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Sasini Limited (SASN.ke) HY2012 Interim Report

By on July 12, 2021

first_imgSasini Limited (SASN.ke) listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Food sector has released it’s 2012 interim results for the half year.For more information about Sasini Limited (SASN.ke) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Sasini Limited (SASN.ke) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Sasini Limited (SASN.ke)  2012 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileSasini Limited grows tea and coffee in Kenya and produces, stores and markets bulk tea and coffee for domestic consumption and export to Africa sub-regions. Through wholly-owned subsidiaries, Sasini Limited has interests in the tea, coffee, dairy, livestock, horticulture and tourism sectors in Kenya. Bulk tea produced by Sasini Limited is sold through the Mombasa auction or direct sales to export customers. Tea farms are in the Highlands West of the Rift Valley in Sotik. Bulk coffee is grown on eight independent estates in the Central Highland of Kenya and processed at its own pulping and wet processing facility. Sasini Limited has a coffee mill at Kamundu Coffee Estate which has a daily capacity to mill about 4 800 bags of clean coffee. Aristocrats Tea and Coffee is the exporting arm of Sasini Limited and exports milled coffee to international blending houses and roasters. Loose and tea bag products for the domestic market are sold under the brand names Sasini Gold, Sasini Chai and Sasini Premium. Coffee products for domestic consumption are sold under the brand name Kahawa Bamba and Sasini Instant Coffee. Sasini Limited maintains a herd of Holstein Friesian cattle and produces a range of yoghurt and pasteurised milk. Sasini Limited is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

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Charity Williams on her journey from gymnastics to Olympic sevens

By on June 23, 2021

first_imgIn the bronze match in Rio, Canada crushed GB 33-10 in what captain Jen Kish called “a freaking historic moment”.Up to that point, Williams says she was helped by her gymnastics background. She is able to get low in the tackle – “I get folded in my crazy ways, and I’m decently flexible, so I find I’m pretty good really close to the ground” – and she has always had a sharp turn of pace.She laughs about her ability to spring off the ground and those who watch sevens regularly will clock her pushing off would-be tacklers and diving towards carriers from a distance.Improvements? “My biggest work-on has been decision-making. I’ve been lucky enough to have decent speed and strength, it just comes naturally to me. But at the level we play at, that doesn’t really cut it anymore.”Marry athleticism with savviness and Williams may just be jumping for joy at the Tokyo Games, too. DURING HER sporting childhood, it was not sevens rugby players that Charity Williams idolised. In her wildest dreams, she wanted to be just like US gymnast Shawn Johnson on the Olympic stage.“I was a gymnast for like my entire life, pretty much,” Williams tells Rugby World. “But I realised at a young age that it wasn’t going to take me to the Olympics, which had always been my dream. So I was at a crossroads.”When the athletic Toronto native took up rugby in Grade Ten, she could not possibly have known that she would go on to win a bronze medal at the Olympic Games, in Rio in 2016 – by her own admission, she didn’t even know rugby was a sport prior to joining high school.Fittingly, the speedster is also a fast learner and her skill-set learnt on the mats and springboards would eventually set her apart. However, it wasn’t always a guarantee that she would shine.“I had been let go from the team that year and I was off the team for about six months,” she says of her tumultuous build-up to the Rio Games. “The whole year leading up, I didn’t think I was going to go, so I had a different mindset.“It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to deal with in my athletic career. I had to really, really think about why exactly I was there and what I wanted to get out of it. So for about six months, I was training by myself and I had to get a job to stay in Victoria.“It was one of the hardest things I’ve had to deal with”“Thankfully one of our old S&C coaches helped me a lot. He was taking time out of his own day to train with me, but I was doing three or four sessions a day and then going into work (at a local department store).Show speed (Getty Images)“It got quite tough but I knew what I wanted and knew this was where I was meant to be. So I battled every single day to try to get back and when I got back I put my head down and worked.” Canada flyer Charity Williams is hunting a second medal for rugby Dynamic: Williams breaks a lot of tackles (Getty Images) center_img LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS This piece first featured in Rugby World magazine in February.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.last_img read more

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Meet Diane Snow, new dean of the John V. Roach Honors College

