Press release: Dissolving seaweed sauce sachets among innovative schemes to cut down on harmful plastic waste

first_imgProfessor Duncan Wingham, Executive Chair, Natural Environment Research Council and PRIF lead for UKRI, said: Ichthion: Filters out plastic clogging up the UK’s waterways with a boat-mounted vacuum which mimics the way remora fish feed Axion: Recycles plastics like car bumpers and motorcycle helmets, currently sent to landfill, and turns them into plastic pellets for moulding into new products such as bins or cables Polymateria: Makes biodegradable plastic which lets you put packaging straight into the compost with your food waste The Industrial Strategy has research and innovation at its heart and as part of this, the government has committed to boost spending on research and development to 2.4% of GDP by 2027 to ensure the UK takes advantage of the economic opportunities from the move towards a cleaner, greener economy.The competition is supported by the £20 million Plastics Research and Innovation Fund which aims to build on the UK’s global leadership in the fight against waste plastic, ensuring the UK reaps the economic benefits from the transition to a low carbon economy while leaving the environment in a better place for future generations. This announcement builds on the government’s world-leading Clean Growth Strategy which sets out more than £2.5 billion in low carbon innovation.The announcement of the winners comes during the UK’s first ever Green GB Week, calling on governments, businesses and communities to renew their efforts to confront climate change head on while seizing one of the greatest industrial opportunities of our time.Just last week the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change published a report stating that more rapid action is needed to reduce greenhouse gas emission to avoid devastating risks of climate change to health and global prosperity. Government support to tackle plastic waste will help the UK realise the economic benefits of this global move to tackle climate change.The UK has already taken great strides to tackle plastic pollution with 13 billion plastic bags taken out of circulation through our 5p carrier bag charge and a ban on microbeads in care products. The Plastics Research Innovation Fund starts bringing the strength of UK Research and Innovation’s entire portfolio, from environment to technology to business to behaviour and regulation, to bear on the pressing and very widely recognised problem of plastic waste. The innovative businesses awarded funding today have stepped up and are bringing their creativity and entrepreneurialism to bear in finding real-world solutions to problem plastics, while at the same time aiming to create cleaner economic growth. Business and Energy Secretary, Greg Clark, said: Dissolving seaweed sauce sachets and technology inspired by a suckerfish to remove plastics from rivers are among 11 innovative projects to win the backing of a £4 million government fund to clean up the environment.To showcase the ground-breaking research being led by UK scientists and innovators during Green GB & NI Week, the Business Secretary Greg Clark today announced the winners of a competition to develop new products or processes to end the scourge of plastic waste.Moving to a greener, cleaner economy which helps protect the environment is a key part of the government’s modern Industrial Strategy.Among the winners are Skipping Rocks Lab in London, whose state-of-the-art facility is working on a scheme which could make the sight of single-use condiment sachets on takeaway counters a thing of the past by replacing plastic packaging with seaweed. The material, which has successfully been used as an alternative to the plastic water bottle, biodegrades as fast as a piece of fruit and is cheaper than plastic.Other successful companies to win government funding include: Companies are capitalising on the UK’s world leading research base to develop products that tackle the global scourge of plastic waste while grasping the business opportunities found in the green economy. When you combine Britain’s leadership, innovation and determination it is an unbeatable combination – exactly what our Industrial Strategy and Green GB Week are supporting and encouraging.last_img read more

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Ali Ewoldt & Jordan Donica Begin Performances in Phantom

