United Biscuits has announced John Titmuss as its new group supply chain director.In a change effective from 1 October, Titmuss is transferring from being UB’s group HR director, a position he has held since joining the company in early 2013.Titmuss said, “As an HR director, it is rare to be able take on such a significant operational role and I feel very privileged to be given this opportunity.”He has a held a wide number of HR director and senior operating roles in his career, including HR director for Hovis and running Novar’s (Honeywell) UK service, logistics and technical operations.Jeff van der Eems, CEO of United Biscuits, said: “John will bring a different perspective to the supply chain which, I believe, will help take it to the next level in terms of talent development, operational excellence and our determination to make UB a great place to work for many years to come.”
5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Do you feel like you’re getting ripped off by your bank? You’re not alone.By Emily Cohn More than one in three people who have a checking account at a big national bank, like Bank of America or Chase, feels scammed by bank fees, according to a recent consumer banking study. And given the fact that bank fees continue to climb, it’s no wonder people are feeling ripped off.According to the study, monthly service fees are the most hated of bank fees. These are those super-annoying charges banks impose on you simply for putting your money in their vaults. In recent years, bank account fees have gotten more and more common.They’ve also gotten bigger, and the minimum amount of money you have to have to avoid them has climbed. The average monthly maintenance fee for a checking account was $12.87 in the last six months of 2014 — up 18 cents from the six months prior, according to MoneyRates.com. The average minimum amount you have to have to avoid paying this fee is $5,708.76, an increase of $268.76 over the first half of 2014.ATM fees are the second most-hated fee according to the survey, which was conducted in January by Harris Poll on behalf of Kasasa, a brand of checking accounts that are offered at community banks. Harris surveyed more than 1,000 U.S. adults online.While high bank fees are certainly one reason for why people feel so ripped off, a lingering distrust of the financial markets also has something to do with it. According to the Kasasa survey, 68 percent of adults don’t think Wall St. made up for its role in the financial collapse, and 64 percent of people don’t trust banks to work in their best interest. continue reading »
Four Donegal tourism projects have received much-needed funding boosts to the tune of almost €200,000.Donegal Minister Joe McHugh has welcomed funding for the four projects under the Leader programme.The four projects are in Killybegs, Bruckless, Dunfanaghy and Kerrykeel. “This is great news for different parts of the county and a great mix of heritage and community ideas,” Minister McHugh said.“The Leader programme is a hugely valuable support for local projects and community work.“I am delighted to see ideas being backed like the Bruckless Railway Community Park and gas lamp restoration in Dunfanaghy.“Alongside that there are plans to restore the old school community centre in Kerrykeel and a sea safari from Killybegs. “All four projects have the opportunity to bring a new dimension to their area whether it’s by engaging more with the local community or offering something new to attract people to the area.”The Leader projects which have been approved for funding are* €12,300 for a feasibility study on the development of Bruckless Railway Community Park and Playground on a 3 acre site beside the community centre.* €17,792 for Dunfanaghy Tidy Towns to install a replica of the original gas Lamp onto the existing plinth in the Market Square.* €66,337 for Internal renovation of the Old School Community Centre in Kerrykeel * €115,230 for Killybegs Sea Safari to purchase and construct a rigid Inflatable Boat for sea tours.Minister McHugh said: “The investment is really significant, not least the backing for the renovation works in Kerrykeel and Killybegs Sea Safari.“All the projects have an ambition to bring something to their communities and that is what Leader support is all about. Fingers crossed for great results for these projects in the coming months and years.”Four Donegal tourism projects get €200,000 in funding was last modified: August 6th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Cassini scientists now have reduced the rings’ age by an order of magnitude, as if they formed practically “yesterday.”New estimates of the mass of Saturn’s rings, taken during its “Grand Finale” orbits, have allowed Cassini scientists to estimate the lifetime of the rings. A JPL press release now puts it at between 100 million years and 10 million years, implying (to them), “Saturn’s rings may have formed during the age of dinosaurs.” The BBC News quotes Luciano Iess, Cassini scientist from Rome, calling this like “yesterday” compared to the assumed age of Saturn (4.5 billion years). “Saturn’s Rings Are Very Young,” the headline by Jonathan Amos states.Science Daily explains why the new measurements of the rings’ mass lead to this conclusion.That estimate — about 40 percent of the mass of Saturn’s moon Mimas, which itself is 2,000 times smaller than Earth’s moon — tells them that the rings are relatively recent, having originated less than 100 million years ago and perhaps as recently as 10 million years ago.To appreciate the astonishment of these figures, one must understand that 100 million years is 1/45th the assumed