Bridie eyes protectionThe Forfar Bridie could soon join the Cornish Pasty and Melton Mowbray Pork Pies as a regional product with protected status. An application for European protected name status is currently being drawn up by Angus council. If successful, production would be restricted to the Forfar area of Angus.Food to Go specialThis issue sees the launch of British Baker’s new four-page Food to Go section, which will look at different aspects of food-to-go retailing. It will feature once every alternate month (six times a year). See pages 27-30 for a look at soft drinks retailing, and take a tour of the high-street with him!Puratos’ Pure buyPuratos has taken over Latvian fruit ingredients supplier Pure Food in a deal that will strengthen its position in Nordic, Central and Eastern European markets. The acquired company, which employs 167 people, specialises in berry-based ingredients for bakers and patissiers.Vogel’s listingsVogel’s has launched a fruit loaf, which has been listed by Tesco. The product, containing currants, raisins and spices, is to be stocked in 242 stores. Meanwhile, Sainsbury’s will stock two Vogel’s Rolls wholemeal and oat and seeded in 225 stores, up from 62.
J. Sterling Livingston, a retired professor at Harvard Business School (HBS), died on Feb. 14. He was 93.Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, and raised in and around Glendale, Calif., Livingston received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California in 1938. In 1948, he moved to Massachusetts to receive a doctorate in business administration at HBS, where he later joined the HBS faculty. Livingston stayed at Harvard until 1971.Livingston is survived by his wife of 67 years, Ruth; two sons, Matthew of Fairfax, Va., and Sterling Christopher of Richmond, Va.; two daughters, daughter Lucille Held of Boldton, Mass. and Florence Odell of Woodland Hills, Calif.; six granddaughters; five grandsons; and nine great-grandchildren.Livingston will be buried in Columbia Gardens Cemetery in Arlington, Va., on April 3 at 11 a.m. Memorial services will follow.
The Amazon Basin in South America includes the most biodiverse tract of tropical rainforest on the planet, covering 5.5 million square kilometers. Due to the sheer size of the Amazon rainforest, the area has a strong impact on the climate in the Southern Hemisphere and is a primary driver of global atmospheric circulation.Officials from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) have opened a new two-year field study of the Amazon Basin to study and model tropical climate processes within a systems context. Led by scientists from Harvard University and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, more than 100 researchers from the United States, Brazil, and Germany are involved in the field and modeling experiments based in Manaus, Brazil.Scot T. Martin, Gordon McKay Professor of Environmental Chemistry at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), will provide scientific leadership for the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility located in Manacapuru, Brazil.Data obtained during the Green Ocean Amazon, or GOAmazon, field campaign will enable scientists to study the intricacies of the natural state of the Amazon rainforest atmosphere and land systems, and how these may be perturbed by human influences such as pollution and deforestation. Read Full Story
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Guardian:India says it intends to launch a tender for 100 gigawatts of solar power, 10 times the size of the current largest solar tender in the world–another Indian project scheduled to open for bids next month.But analysts have said the country has neither the infrastructure nor the energy demand to warrant installing so much solar capacity in one go, saying the announcement reflects the scale of India’s ambition to become a renewable energy leader.It is one of several green power promises made by Delhi this month on the back of continually falling renewables prices, with implications for coal projects including the proposed Adani Group mine in Queensland, Australia.The Indian power minister R.K. Singh flagged the 100 GW tender at an event in Delhi last week. While discussing a world record 10 GW solar tender set to launch in July, Singh reportedly told the audience: “Now [we] will