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Traditional Polish Bakery hits Irish expansion trail

first_imgThe Traditional Polish Bakery, set up in Dublin 12 months ago, is now expanding its nationwide distribution of traditional Polish bread lines.It is targeting an estimated 120,000 Polish people living in Ireland, with 100,000 of them in the greater Dublin area as well as Irish consumers.The man behind the bakery, at Ballymount in west Dublin, is 30-year-old Karol Tracz, who comes from southern Poland.Tracz arrived in Ireland two years ago to work in Information Technology, before spotting a gap in the bread market and setting up the bakery with a finan- cial partner.The products of Tracz’s firm, which currently employs 15 and is expanding staff numbers, are distributed through supermarket chains Centra, Londis, Spar and Super Valu as well as independent retailers, mostly in the Dublin area, but also in bigger towns and cities, such as Athlone and Cork.Over the next two months, distribution will be widened to many other areas of Ireland, outside greater Dublin.Tracz said that setting up a business in Ireland was far less bureaucratic than in his native Poland.But he added that he found it difficult to rent the premises because he wasn’t a native Irishman. “We’re not doing confectionery yet,we’re too busy keeping up with the demand for our bread, including three kinds of brown bread,” said Tracz.Half a dozen other bakeries in Ireland also produce Polish lines.last_img read more

