A Beer-Ordering Mobile App Lets You Skip The Beer Lines At A Festival, And It’s Incredible

first_imgFree Press Summer Festival in Houston saw their innovative mobile beer-ordering service take off this year, making waves and potentially revolutionizing the way that music festivals sell alcohol. This new app powered by Tapin2 and designed by Float Hybrid was integrated into the festival’s existing phone app and let fans over the age of 21 skip the beer lines totally, instead allowing them to order via the mobile app. Once their drinks were ordered, people were directed to pick up their beers at any of the designated tents around the festival, making this a win-win for beer drinkers who got to get back to the music ASAP without fumbling around with cash or credit cards and for drink vendors, who could serve brews more efficiently.Tedeschi Trucks Band Teams With Craft For Causes To Create Special Brews Benefiting CharityWhile one can easily imagine the potential problems that might have developed with this implementation of this true technological marvel, the service seems to have gone off without a hitch. In a recent press release about the service, Float Hybrid noted that the average transaction time for those using the order-ahead feature of the app was only 1.5 minutes and that 100% of customers surveyed responded that they were satisfied by the experience after using the beer-ordering app. The festival previously used a version of the order-ahead beer app last year, this year’s festival saw the use of the app grow 18%, with a full three-fourths of the festival’s attendees adopting it.Free Press Summer Festival is clearly ahead of the curve with this digital feature, but we can only hope that we start seeing this technology pop up at other events around the country. While many of us savor the greater ability to disconnect from technology for a few days over the course of a music festival, this might be one exception everyone is down with.last_img read more

