first_imgA biodegradable material that looks and performs like standard OPP film has been launched into the UK by NATIONAL FLEXIBLE (Bradford). Now being trialled by several bakery/sandwich firms, early indications show that it provides a lightweight, competitively-priced clear film for flowrapping retail products. Tests show that it breaks down to carbon dioxide, water and biomass, leaving no toxins.last_img


first_imgI am absolutely thrilled for Martin Lightbody! The celebration cake maker who also makes bakery snacks has agreed to sell the company to Finsbury Foods for £37.5m (see pg 4). Martin led the sale of Lightbody’s 26 retail shops in 1995 to set up a wholesale company. In that time he and his team have driven turnover from zero to £50m.While one may lament that the proposed acquisition by Finsbury means the end of a 100-year-old independent family company, you also have to look at the benefits it will bring. Martin tells me he is looking forward to driving innovation in other parts of Finsbury Food, where he will shortly be the major shareholder with almost 30% of the overall shares. He is relishing the thought of his new role as strategic development director and entering the Baking Industry Awards, where his past trophies are testament to Lightbody’s success.The proposed deal also means more opportunities in cross-selling because while Lightbody has Marks & Spencer and Carrefour as customers, Finsbury has the Co-op, Tesco and Waitrose, for example. Group turnover will now shoot up to £140m a year and group staffing to 2,500.Finsbury Food, which owns several premium cake companies and two bakeries, is run by chief executive Dave Brooks, who, like Martin Lightbody has boundless enthusiasm, tempered by commercial and common sense. The chartered management accountant was appointed chief executive of Finsbury in November 2002 and has led growth of the group by acquisition. Lightbody is the best buy yet.Also this week, a new supermarket is coming to town in the shape of Whole Foods Market (pgs 6,24). I have always been struck by the fact that there have been no words to bridge the gap between organic and standard foods. All that may be about to change. The debut of Whole Foods in this country in June, with its emphasis on the word ’natural’ (no artificial additives, colours, flavours or preservatives) may mean we see a lot more ’natural’ breads and cakes.But across the whole bakery sector, the problem would be one of policing. Organic, which we focus on this week and next, means you have to have accreditation from a specific body. ’Natural’ would be nigh impossible to monitor.last_img read more

Niles woman, 57, injured in crash in Milton Township

first_img (Photo supplied/Cass County Sheriff’s Office) A Niles woman was injured in a crash in Milton Township.Cass County Sheriff’s deputies were called around 2:20 p.m. on Saturday, June 13, to Bertrand Street and Ironwood Road, Milton Township, Cass County Michigan. A vehicle driven by a 55-year-old of Elkhart man was traveling eastbound on Bertrand Street and disregarded a stop sign at the intersection of Bertrand and Ironwood Road. The second driver, a 57-year-old woman from Niles, was proceeding through the intersection after stopping. The man did not see the stop sign and struck the side of the woman’s vehicle, according to the Cass County Sheriff’s Office.The woman was transported by EMS to South Bend Memorial Hospital for her injuries. Seat belts were worn. Factors into the crash are still being determined. Google+ Niles woman, 57, injured in crash in Milton Township By Jon Zimney – June 13, 2020 0 374 Pinterest WhatsApp Google+ Twitter Facebook Facebook Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleCar jacking pursuit ends with trooper shot, suspect dead, search for second suspectNext articleConstantine woman, 39, injured in crash in Porter Township Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. IndianaLocalMichiganNewslast_img read more

