Country Fresh aims for bakery arm expansion

first_imgFresh produce supplier Country Fresh is looking to build up its new bakery arm into a £1m operation in the next two years.The business based in Dereham, Norfolk, recently set up its own on-site organic bakery at its head office in Hockering, with the intention to supply all its own baked goods. It previously sourced bakery products, with the exception of sliced bread, from London firm Maison du Pain.The bakery, which has only been in operation for a couple of weeks, is run by head baker Brian Akehurst, who has previously worked at Butlers of Norwich and the Real Croissant Co. Akehurst told British Baker that he was originally approached by Country Fresh MD James Gunns around a year ago, to be a supplier, adding: “It all sprang from there.”Akehurst said Country Fresh is now phasing out the bakery products it sources externally, with the process due to be completed “within the next month or so”.New products on offer range from sourdough and wheat-free breads to croissants and brioches. Akehurst said the firm was also looking at offering other lines such as cakes, as the business develops.The £20k bakery supplies pubs, restaurants, hotels and schools, and has a staff of two. But Akehurst said the firm will be looking to take on additional employees in the near futurelast_img read more

Press release: UK responds to OPCW report on chemical attacks in Ltamenah, Syria

first_img Today the OPCW confirmed that the town of Ltamenah, in northern Syria was attacked on 24 March 2017 with sarin and on 25 March 2017 with chlorine. This is confirmation of a spate of chemical attacks in the town in just one week, the OPCW having previously confirmed that a sarin attack took place on 30 March 2017. Tragically there is still no international mechanism to attribute responsibility for these attacks on Ltamenah. Just a few days after the OPCW confirmation of sarin use on 30 March in Ltamenah, the OPCW-UN Joint Investigative Mechanism was shut down, putting an end to their ability to investigate responsibility for such attacks. Repeated chemical attacks within Syria in such a short space of time only serve to underline the grave threat to the integrity of the Chemical Weapons Convention. Close to 90 countries have recognised that threat, and supported a call for an urgent Special Session of the Conference of States Parties on 26-27 June. The international community should come together and strengthen the OPCW’s capability to prevent the further use of chemical weapons, including by attributing responsibility for these heinous crimes. Follow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn Follow Minister Burt on Twitter @AlistairBurtUK Media enquiries Minister Burt said: Follow the Foreign Office on Twitter @foreignoffice and Facebook Further information For journalists Email [email protected]last_img read more