By on June 13, 2021

first_imgFacebook TCU observes National Child Abuse Prevention Month Facebook Previous articleWomen’s basketball opens season with victory over Incarnate WordNext articleCarl Safina on animals and their relation to humans Sam Bruton RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin Virtual Tour: Fort Worth murals and where to find them Five Graphic Design seniors to unveil three plus years worth of works print“I could see myself creating alongside many of the people I met here,” said Snow about meeting people at TCU. (Sam Bruton/TCU360)Mother. Neuroscientist. Researcher. Adventurer. Diane Snow is always working, always moving.  Just a few months ago, Snow packed a few suitcases and left her home in Lexington, Kentucky to head to Fort Worth.  Snow said she connected with TCU during her first interview. “This is a people place,” she said. “It’s people first. It exudes from all the things they do.” As the new dean of the John V. Roach Honors College, Snow already has a two-pronged plan for the college. She wants to strengthen its ties to faculty and enrich the learning environment across campus while encouraging mentoring relationships for students. Honors as essential elementSnow said the enriched environment meant to engage and excite honors students about learning extends throughout campus because honors students are in every discipline.“It’s my job to help people understand just what an integral part honors is in the education of all students on campus,” said Snow, who added she understands that sometimes honors colleges are seen as elitist or separate from everybody else and given more resources. The Honors College is a concurrent enrollment college allowing students to graduate in any major.  For incoming first-year students, it is invitation only upon completion of the application process.  For continuing students with 12 or more graded TCU hours, a 3.5 or greater GPA is required for admission to the Honors College.  There are currently 1,223 honors students.Snow emphasized the importance of communicating with students in the Honors College and outside of it, in an effort to collaborate and let people know about the opportunities the Honors College has to offer.“We have to be better at telling people what honors is all about,” Snow said.  “There are so many students who could be honors students and do honors work and they just don’t know it. I don’t think they’ve had the exposure to it.”  Snow said she wants to accentuate the apprenticeship experience of honors students with professors, working one-on-one academically.  “Our job is to help them open the right doors and get the right experiences,” Snow said.An appetite for scienceSnow’s academic roots are in Ohio.  She earned a bachelor’s degrees in biology and German from the University of Akron, Ohio.  Her master’s degree in neuroscience is from Northeast Ohio Medical University in Rootstown, Ohio.  Before beginning her work toward her doctorate, Snow worked at the Cleveland Clinic in the Brain and Vascular Science division under Dr. Bernadine Healy.  “I had just enough of an intrigue with science at that point to know that I wanted to go on and get a Ph.D. and do my own projects,” said Snow.  After hearing what Dr. Jerry Silver was doing in the research of spinal cord injury, Snow chose Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland for her Ph.D. in neuroscience.“It was hook, line and sinker,” she said. “Everything he talked about was so incredibly exciting to me.”  She then completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.  In 1996, Snow began her first assistant professor job at the University of Kentucky in Anatomy and Neurobiology.  She worked her way through the ranks there and became a full professor.  After receiving tenure, Snow moved to the Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center as a professor of neuroscience studying spinal cord injury.  After 15 years, she became the director of undergraduate research and in the past few years became the director of the honors program at the UK.  Snow ushered the program into being an honors college.  Research At Northeastern Ohio Medical University, Snow found her passion for discovery while working in a space the size of a closet – with only a little table and a microscope. She was hired to look at slides and count the number of cells that were stained in a part of the brain.  “I love the discovery and the thought that I’m that first person seeing something happen,” Snow said.  “This has happened many times in my career, looking through a microscope and it’s the first time anybody has seen these changes.”  “I’ve had a couple bits of serendipity throughout my career that have led me to success. I have been very grateful for those,” she said.Snow is still working with undergraduate students in Lexington on a NASA-related research project.  The team is working with a group called Space Tango that has equipment on the International Space Station.  Space Tango collaborates with researchers to facilitate projects in microgravity to discover solutions in space for applications on Earth.  The research group is optimizing the pieces that will be tested on the station to look at the effects of low gravity and zero-gravity on a population of neural cells.Esther Putman, an intern at Space Tango, credits Snow for getting her the position. On Putman’s move-in day at the UK, Snow noticed her carrying a brain anatomy poster into her room.  Snow gave Putman her contact information and later they met for coffee; this sparked not only a discussion on neuroscience but also a mentorship.“I am where I am today because of the people like Dr. Snow who have invested in me.  I know I would not have experienced the opportunities and positive atmosphere I had during my first year here if I had not met her and benefited from her mentorship,” said Putman.Next June, Snow will be teaching a three-week summer study abroad session in London open to students from both TCU and University of Kentucky.  The mission: “Where are all the women?” looking at the attrition of women in the sciences.  Students will compare and contrast what they know about the U.S. and what they will discover in the U.K.  “We have some ideas about the  conditions that make women unable to reach higher positions in science in the US, and plan to look at systems in the UK to compare and contrast, and hopefully find solutions,” Snow said.  Snow taught this course last year and considers it an enriching experience.Putman said she admires how Snow is encouraging young women to never feel restricted in their academic pursuits, despite living in a society that discourages their success.  “She encourages young women in such a professional and admirable manner, fueled by logic and fact,” said Putman.“Mom first.” Snow said the most significant thing she has done is experiencing the process of bringing a human into the world.  Snow met her husband at Case Western Reserve in 1987 and both were highly focused on careers in science and medicine.   “Then something happened and all the sudden children became part of being in love,” Snow said.  “My two sons are my most successful neuroscience experiment to date. ”  After her first son, Connor, was born, Snow returned to work and looked around the lab.  “It just paled in comparison to my love and appreciation for this human being,” she said.  “It wasn’t that my science wasn’t important anymore it just really added perspective to my life.”   Snow attends a wedding with her husband, David, and her two sons, Aidan (left) and Connor (right). (Photo courtesy of Diane Snow) “We are a mobile family now,” said Snow.  Connor, 21, is a recent graduate of the University of Kentucky with degrees in Music (percussion) and German. Aidan, 17, is a freshman at UK studying computer science.  Her husband is a urologist doing locum tenens (a person who works temporarily in the place of another) across the nation.“Our boys never know where we are on any given day.  We use social media in a big way to keep connected,” Snow said.  Someday, Snow and her family hope to end up back at their home in rural Lexington. TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Twitter World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution ReddIt + posts History professor explores the people behind the fight for civil rights in Texas Sam Brutonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/sam-bruton/ Sam is a sophomore Journalism major and Graphic Design minor from Celina, Texas. She has a passion for photography and her cat, Albus. Find her on Twitter and Instagram as @sbbrut! Sam Brutonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/sam-bruton/ Twitter Sam Brutonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/sam-bruton/ ReddIt Sam Bruton Linkedin Sam Brutonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/sam-bruton/ TAGSphotos Welcome TCU Class of 2025last_img read more

