Sielaff brings Italian style

first_imgGerman firm Sielaff has launched a new bean-to-cup machine, the Piacere, which is Italian for ’pleasure’. It offers a menu of speciality hot drinks, including espresso, cappuccino, hot chocolate and latte macchiato at the touch of a button.The machine has two different models – the Piacere Mono with one grinder and the Piacere Duo with two. Each is available with a chilled fresh milk module, if required, and can be configured with an additional soluble ingredient hopper for chocolate, flavouring or whitener.There is a height-adjustable cup shelf and additional options include lockable bean hoppers, an additional grinder, a waste bin for coffee grounds and a cashless payment system module.www.sielaff.delast_img

Warburtons launches Thin Bagels

first_imgWarburtons has invested £7m in its new range of Thin Bagels.The baking giant will launch the sandwich alternatives into Asda this week (23 April) before stocking them into Tesco, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, The Co-operative and Iceland.A £7m investment in a new manufacturing line has been made, in order to appeal to the ‘lighter sandwich alternative’ trend.Darren Littler, innovation director, Warburtons, said: “Innovation is at the heart of everything we do at Warburtons and our new Thins Bagels range is a great reflection of this.“There is a strong appetite for sandwich alternatives as we’ve seen from our number one selling Sandwich Thins range. Our new Thin Bagels offer consumers greater variety and we are excited to attract new consumers into the popular bagel sector.”The new range of pre-sliced Thin Bagels will be available in packs of six priced at £1.40, and will be available in plain, cinnamon and raisin and sesame – all under 150 calories per bagel.Warburtons will also support the Thin Bagels launch with an integrated communications campaign, including PR and social media.The Bolton-based company launched its regular Sandwich Thins in 2011, and has since won planning permission for a £20m plant in Lancashire to increase its own capacity for wraps and thins.Kingsmill launched a similar thins product late last year.last_img read more

Student startup offers original music, personalized songs as gifts

first_imgSophomore Ralph Moran has a mission: to draw people away from typical cookie-cutter gifts. For him, music has the power to be the ultimate gift.Moran’s company, “Streetlight Creations,” is a custom music platform that connects customers with artists for the purposes of creating personal songs “to address the desire for meaningful gifts among the general populous.”“Music is one of the realms of communication that is inherently human and inherently personal, except it’s still out of bounds with people who do not have a musical talent,” Moran said. Moran, along with his co-founder and fellow sophomore Nicholas Lampson, said he started Streetlight Creations to help make the gift of music a more universal option and not an idea simply restricted to those that could produce it. “The process is pretty simple,” he said. “So you come onto the website and you create a song, and then you’re taken to a forum on the website where you’re asked a series of questions. Our most typical songs are going to be romantic, I would imagine. We encourage you to give all the details you can, like little details where you met that person … so that we can pass on all that information then to the artist that best fits what you’re looking for.”Moran said that currently, all of the platform’s artists are students on campus, several of whom are already fairly successful and have numerous followers on Spotify. Student artists include senior Alexis Donn Daugherty, who sings acoustic pop, and junior Joey Warner, who specializes in EDM.“We hope to eventually recruit artists from all over the country, both hobbyists and people who are trying to break the industry, to give them a means to hone their craft while also receiving some sort of pay for doing so,” Moran said.Streetlight Creations was founded in November of 2017, Moran said. The company already has customers and recently launched its Valentine’s Day special, which includes a song and a lyric presentation for $75.“We had a sale for a guy from Texas; he was getting married and he wanted a song to commemorate the day,” Moran said. “We also had a sale for the birthday of two twins.”Moran said Streetlight Creations has provided the opportunity to bring some artists out of the woodwork who would otherwise be “closeted artists.”“Streetlight Creations is really about the artist as much as it is about the  customer. Our whole value proposition is we want to be a platform where artists can grow,” he said. “Artists that join Streetlight and write for us we’re going to … enable them to create a portfolio and we’re going to help them produce music so that they can get things out there if they’re looking to take their music career further.”Moran and Lampson are no strangers to the music world. Lampson is a cellist and Moran is a member of both the Glee Club and the Undertones and plays the guitar and piano in his spare time.“We both have that passion for music, but at the end of the day we’re business-minded as well, so Streetlight Creations is the perfect opportunity for us to combine the things we love and share it with other people,” Moran said.Moran, a computer science major and collaborative innovation minor, said he enjoys the thrill of being a part of a student startup. He said Streetlight Creations provides him the opportunity to marry two interests that on the surface seem like a rare combination: coding and music.“Inherently, I don’t think that I’m a stereotypical computer science major. From the very beginning, I’ve always been very creative, so what really gives me a thrill isn’t just writing code, but it’s the idea of creating something new,” he said. “That’s why I love computer science, because I can make things out of nothing. But business is a way I can do that too and also work with people that have complementary skills with mine.”Tags: Computer science, Music, start-up, Streetlight Creations, student artistslast_img read more

