The UK team finished ninth in the 13th Coup du Monde de la Pâtisserie competition, held as part of the Sirha World Hospitality & Food Service Event at Eurexpo in Lyon, France.The team competed against 21 other nations in the international competition, which saw France scoop the top title for a record seventh time in a row, taking home a prize of €21,000 (£18,000) as well as a specially-designed trophy and gold medals.Japan and Italy were awarded second and third places, winning cash prizes of €12,000 (£10,300) and €7,000 (£6,000) respectively.Members of the UK team included Javier Mercardo, Nicholad Bouhelier and Nicholas Belorgey, alongside the Coup du Monde de la Pâtisserie’s UK president Martin Chiffers. The UK team won the top prize for their entry poster, featuring an SOS-style image entitled “Lost Worlds”.The competing teams were required to prepare products within a 10-hour period during the two day-long contest, including three chocolate desserts, three fruit-based ice-cream desserts and 12 identical plate desserts.Other creations included three artistic designs, measuring 1.25m high, made with sugar, chocolate and sculpted ice.
The biggest music-streaming service in the world, Spotify, has signed a new major partnership with Samsung, the biggest smartphone producer in the world. Spotify will now be the official music service provider for all of Samsung’s products, including smartphones, televisions, tablets, watches, and speakers. In the future, when you purchase a Samsung product, Spotify will be integrated into the set-up process on new devices, as well as merged into Samsung’s voice assistant program and Samsung’s smart-home apps.Although never directly addressed by Spotify CEO Daniel Ek, there is now a clear competition between Spotify and Apple‘s Apple Music, as the latter app comes readily installed on all of Apple’s iPhones and also just landed a deal to give Verizon smartphone customers six months of free service. With Samsung being the biggest smartphone producer in the world, Spotify should have a less strenuous battle reaching smart-phone users around the world. Plus, unlike Apple Music’s subscription-only service, Spotify offers an ad-supported listening tier that costs nothing for the consumer, allowing a more pleasant experience for first-time Spotify users unfamiliar with the app’s interface.In a recent Q&A with his own company, CEO Daniel Ek explained that the partnership,Reduces the friction for users to get Spotify up and running on multiple Samsung devices once the accounts have been linked” and “allows us to create a seamless music listening experience together for the user that would be hard for either of us to build alone.” He added, “We believe that this significant long-term partnership will provide Samsung users across millions of devices with the best possible music streaming experience, and make discovering new music easier than ever — with even more opportunities to come.So what does this mean for Spotify? It’s likely we will see a rise in overall Spotify users and artists joining the platform. It also could mark the transition out of a completely Apple-product dominated world, but we’ll just have to wait and see. [H/T Rolling Stone]
My conclusion is that the themes and focus of EMC (including VMware, Pivotal and RSA) are central to the evolution underway in the Carrier and Service Provider world. Here are a few observations to validate my conclusion:1. There is a huge opportunity for virtualization. Carrier networks, such as the massive LTE mobile broadband networks that are currently being deployed, have a huge dependency on software and information processing. In fact, the amount of compute and storage capacity in global carrier networks may be at least as large as that in their data centers. While enterprise data centers have clearly seen the cost and complexity improvement through the use of virtualization, this technology has not been utilized widely on the network side of carriers. Applying this model to the carrier infrastructure is one of the single biggest tools to reduce CAPEX and improve the economics and efficiency of these incredibly cost sensitive environments.2. The future is in the Software-Defined Data Center. Beyond just compute virtualization for the carrier network, the entire vision of the Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) makes sense in the carrier environment. Today, carriers are exploring Software-Defined Network models for their infrastructure and data centers. They are also looking at new models of Software-Defined Storage to better manage and place information assets within their overall infrastructure.3. Carriers are becoming even larger information storage customers. Carrier networks generate huge amounts of data and store/process content such as video files and local advertisements. They also act as the back end of the mobile experience for services, ranging from backup of a mobile device to repositories of our digital lives, housing our collections of pictures and music files. The number of petabytes and exabytes stored by carriers is growing as fast (or faster) than many large enterprises.4. Big Data and Analytics will generate big value in the carrier ecosystem.Carriers have access to subscriber