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Le Pain Quotidien to open first regional UK outlet

first_imgLe Pain Quotidien (LPQ), the all-day bakery and café concept, is to make its UK regional debut on 29 January at Bicester Village, Oxfordshire, in a move announced as the company’s first out-of-London site. The company is also reported to be looking to add another 15 to 20 sites in the UK in the coming three years.Last year, LPQ hired services and investment management company Jones Lang Lasalle to advise on its expansion into the regions. The Belgian restaurant and boulangerie will sit alongside Itsu, Pret A Manger, Villandry and Soho House’s Farmshop concept at the Oxfordshire shopping scheme.LPQ celebrated its 25th anniversary as well as the launch of its 25th UK site in London last year. Following on from this success, it is now bringing its “good food that does good” beyond the capital.Baking classesLaunching on 29 January, the restaurant will be located at Unit 82 in the Village and will serve 155 covers inside the restaurant and 60 on the outside terrace. LPQ Bicester Village will be serving the restaurant’s signature artisan baked bread, healthy recipes and organic, seasonal dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The menu has been devised to use locally sourced produce, with offerings including soups, salads, hot dishes, tartines, homemade pastries, plus vegan and vegetarian options.LPQ will also be launching its popular baking classes in Bicester Village, which range from fresh artisan bread recipes to seasonal cakes and cookies. The first series of baking classes will be on a ‘Spring Clean in Spring 2016’ theme, with rejuvenating recipes using fresh local produce.last_img read more

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REVEALED: Top 10 best places in the UK to open a bakery

first_imgA new study claims to have identified the 10 best places for bakers to open up shop in the UK. The new national analysis of demand for local services versus supply, carried out by the UK domain, has found the cities where consumer demand is not being met.The analysis of more than 154,000 Google search terms and 63,000 national business listings covers 59 of Britain’s biggest cities and identifies where the opportunities are for new business owners to harness online interest.Eleanor Bradley, chief operating officer of Nominet, which runs the .UK domain, said: “Setting up a new business can be daunting, but giving consumers what they want, where they want is the key to success.”The top 10 1          Cambridge2          Oxford3          Winchester4          Bath5          Inverness6          Canterbury7          Salisbury8          Chester9          Hereford10       Peterboroughlast_img read more

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Kazuo Ishiguro’s (mostly) brilliant blandness

first_imgOn Thursday, the English writer Kazuo Ishiguro was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature. In giving the honor the committee noted that the author had crafted “novels of great emotional force” that “uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world.” Ishiguro’s fiction has provoked strong reactions, from praise to dismay, throughout his long career. One reader who has written from both perspectives is Harvard professor and New Yorker book critic James Wood, who shared his response to the Nobel in a Gazette Q&A.GAZETTE: In a 2015 review of “The Buried Giant” you said that Ishiguro writes “eccentrically against the norms.” Can you elaborate?WOOD: Ishiguro does his own thing, and his work doesn’t resemble anyone else’s. He has written historical fiction set in Japan (“An Artist of the Floating World”), England (“The Remains of the Day”), and Shanghai (“When We Were Orphans”). He has written dystopian science fiction (“Never Let Me Go”) and historical fantasy (“The Buried Giant” is set in seventh-century Britain, and features dragons, ogres, and knights). He is undistracted by literary fashion or the demands of the market. In this, he somewhat resembles another British Nobel laureate, William Golding, who wrote very curious, often fantastical or allegorical novels, and wonderfully seemed not to give a damn what anyone thought of them.GAZETTE: Do you have a favorite Ishiguro book?WOOD: I have two favorite Ishiguro books, each utterly unlike the other: “The Remains of the Day,” his perfect evocation of repressed (and politically sinister) English country house life in the late 1930s, and “Never Let Me Go,” his dystopian fantasy about cloned schoolchildren, who are living out their short lives at a special boarding school before being called up to “donate” their organs to more fortunate, uncloned British citizens. It’s a terrifying allegory of mortal human life.GAZETTE: Is there one thing you like the most about his writing or that you think he does best?WOOD: He does a kind of extreme calmness of tone — really a kind of punitive blandness — very well. This might not sound like high praise, except that he puts it to uncanny uses: That smooth blandness wonderfully enacts and mimics the political repressions and omissions of the worlds of “The Remains of the Day” and “An Artist of the Floating World.” And he made good sinister use of that blandness in “Never Let Me Go,” which in one sense is a grindingly banal account of English boarding school life, until you begin to realize that the story you are reading is really the story of a death camp, not the story of a boarding school.GAZETTE: Is there anything in his writing that frustrates you?WOOD: I think that when Ishiguro is off, that same blandness can be pretty boring. I found “The Unconsoled” very hard to read, and I found his last novel, “The Buried Giant,” to be an allegory at once too vague and too literal. His very distinctive style needs the pressure of form to put it to proper use: Both “The Remains of the Day” and “Never Let Me Go” are formally cunning works. “The Unconsoled” and “The Buried Giant” are foggy, amorphous, miasmic.GAZETTE: He’s often been compared to Franz Kafka. In your mind, what is it about his work that evokes that comparison?WOOD: The Kafka comparison seems fair — perhaps Ishiguro is closer to the Kafka of “The Castle” than to the terrors of “The Trial.” In “The Castle,” Kafka evokes a world of crushing procedural banality, in which the hero is routinely blocked from his ambition — to get to the castle — by the most mundane of obstacles. The allegory emerges very naturally from the style. That is exactly how “Never Let Me Go” works, too: The allegory emerges gradually, and very naturally, from the humdrum concerns of the style.last_img read more

