Domestic charge against Redskins linebacker Reuben Foster dropped

first_img Beau Lund FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailMichael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images(TAMPA, Fla.) — The domestic violence charge pending against Washington Redskins linebacker Reuben Foster has been dropped. The State Attorney’s Office dropped the misdemeanor charge, which stemmed from an incident in Tampa, Fla., between Foster and his ex-girlfriend on the night of Nov. 24, according to a Hillsborough County filing. Prosecutors said evidence in the case was insufficient to follow through with the charge.Foster was due to appear for his arraignment on Thursday before the charge was dropped.Police in Tampa had said at the time of the incident that Foster and Elissa Ennis were involved in a verbal altercation when “Foster slapped her phone out of her hand, pushed her in the chest area, and slapped her with an open hand on the left side of her face.” Ennis later told her story to ABC’s Good Morning America in December.“We’re disappointed. The prosecutor’s choice is yet another slap in the face to Miss Ennis, just like the one Mr. Foster gave her in Tampa,” Ennis’ attorney, Adante Pointer, told ABC News Thursday. “Elissa Ennis was fully ready to participate and hold him accountable. This is not a situation where she recanted, nor that the prosecutor had new evidence that it didn’t happen.”Foster and Ennis had previously been involved in another domestic incident in February 2018. In that case,  a domestic abuse charge against Foster was also dropped after Ennis retracted her allegations that the football player had hit her. Foster was sentenced to two years of probation due to a gun possession charge connected to the February incident.As for the impact to Foster’s football career, Washington had already received criticism after picking up Foster three days after his arrest in Tampa, ESPN reports. He remains on the NFL commissioner’s exempt list.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Written bycenter_img January 3, 2019 /Sports News – National Domestic charge against Redskins linebacker Reuben Foster droppedlast_img read more

US Coast Guard commissions ‘Joseph Napier’

first_img US Coast Guard commissions ‘Joseph Napier’ U.S. Coast Guard’s newest fast response cutter, the USCGC Joseph Napier, was commissioned January 29 in a ceremony in San Juan, Puerto Rico.Cutter Joseph Napier will join the fleet of Coast Guard fast response cutters stationed in San Juan and heighten the Coast Guard’s offshore presence in the Caribbean.Lt. Ryan Newmeyer, commanding officer of the Cutter Joseph Napier, said: “It is a tremendous honor and privilege to command one of the finest ships the Coast Guard has ever had. The Joseph Napier will be a tremendous asset to Coast Guard efforts to combat transnational organized crime in the eastern Caribbean as well as a sentinel for all those who take to the sea.”The 15th Fast Response Cutter (FRC) was delivered to the United States Coast Guard by the American constructor of ships and patrol vessels Bollinger Shipyards on October 20, 2015.The 154 foot patrol craft Joseph Napier is the 15th vessel in the Coast Guard’s Sentinel-class FRC program. To build the FRC, Bollinger used a craft design based on the Damen Stan Patrol Boat 4708.Each FRC is named for an enlisted Coast Guard hero who distinguished him or herself in the line of duty. This vessel is named after Coast Guard Hero Joseph Napier.[mappress mapid=”17658″] Authorities Back to overview,Home naval-today US Coast Guard commissions ‘Joseph Napier’ February 1, 2016center_img Share this article View post tag: US Coast Guard View post tag: USCGC Joseph Napierlast_img read more

