Safaricom Limited ( 2013 Presentation

first_imgSafaricom Limited ( listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Technology sector has released it’s 2013 presentation For more information about Safaricom Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Safaricom Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Safaricom Limited (  2013 presentation Company ProfileSafaricom Limited is an integrated telecommunications company in Kenya providing mobile, fixed voice, data, SMS, Internet and M-PESA services. The company sells mobile phones and tablets as well as broadband modems and routers. It also offers its customers data bundles for pre- and post-paid customers; pre- and post-paid voice plans and SMS services for national and international roaming; Okoa Jahazi for emergency top-up credit; and Flex plans for browsing, calling and SMSing. Bonga Points is a customer loyalty programme and M-PESA is a mobile telephone service to deposit, transfer and withdraw money as well as pay for goods and services. Other services offered include website and email, calling and cloud and hosting services. Safaricom Limited’s head office is in Nairobi, Kenya. Safaricom Limited is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

Hotelest Limited ( HY2018 Interim Report

first_imgHotelest Limited ( listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Tourism sector has released it’s 2018 interim results for the half year.For more information about Hotelest Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Hotelest Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Hotelest Limited (  2018 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileHotelest Limited is based in Port Louis, Mauritius and is engaged in the tourism and hospitality industry where, through the company’s subsidiary, Constance Hotels Services Limited, owns and operates hotels. Hotelest Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

Stock investing: 3 of the best growth shares I’d buy right now

first_img See all posts by Rupert Hargreaves Rupert Hargreaves | Tuesday, 2nd February, 2021 | More on: FEVR RM RMV I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Stock investing can be challenging. Many investors struggle to earn profits in the stock market, and it certainly isn’t suitable for everyone. Investors should only ever invest money they can afford to lose.However, over the past few years, I’ve increased my wealth by acquiring a diversified basket of growth shares. While past performance is no guarantee of future potential, I think I can continue to grow my wealth by following a similar strategy as we advance. 5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…With that in mind, here are three of the best growth shares I’d buy for my portfolio right now.Stock investing: market opportunities Fevertree Drinks (LSE: FEVR) has been on my radar for a long time. The consumer goods company has cornered the market for premium tonics in the UK. This foothold has given the group solid foundations to drive expansion overseas.Although this growth strategy struggled in 2020, analysts forecast a return to growth in 2021. Current projections suggest the business will report sales of nearly £300m in 2021, up from £247m in 2020. However, I should caution that these are just projections at this point.Still, Fevertree is highly profitable. This gives the business plenty of cash to reinvest back into its growth efforts. Meanwhile, the group’s operating profit margin has averaged 29.8% for the past five years. Although this profitability doesn’t guarantee growth, I think it puts the company in a good position.So, while the business does face risks, such as increased competition and higher costs, I’d buy Fevertree based on its growth potential and growing profitability. Growth sharesProperty and stock investing are very different activities, but I think Rightmove (LSE: RMV) offers the best of both. It owns the largest online property portal in the UK and I think it’s going to be difficult for competitors to grab market share. Indeed, many have tried and failed to topple Rightmove from its lofty podium.Of course, its historical market dominance doesn’t guarantee future success. A well-funded competitor could decimate its business, especially if a large technology firm backed it. That’s something I’ll keep an eye out for. But, in the meantime, I’d buy the stock based on its current market position and potential.The housing market is worth an estimated £1bn per 100,000 property transactions. It’s a considerable value generator for the UK economy, and Rightmove is one of the most important businesses in this sector. I reckon that bodes well for the group’s future potential. Successful stock investing is all about forecasting future growth trends. I think only a handful of markets will grow no matter what happens to the global economy. One of those is education.RM (LSE: RM) supplies education resources, such as examination technology and IT solutions to educational bodies in the UK and worldwide. I think the business model is incredibly attractive, although there are risks to RM’s growth.The market is highly competitive and dependent on government funding, which can vanish overnight. These are two significant risks the company faces.Still, if management can successfully execute a growth strategy over the next few years, I’d buy RM, considering its potential. With revenues of just £224m for 2019, the group is still relatively small compared to the UK education market’s overall size, which stands at £20bn.  Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. FREE REPORT: Why this £5 stock could be set to surge Stock investing: 3 of the best growth shares I’d buy right now Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Sharescenter_img Image source: Getty Images Are you on the lookout for UK growth stocks?If so, get this FREE no-strings report now.While it’s available: you’ll discover what we think is a top growth stock for the decade ahead.And the performance of this company really is stunning.In 2019, it returned £150million to shareholders through buybacks and dividends.We believe its financial position is about as solid as anything we’ve seen.Since 2016, annual revenues increased 31%In March 2020, one of its senior directors LOADED UP on 25,000 shares – a position worth £90,259Operating cash flow is up 47%. (Even its operating margins are rising every year!)Quite simply, we believe it’s a fantastic Foolish growth pick.What’s more, it deserves your attention today.So please don’t wait another moment. Rupert Hargreaves owns no share mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Fevertree Drinks and Rightmove. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Enter Your Email Address Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Get the full details on this £5 stock now – while your report is free.last_img read more