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Vermonters warned of fraudulent health insurance offers

first_imgThe Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities and Health Care Administration is warning Vermonters to watch out for fraudulent companies and individuals claiming to be health insurers or agents of health insurers who take the money of unwary consumers but do not pay claims.‘We have received complaints from people here in Vermont and uncovered twenty-five apparently related companies and individuals, operating here and in other states or overseas, who offer health insurance coverage but don’t step up when it’s time to pay a claim,’ said Commissioner Stephen Kimbell. ‘We are taking steps to stop them,’ he said, but warned consumers to be vigilant. ‘These policies are often sold through professional-looking websites claiming that a person just has to join a certain association to get insured,’ said Kimbell. ‘I urge everyone to do research before buying insurance from an unknown company, especially one that advertises only on the internet or by unsolicited e-mails or faxes. If you’re in doubt, call us.’The Vermont Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities and Health Care Administration (BISHCA) hasissued an order requiring the cited companies and individuals to stop selling insurance in Vermont. A list of cited companies and individuals is included in this release and is available at the BISHCA website under ‘press releases’ and ‘orders.’List of Companies Named in the Cease and Desist Order:Companies that sold illegal insurance to Vermont residentsUNITED STATE CONTRACTORS TRUSTMETROPOLITAN BUSINESS ALLIANCE, LLC d/b/a NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OFBUSINESS LEADERSHIPCEO CLUBS, INC.Other CompaniesAMERICAN TRADE ASSOCIATION, LTD a/k/a ATAREAL BENEFITS ASSOCIATION a/k/a RBASERVE AMERICA ASSURANCE, LTDWORLDWIDE FAMILY BENEFITS ASSOCIATION, INC.INTEGRATED INSURANCE MARKETING, INC d/b/a AIM HEALTH PLANS, INC.BEEMA-PAKISTAN COMPANY LIMITED d/b/a BEEMA INSURANCE COMPANY d/b/aBEEMA INSURANCE COMPANY-PAKISTAN d/b/a BEEMA-PAKISTAN, LTDHUDSON VALLEY CONSULTANTS, LLC d/b/a CEO CLUBS BENEFITSREAL BENEFITS ASSOCIATION, LLCSOUTHEAST INSURANCE ADVISORS, LLCINSURANCE RESOURCE GROUPWILSHARE HOLDING, LLCVIKING ADMINISTRATORS, LLCASSOCIATION OF INDEPENDENT MANAGERSSTAR GROUP/PHOENIX INSURANCE COMPANYUNITED STATES CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATIONVENTURE SUPPORT GROUP, LLCAMERICANS FOR AFFORDABLE HEALTHCARE, INCSPENCER & ASSOCIATES, LLCPINNACLE HEALTH SOLUTIONSSMART DATA SOLUTIONS, LLCIndividualsWILLIAM M. WORTHY, IICOLIN JACK YOUELLMIRZA SHAHNAWAZ AGHAMIRZA ZAHEER “ZEKE” AGHASAIFUDDIN AHMEDCHRISTOPHER ASHIOTESRICHARD H. BACHMANJOE BENEDETTOKATHLEEN D. CAUTHENWALTER R. CECCHINI JR.DAVID L. CLARKLOUIS DELUCAJAMES M. DOYLEKEVIN R. DUNNRICHARD DUNNGARY L. KARNS, JR.ARNOLD H. KATZLINDA KIRKPATRICKOBED KIRKPATRICKJASON WINGROVEJOHN MILLERJOSEPH MANCUSODAVID L. NELLSON a/k/a DAVIS L. NELLSON a/k/a DAVID NELSONPAUL OLZESKIANGIE POSEYBART S. POSEY SR.DAVID BRIAN RUTSTEINMICHAEL SCHULTZTHOMAS J. SULLIVANPETER WALSHlast_img read more

