Asda launches new iPhone app

first_imgSupermarket retailer Asda has developed a new transactional mobile phone app, allowing customers to buy groceries online and price check the cost of their shopping using their iPhones.Customers are now able to download the Asda App onto their iPhone to register to shop, amend an existing order or delivery slot up until 10pm the day before their delivery is due. The app also has an integrated scanner enabling customers to add new products to their basket by scanning the barcode.Kate Cuthbertson, Asda’s head of mobile strategy, said: “More than 60% of customers who access the mobile website do so using iPhones, so we’ve created an app that allows them to shop – and price check – on the move. Our mobile strategy is moving at pace with more new developments planned into the New Year.”last_img read more

Wright & Sons teams with Celebrity Masterchef finalist

first_imgBread and cake manufacturer, Wright & Sons, have teamed up with Coronation Street actor and Celebrity Masterchef finalist, Wendi Peters.The company arranged the collaboration with the star to create a series of instructional films on how to bake with Wright’s range of mixes.The range targets families who want to bake and save money, and the videos aim to promote the product’s ‘simplicity’.The videos will launch on the company’s Youtube channel with the celebrity finalist, who will show viewers how to make bakes like Chocolate Muffins, a classic Madeira cake and a white Bloomer Loaf.Two further films are available to watch online by using Wright’s on-pack codes.  David Wright, managing director of Wright’s, said: “We are delighted to be working with Wendi Peters. By creating a series of short films, fronted by such a well-known and passionate baker, we are able to demonstrate just how simple and effective our products are and re-emphasise our ongoing commitment to consumers by adding value to their precious time at home and in the kitchen.”This investment follows the company’s investment in a new factory at Delta Park, Enfield, which was completed in February 2014.last_img read more