Speech: Amesbury nerve agent incident: statement from Chief Medical Officer

first_imgNovichok is clearly a highly dangerous nerve agent. Over the last 6 months, we have learned a lot about the illness it causes, the best way to treat people who have been exposed, and we have been able to assess the long-term risks to the general public – which remains low.I have received advice from experts in Public Health England and the government’s Science Advice Group for Emergencies (SAGE).Let me emphasise that first, it is clear that this material does not spread easily. Second, all the experts advise that the evidence to date does not suggest any long-term health risk from short-term or one-off contact with low levels of this agent. Third, these experts further agree that if someone has not suffered an obvious illness after being exposed to this agent, they are not at risk of any long-term health problems.Public Health England has kept under review the information that has been uncovered by the police in their investigation, and I am confident that there has been no risk to members of the public who travelled alongside these suspects over the period Friday 2 March to Sunday 4 March 2018, or used these transport systems afterwards.I am confident also in reassuring those staff that operated, maintained and cleaned these transport systems that they are also safe.In particular, I can reassure people that they are safe if they: travelled on the Aeroflot flights bringing these 2 suspects into, and taking them back out of, this country used any of the public transport systems that they used in and around London used the same train services and stations in and between London and Salisbury finding and making safe any remaining materials that may have been discarded by these suspects especially in the Salisbury area I am confident that the London transport systems, the south-western train services and all London airports remain safe to use.The remaining issues of concern that we have identified are:center_img identifying and reassuring those guests that stayed in the CityStay hotel in the period between the suspects leaving the hotel and the police identifying, controlling, and testing this location – this room was only allowed back into use after experts deemed it to be safe I am therefore repeating the advice that I previously gave in March, that people should not pick up anything that they do not recognise as something that they have dropped.I also ask that if you stayed at the the CityStay hotel, in London, between Sunday 4 March 2018 and 4 May 2018, that you should call the investigation team on 0800 789 321 or email [email protected] and if needed we can give you advice and reassurance.Let me repeat:The risk to the public remains low – provided that our advice not to pick up unknown objects is followed. Everyone can be confident that our public transport systems in London and the south are safe, and also we can be confident that Heathrow airport, Gatwick airport and the rail services linking them to London are safe.last_img read more

Scholarship of things

first_imgAddressing an audience at the Harvard Ed Portal, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, the 300th Anniversary University Professor and a Pulitzer Prize winner for history, said that many objects in Harvard’s collections defy easy categorization.Consider, she said, the tortilla.“It’s one of my favorite objects in Harvard’s museums,” she said of the University’s 118-year-old tortilla, which is kept in the Harvard University Herbaria. “It’s a botanical specimen, or sort of a botanical specimen, that became an ethnographic object, but is now a historical document. It’s led our students on many adventures: not just into food history, but into the history of ethnic conflict, the history of immigration, the history of migration on both sides of the Mexican-U.S. border, and so on.”Harvard’s four centuries of history, together with the depth and breadth of its holdings, mean that many items reward a more up-close examination, yielding insights on world history and the University itself.That concept, Ulrich said, led her to create the “Tangible Things” undergraduate course at Harvard, which grew into the HarvardX offering of the same name. Ulrich said the main idea behind the course is that “any object can become an entry point into historical investigation. The shoes on your feet, the chair you’re sitting on, light fixtures in the room — common things have stories.”Laurel Thatcher Ulrich delivers her lecture on “Tangible Things.” Jon Chase/Harvard Staff PhotographerBut it’s easy to miss out on those stories. Some students never enter a museum during their studies, and those who do often experience only brief glimpses into Harvard’s vast holdings.“In the 19th century, many of the fields that our students study didn’t exist,” Ulrich said. “They grew out of the collecting of natural things. Anthropology developed out of collections, for example. By the end of the 19th century, you had very specialized museums — zoology museums, history museums, technology museums, and so on.”Ulrich has worked to break down those barriers and make connections among a large pool of items, and across all levels of campus life. “Our goals were to engage students with physical things and to break down categories between objects, to make people more aware about the world in which we live. We wanted them to think across categories, to pay attention to their own tangible world, but also to think about Harvard differently,” she said.Robert Lue, faculty director of HarvardX and the Ed Portal, and a professor of the practice of molecular and cellular biology, introduced Ulrich as “one of the stars in the firmament” of Harvard’s History Department.“When we think of the objects we see in a museum, we tend to think of things that are incredibly precious as the only things that have value and power,” he said. But Ulrich’s work shows that “from the perspective of history, any object is imbued with enormous power, and can teach us a lot about the world and about ourselves.”Samanntha Tesch of Watertown brought a group of friends to the event.“The presentation really made me think about the little tangible things that are around me every day: what they mean, and what future generations might think of them as artifacts of history,” she said. “There are things that, in a way, make me who I am. So I want to really see the things I experience around me, and think about what I want to preserve as my own history, too.”last_img read more

