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Moncton kombucha brewery gets funding boost

first_imgMoncton kombucha brewery gets funding boost From: Atlantic Canada Opportunities AgencyALIVE Kombucha will use organic ingredients when it launches into productionCanada’s food and beverage industry was hit hard by COVID-19. The Government of Canada has taken significant action to help the industry recover and is working closely with food producers and organizations to help them sustain and create jobs.ALIVE Kombucha receives investmentThe Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Member of Parliament for Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe, the Honourable Margaret Johnson, New Brunswick Minister of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries, along with ALIVE Kombucha officials today announced a joint investment of more than $373,000 to establish a 5,000 square foot commercial size Kombucha brewery in Moncton. MP Petitpas Taylor made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages.The funding will support renovations to an existing building and the purchase of advanced manufacturing equipment. The project is made possible with assistance from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and the Canadian Agriculture Partnership (CAP), a cost-shared investment between Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the Province of New Brunswick.Today’s announcement demonstrates the federal and provincial governments’ commitment to support the Canadian food and beverage industry. Investments like this one will help ensure there are food sector jobs for Canadians to go back to when the country recovers from the pandemic.Quotes“The food sector is an essential industry in Atlantic Canada. That is why we are helping food and beverage-based businesses scale-up and offer more jobs to ensure that our food sector plays a major role in Canada’s economic recovery.”– The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA“While COVID-19 has posed challenges for the agriculture and agri-food sector, it’s more important than ever to ensure that farmers and processors are supported. Through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, we’re helping businesses like ALIVE Kombucha take advantage of opportunities to diversify, expand production, and make use of innovative and clean technologies, which will have an economic ripple effect for their whole region.”– The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food“This support from the federal government will help ALIVE Kombucha innovate and create new business opportunities to sustain and invigorate this vital sector, which will support the local economy and help the wider industry compete globally.”– The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Member of Parliament for Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe“The development, growth and sustainability of the local food and beverages sectors is central to the continued strengthening of New Brunswick’s food system. There is a growing interest for locally produced food and beverages, and supporting local companies is crucial to the New Brunswick economy.”– The Honourable Margaret Johnson, New Brunswick Minister of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries“Here at Alive Kombucha we brew our kombucha using solar energy, so that we can provide you with a healthy drink that doesn’t negatively affect our planet. Our 40 megawatts solar energy production is certified by The Smart Energy Company, saving 30.7 acres of forest annually and preventing 26.5 tones of Co2, while producing our great tasting kombucha. Our products are made from a minimum of 97% organic ingredients and is certified by the Canadian Digestive Health Foundation.”– Louis Leith, Owner, ALIVE KombuchaQuick factsThe Government of Canada, through ACOA, is providing a repayable contribution of $201,710 to MCP Network Ltd, while $100,000 is being invested through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a cost-shared investment between Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the Province of New Brunswick.Opportunities New Brunswick is also investing $72,000 towards the project.The company is contributing more than $1.7 million towards the establishment of the brewery. ALIVE Kombucha is MCP Network Ltd’s operating name.The Canadian Agricultural Partnership is a five-year (2018-2023), $3 billion investment by federal, provincial and territorial governments to strengthen the agriculture and agri-food sector. This investment is cost-shared on a 60:40 basis and delivered by provinces and territories to ensure programs are tailored to meet regional needs.ACOA’s contribution is provided through the Regional Economic Growth through Innovation program, which supports projects that promote sustainable community economic development, enhance business development and growth, and facilitate innovation. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). 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Senate combines COVID-19 liability shield measures