age of the solar system, and 10 million years is 1/450th the assumed age. If you stretched out a rope 45 feet long representing 4.5 billion years, the upper estimate would be one foot at the near end of the rope, and the lower estimate a tenth of a foot – 1.2 inches! What was going on the rest of the time indicated by that rope? Did it even exist? What happened just “yesterday” that we see these beautiful rings in all their glory, especially when they would disappear just as fast? At max, that lifetime of the rings would be represented by just five feet on our rope, out of 45 feet.It’s not that scientists are unable to concoct scenarios that could form the rings recently. Evolutionists, we know, are highly experienced storytellers. Dr Iess and team suggest a comet or moon disintegrated and became the rings, which seems highly improbable to have occurred so recently, lucky for us. The point is that that the evidence requires an improbable scenario to support a dogma.Cassini scientists, all of them moyboys, would prefer old rings for philosophical reasons. They don’t want to think of human beings being special, coincidentally living at a rare epoch when the rings exist to be observed and studied. But there are reasons to prefer the younger estimate of 10 million years, which would aggravate the problem further, putting the rings on their evolutionary timeline at the age of the great apes just before they evolved into humans. The reason? Saturn has age problems of its own (20 Dec 2018), and some of its moons, including Enceladus, Titan, Dione and Iapetus, are young, too!Young TitanCassini scientists now claim to have evidence for rain on Titan. A new paper in Geophysical Research Letters interprets observations of bright patches near Titan’s north pole to be specular reflections, the “wet sidewalk effect” like when you see a fuzzy sun reflected on wet pavement at certain angles. This implies a smooth, reflective surface, as would be expected after rain. The rain in Titan’s case would not be from water, since the temperature is about -290° F, but from methane, which should condense and liquefy at those temperatures. Space.com and Fox News Science summarize the findings. (Fox drags in irrelevant speculations about ‘alien life’ on Titan.)Why does this imply Titan is young? Whenever a dynamic process is observed on a solar system body, one needs to ask if that could be sustained for billions of years. As we have reported numerous times (most recently 3 May 2018), Titan’s methane supply also has an upper limit of 10 million to 100 million years, so why does any of it still exist today? And while there are river channels on Titan, they appear fairly shallow. Having methane rain on Titan for 4.5 billion years would have eroded the entire surface multiple times over, and yet scientists observe sand dunes around the equator. It pushes credibility to assume Titan has maintained its current landscape for billions of years. And despite its massive size (larger than Mercury), Titan has very few impact craters.Youth ImpactIf Saturn’s majestic rings are young, then certainly those of Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune, which are even less massive, must be young, too. Actually, Saturn’s young-age problems are not that unusual. Most objects in the solar system, from Mercury to Pluto and beyond, challenge old-age beliefs, as we have been reporting for years. Planetary formation theories themselves are being revised way downward in terms of the time required (22 Dec 2018); indeed, planets must form rapidly, they now believe, or they will be destroyed.There’s really no good reason to think that the solar system is billions of years old, except for the habitual way of thinking by materialists. Their consensus dogma needs the time for Darwinian evolution on Earth to turn molecules into man. If that didn’t happen, who needs the billions of years anyway? Follow the evidence where it leads. 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Artemisia annua(Image: USDA)East African farmers are key suppliers of the active ingredient in the most effective malaria drug available.“East Africa is now the third most important growing region in the world,” said Nigel Bremner, commercial manager of Botanical Extracts EPZ Limited (Beepz).The Artemisia annua plant (sweet wormwood) is not native to the region; the plant is indigenous to China and Vietnam, the two top world suppliers.Speaking from his office in Athi River, site of Kenya’s export promotion zone, Bremner said cultivation of the herb started more than 12 years ago. Growing in earnest started in 2002 with three to four farmers contracted by Beepz to plant about 40 hectares.Artemisia annua cultivation now supports at least 4 000 smallholder farmers growing more than 4 000 hectares of the cash crop in 2009, from 2 000 to 3 000 hectares in 2008. And the East African crop is of a far higher quality than that from China and Vietnam.Artemisinin is a key ingredient in combination drug therapies recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) for the treatment of uncomplicated multi-drug-resistant strains of falciparum malaria.In last year’s World Malaria Report, WHO reported that an estimated 247-million malaria cases killed almost 881 000 people across the world in 2006. By June 2008 all except four countries and territories worldwide had adopted ACT as the first-line treatment for falciparum malaria.Elizabeth Juma, head of Kenya’s Division of Malaria Control in the Ministry of Health, said between 16 000 and 20 000 children die annually from malaria, despite a scaling-up of prevention efforts. She estimates that between 1-million and 2-million people sought treatment monthly.