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Puerto Rico PREPA utility oversight and privatization focus of House hearing

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享E&E News ($):The House Natural Resources Committee yesterday inveighed against Puerto Rico’s decrepit and inept power company but saw no clear path to provide the territory with clean and affordable energy.Puerto Rico is back in the headlines in recent weeks, as lawmakers negotiate a new aid package and as President Trump tweets that the territory’s leaders are incompetent and corrupt. Key to recovery is the energy system, which the hearing was meant to address.Since Hurricane Maria toppled the power grid in late 2017, leading to the worst blackout in American history, the Puerto Rico Legislature has adopted new laws to temper some the island’s worst power problems. But federal lawmakers fret that the territory is almost as vulnerable as ever, as the 2019 hurricane season approaches.Were a Category 4 hurricane to strike now, devastation would be widespread but recovery time would be cut in half because of better communication, bigger stockpiles of equipment and new mutual-aid agreements with mainland power companies, said José Ortiz Vásquez, the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority’s (PREPA) executive director.Representatives plumbed a variety of issues, including the energy mix and the prospect of privatizing PREPA, and expressed frustration that most of $2 billion in federal funds that Congress approved to rebuild the grid have not yet been released.An alternative to PREPA’s mismanagement – selling off its assets and privatizing the grid – was greenlighted by Puerto Rico’s government last year but so far is not on track to improve service for Puerto Ricans.“For more than a decade, PREPA has been operated in a manner to benefit the interests of fuel suppliers, bondholders and other private interests via lucrative and poorly managed contracts, at the expense of the people of Puerto Rico,” said Tom Sanzillo, the director of finance for the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, in his testimony. “The current privatization process is designed in a way that will only make this problem worse,” he added.More ($): Lawmakers befuddled by Puerto Rico grid woes Puerto Rico PREPA utility oversight and privatization focus of House hearinglast_img read more

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Japan’s largest thermal power generator boosts investment in offshore wind industry

first_imgJapan’s largest thermal power generator boosts investment in offshore wind industry FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Japan’s power generator JERA Co said on Wednesday it will buy a 49% stake in the Formosa 2 offshore wind project in Taiwan from Macquarie Capital for an undisclosed sum, in a bid to expand its renewable energy portfolio.JERA, a joint venture between Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings and Chubu Electric Power Co, already holds a 32.5% stake in Taiwan’s first commercial offshore wind project Formosa 1, which has 128 megawatts (MW) capacity.The latest investment on the 376 MW project, due to start operation at the end of 2021, will boost JERA’s renewable energy capacity through its equity holdings to 1.2 gigawatts (GW), a step closer to its 2025 renewable target of 5 GW.JERA declined to disclose the size of investment, but its general manager, Ken Matsuda, said the total cost of the Formosa 2 project is expected to be a “few hundred billion yen”.The company is also considering investing in the bigger Formosa 3 project, Matsuda said. “Formosa 3 is still in the early discussion stage and has not been decided, but we are in talks with parties involved with an aim to take a 30-40% stake in the 2 GW project,” Matsuda told a news conference. If agreed and approved by authorities, the Formosa 3 project is expected to start operation over 2026-2030, he added.JERA, Japan’s biggest thermal power generator, is also eyeing investment in offshore wind projects in Japan, Matsuda said. Japanese utilities are stepping up investment in renewable energy projects as they face growing pressure by investors and environment activists to divest coal-fired power plants as well as increasing demand for greener energy from their key customers.More: Japan’s JERA to buy 49% stake in Taiwan’s offshore wind projectlast_img read more

