Nick Train likes this FTSE 100 stock. But should I buy?

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But should I buy? Enter Your Email Address Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Nadia Yaqub has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Lindsell Train Inv Trust and Unilever. 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. I think most investors recognise Nick Train as one of the UK’s highest-profile fund managers. He invests in many FTSE 100 stocks in his portfolios. Train manages the Finsbury & Growth Income Trust and the Lindsell Train Investment Trust, as well as other funds.I should mention that one FTSE 100 stock he likes is Unilever (LSE: ULVR). So much so that as at the end of January, Train had over a 9% weighting in his Finsbury & Growth Income Trust portfolio. It shows me that this manager isn’t afraid of making big stock calls and highlights the strength of his conviction in the company.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…But do I share this same level of enthusiasm on Unilever? In a nutshell, I wouldn’t hold the shares in my portfolio. Here’s why I reckon Train may be wrong about the FTSE 100 stock.Strong brandsOne of the reasons why Train likes Unilever is due to its portfolio of strong brands. There’s no denying the company’s impressive collection of consumer brands. Persil, Ben & Jerry’s, Knorr, Lipton, Dove and Vaseline are just some of them.Unilever says that 2.5 billion people across the world use its products daily. To me, that’s impressive. I agree with Train that global brands such as Unilever owns offer the company durability and some permanence. But I think competition is growing, especially from smaller and cheaper brands.In my opinion, consumers like value. If the smaller brands are offering a similar product for a cheaper price, it’s only natural that some will start using this instead. This means Unilever could have to compete more on price. To me, this is never a good thing as it could impact margins, thereby placing pressure on the dividend.The dividendUnilever is one of the FTSE 100 stocks that offers an attractive dividend yield of 3%. That’s why it’s a favourite among income hungry investors, like me. Even Train likes the dividend yield too.Recently Unilever raised its quarterly dividend. I saw this as an encouraging move from the company, especially during the coronavirus pandemic. It also indicated to me that Unilever can pay investors an income for now.But I’m somewhat uncomfortable about future dividend payments. If competition is increasing, margins are likely to be squeezed, which may impact future income, especially when Unilever’s growth has been sluggish over the past few years. Sales growthEven before Covid-19, Unilever was trying to improve its sales growth by focusing on emerging markets. It’s already established in the developed countries. But even Unilever’s business wasn’t immune from the pandemic. Its 2020 full-year profits took a huge hit.Let’s be frank, this pandemic is not over yet. My concern is that lockdowns and government restrictions could persist, which could continue to impact Unilever’s business. This could also hurt profitability and thus the dividend.Unilever has an ambitious target to deliver 3%-5% underlying sales growth per year in the long term. But I want to see some evidence of improving sales growth sooner. Unlike Train, I won’t be buying Unilever shares in my portfolio just yet. See all posts by Nadia Yaqublast_img read more

How to spot a bogus charity bag collection

first_img Tagged with: Charity Retail Association Donated goods Fundraising Standards Board Institute of Fundraising Law / policy  736 total views,  9 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis34 Howard Lake | 13 December 2011 | News How to spot a bogus charity bag collection AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis34 The public is being encouraged to look out for bogus charity clothing collections in an effort to tackle a problem that is estimated to cost UK charities up to £50 million a year in lost income.The Bogus Bags campaign is being run by the Fundraising Standards Board (FRSB) and is supported by the Institute of Fundraising, Charity Retail Association and Textile Recycling Association.The campaign is designed to help people distinguish between legitimate and fraudulent collections, encouraging them to give with confidence to genuine UK charities.The campaign was launched by Tracey Crouch MP in her Chatham and Aylesford constituency in Kent, and she has already been joined by several other MPs keen to act as advocates for the campaign in their areas. The campaign will be extended across key crime hotspots throughout England and Wales between now and February 2012.Tracey Crouch MP said: “Having been on the receiving end of a bogus bag myself, I am all too aware of the scale of this problem. Not only is this a crime against local householders, but charities are losing out on millions in lost income each year – money that is desperately needed. I am calling on residents to make a few simple checks so that you can give with confidence to the charities that so desperately need our support”.Alistair McLean, Chief Executive of the Fundraising Standards Board (FRSB), added that people should remember that the large majority of charity collections are legitimate. He said: “It is a delicate message to get right. The last thing we want to do is put people off giving, but if we don’t act soon to inform donors what to look for and make life harder for bogus collectors, public mistrust will spread and may impactother forms of giving.”The campaign consists of a local press campaign, delivered through local MPs and local authorities, and a public awareness leaflet that will be distributed to a target of 500,000 households.How to spot a bogus bagThe Bogus Bags campaign offers the following advice before donating goods through a household collection :* Check – Legitimate charity collection bags will clearly state what organisation(s) funds are being raised for and feature a registered charity number. Check these details with the Charity Commission.* Look for the tick – As with any fundraising appeal, you can look for the FRSB tick logo indicating that the charity is signed up to fundraising regulation and to industry standards.* Call – A legitimate collection should include a working landline telephone number for you to call. Call this or your local council to query the collection.* Report – After making these checks, if you think that a collection is not legitimate, report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or visit campaign follows the success of the recent Give With Care campaign in Scotland (led by the Institute of Fundraising and the FRSB) during September and October which engaged the support of more than 20% of MSPs and saw the delivery of 180,000 leaflets across Scotland, supported by Advertisement About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Ice Bucket Challenge success drives down average online gift in UK for 2014

