News story: Improving productivity for businesses: apply for funding

first_imgThe Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has up to £2 million to invest in trials of innovative ways to improve productivity for micro, small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs).The funding is part of the government’s Business Basics Programme, announced as part of the modern Industrial Strategy.The aim of the programme is to identify and test ideas that encourage SMEs to adopt existing technology and management practices that would improve their productivity. Find out more about the Industrial Strategy. Find out more about the competition for proof of concept projects and apply. the competition is open, and the deadline for applications is at midday on 4 September 2018 projects can be led by a business, public sector, academic, charity or trade organisation working alone or with partners we expect projects for full trails to have costs of up to £400,000 and to last between 3 and 12 months we expect proof of concept projects and feasibility studies to have costs of up to £60,000 and to last between 3 and 6 months businesses could attract up to 70% of their project costs a briefing event will be held on 12 July 2018 adopting existing technology, such as accountancy, CRM or HR software, cloud computing or payment systems adopting modern business practices, such as leadership and management capabilities or developing an innovation culture a combination of the 2 approaches above Find out more about the competition for full-scale trials and apply. Ideas could include increasing awareness about the benefits of technology, how to create interest in adopting new technology and business practices, making the benefits of new technology clearer and providing advice and support.Competition information Projects should show how to improve SME productivityThe competition will fund 2 types of project, proof of concept or feasibility studies and full-scale trials. If a proof of concept is successful, there is potential to access further funding to move the project into a full-scale trial in the future.Projects should look at how to increase the adoption of technology and business practices to improve the productivity of SMEs. This could include: Read the government announcement unveiling the Business Basics Fund.last_img read more

Malaria Fighter

first_imgU.S. Global Malaria Coordinator Admiral Timothy Ziemer, who has overseen the reduction of worldwide malaria deaths by 40 percent over the last decade, will speak at the University of Georgia on April 14. Ziemer has been called one of the “most quietly successful” leaders in public health for his efforts leading the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), a government initiative to combat malaria worldwide led by the U.S. Agency for International Development and implemented with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He will share the lessons he’s learned from this journey and his plans for the future from 4-5:30 p.m. on April 14 with his lecture “President’s Malaria Initiative: the U.S. Government’s Commitment to the Global Malaria Fight.” “Public health and agriculture are inextricable disciplines,” said Dean J. Scott Angle, of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “The fight against malaria is just one of the many crossroads. A healthy world begins with a sustainable environment and a nutritious food supply. Promoting agricultural practices that include effective pest management and controlling insect vectors that spread disease is a vital juncture at which we must all work together to promote worldwide health improvement.“ Ziemer’s lecture is free and open to the public. It will be held in Masters Hall at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education on UGA’s Athens Campus. The UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, the UGA College of Public Health and the GRU/UGA Medical Partnership is hosting the lecture. Since taking the helm of the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) in 2006, Ziemer has worked to align the efforts of aid groups working to end malaria. He has insisted on accountability for outreach funding and helped reduce the impact of a disease that sickens almost 200 million people annually and kills between 500,000 and 600,000 a year, according to the World Health Organization. PMI works in 19 countries in sub-Saharan Africa and in the Greater Mekong Subregion, which includes Cambodia, southern China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. The agency’s strategy coordinates medical care, mosquito net distribution and pest management strategies in the countries where they work. Before his appointment as U.S. global malaria coordinator, Rear Admiral Ziemer served in the United States Navy and later as executive director of World Relief, a humanitarian organization. Born in Iowa, Ziemer was raised by missionary parents in Vietnam. He joined the U.S. Navy after graduating from Wheaton College and became a pilot. He returned to Vietnam during the U.S. war there. During his naval career, Rear Admiral Ziemer commanded several squadrons, naval stations and an air wing supporting the first Gulf War. Subsequent assignments included serving as the senior fellow with the Navy’s Strategic Studies Program at the Naval War College and deputy director for operations in the National Military Operations Center on the Joint Command Staff. For more information about attending the event please call Candy Sears at 706-542-3924. This event is part of the CAES Spring Showcase, a celebration of agricultural and environmental sciences on UGA’s Athens Campus. Visit for more information.last_img read more

