Cupcake Camp bags Esther Rantzen’s support

first_imgThe second Cupcake Camp Bournemouth, a charity baking event, will see Esther Rantzen attend as one of its celebrity judges.The event, taking place on 17 March at the Pavilion, will raise money for the NSPCC this year and, to celebrate 25 years of ChildLine, a service provided by NSPCC, its founder Esther Rantzen is lending her support to the event.Margaret Hitchman of Cake Heaven, and the organiser of Cupcake Camp Bournemouth said last year was so successful that this year a committee – made up of Melanie Kiani of Simply Events and leisure and cultural trust BH Live, which operates the Bournemouth Pavilion – has been formed to run the event.Said Hitchman: “Cupcake Camp is a gathering together of bakers and cupcake lovers to celebrate the deliciousness of the cupcake and, in the process, raise money for charity. Last year we asked bakers from the south to donate their cupcakes to the Cupcake Camp.“Each cupcake cost only £1 and we raised almost £1,700 for Macmillan Cancer Support. This year we are pleased to announce that we are supporting the NSPCC and are hoping to have 4,000 cupcakes donated to feed the crowds.”There will also be cupcake competitions, live music, entertainment, cake decorating, artists, stallholders and shopping, crafts and children’s activities and a raffle. If you want to get involved contact Hitchman by emailing [email protected] or via the Facebook page on You can also donate cupcakes or raffle prizes via read more

John Prine Teams Up With Sturgill Simpson, Brandi Carlile On ‘Colbert’ [Watch]

first_imgLast night’s episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert featured a meeting of the generations when legendary country music singer-songwriter John Prine welcomed modern country mavericks Sturgill Simpson and Brandi Carlile to join him for a tune. The pair helped Prine out on “Summer’s End”, a new tune from Prine’s latest album, Tree of Forgiveness.John Prine with Sturgill Simpson & Brandi Carlile – “Summer’s End”As previously reported, Tree of Forgiveness was released today—April 13th—and marks Prine’s first full-length album of new original material in 13 years. The album was produced by Dave Cobb, the man behind Simpson and Carlile’s most recent records. Tree of Forgiveness also marks Prine’s first release since 2016, when he joined forces with a talented array of female artists like Susan Tedeschi, Lee Ann Womack, Alison Krauss, Miranda Lambert, and Kacey Musgraves on the duets album For Better, or Worse.last_img read more

Santana Releases New Single, “Yo Me Lo Merezco”, Off Of Forthcoming Album [Listen]

