first_imgIlapak (Hayes, Middlesex) has developed a unique flowrapper for Sonora Foods, which, for the first time, enables the company to produce high quality flowrapped packs with a six-month shelf life.Using Ilapak’s VacMap flowrapper, Sonora can now produce new long-life packs at high speeds, at a lower cost than using a thermo-forming machine, according to the company. Brian Ridgway, managing director of Sonora Foods explains:”We’re delighted with the result – the packs look excellent and, as they are print-registered, we can achieve a much higher quality presentation for maximum shelf impact.”Customers perceive the contents of a flowrapped pack to be fresher than a thermo-formed pack, giving greater customer appeal and an important marketing advantage.”last_img

Press release: Government launches fund for restoration of UK coastal landmarks

first_img Media enquiries Lyme Regis, courtesy of Mattana via WikicommonsThis work is coordinated by the lead partner Dorset Coast Forum (DCF) who are hosted by Dorset County Council (DCC). DCF has a proven track record of project delivery on the Dorset coast. DCC are the accountable body for this project and the lead project delivery partners include: Lyme Forward, Bridport CCT, Dorset County Council, Jurassic Coast World Heritage Team, Bournemouth Borough Council, Christchurch Borough Council, Borough of Poole, Purbeck District Council, Dorset Wildlife Trust, The Arts Development Company, Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, Bridport Town Council, Dorset AONB, Bounce Back Arts.Follow the latest tweets from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government on coastal communities by visiting @MHCLG or searching #GreatBritishCoast Jake Berry made the announcement while visiting Bournemouth today (17 May 2018) to officially open the Pier Approach which has been completely transformed into a world-class gateway to the south coast thanks to £1.9 million of funding, part of £5.6 million granted to the Dorset Coastal Connections portfolio from the government’s Coastal Communities Fund (CCF).Later in the day, the Minister also visited Poole Harbour to officially open the new 650 foot £10 million berth. Catering for cruise and cargo ships, the new berth is set to increase revenue by £1.5 million or 10% in the first year of operation. Please use this number if you are a journalist wishing to speak to Press Office 0303 444 1209 Office address and general enquiries Coastal landmarks which have fallen into disrepair have the opportunity to have life breathed back into them by a government fund launched today (17 May) by Coastal Communities Minister Jake Berry.The £1 million Coastal Revival Fund will support the restoration of some of the nation’s most iconic and best-loved coastal architecture – including places like the Pavilion Theatre within the Grade II* Winter Gardens building of Blackpool – and Swanage’s historic Victorian pier in Dorset.The fund, now in its third year, will provide grants to at-risk coastal heritage sites to fund repairs and restoration, or support large scale projects to see them through to completion.The government is inviting bids from local communities, charities and councils to receive up to £50,000 per project from today.Coastal Communities Minister, Jake Berry, said: Email [email protected] Contact form https://forms.communit… General enquiries: please use this number if you are a member of the public 030 3444 0000 If your enquiry is related to COVID-19 please check our guidance page first before you contact us – you still need to contact us please use the contact form above to get in touch, because of coronavirus (COVID-19). If you send it by post it will not receive a reply within normal timescale. Social media – MHCLG Local Growth Minister Jake Berry opening the new £10m South Quay berth ready to welcome cruise and cargo ships from around the world to Poole Harbour in the Port of Poole, DorsetOver £23.3 million of government’s Growth Deal Funding has been invested in the Port of Poole by the Local Enterprise Partnership delivering new approach spans for the Poole Bridge, 25000 new homes around the Port of Poole and major improvements to the A349.Further informationThe £1 million Coastal Revival Fund is in addition to a £40 million investment in Coastal Communities announced last year as part of a government pledge to invest over a quarter of a billion pounds in coastal communities by 2020.Now in its fifth round, the Coastal Communities Fund supports the development of UK coastal communities by giving funding to create sustainable economic growth and jobs. Analysis shows this has been money well spent, with every £1 invested having the potential to create an £8 boost to our coastal economies.By 2020 the £264 million awarded by the Coastal Communities Fund is expected to have attracted around £369 million in additional funding for coastal projects giving a total investment of around £633 million.The Coastal Revival Fund grants will support communities in unlocking the economic potential of those hard-to-tackle buildings, landscapes, facilities and amusements and sustain them in the longer-term. We are therefore inviting bids from local communities, charities and councils of up to £50,000 per project. Further details and guidance on how to apply can be found at: Bournemouth Pier Approach project involved major public realm regeneration of the principal coastal public space in Bournemouth to a world-class standard. The project included de-cluttering the street scene including investment in revolutionary semi-submerged waste bins. Beach at Pier Approach. Over £1.9 million of the £3.7 million project came from the fourth round of the Coastal Communities Fund with the remainder of the project supported by match funding.Local Enterprise Partnerships are playing a vital role in driving forward economic growth across the country, helping to build a country that works for everyone. That’s why by 2021 government will have invested over £12 billion through the Local Growth Fund, allowing LEPs to use their local knowledge to get all areas of the country firing on all cylinders. Analysis has shown that every £1 of Local Growth Fund invested could generate £4.81 in benefits. If you would like some further facts about the Fund, or the wider regeneration work going on across the country, please contact Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government press office by emailing [email protected] in the first instance to request any additional information you might need.Dorset Coastal Connections – people and places is a portfolio project connecting and coordinating 18 coastal sites across Dorset, from Christchurch to Lyme Regis. The range of projects connects our urban coastal areas to rural coastal areas works to promote and sell the Dorset coast as a whole. It is funded by the Coastal Community Fund as well as partner organisations. Twitter – – – The protection of our iconic coastal landmarks plays an important role not just in making the Great British Coast an attractive tourist destination, but in regenerating our coastal communities and supporting them to grow. The launch of this new Coastal Revival Fund today represents government’s unwavering commitment to support coastal communities and we’re investing over £250 million in our coastal areas by the end of the decade. 2 Marsham StreetLondonSW1P 4DFlast_img read more