Man Dies After Fall from Top of Ramsey Cascades in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

first_imgA man fell 80 feet to his death yesterday from the top of Ramsey Cascades, the tallest waterfall in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.The name of the the 37-year-old male hiker has not yet been release, but he was seen climbing across the top of the waterfall by other park goers shortly before he lost his footing somewhere near the brink of the 100-foot waterfall.Park rangers arrived on the scene shortly after the accident—which occurred on Sunday, May 28—and declared the man dead, but his body was not recovered until the next day.According to park officials, the man was hiking alone when the accident occurred.Here’s more from the National Park Service: Man Falls at Ramsey CascadesOn Sunday, May 28, Great Smoky Mountains National Park Rangers received a report that a 37 year-old male fell from the top of the 100-foot tall Ramsey Cascades waterfall late that afternoon. The man, who was hiking alone, was observed climbing across the top of the waterfall before he fell. Park Rangers immediately responded to the scene and determined the individual, who had fallen approximately 80 feet, was deceased. Rangers recovered the body on Monday, May 29. The name of the individual is being withheld until family notifications have been made.The 4-mile hike to Ramsey Cascades begins from the Ramsey Cascades Trailhead located in the Greenbrier area of the park. For more information about the area, please visit the park website. last_img read more

Look up! The Delta Aquarid meteor shower is happening through mid-August

first_imgThe Delta Aquarid meteor shower is happening through mid-August Researchers in Norway have discovered more than 200 reindeer that died of starvation on the country’s Arctic archipelago of Svalbard. The researchers say that there has never been a mass die off of reindeer this severe and that their deaths were caused by lack of food and climate change. Stargazers in the U.S. can sneak a peek of the Delta Aquarid meteor shower from now until mid-August. Considered a strong meteor shower, 15-20 meteors an hour can be observed during the shower’s peak times. The meteors are most visible in the hours before dawn, in a dark space away from light pollution. Viewers can look for meteors flying in eastern, northern and western directions. Few meteors will be heading southward.  A hiker in British Columbia was walking her dog on a trail in the forest when she noticed a mountain lion watching her. Though not initially alarmed, the hiker began to worry when the animal slowly approached her, crouched in a prowl-like stance. She yelled at the mountain lion to stop, and it did, but it continued to stare at her.  Seeking something to scare the lion away, the hiker flipped through the music on her phone and settled on Metallica’s “Don’t Tread on Me.” She turned the music on full blast and pointed it at the cougar, which bounded out of sight into a bush. The hiker says she wouldn’t have survived the incident without the band. “I’d love to contact [Metallica] someday and tell James Hetfield that he saved my life,” she told the Montreal Gazette. A hiker scares off mountain lion by blasting Metallica A mass die-off of reindeer in Norway is blamed on climate change If you miss the Delta Aquarid shower, it will be closely followed by August’s Perseid meteor shower, which peaks on the night of August 12-13. However, a nearly full moon is expected to make viewing the Perseid meteor shower difficult.  According to researchers, heavy rainfall on the island in December made it difficult for the reindeer to find food. The reindeer are adept at digging through snow to find food, but they could not dig through the ice that resulted from the rain. Reindeer are the largest herbivores in the Arctic and play an important role in the ecosystem.last_img read more

Narcotrafficking Threatens Atlantic Forest in Paraguay

first_imgBy Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo December 15, 2020 Four protected areas in the Upper Paraná Atlantic Forest (BAAPA, in Spanish), in eastern Paraguay, are threatened by narcotrafficking, marijuana crops, and logging, the environmental journalism platform Mongabay Latam said in its October 14 report Illegal Marijuana Crops Destroy Atlantic Forest.The BAAPA is an ecoregion shared by Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay and is one of the most biologically significant places on earth, as it hosts extremely diverse flora and fauna. Paraguay preserves only 13 percent of its area, the conservation organization World Wildlife Fund (WWF) said on its website. In 1994, the forest coverage in this region was 4.3 million hectares, while now it is only 2.7 million hectares, the website added.On June 2, Paraguayan Minister of the Environment and Sustainable Development Ariel Oviedo told the press that “one of the BAAPA’s main problems […] is illegal marijuana crops, a situation present in almost all of the country’s national parks.” The WWF reports that at least 2,350 hectares are currently used to grow marijuana in the BAAPA’s reserves.The Caazapá, Mbaracayú, Morombí, and San Rafael protected areas, located in the middle of the Atlantic Forest, have been invaded by illicit cannabis plantations and illegal logging, Mongabay Latam reported. In addition, forest watchers have been threatened, gone missing, or been killed, and the indigenous communities that live in the area in extreme poverty are forced to coexist with narcotrafficking and illegal campsites.Augusto Salas, a deputy environmental prosecutor for Paraguay’s Office of the Attorney General, told Mongabay Latam that it is necessary to deploy military detachments in these protected areas to stop the destruction. “We have talked with Senate representatives, as well as other authorities. I don’t see another way out.”Meanwhile, Paraguayan authorities are not lowering their guard. Agents of the Paraguayan National Anti-Drug Secretariat (SENAD, in Spanish) seized 3,580 kilograms of marijuana in the forests of Alto Paraná, Amambay, and Canindeyú and destroyed 23 hectares of crops that would have yielded 69 tons of marijuana, the Paraguayan newspaper Hoy reported on October 22.During another operation, SENAD seized 4,800 kg of cannabis that was drying in Alto Paraná and eradicated 1.5 hectares of marijuana crops, which would have resulted in 4.5 tons of drugs harvested, Hoy reported on September 29.“Cannabis shipments to Bolivia and mainly to Brazil emerge from the eastern region’s north, while traffickers from Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay source from plantations in the country’s south, where they use the Paraná River as an escape route and to circulate,” SENAD indicated on its website on May 27.To expand their marijuana crops, criminal groups participated in forest fires that spread in early October in Paraguay, a recurring practice of marijuana growers, Insight Crime said on October 26.The Atlantic Forest, however, is not a lost cause. “Thanks to the coordination and support of conservation organizations, the private sector, and governments, we are preventing the forest from disappearing, protecting more areas than ever, restoring ecosystems, and reconnecting fragmented patches of native forests,” the WWF concluded on its website.last_img read more