first_imgLegendary jazz and rock guitarist Carlos Santana is gearing up to release a new LP, Africa Speaks, due out on June 7th via Concord Records. The Rick Rubin-produced Africa Speaks marks Santana’s first full-length release since 2017’s The Power Of Peace, a collaborative effort with The Isley Brothers, as well as Santana’s wife and touring partner Cindy Blackman Santana.Following the release of the album’s lead single, “Los Invisibles”, featuring Spanish vocalist Buika, Santana has shared a new single also featuring Buika, “Yo Me Lo Merezco”. Listen to Santana’s new tune “Yo Me Lo Merezco” below:Santana ft. Buika – “Yo Me Lo Merezco”[Audio: Santana]Fans can head here to pre-order Santana’s forthcoming Africa Speaks LP.This summer, Santana will hit the road in celebration of the 20th anniversary of his Grammy-winning album, Supernatural, and the 50th anniversary of his monumental performance at Woodstock. The Supernatural Now tour will span 29 dates over three months, and will feature support by The Doobie Brothers. Additionally, Santana will play 23 shows through November at Las Vegas, NV’s House of Blues at Mandalay Bay.Check out a list of Santana’s extensive 2019 tour dates below, and head to his website for ticketing and more information.Carlos Santana 2019 Tour Dates:May 17 – House of Blues at Mandalay Bay – Las Vegas, NVMay 18 – House of Blues at Mandalay Bay – Las Vegas, NVMay 19 – House of Blues at Mandalay Bay – Las Vegas, NVMay 22 – House of Blues at Mandalay Bay – Las Vegas, NVMay 24 – House of Blues at Mandalay Bay – Las Vegas, NVMay 25 – House of Blues at Mandalay Bay – Las Vegas, NVMay 26 – House of Blues at Mandalay Bay – Las Vegas, NVSep 18 – House of Blues at Mandalay Bay – Las Vegas, NVSep 20 – House of Blues at Mandalay Bay – Las Vegas, NVSep 21 – House of Blues at Mandalay Bay – Las Vegas, NVSep 22 – House of Blues at Mandalay Bay – Las Vegas, NVSep 25 – House of Blues at Mandalay Bay – Las Vegas, NVSep 27 – House of Blues at Mandalay Bay – Las Vegas, NVSep 28 – House of Blues at Mandalay Bay – Las Vegas, NVSep 29 – House of Blues at Mandalay Bay – Las Vegas, NVOct 30 – House of Blues at Mandalay Bay – Las Vegas, NVNov 1 – House of Blues at Mandalay Bay – Las Vegas, NVNov 2 – House of Blues at Mandalay Bay – Las Vegas, NVNov 3 – House of Blues at Mandalay Bay – Las Vegas, NVNov 6 – House of Blues at Mandalay Bay – Las Vegas, NVNov 8 – House of Blues at Mandalay Bay – Las Vegas, NVNov 9 – House of Blues at Mandalay Bay – Las Vegas, NVNov 10 – House of Blues at Mandalay Bay – Las Vegas, NVView Tour DatesSantana / The Doobie Brothers 2019 Tour Dates:June 22 – Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin PavilionJune 23 – San Diego, CA @ North Island Credit Union AmphitheatreJune 24 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood BowlJune 26 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline AmphitheatreJune 27 – Wheatland, CA @ Toyota AmphitheatreJune 29 – Seattle, WA @ White River AmphitheatreJune 30 – Portland, OR @ Sunlight Supply AmphitheaterJuly 2 – Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA AmphitheatreJuly 3 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi CenterJuly 6 – Dallas, TX @ Dos Equis PavilionJuly 9 – Austin, TX @ Austin360 AmphitheaterJuly 11 – Kansas City, MO – Sprint CenterJuly 12 – St. Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino AmphitheatreAugust 3 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy CenterAugust 4 – Chicago, IL @ Hollywood Casino AmphitheatreAugust 6 – Toronto, ON @ Budweiser StageAugust 7 – Cleveland, OH @ Blossom Music CenterAugust 9 – Indianapolis, IN @ Ruoff Home Mortgage Music CenterAugust 10 – Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music CenterAugust 11 – Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music TheatreAugust 13 – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music PavilionAugust 14 – Washington, DC @ Jiffy Lube LiveAugust 16 – Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake AmphitheaterAugust 18 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts CenterAugust 20 – Boston, MA @ Xfinity CenterAugust 21 – Hartford, CT @ XFINITY TheatreAugust 23 – Saratoga, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts CenterAugust 24 – Camden, NJ @ BB&T PavilionAugust 25 – Wantagh, NY @ Northwell Health at Jones Beach TheaterView Tour Dateslast_img read more

To the Edge and Beyond: Resistance is Futile

first_imgJust like in Gene Roddenberry’s “Star Trek,” where the Borg subsumed all other races with the tag line “resistance is futile,” programmable fabrics are fast becoming the inevitable way of the future; and whether we consume them underneath a more traditional full stack router or more directly using modern day programmable fabric controllers, they are set to become a part of the networking fabric.Programmable fabrics have been predicted to revolutionize the network space for quite some time; however, we’re now seeing several key drivers that point to this technology becoming a reality sooner rather than later.There are four major use cases:Next Generation Network Fabric: providing a traffic engineered, multi-tenanted and scalable network fabric that doesn’t suffer from the problems with today’s mixed overlay/underlay fabrics.5G and Edge: converging and offloading fixed and wireless services at the edge and in the process reducing latency, jitter, power and space and freeing up server cores for new edge applications.Telemetry & Autonomous networks: using in-band telemetry to drive more consistent and intelligent forwarding decisions in the fabric.Automation: enabling CI/CD pipelines to roll network changes into production more quickly, reliably and efficiently.These drivers require a different architectural approach for the network fabric than has been required in the past. The traditional router/switch architecture running a full stack of routing protocols  on each network device will be instead moved more centrally to run atop a fabric controller for that domain. They will still be interacting with other existing domains using traditional routing protocols, but allowing the above use cases within their programmable fabric domain as shown in the following diagram (note: the NG-SDN Domain is the programmable fabric):While these programmable fabric domains may initially be introduced into smaller areas of the telecommunication provider’s network like the access or edge networks, over time they’ll likely be joined, and we may see a hierarchy of controllers used to control the end to end network similar to Google’s global SDN networks.What is a “Programmable Fabric”?A “Programmable Fabric” is the next generation of the Software Defined Network (i.e. ONF’s NG-SDN) in that it allows programmability all the way down to the forwarding pipeline. This programmability can then be used by network functions, allowing them to be fully disaggregated and virtualized and truly defined in software to deploy where and as needed in the network. Programmable Fabrics are the inevitable next step in the next generation of networks.Dell Technologies is helping our Telecommunication Service Providers in the following ways:More cost efficient: Use of merchant silicon with strategic vendor support will help manage costs while scaling the network.More Open: An open and standards-based solution will allow the service provider to take advantage of industry innovations more easily while ensuring no vendor lock-in and will be key to driving down costs in the network.Multi-tenanted: The ability to define multiple different virtual networks in software on the same physical network for the purposes of multiple tenants or applications while keeping all the other characteristics required by a service provider (i.e. traffic engineering and telemetry).Traffic engineered: The ability to allow tenants or applications to signal priority and resourcing to the network and have the network provide that service (i.e. bandwidth, latency, jitter, specified path, redundancy characteristics).Telemetry: In-band telemetry that allows real time recording of packet metrics (i.e. latency, jitter, drops) on a per session basis is key to the operational support of the solution.Intelligent Control Loop Feedback: Machine learning can be applied to the telemetry being received from the network to provide intelligent control loop feedback to prevent or repair network failures and ensure the network is being operated correctly and efficiently.Continuous Integration and Continuous Deployment (CI/CD): Will be key to allowing service providers to integrate changes more easily and quickly into the network, allowing full operational readiness tests to be carried out before changes are deployed into a production network.Network Function offload: The ability to offload the user plane portion of network functions into the programmable fabric (BNG for fixed or UPF for wireless subscriber termination are examples of network functions that could be offloaded into the programmable fabric).Dell Technologies is committed to helping our Telecommunication customers build the fastest, most reliable network while ensuring they are seeing a return on their investment.last_img read more