Know Your Role: Getting It Right in the Cloud

first_imgIt’s hard to remember now, but attitudes to the public cloud have changed massively in a short period of time. When public cloud services first become available around 2006, most organizations were understandably skeptical. The idea of storing data in a remote location made them uncomfortable. They worried about reliability, security, and the loss of direct control over their applications and data.More than a decade later, customers have come to embrace public cloud. It has moved from a bleeding-edge technology to a fundamental component of nearly every large organization’s IT strategy. These days, organizations are, if anything, too ready to adopt the cloud without careful planning. They don’t always realize that, when it comes to public cloud deployments, the devil is in the details. It is easy to underestimate the amount of time and effort that is still required to optimize and manage their environment.Start by understanding your responsibilitiesWhen it comes to cloud roles and responsibilities are often not clear to new cloud users. Many customers have a fundamental misunderstanding of who owns what in the public cloud. They either haven’t taken time to understand their responsibilities in detail, or they assume that their cloud provider will handle them. This is incredibly common and often leads to serious complications. This gap in understanding and knowledge is the hidden reason why many cloud deployments fail.Every public cloud provider offers a “shared responsibility model,” a breakdown of what customers must cover and what is provided by their own services. In my conversations with firms that are already in the public cloud, I’ve often found many are unaware of these shared responsibility models. And even more don’t take the time to understand them fully and their implications.These models vary a bit from provider to provider, but usually look something like the graphic below.Sample Shared Responsibility ModelWhile the major public cloud providers offer advanced and proven infrastructure, the customer carries the burden of configuring and incorporating their solutions to fit their own environment. Often, cloud services require customers to take on significant management activities. Sometimes this flies in the face of expectations with what organizations would expect when buying “as a Service.”This can get complicated fast, particularly for less technical customers or those lacking a strong overall plan. After all, very few companies go to the cloud with a clear, centralized strategy owned by a single entity. Most organizations have many points of adoption, with individual business units or even small teams adopting cloud-based infrastructure and services, often in very different ways and for very different purposes.Adding greatly to the confusion is the reality that 93% of customers1 are deployed to multiple clouds. This means they must understand, and act on, multiple shared responsibility models, as well as support divergent operational requirements and control layers.When you consider these factors, it makes sense that many customers have big gaps in their execution and management approaches caused directly by a failure to understand their responsibilities. Let’s examine the most important and common areas where organizations get into trouble.InfrastructureWhen you deploy your applications on any IaaS offering, you are paying for bare-bones compute, storage, and network access. The way that these resources are configured is your responsibility. So, you carry the burden of architecting a network topology that accounts for routine security challenges such as performing operating system updates and setting up your firewall.The key problem here is misconfiguration. If you don’t get your firewall set correctly your data may be wide open to the internet. If you don’t structure your cloud services properly, you may introduce business risk from potential downtime or slowdowns. Many customers make simple and avoidable setup errors, such as not running across multiple availability zones, or failing to tap into the structure of the cloud to provide resiliency. Once deployed, they may not be monitoring the performance of their workloads in the cloud, assuming that the cloud provider would signal them if any issues arise.The bottom line: while cloud extends your infrastructure, it also extends the breadth and range of your configuration and management responsibilities. Getting those right can make a huge difference to lowering your business risk and increasing your efficiency.Security and EncryptionWhen a single incident can create permanent harm to your customers or your reputation, you cannot afford to get your security wrong. The potential costs of a breach or failure include direct expenses from downtime and long-term penalties from regulatory punishments and diminished customer trust. Yet enterprises often have glaring blind spots when it comes to their security profile across clouds.One common issue is encryption. When configured correctly, it should apply to data across all its states – at rest, in use, and in transit. Most customers know to encrypt their data when it is static, on the client side. But surprisingly often, they will allow open data to move across their network and hit their servers. This is usually because they expected that the cloud provider would secure it, misreading their responsibilities and introducing massive business risk.Another security challenge that is often overlooked is threat detection and response. Many organizations think their cloud provider “owns” this, but it actually falls to the customer. This means taking care of your own network monitoring, tracking threats and analyzing logs. It is up to you to scan proactively for vulnerabilities, or precursor activities like port scanning or brute force attacks, to stop incidents before they happen.Application ServicesTo make your business and people effective, you first need to provide your users with applications that work. Setting up your applications services correctly is essential to enable your stakeholders to work reliably and at scale. In the cloud, this burden falls mostly on customers.You must determine your own identity and access management profile. It is up to you to find the delicate balance between being too open, introducing risk, and too restrictive, sapping productivity and efficiency.You are also responsible for designing your platform to withstand intense, challenging service levels. Creating a resilient platform that can scale is not always easy. This is a pervasive and expensive problem; according to a recent analysis by Dell EMC and VansonBourne, 41% of enterprises have suffered a downtime event in the last 12 months.DataOne of the most important shifts that companies can make is to go from a cloud-first to a data-first mentality. When your cloud dictates what you can do with your data, you are limiting your data capital. Therefore, it is critical to understand what cloud providers do and do not provide in terms of data management and protection.The inability to move data quickly to its most suitable cloud environment is one of the most common challenges I hear from customers. As business requirements, SLAs, IT budgets, and other factors change, customers need the ability to move data — both within a single provider’s infrastructure and across platforms — with minimal friction. Do not expect to inherit easy tools from your cloud provider to do this as its quite a complex process spanning multiple clouds, and few enable it.Another major customer priority should be in the area of data recovery. Cloud storage services come with some level of redundancy, which provides durability for your cloud data in the event of a systems failure. Do not, however, durability with availability. According to the same VansonBourne study, 63% of organizations doubt their ability to recover quickly from a downtime event.Unless you take the time to implement a backup and recovery strategy that is aligned with your SLAs, you will likely be waiting to access critical data if cloud infrastructure goes down. To guard against ransomware threats and possible data corruption, you need backups that are both high-quality and readily available.ConclusionAll of these areas are potential landmines that can undermine or derail your cloud strategy. If any of these apply to your organization, you are far from alone – most customers carry at least some vulnerability due to misconfiguration or oversights in the cloud. If not properly addressed, these gaps in coverage between your company and your cloud providers can become serious issues.The reality is that setting up and maintaining multiple clouds gets very complicated, very fast. When business units and their developer teams are in the driving seat, they typically lack the expertise and knowledge to solve all of these issues. Cloud providers have worked hard to make their platforms easy to adopt and consume, pushing much of the complexity and thorny configuration issues behind the scenes. Therefore, it is critical that IT takes a strong role in managing and overseeing cloud deployments across the enterprise.Ultimately, companies need a multi-cloud strategy and operational approach that goes beyond what the market has given them so far. Today, solving for these responsibility gaps falls disproportionately on the shoulders of customers. They need a way to automate administration and reduce complexity, ideally by managing their entire cloud presence using a single interface.This is why we created Dell Technologies Cloud. We assessed the pain points that customers have experienced as they have gone all-in on cloud and built an offering that would make things easier for them. While cloud providers offer customers robust infrastructure platforms upon which to build their businesses, enterprises need to make sure they understand and have a plan for filling the gaps.If you are looking to leverage the power of the cloud, but rein in some of the chaos that it has caused you so far, Dell Technologies Cloud can help you get started. 1IDC White Paper, sponsored by Cisco, Adopting Multicloud — A Fact-Based Blueprint for Reducing Enterprise Business Risks, June 2018last_img read more

