Marks & Spencer sandwich supplier Uniq reported falling sales in the first three months of the year, down 4.9% on the same period in 2008.The European chilled convenience food group blamed a slowdown in its markets and the later timing of Easter for operating losses, which were slightly lower than it had expected. However, it has recently won more business with M&S, which prompted it to make further investments in its food-to-go facility at Northampton.UK sales were flat year-on-year with growth in desserts and salads being offset by a slight decline in food-to-go. A company statement reported: “This performance is slightly ahead of our expectations, as we had planned for a continuation of the slowdown experienced in the second half of 2008.”It added that work to complete the closure of Paignton and transfer business into Minsterley was on track and would be complete by September 2009.
My Morning Jacket‘s multi-instrumentalist/jack-of-all-trades Carl Broemel has released a new single from his forthcoming solo LP called 4th of July. The track, called “Snowflake”, is an acoustic track that Broemel told SPIN “…is partially influenced by the interesting but questionable book ‘The Hidden Messages in Water’, where a scientist flash-freezes water drops while participants think happy or sad thoughts. Positive thoughts made beautiful snowflakes and negative thoughts made messy ugly shapes.”The track “Snowflake” is currently available for stream on SoundCloud. Other album tracks that are available for streaming include “In The Dark” (on SoundCloud) and “Sleepy Lagoon” (on Spotify). All three tracks are available as instant-downloads if you pre-order the album on iTunes.Listen to “Snowflake” below! read more
SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Efficiency, GO-TIME, Government That Works, Innovation, National Issues, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Wolf announced today that three technology initiatives undertaken as part of GO-TIME have been selected as finalists by the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) for its 2017 recognition awards.The initiatives by the Office of Administration, Department of Environmental Protection and Department of Human Services were among 32 finalists selected from over 100 nominations. Winners in 11 categories will be announced at NASCIO’s annual conference this fall.“The three GO-TIME projects being recognized by NASCIO demonstrate how we are improving service to the public, making our workforce more productive and modernizing our technology,” said Wolf. “They also show how agencies are increasingly working together to solve common challenges. For example, PennDOT assisted DEP with its mobile inspections app and the security solution deployed by OA is built upon efforts begun by DHS.”NASCIO presents the Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Information Technology awards to states that have implemented exceptional programs that have made an important contribution to the operation of state government. This is the 29th year for the awards program.The three Pennsylvania finalists are:Office of Administration – Risk-Based Multi-Factor AuthenticationRisk-based multi-factor authentication (RBMFA) provides added security for commonwealth IT systems and cloud-based services by requiring employees to provide additional information, beyond their standard user names and passwords, when attempting to log in from a mobile device or work location outside the office. This reduces the potential for unauthorized access using lost or stolen credentials or devices.The RBFMA system looks at factors such as the type of data or system to be accessed, location of the user, whether the device is registered with the commonwealth and number of access attempts in a given period. Users may be asked to enter a PIN number or answer questions they created in advance.By implementing a service that can be used by all agencies, OA is helping to reduce costs and support greater adoption of cloud services and other technologies that can improve operations and increase efficiency. OA plans to extend RBMFA to online services used by the public.Department of Environmental Protection – Mobile App for Oil and Gas Site InspectionsThe department developed an iPad app that enables DEP staff to conduct electronic inspections of surface activities at oil and gas sites. Previously, staff completed paper forms and then entered information into a database.Surface inspections include erosion and sedimentation, waterways encroachment, waste management, and spill cleanup.The app makes the inspection process more accurate and efficient, thanks to improved data quality, easier photo documentation, elimination of duplicate entry, electronic supervisor approval, and other features. In addition, the number of oil and gas field inspections that DEP staff can perform yearly is increasing.Electronic inspections also mean citizens can see surface inspection results sooner, since results enter