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first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailOREM, Utah (AP) — Baylee Steele tallied 15 points and 12 rebounds to lift Utah Valley to a 79-67 win over UMKC on Saturday night. Conner Toolson had 15 points for Utah Valley (19-8, 8-4 Western Athletic Conference). Jake Toolson added 14 points. TJ Washington had 11 points for the hosts. The Wolverines improve to 2-0 against the Kangaroos on the season. Utah Valley defeated UMKC 75-67 on Jan. 24. Utah Valley faces Seattle on the road on Tuesday. UMKC takes on New Mexico State at home on Thursday. Written by Xavier Bishop had 19 points and six assists for the Kangaroos (10-18, 5-8). Danny Dixon added 16 points. Brandon McKissic had 13 points.center_img Tags: Baylee Steele/UVU Wolverines Basketball/WAC February 23, 2019 /Sports News – Local Steele leads Utah Valley past UMKC 79-67 Associated Presslast_img read more

first_imgJune 24, 2019 /Sports News – National WNBA star Candace Parker on the strong women who influenced her and the NBA Awards Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailTim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — WNBA star Candace Parker is outspoken about the women who have influenced not just on the court, but off it, too.One of the most prominent of those influences was late college basketball coaching legend Pat Summitt, who Parker played under for four years at the University of Tennessee.On Monday night at the 2019 NBA Awards, Parker will honor another strong woman, who was a dear friend of her role model Summit, with the 2019 Sager Strong Award. This award is given to “an individual who has been a trailblazer while exemplifying courage, faith, compassion and grace.”That 2019 honoree and close friend is none other than “Good Morning America” co-anchor, Robin Roberts.“For four years and beyond Coach Summitt spoke about Robin Roberts in the highest words that you could describe somebody,” Parker said. “To be able to present this award to her really means a lot to me and I know it would mean a lot to Coach Summitt.”Being impacted by strong female role modelsSince the WNBA wasn’t around for most of Parker’s childhood, she says looked up to athletes in other sports who showed her the type of athlete she wished to become.“Women’s soccer, and even the Magnificent Seven gymnasts put women’s sports, for my generation, on the map,” Parker said. “It was really cool to go out and pretend you were Dominque Dawes or Dominque Moceanu or Mia Hamm.”Now, Parker is quite the influential woman herself. The WNBA star has two NCAA championships, one WNBA championship and two Olympic gold medals under her belt.Parker broke barriers as the first woman to dunk in an NCAA tournament game and the first player to dunk multiple times in their WNBA career. On top of her success as a basketball player, she has now stepped into the booth as a commentator for ESPN.While the list of Parker’s jobs and accomplishments is extensive, her purpose, she said, is being a mother to 10-year-old Lailaa.Finding balance with basketball and motherhoodWhen Parker got pregnant shortly after she became a professional basketball player, she had the same concerns as many working moms. She worried that she would have to sacrifice one for the other, whether it giving up her love of basketball or giving up being a present mother.That’s when, she said, Summitt stepped up to help her not only develop as an athlete, but as a mother.“She basically showed me that you can have both. You can have a family and you can have a career and you can give to both,” Parker said. “That was huge for me, being able to see her do that as a role model.”Parker said finding the balance came from realizing she needed both her love of basketball and love for her daughter for her own happiness.“We’re better when we’re happy with ourselves,” Parker said. “Everybody has mom guilt. I feel so guilty when I leave my child. But she understands that in order to be the best mom to her I have to be happy. It’s OK to continue to make yourself happy.”Working to raise a strong womanWhile her views of happiness have changed since having Lailaa, so has her purpose. Parker said being a strong female athlete is now “greater than me.”As Lailaa grows, Parker hopes to not only be a role model for her daughter herself, but surround her the same types influential women who helped her be the person she is today.“My daughter has grown up around so many strong, independent, free-thinking women that I don’t think she understands the limitations that are put on her. She doesn’t feel them,” Parker said.“I want her to keep this little sliver of innocence,” she continued. “If you didn’t feel that you couldn’t do something or someone was limiting you or putting you in a box, imagine the amount of things that you could do.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.center_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

