Thu, Jul 29, 2021 20:05 EDT
Plant-based meat has increasingly been making headlines in recent years, as product sales swell and industry investment continues to reach dizzying heights. Alongside growing consumer awareness around the issues facing the global meat industry and the perception of plant-based meat as a healthy, sustainable alternative, the growth of plant-based meat can be attributed to the latest generation of new, high-quality products. However, this is only the beginning. Plant-based meat producers are increasingly looking towards a range of emerging technologies to create the next generation of hyper-realistic plant-based alternatives. " Plant-Based Meat 2021-2031 ", a new report by IDTechEx, explores the technologies that are shaping the plant-based meat industry, alongside the consumer and market factors that will decide whether plant-based meat can truly disrupt the $1 trillion global meat industry. Although plant-based meat alternatives have existed for a long time, they have historically been targeted at vegetarians and vegans, who may be happy to sacrifice product quality for ethical reasons. However, to truly make an impact on global meat consumption (as well as accessing the huge market opportunity that comes with it), plant-based meat producers must target the 95% of consumers who do eat meat. Although these consumers are increasingly looking to reduce meat consumption for health and sustainability reasons, they are less likely to tolerate a drop in product quality - targeting these consumers requires companies to make plant-based products that are almost indistinguishable from the real thing. Based on this thinking, modern plant-based meat companies such as Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods have invested heavily into R&D and technology development to make their products as realistic as possible. Impossible Foods uses a genetically engineered strain of yeast to produce soy leghemoglobin, a key ingredient that makes its meat substitutes "bleed" and gives them a uniquely meaty flavor. To create its Beyond Burger product, Beyond Meat uses a food extrusion machine originally developed at the University of Missouri, which uses heat and pressure to force plant proteins into a fibrous, meat-like texture that resembles muscle fibers. Rather than using genetic engineering to produce its products, the Beyond Meat burger uses beet juice to replicate the bleeding from a real burger. Coconut oil and cocoa butter are used to provide marbling to further replicate the texture of real meat.
Thu, Jul 29, 2021 19:58 EDT
Research by the estate agent comparison site, GetAgent.co.uk , has found that, despite a clear desire from homebuyers to live in areas of outstanding natural beauty, prices within the UK's national parks have not necessarily gone up in the past year. While some parks have seen home values rise significantly, some have seen them fall by as much as -9.5%. According to HM Land Registry, UK house prices have risen by an average of 10% in the last year and while there is general consensus that homes in more rural, countryside locations have risen more than those in cities, the new data shows that this rule is not universal. GetAgent's analysis monitors national park asking price growth based on property values within their respective postcodes. The most significant national park price growth has occurred along the Pembrokeshire Coast in Wales where an average of £35,108 has been added to house prices in the past year alone, with a 15.4% pushing the current average house price to £262,814. The Lake District in Cumbria ranks second where house prices have risen from £287,486 to £320,208 in the last year, an 11.4% increase. Snowdonia, Wales, has seen an average of £21,275 added to house prices in the past year, with an annual increase of 11.3%, while Exmoor and Brecon Beacons have also enjoyed impressive growth of 8.6% and 8.2% respectively. However, while these national parks have seen significant growth, there are four national parks in the UK where prices have actually fallen over the past year. In the Cairngorms in the Scottish Highlands, the average house price has fallen from £208,750 to £188,814, a surprising annual decline of -9.5%. In the Yorkshire Dales, house prices have fallen from £307,270 to £289,899, a decline of -5.7%. In Loch Lomond and the Trossachs, prices have fallen by -2.2% over the last year, while in Dartmoor prices are down -2.2%. Founder and CEO of GetAgent.co.uk, Colby Short, commented: "There's no denying that many rural areas of the UK property market have seen a boost in buyer demand due to the great urban exodus spurred by a lengthy stint under lockdown restrictions. But just because you own a home in an area of incredible natural beauty, it doesn't necessarily mean you've seen a boost in the value of your home and in some cases, quite the opposite is actually true. Of course, while a healthy level of house price appreciation is always a bonus, those looking to relocate to more rural climbs are less likely to be driven by a return on their investment and with such beautiful surroundings on their doorstep, who would be?"
Thu, Jul 29, 2021 19:54 EDT
The latest research from new build snagging experts, HouseScan , suggests that while there are currently 294,900 homes currently in the planning permission pipeline, an estimated 289,002 of these will reach the market with snagging issues. HouseScan's analysis of Gov.uk data on the number of housing units to have been granted planning permission shows that planning permission approvals have fallen by -6.4% year on year. While there remain almost 300,000 new homes in the pipeline, HouseScan's research also suggests that the vast majority of these will reach the market in an unsuitable state, with some form of snagging defect. It's estimated just two per cent of all new build homes reach the market snag-free and this issue is predictably at its worst in the capital. Across London, there are some 52,300 homes waiting to be built having been granted permission, accounting for 18% of all approvals across England. However, with just two per cent predicted to reach the market in a suitable condition, HouseScan's research shows that as many as 51,254 new homes yet to be built within the capital will have some form of snagging defect. If they were to reach the market today, that's nearly £27bn worth of property that would need further work. With 43,200 housing units granted planning permission in the South East, it ranks as the region with the next largest level of homes reaching the market with snagging issues (42,336). The North West (39,592), East of England (34,790), East Midlands (30,380) and West Midlands (29,302) are also predicted to see some of the largest numbers of homes reach the market with snagging defects based on current planning permissions granted. In total across England, over £100bn worth of new homes that are still yet to be built will be sold with snagging issues, and that's based on today's market values alone. Founder and Managing Director of HouseScan, Harry Yates, commented: "Unfortunately there's an incredible number of new homes purchased every year that come complete with a number of snagging issues and these issues can range from something minor such as the poor fitting of light switches or plug sockets, to something as serious as subsidence or other structural instabilities. It may seem unfair to tarnish housebuilder outputs by using the law of averages, but to say that just two per cent of new builds are sold snag-free really is the reality. In addition, it's the new build process that allows these issues by using similar practices, to begin with, with inspectors often passing off the standard of an entire development based on inspecting just one single home within it. Of course, our research has focussed on planning permissions and so it remains to be seen as to whether this level of homes will be riddled with snagging defects or not. However, we wanted to highlight this severe problem within the industry as a wake-up call so that those delivering this pipeline of property stock can address the issue now and prove us wrong."