Taco shop opens for business in Dunne Hall

first_imgThe moment sophomore Cam Kormylo heard there would be a space for food sales in Dunne Hall, he knew he had to transfer into the new dorm and open his own snack shop. Rachel O’Grady Students enjoy tacos in Dunne Hall on Thursday for the grand opening of Dungeon Tacos.“I went to those initial meetings for the new dorms, just to check it out, see what was up and they said they were going to have a space food sales,” Kormylo said. “Honestly, within a second, I knew I had to do it. That’s really the main reason I moved into Dunne Hall.”Kormylo has worked on creating a location with “different kind of food sales” in the new dorm since last December. The final result: a taco stand.“I was working on all my recipes over the last year and really trying to perfect them this summer,” he said. Admittedly, Kormylo said he did not know he wanted to do tacos right away, but after getting some feedback from friends and family, he thought a taco shop would be the perfect addition to Notre Dame dining options. “I kind of went back and forth with quite a few ideas, but I really kept on coming back to tacos,” he said. “Once we settled on it, I mean, we just started cooking immediately. It was a lot of work.”Kormylo said he started gravitating towards tacos after working with a Top Chef champion, Stephanie Izard. “Her general manager owns a taco bar and it really felt like a good move,” Kormylo said. “It was working with a lot of things I was comfortable with — what I knew — and you know, everyone likes tacos so that worked out really well.”Despite the generally positive reception of the taco idea, Kormylo said he wanted to make sure he covered his bases and had something for everyone. “We have gluten-free tacos, vegetarian tacos, vegan tacos,” he said. “We really are aware of allergens and the like. It’s important to us that people like and eat our food.”Kormylo worked with fellow sophomore Ryan Green to open up the shop, Dungeon Tacos, in the basement of Dunne Hall. “We just did a test run last week, just to see how it would go,” Green said. “Honestly, it went great and the tacos were turning out fantastic.”Dungeon Tacos officially opened its doors Thursday evening — within 20 minutes, the duo had sold 73 tacos. “We’re super busy already,” Green said shortly after opening. “It’s been a great response, I’m really excited that we’re doing this.”Kormylo took a break from flipping tortillas on the grill to look around the kitchen, and said he was pleased with how things are going. “I mean, they’re really going well,” he said. “We had a line that was all the way from the stairs to the chapel in Dunne, which is really great.”Green said it was far more people than he thought would show up. “We had about 65, I mean, at least 65 people in line,” he said. “That was insane.”The shop sold out of tacos at about 10:15 p.m. Thursday night, after selling about 250 tacos, according to Kormylo.“We actually bought food for the whole weekend,” Kormylo said. “Yeah, so it was a good night.”The steak tacos and potato tacos have been the most popular, Green said. “We started with more of both those, but they’re just flying off the grill,” he said. “It’s great that we’ve been getting the response we’ve been getting.”Additionally, Green said people have been going for their meal deal. “Essentially it’s just any two tacos and a drink for five bucks,” he said. “It’s a great deal.” Tags: dorm life, dunne hall, food saleslast_img read more

