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Production schedules undergo IT revolution

first_imgHot on the heels of Japanese Brain Buns (British Baker, April 21, pg 9) comes another tale of baking with a cerebral twist. This time it takes the improbable form of a professor of cognitive science dressed in bakers’ whites doing a shift at a supermarket in-store bakery. But rather than developing another brain-boosting bread (or supplementing his day job), this academic is instead flexing his intellectual muscle on a new way of running bakeries – a project aimed at bringing bakery scheduling into the 21st century through integrated IT. Whereas bakery schedules generally employ the not-quite-so-cutting-edge technology of paper and pen, the new system uses software to work out how to plan production, share knowledge between staff and, ultimately, to highlight areas for improvements in the bakery.The Rollout project, which is drawing to the end of its three-year funding, has applications for craft and plant bakeries alike. Support has come from the major supermarkets, plant bakeries, oven manufacturers, craft bakers, universities and food technology experts. But it is in a Sainsbury’s in-store bakery in Ashford, Kent, where I witness the system on trial – an enclave largely bypassed by the IT revolution, until now. Simple diagramsWhile scheduling normally relies on the expertise of the bakery or shift manager, the program uses a simple diagrams-based interface, which can be picked up in a flash by all bakery staff, says program designer Professor Peter Cheng of Sussex University. He says: “All the benefits of diagrams that we’ve studied in cognitive science, cognitive psychology and artificial intelligence, we’re trying to bring to bakery.” This could be the first time that “cognitive psychology” and “bakery” have appeared together in the same sentence, but despite its lofty origins the program is intended to be accessible even to IT virgins.The software employs a graphical approach rather than dozens of confusing drop down menus and windows, to integrate all the information that is most important for scheduling. Despite first appearances (see above), the system is quite simple to grasp.The software’s screen layout allows you to view which product is being made with which equipment at any one time. Each block on the screen represents one of the processing stages around the bakery, from mixers through to ovens. These are tied together to represent the run of a batch of product through the bakery. The width of the block indicates the amount of time that product will be at each equipment stage; the depth shows how much of the machine’s capacity the product is using. “Ordinary bakery operatives are able to understand these kinds of diagrams and make intelligent decisions about what you can do with the schedules,” says Professor Cheng. And although the bakery manager might already have a good idea about what a typical day’s production might entail, the aim is to improve that by using software that does not require much in the way of specialist IT skills, he says.20 minutes’ trainingDuring an earlier trial at the test bakery at Campden and Chorleywood Food Research Association, experienced bakers could understand the diagrams in just 20 minutes of training, he claims. They were presented with various troubleshooting scenarios, such as the need to fit in a rush order to replace sold-out bloomers, having to adjust the batch diagrams to find a workable solution.“People may not be able to use spreadsheets and numeracy may also be an issue,” explains Professor Cheng. “Having something which can directly represent what’s happening in the bakery, and gives bakers the quantitative information they need to manage the bakery, is a major point.”Another benefit is that bakers can easily judge how best to deploy their equipment by spotting under-capacity. “At a glance you may see that you have spare capacity in your prover to put some more product in if you have the need to.” The diagram turns red to show where capacity is squeezed too much, causing production clashes. Spare capacity at the mixing stage, for example, if filled up, could lead to bottlenecks in the schedule if there is no room in the oven for baking. “If a problem arises because you’ve made an adjustment, it lets you know without you having to recalculate everything yourself.” Quality versus efficiencyThe complex trade-off between quality and efficiency is often overlooked when talking about scheduling, since a product left waiting too long might deteriorate in quality, he notes. “At present you would be reliant on the bakery manager or the people handling the equipment to imagine what is going to happen in an hour or two’s time. If you’re relatively new to bakery scheduling then that’s a real problem.”So will this system see the light of day? “It’s a matter of whether the commercial partners [of the project] try to incorporate it as an addition to their existing IT vision or as a stand-alone program,” says Professor Cheng. With the commercial companies involved in the project, its future would seem to rest on whether the benefits outweigh the costs of implementation.But the potential is to have a system that is integral to the bakery, while accessible to all staff. “If there was a network of these around the bakery then each person who finishes their process step could update the diagram. They would also be looking to see how other people are coping with their processes.”“It’s a very good tool, says busy in-store bakery manager John Duke. He has been charged with trialling the software while also being a man down. The system has many pluses, he adds. One is that it enables in-store bakery managers to communicate to store bosses exactly what resources are needed, by showing precisely where the time goes and the staff numbers required to get products on shelf, he says. A further note of encouragement comes from Richard Ball, central retail operations specialist at Sainsbury’s, who comments that Rollout could provide a “real tool to do the job”.“All previous production-planning systems have related to sales figures, but left the conversion of these into mixes to the bakery manager,” he says. “No consideration has ever been given to the availability of the machinery, which has been left to a mental calculation for the bakery operative. Rollout has changed this,” he says.“For in-store bakeries this is invaluable as all staff can clearly view their tasks. Any production bunching will be alerted and a quick move of the cursor corrects the problem, says Mr Ball.”So what makes Rollout different from existing IT systems? Most are focused on automation, says Professor Cheng, but allowing bakers to make decisions quickly and easily should be the main purpose of integrating IT into a bakery. His message then seems to be that technology will take you so far, but leave the baking to the bakers. “If you have a system that is fully automated you can never build rules into the system that are sufficiently sophisticated to match the baker’s own knowledge,” he explains. – Rollout is a joint project involving bakery consultants BakeTran, University of Sussex, University of Nottingham, CCFRA, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda, Warburtons, Fine Lady Bakeries, British Bakeries, E Botham and Sons, Scobie & McIntosh and Tom Chandley. It is being funded by the Economic & Social Research Council and the DTI.last_img read more