Thu, Jul 29, 2021 11:33 EDT
If the Government is serious about 'unleashing' Britain's entrepreneurial potential, it needs to make it easier for the self-employed, say leading tax and advisory firm Blick Rothenberg. Robert salter a director at the firm said: "In a move which can only be described as Orwellian, the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) has been fined over £87m in tax, NIC and associated penalties by HMRC for their failures regarding the operation of IR35 and withholding taxes for freelance contractors, who have been working through personal service companies (PSCs)." He added:" It is almost laughable that one public organisation fines another in this situation - surely the DWP would have consulted with HMRC to get this right. The £87 million fine means the money is going around 'one big public sector circle'. This really is a case of 'robbing Peter to pay Paul'. It is difficult to see how this HMRC review and the associated penalties helps improve the efficiency of the public sector and the services which are being provided to the public." Robert said: "This embarrassing episode now sends a worrying message to the private sector where the IR35 rules were extended to apply from 6 April 2021. an urgent review of the tax rules in this area is needed so they operate effectively and are fit for purpose. "The fact that the DWP can't correctly apply the IR35 legislation in a number of cases confirms the complexity of this onerous legislation, and the difficulty that many organizations have in assessing whether a freelance contractor is genuinely self-employed." He added: "Since April 2017, all public-sector bodies have been required to review the 'deemed employment status' of their freelance contractors - where contractors would have been regarded as employees, if it were not for the existing of a personal service company (or contractor company), the public body would need to operate PAYE and withhold income tax and NIC on payments to consultants." Robert said: "The difficulty of the IR35 rules is compounded by the fact that it is a very subjective set of parameters to determine the correct status of a worker - HMRC's guidance and its own Employment Status Tool are flawed and do not give the consultant or the contracting party any real confidence in applying the rules correctly." Ends
Thu, Jul 29, 2021 09:38 EDT
Ezra , the leading provider of digital coaching, has highlighted three simple areas that businesses should address when it comes to creating a fear-free, smooth transition back to the physical workplace. Now that the UK government has lifted most, if not all of the Covid-19 safety restrictions related to the workplace, many businesses are requesting that their staff return to the office after a long spell of remote working. But according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), employees are still keen for their employers to maintain cautious safety measures. 76% of employees state that they want to see enhanced cleaning procedures in the workplace. 70% want to know that their offices are going to be well-ventilated. 65% want a limit on the number of people allowed in the workplace at any one time, and 60% want those in the office to continue adhering to social distancing rules. In response, businesses have outlined what safety precautions they intend to implement as staff return to the office. 57% of businesses say they'll insist on strict social distancing measures, 52% say that enhanced cleaning and hygiene precautions will be in place, and 45% say PPE will be used throughout the office. Meanwhile, 22% say they won't insist on any safety precautions at all, while 10% are yet to decide what, if anything, to do. Direct Covid-19 safety precautions are one thing, but for staff who are returning to the workplace after a long time away, a more wide-reaching, holistic set of precautions and actions are going to be required to ensure everyone is happy and healthy in the office. Identify and address stress points Stress and anxiety are going to be more prevalent than ever. Employees need to know that it's okay to feel these things - they're not alone and their employer will work hard to help them settle back in and manage any heightened levels of stress. This requires employers to identify what is causing stress and then take actions to reduce it. Clear and open communication channels To this end, staff should also feel free to communicate with each other and their employers. They should be encouraged to express how they're feeling upon returning to work, and also to tell others in the office if they are personally choosing to continue taking strict safety precautions without fear of being mocked or punished for doing so. Communication works to lighten the burden of worry and also lets people know that they're not alone in what they're feeling. A problem shared is a problem halved. Gradual implementation, routine and weekly reviews Finally, it's important to take things slowly and not rush the process of returning to a 'normal' working lifestyle. This can be done by keeping things simple and maintaining a good daily routine in the early days back in the office. When humans are forced to change, simple, clear tasks and instructions can mitigate much of the related anxiety, and daily structure enables them to tackle the return in manageable, tangible stages. In addition to a clear daily routine, weekly goals and reviews can enable any issues to be dealt with before they snowball, as well as allowing your company to pivot to perfect their procedure of returning to the workplace. The best way to address any potentially sensitive issues is through direct but anonymous employee feedback to help influence company policy to better serve those working at the heart of it. Founder of Ezra , Nick Goldberg, commented: "As we return to the workplace, much is being said about what safety measures will be taken to ensure the spread of Covid-19 is mitigated as much as possible. But less has been said about the thoughts, feelings and mental health of those being asked back to the office. While some people will take to it like fish to water, others will struggle. If so, they will require and deserve compassionate and proactive leadership and an environment that considers their needs, as much as though with little worry or fear of returning. There's no one definitive approach that will work across a multitude of sectors and so a personalised approach built on a few core principles is the best starting point for any business."
