ISA has launched a new range of blast chillers and freezers, suitable for use in pastry shops and food-to-go outlets.The Zero range features a variety of horizontal and vertical units in different sizes, to suit different locations. They are finished in stainless steel, so are easy to clean. The Zero can be operated in two ways, either by pre-set parameters, which can be chosen to suit the type of food – nine basic programmes are supplied as standard – or the operator can design individual programmes to suit specific requirements. The programmes can be input by a control panel with LCD display.There is an automatic hot-gas defrost system that removes ice quickly to ensure continuous operation; manual defrost is also an option. All ISA’s products use 100% HCFC-free polyurethane insulation and eco-friendly refrigerant gases.www.isaspa.uk.com
Swizzels Matlow, manufacturer of the iconic Love Hearts sweets, has teamed up with a Manchester-based cupcake firm to launch a line of cupcakes decorated with new Mini Love Hearts.The collection showcases Swizzels Matlow’s new range of mini products: Mini Love Hearts, Mini Double Lollies, Mini Monster Sours, Mini Skulls and Devils and Mini Teeth ‘n’ Toothbrush.Swizzels Matlow chose Hey Little Cupcake! – which has been shortlisted for the National Cupcake Championships – for its first venture of this kind because it was a local firm, but said it would consider partnerships with larger bakers in the future if the project goes well.Sarah-Louise Heslop, marketing manager at Swizzels Matlow, said: “This will be the first of many collections to showcase our new products.”Having a link with such a major brand has boosted sales for Hey Little Cupcake!, which has a shop in Spinningfields in Manchester city centre. It doesn’t have the budget to do big advertising campaigns and the connection has raised its profile, particularly online through social media.“Teaming up with a bigger firm works perfectly for us,” said Sarah Wilson, director at Hey Little Cupcake!“We’ve linked up with Swizzels Matlow on Facebook and Twitter and, when we push our followers together, it boosts awareness of our brand instantly. We’ve now got 3,000 followers, while Swizzels Matlow has 15,000. I’ve noticed that we get an influx of new followers when they post a message on their Facebook wall. Because we’re a local firm we’ve found that a lot of our sales are based on the number of followers we have.”
By Dialogo May 18, 2011 Despite their propaganda, the Taliban have not launched a spring offensive in eastern Afghanistan, the commander of International Security Assistance Force’s Regional Command East said. Maj. Gen. John F. Campbell, who also commands the Army’s 101st Airborne Division, spoke with Pentagon reporters via video teleconference from Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, as he prepares to turn over command of the region to Maj. Gen. Dan Allyn, commander of the 1st Cavalry Division. Campbell said the operations tempo remained high over the winter as coalition and Afghan forces placed tremendous pressure on the Taliban and allied forces. “We’ve stayed after it,” he said, noting that the amount of enemy munitions and homemade bombs taken off the battlefield was double what it was over the same period last year. “And we really think we’ve changed the dynamics of the battlefield by doing that,” he added, “as the insurgents have tried to come back and do their own spring campaign.” The Taliban said in late April that they were launching a spring offensive and that they would be taking on the coalition and their Afghan brothers. “We have not really seen an uptick in Regional Command East on attacks,” Campbell said. “For about the 30 days prior to (May 1, 2011), the number of insurgent-initiated attacks was between 25 to 30 per month. And that number after (May 1) has continued to be the same.” The Taliban also said they would protect the Afghan people, but one of their first acts was to put a suicide vest on a 12-year-old boy who detonated it in a bazaar, killing seven women and children and wounding 34 other innocent Afghans, he said. “Again, 90 percent of the civilian casualties are caused by the insurgents in Regional Command East,” Campbell said. Meanwhile, the general said, coalition and Afghan forces in the command have their own spring offensive. “We have several operations that are ongoing at this point in time,” he said. “We’ve been very aggressive out there going after the enemy.” Campbell praised the capabilities of the Afghan military and police. “Everything we’ve done over the past year has been ‘shana-ba-shana,’ shoulder to shoulder, with the army, the police and the Afghan border police,” he said. “We’ve really worked at that hard, and I think we can really see the results over the past year.” Afghan forces still need work, Campbell acknowledged, but he noted steady progress over the past year.
A new mobile app gives consumers the opportunity to become members of USALLIANCE Financial and fund their new accounts in just minutes, transforming what has traditionally been a cumbersome process.The enrollment option, which is included as a feature of the credit union’s Apple and Android standard apps, guides prospective members to scan the barcode of their driver’s license. That simple step serves to prepopulate the enrollment application, reduces keystrokes, aids in verifying their identity, and provides key information for qualifying them for membership, notes CUES member Kristi Kenworthy, AVP/e-commerce for the $1 billion+ Rye, N.Y., credit union serving 80,000 members throughout the Northeast.The mobile enrollment process also employs GPS to compare applicants’ physical locations to the address on their driver’s license, adding another layer of security. The native app, developed in partnership with GRO Solutions, Atlanta, offers “a slick user experience with a focus on making it easy, quick, and secure,” Kenworthy says.The onboarding app is also installed on iPads used in new member enrollment at USALLIANCE Financial’s 22 branches, which creates “an opportunity for employees to provide a better member experience,” says VP/Marketing Tori Burton, also a CUES member. “They tell new members, ‘We can open your account in less than three minutes,’ and they also let members know the process is so intuitive they can open additional accounts in the future from their phones.” continue reading » 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has labelled the comments from his Manchester City counterpart Pep Guardiola as “very disrespectful” and “sad”.Pochettino was speaking in response to Guardiola’s comment which described Tottenham as the “Harry Kane team” when he was talking about his side’s title rivals.During his pre-match press conference ahead of his team’s weekend league clash with Bournemouth at the Wembley Stadium, Pochettino said: “[Guardiola] was part of the big success at Barcelona and I never said it was ‘the Lionel Messi team,’”While speaking earlier this month about the English Premier League (EPL) title Guardiola described Chelsea and Manchester United as his side’s rivals to win the league earlier this month, before adding: “We saw again the Harry Kane team scores every day two or three goals.”Speaking further on the matter, the Pochettino said:“It doesn’t affect me but in the reality it was very disrespectful for many people.”“Everyone deserves to be recognised. When many people took the words, it was very sad and for many players that are here it is strange but, in my case, I didn’t take it in a bad way.“It wasn’t disrespectful to myself. For a lot of people it was unnecessary. But we need to move on.” he concluded. Related