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Greener system from Allen

first_imgCoding and marking equipment manufacturer Allen Coding Systems has introduced a ’greener’ labelling system. Diagraph’s Platinum E Series All Electric Labelling System claims to use 50% less energy than other pneumatic models. UK sales and OEM manager Steve Ryan said it offers all the performance and features of its earlier equipment, but with the added financial and environmental benefits of using less energy. The firm said the new system uses less power than a hairdryer and, as it does not use compressed air, it can be moved easily from one production line to another, as no air hoses are in the way.The system features a counter rotating blade fan that secures labels during application, and has a label range of one to six inches wide, and 0.5 inches to 13 inches long.last_img read more

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first_img More than 40 accredited lenders provide finance to their SME customers under the British Business Bank’s Enterprise Finance Guarantee (EFG) scheme. The Business Secretary has written to all accredited Enterprise Finance Guarantee (EFG) lenders to draw their attention to this additional support, and expects them to ensure that they are actively engaging with SME businesses in Carillion’s supply chain so they can give them the support they need. Accredited EFG lenders are listed on the British Business Bank website. The Business Secretary has written to all accredited Enterprise Finance Guarantee (EFG) lenders to draw their attention to this additional support, and expects them to ensure that they are actively engaging with SME businesses in Carillion’s supply chain so they can give them the support they need. Accredited EFG lenders are listed on the British Business Bank website. UK Finance Managing Director, Commercial Finance Stephen Pegge said: A further package of support for the businesses and workers affected by Carillion’s liquidation was welcomed today (Saturday 3 February) by Business Secretary Greg Clark.Through delivery partners that include all the major high street lenders, the British Business Bank will provide support to make available up to £100 million of lending to small businesses who may not have the security otherwise needed for conventional bank lending using its Enterprise Finance Guarantee programme.This will be of benefit to small businesses, including the chain of subcontractors to Carillion, who may not have sufficient assets as security to access conventional loans. These guarantees can be used to support overdraft borrowing and refinancing of existing debt.The UK’s leading banks have also furthered their commitment to provide support to those affected with UK Finance confirming additional support for personal banking customers concerned about overdraft, mortgage or credit card repayments, as well as further financial support for small businesses to provide short-term relief to help keep them afloat.Business Secretary Greg Clark said: The British Business Bank is the UK’s national economic development bank. Established in November 2014, its mission is to make finance markets for smaller businesses work more effectively, enabling those businesses to prosper, grow and build UK economic activity. Its remit is to design, deliver and efficiently manage UK-wide smaller business access to finance programmes for the UK government. The Enterprise Finance Guarantee (EFG) is an important option for smaller businesses who need access to finance, but may not be able to meet a provider’s normal security requirements. To help in these exceptional circumstances, we have designed additional flexibility into EFG that could be particularly suitable for firms in the Carillion supply chain. We would encourage lenders to work with their customers to use these new flexibilities to meet their needs. On Thursday 18 January the Business Secretary chaired the first meeting of a taskforce set up to monitor and advise on mitigating the impacts of Carillion’s liquidation on construction firms, particularly SMEs and those working in the sector. This meeting builds on a series held by the Business Secretary last week with trade associations, unions and banks. British Business Bank CEO Keith Morgan said: We want to signal very clearly to small and medium sized businesses who were owed money by Carillion that they will be supported to continue trading. The banks have responded to my request by agreeing to support businesses and individuals affected. This further guarantee will help those businesses who may not be able to provide the usual security for a loan. I will continue to work closely with business organisations, trade unions and banks to actively support those affected by Carillion’s insolvency. UK banks are working with government to support customers and businesses who have been impacted by the Carillion liquidation. The enhancement of the Enterprise Finance Guarantee by the British Business Bank will help those facing temporary cash flow issues to access the finance they need to support their businesses through this period. Information on how the Enterprise Finance Guarantee scheme operates and supports businesses can be found on the British Business Bank website. This package is in addition to the more than £200 million already announced by Lloyds Banking Group, HSBC and RBS.Notes to editors British Business Bank to support up to £100 million of lending to small businesses through its delivery partners UK Finance confirms an additional multi-million pound package for SMEs and extra help for customers concerned about their mortgage or credit card payments industry and government continue to work together to ensure businesses and workers are supported following Carillion’s liquidationlast_img read more

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South Africa: Durban Labs

first_imgOne of the continent’s richest nations, South Africa also has one of the world’s highest HIV infection rates and is home to the world’s biggest population of HIV-infected people, an estimated 5.5 million.last_img

