Anaerobic plant plans for malted ingredients company

first_imgMuntons, the UK malted ingredients company, is to invest £5.4m in an anaerobic digestion plant to treat liquid waste from its Stowmarket headquarters. The Suffolk-based firm will generate 25% of its base load electricity (500KWh) by treating waste streams from malt extract production at the new plant. Plans for this will be in action by summer 2015.Muntons’ manufacturing and sustainability director, Dr Nigel Davies, explained that high solids liquid waste from Muntons’ plant will be anaerobically digested at the new plant – a process by which micro-organisms break down biodegradable material in the absence of oxygen.The process will produce a fertiliser substitute for spreading on local farms, cutting out the 3,000 tanker movements a year currently required to take sludge from the site. This saves around 340 tonnes in CO2 emissions from the lorries.Davies said: “All of this sludge has come only from processing locally grown barley and our new AD plant will convert this into highly nutrient-rich fertiliser used to cultivate more locally grown barley – a really perfect example of local recycling.”Ingredients manufacturer Muntons, is already the first maltings company to achieve ISO 50001 status for its state-of-the-art energy management systems.Davies commented: “For us, investing in environmental projects has helped offset the rise in energy costs, one of the key operational costs of our business. Green is not boring; we want to open people’s eyes and get a message out to our supply chain that cutting your carbon footprint is not as complicated as it seems.”Muntons’ investment was funded by RBS Invoice Finance and Lloyds Banking Group with a £42.1 million loan package, incorporating an additional £2.3m to support the anaerobic digestion project.Anaerobic digestion has been used by the UK water industry and there are currently around 100 non-water industry anaerobic digesters in the UK producing bioenergy.last_img read more

Panasonic finds that GBBO sparks increase in home baking

first_imgAhead of tonight’s Great British Bake Off final, research finds 57% of people have been inspired to bake more, after watching this year’s show.Breadmaker manufacturer Panasonic did a survey of 1,000 adults across the UK, and found that younger Brits, aged 18-39, were baking more cakes, biscuits and tarts.Despite this, the survey also found that, in true Bake Off disaster style, 44% of bakers aged 18-39 didn’t get enough rise in their bakes and 32% experienced a “soggy bottom” in their pastries.  Zeena Hill, head of home appliance marketing at Panasonic UK, said: “It is fantastic that The Great British Bake Off has inspired the nation to bake more, and nine out of 10 young bakers are interested in gadgets and quick fixes to help them achieve ‘star bakes’.“Breadmakers make it easy to bake, and you can make much more than just your average white loaf. We’re especially proud of the versatility of our breadmakers, as you can tailor your recipes to suit your diet – for example baking gluten-free cakes and doughs. The perfect bake starts with a great dough and, this way, you know exactly what has gone into your bake.”last_img read more