“Artemisinin-based combination therapies are currently the first line of therapy,” she said.The Artemisinin Enterprise, a consortium which aims to improve production to reduce the price of artemisinin-based drugs (ACTs) and explore new sources of the ingredient, said “market instability has led to extremely volatile artemisinin prices that, in recent years, have ranged from US$180 to $1 700/kg”.The Kenyan government buys 17-million doses of ACTs annually at 1.5-billion shillings ($24 million) for free use at government facilities. At private pharmacies, the cost per dose ranges from 450 to 650 shillings ($5.60 to $8.20).Modest beginningsBremner said that with grants from the UK’s Department for International Development and later Novartis, the Swiss multinational pharmaceutical company, large commercial cultivation of Artemisia annua began in 2004 in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.In 2006, Beepz paid out $1.7-million to farmers.The company completed an artemisinin extraction plant in Athi River in 2007 and supplied Novartis with enough artemisinin for more than 22 million artemisinin-based combination drug therapies, according to its website.Novartis is just one of the pharmaceutical companies producing ACTs. Others include Sanofi-Aventis, Saokim Pharma and Lachifarma.Income doubledBeepz pays $550 to $600 per metric ton of dry leaf to smallholder farmers. One hectare can bring in up to 2 tons of dry leaves and is usually cultivated without the use of much fertiliser or pest problems.“I am very happy with this crop,” said Daniel Mathiaka a farmer in Nakuru in Kenya’s Rift Valley. Mathiaka used to grow wheat and maize but for five years now has scaled up his Artemisia annua cultivation. He said the income is double what he earns from maize or wheat and there is always a ready market for his harvest. Last year alone, he harvested 13 tons.“This is a very easy plant to grow. After planting it does not need much work,” said another farmer. The only problem was the length of time it took to be paid. “Sometimes we wait up to one year,” he said.According to Bremner, delays ensue because farmers are paid half upon delivery of the harvest and the rest in due course; moreover, “this is not a highly profitable business”.Beepz is still in the process of improving its extraction expertise, and is in technical cooperation discussions with Chinese firms.In December 2008, the UN General Assembly adopted the New Draft Resolution on the Decade to Roll Back Malaria, urging “the financing and scaling-up of artemisinin production and procurement, as appropriate, to meet the increased need”.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at [email protected]: Irin NewsUseful linksWorld Health Organisation Botanical Extracts EPZ Limited Kenya Division of Malaria Control Artemisinin Enterprise UK Department for International Development Novartis
Science in Africa is to come under the spotlight through the AU Scientific Awards. (Image: Nasa)Two South African scientists have walked off with top honours at the inaugural African Union Scientific Awards. The awards programme was launched in September 2009, and the laureates were announced earlier in 2010.Witwatersrand University’s (Wits) Professor Diane Hildebrandt and Professor Patrick Eriksson of Pretoria University were singled out for the prestigious honour from 48 entries sent in from all over Africa.Two categories were judged – Life and Earth Sciences, which Eriksson won; and Basic Science, Technology and Innovation, which Hindebrandt won. Each received a prize worth US$100 000 (R731 061).President Jacob Zuma was quick to applaud the achievement of the two scientists during the awards ceremony, which took place in Addis Ababa during the 14th AU summit.“I say with pride that South Africans continue to display excellence in various fields in the international arena,” said the president.“On behalf of the South African people I wish to congratulate Professor Hildebrandt and Professor Eriksson, and wish them well in their endeavours to make Africa and the world a better place to live.”Top achieverHildebrandt, one of South Africa’s top chemical engineers, is a professor of sustainable process engineering in the School of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering, and is also co-director at the university’s Centre for Optimisation Modelling and Process Synthesis.She started her career as a process engineer at South Africa’s fuel giant Sasol and obtained her BSc, MSc and PhD in chemical engineering from Wits University. Her career at her alma mater now spans more than 20 years.Hildebrandt was the first woman chemical engineer to earn an A rating from the National Research Foundation. A prolific author, she has more than 50 papers to her name.Winning awards is not a novelty for her – she’s already been honoured with the Vice-Chancellor’s Researcher of the Year Award in 2002; the Bill Neale-May Gold Medal of the South African Institute of Chemical Engineers in 2000; the Meiring Naudé medal of the Royal Society of South Africa in 1997; the Distinguished Researcher Award of the University of the Witwatersrand in 1996; and the President’s Award of the Foundation for Research and Development in 1996 and 2010.