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Charles Wesley Godwin Releases New Music Video for Coal Country!

Sat, Jan 25, 2020 01:41 EST

We are excited to share with you the latest music video from Charles Wesley Godwin for his single "Coal Country" from his debut album "Seneca"!

Marin Artists@Madrigal - Partnership with Marin Open Studios Celebrated at Madrigal Tasting Salon and Gallery in Sausalito

Sat, Jan 25, 2020 00:31 EST

Madrigal Family Winery Continues Bay Area California Artist Series In Partnership with Marin Open Studios With 35th Installation

TILES VS STONE: ceramic is ecological!

Fri, Jan 24, 2020 19:18 EST


Ward Davis comes to Sessions Music Hall in Eugene, OR!

Fri, Jan 24, 2020 17:59 EST

"The songs run the gauntlet of hard truths and the heavy tolls of making the wrong choices ("No Going Home", "More Goodbye"), to heart-wrenching tales from the desperate side of life ("The Overpass"), to instant honky-tonk classics ("Old Wore Out Cowboys" featuring Jamey Johnson and Willie Nelson)" - Kentucky Country Music Ward Davis is On Tour and will be performing in Eugene on February 6th at Sessions Music Hall with Josh Morningstar. Ward is available for any interview or performance opportunities you might have available whilst he is in town. Please let me know if there is anything else you need for consideration. Tickets / Website / Facebook / Instagram / Spotify / Apple Music / Pandora / Youtube http://tickets.warddavismusic.com/atx American Singer/Songwriter from Monticello, Arkansas by way of Nashville, Tennessee, Ward Davis has had songs recorded by Trace Adkins, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Wade Hayes, Sammy Kershaw, Bucky Covington, Jimmie Van Zant, Buddy Jewel, Carolina Rain, The Roys, and more. Most recently, Ward Davis co-wrote "I'm Not The Devil" with Cody Jinks, with whom he subsequently toured with nationwide. With over 250 shows per year under his belt as both a headliner and support act, Ward Davis' already popular live show is growing at exponential rates. Upcoming Tour Dates 1.24 - Chicago, IL - Carol's Pub 1.25 - Columbia, MO - Rose Music Hall 2.06 - Eugene, OR - Sessions Music Hall 2.07 - Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern 2. 08 - Canby, OR - Route 99 Roadhouse 2.12 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar 2.13 - Fresno, CA - Fulton 55 2.14 - Las Vegas, NV - Stoney's Rockin Country 2.15 - Phoenix, AZ - Last Exit Live 2.16 - Tucson, AZ - 191 Toole 2.20 - Las Cruces, NM - Whiskey Dick's 2.21 - Roswell, NM - The Liberty 2.22 - Lubbock TX - The Blue Light Live 2.29 - Nashville, TN - 3rd and Lindsley 3.5 - Augusta, GA - The Country Club 3.6 - Cairo, GA - Grady Cultural Center 3.7 - Jacksonville, FL - 1904 Music Hall 3.12 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon 3.13 - Iowa City, IA - Wildwood Smokehouse & Saloon 3.14 - Minneapolis, MN - Cabooze 3.15 - Duluth, MN - Wussow's Concert Cafe 3.18 - Milwaukee, WI - Shank Hall 3.19 - Columbus, OH - The Woodlands Tavern 3.20 - Grand Rapids, MI - Intersection Lounge 3.21 - Bloomington, IN - Bluebird 3.22 - Cleaveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom & Tavern 4.4 - Flint, MI - The Machine Shop

