Kingsmill launches new format with Little Big Loaf

first_imgKingsmill is back on TV this week, featuring Kingsmill Great Everyday White and its new Little Big Loaf, kicking off its largest multi-media initiative since the brand’s 2007 relaunch.The company will sink millions into plugging the brand, spending more than £11m during the next year, following a £4m marketing drive on wholegrain earlier this year.Martin Deboo, an analyst at Investec, said with milling and wheat prices falling, there was more money on the table for the big brands to invest in promotions. He added: “With so much capacity in the industry, they are all chasing growing volumes.”Kingsmill has also shrunk a number of its loaves in a bid to appeal to smaller households. Its new Little Big Loaf claims to be the only custom-made loaf on the market with full-size slices and takes advantage of relaxed legislation on bread weights.The 525g versions of Great Everyday White and Tasty Whole-meal have 10 slices plus two crusts, while the Love To Toast variant has eight slices and two crusts all with an RSP of 95p. This compares to 20 slices in Kingsmill’s 800g loaf, which typically retails for £1.22. Unlike standard 400g loaves, Little Big Loaves are designed to be merchandised vertically to increase shelf stand-out.Michael Harris, Kingsmill marketing controller, said: “We know there’s a demand among smaller households for a loaf with fewer slices, but which still has a full-size slice profile.He continued: “We’re confident this launch will drive penetration of smaller loaves and cater to a clear gap in the market. The new format means smaller households benefit from reduced wastage.”In the year to 21 February, Kingsmill’s sales soared 24% to £339m and increased by 4.8% in volume [source: IRI].last_img read more

Press release: James Brokenshire confirms funding package for local authorities in 2019 to 2020