Buckling under pressure

first_imgInspired by a spherical toy that expands and collapses, researchers at Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have created a new type of engineered capsule, called a “buckliball,” that exploits the phenomenon of buckling.The same types of mechanisms that allow a Venus flytrap to snap its jaws, or a dry, windswept grain of pollen to swell when it reaches moisture, now lend themselves to an inventive study of geometric expansion and contraction.The research was led by Katia Bertoldi, assistant professor in applied mechanics at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), and Pedro Reis, Edgerton Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Civil and Environmental Engineering at MIT. The findings appear this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.“The buckliball not only opens avenues for the design of foldable structures over a wide range of length scales, but may also be used as a building block for creating new materials with unusual properties, capable of dramatic contraction in all directions,” says Bertoldi.Motivated by the desire to determine the simplest 3-D structure that could take advantage of mechanical instability to collapse reversibly, the engineers were stymied — until one of them happened across a collapsible, spherical toy that resembled the structures they’d been exploring.Playing with an expanding and collapsing toy (top row), researchers at Harvard and MIT were inspired to design a new type of folding structure. The result is a one-piece silicone sphere, dubbed a “buckliball” for its pressure-induced buckling behavior (bottom row). Photos courtesy of Katia BertoldiThe toy was complex, with no fewer than 26 solid moving elements and 48 rotating hinges, but it inspired something simpler.The result is the buckliball, a hollow silicone sphere. It has no moving parts, but is fashioned with 24 carefully spaced dimples. When the air is sucked out of a buckliball with a syringe, the thin ligaments between dimples collapse.When these ligaments buckle, the thicker ligaments forming rows between dimples undergo a series of movements the researchers refer to as a “cooperative buckling cascade.” Some of the thick ligaments rotate clockwise, others counterclockwise — but all move simultaneously and harmoniously, turning the original circular dimples into vertical and horizontal ellipses in alternating patterns before closing them entirely.As a result, the buckliball morphs into a rhombicuboctahedron about half the size (46 percent) of the original sphere.The researchers named their new structure for its use of buckling and its resemblance to buckyballs, spherical all-carbon molecules whose name was inspired by the geodesic domes created by architect-inventor Buckminster Fuller.The buckliball, according to the researchers, is the first morphable structure to incorporate buckling as a desirable engineering design element.“In civil engineering, buckling is commonly associated with failure that must be avoided,” explains Reis. “For example, one typically wants to calculate the buckling criterion for columns and apply an additional safety factor, to ensure that a building stands.”“We are trying to change this paradigm by turning failure into functionality in soft mechanical structures,” he adds. “For us, the buckliball is the first such object, but there will be many others.”Because their collapse is fully reversible and can be achieved without moving parts, morphable structures such as the buckliball have the potential for widespread applications, from the micro- to macroscale. They could be used to create large buildings with collapsible roofs or walls, tiny drug-delivery capsules, or soft movable joints requiring no mechanical pieces. For instance, a robotic arm could be built from a single piece of material using a precisely engineered pattern of dimples at the intended hinging points that, when activated by a pressure signal, would bend.(They also have the potential to transform Transformers and other kinds of toys. The toy that provided the researchers’ epiphany is the Hoberman Twist-O.)Bertoldi’s research group at Harvard uses tools from continuum and computational mechanics to unravel the mechanics of soft structures. Reis’ research at MIT uses precision tabletop-scale lab tests and mathematical analysis to determine the basic physics underlying the mechanical behavior of materials. The two teams collaborated on the buckliball: Reis’ team performed the lab experiments with the help of digital fabrication techniques (such as 3-D printing) to create objects with precise geometry, and Bertoldi’s group used computation to further analyze the detailed mechanics of the process.Elizabeth Chen, a recent graduate of the University of Michigan who was visiting Harvard at the time, determined that only five spherical geometric structures have the potential for reversible buckling-induced collapse. (The specific example of Fuller’s 12-hole rhombicuboctahedron that collapses into a cuboctahedron is one of these five.) Design parameters for buckliballs include dimple size, the thickness of the thin shell inside the dimple, and the stiffness of the material used to fabricate the buckliball.Nature, it appears, has already figured this out. Viruses inject their nucleic acids into a host through a reversible structural transformation in which 60 holes open or close based on changes in the acidity of the cell’s environment, a different mechanism that achieves a similar reversible collapse at the nanoscale.The buckling process used in the buckliball induces folding in portions of the sphere, similar to the way paper folds in origami, so the researchers place their work in a larger framework of buckling-induced origami they call “buckligami.”Bertoldi and Reis’ co-authors included Chen, who will join Harvard as a postdoc in the fall; Jongmin Shim, a postdoc at Harvard; and Claude Perdigo of MIT.The work was partially funded through a National Science Foundation grant to the Harvard Materials Research Science and Engineering Center, and by funds from the Kavli Institute for Bionano Science and Technology at Harvard, SEAS, and MIT.last_img read more

Bar portal would provide greater Internet access to membership

first_imgBar portal would provide greater Internet access to membership April 15, 2002 Regular News Bar portal would provide greater Internet access to membershipA Web portal launched in early 2001 by the State Bar of Texas may soon be popping up on Florida Bar members’ computers.The Florida Bar Technology Task Force, the Program Evaluation Committee, and the Budget Committee recently approved hiring a consultant to help create and implement a Florida-specific version of the portal, Task Force Chair David Welch told the Board of Governors at its March meeting in Tallahassee.The board did not take any action at that time, but will formally address the task force’s final proposal at its May meeting in Jacksonville.Craig Ball, the Texas trial lawyer responsible for, has agreed to help develop www.myflorida, Welch told the board, and plans to have a prototype ready for display at the Bar’s Annual Meeting in Boca Raton.The portal would allow members to, among other things, do legal research, check calendars, check e-mail, get legal news, and access secure client files from various locations “all with the click of a mouse button,” he said.These are functions that will serve as a number of member benefits rolled into one convenient package.“A portal serves a lot of benefits and provides a lot of services a Web site doesn’t,” said Ron Owen, a Jacksonville attorney and member of the Technology Task Force. “It serves as a focal point or electronic desktop from which you start your day.”About 35,000 of Texas’ 70,000 lawyers are starting their days with — and the portal has only been around since March 2001. Ball called the portal “the most significant thing the [Texas] Bar has ever done,” and said Florida can expect to achieve the same results. The key to making the portal useful to lawyers, he said, is striking a balance of relevance, value, and support.With approval from the Budget Committee and PEC, Ball will now work with the task force to create a plan for implementing Florida’s version of the portal. read more