Royal Greenwich Trust School celebrates topping out of new extension

Fri, Jan 24, 2020 16:31 EST

Royal Greenwich Trust School (RGTS) has celebrated a major milestone towards completion of its £13.4 million extension and refurbishments project, funded by the Royal Borough of Greenwich, during a special topping out ceremony. Built by construction firm Willmott Dixon on behalf of University Schools Trust East London, the BREEAM Very Good rated, 3,485sqm, three-storey extension features brand new classrooms, including science laboratories, a dance and drama studio, lecture theatre with retractable seating, food technology room, sixth form study area, a large multi-purpose atrium and four-court sports hall. Construction of the state-of-the-art extension started in 2019 and is due to be completed in June 2020. The new accommodation will allow for an additional 450 students, taking RGTS's pupil quote to 1,050. During the event, which took place on Wednesday 22nd January 2020, guests from RGTS, Willmott Dixon, architect Astudio Limited, Mott MacDonald, Skelly & Couch, Lyons O'Neill and Gleeds were given a tour of the building. This was followed by speeches from Professor Peter Heathcote (Chair of University Schools Trust), Cllr Mick Hayes (Mayor of the Royal Borough of Greenwich) and Adam Worrall (Director of Willmott Dixon London & South). The event was attended by more than 30 people, including Cllr John Fahy (RBG); parent governor, Suzanne Tilbrook and University of Greenwich Trustee, Professor Karen Bryan. Adam Worrall, Director of Willmott Dixon London & South, said: "This is a key milestone for the project, which we will deliver to high standards and exacting quality. The completed extension will bring world-class educational facilities to the students at Royal Greenwich Trust School, enhancing the teaching and learning environments and improving educational opportunities in the Borough for many years to come." Caroline Longhurst, Headteacher of Royal Greenwich Trust School, said: "The new build marks an exciting and significant point in the school's history. The new facilities will transform the educational experiences of our students and provide a much-improved working environment for our staff. The school is certain to go from strength to strength and we look forward to a bright future ahead." Cllr Jackie Smith, Cabinet Member for Children's Services and Community Safety at the Royal Borough of Greenwich, said: "This exciting expansion project will improve the prospects of children and young people attending Royal Greenwich Trust School, giving them state-of-the-art facilities to help them reach their highest potential. It's fantastic that Royal Greenwich has been able to enrich local pupils' education opportunities by funding these school improvements." Image caption: Royal Green Trust School celebrates topping out of its new extension. Please email harriette.conroy@pmwcom.co.uk Headquartered in Letchworth Garden City, Willmott Dixon is a privately-owned contracting and interior fit-out group. Founded in 1852, it is dedicated to leaving a positive legacy in communities and on the environment. In 2018 it was one of only six companies to receive a Queen's Award for Enterprise in the promoting opportunity through social mobility category. The business creates value for customers, stakeholders and communities by working in a sustainable and responsible way to shape the built environment and make a positive impact on society's wellbeing. Willmott Dixon is one of the UK's largest privately-owned construction firms, and in 2019 won its third Queen's Award for Enterprise, this time in the category of Sustainable Development. The prestigious award recognised the company's ethos to protect and nurture the environment alongside strengthening the wellbeing of communities through skills training, mentoring and volunteering work on community projects, something it aims to increase in Sussex. Willmott Dixon has a significant track record in the London and South region. Projects delivered by the company include the University of Sussex Medical School and Medical Research building, University of Chichester Academic and Music buildings, Bohunt School in Worthing and Adur Civic Centre.

Dairy UK Responds to the Committee on Climate Change Report on Land Use

Fri, Jan 24, 2020 16:21 EST

Dairy UK Chief Executive Dr Judith Bryans issued the following comment in response to the publication of the Committee Climate Change report 'Land use: Policies for a Net Zero UK':

Unite decides on Labour leadership candidates

Fri, Jan 24, 2020 16:15 EST

McCluskey: Becky has `the brains and brilliance' to beat Boris Johnson. Following the Labour leadership hustings held today (Friday) by the party's biggest affiliate, Unite, the union has declared that it is backing Rebecca Long-Bailey for Labour leader. The union is also backing Richard Burgon as deputy leader. Announcing the decision, Unite's general secretary Len McCluskey said: "Unite's Executive Council has voted overwhelmingly to back Rebecca Long-Bailey to become the next leader of the Labour party, and Richard Burgon to become the deputy leader. "This has been a day of vibrant discussion by the chief decision-making body in the union, the Labour party's biggest affiliate, about where next for the party. "The conclusion of this thorough debate was that Rebecca Long Bailey is the candidate best placed to take the fight to the Tory party on behalf of Unite members and their communities looking for a leader who is one hundred per cent on their side. "Above all, Becky has the brains and the brilliance to beat Boris Johnson. She is standing for unity, socialism and the determination to make Johnson's term in office short-lived. "Unite is also confident that Richard will make a superb deputy to Becky, displaying the qualities that have long been absent from that post - pride in our values, a passion for our party to succeed and, above all, loyalty to their leader. "On behalf of Unite I want to thank all the candidates for their time and contributions today. They are a credit to our party and a reminder of the breadth and depth of talent Labour possesses."