Faculty members reflect on new pontiff

first_imgCardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, archbishop of Buenos Aires, became known as Pope Francis when he made his first public appearance on the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica on Wednesday, approximately an hour after his election by the College of Cardinals. Pope Francis is the 266th pontiff of the Catholic Church and the first to take the name “Francis.”  History professor and papal historian Thomas Noble said Bergoglio’s choice of name highlights elements of the new pope’s self-image. “There has never been a Francis,” Noble said. “The message here is that this is a man of the people, a humble pastoral pope, but does this accord with the new evangelization?” New evangelization focuses on “‘re-proposing’ the Gospel to those … who have experienced a crisis of faith,” according to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops website. History professor R. Scott Appleby said Bergoglio’s choice of name might indicate his intention to focus on this new evangelization. “Pope Francis is an interesting choice of name with two possible implications: Francis [of] Assisi, who embraced holy poverty, strictly imitated the life of Christ and helped renew the face of the Church, and Francis Xavier, a Jesuit like Bergoglio, who was the great missionary to Asia,” Appleby said. “This might signal Pope Francis’s enthusiasm for the … new evangelization, which is necessary in the Church.” Theology professor Ann Astell said because St. Francis of Assisi was known for his poverty, humility and penitence, Bergoglio’s choice of name sheds light on how he will likely lead the Church. She said this is in line with the way he has lived as archbishop of Buenos Aires – eschewing the diocesan mansion to live in a small apartment, taking public transportation and cooking his own meals. “I think he’ll want to convey more by actions than by words that the Church of Christ is the servant of all,” Astell said. “[To do that,] we need to renounce those things that can be objects of pride and of worldly wealth and to present the Church in its most attractive guise as the servant of all the world and its people.” Theology professor Robin Darling Young said although Pope Francis will no longer live as simply as he used to, he will likely maintain his connection with the people he serves. “I think that people hope that he will not regard [the] opulence [of his new position] as a sign of personal privilege or even institutional privilege, but that he will put his office at the service of the people for whom the Gospel is directed,” Young said.  Young said Pope Francis can focus the Church on serving its people by demonstrating a commitment to social justice. “In the past 50 years, the pope has become such a public person in the universal Church that one of the best things he can do is set a good example,” she said. The pope’s humility will enable him to direct the Church toward self-reform, Astell said. “It seems that his humility … has been very striking to people who know him,” Astell said. “It was very evident in his first public appearance [yesterday] afternoon in the way he just stood there in silence before the large crowd. It was a silence that moves people to prayer.” Fr. Tom Doyle, a faculty fellow in the Institute for Educational Initiatives, said Bergoglio’s first appearance as Pope Francis spoke volumes about the type of leader he will be. “The protocol called for the pope to greet each of the cardinals personally before going to meet the people waiting, [but] Pope Francis reversed the order because the people in St. Peter’s square were waiting in the rain,” Doyle said. “His first public prayers were not for us, they were with us – the universal prayers of the Our Father, the Hail Mary and the Glory Be. “His first edict was … a humble request, that we pray for him.” Pope Francis is the first non-European pontiff of the modern era and the first South American pope. As a Jesuit, Pope Francis will also be the first of his order to lead the Church. Astell said the pontiff’s ties to the “old world” and the “new world” will emphasize the Church’s global character and universality. “I think he will be a wonderful bridge figure between the new and old worlds,” Astell said.  “He’s lived and studied in Germany as well as in his native Argentina. … He is a child of Italian immigrants and his father worked for the railroads. He comes from humble origins, which I think will help him to stay in touch with the little people.” Appleby said he expects Francis will exhibit the traits many Jesuits cultivate while in the order. “If the new pope is anything like his fellow Jesuit, our own [theology professor] Fr. Brian Daley, … he is erudite, disciplined and dedicated to the apostolic works of the Church,” Appleby said. Bergoglio was the subject of unproven allegations of misconduct during Argentina’s “Dirty War,” when the military junta in power from 1976-83 kidnapped and killed thousands. Despite these accusations, Bergoglio played a crucial role in helping the Church reconnect with Argentinians after some Catholic leaders were implicated in the terror. Noble said Francis’s leadership through that challenging time suggests what he could accomplish as pope. “He’s a very humble man, a very austere man that has brought one of the most conservative Catholic churches in the world into the modern era,” Noble said. “In Argentina, the Catholic Church was very much aligned with a series of very repressive regimes for a long time. So, is that [revitalization of the Argentinian Church] a signal of what he might do as pope?” Noble said the pope’s experience managing the Archdiocese of Buenos Aires might enable him to usher in a new era of curial reform. “Apparently, he has been a very efficient administrator of his diocese in Buenos Aires, which is a large and complex diocese,” Noble said. “How he deals with the appointments and reappointments in the Vatican will tell us a lot about how we should think of him.” Noble said the new pope will be challenged to effectively manage the Roman Curia, which rules the Vatican, to respond to increasingly strong evangelical strains of Christianity in Latin America and to address any other crises that might arise. The election of Bergoglio might imply the Vatican’s willingness to accept a pope who would ‘clean house,’ especially within the Curia, Noble said.  “The question of the [cardinals] was whether or not they would try to build consensus to pick someone who would maintain the status quo, but obviously they’ve reached far outside of that group,” Noble said. “Is this a signal that they want someone to come in and clean house?  “For more than a century, the Church’s response to crises has been to circle the wagons and to protect the institution. A lot of the time that is noble, admirable, but at other times that has gotten the Church into trouble. I think the sex abuse scandal is the best example of that [trouble] … If they had said ‘We are going to clean house,’ they might have been better off.” Appleby said Pope Francis embodies many of the qualities necessary to help people recommit to the Church. He will likely be especially effective in reaching young people, Appleby said. “The young people of the world in particular seek authenticity in a pope – the authentic face of Christ as a humble servant, clear teacher and moral and spiritual example,” Appleby said. “Pope Francis is known as an accomplished administrator, serious of purpose and dedicated to running a tight ship. “He seems to not be tarnished by the sexual abuse scandal. He has spoken out on behalf of the poor, and lives a simple life with a humble spirit. All of these qualities will be welcomed by Catholics, not least [by] young people.” To be named Pope, Bergoglio needed to receive 77 votes, two-thirds of the 115 votes of the Cardinals in attendance. Bergoglio was elected on the fifth ballot in one of the fastest conclaves in years, though he was not seen as a frontrunner before the conclave began Tuesday.  Reportedly, Bergoglio was the second choice for the papacy during the 2005 conclave that resulted in the election of Pope Benedict XVI. Astell said Bergoglio will likely view his candidacy in 2005 and 2013 as evidence of God’s will that he serve as pope. This sense of God’s will and the support of Catholics worldwide will give him courage, she said. “He asked for our prayers, and that’s the really beautiful thing – the courage to step into those big shoes of the fisherman with an openness to God’s will,” Astell said. “I think he must rest at peace knowing that this is God’s will and that that will give him strength. There really is a grace of office.”last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Broadway’s Spelling Bee Cast Reunites & More