first_imgIce Bucket Challenge success drives down average online gift in UK for 2014 The average online gift to UK charities in 2014 was £63.69, according to Blackbaud’s Online Giving Index. Unusually, this represents a 8.6% decrease on the previous year, the first time this figure has fallen in five years.The reason? The impact of the remarkably successful Ice Bucket Challenge, which raised over $100m for ALS in the UK, plus millions for MNDA and other charities in the UK in August and September 2014.Average online gifts to charities 2010-2014 – Blackbaud EuropeAverage online gift up by 49% in five years – if you exclude Ice Bucket ChallengeIf you exclude donations to that campaign then the overage online gift for 2014 was £78.59, an increase of 13% (£69.70) on 2013 and 49% from 2010’s average of £52.87.The figures are based on analysis by software and services firm Blackbaud on its customers’ online fundraising pages over the five years between 2010 and 2014.Average online gift to UK charities excluding Ice Bucket Challenge.Jerome Moisan, Blackbaud Europe’s Managing Director, commented:“These figures illustrate once again how profoundly successful the Ice Bucket Challenge was to have such an effect on the annual figures, as well as showing that for the fifth consecutive year, average online donation amounts are overall still rising.“It underlines the importance for all not-for-profits to ensure they are set up to take online donations, both to take advantage of the continuing growth in online giving and to ensure they are ready to capitalise on any future viral campaigns that may cause overnight interest in their cause.” Advertisement Howard Lake | 16 April 2015 | News  26 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis [message_box title=”About the data” color=”blue”] The data was collated and analysed across a sample of 295 UK based not-for-profit organisations which includes charities, arts & culture and educational organisations, of varying sizes. This year’s data comes from a larger pool of not-for-profit organisations than in previous years.For example, the inclusion of educational organisations meant the average amount was higher than other studies have shown, as people donate significantly more within that sector. The sample set of organisations fundraise through their own proprietary websites. Reported information may vary subject to new organisations that join or drop out of the control sample.[/message_box] The fundraising team at Motor Neurone Disease Association (MND Association), which was the main UK beneficiary of the viral campaign, were not surprised at the impact of the campaigns donations on overall figures for UK online giving.Douglas Graham, Director of Fundraising at the charity, said:“The Ice Bucket Challenge was a one-off phenomenon and its viral nature meant that the vast majority of income came from a very large number of £5 text donations, but we also saw a huge rise in online donations.“Compared to 161,000 total donations in the previous year, the Ice Bucket Challenge resulted in 927,000 donations in three weeks!“Obviously we were very keen to say thank you and engage with these new donors, but getting so much additional data onto the system using our existing processes became our biggest bottleneck in developing a communication programme. So our advice to other charities would be to look at your systems to see if you have the infrastructure and processes in place to handle sudden very large volumes of incoming donations and queries.“Obviously it is a difficult decision on whether to spend money upgrading to cope with a social media campaign that may never happen, but you can understand what you would do to cope with such a nice problem”.December remains the most popular month for online giving, according to Blackbaud’s analysis.December is the most popular month for online giving, according to Blackbaud.More evidence of rise in social media-driven donationsBlackbaud’s State of the Not-For-Profit Industry (SONI) Survey, conducted in the summer of 2014, also indicated the rise in donations received via social media campaigns. 69% of respondents reported they had received donations from peer-to-peer fundraising, an increase from 60% in 2013 and 38% in 2012.Organisations that now use some form of social media to communicate with their supporters, has increased from 80% in 2013 to 96% in 2014. Tagged with: Blackbaud Digital ice bucket challenge AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