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Odds & Ends: Lea Salonga & Jonathan Pryce Will Return to Saigon & More

first_imgHere’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Lea Salonga & Jonathan Pryce Will Return to Saigon The first Miss Saigon Lea Salonga has confirmed on her Facebook page that she, along with original stars Jonathan Pryce and Simon Bowman, will be performing at the previously reported 25th anniversary celebration of the show. Not one of the lucky few to have a ticket to the gala performance of the new West End revival on September 22? The event will be recorded for posterity and broadcast later on BBC Radio 2. View Comments Fun Home’s Alison Bechdel’s Big Prize Playwright Samuel D. Hunter and Alison Bechdel, who wrote the graphic novel Fun Home on which the hit off-Broadway and upcoming Great White Way musical is based, are among those who have been honored with 2014 MacArthur Foundation fellowships. The prize is incredibly prestigious, with each fellow receiving a no-strings-attached stipend of $625,000, paid out over five years. Check the videos of both Hunter and Bechdel talking about their work below. #InAwe Stephen Sondheim, Julie Andrews & Sting’s Once-in-a-Century Party We can see how celebrations like this only come round once every hundred years. Sting and Berry Gordy are just some of the presenter-performers who will take part in the ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) Centennial Awards Gala on November 17. Gordy will also serve as one of the evening’s Honorary Chairs, along with luminaries including Julie Andrews. Broadway legend Stephen Sondheim is set to be one of the honorees of the once-in-a-century ASCAP Centennial Awardlast_img read more

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Exobasidium Disease

first_imgUniversity of Georgia researchers have found lime sulfur to be an effective option for blueberry farmers treating for Exobasidium leaf and fruit spot, a disease that affects the crop’s yield and marketability.UGA plant pathologist Phil Brannen and Jeff Davis County Extension Coordinator Tim Varnedore have studied the treatment strategy since 2013. So far, lime sulfur has drastically reduced Exobasidium in Jeff Davis County.“By using lime sulfur products, Exobasidium has almost become nonexistent in Jeff Davis,” Varnedore said. “We’re continuing to use the lime sulfur as a preventative, and so far it’s worked very well.”Exobasidium is a relatively new fungal disease that causes a light-green to white spot on blueberry leaves and fruit. It can make the berry smaller and give it a bitter taste due to the fruit’s immaturity. Some berries abort in the field, but the greater issue occurs after harvest in the packing line, according to Brannen. It is very difficult to sort out infected fruit from good fruit. In some cases, 30 to 40 percent of the fruit has a spot. Of the infected fruit, an average 16 percent is still very costly to the packing operations. When damage is high, 1 to 2 percent of infected fruit still inevitably make it to the supermarket shelf. Even under high disease-pressure scenarios, lime sulfur has reduced in-field damage of berries to 1 to 2 percent. Sorting in the packing line reduces the number of berries entering the marketplace to near zero.Because Exobasidium is a relatively new disease, it is harder to control, according to Renee Holland, UGA’s multi-county blueberry Extension agent in Southeast Georgia. She has seen numerous cases in the last two years. Along with Brannen and other county agents, she conducted multi-county spray trials in 2014 using lime sulfur as a treatment.Though researchers are unsure how Exobasidium affects growers’ yields, they do know it affects the marketability of the blueberry. “The typical consumer doesn’t want spots on the fruit,” Holland said. “Exobasidium changes the taste and quality of the fruit.”A research trial was started with rabbiteye blueberries after a Jeff Davis farmer’s fruit was rejected at the processing plant. The farmer reached out to Varnedore, who visited the grower’s field and discovered Exobasidium on his plants. The disease cost the grower nearly $1,000 an acre.Lime sulfur is now used on roughly 8,000 acres of blueberries; it was not used prior to 2014. The combined management program has resulted in significant control of this disease with an estimated annual yield benefit of $2 million plus per year in returns to the blueberry industry.With a farm gate value of $312.7 million in 2013, according to UGA’s Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, Georgia is the top producer of blueberries in the United States. Jeff Davis County produced $2.2 million in blueberries. (Jordan Hill is an intern with the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

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Beyond the Blue Ridge: Explore with Adios Adventure Travel

