CARMEN celebrate as they fly high

first_imgKeep an eye for stockist of the Reserva version of the Carmenere that retails at €11.99. LITERALLY, launching their new “Explore to Discover” campaign, the people behind Carmen took to the skies of Kildare recently and thanks to a competition running over a number of weeks on the FFT page, one lucky winner will get to taste the air and a the delights of CARMEN wines in a hot air balloon ride over Adare, Co Limerick.  Dawn O’Loughlin of Cappanuke, Cappamore Co Limerick was first out of the hat to win the trip courtesy of the Chilean Wine brand and Edward Dillon and Co wines.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The launch, to coincide with the competition saw Sebastian Labbe, Carmen winemaker, explained that the brand is the oldest in Chile as it dates back to 1850. And as one of the most diversified producers in terms of terroir, their range scans some 50 countries through the export market, Ireland being one that some of the closest link have been established. Sebastian told of the company’s delight on the discovery some 18 years ago of the once lost Carmenere grape that he says is so “fitting to have been found and rediscovered at their vineyards”. The grape is now the foundation up their “iconic brand” in the Gran Reserva, Carmenere from the Apalta region. This premium offering is now linked and sits atop of the Discovery, Reserva, Gran Reserva and Wine Makers ranges that make up the essence and character associated with Carmen wines. There is a belief in the wine making at the South American vineyards that is poured into every bottle throughout the range. From the entry level Discovery range through to the 100 per cent Carmenere, the stylish aspirational brand oozes every time. Carmenere  – Gran reservaA host of excellent wines are on offer from the Chilean wine makers and the Carmenere was the one to watch. At an RRP in the region of €14.99, this wine punches well above its price point and for anyone with a hint of sense will pick this up and judge for themselves. With slightly sweet spicy notes, the wine is aged in new oak that ironically is deep rooted in style. Think of red peppers as opposed to the taste of green ones and you are just touching on the immediate taste and flavours. There is a richness and ripeness to the wine and gone is the green leaf hints that can hang on the coat tails of big wines. To the pepper, add chocolate and a hint of darker fruits. With a generosity the gentle but voluptuous tannins certainly do not offend but remain firm and concentrated. It’s a classic with a new penetrating approach. Something that can and will deliver quite a surprise to those who let it in. Advertisement Print Twitter WhatsApp Email NewsCARMEN celebrate as they fly highBy admin – September 8, 2011 637 Linkedin Facebook Previous articleBreakdown of law and order brings hopelessness, Kenny toldNext articleDublin college in talks to purchase HSI adminlast_img read more

Great Minds Require Great Machines

first_imgManufacturing & AEC (Architecture, engineering, and construction) have always been extremely innovative sectors – from the development of new, sustainable building materials and tracking sensors in concrete to the design of smart infrastructures to serve communities of the future. Business leaders and engineers in this sector are constantly pushing boundaries and looking to make improvements to their work flows.That hunger for innovation was apparent at Autodesk University 2018 earlier this month. With around 11,000 professionals in attendance and hundreds of workshops, the event was an opportunity for experts across all disciplines to come together to discuss the key challenges affecting the industry. In true engineering style, it was all about developing solutions for current issues but also looking ahead at new trends and opportunities.In addition to showcasing the latest in Dell workstations, rugged devices, and displays, Dell experts were on hand to answer any technology questions, participate in industry panels and host informative classes and presentations. We also partnered with Intel, NVIDIA, HTC, TechViz and AMD to share innovative VR and AR solutions designed to drive collaborative product development and problem-solving without the need for in-person or on-location meetings. Here are some of my key insights from the show:Engineers create that which has never beenRegardless of whether you’re an architect, city planner, engineer or factory floor worker, there’s often pressure to keep pace with shorter development cycles and achieve faster time to market. However, the competitive nature of these industries and the constant focus on driving efficiency doesn’t mean that businesses should only focus on doing the same thing but faster. Innovative processes, solutions and perspectives are key factors in these sectors and customers in these fields recognize you are only as productive as your tools (especially technology) enable you to be.Digging deeper into AIArtificial Intelligence and Machine Learning is not new to those manufacturing or generative engineering, but the exploration of new AI capabilities is ramping up. Everyone recognizes that AI and automation will eliminate the most mundane tasks, freeing IT to think more strategically – the question most businesses are asking is how new AI technologies can be adopted and implemented without causing disruption. Many Dell customers are already reaping the benefits of technology investments into AI, maybe without even realizing it. Dell Precision workstations include the Dell Precision Optimizer software and our Premium version includes Artificial-Intelligence-based software to maximize application performance.The right tools for the job are vitalVirtual prototyping, digital simulations and analysis has become a basic need in this industry, and engineers are vocal about what they need to get the job done, whether it’s fast interactive performance, high powered CPU, or specific GPUs for visualization, or a powerhouse of a workstation that is also light enough to carry into meetings. Our Dell Precision portfolio spans 2-in-1, mobile, tower and rack solutions, certified with key ISV applications and tailored to a diverse range of professional roles, workflows and environments. However, customers are also looking at their broader workstation ecosystem to help drive intuitive and immersive productivity – from Dell’s award-winning displays to Ready for VR devices and the Dell Canvas.Great minds require great machines, and it’s our great honor to power the future of product innovation with the entire Dell suite of powerful, purpose-built technology. We have a broad range of workstations to suit your needs – for help in identifying the ideal system for your workflows, check out our Dell Precision Workstation Advisor tool or speak with one of our dedicated workstation specialists. Learn more at read more