Alleged Gulf Cartel leader Juan Francisco Sáenz-Tamez captured

first_imgAgents with the U.S Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) captured him October 9 when he crossed the border to shop in Edinburg in the U.S. state of Texas. A year before, in September 2013, a U.S. grand jury had indicted Sáenz-Tamez on charges of conspiracy with intent to distribute cocaine, conspiracy with intent to distribute marijuana and conspiracy to launder money. Now, he faces a minimum of 10 years to life in federal prison if found guilty on the drug charges, while the money-laundering charge carries up to 20 years in federal prison. “Thanks to the quick actions of the DEA and our local partners, we were able to identify and safely arrest Sáenz-Tamez while he was in the United States. He oversaw much of the violence and bloodshed that has plagued Mexico and the DEA is pleased he will face justice in the United States.” Agents with the U.S Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) captured him October 9 when he crossed the border to shop in Edinburg in the U.S. state of Texas. A year before, in September 2013, a U.S. grand jury had indicted Sáenz-Tamez on charges of conspiracy with intent to distribute cocaine, conspiracy with intent to distribute marijuana and conspiracy to launder money. Now, he faces a minimum of 10 years to life in federal prison if found guilty on the drug charges, while the money-laundering charge carries up to 20 years in federal prison. “Juan Francisco Sáenz-Tamez became the head of the Gulf Cartel following the 2013 arrest of former leader Mario Ramírez Treviño,” said Michele M. Leonhart, the administrator of the DEA. “He moved steadily up the cartel ranks, working as a lookout, record keeper, plaza boss, and finally its leader.” Alleged Colombian narco-trafficker linked to more than 100 murders captured The capture of Sáenz-Tamez occurred during the same month that Mexican security forces captured two other alleged drug cartel leaders. On October 9, Mexican Federal Police (PF) captured Vicente Carrillo Fuentes — the alleged leader of the Juárez Cartel who is also known as “El Viceroy” and “El General” — at a traffic checkpoint in the northern Mexican city of Torreón. Cooperation between agents with Brazil’s Federal Police and the Colombian National Police led to the capture of Marcos de Jesus Figueroa, 47, an alleged Colombian narco-trafficker wanted in connection with more than 100 murders, the Colombian Defense Ministry announced on October 22. In a joint operation, Brazilian and Colombian police captured the alleged drug kingpin, who is also known as “Marquitos Figueroa,” in a luxurious house in the Brazilian city of Boa Vista. Cooperation between agents with Brazil’s Federal Police and the Colombian National Police led to the capture of Marcos de Jesus Figueroa, 47, an alleged Colombian narco-trafficker wanted in connection with more than 100 murders, the Colombian Defense Ministry announced on October 22. In a joint operation, Brazilian and Colombian police captured the alleged drug kingpin, who is also known as “Marquitos Figueroa,” in a luxurious house in the Brazilian city of Boa Vista. Alleged Colombian narco-trafficker linked to more than 100 murders captured And on October 1, Mexican Army soldiers captured Héctor Beltrán Leyva, the suspected leader of the Beltrán Leyva Cartel, which is also known as the Beltrán Leyva Organization (BLO). Without firing a shot, troops captured the alleged drug kingpin, who is also known as “The Engineer” and “The H,” inside a seafood restaurant in the city of San Miguel de Allende. Sáenz-Tamez, 23, is a native of Camargo in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas. He allegedly directed a $100 million (USD) cocaine and marijuana-trafficking operation that smuggled thousands of kilograms of drugs from the Mexican city of Matamoros across the U.S. border into Texas. From there, they were transported to the U.S. states of Florida, Ohio, Michigan, Mississippi, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Maryland and Georgia, in addition to the U.S. capital of Washington, D.C. The capture of Sáenz-Tamez occurred during the same month that Mexican security forces captured two other alleged drug cartel leaders. On October 9, Mexican Federal Police (PF) captured Vicente Carrillo Fuentes — the alleged leader of the Juárez Cartel who is also known as “El Viceroy” and “El General” — at a traffic checkpoint in the northern Mexican city of Torreón. Juan Francisco Sáenz-Tamez, the alleged kingpin of the Gulf Cartel, a violent Mexican transnational criminal organization, paid for his recent shopping trip with his freedom. “Juan Francisco Sáenz-Tamez became the head of the Gulf Cartel following the 2013 arrest of former leader Mario Ramírez Treviño,” said Michele M. Leonhart, the administrator of the DEA. “He moved steadily up the cartel ranks, working as a lookout, record keeper, plaza boss, and finally its leader.” Colombian police suspect Marquitos Figueroa in the killings of several elected politicians, including the 2012 slaying of former Barrancas Mayor Yandra Brito Carillo and the 2012 murder of former legislator Efrain Ovalle Onate. He was also suspected of leading a criminal gang in the department of Cesar that had been led by Francisco “Kiko” Gómez before he was arrested in October 2013 on charges of murder and for having ties to paramilitary groups. Additionally, Marquitos Figueroa was wanted on illegal possession of firearms and conspiracy charges. U.S. federal prosecutors are seeking to seize up to $100 million (USD) in assets Sáenz-Tamez allegedly acquired through his criminal activities. Juan Francisco Sáenz-Tamez, the alleged kingpin of the Gulf Cartel, a violent Mexican transnational criminal organization, paid for his recent shopping trip with his freedom. “Thanks to the quick actions of the DEA and our local partners, we were able to identify and safely arrest Sáenz-Tamez while he was in the United States. He oversaw much of the violence and bloodshed that has plagued Mexico and the DEA is pleased he will face justice in the United States.” Colombian police suspect Marquitos Figueroa in the killings of several elected politicians, including the 2012 slaying of former Barrancas Mayor Yandra Brito Carillo and the 2012 murder of former legislator Efrain Ovalle Onate. He was also suspected of leading a criminal gang in the department of Cesar that had been led by Francisco “Kiko” Gómez before he was arrested in October 2013 on charges of murder and for having ties to paramilitary groups. Additionally, Marquitos Figueroa was wanted on illegal possession of firearms and conspiracy charges. And on October 1, Mexican Army soldiers captured Héctor Beltrán Leyva, the suspected leader of the Beltrán Leyva Cartel, which is also known as the Beltrán Leyva Organization (BLO). Without firing a shot, troops captured the alleged drug kingpin, who is also known as “The Engineer” and “The H,” inside a seafood restaurant in the city of San Miguel de Allende. U.S. federal prosecutors are seeking to seize up to $100 million (USD) in assets Sáenz-Tamez allegedly acquired through his criminal activities. By Dialogo October 24, 2014 Sáenz-Tamez, 23, is a native of Camargo in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas. He allegedly directed a $100 million (USD) cocaine and marijuana-trafficking operation that smuggled thousands of kilograms of drugs from the Mexican city of Matamoros across the U.S. border into Texas. From there, they were transported to the U.S. states of Florida, Ohio, Michigan, Mississippi, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Maryland and Georgia, in addition to the U.S. capital of Washington, D.C. last_img read more

