mountain Resort to hit the High Country slopes. Special thanks to River Expeditions for sponsoring the 2020 Top Adventure Towns contest. Please check local guidelines and regulations before making plans to get outside. Check locations to make sure access is open to the public. Remember to practice social distancing guidelines, wear a mask, and respect others’ health when outside.  Asheville, N.C. (pop. 92,000) In the mountains of western North Carolina, Asheville sits surrounded by outdoor recreation opportunities. Drive the Blue Ridge Parkway to a variety of overlooks and hikes, including Craggy Pinnacle and Mount Mitchell State Park. Take a trip on the French Broad River Paddle Trail past the Biltmore Estate, through town, and out to national forest land with several camping spots along the way. Run or bike the trails at Bent Creek Experimental Forest along flowing streams, laurel-rhododendron thickets, and hardwood forests.   Bike the hand-built trails at Falling Creek Bike Park, including the dirt jumps, hike the Peaks of Otter off the Blue Ridge Parkway, and get on the water at Smith Mountain Lake. If you have a full day, Pick recommends the Terrapin Mountain hike for a challenging loop within Jefferson National Forest. When he’s with his kids, the Claytor Nature Center is a great stop to walk the trail system by streams, woodlands, wetlands, and wildlife at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Brevard, N.C. (pop. 7,600) Daniel Sowers had a similar idea, but he focused on the Little River, his longtime favorite for floating and fishing. Sowers had a few extra boats, so at first he would invite friends to spend the day out on the water with him. After helping people find put-in spots and set up shuttles, he began to see a potential business opportunity opening up. “Back then, it wasn’t a river scene but it was starting to get bigger,” Sowers said.  Finalists Beyond the trails and prime location in the mountains, Bedford has become a top destination in Virginia for disc golf. In 2008, a local group approached the parks and recreation department about building a course at Falling Creek Park, which offered long, open fairways, whereas most courses in Virginia are largely wooded. “A lot of people [started] traveling to Bedford just to play this course because it was so different,” said Kenny Palmer, operations coordinator for the parks and recreation department. “It’s a cheap activity, so it’s something most people can get outside and do.” Since the opening of the first course, opportunities to play have multiplied. With the help of pro disc golfer Paul McBeth, who resides in Bedford, there are now four courses in the area with plans to build an additional championship level course in the coming months.  Top Adventures Cover Photo: Hike Sharp Top for stunning views of Bedford, Va. Photo by Lee Sandsteadlast_img read more

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first_img Español,  Press Release,  Public Health En el día de la fecha, la Administración Wolf se refirió a los estudios de investigación recientes que señalan en mayor medida la importancia de usar máscaras para detener la propagación de COVID-19.“Se realizó el seguimiento del aumento de casos en el suroeste de Pennsylvania y se ha atribuido a las personas que no usan máscaras en lugares públicos como bares y restaurantes”, dijo el Gobernador Wolf. “La investigación nos dice que las máscaras, aunque no son perfectas, marcan la diferencia en la propagación de la COVID-19 y representan una manera simple y eficaz de ayudar a protegernos a nosotros mismos y a los demás”.Según un estudio reciente y exhaustivo publicado en The Lancet y financiado por la Organización Mundial de la Salud, que identificó 172 estudios observacionales en 16 países y seis continentes, el uso de máscaras podría significar una gran reducción en el riesgo de infección por COVID-19, en particular cuando se combina con el distanciamiento social.Un estudio realizado por un equipo de investigadores a cargo de un profesor de la Texas A&M University descubrió que no usar una máscara facial aumenta dramáticamente las posibilidades de que una persona se contagie el virus de la COVID-19. Las conclusiones se publicaron en la revista científica PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences). Según las conclusiones del estudio, “no usar una máscara facial aumenta dramáticamente las posibilidades de que una persona se contagie el virus de la COVID-19”.Y un reciente estudio basado en modelos realizado por la Royal Society A señala que el uso de máscaras en público podría tener un gran impacto tendiente a la reducción de la propagación de la COVID-19. Según el modelo, “bajo ciertas condiciones, cuando los períodos de bloqueo se implementan junto con el uso de máscaras faciales por parte del 100% de la población, hay una propagación mucho menor de la enfermedad, las ondas secundarias y terciarias se aplanan y la epidemia se controla. El efecto se produce incluso cuando se supone que las máscaras faciales tienen una eficacia del 50% para capturar el inóculo de virus exhalado con una eficacia igual o menor en la inhalación”.“Todos los estudios indican la eficacia del uso de máscaras para ayudar a detener la propagación de la COVID-19 y mantener aplanada la curva de casos”, dijo el Gobernador Wolf. “Por eso exigimos máscaras al estar en público. Es la manera más simple y eficaz de protegernos a nosotros mismos y a los demás durante nuestros esfuerzos continuos para mitigar la COVID-19”.La Secretaria de Salud la Dra. Rachel Levine firmó una orden que indica la obligatoriedad del uso de máscaras el 1 de julio. Permanece vigente. Puede encontrar las preguntas frecuentes sobre la orden de uso de máscaras aquí.View this information in English. Más puntos de investigación sobre la importancia de las máscaras, la orden sobre el uso obligatorio de máscaras sigue vigente July 06, 2020center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Germany’s BVV: Pensions guarantee of 4% would be ‘irresponsible’

first_imgMembers of the BVV, the €26bn pension provider for Germany’s financial industry, have approved by a large margin proposed amendments on guarantees.In light of the current interest-rate environment, the BVV recommended dropping its 4% guarantee for pension claims accrued from 2017.Overall, the adjustment would entail a 24% annual cut in guaranteed pension increases, it said. Rainer Jakubowski, CFO at the BVV, told IPE: “We have decided not to guarantee 4% net interest on all future pension rights, each year, at all times, regardless of the return situation, because it would have been irresponsible. “We are not touching pension rights already accrued – we are merely adjusting the future to the market environment.”He said the members of the pension provider, organised as a mutual association, understood the “need to take such measures in the current market environment”.At a general assembly, more than 90% of employee and employer representatives approved the amendments, which will apply to both the Pensionskasse and the Versorgungskasse.“Other providers will have to take similar steps in the near future,” Jakubowski predicted.He conceded, however, that members had asked “a lot of questions”, and that more than 100 one-on-one talks with companies had been necessary to achieve the outcome of the vote.On a voluntary basis, “several large members” have already pledged to make additional contributions to the BVV to compensate for the future cuts.“There already has been significant commitment by some members, and we will see who else will follow over the coming months,” Jakubowski said.He said it was “sad” that such measures had to be taken now, but he emphasised that it was not because the BVV had made bad investments.Last year, the BVV granted a net interest rate of 3.4%.“We have achieved this despite the low-interest-rate environment, which is nothing but a natural disaster created by the central banks,” he said.last_img read more

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