“I’m grateful for the award and look forward to making further contributions to Africa and its development,” she said in an interview with University World News, adding that there are many scientists who strive to improve conditions for all Africans, often under difficult circumstances.Internationally respectedEriksson is head of Pretoria University’s Geology Department, a post he has held since 2006. He joined the department as a lecturer in 1982 and rose to a professorship 12 years later. Eriksson completed his PhD in 1984 and obtained a higher doctorate from Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich in 1998.He lectures in sedimentology and his research focuses on the evolution of Precambrian (sedimentary) basins. He is a member of the New York Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the Geological Society of Africa, and still finds time to act as editor-in-chief of the Journal of African Earth Sciences.The National Research Foundation gave him an A research rating in 2007.Well respected on an international level, he founded the Global Precambrian Sedimentation Syndicate in 1997, an informal working group comprising 16 eminent scientists from South Africa, the US, UK, Germany, Denmark, Finland, Brazil, Australia, and India.Accepting the AU award, Eriksson paid tribute to his peers on the continent.Boosting African scienceThe AU Scientific Awards programme is aimed at inspiring the continent’s best minds to bigger and better achievements, and also celebrates their efforts to boost entrepreneurship in science and research, attract investment into African science, and establish scientific centres of excellence in Africa.The African Academy of Sciences, Twas (formerly the Third World Academy of Sciences) bureau in Africa, and the Network of African Science Academies adjudicated the awards.Winners are selected according to several criteria, including the number of publications they have written or co-written, the number of graduate research students they have mentored, and the relevance of their work in tackling the challenges facing the African continent as well as the ease of application.Besides the AU Science Award, also up for grabs are the AU Young Scientist Award, handed out on a national level to promising researchers under 35 years of age, and the AU Woman Scientist Award, which is region-based. These prizes fall into the same two categories as the main accolade.
Team Austria from the Vienna University of Technology captured first place at the 2013 Solar Decathlon competition with a demonstration solar house it called LISI, for “Living Inspired by Sustainable Innovation.”The Austrian students were among 19 teams from colleges and universities in the U.S., Canada, and Europe taking part in the 10-day event at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California. Students designed and built the energy-efficient demonstration houses and then competed in 10 separate areas; judges weighed architecture, engineering, affordability, and energy use, among other categories.In general, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) says, judges looked for houses that are affordable and attractive, maintain comfortable and healthy indoor environments, provide enough hot water, and produce as much energy as, or more energy than, they consume.Team Austria emerged as the winner on October 12 with a cumulative total of 951 points, a scant 4 points ahead of the University of Nevada Las Vegas and only 7 points ahead of the third-place finisher, the Czech Technical University. The University of North Carolina at Charlotte won the “People’s Choice Award.” The DOE posted all of the results and photographs of the entries at its web site.The Solar Decathlon was launched in 2002 and is now run every two years. Until this year, it had taken place on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. DesertSol designed for harsh climateDesertSol, the entry from the University of Nevada Las Vegas, is suited to the harsh conditions of the Mojave Desert, the student team writes, and is designed to qualify for a LEED Platinum rating. Following the Decathlon, the house was to become a permanent feature of the Las Vegas Springs Preserve, a 180-acre park that attracts more than 280,000 visitors a year.Among the features of the house:A rigid foundation made of steel I-beams and purlins that elminate the need for conventional floor framing.Advanced framing techniques to reduce the use of wood.A roof-mounted, grid-tied photovoltaic system.An exterior of reclaimed silverwood, which the team said is “reminiscent of the old mining towns of the Mojave Desert.”Ductless minisplit heat pumps for heating and cooling.A water collection system that captures rainwater and uses it for evaporative cooling as well as landscape irrigation.A solar thermal system for domestic hot water.The team lists products used in the house — everything from the make and model of appliances to the mechanical equipment and lights — in its project description. A house called LISIAccording to a summary provided by Team Austria, its wood-framed house consists of three separate zones: a service core, a living area, and adjacent patios. The patios, which can be enclosed, are designed to double the net living area. “LISI offers private outdoor areas, which allow residents to experience nature within their own home,” the team says.Students designers proposed marketing the design as either a cottage for small urban lots or as a “contemporary chalet” for mountain or lakeside resort developments.Following the competition in California, the Austrian team was invited to show the house at Austria’s largest model-home exhibition site where some 100 manufacturers show prefabricated house designs, the energy department said.Among other features in LISI:An automated screen and awning system to provide shade and keep the house comfortable.Roof-mounted photovoltaic panels that provide an annual energy surplus that could be used to recharge