Elmont Man Charged With 4 Armed Robberies in 10 Days

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A man has been accused of robbing nine people at gunpoint in four street muggings over a 10-day span in Manhasset, Great Neck and the suspect’s hometown of Elmont.Nassau County police arrested Joshua Prince, 21, on robbery and gun charges Wednesday shortly after authorities said he and two alleged accomplices robbed four men of cell phones and wallets in Elmont.The two other suspects, 21-year-old Nakwan Hailey and 20-year-old Dillan Malebranche, who are also from Elmont, were arrested and charged with robbery as well after officers stopped the Acura they were in for speeding, police said.Prince and Hailey also allegedly robbed a man of his cell phone Sunday and three teenagers of their cell phones July 30, both in Manhasset.And on July 29, police said Prince robbed a man in Great Neck of a bag full of the victim’s clothing and wallet after pointing a handgun at the victim’s neck.Prince was additionally charged with criminal use of a firearm. Prince, Hailey and Malebranche will be arraigned Thursday at First District Court in Hempstead.last_img read more

Ridge Man Acquitted of Sexually Abusing Foster Children

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A former foster parent from Ridge has been acquitted of sexually abusing seven of the more than 100 children placed in his home over a 20-year span.A Suffolk County jury found Cesar Gonzales-Mugabura not guilty Tuesday of charges in a 16-count indictment, including predatory sexual assault, criminal sex act and child endangerment.“We are extremely disappointed with the Mugaburu verdict,” District Attorney Thomas Spota said. “We will continue to pursue justice in cases involving the sexual abuse of children, which often means pursuing cases based upon the information from the victim of the abuse sometimes years after the crimes when limited corroborative evidence is still available. For those discouraged by this outcome, it is important to guard against any chilling effect that might result; especially a reluctance to report abuse.”Prosecutors had said the 61-year-old man sexually abused boys placed in his care by several nonprofit agencies. The defense argued that the boys lied about the abuse.Shortly before the trial began a Suffolk grand jury issued an investigative report blasting agencies within the foster care system for failing to protect the boys in his care.Gonzales-Mugabura had been held at Suffolk jail since his arrest last year. He had faced up to 25 years in prison, had he been convicted.last_img read more

Donovan to Congress: CUs grateful for 111 years of member service

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » This week marks 111 years of not-for-profit financial cooperatives in America, CUNA Chief Advocacy Officer Ryan Donovan wrote to all 535 Congressional offices this week.“Since the first credit union was established in 1908, our mission has been to promote savings and provide consumers and small businesses access to safe and affordable credit, and we’re incredibly grateful to be able to meet those needs,” Donovan wrote.He goes on to say that without Congressional support of the credit union structure and mission credit unions would not be able to meet community needs, including:Investing in branches in rural and urban communities no matter the socioeconomic or cultural makeup;Making mainstream financial products and services available to those who need them most; andlast_img read more