first_img View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Broadway’s Spelling Bee Cast ReunitesCan you spell R-E-U-N-I-O-N?! A 10-year anniversary concert will reunite the entire original cast of Broadway musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Derrick Baskin, Deborah S. Craig, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Dan Fogler, Lisa Howard, new mommy Celia Keenan-Bolger, Jose Llana, Jay Reiss and Sarah Saltzberg will all appear alongside celebrity guest spellers in the one-night-only event on July 6 at Town Hall. The performance will be in memory of Spelling Bee Production Stage Manager Andrea “Spook” Testani Gordon and benefit The Actors Fund. We are E-X-C-I-T-E-D.Wicked’s Carla Stickler Set for Solo DebutWicked ensemble member and Elphaba understudy Carla Stickler will make her solo debut at the Metropolitan Room on June 1. Directed by Joe Ricci, Option Up is a night of music and stories about taking risks and facing challenges while trying to pave your way in the world… with a few high notes thrown in. We look forward to watching Stickler trust her instincts, close her eyes and leap!Peter Dinklage Performs Thrones Musical NumberIn the unlikely event that the plethora of Broadway faves taking part in the previously reported Red Nose Day, including co-host Jane Krakowski, still hadn’t convinced you to tune into NBC on May 21, this should do the trick. Check out below as stage and screen fave Peter Dinklage performs a musical number, penned by Coldplay, that pays tribute to Game of Thrones’ many dead characters—and his Tyrion Lannister’s survival. A stage adaptation led by Dinklage so needs to be in the works, right?!last_img read more

Capital Cases Commission setsAugust Death Penalty Seminar

first_imgThe legislature’s Commission on Capital Cases will be holding its third annual Death Penalty Seminar August 16-17 at the Hotel Royal Plaza at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista.Those interested can also attend by teleconference from sites in Jacksonville, Miami, Pensacola, Tallahassee, Tampa, and West Palm Beach. All those sites, except for Tallahassee, have a maximum seating capacity of 20. Tallahassee has 200. Private lawyers engaged by the state to represent capital defendants also can qualify for up to $500 to pay their expenses to attend CLE courses.The course carries 11 CLE credits, and is intended to conform to the new Florida Criminal Procedure Rule setting minimum standards for lawyers in capital cases.“It is encouraging to the court to see people who work with complicated and demanding death penalty cases take time from their busy schedules to attend this seminar,” Supreme Court Chief Justice Harry Lee Anstead wrote in an open letter to lawyers interested in the course. “The seminar’s subject matter is specifically designed to help participants with these difficult cases.The conference begins at 8:30 on Friday, August 18, with a introduction followed by a session on effective voir dire. After a break, there will be a talk on the penalty phase of death cases. Afternoon instruction will focus on initial pleading and presentation, and a case update. It will close with a panel discussion. Saturday morning will have instruction on the Antiterrorism and Death Penalty Act of 1996 and on Federal Practice — Pleadings and Forms.Cost for the conference is $150 at Orlando for those who register by August 1 and $180 after that date. For the teleconference sites, the cost is $90 by August 1, and $110 after August 1.For those attending at Orlando, hotel reservations, at $95 a night for up to three days before or after the conference, can be made by contacting the Hotel Royal Plaza at (800) 248-7890. Refer to the Commission on Capital Cases. Room reservations should be made by July 15.Participants can also register on-line for the conference, either at Orlando or any of the teleconference sites, at www.doce-conferences.ufl.edu/ccc. Other information can be obtained by contacting the University of Florida, Division of Continuing Education-Conferences, 2209 NW 13th St., Suite E, Gainesville 32609, phone (352) 392-1701, ext. 243, fax (352) 392-5437.Private registry attorneys with an active case can inquire about the state CLE stipend by calling the state Department of Banking and Finance at (850) 410-9294.The teleconference sites are:• Pensacola: General Daniel James Building, 160 Governmental Center.• Jacksonville: Duval Regional Service Center, Building C, Central Energy Plant, 921 North Davis St.• Tampa: Park Trammell Building, 1313 Tampa St.• Miami; Ruth Bryan Owen Rohde Building, 401 Northwest 2nd Ave.• West Palm Beach: Elisha Newton Dimick Building, Palm Beach Regional Service Center, 111 South Sapodilla Ave.• Tallahassee: Knott Building, 111 West Madison St. July 15, 2002 Regular News Capital Cases Commission sets August Death Penalty Seminarcenter_img Capital Cases Commission setsAugust Death Penalty Seminarlast_img read more

Security or unfamiliarity: What’s stopping mobile-payments adoption?