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Call to stop new violence against media in wake of recall vote

By on June 12, 2021

first_img Attacks on journalists have resumed, chiefly in secessionist Santa Cruz province, after a lull during the 10 August recall referendum. Reporters Without Borders again urges government and opposition to protect journalists. June 12, 2020 Find out more BoliviaAmericas BoliviaAmericas February 1, 2018 Find out more Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders appealed again today for Bolivia’s politicians to come together to halt renewed violence against the media, mainly in the country’s secessionist eastern provinces, in the wake of the 10 August recall referendum. At least six attacks on journalists were reported yesterday in Santa Cruz and Beni provinces between government supporters and opponents. “Hardly any attacks on journalists occurred during the voting itself, suggesting that despite political tensions, safe working conditions for journalists are possible,” the wordwide press freedom organisation said. “But since the referendum (won by both President Evo Morales and opposition provincial governors), political conflict is again undermining the media and the freedom to keep the public informed. The national and provincial victors must come to an agreement about basic freedoms and ensure their most militant supporters comply with it.” Three journalists of privately-owned TV stations Bolivisión and ATB were attacked by pro-government supporters in Santa Cruz on 18 August while reporting a demonstration by the Unión Juvenil Cruceñista, a radical secessionist group that has often physically attacked pro-government media outlets. The assailants used metal-spiked sticks, stones, bricks and other blunt weapons to smash the windows and wheels of the journalists’s vehicle, whose driver managed to escape.Eyel Mendoza, of Bolivisión, took refuge in a house and his cameraman, Remberto Arauz, was set upon by about 30 protesters. “They took my camera and punched, kicked and beat me with sticks before I could get away,” he told Reporters Without Borders. He is suspected of having lower back injuries. ATB cameraman Miguel Angel Flores was also beaten. Despite wearing clearly-marked media jackets, they were accused by the attackers of supporting the secessionists.José Luis Ledesma (journalist) and Iver Justiciano (cameraman) of the privately-owned TV station Canal 18 Megavisión, were attacked and injured in clashes nearby between the two sides a few hours later. “I fell down and my camera was smashed,” Ledesma said. “The police helped me and I have to have an x-ray.“ Miguel Arias, of TV station Canal 33 Giga Visión, and Hilario Muñoz, a photographer with the daily paper El Mundo, was also hurt. Secessionists in the northern province of Beni besieged the offices of the pro-government radio station Red Patria Nueva in Rurrenabaque the same day and goaded its staff. Police arrived before the situation got out of hand. RSF_en Receive email alerts to go further News Newscenter_img News Follow the news on Bolivia Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom News Organisation Editor still unable to return to Bolivia after six months in exile Bolivian journalist hounded after accusing boss of sexual harassment Similar attacks occurred on previous days. Wilson Castillo, of the privately-owned TV station PAT, and Rubén Darío Méndez, of the daily El Deber, were roughed up by police while covering a clash between police and demonstrators in Santa Cruz on 15 August. The next day, cameraman Juan Carlos Thames, of the state-owned TV station Canal 7, and several colleagues were attacked in the city by secessionists who claimed they were “against the province.” November 18, 2016 Find out more August 20, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Call to stop new violence against media in wake of recall votelast_img read more