Day lily dread

first_imgBy Mark CzarnotaUniversity of GeorgiaDay lilies, with their beautiful repeating flowers, are among themost popular perennials throughout the United States.Unfortunately, weeds can be hard to control in day lilies.Established perennial broadleaf weeds can be extremely tough.The good news is that annual broadleaf and grassy weeds can beeasily controlled with mulches and the judicious use ofherbicides.As with any garden plants, planting day lilies in a proper placeis vital to growing healthy plants.Mulches are extremely helpful in preventing weeds fromgerminating. Always have a 2- to 4-inch layer of pine bark, pinestraw or shredded hardwood bark in place.Many herbicides are labeled for use on day lilies.Postemergent herbicidesSeveral postemergent grass herbicides are labeled for use in daylilies: Acclaim Extra (fenoxaprop); Envoy (clethodim); Vantage(sethoxydim); and Fusilade II, Ornamec and Grass-B-Gon(fluazifop).These grass herbicides are concentrates you mix with water andspray over the top of day lilies to control actively growinggrasses. They won’t keep seeds from germinating.Pre-emergent herbicidesPre-emergent herbicides keep many broadleaf and grass weed seedsfrom sprouting: Barricade and Factor (active ingredientprodiamine); Dimension (dithiopyr); Gallery (isoxaben); Pendulum(pendimethalin); Pennant (metolachlor); granular Snapshot(isoxaben and trifluralin); Surflan (oryzalin); Treflan(trifluralin); and XL (benefin and oryzalin).You can get most of these products in both granular and sprayableform. Granular herbicides are more popular because they requireno mixing and are more forgiving when you apply it wrong.Note that these herbicides don’t control all weeds. There are nosilver bullets when it comes to weeds. Most of these chemicals orcombinations will provide 80-percent to 95-percent control of theweeds from seed.Some weeds aren’t controlled with pre-emergent herbicides, butmost of these weeds can be easily hand-removed.LimitationsThe pre-emergent herbicides listed are designed to work only ifyou apply them before the weeds germinate, and all will need tobe applied at least twice (spring and fall).Pre-emergent herbicides tend to be more useful to large growers.In the home garden, you might find hand-removing weeds adequateand even invigorating.All of these herbicides were available when this article waswritten. But herbicide labels can change, so make sure that youread and understand the label before using any pesticide.As herbicides go off patent, many third-party manufacturers maymarket under different trade names. Glyphosate, the activeingredient in Roundup, is now available from many suppliers.The tough partNow, the tough part: Broadleaf and other perennial weeds can behard to control in day lilies.Nut sedge (Cyperus species) and Florida betony (Stachysfloridana) are two problem weeds with no selective over-the-topherbicides available to control them in day lilies.You can carefully use products that contain the glyphosate tocontrol the problem perennial weeds you can’t keep out by hand orwith mulches.To do this, carefully separate the weed foliage from the day lilyleaves. Remove as little of the weed foliage as possible, and trynot to break any leaves or stems. If you can lay the plant onbare ground or a piece of plastic, do so.Paint or spongePaint on or sponge-apply a 5-percent solution of glyphosate (6ounces of herbicide to 128 ounces of water). Make sure theproduct you use to make the solution contains 41 percent or moreglyphosate.Be careful not to get the herbicide on the day lilies. If you do,wash it off immediately. Cover the plant with paper or plasticuntil the herbicide has dried.In 10 to 14 days, the treated weeds will begin to die. If anybegin to resprout, repeat the procedure.A fairly new herbicide, Manage (halosulfuron), provides excellentcontrol of sedges (yellow and purple). It can be used as a sprayaround day lilies.(Mark Czarnota is an Extension Service horticulturist with theUniversity of Georgia College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences.)last_img read more

