Roberts Bakery adds Microlise to its fleet

first_imgNorthwich-based business Roberts Bakery has started using the Microlise transport management system across its 90-strong fleet.Use of the Microlise Fleet Performance and Journey Management solutions on all vehicles is expected to help Roberts Bakery reduce costs and environmental impact.Mark Owen, logistics director at Roberts Bakery, said Microlise would enable the company to get its products from the oven to shelf in a more efficient manner.“The baking industry has very specific needs,” he said. “Microlise will help reduce our fuel consumption and decrease our environmental footprint. Microlise also helps underpin our commitment to delivering the very highest levels of customer service across the board.”A target of over 10% cost reduction has been set, which will be achieved through improved driver performance and journey efficiency.The family-run bakery delivers 3.5 million loaves of bread, bread rolls and other baked goods each week across the UK.last_img read more

ODESZA Shares Stunning 360-Degree Video Recap From Hometown Performance

first_imgEarlier this week, beloved electronica duo ODESZA announced that they were working on a new album. The group hasn’t released new music since 2014’s In Return, but it seems they do have something else new: 360º video technology.After performing recently for their hometown crowd at The Paramount Theatre in Seattle, WA, the band has released stunning 360º footage recapping the show. With a full band in tow for most of the set, the group continues to keep fans on their toes.Check out the awesome three-dimensional YouTube recap video below:last_img read more

Dopapod & Pigeons Playing Ping Pong Take South Florida By Storm [Video/Photos/Audio]

first_imgThe Dopapod & Pigeons Playing Ping Pong Fall Tour 2016 made its way through Hurricane Matthew-spared South Florida on Saturday night, with a stop in the confines of Fort Lauderdale’s Culture Room. Pigeons came out flying with a high energy set – the focus being the band’s original material, like set opener “Funk E Zekiel”, fan favorite anthem “Julia” and the new “King Kong” – the sole exception being Talking Heads’ “Psycho Killer” cover.Other set highlights included Dopapod’s Eli Winderman lending his expertise on keyboards sitting in on the Pigeon original “Whoopie” in what was the first sit in of the combined bands’ 30+ show tour. Images compliments of Romy Santos @ Slightly Skewed Photography. Videos and full set Mixcloud audio streams provided by CHeeSeHeaDPRoDuCTioNS. With original band member drummer Neal “Fro” Evans back in the mix, Dopapod’s 2-hour set offered a proverbial stroll thru their song catalog, with the focus being on the band’s original material, exceptions being the band’s cover of Pink Floyd’s “Young Lust” and Rob Compa’s solo rendition of The Band’s “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” to start the encore.Other crowd pleasers from the set included “Trapper Keeper”, “STADA” and “Sonic”, the band’s final song of the evening.last_img read more