first_img Berkshire Buckinghamshire East Sussex Hertfordshire Lancashire Leicester and Leicestershire Norfolk Northamptonshire North and West Yorkshire North of Tyne Solent Authorities Somerset Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent West Sussex Worcestershire Please use this number if you are a journalist wishing to speak to Press Office 0303 444 1209 This year’s settlement paves the way for a fairer, more self-sufficient and resilient future for local government. That is why local authorities will have more control over the money they raise and a real terms increase in their core spending power. The settlement also recognises the pressures councils face in meeting growing demand for services and rewards their impressive efforts to drive efficiencies and rebuild our economy. Office address and general enquiries Twitter – – – Email [email protected] Following negotiations with London authorities, the Greater London Authority, the City of London and all London boroughs will also be forming a 75% business rates pilot pool. Existing pilots in devolution deal areas will continue. 2 Marsham StreetLondonSW1P 4DF Contact form https://forms.communit… If your enquiry is related to COVID-19 please check our guidance page first before you contact us – you still need to contact us please use the contact form above to get in touch, because of coronavirus (COVID-19). If you send it by post it will not receive a reply within normal timescale. Media enquiries Councils in England are to benefit from increased funding for core services including additional support for the most vulnerable in society, Communities Secretary Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP confirmed today (5 February 2019).Local authorities’ core spending power will rise in 2019 to 2020 by £1.3 billion, taking councils’ funding to £46.4 billion.This year’s local government finance settlement includes extra funding for local services with a strong focus on greater support for adult and children’s social care. The settlement also supports and rewards economic growth and sets out reforms for a sustainable path for the future funding model for local government.The real terms funding increase for 2019 to 2020 is in recognition of the pressures local authorities are facing to deliver the services residents need, whilst protecting taxpayers from excessive increases in bills.The 2019 to 2020 settlement marks the end of a 4-year deal – accepted by 97% of councils – which provided local authorities with access to £200 billion in the 5 years to 2020.Communities Secretary Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP said: General enquiries: please use this number if you are a member of the public 030 3444 0000 Social media – MHCLG Provisional plans for the local government finance settlement for 2019 to 2020 were published in December followed by a period of extensive consultation with the sector. Representations from around 170 organisations and individuals were carefully considered before finalising the settlement.The final local government finance settlement for England, 2019 to 2020, will be debated in the House of Commons with a vote by all MPs on Tuesday 5 February.This year’s Spending Review will determine funding for local authorities from 2020 onwards.What the financial settlement includes:Additional support for social careThe government committed £650 million more for social care for 2019 to 2020 in the Autumn Budget. This includes £240 million towards easing winter pressures on adult social care, with local authorities able to use the remaining £410 million on adult or children’s social care, and, where necessary, to relieve demand on the NHS.This additional funding, alongside the adult social care precept and the improved Better Care Fund, means the government will have given councils access to £10 billion in dedicated funding which can be used for adult social care in the 3-year period from 2017-18 to 2019-20. For 2019 to 2020, local authorities will have access to £4.3 billion in dedicated resources for adult social care, including £1.8 billion in improved Better Care Fund Grant.The Budget also confirmed £84 million is available, over 5 years, to drive improvements in social work practice and decision-making in children’s social care. The additional funding is part of the government’s measures to address pressures in services helping society’s most vulnerable.Business rates pilotsTo test out aspects of proposed business rates retention reforms in a wide range of areas across the country, the selection of 15 areas as 75% retention pilots for the 2019 to 2020 financial year has been announced.Communities Secretary Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP has confirmed London will be piloting 75% rates retention in 2019 to 2020.And as previously confirmed, pilots originally launched in 2017 in devolution deal areas will continue on the existing basis in 2019 to 2020.The pilots will inform the government’s proposed reforms ahead of a renewed business rates retention system being introduced in 2020 to 2021.Business rates levy account surplus to be redistributed to councilsLocal authorities play a key role in supporting economic growth.The current business rates retention scheme is performing well, with local authorities estimating in 2018 to 2019 they will keep around £2.4 billion in business rates growth, on top of settlement funding.As a result of increased growth in business rates income, the government has announced it plans to distribute £180 million of the business rates retention levy surplus to all local authorities and proposes to share it on the basis of need.Future of business rates retentionThe government is aiming to increase the level of business rates retention from the current 50% to 75% from 2020 in a way which is fiscally neutral. It is also intending to implement reforms to the business rates retention system to ensure local councils have the levers and incentives they need to grow their local economies.A consultation, launched in December, is seeking views until the 21 February on the proposed reforms. It seeks views on how the business rates system can be reformed to continue to provide a strong incentive for local authorities to grow their business rates bases. It proposes a change in how the system is administered to mitigate the volatility business rates appeals have on local authorities’ income and to help reduce complexity in the system.Review of relative needs and resourcesHaving consulted last year on a review of local authorities’ relative needs and resources, the next stage of consultation ahead of the review’s planned implementation in 2020 was announced at the provisional settlement in December and will run to 21 February.This continues the government’s work to address concerns about the fairness of current funding distributions by determining a robust and effective funding formula.Maintenance of Council Tax referendums thresholds, aside from further flexibility offered on the police precept level.The threshold at which a local referendum is triggered for rises in Council Tax will stay at 3%.Further flexibility is also available for certain local authorities, such as those with responsibility for adult social care services. Referendum limits for police and crime commissioners will be set at £24, for a band D property, to address changing demands on police forces.Northamptonshire county council will have an additional 2% Council Tax flexibility, to assist with the improvements to council governance and services after their serious issues.The level of Council Tax will be a matter for the authority’s cabinet and full council.During the provisional settlement consultation, some local authorities called for referendum limits to be removed.However, the government is committed to protecting local taxpayers from excessive Council Tax increases, in line with the government’s manifesto. The Council Tax referendum provisions ensure that local residents have the final say over any large increase.Negative Revenue Support Grant (RSG)Negative RSG is a direct consequence of the distribution methodology adopted for the 2016 to 2017 settlement, whereby for less grant dependent authorities the required reduction in core funding exceeds their available RSG.Having listened to representations from local authorities since the provisional settlement, government has announced it intends to directly eliminate the £152.9 million of Negative Revenue Support Grant in 2019 to 2020 through the use of foregone business rates. This will prevent any local authority from being subject to a downward adjustment to their business rates tariffs and top-ups which could act as a disincentive for growth.New Homes BonusThe consultation after December illustrated local authorities want certainty on the future of the New Homes Bonus after next year. The government remains fully committed to incentivising housing growth and will consult widely with local authorities on how best to reward housing delivery effectively after 2019 to 2020.An additional £18 million in funding will be provided for the New Homes Bonus, and the baseline for growth, below which new allocations of the Bonus are not paid, will stay the same at 0.4%.This housing growth baseline provides a further incentive to local authorities to welcome housing growth and build more homes to relieve housing need. This strikes the right balance between supporting local authorities and ensuring they work to give more people the opportunity to have a place to call home.Rural supportCommunities Secretary Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP has responded to a number of councils’ concerns over rural services funding by announcing the level of Rural Services Delivery Grant in 2019 to 2020 will increase by £16 million to £81 million, in line with the levels of grant funding provided in 2018 to 2019. This recognises the extra costs of providing services in rural communities.Fire funding for pensionsAround £97 million of funding has been announced to cover fire pensions liabilities. This responds to concerns raised by the sector over increased pensions liabilities for Fire and Rescue Authorities.Further informationThis relates to England only.The provisional settlement gives councils a 2.8% cash-terms increase, and a 1% real-terms increase in core spending power in the 2019 to 2020 financial year – up from £45.1 billion in this financial year to £46.4 billion.The areas selected for business rates pilots are:last_img read more