Alienation proves fertile state of mind for Lauren Groff

first_img The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Fiction writer Lauren Groff will work on her fourth novel as the 2018‒2019 Suzanne Young Murray Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Her third, “Fates and Furies,” told the story of a marriage from two perspectives. The 2015 novel won numerous awards, was praised by critics, and was selected by President Obama as his book of the year. Last month, Groff published her second story collection, “Florida,” a moody meditation on life in her adopted state, a setting that conjures “a metaphorical sense of the world, a deep, swampy dread covered by a glorious and unceasing pour of sunshine.” We spoke with Groff about subversive prose, mothers and children, and crafting a vivid sense of place.Q&ALauren Groff GAZETTE: What do you consider the role of the fiction writer? Is the goal different with a novel versus a short story?GROFF: The goals of novelist and story writer feel utterly similar and radically different at the same time.​​A novel is a long, slow, delicious creation that lives with you the entire time you work on it; a story is a blazing bright flare. Looseness is desirable in a novel, because too much tautness can make for a wearisome read, while every word in a short story must carry three levels of meaning. Yet both are still fiction, sculptures created out of time, character, and words.​ I do think that the major difference is that novels tend to be in a major key and short stories in a minor key.GAZETTE: Your new collection is called “Florida” and the stories are either set there or have deep ties to the state. Why?GROFF: Florida signifies not only the geographical area to me, but also a metaphorical sense of the world, a deep, swampy dread covered by a glorious and unceasing pour of sunshine. It’s simultaneously a symbol, microcosm, and critique of America​. “[Florida is] simultaneously a symbol, microcosm, and critique of America​.” GAZETTE: You’ve said in other interviews that you were first opposed to living there in part because it’s so alien and strange. Do you feel different now? If so, why?​GROFF: My feelings have strengthened and deepened in multiple directions, while Florida still acts as a creative nemesis for me. It’s less strange now — I have a warm affection for the lizards that get into my house — but it will always be alien because I’ll never feel at home there. I think alienation is a really rich and delightful place to be for a fiction writer.​GAZETTE: Can you talk about trying to create “subversive” work? I’ve seen reviewers use that word in describing “Florida,” and I read an interview in which you said your goal with “Fates and Furies” was to “write a subversive book that didn’t look subversive.” Why is that word important to your work?GROFF: One of the jobs of the fiction writer is to feel out the limitations of the systems and institutions in which we live, many of which we take for granted, and to push as hard as we can against them. Many of these systems and institutions have proven themselves corrupt and in need of subversion from as many angles as we can manage.​GAZETTE: You are a mother of two. In 10 years you have produced three novels and two short-story collections. Can you talk about your process and how you manage work and family?GROFF: I understand that this is a question of vital importance to many people, particularly to other mothers who are artists trying to get their work done, and know that I feel for everyone in the struggle. But until I see a male writer asked this question, I’m going to respectfully decline to answer it.​GAZETTE: Motherhood and childhood are themes that run through many of the stories in “Florida.” Did you have that in mind when you began working on the collection?GROFF: A writer works from her particular urgency. Having vulnerable, beautiful, beloved ​dependents is like having had my own heart replicated and sent out into the world. Nothing feels more urgent to me than that.GAZETTE: What’s the key to developing such a rich sense of place — the feeling that Florida is not just a state, but also a state of mind?GROFF: I’d say a keen eye and a healthy set of paranoias, revulsions, and passionate adorations.last_img read more

Environmental Tax.

