Inter Link streamlines to create efficient business

first_imgCake giant Inter Link says it plans to create four major production hubs in the UK and one in Poland, as it modernises its business. In a few years, Inter Link, which currently has 10 UK bakery businesses and one in Poland, hopes to have consolidated activities to five large hubs, including Blackburn, Trafford Park in Manchester and Poland, chief executive Paul Griffiths revealed to British Baker. Speaking after Inter Link revealed results for the year to May 2006, he said these hubs are likely to be clusters of factories close to each other. Inter Link has expanded rapidly, acquiring nine different businesses over the last 10 years, including the Polish baker Cukiernia Mistra Jana. It is now consolidating operations, he explained. Two bakeries closed last year, with production absorbed into alternative sites. Plans to close a third, Hoppers Farmhouse Bakery, were unveiled recently (British Baker, 30 June, pg 3). As part of its efficiency drive, Inter Link is about to introduce central distribution. It will open a 189,000sq ft central distribution depot in Warrington, Cheshire, next month, run by logistics company Christian Salvesen. All raw materials and finished goods for Inter Link’s UK and Polish business will pass through the site. Griffiths said: “Previously, distribution was operated by 12 separate hauliers across the UK. It was complicated and expensive. Having a consolidation warehouse will reduce complexity.”Inter Link has also spent £1m on introducing a central IT system, which will go live by next month, providing extensive management data. Two new 30,000sq ft production facilities are set to open in Trafford Park, alongside the existing Soreen plant. One, which will double its capacity for Soreen branded products, will open in the next couple of weeks. The second, due to open in spring 2007, will be Inter Link’s first production site for puddings, as it enters that market.The company also plans to double production capacity at its Polish factory to 150,000sq ft in the next two years. And Griffiths stressed that Inter Link will continue to strive to be the UK’s number one cakes supplier; it is currently in number two position, behind RHM. This week, Inter Link announced a 33% rise in sales to £130m for the year to 6 May. Profit before tax and exceptional costs was up by 21% to £7.1m.last_img read more