first_img Related Shows Ali Ewoldt & Jordan Donica(Photos courtesy of The Publicity Group) from $29.00 View Commentscenter_img With 28 years on the Great White Way, over 11,000 performances and even a viral crosswalk production, The Phantom of the Opera is hitting another historic milestone. Broadway alum Ali Ewoldt, who is half-Filipino, begins performances as Christine on June 13; she is the first person of color in the role on the Main Stem. Welcome newcomer Jordan Donica joins her as Raoul. The two step in for Julia Udine and Jeremy Hays at the Majestic Theatre.Ewoldt recently played Tuptim in the Chicago Lyric Opera production of The King and I, having previously understudied the role in the current Broadway revival. Her additional credits include Les Miserables and The Fantasticks. Ewoldt told Broadway.com that Christine has “always been on that list of roles [she] wanted to play.” Donica has appeared on stage regionally in Jesus Christ Superstar, Dames at Sea and South Pacific. The Phantom of the Opera will mark his Broadway debut.When the two join the company, current ensemble member Rachel Eskenazi-Gold will become the production’s alternate Christine, taking over for Rachel Zatcoff and playing the role twice a week. The cast at the Majestic Theatre currently includes James Barbour as The Phantom, Laird Mackintosh as Monsieur André, Craig Bennett as Monsieur Firmin, Michele McConnell as Carlotta, Rebecca Eichenberger as Madame Giry, John Easterlin as Piangi and Kara Klein as Meg Giry. The Phantom of the Operalast_img read more

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No fruit yet

first_imgThe temptation is great to let newly set fruit plants bear fruit the first year, but don’t be give in. Whether they are fruit trees or tiny plants like strawberries, these plants need that first year to become established. If you gather your berries or fruits this year, you could deal with less healthy, less productive plants for years to come. Remove first bloomsGardeners should remove all of a fruit plants blooms the first year after planting to prevent them from bearing fruit. For strawberries, allowing the newly set plants to produce fruit the first year can reduce the amount of fruit the plant produces the following year and delay the formation of daughter plants. Just a single fruit can sap the limited resources of a young fruit tree and delay its development. Even if new shoots do develop, they can be stunted and produce a mis-shapened tree.Fertilization is an important practice in growing all fruit crops. When properly used, fertilizers help achieve better plant growth and increased yields. Improperly used, fertilizer can be wasted or even damage fruit plants. Fertilizer cannot compensate for poor plants or cultural practices. Follow soil test resultsTake a soil sample to your local University of Georgia Cooperative Extension office to determine fertilizer needs. Soil samples can be taken at any time but late winter is probably the best time. A soil test will provide a lot of information about your soil, but one of the most important things to know for fruit trees is whether you need to adjust the soil pH by applying lime. Lime applications made during the next several weeks will have ample time to react before the spring growing season begins. Generally it takes about three months for lime to react in the soil.last_img read more

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Lawyer needed for admissions panel

first_imgLawyer needed for admissions panel February 15, 2006 Regular News Lawyer needed for admissions panel The Board of Governors is seeking applicants for the following vacancy to be filled during its April 7 meeting: Supreme Court’s Bar Admissions Committee: One lawyer to serve a two-year term commencing July 1. This committee coordinates the work of the bench, bar, law schools, and bar examiners.Persons interested in applying for these vacancies may download the application from the Bar’s Web site, www.floridabar.org, or should call Bar headquarters at (850) 561-5600, extension 5757, to obtain an application form. Completed applications must be submitted to the Executive Director, The Florida Bar, 651 East Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300 no later than close of business, Friday, March 10. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of an application.last_img read more

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Should we acquire a bank?

first_imgMany credit unions are watching what happens with the National Credit Union Administration’s pending rule on credit union acquisitions of banks.“The proposed rule is not perfect but good at codifying what we have been doing for the past 10 years,” explains Michael M. Bell, Esq., an attorney and counselor with Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC in Michigan. “The rule is fair. It does not hinder or help. It is neutral.”Bell represented $2.2 billion Elevations Credit Union, Boulder, Colorado, during a recent case in which the CU was blocked from acquiring a bank. According to Bell, Colorado’s decision to block the acquisition was based on the state’s ruling that state-chartered banks are not able to give their charter to credit unions.“It is not about a credit union’s ability to buy, but that the bank couldn’t sell,” explains Bell. “We did our due diligence and (had) our understanding of the law. This was a political decision by the state of Colorado.” continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Tobacco industry using ‘deadly’ tactics to hook kids: WHO