Joe Jackson, Father Of Michael & Janet Jackson, Dies At 89

first_img[Video: DalekQueen]After signing a contract that cost the Jackson family millions, Michael Jackson fired his father as his manager in 1973. Outside of business missteps, Joe Jackson was also plagued with accusations of physical and emotional abuse. While first exposed by daughter La Toya in a memoir, Michael went on to confirm that his father had beaten him during an Oprah special in 1993. The King of Pop later forgave his father, citing his Joe’s upbringing during the Great Depression and Jim Crow years as what caused him to push his children so hard.While Michael Jackson was his most famous and successful child (though Janet Jackson is similarly a household name), Joe and Michael continued to have a strained relationship. Eventually, when Michael Jackson died in 2009, Joe Jackson was completely left out of Michael’s will. Other interfamily relationships also appeared strained up until the end, as certain family members (including Janet) were even barred from seeing Joe when he was initially hospitalized, reports The Daily Mail.However, regardless of the controversy around Joe Jackson and his methods, he was successful in carving out a space in the music industry for his family. He reared two of the most iconic pop stars of our time, Michael and Janet Jackson, and won a number of awards in his own right, including proclamation by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as the Best Entertainment Manager of All Time in 2002.Joe Jackson is survived by his wife, Katherine, and their children Maureen (68), Jackie (67), Tito (64), Jermaine (63), La Toya (62), Marlon (61), Randy (56), and Janet (52). Today, news broke that Joe Jackson, the patriarch of the iconic musical Jackson family, has died at the age of 89, per TMZ. Jackson had been battling pancreatic cancer and was hospitalized earlier in the week to attend to the final stages of his terminal illness.Joe Jackson was a famed music manager and father to eleven children. Jackson noticed his children’s musical talents at a young age, first helping form and serve as the manager for The Jackson Brothers in 1963. In 1965, brothers Marlon and Michael joined The Jackson Brothers’ Jackie, Tito, and Jermaine, and rebranded as The Jackson 5 in 1966. He would continue to bring his children into the entertainment world, pushing them to succeed as the first African-American teenage recording stars.last_img read more