G-Nome Project Discusses The Balance Of Being An Observant Jewish Musician On The Road

first_imgJerusalem’s own G-Nome Project will return stateside for appearance at Tonic Room on February 18th, bringing their dynamic livetronica grooves to the intimate Chicago venue. With an extensive American tour surrounding the Windy City stop, the group continues to progress as a powerful touring machine, all the while maintaining a strong connection to their Jewish roots with deep religious values and practices. So, how on Earth do they do it? We caught up with keyboardist Eyal Salomon to learn what it’s like to be an observant Jewish musician on the road.L4LM: How much of a role did Judaism play in your life growing up?ES: We all grew up differently, but all in religious Jewish homes. I grew up in what’s commonly referred to as a “traditional” religious home, meaning he received religious Jewish education and his family observed kosher, the Sabbath, and holidays. Zechariah grew up in a modern orthodox home, which included a religious Jewish education, as well as a kosher, Sabbath observant home. Chemy grew up in a hassidic household, so his family observed very strict interpretations of the Jewish law. Shlomo grew up in a very religious neighborhood in Jerusalem in a religious family, so his upbringing was similarly strict.L4LM: Did you always feel that you would carry those religious values into adulthood?ES: We have all developed differently from a religious standpoint. Zechariah still maintains a religious observant lifestyle including kosher and sabbath observance. Chemy, Shlomo, and I still maintain a Jewish lifestyle at varying levels of observance.L4LM: How does your Judaism influence your songwriting?ES: The biggest influences on our songwriting aren’t definitively Jewish. However, being Jewish does influence us in three ways. One, since we live in Israel, we’re very exposed to Israeli trance which is very influential on our music. Two, Chemy’s drumming style is to a degree a result of playing traditional Jewish dance music at religious weddings. And three, our playing as individuals in an improvisational group is informed by a Jewish concept called “Tikkun HaMiddot” which essentially means working on your behavior; it’s a labor of love in which we learn what playing makes the band sound better as a group, regardless of whether or not it may be fun or exciting for the individual. It requires a lot of humility.L4LM: What are some of the biggest struggles of being a touring musician and an observant Jew?ES: The two most difficult things are finding kosher food and a place to stay for Shabbat. Finding kosher food is easy, if I’m willing to eat canned tuna for the whole tour. If I want a hot meal, on the other hand, I’ll need to be in a city with a large Jewish community, and shell out a small fortune (Kosher food is quite expensive). For the most part, we’ve been lucky with having nice places to stay for Shabbat, usually with friends or their families. I’ve spent sabbaths at festivals which is certainly not the greatest environment for spending a sabbath, but when we’re playing Saturday night, sometimes I have no choice.L4LM: How do you stay connected to your Jewish community while on the road?ES: While we don’t really stay connected to our Jewish communities back home in and around Jerusalem, we do have the privilege of getting to meet members of Jewish communities all across America. We’ve become friends with some amazing people all around America and we’re really thankful for it.G-nome Project – “March of the Mice” Post Shabbos in Baltimore, MD from Shlomotions on Vimeo.L4LM: Are there certain practices that you’ve had to pick and choose from in order to maintain this lifestyle? Which are the ones that you personally feel are most important to you?ES: Our one big thing is that we don’t play on Sabbath, and our agent knows not to book gigs on the sabbath and not to plan drives on the sabbath. That’s really the biggest thing. For food, we can fend for ourselves. Not all venues provide food anyways. But not playing on Friday night, which for most venues is the biggest night of the week, is a really big deal. It’s also a big deal for us that we know that we’ll always have at least one night off per week.L4LM: The Israeli music scene is lacking in the jam genre. Why do you think this is?ES: The Israeli music scene has actually been on an upswing. The indie scene has produced some great bands recently. Trance is huge here. So is Jazz and Pop. Here in Jerusalem, the city sponsors multiple huge pop up street concerts each month. But that is usually all very mainstream music. I think there’s something inherently American about the jam scene. It’s not only lacking in Israel; it’s pretty much lacking everywhere in the world outside of America (and Canada). This was one of the things that inspired us to create G-Nome.L4LM: How have you seen the Israeli jam scene evolve based around G-Nome shows and your fan base?ES: It’s been a pretty amazing thing to watch. We have seen a steady growth from the beginning and now a large community has formed. Demand for more jam music has increased and inspired more bands to come out of the woodwork. It’s exciting and people are really getting into it. There are so many expatriates here who miss the scene in the states. It’s so great that we now have a small taste of that scene here in Jerusalem. More and more venues are catering to it. Even Israelis are starting to catch on and join in as they are blown away by what a fun and warm community we have.Get tickets to G-Nome Project at Tonic Room Chicago on 2/18 here.last_img read more