Posing the Big Questions

first_imgIn 1900, renowned mathematician David Hilbert laid down a challenge to future generations: 23 handpicked mathematical problems, all difficult, all important, and all unsolved.Since then, countless mathematicians around the world have struggled to solve the 23 “Hilbert Problems.” To date, 10 have been fully solved, 11 are partly solved or simply cannot be solved, and two remain at large — and are asimportant today as they were in 1900. Most important, the pursuit of the solutions had a profound and fundamental influence on the roadmap for 20th century mathematics, testament to Hilbert’s foresight.Starting April 10, Harvard University will take Hilbert’s vision one step further, shifting his lens to a new field of inquiry: the social sciences. After a year and a half of joint planning with the nonprofit Indira Foundation, which initiated the effort and also provided financial support, the Division of Social Science in Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences will convene a symposium of multidisciplinary experts to propose and prioritize an analogous set of the world’s hardest unsolved problems in social science.“Hilbert’s approach is as applicable to the social sciences today as it was to mathematics over a century ago,” says Stephen M. Kosslyn, Harvard’s dean of social science and John Lindsley Professor of Psychology in Memory of William James.During the daylong symposium, which will be open to the public, a panel of experts from multiple universities will individually present what they believe to be the hardest unsolved problems in the social sciences, emphasizing both why the problems are hard and why they are important. At the end of the day the panelists will debate their proposals with each other and with the audience. Over the 45 days following the event, anyone from around the world will be able to view streaming video of the symposium, vote on the proposed problems, and, perhaps most important, submit additional problems for consideration and voting.The final votes will be used, in combination with the symposium proceedings, to develop a prioritized list to focus and inform research and policy directions, as well as funding support, in the future.Kosslyn will host the April 10 symposium. Speakers include:Peter S. Bearman, Jonathan Cole Professor of Social Science at Columbia University, director of Columbia’s Lazarsfeld Center for the Social Sciences, and co-director of the Health & Society Scholars Program. He was the founding director (2000-08) of the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy at Columbia, and a 2007 recipient of the National Institutes of Health Director’s Pioneer Award;Nick Bostrom, professor in the faculty of philosophy and at the James Martin 21st Century School at Oxford University, and director of Oxford’s Future of Humanity Institute. In 2009, he was named one of the “Top 100 Global Thinkers” by Foreign Policy Magazine;Susan Carey, Henry A. Morss Jr. and Elizabeth W. Morss Professor of Psychology and chair of the Department of Psychology at Harvard. In 2009 she received the American Psychological Association’s Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award and in 2008 received the David E. Rumelhart Prize. She is a fellow of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences;Nicholas A. Christakis, professor of medical sociology and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, professor of sociology in Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and attending physician at the Harvard-affiliated Mount Auburn Hospital. In 2009 he was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world;Niall C. D. Ferguson, Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History in Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences and William Ziegler Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. He was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2004;James H. Fowler, associate professor of political science at the University of California, San Diego, and associate professor at the Center for Wireless and Population Health Systems at the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology. He received the American Political Science Association’s “Emerging Scholar Award” (EPOVB section) in 2010;Roland G. Fryer, Robert M. Beren Professor of Economics at Harvard, faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and director of the Educational Innovation Laboratory at Harvard. In 2009 he was named by The Economist as one of the eight top young economists in the world;Claudia Goldin, Henry Lee Professor of Economics at Harvard and director of the Development of the American Economy Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research. She is also a fellow of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Gilman Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, and formerly vice president of the American Economic Association and president of the Economic History Association;Gary King, Albert J. Weatherhead III University Professor, based in the Department of Government, at Harvard, professor in the Department of Biostatistics, and director of Harvard’s Institute for Quantitative Social Science. He is also a fellow of the American Statistical Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and was formerly senior science adviser to the World Health Organization;Emily F. Oster, assistant professor of economics at the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago, and a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research;Ann Swidler, professor of sociology at the University of California, Berkeley, and member of the Sociological Research Association. She was a Pulitzer Prize nominee in 1986, a recipient of the League of Women Voters Award for Distinguished Scholarship, and a recipient of the Meyers Center Award for the Study of Human Rights in North America;Nassim N. Taleb, Distinguished Professor of Risk Engineering at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University and Distinguished Research Scholar at the BT Centre for Major Programme Management at the Said Business School of Oxford University. He is also the bestselling author of “The Black Swan,” described as one of the 12 most influential books of the past 60 years, and in 2008-09 was one of the top five most-downloaded authors on the Social Science Research Network (SSRN);Richard J. Zeckhauser, Frank P. Ramsey Professor of Political Economy at the Harvard Kennedy School and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He is also a consultant to the World Bank on global warming, a member of the OECD High Level Advisory Board on Financial Management of Large-Scale Catastrophes, a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Mitigation of Natural Disasters, an elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, and a recipient of the Ronald H. Coase Prize of the University of Chicago Law School;“We applaud the efforts of Dean Kosslyn and his team in bringing this idea to realization over the past year and a half,” said Nicholas A. Nash, a member of the Indira Foundation, a Connecticut-based charitable organization dedicated to supporting programs that can make a difference in the fields of education, health care, and social welfare. “We are pleased with the momentum generated by this initiative, given its potential for large, sustainable, and broad-based benefits. Particularly exciting is the collaborative nature of the effort, already involving an impressive list of thought leaders.”In addition to being open to the public, the event will be recorded, Webcast, and archived at http://socialscience.fas.harvard.edu. The symposium will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT in Room B103 of Harvard’s Northwest Science Building (52 Oxford St., Cambridge, Mass.). The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, see http://socialscience.fas.harvard.edu/hardproblems.last_img read more

New Harvard journal launches

first_imgOn Tuesday, August 11, 2015, Harvard launches the first issue of Technology Science with a series of original research papers with revelations about weaknesses in Facebook’s privacy policies, price differences in travel sites based on country of booking, and an unusual rate spike among the largest health insurers under Obamacare.Technology Science is founded by a group of 47 researchers, professors, and legal experts from 30 universities around the world with original research on the unforeseen consequences of technology on society. It is published by the Data Privacy Lab at Harvard University with Professor Latanya Sweeney serving as editor-in-chief.The findings of the articles at launch include:How Facebook responds to public pressure after a demonstration of the highly visible years of geolocation data collected by the company on its users (link)How the largest insurers increased their rates from 2014 to 2015 on ACA mandated state exchanges by 75% more than smaller insurers in the same state (link)How consumers can find far higher prices for hotels and rental cars on Kayak.com for the same U.S. hotel rooms and cars when searching from an international location (link)How Facebook’s privacy policy generally decreased in clarity and protections from 2005 to 2015 when scored on a privacy rights framework (link)How the challenging roll-out of the United Kingdom’s care.data program teaches lessons for future efforts to centralize the collection of health care data (link) Read Full Storylast_img read more