Ready for takeoff

first_imgThis is the one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates.Maj. Bradley DeWees knows what it’s like to perform under pressure.DeWees grew up in New Mexico and was accepted to the Air Force Academy after graduating from high school. Neither of his parents attended college and both he and his family were overwhelmed by the college application process. By comparison, the Air Force seemed like the simpler option.“I didn’t know what I was getting into,” DeWees recalled, yet he soon found himself thriving in the highly regimented, meritocratic environment.“Being in that environment has a way to force you to forge really close relationships,” he said. “I found myself excelling and becoming a better person day in and day out — and that was reason enough to stay.”Overcoming his early misgivings, DeWees did, in fact, go on to earn a master’s degee in international security and economic policy from the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy in 2011.Then in 2015, DeWees received a prestigious fellowship from the Air Force to pursue a Ph.D. at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in the public policy program affiliated with Harvard Kennedy School (HKS).The catch? Complete the program in only three years.Generally, Ph.D. candidates focus on coursework and exams for about two years before proceeding to the research portion of their degree. Without the luxury of time, DeWees began his thesis research as soon as he arrived at Harvard. His dissertation focused on judgment and decision-making with the goal of combatting ingrained biases, which he began exploring through experimental work.Though most of those early experiments did not make it into his final dissertation, DeWees said it was “a critical learning step,” because it allowed him to allocate his time more effectively in his final year.One of his advisers, HKS Professor of Public Policy and Management Jennifer Lerner, said they began with an intensive one-on-one tutorial in his first year to help combat his time pressure. This crucial tutorial spawned a number of research projects for DeWees.“For Brad’s part, he found multiple ways to work at an accelerated pace,” Lerner said. “Long before he arrived to start school, he wrote to request in-depth reading lists. Once here, he made special arrangements with the building security guards so that he could be let in early in the mornings before the building is actually open to students.”,The transition from the Air Force to an academic lifestyle felt abrupt, DeWees said. Everything seemed different, including when the day begins. In the Air Force, operations are in full swing by 7 a.m. and tend to wind down around 3 or 4 p.m. By contrast, things are often “just getting started here” in late afternoon.However, DeWees said, “I found myself dispositionally suited to the intellectual exploration lifestyle. What defines the daily experience here is, ‘What’s the next step?’”In December 2017, DeWees also became a first-time parent, when he and his wife, Kate, had their son, Jackson.Being able to step away from operational assignments for the Air Force to complete his Ph.D. has turned out to be a benefit to his family life, as “the odds of being deployed would not be insignificant,” he said.“The first eight months [of the baby] turned into a blur,” he said. “We tried every possible combination of when to do work and ended up where we started; I work best in the mornings.”DeWees’ advisers, Lerner and Assistant Professor of Public Policy Julia Minson, worked closely with him to beat the time-crunch while attending to his responsibilities as a new parent. He noted that having women as advisers was helpful because, he believes, they understand the challenge of balancing work and family life.“Because Brad comes from a somewhat masculine/macho military culture, some of his military friends were baffled to learn that he had two female psychologists as advisers,” Lerner said. “All this speaks well for Brad’s open mind. When selecting his field of study, he was guided not by stereotypes about people or misconceptions about a field, but instead by the content and methods of the field itself.”While at Harvard, DeWees had the opportunity to bear witness to the University’s “rich service tradition,” including visits to the Memorial Church where the names of veterans are inscribed on the walls.“I hoped to be a representative of the military to the community at Harvard,” he said. “The opportunity for connection between people in the military and civilians is a lot harder now in a lot of ways. I hope we dispel some stereotypes.”Upon his return to the Air Force, DeWees and his family will move to Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, Colo., where he will serve as assistant director of operations, working between the Army and the Air Force to provide air support to commanders on the ground.He’s looking forward to getting back up to speed with operational work and being back in a position of leadership. DeWees hopes to use his academic training to help the Air Force improve its decision-making. He also hopes eventually to serve in strategic advisory positions — perhaps one day at the Pentagon.“I’ll miss the vigorous intellectual back and forth that you can take for granted here,” DeWees said. “Demands are going to take precedence, but [I won’t] forget how fulfilling these past three years have been.” The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.last_img read more

Tom Conti to Become One of Twelve Angry Men in the West End

first_imgTony and Olivier winner Tom Conti is to join the cast of  Reginald Rose’s Twelve Angry Men in the West End. Directed by Christopher Haydon, the production is currently running at the Garrick Theatre. Conti will replace Martin Shaw as juror number 8 and will begin performances March 31, joining original cast members Robert Vaughn and Jeff Fahey in the show. View Comments Conti received the Tony and Olivier awards for his performance in Whose Life is it Anyway? His screen credits include Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence , Shirley Valentine The Dark Knight Rises and Street Dance. He received a Best Actor Oscar nod for his role in Reuben Reuben. In Twelve Angry Men, 12 jurors have murder on their minds and a life in their hands as they decide the fate of a young delinquent accused of killing his father. But what appears to be an open-and-shut case soon becomes a dilemma for the 12, as their prejudices and preconceived ideas about the accused, the trial and each other turn the tables every which way, until the nail-biting climax.last_img read more

Pepper Potential.