New face for chimp-attack victim

first_imgSurgeons at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital have performed face transplant surgery on Charla Nash, the Connecticut woman who suffered horrific injuries when she was mauled by a pet chimpanzee in 2009.Nash also received a double hand transplant, but the grafts failed after she developed pneumonia, which lowered her blood pressure and blood flow into the transplanted hands, doctors said Friday (June 10) during a news conference announcing the surgery.The 20-hour procedure was the third full face transplant performed this year by a team led by Bohdan Pomahac, an assistant professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School and director of the Brigham’s plastic surgery transplant program.During a sometimes-emotional news conference, Pomahac described the surgery, while Nash’s brother Steve thanked the surgical team and personnel at other hospitals who saved her life and stabilized her. He also thanked the donor family, whose members wish to remain anonymous, calling them “generous and kind beyond words.”“Charla has fought hard, first for her life and then to begin to recover both physically and emotionally,” Steve Nash said. “We thank these brilliant, skillful people for helping Charla in so many ways since the attack. Because of them, we are confident Charla will gain her goal to regain her health and independence in the future.”Last month’s transplant operation was the most complete one performed by the Brigham so far, combining the facets of each of the previous procedures, Pomahac said. Charla received the muscles, nerves, and skin of the donor’s face, including the nose, lips, and eyelids. She also received a new hard palate and teeth. Pomahac said the transplanted facial tissue is doing well, and the nerves are starting to regrow. He expects that within three to six months Charla will regain sensation and motor function. She should be able to smile, control her lips, speak more clearly, breathe through her nose and smell, and eat solid foods again.Though Charla’s face transplant seems to be doing well and the pneumonia has cleared, Pomahac said the infection set her recovery back. Consequently, she is still on and off a ventilator, which requires her to be medicated and limits her responsiveness.Pomahac grew emotional when he spoke of the attack’s social cost on the patient. Because her disfigurement was so severe, she missed a major milestone.“Charla will now be able to enjoy a more normal social life, and time with her friends and family,” Pomahac said. “Last spring, Charla made the difficult decision not to attend her only daughter Brianna’s graduation because she feared her presence would take away from the day. And we know it broke her heart. I think her new face will allow Charla to be present when Brianna graduates from college in a few short years. That will be a great day for Charla and for all of us.”Charla was a friend of the chimp’s owner who had been called to the owner’s Stamford, Conn., home to help get the rambunctious animal back into the house. The 14-year-old chimp, named Travis, had been raised by the owner and was familiar with Nash.In the ensuing chimp attack, Nash was blinded and had her hands and much of her face torn away. The chimp was shot after attacking the police who responded to emergency calls.Charla underwent hours of surgery at Stamford Hospital immediately afterward, and subsequent surgery at Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, which had performed the nation’s first partial face transplant only months earlier.She lost her entire left hand and part of her left forearm in the attack. She also lost part of the right hand and four fingers, keeping only the base of her right hand and thumb. The double hand transplant surgery would have replaced Charla’s missing hand and arm tissue. Though the graft failed, Pomahac said, it did not harm her remaining thumb function, and the operation could be attempted again.Steve Nash described the lengthy odyssey that his sister and their family have been through, saying that he sat with her for two months after her injury and that face transplant surgery was so new at the time, they only hoped it would be an option for her.“We were hoping for it, and it came true,” Nash said.He said his sister is looking forward to eating solid foods again and visiting a favorite hot dog stand in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., where the siblings grew up and learned to “pick ourselves up after we fell.” She also wants to visit a favorite pizza place.“Eating decently, and eating a meal are key,” he said.Pomahac and his team performed their first face transplant surgery in 2009, a partial face transplant that was the second such procedure in the nation. This year they performed the first full face transplant in the country, followed by two more.Pomahac and the Brigham transplant team have built on the organ transplantation legacy begun at the Brigham in 1954, when Joseph Murray, professor of surgery emeritus, performed the world’s first organ transplant by transferring a kidney from one identical twin brother to another. Murray was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1990, together with E. Donnall Thomas, for “discoveries concerning organ and cell transplantation in the treatment of human disease.”last_img read more