Top 10 mobile banking apps to boost fiscal fitness in 2015

first_imgby: MJ KnoblockManaging your finances when you’re on the go keeps getting easier with the growing assortment of banking and personal-finance apps that can simplify how you spend and save money. According to a recent survey by the Federal Reserve, 28% of consumers with mobile phones track their money habits with the device, or would like to.Mobile banking and personal finance apps are growing in popularity and helping more consumers reach their financial goals. And their use will continue to increase, says David Lyon, chief executive of wealth-management firm Main Street Financial in Chicago.“If you look at the timeline of consumer behavior, it’s becoming more digital,” says Lyon, who is also an adviser to clients of the firm. “Everything from shopping to banking to consumer news is becoming more digital. It’s not going away; it’s just increasing.”Managing financesMany banks offer apps to help customers manage specific portions of their finances. There’s also an assortment of personal-finance and mobile-banking apps available from independent software providers. Some make it easier to pay bills and keep a record of daily expenses; others let you share your finances with family members or significant others. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Dragan Kovačević, Croatian Chamber of Commerce: We need more intensive promotion of strengthening the image of Croatia as a destination for health tourism

first_imgAccording to the TOMAS summer 2017 survey, seven percent of tourists visit Croatia motivated by health reasons, while almost eight percent come for wellness. Tourists spend 20-30% more in health tourism than the average guest, and Croatia has all the predispositions for year-round tourism through health tourism. “Health tourism is the fastest growing part of the tourism industry, growing annually at a rate of 15 to 20 percent. In this segment, Croatia has an extremely strong resource base and rich tradition. It is a product that is not related to the sun and the sea and as such has a strong impact on the extension of the tourist season, both on the coast and on the continent. I am sure of the positive effects of the ESPA conference, which brought together many foreign experts who will exchange examples of good practice with their Croatian colleagues when it comes to this type of tourist offer.”, Said the director of the CNTB Kristjan Staničić, adding how Representatives of this growing tourism niche, with revenues at the EU level of more than 47 billion euros, gathered in Terme Tuhelj at the annual congress of the European SPA Association (ESPA), which takes place from 8 to 10 May, co-organized by the Croatian Chamber of Commerce and the CNTB partnership. Spas and medical wellness services in many European countries account for up to 25 percent of tourism revenue. Also, they are the drivers of the economic development of the regions, they employ the local population and work all year round, and the guests of health and health tourism achieve above-average consumption and stay longer than average. “The potential for the development of health tourism for year-round operations is exceptional, therefore it is included as part of the Strategy for the Development of Croatian Tourism until 2020. , “Said Assistant Minister of Tourism Olivera Šarić, emphasizing that through cooperation at congresses like this we learn about best practices since each country has something special and indigenous to offer to its guest. The aim of the event is to follow new trends and innovations in the field of health tourism, through the presentation of best practices and new niche markets in spa, spa and wellness tourism. The event brings together representatives of 21 European countries, and during the congress, awards will be presented “ESPA Innovation Awards“For the innovation of medical wellness and spa hotel providers, as very important references in health tourism.  “We see health tourism as a great chance to strengthen the off-season offer, extend the tourist season and attract guests of higher purchasing power. In order to achieve greater competitiveness of Croatian health tourism, it is crucial to intensify marketing activities in order to strengthen the image of Croatia as a destination for health tourism. The second thing is new investments, ie construction of new and renovation of existing capacities. In this way, we are approaching the possibility of obtaining international certificates, which are key to increasing the number of foreign guests,”Said the Vice President of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce for Agriculture and Tourism Dragan Kovacevic on the occasion of the opening of the Congress of Health Tourism of the European SPAS Association (ESPA).last_img read more