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Steven Sotloff Reportedly Beheaded by ISIS

first_imgISIS has reportedly released a video showing the beheading of an American journalist who disappeared last year while covering the war-torn Middle East, two weeks to the day that the militant group killed freelance journalist James Foley. The New York Times tweeted Tuesday afternoon that ISIS released a 2:46 minute video purportedly showing the killing of Steven Sotloff, a TIME magazine contributor, citing SITE Intel Group, a self-described provider of “Jihadist/White Supremacist News and Threats.” After purportedly executing Sotloff, ISIS also threatened to kill British citizen David Cawthorne Haines, according to SITE Intel Group. It’s unclear if the White House has seen the video or if the footage is authentic. In the purported video, Sotloff is reportedly heard telling the camera: “I’m sure you know exactly who I am by now and why I am appearing…Obama, your foreign policy of intervention in Iraq was supposed to be for preservation of American lives and interests, so why is it that I am paying the price of your interference with my life?”Sotloff’s purported death comes exactly two weeks after the terrorist group released a video titled “A Message to America” in which a masked militant is seen killing Foley and threatens to execute Sotloff unless the United States ceased its bombing operation in Iraq. Sotloff, 31, was seen kneeling in the sand with his hands bound. Just last week, Sotloff’s mother Shirley, released a video to her son’s hostage takers hoping to appeal to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who declared himself caliph. “I am sending this message to you, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi al-Quraishi al-Hussaini, the caliph of the Islamic State. I am Shirley Sotloff. My son Steven is in your hands,” she said, according to the Times, which obtained the video. “You, the caliph, can grant amnesty. I ask you please to release my child,” she added. “I ask you to use your authority to spare his life.”ISIS has fast-become one of the most dangerous militant groups in the Middle East, spreading from Syria and then into Iraq, wreaking havoc across the region while slaughtering civilians and religious minorities who refuse to convert. It has reportedly kidnapped women from an ancient faith called Yazidi and either forced them into marriages or made them their sex slaves. With the situation in Iraq quickly deteriorating, President Obama ordered missile strikes to push back ISIS fighters. ISIS goes by several different names: Islamic State, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, and Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). In a televised statement following Foley’s death, a grim-looking Obama said “James Foley’s life stands in stark contrast with his killers.“They have rampaged across cities and villages killing innocent, unarmed civilians in cowardly acts of violence. They abduct women and children and subject them to torture and rape and slavery. They have murdered Muslims—both Sunni and Shia—by the thousands. They target Christians and religious minorities, driving them from their homes, murdering them when they can for no other reason than they practice a different religion. They declared their ambition to commit genocide against an ancient people.”As per US policy, the government does not offer ransom money to terrorists groups in exchange for American citizens. That thinking differs from many countries in Europe, which according to a Times report, pays millions in ransom to secure the freedom of its citizens. In a statement, Committee to Protect Journalists Executive Director Joel Simon condemned Sotloff’s purported death and said the slaying of two American reporters are war crimes. “Journalists know that covering war is inherently dangerous and that they could get killed in crossfire,” Simon said. “But being butchered in front of camera simply for being a reporter is pure barbarism. We condemn in the strongest terms possible the murder of journalist Steven Sotloff. He, like James Foley, went to Syria to tell a story. They were civilians, not representatives of any government. Their murders are war crimes and those who committed them must be brought to justice swiftly.” Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York center_img #453949698 / gettyimages.comlast_img read more