The Road Ahead for Women-Owned Small Businesses

first_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily The Road Ahead for Women-Owned Small Businesses Radhika Ojha is an independent writer and copy-editor, and a reporter for DS News. She is a graduate of the University of Pune, India, where she received her B.A. in Commerce with a concentration in Accounting and Marketing and an M.A. in Mass Communication. Upon completion of her masters degree, Ojha worked at a national English daily publication in India (The Indian Express) where she was a staff writer in the cultural and arts features section. Ojha, also worked as Principal Correspondent at HT Media Ltd and at Honeywell as an executive in corporate communications. She and her husband currently reside in Houston, Texas. in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News As the country celebrates National Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Month in October, many such businesses face the question of how can they get certified and win new business, especially in a competitive industry like mortgage finance? On Wednesday, a complementary webinar by the American Mortgage Diversity Council (AMDC) tackled this question as an expert panel discussed how qualifying as a certified WOSB opened up growth opportunities for organizations led by female entrepreneurs.The webinar was presented by the AMDC’s WOSB Affinity Group that is focused on advocating, educating, growing and enabling women businesses to effectively compete and win contracts. Starting the webinar off with some statistics that underlined the importance of WOSB, Heather Beers Burt, Managing Partner, Beers Housing Inc said that even though four out of 10 businesses in the U.S. were women-owned, they accounted for only 8 percent of the private sector. “Let’s continue to grow and support one another,” Burt said.Taking the audience through the qualifications that were needed to be a WOSB, Burt said that the organization should not only meet the small business size standards for the primary NAICS code and contract, but should also be 51 percent unconditionally and directly owned by women who are U.S. citizens. The business should also have women managing the day-to-day operations and making its long-term decisions to qualify.”To be eligible to compete for WOSB set-asides or receive sole source awards, you must either be certified by an SBA-approved Third-Party Certifier (TPC) or self-certify with the SBA,” explained Lori Eshoo, President and CEO, National Tax Search. While self-certification could be found on the portal, other TPCs included El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the National Women Business Owners Corporation.Reviewing the process and spotlighting the industry-specific organizations that certified WOSBs, the panel spoke about the National Association of Women in Real Estate Business (NAWRB) and the National Association of Women & Minority Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF).To get certified through NAWRB, Michelle A. Mierzwa, Partner, Wright, Finlay, & Zak explained that the NAWRB offered two categories of certification specific to the housing ecosystem—women-owned businesses and minority women-owned businesses. “To certify through the NAWRB the business must be 51 percent or more woman-owned, managed, and operated; have women business owners who are U.S. citizens or legal resident aliens, and have a business that has technical expertise in the housing ecosystem,” Mierzwa said.NAMWOLF, on the other hand, assists its law firm members in developing strategic alliances, coalitions, and affiliations with corporations, in-house counsel, and other legal trade associations and it certified its members.Taking the audience through the WOSB Federal Contracting Program, Josephine M. Hamel, Managing Attorney, Foreclosure at Heavner, Beyers & Mihlar said that the program enabled the economically disadvantaged WOSBs to compete for federal contracts that are set aside for them in industries where WOSBs are underrepresented. “The program allows set-asides for WOSBs in industries where women-owned small businesses are substantially underrepresented and has designated two sets of industries according to the North American Industry Classification System,” Hamel explained.The panel also discussed some of the best practices for marketing a WOSB to get certified. They included registering through the website, preparing a one-page capability statement outlining the business’ credentials and services, and conducting a marketing letter campaigned to contract officers introducing the company.To view the complete webinar, click here. Tagged with: AMDC HOUSING mortgage real estate WOSB Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Previous: The Future Business of the FHA Next: And the Appraisal Survey Says … About Author: Radhika Ojha Share Save Home / Daily Dose / The Road Ahead for Women-Owned Small Businesses AMDC HOUSING mortgage real estate WOSB 2018-10-24 Radhika Ojhacenter_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago  Print This Post Related Articles Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Subscribe Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago October 24, 2018 2,430 Views last_img read more