bring out a bid of one lakh megawatts which would also include solar manufacturing and storage.”One lakh refers to 100,000 in the south Asian numbering system, equivalent to 100 GW. His office confirmed the plan to the Guardian but declined to provide further details other than that the tender would be launched “in the near future”.The unscheduled announcement surprised some energy policy specialists who said it was unrealistic and unnecessary. “I don’t think a 100 GW tender makes a lot of sense,” said Tim Buckley, a director at the pro-renewables Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, but adding he thought the plan was a “brilliant statement of intent.”More: India’s huge solar ambitions could push coal further into shade India’s huge solar goal a ‘brilliant statement of intent’
Fish bones could help track the spread of coal ash contaminantsResearchers at Duke University have found a new way to track the spread of coal ash contaminates: fish bones. The researchers discovered that the calcified structure in a fish’s inner ear, known as the otolith, can provide a picture of coal ash contamination in rivers and lakes. That part of the fish’s ear grows like tree rings and allows researchers to tell everything from the fish’s age to its migration patterns—as well as if and when it came across coal ash contaminate. This knowledge could help researchers track coal ash contamination changes over time with more accuracy and ease. Coal ash is a toxic sludge byproduct from burning coal and is laden with arsenic, lead, mercury and other toxins. Exposure to coal ash can lead to a number of long-term health problems, including cancer.Wildlife in NC and TN may some day have their own corridor to cross 1-40A roughly 20-mile stretch of I-40 between Exit 20/Maggie Valley to Exit 443/Foothills Parkway in Tennessee is being considered for wildlife corridors, which would allow bear, elk, and all creatures big and small to safely cross the highway. In October, a group of 60 interested parties, including the Federal Highway Administration and the National Parks Conservation Association met in Maggie Valley, NC to take the first step in addressing the issue of wildlife connectivity. At a federal level, legislation was introduced in December by Sen. Tom Udall, D-New Mexico, and Rep. Don Beyer, D-Virginia. The Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act of 2018 would establish a “National Wildlife Corridors System.” If signed into law, the bill would give the Department of the Interior the ability to work with agencies, states, tribes and landowners to develop and designate wildlife corridors across the county.A surge of new lawsuits against fossil fuel companies are reshaping how courts address climate changeIn the past year there has been a surge of new lawsuits against fossil fuel companies and developments in cases pressing governments to address climate change in the U.S. and abroad. In 2018 in Colombia and the Netherlands, citizens won rulings ordering their governments to cut emissions and protect forests. By framing climate change in terms of human rights, those cases and similar ones filed in the U.S. and other countries are reshaping how courts address the issue. The only substantive rulings in the U.S. have been dismissals of a joint case by San Francisco and Oakland and one in New York City. In both cases the federal district courts wrote that it was ultimately up to Congress to regulate emissions and that climate change, as a global issue, would be better addressed by diplomats and the Executive Branch than U.S. courts. The cities have appealed the rulings. Also in the U.S., a group of children and young adults have sued the federal government. The plaintiffs are trying to establish a Constitutional right to a stable climate and are seeking a court order that the government come up with a plan to phase out fossil fuels. That case was poised to go to trail in October but the Supreme Court put it on hold less than two weeks before the scheduled opening arguments. The case is now assigned to appeals court judges with the Ninth Circuit, who will decide whether to allow a trail. Legal experts say we can expect to continue to see a wave of unconventional court cases involving climate change, but that it’s too early to tell what kind of impact the cases will ultimately have.