Remembering Rachel Held Evans: Presiding Bishop offers tribute

first_imgRemembering Rachel Held Evans: Presiding Bishop offers tribute Submit a Press Release This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis The following statement from Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry is in tribute to Rachel Held Evans:“Today is a sad day for our Church and for everyone who found the path home to our loving, liberating, life-giving God because of Rachel Held Evans. She was a fearless seeker of truth and servant of Jesus, and her witness will inspire and heal generations to come.” #BecauseofRHEInto your hands, O merciful Savior, we commend your servant, Rachel. Acknowledge, we humbly beseech you, a sheep of your own fold, a lamb of your own flock, a sinner of your own redeeming. Receive her into the arms of your mercy … and into the glorious company of the saints in light. Amen. #BecauseofRHEEditor’s note: The New York Times obituary on Rachel Held Evans is here. Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Knoxville, TN Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Tampa, FL Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Back to Press Releases In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Albany, NY Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Director of Music Morristown, NJ Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Featured Jobs & Calls Submit a Job Listing Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Press Release Service Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Youth Minister Lorton, VA center_img Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Belleville, IL Episcopal Church Office of Public AffairsPosted May 6, 2019 Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Smithfield, NC Submit an Event Listing Rector Shreveport, LA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Curate Diocese of Nebraska The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Washington, DC Associate Rector Columbus, GA Featured Events Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Course Director Jerusalem, Israel TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Collierville, TN Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Bath, NC New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OHlast_img read more

Two-thirds of youth organisations see demand rise amidst widespread drops in income

first_imgTwo-thirds of youth organisations see demand rise amidst widespread drops in income Melanie May | 26 February 2021 | News Data gathered during the application process for the UK Youth Fund – Covid Relief has revealed that two thirds (66%) of youth organisations have seen an increase in demand for their services during the pandemic, while 83% have seen their income decrease.More than half (57%) of youth organisations also reported that the cost of delivering their services to young people has increased since COVID-19 hit.UK Youth launched the inaugural UK Youth Fund – Covid Relief at the beginning of November 2020. A £2m lifeline pot backed with funding from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport (DCMS), Pears Foundation and Paul Hamlyn Foundation as part of the Government’s £750m charities package.During the application process, UK Youth collected data to build a current and indicative picture of the state of youth services today to address the lack of insight into where specific needs lie in the wake of the pandemic.Overall, the report highlights that Covid-19 has and is continuing to have a substantial, negative impact on young people, particularly regarding their wellbeing and mental health. In turn, youth organisations are seeing an increase in demand for their services. However, in many cases, youth organisations are unable to meet the substantial demand for their services.1,759 youth organisations took part in the data collection. Collectively these organisations reached more than two million young people per year before the pandemic. The overwhelming ask was for funding to prevent permanent closure, helping organisations to survive and adapt to the UK’s latest lockdown.Lifeline grants ranging from £750 to £50,000 were given to youth organisations covering a vast array of activities. These ranged from social action groups, LGBTQ+ and racial equality programmes, centres which work with young offenders or engage young people in culture and sport. 86% of participating youth organisations reported that their work specifically targets young people who face barriers, discrimination or additional challenges.In total UK Youth awarded £1,839,652 to 118 organisations from a total of 1,169 eligible applicants. The collective funding need from all organisations who completed the survey is £52,262,170.Ndidi Okezie, CEO, UK Youth, said:“The Covid-19 pandemic has hit youth organisations in the shadow of 10 years of extreme cuts. The impact of the pandemic has had a devastating effect on young people and the safe spaces that support millions of them. Many organisations across the youth sector have shown great resilience, trying to adapt and deliver vital services for young people but they still need help.“This data shows us two thirds of respondents are at risk of closing over the next twelve months. The gruelling consequences of Covid have gone on for longer than any of us could have imagined. As a sector at the front line of supporting the most vulnerable young people, more funding support is needed now. We cannot let young people fall through the net because crucial services were allowed to disappear.” About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via Tagged with: Funding Youthcenter_img  231 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Photo by kevin laminto on Unsplash Advertisementlast_img read more