Socks to soldiers

first_imgHer husband is retired from the U.S. Army, and her younger daughter enlisted in the Georgia National Guard and is currently going through the Army’s basic training. Southers’ older-daughter’s boyfriend is a U.S. Marine. Southers and her husband, Cornel Kittell, have a flock of 60 Gulf Coast sheep that they harvest wool from once a year. They usually sellmost of the wool to a fiber broker in Tennessee. In 2010 she sold some of her wool to Hustvedt for the marketing study. As part of her study, Hustvedt also had socks made from wool grown in Texas and Virginia — which left her with an abundance of socks. Extension specialist Sharon Gibson, who is helping to coordinate the effort, is hoping the socks-to-soldiers effort will help students make the connection between agriculture and fashion, and help build the public’s appreciation of farmers and members of the U.S. Armed Services. Southers feels a close connection to the soldiers whose feet she’s helping to keep warm. Socks provide connection back homeGibson Gibson made sure a few pairs of socks ended up in Annis’ textile testing lab. Annis’ students are making a series of videos of them putting the socks through their paces — testing for things like durability. They will post the videos on the UGA Socks for Soldiers Facebook page in an effort to spark conversations with the deployed soldiers who receive the socks. Locally grown socks headed overseas Hustvedt’s research — some of which she conducted in Athens — focused on local wool, product development and marketing. She wanted to find out if there was a consumer preference for goods made from locally grown fibers. The socks that Joost and her classmates sent to Afghanistan are the product of a long-time collaboration between Madison County Extension Agent Adam Speir, Gibson, senior fashion merchandising lecturer Emily Blalock, UGA textile scientist Patti Annis and Gwen Hustvedt from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. Hustvedt’s search for locally grown wool in Athens eventually led her to Madison County sheep farmer Jan Southers. Fashion merchandising students sent a box containing about 100 pairs of the wool socks to soldiers serving in Afghanistan, where nights can dip below 0 degrees in some areas. The socks arrived in Bagram Air Force Base on Feb. 13, and “were going like hot cakes,” according to USO representative on the ground. Too many socks. center_img “We have a lot of ties to the military, so when they told us about our socks going to Afghanistan, I thought that was great,” Southers said. “The fact our wool was going to be something nice for American soldiers meant a lot.” “In the end this is not just about socks — this is about making connections — it is about having students who are interested in fashion understanding their dependence on agriculture,” Gibson said. “It is about preserving what we say that we value — demonstrating our appreciation of farmers, service members and military families. They hatched a plan to send the socks to a former UGA FCS student who worked as the duty manager for the USO at Bagram, and she will distribute the socks. The Gaines School Elementary Sewing Club in Athens, Ga. volunteered to make one-of-a-kind labels for each pair of socks. Some things seem to get more important the farther you get from home. For soldiers fighting in Afghanistan, one of those is warm, dry socks. Those seeking more information about the project can visit Students, faculty and Extension specialists at the University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences are working with a Georgia sheep farmer to make sure service members have high-quality, wool socks to get them through the end of the Afghan winter. “Being a fashion merchandising major, you don’t think that there are going to be a lot of opportunities to help reach out into the community,” said Lauren Joost, a UGA senior from Washington, D.C. “The combination of working with textiles and helping the troops made this project something I really wanted to help with.” When Hustvedt met Gibson at an International Federation Home Economics meeting in July, she ultimately found a home for her supply of socks. “She asked if I thought there was something we could do with the 100 plus pairs of socks she had,” Gibson said. “I told her that I had a student that was working with the USO, that we had a great faculty member who was interested in women entrepreneurs and that I would work on it when I got back to Georgia.” “It is about recognizing the thread that connects us — both figuratively and, in this case, literally.” last_img read more

