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McDonald’s enjoys sales boost

first_imgFast food chain McDonald’s has announced that global comparable sales in its restaurants rose by 6.9% in October.In Europe, sales were up 6.4%, while in Asia, the Middle East and Africa comparable sales rose 9.4%”We are leveraging our menu variety and value,” said McDonald’s chief executive officer, Jim Skinner, in a statement.McDonald’s plans to release November sales’ figures on December 10. It has more than 30,000 restaurants in more than 100 countries.In the UK, Honeytop Speciality Foods recently developed products for McDonald’s, as part of a trial in north-east England. As an alternative to regular fries for the children’s Happy Meals, it developed the ’tear-and-share’ garlic bread fingers.last_img

Ecclestons shuts its doors for good

first_imgIt managed to survive two World Wars and several recessions, but 112-year-old Welsh bakery chain Ecclestons Confectioners closed its doors for the last time earlier this month, following the retirement of the company’s owner David Eccleston.The 73-year-old decided to close down the business, which comprises 10 retail shops across Wrexham, Llangollen, Bala, Corwen, Chirk and Oswestry and a bakery in Coedpoeth, after failing to find a buyer and with no one in the family willing to take it on.“My son worked as general manager in the bakery, but he has his own business interests,” Eccleston told the local newspaper. “I also have five daughters, but if I had five sons it is possible one of them might have wanted to take it over. “There is also the fact that, in the present economic climate, people are finding it difficult to borrow money from the banks and it is hard to buy any business, so we are just closing down.”A dozen full-time staff and 30 part-timers have been made redundant.The business was set up in 1898 by David Eccleston’s father Arthur Eccleston and has since been run by four generations of the family.last_img read more

On closer inspection, not such a plain Jane

first_imgAs a girl growing up on Franklin Street in Worcester, Jill Lepore learned about Benjamin Franklin, a Founding Father and the original jack-of-all-trades, but she certainly never suspected she’d someday be mired in the life of his nonfamous sibling, Jane. Jenny, he called her. Jenny called him Benny.“He loved no one longer,” said Lepore. “She loved no one better.”In her latest work, “Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin,” Lepore, a professor of U.S. history at Harvard and a staff writer for The New Yorker, brings Jane and her story out of history’s fog and into the open.In Franklin’s day, schooling was not for girls. They learned to sew, then they married, gave birth, and died. Women were not taught to write, and those who could read were encouraged to read only “the Bible,” said Lepore, “to be closer to God.”“Jane Franklin did learn how to read,” said Lepore. “I think it was her brother who taught her.” Her literacy enabled a lifelong correspondence between them — “one of the great unknown correspondences of American history and literature,” Lepore said.To collage a biography of Jane, Lepore said during a talk at the Radcliffe Institute Tuesday, was to do so through the lens of her brother. A real lens. Eyeglasses — more specifically, Benjamin Franklin’s spectacles. “His spectacles meant something to him,” said Lepore. “They were the emblems of him. They marked him as a prodigious reader.”Jane had married when she was just 15; the legal age in Massachusetts at the time was 16. She had 12 children in 24 years, losing many of them, while her husband struggled with mental and physical illness. She never left Boston.But Benjamin did. He became “an educated, enlightened, and independent man of the world,” said Lepore. “A man of books, a man of learning, a man of science, a man of papers, a man of letters, a man of eyeglasses. A spectacle.”In 1771, Franklin sent Jane 13 pairs of spectacles and handwritten instructions for selecting just the right pair. She was 59. “Why would [Jane] one day need 13 pairs of spectacles?” Lepore wondered.“[Benjamin had] signed the Declaration of Independence, the Treaty of Paris, the Constitution, and she strained to form the letters of her name,” she said.Lepore suggested that Franklin’s gift signified his recognition of Jenny’s edification — her letters were rife with “news, gossip, recipes, blistering opinions about politics.” Nevertheless, Jane was absent from “A Private Life,” his autobiography. “It tells the story of a man as the story of a nation: self-made, rags to riches, the story of America. A spectacle for all the world to see,” Lepore said. “In that story, he left his sister out.”Though Jane wrote — avidly — she barely transcribed her life outside the letters to her brother. Only a 16-page pamphlet exists, “The Book of Ages,” its title written in calligraphy. While writing her own “Book of Ages,” Lepore went to the archives and held it herself. “It is a record in grief of a life lived rags to rags,” she said of the tiny book — a list of births and deaths of her children.We all know something of Benjamin Franklin, Lepore told the overflow crowd at the Knafel Center. “But what about Jane? Had she nothing more to say?”During her research, Lepore recalled, she put on a pair of spectacles similar to the ones Jane herself likely would have worn. “I began to think, as I looked at it all over again, that maybe Jane Franklin had something to say after all.”When Jane was 21, said Lepore, her brother sent her a copy of “The Ladies Library.” Benjamin Franklin went on to found the first lending library, but Jane, too, loaned books out, to other women. When she was 74, she put on her spectacles and read “Four Dissertations” by Richard Price. Franklin invented, among other things, bifocals.“ ‘Few people’s eyes are fellows’ he once wrote to her,” said Lepore. “Jane thought of her brother as her second self. They were like a pair of eyes.”No image of Jane Franklin exists. In every painting of her brother, he wears his trademark spectacles.With her brother’s help, “Jane became a radical political philosopher,” said Lepore. But in secret.Conversely, “Everyone knows something of the lore of Benjamin Franklin,” she said. “He was a spectacle, she was a speck.”last_img read more