By Taciana Moury / Diálogo February 20, 2020 On January 15, 2020, the Brazilian Navy (MB, in Portuguese) inaugurated the new Comandante Ferraz Antarctic Station (EACF, in Portuguese). The structure was built on Keller Peninsula, King George Island, on the site of the previous station that operated until 2012, when a fire in one of the generators destroyed 70 percent of the facility.EACF’s operations and logistics are under MB’s purview, with support from the Brazilian Air Force. The new facilities occupy a roughly 48,440 square-foot area. The architectural project includes 17 labs instead of the four at the previous base, which increases the Brazilian scientific community’s research capabilities.The project, which took three years to complete, cost $99.6 million. According to information from MB, the extreme weather conditions in the region and logistics challenges contributed to the length of the construction work.The new station grew from four to 17 laboratories, increasing Brazilian professionals’ research capability. (Photo: Brazilian Navy)Brazilian Vice President Hamilton Mourão highlighted the advances of EACF in the development of scientific activities related to climate and environmental issues. “Between now and 2022, the Antarctic Science Action Plan for Brazil will benefit from improved conditions to develop scientific programs to increase Brazilian participation in the Antarctic Treaty System,” said Mourão.“The new facilities represent a continuation of our active and influential presence in Antarctica, in the name of the Brazilian State,” said Admiral Ilques Barbosa Junior, MB commander.Structure for researchEACF will provide shelter for up to 64 professionals at a time, including 32 researchers and 32 from the Base Group, MB service members stationed on the continent and maintenance personnel.At the laboratories’ inauguration, Brazilian Minister of Science, Technology, Innovation, and Communications Marcos Pontes pointed out that the research area was projected to meet multiple requirements, reflecting the priority status of the Brazilian Antarctic Program (PROANTAR, in Portuguese). “With the new structure, researchers will have ample resources to develop activities in various scientific fields, as a leading global player,” Pontes said.Importance for BrazilIn 1975, Brazil joined the Antarctic Treaty and started PROANTAR in 1982, which for the national scientific community meant an opportunity to participate in activities that, in addition to space and seabed research, constitute the last great frontier of international science. Currently, there are 30 countries with consulting member roles in the Antarctic Treaty System (ATS), including Brazil — all have research stations on Antarctica.“This goes to show the importance of maintaining a permanent research structure on the continent, which enables Brazil to retain the status as a consulting member of the ATS, and the ability to discuss and be present for the decisions involving Antarctica’s future,” MB said.
The largest PCR testing lab in Papua has announced that it will stop accepting new samples for COVID-19 testing on July 25 because of a lack of reagent and single-use equipment.The lab at the Papuan Health Research and Development Agency (Balitbangkes) accounts for more than half of the province’s testing capacity under normal circumstances.Typically, the Balitbangkes lab, which is managed by the Health Ministry, receives 400 to 500 samples a day. The lab was previously able to test between 300 and 400 samples a day. On Thursday, it received 599 samples and tested 382, accounting for about 60 percent of the 641 samples the province tested using PCR and molecular test (TCM) methods that day. The head of Balitbangkes in Papua, Antonius Oktavian, said the lab still had about 1,482 samples that had not been tested and that the supply of reagent and single-use equipment, such as pipettes and tubes, was thinning.Read also: Testing gap across provinces slows down COVID-19 response in Indonesia“We’re worried that if we keep receiving new samples the new samples will be damaged because we don’t have reagent and other equipment,” he told The Jakarta Post. “If we get new samples, they will certainly have to wait until we finish testing the existing ones,” Antonius said.He said the agency would accept new samples once it received more testing supplies. “We have requested them from the central government,” he added.As of July 23, the Papuan provincial government had confirmed 2,720 COVID-19 cases. Of that number, 1,259 patients had recovered and 30 had died. On July 23, the provincial administration reported 68 new confirmed cases in Papua, a different figure than the central government had reported.Indonesia is now grappling with a gap in testing capacity between Java and the rest of the nation. The country is operating 269 PCR testing laboratories, half of which are located in Java. None of Papua’s 10 labs are currently accepting new samples.Topics :