Facial Recognition - authors of Met report respond to announcement

Fri, Jan 24, 2020 16:05 EST

In July 2019, the Human Rights, Big Data and Technology project, based at the University of Essex, published an independent report into the Metropolitan Police Service's trial of live facial recognition. The report raised serious concerns regarding both the Met's human rights compliance and operational effectiveness. At the time, the report's authors, Professor Fussey and Dr Daragh Murray, called for all live trials of Live Facial Recognition to cease until these concerns had been addressed. In response to the Met's announcement today, Dr Daragh Murray, from the University of Essex's School of Law, said: "I am surprised by the Met's decision to roll out facial recognition across London. "In our report, we raised serious concerns with their test deployments, relating both to human rights compliance and operational effectiveness. "Based on the Met's announcement today, I am not convinced these concerns have been addressed. In particular, the legal framework surrounding the deployments is incredibly vague, as it is based on common law policing powers. "Although in Bridges the High Court found that this is sufficient, this is under appeal, and I do not believe such an approach is compliant with human rights law. "The key issue is the scope of discretion granted to the police - there is no regulatory guidance - which means that they are effectively granted arbitrary powers, something entirely inconsistent with human rights law. "The necessity of this deployment is also unclear. During the trials that we observed, the MPS did not address why facial recognition technology was needed in relation to these crimes, and did no in-depth assessment of alternative measures or of human rights impacts associated with facial recognition. This question still stands. If the entire population of London is to be subject to biometric identification checks, this should be justified." Professor Pete Fussey said: "It is important to note that today's announcement constitutes an intention to deploy the technology. Without further details, it's impossible to know how the Met intends to establish the necessity of this deployment. "In the trials that we observed, the data used by the Met to compile its watchlists was out of date. The Surveillance Camera Commissioner's code of practice requires all such data to be up to date, so we need to understand how the Met has developed its processes to ensure this is the case. "The actual effectiveness of the technology as a policing tool is also questioned - in the trials that we observed, only 19% of the matches flagged by the technology were verifiably correct." Read the full report on the Met's trial of live facial recognition: http://bit.ly/LFRreport

Boost to the Electric Vehicle Motor Business; Future Analysed in IDTechEx Report

Fri, Jan 24, 2020 08:55 EST

Electric vehicles by land, water and air are rapidly arriving and rapidly being misunderstood. For example, the battery cost will be overtaken by the other electricity management from the solar bodywork on your Tesla pick-up truck, its motors, power electronics. Motors last forever? No. We now push motors so hard they wear out, increasing sales. For example, Tesla Model S owner Hansjörg Eberhard von Gemmingen reached 1 million kilometres, going through four motors but only three batteries. Construction, agriculture and mining EVs sometimes wear out motors in three years. See IDTechEx reports, " Electric Motors for Electric Vehicles: Land, Water, Air 2020-2030 " and " Electric Vehicle Motor Manufacturers and Developers: 255 Analysed and Assessed " which identifies those worth acquiring, those in the technologies with most potential and so on.

Get ready for the biggest DIY weekend of the year

Fri, Jan 24, 2020 06:21 EST

Get ready for the biggest DIY weekend of the year!