Dell EMC Named a Leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Distributed File & Object Storage for 2nd Straight Year

first_imgFor the second year in a row, Gartner has recognized Dell EMC as a Leader in the Gartner 2017 Magic Quadrant for Distributed File Systems and Object Storage. The report evaluates Distributed File and Object Storage vendors that help enterprises manage the rapid growth in unstructured data.Unstructured data is growing at an astonishing rate, and this growth is showing no signs of slowing down with the proliferation of the digital economy, spurred on by mobile and IoT devices. Today’s digital-first world is generating unstructured data at a breakneck pace, and organizations need storage platforms purpose-built for scale and performance. Gartner forecasts in its “2017 Strategic Roadmap for Storage” that by 2021, more than 80 percent of enterprise unstructured data will be stored in scale-out file system and object storage systems in enterprise and cloud data centers, an increase from 30 percent today.The Dell EMC position in this report was based on our Dell EMC Isilon and Dell EMC Elastic Cloud Storage (ECS) platforms. Isilon, Dell EMC’s scale-out NAS platform, is the foundation for building out a consolidated storage pool for file-based data, while ECS, Dell EMC’s scale-out Object platform, combines public cloud storage features and economics with private cloud benefits.Gartner Magic Quadrant reports are designed to help technology decision-makers “quickly ascertain how well technology providers are executing their stated visions and how well they are performing against Gartner’s market view.”[1] Notably, the Gartner 2017 Magic Quadrant clearly places Dell EMC in a strong position against all other competitors for “completeness of vision” and “ability to execute.” Gartner also recognized Dell EMC as a leader in last year’s first-ever Magic Quadrant for File and Object Storage. We feel this recognition underscores Dell EMC’s continued and significant commitment to supporting unstructured data workloads.Our Isilon storage enables thousands of enterprises worldwide to manage large and rapidly growing amounts of data in a highly scalable, easy to manage, and cost-effective manner. Isilon is designed to accelerate workflow productivity and reduce capital and operational expenditures, while seamlessly scaling storage in lockstep with the growth of mission-critical data. ECS is a cloud-scale, object storage platform with a variety of consumption models. With ECS, organizations can cost-effectively manage their unstructured data under a single global namespace with anywhere access to content.We believe this continued recognition demonstrates the market demand from global enterprises for scalable, reliable and easy to use products that help them to focus on managing their businesses, not their storage.Read the complete report here.Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.[1] read more

Saint Mary’s first-year and sophomore classes to host first joint parents weekend