Irish Coast Guard considering its views on Malin Station’s future

first_img Pinterest News Pinterest Facebook 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Twitter Google+ Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire WhatsApp 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Google+center_img By News Highland – August 23, 2012 Previous articleDaniel company’s accounts show 5 million euro profit in three yearsNext articleCommunity Welfare Services lost in three more areas of Donegal News Highland WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th The Irish Coast Guard has refused to be drawn on whether or not it is in favour of retaining a full service at Malin Head Coast Guard Station.A independent report presented to government last month recommends that the number of rescue centres is reduced from three to two and that Malin Head Coast Guard be closed.Minister of Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar is setting up a Departmental team to consider the matters raised in the report and prepare an Action Plan.This Action Plan will be presented to Government in October.The Irish Coast Guards director Chris Reynolds was today asked his views on the matter – He says they are currently considering all options:[podcast][/podcast] Irish Coast Guard considering its views on Malin Station’s future Twitterlast_img read more

Inquest hears details of Arranmore drowning tragedy

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Google+ Inquest hears details of Arranmore drowning tragedy Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic The inquest into the death of 26 year old Leigh Early in Arranmore last year, has heard that he was over six times the legal alcohol limit when his car entered the water.Leigh Early died after his Volkswagen Passat entered the water at Poolawaddy, Arranmore in the early hours of November 17th 2019.The inquest heard the cause of death was drowning.A toxicology report showed Mr Early had a blood alcohol reading of 326 mls.A member of the RNLI which Leigh was also part of told the inquest of the repeated efforts made to recover the 26 year old’s car after an emergency call was received at 5:20am.Upon arrival to the scene, the vehicle was said to be 30 to 40 feet from the shore and ten feet below the water.The car was hauled ashore and Mr Early found in the back seat. He was pronounced dead at 6:45 am.Pathologist, Dr Gerry O’Dowd read a report from his colleague who said there was a possibility Leigh passed out at the wheel which may explain his lack of response.Garda accident investigator Gerard McCauley said the air bags in the car did not go off as there was not a big enough impact.The slipway, down which the car had been driven was in good condition and was not slippery and the car was in serviceable condition.There was no speed and the car had entered the water slowly and the accident happened at 5.10 am. Twitter Pinterest Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Pinterest Previous articleDonegal Golf Clubs to shut in Level 5Next articleLUH patients told to attend appointments as usual News Highland The Early family raised questions around CCTV and electric windows, which Coroner Dr Denis McCauley said would be looked into. WhatsApp Google+ Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Facebook WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook DL Debate – 24/05/21 Twitter Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows By News Highland – October 22, 2020 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th last_img read more

News story: Government sets out plans to support underperforming schools

first_imgUnderperforming schools in England are set to receive extra support under Government plans to raise standards in classrooms across the country.Following a pledge by the Secretary of State to simplify the school accountability system, giving teachers freedom to get on with their job without interference, Schools Minister Lord Agnew has today (9 November) set out how the department will support schools that are underperforming and how they will be identified.From today, the following measures will be used to identify schools that need additional support. They include: Today’s announcements follow the Education Secretary’s commitment with teaching unions and Ofsted to strip away unnecessary workload for teachers, and are part of a drive led by the Education Secretary to trust the best school leaders to make decisions in their staff and pupils’ best interest. The changes confirmed today will make the school system easier for school leaders and parents to understand.Schools that meet the criteria for extra support will be able to do so in two ways: Today’s announcement is a welcome clarification of the promises made by the Secretary of State at our annual conference in May this year. It also marks a significant point in the ongoing work between NAHT and the DfE to address some of the big concerns of school leaders. Accountability is obviously a key concern, and today’s announcement clears up some of the confusion regarding the roles of Ofsted and RSCs, as well as providing much needed reassurance that schools seeking to improve will receive support rather than sanction. This is an important step forward, and consistent with the findings of our Improving School Accountability report which was published in September. Regional Schools Commissioners will no longer issue warning notices to schools on educational grounds unless they have been rated inadequate by Ofsted.Today’s changes come ahead of a formal consultation in the New Year looking at whether the floor and coasting standards used to judge school performance should be replaced by a single measure.Minister for the School System, Lord Agnew, said: This programme of support, coordinated by the Teaching Schools Council, will ensure that there is greater collaboration across our regions with the aim of providing bespoke support where needed, ensuring that more children and young people can attend a great school. This will also support the self-improving system which relies on effective leaders working beyond their own schools to make improvements to the wider school landscape. Richard Gill, National Leader of Education and Member of the Teaching Schools Council, said: Standards in our schools have risen, with the proportion of pupils in good or outstanding schools up from 66% in 2010 to 86% in 2018. Today’s changes will simplify the school accountability system so teachers and school leaders know where they stand and simplify a system that we know can be a concern amongst the profession. Where a school is struggling, we will aim to take swift action, providing practical hands on support and, where necessary, more formal steps. The support that we are offering will be focused around delivering support that can be embedded into a school’s teaching programme for the long term. Paul Whiteman, General Secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT), said: Up to three days’ support from a designated National Leader of Education (NLE) who will work with the senior leadership of the school or trust to identify their specific needs and ways these can be addressed through DfE funded programmes; and For those also judged as ‘Requires Improvement’ in their last two Ofsted inspections, an additional offer of up to £16,000 that can be put towards the costs of implementing the activity agreed between the NLE and school. the floor and coasting standards being used as ways to identify schools that need help, rather than as triggers for intervention ahead of an academy conversion; where a school is struggling it will receive support from a high-performing school leader, as well as access to up to £16,000 for the small number of schools judged as ‘Requires Improvement’ in their last two Ofsted inspections; and the ‘coasting’ measure will no longer be used as the starting point of a formal intervention – this was a key pledge by the Education Secretary during a speech to school leaders earlier this year.last_img read more