Thu, Jul 29, 2021 09:37 EDT
Broken Chains Ministry's Urbean Café workforce development program located within the Robert K. Pfaff Metro Transit Center has exceeded $5.5 million in economic impact to Summit County since its 2011 launch. Urbean Cafe provides a successful workforce development training program for formerly incarcerated citizens while supporting local vendors and serving some of the best, freshly made homestyle food in town to up to 600 customers a day. "I think we have the best coffee in town, but I'm biased," said Urbean Café's director John Wiseman who works with a local roaster for its signature blend. "We also have the best homemade carrot cake, hands down." "Ten years is something to celebrate, especially during pandemic recovery," Wiseman noted. "Beyond its $5.5 million in economic impact, the café's less than two percent employee recidivism rate has saved Ohio taxpayers $2.6 million in direct costs." More than 100 individuals have achieved workforce readiness and successful reentry through this unique Restorative Justice program. When clients ask about café employment opportunities, John responds, "It's an opportunity for us to invest in your life." As the café recovers from COVID-19 related closures in 2020, Wiseman invites the community to visit Monday through Saturday at 631 South Broadway in Akron to grab a bite. Learn more about Urbean Café and download the menu at www.brokenchainsministry.org/urbean-cafe . About Broken Chains Ministry Founded by Rev. Dennis Shawhan and located within the Summit County Jail, Broken Chains Ministry (BCM) is a faith-centered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization serving the needs of men and women in Summit County as they transition from incarceration to community. Its mission is to improve public safety and support the local economy by restoring individuals to the community and reducing felony relapse. BCM's Restorative Justice programs include Urbean Café, its award-winning workforce development program, Lydia's Home, its Ohio certified recovery home for women in the City of Green, and prison ministry and related services. Visit www.brokenchainsministry.org for more information. Download the release, photos and assets here . Media contact: Tracy Teuscher, APR Email: email@example.com Direct: 330-936-1331
Thu, Jul 29, 2021 08:43 EDT
Thermoelectrics cools, heats, makes electricity and senses. Many proponents have stumbled with the wrong choice in the wrong applications. For example, trying to make electricity from car exhausts just as they become obsolete is a fool's errand. Gentherm failed with thermoelectric generators then pivoted to create a business of hundreds of millions of dollars yearly in thermal management, notably thermoelectric car-seat systems. Many big names are now chasing them in this, notably for the COVID-defying battery electric vehicle market. First to analyze this big picture is the new IDTechEx report, " Thermoelectric Cooling, Heating, Harvesting: 90 Companies' Achievements and Strategies Appraised with Roadmap 2022-2042 ". It includes other successes arriving with vehicles on land, water, and air such as temperature-controlled head-up displays, laser headlights, autonomy components, and military jet aircon. However, the rapid adoption in medical and many other sectors is also well covered. Researched by multilingual, PhD-level analysts across the world, this unique report reveals how a more thoughtful approach to thermoelectric energy harvesting is seeing success in self-powered sensors and much besides. There is even a separate drill-down report on thermoelectric-generation research , sub-markets, and options. Raghu Das, CEO of analysts IDTechEx advises, "Nowadays, the research pipeline is far less concerned with toxic, rare elements and optimizing parameters that are not key to commercial success. Industrialists are more open-minded about new applications. For example, there is a real possibility of thermoelectric generators becoming viable in geothermal energy and other high-power applications. We, therefore, take a careful look at 90 companies involved, from patents to research papers, product offerings, and financials. In some cases, big changes are likely in about ten years so we give a 20-year forecast and roadmap of company intentions. It is quite an eye-opener." In the overview, " Thermoelectric Cooling, Heating, Harvesting: 90 Companies' Achievements and Strategies Appraised with Roadmap 2022-2042 " the reader gains a full understanding of why thermoelectric cooling, heating, harvesting, and sensing is partly a success now, partly later. Leading patentors and countries are sequenced in pie charts by sector. Assess evolving optimal materials, parameters, designs, applications, technology, and strategy with a 90-company comparison, market-leader success factors and mistakes, company intentions, and a unit and value market forecast for 2022-2042. The 300+ pages cover activities emerging in the complete value chain but primarily modules and sub-systems, secondarily materials manufacturers and end-users. Questions answered include : 90 companies involved in thermoelectrics: profiles, SWOT reports, products, strategies, uniques? Those that have the largest activity in which form of thermoelectrics and why? Which companies to watch, what sectors do they target and why? Roadmap of company thermoelectric initiatives 2022-2042? Global thermoelectric market units and $billion 2022-2042? What worthwhile markets and dead ends are emerging? Interpret patent and company research landscape? What is technically required for the future? Regional distribution of effort and why? This 327-page report full of illustrations, charts, photographs and analysis includes: Executive summary and conclusions In 30 densely packed pages, this overview presents the regional split of companies, patents by leading companies and overall by type with trends and commentary. There is a market forecast and company and technology roadmap, both for 2022-2042. See the explanation of the basic types and their market dynamics. View the explanation and significance of medical, flexible, and other types emerging. Understand the compounds involved and the significance of certain companies moving to eliminate toxic and rare materials. See the impact of COVID-19 on automotive applications graphed by IDTechEx, because of their importance to thermoelectrics and their vulnerability. 83 Companies in thermoelectric cooling and temperature management by country and where they are in the value chain 64 Companies in thermoelectric energy harvesting and sensors by country and where they are in the value chain 90 thermoelectric materials, modules, subsystems and end-equipment companies with research thrust and products illustrated and appraised including company SWOT assessments This is the longest part of the report with detailed information on each company including location, products, strategy, partnerships, initiatives, product ranges, and important research as appropriate with successes, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats identified. For more information on this report, please visit www.IDTechEx.com/ThermoCo or for the full portfolio of research available from IDTechEx please visit www.IDTechEx.com/research .