first_imgHowever, the Animal Justice Project called for greatertransparency about “out-of-date and futile” tests on rabbits. The event is co-organised by WDAIL and Speak – the Voice for the Rights of Animals, which has previously campaigned against the building of a new animal laboratory by the University. It regularly holds demonstrations and information stalls in Oxford. “In the twenty-first century we now have the means and theability to carry out cutting edge medical research without recourse to animalexperimentation. British universities have been acused of “growing moresecretive” about their use of animal testing, with AJP alleging that Edinburgh,Cambridge, UCL and 15 others also declined to give details. A protest against Oxford University’s use of animal testing will be held today, coinciding with the 40th World Day for Animals in Laboratories (WDAIL). The protest intends to highlight the plight of animals who “suffer in the name of research and profit.” They stated: “The university also releases all animaltesting data, by species and sever- ity, every single year. This is usually inthe autumn.” The day begins with a rally at Oxpens Park at noon. Themarch begins at 1.00pm and will follow a route through Cornmarket and to theUniversity’s laboratory on Mansfield Road. There is set to be speeches both atOxpens Park and outside the laboratory. The organisation’s founder Mel Broughton, stated: “Millionsof animals are still being experimented on in the name of medical research. British universities have been condemned by theanti-vivisection campaign group, Animal Justice Project (AJP), who alleged thatsome of the rabbits “had been infected with cholera, others given fatalinjections, and some had their eyes sewn shut.” According to data obtained by the AJP, the UK is one of thelargest users of laboratory animals in the world. According to the latest HomeOffice statistics, over half of the 3.87 million experiments conducted in theUK in 2017 were in universities. “Those who think that science is ethically neutral confusethe findings of science, which are, with the activity of science, which isnot.” There will be speakers at the event, including the firstperson to rescue an animal from a laboratory in the UK Mike Huskisson,campaigns manager at Animal Aid Jessamy Korotoga, and the founder of AJP ClairePalmer. This figure corresponds to around 26 animal experiments perday in the United Kingdom. Other universities, such as Liverpool, UCL, and Sheffield,have also been criticised by the campaign group. The AJP alleged last year thatNottingham University “infected sixty baby rabbits with cholera, causingdiarrhoea, vomiting and dehydration. “They were believed to have suffered extreme thirst, low blood pressure and irregular heartbeat causing death if “humane termination” was not carried out.” An Oxford University spokesperson said they refuse Freedomof Information requests only on data already due for release. In 2018, Oxford “neglected” to release the number of rabbitsthey had used in testing. This was the first time in four years that theUniversity had not provided the information. In 2017, they carried out 236,429tests on animals. last_img read more

