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Stock market recovery: I’d invest in these 2 FTSE 100 shares today

first_img Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! The last year has shown just how important the healthcare market is to the global economy, and I see AstraZeneca as being a key part of that market for many years. While there is a plan to reopen the economy as the vaccine rollout starts to take effect, regular boosters are likely to be needed for years afterwards.While the company is selling the vaccine at cost price, I think its other products will be able to grow profits in years to come. Some of its cancer treatments have the potential to become $1trn businesses and I see an increased focus on health and wellbeing on a global scale in the years to come.On the downside, the pharma giant’s ongoing row with the EU over vaccine supply has not been a good look for the company. The share price has also not been helped by the rise in value of sterling, as AstraZeneca reports its results in dollars. The company’s dividend payouts have also not grown in a number of years.However, I’d still add AstraZeneca to my ‘buy’ list at the moment, as the shares appear undervalued to me at the current price of 6,935p. See all posts by Conor Coyle Image source: Getty Images After a decline in March 2020, UK shares have bounced back remarkably in the months since the first onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. Since that initial dip many companies have gained as part of a stock market recovery.Primary UK stock index, the FTSE 100, has gained more than 30% since its low of 4,993p on 23 March last year, as optimism around vaccination programmes drives the latest stock market rally. 5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…While there may be a correction ahead in the index in response to the recovery, I think there are still some great value UK shares which I would add to my portfolio.Bag a bargainDiscount retailer B&M European Value Retail (LSE:BME) has been one of the stocks that has gained handsomely throughout the pandemic. The group was boosted by being classified as a retailer of essential goods, as well as the fact that many of its stores are located in retail parks as opposed to the high street.The company reported better performance than had been expected for its fiscal third quarter. This led B&M to narrow its guidance for full-year earnings to the higher end of £540m–£570m.That was in addition to announcing a special dividend payout of £200m in January.While I am bullish on the shares amid the current stock market recovery, the shares are already up 60% in the last 12 months and could potentially be past their peak. The share price has dipped this week, potentially in response to the UK government’s plan to reopen many parts of the economy, including high street retailers which have been forced to close. The group can also be open to rising inflation as its margins can be narrowed by distribution costs. Despite those risks, I’d still add B&M shares to my portfolio today.Vaccine rolloutAnother FTSE 100 which could benefit in the long term following this stock market recovery is Covid-19 vaccine manufacturer AstraZeneca (LSE:AZN).The pharmaceutical giant’s share price has disappointed over the last year, despite the company leading the way in the production of the vaccine.While the FTSE 100 has gained 7% in the last six months, AstraZeneca shares have declined almost 17%. Conor Coyle | Sunday, 28th February, 2021 | More on: AZN BME “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Stock market recovery: I’d invest in these 2 FTSE 100 shares today I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. conorcoyle has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended B&M European Value. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Enter Your Email Address Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. 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NFU Changes Position on GMO Labeling to “Voluntary”

first_img SHARE By Hoosier Ag Today – Mar 14, 2016 SHARE The National Farmers Union now supports voluntary GMO labeling following debate at the organization’s annual convention last week. The Farmers Union previously supported mandatory GMO labeling. The change in position came after what DTN called “wrenching debates” that pitted traditional NFU membership against farmers that are more likely to be growers of organic food crops.The debate comes as the Senate is expected to vote on a voluntary labeling proposal by Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS) sometime this week. However, last week, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack said a voluntary labeling measure would not get the needed amount of votes to pass the Senate. Vilsack wants a mandatory disclosure law, requiring smart labels to direct consumers to more information. A third option, full mandatory labeling, is supported by some Senate Democrats.Source: NAFB News Service Facebook Twitter NFU Changes Position on GMO Labeling to “Voluntary” Facebook Twitter Home News Feed NFU Changes Position on GMO Labeling to “Voluntary” Previous articleClosing CommentsNext articleUnited States Secures Full Access for U.S. Beef and Beef Products to Peru Hoosier Ag Todaylast_img read more