Thu, Jul 29, 2021 08:42 EDT
A host of Celebrities including Keith Lemon, Vic Reeves, David Walliams, Brian May, Sir Cliff Richard, Jeremy Vine, Heather Small, Dame Shirley Bassey, Jason Manford, All Saints, Lorraine Kelly and Adam Hills himself are generously donating some of their favourite items towards Variety's online auction, which launches today, in a bid to raise funds severely depleted by the coronavirus. www.charitystars.com/variety-celebrity-auction The auction, held in partnership with Charitystars.com, will be lead by well-known comedian and radio and television presenter, Adam Hills. Adam Hills said: "This endeavour combines two of the most satisfying things in my life - clearing out my wardrobe and helping others. I'm so honoured to be a part of it and have high hopes that it can become a regular event. " The pandemic has had a devastating impact on the sick, disabled and disadvantaged children across the UK that Variety helps. Many more children are now living in poverty, while the loss of support services has taken a severe toll. Demand for Variety's services have soared. At the same time, with live fundraising events now cancelled, the charity's income streams have dwindled dramatically. Proceeds from the auction will go towards 'plugging' this funding gap, so that Variety can continue to be there for children who need support - now more than ever. About CharityStars CharityStars.com is the ground breaking online fundraising platform, reaching across media and offering one destination for auctions, buy now and prize draws. Working with hundreds of brands and personalities CharityStars.com has raised over £30 million for charities across the globe. "We are thrilled to partner up with Variety, the Children's Charity and support their great cause. We understand the catastrophic impact the pandemic has had on charities in the last 18 months and want to support them", says Kirsty Harwood, UK Country Manager of CharityStars.com . Notes to Editors: Variety believes that neither disability nor disadvantage should prevent any child or young person from realising their full potential. Since being founded in October 1949, the charity has supported over one million disabled and disadvantaged children. When statutory funding cannot adequately meet a child's needs, Variety steps in. To ensure that it can respond specifically to the needs of each individual child, Variety provides support in the following four ways: - Through the provision of specially adapted, accessible transport in the form of their famous Sunshine Coaches, making it possible for children and young people to get out and about so that they can learn practical life skills and enjoy trips out to places they otherwise couldn't get to; - Through the provision of customised wheelchair grants, helping to increase mobility and improve independence; - Through the provision of specialist equipment grants which support a child's development or ability to self-care; and - Through memorable experiences in the form of the Variety Great Days Out programme which provides educational and fun day trips. Variety launched in the United States in 1928, and now operates in 13 countries across the world (United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Jersey, Republic of Ireland, France, Israel, Japan, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Australia, Barbados and Eastern Caribbean), helping children at the local community level. Variety is a registered charity in England and Wales (209259) and Scotland (SC038505) Follow us on twitter @VarietyGB or www.facebook.com/VarietyGB For more information or to donate to Variety, please visit www.variety.org.uk
Thu, Jul 29, 2021 08:20 EDT
Air taxi operators are unfazed by the 200 or so organizations designing vertical take-off electric aircraft. The IDTechEx report with the big picture is, " Manned Electric Aircraft: Smart City and Regional 2021-2041 ". Air taxi operators have placed large orders with a company that models itself on Tesla, entirely making born-electric, conventional take-off, fixed-wing aircraft. Using extreme lightweighting, efficiency, and aerodynamics, Bye Aerospace has over $250 million of orders for two and four-seaters from air taxi operators and flying schools. It spent only $24 million to have certifiable demonstrators aloft. Bye is so inundated with orders it has just doubled its prices because the aircraft still cost far less per mile than the polluting traditional equivalents. In the US, 11,000 of those are approaching 50 years old and illegality. Bye deliveries start from 2022. "eFlyer 2" is well underway in the FAA 14 CFR 23 aircraft certification process so production has commenced in anticipation. With hundreds of thousands of pilots needing training worldwide over the coming years, these are not primarily air taxis. There are even launch customers for Bye's newly-announced 7-seater, two-propeller scale-up. They offer shared business aircraft services in the USA, South America, Europe, and Asia. At around $4 million each, deliveries might be 2026 given more rigorous certification procedures. Bye says it will match the launch dates of hybrids by size, making them irrelevant. So what of the more glamorous VTOL "air taxis"? They are compared in the IDTechEx report and there is even more in the drill down " Air Taxis: Electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing Aircraft 2021-2041 ". The advice? Follow the economics and the orders not the fluid investments from people seeking the next Tesla. Those getting the huge investments often lack significant orders. The report provides details of the unknown Beta Technologies in Vermont where express package delivery leader UPS, no less, has acquired options to buy up to 150 of its battery-electric VTOL from 2024 and become a partner. Beta's modest budget was part-funded by an organ-transplant company needing direct, fast deliveries, so "voice of the customer" says this is not primarily an air taxi either. The recent boost in Beta's funding is still half that of the leaders in fundraising. United Airlines and Virgin Atlantic have placed orders with unknown UK company Vertical Aerospace founded on a shoestring budget. So what is the secret sauce of these intruders? Safety, the ability to do the most profitable missions, and not selling vaporware are part of the answer. For example, Beta's battery gives remarkable stability by being slung very low as in a Tesla and docking lifters means longer horizontal range, meaning you can enjoy the efficiency and safety of a wing. IDTechEx analysis shows that city VTOL aircraft with no wings are less safe because they cannot glide and will struggle to reach emergency alternate destinations within cities. Endurance is also poor because there is too much hovering involved in such short trips. Such a craft falling on a city with a large parachute could cause more deaths than one alone in the view of some interested parties reviewing certification criteria. Contrast craft for intercity and city-to-airport missions using horizontal-flight, winged-mode immediately after lift-off. IDTechEx calculations explain why some in the first category are now declaring that they will add models in the second category. For the city-to-airport and city-to-city trip IDTechEx finds most viable, an excellent example is Vertical Aerospace in the UK. It has wings for safe gliding and minimal travel cost. It will slice an hour off of the journey from Heathrow Airport to the financial district of London. Vertical has pre-orders for "up to 1,000" battery eVTOL aircraft with launch customers Avolon and American Airlines, along with a pre-order option from Virgin Atlantic, valued at up to $4 billion in total, delivery 2026. "If you think about transportation strategically this is the next big frontier," Domhnal Slattery, CEO of Avolon, the world's third-largest aircraft leasing company, told Reuters. Vertical Aerospace is floating on NASDAQ at a $2.2 billion valuation. Joby Aviation has raised the most money and its aircraft has winged mode after take-off. After raising $590 million from investors led by Toyota and acquiring Uber's flying taxi development, Joby Aviation plans New York Stock Exchange flotation at an eye-watering $6.6 billion including $1.6 billion cash. However, Joby's business model is not simply aircraft manufacture. For the battery eVTOL candidates, some test questions might include: Payback including city-center vertiports with security? Cost to fly with my monster airline bag? What is your order book? Big-name customers? When can I try one? Can it glide? Let Raghu Das, IDTechEx CEO have the last word: "Whoever wins, the irony is that the most financially successful, battery-electric VTOL aircraft will be those that most nearly copy a conventional aircraft shape and that hover for almost no time at all. For at least ten years, the battery technology will not allow more. Hovering takes up to ten times as much electricity." Source: IDTechEx For more information on these reports and the full portfolio of Electric Vehicle research available from IDTechEx please visit www.IDTechEx.com/Research/EV . Images Download: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/scy6btsvf2b0r1w/AACz9LqIEgLozvDY2NlY_9lUa?dl=0 Social Media Links: Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/IDTechEx LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/idtechex/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IDTechExResearch