first_imgIt sounds easy. But it took time to get the processing right.”Like anything else new, it was a learning process,”Lee said. “We had some headaches with it early, getting everythingdown right. But now we know what we’re doing and are ready forthe crop to come in this year.”Reynolds said a facility like the one on Lee’s farm could be extendedto include other vegetable and fruit crops.”I’m looking at the possibility of doing something with eggplants,bell peppers and fruit crops,” he said. For example, a productand market could be developed to handle overripe peaches.Lee says he’s looking at his farm in a new way. If fresh-producemarket prices fall too low, he said, he can simply crank up hisfood processing facility. He may even grow crops for the directpurpose of processing on his farm. “It gives us another choice now on what we can do,”he said. Until last year, as much as half of Bill Lee’s jalapeñopepper crop was wasted. Peppers that didn’t meet the peak-qualitydemands of the fresh-produce market were thrown away or neverpicked. But not anymore.With help from the University of Georgia and part of a $120,000grant from the Governor’s Development Office, Lee built a smallfood-processing facility on his farm.The facility allowed him to turn his unmarketable fresh peppersinto a brine jalapeño product. The brine peppers can laterbe used in other products, such as sauces.Most important, Lee said, a part of the crop he would otherwisehave to abandon can now make him some money.”It’s a lot better than just throwing them away,” saidLee, who has farmed more than 35 years near Adel, Ga.Wasted in the Fields Because they can’t be sold to fresh markets, many of the vegetablesgrown in Georgia are never harvested. Most Georgia-grown vegetablesare targeted for fresh-produce markets. These markets demand thehighest quality produce.However, as the harvest progresses, the quality of the crop oftendeclines. Though the taste is good, it looks less appealing, andthe fresh-produce market passes on buying it.”Georgia is vying for third place in the nation in vegetableproduction,” said Estes Reynolds. He coordinates the ExtensionOutreach Programs of the University of Georgia Food ProcessingResearch and Development Lab.”We’ll have to find alternatives,” Reynolds said, “forthe portion of the crop that doesn’t meet fresh-market standards.”Processing Value Lee’s processing facility, built next to his packing shed, isabout the size of a two-car garage.Specifications, quality standards, processing requirements andestablished procedures for field handling, sanitation, harvesting,processing and packaging were developed for the facility. Allaspects of the facility meet Georgia Department of Agricultureand Food and Drug Administration requirements, Reynolds said.Now, Lee picks the peppers he’d normally leave in the field afterthe fresh-produce market has passed. Last year, he also boughtunmarketable peppers from four other local farmers.The peppers are sorted by quality and bathed in a chlorine-watersolution. They’re taken into the facility then and chopped intoslices. The sliced jalapeños are then combined with a brinemade of salt, water and vinegar.The peppers are packed into large barrels, each containing 200pounds of peppers and 86 pounds of brine. At full capacity, thefacility can produce 65 barrels a day.After packing, the peppers are ready to become future ingredientsin other products. The peppers on Lee’s farm were sold to a processingcompany in Atlanta, Ga.The Potentiallast_img read more

‘Stunning Collapse’ of Coal Industry Reveals the Risk to Taxpayers in Companies’ Self-Bonding Allowances

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享William Yardley for the Los Angeles Times:For four decades, mining companies have been required to repair land they mine to a form and function similar to its previous condition. The process is called reclamation, and, done well, it can be convincing. Some of the smoothest slopes and meadows here were shaped not by time and the elements but by federal law and heavy equipment.“What you’re looking at right now just won a national award,” Mark Dunn, the environmental manager for Cloud Peak Energy’s Cordero Rojo mine, said this month, pointing to a panorama that included active mining to the west and a restored stream and wetlands to the east. “We try to make it close to the way it was before — or better.”Now, however, amid a stunning collapse of the coal industry that has prompted some of the nation’s largest mining companies to file for bankruptcy, there are new questions about how the giant holes dug in Wyoming and elsewhere across the West will be filled and who will pay to fill them. Wyoming produces nearly 40% of the nation’s coal used for electricity.Under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977, for mining to go on, reclamation has to go on. But in some cases, big companies have persuaded government regulators to let them operate under terms that seem to turn the law upside down: For reclamation to continue, mining has to continue.Last month, prompted by a complaint from environmental groups, the federal Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement challenged Wyoming regulators to show that two major companies that have both filed for bankruptcy in the last year, Arch Coal and Alpha Natural Resources, have enough money to do the reclamation work they are obligated to do.In the weeks since then, following more complaints from environmental groups, the agency has made similar demands related to mines operated in Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Indiana and Illinois by another imperiled company, Peabody Energy.All three of the companies have been allowed to meet many of their financial commitments for reclamation through a process called self-bonding. Under self-bonding, the companies do not have to pay a third party to guarantee that reclamation money would be there if the mining company suddenly failed. Instead, the companies essentially are allowed to say their financial strength is proof enough that they could meet their obligations.“The problem with self-bonding, basically, is that it’s based upon this notion of these companies being so wealthy and substantial,” said Mark Squillace, who teaches environmental law at the University of Colorado Law School. “It’s sort of like the banks being too big to fail, right?”Full article: Mining companies’ declining fortunes imperil the restoration of land they’ve mined ‘Stunning Collapse’ of Coal Industry Reveals the Risk to Taxpayers in Companies’ Self-Bonding Allowanceslast_img read more