Investors go mad for it

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Escalating intimidation, threats, ahead of high-profile treason verdict: Rights groups

first_imgRights groups in Indonesia have complained of escalating intimidation and security threats in the run-up to the verdict in a high-profile treason trial against seven West Papuans that is expected on Wednesday.Papuan demands for independence or greater autonomy is among the most sensitive topics in Indonesia, but campaigners said the latest intimidation reflects a worsening political atmosphere across the archipelago of 270 million people.”We have recorded at least 20 incidents in which students, academics, journalists, and activists, have been intimidated for criticizing the government and discussing politically sensitive issues, such as rights abuses in Papua,” said Usman Hamid, local executive director of Amnesty International. The claims of escalating intimidation come as a court in Balikpapan on Indonesian Borneo is expected to rule on a case against seven West Papuans who face between five and 17 years in prison on charges of treason for their purported involvement in anti-racist protests in August last year.The demonstrations erupted across several cities in Indonesia after a group of Papuan students at a university dormitory in Java were reportedly taunted with racist slurs such as “monkeys”, “pigs” and “dogs”.In the provinces of Papua and West Papua some of the protests turned violent and deadly, with shops and government building set ablaze.The defendants were arrested in Jayapura, Papua, last year but moved to a jail in Balikpapan for security reasons. Protests across several Indonesian cities on Monday called for all charges to be dropped.Activists have drawn parallels between the treason trial and the Black Lives Matter movement, which has sparked the hashtag #PapuanLivesMatter and led to a series of online forums about perceived racism in Indonesia.”Racism had no place in Indonesia, a multi-ethnic country with a motto and tradition of unity in diversity,” Teuku Faizasyah, a spokesperson for Indonesia’s foreign ministry told Reuters.”The incident of mistreatment of Indonesians of Papuan origin are isolated and do not in any way reflect the policies of the government.”Yuliana Yabansabra, a lawyer defending the seven West Papuans says she was attacked last week by an unidentified motorcyclist, who allegedly punched her in the head while she was driving.“They didn’t try and take my bag or my wallet, so it seemed their plan was to try and make me crash,” said Yabansabra, “It felt like an act of terror especially directed at me.”In early June an organizer of a discussion on West Papua was warned by his university in Lampung to cancel the event because it was “anti-government”. He later received anonymous threats on his WhatsApp, including a picture of his identity cards and his parents’ names.Students have been similarly harassed in Jakarta and Bandung, according to research by Human Rights Watch.In the past two weeks almost half a dozen forums on West Papua and racism have been obstructed, some by strange sounds such as clanging piano chords, while speakers have been spammed with robocalls from anonymous international numbers. center_img Topics :last_img read more

Chelsea switched to Timo Werner transfer instead of signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Arsenal