Sorghum Producers Look into Chinese Anti-Dumping Investigation

first_img Previous articleClosing CommentsNext articleUSDA: Pesticide Residue Levels Show No Risk to Consumers NAFB News Service SHARE The National Sorghum Producers are looking at how to respond to China’s announcement of anti-dumping and countervailing duties investigations into imports of U.S. sorghum. China’s Ministry of Commerce made the investigation announcement on Sunday. National Sorghum Producers CEO Tim Lust said his organization plans to fully participate in the investigations. They also intend to work closely with industry stakeholders and partners to demonstrate U.S. sorghum producers do not dump their product into the Chinese market and that U.S. sorghum isn’t unfairly subsidized.NSP says it’s had a long-standing relationship with customers in China. U.S. Grains Council CEO Tom Sleight says the Chinese market isn’t closed to American imports right now. As far as the industry knows, sales contracts are still being fulfilled. Roughly 100 sorghum producers happened to be in Washington, D.C., as the investigation announcement was made. Those producers were able to talk with elected officials about the situation and ask for their support. The investigation is expected to take up to a year.Source: NAFB News Service Sorghum Producers Look into Chinese Anti-Dumping Investigation By NAFB News Service – Feb 12, 2018 Facebook Twitter SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Sorghum Producers Look into Chinese Anti-Dumping Investigation Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

List of blocked websites gets longer

first_img The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) announced today that it has ordered Internet Service Providers to block access to the video-sharing website YouTube because of blasphemous and sacrilegious content.A source close to the PTA said the order was linked to the “Draw Mohammed Day” competition on Facebook (which led to yesterday’s court order blocking Facebook) and to the fact that cartoons had been transferred from the social-networking site to YouTube. Officials said certain pages on Wikipedia and FlickR were also being blocked for similar reasons. In an apparently related move, the PTA asked the Blackberry mobile phone service to suspend Internet access.Reporters Without Borders is very concerned by the latest developments. “The censorship is spreading and we fear that Pakistan will establish a long-term Internet filtering policy,” the press freedom organisation said. “We reiterate our appeal to the authorities to a put a stop to the blocking of these websites.”The PTA said it had invited Facebook and YouTube executives to get it touch with a view to resolving the problem as quickly as possible in a spirit of respect and religious harmony.In a statement yesterday, Facebook said: “”While the content does not violate our terms, we do understand it may not be legal in some countries. In cases like this, the approach is sometimes to restrict certain content from being shown in specific countries.”————————————————————–19/05/2010 – Court orders Facebook blocked because of Mohammed cartoon competitionReporters Without Borders condemns a Lahore high court order today instructing the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to block access to Facebook because of a competition on the website called “Draw Mohammed Day,” which is encouraging people to draw cartoons of the Prophet. The court is scheduled to hold a longer hearing on the case on 31 May but Reporters Without Borders urges it to rescind the order at once.“Access to Facebook must be restored,” the press freedom organisation said. “This measure is utterly disproportionate. The entire site has been blocked although just one group has upset the authorities, who have decided to apply prior censorship. This blocking penalises all of Facebook’s approximately 2.3 million users in Pakistan by depriving them of this social network’s exchange, mobilisation and information capabilities.”Satire is often used on Facebook to discuss sensitive issues but any depiction of Mohammed is forbidden by Islam. The competition’s organisers portray it as a sarcastic response to the threats received by the producers of the US animated cartoon show South Park, when they made an episode showing Mohammed in a bear’s costume. The publication of Mohammed cartoons in a Danish newspaper in 2006 sparked violent protests in many countries in which around 50 were killed, four of them in Pakistan. It was the government who initially ordered the PTA to block Facebook yesterday. Then the Islamic Lawyers Movement took the case before the Lahore high court today. The movement’s representative, Chaudry Zulfiqar Ali, said Pakistan should follow the example of China, United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, which have already banned Facebook.Thousands of people had supported a call for a boycott of Facebook in email and SMS messages while the Islamist party Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam is calling for all western websites to be blocked. The blocking order was issued by high court judge Ejaz Chaudhry to the PTA, which conveyed the instruction to Pakistan Internet Service Providers. Wahaj-us-Siraj, the CEO of Nayatel, one of the ISPs, told Agence France-Presse this morning, before Facebook was rendered inaccessible, that: “Blocking the entire website would anger users (…) because the social networking website is so popular (…) Basically, our judges are not technically sound. They have just ordered it, but it should have been done in a better way by just blocking a particular URL or link.”Pakistan previously blocked the video-sharing website YouTube for several days in 2008 because of Mohammed cartoons. to go further June 2, 2021 Find out more Organisation RSF_en News May 20, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 List of blocked websites gets longer January 28, 2021 Find out more PakistanAsia – Pacific News April 21, 2021 Find out morecenter_img Receive email alerts Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists Help by sharing this information News Follow the news on Pakistan Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire News PakistanAsia – Pacific last_img read more