Government to issue ‘positive investment list’ in February, says BKPM boss

first_imgCoordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto said in November last year that the government planned to change the existing negative investment list (DNI) into a positive investment list. The positive list will promote priority industries that are open to both foreign and domestic investments, such as import-substitution or export-oriented industries.Read also: Government to replace negative investment list with ‘positive list’ for priority industriesAt the time, the DNI contained a list of banned or limited foreign investment in certain business sectors to protect local companies. He also said in November that he expected the Perpres to be issued this year.The government is struggling to attract more investment into the country to help jack up sluggish economic growth. Indonesia’s economy grew 5.02 percent last year, the weakest since 2015, as investment and export cooled. Bahlil said on Wednesday that on the positive list, some sectors would still limit foreign ownership. “We want to create a positive image because a negative list sounds less comforting [for investors],” he said. “We are building an image that will help build foreign investors’ trust in us.”Bahlil had met with the Regional Representative Council (DPD) earlier that day to discuss the council’s initiative to formulate a bill that would ease the licensing process and improve coordination between the government and regional administrations.“The bill will lean more toward [tackling] the challenges that investors face on the regional level,” DPD Commission IV chairwoman Elviana said during the meeting in Jakarta.Read also: ‘Robots will replace everyone’: Investment boss changes tune after saying no one would hire womenDespite the government’s efforts to ease the process of doing business, such a reform often does not transmit to regional administrations as the latter require investors to go through different mechanisms to procure local licenses.Elviana said the council would complete the draft by the end of 2020 and aimed to list it in the 2021 National Legislation Program (Prolegnas).After the meeting, Bahlil declined to elaborate his stance on the issue, saying it was up to the lawmakers. Topics :center_img The government plans to issue at the end of this month a new investment list that will outline certain business sectors available for foreign direct investment, a high-ranking official has said.“The plan is to issue the list […] in the form of a Perpres [Presidential regulation] instead of in the omnibus bill,” Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) head Bahlil Lahadalia said in Jakarta on Wednesday, referring to an omnibus bill on job creation proposed by the government to cut regulatory red tape.“If the Perpres is issued in February, it will take effect in March,” he added, declining to go into detail and revealing only that the list was still being discussed.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces R.G. Coating to Establish New Galvanizing Facility, Creating 65 Manufacturing Jobs in Lawrence County

first_img Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced that R.G. Coating LLC, a hot dip galvanizing company, will construct a new galvanizing facility in Lawrence County. The project is expected to create 65 manufacturing jobs at the site in Pulaski Township.“We’re proud that R.G. has selected Pennsylvania as the best place to grow the business,” said Governor Wolf. “Any time a manufacturer puts down roots here in the commonwealth, it creates family-sustaining jobs, boosts our manufacturing sector, and strengthens our economy.R.G. Coating will construct a new, 50,000-square-foot facility and equip it with state-of-the-art galvanizing equipment. R.G. Coating is a new, sister company to R.G. Steel, which specializes in the fabrication of highway guiderail and safety systems, but currently needs to outsource all of its galvanizing services. The new facility will enable the company to bring the galvanization process in-house so its products can be delivered to market quickly and efficiently, allowing for strong future growth. The facility will be located in Pulaski Township next to the R.G. Steel facility. R.G. Coating plans to invest at least $13.6 million into the project, which is expected to create 65 jobs and retain 25 jobs over the next three years.“As R.G. Steel Corp. is poised for growth, the addition of R.G. Coating will jump start that growth,” said David Price, president of R.G. Steel. “That growth is supported by both the Governor’s Action Team and the Lawrence County Economic Development Corporation, both of whom were instrumental in providing us with the assistance needed to remain in Lawrence County for many years to come. It has been, and will continue to be, a pleasure working with them both.”R.G. Coating received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development for a $200,000 Pennsylvania First grant, $130,000 in job creation tax credits to be distributed upon the creation of new jobs, and a $29,250 workforce development grant to help the company train its workers. R.G. Coating was also encouraged to apply for a low-interest $3.25 million loan from the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority to assist with building and equipment costs. The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania, with additional coordination provided through the Lawrence County Economic Development Corporation (LCEDC).“Lawrence County continues to be a community that manufacturers call home,” said Linda Nitch, executive director of business development at LCEDC. “R.G.’s decision to expand its operations in Lawrence County by constructing a new galvanizing facility shows the strength of heavy industry in our western Pennsylvania county. Through the efforts of the company, the LCEDC and the Governor’s Action Team, new jobs will be created by R.G. in the coming years. We are proud to partner with R.G. Steel and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to make this project a reality.”R.G. Coating and R.G. Steel is a fully integrated guiderail/guardrail products producer and supplier. As a certified steel fabricator, the company is capable of providing a wide variety of products from highway guiderail/guardrail to custom fabricated structural steel that meet meeting federal and state department of transportation specifications.For more information about the Governor’s Action Team, visit, and be sure to stay up-to-date with all of our agency news on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. May 21, 2019 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Governor Wolf Announces R.G. Coating to Establish New Galvanizing Facility, Creating 65 Manufacturing Jobs in Lawrence Countylast_img read more