first_img Mar 15, 2021 By Jim Ash Senior Editor Top Stories Senate combines COVID-19 liability shield measures Sen. Jeff BrandesThe Senate Rules Committee has approved a universal COVID-19 liability shield — after combining a measure to protect businesses, schools, and religious institutions with another for doctors, hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care providers.The committee voted 10-5 on March 11 to approve SB72 by Judiciary Chair Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg.Brandes told the committee that combining the measures would give the Senate a stronger bargaining position with the House, which has already approved a business-protection bill, HB-7, by Rep. Lawrence McClure, R-Plant City.“I think it’s best to have the business community and the health-care community rowing together,” Brandes said. “In this process, it’s easier to defend one fortress than it is to defend two.”SB 72 would establish, among other things, a pre-suit process that gives judges the ability to dismiss claims against businesses that demonstrate “substantial” compliance with government health regulations.Another business-related provision would require plaintiffs to pre-file a physician’s affidavit attesting that the defendant’s acts or omissions were to blame for the COVID-19 related illness, injury, or death.To successfully sue medical providers, plaintiffs would have to overcome heightened evidence standards and prove that the defendant committed “gross negligence” or “intentional misconduct.”Brandes rejected arguments by Democrats, trial attorneys and consumer activists that the measure would protect the small number of nursing home operators who account for the lion’s share of patient injury.Brandes said nursing homes made a heroic effort during the worst of the pandemic, with their staffs donning shower caps and garbage bags when PPE wasn’t available.“To my knowledge, not one nursing home in the state of Florida pushed their residents to the curb,” he said. “We asked them to MacGyver their way through a global pandemic…they were there for our families on the front end of this. We’ve got to be there for them on the back end of this.”Democrats offered amendments that would eliminate or narrow many of the liability protections, but as in the bill’s previous committee stops, Republicans shot them down one-by-one in a series of voice votes.Sen. Perry Thurston, D-Ft. Lauderdale and an attorney, offered an amendment that would have made nursing homes with a history of regulatory violations ineligible for the liability protections.Thurston argued that rewarding “bad actors” is unfair to the nursing homes who provide excellent care.“Essentially what it does is, it says, let’s not have a blanket application,” he said. “When you give this type of exclusion, I don’t think everybody should benefit from it.”Senate Democratic Leader Gary Farmer, who is also a Ft. Lauderdale attorney, offered amendments that targeted everything from the physician’s affidavit provision to the heightened evidence standards.One of Farmer’s amendments would have required businesses to post signs warning customers about the COVID-19 liability protections. Another would have granted a legal presumption to EMTs, firefighters, and other first-responders that their COVID-19 infection is job-related.“We talk so much around here about respect and admiration we have for our front-line workers, our first-responders…firefighters, police, paramedics,” he said. “It’s terribly unfair that we’re not doing something in this bill to take care of these people…”Another Farmer amendment would have sunset the bill after the first year, a move that would bring the measure closer to the House version.But Brandes argued against it, suggesting it may be a major sticking point with the House.Evidence suggests that COVID-19 variants that have been detected in Florida are vaccine resistant, Brandes said.“Unfortunately, we’re still dealing with COVID,” he said. “We’ll be back here next year, and we can address it at that time.HB 7005 by Rep. Colleen Burton, R-Lakeland – the medical COVID-19 liability shield — has cleared both its committees and is awaiting a floor vote.last_img read more

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China’s FDD-LTE licences to be issued in May — report

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 02 FEB 2015 China Telecom profit jumps China Telecom claims NB-IoT milestone China operators lose NYSE delisting appeal Author ChinaChina MobileChina TelecomChina UnicomFDD-LTEhybrid licenceshybrid trialsMIITTDD-FDD LTETechnology Joseph Waring joins Mobile World Live as the Asia editor for its new Asia channel. Before joining the GSMA, Joseph was group editor for Telecom Asia for more than ten years. In addition to writing features, news and blogs, he… Read more HomeAsiaNews China’s FDD-LTE licences to be issued in May — reportcenter_img Previous ArticleTaiwan Mobile aims to triple 4G users in 2015Next ArticleEricsson eyes India as top Asian market within 3 years Tags Asia Joseph Waring An ambition by China Telecom and China Unicom to be on equal 4G footing with market leader China Mobile is putting pressure on the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) to speed up the issue of full nationwide FDD-LTE licences, with a source at an operator saying that “if everything goes well” the MIIT is expected to issue the licences around World Telecommunications Day on 17 May, C114.net reported.The report comes as China Telecom and China Unicom reportedly are both pushing to scale up their 4G network deployments and expand their so-called hybrid TDD-FDD trials to more than 100 cities in the first half of the year.China Unicom and China Telecom first received approval for the hybrid trials in 16 cities in June. The MIIT expanded the trials in August to 40 cities, then again to 56 cities in December. China Mobile recently said it now has 90 million 4G connections, while China Unicom and China Telecom together only have 10 million.The MIIT has said previously that it wouldn’t consider issuing FDD-LTE licences until “conditions are mature in 2015” and wanted to see TD-LTE users expand to 250 million, C114.net said.To speed up their rollouts, China Unicom and China Telecom will be able to use the 700,000 base stations that took China Mobile a year to build. China Tower – a joint venture established last July by the country’s three mobile operators – has started to take over the construction of towers from the operators in some regions. Starting this year, the operators will no longer build new towers. China Tower is expected to build more than one million towers over the next two years.Meanwhile, China Unicom has released its “2H2014 service quality report”. The country’s second largest operator with 300 million connections sped up the roll out of its hybrid TDD-FDD network in the second half of last year, deploying 10,000 TD-LTE base stations and 90,000 FDD-LTE base stations.China Unicom said its TD-LTE network covers more than 300 cities and has a peak download speed of 150Mb/s. Relatedlast_img read more

