Pukka Pies rolls out home delivery packs for retailers

first_imgPukka Pies has launched a six-pack of pies designed for wholesalers and independent retailers to deliver direct to consumers.The company’s six-pack frozen home delivery boxes contain three style of 230g pie: All Steak, Chicken & Mushroom and Minced Beef & Onion. The pack has an rsp of £7.49.“Our new packs are designed to provide an alternative revenue stream for wholesalers and independents at this critical time and help them keep trading by delivering direct to consumers at home,” said Isaac Fisher, general manager at Pukka. “We have seen a number of businesses start to diversify their model by offering direct-to-consumer services in the current situation, so we have adapted quickly to offer a solution with this six-box offer, so that wholesalers and independent retailers can continue delivering pies to the people of Britain.”The pie brand is also offering customers free marketing support, including window posters, website banners and social media advertising.Pukka customer JJ Foodservice is one of the first businesses to trial the new format.“Working closely with our suppliers has never been more important. Pukka’s home delivery pack is proving a hit with people looking for a quick and simple meal they can tuck into at home. We are taking on new customers every day and expect demand for these pies to increase as a result,” added Terry Larkin, group general manager at JJ Foodservice.last_img read more

Stepping inside a dead star

first_img Breakthrough view of colliding neutron stars reveals origins of gold, platinum, and other heavy elements Worlds of promise Related For students, educators, physicians, and X-wing lovers, future of virtual reality dazzles center_img Cassiopeia A, the youngest known supernova remnant in the Milky Way, is the remains of a star that exploded almost 400 years ago. The star was approximately 15 to 20 times the mass of our sun and sat in the Cassiopeia constellation, almost 11,000 light-years from earth.Though stunningly distant, it’s now possible to step inside a virtual-reality (VR) depiction of what followed that explosion.A team led by Kimberly Kowal Arcand from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) and the Center for Computation and Visualization at Brown University has made it possible for astronomers, astrophysicists, space enthusiasts, and the simply curious to experience what it’s like inside a dead star. Their efforts are described in a recent paper in Communicating Astronomy with the Public.The VR project — believed to be the first of its kind, using X-ray data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory mission (which is headquartered at CfA), infrared data from the Spitzer Space Telescope, and optical data from other telescopes — adds new layers of understanding to one of the most famous and widely studied objects in the sky.“Our universe is dynamic and 3-D, but we don’t get that when we are constantly looking at things” in two dimensions, said Arcand, the visualization lead at CfA.,The project builds on previous research done on Cas A, as it’s commonly known, that first rendered the dead star into a 3-D model using the X-ray and optical data from multiple telescopes. Arcand and her team used that data to convert the model into a VR experience by using MinVR and VTK, two data visualization platforms. The coding work was primarily handled by Brown computer science senior Elaine Jiang, a co-author on the paper.The VR experience lets users walk inside a colorful digital rendering of the stellar explosion and engage with parts of it while reading short captions identifying the materials they see.“Astronomers have long studied supernova remnants to better understand exactly how stars produce and disseminate many of the elements observed on Earth and in the cosmos at large,” Arcand said.When stars explode, they expel all of their elements into the universe. In essence, they help create the elements of life, from the iron in our blood to the calcium in our bones. All of that, researchers believe, comes from previous generations of exploded stars.In the 3-D model of Cas A, and now in the VR model, elements such as iron, silicon, and sulfur are represented by different colors. Seeing it in 3-D throws Cas A into fresh perspective, even for longtime researchers and astronomers who build models of supernova explosions.“The first time I ever walked inside the same data set that I have been staring at for 20 years, I just immediately was fascinated by things I had never noticed, like how various bits of the iron were in different locations,” Arcand said. “The ability to look at something in three dimensions and being immersed in it just kind of opened up my eyes to think about it in different ways.”The VR platforms also opens understanding of the supernova remnant, which is the strongest radio source beyond our solar system, to new audiences. VR versions of Cas A are available by request for a VR cave (a specially made room in which the floors and walls are projection screens), as well as on Oculus Rift, a VR computer platform. As part of this project, the team also created a version that works with Google Cardboard or similar smartphone platforms. In a separate but related project, Arcand and a team from CfA worked with the Smithsonian Learning Lab to create a browser-based, interactive, 3-D application and 360-degree video of Cas A that works with Google Cardboard and similar platforms.“My whole career has been looking at data and how we take data and make it accessible or visualize it in a way that adds meaning to it that’s still scientific,” Arcand said.VR is an almost perfect avenue for this approach, since it has been surging in popularity as both entertainment and an educational tool. It has been used to help medical staff prepare for surgeries, for example, and video game companies have used it to add excitement and immersion to popular games.Arcand hopes to make Cas A accessible to even more people, such as the visually impaired, by adding sound elements to the colors in the model.Reaction to the VR experience has been overwhelmingly positive, Arcand said. Experts and non-experts alike are hit by what Arcand calls “awe moments” of being inside and learning about something so massive and far away.“Who doesn’t want to walk inside a dead star?” Arcand said.This research was supported with funding from NASA. First glimpse of a kilonova, and Harvard was therelast_img read more