electric vehicles.A centrally located utility room that houses equipment for ventilation, plumbing, and hot water.Two high-efficiency heat pumps that supply hot and cold water for heating and cooling as well as domestic hot water.Cellulose insulation.A heat-recovery tray in the shower that captures energy from drain water. People’s Choice award winnerUrbanEden, the entry from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, was designed as an urban infill dwelling that would appeal to young professionals and empty-nesters, the project description says. After the Decathlon, the house was headed back to the UNC campus where it will be a living laboratory.The team was especially proud of the insulated precast wall panels of “geopolymer” concrete, which is made with fly ash instead of portland cement to reduce its carbon footprint. Embedded inside the walls are small-diameter tubes. During the summer, water is pumped through the tubes at night, carrying heat absorbed during the day to heat exchangers on the roof to cool the house. Panels are made with two layers of concrete that sandwich a 6-in. layer of rigid EPS insulation.The roof is insulated with 10 inches of XPS rigid insulation; the floor was designed with 6 inches of XPS foam (although when reassembled in California, parts of the floor system were insulated with R-19 fiberglass batts). The house is designed to eliminate most thermal bridging.UrbanEden’s 7.65-kW photovoltaic modules are arranged on an adjustable track on the roof. During the summer, the racks can be moved so they shade the deck and the southern wall of the house. In winter, panels are retracted to allow the sun to provide heat and light through south-facing glass.Other features as described by the design team:Triple-pane windows manufactured by Intus.An interactive energy management system that displays energy use in the house as well as PV production.An energy-recovery ventilator to provide fresh air.Rainwater collection that directs water to reflecting pools and ultimately to plants inside and outside the house.A vertical Wallgarden that can be used to grow flowers or vegetables.Minisplit heat pumps for heating and to supplement the cooling capacity of the capillary wall system.
FILE – Josh Urbiztondo celebrates after hitting a 3-pointer. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSan Miguel Alab Pilipinas picked up where it left off after dumping the Zhuhai Wolf Warriors, 105-95, to stay unbeaten in the 2019 Asean Basketball League Sunday night at Lapu Lapu Sports Complex in Cebu.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Same old Manny Pacquiao in LA LATEST STORIES SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Big men Mike Bell and Chen Cai combined had 20 points apiece for the Warriors, who remained dead last in the standings with a 1-9 record.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Renaldo Balkman and Ethan Alvano scored 21 points each while Josh Urbiztondo came off the bench and fired 12 of his 19 points in the second quarter where Alab broke the game wide open.Urbiztondo, the former PBA veteran, hit four 3-pointers in the second quarter to help Alab establish a double-digit lead. He also collected six rebounds, two assists and one steal in less than 14 minutes of action.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionLeague-leading Alab, which shot the lights out from downtown with 16 triples, rolled to its fifth consecutive win.Ray Parks chipped in 12 points, three rebounds and two steals while PJ Ramos had a quiet night with seven points and 11 rebounds for the Philippine side. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño View comments
Just hours from playing at Old Trafford in the Champions League, Paul Pogba is relishing on the chance of facing Juventus once again.Nobody can deny that the happiest moments in Paul Pogba’s career so far have been both in the France National Team, and Italian club Juventus.This Tuesday, the Red Devils are about to play against the Vecchia Signora and Paul will have the opportunity to play against the squad that transformed him into a world-class footballer.The Frenchman spoke to UEFA in an interview that was released just hours before the match, he confessed to being extremely excited about this new chance of playing against his former club.“I’d spoken to my brother about it,” Pogba said in a UEFA interview.“And we said: ‘Can you imagine what it’d be like if we’re drawn in the same group as Juventus?’ That’s the way it’s panned out and it’s really special.”“We’ve all been sending messages about seeing each other again. There are a lot of emotions involved because I began my first season in the professional game and scored my first goal at Juve.”“It’s there that I developed as a player and so I have huge respect for the club. [But] I’ve come back home. I joined the youth academy here. I’m at home here and it will always be that way.”Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“I grew up with my team-mates and we’ve all been reunited again in the first team, so it’s a beautiful story.”“The career I have had and now, with this return to Manchester, it’s really splendid.” “You can’t predict anything in the Champions League,” he added.“It’s like the World Cup. I see it as a high-profile competition with great teams. Everything is possible.”“I must admit I’m thinking about it [lifting the trophy]. I think all players want to win this title. It’s my goal to take it home.”Who would you most want at your club: @paulpogba or @PauDybala_JR? #UCL pic.twitter.com/aTQZBl4NAb— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) October 23, 2018