Prado director awarded I Tatti Mongan Prize

first_img Read Full Story Professor Alina Payne, director of Villa I Tatti, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, is pleased to announce that the I Tatti Mongan Prize has been awarded to Professor Miguel Falomir, director of the Museo Nacional del Prado. Professor Falomir will deliver his Laureate Lecture in Florence, Italy on May 10, 2018.The I Tatti Mongan Prize is given to a distinguished scholar of Renaissance art or connoisseurship who carries into a new generation the qualities of imaginative scholarship, personal generosity, and devotion to the institutions of art history that were exemplified in their own generation by Agnes and Elizabeth Mongan. Founded by a gift from Melvin Seiden, the prize was first conferred in 1988 on Sydney Freedberg, and successively on Craig Hugh Smyth (1992), Sir Ernst Gombrich (1996), Caroline Elam (2003), Paola Barocchi (2006), Elizabeth Cropper (2011), Hans Belting (2013), and Marvin Trachtenberg (2016).“After 20 years as curator of Italian Renaissance painting, I am very pleased to be awarded with the I Tatti Mongan Prize,” said Falomir. “I understand this award as a recognition of the profound transformation of the Museo del Prado in these two decades.”Miguel Falomir Faus has been the Director of the Museo del Prado since March 2017. Before, he was Head Curator in the Prado’s Department of Italian Renaissance Painting from 1997 to 2015 and the Prado’s Deputy Director responsible for Conservation and Research from 2015 to 2017. He has curated, among others, exhibitions on “Titian” (2003), “Tintoretto” (2007), “The Renaissance Portrait” (2008) and “The Furies: Political Allegory and Artistic Challenge” (2014). Miguel Falomir holds a Ph.D. in the History of Art from the Universidad de Valencia, where he has been a full professor of art history since 1996. In 2008 to 2010 he was the Andrew Mellon Professor at the National Gallery of Art’s Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts in Washington, D.C., and is the author of numerous publications that have appeared in both Europe and the United States.“It was particularly important to us this year that the prize should honor outstanding curatorial achievement,” said Payne. “Such achievement characterized the lives of Agnes and Elizabeth Mongan, and it has also characterized Professor Falomir’s life and work as one of the Spanish-speaking world’s leading scholars and curators.”The Prize will be presented at Villa I Tatti in Florence, Italy on May 10 at 6 p.m. On this occasion, Professor Falomir will deliver a Laureate Lecture on Berenson and Titian. The Lecture is open to the public and free of charge. Please register through the I Tatti website. last_img read more