City of Pasadena Adopts EnvisionConnect Software to Manage Regulatory Programs

first_img Community News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Decade Software Company, LLC, longstanding provider of web-based and mobile software applications for regulatory agencies, announced today that the City of Pasadena Public Health Department adopted Decade’s EnvisionConnect Software Suite, a multi-program environmental health information system. EnvisionConnect provides the department with automated permitting, licensing and field inspection services for a variety of regulated programs, such as food safety, hotels and motels, tattoo and body piercing, and childcare.Pasadena was 100% engaged with this project,” commented Brian Weber, Director of Customer Solutions at Decade. “That their implementation was completed in under two months and they were able to execute their own data conversion clearly reflects their commitment to success.”The implementation streamlines the City Environmental Health Division’s business by utilizing a single, consolidated software solution as well as noteworthy technology advancements. Pasadena’s strong leadership team, including Division Manager and recognized food safety leader Liza Frias, directed the creation of a new chart showing inspection score trends.“This innovation by Pasadena is important for consumers and local business,” says Darryl Booth, President of Decade Software Company, noting that every health department in LA County now utilizes EnvisionConnect. “A regional approach to food safety and other environmental health programs throughout Los Angeles County is finally possible.”The Environmental Health Division, which protects the health of Pasadena area residents from diseases, injuries, and unsanitary conditions, will soon take steps to integrate environmental health-related financial transactions, such as permit fees. This far-sighted move is expected to further reduce duplicative efforts in tracking permitted facilities and provide additional savings.About Decade Software CompanyDecade Software Company is a preeminent provider of services and software solutions for regulatory agencies. For 28 years, Decade Software Company has been recognized as the leader in implementation, configuration, support, and data management. Decade provides a breadth of integrated products that are the most comprehensive in the industry including EnvisionConnect, EnvisionConnect Remote for the mobile inspector, along with other specialized applications. Decade Software Company is a partner of the National Environmental Health Association. Subscribe Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Business News Make a comment Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimescenter_img HerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyEverything You Need To Know About This Two-Hour ProcedureHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Ways To Power Yourself As A WomanHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Wear Just Anything If You’re The President’s DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Celebrities Who’ve Lost Their FandomsHerbeautyHerbeauty Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Top of the News Community News Government City of Pasadena Adopts EnvisionConnect Software to Manage Regulatory Programs From STAFF REPORTS Published on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 | 11:26 am More Cool Stuff 7 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it First Heatwave Expected Next Week EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDSlast_img read more

Student Scholarship Fundraiser Banquet Announced

first_img 16 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Top of the News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Make a comment HerbeautyHere Is What Scientists Say Will Happen When You Eat AvocadosHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeauty Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS More Cool Stuff First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community Newscenter_img Community News Business News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. The Scholarship Committee of the New Revelation Missionary Baptist Church in Pasadena is holding a Banquet and Silent Auction on Saturday, April 22, to raise funds for the church’s scholarship program for 2017.The Scholarship Banquet called “Investing in Our Youth, Building Our Dreams” will be held at the New Revelation MBC Multi-Purpose Room, located at 855 N. Orange Grove Blvd. in Pasadena, starting at 5 p.m.For several decades, New Revelation MBC has granted the scholarships to qualified students in the community, providing them with funds for tuition, books and other incidental requirements in their education.The banquet will also include a Silent Auction, live entertainment, and door prizes. Pasadena Unified School District Superintendent Brian McDonald will be the Keynote Speaker.Dr. Sandra E. Thomas, CEO/Dean of Scholars of the Quality of Life Center, Pasadena City Councilmembers Tyron Hampton, District 1 and John J. Kennedy, District 3 serve as Honorary Chairs of the Scholarship Committee.Tickets for the event are $125 per person, with an early-bird special at $100 from now through April 2.For ticket information, contact Gwen Buchanan at (626) 578-1237 or email [email protected], or Weneal Towns at (626) 437-5174 or email [email protected] Subscribe Faith & Religion News Student Scholarship Fundraiser Banquet Announced From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 | 11:18 am Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Central Government Notifies 9 Khalistani Leaders As ‘Terrorists’ Invoking Its Powers Under Amended UAPA Act [Read Notification]