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CFPB Aims for ‘Culture of Compliance’ in Finance System

By on May 31, 2021

first_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago CFPB Aims for ‘Culture of Compliance’ in Finance System December 11, 2019 1,401 Views Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Wednesday, December 11, marks the one-year anniversary for Kathleen L. Kraninger in her post as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. On the day of the anniversary, she released a statement calling it an “honor and privilege” to serve at the bureau and highlighting some of the bureau’s accomplishments under her direction.“In this last year we’ve greatly enhanced consumer protection by harnessing the resources provided by Congress to be more effective and comprehensively utilized,” she said.Her statement comes as the bureau awaits a Supreme Court hearing on whether its structure is constitutional or whether too much power is afforded to its singular director.Kraninger offered examples of the bureau’s progress over the past year in five categories: “Providing Clear Rules of the Road Through Rulemaking,” “Creating a Culture of Compliance,” “Enforcing the Law Against Bad Actors,” “Educating and Empowering Consumers to Make Better Informed Financial Decisions,” and “Enhanced Inter-Agency Coordination.”Some of the most notable actions the CFPB has taken in regards to housing finance in the past year include requesting comment on a TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure Rule assessment; assessing the effectiveness of the Ability-to-Repay and Qualified Mortgage Rule; issuing an interpretive rule regarding screening and training requirements for mortgage loan originators; and announcing plans to allow the GSE qualified mortgage patch to expire at the start of 2021 or after a possible extension.The bureau has also made a few announcements in regards to HMDA data, including proposing rules to increase loan volume reporting thresholds for both closed-end mortgages and open-end lines of credit.In her first year as CFPB Director, Kraninger also launched the American Consumer Financial Innovation Network, a team of federal and state regulators aiming to “facilitate innovation through coordination” in the financial market.Kraninger said the bureau will “continue to use all of our tools to not only go after bad actors that break the law, but also to prevent harm in the first place by building a culture of compliance throughout the financial system.”In order to “create a culture of compliance,” Kraninger said the bureau is working to outline clear rules and supervise banks and nonbanks for compliance.Over the past year, financial institutions have paid restitution to more than 247,000 consumers as a result of CFPB supervision, the bureau stated.The CFPB has also ordered institutions to pay more than $777 million in consumer relief over the past year.The bureau has launched several efforts to educate consumers about financial products and personal finance, including publishing education materials and offering email courses and other training.In order to improve inter-agency coordination, the bureau also coordinated with other federal agencies on several issues. For example, the CFPB, the Federal Reserve, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency announced a higher threshold for special appraisal requirement exemptions for higher-priced mortgage loans starting in 2020.The Federal Reserve, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the National Credit Union Administration, and the CFPB together made an announcement “on the use of alternative data in credit underwriting, underscoring the potential for expanding access to credit and enabling consumers to obtain additional products and more favorable pricing and terms.”Lastly, the bureau noted efforts to make the bureau itself more inclusive, more effective, and more efficient, including updating its diversity and inclusion strategic plan. Share Save Tagged with: CFPB Previous: A Third Wave of Post-Recession Distress? Next: Building More Inclusive Environments in Financial Services About Author: Krista F. Brock Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days agocenter_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / CFPB Aims for ‘Culture of Compliance’ in Finance System Subscribe in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Related Articles Krista Franks Brock is a professional writer and editor who has covered the mortgage banking and default servicing sectors since 2011. Previously, she served as managing editor of DS News and Southern Distinction, a regional lifestyle publication. Her work has appeared in a variety of print and online publications, including Consumers Digest, Dallas Style and Design, DS News and DSNews.com, MReport and theMReport.com. She holds degrees in journalism and art from the University of Georgia. 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Fidelma Healey-Eames launches Euro campaign in Donegal