Open Automation Accelerated by Schneider Electric and Wood Partnership

first_img Twitter Open Automation Accelerated by Schneider Electric and Wood Partnership By Digital AIM Web Support – February 8, 2021 WhatsApp Local NewsBusiness Pinterest Pinterest Previous articleGlobal Respiratory Disease Testing Market Growth, Trends, and Forecasts Report 2020-2025 – ResearchAndMarkets.comNext articleAustria warns against travel to Tyrol, eases virus curbs Digital AIM Web Supportcenter_img TAGS  Facebook Facebook Twitter BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 8, 2021– Schneider Electric, the leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, has formed a strategic relationship with Wood, a global leader in delivering automation solutions for projects, operations and consulting services to energy, industrial, and several other vertical markets, to make open and interoperable automation a reality for customers. The memorandum of understanding agreement provides Wood’s automation and control group access to Schneider Electric’s IEC61499 -based software, helping them deliver open, standards-based automation solutions to their global energy and industrial customers. Using object-oriented, event-based programming, where hardware and software lifecycles are decoupled and engineering efficiency is optimized, Schneider Electric and Wood are now able to provide mutual clients with next-generation, open automation and control, which can deliver step-change operational improvements today while also simplifying upgrades in the future. “With closed systems, the full potential of Industry 4.0 remains untapped,” said Fabrice Jadot, Senior Vice President, Industrial Automation, Schneider Electric. “To accelerate industrial digital transformation, we must prioritize portability of automation applications. Today, agility and resilience are paramount. The IEC61499 standard delivers that needed interoperability and that’s why it is fundamental to the shift towards more flexible automation. We are delighted to be working with Wood, an industry innovator that has been leveraging the benefits of IEC61499, to deliver the next-generation automation solutions that end users need to thrive in the digital economy.” “By combining our diverse capabilities and domain expertise in automation with the IEC61499 technology, we can unlock unprecedented innovation for our customers,” said Bridget Fitzpatrick, Global Process Automation Authority, Wood. “The siloed nature of industry is holding us all back. We agree that collaboration is essential to next-generation industries, and IEC61499 is the enabler. We look forward to continuing to bring greater value to our customers’ projects and welcoming a new era of open automation.” IEC61499 Interoperability The IEC61499 standard, which extends the capabilities of existing IEC61131-based systems, solves the problems of ensuring portability, configurability and interoperability across automation vendors and, at the same time, software and hardware independence. IEC61499 defines a high-level system design language for distributed information and control systems. It is the technical foundation of open automation because it: Enables automation applications to be built using portable, proven-in-use software components, independent of the underlying automation hardware.Allows the user to distribute the application to any system hardware architecture of choice—highly distributed, centralized, or both—all with little to no programming effort. Hardware targets can be as small as instruments and actuators, or as large as powerful edge computers.Supports mainstream software best practices, which makes it easy to create automation applications that interoperate with IT systems across the lifecycle from design to operations—without incurring significant engineering effort or introducing the technical debt of highly coupled, non-cohesive system designs. Market adoption of the IEC61499 standard will drive a long-term shift from low-value programming of proprietary controllers to high-value plug and produce automation systems using proven-in-use automation software components. This new model will allow industrial enterprise to shorten time-to-market, lower overall costs, and increase operational flexibility and agility. About Wood Wood is a global leader in engineering and consultancy across energy and the built environment, helping to unlock solutions to some of the world’s most critical challenges. We provide consulting, projects and operations solutions in more than 60 countries, employing around 45,000 people About Schneider Electric Schneider’s purpose is to empower all to make the most of our energy and resources, bridging progress and sustainability for all. We call this Life Is On. Our mission is to be your digital partner for Sustainability and Efficiency. We drive digital transformation by integrating world-leading process and energy technologies, end-point to cloud connecting products, controls, software and services, across the entire lifecycle, enabling integrated company management, for homes, buildings, data centers, infrastructure and industries. We are the most local of global companies. We are advocates of open standards and partnership ecosystems that are passionate about our shared Meaningful Purpose, Inclusive and Empowered values. Discover Life Is On Follow us on: Hashtags: #SchneiderElectric #woodautomation #UniversalAutomation #IEC61499 #futurereadynow Related resources: Universal View source version on CONTACT: Schneider Electric Media Relations– Thomas Eck, Phone: 917-797-4974,[email protected] Wood Press Contact–[email protected] KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA MASSACHUSETTS INDUSTRY KEYWORD: DATA MANAGEMENT CONSUMER ELECTRONICS TECHNOLOGY CONSTRUCTION & PROPERTY BUILDING SYSTEMS UTILITIES SOFTWARE NETWORKS INTERNET ENERGY HARDWARE SOURCE: Schneider Electric Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/08/2021 09:55 AM/DISC: 02/08/2021 09:55 AM WhatsApplast_img read more