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Consumers over the years have shown they enjoy the convenience of digital banking and mobile payments. But, market surveys find time and time again that consumers remain uneasy about the security of their electronic transactions.That, in turn, has put financial institutions and fintech companies in a quandary: How do they provide products with top-notch security while making it easy for consumers to use things such as mobile wallets and in-app payments?That was one of many questions one panel at the recent Bank Customer Experience attempted to answer during a discussion about security and simplicity in electronic transactions.For the panelists who participated in this discussion, they agreed consumers’ security concerns might be more about unfamiliarity with certain products more than anything else. continue reading »last_img read more

RICS bats for flat owners

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Michael Owen names Unai Emery’s biggest problem at Arsenal after Standard Liege thrashing

first_imgMichael Owen has named Unai Emery’s biggest problem at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Michael Owen believes Unai Emery’s biggest problem at Arsenal is the form of Nicolas Pepe.Ivory Coast international Pepe has endured an underwhelming start to his Arsenal career following a £72million move from Lille in the summer.The 24-year-old has scored just once in nine appearances for the Gunners and admitted this week that his confidence has taken a hit.Pepe was benched for Arsenal’s Europa League clash against Standard Liege on Thursday and failed to make much of an impact after entering the fray with 24 minutes remaining.ADVERTISEMENT Michael Owen names Unai Emery’s biggest problem at Arsenal after Standard Liege thrashing Gabriel Martinelli scored twice as Arsenal thumped Standard Liege (Picture: Getty)‘Pepe, is he going to get into the team? It’s a massive amount of money they paid for him and it looks like Lille are laughing all the way to the bank on that one.‘It’s still early days and maybe the player will turn it around. But I haven’t really seen anything that I have expected to see.’It was a memorable night for Gabriel Martinelli at the Emirates, with the teenage striker scoring two goals and setting up another to give Arsenal victory over Standard Liege.MORE: Gabriel Martinelli sets Arsenal record as Unai Emery’s Gunners thump Standard Liege Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 3 Oct 2019 11:06 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link440Sharescenter_img Record signing Nicolas Pepe is struggling (Picture: Getty)Arsenal cruised to a 4-0 victory against the Belgian side but Emery will be starting to become concerned by record signing Pepe, according to Premier League legend Owen.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘We’re talking about a lot of positives for Arsenal but there’s one negative niggling away at the moment and that’s Pepe,’ Owen told BT Sport.‘I was excited by him, I watched him in the French league, he looked a very good player. He started the season, first game he looks as though he had a bag of tricks.‘But he’s just gone off the boil and that’s a huge investment for anybody but it’s a huge investment for Arsenal especially.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I would have liked to have seen him come on and play really well today against an average team, show his stuff and get a bit of confidence, because that’s a concern I think.’Gunners hero Martin Keown has also been disappointed by Pepe so far this season and says the £72m deal could turn out to be a costly mistake from his former club.‘If you think back to Arsene Wenger he would have never blocked a path of a young player. They are in danger of doing that with Saka,’ Keown said. Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Jens Lehmann recalls the time Arsene Wenger grappled with Sir Alex Ferguson in Old Trafford tunnel