first_imgJuggling actAt the moment, time is already at a premium. Although supported by three full-time staff and part-time help when required, the pair face a “real juggling act” between the demands of production and the need to go out into the field to represent the firm and source new customers. “Because our products are unique and we use techniques that bakers outside London would not use, that makes Craig and I the best people to discuss our products,” says Golob. “Give it a year or so and we hope to step away from production and do the representing work ourselves.”Ultimately that will mean recruiting new employees to carry on their high standards and they are looking to France, rather than London, as a potential source. “We have one or two contacts in France and hope to entice them over here,” says Golob. “There are some 35,000 bakeries in France. If we intend to employ skilled bakers to make specialised bread, then a British baker may not always be the right person for the job.”To ensure he stays close to market trends in France, Golob is planning to work back there for a couple of months. “There are a lot of techniques used there that aren’t employed here. Some bakeries in Paris don’t use any commercial yeast at all, which I find quite exciting. The techniques are slower, maturing the dough to get the best flavour, and some are still using wood-fired ovens.”While Golob says he and Barton have been somewhat surprised at the firm’s growth, he puts it down to their ambition and enjoyment of what they do. “We have a three- to five-year plan, during which we would like to develop two separate sides to the company, but retain the same Barton & White ethos. We still want to supply retailers such as delicatessens with our breads and handmade products but also go down the wholesale route. It’s quite hard to see which will be the way it develops. But we love what we do and feel we are on the verge of something big.” Over-worked, obsessed by details and prone to fits of temper, chefs have a fearsome reputation thanks to the on-screen antics of Gordon Ramsay. So you might think selling bread to top restaurants is a nerve-wracking affair for a baker. Turn up with something that doesn’t match the head chef’s lofty expectations and there’s a good chance you’ll be sent away with a flea in your ear or at least a stream of invective.Thankfully this is not something artisan bakers and patissiers Daniel Golob and Craig Barton have ever gone through. The owners of Barton & White bakery in north-west Leicestershire have actually found the hospitality trade so easy to sell to that it makes up around 25% of their business.”We’ve never had any problems selling our products. We’ve never done any marketing – it’s all been built up through word of mouth,” says Golob. “We turn up with some samples, explain how we make our products and the ingredients we use, and generally the chef says ’yes’.”One of the reasons they say ’yes’ so quickly is that there is a dearth of bakers with the required range and quality in the region, says Golob. “I don’t know of a single competitor to us in the area. It was something that came up during research before setting up the business; there was a real need for a good quality, artisan bakery in the Midlands. One of the biggest problems with the bread industry in this area is that it seems to be very much brown or white bread in numerous sizes, which seems to me like cheating the customer.” Continental flavour”We offer a range of products people can usually only buy abroad or at Continental markets. We have a base of 50 or 60 speciality and artisan bread products. While we do produce a brown and white tin loaf, these are the items we sell the least of.”The company first began in 2004 as a catering business, making pâté, terrines and speciality breads. Local restaurants and fine food retailers began placing regular orders and the business snowballed from there. The official launch date of Barton & White was September of that year and was helped by a start-up loan from the Thomas White Charity.Today, the company makes breads such as focaccia, ciabatta, sourdough, baguettes, pain de campagne and rye, which are all handmade using long fermentation times, natural leavens and absolutely no improvers or artificial additives. Patisserie and cakes, made by Craig, including chocolate eclairs, Irish coffee cream roulade, chocolate and Grand Marnier torte and a range of cheesecakes, are also an important part of the business, which is housed on the second floor of a new 4,000sq ft unit.center_img On-trade experienceBarton & White’s success is, in no small measure, due to the founders’ backgrounds. Both Barton and Golob have long experience working as chefs and patissiers in top hotels and restaurants here and in France, so they recognise exactly what chefs want from their suppliers.”If a client has a specific requirement or idea they can just pick up the phone and talk to us. We are more than happy to oblige and this is how we get a lot of our repeat business,” says Golob. “I know, from a chef’s point of view, that if you can have something made to your needs, it makes the job so much easier.”Trialling new products is only conducted on a limited basis to avoid unnecessary waste. Goods are produced to order, usually in quantities of up to a dozen, and sent to customers for feedback. “It is a balancing act for us, as our clients have to stick their neck out,” says Golob. “But we try to help them along the way as much as possible.”The pair are exploring various avenues to develop the business. While they already supply delicatessens and golf clubs, as well as restaurants and wholesalers, they are fighting shy of any full-blown launch into the retail sector as yet – either via their own outlets or via supply to major supermarkets. Instead, they have investigated the idea of mail order, as products such as sourdoughs, which have a longer shelf-life, could potentially be sold all over the world.”We’re also looking into corporate packaging, so that products can be sold directly to the retail market,” says Golob. “We’re open to a lot of ideas, but it has to make financial sense pretty quickly because, as a young company, it’s important we make money. We want to concentrate on what we are doing at the moment and grow the company from within,” he adds. “Then we can look at it again in a year from now and review the situation.”last_img read more

first_imgVia National Cupcake Week group on FacebookLucie Waller: Anyone else have an iPad? It keeps correcting words and buttercream in particular it changes to butt cream!! What are my customers going to think I put on their cakes?last_img

first_imgUsing funding from the CSSF, which delivers and supports security, peacekeeping, and stability across the globe, UK military personnel played a crucial role in several cross-government programmes. The report highlights in particular the defence contribution to the Hurricane Irma relief effort, training provided to the African Union Mission to Somalia and UK support to the Lebanese military.Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said:“Whether it’s contributing to the destruction of Daesh or rapidly responding to natural disasters, our world class Armed Forces are always ready to help make the world more secure.“The variety of roles our military does, as highlighted in today’s CSSF report, embodies the role Global Britain plays in maintaining international stability.”The report details Defence’s significant contribution to the £57 million released towards the Caribbean response to Hurricane Irma. UK military, working alongside other government bodies, helped to deliver the re-electrification of Anguilla within three months of the hurricane.British support to the African Union Mission to Somalia is building their capacity to restore stability in Somalia and transition to Somali-led security, protecting civilians and tackling the use of child soldiers.Elsewhere, UK support to the Lebanese military contributes to the country’s successful operations to counter terrorist and destabilising activity within its borders. The Lebanon is still the only nation – and the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) the only army – to have successfully repelled an invasion from Daesh.last_img read more