first_imgFor the first time ever, Saint Mary’s first-years and sophomores will come together to share a parent weekend, a perennially popular event put on by class council and the Office of Student Affairs to foster relationships between students, families and the College. The First-Year and Sophomore Parent’s Weekend will kick off Friday evening.The focus of the first-year and sophomore weekend tends have a more informational aspect in order to give parents a greater sense of what Saint Mary’s has to offer its students from the very beginning of their time there, dean of students Gloria Jenkins said in an email.“There are information sessions which are targeted to each individual class,” Jenkins said in the email. “Junior moms and senior dads events vary and revolve around that year’s class preference. However, there are fun and social activities for all in attendance.”With approximately 100 families expected to attend this weekend’s events, class council representatives have worked with the Office of Student Affairs to plan the weekend. While events are largely planned according to the interests of the hosting class, certain events hold a permanent place on every schedule.“Every family weekend culminates with a great meal on Saturday night, then Mass on Sunday morning,” Jenkins said in the email. “The official schedule of events and the activities are planned the semester prior to the event. For this weekend, we’ll have Friday night trivia, Saturday workshops, bowling and of course, dinner and Sunday Mass.”Jenkins said the weekends are always well-received by the families in attendance, who appreciate the opportunity to gain a closer connection to the College.“Parent weekends are meant to provide an opportunity for parents and/or guests to spend time with their student,” she said in the email. “Our guests enjoy seeing a glimpse of their student’s college life and our students enjoy meeting each other’s families. They’ve often heard a great deal about each other and it’s a good chance to really put faces to the names.”Having a weekend dedicated to bringing together students’ families with their “college family” is just as important to the students as to their parents because it allows them to deepen their existing friendships and to make more connections with classmates and their families, Jenkins said.“It’s a great time for students to build relationships with each other and their families through fun social events,” she said.Jenkins said the weekend also serves a practical purpose, providing a way to raise class money that is set aside to finance the flagship celebration concluding the undergraduate experience — Senior Week.“These weekends are an opportunity for each class to begin to raise money for their Senior Week,” Jenkins said. “The funds that are raised help cover costs for Senior Week, something everyone looks forward to.”Tags: First-Year Parent Weekend, Gloria Jenkins, parents, Sophomore Parents Weekendlast_img read more

Shepherdstown, W.Va.

first_imgShepherdstown is an under-the-radar arts enclave and outdoor utopia in the lower Shenandoah Valley. Situated at the confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers, the small town offers a unique mix of past and progressive. Historic buildings with weathered charm dating back to the 18th century sit beside hip coffee shops and eclectic restaurants, enjoyed by Shepherd University students and city transplants like David Lillard, who moved 90 minutes west from Washington, D.C., 15 years ago and never looked back. Lillard, editor of the West Virginia Observer and an author of guidebooks including Exploring the Appalachian Trail in Virginia, found Shepherdstown while biking with his wife on the C&O Canal Towpath, which runs by town on its 184-mile route between D.C. and Cumberland, Md.“In some ways we got on our bikes and moved 70 miles upriver,” says Lillard.In addition to the river access and close proximity to the C&O, Shepherdstown is a recreation hub for Appalachian Trail hikers and explorers of the nearby Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and Antietam National Battlefield. After a day at play, you’ll find friendly locals and adventurous visitors grabbing a beer at Stonewall’s Pub or watching an independent film at the Opera House.“It’s an interesting blend of people who are into the arts and the outdoors,” Lillard adds. “This is a town where you’re always going to run into someone that you know, but I’ve been here for 15 years and I’m still regularly meeting people.”Shepherdstown is the oldest town in West Virginia. Originally called Mechlenburg, it was founded when the state was still part of Virginia. Illustration by Scott DuBar Lillard’s Outdoor Picks:Running Through HistoryAntietam National Battlefield might be the most scenic, safest road run in the East, with views of the Blue Ridge in the distance and battle monuments all around. Choose from an easy rolling circuit or a brutal climb from the creek to the observation tower.Hiking Above Harpers FerryThomas Jefferson said the view from the rocks above Harpers Ferry was worth a trip across the Atlantic. For the best views, head across the Potomac in Maryland for a short but strenuous hike up Maryland Heights.Skiing the Legacy LoopTwelve miles from Shepherdstown in Loudoun, Va., is the 900-acre Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship. Nestled below the Appalachian Trail, its 10-mile trail system, especially the Legacy Loop, offers solitude and wildlife.Bike CampingWant a quick escape for a night under the stars? Peddle out of Shepherdstown and head upriver on the C&O Canal’s towpath. The first biker campsite is just a couple miles away. In the long days of summer, you can set up camp, ride into town for burgers and beers, then back out in time for dark.Easy PaddlingOne of Shepherdstown’s greatest assets is the Princess Street boat ramp. Within a few miles, there are two put-ins upstream and one downstream. Sure, you’re just outside town, but once you’re on the water, you’ll feel like you’re out in the wild.last_img read more

