Lincat (Lincoln) has extended its range of upright, heated merchandisers with a new oven feature. Part of its Seal counter top equipment, the new combined merchandiser-ovens enable hot snacks to be baked and displayed in a single unit.Made from stainless steel, the new models comprise an easy-to-clean display unit, set on top of an oven. Thermostatically controlled, with a 50-250ºC temperature range, the oven can be used for baking pizzas, potatoes, pies and pastries. Hot food can then be transferred from the oven to the unit above, to form an attractive display. Safety features include toughened glass sides and stay-cool handles. The oven is fully insulated.
The NCUA banned former credit union executives who collectively stole more than $1.1 million from their respective credit unions.John C. Barry, a retired police officer and the former office manager of the merged $7 million Portland Maine Police Department Federal Credit Union pleaded guilty to embezzlement and falsifying NCUA Call Reports. He was sentenced to one year and one day in prison, five years’ supervised release and ordered to pay restitution of $533,791. In December 2014, PMPDFCU was consolidated into the $108 million TruChoice Federal Credit Union of South Portland, Maine.Sherry Garner, a former president/CEO of the merged HD York Federal Credit Union in York, Pa., pleaded guilty to bank larceny and tax evasion. She admitted to embezzling $252,106 from the credit union between 2010 and 2013. She also admitted to federal income tax evasion for not reporting her embezzled income and owed $62,704 in back taxes. She was sentenced to two years in prison, three years’ supervised release and ordered to pay restitution of $314,810. In May 2014, the $2.7 million, HD York FCU was merged with the $69 million White Rose Credit Union, also based in York. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
JASPRIT Bumrah, India’s No.1 fast bowler, has been ruled out of the Test series against South Africa, which begins in Visakhapatnam on October 2. Bumrah has suffered a “minor stress fracture in his lower back,” according to a BCCI press release. The injury came to light “during a routine radiological screening.”Umesh Yadav will replace Bumrah in India’s Test squad. The emergence of Bumrah, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami as India’s first-choice fast-bowling combination has reduced Umesh’s opportunities of late, limiting him to only five Tests since the start of 2018.In his second-to-last Test, however, he picked up a career-best match-haul of 10 for 133 against West Indies in Hyderabad.Bumrah’s injury is a significant blow to India. Since his Test debut in January 2018, he has quickly established himself as one of the world’s most dangerous fast bowlers, picking up 62 wickets in 12 Test matches at an average of 19.24.He already has five-wicket hauls in each of the four tours he has been on – South Africa, England, Australia and the West Indies – and the series against South Africa was to be his first at home.This is the second time Bumrah has had to miss Tests due to injury. A thumb injury, picked up during a T20I against Ireland in Malahide, forced him to miss the first half of India’s tour of England last year, including the first two Tests.The stress fracture, though, will worry India a little more since it was not sustained on the field of play.India have been mindful of Bumrah’s workload, resting him from the limited-overs legs of their tours of Australia, New Zealand and the West Indies earlier this year.Some, though, believe it will help Bumrah’s fitness to play as much cricket as possible.“Bumrah should play as many games as possible, I always endorse that,” the former India quick Zaheer Khan told The Indian Express when asked what the best way to preserve Bumrah would be. “More matches you play, more experience you get.“That bowling rhythm and fitness is very important. You have to strike that right balance.“The way Bumrah has evolved in such a short span of time has been remarkable. He is a thinking bowler. You can achieve such success, when you keep improving, keep thinking, keep upgrading.” (ESPN Cricinfo)
Robot designers are still working on ways to emulate the human eye. Just when you thought digital cameras were all the rage, we learn from EurekAlert they are miserable substitutes when put into the eye sockets of robots. Robot-vision export Vladimir Brajovic explains:Often, when we take a picture with a digital or film camera, we are disappointed that many details we remember seeing appear in the image buried in deep shadows or washed out in overexposed regions. This is because our eyes have a built-in mechanism to adapt to local illumination conditions, while our cameras don’t. Because of this camera deficiency, robot vision often fails. (Emphasis added.)But can’t automatic exposure meters do the same thing? No; they pick either a spot or average of the scene, and adjust all the sensors to the same level. Our individual rods and cones not only have individual light adjustments, but “talk to each other” about what they see, and do image processing before the signals reach the brain (see 12/30/2003 and 05/27/2003 and 05/22/2003 entries). Brajovic is trying to