first_imgPremier Foods has averted a third week of strikes at its Wigan Hovis site following a “landmark” deal that sees an end to zero-hours contracts at the plant.The strikes over Premier’s use of agency workers and zero-hour contracts, which the Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) had claimed were paid less than contracted staff, had threatened to disrupt operations at the site this week.Following fresh talks on Thursday (19 September), a new proposal was put to the BFAWU on Friday, with members voting to accept it on Saturday.The settlement includes a review of manning levels and 24 members of staff, who had previously been on zero-hour contracts, have now been taken on full-time.The deal also avoids the “Swedish derogation”, whereby a third-party hires and pays workers on behalf of the business, who are given a form of contract but are not directly employed, in a practice that “avoids legal obligations to pay people the same amounts of money”, explained Ian Hodson, national president of the BFAWU.He said: “We’re really pleased the company has sat down and reached an agreement with us.“The onus is on our members to do additional hours, so there shouldn’t be any need to bring agency workers in. [Premier] won’t be using the Swedish derogation now, which they were suggesting they would do. Significantly, they have resolved the zero-hour contract issue: there won’t be any zero-hour contracts, either directly or indirectly.“The issue was around workers being treated fairly and equally and we believe we’ve managed to achieve just that,” he added.Hodson hoped the settlement would signal an end to the “exploitative practices carried out by other companies in the country”.“We’re extremely happy with Hovis – we believe this is a landmark decision,” he said. “Zero-hours is a huge problem in the baking industry. There are factories working with 70-80% agency workers, and all the skill is leaving the industry.”A spokesperson for Premier Foods said: “The agreement reinforces our previous assurances that the company has no intention of replacing permanent employees with agency staff or using agency staff as a lever to erode existing employees’ terms and conditions.“In the event of temporary labour shortages, the union has committed that such shortages will be covered by existing employees utilising overtime and banked hours. “In the unlikely event that this is not possible, it is then agreed that the company can use agency staff to cover any gaps. The company has further committed to move any agency employee who works a minimum of 39 hours per week for 12 consecutive weeks to parity pay with existing employees.”last_img read more

first_imgIn-store bakery supplier Country Style Foods has acquired a bakery plant in Belgium, formerly owned by Belgian bakery business, Le Bon Grain Group.The company told British Baker the new factory will produce a part-baked bread and roll range, aimed at in-store bakeries and the ‘bake-at-home’ market.The site, previously owned by major Belgian bakery business Le Bon Grain Group, which was broken up last year, has been supplying to both European supermarket chains and UK retailers.The plant is in the town of Lommel, close to the Dutch and German borders.Joe Wood, managing director of Country Style Foods, told British Baker: “We intend to utilise the site to spearhead our European expansion, as well as to offer our existing customers more.”Built in 2014, the industrial plant includes “considerable” robotics and automation, according to the company.last_img read more

first_imgWATCH: The Preview Show for Michigan A message from FOX Sports about America’s new 24-hour sports network, FOX Sports 1 WATCH: Up to Speed: Vickers, Dillon in spotlight WATCH: Fantasy Showdown: Previewing Michigan FOX Sports 1 offers you the level of access to NASCAR content you’ve been accustomed to with SPEED. To go along with nearly 5,000 hours of live event, news and original programming annually, FOX Sports 1 is the home of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, select NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races (2015), select NASCAR Nationwide Series races (2015), as well as Speedweeks events, including Daytona 500 Coors Light Pole Qualifying, the Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway and the Budweiser Duels.Popular established NASCAR-specific programs, including NASCAR RaceDay, NASCAR Victory Lane and NASCAR Race Hub continue on FOX Sports 1, as does live coverage of practice and qualifying sessions from all three national series. On launch day, FOX Sports 1 brings you more than six hours of NASCAR programming, highlighted by coverage of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race from Michigan International Speedway – the first live event on America’s new sports network:Saturday 8/17 highlightsNASCAR Live – 8 a.m. ETNASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice – 8:30 a.m. ETNASCAR Camping World Truck Series Keystone Light Pole Qualifying – 9:30 a.m. ETNASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice – 11 a.m. ETNASCAR Camping World Truck Series Setup – Noon ETNASCAR Camping World Truck Series Racing – 12:30 p.m. ETFor a full schedule, details, and to find out which channel you can find FOX Sports 1 in your home, please visit your friends at FOX SportsMORE:center_img To our valued NASCAR fans:America’s new 24-hour sports network, FOX Sports 1, has arrived. We are proud and excited to tell you the network will continue its extensive coverage of NASCAR for many years to come. WATCH: NASCAR Next: Ryan Gifford KEY FOX AND FOX SPORTS 1 SUMMARY: 2015-2024• NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: First 16 points races (9 on FOX Sports, 7 on FOX Sports 1)• NASCAR Nationwide Series: First 14 points races (14 races on FOX Sports 1)• NASCAR Camping World Truck Series: All races• NASCAR Sprint Unlimited, Budweiser Duels and NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race• ‘TV Everywhere’ live-streaming rights for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Serieslast_img read more