PREMIERE: Steve Kimock Debuts New Tune, “Variation”, Off Upcoming KIMOCK Album

first_imgSteve Kimock is a renowned guitarist, gaining widespread recognition over the past four decades for his transcendent improvisation on electric, acoustic, lap, and pedal steel guitars. In addition to an enviable list of collaborations spanning from Bernie Worrell to Bonnie Raitt to the members of Phish to Taj Mahal, he’s become a beloved figure in the Grateful Dead sphere. Once touted by Jerry Garcia as his “favorite unknown guitar player,” Kimock has performed with Bob Weir‘s Kingfish and RatDog in addition to post-Grateful Dead ensembles like The Other Ones, Phil Lesh & Friends, and the Rhythm Devils featuring Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann.Bob Weir Leads Kimock, Burbridge, Mendelson, Bluhm, And More During Backyard Benefit Concert [Video]More recently, Kimock has been touring with his latest collaboration KIMOCK, also featuring his old friend Bobby Vega on bass, his son John Morgan Kimock on drums, and Leslie Mendelson on vocals and various instruments. The project came together two years ago to present music off Steve Kimock’s last studio release, his 2016 solo album Last Danger of Frost, in a live setting. After coming together, the members of the quartet became quickly inspired to write new music as a group—the fruits of this labor is a nine-track album dubbed Satellite City, which was recorded at Bob Weir’s TRI Studios and produced by Dave Schools of Widespread Panic.Watch Bob Weir And Eric Krasno Join Steve Kimock & Friends In CaliforniaSatellite City is scheduled for release later this month on October 27th ahead of the start of the band’s November tour. Today, fans can get a taste of what to expect from KIMOCK’s upcoming release with the Live For Live Music premiere of the track “Variation”.Steve Kimock shared his thoughts on “Variation” with Live For Live Music, noting, “No other tune on the record evolved as far from its origins as this one for me. The musical seed was an acoustic resonator guitar sound I used on Last Danger of Frost. Just a little cascading melody, harmonics, sounded like spilled water. I played it for Johnny and Leslie, who responded as if I’d yelled ‘mush’ at two sled dogs, and I’ve been ass-over-teakettle trying to keep up ever since. Strong band, heavy lifting all around—check Bobby Vega on the outro. The longest song and longest journey by a song on the record.”You can listen to the premiere of “Variation” off KIMOCK’s Satellite City below ahead of its official release on October 27th.Those left wanting to hear more can pre-order Satellite City digitally on iTunes or Amazon and receive the first song off the album instantly. However, the guitarist’s official store will also be selling limited-edition autographed vinyl and CD editions of the new release, with anyone who preorders here automatically registered for the chance to meet the band for an hour during their upcoming tour (tour dates below), plus two VIP tickets and ultimate bundle.KIMOCK Upcoming 2017 Tour Dates11/1 Weds. Daryl’s House, Pawling, NY11/2 Thur. Highline Ballroom, NYC11/3 Fri. Swyer Theater at The Egg, Albany11/4 Sat. Flying Monkey, Plymouth, NH11/5 Sun. Met Café, Providence, RI11/6 & 7 Off11/8 Weds. World Café, Philadelphia, PA11/9 Thurs. Kent Stage, Kent, OHlast_img read more