Outstanding member service critical for future success

first_img 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,David Clendaniel David Clendaniel is an inspirational and strategic leader that translates business strategies into programs and products to improve the quality of life for members, employees, and community. After being raised … Web: Details Superior member service has been a constant for credit unions. Throughout my career, credit unions have scored better than the banking industry on satisfaction, friendliness and trust factors. Studies show that outstanding service is a tremendous competitive advantage and produces better member retention and growth. For the first time consumer satisfaction with banks rate as high as credit unions, according to the 2018 American Customer Satisfaction Index Finance and Insurance Report. Both industries had a score of 81. Alarmingly, closer inspection reveals that credit unions have scored lower than regional and community banks for the last two years.Overall, in-person service at credit unions is marginally better than banks (89 vs. 88).  However, credit unions lag in mobile banking, selection of financial services, clarity of account information, and opening new accounts or making changes to accounts.The erosion of credit unions’ service superiority over banks coincides with the increased usage of electronic services being the preferred method for consumers to conduct their transactions. Credit unions and banks are not immune to the current retail shift to self-service through technology. A byproduct of this change is the increased commoditization of banking products. It’s hard to imagine another industry that has been impacted as much as credit unions over the last 30 years, beginning with pushing members to use ATMs to the current state where we want members to conduct their transactions and account maintenance on-line. While trying to minimize and control costs, we, in effect, hastened their abandonment of the branches for the internet. The unintended consequences of this transition to electronic service delivery makes for the phenomenon that, while members become more digitally connected to their credit unions their personal relationships are being eliminated. The impact of commoditization makes it difficult for credit unions to differentiate on in-person service. In order to improve member experience in this environment, leaders must first understand the “member experience”. Simply put, we must examine ourselves from our members’ point of view – both internal and external members. Richard Branson, founder of The Virgin Group says “Take care of your employees and they’ll take care of your business”. This advice holds true for credit unions, although I like to state it a little differently. It is my belief that if you take care of your internal members, they will take care of the external members who then will take care of the bottom line.Credit union leaders must be actively engaged with their members – internal and external – to create a member centric environment. Remember our business model is people. Therefore, service standards and policies must provide staff the flexibility needed to address human issues. Rigid procedures kill service and employee engagement. Conversely, a culture built upon the ideals of service rallies employees around the mission, permitting them to resolve member issues with ingenuity and increases the willingness to identify potential credit union solutions (selling) for the member. This probably sounds idealistic, and it’s surely easier said than done. Then why go through this exercise? The payoff can be huge – enhancing the member experience and satisfaction can boost member engagement and increase member loyalty, expand a credit union’s share of wallet, attract new members, and drive overall growth. Gallup research shows that building emotional bonds with customers can net an average of 23% higher per-customer revenue. Other Gallup surveys showed a customer who is “emotionally connected” to a place of business is likely to spend 46% more money than a customer who is merely “satisfied” but not emotionally bonded. Other research indicates that as much as 70% of purchase decisions are made on emotional, not economic, criteria.As more member contact and interactions transfer to electronic delivery channels, outstanding service, regardless of delivery method is an absolute. The degree of difficulty in providing exceptional service has magnified due to the varied expectations of members, increased competition and the commoditization of our products and services. Meeting the golden rule, “Do Unto Others As I Wish Would Be Done To Me” is no longer enough. Today, outstanding service providers must operate under the Platinum Rule, “Do Unto Me As I Expect”.Credit unions must ensure they meet the Platinum Rule standard through all delivery channels to flourish. To achieve this, you need to:Focus on who you serve and how you serve them.Be open about your processes to enhance experience, build trust, and increase understanding.Review procedures and eliminate outhouse and folk lore procedures (outdated, unnecessary and/or burdensome processes). Provide pertinent and personalized financial advice and/or solutions to members electronically and in-person.Ensure that internal silos and the myriad of deployed software solutions do not create obstacles for members. Walk that fine line between compliance and service – do not place the onus of compliance on members.If a choice between profit and member must be made, choose the member. – We are “People Helping People.”last_img read more