first_imgArsene Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson were rivals for over a decade (Picture: Getty)Arsenal hero Jens Lehmann has recalled the moment that Gunners boss Arsene Wenger squared up to Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson in the Old Trafford tunnel.The Gunners took a vital early step towards their Invincible season in 2003 when they claimed a 0-0 draw at the Theatre of Dreams in just the sixth game of the season,Ruud van Nistelrooy had the opportunity to grab all three points for United in injury time but he saw his effort from the penalty spot cannon off the crossbar.That miss, of course, resulted in the now infamous Battle of Old Trafford with all 22 players involved in a brawl on the pitch at the final whistle.ADVERTISEMENT Wenger left Arsenal in 2018 (Picture: Getty)‘He grabbed him and each of them were very angry with each other and almost started to fight with each other.‘It wasn’t about me or the players it was more about the manager.‘I came in late and I remember that there were two crowds of people confront each other and I spilt some of my water onto them, accidentally of course.‘It was funny to watch, I wasn’t involved. You always expect me to be involved but I wasn’t in this situation.‘We were talking (on the Monday at the training ground) but we were waiting for fines to be handed out and of course to United.’MORE: Jens Lehmann reveals Nike ball was to blame for Arsenal’s Champions League defeat against Chelsea Jens Lehmann recalls the time Arsene Wenger grappled with Sir Alex Ferguson in Old Trafford tunnel A brawl eruopted on the pitch (Picture: Getty) Advertisement Keown was fined for his part in the brawl (Picture: Getty)The fight continued into the tunnel, where Ferguson was famously on the end of a thrown pizza from youngster Cesc Fabregas.AdvertisementAdvertisementHowever, the Scot’s eventful afternoon didn’t end there according to Lehmann. The German claims that Ferguson was involved in a bust-up with Wenger in the tunnel, with the Frenchman grappling the Scot in anticipation of a fight. I remember after that game I wasn’t looking into the eyes of my teammates I was looking into the eyes of Arsene,’ Lehmann told BeIN Sports. ‘He was having Alex Ferguson at a short distance like that [clenches fist]. Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSunday 3 May 2020 9:27 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.5kShareslast_img read more

Michael Bollenbacher

first_imgMichael Bollenbacher, 64, of Lawrenceburg, IN, formerly of Hamilton, Ohio, passed away Sunday, March 27, 2016 in Lawrenceburg, IN.He was born Tuesday, August 7, 1951 in Hamilton, Ohio, Son of the late Glenn Bollenbacher and the late Irma Lakes Bollenbacher.In his younger years Michael enjoyed camping and swimming. He liked to work with leather, making belts and wallets. He loved to be around people and was a great story teller.Surviving are sister, Glenda (John) Uhlmansiek of Aurora, IN; niece, D.J. (William) Brandt of Washington Courthouse, OH; nephew, Ray (Jennifer) Uhlmansiek of Florence, KY; great nieces, Abbie and Megan Brandt.He was preceded in death by his parents.Services will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 6168 Martha Drive North, Aurora, Indiana on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at 11:00 am with Bishop Eric Barnett officiating.Interment will follow with graveside services at Venice Cemetery, Ross, Ohio.Contributions may be made to the Arthritis Foundation. If you are unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

KMPDU issues strike notice over unresolved CBA

first_imgThe KMPDU Secretary-General also went ahead to state that healthcare workers’ infections in Kenya were well over 1000 yet they had not been provided with a comprehensive cover.“Six months into the pandemic the Government of Kenya is yet to fulfil its pledge on the provision of comprehensive medical insurance and compensation for those who have lost their lives in the line of duty,” he said.Also Read  Govt moves to resolve land allocation dispute in East MauDr Mwachonda at the same time attributed the disrupted healthcare services at the county level to the unresolved Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) issues between the National Government and KMPDU.“The CBA is in its final year of implementation, several issues remain unresolved. Failure to fully operationalise the CBA has directly been linked to the scattered approaches that individual county governments and the national government have taken,” he said.Also Read  Relief for families as MOH revises Covid-19 burial protocolsThis, Dr Mwachonda added, has been evidenced by the various industrial actions across the counties and the myriad of court cases against many county governments.The KMPDU Secretary-General further said that the lack of resolving the CBA had also caused some doctors to be denied of the gains of on-call and risk allowances.The solution to all the above issues as Dr Mwachinda said was the creation of a Health Service Commission which would address myriad of HR challenges the country has faced pre-COVID, worsened by COVID. The Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU) has Monday issued a strike notice if their challenges remain unresolved. KMPDU Ag Secretary-General Dr Chibanzi Mwachonda through a presser said: “because of persistent failure and lacklustre approach to address the HRH challenges endemic, in the health sector worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic, KMPDU has resolved to consult and mobilise its members for industrial action if challenges remained unresolved.”Among their grievances according to Dr Mwachonda is that the Government had withdrawn the incentive of the COVID-19 allowance, an incentive which was withdrawn with no commitment or indication of its payment despite the increased risk that healthcare workers continue to face.Also Read  COVID-19: Kenya records 98 new cases, 62 recoveries, 2 deaths “It is now evident that the focus on COVID-19 was skewed towards procurement that bore the COVID-19 tenderpreneurs at the expense of the much-needed human resource for health,” Dr Mwachonda said.Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153last_img read more