EIA: Continued decline in coal generation expected this summer

first_imgEIA: Continued decline in coal generation expected this summer FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Associated Press:U.S. demand for coal to generate electricity will keep sliding in coming months, federal officials said Thursday, despite efforts by the Trump administration to shore up the struggling industry.Renewable energy sources including wind, solar and hydropower are expected to fill much of the gap left by coal’s decline, according to the Energy Information Administration. It’s particularly true for Western states, where renewables will provide almost a quarter of the power to households and businesses during the peak summer season, the agency said in its projections.Natural gas is expected to remain the fuel of choice for power generation with an expected 40% share of U.S. markets this summer.Coal’s share of power generation is projected to be 25% this summer. That’s down roughly half over the past decade and follows a wave of coal plant retirements by utilities seeking cheaper and cleaner-burning alternatives.“This decline is relentless,” said Seth Feaster, who tracks the coal industry for the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. The Ohio-based group advocates for a transition to more sustainable energy sources. “The question is how low can it go,” Feaster added. “Coal is really facing tremendous obstacles in terms of competition from natural gas from fracking and continuing price declines for renewables.”Meanwhile, plant retirements continue to stack up, including in the heart of coal country. PacifiCorp announced in late April that one Wyoming coal-fired power plant and part of another could be retired as early as 2022 as the company tries to keep down costs for its customers. The Oregon-based utility plans to significantly increase the amount of electricity it generates from wind turbines and solar farms.More: Officials: Coal to keep sliding as renewables, gas fill gaplast_img read more

Chilean Military Geographical Institute Participates in Initiative to Improve Natural Disaster Prediction