Six luminaries to receive Du Bois Medal

first_imgHarvard University announced today that it will award the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal, its highest honor in the field of African and African-American studies, to six leaders across government, the arts, and athletics during a ceremony on Oct. 2.The honorees are Valerie Jarrett, senior adviser to the president of the United States; Tony Kushner, playwright; Rep. John Lewis, U.S. congressman; Justice Sonia Sotomayor, associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States; Steven Spielberg, director; and David Stern, commissioner of the National Basketball Association.The medal ceremony will also mark the launch of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, in recognition of a generous gift of more than $15 million from the Hutchins Family Foundation, which was endowed by Glenn Hutchins ’77, J.D. ’83, M.B.A. ’83. Hutchins is co-founder of Silver Lake, one of the world’s largest firms investing in technology companies.Since 2000, the Du Bois Medal has been awarded to individuals in the U.S. and around the world in recognition of their contributions to African and African-American culture and the life of the mind. Recipients have included scholars, artists, writers, journalists, philanthropists, and administrators whose work has bolstered the field of African and African-American studies.This year’s honorees will be introduced by Gov. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts; Diane Paulus, artistic director of the American Repertory Theater; Hutchins; Martha Minow, dean of Harvard Law School; Drew Faust, president of Harvard University and Lincoln Professor of History; and basketball legend Bill Russell, respectively.“The W.E.B. Du Bois Medal is named for the great scholar and thinker who devoted his life to the serious study of African and African-American history and culture,” said Henry Louis Gates Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and founding director of the Hutchins Center. “Dr. Du Bois, cosmopolitan in his taste and manners, worked tirelessly to produce and publish learning in all areas of the African diaspora, keenly aware of the need to bring this information to the public. This year’s Du Bois Medals are presented to a most distinguished roster of recipients in the spirit of intellectual achievement and social engagement.“The Hutchins Center will embody this same spirit,” Gates added. “With this unprecedented gift from the Hutchins Family Foundation, we secure our place as the pre-eminent site for research about the African diaspora in the academy. What we have built under the rubric of the Du Bois Institute will continue to grow through the Hutchins Center with even greater global reach, in a way that would have made the public-minded Dr. Du Bois proud.”“More important than inaugurating the Hutchins Center, this event honors six extraordinary people who have contributed in historic ways to African-American community and culture,” said Hutchins. “Through their work, they embody the purpose of my family’s gift: to advance knowledge and understanding, and to improve the society in which we live. The Hutchins Center will house a group of world-leading research institutes and programs, all vitally important and all equally dedicated to the creation of cutting-edge knowledge in the field of African and African-American research.”The new Hutchins Center for African and African American Research will encompass the W.E.B. Du Bois Research Institute, which Gates will continue to direct, the Hiphop Archive and Research Institute, the Image of the Black Archive and Library, two publications — the Du Bois Review and Transition Magazine — the Neil L. and Angelica Zander Rudenstine Gallery, and the Hutchins Family Library.The center will also house four new entities: the Afro-Latin American Research Institute, the History Design Studio, the Program for the Study of Race and Gender in Science and Medicine, and the Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African and African American Art.Gates, who became director of the Du Bois Institute when he arrived at Harvard in 1991, will continue to lead the organization as the Hutchins Center’s first director. Under his stewardship, the center will carry on the Du Bois Institute’s signature research projects and programming, including public lecture series, exhibitions, conferences, and events.Last October, Harvard announced that Hutchins, a longtime University supporter, had given the University $30 million to create the Hutchins Family Challenge Fund for House Renewal and to support broader academic initiatives in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences — including the Hutchins Center.“From renewing the residential experience of our undergraduates to supporting the research activities of our faculty, Glenn has shown that he is deeply committed to sustaining Harvard’s excellence in teaching and research,” said Faculty of Arts and Sciences Dean Michael D. Smith, John H. Finley Jr. Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences. “I am personally grateful for his counsel, and for his engagement with the University.”In addition to creating New York–based Silver Lake, Hutchins is chairman of the board of SunGard Corp. and a director of the NASDAQ OMX Group Inc. and Mercury Payment Systems. Hutchins is also a director of Harvard Management Company and chairman of the National Advisory Board of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute, which will become the advisory board of the Hutchins Center.He served President Bill Clinton as a member of his presidential transition team and in the White House as a special adviser on economic and health care policy. He is a director of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, vice chairman of the board of the Brookings Institution, and a trustee of New York–Presbyterian Hospital. He is also an owner and member of the executive committee of the Boston Celtics.The Hutchins Family Foundation was established by Glenn H. Hutchins to expand research and community initiatives in public policy, education, the environment, and public health throughout the United States. Initiatives funded by the Hutchins Family Foundation encourage collaboration among leading policymakers, researchers, and educators to meet specific milestone for the public good.The W.E.B. Du Bois Medal ceremony will be held at Harvard University’s Sanders Theatre on Oct. 2 at 4 p.m. Tickets are free and available to the public (general admission, limit two tickets per person). A video of the ceremony will be available on the new Hutchins Center website at a time to be announced.For event and ticket information, please visit the Harvard Box Office website.To learn more about the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, please visit http://dubois.fas.harvard.edu/. The Hutchins Center’s new website will launch on Oct. 2.last_img read more