The career afterlife

first_imgSome people dream of endless golf games when their career comes to a close, but the Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative (ALI) has a different vision.Instead of considering retirement an end point, the initiative works to foster an environment for successful baby boomers to make retirement a starting point to help change the world.Conceived in 2009 by Rosabeth Moss Kanter, the Ernest L. Arbuckle Professor of Business at Harvard Business School, Rakesh Khurana, now the Danoff Dean of Harvard College, and Nitin Nohria, now dean of the Business School, the program creates a “third stage in higher education” and allows accomplished professionals to utilize their leadership skills in the social sector.Participants focus on a project that inspires them and, making use of the University’s vast resources, spend the year working to get their project off the ground.On the verge of ending one career and thinking about her next steps, Patricia Chadwick, ALI Fellow ’16, sat chatting with a woman at an International Women’s Forum luncheon. “She told me, ‘I just had the most transformative year of my life. I attended Harvard’s Advanced Leadership Initiative.’ That was all I needed to hear.”As senior vice president of global concessions and new business development at Bloomingdale’s, Chadwick came to ALI knowing that she had the necessary leadership skills and ability to bring people together and get results.Her project, “Purposeful Aging: Creating a New Narrative for Ways of Life,” works to leverage the 55-plus generation to help solve problems in urban education.Knowing that many others have tried to tackle these issues, Chadwick decided that she needed to better understand the terrain. “You have to be really careful to be narrow and explore the landscape — but don’t try to ‘boil the ocean,’ as we used to say in my professional life,” said Chadwick.Meeting with government officials, educators, thought leaders, executive directors, and others, Chadwick developed a broad-based knowledge of what’s happening in education reform and connected with Ann MacDougall, a graduate of the initiative and president of With the vision of “a future where the second half of life is dedicated to supporting the next generation in ways that benefit old and young alike,” Chadwick found the perfect match in Encore.This December, Encore will launch “Generation to Generation,” a social action campaign geared toward mobilizing adults over 50 to “stand up and show up for young people, support innovative pilots in cities and organizations around the country, and change the national conversation about intergenerational relationships in America.” With Chadwick’s help to create the framework for the launch, the Encore Boston Network will bring together local stakeholders to gain support and ensure success. According to Chadwick, she will “ensure that the launch has got teeth and some real grip within the community.”Eager to bring some of their “good thinking to life by leveraging the skills that I have through my career,” Chadwick feels lucky to have connected with others who share her passion.Patricia Chadwick’s project “Purposeful Aging” works toward “a future where the second half of life is dedicated to supporting the next generation in ways that benefit old and young alike.” Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerAkhil Gupta, senior fellow ’16, wasn’t quite sure where his next chapter would lead him. But once he started the program and enrolled in Professor Brian Hehir’s “Religion and World Politics” course at Harvard Kennedy School, his mission became clear.“The amount we have learned in science and technology just absolutely amazes me. Equally amazing is the fact that on an interpersonal and personal basis, frankly, we have not made that much progress,” said Gupta, who was selected by the initiative to come on board for another year.Gupta’s project focuses on integrating knowledge across religious and cultural borders. “If we can integrate knowledge across the silos of time, civilizations, geographies, and academic disciplines without any pride of ownership, we can create a second and truer Enlightenment leading to realization of our full human potential,” said Gupta.Although he has plans for a book after he finishes the program, Gupta wants to avoid putting deadlines on himself. As senior managing director and chairman of Blackstone Advisors India Private Ltd., he dealt with a number of pressures, but he believes that in this new stage of his life it’s important for him to “go with the flow.” Still, he added, “I’m a very driven person, so the deadline is coming from inside. It’s much more powerful than being successful or making money.”His book will integrate what he has learned through the years and “crystallized through the ALI platform.” By taking classes in neuroscience, evolutionary biology, and social psychology, Gupta has been able to better understand the human journey.Growing up in India, Gupta said his parents exposed him to all walks of life. “Because of my upbringing, I have the luxury of stepping away from the system that defined me,” said Gupta, adding that his main concern is how to enable humanity to flourish and to rid the world of exclusivism.“I think we were able to live without understanding the other person for so long because we were not interconnected. But now that we are, the world is getting smaller, and smaller in every sense that we need to go beyond just tolerance and embrace diversity,” said Gupta.Chadwick and Gupta’s missions focus on different topics, but the two understand the necessity of looking beyond their careers and making important societal changes.A few years before he left Blackstone Advisors India Private Ltd., Gupta knew that he wanted to apply his mind to issues that he hadn’t had time to think about. Chadwick realized that the dedicated time provided by the initiative to learn and collaborate was just what she needed. “In hindsight, I think I was just so engrossed in my work that I never gave myself permission to even think, explore, or challenge myself on where I wanted to go in life, post-career,” she said.Chadwick and Gupta say the initiative’s professors and cohorts have played an instrumental role in finding their inspiration. “The validation and encouragement from the participants was a tremendous help,” said Gupta.Last spring, the initiative launched The Coalition, a network that helps strengthen the ties and collaborations between past and present fellows. On Nov. 17, The Final Symposium marks the entry point for the 2016 Fellows into the ALI Coalition.“We’re from all over the world,” said Chadwick. “We’re from different industries and cultures, and we all came with the same mission in mind: to learn, grow, and do good.”SaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSavelast_img read more

Three Fs of strategic planning

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Strategic planning is one of the most important things your financial institution does. It’s unfortunate that so many planning sessions result in chaos, unproductive decision making and a plan that serves as a paper weight instead of guiding the organization to success. Something this important should be successful every single time. Use these three Fs of strategic planning to help improve your planning process.Funnel – The most effective planning sessions are the ones that start with big ideas and end with specific goals and defined action plans. Think of the process like a funnel – wide or broad at the top and narrower at the bottom. As you work your way toward the bottom of the funnel, you increase the amount of detail at each level should have a clear strategy at the end. Read more about this approach in Leading for Growth by Umpqua Bank CEO Ray Davis.Focus –  Contrary to many businesses which believe they need to be all things to all consumers, we believe financial institutions become more successful by focusing on what they do best. continue reading »last_img read more