Sean KearnsWednesday 13 Mar 2019 12:00 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link883Shares Comment Solskjaer was seen speaking to Avram Glazer before their win against PSG (Picture: ViaSport)United are prepared to hand Solskjaer a budget of around £200m and will reallocate any funds raised from player sales to bolster his kitty.Solskjaer’s budget will not be determined by the club’s ability to qualify for the Champions League but it’s likely to impact their ability to attract top talent to Old Trafford.Sunday’s 2-0 defeat to Arsenal leaves United two points off the Gunners and outsiders to finish in the top four given they have, on paper, a tougher run-in than their rivals.MORE: Zinedine Zidane makes decision on Chelsea loan star Mateo Kovacic’s future Advertisement Solskjaer wants to invest in four areas (Picture: Getty)United consulted Solskjaer over his opinion on the squad that he inherited from Jose Mourinho in January but, as the Norwegian’s confidence over getting the job on a permanent basis have grown, so too have his interactions with the board and they’re deep into planning for next season together.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMetro.co.uk understands Solskjaer held an informal meeting with the club’s board in their London office in February to discuss the areas of the squad he’d like to invest in and he informed club executives that the club need to strengthen at right-back, left-back, right wing and attacking midfield.Antonio Valencia and Matteo Darmian are expected to leave the club this summer, while Ashley Young will be close to 35 years old by the time his one-year extension expires in 2020. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be appointed on a permanent basis (Picture: Getty)Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has informed his Manchester United board that he’d ideally like to strengthen four areas of his squad this summer.The Norwegian is now a certainty to be named permanent manager following a sensational three months as caretaker and the club could even make the announcement before the end of the season.United couldn’t allow uncertainty over Solskjaer’s future to delay their plans for the summer and the 46-year-old has been included in arrangements for next season since his appointment in December.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Luke Shaw has been Solskjaer’s first choice left-back, while Diogo Dalot is expected to increase the pressure on Young next season as he looks to make the right-back slot his own.Solskjaer feels cover is needed on both flanks if he’s to sustain the brand of football that he wants to implement at Old Trafford, with energetic full-backs considered instrumental to his high-energy tactics.The right wing has been a problem position for the club for over five years and Jose Mourinho was keen on signing Chelsea star Willian for the bulk of his reign at Old Trafford.United are interested in signing Dortmund star Jadon Sancho but are realistic about their chances of signing him this summer, even if they do view the 19-year-old as the perfect fit for the club.An attacking midfielder is viewed as the least pressing area for investment given United have the likes of Paul Pogba, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard to play there but Solskjaer did raise the need for one during talks. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer tells Manchester United board he wants to sign four players this summer Solskajer on his squad’s fitness The foundation is here. We just need to add a few attributes to the squad, like we saw against PSG. I’m talking about things like total running distance — that was the highest we’ve ever had. That has to continue. There’s absolutely no reason why United shouldn’t be the hardest-working team in the league. One of the things I always demand from my players is work-rate and attitude and fitness. So we need to keep working on the fitness and next season the players know they will be asked if they want to challenge the top. They have got to get the habits, they’ve got to improve all the time because that’s what the best teams in the league do. They run more than us. That’s not acceptable. Advertisement
Chinese New Year in Cairns. PICTURE: STEWART McLEANTHE prospect of high-class education in a safe, clean and beautiful natural setting is a major drawcard for Chinese investment in the Far North.Data from property company Juwai shows Cairns was the eighth most searched Australian city among Chinese real estate investors in 2015 and 2016.But Katy Zhou, principal of Cairns’ GBR Realty which specialises in Chinese investment, expected the city’s ranking to rise over the next few years.“At the moment a lot of Chinese parents are sending their children to study in Australia, and many of them are looking at Cairns,” she said. “I’m having inquiries from parents of primary school children. They are asking how they can purchase property in Cairns.”Ms Zhou said the Far North’s reputable private and public schools, combined with the region’s pristine natural environment and affordable housing, made it highly attractive to the Chinese middle and upper classes.“The pollution in China is so bad, and many people are looking at moving overseas to get away from it,” she said. According to Juwai, education was the top motivator for more than 25 per cent of Chinese buyers who looked at investing in Cairns.More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days agoMelbourne tops the list of most viewed cities among would-be Chinse investors, followed by Sydney and Brisbane.Juwai chief executive Charles Pittar said Chinese residents perceived Cairns property as being a safe long-term investment. “Cairns at eighth is well down the list for Chinese buyer activity,” he said.“Compared to the big capital cities, it receives significantly fewer Chinese buyer inquiries. “For its size, however, Cairns is doing well. Even a small increase in Chinese investment could bolster the struggling market.“Every vendor out there today should be asking how their agent is marketing their home to Chinese buyers. “Chinese buyers are on the whole realistic. They know that real estate in a smaller regional city like Cairns has fewer growth drivers than does capital-city property. “Some buyers are willing to accept the risk and believe they may be buying bargains that will be worth much more in 10 or 15 years.”Mr Pittar said the majority of Chinese inquiries about Cairns were for “mid-range” properties, worth from $300,000-$500,000.