Changes coming to Gen Ed

first_img Digital Giza Project lets scholars virtually visit sites in Egypt and beyond, and even print them in 3D Armchair travels with a purpose Related GAZETTE: How else has the Gen Ed program evolved over the years?CLAYBAUGH: This isn’t the first Gen Ed at Harvard; it’s the second. The first was inaugurated in the aftermath of the Second World War, and it sought to educate students for a “free society.” With our new Gen Ed program, we seek to prepare students for global citizenship. Individual courses grapple explicitly with the global, such as Robert Lawrence and Lawrence Summers’ “The Future of Globalization” or Sunil Amrith’s “Global Gandhi.” We have a course on the Hebrew Bible, and another on the spiritual practices transmitted throughout the African diaspora. We have a course on Shakespeare, and another on anime.GAZETTE: Among the changes to Gen Ed are new requirements for quantitative reasoning with data (QRD). What can you tell us about this change?CLAYBAUGH: QRD courses teach students how to think critically about the data they’ll encounter in their professions and contend with in civic debates. Nothing could be more essential for 21st-century citizenship. Students will learn the computational, mathematical, and statistical techniques they need to work with data. They’ll also learn how to use those techniques in the real world, where data are imperfect and incomplete, sometimes compromised, always contingent. Finally, they’ll reflect on all the questions raised by our current uses of data — questions that are social and ethical and epistemological. We’ve identified a number of courses in an array of departments, at all levels of difficulty, that do all these things — among them, Raj Chetty’s new course in “Using Big Data to Solve Economic and Social Problems.” We know students are going to learn a lot.GAZETTE: If you were a student, what course would you take and why?CLAYBAUGH: That’s a great question! From time to time, when we were reviewing courses, someone would exclaim, “I wish I could take this course!” But it was always a different course for each of us, and that’s what I’d want students to understand: There’s no “best” Gen Ed courses. There are just the courses that are right for you. Students might look for courses on things they’ve always been curious about — music? food? the pyramids? Or they might look for courses that show a familiar topic in a new light, like Susanna Rinard’s course on happiness or John Hamilton’s course on security or Maya Jasanoff’s course on ancestry. This fall, Harvard College will launch a new General Education (Gen Ed) program for undergraduates. The program features 160 courses, including some that have been restructured and many new ones. Professors Suzannah Clark and Amy Wagers, co-chairs of the Standing Committee on General Education, worked to revise the program, which begins this fall under Dean of Undergraduate Education Amanda Claybaugh. The Gazette talked to Claybaugh for a preview of what the new Gen Ed will look like, and how she and her team arrived at this milestone.Q&AAmanda ClaybaughGAZETTE: Can you give us the elevator pitch on Gen Ed, and, in particular, why the courses cross divisions?CLAYBAUGH: The General Education program is the cornerstone of the liberal arts at Harvard. Other colleges tend to organize the liberal arts around a set of distribution requirements or a list of great works, but Harvard offers a special set of courses that show the liberal arts in action. They pose enduring questions, they frame urgent problems, and they help students see that no one discipline can answer those questions or grapple with those problems on its own. Gen Ed courses call on students to synthesize what they’re learning in their other courses and apply it to the world.GAZETTE: What are the changes?CLAYBAUGH: The Gen Ed program was introduced in 2008; in 2016 it was reviewed and now a renewed Gen Ed will launch this fall. In the process, the eight original Gen Ed categories were streamlined into four: Starting this fall, students will take one course each in aesthetics and culture; histories, societies, and individuals; ethics and civics; and science and technology in society. These four Gen Ed courses are now complemented by four distributional requirements. Students will also take one departmental course each in the arts and humanities, the social sciences, and the natural and applied sciences, as well as a course in quantitative reasoning with data.Once these new requirements were in place, the Gen Ed committee had to find courses to fill them. The committee, most recently under the leadership of Suzannah [a professor of music] and Amy [co-chair of the Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology], worked tirelessly to reframe existing courses and recruit new ones. And colleagues from across the FAS — and across the University — stepped up and volunteered to do this unusually demanding kind of teaching.We want Gen Ed to be the kind of courses faculty have always dreamed of teaching — and the kind students never forget. Because of that, we’ve put together an incredible team of consultants who work with faculty to ensure that each course is as good as it can possibly be. There are curators who organize museum visits, librarians who create research guides, and specialists in assignment design and academic technology. “We want Gen Ed to be the kind of courses faculty have always dreamed of teaching — and the kind students never forget.” An interview with the current and future presidents of the alumni board that acts as a ‘Socratic steward of the University’ Overseeing progresslast_img read more