Kristin Chenoweth, Vanessa Hudgens & More Will Perform at Tonys

first_img Kristin Chenoweth Tony co-host Kristin Chenoweth, along with fellow Audience Choice Award winners Vanessa Hudgens and Matthew Morrison, are just some of the first performers announced for the 69th Annual Tony Awards. The Great White Way’s biggest night will broadcast live on CBS from Radio City Music Hall on June 7.The lineup will feature performances from the 2015 Tony-nominated shows in the Best Musical and Best Revival of a Musical categories, including 2015 Tony nominee Chenoweth and the cast of On the Twentieth Century, 2015 Tony nominee Chita Rivera and the cast of The Visit, 2015 Tony nominees Brian D’Arcy James, Christian Borle, Brad Oscar and the cast of Something Rotten!, 2015 Tony nominees Kelli O’Hara and Ken Watanabe and the cast of The King and I, as well as the casts of On the Town, Fun Home and An American in Paris.Although with the exception of Gigi’s Victoria Clark they missed out on nominations for the Tonys, this year’s telecast will also include numbers by Hudgens and the cast of Gigi, Morrison, Kelsey Grammer and the cast of the multi Audience Choice Award-winning Finding Neverland, as well as Tyne Daly along with the cast of It Shoulda Been You. View Commentscenter_img Star Fileslast_img read more

Study says new U.S. gas plants at high risk of being undercut by lower cost renewables, storage

first_imgStudy says new U.S. gas plants at high risk of being undercut by lower cost renewables, storage FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:Natural gas-fired power plants, which have crushed the economics of coal, are on the path to being undercut themselves by renewable power and big batteries, a study found.By 2035, it will be more expensive to run 90% of gas plants being proposed in the U.S. than it will be to build new wind and solar farms equipped with storage systems, according to the report Monday from the Rocky Mountain Institute. It will happen so quickly that gas plants now on the drawing boards will become uneconomical before their owners finish paying for them, the study said.The development would be a dramatic reversal of fortune for gas plants, which 20 years ago supplied less than 20% of electricity in the U.S. Today, that share has jumped to 35% as hydraulic fracturing has made natural gas cheap and plentiful, forcing scores of coal plants to close nationwide.The authors of the study say they analyzed the costs of construction, fuel and anticipated operations for 68 gigawatts of gas plants proposed across the U.S. They compared those costs to building a combination of solar farms, wind plants and battery systems that, together with conservation efforts, could supply the same amount of electricity and keep the grid stable.As gas plants lose their edge in power markets, the economics of pipelines will suffer, too, RMI said in a separate study Monday. Even lines now in the planning stages could soon be out of the money, the report found.More: Gas plants will get crushed by wind, solar by 2035, study sayslast_img read more

Outdoor Updates: Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg is named ‘Time’ Person of the Year

first_imgSwedish climate activist Great Thunberg, 16, is the youngest person to be named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year. Thunberg is leading a new generation in the fight against climate change, organizing school strikes and climate marches around the world. Time says they selected Thunberg for raising the alarm on climate change and “showing us all what it might look like when a new generation leads.” Freestyle snowboarder and US Snowboard Team member Luke Winkelmann, 18, of Blowing Rock, NC will compete in the Visa Big Air event at Atlanta’s SunTrust Park December 20-21. The event is part of a multi-year commitment by U.S. Ski and Snowboarding to bring big air events to the public leading up to the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. Thunberg is reportedly “a bit surprised” by the honor and is dedicating the recognition to other young activists. Speaking at the U.N. Climate Conference this week, Thunberg told the audience, “There is hope. I have seen it. But it does not come from the governments or the corporations. It comes from the people.”  A biology professor at the University of North Carolina Asheville, Graham Reynolds, has received a grant from National Geographic to help save the Silver Boa, the most endangered species of boa in the world. In 2015, Reynolds discovered the Silver Boa while in the Bahamas. Now, his $32,822 grant will make him a National Geographic Explorer through 2022 and give him a chance to help save the species he discovered.  “Our goal is to use this grant to immediately intervene to prevent the extinction of the Silver Boa,” Reynolds said. “By the end of the grant term we will have a complete conservation plan in place and in action to ensure that the species has a path to survival.”  UNCA professor receives grant from National Geographic to study the world’s most endangered boa Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg is named ‘Time’ Person of the Year Blowing Rock, NC native and Olympic qualifier to compete in Atlanta’s Visa Big Air During the big air competition, Winkelmann and his competitors will launch themselves off of a 15-story steel scaffold structure covered in snow and travel up to 70 feet in the air to perform their biggest tricks. The Visa Big Air event is the first of its kind to come to Atlanta and is expected to draw up to 20,000 fans.last_img read more