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From Road to Trail

first_imgIn recent years the sport of trail running has made huge gains in popularity. It seemed like only yesterday that specialty running stores offered only a couple brands of trail shoes and just a model or two at best. Today trail running is simply becoming more mainstream and the running market is flooded with many types of trail shoes as well as trail accessories. Trail running is no longer considered a niche or a fringe arm of running, as more and more runners seek to the solitude of the woods.I personally started out as a road runner often referred to as a “roadie”. I strictly raced road distances from 5k to road marathons. However I soon came to realize I live in a mecca of outdoor trails here in WNC. I grew up here and hiked lots of trails with my family, it never did occur to me that one day I’d be running down these same trails. I remember back several years ago when my wife who was the co-founder of Jus’ Running in Asheville, NC told me about trail running. I think I was purchasing my tenth pair of Brooks Mach 1’s (road shoes) when Anne said “you know there are some great trails around here for running.” I thought how in the world does someone run on trails with all those rocks, roots, mud and leaves?She sent me out to the trails in nearby Bent Creek Recreation Area and I was admittedly apprehensive at first. However it was actually easier than I thought and soon I was running on trails several times a week. It was quite relaxing, therapeutic and simply more fun than the roads for me. I could not get enough of the experience and the euphoric feeling of floating along a trail in the secluded woods.Trail races back in the late 90’s were few and far between even throughout the Southeast. Shut In was and still is the big trail race around here in WNC but that was about it. I continued to race on roads but often found myself injured. Somewhere between six or seven stress fractures in my tibia later, I realized something had to change. I was missing out on lots of training for months at a time while I healed. So I dedicated even more miles of training to trails and ignored that I needed to run strictly on roads to have my legs “hardened” for road racing. There is some truth to that but definitely not worth it if you are injured all the time. To my surprise what little road racing I continued to do, I only got better. Soon more trails races were popping up all over the area so I sought those out. I found that being healthy and able to run day in and day out was now possible mostly due to the friendly soft surfaces of the trail.After a couple Shut In trail races later I very rarely raced on the roads anymore. The lure of wanting to do longer trail races led me towards ultra marathons. Most ultra marathons are on trails so even though the distance and time on your feet is greater, the post recovery is an easier process than the road marathon. Having stated my love for running on trails, I do still enjoy some road miles for many reasons. I’ll delve into the pros and cons of trail running vs. road running for my next post. Running on trails or roads has become quite a touchy subject these days, much like one’s political party affiliation. Each side believes their party – surface is the better one and most seem to have a partisan viewpoint. I’ll try to prove each side’s worthiness, however in the end there can be only one victor!last_img read more

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The steady rise of call center fraud

first_imgCall centers. They’re often the first and preferred point of contact for customers wanting to do business with your credit union. While it’s important to provide an unparalleled customer service experience, agents also need to ensure that the customer calling in truly is the legitimate customer.With the growing number of data breaches occurring across multiple industries, fraudsters are now armed with citizens’ “perfect” identities (which contain enough qualifying information such as name, date of birth, SSN and address to impersonate a legitimate customer). Readied with this information, fraudsters may navigate through a call center’s filtering system to reach a customer service representative, who they can then trick into granting account access, for example.Call center fraud schemes are on the rise. In IDology’s 2015 Fraud Report, suspected call center fraud attempts rose from 2 percent in 2014 to 13 percent in 2015 – a six-fold increase. Credit unions and other financial services organizations can expect to be hit hardest in today’s post-EMV deadline because of the increase in card-not-present (CNP) fraud.According to the report, when it comes to the types of call center fraud believed to be most prevalent, recon and social engineering dominate, followed by voice deception and ANI deception are tactics that criminals utilize to defraud the call center environment.It’s also important to know that fraudsters are equal-opportunity criminals. They don’t discriminate on who they target to create a new account in someone else’s name or even take over an existing account. This is why your credit union needs to be able to quickly and accurately identify callers.By employing a robust identity verification and fraud prevention platform with a call center component, your call center representatives will be able to complete age and identity verification while also driving revenue and improving the overall customer experience. With a system tailored to the unique needs of the call center environment, representatives are able to instantly process verifications without losing productivity or lengthening call time.The ability to complete the authentication process in real-time with multi-layered verification methods deters fraud while also making it easier for legitimate customers to access or open accounts. 40SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Dancu John Dancu has served as President and CEO of IDology since 2005 and is recognized for his leading edge innovations in both the identity and fraud spaces. John has a … Web: https://www.idology.com Detailslast_img read more

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