develop image sensors with some of these desirable capabilities.Werner Gitt provides many more gee-whiz statistics about the eye, and other body senses, in a wonderful book, The Wonder of Man. One square millimeter of retina has 400,000 sensors. The photoreceptors are so sensitive, a single photon can activate them. The rods can react in 0.3 seconds, the cones in 0.075 seconds. Three types of cones, sensitive to different wavelengths, give us complete coverage of the visible light spectrum, with over 300 discernible hues. Unlike film, which is rated for a particular “speed” or sensitivity, the eye’s photoreceptors are sensitive over 5 powers of 10, or 100,000 to one. The signals are transmitted on two separate channels then recombined, to avoid the problem of thermal noise. The optic nerve also filters out noise by sensing the response from multiple rods within a time limit of 0.02 second, and sending the signal along only if there is nearly simultaneous response from four or five rods scattered across the field. Rhodopsin, the light-sensing protein, is a large molecule composed of 350 amino acids (see online book). To avoid saturation of the photoreceptors, muscles move the eyes in constant jerks called saccade’s, but the optic nerve and brain automatically compensates for the motion (see 03/29/2002 entry). The optic nerves cross behind the eyes, and are received by opposite sides of the brain; there, the inverted images are flipped and recombined seamlessly. The brain even fills in the blanks caused by the holes where the optic nerves leave the retina, by interpolating these “blind spots” with similar pixels from the surrounding field. Small as they are, the eyes have 120 megapixel resolution and can separate angles of one minute (1′) of arc. What’s more, they can do it in full-motion stereo. With the help of the iris, eyelid, retina and other mechanisms, we can see everything from dim stars to bright sunlight reflected off snow: a phenomenal range of sensitivity – a factor of 1 million million to one. And our eyes are not even the sharpest or most sensitive in the animal kingdom. Need more? Buy Gitt’s book. After you enjoy it, hand it to an evolutionist. Perhaps, though, these days, intentionally giving someone cold shudders would be misconstrued as cruelty (see 07/13/2001 commentary).(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
With blockchain technology becoming more acceptable, the Global Blockchain Business Council hosted standing room-only events in Davos – a change from a year ago when the founding of GBBC received scant attention.Through the work of the GBBC “business leaders can learn what blockchain is and why they should care and how it can improve their business”. – Jamie Smith (Image: GBBC)Sulaiman PhilipThe theme for this year’s meeting of the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos was “Creating a shared future in a fractured world”, referring to the rise of nationalist and protectionist policies taking hold in governments across the globe.The disruption to traditional industries and high finance being caused by digital technology was also a concern for the attendees in Davos.The Global Blockchain Business Council (GBBC) was launched at the WEF meeting in Davos last year without much fanfare. A year later, the association of business leaders interested in Bitcoin and blockchain solutions hosted some of the most popular sessions in Davos, focussing on business solutions and the role of technology in the future economy across sectors.Sessions with names like “Blockchain beyond Earth” and “Redefining human value” were on offer in pop-up venues for attendees who knew about blockchain solutions but not what that meant exactly. Jamie Smith, chief executive of the GBBC, had a simple explanation, as she told the BBC: “The original internet was created to move information, and it did. The information we send to each other, has to be actually stored somewhere, so it’s stored in databases.”The problem is that hackers are getting really good at beating the security systems put in place to protect that information. Recently, that information was stored in thousands of databases on server farms. Blockchain breaks those farms into thousands of separate pieces. “Instead of breaking into a house, now you have to break into a town or city full of houses.”GBBC hosted events in Davos were oversubscribed due to the growing interest in the technology. (Image: GBBC)What is blockchain?Blockchain has no one meaning, instead it covers a wide range of technologies and digital solutions. Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin are the best known examples of a blockchain solution. At its simplest, blockchain is the shared archive technology that powers cryptocurrencies, but it also allows for encrypted data on anything from money to medical records. The benefit of this protected data is the technologies ability to update information instantly and inform all parties in real time.It is part of the ongoing process of digitisation, but it is also more than just speeding up making business processes more efficient. Blockchain redefines how buisness processes are designed and implemented. It has the power to redefine the way that lawyers, bankers, accountants and even governments do business by creating peer-to-peer channels.Education, not apprehensionThe GBBC’s purpose is to educate and advocate for the advancement of the blockchain ecosystem. It brings together thought leaders at roundtables like those organised in Davos to help business and governments understand how the technology will change the way business, and the business of government, is conducted.Valery Vavilov, CEO of the Bitfury Group, is one of the fouders of the GBBC and a leading advocate for blockchain technology. His company develops the circuit boards, chips and servers at the heart of blockchain technology and builds Bitcoin data centres.At Davos he was vocal in encouraging corporations to develop and incorporate the technology into their digital infrastructure. “Without the security provided by the computing power of the Bitcoin blockchain, the property prized most — immutability — is no longer a given and is just one hack away from someone corrupting not just identity information, but real value as well.”Smith told the BBC that GBBC’s presence was just the beginning of their campaign to educate leaders about blockchain and the future of finance. They will continue to provide forums where “business leaders can learn what blockchain is and why they should care and how it can improve their business”.What is making their work easier, she said, is the speed with which the technology is being adopted across the globe. Rwanda’s land registries are run using the technology and India is using it for their population database.How governments and business are re-learning how to manage data using blockchain technology was discussed at a GBBC hosted event in Davos. (Image: GBBC)Police forces and NGOs are looking at ways to use blockchain to prevent human trafficking. At the same time national health departments are using it to create reliable personal medical records. Commercial retail giant Walmart is embracing the technology to track its food imports from China. “Not understanding [blockchain] is close to malpractice. The next generation will expect this kind of technology.”South African financial institutions have embraced blockchain technology because it makes online financial transactions more secure. Banks, including Rand Merchant Bank, ABSA, FirstRand, Standard Bank, Nedbank, and Capitec have come together to discuss the best way to adopt the technology in the South African market. As Farzam Ehsani, chair of the South African Financial Blockchain Consortium, explained to news website My Broadband in July 2017: “Consider fax machines or telephones – without a particular protocol or standard that allowed these devices to communicate with one another, they wouldn’t be very helpful. Blockchains are similar. They require all the participants in the network to agree on how to agree.”The consortium has developed an autonomus blockchain for the country called Springblock, that is hoped will be adopted for all finacial transactions. “We are exploring all aspects of what this technology can offer to better serve all South Africans,” Ehsani said.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
The right sales process, sales methodology, or sales training for one sales organization, may be entirely wrong for another sales organization. There are dozens of factors to consider. Here are a few of the most important.Strategy: What is the company’s overall strategy? How does the sales force contribute to the attainment of strategic goals? If the training isn’t aligned with, or can’t contribute to the overall strategy, it isn’t the right training.Maturity: How mature is the sales organization as a whole? Does it have the competencies it will need to execute the process, methodology, or training outcomes? There are some sales organizations that won’t be ready for certain training and development. They would be better served with something that moves them towards maturity.Leadership: Is the leadership capable of leading the execution of the sales process, methodology, or training? Are they deeply engaged? The return on an investment of training and development is directly proportional to the amount of leadership exercised before, during, and after the training.Needs: What does the sales force need to improve their results? How tightly aligned with those needs is the process, methodology, or training? Training that doesn’t provide the sales force with what it needs to succeed isn’t the right training?Clients and Customers: Training around sales processes, sales methodologies, or other sales skills needs to account for who you are selling to. What does the sales organizations clients (or customers) need? How does the training help the sales force create value for their clients?The process, methodology, or sales training some other company is using may not be right for you and your sales organization. It doesn’t matter how popular it is, and it doesn’t matter how much you feel the need to provide your sales force with something new.The most effective sales training around a process, methodology, and sales skills are principle-based. You don’t perform better by chasing novelties. You perform better by better executing the fundamentals.