Binghamton Mayor Rich David delivers 2021 budget address

first_imgBINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Binghamton Mayor Rich David has delivered his 2021 budget address, and like Broome County, the City of Binghamton is also seeing a financial loss. While the city has seen a loss, Mayor David is not pushing for tax increases, keeping the property tax flat, which makes up the largest form of revenue for the city. Officials estimate 2021 will see about $34 million dollars in revenue from property taxes. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mayor David says many channels of revenue for the city are down going into 2021. Parking revenue is down about half a million dollars, the refuse fund is down $200,000 and sales tax is down about 12%. “The 2021 budget was prepared without banking on federal aid. We’ll work hard to advocate for funding, but the 2021 budget is not contingent on federal funding,” said David. This comes shortly after President Trump has announced no negotiations on a stimulus bill will continue until after the election. To read the full proposal, head to this link. The city’s proposed budget for 2021 is $97.7 million dollars. Of that, $65.2 million dollars are in the general fund. Mayor David says that he, along with city employees will not be taking a pay raise this year. In moving forward, the city plans to continue with repairs to infrastructure. By the end of this year, Mayor David says the city will have paved or reconstructed about 80 miles of streets. $6.5 million dollars has been allocated for 2021 infrastructure improvements. The city says they have taken necessary cuts to save funds, including 27 voluntary furloughs which saved Binghamton an estimated $100,000. The city also enacted a hiring freeze during the pandemic. Cost cuts estimate saving the city about $2.5 million dollars. Heading into 2021, the city isn’t depending on any aid from the federal government. Earlier this year, Governor Andrew Cuomo called on all law enforcement agencies to develop a plan for reform amid rising tensions and the Black Lives Matter movement. Mayor David says he is working with local law enforcement to create a plan, but did not specify what that plan would include. last_img read more

Australia says true coronavirus infections could be as high as 10 million cases

first_imgAs many as 10 million people globally may have been infected by the new coronavirus, Australia’s chief medical officer said on Friday, with the under-reporting due to a lack of testing in some countries for the highly contagious respiratory disease.A Reuters tally of official data on Friday pegged the number of COVID-19 cases caused by the virus at 1 million, but Australia’s chief medical officer said the true size of the global outbreak may be up to 10 times higher.”Worldwide we have passed 1 million infections. But we believe the true number is five or 10 times as much,” Brendan Murphy told reporters. Murphy said the mortality rates vary so much around the world that he believes many infections are going undetected.The World Health Organization has called on countries to significantly increase testing for coronavirus, while some critics have also highlighted differences in how some countries count coronvirus cases.China – where the outbreak began late last year – has only recently started counting asymptomatic cases of coronavirus, prompting criticism from some international experts.Without criticizing China or any other countries, Murphy said he did not trust any data beyond Australia’s.”The only numbers I have total faith in are the Australian numbers, frankly.” Topics :last_img read more

EPL: Red Devils ease past Brighton

first_imgRelatedPosts EPL: Ighalo plays for seven minutes as Devils devour City Solskjaer thumps up ‘natural striker’ Ighalo De Bruyne: 15 minutes of planning led to Man City’s win over Man U Manchester United moved up to seventh in the Premier League thanks to a 3-1 win over Brighton and Hove Albion.Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial were to the fore once again as Manchester United saw off Brighton and Hove Albion 3-1 at Old Trafford to move back into the top half of the Premier League table.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men impressed in Thursday’s 3-0 Europa League victory over Partizan Belgrade, which Martial and Rashford scored in, and the forwards both played crucial roles again as a resilient Brighton were dispatched fairly comfortably.United looked as though they were going to cruise to victory during the early exchanges, as they found themselves 2-0 up thanks to a couple of fortuitous goals from Andreas Pereira and Davy Propper, who beat his own goalkeeper.Lewis Dunk pulled one back for Brighton just past the hour, but Rashford – set up by Martial – lashed in soon after to seal the points, though United arguably should have added several more goals, with the England star, Daniel James and Brandon Williams all going close.United began with real purpose but were extremely fortunate to open the scoring in the 17th minute.Pereira was guilty of overplaying on the counter and was dispossessed, but the ball came to Martial and he teed the Brazilian up again, with the eventual shot finding the net via a massive deflection.The hosts were lucky again soon after, as Scott McTominay attempted to bundle over the line and Propper prodded it into his own net.Chances came at both ends just past the hour – Mat Ryan unconvincingly knocking Fred’s long-range effort on to the crossbar, before Dunk lost Pereira at a corner to emphatically head Brighton back into the contest.Rashford restored the two-goal lead two minutes later, however, crashing an effort in off the crossbar after Martial teed his strike partner up. Tags: Andreas PereiraScott McTominaylast_img read more