By on May 25, 2021

first_img Fidelma Healey-Eames launches Euro campaign in Donegal Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic WhatsApp Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebook A former Fine Gael Senator who is now standing as an independent candidate in next months European Election has launched her campaign in Donegal today.Dr. Fidelma Healy-Eames says the region has been left behind by the government, and many people in Donegal really feel this.She says the constituency has been down-graded by the EU from a ‘developed’ region to a ‘region in transition’, and that highlights the need for more investment and support.Drealey-Eames says the neglect of rural Ireland will be the central theme of her campaign………..Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/fheweb.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Google+ Previous articlePelosi comes to Bridgend as part of NW visitNext articleMain Evening News, Sport and Obituaries on Thursday April 18th News Highland center_img Pinterest WhatsApp Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme AudioHomepage BannerNews News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Twitter DL Debate – 24/05/21 Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Google+ By News Highland – April 18, 2019 last_img read more

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CLAY HILL CHRISTMAS: Historic church carries on tradition despite cold

By on May 24, 2021

first_img The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Although most all nativity or manger scenes feature the Wise Men at the stable where the Christ Child was born, the Rev. Ed Shirley, pastor of BUMC, said Jesus was probably about two years old at the time of their arrival.Ramona Fryer and Jill Jones of Opp attended Old Christmas at Clay Hill for the first time and both were touched by the simplicity and reverence of the service.“The Old Christmas service reminded me of when I was a little girl and would go to church with my grandparents at Tennille,” Fryer said. “It was a one-room church, much like Clay Hill.“The church was beautifully but simple decorated with cedar, holly and berries and the candlelight and light from the oil lamps gave the church a wonderful glow.” Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration So Don Renfroe and Mike Richards stoked the fires so to speak and made sure those who braved an icy, cold January 6 night would be comfortable in the warmth of the one-room century old church.“We thought it was important to have Old Christmas whether we had two or three or whether we filled the church,” Renfroe said. “We didn’t pack the church but we had a good crowd considering. It was a good service and a good way to close out the Christmas season.”Old Christmas at Clay Hill is a service of songs and scriptures and the celebration of the Wise Men who came to bring gifts to the Christ Child. Latest Stories Email the author Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day By Jaine Treadwell Sponsored Content 123PrevNextStartStopcenter_img Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthBet You’re Pretty Curious About Jaden’s Net Worth Right About Now, HuhBradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Published 4:00 am Tuesday, January 9, 2018 By The Penny Hoarder CLAY HILL CHRISTMAS: Historic church carries on tradition despite cold Tua to the rescue: Tagovailoa connects with Smith for title-winning touchdown ATLANTA (AP) — Tua Tagovailoa threw a 41-yard touchdown to DeVonta Smith to give No. 4 Alabama a 26-23 overtime… read more Book Nook to reopen You Might Like On a cold and windy January Saturday night, the 2017 Christmas season came to a quiet, peaceful and reverent close at historic Clay Hill Church in rural Pike County.The unusually cold weather was cause for the Brundidge United Methodist Church to consider canceling the Old Christmas at Clay Hill service that has been an Old Christmas (January 6) tradition for about 20 years.However, according to the scriptures, Matthew 18:20 tell us that “where two or three gather together in My name, there am I with them.” Print Article Fryer said the reverence of the service was uplifting.“It was a place of worship and a worshipful service,” she said. “It reminded me of how, years ago, people would gather in one-room churches to worship. Everything back then was simple and people weren’t rushed. They took time to worship. Like the song that was sung said, Jesus is the reason for the season. That’s why we were there – to celebrate our Savior’s birth and the coming of the Wise Men. We need to get back to the real reason for the season.”The Old Christmas at Clay Hill service is a wonderful and meaningful way to close out the Christmas season each year and begin a New Year, Shirley said.“Jesus brought a Light of Hope into the world,” he said. “As we leave Clay Hill Church each January 6, we do so with lighted candles so that our lights may shine so that others may see them and glorify our Father which is in heaven.”last_img read more

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Alfa Laval signs offshore predictive maintenance agreement