French developer Neoen begins construction of 41MW solar farm in Mozambique

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renewables Now:France’s Neoen SA has kicked off construction on its 41-MWp Metoro solar photovoltaic (PV) project in northeastern Mozambique.The start of construction works was marked by an official groundbreaking ceremony last week that was attended by French government officials and the Mozambican president Filipe Nyusi, the Africa Solar Industry Association (AFSIA) announced.French renewable energy project developer Neoen is implementing the project in partnership with Electricidade de Mocambique (EDM). The overall investment is estimated at USD 56 million (EUR 47.3m), of which USD 40 million were provided by French development agency AFD, through its financial arm Proparco.To be located in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province, the solar farm will cover an area of 138 ha (341 acres) and will be capable of producing enough electricity to supply 175,000 local homes. Once operational, it will sell its output under a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with EDM.Portugal-based Efacec Power Solutions is in charge of building the solar park.[Veselina Petrova]More: Neoen breaks ground 41-MWp solar farm in Mozambique French developer Neoen begins construction of 41MW solar farm in Mozambiquelast_img read more

Ex-SCPD Sgt. Convicted of Misconduct, Acquitted of Hate Crimes

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Suffolk County jury issued a split verdict in the case of an ex-Suffolk County police sergeant on trial for allegedly stealing from Hispanic drivers that prosecutors said he targeted.Scott Greene was found guilty Friday of petty larceny, official misconduct and grand larceny but was acquitted of more serious hate crimes charges at First District Court in Central Islip.“The verdict is another chilling reminder of a broken relationship between the Suffolk County Police Department and the Latino community,” Juan Cartagena, president and General Counsel, LatinoJustice PRLDEF, said in a statement after the verdict.Prosecutors alleged that the 52-year-old Shirley man targeted Hispanic drivers with out-of-state license plates, pulled them over and told them he was searching their vehicles for contraband when he stole their cash.His defense attorney argued that Greene didn’t target Latinos, although his victims were all Hispanic.Greene was arrested following an undercover sting in January 2014, a month after the county reached a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to resolve a probe into complaints that the police department discriminated against Hispanics.Cartagena reiterated calls for the DOJ to step in, citing the Green case and the recent arrest of James Burke, the former Suffolk police chief accused of beating a suspect and covering it up. Cartagena’s group is suing the department, claiming racial discrimination.Greene faces up to four years in prison when Judge Fernande Comacho sentences him. Greene, who retired a month after his arrest, collects a $68,790 annual pension.last_img read more