A postwar call to service

first_imgAfter more than a decade of war, the United States faces a rising domestic challenge: reintegrating more than a million veterans who have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan, and another million expected to come home in the coming years. To help them build new lives, the nation must channel that generation’s enthusiasm for service, said Gen. Stanley McChrystal, former commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) on Monday.“When we send young people away, we’re responsible for them,” McChrystal told a packed audience during a discussion of veterans’ policies at the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum. “Not to give them something, but to give them an opportunity to continue to serve, give them a place to fit in.”The event, “Ask What You Can Do For America’s Veterans,” preceded a campus dinner for Harvard veterans and active-duty service members, a biennial tradition organized by the Center for Public Leadership, the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and the Harvard Veterans Alumni Organization. Veterans were honored at the panel session as well. After service members in the audience stood to be recognized, President Drew Faust addressed the crowd by video.“You represent to our entire University community what it means to be a soldier and a scholar, binding action and thought as you pursue wisdom,” Faust said. “I pledge to you that we will continue to foster a campus environment in which military service is upheld as one of the finest examples of public service.”Later at the veterans’ dinner, Christine Heenan, Harvard’s vice president for public affairs and communications, announced that Faust had received the Navy Distinguished Public Service Award from Navy Secretary Ray Mabus for her work in reinstating the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps on campus in 2011, after a 40-year absence of an official military presence at Harvard.“Her deep appreciation for the sacrifices made by members of the armed forces has inspired many members of the Harvard community to heed the call for public service,” Heenan said of Faust.But even as Harvard has renewed its focus on supporting veterans and officers-in-training on campus, the question of how best to help the newest generation of veterans readjust to American life is far from resolved. The evening’s panelists highlighted ways in which the country could do more to help its returning military, from expanded educational and health care programs to community inclusion efforts.In the past, “as a nation we’ve risen to the occasion and met veterans’ needs after war,” said Daniel Feehan, an HKS student who is in the U.S. Army, who moderated the discussion. “Today I would argue we are at that moment for this generation” who fought in “the global war on terror.”As mayor of Houston — which has 300,000 veterans in its metro area — Annise Parker has seen how overwhelming the challenge can be. To reduce homelessness among veterans (a particular problem among Vietnam veterans), the city has expanded its social service and housing programs and instituted hiring preferences for veterans in its police and fire departments. Houston also treats its Veterans Day and Memorial Day celebrations as opportunities for outreach to recent vets.“It’s really not enough to hand someone a nifty brochure listing all the available social services, because nine times out of 10, those veterans are going to think they won’t need those social services; they’re fine,” Parker said.The city also has educated civilians about veterans’ injuries, such as post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.Houston Mayor Annise Parker (second from left) said her city has 300,000 veterans in its metro area. To reduce veterans’ homelessness the city has instituted hiring preferences for veterans in its police and fire departments. Mission Continues President Spencer Kympton (right) said his organization’s goal is not to “give handouts” but to tap into veterans’ desire for the sense of purpose, team spirit, and mission that the military once provided them.“There’s almost a fear that many of our veterans are dangerous,” Parker said. “But our veterans aren’t necessarily dangerous to us; they’re dangerous to themselves. And we’ve had to really work with the community and with employers to smooth the path.”Far from potential threats, this crop of veterans should be viewed “as civic assets,” said Spencer Kympton, M.B.A. ’04, who is president of The Mission Continues, a nonprofit that helps veterans find ways to volunteer and connect with their communities.“This is an all-volunteer force,” Kympton said. “Every single one of them willingly and soberly chose to serve in the military over the last decade, and that choice indicates that on average this generation has a proclivity to serve.” The goal of his organization and others like it, he said, is not to “give handouts” but to tap into veterans’ desire for the sense of purpose, team spirit, and mission that the military once provided them.New recruits list a desire to serve their country as their primary motivation for entering the military, Feehan said, but a desire to pay for college comes in a close second. Panelists debated what could be done to improve educational outcomes for young veterans, whose degree completion rates, by some estimates, are as low as 15 percent.“We probably don’t make [the GI Bill] goal-oriented enough,” McChrystal said. “We pay someone to go to school, but we don’t track the outcome of the education quite as tightly as we might.”Because some veterans aren’t prepared to attend college right away, Kympton said, “There’s an opportunity to expand the GI Bill so that it’s relevant and meets the veteran where he or she is.” The bill could be expanded to subsidize time in domestic service programs, “which could better prepare veterans for when they do enter college.”After the event, McChrystal lauded Harvard for its efforts to increase the visibility of veterans on campus.“When you come to a place like this, the first thing you want to do is hide the fact that you’re a service member, because you want to fit in,” McChrystal said, recalling his own trepidation at entering HKS in his 40s as a National Security Fellow. “I think what we’ve got to do is ask undergraduate life to expand its horizon a little bit. Don’t think of freshmen as 17, 18, 19. Think of freshmen as 17 to 28.”last_img read more

Arboretum exhibition explores seed diversity and dispersal

first_imgThe thousands of trees, shrubs, and vines that visitors encounter at the Arnold Arboretum exemplify the abundant diversity of Earth’s woody plants as well as the many adaptive strategies they employ to ensure the success of their offspring. Autumn is a great time to explore this phenomena in the Arboretum landscape, as many plants produce and shed their seed at this time of year. “Dispersal: Photographs by Anna Laurent,” an exhibition opening at the Arnold Arboretum on October 26, illustrates the fascinating ways that plants have evolved to disseminate seeds through beautiful, highly-detailed photographs.On view in the Arboretum’s Hunnewell Building through January 26, the images captured by Anna Laurent expose the complex and often ingenious ways that plants have evolved to disperse seeds. As a photographer and columnist for Print magazine’s online blog, Imprint, she has made a unique study of the plants she has encountered, from the urban wilds of Southern California to the rain forests of Hawaii, the deserts of northern Iraq, and public gardens throughout the United States. For this exhibition, images of seed pods were captured exclusively at the Arnold Arboretum, highlighting select examples of dispersal mechanisms employed by both flowering and non-flowering plants in the living collections. Individually, each of the 33 photographs included in the exhibition is a fine art portrait of a unique botanic specimen; as a series, it is a scientific exploration of reproductive adaptation and the diversity of botanic design. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Free August Wine Tasting Series