FAS professor awarded France’s Légion d’honneur

first_imgSusan Rubin Suleiman, Ph.D., A.M., A.B., has won many awards over her storied career as an educator and writer, but was recently awarded Légion d’honneur, France’s highest decoration, a particularly poignant recognition of her work and personal connection to France and its people. Her fascination with France began as a child, later informing her studies as an adult, and ultimately defining her career.The February ceremony was held at the Residence of the Consul General of France, M. Arnaud Mentré. Professor Suleiman shared the story of her illustrious career, “one full of zigzags, detours, circling’s back. And yet, when I think about it retrospectively, it does appear to have a certain logic and continuity.”The common thread that tied her past to her present was always France. Suleiman grew up in Budapest and a visit by her aunt from Paris sparked her initial fascination with the culture. As life in communist Hungary grew more dangerous for the Jewish people, Suleiman’s mother hired a French tutor, and after they escaped she studied at a French school in Vienna. As they waited for entry into the United States, Suleiman spent six months learning French grammar at the convent school of Sainte-Rose de Lima in Port-au-Prince.Suleiman assimilated to American life, but reignited her passion for France in college while studying at Barnard. She later earned a Ph.D. in French literature from Harvard in 1969. Suleiman recalled, “The great encounters that marked my intellectual life and writings from the 1970s on, were all linked, in some way, to France: structuralism and post-structuralism, feminism and psychoanalysis, the study of cultural memory and history.”Professor Suleiman is the C. Douglas Dillon Research Professor of the Civilization of France and Research Professor of Comparative Literature, and retired from full-time teaching in 2015. An accomplished writer, Suleiman has authored and edited numerous books and more than 100 articles on contemporary literature and culture, including “Crises of Memory and the Second World War, Risking Who One Is: Encounters with Contemporary Art and Literature,” and the memoir “Budapest Diary: In Search of the Motherbook.” Her most recent book, “The Némirovsky Question: The Life, Death, and Legacy of a Jewish Writer in Twentieth-Century France,” is a look into the life of novelist, Irène Némirovsky and her relationship to Judaism, her Jewish background, and the issues of “foreignness” in 20th-century France.Mentioning this publication as she received her award, Suleiman said, “it seems to me that this book brought together, or more exactly returned to, all of the subjects that have been important to me, in my life and in my teaching and writing: fiction, history, mothers, children — and yes, during all that time, France.”last_img read more

Harrisburg University announces esports summer camp

first_imgHarrisburg University announced the institution will be holding a summer esports camp for high school students next week. The goal of the camp will be to improve skills in esports and gain a strategic advantage in games like League of Legends, Overwatch and Hearthstone. The “Esports Immersion Bootcamp” will give an overview of the esports industry and teach about future career opportunities in esports management, production and entertainment.Harrisburg University’s Esports Program Director, Chad SmeltzChad Smeltz, Harrisburg University’s Esports Program Director explained: “Many players don’t know where to start and what it takes to get to the next level in gaming. We’re offering a summer camp that shows multiple facets of professional gaming. Esports are just like regular sports, and there is a multitude of levels, opportunities and careers that we can teach to younger players.”These summer camps come right off the heels of Harrisburg University’s collaboration with ReKT Global and announcing it’s collegiate esports program along with membership of the National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE). This will be HU’s first and only varsity sports program and will offer 15 full athletic scholarships this fall in games like League of Legends, Hearthstone and Overwatch. Dr. Eric Darr, President of Harrisburg University stated: “We approach collegiate esports as a melding of academics with gameplay. Our students have the opportunity to pursue degrees in today’s sought-after STEM industries while training under world-ranked coaches. Our players are always students first. Our coaches teach knowledge needed by the students to succeed in their degree as well as skills in gameplay to be a well-rounded player.”Harrisburg University certainly has a strong dedication to the video game industry as other summer camps included are “Exploring Video Game Development” and “Video Game Design”. These camps take place on the Harrisburg University campus in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania June 18-22.Esports Insider says: Harrisburg University is known for its offerings in STEM and it only makes sense for it to fully invest in an industry like esports. This is a great opportunity for high school students to learn about the industry and how they can take their passion to the next level. It will be interesting to see if other institutions or even gaming companies follow suit in the same fashion.Sign up to our newsletter!last_img read more

Fort St. John RCMP looking to return stolen property to owners

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John RCMP are looking to return stolen property to its rightful owners.According to RCMP, on February 5, 2019, they recovered a stolen pickup truck. Located in the truck were some pieces of property that were also believed to have been stolen.Recovered items include:a Cellebrite machine,a cordless framing nailer,a Garmin GPS, anda chop saw.- Advertisement -If you believe that any of these items are yours, you can attend the Fort St. John RCMP detachment at 10648 100th Street.Owners will need to provide the file number (2019-1022) and provide any means you have to identify that the item as yours such as serial numbers, brand name and colour along with any other possible unique markings.last_img