Credit unions committed to financial education

first_imgCredit Unions build stronger communities with innovative financial education Dianne Molvig“Financial education is part of credit unions’ DNA,” says Gigi Hyland, executive director of the National Credit Union Foundation, the credit union movement’s philanthropic arm.In fact, providing financial education comes as naturally to credit unions as opening checking accounts or issuing car loans. That’s why they’ve gained a reputation in communities across the country as the go-to resource for financial literacy training.“That’s a great place for credit unions to be,” Hyland says.Still, she’d like to see credit unions do more to tout their financial education achievements. The Foundation analyzes programs and approaches that work best, and assesses financial education’s impact on people’s lives.“At every turn,” Hyland says, “we urge credit unions to talk more frequently and more forcefully about what they’re doing to improve the financial lives of people in their communities.” continue reading » 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

MWB left reeling as NAV halves

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Chinese investment in the US drops to lowest level since global financial crisis

first_imgUS President Donald Trump said on Friday he was undecided about whether to end the so-called Phase 1 US-China trade deal, just hours after top trade officials from both countries pledged to press ahead with implementing it despite coronavirus economic wreckage.Trump, who has blamed China’s early handling of the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan in late 2019 for causing thousands of deaths and millions of job losses in the United States, has threatened to terminate the trade deal if China fails to meet its purchase commitments.The report released on Monday shows that Chinese investment into the United States had slowed even before the pandemic.Stephen Orlins, president of the National Committee on US-China Relations, one of the groups behind the report, said in a foreword that both countries should resist a retreat to “economic nationalism” in the event of a global recession.US investment in China increased slightly in 2019 to $14 billion, up from $13 billion a year earlier, according to the analysis.However, the pandemic has put additional pressure on US companies in China, raising questions about whether to move operations out of the country to diverse supply chains, the report said.  Chinese investment in the United States dropped to $5 billion in 2019, a slight decrease from a year earlier and the lowest level since the global financial crisis a decade ago, according to a new analysis by the US-China Investment Project.The analysis attributed the investment slowdown to Chinese restrictions on outbound capital, more regulatory oversight in the United States, slower Chinese economic growth, and rising tensions between the two nations.Relations between the United States and China have deteriorated in recent weeks as the novel coronavirus has spread across the globe, killing more than 276,000 people worldwide and infecting over 4 million. Topics :last_img read more

​Norway’s sovereign fund seeks to allocate €6.3bn to private equity

first_imgNorges Bank Investment Management (NBIM) has proposed changes to the rules for Norway’s sovereign wealth fund to allow it to invest in unlisted equities.The bank – which manages the NOK9.4trn (€944bn) Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) – said that freeing up the fund in this way would enable it to profit further from initial public offerings (IPOs).Currently, the fund may only invest in unlisted companies where the board has expressed an intention to seek a listing on a regulated or recognised marketplace.If the wording of the mandate were changed in line with the bank’s proposal, NBIM said it believed a limit of 1% of the equity portfolio would be “sufficient to address the intentions behind this type of investment”. Based on figures from the end of June, 1% of the GPFG’s listed equity portfolio would be worth roughly NOK63.5bn, or €6.3bn. Yngve Slyngstad (top), CEO of NBIM; Jon Nicolaisen, deputy governor of Norges BankNBIM made the proposal in a letter to the Finance Ministry yesterday, which it sent in response to an earlier government request for a report of its experience of investing in unlisted companies.The ministry had specifically asked whether the bank believed that access to companies at an earlier stage would contribute to more efficient execution of the fund’s management.Jon Nicolaisen, deputy governor of Norges Bank, and Yngve Slyngstad, chief executive of NBIM, wrote: “The bank is of the opinion that the wording of the current regulation that the board must have expressed ‘an intention’ to seek a listing should be amended.”They added that, in their experience, concrete board resolutions for companies to apply for listings in the near future were passed relatively late in the process, and so “a number of transactions that might have been relevant to the fund have not therefore been pursued”.NBIM said one alternative to the current regulation was to allow the fund to be invested in unlisted shares in large companies that were not yet listed, if it was reasonable to expect that some of these would go public later.“The option of investing in large companies that are not yet listed will make it possible for the fund to build up the desired exposure over a longer period,” Nicolaisen and Slyngstad said.GPFG asset allocation (%)Chart MakerIn the letter, NBIM also said the ministry had asked it to compare the return and risk characteristics of investment in private equities with participation in IPOs, but the bank did not have enough data to fully compare the two strategies.However, in its experience, it said, participation in IPOs had generated a higher return than investment in shares bought immediately after listing.“This excess return varies from transaction to transaction and from market to market,” Nicolaisen and Slyngstad said. “All in all, the fund’s participation in such offerings over the past five years has produced an excess return over shares in the same sector.”last_img read more