first_imgBURLINGTON – July 21st, 2008 – Dedalus Wine Shop will kick off its latest series of in-store wine tastings in August at 95 College Street in Burlington. The summer series will begin on August 2nd. Our new Saturday format will provide our community with a casual outlet for wine exploration, appreciation, and tasting. A schedule for the series can be found below.”There’s real pleasure to be had finding good wine, exploring it, drinking it, and especially in sharing it with good friends. All these elements get wrapped up in a wine’s story. That’s what this new series is about – ways to explore wine in a social context, as the cornerstone of a dinner party or as a travel guide through an exotic countryside,” says store owner Jason Zuliani.Dedalus Wine Shop is here to tell wine’s story. We’re committed to building a wine community and to exploring great wine from around the world with our friends and customers.8/2/2008 – Sauvignon Blanc – New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc has created an SB revival around the world. But it’s not the only game in town. Stop by Dedalus for this tasting of New Zealand and French Sauvignon Blanc – two distinct styles that will help you dial in to your taste.8/9/2008 – Riesling – Pound for pound German Riesling delivers some of the best value per dollar in the wine world. These complex and hip whites are designed to work with a wide variety of food, they’re beautiful sippers in the summer, and many of them can out-age even fine Bordeaux. Stop by to try a pair of these sleek, hip treasures.8/23/2008 – Spain – Spain has become a newly re-discovered wine region for outstanding, distinct reds and whites; a go-to country for the interesting and unique in wine. We’ll taste both red and white wines from Spain, all perfect for entertaining and high on the crowd appeal scale.8/30/2008 – Italy – From big, rich reds to sleek and exotic whites, Italy is one of the world’s most divers (and confusing) wine producing countries. What better way to wade through the confusion than with a glass of wine! Stop by to sample reds and whites from the top of the boot to the heel.last_img read more

Increase your credit union’s effectiveness with successful employees

first_img 44SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jacob Petersen Jacob E. Petersen is the Customer Service and Support Lead at Mortgage Cadence. In this capacity, he leads the Client Service Management and Document Center teams to ensure quality service … Web: Details Growth within any organization can be a benefit and a curse. As a company grows, it faces the challenge of on-boarding new employees while rising to the increased demands of a growing customer base. In any complex company, it is difficult to replicate the knowledge of your existing subject matter experts. Accenture Mortgage Cadence was founded on the principles of the manufacturing industry’s processes. Our product suite was architected to allow process automation, capitalizing on a division of labor to decrease not only cost, but the number of days to close a loan. Through our tremendous growth over the past several years, we are honing in on ways to increase scalability of internal resources. Read on to learn how you, too, can leverage this concept within your day-to-day processes.There are many approaches to determine how to divide your labor force. One of the most efficient and effective ways to support organizational growth is to create a division of labor so new employees do not have to immediately become subject matter experts across all functional areas. At Accenture Mortgage Cadence, we utilize employee input, data, and logical functional areas to determine specializations. Our support/solutions team has been divided into functional areas in order to enhance our ability to work more closely with other internal teams to determine root cause of issues, provide more direct and informed feedback to functional areas, and to drive long-term change.This division of labor provides many benefits internally and externally. Specialization within employees’ roles allow them to focus on their functional area of expertise to increase the organization’s effectiveness. This reduced scope of an individual’s role will allow a company to scale faster as the time to train employees is reduced. This also enables increased throughput due to the specialization of each functional role and the organization’s ability to divide work to those employees with a comparative advantage.Another key component of any staffing model should include opportunities to grow both horizontally and vertically. Allowing, and encouraging, employees to move between functional areas to gain a broader depth of knowledge should be a cornerstone of any growth plan. Employees should also be encouraged to move vertically by working directly with subject matter experts within the various functional areas within the organization. This movement must be custom-tailored to the organization’s needs as well as the employee’s desire and aptitude.It is essential to note that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to scaling. One often overlooked component of any major organizational change is constant analysis of the results. After a company has deployed major process changes, it is important to compare the results against the baseline data prior to the implementation of process change. The other key area of focus should be gathering objective and subjective data that the changes are the most efficient and effective. The ability to make subsequent adjustments is vital to the long-term success of the organizational change.As any company grows, there are bound to be challenges in how to replicate the knowledge held by existing subject matter experts. We have found that dividing functional expertise helps reduce the breadth of knowledge a new employee would have to master before becoming effective in their role. This division of labor requires diligence by the organization to ensure employee knowledge and career growth. As with any broad organizational change, it is important to analyze and adjust as needed to make sure the organization is doing what is right for its customers, employees, and the bottom line.last_img read more