Thu, Jul 29, 2021 07:49 EDT
Showcase your 'Living Green' city at the AIPH World Green City Awards 2022 - online entries now open! Cities around the world are keen to showcase their 'Living Green' credentials, says the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) as it welcomes entries to its World Green City Awards 2022. Inspired by the growing importance of greening our world's cities, the Awards are the first global city awards to focus on the inclusion of plants and nature. AIPH is excited to champion ambitious nature-orientated approaches to city design and operation that address the major challenges facing cities today. Through the awards, AIPH shares excellence in achievement and leadership by city authorities that use plants and nature to drive change in order to create better environments. Entries are invited from all city authorities around the world that use 'Living Green' in their plans for transformation, and can be in collaboration with a delivery authority such as a utility provider or community organisation. Awards are offered in six categories with a winner in each category and one overall AIPH World Green City winner: ● Health and wellbeing: Addressing the medical, behavioural, and social determinants of health for residents. ● Climate change: Tackling the root causes and effects of climate change in order to build more liveable and resilient cities. ● Economic recovery and inclusive growth: Creating systems and solutions that allow all city residents to overcome economic distress and thrive. ● Biodiversity: Addressing the loss of species, habitats, ecosystem health, and genetic diversity. ● Water: Ensuring water resources are safeguarded and wisely used, with clean water available to all while also protecting residents from flooding risks. ● Social cohesion: Fostering belonging, trust and inter-generational as well as cross-cultural relationships to prevent exclusion, marginalisation and violence. Entries must be strategic in nature, such as a policy and/or a programme leading to the delivery of a collection of related projects rather than a single project, and will be evaluated according to five criteria - strategic initiatives that are bold, that pursue a meaningful impact, are being successfully implemented, that have potential to further scale or spread to other cities, and exemplify resilience in how they are conducted. Dr Tim Beatley, Founder and Executive Director of Biophilic Cities shares the enthusiasm of AIPH. "I am excited that for the first time there will be a global award that shines a light on those most exemplary green cities, and I am certain this award will help to inspire and guide innovation and commitments to nature in many cities around the globe." The Biophilic Cities network is comprised of cities from around the globe dedicated to improving the connection between residents and urban nature. "We believe this award will play an important role in accelerating the global biophilic and green cities movement", adds Tim. Entry is free of charge and easily done online. Cities create a profile and prepare their entry over time, with a final submission deadline of 14th March 2022. To enter visit aiph.org/green-city/green-city-awards AIPH is grateful to our AIPH World Green City Awards Partners 2022 Biophilic Cities , Cities and Health , Trees For Cities , The Nature of Cities , ICLEI CitiesWithNature and Urban Land Institute . Thank you to our Media Partners Cities Today , FloraCulture International and HostCity . For further press information: Hannah Pinnells, Digital Marketing & Communications Executive Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: +44 (0)1235 776160 Timothy Blatch, Consultant Email: email@example.com Phone: +44 (0) 1235 776160 Website: www.aiph.org & www.floracultureinternational.com Follow AIPH on: LinkedIn @AIPH ; Facebook: @theAIPH ; Twitter @AIPHglobal ; Instagram: @aiphglobal
Thu, Jul 29, 2021 07:19 EDT
NEW FACES JOIN TRAVEL.RADIO AS IT CONTINUES TO GROW Travel.Radio has appointed a new Station Manager, some exciting new presenters and adopted ABTA Lifeline as a charity partner. The digital radio station for both the travel industry and members of the travelling public is continuing to grow successfully as the world emerges from the pandemic and starts to travel again. Jason Hardy is the new Station Manager, responsible for the overall 24-hour operation. He is also taking over as Breakfast Show presenter following Del Willden's retirement. Del was one of three original directors who set up CCFM On Air, the fore-runner of Travel.Radio. He remains a board director and will keep in touch from his new holiday home in Spain where he will still be making some guest presenting appearances. Jason is a veteran radio broadcaster and producer with more than 20 years experience, and currently also produces shows on BBC Radio Manchester. His passion is to mentor new talent and he is a regular DJ at clubs and bars around the North West of England. Assisting Jason is Dan Parker, providing technical support for both broadcast and website. New presenters who started this month include James Owen on Early Breakfast, Rob Staines and Mike Parker who share the Afternoon Travel shows, Steven Wilson on The Evening Show, and from this Sunday Simon Costello and Trevor Jenkins will present Destination Unknown. Three more presenters will bring a true international flavour when they join the team early next month. They are Natasha Wordsworth in Malta, Mo Zayani in Bahrain and Terence Parris in Germany. Travel.Radio has also appointed ABTA Lifeline as one of its two official charity partners. The other is SOS Silence of Suicide. ABTA LifeLine is ABTA's charity for past and present employees of ABTA Members. It provides practical, financial and emotional support to travel colleagues in their time of need. Deb Henley, CEO of Travel.Radio said: "We are enjoying success as we continue to evolve and grow, connecting people around the world, especially now as people start travelling again. We are so lucky to have such talented presenters and backroom staff and we will continue to add to that team as some of them now have to return to their full time jobs. "Despite some of them leaving for now, they are all keeping in touch and will be covering guest presenting slots. In the meantime we are delighted to welcome all the new presenters and a few more still to be named who are joining us in the coming weeks. "We are also delighted to support ABTA Lifeline who are doing a magnificent job supporting colleagues in the industry through one of the worst ever periods in travel history." Note: Simon Costello previously worked for Virgin Atlantic Airways as a Cabin Service Supervisor for over 12 years and for Flybe for two years. He now works as a Clinical Care assistant and spearheaded the recruitment drive for cabin crew to use their transferable skills and join the NHS as ambulance crew and the Covid-19 vaccinator programme. He has helped many with advice and encouraged them to take roles they never thought they could do. Trevor Jenkins is a design graduate with a passion for communication, media and promotion. He was a Flight Service Manager for Virgin Atlantic for 25 years, and created Not Just Crew, a quick response to Covid-19, so crew and those in the aviation world could have a platform to chat and talk about their futures. What started out as a zoom chat with thirty seven people has turned into a global chat.