first_imgEligible LandTo be eligible as environmentally sensitive, Dangerfield said, the land must be at least one of the following: Steep mountain slopes and the mountain tops that lie above them.Wetlands.100-year flood plains.Habitats that contain endangered or threatened species of plants or animals.Significant ground water recharge areas.Undeveloped barrier islands or portions of them. The landowner must qualify to participate in the conservation use program.The Georgia Department of Natural Resources must certify that the land is environmentally sensitive, as defined by state law.The DNR must also certify that the land is in its natural condition.Each landowner can place up to 2,000 acres of land in the program.The landowner must enter a legally binding, 10-year agreement with the local taxing authority to maintain the land in its natural condition. A Georgia tax program has been offering breaks to a number of forest and farm landowners for years. But there haven’t been as many takers as there could be. How, When to ApplyApplications for current-use assessments, including environmentally sensitive land, must be filed with the county tax assessor by the deadline for filing county ad valorem tax returns. That’s usually from Jan. 1 to March 1.If the property must be reassessed by the board of tax assessors, you can file for current-use assessment in conjunction with or in lieu of an appeal of the reassessment.The Georgia Department of Revenue’s Property Tax Division Web site has more information about CUV or other tax breaks, including specifics on your county. You may call them, too, at (404) 656-4240. Or contact your county Extension Service agent. The program, called “Conservation Use Valuation,” has been in effect since 1992, said Coleman Dangerfield, an Extension Service forest economist and professor in the University of Georgia’s Warnell School of Forest Resources.”CUV was created,” Dangerfield said, “in response to concerns about urban sprawl, land use transition and resulting environmental impacts from these changes.”Tax Relief on Farm, Forest LandIt also provides tax relief for many qualified farm and forest landowners. “Under CUV,” he said, “a landowner signs a 10-year covenant with the county to receive current-use, as opposed to fair-market, valuation of the property for tax purposes.”Unique to the CUV program, he said, is environmentally sensitive property. In this classification, qualified landowners agree to keep environmentally sensitive land in its natural condition for 10 years.”Incentives include a property tax assessment based on the land’s existing or current use,” Dangerfield said. “This is also called conservation use assessment. Normally, assessment is based on the highest and best use.”Five Conditions on TaxTo qualify for the lower tax assessment, the land must meet five conditions. Property Tax Factslast_img read more

IHS Markit: Global solar PV installations to hit 129 GW this year

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renewables Now:The global solar photovoltaic (PV) market will expand by 129 GW in 2019, at a rate of 25%, led by countries other than China, IHS Markit said on Thursday.China, currently the world largest photovoltaic (PV) market, is seen to lift its annual solar installations by only 2% after adding 45 GW in 2018. The market outside China, however, is forecast to grow by 43%, the analysis firm said in its latest PV Installations Tracker, adding that countries like Spain and Vietnam, among others, will step up solar development to meet 2019 project commissioning deadlines after falling modules prices spurred demand at end-2018.Asia Pacific is expected to dominate PV installations this year, accounting for 64% of the global growth, followed by the Americas and Europe with 16% and 15%, respectively. According to Josefin Berg, research and analysis manager at IHS Markit, the outlook for China is now “highly uncertain” as it is still not clear whether a new support scheme for the PV sector will be introduced. “Plans to focus policy more on unsubsidised PV systems could slow near-term deployment, unless strict construction deadlines are imposed to spur 2019 demand” he added.The market uncertainty is set to encompass India, as well, after several tenders there were delayed at a time when the price of PV components grows due to the imposition of safeguard duties. Thus, India will step back and the US will once again become the second largest PV market in 2019 as developers there rush to complete their projects before the end of the 30% investment tax credit (ITC) this year.The European market, meanwhile, is anticipated to bring online over 19 GW of fresh solar in 2019 as it witnesses an uptake following the end of the minimum import price on PV modules from China, Taiwan and Malaysia in September 2018.More: Global PV market to grow by 129 GW in 2019 IHS Markit: Global solar PV installations to hit 129 GW this yearlast_img read more

Peru Destines $40.7 Million Euros for Acquiring New Military Equipment

first_imgBy Dialogo December 27, 2010 I believe it is time to equip all of the teams and be at the level of other countries, this keeps the country safe. The presidency of the Peruvian Council of Ministers has decided to strengthen the system of national defense through a transfer of more than $40.7 million to the Defense Ministry, in order to acquire military matériel within the framework of the Armed Forces’ process of modernization. By means of ministerial resolution 373-2010-PCM, it was decided that the money will be transferred from the PCM to the Defense Ministry and will be used to purchase four missile systems, sixteen SSM missiles, personal anti-tank weapons, and portable anti-aircraft weaponry. The amounts transferred will form part of the Fund for the Armed Forces and the National Police, intended solely and exclusively for the acquisition of equipment destined for the modernization of the military and police. In addition, it is used for the refurbishment and technological renovation of their equipment, as well as for the repair and maintenance of the matériel used in the country’s defense and security.last_img read more

Medford Man Saved from Storm Drain

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 25-year-old man who slipped and fell into a storm drain while reaching for a cell phone he dropped down there in his hometown of Medford has been rescued.Suffolk County police said the victim called 911 from a second cell phone he had on him after he became trapped in the holding tank of the drain on Route 112 near Granny Road at 6:40 p.m. Monday.Emergency Service Section officers used a reciprocating saw and a ladder to free the man, who was not injured.last_img read more