DEC requires new documentation and public comment period on proposed Endicott facility

first_imgIn a letter to SungEel MCC America in regards to its proposed lithium ion battery recycling facility, NYSDEC says a modified permit is now required to move forward after the state recently became aware that some lithium ion batteries contain poly fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS.) SungEel MCC recently submitted a statement to the NYSDEC saying: “Our first concern will always be the safety of current and future Endicott residents, and we will remain transparent by continuing to share information and respond to your concerns.” ENDICOTT (WBNG) – After approving a permit for a battery recycling facility in Endicott in March, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation now wants additional information and a chance for the public to weigh in.center_img The full letter can be read below:last_img read more

Binghamton University admissions reaches out to prospective students amid the pandemic

first_imgThe staff adds they have also seen a lot of communication through social media. The University says it remains confident all their efforts will succeed. In an effort to be more flexible, the University will be test-optional for incoming students to be admitted this upcoming year. The University says it has appointments available at all times, and staff is working around the clock to accommodate all students, especially those who may be in a different timezone. They also say they have an option for people to conduct their own “self guided tour.” Binghamton University adds that typically they visit high schools during the Fall season, and they have maintained doing just that on a virtual platform. Staff from the university says the school has even been able to add more high schools to the list of those it is reaching out to with this online development. center_img Universities have had to get creative during the year in order to reach out to prospective students. Binghamton University says it’s relied heavily on online programming, like online events, including open houses and trivia nights. VESTAL (WBNG) — On Binghamton University’s campus, you won’t see the traditional “on-campus” tour this year due to the pandemic, but you may see people doing a “self-guided tour,” from wherever they are in the world on their phones.last_img read more

Ryanair in Osijek again from 2020?

first_imgIn 2017, the low-cost airline Ryanair canceled the direct route London – Osijek, leaving Slavonia without such an important air connection with Europe. How it transmits Vecernji list in today’s print edition, the Ministry of Tourism and the CNTB are in talks with Ryanair to establish a direct line with Osijek from several European cities for four months next year, from June to September. The reason for shutting down the line was the inability of Osijek Airport to pay subsidies to Ryanair. However, according to information from the WTM fair held in London, Ryanair could soon re-introduce a direct line with Osijek Airport. center_img Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli pointed out that agreements with Osijek Airport and the prefects of five Slavonian counties will follow, which should also financially help in part in returning Ryanair to Osijek, which would certainly be a big wind behind the development of tourism in Slavonia. Ryanair’s answer should be known by the end of the month, when more details will be known.last_img read more

China’s industrial engine gathers speed, consumers open wallets in boost to recovery