Balanced Memory is Best: 2nd Generation AMD EPYC Processors for PowerEdge Servers

first_imgNear Balanced ConfigurationPopulate four or more DIMMs per CPUPopulate an even number of DIMMs per CPUPopulate DIMMs in sequential order CPU and DIMM parts must be identicalEach CPU must be identically configured with memoryMemory Channel PopulationTo achieve a balanced configuration, populate either eight or sixteen DIMMs per CPU. This allows the data traveling across memory modules to move most efficiently; utilizing the internal architecture of the AMD Rome CPU. Following this guideline will yield the highest memory bandwidth and the lowest memory latency.If a balanced configuration of sixteen or eight DIMMs per CPU cannot be implemented, then the next best option is a near balanced configuration. Three guidelines must be satisfied to create a near balanced configuration.The first guideline is to populate a minimum of four DIMMS per CPU to ensure enough memory bandwidth exists for all Rome processor types.The second guideline is to never populate an odd number of DIMMs.The last guideline is that DIMMs must be populated in the intended order so that memory performance will be optimized across all the AMD CPU models.The figure below illustrates the assembly order in which individual DIMMs should be populated, starting with A1 and ending with A16:Identical CPU and DIMM PartsIdentical memory modules must be used across all slots (i.e. same Dell part number). Dell EMC does not support memory mixing in Rome systems; only one memory model should exist within a CPU. This principle applies to the processors as well; multi-CPU Rome systems shall be populated with identical CPU models.Identical Memory Configurations for Each CPUEvery CPU within a server must have identical memory configurations. When only one unique memory configuration exists across every CPU within a server, memory performance is further optimized.Configuring for Maximum PerformanceBalancing memory with 2nd Generation EPYCTM (Rome) server processors optimizes memory performance. When memory modules are configured in a balanced configuration, requested data traveling from the CPU to memory modules can perform most efficiently on Dell EMC PowerEdge servers.For a more in depth explanation of why balanced memory performs best, as well as for illustrations of every possible balanced, near balanced, and unbalanced memory configuration, please view the full Balanced Memory Whitepaper now. Understanding the relationship between a server processor (CPU) and its memory subsystem is critical when optimizing overall server performance. Every CPU generation has unique memory population guidelines that must be satisfied to attain the best memory performance.2nd Generation AMD EPYCTM server processors can support up to sixteen memory modules across eight channels with two memory slots. This presents numerous possible ways of configuring the memory subsystem, yet there are only a couple of configurations that will achieve the peak memory performance for Dell EMC PowerEdge servers.Memory that has been incorrectly populated is referred to as an unbalanced configuration. From a functionality standpoint, an unbalanced configuration will operate adequately but will slow down memory data transfer speeds. Similarly, a near balanced configuration is also suboptimal. However, memory that has been correctly populated is referred to as a balanced configuration and will produce the best performance.By following the guidelines below, customers can yield the highest memory performance of their memory modules:Memory Channel PopulationBalanced ConfigurationMemory slots must be fully populated with one or two DIMMs for best performance; a total of eight or sixteen DIMMs per CPUlast_img read more

SMC begins club for food allergies

first_imgSaint Mary’s freshman Megan Steron is one of two million people in the United States living with celiac disease, a digestive disorder that damages the small intestine and interferes with absorption of nutrients from food. Her intolerance to gluten, a protein in wheat, rye and barley, makes eating on a college campus a challenge. “About two weeks into school, I was sitting in the dining hall by myself, trying to eat a measly salad since there was nothing else agreeable for me to eat that day,” Steron said. “After about five minutes, I knew I had to do something about it, not just for myself, but for all the girls at Saint Mary’s that want and need more options for their food sensitivities.” Steron decided to establish Dining Hall Divas, a club for Saint Mary’s students suffering from celiac disease, diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome and food allergies. “This club is for those who share common [lists] of food that they can and cannot eat,” she said. Steron and the Divas will be working closely with the dining hall staff to ensure the needs of students with special dietary requirements are met consistently. They will also be communicating with the College’s food providers to ensure ingredient information is accurate and clear. Steron said she hopes to program tutorials for the dining hall staff focusing on basic food safety, covering topics such as changing gloves after working with allergy-triggering foods. In the long term, she hopes to also expand options available to those with restricted diets. “I really wanted to start this club up because I’m one of those girls who has a hard time finding something substantial enough to eat in the dining hall without having a bad reaction to it,” Steron said. The club has established a website to keep students informed on the group’s work and the progress of dietary accommodations at the College. “We have a website for the Dining Hall Divas, which is linked to the Saint Mary’s page, where any student, prospective or current, can see the strides we are making for a more gluten-free environment here,” she said. Steron said the club has met with dining hall staff three times and has already drawn out some possible improvements. Interested students can contact Steron at [email protected]last_img read more