Efforts to oust Trump undercut Mueller probe

first_imgCategories: Editorial, OpinionIt should come as no surprise that some congressional Republicans are doing their best to sabotage the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into possible links between President Donald Trump and Russian interference with the 2016 election.To that end, they’re maligning the FBI and resurrecting the inquiry into Hillary Clinton’s State Department emails, settled more than a year ago. Trump “is unfit for office and we have laid out the criteria for impeachment,” he said in a telephone interview this week.He cited a December forum with five legal experts who, Steyer said, have concluded that Trump’s impeachable offenses include abusing the power of the pardon, inciting domestic violence, recklessly risking nuclear war and undermining freedom of the press.He said the impeachment drive will serve the purpose of educating citizens about Trump’s misdeeds even though the odds of succeeding in the Republican-dominated House of Representatives are nil.The campaign certainly is helping the 60-year-old activist’s political footprint.The digital petition drive has about 4 million signatures and has run $20 million worth of commercials in which Steyer plays a featured role.Last year, Steyer had expressed interest in running for governor of California in November to replace incumbent Democrat Jerry Brown, who is retiring.Now, riding his impeachment campaign, he’s making noises about running for president. That’s misguided.Policy disagreements are a poor standard for impeachment.As the Watergate saga unfolded between 1972 and 1974, congressional leaders took care to build a carefully constructed and documented case for the impeachment of President Richard Nixon. Nixon resigned in 1974 rather than face certain removal from office.Before that happened, the House Democratic majority leader, Tip O’Neill, was furious at liberal representatives, including one from his home state of Massachusetts, for demanding impeachment proceedings prematurely.Steyer’s critics within his party, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., make the same point today. Albert R. Hunt is a Bloomberg View columnist and former executive editor of Bloomberg News. What is surprising is that the probe is also being undercut by vehemently anti-Trump Democrats, including the liberal hedge fund billionaire Tom Steyer and his allies in Congress.Steyer is bankrolling a “Need to Impeach” drive urging an immediate start to impeachment proceedings against Trump, even before the special counsel has issued any findings.Steyer has a fast-growing digital petition drive and is airing national television commercials and Facebook videos.But impeachment fever, sure to grow with some of Trump’s recent bizarre behavior and a new book portraying him as a clueless, accidental president, still is premature, and poses political risks for Democrats. It’s infuriating to a collection of progressives working to develop counter-strategies if Trump tries to fire Mueller or pardon anyone under investigation.“The key battle now is to protect the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller against any interference by President Trump and any efforts by his acolytes to falsely discredit the investigation,” said Fred Wertheimer, president of Democracy 21, a liberal-leaning good-government group.“Tom Steyer’s ad campaign appears to focus on Tom Steyer,” Wertheimer added, noting that it isn’t helping the effort to defend Mueller. Steyer claims that there’s no reason to wait for the special counsel’s findings. “Why do we take the latter group seriously and ignore the former group?” Tanden said. “Tom is supporting an important conversation about Trump’s fitness.”But in most polls, a plurality or narrow majority opposes impeachment now, and that worries Democrats who hope to score well in this year’s congressional and statehouse elections by winning in some moderate or conservative venues. “The last thing Democrats need is a litmus test on impeaching President Trump,” said Paul Begala, a top Democratic strategist.“Democrats can and do resist him with all their might when he tries to gut Medicaid, kill Obamacare, discriminate against Muslims or immigrants, or raises taxes on working folks so he can cut them for corporations.“But they should let the Mueller investigation come to a conclusion before they reach for the ultimate punishment of impeachment. Otherwise the risk is that voters think the only thing Democrats stand for is opposing Trump.”Steyer has insisted that Democrats should be “way past the point” of waiting for the special counsel’s conclusions.Mueller, he insists, is only investigating several of Trump’s offenses, and Steyer says there already is a clear case for the top charge, obstruction of justice. He made his fortune as a hedge-fund and private-equity executive and has committed to spend all of it on philanthropy and political candidates and issues.He has given hundreds of millions of dollars to progressive candidates and causes, especially those involving environmental advocacy.Steyer claims that Democratic congressional candidates who don’t support impeachment proceedings are ignoring the will of their constituents.“If you are running for office and say it’s not dangerous, not urgent, you disagree with our analysis, then what is your solution?” he said.His campaign is gathering momentum; already, 58 House Democrats are calling for action on impeachment.Steyer points to polls showing that 40 percent or more of voters back impeachment.He has prominent supporters like Neera Tanden, president of the liberal Center for American Progress, who notes that more Americans favor impeachment proceedings than approve of Trump. More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