first_imgNews UpdatesCentral Government Notifies 9 Khalistani Leaders As ‘Terrorists’ Invoking Its Powers Under Amended UAPA Act [Read Notification] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK1 July 2020 7:17 AMShare This – xThe Central Government has notified nine Khalistani leaders as Terrorists. The Centre invoked its powers under clause (a) of sub-section (1) of section 35 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, to notify the name of an individual in the Fourth Schedule to the said Act, if it believes that he is involved in terrorism. In the notifications issued today, the Home Ministry notified…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Central Government has notified nine Khalistani leaders as Terrorists. The Centre invoked its powers under clause (a) of sub-section (1) of section 35 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, to notify the name of an individual in the Fourth Schedule to the said Act, if it believes that he is involved in terrorism. In the notifications issued today, the Home Ministry notified the following names: Wadhawa Singh Babbar @ Chacha @ Babbar, Lakhbir Singh @Rode, Ranjeet Singh @ Neeta, , Paramjit Singh @ Panjwar, Bhupinder Singh Bhinda, Gurmeet Singh Bagga, Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, Hardeep Singh Nijjar and Paramjit Singh @ Pamma.The Ministry said that they are accused in various cases registered and being investigated by the Punjab Police and a case registered by National Investigation Agency and that Red Corner Notices have been issued against them. The Central Government believes that these individuals are involved in terrorism, the notification reads. Maulana Masood Azhar, Hafiz Saeed, Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi and Dawood Ibrahim, were the first individuals to be declared terrorists invoking the 2019 UAPA Amendment.2019 Amendment of UAPA Act As per the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act 1967, the government can notify organizations as terrorist organizations by including them in the First Schedule. Under the Act, the central government may designate an organisation as a terrorist organisation if it: (i) commits or participates in acts of terrorism, (ii) prepares for terrorism, (iii) promotes terrorism, or (iv) is otherwise involved in terrorism. The 2019 Amendment further empowered the Centre to designate individuals as terrorist on the above grounds. It proposes to add ‘Fourth Schedule’ to the principal Act which will include the names of individuals designated as individuals. An individual aggrieved by the designation as terrorist has the option to challenge it before a Review Committee constituted by the Central Government. Pleas challenging 2019 Amendment of UAPA are under consideration of the Supreme Court. One such petition by Sajal Awasthi, a resident of Delhi, contends that conferring of such a discretionary, unfettered and unbound powers upon the central government is antithesis to the Article 14 of the Constitution of India. The petitioner contends that the amendment strikes at Fundamental Rights of an individual at various levels, and affects right to reputation.Click here to Read/Download Notification   Next Storylast_img read more

Bluefield Geoservices expands to the Americas

first_img Image: The company will initially open two offices in the US. Photo courtesy of gslcoy from Pixabay. Bluefield Geoservices, a UK-based provider of specialist subsea geotechnical services, today announced its expansion into the Americas. The company will initially open two offices in the US, one in the northeast US to serve the immediate demands of the offshore renewable energy market, and one in the southeastern US, to support ongoing operations in the Gulf of Mexico energy markets as well as projects in Central and South America.“This is an exciting time of growth for Bluefield Geoservices,” according to Dr. Peter Allan, Bluefield Director. “Establishing a permanent presence in the US and developing strong alliances with established partners in the region will allow us to support our ongoing work in the Americas, while facilitating growth in key targeted areas.”The new offices in the US will broaden Bluefield’s offering of subsea geotechnical services to the global offshore energy, subsea mining, telecom, infrastructure and defense markets across the Americas.“As Bluefield Geoservices continues to expand, having two fully-operational bases in the US—with both personnel and equipment on the ground—will help us further serve the international ocean industries with innovative subsea geotechnical expertise that prioritizes high-quality and robust data,” added Jim Edmunds, Bluefield Managing Director. Source: Company Press Release The new offices in the US will broaden Bluefield’s offering of subsea geotechnical serviceslast_img read more