About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Newcastle defender Dummett: Bruce not to blame for Leicesterby Ansser Sadiq22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United defender Paul Dummett is standing by manager Steve Bruce.Many fans and pundits are laying into Bruce after his side capitulated against Leicester City in the Premier League at the weekend.While Dummett understands the anger, he does not believe the result and manner of the team’s performance were down to the manager.He told the club’s official website: “In the second half we collapsed, and that’s one thing as a team with the players we have, we’ve never really done that in the past few seasons.”We’ve never collapsed and given away the goals we gave away. That’s one thing the manager wanted to address, and I think as a team we knew it wasn’t acceptable.”That’s one thing that can’t happen again. This team has been successful on working hard as a team and sticking together to get results.”Obviously the manager has changed, but we all still know what we have to do on the pitch. We train every day with the manager on different ideas but we all know exactly what our jobs are on the pitch.”The performance against Leicester wasn’t that we didn’t know our jobs. We didn’t put the performance in and collapsed – like the manager said we surrendered.”
Message Email Share your thoughts here Name Jorge Barrera and Mark Blackburn APTN National NewsOTTAWA–Canada discriminates against First Nation children by underfunding the on-reserve agencies charged with ensuring their safety, according to a long-awaited ruling by the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal.According to the ruling, which will be released Tuesday, the Human Rights Tribunal demands the federal government make sweeping changes to the way it manages and funds on-reserve First Nation child welfare services.The human rights tribunal said current funding formulas create an incentive to remove children from their families.“The Panel finds the complainants have presented sufficient evidence to establish a prima facie case of discrimination under section 5 of the CHRA. Specifically … that First Nations children and families living on reserve and in the Yukon are denied equal child and family services, and/or differentiated adversely in the provision of child and family services,” according to the ruling.Tribunal Chair Sophie Marchildon during the discrimination complaint hearings against Canada. Photo: APTNAPTN obtained an advanced copy under an agreement it would not report the contents until Tuesday morning.The tribunal’s ruling said the very foundation of Ottawa’s on-reserve child welfare program needed an overhaul because the whole structure was about to collapse.“(Indigenous Affairs) is ordered to cease its discriminatory practices and reform the (child welfare program)…to reflect the findings of this decision,” said the ruling. “At some point the foundation needs to be fixed or, ultimately, the house will fall down,” said the ruling.The ruling said the federal Indigenous Affairs department causes First Nation children and families to suffer through the way it designs, funds and manages on-reserve child welfare services.Indigenous Affairs’ current funding formula for child welfare “perpetuates the incentives to remove children from their homes,” the ruling said.The tribunal also ordered the department to “immediately implement the full meaning and scope of Jordan’s Principle” which was established to ensure First Nation children get the care they need before Ottawa and the provinces settle jurisdictional battles over who should pay.The tribunal found that Indigenous Affairs officials applied the principle too narrowly at the expense of children in need.The ruling is a resounding victory for the First Nation Child and Family Caring Society and its president Cindy Blackstock who first launched the complaint, with the Assembly of First Nations, back in 2007.Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society making opening remarks at the hearings in 2013. Photo: APTNAfter 72 days of hearings which ran from February 2013 to October 2014, a related tribunal victory on a retaliation complaint against Ottawa, skirmishes before the Federal Court and the Federal Court of Appeal and the delayed disclosure of over 100,000 internal department documents, the tribunal sided with Blackstock’s core complaint.Now the main parties to the case—Ottawa, Blackstock’s organization and the AFN—have three weeks to figure out a process with the tribunal on implementing the ordered changes.The tribunal is also giving the parties three weeks to determine the process for settling the issue of compensation.The Child and Family Caring Society requested compensation of $20,000 for each First Nation child taken into care since February 2006 and the money be put into a trust fund to support healing programs tailored to children.The AFN requested an expert panel be created to determine compensation.The previous federal government of Stephen Harper fought the human rights complaint every step of the way, challenging and losing before the Federal Court of Canada and the Federal Court of Appeal.Justice Canada lawyers argued in futility that the tribunal had no jurisdiction to make any determinations on the issue and that Indigenous Affairs only cut cheques which did not qualify as a delivery of a service. The Tribunal dismissed the government’s non-service assertion.