Think screenspace, not meatspace

first_img 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Brian Wringer Former watermelon farmer Brian Wringer wears several hats for iDiz Incorporated, including Web Projects Manager, Wordsmith, and Big Idea Guy. He builds better credit unions by day and weird old … Web: Details Quick, what comes to mind when you hear things like “member experience”, “marketing” and “brand”? If you picture branches, members talking to tellers, logos on signs, or people shuffling pieces of dead trees, you’re way behind the times.Your website is the most visible outpost of your credit union. For most credit unions, each member drops by your website an average at least four or five times a month. It’s open 24/7/365, and you can do things with color, interaction, and motion on a screen you just can’t do with a postcard or in a branch.Add in mobile app usage, and, well, you can see why “meatspace” (you know, the real physical world) is becoming less important than “screenspace”. Your credit union’s website should be the starting point and the hub of your brand, your marketing, and your entire member experience. How do you make sure that happens?Put online first in lineThe entire member experience must be actively and thoughtfully crafted — don’t leave it to chance. Put online first in line, with everything else flowing from there; online is where you have the greatest flexibility and impact, along with the ability to experiment, fine-tune, evolve, and revolutionize.Interoperability: not just an eight syllable wordMake sure everything works, and everything works together. For example, your online banking login should look like it belongs, and when members log in, they shouldn’t feel like they ended up somewhere else. You want a fast, smooth, and seamless experience on all devices.The same goes for your email, social media, chat, MCIF or CRM, and offline media — the goal is a consistent, on-brand member experience, no matter what.Make everything awesomeOf course, “meatspace” is still pretty important. When we build credit union websites, we’ve found that the site design process often kicks off a brand review of just about everything else — “can we make everything else as cool as the new website?” Extend that fresh “screenspace” thinking into every other part of the credit union.last_img read more

Big-hitting agents cash in on good times

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Disney fund names West Kalimantan woman environmental hero

first_imgSuch cooperation helps community members, especially those involved in mining and logging activities, to look for alternative and sustainable livelihoods.“She [is] volunteering to teach traditional weaving techniques at local schools, mobilizing hundreds of people across communities to use wild plants for economic stability, and spearheading agroforestry efforts,” the DCF wrote on its website.Ida’s success has inspired many people in other places across the country to advocate for forest conservation as well as a return to traditional crafts for economical and sustainable livelihood options.Since 1995, the DCF has been supporting nonprofit organizations with initiatives of community conservation to protect the planet and preserve wildlife. The fund has recognized more than 180 heroes around the world. (syk)Topics : Her journey began in 2011, when she attended a sustainable livelihood workshop hosted by the Gunung Palung Orangutan Conservation Program (GPOCP). She developed her skills as an artisan to build her career.Read also: Nine Indonesian women recognized for outstanding scientific contributionsShe understood that her community must actively preserve the forest to avoid deforestation. Following her mother’s footsteps as a craftmaker, she felt the need to encourage her community of craftmakers to use natural resources sustainably in their work.Ida later used her network from a workshop she attended to help the community reach a wider market. She helped form cooperation between her community, private distributors and the government, allowing artisans to sell large quantities of their crafts. Walt Disney Co.’s Disney Conservation Fund (DCF) has named Indonesian woman, Ida Saparida, a hero of the environment in its 2019 list, among other environmentalists from 50 other countries who have devoted their lives to fostering conservation efforts in their communities.“Taught at a young age by her mother how to weave traditional mats from Pandanus leaves, Ida values the cultural importance of her handicraft skills, protecting forest resources and creating sustainable incomes for the local people in Indonesia,” as written in The Walt Disney Company official website.Ida is the chief craftmaker of the Mata Pencaharian Berkelanjutan (Sustainable Livelihood) Program in a remote village in North Kayong regency, as reported by The village and the regency are located in the buffer zone of Gunung Palung National Park in the province.last_img read more