first_imgLike any other industry, healthcare is striving to reduce costs and increase productivity. Healthcare IT professionals are under pressure to find the most effective combinations of new technology to realize these improvements.In my second industry-themed blog post, I will be examining healthcare, exploring the four key drivers that are transforming the industry:Healthcare utilizationHealthcare financial modelsPatient and healthcare provider interactionsMedical scienceHow are healthcare providers’ IT strategies changing in the coming years?Healthcare providers in developed economies around the world are facing similar challenges, including rising costs and a fundamental shift in the way healthcare services are accessed.As populations age, there is a measurable increase in the cost of providing healthcare, which is compounded by shifts in the rates and types of illnesses being treated by clinicians. This has resulted in an influx of new financing and payment models to decrease provider costs while giving more value to the healthcare consumers.To combat disease and illness, medical professionals are becoming more innovative in their treatments, while expanding their areas of treatment from traditional medical sites (e.g., hospitals) to engage patients in mobile settings.Healthcare utilization is transformingOne of the by-products of an aging population is an increase in the treatment of chronic disease. By their very nature, chronic diseases are expensive to treat and time consuming for both patient and provider. Another by-product is access to healthcare services across borders, whether patients are across counties, states or nations.Healthcare providers are looking to technology to help solve these problems, specifically through the use of telehealth services. Telehealth services extend the range that healthcare can be delivered while reducing the need for clinicians to travel, which increases efficiency and productivity.This convenience and efficiency is complicated for IT professionals to deliver because they are heavily bound by regulatory requirements, security implications of patient records being outside the firewall and the need for gold standards in network, application, device and compute performance.Healthcare financial models are evolvingRevenue models for the healthcare industry are also under pressure. In countries such as England, the Nordics and Australia, government funding is changing from being calculated on process measures to outcome-based models, which factor in quality of life and early disease detection. The trend for healthcare costs is increasing across the globe, with one of the key metrics being the ratio of healthcare cost to GDP.Expect to see more business intelligence (BI) platforms that enable various organisational elements to become less reliant on one another for information, therefore increasing speed to decisions as they utilize more sophisticated reporting and dashboard tools. This can be achieved by linking together disparate data warehouses, which reduces data compartmentalization and increases visibility. Finally, analytical capabilities can be built on top of these BI platforms, which will provide real-time prediction of performance, losses and process failures.Patients are interacting with healthcare providers differentlyFrom a technology perspective, this change in interaction between patient and provider can be looked at as enabling patients with better information, creating tools that help patients self-diagnose or monitor illnesses, and creating social communities to provide additional services to patients ranging from support groups to treatment resources.It is in this area that we see rapid deployment of small, mobile applications and the use of private or customized social networks, which can intersect with analytical tools and bring deeper diagnostic capabilities (such as using IBM Watson as an invisible front line doctor!). In fact, according to Gartner, “By 2017, 30% of patients will regularly use mobile social commerce apps to engage their healthcare provider and access their health information.”[footnote]Predicts 2014: Healthcare Delivery Organization IT Leaders Published: 27 November 2013 G00258117[/footnote]Therefore IT will evolve patient portals from simple tools that access tests or medical records to robust platforms that can send messages to enhance and personalize patient engagement and experience. IT will be tasked with the development of these tools to be more personalized, meaningful and impactful for building relationships.Medical science is constantly transforming Historically, IT has been one of the most important drivers behind the transformation in medical science. Areas such as genomic sequencing, industrialization of medicine and diagnostics all owe their success on the ability to take advantage of IT.In the coming years we can expect these areas to expand to include personalized medicine as well as better point-of-care tools with real-time, individualized patient risk predictors and actionable care metrics. However, the technology that is getting the majority of attention from the industry is electronic health records (EHRs).EHRs are large-scale transformational projects that aim to simplify the complex and disparate nature of medical record keeping. They are considered to be the most complicated, expensive and politically charged project currently being deployed in the industry. According to Gartner, through 2017, annual spending on medical informatics needed for EHR optimisation will trend toward five times the initial informatics costs.[footnote]Predicts 2014: Healthcare Delivery Organization IT Leaders – G00258117[/footnote]The VCE perspectiveVCE offers specific industry-based solutions that are geared to solving the most critical issues faced in healthcare IT departments today.Vblock Specialized Systems for Extreme Applications deliver VDI solutions to provide a foundation for building out the latest healthcare services, such as telehealth and mobility capabilities, which can securely connect the clinician with patient records, irrespective of device or location.High-end systems provide the perfect solution to the problem faced by IT in healthcare as they scramble to implement EHR projects. With the large amount of storage, processing and network power needed to support an EHR, we understand that IT will require scalable and high-performance systems that can expand to support the rapidly increasing amounts of data being pushed through.last_img read more