USC and Oregon a clash of cultures

first_imgWhen USC and Oregon meet on the football field Saturday night in Eugene, Ore., there will be more on the line than the Ducks’ recently reinvigorated BCS title hopes.The future of the Pac-12 conference is at stake.The Trojans and Ducks have combined to win the last nine conference titles and Oregon is in prime position to extend that run this year. The Ducks have lost only one Pac-12 game under offensive mastermind coach Chip Kelly. The Trojans have looked as good in their last five games as they had in 2008 and seem ready to reemerge on the national stage.Saturday’s game affords USC the opportunity to prove that while it can’t compete in the 2011 conference championship game as part of a postseason ban, the Trojans are prepared to challenge Oregon’s hegemony at the top of the Pac-12. If there’s a team that can do it, it’s USC.As well as Stanford has played the last two seasons, the departure of previous coach Jim Harbaugh to the NFL last season was a crushing blow to the program.Harbaugh has shown he can flat out coach with the San Francisco 49ers and it was his recruiting more than quarterback Andrew Luck’s passing that turned the Cardinal around from a perennial bottom feeder into a top-10 team.The Trojans used to rule West Coast football under then-coach Pete Carroll, so much so that the old Pac-10 was often referred to as “USC and the nine dwarves.”A few down seasons, a coaching change and NCAA sanctions later for USC, it’s now Oregon that is the preeminent football program in the Pacific Time Zone.For all their recent shared success, the programs couldn’t be more dissimilar.It’s one of college football’s most tradition-steeped programs against new Nike money. It’s the pro-style, made for the NFL offense against the innovative, flavor-of-the-month spread attack. It’s classic cardinal and gold against an ever-changing, neon array of green and yellow.In their most recent two meetings, the Trojans — like all of the Ducks’ non-SEC opponents over the last two years — have struggled to keep up with Oregon’s speed and trickery on offense. The Ducks have piled up a combined 1,212 yards of total offense — including 702 yards rushing — in the teams’ last two contests.This season, USC’s defense is much improved. The Trojans have given up 17 points or less in four of their last five games and are ranked eighth in the nation in rushing defense.The battle for Pac-12 supremacy has picked up off the field too, as the Ducks have used their recent success to recruit some of California’s most talented high school players. Oregon’s biggest recruiting coup came early last February, when Los Angeles native De’Anthony Thomas — the No. 5 recruit in the class of 2011 according to — chose to play for the Ducks, reversing an earlier commitment to USC.The fact that Thomas played prep ball at Crenshaw High School — less than 10 minutes from USC’s campus —  and that he received his “Black Mamba” nickname from family friend and ardent USC supporter Snoop Dogg made the spurning even more difficult for Trojan fans.Thomas has flourished as freshman tailback in Kelly’s spread offense, leading the Ducks in receiving and kick returns while piling up 13 total touchdowns and averaging eight yards per carry.The fact that Thomas’ decision came down to USC or Oregon is a testament to how bright the future looks for both teams.Oregon’s ability to plug in players at quarterback (freshman Bryan Bennett has filled in admirably for starter Darron Thomas at times this season) and running back (De’Anthony Thomas splits time with Heisman Trophy hopeful LaMichael James and speedy Kenjon Barner) without missing a beat makes the Ducks less reliant on winning every recruiting battle.In recent weeks, it’s become clear that USC’s biggest asset is its youth.In the Trojans’ 40-17 win over Washington, only two of USC’s 22 starters (fullback Rhett Ellison and defensive tackle Christian Tupou) are redshirt seniors. Some of its biggest stars — leading receivers Robert Woods and Marqise Lee, top tacklers Dion Bailey and Hayes Pullard and shut-down cornerback Nickell Robey — are freshmen and sophomores.If the Trojans’ junior signal caller Matt Barkley does in fact decide to return for his senior season next year, the Trojans and Ducks will likely both start 2012 ranked in the nation’s top 10. Next year’s game in Los Angeles could potentially mean a lot more for both teams, especially for the Trojans.Consider this Saturday’s game, then, a national platform for USC and Oregon to stake their claim as kings of the Pac-12 going forward.With another blowout victory, Oregon would remove any doubt regarding their title of best in the west.If USC can pull of what would be a shocking upset, they will serve the whole country a notice: Trojan football has returned.As far as statement games go, they don’t get much bigger than this. “Sellin’ the Sizzle” runs Wednesdays. To comment on this article, visit or email Jonathan at [email protected]last_img read more

Group brews auction gift that keeps on giving

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena- Steve Jakubcin, Eric Granata, Brad Przeslawski, and Rich Houchin bid on one of the most unique auction items you can win.They were able to go on a trip down to Mountain Town Brewery in Mt. Pleasant to brew their own beer. They won the gift at the United Way auction back in September and now, they are able to taste the fruits of their labor. The group call the beer “Thunder Bay Fog,” a New England Style IPA. The beer debuts tonight at the Fresh Palate and $1 of each pint purchased will be donated to the United Way of Northeast Michigan. That money will help the organization reach their goal of $215,000.The beer will be available until it runs out. For Jakubcin, it’s a gift that keeps on giving. Video Courtesy: Steve JakubcinPhoto Courtesy: United Way of Northeast MichiganSpecial Thanks: Fresh PalateSpecial Thanks: Huron DistributorsAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Alpena Senior Citizens Center Denim & Diamonds Fundraiser to Benefit Future ProgramsNext Field Trip Friday Visits STARBASE Alpenalast_img read more