first_imgTopics : Replacing dead users Vinayak Prasad, coordinator of the WHO’s No Tobacco Unit, said the industry was spending $1 million per hour on marketing.”They’re doing it to find replacement users: eight million premature deaths each year,” he said.Data from 39 countries showed that around nine percent of children aged 13 to 15 were now using e-cigarettes, while a huge increase in their use had been witnessed in the United States, said the WHO.As for claims that e-cigarettes are safer, Krech said: “All tobacco products are harmful.”Adriana Blanco Marquizo, who heads the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, added: “Smoking a cigarette is so dangerous, it’s very difficult to find something that is more dangerous.”The physician said the prevalence of smoking was going down but also, the absolute number of smokers was declining for the first time, despite the global population increasing. “WHO calls on all sectors to help stop marketing tactics of tobacco and related industries that prey on children and young people,” the UN health agency said.”The tactics are very mean by the tobacco industry,” said Rudiger Krech, the WHO’s director of health promotion.”In some countries where it’s not regulated you find tobacco products close to candy in the supermarkets,” he told a virtual press briefing.”You find ‘advisers’ going into schools to educate young children on using e-cigarettes; you find giving out free cigarettes in developing countries. Tobacco companies are deliberately using “deadly” tactics to target children and get them hooked on smoking, the World Health Organization said Friday.The WHO said cigarette firms were still trying out all manner of ways to get youngsters lighting up — and it was no accident that the vast majority of smokers start before they turn 18.Ahead of its World No Tobacco Day on Sunday, the WHO said 44 million children aged 13 to 15 were smoking, while many more pre-teens could be added to that number.center_img “They’re targeting these children and adolescents. Ninety percent of all smokers start before 18, and that’s deliberate: it’s not a mistake.”What they do is deadly.” Logo on face masks Krech said that during the coronavirus lockdown, there had been a “huge uptake” of people trying to give up smoking — and the industry had responded.During the COVID-19 crisis, some tobacco companies have been putting their logo on free face masks.The industry has offered doorstep delivery during quarantine and, in some countries, lobbied for tobacco products to be listed as “essential”, the WHO claimed.”They see their market go, so that’s why they don’t leave anything open where they can interfere,” said Krech.The WHO on Friday launched a classroom toolkit aimed youngsters aged 13-17 to show them how the tobacco industry tries to “manipulate them into using deadly products”.It also called on social media platforms to ban the marketing of tobacco products.Blanco Marquizo said that adolescents could be empowered to protect themselves “when they understand the intentions of an industry that really wants them hooked in an addictive behavior just in order to keep their profits”.Nicholas Martinez, a 17-year-old from Florida’s 6,500-strong group Students Working Against Tobacco, said it was “the only product that if you use it the right way — the way it’s intended — it will kill you.”It’s a cool thing? It’s more cool to be smart, and alive when everybody else is dead,” he said.last_img read more

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South Korea’s Oct LNG imports down 15 pct YoY

first_imgPyeongtaek LNG import terminal (Image courtesy of Kogas)Liquefied natural gas (LNG) imports into South Korea, the world’s second-largest buyer of the fuel, dropped 15 percent in October, according to the customs data.The country imported 2.76 million mt of LNG in October as compared to 3.25 million mt in the corresponding month the year before.Qatar regained its position as the dominant supplier of LNG to South Korea after Australia took over as the country’s top supplier within a month in September.The world’s largest exporter supplied 0.85 million mt to South Korea in October, However, Qatari imports fell by 0.32 million mt or 27 percent on year.Qatar is still by far the largest supplier to South Korea looking at the whole year with 9.1 million mt supplied in the January-October period.Indonesian volumes rose last month by 16 percent to 0.42 million mt while Australian LNG supplies to South Korea dropped 24.5 percent on year to 0.40 million mt.The remaining volumes imported into South Korea last month were sourced from USA, Russia, Oman, Brunei, Malaysia and Peru.In the January-October period, South Korea imported 30 million mt of LNG as compared to 26 million mt in the same period last year.South Korea is expected to continue boosting its imports of the chilled fuel for power generation as part of a plan to reduce reliance on coal and nuclear plants. LNG World News Stafflast_img read more