Lindsay Mendez to Appear in Musical Adaptation of The Winter’s Tale

first_img The community-based Public Works production will also feature over 200 New Yorkers from all five boroughs and cameo group performances by Sesame Street, New York Theatre Ballet, Rosie’s Theater Kids and more. Lindsay Mendez will join her previously reported fellow Wicked alum Christopher Fitzgerald, along with David Turner, Isaiah Johnson, Danny Williams and Todd Almond, in a musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale. Conceived and directed by Lear deBessonet, with music and lyrics by Almond, the free Public Theater three-night civic event will run September 5 through September 7 at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. View Comments Scenic design will be by Justin Townsend, with lighting design by Tyler Micoleau, costume design by Paul Carey and sound design by Acme Sound Partners.center_img Star Files Lindsay Mendezlast_img read more

U.S. Air Force Buys Super Tucano Planes from Brazil

first_img These are very good planes… the best in the world, congratulations to the United States for this fabulous purchase… By Dialogo January 04, 2012 The U.S. Air Force has acquired 20 of the Brazilian manufacturer Embraer’s Super Tucano aircraft for a program of advanced flight training, reconnaissance, and support operations, the firm announced in a statement. Worth a total of $355 million dollars, the contract also includes “land-based support for pilot training, maintenance, and other needed services,” in addition to supplying the planes. “We’re honored to have the opportunity to offer the U.S. Government the best product for the LAS (Light Air Support) mission,” indicated Luiz Carlos Aguiar, the president of Embraer’s defense and security branch, according to the statement. “Our commitment is to move forward on our strategy of investment in the United States and to deliver the Super Tucano within the time period and in conformity with the budget agreed on in the contract,” he added. Embraer won this contract in partnership with the U.S.-based Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), specialized in the development of electronic systems. “We believe in the goals of the Light Air Support mission and are proud to be able to support the United States in its partner-building efforts in Afghanistan and elsewhere around the world,” Taco Gilbert, SNC’s vice-president for intelligence business development, indicated for his part. The Super Tucano is a modernized version of the Tucano training plane operated by the forces of 15 countries. Embraer, the world’s third-ranking aeronautics manufacturer producing commercial planes, announced a year ago that it was creating a department dedicated to defense, in order to strengthen the development of security and communications systems. The defense sector represents 7 percent of Embraer’s revenue, behind the commercial (58 percent) and executive (19 percent) sectors. last_img read more