Poultry Sustainability

first_imgOver time, the U.S. poultry industry has bred strains of birds that grow rapidly to meet consumer demand for chicken products — especially breast meat — but that rapid growth has led to a higher incidence of muscle tissue defects that could lead to revenue loss.Now a team of University of Georgia and U.S. Department of Agriculture poultry scientists have received a Critical Agricultural Research and Extension (CARE) grant from the USDA to help develop ways to use the meat that increase sustainability and profitability.Led by Harshavardhan Thippareddi, the John Bekkers Professor of Poultry Science in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES), the team has received a $300,000 grant from the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to support their work.“The basic problem is that when the birds start growing to a certain size, approximately 9 pounds or higher, the breast meat can develop myopathies that effect texture,” said Thippareddi. “There are many factors that can contribute to this, including the strain of bird and the growth rate. In the poultry industry, a significant proportion of the birds produced are 9 pounds or larger because they are used for breast filet meat that is used in products such as chicken sandwiches or nuggets in restaurants.”The most common breast meat myopathies are white striping, woody breast and spaghetti meat. These have become a serious concern for the poultry industry, affecting up to 20% of breast meat, which could create a significant economic loss if that meat is not used.While the texture of the meat is impacted — “woody breast” describes bulging and areas of hardened consistency and “spaghetti meat” describes separated fiber bundles in the breast meat — nutritionally there is little difference in the meat, but it can’t be used as breast fillets. White striping is primarily an aesthetic issue that causes the appearance of white striations in the breast meat. These myopathies are easily identified when birds are processed.“The USDA inspects all of the meat processed for human consumption for safety and wholesomeness. When processors harvest chickens, they inspect every bird to determine if it is edible or inedible and this is when these defects are identified,” Thippareddi said. “With woody breast, spaghetti meat or white striping, there is nothing wrong with the meat, it is just a matter of texture. Just like when you buy ground beef for hamburgers, you know that is not made from the best quality steak. With pork chops, you want to use the loin rather than the shoulder. It is a matter of using the right cuts for the proper use.”The UGA-USDA team will work to create new products that will increase the value of breast meat with white striping, woody breast or spaghetti meat so that it is not relegated for use in lower-value products, such as animal feed.“We can include this meat into high-value processed products, like all-chicken hot dogs, and enhance its economic value,” Thippareddi said. The meat can also be used to create poultry versions of sausages that are made primarily with higher-fat meats such as pork or beef.“With chicken sausages, you are distributing that higher fat and collagen across the product by grinding the meat, so you can use 20-50% woody breast meat without impacting the texture of the product,” he said. “So instead of throwing away the value of that meat, the processor can retain its value. They grew the birds, took care of them and fed them, and losing 20% of the meat means a loss of sustainability. We can address that.” The team will spend three years developing products that will both have high consumer appeal and are more profitable for producers.“We can do the research and give that information to the processors and show them how they can derive value out of the woody breast or spaghetti meat that occurs. Right now they are losing money on this, but we can create product that add value for the processors, so it helps the poultry industry,” he added.Thippareddi has spent his research career focused on improving productivity, processing yields, and using underutilized poultry meats while assuring the quality and microbiological safety of poultry and poultry products.“The goal is to make chicken as visible out there on the grocery shelves as beef and pork sausages and other products,” he said.Collaborators on the project include UGA meat science researchers Alexander Stelzleni and Dean Pringle in the Department of Animal and Dairy Science and scientists Brian Bowker and Hong Zhuang with the USDA-ARS National Poultry Research Center in Athens, Georgia.In addition to developing new products, the grant also covers outreach and education efforts with industry members through webinars and workshops to increase poultry processor awareness and to help the poultry meat industry increase profitability and enhance long-term sustainability.For more information on the CAES Department of Poultry Science, visit read more