Turkey More Closely Aligns Food Contact Plastics Regulations With the EU

Fri, Jan 24, 2020 04:43 EST

In December 2019, Turkey published two notifications that more closely align its regulations for food contact plastics with those of the European Union's Regulation (EU) 10/2011. The two notifications are: Notification No. 2019/43 under Number 30989 (Repeat) of December 25, 2019 'Turkish Food Codex Communication on Food Simulants used in Migration Tests for Plastic Materials and Articles Intended to Come into Contact with Food' - repealing Notification No. 2013/35 in Number 28710 of July 17, 2013 Notification No. 2019/44 under Number 30989 (Repeat) of December 25, 2019 'Turkish Food Codex Communication on Plastic Materials and Articles Intended to Come into Contact with Food' - repealing Notification 2013/34 in Number 28710 of July 17, 2013 According to Notification No. 2019/44, the scope of these regulations, covered in Article 2, is: Materials and articles and parts thereof made entirely of plastics Plastic multi-layer materials and articles that are held together by adhesives or other means Materials and articles in the two points above that are printed and/or covered by a coating Plastic layers or plastic coatings, forming gaskets in caps and closures that together with those caps and closures compose a set of two or more layers of different types of material Plastic layers in multi-material multi-layer materials and articles Notification No. 2019/44 does not cover: Ion-exchange resins, rubber and silicones Rules on printing inks, adhesives and coatings Stakeholders should also be aware that the overall migration limit (OML) requirement, contained in Article 8 of No. 2019/44, is ≤ 10 mg/dm², otherwise ≤ 60 mg/kg for FCMs intended for food for infants and young children. The list of authorized substances contained within Annex 1 Table 1 of No. 2019/44 runs to over 1000 substances. It includes specific migrations limits (SMLs) for several common substances, for example: ≤ 30 mg/kg for benzylbutyl phthalate (BBP) ≤ 0.3 mg/kg for dibutyl phthalate (DBP) ≤ 1.5 mg/kg for bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) ≤ 9 mg/kg for the sum of diisodecyl phthalate and diisonyl phthalate [TH(K1] (DIDP and DINP) ≤ 0.01 mg/kg (not detected) for diallyl phthalate (DAP) Stakeholders should be aware that there are additional requirements for BBP, DBP. DEHP, DINP and DIDP, when used as a technical support agent. SMLs for heavy metals include: Aluminum: ≤ 1 mg/kg Barium: ≤ 1 mg/kg Cobalt: ≤ 0.05 mg/kg Copper: ≤ 5 mg/kg Iron: ≤ 48 mg/kg Lithium: ≤ 0.6 mg/kg Manganese: ≤ 0.6 mg/kg Nickel: ≤ 0.02 mg/kg Zinc: ≤ 5 mg/kg The two notifications also contain provisions relating to Declaration of Compliance (DoC) and documentation (No. 2019/44 Article11) and food simulants (No. 2019/43 Annex 1). It is interesting to note that the Turkish regulations are not completely aligned with the EU regulations. For example, under Regulations (EU) 2017/752, which amends Regulations (EU) 10/2011, food contact material substance No 1062 - a mixture composed of 97% tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS) and 3% hexamethyldisilazane (HMDS) - is on the authorized list of substances and is allowed in the manufacture of recycled polyethylene terephthalate (recycled PET) with certain restrictions. This substance is absent from the Turkish regulations. Turkey published its Food Contact Materials and Articles Regulation in 2018. The latest notifications came into force on December 25, 2019 and will become effective on December 31, 2020. SGS Food Contact Material Services SGS's technical experts have extensive experience of testing materials and articles in contact with food. They can ensure that your products meet the appropriate regulations for food contact materials and pave the way for compliance. SGS offers the full range of testing, including migration tests, along with expert advice on emerging regulations, compliance issues and documentation review. Learn more about SGS's Food Contact Material Services. SGS SafeGuardS keep you up to date with the latest news and developments in the consumer goods industry. Read the full Turkey Strengthens Regulation on Food Contact Plastics SafeGuardS. Subscribe here to receive SGS SafeGuardS direct to your inbox. For further information contact: Hingwo Tsang Global Information and Innovation Manager Tel:(+852) 2774 7420 Yeşim Demir Katipoğlu HL Sales Team Leader Tel: +90 212 368 40 00 (Ext 4205) Email: crs.media@sgs.com Website: www.sgs.com/softlines LinkedIn: sgs-consumer-goods-&-retail

Charles Taylor Trading Reveal Its Plans for Glee at Spring Fair 2020

Fri, Jan 24, 2020 04:25 EST

Glee, the UK's leading exhibition for the garden retail industry will once again be holding its concession show at Spring Fair next month, giving retail buyers and visitors a taste of the new and best-selling garden and outdoor living products ahead of the spring season, as well as helping to generate business leads in additional retail sectors. With the 2020 event, just around the corner, exhibitors signed up for the show reveal their plans for their stands at Glee at Spring Fair (2nd - 6th February, Hall 7, NEC Birmingham). Following on from a hugely successful Glee at Spring Fair in 2019, Charles Taylor Trading has doubled the size of its stand for the 2020 show. The February show has proved to be the highlight of the calendar year with the traditional garden furniture manufacturer continuing to show their support for Glee at Spring Fair for the third year running. The larger footprint of the stand will give buyers the opportunity to view the company's whole range and take advantage of exclusive 'show only' offers. Visitors to Charles Taylor's stand (7D60-E61, Hall 8) will be treated to a showcase of its finest furniture including dining sets, outdoor seating, garden planters and trellises, as well as its 'Little Fella's' range, designed exclusively for children. All of the ranges can be complemented with soft furnishings including parasols, cushions and covers, which will also be able to view and order on stand. As well as this, Charles Taylor will be promoting its new pressure treated range at the event for the first time, which Director, Richard Ball, is upbeat about. He said: "The new fully boxed product has found a niche in the market with tremendous feedback already, so we are hopeful that our order books will be full once visiting retailers see the latest ranges. The range has also been specifically designed for the ever-increasing online business through our website and has opened new doors for export. We have taken on a third manufacturing plant to further enhance our position as the UKs leading garden furniture manufacturer and to increase our expanding offering to retail customers." Where do I go to find out more? Visit www.gleebirmingham.com for all the latest developments regarding the main September show as well as Glee at Spring Fair 2020. Those brands interested in exhibited are invited to call +44 (0)203 3545 9752 to find out more.