Environmental project encouraging people to grow their own produce

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Google+ Google+ Harps come back to win in Waterford Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Over 250 families in Derry and Strabane are rolling up their sleeves and getting ready to embark on the journey towards self-sustainability.The ‘I Can Grow’ Project is a new environmental project encouraging more people to grow their own produce.The initiative, led by the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland supported by the National Lottery Community Fund and delivered in partnership with Derry City and Strabane District Council, The Conversation Volunteers and University College Cork was launched in December 2020 sparking an overwhelming response from families across Derry and Strabane, generating hundreds of expressions of interest.Now the participating families will take the first steps towards growing their own food, with equipment provided and some expert mentoring from Council’s newly appointed horticulturalist and a team of conservation volunteers, that will run over two growing seasons.In a statement, Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District, Councillor Brian Tierney, said he was delighted to see the level of interest in the scheme and the wide variety of participants who have signed up.Cllr Tierney concluded by saying that with rising food costs and a reduction in stock coming here due to Brexit, as well as people spending more time at home, local people are definitely thinking about how to live more self-sufficiently and sustainably. Environmental project encouraging people to grow their own producecenter_img DL Debate – 24/05/21 Facebook WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Pinterest By News Highland – February 20, 2021 Previous articleUpdate: ‘Nothing untoward’ found during Derry security alertNext articleNorth West left out of outdoor dining development fund – Harkin News Highland Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODAlast_img read more

UK: Ammo Facility Ready for Its First Ship

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today UK: Ammo Facility Ready for Its First Ship View post tag: ship View post tag: Ammo View post tag: Naval View post tag: Ready Share this article View post tag: Portsmouth View post tag: first View post tag: facility View post tag: its View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic Training & Education An £18m facility to load and unload ammunition – shells and hi-tech missiles – from Portsmouth-based warships has been completed. The new Upper Harbour Ammunitioning Facility replaces a jetty on the Gosport side of Portsmouth Harbour which has served the Royal Navy well for more than 80 years.Work on a new £18m jetty in Portsmouth Harbour where Royal Navy warships will load up with ammunition has just been completed.The new Upper Harbour Ammunitioning Facility – delivered by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) – will replace the existing jetty which was built in 1929 and is not large enough to accommodate the Navy’s new Type 45 destroyers.VolkerStevin Marine has spent the last ten months building the jetty and this week formally handed it over to the Ministry of Defence.Captain Iain Greenlees, who has overseen the project, said:“The completion of this vital new facility is another milestone in the history of the Naval Base. “Being able to ammunition ships in their base port is a key element in getting them ready for operations around the world. “Critically this facility will be able to load ammunition on the Type 45 destroyers and this significant investment in the base will then go on to support all the Navy’s destroyers, frigates and patrol boats for the next 50 years.” The facility – which also includes two hydraulic cranes and mooring pontoons – measures 85 metres by 15 metres and can accommodate ships up to 10,000 tonnes. It can be used in winds of up to force six.Paul Simmonds of the DIO, who managed the project, added:“DIO’s priority is to support our Armed Forces as they prepare for operations. This has been a complex project due to the nature of the requirement, the environment and additional levels of regulation required for explosives facilities. “The fact that the UHAF has been completed on time and within budget is testament to the excellent collaborative approach taken between VolkerStevin Marine, DIO and naval base staff.” The new jetty is scheduled to be used for the first time in September when the old facility will be demolished.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, August 17, 2012; Image: Royal Navy UK: Ammo Facility Ready for Its First Ship View post tag: UK August 17, 2012last_img read more