Thu, Jul 29, 2021 06:54 EDT
The Hereditary Disease Committee (HDC) of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA), which facilitates the diagnosis, treatment and control of hereditary diseases and genetic predispositions in dogs and cats, is looking for two new members to join its team of global experts. It is hoping to attract an active practitioner with a developed interest in companion animal hereditary disease and an expert on feline hereditary disease. The HDC is one the clinical committees through which the WSAVA achieves its goal of advancing the health and welfare of companion animals worldwide through creating an educated and collaborative global community of veterinary peers. Committee membership is voluntary but provides an opportunity to work with global colleagues and to enhance veterinary care and patient welfare in their area of interest. The HDC is chaired by Dr Jerold Bell, a globally-recognized clinical genetics consultant and lecturer. He owns a practice in Connecticut, USA, and is Adjunct Professor at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. He said: "Many of the characteristic breed traits, diseases and predispositions we see daily in practice are recognized to have a heritable basis. The HDC works to support veterinarians around the world by providing educational resources to help reduce the incidence of genetic disease and to identify and treat it in affected animals. "The Committee is working on a number of exciting projects and we are keen to grow our team. We would be interested in applications from any colleagues with demonstrable expertise in this field but an active practitioner with a developed interest in companion animal hereditary disease and an expert on feline hereditary disease would complement the skills we already have." Ideally, applicants will be a member of a WSAVA member association. Full details on the application process and the application process are available at https://wsava.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Call-for-WSAVA-HDC-Member-2021.pdf The closing date is September 6 2021. More information on the work of the HDC is available at: https://wsava.org/committees/hereditary-disease-committee/ The work of the HDC is kindly supported by WSAVA Diamond Partner, the Purina Institute .
Thu, Jul 29, 2021 05:44 EDT
Dr. Meredith LaBeau expands leadership of organization Calumet Electronics has elevated its commitment to producing on-shore, next-generation printed circuit boards for the American electronics industry with the appointment of Dr. Meredith LaBeau as Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Naming a CTO is an essential step in strengthening Calumet's corporate structure and advancing its business strategy. Chief Technology Officer is an executive-level position focused on internal and external science and technology advancement.
Thu, Jul 29, 2021 05:40 EDT
TIVIAN RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS MAJOR GAP BETWEEN UK EMPLOYEE EXPECTATIONS AND COMPANY RETURN TO WORK PLANS 60% of staff will leave or become demotivated if not allowed to work flexibly between home and office London, UK, 29 July 2021 - Staff may be officially returning to the office, but if employers don't offer the right working experience, 60% will leave or become less motivated, according to new research from Tivian , the leader in intelligent experience management. Nearly a third (32%) of office workers surveyed will look for new jobs, with a further 28% saying they'll be less motivated if they aren't allowed to split their time between home and office through hybrid working. Additionally, almost half (49%) said they didn't yet feel ready to return to the office, adding to uncertainty for employers trying to make plans. The 2021 Tivian Experience Intelligence Report: Return to Work and Employee Experience , further highlighted that companies don't fully understand the importance of hybrid working to staff. 76% of employees wanted to spend at least two days a week at home - yet just 57% of organisations had plans to allow hybrid working. In fact a third of companies (32%) were still planning their strategy two weeks before UK restrictions loosened on 19 July 2021. This is the third year that Tivian has carried out its research into employee experience in the UK, with the topic growing significantly in importance over that time. The employee experience has changed dramatically due to lockdowns, with 70% of staff enjoying working from home, highlighting the lack of commuting (77%), saving money (59%) and avoiding colleagues they disliked (32%) as key benefits. Nevertheless, they miss the human interactions that offices bring. 50% are looking forward to face-to-face meetings, while 32% are keen to be able to go to lunch/have a coffee with colleagues. 20% want to experience the buzz of the office atmosphere, with 19% eager to share office gossip. To help the return to the office, staff are looking for a different experience. As well as being able to work from home, half (50%) want greater flexibility over their start/finish times, with 29% looking for meetings to be more relevant and finish on time. Just under a quarter (24%) would like greater access to wellbeing resources and 19% want the chance to give more feedback. "As staff return to the office they have a clear message for their employers," said John Wilkinson, UK General Manager of Tivian. "What they need from the employee experience has fundamentally changed, particularly around where and when they work. Companies therefore must listen and understand their individual requirements to create a tailored experience if they want to retain, recruit and get the best out of their people in this new working environment. Businesses need the tools to do this. That means not just collecting feedback but being able to quickly analyse experience data and turn it into concrete actions that drive competitive advantage." Over the course of lockdowns HR teams have worked hard to keep employees engaged and supported. 57% of staff say their wellbeing is currently positive with 29% believing it has improved over the last year. 78% of HR respondents describe overall engagement as excellent or good. Looking back the biggest learnings for HR were around the importance of regular communication (cited by 63% of respondents) and getting regular employee feedback (51%). Of 13 key priorities for the next six months all were seen as essential by over 70% of HR teams, led by health and safety (92% essential), employee wellbeing (88% essential) and recruiting the right talent (85% essential). The 2021 Tivian Experience Intelligence Report surveyed 1,000 office-based UK employees and 100 managers responsible for HR during July 2021. An infographic with more details is available here and register to receive the in-depth report here . About Tivian Through advanced analytics and cutting-edge AI technology, Tivian helps great organizations capture and harness experience data to drive business listening, deeper insights, and better decision making. Tivian's intelligent experience management platform increases corporate effectiveness and enables a smarter business world, empowered by insight. Built on 20 years of experience in enterprise feedback management, Tivian provides over 400 customers in 35 countries with the ability to take action and achieve their objectives. For more information, please visit www.tivian.ai or follow us on Twitter , Facebook , or LinkedIn . Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thu, Jul 29, 2021 05:33 EDT
Contemporary radio station Pepper 96.6 FM in Athens, Greece is reaping the benefits of a Calrec Type R for Radio console to help deliver jazz, rock, funk and reggae to its broad listener base across Athens. Pepper 96.6 FM chose a Type R configuration with one fader panel and one LSP screen, highlighting the console's power in a small footprint and showing how a smaller station can upgrade to IP in a highly cost-effective manner. The deal was overseen by Calrec's Greek partner Bon Studio S.A. Anastasios Labropoulos, Technical Director at Pepper 96.6 FM, said, "Calrec's Type R for Radio has many features that are highly valuable to us. Some of the most important ones are around IP technology; expandability for the future; ease of utilization; ease of upgrading software; and last but not least, the number of I/Os and faders. "Since we are primarily a music station, we had no need for a larger console; the current configuration of the Type R with specific I/O and faders fully covers our needs. Moreover, our cooperation with Bon Studio S.A., Calrec's distributor in Greece, has been over many years and our trust was crucial to our final choice for purchasing the Type R for our station."