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Unstoppable Cink sets midway record at Heritage

first_imgHILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — Two-time champion Stewart Cink moved into position for a third RBC Heritage title, shooting a second straight 63 to set the 36-hole scoring mark at Harbour Town. Cink, 47, appears unstoppable after two amazing days. He sits at 16-under 126, five shots ahead of Corey Conners. The previous best midway score was 129, set by Jack Nicklaus en route to victory in 1975 and matched by Phil Mickelson, who wound up third in 2002. Conners shot 64 and was 11 under. Emiliano Grillo (64) was another shot behind. Fourth-ranked Collin Morikawa, preparing to defend his PGA Championship title next month, was tied for fourth at 9-under with Sungjae Im (65), Billy Horschel (67) and Cameron Smith, who followed his opening-round 62 with a 71. Cink was hardly overwhelmed by the scores he posted, chalking them up to smart preparation and strong execution alongside his 24-year-old son, Reagan, who’s caddying for him. “It doesn’t feel all that special, to be honest with you,” Cink said. “We just kind of worked our game plan.” It was certainly unexpected. Cink hasn’t finished in the top 20 at Harbour Town in a decade, hadn’t led halfway since the Travelers Championship in 2008 and is closer to the PGA Tour Champions than his prime. Yet Cink has had a renaissance on golf’s biggest stage this season. He won for the first time in 11 years at the Safeway Open in September and has added five top-20 finishes including a tie for 12th last week at the Masters. Cink was down three shots to Conners when he teed off Friday. No matter. Cink quickly erased the deficit with an eagle on the par-5 second and a birdie on No. 3. Cink moved in front with a birdie on the sixth and steadily built his margin the rest of the way, adding birdies on the 11th, 13th, 15th and 17th holes. Cink says having son Reagan as caddie ‘a huge help’ The veteran is two solid rounds away from adding a third plaid jacket to the two he earned in 2000 and 2004. In both of those wins, Cink came from behind on Sunday. This time he’ll need to just maintain his strong overall play. Since Reagan became his caddie, father and son have been collaborating on strategy before tournaments. “We call it bludgeoning and we’re just bludgeoning that plan almost to death,” the elder Cink said with a grin. “When you manage yourself around a course like that and execute, the golf courses yield.” Conners entered the week with Masters momentum, having tied for eighth at Augusta National for his second top-10 finish there in five months. He birdied seven of his final 13 holes. “Giving myself lots of chances and was really nice to see some go in,” Conners said. “Hopefully, can keep that up going into the weekend.” Morikawa had chances, too, He had seven birdie opportunities from 20 feet or less on his final nine holes, but the only one that dropped was an 18-footer on No. 6. Morikawa said changing wind conditions made it difficult to judge green speeds. “It was tough not seeing a few birdies in,” he said. “But we’ll work on a few things and be fine for the weekend.” RBC Heritage: Full-field scores | Full coverage Smith, who was bogey-free in his opening 62, dropped three shots in a five-hole stretch on Friday. “I think the golfing gods got a few back on me today,” the Australian said. Top-ranked Dustin Johnson used a back-nine surge to avoid his second straight missed cut and after leaving the Masters early, returning only to slip the green jacket on new champ Hideki Matsuyama. Consecutive bogeys on the fourth and fifth holes at Harbour Town dropped him to 1-under, but four birdies coming in gave him a 67 and left him 11 shots behind Cink. Those going home included Patrick Cantlay, Harris English, Sergio Garcia and Kevin Na, all among the top 30 in the FedEx Cup point standings this season.last_img read more