Women Among the Brazilian Marine Corps

first_imgBy Taciana Moury/Diálogo April 02, 2018 Brazilian Marine Corps (CFN, in Portuguese) First Lieutenant Débora Ferreira de Freitas defies all odds. She was the first woman to compete for a CFN junior officer slot becoming the first female combatant—a feat she accomplished before the December 2017 passage of Public Law No. 13.541, authorizing women to be admitted into the Brazilian Navy’s (MB in Portuguese) Officer School at the Naval Academy, in the Navy or Marine Corps. Since becoming an officer, 1st Lt. Débora served in important roles. She was chief of the Department of Civil Affairs and Social Communication for the 25th Contingent in Haiti and commanded the Liaison Platoon for the Communication Company of the Command and Control Battalion. Currently, she works in the personnel division of the Marine Corps Command and Control Battalion in Rio de Janeiro. Originally enlisted as a CFN staff sergeant musician in 2004, 1st Lt. Débora had higher aspirations for her Marine Corps career. “I have a degree in music from the Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro, which meets CFN’s higher education requirement for Officer’s School,” 1st Lt. Débora told Diálogo. “In 2015, after three years of study, I was approved for service as a junior officer in the Brazilian Marine Corps, and I went off to Officer’s School.” Enrollment, she recalled, had no restrictions on female inclusion. “All that was required was to be in CFN. So, I decided to give it a try even though I’m a woman, and I competed equally against the men,” 1st Lt. Débora said. “What motivated me was the opportunity for growth within the force. Today, I feel fulfilled, because CFN strives to maintain the honor, competence, determination, and professionalism for us to stay current and well-trained to defend our homeland.” The officer’s pioneering work didn’t stop there. She was also the first woman to complete the Amphibious Warfare Course in 2016, which qualifies marine officers to command infantry platoons. The four-month course demands a lot from combatants, especially in terms of physical requirements. “The rucksack alone weighed around 25 kilograms, not to mention the bullet-proof vest, weapons, and other gear that we had to carry all the time,” 1st Lt. Débora said. The daily routine during the course began at 6:30 a.m. and included military physical training and other activities related to the training of a platoon commander, which were constantly evaluated. “The main problem was physical fatigue. There are also physiological differences between men and women that have their own peculiarities,” 1st Lt. Débora said, before highlighting the necessity to value esprit de corps and change certain habits, such as setting her vanity aside and learning to get by on little sleep in any location. An inspiration to other women Completing the course, 1st Lt. Débora said, opened doors for other women. “I showed that it’s possible for a woman to carry out operational duties without being diminished by that: carrying a heavy rucksack, using weapons, and effectively leading the men on a mission,” she said. Currently, CFN has two women serving in an operational capacity and others taking the Amphibious Warfare Course. She shared her pride in helping pave the way for other combatants. “When I look back, I feel a sense of accomplishment, because doors have been opened for other women who wish to join CFN.” Among her goals are to keep improving within the operational arm of the force through courses and training. MB’s authorization for women to join all operational units was cause for celebration. “That decision shows the importance of valuing our work and our professionalism. The Navy has always been a pioneer in female enlistment, and this shows that our force values female inclusion and our level of competence,” she said, encouraging other women to join. “Whoever has this dream should go ahead and study, focus on their goal, and not neglect to train physically,” 1st Lt. Débora said. Gender Commission acknowledges MB’s pioneering approach According to Brazilian Air Force Major General (R) Antônio Carlos Coutinho, president of the Brazilian Ministry of Defense’s Gender Commission (CGMD, in Portuguese), the experience MB gained throughout the years overcame all doubts and gave the institution the assurance needed to offer unrestricted access to women. Maj. Gen. Coutinho explained that each service branch is free to determine how many slots, and when, will be allocated to women. But similarities in standards used among the three forces indicate that MB’s decision might prompt the Army and Air Force to adopt the same measure in the near future. “Each branch is unique, and it could be that this new understanding isn’t reached everywhere with the same speed—but new spaces are being created,” Maj. Gen. Coutinho said. “Pioneering attitudes of the like of 1st Lt. Débora only enhance the armed forces’ operational performance, regardless of gender,” Maj. Gen. Coutinho said. For him, what matters is that standards set by the institution for the position are met. “This young officer’s decision to face a unique challenge, overcoming all the barriers and succeeding in her goal, shows how results don’t depend on gender, and it bolsters female inclusion in military service,” he said. CGMD was created in 2014 to smooth out gender differences in the Brazilian Armed Forces and broaden the policy on women serving in the nation’s military. CGMD is directly associated with UN Women, an entity established by the United Nations to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women.last_img read more

Will your credit union be the chicken or the pig?

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The difference between involvement and commitment is like ham and eggs. The chicken is involved; the pig is committed. The old business fable of The Chicken and the Pig is obviously about commitment to a project or cause. When you are faced with transforming lending solutions, tackling a core system review, or dealing with compliance regulations, such as the recent CFPB warning, is your CU just involved or truly committed?Last week, the CFPB (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau) issued a bulletin to banks and credit unions to warn that they must have systems in place to ensure accuracy when they pass on information, such as negative account histories, to checking account reporting or other credit reporting companies.As summarized by CFPB to Credit Unions: Checking Reporting on Our Radar, “Consumer reporting companies that focus on checking accounts typically generate reports on charge-off amounts, past non-sufficient funds activity, unpaid or outstanding bounced checks, overdrafts, involuntary account closures and fraud.”The CFPB added that it’s concerned about inaccuracies and inconsistent information that financial institutions provide to reporting companies. Banks and credit unions should expect accurate information from checking account reporting companies in order to make fair assessments of deposit account applicants, and if the system is tainted with incomplete, inconsistent and inaccurate information, they cannot make informed decisions, the bureau noted. continue reading »last_img read more