first_img“Strong external demand, a further recovery from the pandemic and pent-up demand from the floods all contributed to the robust activity data in August,” Ting Lu, chief China economist at Nomura, said in a note to clients.“We expect a further, albeit gradual, recovery of the services sector, a steady improvement in retail sales and elevated fixed-asset investment growth.”Industrial output growth quickened to 5.6 percent in August from a year earlier, the fastest in eight months, data from the National Statistics Bureau showed on Tuesday. Analysts polled by Reuters had expected a 5.1 percent rise from 4.8 percent in July.Retail sales also beat analysts’ forecast with a 0.5 percent rise on-year, snapping a seven-month downturn and bettering expectations for zero growth. In July, sales dropped 1.1 percent, but consumer confidence has been picking up lately, from spending on automobiles and duty-free shopping. China’s industrial output accelerated the most in eight months in August, while retail sales grew for the first time this year, suggesting the economic recovery is gathering pace as demand starts to improve more broadly from the coronavirus crisis.An annual decline in fixed-asset investment over January-August also moderated thanks to expanded stimulus from Beijing, but authorities remain wary about the outlook given heightened external risks, including from intensifying Sino-United States tensions.After the pandemic paralyzed the economy, China’s recovery has been gaining momentum as pent-up demand, government stimulus and surprisingly resilient exports propel a rebound. Floods across southwestern China that disrupted production in July have receded. Auto sales rose 11.8 percent in August year-on-year while sales of telecoms products jumped 25.1 percent, the data showed.The decline in fixed-asset investment slowed, falling 0.3 percent in January-August from the year-ago period, compared with a forecast 0.4 percent slide and a larger 1.6 percent decline in the first seven months of the year.Private sector fixed-asset investment, which accounts for 60 percent of total investment, fell a less steep 2.8 percent in January-August, compared with a 5.7 percent decline in the first seven months. Property investment, a crucial growth driver, also jumped the most in 16 months in August.In commodities, China posted record output in both crude steel and aluminium last month thanks to robust demand from the construction sector and recovery in automobile sales.“We think that China’s economic recovery is on a reasonably firm footing now and should continue through Q4 and into 2021, with solid investment growth, gradually recovering consumption momentum and resilient exports,” said Louis Kuijs at Oxford Economics.Chinese stocks led Asian markets higher, while the yuan currency rose to 16-month highs on the upbeat data.Risks to recoveryRecent economic indicators ranging from trade to producer prices and factory activity all suggested a further pick up in the industrial sector, and the broader economy.Government stimulus has been a powerful domestic driver, while momentum has also been supported by Beijing’s largely successful efforts to get the virus under control.“Fiscal and monetary policy stimulus should continue to support the recovery. But we expect the impact of policy stimulus to lose some punch with credit growth easing in Q4,” Oxford Economics’ Kuijs said.Data last week showed China’s August exports marking the strongest annual gain since March 2019, as more of its trading partners eased coronavirus lockdowns.Lu at Nomura has raised forecasts on China’s third-quarter economic growth to 5.2 percent, versus the actual 3.2 percent pace in April-June, and expects fourth-quarter growth to pick up further to 5.7 percent.Analysts at ANZ, meanwhile, have raised their 2020 China growth forecast to 2.1 percent, but the projected full-year rate would still be the weakest pace since 1976.Some analysts fear that the recovery could stall, hurt by rising tensions between Washington and Beijing, which many expect could escalate ahead of the US presidential election in November.Moreover, the possibility of another wave of local infections in the winter, and the continued rise in COVID-19 cases across a number of countries, led by India and the United States, have many investors nervous about the outlook.Those worries were partially underscored by statistical bureau spokesman Fu Linghui, who told reporters that the economic recovery remains unbalanced.“Externally, there are still many unstable and uncertain factors. On the domestic side… some industries and enterprises are still facing difficulties, and the recovery is unbalanced,” Fu said.Topics :last_img read more

Hiatt hauls home opening night hardware, Grabouski gets two Saturday wins at Eagle