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi Blurs Reality

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Directed by Michael “explosions” Bay, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi details over a month leading up to and during the 2012 Benghazi attack.So, it’s actually almost 900 hours, not 13.Anyway…Everyone remembers Benghazi, right? One horde of Islamic extremists, plus four dead Americans, including a U.S. ambassador, multiplied by a storm of media mayhem and suspicion concurrent with the 2012 presidential elections equaled one stressful Thanksgiving dinner.Don’t worry, all that’s apparently way too complicated to condense into a two and half hour movie. Instead, Michael Bay adapts Mitchell Zuckoff’s book of a similar title, written from the confused perspectives of the six covert contractors hunkered down too long in a barrage of bullets and mortar fire.Bay impressed and surprised by humanizing the troops, the most memorable roles being John Krasinski (The Office) as Jack Silva and James Badge Dale (The Pacific) as Tyrone ‘Rone’ Woods. Jack watched his kids grow up and learned about his wife’s fourth pregnancy through Skype. Rone tucked a picture of his newborn beneath pounds of combat gear. The rest of the team read Joseph Campbell or played Call of Duty.Bay emphasized that, regardless of the politics, these are average dudes in extraordinary circumstances whose lives are forever altered. Considering Bay’s immature and downright horrific Transformers films, this was a definite step up.And then he overdid it.We’ve all seen it before in war films. The sad piano music, the slow motion “Nooo!” while sparks and dirt rain down, tearing off the helmet with glassy eyes while kneeling before a fallen brother. Was this really how the soldiers acted?And let’s not forget the American flag waving gently in the glimmer of the morning sun, then later wrinkled and torn following devastation. The soldiers noticed that in all those 13 hours of chaos?Almost everything relating to the Benghazi attack and the people involved felt scripted or dramatized in some way. This works fine as piece of entertainment, but the film sacrifices realism, which tends to be important when telling a true story. It comes off as dishonest when audiences are trying to better understand or even care about this controversial story.Was Michael Bay trying to make another action film or a biography? The answer seems to be something in between.last_img read more

Omer Wilson Sr.

first_imgOmer Wilson Sr. 88, of Moores Hill, Indiana, passed away Tuesday March 3, 2020 in Osgood, Indiana.He was born August 20, 1931 in Dearborn County, IN, son of the late James H. Wilson and Dorothy (Walton) Wilson.Omer worked as a Chemical Operator for Monsanto, retiring after over 38 years of service. Prior to his work with Monsanto Omer worked on the railroad and he also farmed.He was a lifetime member of the NRA and a member of the Republican Committee.Omer enjoyed shooting and was an excellent marksman. He loved to hunt and fish. His family was a great joy to him and he will be greatly missed.Omer is survived by children, Omer (Judy) Wilson Jr. of Holton, IN, Robert Wilson of Versailles, IN, James Wilson of Aurora, IN. and Sondra (Thomas) Atkins of Osgood, IN; grandchildren, Susan Mills, Thomas Atkins, Kasey Wilson and Abby Wilson; great granddaughter, Alyssa Mills; siblings, Evelyn (John) Naegele of Batesville, IN, Rosie (Dale) Naegele of WV, Larry (Margie) Wilson of Dillsboro, IN, Shirley Linville of Switzerland County, IN.He was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife of 51 years, Helen J. Wilson, and brothers, Robert & Charles Wilson.Friends will be received Friday, March 6, 2020, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held immediately following visitation at 2:00 pm with Pastor Timothy Heim officiating.Interment will follow in the Mt. Sinai Cemetery, Aurora, Indiana.Contributions may be made to the Mt. Sinai Cemetery Association. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

Foley to name Munster side for weekend clash.

first_imgIn the Challenge Cup Connacht will make mass changes to their side for their game away to Bayonne. The 3 Irish provinces involved in games this weekend will name their teams around midday.Changes are expected in both the Munster and Leinster teams following loses last weekend to Clermont and Harlequins.Munster are away to Clermont on Sunday while Leinster host Harlequins in the Aviva on Saturday night.last_img