Boeheim: John Thompson, who died at 78, ‘was one of a kind’

first_img Comments Boeheim and Thompson had a fraught relationship over the years but eventually became friends. “It’s really hard right now,” Boeheim said on ESPN’s “Get Up.” “We had the toughest rivalry you could possibly have for a few years. North Carolina and Duke is what everybody talks about in (college) basketball, and I think it is the greatest rivalry for a long period of time. But for about 10 years, Syracuse and Georgetown was — there was nothing quite like it. John built that really out of nothing.”The two Naismith Hall of Famers met 46 times in their careers, with Thompson’s tough, defensive-oriented teams winning 25 of the matchups. At 6-foot-10, with his signature white towel slung over his shoulder, Thompson was known to be an imposing figure on the bench. Among Division I head coaches, his number of wins ranks 62nd among with a 596-239 (.714) record. Thompson’s legacy off the court is arguably more important than his legacy on it. He recruited predominantly Black teams — some thought Georgetown was actually a historically Black college because of its basketball team. He gave a young point guard named Allen Iverson a chance after he was wrongfully accused of being in an altercation with a woman when he was 17. Iverson thanked Thompson on Twitter for saving his life.Thompson was an inspirational figure for Black coaches in every sport. Syracuse football head coach Dino Babers said he once listened to the “powerful, powerful trailblazer” speak at a banquet.“(Thompson was) someone that, if you were a young coach at the time like I was, and if you aspired to become a head coach, (he was) someone you needed to listen to,” Babers said. “He had extreme knowledge, and there’s no doubt his knowledge was power.”SU women’s head coach Quentin Hillsman has also interacted with Thompson. He shared his condolences on Twitter with a broken heart emoji, writing “going to miss you, ‘Pops.’” Facebook Twitter Google+ “We lost a great basketball coach and a great person with the passing of my friend John Thompson,” Boeheim said in a tweet. “He was a leader in the game and in life. John empowered all coaches, but especially Black coaches and Black players.” center_img Published on August 31, 2020 at 4:49 pm Contact Danny: [email protected] | @DannyEmerman The Daily Orange is a nonprofit newsroom that receives no funding from Syracuse University. Consider donating today to support our mission.The college basketball world is mourning the loss of legendary coach John Thompson, who died of unknown causes Sunday night at the age of 78. Thompson coached at Georgetown from 1972 to 1999, through the height of the Big East conference, and led the Hoyas to a national title and three Final Four appearances. He was the first Black head coach to win the NCAA Championship and became one of the most recognizable figures in college basketball history. Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said in an interview with Syracuse.com that Thompson may have been “the most impactful coach we’ve ever had.” Boeheim’s Orange were fierce rivals with the Hoyas through the 1980s and 1990s, the height of the Big East. “He was one of a kind,” Boeheim said Monday. “There aren’t that many. He brought a presence to the game that nobody does, has. He was a great coach, but he was also a role model for a lot of coaches — white coaches and Black coaches.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThompson’s Hoyas upset the Orange in the last game at Manley Field House in 1980, leading Thompson to say “Manley Field House is officially closed.” Syracuse entered the contest ranked No. 2 in the nation and riding a 57-game home winning streak, but lost 52-50 to Thompson and Georgetown. last_img read more

Former NPFL Star, Odey Joins Genk

first_imgThe former MFM star will team up with Ghana’s Joseph Paintsil, Tanzania’s Mbwana Samatta, DR Congo’s Dieumerci Ndongala and Morocco’s Faissal Boujemaoui in Felice Mazzu’s squad.Genk revealed the 21-year-old as their second signing of the summer on Friday.“KRC Genk reached an agreement with the Swiss club FC Zurich about the transfer of Stephen Odey. The 21-year-old Nigerian striker signs a contract until 2024,” the statement read.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Belgian First Division A champions Genk have signed Nigeria international Stephen Odey from Swiss top-flight side FC Zurich on a five-year deal.The move comes on the back of an impressive campaign in Switzerland where he scored 14 goals in 44 outings for FC Zurich across all competitions.Odey is expected to boost Genk’s attacking force with his pace and goalscoring abilities in the 2019-20 league season and in their Uefa Champions League quest.last_img read more

Mickey Charles denies doping allegations against Hearts of Oak

first_imgOwner and bankroller of Techiman City, Micky Charles says he never said players of Accra Hearts of Oak should be tested for doping but he was telling the Football Association to be vigilant and enforce article 36 of the doping regulations in our league.These comments come in the wake Techiman City’s build up to their game agaisnt Hearts of Oak in Techiman.“In my interview I granted with Asempa FM earlier this week, I never said Accra Hearts of Oak players should be tested for doping but I was rather telling the Football Association to be vigilant and enforce the Article 36 of the doping regulation in our football,” he told Asempa Sports.“I can never disgrace the oldest team in our league by telling them to be tested for doping.” demanded.“I want to maintain my friendship with Hearts of Oak and I am sorry if my statement was misinterpreted by the media because the media took it and said Hearts of Oak players should be tested for doping.”Techiman are unbeaten at home heading into this weekend’s fixtures.   –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more