Introduction of new Dutch pensions vehicle postponed despite ‘urgency’

first_imgShe did not, however, provide any additional details about the ultimate design of the APF, leaving the sector in the dark over whether mandatory industry-wide pensions funds would be allowed to join the new vehicle.More than a year ago, the Dutch Pensions Federation urged the government to expedite the introduction of the APF, as it sees the vehicle as an alternative for pension funds considering liquidation.An APF offers pension funds the option to operate under a single and independent board but with ring-fenced assets.It is meant to serve as a third type of pension fund, replacing the API – the defined benefit vehicle for cross-border schemes – which never took off. The Dutch government has postponed the introduction of long-awaited pensions vehicle APF by six months to 1 January 2016 despite acknowledging the “urgency” of its introduction. In a letter to Parliament, Jetta Klijnsma, state secretary for Social Affairs, said the government needed more time to answer questions about the APF Bill.Klijnsma said she agreed with the pensions sector on the urgency of the APF’s introduction but stressed that addressing a number of outstanding questions on voluntary pension plans, collective value transfer, governance and working capital required more time.In her letter, Klijnsma said the concept of the draft legislation would be open for consultation to enable the sector to share its views with the government.last_img read more

James Bond house the hottest listing in QLD this week

first_img The marble kitchen bench has a waterfall edge. MORE: Why Andrew Winter’s home pops Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 558 London Road, Chandler, was the most viewed property in Queensland last week.A home dubbed the ‘James Bond House’ that comes with a 16-car garage with a hectare of land to boot was the hottest property in Queensland this week. Rolling lawn and serenity. The separate two bedroom apartment in front of the main “James Bond” style home.The home, just 17km from Brisbane’s CBD, is open for inspection Thursday October 31 at 6-7pm as well as Saturday November 2 from 10.30-11.30am. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON TWITTER This is what a $1.5m renovation looks likecenter_img The home has a modern minimalist look.The main house has 1,533sq m of living and entertainment space inside and out, according to agent Tyson Clarke of Queensland Sotheby’s International Realty – Brisbane.“A modern masterpiece dubbed the ‘James Bond House’ which fuses sleek minimalism with a serene, semirural sanctuary,” was how he listed it. The home has its own home theatre with bar. The gym leads out to entertainment space.Among its features was a 45sq m wine cellar with its own kitchenette and tasting facilities, a state-of-the-art home theatre as well as an outdoor cinema, a dramatic kitchen with butler’s pantry, an 11m x 7m pool, outdoor kitchen, pizza oven, executive office, home automation system and a gym.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours ago The property is 1.01ha.Latest data from show the six bedroom property at 558 London Road, Chandler, was the most viewed in the state last week.The property, which has seven and half bathrooms and sits on a massive 1.01ha of land, includes a separate apartment that’s got two bedrooms, one bath, and its own a two-car garage. Would you swim in a skip bin?last_img read more

CCC Urges UK Prime Minister to Keep Offshore Wind Promise

first_img“In this Parliament, the UK must get on track to deliveringNet Zero emissions, and adapt to the climate-related changes we areexperiencing.” In their letter, CCC Chairman Lord Deben and Chair of the CCC’s Adaptation Committee Baroness Brown called on the Prime Minister to ensure that any market reforms are complementary to the UK’s net zero emissions goal. “As host of next year’s UN Climate Summit in Glasgow, the steps we takein the next 12 months will also have a lasting global impact,” theChairs wrote. The UK Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has urged the recently elected Prime Minister Boris Johnson to deliver on the promised 40GW of offshore wind by 2030 commitment. Other priorities include developing an ongoing mechanism to pay for emissionsreductions from industry and an approach to delivering hydrogen and CCSinfrastructure, alongside the promised capital support. The letter also provides the committee’s assessment of the priorities forthe new government to reduce UK emissions and prepare for climate change. According to CCC, the government’s actions in the coming year will define the UK’s response to the climate crisis. To remind, Johnson announced in November he is pledging to increase the UK’s 2030 offshore wind target from the current 30GW to 40GW if his Conservative party wins the general election. UK’s current target to have 30GW of connected capacity by 2030 was set with the launch of a new joint government-industry Offshore Wind Sector Deal this March.last_img read more