Lovely, Dark, and Deep: Riding Snowshoe’s Deepest and Darkest Trails

first_imgShawn Cassel of Snowshoe Mountain and Brice Shirbach of Pinkbike collaborated to make this short film about riding the deepest and darkest trails from the legendary East Coast MTB resort.When the snow melts on Snowshoe, the bike park comes to life, offering nearly 40 trails and 1,500 feet of descent to riders of all skill levels. From downhill jump and flow trails to technical backcountry biking, they have something for everyone. In this short film, we get to see the lovely, dark, and deep side of Snowshoe. Who wants to go for a ride?From Snowshoe Mountain Resort:Stan’s No Tubes athlete Brice Shirbach has always interpreted this poem to mean that while the narrator is enamored with his stunning, deep woods surroundings, he cannot afford to indulge them for long as is evidenced by the impatient rustling of his horse. Robert Frost’s poem has long struck a chord with Brice, particularly as it pertains to his affinity for the wonders of the forest. While the subject of Frost’s prose might not intend to revel in the forest for long, Brice is intent on doing just that in the forests of Snowshoe, WV. The ancient hills that surround this place no longer reach the same heights as they used to, but it’s a place that even when Brice needs to take his bike and body elsewhere, his mind never wanders far from. Snowshoe is much more than a bike park – it’s a gateway to Appalachia epitomized, aged to perfection and full of lovely, dark, and deep trails.FYI, the song is Merriweather Post Pavilion by Animal Collective and it’s pretty darn catchy if you ask me!Justin Forrest is an outdoor writer, fly fishing addict, and co-founder of Narrative North—based in Asheville, N.C. He posts pictures of cats and fishing on Instagram sometimes.last_img read more

Want to innovate? Appreciate failure

first_imgIf you want to be innovative, create a culture that doesn’t seek failure but recognizances it and appreciates it and learns from it, says Andrew Downin, managing director of research at the Filene Research Institute.“When you’ve got that psychological safety zone almost, people are willing to share more creative ideas. They’re willing to kind of let their guard down in a way,” he tells the CUNA News Podcast.Prior to his current role with the credit union think tank, Downin oversaw the group’s i3 program, which works with credit union leaders to tackle some of the industry’s most flummoxing problems in innovative ways.“There’s nothing worse than talking with an employee at a credit union… and you hear from them, ‘Oh yeah, I had this idea a couple years ago, but I never thought my manager would care.’ ” continue reading » 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

How gratitude can save you money

first_img 32SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: Details Prevents impulse buyingJust as some take down an entire carton of ice cream when feeling blue, others hit the mall and go crazy. If you’re going through a hard time, take a minute and really think about things in your life that you are grateful for. It can’t be all bad! Remind yourself of what’s good and focus on the positive. Spend quality time with loved ones, enjoy the sunshine, and think of other sources of happiness in life, beside spending money. That way you can find contentment without reaching in your wallet.Reminds you to give backWhen you’re appreciative of the little things in life, you will be more aware of those less fortunate. Instead of splurging on something new for yourself when you have free time, find ways to volunteer instead. Do you really need that new purse or television? Chances are the answer is no. So instead of adding more “things” to your life, decide to help others who have little or nothing.Keeps you on trackWhen you are grateful and satisfied in life, you feel more excited about the future. You are also more patient which is incredibly valuable when working toward a certain financial goal. Gratitude keeps us motivated and helps us to think long-term about what we need to maintain a comfortable and happy life.last_img read more

Check Out the New Health and Human Services Unification Informational Webpage

first_img  SHARE  TWEET By: Eric Hagarty, Deputy Chief of Staff Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Efficiency,  Healthcare,  Human Services,  Public Health,  Seniors,  The Blog Over the past several months, Governor Wolf has worked closely with the Departments of Aging, Drug & Alcohol Programs, Health, and Human Services to identify and break down silos and reimagine how the commonwealth delivers the critical services each agency offers daily to millions of Pennsylvanians.A chart shows the overlapping populations currently served by the four human services agencies. Unification will allow these populations to be served at one, Health and Humans Services agency.The Wolf Administration recently launched a webpage that details the results of these efforts: a proposal to unify these agencies into a new Department of Health and Human Services. The comprehensive webpage, located at, provides details about what a unified agency’s deputates, or divisions, including primary functions and organizational charts, could look like when fully implemented. It also includes information about draft legislation that would integrate the agencies.The introduction of the webpage, chock full of useful information and details on the unification, is also big step toward broader transparency in government and a real chance to hear from stakeholders and the public on how this unification might affect them. Every item on the webpage is a draft, and we want your input to improve this proposal even more.Screenshot of the new HHS webpage.I invite you to visit the site and see what might be in the unification for you. Visit often; the site will continue to be updated as the unification process moves along. Give us your comments. Let us know how a streamlined delivery of services can better meet your needs or those of your family. The feedback button will take you directly to a form where you can detail your suggestions.The concept of unifying these important services into one cohesive, non-duplicative, efficient department isn’t a Democratic or Republican idea – it’s a concept with the sole aim of making government work better for Pennsylvanians. Governor Wolf is committed to a government that works and that government can’t work without the input of the people it serves. May 08, 2017 Check Out the New Health and Human Services Unification Informational Webpagelast_img read more

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