America’s top 100 3PL company adopts RFID System

first_imgMontreal, QC- Ship2Save announced today that California-based Megatrux, Inc. has extended its logistics offering with a cutting-edge asset management and tracking system using Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology and Ship2Save’s Operation Management System. The multi-dock deployment has enabled Megatrux to automate operations and provide added value services to its clientele.”With this deployment, we have streamlined our aptitude to increase our supply chain visibility,” said K.C Pelle, Executive Vice-President at Megatrux, Inc. “Our RFID services allow us to display more informative and more accurate information to our customers in real time. It serves as an important tool in delivering key performance indicators [KPI] that enable us to proactively improve day-to-day operations and provide superior end-to-end logistical services. Moving forward, we continue to evaluate new areas of implementation for this technology such as RTLS (Real Time Location Systems) and we anticipate extending our RFID system from our warehousing and distribution to Trans-Pacific container, storage and cross-docking imports.”The RFID application also serves to provide needed Electronic Product Code (EPC) compliancy for Megatrux clientele with goods destined for Wal-Mart. As the Wal-Mart RFID mandate begins to broaden to 1000+ suppliers, many 3rd Party Logistics (3PL) providers are bridging this technology gap for their clientele by offering RFID services that adhere to Wal-Mart’s requirements.”The system we’ve provided to Megatrux will serve to provide supply chain compliancy services to their customers, achieve process improvement and data precision in their daily operations, as well as extend their service portfolio with worldwide tracking and asset control features,” added Sam Falsafi, Ship2Save’s Director of Business Development & RFID Strategy. “Megatrux will be able to automate inbound handling, inventory reconciliation, speed up trailer loading, improve order assembly and shipping accuracy, as well as provide many other benefits that are inherent within our application in the 3PL environment.”As an integration service provider, Ship2Save’s solution offering integrated software, hardware, services, and support, which included SATO’s reliable CL408e RFID printers and Generation 2, EPC-compliant RFID tags. “Partnering our best-of-breed RFID printers and tags with Ship2Save’s recognized integration expertise is sure to enhance the solutions Megatrux provides to its clientele,” said John Anderson, Strategic Alliance and RFID Solutions Manager at SATO America.No stranger to the 3PL market, Ship2Save has deployed RFID systems at several 3PL enterprises across the continent. The company foresees 3rd Party Logistics to be a growing and prosperous niche for RFID implementations and is continuing to see a growing demand from this market.About Megatrux, Inc.The award winning Megatrux Companies are a customer service/team oriented Global group of individual asset and non-asset based shipping and transportation corporations. All nine companies comprise what Megatrux calls their “longest link supply chain.” From international manufacturing, packaging, transportation and overseas air freight to ocean importing/exporting, land-bridge, warehousing, and of course domestic to store shelf U.S Distribution&.Megatrux is your one call “We Do it All” solution to the world. With Enterprise level OMS, TMS, & WMS application integrations, Megatrux offers unbelievable real-time customer resources, communication, tracking, KPI reporting, logistical analysis and so much more&. With over 25 years in the business as well as being certified as a TOP 100 3PL, The Megatrux Companies are recognized by the industry as a highly respected, ethical operation that always pays attention to detail.About Ship2SaveShip2Save is one of the industry leaders in cost effective RFID Solutions and is a founding member of the Canadian Microsoft RFID Council, a member of the Microsoft Global RFID Council, an EPCGlobal Canada Strategic Council Member, a CompTIA RFID+” Cornerstone Committee Member, and a member of Texas Instruments Tag-It” Team. Ship2Save’s unique product lines, flexible and proficient software, business development models, and distinctive deployment services, offer customers cost effective and high quality solutions for their logistic needs. For more information, visit is external).About SATOSATO is a pioneer in the Automatic Identification and Data Collection (AIDC) industry and the inventor of the world’s first electronic thermal transfer barcode printer. It revolutionized the barcoding industry by introducing the Data Collection System (DCS) & Labeling concept – a total barcode and labeling solution providing high quality barcode printers, scanners/hand-held terminals, label design software and consumables. SATO is one of the first in the industry to introduce a complete, multi-protocol EPC-compliant, UHF RFID solution.SATO is publicly listed on the first section of Tokyo Stock Exchange in Japan. It has worldwide offices in the United States, Belgium, France, Germany, Spain, United Kingdom, Poland, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand and China. For the fiscal year ended March 31, 2007, it reported revenues of US$705 million. More information about SATO Corporation can be found at is external).More information about SATO America, Inc. can be found at is external).last_img read more