The bah humbug behind transaction-only solutions

first_imgIt’s that time of year when consumers are, well consumed, with holiday planning and gift buying. According to annual retail estimates, holiday spending is expected to exceed $1.1 trillion through the end of the year — with $128 billion coming from online transactions. According to a recent Bankrate survey, nearly half of all Americans have felt pressured to spend more on holiday gifts than they can comfortably afford. As a result, far too many families and individuals find themselves in a position to make another kind of transaction — with a payday lender or the local check-cashing store.Granted, this provides a quick, temporary solution when funds become short. But this type of transactional event — which is all a payday lender or check cashing business provides — can be an awkward, costly experience that does nothing to help consumers build long-term financial stability. Offer the gift of relationshipOn the other hand, by utilizing the services and financial guidance that are part and parcel to an affiliation with a community bank or credit union, consumers can connect to professional financial advice, along with more affordable, less risky services that will set them on a more stable financial path. Something they definitely won’t get from a quick cash, transaction-based alternative.All it takes is a little bit of awareness and a commitment to developing long-term account holder relationships.Make a good first impressionEngaging with consumers when they make initial contact with your institution is a first step toward establishing a long-term connection. It’s important to learn if they are planning for some major life event that will require financial assistance, or if they are looking for advice or services that will provide more peace of mind when it comes to managing their finances better. Once you know their needs, be prepared to make a case right away for how you provide a variety of solutions that can help them reach their financial goals. If they leave without realizing what you have to offer, they will likely end up doing business somewhere else.Know your stuffMake sure your employees can accurately explain how all of your products and services address account holder needs, using terms they understand. Showing empathy to someone’s financial situation can go a long way in determining the quality of an account holder’s experience, and establish your institution as a trusted resource and financial partner.Maintain fair and transparent feesThis time of year — perhaps more than any other — is proof that consumers are willing to pay for things that are important to them. But when they find themselves up against a wall due to an occasional shortfall or account oversight, the high fees and short payment terms of a pay day loan or quick-cash solution can result in a cycle of debt that may cost them more than the amount they needed initially to make ends meet.On the other hand, a fully disclosed, reasonably priced overdraft program provides account holders with a long-term solution that they can access  — with full knowledge of their costs and responsibilities — when they have a short-term financial need. Offer more than transactional serviceEffective account monitoring allows you to see when someone is experiencing financial difficulties. That’s when you can counsel account holders about the service alternatives that are available to help them manage their account more effectively and perhaps set aside funds in a savings account for future emergencies. Plus, keeping them informed about their account activity through automatically distributed communications shows you are committed to their long-term financial well-being.Sometimes when people find themselves in financial situations that demand quick action, the solution they choose can unfortunately lead to more financial hardship, if they aren’t aware of less costly and less risky options. Don’t miss out on opportunities to set your institution apart from the transaction-only solutions that are available today. Not only can you create more long-term relationships, but you can also help your account holders enjoy a less stressful holiday season and send them into the New Year with more financial peace of mind. 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Mark Roe Prior to joining JMFA, Mark was a sales manager in the Texas market for a major bank with headquarters on the West coast. His experience also includes managing the accounting, … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Rugby on purchase trail after NAV rise

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