first_imgHave you always wanted to hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu but found it difficult to get a permit for the trip? Sample native Incan dishes on a culinary adventure to Machu Picchu, or immerse yourself in the Amazon jungle. Tour the Bolivian Salt Flats, swim with the wildlife off the coast of the Galàpagos Islands, or hike to the tip of South America through Patagonia National Park. With trips in Peru, Ecuador, Chile, and Bolivia, the experienced guides at Adios have intimate knowledge of the best spots to help give you an unforgettable vacation. These guides have personally been to all of the destinations and have established relationships with the local communities. This small and flexible company is a joint venture between a team in Virginia Beach and Peru. Want to know how the higher elevation might affect you, what equipment to bring, or if your kids can hike the trail? These professionals are prepared to answer all of your questions during the planning process and the trip. Whether you’re looking for an intense, multi-day backpacking trip or an easy day hike, the mountains and waters of South America are the perfect place to start. With dozens of trips to choose from and the ability to customize your experience, Adios Adventure Travel has something for everyone. Why Adios Adventure Travel? Groups of 11 of more can qualify for a discount when they travel for at least five days. With already unbeatable prices, Adios Adventure Travel provides an opportunity to see another part of the world without breaking the bank. Give us a call, text or email. Adios Adventure Travel has answers to all your questions. It costs nothing to ask. Follow us on Facebook @AdiosAdventureTravel, and Instagram and Twitter @adiosbasecamp.center_img They work with every client to create the perfect trip, from outdoor adventures and photography outings to honeymoons and glamping, and ensure that every trip is unique. They take care of all the details except your flight reservations. With a team in the country, Adios is prepared for any situation with local contacts and up to date information. Travel Responsibly Talk with someone from Adios Adventure Travel who has actually visited these sites at (757) 304-8002 or email them at [email protected] for more information on how to start planning your next trip. You will see why travelers love these one of a kind trips! The key principle at Adios Adventure Travel is ethical tourism, a way of traveling that takes into account the human impact on the planet. They work with programs that honor regional traditions and cultures while partnering with locally run businesses and boutique hotels. By focusing on authentic travel experiences, you can become an advocate for preservation and conservation around the world.  Adios Adventure supports the local communities in a variety of ways, from offering volunteer experiences organized by local leaders and participating in medical missions to advocating Leave No Trace and Travelers Against Plastic principles. They use local guides, drivers and locally sourced products. The local guides at Adios Adventure Travel have more than a decade of experience arranging unique trips and helping travelers realize the adventure of their lifetime.last_img read more

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Woman crashes vehicle, charged with DWI in Cortland County

first_imgPotter was arraigned in the Town of Homer Court Saturday morning and is due back on Dec. 17 Authorities say Potter suffered facial injuries in the crash and was taken to Guthrie Medical Center. They say she was then arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, a class E felony, due to a prior DWI conviction. PHOTO CREDIT: Cortland County Sheriff’s Office The sheriff’s office says Potter was also charged with multiple driving-related infractions.center_img The sheriff’s office says 27-year-old Hannah Potter was travelling south on Route 281 in the town of Homer when she crossed into the northbound lane of traffic and eventually struck a tree around 11:58 p.m. HOMER, N.Y. (WBNG) — The Cortland County Sheriff’s Office says a woman has been charged with DWI after crashing their vehicle into a tree Friday night.last_img read more

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first_imgTikTok was banned by the Government in June, along with 58 more apps including WeChat, UC Browser, and others. In its notice, the Government stated that these apps are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state, and public order.The social media platform partnered with top agencies to help gain insight from security researchers, academic scholars, and independent experts to uncover potential threats and strengthen its security defences. TikTok also partnered with third-party experts and regulators to validate its progress.In India, ByteDance has over 2,000 employees, who have been assured that best efforts are being made to resolve the situation in the country. Employees were also awarded a salary bonus to cope with the ban announcement and the unprecedented economic and social upheaval owing to the ongoing pandemic. To keep in line with the global norms, TikTok also conducted an annual performance review cycle and focused on multiple learning and development opportunities to help employees upskill themselves. “Our employees have been at the heart of our business and we place utmost importance on our employees’ personal and professional well-being,” Gupta added in his letter.- Advertisement – In September, the Government yet another round of bans on apps and games that blocked downloads of the popular battle royale, PUBG Mobile. Nearly a month later, PUBG Corporation and parent company Krafton announced that a new game titled PUBG Mobile India will be launched soon, specifically to cater to gamers in the country. The in-game content is claimed by the developers to be improved and customised to “reflect local needs.” These include fully clothed new characters, a virtual simulation training ground setting, and green hit effects instead of red. It remains to be seen if TikTok adopts a similar India-friendly approach to relaunch its services in the country.Should the government explain why Chinese apps were banned? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. In a letter to employees, TikTok India Head Nikhil Gandhi said the company has taken steps to comply with data privacy and security requirements and is optimistic about a positive outcome. PUBG Mobile’s announcement on Thursday where it talked about new security arrangements and customisation for India could point to a path back to the country for the Chinese video sharing platform as well, although in the case of PUBG it is owned by a Korean company, Krafton, and it stressed that point very clear in its announcement. In the letter, Gandhi said that the ByteDance-owned app is committed to complying with local laws, including requirements for data privacy and security. Gandhi also sees an “immense growth opportunity for TikTok in India.”“Our clarifications have been submitted to the Government and we will continue to allay any further concerns they may have. Together with our employees, we remain dedicated to our users and creators who have found not only recognition but also new avenues of livelihood through our platform,” Gandhi wrote in the letter, according to a report by Hindustan Times.- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Something old, something new

first_imgDESPITE the gloomy lessons of the past and the more recent financial problems of Río Negro province’s Sefepa venture, local initiatives to resurrect passenger trains continue to appear in Argentina. Under a one-year operating concession granted by the province of Tucumlast_img

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