Thu, Jul 29, 2021 05:30 EDT
Technical textile producers manufacturing high performance fabrics for outdoor clothing and other consumer and industrial applications now have a brand-new thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) at their disposal - thanks to global chemical company Huntsman . IROGRAN ® A 85 P 4394 HR TPU is a highly versatile elastomer , which can be easily extruded and added to nylon and polyester materials to give them a protective, durable, waterproof layer. IROGRAN ® A 85 P 4394 HR TPU is designed for use in the manufacture of performance garments that need to shield wearers against the elements while they experience outdoor adventures. Added to fabrics, as an extruded film, IROGRAN ® A 85 P 4394 HR TPU can give items of clothing, such as raincoats, a highly durable finish, combined with a soft touch. With a high tensile strength, extruded films ade from IROGRAN ® A 85 P 4394 HR TPU can aid the stretch and recovery of the materials they are used on - increasing their longevity. This special TPU grade also offers good levels of abrasion and tear resistance, making it ideal for use in bladder applications, in the manufacture of tension fabrics and in industrial textile applications. As well as delivering significant performance benefits, IROGRAN ® A 85 P 4394 HR TPU offers considerable processing advantages over traditional textile laminating TPUs. With a high melt strength, IROGRAN ® A 85 P 4394 HR TPU is very stable during production. Tolerant to high forces in its melted, blown state, extruded films made from IROGRAN ® A 85 P 4394 HR TPU are far less likely to break during processing. This enables manufacturers to improve production throughput and lower scrap rates, which in turn reduces waste and keeps costs down. Trent Shidaker, Global Marketing Director, Elastomers at Huntsman, explains more: "Our team has extensive experience in the development of TPUs for textile lamination. IROGRAN ® A 85 P 4394 HR TPU takes our work in this sector to the next level. Developed in close cooperation with several of our textile customers, this new TPU grade offers significant improvements over previous generation technologies when it comes to durability, production efficiency and reducing manufacturing waste. The customers we've approached to discuss this TPU get really excited when we tell them that we've managed to enhance the properties of the grade in its melted state, without compromising any of the key final performance attributes expected of our IROGRAN ® materials. We see extensive opportunities for this grade across a range of textile laminating applications and are already getting lots of enquiries from potential customers worldwide." Depending on the end-application, films made from IROGRAN ® A 85 P 4394 HR TPU can be engineered to have different surface finishes, including gloss, smooth and matte effects. IROGRAN ® A 85 P 4394 HR TPU is the latest addition to a well-established family of elastomer products from Huntsman, which are renowned for their performance in textile applications. IROGRAN ® A 85 P 4394 HR TPU is made at Huntsman Polyurethanes elastomers manufacturing facility in Ringwood Illinois. For more information about the full range of IROGRAN ® TPU products available from Huntsman, please contact: email@example.com .
Thu, Jul 29, 2021 05:16 EDT
Yoppie , the pioneers of personalised period care, have highlighted some of the most common period problems that should not be ignored, from excessive bleeding to significant breast tenderness. For many women, periods can be difficult at the best of times. Even when everything is as it should be, discomfort and PMS symptoms can be part and parcel of the experience. And while most of these symptoms are completely normal and nothing to be concerned about, there are several period problems that should definitely not be ignored because they might indicate that something isn't quite right. Excessive or intense bleeding - While the level of bleeding during a period varies significantly from one person to another, sometimes excessive blood flow cannot be ignored. If, for example, bleeding through a tampon takes less than an hour or two, or if blood clots larger than a 10p coin are being passed, or if bleeding lasts more than a week, it could be pointing to something of concern. Losing too much blood can lead to anaemia, which often comes with additional symptoms of fatigue and physical weakness. Too much bleeding can also be a symptom of other health issues such as uterine fibroids, uterine polyps, or cervical polyps. If bleeding is intense or lasts longer than expected, and especially if accompanied by weakness and fatigue, a doctor should definitely be consulted, even if just for peace of mind. Excessive or unusual pain - If bad period pains last for more than a few days or result in being bedridden, they shouldn't be ignored. This is especially true if pain and/or cramps cannot be eased with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicine as this could point to issues with the reproductive system. Slight pain or tenderness of the breasts is perfectly normal during a period, but it's worth consulting a doctor if the pain continues after the period, or is accompanied by unfamiliar lumps and/or changes in feel and appearance of the nipple area. Surprise period and absence of period - Irregular periods are not uncommon and can be caused by something as simple as stress, but if a period comes as a surprise, it's worth consulting a doctor as it can occasionally point towards health concerns such as thyroid issues, premature ovarian failure, PCOS, and uterine polyps. It is also possible to miss periods altogether, perhaps due to stress or even over-exercise. It could, however, indicate pregnancy so it's worth checking out rather than ignoring. Certain birth control methods can affect the regularity and duration of periods, too, so it might be that an alternative pill, for example, is required. Spotting - Spotting during a period is normal, certainly in the early weeks of a new birth control method. But spotting outside of a period shouldn't be ignored - it could be a symptom of fibroids, endometriosis, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) or, in rare cases, cervical cancer. Consult a doctor if only for peace of mind. There are common and perfectly normal explanations for all of the above period problems and most of the time they'll be nothing serious and nothing to worry about. But consulting a doctor will help nip any issues in the bud and, should it be something more serious, enable swift and decisive action to be taken. It could also be well worth reviewing your period care regime and this could have an impact on how you feel and how your body reacts during your period. For example, many non-organic period care products contain carbon disulfide, toluene and m,p-Xylene which are reproductive toxicants. Methyl ethyl ketone, ethyl acetate and heptane which can cause irritation. Hexane, which is a neurotoxin, as well as methylene chloride which is carcinogenic. So it could well be your body telling you it's time to change by reacting to your tampon or pad. You could also supplement your period care products with supplements themselves, helping to target the most common symptoms of PMS by reducing mood swings, cramps, headaches, breast tenderness, bloating and fatigue. Yoppie has you covered with a range of organic tampons and pads, as well as three supplements specifically targeted at different PMS problems, all of which can be delivered through your letterbox. Founder of Yoppie , Daniella Peri, believes it could be the latter. "Our periods can be a bit daunting, particularly when they first start and so it's completely natural to have concerns. They are also incredibly unique and so while you might be concerned that you're bleeding more or for longer, compared to your friends, it's often nothing to worry about. As with anything in life, the best option is to seek medical advice if you think something isn't quite right and this will enable you to catch any serious issues as early as possible or provide you with some peace of mind that nothing is up."