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Otto expands U.S. Gulf of Mexico acreage

first_imgOtto Energy has entered into a joint venture with Hilcorp Energy which will see it earn a 37.5% working interest in an eight-well portfolio of prospects in the Onshore/Near Shore USA Gulf Coast (Gulf of Mexico).The wells will be drilled by Hilcorp, a highly experienced, privately-owned operator based in Houston, over the next 18 months.Under a Joint Exploration and Development Agreement (JEDA) with Hilcorp Energy Otto has committed to an eight-well drilling program with an estimated cost of US$75 million (100%).Otto will earn a 37.5% working interest by paying 50.0% of the costs of drilling and either setting casing or plugging and abandoning the well plus lease acquisition costs at each of the eight prospects. The estimated cost of the commitment to Otto is US$37.5 million. US$4 million will be paid immediately to cover initial land and other costs.Otto has said it has a clear strategy to grow production in the Gulf of Mexico to 5,000 boepd by the end of 2020.“More specifically Otto’s target area for new opportunities lies within the Pliocene, Miocene and Oligocene reservoir systems of the US Gulf of Mexico shelf and Gulf Coast where capital costs are manageable for Otto and the availability of infrastructure means the time from discovery to production is short,“ the company said.Otto’s Managing Director, Matthew Allen, commented: “This program provides an outstanding opportunity to execute our strategic objective of becoming a 5,000 boepd producer in the Gulf of Mexico by the end of 2020. It represents an exciting time for Otto shareholders, with the program complementing our near-term exploration campaigns at Bivouac Peak in the GoM and in Alaska.“The eight independent prospects announced today are in our geological and geographical sweet spot and provide a unique opportunity to substantially grow our Gulf of Mexico business in one transaction with an outstanding operator and partner in Hilcorp.”last_img read more

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UPDATE: West Indies take early wicket in final test!

first_imgLocalNewsSports UPDATE: West Indies take early wicket in final test! by: – April 23, 2012 Tweet Share Share 32 Views   no discussionscenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Shane Shillingford. Photo credit: Windies CricketElecting to bat first on a pitch which looked to offer some assistance to the opening bowlers, Australia closed out the morning session on 69 for the loss of 1 wicket.The decision to bat first appeared to be a wrong one when opener Ed Cowan, went first ball in the second over, LBW to Ravi Rampaul, with the score on 1. However vice captain Shane Watson and opener, Warner withstood some pretty accurate bowling by both Rampaul and Kemar Roach, and then by Captain Sammy taking their side to lunch with no further loss of wickets.Warner was however dropped in the slips by West Indies Captain, Sammy, from the bowling of Rampaul, a mistake that may well prove costly to the West Indies.Dominican born, Shane Shillingford, whose introduction into the bowling attack was greeted with thunderous applause, bowled 4 overs accurately from the off spin.At the lunch interval, Australia are (69 for 1) with David Warner on (28) and Shane Watson on (30 ), Rampaul being the only successful bowler having taken 1 wicket for (22 ) runs in (9) overs with 4 maidens.The West Indies team members are:Darren Sammy (captain), Adrian Barath, Carlton Baugh Jr, Kraigg Brathwait, Dre Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Narsing Deonarine, Ravi Rampaul comes in for Fidel Edwards, Assad Fadadin, Kieran Powell, Kemar Roach and Shane Shillingford- the first Dominican to play test cricket on home ground.The Australia team members are:Michael Clark (captain), Shane Watson (vice-captain), Ed Cowan, Peter Forrest, Ryan Harris (man of the Match in Barbados will play, he was rested in Trinidad), Ben Hilfenhaus, Mike Hssey, Nathan Lyon, Pater Nevill, James Pattinson, Ricky Pontin, Peter Siddle, Mitchel Starc (1st game of season), Matther Wade and David Warner.Australia won the first test, the second ended in a tie and the Windies are determined to win the final to level the series.[nggallery id=161]Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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Atalanta crush Valencia 4-1 in Champions League first leg

first_img Loading… The Italians will take their three-goal advantage to the Mestalla for the return leg courtesy of two goals from Hans Hateboer, and one each from Josip Ilicic and Remo Freuler. read also: Atalanta ride wave of remarkable run in Champions League Denis Cheryshev gave Valencia consolatory away goal on 66 minutes, but they look out of the tie at this stage. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Advertisement Atalanta ran out 4-1 winners over Spanish side Valencia in the first leg of their Champions League tie. Promoted Content7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowEvery Movie Starring Sylvester Stallone From Best To WorstWhy Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices?last_img read more

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