Governor Douglas announces $1 million grant for Middlebury retirement home

first_imgPorter Medical Center, Inc,Governor Jim Douglas today awarded a $1 million Community Development Block Grant to a proposed multi-level retirement community located adjacent to the Porter Medical Center campus in Middlebury. At a ceremony on the 40-acre site of the proposed Eastview at Middlebury facility, Governor Douglas said it was expected to employ 29 people within the first two years of operation and could create up to 45 jobs.‘Not only will these jobs help strengthen the economy of Middlebury, but the seniors of this area will have more options for housing and continuing care in the community,’ the Governor said.The $1 million Community Development Block Grant will be given to the Town of Middlebury, sub-granted to Eastview at Middlebury, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, which will construct the new project. It will include 99 units of senior housing comprised of 30 one-story cottage homes; 32 independent living apartments; 19 traditional residential care apartments; and 18 special care suites for residents with memory loss. Planned community facilities include a lobby; dining room; private dining room; café; country kitchen; media room/auditorium; fitness studio; and hair salon. The center will also feature such services as an emergency response system; 24-hour staffing; dining service; housekeeping; transportation; and a full range of assisted living services.‘These kinds of projects are an important part of Vermont’s housing stock, particularly as more of our population seeks to ‘age in place’ in their communities with friends, family, and services nearby,’ Douglas said.Vermont receives about $7 million annually in federal CDBG funds, which are used principally to benefit persons of low and moderate income. The state awards the competitive grants based on recommendations of the Vermont Community Development Board and approval of Commerce and Community Development Secretary Kevin Dorn.‘These grants are important because they leverage other financial resources and help address critical needs in our communities,’ Governor Douglas said. ‘The $1 million we are awarding will leverage more than $41 million in other funds from private and public sources.’Source: Governor’s office. 9.7.2010. For information about the Vermont Community Development Program, see the Agency of Commerce and Community Development website at: http://www.dhca.state.vt.us/VCDP/index.htm(link is external)last_img read more

Is your credit union prepared for these emerging risks?