first_imgThanks to its participation in an international scientific initiative, the Chilean Military Geographical Institute (IGM) will soon help civilian authorities predict the imminent occurrence of natural disasters – such as volcanic eruptions and floods – with higher levels of accuracy. Thematic cartography, which also uses radar data for analysis, planning, and oversight (urban atlas, precision agriculture). That initiative, the Multinational Data Exchange Program (TREx), is a geodata program that will develop a Digital Land Surface Elevation Model, which will be 80 percent more accurate than models that currently exist anywhere. It will be the basis for developing cartography, simulation programs, and modeling for natural or anthropogenic phenomena that might occur in Chile or throughout the world. The effort is being led by the United States’ National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) and Germany’s Federal Office of Cartography and Geodesy (BKG), together with the European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company (Airbus Group). “It is very relevant, so we want to be part of this project,” Maj. Rivas said. “The data on accuracy, distance, and parameters provided by this Digital Elevation Model are raw material for national cartography.” The primary applications of the Digital Elevation Model are: International Convention Radar technology “It will be tremendously useful to the country to have information this accurate and expansive,” said Army Maj. Lautaro Rivas Reveco, TREx’s program coordinator at the IGM. “This application will allow us to improve our performance as a country in urban planning, territory management, and marking borders,” Army Col. Rony Jara, IGM’s director, told Chilean reporters in January 2014. The Digital Elevation Model developed by TREx will be based on information captured by two satellites owned by the Airbus Group – TerraSar-X (in orbit since 2007) and TanDEM-X (launched in 2010), which are in geostationary orbit. That data, interpreted by the TREx system, defines a three-dimensional model of the ground surface with 80 percent better resolution than other systems. Currently, the models in use were built in 2000, based on data provided by the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM), and developed by the NGA and the United States’ National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Rapid cartography for responses and evaluations of natural disasters (flood, earthquakes, change detection); In 2014, the TREx meeting was held in the U.S, with a third meeting in Euskirchen, Germany in April 2015. The two latter meetings focused on coordinating political and licensing requirements, as well as drafting protocols for accessing the information. Participants also discussed operational aspects of work flow involving TREx and participating countries. It will also allow Chile to determine the lava flow from a volcano like Calbuco, located in Los Lagos, which erupted in April leading to the temporary evacuation of three neighboring communities. With TREx, analysts will be able to predict where the lava will go. The technology will also allow authorities to identify areas susceptible to flooding during heavy rains, as happened in the northern region of Atacama in March, killing 26 people. By Dialogo September 04, 2015 I SEE NO TASK FORCES OR STRATEGIES BY OUR ARMED FORCES. JUST SOME CONGRATULATIONS BY THE PRESIDENCY FOR RISKS TAKEN AND FUNDAMENTALLY WORK DONE BY SOME OF OUR ARMED FORCES. THANK YOU I am interested in contacting makers of buoys able to announce tsunamis on our Pacific coast. The idea is to let small fishing artisans know so they can prepare their boats and their work elements early, and obviously their lives.Sincerely,Héctor Muro de la Fuente Interesting articles, always reporting on what’s being done and accomplished is good for transparency and reduces ignorance, I congratulate you It’s very important for the world to carry out work of this size let the population know about any natural occurrence but for this to happen scientists have to always be on alert and constantly working my regards to our armed force and a thousand blessings We haven’t even bought a CANOE. We have abandoned our glorious armed forces completed, those loved by GENERAL JOSE FRANCISCO SAN MARTIN. But anyway, the truth coming upon us will be seen at some point it’s being seen in FRANCE where extremists took over the COUNTRY. And soon if the WORLD doesn’t stop it we will see the results very very soon for the good of this world which should be DEMOCRATIC and AT PEACE Very important article. We hope the scientists will cooperate successfully to save lives, I congratulate all the armed forces of the countries that participate this will allow them to be prepared for anything, success to everyone in this noble mission. It’s good that the police along with the armed forces pick up all the gang members to allow the population to live more peacefully It will also be the first for the country: this is the first time that Chile has participated in a technological program that covers the entire world. IGM is the only Latin American institution invited to participate in the initiative, joined by Germany, the Netherlands, Finland, Norway, Italy, the Czech Republic, Poland, Denmark, France, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Spain, the U.S., Canada, Turkey, and Japan. Participating countries will have access to the information developed by TREx; in Chile’s case, the data will be made available to the IGM, the Armed Forces, and government agencies. The first TREx program coordination meeting was held in September 2013, in Köln, Germany, during which a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was created, setting the administrative bases for executing the project for 10 years. “Making the river’s behavior clear in a case like this defines at-risk areas for optimal urban planning, for example,” Maj. Rivas said. Between now and early 2016, an international convention will be signed by member states to put TREx into operation, Maj. Rivas said. For its part, IGM – with the consent of Chile’s Ministry of Defense – will determine the personnel required, as well as the infrastructure and technology it will need.last_img read more

Human case of avian flu reported in Vietnam

first_imgDec 30, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – A 16-year-old girl in southern Vietnam is seriously ill with H5N1 avian influenza, according to reports from the World Health Organization (WHO) and news services today.The WHO said it had received informal reports of a laboratory-confirmed case of H5N1 avian flu in the girl, who is from Tay Ninh province. Hers is the 28th human case in Vietnam this year, the agency said. Twenty of those cases have been fatal. Another 17 cases, 12 of them fatal, have occurred in Thailand.Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported that the girl was in critical condition with respiratory failure at the Hospital of Tropical Diseases in Ho Chi Minh City. An unnamed doctor was quoted as saying the girl might have contracted the virus when she killed a chicken and prepared it for cooking. He said there was no evidence of infection in other members of the girl’s family.Tran Tinh Hien, deputy director of the hospital, said the girl was on a respirator but in stable condition, according to a Reuters report. The WHO said the patient was hospitalized Dec 26.Vietnam has reported poultry outbreaks of avian flu in six southern provinces in the past month, but Tay Ninh was not listed as one of them.”As avian influenza viruses become more active at cooler temperatures, further poultry outbreaks, possibly accompanied by sporadic human cases, can be anticipated,” the WHO said. “Poultry marketing, transportation, and consumption increase in Viet Nam with the approach of the lunar New Year in early February. These activities create conditions favouring the spread of poultry outbreaks and call for heightened control measures.”The WHO said today’s report marks the first human case of avian flu in Vietnam since early September.All but one of the human cases this year are believed to have resulted from exposure to sick poultry rather than from person-to-person transmission. The WHO and many disease experts fear that the H5N1 virus could trigger a human flu pandemic if it evolved into a form that could readily spread from person to person.See also:Dec 30 WHO statement read more