information. When this information is combined with the real time events and information coming from their networks, it can create entirely new capabilities. A cellular network that can dynamically adapt its behavior based on the user, and their historical relationship with the operator, would be invaluable in improving real time quality and overall customer experience. A carrier environment can collect and analyze the behavioral information of the entire system over very long periods of time. This allows them to better predict network degradation or proactively plan capacity expansion and reduce outages and better target CAPEX investment. To do any of these activities, the collection of huge amounts of real time and historical unstructured and structured data, and the ability to analyze it at scale quickly, will be critical. Today the best tools to do this are not coming from traditional carrier ecosystems but rather are emerging in the Big Data and Analytics innovation ecosystems. 5. Interactions with the public part of Hybrid cloud must be seamless.Every large service provider desires to be the public part of the enterprise hybrid cloud. In order to do this, they must not only have a public cloud infrastructure but they must design and implement it so that the interaction between the enterprise infrastructure and carrier ecosystem is seamless. Public clouds, while adequate for some discrete applications, lack the interworking capability with the private data center. This shortfall limits their role within most hybrid cloud models. 6. Enterprise IT wants to use Mobile Broadband, Hybrid Cloud, IoT… but needs an enterprise operating model. While most enterprises are beginning to leverage cellular mobility (LTE specifically) and other carrier infrastructure as a logical part of their IT experience, the Enterprise CIO still has the fiduciary responsibility to protect and operate the enterprise IT experience in a secure and stable manner. Because of this, Enterprise CIOs value carriers that are investing in new security and trust models. Most service providers are also now exploring new trust and security models as their environments are becoming as fluid and complex as the newly extended enterprise is. Sharing learnings, developing better interworking and extending technology capabilities across the public/private security boundary is critical to both the future carrier and the future extended enterprise. Again, many of the most advanced security tools in this new class of behavioral security and trust are originating from the enterprise security ecosystem but are now of significant interest in the carrier environment.In my various dialogues with service providers at this event, almost all areas of EMC’s strategy were relevant. The scale and specific environments for services providers were different but the problems were similar and the interest in finding the best tools to solve those problems was genuine. I am particularly optimistic that after MWC, the carrier and enterprise parts of the hybrid cloud will converge much more effectively that we may have expected.For an unabridged version of these observations, my interview with TelecomTV is linked here. Last month, I took a trip to Barcelona to attend Mobile World Congress. This event is quite possibly the largest in the telecom and service provider industry. My rationale for going was to test a theory about (a) EMC’s focus on Cloud, Big Data, Trusted IT, and (b) our increasing emphasis on the Software-Defined Data Center: are these themes as interesting to Service Providers as they are to the Enterprise?
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A new supercomputer in Wyoming will rank among the fastest in the world. The National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, announced Wednesday that Houston-based Hewlett Packard Enterprise will provide the machine. The supercomputer should rank among the 25 fastest in the world and will be used to study phenomena including climate change, severe weather, wildfires and solar flares. It will theoretically be able to perform almost 20 quadrillion calculations per second. The new machine’s maximum speed per second will be roughly equivalent to each person on Earth completing a math equation every second for an entire month.
Rosie Perez has exited The View. According to Variety, the stage and screen star, currently on hiatus to work on Larry David’s first play Fish in the Dark, will not be returning to the morning show. A View spokesperson denied that the stage and screen star would be leaving; the show’s ratings are steady compared to last year’s but are down in the key demographics. Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 1, 2015 Perez received an Oscar nod for her performance in Fearless. Her Broadway credits include The Ritz, Reckless, The Play What I Wrote and Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune. Fish in the Dark will begin previews at Broadway’s Cort Theatre on February 2. View Comments Related Shows Fish in the Dark The View is broadcast on ABC and is currently hosted by Tony winner Rosie O’Donnell in her return to the show, along with long-time friend to Broadway Whoopi Goldberg and MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace.