first_imgShane Hiatt’s $1,000 IMCA Modified feature win on opening night of Eagle Raceway’s Ice Breaker Challenge put him on the ballot for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational. (Photo by Joe Orth)By Greg SoukupEAGLE, Neb. (April 20-21) – Defending track champion Shane Hiatt raced his way to victory lane on opening night of Eagle Raceway’s Ice Breaker Challenge.Former track champion Jordan Grabouski accomplished the feat twice on night two.Hiatt earned $1,000 and a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot berth along with Friday’s IMCA Modified main event. Grabouski, already on the ballot, was best in Saturday’s $2,000 to win head­liner and pocketed another $500 for winning the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature.The leader from the drop of the Friday night green, Hiatt ran ahead of Mike Densberger much of the distance before his challenger pulled into the infield with five circuits left.After a couple late restarts, Hunter Marriott wrestled the second spot from Grabouski. Dylan Smith and Eddie Belec completed the top five.Saturday featured another field filled with heavy hitters as Grabouski had to take the front spot away from Marriott and hold on.The laps 12 laps saw Marriott try both high and low grooves but to no avail. Ricky Thornton Jr. and Kelly Shryock advanced to top four spots and early leader Tim Ward was fifth.Not a newcomer to the class, Grabouski gained second following a restart and took the lead with eight laps to go in the Stock Car feature. Les Lundquist and Kyle Vanover rounded out the top three.Jordan Grabouski won both the IMCA Modified and IMCA Sunoco Stock Car main events on night two of Eagle Raceway’s Ice Breaker Challenge. (Photo by Joe Orth)Jason Martin paced the IMCA Racesaver Sprint Car main event in a newly-built ride.The leader from start to finish, Martin took the $1,000 win with Toby Chapman, Stuart Snyder and Ty­ler Dueke next across the stripe.Lance Borgman proved up to the Ice Breaker Challenge, earning an extra $1,000 for sweeping the weekend’s Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod features.Borgman won by a straightaway ahead of Shawn Harker and Joe Feyen on opening night and ahead of Adam Armstrong and Feyen on night two. Borgman was also a double winner and $1,000 Ice Breaker Challenge bonus recipient in 2016.Also on Friday, Corey Madden was the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock winner ahead of Chad Borgman and Shawn Slezak. Drake Bohlmeyer was first in the Mach-1 Sport Compact main event, with Trenten Fugett second and Ramsey Meyer third.April 20 Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Shane Hiatt; 2. Hunter Marriott; 3. Jordan Grabouski; 4. Dylan Smith; 5. Eddie Belec; 6. Jesse Dennis  7. Bob Zoubek; 8. Jacob Hobscheidt; 9. Randy Foote; 10. Clint Homan; 11. Chad Andersen; 12. Jesse Skalicky; 13. Terry Hurt; 14. Mike Densberger; 15. Nathan Lan­dauer; 16. John Burrow Jr.; 17. Jordy Nelson; 18. Ethan Dotson; 19. A.J. Valim; 20. Josh Blumer; 21. Ricky Thornton Jr.Hobby Stocks – 1. Corey Madden; 2. Chad Borgman; 3. Shawn Slezak; 4. Roy Armstrong; 5. Tyler Saathoff; 6. Jeff Ware; 7. David Carter; 8. Ben Becher; 9. Brett Saathoff; 10. Albert Kiihne; 11. Jeff Watts; 12. Chuck Madden Jr.; 13. Nick Beckman; 14. Justin Busboom; 15. Rowan Ma­son; 16. Brandon Wergin; 17. Brandon Nelson; 18. Dillon Richards; 19. Kevin Vanlaningham; 20. Eric Chab.Northern SportMods – 1. Lance Borgman; 2. Shawn Harker; 3. Joe Feyen; 4. Josh Pfeifer; 5. Arie Schouten; 6. Gunnar Pike; 7. Cole Wayman; 8. Adam Armstrong; 9. Dillon Schultz; 10. Colby Langenberg; 11. Derick Noonan; 12. Gary Saathoff; 13. Mary Lenz; 14. Jeff Brunssen; 15. An­thony Kobus; 16. Joe Schidler; 17. Nicholas Peters; 18. Bobby Draper; 19. Trevor Noonan; 20. Dion Kovar.Sport Compacts – 1. Drake Bohlmeyer; 2. Trenten Fugett; 3. Ramsey Meyer; 4. Nick Lindblad; 5. Shawn Hein; 6. Terry Tritt; 7. Brian Petro; 8. Tommy Etherton; 9. Steffen Oaks; 10. Andrew Harris; 11. Justin Callender; 12. Jeff Creek; 13. Bryan Vannausdle; 14. Tim Horsham; 15. Jeremy Bohlen; 16. Fred Johnson; 17. Daniel Morris; 18. Tyler Masek; 19. R.J. Maas; 20. John Martinez.April 21 Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Grabouski; 2. Marriott; 3. Thornton; 4. Kelly Shryock; 5. Tim Ward; 6. Smith; 7. Ryan Jenkins; 8. Ricky Stephan; 9. Belec; 10. Zoubek; 11. Nelson; 12. Jesse Dennis  13. Dens­berger; 14. Justin Wulf; 15. Joshua Vogt; 16. Blumer; 17. Brandon Clough; 18. Jaxon Saathoff; 19. Hiatt; 20. Andersen.Sprint Cars – 1. Jason Martin; 2. Toby Chapman; 3. Stuart Snyder; 4. Tyler Drueke; 5. Shon Pointer; 6. Cody Ledger; 7. Adam Gullion; 8. Jimmy Grasso; 9. Jason Danley; 10. Gene Ackland; 11. Matt Richards; 12. Shayle Bade; 13. Ryan King; 14. Nathan Weiler; 15. Clint Benson; 16. Zach Blurton; 17. Trey Gropp; 18. Austin McLean; 19. Trevor Grossenbacher; 20. Josh Riggins.Northern SportMods – 1. Borgman; 2. Armstrong; 3. Feyen; 4. Harker; 5. Karl Brewer; 6. Pike; 7. Saathoff; 8. Brunssen; 9. Langenberg; 10. Schouten; 11. Kobus; 12. Lenz; 13. Brian Osan­towski; 14. Matthew Andrews; 15. Pfeifer; 16. Jason Harms; 17. James Roebuck; 18. Schultz; 19. Wayman; 20. Schidler.Stock Cars – 1. Jordan Grabouski; 2. Les Lundquist; 3. Kyle Vanover; 4. Kyle Clough; 5. Shane Stutzman; 6. Dan Nelson; 7. Shawn Primrose; 8. Doug Adamy; 9. Marty Steinbach; 10. B.J. Wag­oner; 11. Nick Woodard; 12. Tanner Pettitt; 13. Eric Bartels; 14. Chad Bruns; 15. Ron Pettitt; 16. Jeff Whiting; 17. Austin Brauner; 18. John Bruegman; 19. Eric Rempel; 20. Kyle Dumpert.last_img read more