Thu, Jul 29, 2021 05:02 EDT
The Whiting Facility of Neenah, Inc. in Stevens Point is the flagship mill creating fine paper and packaging products used by millions of people for the last 100 years. Despite the setbacks of 2020, which saw less demand for Neenah Paper's products, the Energy Team moved forward with energy efficiency projects. These are projects any manufacturer could have dropped as cost cutting measures, but Neenah Paper pushed forward. For those efforts, the company will receive an Energy Efficiency Excellence Award from Focus on Energy® on Thursday, July 29th, 2021. What: Energy Efficiency Excellence Award for Neenah Paper (Neenah, Inc.) When: Thursday, July 29 at 10:00 a.m. Where: 3243 Whiting Road, Stevens Point, WI 54481 Who: Representatives from Neenah Paper, WPS, Wisconsin Public Service Commission, Focus on Energy, and State Representative Katrina Shankland. Every year, the facility drives energy reductions in their operations supported by an "Energy Champion" and an Energy Team. Their energy efforts go from simple LED lighting and VFD additions to complex heat recovery projects and projects to reduce cold water additions into the heated process. Learn more at this event! Focus on Energy partners with 107 utilities offering energy expertise and financial incentives to reduce energy waste. A recent independent evaluation found every $1 invested in Focus on Energy generates $4.32 in benefits for Wisconsin residents and businesses. For more information call 800.762.7077 or visit www.focusonenergy.com . NOTE: Safety glasses, hearing protection, high visibility vest, gloves and safety shoes needed to access shop floor. Neenah Paper will have all items except gloves and shoes. Video of the event provided to interested media outlets after the event. ###
Thu, Jul 29, 2021 03:33 EDT
The latest research from Warwick Estates has revealed which pockets of the national new build market still offer homebuyers the opportunity of a stamp duty saving right up until the final September deadline. While the initial stamp duty holiday for homes valued up to £500,000 has now passed, homebuyers purchasing up to the sum of £250,000 will still pay no stamp duty right up until the end of September. However, it's no secret that the new build market carries a property price premium compared to existing homes. In fact, the average new build house price is currently £348,298 in England, 30% higher than the average price for an existing property. This would suggest that the average new build homebuyer may find it tricky to find a property that sits below the current and final stamp duty holiday threshold and at a regional level this may be the case. Just two regions are currently home to an average new build house price below £250,000, the North East (£217,985) and Yorkshire and the Humber (243,791). However, when analysing the market at local authority level, Warwick Estates found that there is still some hope. In fact, 23% of local authority districts in England are home to a new build average house price that still sits below £250,000. You can see the full table below but the list includes areas from all over England including Northumberland, Plymouth, Great Yarmouth, Manchester, Ipswich, West Devon, Lancaster, Southampton, Liverpool, Scarborough, Norwich, Nottingham, Bradford, Gateshead and Stoke. COO of Warwick Estates , Bethan Griffiths, commented: "New build homes will always attract a premium when compared to the wider market and so those looking to climb the new build ladder will always need a little more in the savings pot. However, there seems to be a common misconception that new build homes are vastly unaffordable but as the figures show, the average new build home costs less than £250,000 across nearly a quarter of all areas in England. So not only can a new build home be purchased at a relatively affordable price point, but those currently in the market for one have a good chance of still securing a stamp duty free sale."
Podia Teams Up With Zoom to Include Zoom Licenses as Part of Its Workspace-as-a-Service Offering in the UK
Thu, Jul 29, 2021 03:30 EDT
Podia , the service provider of high-performance home and office workspaces, today announced that it has teamed up with Zoom Video Communications, Inc. to provide Zoom licenses as part of its Workspace-as-a-service offering, which already includes Zoom Rooms devices. Following the new business' recent success in providing home and office solutions to enhance a Zoom experience, Podia have now become an authorized Zoom reseller in the UK. This new status allows Podia to add Zoom licenses to its workspace-as-a-service portfolio which already comprises certified Zoom products from Poly, Logitech and DTEN. The workspace solutions from Podia are enabling businesses of all sizes to easily upgrade their office meeting environments, provide an effective solution for their remote staff and/or effectively adopt a hybrid working strategy. Workspaces solutions from Podia are made up of ergonomic furniture, premium communications technology and supportive well-being content, which is supplied as a monthly "as-a-service" charge. Steve Harris at Podia commented: "We are delighted to team up with Zoom to deliver a full portfolio of hybrid working solutions. Companies can now deploy Podia workspaces to optimise the Zoom experience for employees in the office or at home and increase both productivity and wellbeing". "We are excited that Podia will now help deliver Zoom Rooms solutions for companies moving to a hybrid work model," said Ravi Patel, leader EMEA Channels at Zoom. "We believe their workspace-as-a-service solution is most compelling when combined with Zoom and provides companies everything they need to deploy effective collaboration solutions regardless of where staff are located." For more information about Podia, or to get in touch, please visit: http://www.podia.work For more information visit: https://www.podia.work For press enquiries please email: firstname.lastname@example.org