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NYC restaurants must spin, some sharply, in reopening

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The long locking of the coronavirus will force New York City restaurant owners to pivot when they finally start welcoming customers – and some pivots will be sharper than others.

Stratis Morfogen, founder of Philippe Chow and co-founder of Brooklyn Chop House, prepares to open his new concept, the Brooklyn Dumpling Shop, in the East Village just before the COVID-19 hit.

500 square feet of space on St. Marks Place and First Avenue, a 24/7 operation featuring 32 types of dumplings including peanut butter and jam, matzo ball soup, and dumplings with vanilla ice cream, initially planned to offer Shack-style shack pickup counters and limited seating.

However, two weeks after being locked up, Morfogen changed almost everything. The shop – now scheduled to open in July – swears zero human interaction. Instead of servers behind the counter, customers will be greeted by an 11 foot high locker wall, which will contain steaming hot dumpling orders.

“When the restaurant reopens, no one will say,” Do you feel like Chinese or Italian tonight? “” Will, ‘Where do you feel safest?’

Restaurants planning summer reopening and reopening introduce masks and disposable menus, measure customer temperatures and pressure the city for more free time to serve outdoor visitors.

But in the case of the Brooklyn Dumpling Shop, hungry guests will get a high-tech experience that is lacking in human touch.

The front of the shop will be managed by a single greeter wearing face masks and gloves, of course, who will signal to customers through a device that can scan body temperature.

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If a protector draws a red light instead of a green light, it could mean they have a fever – or maybe they are holding a cup of hot coffee. For the final decision, the greeter guides the customer to a wall unit that requires wrist temperature. If the second reading lands in the red zone, sorry, there are no dumplings, according to Morfogen.

Only two customers will be allowed to enter the store at one time (versus capacity 10 planned for the previous design). After logging in, customers who haven’t ordered from their cell phones can visit one of two self-ordered kiosks.

The kiosk is equipped with a heat sensing screen that can detect fingers and credit cards that hover over it and which do not need to be touched. After finishing waving fingers and credit cards on it, the customer finally faces the locker wall.

“Lockers change from red, when your order comes in, to yellow, which means two minutes, to green, when you scan the phone on the keypad, the locker opens, and you take your food and leave,” Morfogen said.

Cook placing orders in individual lockers, further limiting contact between the kitchen and customers. Lockers are also heated and hygienically disinfected, Morphogen noted.

What’s more, “this is very cost effective. You save three people every 24 hours. “

The Brooklyn Dumpling Shop may be more suitable for this installation than most restaurants. Even before the virus, the plan was to show off a giant stainless steel machine in the front window capable of removing 30,000 dumplings per hour.

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“We call it the dumpling lab,” Morfogen said, with plans for the machine to supply future locations apart from the Eastern Village flagship. “I hope we need it!”

The automatic locker system, developed by Apex Supply Chain Technologies based in Chicago, is far from a vending machine, and costs about $ 100,000 depending on software options.

Chief Executive Mike Wills said the “scan-and-go” technology, which was first used at airports and water parks, will get an attraction with post-COVID restaurants.

However, such newfangled technology is still largely unfamiliar to most industry players, as is the idea of ​​a zero-human restaurant interaction.

“This might happen but this is not a broad trend I’ve ever heard of,” said Andrew Rigie, executive director of the NYC Hospitality Alliance.

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Eternal Portuguese deja vu – Renaissance

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At the end of the summer of 1972, exactly half a century ago, SEDES – Associação para o Desenvolvimento Económico e Social (the most famous reformist think tank during Marseilles) issued a document for the country entitled “Portugal: The country we are, the country we want to be “. The Marseille spring had already turned into autumn: Américo Thomas had just been re-elected, the colonial war had dragged on, repression had intensified, and an economic crisis was already brewing. Seeing the general frustration, and at the same time willing to go against it, the signatories of CEDES began by asking “Where will we be and how will we be in 1980?” to criticize the obstacles that overshadowed Portugal in the early 1970s.

Among the “problems that are getting worse without a solution”, emigration stood out, indicating the country’s inability to offer better living and working conditions to those who left; the growing inflationary process, reflected in the cost of living; the inevitability of economic integration in Europe when the country is not ready for international commercial competition; “disaggregation of regional economies” with “continuous depopulation of municipalities and regions” within the country; or “deterioration of public administration” when the government fails to promote a “prestigious, moralized, revitalized and efficient public sector”. “No one will have any difficulty,” continued the text, “to add to a new list of urgent questions that seriously endanger national life, about which much has been said and which, year after year, continue to wait for a sufficient solution.” Therefore, “the prevailing feeling in the country” in contemplation of the recent past and present could not but be “annoyance at urgent battles, the need for which was endlessly discussed, at decisions that were changed or postponed, and at rejected goals” or which were not clearly formulated ” .

