first_imgBakery retailer Greggs is to relocate its main Scottish bakery to a new purpose-built site, as part of a strategy to grow its Scottish business. It has planning permission to move out of its Rutherglen bakery in Glasgow to a new multi-million pound bakery 2.5 miles away on the Clydesmill industrial estate in Cambuslang.Construction work on the new bakery is due to start before the end of the year and the move to Cambuslang is scheduled for late 2007. The 340 staff employed at the site are expected to transfer to the new facility.Greggs of Scotland MD Raymond Reynolds said South Lanarkshire Council has just granted Greggs planning permission for the new factory. He told British Baker: “The move will allow us to add capacity while improving our standards and efficiencies. The greater capacity offered by this new bakery will mean we can open more shops both locally and across central Scotland.” He added: “We always look for sites that are close to our current operations as the needs of our employees are a key priority.”Newcastle-based Greggs is the UK’s largest bakery retail chain with 1,331 stores. It has just opened its 149th Scottish store on Leith Walk in Edinburgh. It has over 2,250 staff in Scotland.last_img

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first_img Image: SC Water to acquire Keystone Clearwater Solutions from American Water. Photo: courtesy of rawpixel/Pixabay. SC Water, LLC, a Pennsylvania-based natural gas and oil industry investment group, has signed a Membership Interest Purchase Agreement to acquire Keystone Clearwater Solutions from American Water Works Company, Inc. (NYSE: AWK). The acquisition of Keystone Clearwater Solutions, a specialized water management firm serving the Appalachian Basin’s natural gas and oil industry, is expected close by the end of 2019.As part of the transaction, Keystone Clearwater Solutions will form a strategic partnership with Hydro Recovery LP, a water treatment, recycling and transportation company. The strategic partnership – with Hydro Recovery having common ownership with SC Water – will create an industry-leading portfolio of water-related and environmental solution services for natural gas and oil companies operating across the Appalachian Basin.“This transaction and strategic partnership between Keystone Clearwater Solutions and Hydro Recovery will return Keystone to a natural gas and oil industry focused ownership group while enhancing our combined companies’ abilities to provide the critical services demanded by the industry,” said Keystone President and CEO Dan Dalton. “We look forward to continuing to provide our customers with superior service and are excited about our ability to bring an expanded portfolio of tailored water solutions to meet and exceed their evolving needs.”“This partnership reflects Hydro Recovery’s commitment to providing our natural gas and oil industry customers with a deep portfolio of water solution services that meet their unique needs,” said Hydro Recovery CEO Thomas Stabley. “Hydro Recovery is ideally positioned to operate and continue to grow alongside Keystone Clearwater Solutions. I look forward to working with the Keystone team to continue to build our competitive advantage focused on first-rate customer service.” Source: Company Press Release As part of the transaction, Keystone Clearwater Solutions will form a strategic partnership with Hydro Recovery LP, a water treatment, recycling and transportation companylast_img

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today USS Underwood, USS Anzio Visit GTMO View post tag: Naval Training & Education October 4, 2012 View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: USS Underwood USS Underwood, USS Anzio Visit GTMO View post tag: USS Anzio View post tag: GTMO USS Underwood (FFG 36) and USS Anzio (CG 68) visited Naval Station (NS) Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, from, Sept. 29-30 during their deployments in support of multinational maritime exercise Southern Seas 2012 and UNITAS Atlantic 53.Underwood received logistic support from the installation including fuel, water and supplies, while UNITAS flagship USS Anzio disembarked attached staff members from Destroyer Squadron 40 including U.S 4th Fleet Commander, Rear Adm. Sinclair Harris.UNITAS Atlantic 53 is a U.S. and South America-sponsored international naval exercise. This is the 53rd year partner nations have participated in UNITAS, which stands for “unity,” making it the longest ongoing maritime exercise in the region.Thirteen multinational ships from seven partner nations participated in the exercise that originated in Key West, Fla. and officially ended in the Western Caribbean Sept. 29. Warships from Brazil, Canada, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, the United States and the United Kingdom and observers from France, Jamaica, Panama and Peru participated in the exercise.UNITAS is designed to train each naval force in a variety of maritime scenarios, with each operating as a component of a multi-national force to provide the maximum opportunity to improve interoperability. The exercise develops and sustains relationships that improve the capacity of emerging and enduring partners’ maritime forces to achieve common desired effects. The annual exercise fosters friendly, mutual cooperation and understanding between participating navies.Southern Seas 2012 is a six-month U.S. Navy engagement and training operation to the Caribbean and Central and South America. During the deployment, USS Underwood and embarked units participated in a variety of exercises and multi-national exchanges to improve operational readiness and enhance relationships in the region.During the operation, assigned units focused on operating in the multi-national environment, preparing to deal with unconventional threats such as illicit trafficking, and improved training levels in a variety of mission areas.Participating forces took part in major regional exercises including UNITAS Atlantic, UNITAS Pacific, and Silent Force Exercise.Forces also participated in a series of theater security cooperation events, including military-to-military cooperation, humanitarian assistance, disaster response, combined training, and maritime security.Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, serves as a logistical hub in the U.S. 4th Fleet Caribbean theatre. The installation’s Port Operations department provides operational support for more than 150 vessels a year.[mappress]Naval Today Staff,October 04, 2012 View post tag: Visit Share this articlelast_img