first_img 28SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Carlos Molina Carlos Molina is a Risk & Compliance Senior Consultant for CUNA Mutual Group, the leading provider of insurance and financial services to credit unions and their members. In this role, … Web: https://www.cunamutual.com Details For many credit unions, identifying, assessing, and mitigating risks can be a challenge, considering nearly every aspect of the business can pose a risk.  While some credit unions have a solid strategy for recognizing existing risk and anticipating emerging ones, others are less proactive in their pursuit of risk mitigation.   Emerging risks can be difficult to quantify in terms of speed of onset and potential impacts. If ignored, they can significantly affect a credit union’s financial stability, business strategies, and reputation. But when monitored and managed diligently, having mitigation strategies can help keep your credit union out of harm’s way and assist your leadership team in assessing how risks could affect your long-term plan and business objectives. Consider these three emerging risks that are becoming increasingly prominent for credit unions across the country:American with Disabilities Act (ADA) & Website Compliance: Law firms representing private litigants are pursuing credit unions aggressively, alleging their websites and mobile applications are not accessible to those with disabilities. To ensure compliance with the ADA—which requires organizations to make accessibility accommodations to ensure the disabled public can access the same services as clients who are not disabled—credit unions should identify content that may not be readily accessible to individuals with visual, auditory, and/or cognitive disabilities and develop policies to address these limitations. Watch this video to learn more.EMV Fuel Pump Liability Delay:Card associations have delayed the EMV activation deadline for fuel pumps from October 2017 to October 2020. “Pay-at-the-pump” systems have traditionally been a ripe target for fraudulent transactions. But the delay in mandatory upgrades may further increase the frequency of skimming fraud.  To mitigate this growing risk, credit unions should spend time educating members on protecting their information. Additionally, credit unions that haven’t implemented EMV on their credit and debit cards should make this a priority.Synthetic Identity Fraud – As credit unions have developed strategies to combat point-of-sale fraud, fraudsters have shifted their activities to opening new accounts and obtaining plastic cards and loans with fake identities. Synthetic identity fraud uses the creation of fictitious identities, often with a combination of real data and fabricated information. For example, a fraudster may combine an individual’s Social Security Number (SSN), with another person’s name, and yet another’s address to create a brand-new identity. Since the real person won’t see activity on an account created with their SSN but without their name or address, they likely will not realize any fraudulent activity has occurred.  Credit unions should develop a layered approach to addressing synthetic identity theft. This approach should consist of leveraging third party data and fraud detection tools, as well as reviewing existing operational workflows to identify potential gaps in credit assessment, member identification and collection processes.As you assess these emerging risks, it’s critical to remain vigilant. Establish risk oversight processes that your leadership team can use to periodically assess vulnerabilities, and encourage your employees to take meaningful steps to mitigate potential risk. Keeping ahead of the complex array of emerging risks, compliance issues, and industry regulations takes a team. But knowing what’s around the next corner can make a difference.last_img read more

How to implement experiments into your business innovation

first_imgInnovation is a key part of growing businesses. Great leaders are constantly seeking opportunities to improve products and services to better meet members’/customers’ needs and encouraging employees to have an innovative mindset.To do this successfully, leaders must be strategic with their decisions. Harvard Business School’s Stefan Thomke released a book earlier this year on using experiments to bolster business innovation and recently did an interview with innovation guru Braden Kelley in Innovation Management to help leaders put experimentation into practice.Here are some of the key insights from his Q&A:How to ensure successful experiment design: Similar to scientific experiments, Thomke details seven questions to ensure the experiment has a testable hypothesis, determine what variables could impact outcomes and what they mean, get stakeholders’ buy-in to the process and the results, and use the results to really drive decisions. This post is currently collecting data… ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrcenter_img This is placeholder text continue reading »last_img read more

Out-of-town clampdown

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Special task force formed after nearly 100 journalists contract COVID-19

first_imgHe urged media companies to prioritize the safety of their journalists by implementing strict health protocols.The Alliance of Independent Journalist (AJI) said separately that media companies were obliged to protect the health of their workers, as stipulated in Article 86 of the 2003 Manpower Law.”The law states that every worker has the right to health protection,” AJI chairman Abdul Manan said separately on Thursday, as reported by kompas.tv.The AJI’s health protocols can be found at https://aji.or.id/read/buku/63/protokol-keamanan-liputan-pemberitaan-covid-19.html.Previous reports revealed that over 50 journalists in Surabaya, East Java, had tested positive for COVID-19, with three succumbing to the disease, as the region emerged as a new epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in the country.AJI Surabaya previously said reporters’ failure to follow health protocols and media companies’ reluctance to protect the health of their employees were among contributing factors to the spread of infection among media workers. (vny)Topics : The Indonesian Television Journalists Association (IJTI) has announced that at least 96 journalists and electronic media workers have contracted COVID-19, prompting the group to establish a special task force to help curb the spread of infection among media workers.The task force’s main duty was to compile a list of journalists who contracted the contagious respiratory illness, IJTI chairman Yadi Hendriana said. He said those wanting to report their possible exposure to the virus could fill out a form through https://forms.gle/pfHzEjBtRcoyGiwR9.”The IJTI will pay the cost of PCR testing for TV journalists who do not receive such [testing] from their respective companies,” Yadi said on Friday as reported by kompas.tv.last_img read more