Mancini not concerned by standings

first_img He went on: “In football, it is finished when it is finished, the last minute of the last game. If we arrive at four games to go with United 12 points ahead, it is finished but I think our job is to continue to work.” Having been outplayed for the first half, Chelsea could have gone ahead in the 51st minute after Joe Hart brought down Demba Ba. Lampard had scored his previous 10 spot-kicks but Hart redeemed himself to save superbly and deny his England colleague his 200th Chelsea goal. Mancini, who criticised Hart this week in light of recent mistakes, said: “I say to him everything when he did a fault. I think we can’t concede a penalty like this with a kick (long ball) from 45 metres – he and Kolo (Toure) both did a mistake. “But after, it was fantastic. I think it was important. Maybe the game could have changed, but also if they scored, we would have had another 40 minutes. We were playing really well and we could have a chance to score other goals.” Chelsea’s loss saw the pressure increase on interim manager Rafael Benitez, who was once again the target for abuse from supporters. The Blues now trail City by seven points and Benitez accepted it was a damaging result. He said: “Always when you lose, you have to be disappointed. This game was important for us, so I am more disappointed. We could have been closer (to City). We have to carry on to try to win our games and fight for the top four. “I haven’t seen the replay (of the penalty), but at least yellow card. You can argue he is going in this direction but it is still a clear chance. I think it was a turning point. We didn’t do well in the first half but we went to half-time at 0-0. We were talking about keeping the ball, doing better and showing more character. Then we had the penalty. It was a crucial moment in the game.” Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini told his players to ignore the table after beating Chelsea to keep their faint Barclays Premier League title hopes alive. Press Associationcenter_img City took advantage of a rare missed penalty from Frank Lampard to claim a 2-0 win at the Etihad Stadium and reduce Manchester United’s lead at the top to 12 points. Superb goals from Yaya Toure and substitute Carlos Tevez in the last half-hour also strengthened City’s grip on second place ahead of the third-placed Londoners. Mancini said: “I think for us now it is not important to look at the table. Only to continue to work like today, to play well, to improve and to look at the table in one month, 40 days.” last_img read more