first_imgSince a little-known senator from Illinois named Barack Obama marched to the presidency in 2008 thanks in part to cutting-edge number crunching, the use of data to identify and target specific voters with specific information has become an essential campaign tool, as fundamental as traditional polling and focus groups.But even as the emerging analytics field becomes more mainstream, the bizarre twists and turns of the 2016 primary season, particularly on the Republican side with front-runner Donald Trump, has made predicting the next president more difficult than ever.Because the U.S. primary system embraces a fraction of the electorate, “anyone who can drive extreme messages that stimulate turnout can game the system,” said Mark Penn, a former pollster and strategist who has consulted for Bill and Hillary Clinton, during a conference on politics and data analytics Friday organized by Harvard’s Center for American Political Studies.“If there are 130,000,000 people who we expect to vote and there are 50,000,000 in the primary process, the 70,000,000 who really decide the presidential election are not in the primary process, and that’s driving the media to observe a country that doesn’t exist,” he said. “Until we fix the system, Donald Trump will not be the exception, Donald Trump will be the rule.”In explaining the rise of Trump, statistician Nate Silver, the founder and editor in chief of FiveThirtyEight.com, said the 2016 race has shown how small sample sizes often yield volatile predictions. Even so, it’s unlikely that Trump’s broad demographic and geographic appeal would have been accurately pinpointed earlier on because no one has built a model for predicting outcomes of the primary nomination process because of its complexity.“The groups that Trump appeals to are groups that we would have had trouble identifying certainly before the election,” Silver said, because they are “not the typical combination of the red-blue map we’re used to.”A packed lecture hall listens as moderator Anthony Salvanto (from left) leads panelists Silver,  Cohn, Rothschild, and Clare Malone. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerWhile professional sports has embraced data metrics for years to better evaluate player and team performance and predict wins and losses, conference organizers Ryan Enos, an associate professor in Harvard’s government department, and Kirk Goldsberry, a visiting scholar at Harvard’s Center for Geographic Analysis, say political analytics doesn’t have anything like the well-known MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference.So they brought together many of the top minds in data analytics, high-level political professionals from both parties, and political journalists such as Silver, opinion research consultant Kristen Soltis Anderson, retired U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, MSNBC reporter Steve Kornacki, and CBS News director of elections Anthony Salvanto, to evaluate the analytics field’s strengths and weaknesses, assess the nomination races on both sides, and, naturally, talk about how to use numbers to determine who wins and loses.“We can read anything online now, but it’s about getting people in the same room where they can have a conversation where we think that the field can be pushed forward,” said Enos. They plan to host the conference again next year.“One thing that amazes me is that you would think after all the lessons of Obama in ’08 and Obama in 2012, where Republicans supposedly learned the importance of having a turnout operation … these campaigns don’t really have turnout operations,” said Nate Cohn, who writes The New York Times column The Upshot. “[Ted] Cruz has one that’s maybe one-quarter as good as a Democratic turnout operation, whereas everyone else has nothing, [just] a few kids working in an office somewhere.”Perhaps surprisingly, betting markets are one area where predictions on political winners and losers remain solid, said David Rothschild, an economist for Microsoft Research who studies how users engage with online data and polling. Soon the field of polling will be entirely Internet-based and done on mobile devices, he said. “We’re not that far away from the point of the idea of a telephone poll is going to be ridiculous,” he said. That evolution will raise new methodological challenges for the industry, since the data will include more variables and so will demand more skillful analysis.Despite the abundance of data from which analysts today can draw, like voter files, polling results, voter lists, and consumer data, such information can be both expensive and hard to get at because companies like Google and Twitter keep proprietary data such as searches close to the vest, Cohn said.“I’m not sure that there’s a way for all this new data to end up integrated into a coherent framework for thinking about how elections might evolve from where they are now.”last_img

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