By on May 7, 2021
first_img Alfa Laval has signed offshore predictive maintenance agreement. (Credit: C Morrison from Pixabay) Alfa Laval – a world leader in heat transfer, centrifugal separation and fluid handling – has signed a maintenance agreement with Aker BP, an oil exploration and development company, for Alfa Laval’s Framo seawater lift pumps to off-shore platforms in the North Sea. The order value is directly linked to facility uptime. The agreement has a duration of six years, with an option for an additional six yearsThe maintenance contract is a continuation of a pilot project that started second half of 2018 between Alfa Laval’s Business Unit Pumping Systems, Aker BP and the global AI software company Cognite, and represents a huge step within digitalization and predictive maintenance.Since 2018, large volumes of data have been sent from Aker BP’s offshore platforms to the mainland where they have been interpreted by Cognite’s systems. Based on the results Alfa Laval has been able to evaluate the performance of the equipment and plan effective maintenance. Now with the new contract the cooperation prolongs with a duration of six years, with an option for an additional six years.“In these extraordinary times I am very pleased to announce this interesting order in the connectivity area,” says Sameer Kalra, President of the Marine Division. “The system allows us to use real time data to monitor our offshore equipment `on land’. Thereby we not only can predict and plan effective maintenance and minimize the risk of downtime, but also analyze the design and operating profile, to the benefit of our customer.” Source: Company Press Release The maintenance contract is a continuation of a pilot project that started second half of 2018last_img

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In my world – the craft baker

By on April 21, 2021

first_imgTom Herbert is a fifth-generation baker and director of Hobbs House Bakery, a multi-award-winning craft bakery, based in GloucestershireI’ve been thinking about how to get even more customers. I’m not a fan of advertising in the conventional way how many Chelsea buns would I have to sell to cover the cost? So, feeding the word-of-mouth, promotion notion, I need to cultivate an atmosphere and bakery offering conducive to encouraging great word-of-mouth.And what has got me stoked is thinking about my customers in a fresh way, and goading them into one of four categories. The first horde is ’strangers’ people who are in the shop for the first time and don’t know anything about us. Then there are ’acquaintances’ people we recognise, who know what they want and expect from us. ’Friends’ are a group of regulars we know well and ’fans’ are the special people who love what we do and are responsible for a heck of a lot of great word-of-mouth.And we’ve divvied them all up to see what we’re dealing with. This was very simple, only took a week and was totally worth it, because it not only highlighted just how many strangers we’ve been serving but, crucially, it is the first small step towards a more intentional interaction with customers.I’ve been aware of the difference in serving styles in my shops and, because I have allowed it, they vary wildly. Some people serve incredibly well and, of course, it’s possible to sell badly. But often, serving means standing in a display of products and notices, waiting to respond to the customer in a reactive way. This is fine with regulars, but can seem stand-offish to strangers and, worse, makes our wide range of products seem daunting. So we have a plan to help us recognise strangers and, using initiatives, incentives and impassioned training, we aim to entice more people to be our fans. First, we are looking at what we are saying and conveying on the outside, working our way towards the intentions of every interaction with a customer.This fresh approach has given me a clarity to prioritise activities and, so far, has resulted in funky new loyalty cards, a shiny paint job on the shop fronts, the aforementioned impassioned product training and using fresh baked smells to sell. It has lent a rejuvenated vigour to sampling surely the easiest, sure-fire way to shine a light on a product and sell it.To this end, we have also trialled a host of new sampling platforms, with a pink bird-table grabbing the most attention from passers-by, open to a quick peck of some tasty baked morsel. Simply asking “Madam/Sir, can I tempt you to a soldier?” works a treat if asked with a twinkle in the eye.We’ll beaver the autumn away, and if the shocking pink bird-table works well to engage strangers, then by Christmas, my wish to Father Christmas is that they’ll be fans.last_img read more

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Press release: Recruitment Campaigns open for Psychiatrist and retired Judicial Parole Board members

By on April 20, 2021

first_imgThe Centre for Public Appointments has today opened recruitment campaigns for both Psychiatrist and retired Judicial Parole Board members.Martin Jones, CEO of the Parole Board, said:“We are very happy to support these recruitment campaigns.“It is an important and engaging role to be appointed as a Parole Board member, where protection of the public is the priority, and we welcome applicants who have the skills and experience to rise to that challenge.”The key task of all members of the Parole Board is to make rigorous, fair and timely risk assessments about individual cases which have the primary aim of protecting the public.These are routine recruitment campaigns to fill positions that will be vacated by a number of current Parole Board members who are near the end of their tenure. There is the potential for up to 20 appointments per campaign.The appointment will run for 5 years with the possibility of reappointment for a further term subject to satisfactory appraisal and at the discretion of Ministers.The deadline for applications is 12:00 on 21 May 2018. Go to the Centre for Public Appointments website for eligibility criteria, job specifications, and how to apply: Psychiatrist Memberscenter_img Retired Judicial Memberslast_img read more

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