Non-regulation manhole covers consistently being used on new developments

Fri, Jan 24, 2020 04:08 EST

Non-regulation manhole covers may be being installed incorrectly on type III roads on new housing and commercial developments across the UK. According to the civils and drainage supplies specialist Scott Parnell Ltd. and manufacturer Wrekin, the issue could cost housing developers significant sums to rectify. The regulations, which were updated as part of Sewers for Adoption (7th Edition), include a stipulation that manhole covers situated on trunk roads, dual carriageways, A roads, and bus lanes and services, should be 600mm x 600mm with a frame depth of 150mm and should comply to BS EN124, BS7903 and HA104/09* standards. Steve Parnell, Director of Scott Parnell, said: "The updates, which have been in force for quite some time, can be overlooked. Currently, there is a real lack of awareness for what constitutes a correct manhole cover for the purpose. For example, EN124 compliant D400 manhole cover with the correct clear opening and frame depth might be deemed suitable, but it's not necessarily Highways Agency compliant." However, the issue isn't just the type of manhole covers being used, but also how they are installed. Wrekin, explained: "Manhole covers situated in NRSWA road categories I, II and III should be installed using Highways England DMRB HA104/09* compliant bedding mortar. Unfortunately, for whatever reason, this isn't always happening so we are regularly seeing the groundwork around manhole covers disintegrate over time. This can cause problems in the long term, including surface cracking, as well as more major issues where manhole covers have sunk into the ground creating serious hazards for vehicles that could prove to be catastrophic." Scott Parnell and Wrekin have been working together to formulate a solution. In addition to raising awareness of the issue, it is urging housing developers to consider using specified, 'own-brand' manhole covers. Wrekin, continued: "It is important that housing developers to ensure the correct product is always installed onsite. By manufacturing fully compliant manhole covers that include the developer's logo on the top side, the developer can specify this product be used onsite, making it instantly recognisable as a compliant product and providing the assurance for the developer, associated contractors and the Highways Agency that it meets the required regulations and that costly rectification work doesn't have to be carried out. The additional bonus is that the developer's brand remains visible onsite for its lifetime, even after the project has ended and they have departed." While there is still some way to go to ensure compliance is adopted across the board, the hope is that more awareness of the issue will result in better communication among developers, contractors and sub-contractors resulting in fewer replacements having to be carried out and substantial cost savings.