Jun 8, 2009Global novel flu cases soar past 25,000The world tally of novel H1N1 cases rose to 25,288, including 139 deaths, in 73 countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported today. The total is 3,288 more than the last report on Jun 5. The list includes the first cases from the Cayman Islands, Dominica, Trinidad and Tobago, and the United Arab Emirates. Outside North America, countries reporting more than an additional 40 cases since the last report include Australia, Argentina, Chile, Spain, and the United Kingdom.[WHO update 45]Cases in Australia grow steadilyThe number of novel flu cases in Australia grew by 201 over the weekend to 1,207, the government reported today. The greatest increase was seen in Victoria, which has the most cases. Double-digit gains were recorded in Western Australia, Queensland, and New South Wales. An Australian health expert today warned that the county’s indigenous populations may be at greater risk for infections because of greater levels of chronic diseases, the Australian media reported.[Jun 8 Australia Department of Health and Ageing update]Martinique confirms first novel flu caseThe Caribbean island nation of Martinique on Jun 6 reported its first novel H1N1 case, the Associated Press (AP) reported yesterday. The patient was a local resident who had recently traveled to Las Vegas and had stopped in Puerto Rico on his way home. Government sources told the AP the man was hospitalized in satisfactory condition. Several other Caribbean nations have also recently reported their first novel flu cases.[Jun 7 AP story]Canadian farmer culls remaining swineAn Alberta, Canada, farmer whose pigs apparently contracted the novel H1N1 virus from an infected worker recently culled the rest of his herd, the Canadian Press (CP) reported yesterday. He had originally culled 500 of his pigs. He said he had the remaining 3,000 animals destroyed because they were under quarantine and he was unable to market them. The farmer is expected to seek government assistance with replacing his herd.[Jun 7 CP story]Chinese officials quarantine New Orleans mayor over flu fearsNew Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, his wife, and a security guard were placed under quarantine at a Shanghai hotel on Jun 5 after a passenger on their flight into China got sick with suspected novel flu symptoms, the Associated Press (AP) reported today. Nagin’s staff said the mayor and his groups have shown no flu symptoms. The report did not say if the airline patient tested positive for the virus. In late May China quarantined a group of US high school students under similar circumstances.[Jun 8 AP story]Alaska cruise crew members sick with novel fluThree crew members on an Alaska cruise ship tested positive for the novel flu virus and are being treated and isolated in their cabins, the Alaska Daily News reported today. The 1,460-passenger Holland America Line boat had recently visited Ketchikan and had returned to Seattle on Jun 5. The patients are recovering, and the cruise line said it reported the infections to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The company said no passenger illnesses were reported.[Jun 8 Alaska Daily News story]Proposal to divert BioShield money into flu effort draws fireThe leaders of a bipartisan commission on weapons of mass destruction (WMD) criticized President Obama’s proposal to use $3 billion in Project BioShield money to battle novel H1N1 influenza, the Washington Post reported today. The administration included the proposal in a funding request to Congress last week. Former senators Bob Graham and James Talent, leaders of the commission, asserted that using the BioShield funds for the flu threat would reduce US preparedness for WMD attacks.[Washington Post report]
Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Cancer Services Program (CSP) of Fulton, Montgomery and Schenectady counties would like to take this opportunity to remind your readers about the importance of getting screened for breast cancer. With regular screening, breast cancer is more likely to be detected at an earlier stage when treatment may be most successful. Simply stated, early detection can save lives, and regular screening is the key to early detection.The United States Preventive Task Force Services recommends women ages 50 to 74 years who are at average risk for breast cancer be screened with a mammogram every two years. However, according to data from the New York State Department of Health, there are populations of women who are less likely to have received a mammogram as recommended. These women are the uninsured and those without a regular health care provider.The CSP provides life-saving mammograms to eligible women without health insurance and can help them find a health care provider that they can see regularly. Since our program began, we have helped 2,500 women get screened for cancer in this region. Our program can also help enroll eligible women in the New York State Medicaid Cancer Treatment Program to receive treatment if cancer is found.About one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifeThat means that one out of every eight of The Gazette’s female readers could be at risk for breast cancer. These women are wives, mothers, sisters and friends who are loved, needed, and whose lives matter.We help eligible, uninsured women get free mammograms, and we are here to encourage every woman to get their mammogram.If any woman needs help, call the CSP of Fulton, Montgomery and Schenectady Counties at 518-841-3726.Suzanne HagadornAmsterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Three seniors who started as seventh-graders providing veteran experience for Amsterdam golfEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census
Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionThe Democratic Party and the Republican Party are fighting a political war. The Republicans are fighting a conventional war with a structured chain of command, political generals, and political ground troops that for the most part follow the political general’s orders. On the other side, the Democrats are fighting an unconventional war; there is no “front” or “rear,” an attack can come from anywhere,, including inside the enemy’s leadership.The Democrats led by the progressive movement are dangerous to our republic because they go any lengths and nothing will hold them back. They’ve assimilated the Marxist conception of enlisting the masses and, like the Communists, they are beyond the conventional notion good and evil.Only the Marxists’ methods of war are efficient. While we are fighting “Russian collusion,” some men were being paid a fat fee for betraying us to the progressives’ advantage: a collection of perverted journalists and highly placed officials, untrustworthy generals and shady politicians.Former President Obama has set up a group called “Organization for Action” (OFA). OFA is working to disrupt everything that our current president is trying to do. The aim is to keep the country divided so it can attain its goal of turning the country into a socialist society. This organization goes against our democracy and Constitution. When the progressives take power, we can all say goodbye to the best country ever created by man. Wake up, America before it’s too late.Rafael PoloNorthvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsBroadalbin-Perth’s Tomlinson seizing the day by competing in cross country and golf this fallEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?
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In contrast to Nordic neighbours and most of Europe, Sweden has not imposed extraordinary lockdown orders. Instead, it has called for citizens to take responsibility and follow social distancing guidelines along with stronger measures such as banning gatherings of more than 50 people and halting visits to retirement homes. Despite international attention and domestic debate, the government has maintained its course, taking its cue from its expert authority, the Public Health Agency.Lundback and 21 other researchers urged the government to reconsider and institute “rapid and radical measures” in a joint article in Dagens Nyheter newspaper on Tuesday. “Sweden was poorly or even not at all prepared,” Lundback told AFP.But officials insist their plan is sustainable in the long-term, rejecting drastic short-term measures as too ineffective to justify their impact on society.Last week, health officials announced 40 percent of deaths in the Stockholm region — the epicenter of the epidemic — could be traced to retirement and care homes.Even with measures targeting these institutions, half of the retirement homes in the capital have had cases of the virus.One-third of the country’s municipalities had reported cases in retirement homes, public radio reported in early April.The government has had trouble explaining the outbreaks.”We still don’t quite know the reason, but there aren’t too many things to choose from,” Health Minister Lena Hallengren said in a Dagens Nyheter column earlier this month.”Either the ban on visits hasn’t been enforced or staff with symptoms, or that didn’t think they had symptoms, have gone to work,” she wrote.The status and working conditions of care home staff in Sweden could help to explain the pattern of the spread in Sweden, according to Ingmar Skoog, director of the Centre for Health and Ageing at the University of Gothenburg.Retirement home staff are often paid low wages and on casual contracts, he said, and they “do not get any salary if they stay home with mild symptoms”.In neighbouring Finland care workers enjoy far greater social protections, meaning they can stay away from work if they get sick.The virus in Sweden has also disproportionately affected those born abroad — the Public Health Agency pointing out that this was true whether the people hailed from Africa, Europe or the Middle East.In contrast, health officials in Norway said there had been “no general over-representation among foreign-born”.According to figures released last week, some of Stockholm’s most disadvantaged neighbourhoods, where many immigrants live, were up to three times more affected than the rest of the capital.Gina Gustavsson, an associate professor of political science at Uppsala University, said the government showed “a worrying lack of knowledge” or a lack of interest in people with different social backgrounds.Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, speaking to broadcaster SVT over the weekend, conceded that “preparedness has not been good enough.”Topics : Sweden’s softer approach to containing the new coronavirus was already an outlier in Europe and is coming under even more scrutiny as death rates leap ahead of its Nordic neighbours. As of Wednesday, a total of 1,203 people had died from nearly 12,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 — a far higher rate than Finland, Denmark and Norway, which have all instituted more restrictive containment measures.”The authorities and the government stupidly did not believe that the epidemic would reach Sweden at all,” Bo Lundback, a professor of epidemiology at the University of Gothenburg, told AFP.