“Even as AANDC’s role in the child and family welfare of First Nations is limited to funding, there is nothing in the Canadian Human Rights Act that excludes funding from the purview of section 5. This is, funding can constitute a service if the facts and evidence of the case indicate that the funding is a benefit or assistance offered to the public …” said the ruling.Last June, the tribunal also ruled in favour of Blackstock in a related complaint. The tribunal found that a senior official in then-Aboriginal affairs minister Chuck Strahl’s office “retaliated” against Blackstock over her human rights complaint by blocking her from attending a December 2009 meeting between the department and chiefs.The federal Privacy Commissioner also determined in May 2013 that Justice Canada and Indigenous Affairs officials spied on Blackstock because of her child welfare complaint.See related stories: Aboriginal Affairs “retaliated” against First Nation child advoctate over human rights complaint: TribunalFederal Aboriginal Affairs department spying on advocate for First Nations children According to the human rights tribunal ruling, Indigenous Affairs made little effort to improve its child welfare program despite ample evidence it was not working. The tribunal said internal reports and provided the department with ways to “address the adverse impacts” of its child welfare program, but were mostly ignored.“Despite being aware of the adverse impacts resulting from the (First Nation Child and Family Services) program for many years (Indigenous Affairs) has not significantly modified the program,” said the ruling. “While efforts have been made to improve the (child welfare) program…those improvements fall short of addressing the service gaps, denials and adverse impacts…and, ultimately, fail to meet the goal of providing culturally appropriate child and family services to First Nations children and families living on-reserve.”Department of Justice lawyer Jonathan Tarlton. Canada fought the discrimination case at every turn. Photo: APTNThe ruling does not cover child welfare services in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.Generally speaking, Indigenous Affairs funds and provides on-reserve child welfare services through First Nation child welfare agencies or through provincial agencies. The department also has a handful of one-off trilateral provincial and territorial child welfare agreements.Indigenous Affairs has a unique 1965 cost-sharing agreement with Ontario that governs on-reserve child welfare services in that province.While Indigenous Affairs claims to provide child welfare services that are “reasonably comparable to those provided off-reserve,” the tribunal found that the department has “difficulty defining what it means” and knows it doesn’t provide enough money to meet provincial-territorial legislation and standards.Yet “(Indigenous Affairs) insists that (First Nation child welfare agencies) somehow abide by those standards and provide reasonably comparable child and family services,” said the ruling. “Instead of assessing the needs of Frist Nations children and families and using provincial legislation and standards as a reference to design an adequate program to address those needs, (Indigenous Affairs) adopts an ad hoc approach to addressing needed changes to its programs.”The tribunal found that Indigenous Affairs has not executed any significant changes to its child welfare programs since 1990 and hasn’t updated its 1965 agreement with Ontario since 1998.“(Indigenous Affairs’) design, management and control of the (on-reserve child welfare) program, along with its corresponding funding formulas and other related provincial-territorial agreements have resulted in denials of services and created various adverse impacts for many First Nations children and families living on reserves,” said the ruling. “The (tribunal) finds (Indigenous Affairs’) position unreasonable, unconvincing and not supported by the preponderance of evidence in this case.”[email protected]@[email protected] Send a copy of this email to yourselfIf you want to submit this form, do not enter anything in this field
TORONTO – Seabridge Gold Inc. (TSX:SEA) says a federal agency has dismissed a complaint by Alaskan conservationists against the company’s massive KSM mining project in northern British Columbia.The Southeast Alaska Conservation Council had appealed to Canada’s National Contact Point within Global Affairs Canada to look into whether the company had violated international guidelines on consultations with stakeholders, due diligence on environmental and human rights impacts, and disclosure of mitigation plans.The group is concerned that the proposed KSM mine, which is one of the largest undeveloped gold projects in the world and sits about 35 kilometres from the Alaskan border, would threaten the wild salmon habitat downstream in Alaska.Canada’s National Contact Point, which promotes the OECD guidelines on multinational companies, decided it wouldn’t benefit from getting involved in the dispute. It says Seabridge had consulted with Alaskans despite not being required to, and notes the project had already been approved after rigorous provincial and federal environmental assessments.The agency did recommend that Seabridge continue consultations with all stakeholders, and that it officially and publicly endorse the OECD guidelines on multinationals as well as ones specifically on the extractive sector.Seabridge released an updated mine plan for KSM in October last year that would see more underground mining and smaller open pits, potentially reducing the waste rock it would generate by about 81 per cent or 2.4 billion tonnes.