Register now for Glee at Spring Fair

Fri, Jan 24, 2020 04:00 EST

The doors are set to open on the third annual Glee at Spring Fair concession event in just a few short weeks. Retailers and buyers from across the garden, landscaping, and home and gift sectors are invited to register for the show to secure their free ticket ahead of the annual exhibition. To register, simply visit www.springfair.com and click on the 'Get your Free' ticket button, and follow the instructions on screen. Your ticket will provide access to both the main show, as well as Glee's second edition within its new-for-2020 location in Hall 7. Retailers visiting the Glee at Spring Fair event will be able to access a whole host of exciting brands. Look out for Charles Taylor Trading, Creative Products, Dizmes, Neat Ideas, Chirpy Bird Foods, Euromedia, Fargro, Riverco Trading, Logs Direct, Juice & Jam, and Laurica Plants. Additionally, the latest product innovation will be celebrated within Glee's ever popular Glee New Product Showcase, run in partnership with the team from Garden Trade News. Finally, Glee's supporting trade associations - GIMA, The HTA and Gardenex - will be out in force throughout the event. Offering a wealth of knowledge and benefits, the presence of these trade associations will add some fun and interactive elements to the five-day event. GIMA will be once again be bringing its popular Buyer Connect event, helping those exhibiting to maximise their exposure to key garden retail buyers through special speed networking sessions, whilst international buyers will also be able to meet with enthusiastic suppliers within Gardenex's own International Buyer Event. Glee at Spring Fair - endless benefits for both retailers & suppliers Glee at Spring Fair will give retailers the opportunity to see new and best-selling ranges ahead of the spring season. A second edition at this time of year will give retailers an additional destination to refresh their ranges for key retail spikes, whilst also providing a showcase of the latest trends and concepts, helping retailers better direct their buying. Categories that retailers can look forward to sourcing will include garden care, landscaping and garden decoration, and outdoor entertaining. Being a part of such a large show comes with lots of big opportunities, especially for Glee at Spring Fair exhibitors. Situated in a new location for 2020, Glee at Spring Fair will be found in Hall 7, straddling the Cook & Dine sector in Hall 8, and the Living, Accents & Décor, and Floral sector in Hall 6. This prime location will see the Glee concession becomes a natural walk through area for garden centre buyers, as well as those buyers from outside the garden retail sector who are looking for additional product ranges. This busy flow of visitors attracts strong cross over buying prospects for those who are a natural fit to Glee's offerings. Find out more Glee is the UK's leading garden retail show, focussing on building year-round profits within core product categories including garden care, landscaping, outdoor living, garden design, pet, speciality food and catering, home, gift and clothing, and plants. Each year the show attracts thousands of buyers from top retailers, such as leading UK garden centres, builders' merchants, multiple retailers, and DIY stores. To keep up-to-date on all the latest news visit www.gleebirmingham.com or for details on exhibiting at Glee 2020, call +44 (0)203 3545 9752 Pull out box Getting there Spring Fair takes place at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham, and is easily reached by car, rail and air. If you are arriving by car, follow regional signs to the NEC where visitor car parking is plentiful and free. All halls are within walking distance, but a free shuttle bus service is also available from car parks to the Halls. Rail travel is equally convenient with Birmingham International railway station located on the NEC site. For international visitors Birmingham International Airport (BHX) is linked to the NEC by the free SkyRail, departing every few minutes and taking just 90 seconds. National Express Coaches run a regular service to and from the NEC covering most UK locations. Notes to editors: www.gleebirmingham.com You can follow Glee on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Glee_Birmingham Like our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Glee.Birmingham1 Please add Instagram account https://www.instagram.com/glee_birmingham/ Please add Pinterest account https://uk.pinterest.com/GleeBirmingham1/ About Hyve Group plc Hyve Group plc is a next generation global events business whose purpose is to create unmissable events, where customers from all corners of the globe share extraordinary moments and shape industry innovation. Hyve Group plc was announced as the new brand name of ITE Group plc in September 2019, following its significant transformation under the Transformation and Growth (TAG) programme. Our vision is to create the world's leading portfolio of content-driven, must-attend events delivering an outstanding experience and ROI for our customers. Where business is personal, where meetings move markets and where today's leaders inspire tomorrow's.

WatchGuard Recognised as a Gartner Peer Insights Customers' Choice for Network Firewalls