West Java extends PSBB to June 26 amid second wave concerns

first_imgAccording to the administration, the average number of daily cases in West Java had reached 42 in May, then to 25 people a day in June.“Cases are mostly found in urban areas such as in Bodebek and Greater Bandung. Mayors and regents in those areas should be more vigilant due to their high population density,” Ridwan said.The governor also urged citizens to keep following health protocols, such as wearing masks, maintaining physical distances and washing their hands regularly.“The second [COVID-19] wave in India and Pakistan were caused by a lack of discipline among the public in adhering to health protocols.”Ridwan went on to say that the administration had yet to decide on reopen schools and entertainment venues, fearing they would become new COVID-19 clusters during the second wave of the pandemic, as what happened in South Korea.Topics : Yellow zones are allowed to increase economic activity to around 60 percent of normal levels while implementing strict health protocols. Meanwhile, blue zones are allowed to reopen all public and commercial facilities but must ensure that there are no crowds.”Traditional markets are among the places that have a high virus transmission risk. We’ve prepared 672 rapid and swab test kits for 700 markets,” Ridwan said in a statement on Friday.Read also: COVID-19: Jokowi warns of second wave, but first one may not be overHe added that police and military personnel would help promote testing to prevent objections from the people. The West Java administration has extended large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) across the province to June 26 following a spike in COVID-19 cases within a week, during which its daily reproduction number (Rt) increased from 0.68 and 0.72 to 0.82.The extension will be effective across the province, except for the Jakarta satellite cities of Bogor, Depok and Bekasi (Bodebek), where the policy will remain effective until July 2.Governor Ridwan Kamil said the administration decided not to loosen supervision on the virus’ spread due to the latest data, even though the province had declared 10 areas as yellow zones and 17 others as blue zones.last_img read more

Cesc Fabregas names Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard as the best opposition player he’s ever faced

first_imgCesc Fabregas names Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard as the best opposition player he’s ever faced Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 8 Jul 2020 1:44 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.1kShares Advertisement Fabregas battled against Gerrard on multiple occasions (Picture: Getty Images)However, in terms of the best player he has ever played alongside, that accolade can only belong to his former Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi.‘It is obviously Lionel Messi,’ Fabregas added. ‘I played with him since I was 13. Definitely his talent is incomparable to anything I have seen in my life.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors‘Apart from the talent, for me he is such a competitor. I could not compare him to anyone. For me he is the best ever.‘He always wants to win. Even now in training if he loses a game of five versus five he will hate it.’MORE: Divock Origi and Takumi Minamino are ‘not helping’ Liverpool, claims Ian WrightMORE: Cesc Fabregas picks Jose Mourinho over Arsene Wenger and Pep Guardiola as the manager he had the ‘best connection’ withFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Fabregas is still plying his trade in Ligue 1 for AS Monaco (Picture: Getty Images)Cesc Fabregas has named Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard as the best opponent he has ever gone up against.The Spaniard has enjoyed a distinguished career, including successful spells at Arsenal, Barcelona, Chelsea and now AS Monaco in Ligue 1.Over his prime years in the Premier League and La Liga, Fabregas went to battle with iconic midfielders such as Paul Scholes, Frank Lampard, Xabi Alonso and Luka Modric, as well of plenty of elite forwards.However, Gerrard is the one opposition player that sticks out most in Fabregas’ mind as the most challenging to deal with.ADVERTISEMENT‘If I have to say one – and I really enjoyed playing against – I would say Steven Gerrard,’ Fabregas told the BBC’s Match of the Day: Top 10 podcast.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘He was physically the most difficult opponent to handle.‘He was the box-to-box player, he could be on his right or left, shooting from the outside of his boot. He was a machine.’ Advertisement Commentlast_img read more