3 ways your credit union can be more engaging like Pokémon Go

first_imgSources:1 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Melany Maurer Melany Maurer is a marketing professional and content creator based in Austin, Texas. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and has spent the last 4 years working … Web: Details If you have an internet connection, you’ve heard of the wildly popular mobile app Pokémon Go by now. Developed by Niantic, Pokémon Go lets you use your smartphone to virtually catch Pokémon by physically exploring the real world. Because of nostalgic, smartphone-welding millennials, Pokémon Go exploded almost overnight, becoming the biggest mobile game in U.S. history and boasts over 21 million daily active users.1 Here are a few ways your financial institution can be learn to be more engaging like Pokémon Go:Mobile is where it’s at.Did you know that 92 percent of 18 to 34 year olds in the U.S. have a smartphone?2 Not only that, but collectively, Americans check their smartphones over 8 billion times a day.3That’s why Pokémon Go as a mobile gaming app works so well. Consumers, millennials in particular, are constantly on their phones. If this game had been designed for hand-held gaming devices instead of mobile, Niantic would have severely segmented their intended audience. The same can be said for banking.It’s time to embrace mobile. By being where your cardholders are, you’ll be more in tune with their banking needs and better equipped to meet them.Change to meet demand.Like most apps, Pokémon Go is constantly getting updated to fix glitches and improve the gaming experience. Considering the disruption facing the industry, financial institutions should have the same mindset on how they approach consumers.Try new methods to appeal to your audience. Adopt new technologies to promote your products and services. Don’t let your institution fall behind by ignoring digital trends.Keep it simple and make it fun.While the concept of an augmented reality game might sound complex, the Pokémon Go user experience is very simple. Someone with no prior knowledge of Pokémon can easily download and enjoy the game in a matter of minutes. Make banking at your financial institution the same through gamification.By gamifying the banking experience and rewarding your cardholders’ loyalty, you’ll not only boost engagement, but encourage desirable behaviors and increase transaction volume in the process. It’s a win-win.According to the Performance Against Customer Expectations (PACE) Index, financial institutions globally fall short of expectations in areas most important to consumers.4 Mobile banking is a perfect example. Did you know that 44 percent of banked consumers with smartphones have adopted mobile payments and 84 percent of those have used mobile banking in the past 30 days?5The numbers are clear. If you’re not innovating, you’re being left behind. Embrace digital opportunities to build relationships and engage with your customers. You might just be surprised at the results you find.last_img read more

First Flight Lands at New Eemshaven Heliport

first_imgWIKING Helikopter Service and DHSS have completed the first flight to the heliport in the Port of Eemshaven for the opening ceremony.Source: Groningen SeaportsOn 13 September, the helicopter brought Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs and Cimate Policy Eric Derk Wiebes who officially opened the heliport.The heliport has a primary aim of facilitating flights for the offshore wind industry and will mainly be used for the maintenance of turbines.According to Groningen Seaports, the infrastructure can also be used for ambulance and trauma flights, as well as for piloting ships. The flights are only operational in daylight, with an average of 15 flights a day.“Our ports were already very well connected by water, road and rail, but the opening of the heliport adds the air travel modality. As a result, offshore wind farms can be reached better and faster, which means that Eemshaven has become a much more attractive service port for the maintenance of offshore wind turbines,” said Groningen Seaports CEO Cas König.EMS Maritime Offshore (EMO) secured a contract at the end of 2018 to operate the new heliport, while Groningen Seaports remains the owner of the needed infrastructure.The total site covers an area of approximately 4.5ha, of which approximately 1.35ha is an airfield, including a take-off and landing area located in the north-western part of the port and parking stands.Depending on developments, a number of small buildings may be built in the future, such as a hangar and/or an office/work/reception area for the helicopter operations.Source: DHSSlast_img read more