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Between “untapped resources” and/or “lack of organizational and decision-making capacity” there was “widespread anxiety” stemming from the inevitable observation that “we are very far from the results that we could achieve thanks to the progress of the Portuguese and Portugal”. This was the macro goal of the reformist, humanist and liberalizing technocrats that SEDES brought together. “Ultimately,” they reminded Marcelo Cayetano, “the real obstacle can only be associated with the low political priority of economic and social development in our country.” So, in short, there was an urgent need to “radically change our economic, social and political way of life”, since “a national balance based on general anemia, repression and weakening of various participants” is unsustainable and pernicious.

SEDES did not know that the Estado Novo would fall in April 1974, that democracy would come in 1976, and Europe from the EEC (after EFTA) in 1986 of repression, finally gained the freedom that was discussed between the lines of the 1972 manifesto ., there would be conditions for solving (almost) all economic and social problems of development and cohesion.

Fifty years have passed since this manifesto, and almost the same number has already been in democracy. However, if we compare the above quotes with the Portuguese present, the feeling of deja vu is indescribable. SEDES wondered what the country would be like in 1980 and is wondering today (in its recent study “Ambition: Doubling GDP in 20 Years”) where we will be in 2040. It may be a replay of a sad fate: knowing (some) where to go, but never getting there!

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Algeria interested in Portuguese companies investing in renewable energy – Observer

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Foreign Minister João Gomes Cravinho met this Wednesday with his Algerian counterpart Ramtan Lamamra, who expressed interest in Portuguese companies investing in Algeria’s solar and wind energy.

Speaking with Lusa, João Cravinho also said that for 2023 it was decided to hold a “high-level meeting chaired by the prime ministers” of the two countries, a meeting to be held in Algiers, in addition to the state visit of the President of Algeria. Algeria to Portugal.

The Portuguese foreign minister said today’s visit to Algeria, where he was with Ramtan Lamamra, whom he has known since 2005 when he was ambassador to Lisbon, is “based on old knowledge”, but also a visit to a country that “does not to be a neighbor”, shares “a lot of fears”. “Not being a neighboring country, it almost shares many concerns about the region, the Mediterranean, the European Union’s relationship with Africa and the Arab world. It was important for us to talk about what we can do together as part of the geopolitical and geo-economic transformation,” he explained.

João Cravinho stressed that the issue of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was a factor “which could not but be the subject of dialogue”, and also added that “geo-economic issues related to energy, renewable energy sources and the opportunities that come with the digital transition” also were on the table.

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“While Algeria is a major exporter of fossil fuels, it is also a country with huge potential in terms of solar and wind energy. We have very qualified companies in these areas, and the Algerian side has expressed interest in [ter] Portuguese investors in these areas,” the minister said.

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The official said that it would be a matter of working with the Portuguese Agency for Investment and Foreign Trade (AICEP), with the Secretary of State for Internationalization, as well as with a sectoral ministry, namely the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change. A “high-level meeting chaired by the prime ministers” of the two countries is scheduled for 2023, a meeting to be held in Algiers, in addition to the Algerian President’s state visit to Portugal.

“We have a very busy calendar between the two countries. Now we will try to organize a mixed commission, where technical specialists from both countries will gather,” he said, stressing that there are “14 legal documents that are practically finalized and will be signed” in 2023.

João Gomes Cravinho was on a visit to Algiers today to assess bilateral relations in the economic sphere, as well as in terms of cooperation, language and culture, and to discuss international issues.

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PORTUGUESE PARACHET JUMP IN THE NETHERLANDS

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Members of the Airborne Operational Battalion of the Parachute Regiment of the Portuguese Army during the annual Falcon Jump exercise on September 17, 2022 over the Ede launch zone, 18 km west of Arnhem, in the province of Gelderland, the Netherlands. A Portuguese skydiver is equipped with a SPEKON RS 2000 parachute from the German manufacturer SPEKON Sächsische Spezialkonfekion GmbH. Above him are US paratroopers with T-11 parachutes.

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The annual Falcon Leap 2022 exercise, based in Eindhoven, in the south of the Netherlands, took place from 5 to 16 September 2022 in the Netherlands and Belgium. During the first week, the exercise focused on cargo drop operations, and the second week focused on drop operations. It was attended by more than 1 thousand soldiers representing 13 countries, including Portugal, with the participation of the Operational Detachment of 22 soldiers from the Airborne Operational Battalion of the Parachute Regiment of the Ground Forces.

The exercise officially ended on September 17, 2022, commemorating the 78th anniversary of Operation Market Garden, which began on the same day in 1944, during World War II, as part of the largest airborne operation in which more than 40,000 troops serving in the 1st Airborne Division of Great Britain, the 1st Independent Parachute Brigade of Poland, the 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions of the United States of America. These commemorations were marked by the launch of paratroopers over the original drop zones of the Operation.

The photo was taken by the Polish soldier M. Benek, seconded to the 6th Airborne Brigade (BPD) – Brigadier General Stanisław Sosabowski, a unit that is the result of the historical legacy of the 1st Separate Polish Airborne Brigade, which jumped during the operation ” Bazaar Garden “, in 1944 under the command of General. Stanislav Sosabovsky – whose name is a suffix (as patron) of the current unit.

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