Passenger transport software specialist Omnibus says it has been working “non-stop” to bring several initiatives to market. They have helped customers to adopt a new way of working and allowed them to react quickly and effectively during the coronavirus COVID-19 crisis.The work has been designed to address and simplify the “unique requirements” necessary to operate under the current conditions, such as managing staff safely while maintaining social distancing.The next generation of CrewPLAN.NET is Omnibus’ award-winning automatic crew scheduling software. Its enhanced functionality gives increased constraint flexibility. An improved algorithm also gives operators greater control and can deliver even greater efficiencies.CrewPLAN.NET also now accounts for variations in opening and closing times of canteens to ensure that they are available for other staff at certain times of the day.Meanwhile, to assist with the management of social distancing, OmniBASE has a new meal break graph to show how many duties are on break at any given time.Users of OmniDAS module myDAS Touch now have a remote sign-on facility. It is used by scanning a QR code at a virtual sign-on point. That enables staff to comply with social distancing. Furthermore, additional codes have been set up to assist operators when they are furloughing staff. It ensures that once those employees are required again, they can be made available quickly.Omnibus says it has received much positive feedback from customers using the new features. They have confirmed that the software has allowed them to react quickly and effectively to the challenges posed by coronavirus COVID-19.Says Omnibus Managing Director Peter Crichton: “It’s great to be part of such a positive industry, which has show unwavering determination to carry on and overcome all of the obstacles that the current situation has brought.“We’re always working hard to deliver more. That has never been more important. As we start the phased exit from lockdown, our aim is to give our customers the tools they need to make life easier. We are happy to provide support, advice, assistance and consultancy as the industry works hard to re-establish its services.”
ABC Audio(NEW YORK) — Ahead of her Apple TV+ drama series, See, co-starring Jason Momoa, Alfre Woodard is reflecting on another one of her dramas: her Netflix film Juanita.The film followed Woodard as the titular character, a woman who tries to reinvent herself after she gets fed up with taking care of her grown children. Even though it was a drama, Juanita provided Woodard with a way to flex her comedic skills, an opportunity which the actress tells ABC Audio she readily welcomed.She laughs, “My husband wrote that for me. Because he… knows me. He and my children know me and yeah… Juanita and I, we definitely could go to Bella Noche.” Bella Noche is the bar Juanita frequents in the movie.The film, which came out in March, is based on a book by Sheila Williams called Dancing on the Edge of the Roof. Woodard, who also served as an executive producer on the film, says she definitely interested in getting more projects that allow her to show her humorous side on screen. “I am a literate person, so if anybody’s got great books like Sheila Williams, then, you know, talk to me about them,” she says. “You want to see me– if you want me to make you laugh, I will. Just send me the script.” Meanwhile, See will be available on Apple TV+ on November 1. Juanita is currently streaming on Netflix.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
The Social Development Commission’s (SDC) Walderston Cluster of Primary Schools Spelling Bee Competition is serving to encourage competitive academic participation among other educational institutions across Manchester.The competition, which is in its second year, was held from April 10 to May 14. It involved 42 grade-four and five students from seven primary schools, participating in three rounds of matches.Students fielded words from various subject areas covered, in preparation for sitting the Primary Exit Profile (PEP).“This competition has been an exciting one, and from this staging all other divisions (in Manchester) have expressed an interest in developing spelling bee and math competitions,” SDC Public Relations Manager, Mandel McKulsky, said in an interview with JIS News.“Competitions like this are part of the SDC’s newest programme – Community Education Support Programme (CESP). Through this programme, we will be forming a number of SDC clubs in schools to help support this effort,” he added.The finals were held at the Top Hill Primary School, with the team from Mount Olivet Primary placing first and Devon Primary and Chantilly Primary schools placing second and third, respectively.Top Girl of the Walderston Cluster of Primary Schools Spelling Bee Competition, Gaveena Lewis of the Chantilly Primary School, is awarded a trophy, tablet computer and $5,000 for her performance in the competition by Councillor of the Walderston Division, Leroy Mitchell. The finals of the spelling bee competition were held at the Top Hill Primary School in Manchester.Others participating were Mizpah Primary, Bethany Primary, Zion Hill Primary and Top Hill Primary schools.Along with individual and team prizes, the top boy and girl spellers of the competition were awarded full scholarships to the Holmwood Technical High School in Manchester.“The Commission will continue to give support to schools for activities such as this Spelling Bee Competition through the CESP. SDC endorses activities such as this, as it provides youths with a direct forum to become involved in their schools and communities and further develop civic pride,” Mr. McKulsky said.The competition was conceptualised by Councillor of the Walderston Division, Leroy Mitchell, and hosted in partnership with the SDC.