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Associate Dean, NJ Center for Science, Technology and Mathematics

first_imgSTOP! Current Kean University employees (including part-timeStudent Assistants, Graduate Assistants, Academic Specialists andAdjuncts) must apply via the internal career site to ensureconsideration as an internal candidate. To apply internally, pleaselog into your Workday account and select the Career icon on yourhomepage to view available positions.New Jersey Center for Science, Technology and Mathematics(NJCSTM)Associate DeanThe New Jersey Center for Science, Technology andMathematics offers a vibrant teaching and research environmentdedicated to preparing a new generation of innovators forsuccessful careers as professional scientists, physicians andeducators. NJCSTM combines science and research in an innovativehonors curriculum that strives to instill the critical thinking andproblem-solving skills needed to succeed in today’s scientificallyand technologically advanced world. NJCSTM offers a five yearcombined bachelor’s/master’s scholarship program with two separatedegree tracks: one in teacher Education and the other in Research.This is the only program in New Jersey that offers a corecurriculum in the first two years that integrates science andmathematics courses linked to problem-solving and hands-onlaboratory research to reinforce the classroom content. NJCSTM ishoused in a striking, state-of-the-art 133,000 sq. ft. educationalfacility, with teaching and research laboratories, classrooms, a320 seat auditorium for workshops, lectures, conferences and othermajor events and a 630 person atrium for meeting exhibits,break-out and poster sessions and social education events.Reporting to the Dean, the Associate Dean assists in the generaladministration and management of NJCSTM and its various teaching,research and outreach missions as well as its special initiativesand the day-to-day operations of the Office of the Dean. Theprimary responsibility of the Associate Dean will be to promote andsupervise applied research at NJCSTM. I n the absence of the Dean,the Associate Dean assumes the role of chief academic officer forthe NJCSTM.As the chief research officer for the NJCSTM, the Associate Dean isresponsible for the leadership, promotion, development andmaintenance of faculty and student scholarly research programs,publications, community-based research collaborations andexternally funded research and service activities across the NJCSTMand in collaboration with other Colleges and Schools within theUniversity and the broader academic and industry communities; isresponsible for improvements in the quality and impact of thatresearch and the growth of local, national and internationalresearch collaborations; and does related work as required. Thisposition requires travel and a flexible schedule including eveningand weekend hours.This is not a remote position and requires physical presence oncampus as determined by the Supervisor. It requires working oncampus during the COVID-19 pandemic and interacting directly withstudents following all procedures and protocols set forth in theUniversity’s Restart Plan and any procedures/protocols createdthrough additional correspondence. The employee must have theability to wear a face covering for the duration of the workdayduring the COVID pandemic or as determined by universityprotocol.Qualifications: Doctorate degree or a combination of education andexperience in an academic or professional field related to thedisciplines within the NJCSTM and a minimum of four years ofprogressive experience in a higher education environment or in aresearch environment involving collaborations and/or otheractivities with academic scientists and institutions, in eithercase, combining research, education and administrative experienceor the equivalent as determined by the university.Candidacy review begins immediately and continues until appointmentis made. Please submit your cover letter, resume/CV and contactinformation for three professional references. Officialtranscripts for all degrees are required prior to the starting dateof employment.Additional InformationKean University complies with the New Jersey First Act (Senate Bill No. 1730, P.L. 2011,Chapter 70). Any individual newly hired by Kean University will berequired to abide by this law and establish a principal residencein New Jersey. New employees will have a full 365 days to establishsuch residence, from the effective date of hire.In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), ifyou have a disability and would like to request an accommodation inorder to apply for a position, please refer to Section III.A. ofour Reasonable Accommodations Policy &Procedures .Diversity & Non-Discrimination StatementKean University is committed to establishing and maintaining adiverse campus community through inclusive excellence and equalopportunity. Kean’s commitment to access and equity is designed toprepare each graduate to not only thrive, but climb higher in adiverse world. As an affirmative action, equal opportunityinstitution we work to support a campus-wide agenda to foster acommunity that both values and promotes the diversity and equity ofall students, faculty, staff, administrators, and beyond.EEO/AA StatementKean University is an Equal Opportunity/AffirmativeAction/Veterans/Disability Employerlast_img read more

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Douglas Westwood: North Sea – Hope for Declining Production?