Flag Day Event Honors OC Veterans on Saturday, June 8

first_imgBy Larry Watts 2019 Flag Day CeremonyHonoring Our Ocean City VeteransSaturday, June 811:00 am – GatheringPatricia Watts, President, OCGCA – OpeningNational AnthemMayor Jay Gillian – Welcome and IntroductionsPastor Matt Stokes, Coastal Christian Church – InvocationAmbassador William J. Hughes (invited)Councilman Michael DeVlieger, 1st Ward11:30 am – Raising of the Flags – ClosingThe American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign WarGod Bless AmericaRefreshments – Meet our Veterans, friends, neighborsand the Ocean City Gardens Civic AssociationPlease join the Ocean City Gardens Civic Association (OCGCA) as we celebrate Flag Day and honor our Ocean City veterans on Saturday, June 8.Mayor Jay Gillian will open the ceremony at 11:00 am by the Flag area at the Longport Bridge entrance to Ocean City.  The Veterans of Foreign War and the American Legion members will be joined by friends and neighbors, and refreshments will be served following the ceremony.Our OCGCA events are open to all!  Please join us as we honor those who have given so much in the service of our Nation.  For additional information about the event, the OCGCA, or to help in any way, please email [email protected] OCGCA will be collecting soiled and worn flags at this time for proper disposition. Ocean City-Longport Bridge Flag Area 1103 Gardens Parkway, Ocean City, NJ 08226last_img read more

Failure not an option

first_imgFor a company that supplies some of the leading bread brands in the UK and sends products to bakeries around the country on a daily basis, having a fail-safe order processing system is a must.Allied Bakeries claims approximately a one-third share of the UK’s bread market. It makes Kingsmill, Allinson, Sunblest and Burgen, as well as a range of morning goods, rolls and part-baked breads to retailers, at its 13 bakeries situated around the country. All orders are handled and dispatched daily through an electronic processing system, which must remain up and running 24 hours a day.Loss of tradeDave Rowland, head of infrastructure at Allied Bakeries, says: “If the order processing procedure were to fail, it would result in immediate loss of trade and reputation, not only for the group and individual bakeries, but also for the hundreds of retail outlets that we supply. This, coupled with the short life-cycle of our products, means that any downtime in the system – notably server failure and the ensuing loss of data – is simply not a viable option.”In the case of Allied Bakeries, its IT Shared Services Centre and each bakery within the company has a number of servers and back-up servers. These are installed for order process control and other day-to-day, critical applications. This means that Allied Bakeries has a network of around 200 servers, which all need to be running almost continuously, all of the time. Allied Bakeries felt that it lacked a coherent IT strategy for cases when servers failed and so proceeded to look for a remedy. It required a technical solution that would enable it to develop a bespoke server and data back-up system, covering all 13 bakeries and its IT Shared Services Centre based in Liverpool.To mitigate the risk of a breakdown in the order processing system, Allied Bakeries decided to seek a back-up data replication process. This ensures that a contingency plan can spring into effect in the event of a system failure, without the loss of any vital information. It also enables the company to resume normal operations within minutes of a break down, without any risk to its performance and reputation.Software solutionAfter looking at a number of options, Mr Rowland chose NSI Software’s Double-Take – a data replication product that is supplied exclusively to the European market by Worcester-based Sunbelt Software. Double-Take provides continuous real-time data replication and server failover, which means if one server fails, data can be switched over to another. The product is one of Microsoft’s preferred data replication engines, due to its ability to replicate vital data in real-time to a back-up or failover server located anywhere in the world, says SunbeltAccording to Mr Rowland: “After evaluating a number of data replication products, we found Double-Take to be easy to manage and applicable to all our Windows platforms. It just seemed to work out-of-the-box – it did what it said it would do.” Benefits of the Double-Take system, according to Sunbelt:- Reliable, real-time replication- No file pre-scan required to identify changed files (after initial mirror)- Preservation of file level security – Open file handling- Effective replication between systems linked by low band-width connections- The ability to replicate between non-identical hardware and different operating systems- One-to-one, one-to-many and many-to-one replication capability- Minimal impact on performance of source and target systems- Cost effectivenessSunbelt also provides specialist knowledge and support for Double-Take, and, in the case of Allied Bakeries, was able to adapt this to deliver the right solution for the baking firm. Sunbelt’s UK sales director Ian Masters says: “It was clear from the outset that Allied Bakeries required a bespoke solution, so we spent time training the relevant staff on the technology behind these systems (SQL and Biztalk) and gave them the knowledge needed to design their own solution around Double-Take.”Allied Bakeries’ Mr Rowland adds: “Sunbelt provided excellent evaluation, testing and deployment of Double-Take, as well as being very supportive throughout product training. The way we are using the system at the moment is that each secondary server monitors its primary server and, if it sees a problem, it will raise the alarm with the network centre. The operator will then decide whether the primary server is going to fix itself and make a decision to failover or not. This helps the overall management of all servers and acts as an insurance policy.”last_img read more