Governor Wolf Urges Pennsylvania’s Congressional Delegation to Fund Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Reduction Act

first_img May 20, 2016 Governor Wolf Urges Pennsylvania’s Congressional Delegation to Fund Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Reduction Act Press Release,  Substance Use Disorder Harrisburg, PA – Yesterday, Governor Wolf sent a letter to Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation urging them to fund the comprehensive Opioid Abuse and Reduction Act of 2016. The text of the letter is below and can also be viewed here.Dear Congressman/Senator –The magnitude of the addiction and overdose death epidemic in Pennsylvania is shocking: at least seven Pennsylvanians die every day from a drug overdose. With nearly 2,500 overdose deaths in Pennsylvania in 2014 and estimates that the 2015 total will be higher, a collaborative effort on the federal, state, and local levels is crucial in combating this crisis.I have been holding roundtable discussions throughout Pennsylvania in order to listen to local and state officials about the challenges that they are facing, as well as discuss the initiatives of the administration, the state legislature, county agencies, treatment centers, hospitals, and medical schools. These roundtables are an opportunity to work collaboratively with the General Assembly and community leaders to ensure Pennsylvania leads the nation in the fight to combat the opioid abuse and heroin use crisis.Last week, I was encouraged by the passage of a package of bills in the United States House of Representatives that would help to combat the opioid and heroin crisis in the United States. After meeting with local leaders and families throughout Pennsylvania who have been personally affected by this epidemic, I understand how crucial federal, state, and local resources are to combating this epidemic. I am respectfully requesting that you vote to fund Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Reduction Act of 2016 (H.R. 5046) in order to provide addicted individuals and their families with the resources they so desperately need.My administration has taken several actions to fight the heroin and opioid crisis including: signing a statewide standing order for naloxone, making it possible for all Pennsylvanians to access this life-saving drug; equipping the Pennsylvania State Police with naloxone so that those troopers who are first on the scene of an overdose can have another tool on-hand during these emergencies; partnering with Adapt Pharma to make Narcan available to public high schools across the state at no cost; developing the ABC-MAP prescription drug monitoring program to detect and prevent prescription fraud and abuse, which contribute to addiction; and appointing a director for the state’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) Office, who will work to ensure that the PDMP meets its goal of assisting healthcare professionals in identifying patients that would benefit from treatment.In an effort to curtail drug addiction and curb the supply of excess drugs that can be used illicitly, the Department of Health is leading an effort to build upon the opioid prescribing guidelines already created, including specific guidelines for emergency department providers, dentists, obstetricians and gynecologists, and pharmacists. These guidelines give healthcare providers direction for safe and effective pain relief practices, with greater emphasis on non-opioid therapies and greater caution to prevent addiction and diversion. In addition, the DOH recently joined dozens of healthcare organizations, medical experts, and consumer advocacy groups in signing petitions requesting changes to federal pain management requirements that are believed to foster dangerous prescribing practices.The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs has led a statewide initiative to get naloxone into the hands of municipal police departments. To date, more than 320 municipal police departments are equipped with naloxone, and those departments have reversed more than 900 overdoses as a result of that effort. DDAP also has developed a “warm hand-off” policy, mandating county-level drug and alcohol administrators to create processes whereby overdose survivors are taken directly from the emergency department to a licensed drug treatment provider. In some areas of the commonwealth, early reports indicate as many as 50 percent to 70 percent of overdose survivors are getting into treatment immediately through this process. Under DDAP’s leadership, Pennsylvania’s Prescription Drug Take-Back Program is helping communities properly dispose of unused and unwanted prescriptions. To date, there are nearly 450 take-back boxes located at police stations across Pennsylvania. In 2015, more than 56,000 pounds of prescription drugs were taken back and destroyed.Furthermore, the expansion of Medicaid eligibility in Pennsylvania under the Affordable Care Act has greatly increased access to treatment services for hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians.Finally, my proposed 2016-17 budget provides more than $34 million to treat 11,250 new individuals with substance use disorder. The Department of Human Services will provide 50 new Opioid Use Disorder Centers of Excellence for individuals with substance use disorder, providing medication-assisted treatment and appropriate wraparound services, such as cognitive-based therapies.The funding of the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Reduction Act would be instrumental to adding to state and local efforts to combat the heroin and opioid crisis. Please keep in mind the needs of the millions of Pennsylvanians who are personally affected by this as you consider funding the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Reduction Act of 2016.Sincerely,Governor Tom Wolf# # #Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more