the database and are posted on the O&G Oil and Gas mapping web site within days, rather than weeks.DEP is developing a similar app for its 32 oil and gas sub-surface activities inspectors. The app will be configured for other DEP programs as well, with the goal of equipping 350 inspectors by 2020, allowing the department to realize an estimated $3.6 million in productivity savings once implemented.Department of Human Services – myCOMPASS PA Mobile AppThe myCOMPASS PA mobile app provides citizens who have applied for or receive assistance benefits with convenient and secure access to information and services. Users can view details on their benefits, view the status of their applications, update contact information and upload photos of documents directly to their case files.The app has improved customer service and reduced processing times for the department. Benefits include a reduced need for users to utilize a call center or travel to a county assistance office and reduced print and mail costs. Once fully implemented, the myCOMPASS PA app is estimated to save an average of $3.2 million per year.The app can be downloaded from the Apple and Google Play app stores for use on iPhones and Android smartphones. Since its launch, 76,448 users have downloaded the app, which has 418,480 benefit status views and 63,953 uploaded documents, and the app has received a 4.8 -star rating on Apple. For an informational video on the myCOMPASS app please click here. For more information on myCOMPASS PA, click here.All three projects were undertaken in support of the Governor’s Office of Transformation, Innovation, Management and Efficiency (GO-TIME), which works with state entities to modernize government operations to reduce costs and improve services. State agencies saved over $156 million during the 2015-16 fiscal year and Governor Wolf challenged GO-TIME to build upon this success by achieving $500 million in savings by 2020. To learn more about GO-TIME, visit www.governor.pa.gov/go-time. August 01, 2017 To learn more about the NASCIO awards and view all of the finalists, visit www.nascio.org. Three GO-TIME Initiatives Selected as Finalists for National Tech Awards read more
* hospitals, medical clinics, diagnostic centers Establishments which are allowed to operate until 7 p.m. – subjectto the condition that social distancing is strictly observed, loitering isprohibited and that clients must be on “come-and-go” basis – are the following: * hospital staff and employees, including janitorial services The city mayor had a coordination meeting yesterday withrepresentatives from the police, military, coastguard, Philippine PortsAuthority, Department of Trade and Industry, representatives of the provincesin Western Visayas as well as Department of Education./PN * automobile repair shops * water-refilling stations, laundry shops He also said the March 20 to April 14 “lockdown” may be extendedor shortened depending on the recommendation of the Inter-Agency Task Force forthe Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, Department of Health or CityHealth Office. * shipping companies, cargo handling * all Department of Health (DOH) officials and staff * banks, pawnshops, money transfer services, payment andremittance centers Last night, however, Treñas said that just for today (March 20) hewould be allowing into the city jeepneys that deliver agricultural products. * business process outsourcing (BPO) companies and knowledgeprocessing outsourcing (KPO) companies may be allowed to operate, provided thatworkers are provided with on-site accommodations; provided further that socialdistancing and other COVID-19 prevention measures are strictly followed The curfew will be implemented by the police, punong barangay, barangay council, barangay tanods with the Task Force on Moral Values, City Health Office, andPSTMO. Exemption from closure * all Philippine Red Cross vehicles Limited hours Dispensing and transporting liquor are also prohibited during thelockdown period. The following exempted from the closure: Ombudsman and Deputy Ombudsman; Justices of the Supreme Court,Court of Appeals, Court of Tax Appeals, and Sandiganbayan; court judges;prosecutors; governors and mayors; media practitioners; BPO and export-orientedbusinesses; those persons on their way home from work; health workers;authorized government officials; * burial and crematory services, provided that public viewing andwakes shall be prohibited Jeepneys won’t be allowed “to ply and ferry passengers.” PANIC BUYING. On the eve of a month-long lockdown of Iloilo City that starts on March 20, people troop to grocery stores such as this one to buy provisions. The lockdown aims to limit or even stop the transmission of the corovirus disease 2019. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN “We have to put in minds of people nga indi na sila pwede ka gwa nga basta basta,” said Treñas. * doctors and health workers, and their drivers * media outlets, provided that designated field reporters andminimal curfew shall secure necessary permits from the Iloilo City Government * public markets, sari-saristores, supermarkets, grocery and convenience stores LGU officials; security services such as the police, military, coastguard, jail personnel,National Bureau of Investigation, among others; company security officers andsecurity guards; force multipliers; banks; public markets; money transferservices; groceries/convenience stores; public markets; pharmacies/drug stores;food chain/restaurants; delivery personnel; employees working at food, grains,flour, wheat (either raw materials or processed foods) processing plants; employees working in medical manufacturing establishments;telecommunications; water companies; sanitation; private individuals (only oneper household) availing the services of the said establishments; essential governmentskeletal forces of the city and provincial government; capital markets;Department of Labor and Employment skeletal staff for TUPAD program; senatorsand congressmen; department secretaries, undersecretaries and assistantsecretaries; bureau directors; * hardware stores * automobile repair shops Limiting the movement of people aims to also limit or even stopthe transmission of COVID-19 although there are no confirmed cases in the cityyet. Exempted establishments, however, are given limited time tooperate. “To persons who knowingly break protocol and endanger the lives ofthe residents of Iloilo City, appropriate administrative and/or criminalcharges may be filed,” said Treñas. * other establishments that may be allowed by the Iloilo CityGovernment * public markets, sari-sari stores,grocery stores * water-refilling stations and laundry shops * other establishments that may be allowed by the city government * medical professionals and other employees * other processing plants * all health and service personnel stationed at local governmentunit (LGU) health facilities * gasoline stations (including stores that sell liquefiedpetroleum gas) * agricultural supply stores No one shall be allowed to go out except in cases of emergency orfor the sole purpose of purchasing food, medicines, basic necessities and primecommodities. The city government’s Business Permits and Licensing Office (BPLO)shall take charge of inspecting and ensuring that the establishments allowed tooperate from March 19 to April 14. For the curfew exemptions, the concerned persons must present avalid company ID and proof of rendering work/duty (such as those providingmedical services). They are the following: ILOILO City – This southern city begins today a 26-day “enhancedcommunity quarantine” as local authorities vigorously try to keep the metrofree from the corovirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Curfew exemptions Establishments which shall be open until 8 p.m. are medicalclinics, diagnostic centers, laboratories, money transfer services, remittancecenters, hardware stores, gasoline stations (including stores that sell LPG),restaurants, fast food chains, and other dining establishments those travelling for medical and humanitarian reasons; personstransiting for travel to the airport or seaport facilities; persons providingbasic services and public utilities; persons delivering food and medicines;essential skeletal workforce of the city and provincial government of Iloilo;and public transport services as determined by the Public Safety andTransportation Management Office. * burial and crematory services * manufacturing and processing plants or commissaries of basicfood products and medicine “We are doing this because we understand our responsibilities asthe regional center for trade in Western Visayas,” said Treñas as he issuedyesterday Executive Order No. 055 implementing Regulation Ordinance No.2020-056 on the enhanced community quarantine that also covers residentialareas. * core staff from World Health Organization and regional offices “We are at war with something we can’t see,” declared Mayor JerryTreñas. A curfew will also be enforced from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. though thereare some exemptions. * banks, pawnshops Also exempted are personnel of the following: funeral servicesindustry and immediate family of the deceased; emergency responders such theBureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and volunteer firefighters; Disaster RiskReduction (DDR) and Management Council, including Department of Education’s DRRpersonnel; Department of Social Welfare and Development; Barangay HealthEmergency Response Teams (BHERT); * industrial supplies and services * public utilities (power, energy, water, and telecommunications) * transportation (buses, taxis, tricycles) * food preparation, takeout and delivery services of restaurants,fast food chains and other dining establishments; dine-in clients areprohibited * pharmacies All public and private offices, business and commercialestablishments shall be closed, but with some exemptions. read more