first_imgMembers of any airline frequent flyer club have seen the benefits of membership gradually erode under the relentless assault of airline bean-counters. The yearly mileage necessary to qualify for even the lowest membership level has increased dramatically over the years.At the same time, the member’s accumulated miles have been devalued as the mileage cost of free tickets has been increased to a minimum of 25,000 miles. Other perks, like upgrades and airport lounge, passes, associated with climbing up the frequent flyer status ladder, have also been reduced or eliminated.The only airline club where the benefits have remained largely intact is the Mile-High Club and now American Airlines has declared war on that collection of randy flyers.On American’s new 737-MAX aircraft, one would have to be Tyrion Lannister, to have even the remotest hope of conducting an induction ceremony, and even then it would be very close. Passengers flying on the remodeled 737 would do well to gate-check their claustrophobia.The new bathrooms on that aircraft are so small the user experience more closely resembles that of a human cannonball than it does of relieving oneself. At the circus, the human cannonball knows, given the dimensions of the gun tube, once inside he’s not going to have the luxury of repositioning himself.The same is true for the cruelly-named 737-MAX.The ‘MAX’ bathroom is 25 percent smaller than the telephone booths flyers have grown accustomed to using in the past. The new comfort coffins are so tight it is impossible to turn around once inside with the door closed. This presents no problem for women or men who want to keep their options open, but for the rest of us, we’re going to have to commit before we close the door.Plus-sized passengers may require the assistance of Crisco or their fellow passengers to get in and get out.And that’s not where the similarity to Ringling Brothers ends.Just as the human cannonball is expelled by the expansion of hot gases trapped behind him in the tube, passengers following an exiting flyer too closely into the aircraft lavatory may find themselves wishing they could eject when encountering a large hot aroma trapped in a small confined space.These indignities are only confined to healthy passengers. Nervous flyers or those with sensitive stomachs would do well to start practicing hurling while standing erect because it is impossible to bend over in those bathrooms. This will be no problem for drunks and three-year-olds, but for rest of us abandon all hope of privacy as you are forced to leave the door open to bend over and be sick.I always assumed when it came to mobile evacuation nothing could top the combination of indignity and excitement one experienced using a bus bathroom while the vehicle was in motion. It would have made perfect sense for Greyhound to install timers in those ‘restrooms’ so passengers could try and remain seated as long as the average bull rider.Yet even in the worst bus bathroom I never got the impression the company had it in for me. Not so with American Airlines. Only a corporation that’s part of a lock-step oligopoly could exhibit such utter contempt for the comfort and dignity of its customers. To say nothing of its own reputation.Starbucks shut the entire company down to atone for its sin after offending two black guys that weren’t even customers. American Airlines insults its entire customer base while laughing all the way to the bank.The indignity doesn’t stop after you’ve finished your business. The sink in this was coffin is so tiny passengers can only wash one hand at a time. It would have made more sense to dispense with the sink altogether in favor of waterless hand cleaner and devote the added room to the preservation of male kneecaps.Flight attendants are on the passenger’s side in this dispute. The two shoebox bathrooms are located across from each other in the rear. Attendants have discovered that if doors open simultaneously, the two frequently snag, forming an impromptu wall that traps them in the galley.Our loss in comfort and privacy is naturally American’s gain. Smaller bathrooms, thinner seats and less distance between seats allow more passengers. American has increased the load from 160 passengers to 172 with the letterbox-sized bathrooms.Flyers like me who avoid American aren’t safe either. Airlines are in a figurative race to the bottom and I fear my United will soon adopt American’s malign one-holer design. The only bright spot I can see – and limited to longer flights – is the reduction in bathroom size might force American to institute a corresponding reduction is flight attendant size. In the interest of safety, of course. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare by Michael Shannonlast_img read more

Greggs upscales its retail system

first_imgBakery retailer Greggs has selected touchscreen computer specialist firm J2 Retail Systems to supply EPOS hardware into its Greggs and Bakers Oven stores. The contract – the result of a period of negotiation between J2 and Greggs to produce an embedded system – will initially see the installation of J2 550 integrated touchscreen terminals into 300 stores. On completion of this roll-out, J2 will be the primary hardware provider in the gradual replacement of the whole Greggs estate, which covers over 1,100 Greggs and over 200 Bakers Oven shops.J2 used Greggs’ own application, the Linux Red Hat operating system, to develop a thin client hardware solution, which can be pole-mounted to maximise the space available for customer service. The application uses flashcard technology with no need for a hard drive.Also, in consideration of the harsh temperature, humidity and air quality in the bakery industry, the J2 550 range of terminals has been designed around a VIA chip set, which does not require a cooling fan. “With around 5 million quick-sale customers every week, we need our EPOS till system to withstand a great deal of use, while providing reliable networking functionality for our back office systems,” says Greggs group IT manager Rory McDougal. EPOS hardware is one of the largest expenses a retailer faces, according to J2 Retail national sales manager Richard Heitmann. “So it’s important that the short-term cost is offset by low ongoing maintenance costs. By working with Greggs to develop a bespoke solution suited to their in-house applications and to the bakery environment, total cost of ownership will be kept to a minimum.”last_img read more