first_imgWestern Europe will continue to rely on imported Russian gas into the 2020s as mature offshore provinces struggle for growth, while large-scale shale gas extraction looks increasingly unlikely in the medium term, Douglas Westwood said in its DW Monday report.Johan Sverdrup field in NorwayFollowing Moscow’s intervention in Ukraine and the resulting strained diplomatic ties with the West, it remains to be seen if North Sea production can rally to support any drop in gas flow from Russia.With many IOCs planning investment into UK offshore fields through enhanced oil recovery (EOR), deeper water plays and downstream infrastructure upgrades, our Development Drilling & Production Forecast predicts that production will rally slightly to around 1.75 million b/d by 2017, requiring a maintaining of the recent 6% jump in well completions. The necessary high levels of expenditure are unlikely to be sustained in the long-term due to the UK’s offshore maturity; therefore, DW expect a resumption of decline towards the end of the decade. Hope for any long-term growth rests with much-needed reform of the UK’s offshore regulator, which must swiftly adapt to the shift towards production from smaller fields.On the other side of the North Sea, Statoil is to attempt improved recovery from brownfield projects offshore Norway. Along with the start of projects in the large Johan Sverdrup and Goliat fields, this will see the number of well completions sustained at around 200 a year beyond 2020. DW expect these projects will see Norway break from the mould of other mature Western European producers and sustain production into the next decade. It must be noted, however, that both of these fields are currently subject to delay. Johan Sverdrup is facing electrification issues whilst ENI’s Goliat FPSO is still to be completed and may take millions of man-hours more.Potential risks to future growth include rising costs and the potential (albeit currently small, and in the longer term) competition from shale gas production. A recent victim of rising costs was the subsea compression project at Ormen Lange, despite positive results during testing and the backing of Statoil and ExxonMobil. Recent onshore legislation changes in the UK now allows for drilling and pipeline construction under private property. This, along with growing encouragement from Westminster of E&P companies, shows that shale gas extraction could be possible on a larger scale towards the end of the decade. [mappress]Source: Douglas Westwood, May 12, 2014last_img read more

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College Round-up: Highlights on local athletes

first_imgBy Hub City Times staffMARSHFIELD – A number of area students are participating in college athletics.At the UW-La Crosse Twilight track and field meet April 24, Ashley Holubets of Marshfield finished in first place in the 400 hurdles for La Crosse, while Spencer’s Rachel Zastrow took second place in the pole vault for the Eagles. On the men’s side, Eli Temanson of Stratford took first in the pole vault for La Crosse, which took first place in both the men’s and women’s competition.In college softball April 25, UW-River Falls split a doubleheader with UW-Oshkosh, winning game one, 8-4. Marshfield’s Lexi Dupee went 3-for-4, with three singles and an RBI for River Falls. Oshkosh won game two, 10-2. Dupee did not play in that contest.In college baseball, also played April 25, UW-Stout won both games of a doubleheader with UW-Stevens Point, winning game one, 5-2, at the Woodside complex in Mauston. Jack Donahue of Marshfield was the winning pitcher for Stout. He went eight and one-third innings, gave up one earned run and eight hits, while walking three and striking out three.Viterbo lost to Clarke of Iowa 12-10. Billy Young of Marshfield pitched one and a third inning for Viterbo, giving up two earned runs and three hits, while walking one and striking out two.Iowa beat UW-Milwaukee, 12-4. Marshfield’s Trevor Schwecke had a two-run home run for the Panthers. The following day, April 26, the Panthers beat the Milwaukee School of Engineering 5-2. Trevor had a single and a run scored. Schwecke is batting .307 for Milwaukee this season.Also on April 25, UW-Platteville lost both games of a doubleheader with UW-La Crosse. The Eagles won game one 16-2. Spencer’s Mitch Susa had a single and an RBI for the Pioneers. La Crosse won the second game, 12-11. Susa went 2-for-3 with two singles, two walks, a sacrifice fly, an RBI, and three runs scored. Susa is batting .269 for UW-Platteville this season.last_img read more

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IPL 8: Yuvraj Singh eyeing strong comeback to rescue Delhi Daredevils

first_imgDelhi Daredevils need to win all of their remaining games to make the IPL 8 playoffsAfter his 57-run knock against Mumbai Indians, Delhi Daredevils batsman Yuvraj Singh said he is unperturbed by critics and is keen to answer them only with the willow.Yuvraj’s late blitz helped Delhi Daredevils post 152 for six, but in reply Ambati Rayudu and Rohit Sharma displayed excellent batting skills to help Mumbai reach 153 for five in 19.3 overs, thus registering a five-wicket victory in their Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter on Tuesday.”My job is to play cricket, critics’ job is to write. So I don’t really read or watch what comes on television, I don’t have that much of time in my life at the moment. So I just try and stick to my job,” Yuvraj said at the post-match press conference on Tuesday.Speaking of his own batting, he said, “I was hitting the ball well. I was getting few 20s and not getting 35-plus scores. IPL is a format where you can’t assess consistently, you have to win games for your team. My job is to play and win it for my team.”With four wins from 10 matches, Delhi has to win all their last four clashes to stay in play-off hunt.”Now it’s do-or-die situation for us. We have got four games and we need to win four. It’s going to be tough but not impossible. I remember Kolkata Knight Riders winning six or seven matches in a row to qualify and win the tournament. We will try our best,” Yuvraj concluded.advertisementlast_img read more

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