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Timo Werner is on the verge of joining Chelsea (Getty Images)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 CityChelsea had targeted Aubameyang in the January transfer window but Arsenal indicated that they had no plans to sell the striker before the end of the season.The striker’s current deal with Arsenal expires next year and the Gunners must now decide whether to cash in this summer or risk losing him on a free at the end of next season.Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Chelsea’s move have pushed to sign Timo Werner despite Frank Lampard wanting Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Getty Images)Chelsea’s board switched from targeting Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to prioritising a move for RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner despite Frank Lampard pushing to sign the Arsenal striker, according to reports.Werner appeared to be on course to join Liverpool after he held extensive talks with Jurgen Klopp and made the Premier League leaders his first-choice destination.But reports in Germany this week claimed that Chelsea are now on the verge of completing a deal for the Germany international.Chelsea are prepared to activate Werner’s £54 million release clause and have offered the striker a deal worth £200,000 a week.ADVERTISEMENTHowever, Chelsea had also been targeting a move for Aubameyang in the January transfer window before changing their focus to Werner.AdvertisementAdvertisementAccording to The Athletic’s Ornstein & Chapman podcast, Frank Lampard and Petr Cech had been leading Chelsea’s interest and were pushing the club’s hierarchy to complete a deal. Chelsea switched to Timo Werner transfer instead of signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Arsenalcenter_img Frank Lampard and Petr Cech were keen to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for Chelsea (Getty Images)However, Chelsea’s board refused to go ahead with a move for Aubameyang as they had concerns over his lack of re-sale value, with the striker due to turn 31 this month.Instead, Chelsea’s board wanted to sign a younger striker and Werner is the player who fits their profile more than Aubameyang.It’s also claimed that Werner was not at the very top of Lampard’s shortlist, however, reports suggest that the Chelsea manager has told the striker that he will be a key part of his plans. Metro Sport ReporterSunday 7 Jun 2020 1:49 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.2kShares Advertisementlast_img read more

Top investment return makes this top floor unit in Cairns a bargain

first_imgFor sale: 16/184 Mcleod Street, Cairns NorthThis is the time to jump in quick with two of the fully furnished units also having a large balcony and all units with access to a shared pool.Another great holiday apartment investment can be found at 19/259 Sheridan Street, Cairns North for $75,000 close to the CBD.There are plenty of bargain buys in the tropics, sometimes it just takes a little digging. More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor8 hours agoSold for $89,000 29/324 Sheridan Street, Cairns NorthWith a combined lounge/dining area, updated bathroom, plenty of natural light and breezes and shared pool, this could easily be an investment dream buy.The average two-bedroom apartment in Cairns North sells for $475,000 and is expected to rent for $375 per week.If owning a tropical investment sounds like the right plan for you then you’re not too late.There are three one-bedroom holiday apartments on the market for $85,000 each at 6/184 Mcleod Street in Cairns North with a southern investor liquidating their city units. Bargain buy of the week goes tropical.TROPICAL heat and a sizzling gross return on investment of around nine per cent make this apartment our Bargain of the Week.Sold for $89,000 on Wednesday, this top floor one-bedroom apartment at 29/324 Sheridan Street, Cairns North provides value for money, close to the city centre and currently tenanted for $170 per week.last_img read more

Macquarie brings Australia DC-tested ‘True Index’ strategy to UK

first_imgIn Macquarie’s eyes, the rise in importance of DC schemes in the UK means the country is beginning to look more like its home pension market, which has been dominated by DC schemes since the 1980s and where it said consolidation of funds and a greater focus on reducing fees resulted in growing demand for products like True Index.“A lot of it comes down to familiarity,” said Scot Thompson, co-head of Macquarie’s systematic equities team. “We’re seeing both DB and DC schemes in the UK undergoing very similar sorts of experiences where they’re challenged in terms of fees, so it’s an opportunity for us to help investors solve investment problems.”This could take the form of developing a bespoke solution or delivering a lower cost version of “some of the more expensive indices you might find out there,” he added, citing global emerging markets as an example of the latter.True Index is a low tracking error strategy with the addition of a total return swap. On a daily basis the swap determines that if Macquarie outperforms the index it retains the outperformance and if it underperforms it makes up the difference.“Every single day the net asset value of the fund matches the return of the index, which is really important because then you are able to trade on the fund without any risk of breaking swaps,” said Thompson.“Another way of thinking about it is a performance fee with a 100% clawback.”Macquarie said that, if employed correctly, True Index strategies could increase pension funds’ diversification while helping to reduce costs.Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here. Developments in the UK occupational pensions market have prompted Macquarie Investment Management to make available in the UK an index investing strategy that it has been offering to defined contribution (DC) schemes in Australia for more than two decades.The £299.7bn (€324bn) asset manager currently has two mandates from UK clients for True Index, which delivers exact daily index returns for no management fee.One mandate is with a defined benefit scheme for a separately managed account, and another has been developed for a DC fund with the support of Mobius Life, an investment platform, and could be a model for a commingled vehicle in future.A spokesperson for Macquarie said the asset manager was considering a further commingled fund for public offer, but this was still under construction.last_img read more