Fri, Jan 24, 2020 03:25 EST

WatchGuard believes this distinction validates its focus on product innovation and ongoing commitment to simplifying security for partners and customers 24 January 2020 - WatchGuard® Technologies has been named a 2020 Gartner Peer Insights Customers' Choice for Network Firewalls . This Customers' Choice distinction is based on feedback and ratings from end-user professionals that have experience purchasing, implementing and/or using WatchGuard products. "At WatchGuard, we pride ourselves on the success we've had in not only continuing to deliver innovative new security solutions to the market year after year, but also simplifying how they're deployed and managed," said Michelle Welch, senior vice president of marketing at WatchGuard. "We believe that being recognised as a 2020 Customers' Choice for Network Firewalls is yet another proof point that these efforts are making a tremendous difference for our customers and partners. We couldn't be more excited to continue meeting their needs and exceeding their expectations in this new decade." Here are some excerpts from customer reviews that contributed to the distinction: "WatchGuard; hands down the most reliable and robust feature set for the money!" - Lead Senior Systems Analyst in the Manufacturing sector . "WatchGuard has excellent support and products." - Network Engineer in the Finance sector . "All the features and it's easy to manage." IT Manager in the Manufacturing sector . To read Gartner's Peer Insights feedback for WatchGuard, click here . About Peer Insights: Peer Insights is an online platform of ratings and reviews of IT software and services that are written and read by IT professionals and technology decision-makers. The goal is to help IT leaders make more insightful purchase decisions and help technology providers improve their products by receiving objective, unbiased feedback from their customers. Gartner Peer Insights includes more than 215,000 verified reviews in more than 340 markets. For more information, please visit www.gartner.com/reviews/home . Gartner Peer Insights Customers' Choice constitute the subjective opinions of individual end-user reviews, ratings, and data applied against a documented methodology; they neither represent the views of, nor constitute an endorsement by, Gartner or its affiliates. About WatchGuard Technologies WatchGuard® Technologies, Inc. is a global leader in network security, secure Wi-Fi, multi-factor authentication and network intelligence. The company's award-winning products and services are trusted around the world by nearly 10,000 security resellers and service providers to protect more than 80,000 customers. WatchGuard's mission is to make enterprise-grade security accessible to companies of all types and sizes through simplicity, making WatchGuard an ideal solution for midmarket businesses and distributed enterprises. The company is headquartered in Seattle, Washington, with offices throughout North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Latin America. To learn more, visit WatchGuard.com. For additional information, promotions and updates, follow WatchGuard on Twitter @WatchGuard on Facebook or on the LinkedIn Company page. Also, visit our InfoSec blog, Secplicity, for real-time information about the latest threats and how to cope with them at www.secplicity.org . Subscribe to The 443 - Security Simplified podcast at Secplicity.org , or wherever you find your favorite podcasts. WatchGuard is a registered trademark of WatchGuard Technologies, Inc. All other marks are property of their respective owners. Media Contacts: Chris Warfield, WatchGuard Technologies + 206.876.8380, chris.warfield@watchguard.com Peter Rennison, PRPR 014424 245030, pr@prpr.co.uk

Club La Costa World pays back over €16,000 to UK couple in their 70s thanks to European Consumer Claims and M1 Legal´s latest successful timeshare claim in the Spanish courts

Fri, Jan 24, 2020 03:00 EST

A UK couple in their 70s said a "big weight has been lifted" after having been awarded €16,076.75 against Club La Costa in the Spanish courts for a timeshare purchase that was not legally compliant.

Myanmar ruling - expert comment

Fri, Jan 24, 2020 02:39 EST

Myanmar ruling expert comment from Dr Carla Ferstman, University of Essex Human Rights Centre Dr Carla Ferstman, a Senior Lecturer from the University of Essex's Human Rights Centre and a former Director of REDRESS said: "This is an important ruling for a number of reasons. "The International Court of Justice has recognised an imminent and ongoing risk to the Rohingya and Myanmar must act now to protect these people. The ICJ's ruling means it won't be enough for Myanmar to just avoid doing bad things. It must take active steps, and then prove it has done so, with a clear timetable for reporting. "It's also an important day for the ICJ itself. Its decisive intervention in relation to Myanmar stands in sharp contrast to the extended prevarication of the United Nations Security Council. Furthermore, by acting to keep this case within the ICJ system, the ICJ has removed the risk of a single national veto in the Security Council serving to block action and extend suffering. "Finally, it's a good day for smaller nations, for less powerful groups, who doubt they can also achieve justice. Today, we have seen that the system can work for all and Gambia - a country with no direct link to Myanmar - should be applauded for bringing this case." Notes to Editors: Dr Carla Ferstman: https://www.essex.ac.uk/people/ferst81809/carla-ferstman

Discover the DreamPrep™ NAP featuring Zymo Research workstation and jump-start your nucleic acid processing

Fri, Jan 24, 2020 02:28 EST

Tecan's new DreamPrep NAP workstation is designed to simplify your nucleic acid extraction workflows. Tecan has collaborated closely with Zymo Research to offer a ready-to-go processing solution for the ZymoBIOMICS™ 96 MagBead DNA Kit, including walkaway quantification and normalization with an on-board Infinite ® 200 PRO reader. The DreamPrep NAP featuring Zymo Research platform provides flexible processing of virtually any magnetic bead-based extraction workflow, and has been preconfigured, preprogrammed and optimized for Zymo Research kits. Based on the Fluent ® 480 Automation Workstation, this system offers efficient, unbiased lysis to generate high quality nucleic acid samples ready for immediate microbiome or metagenome analysis to reveal the true composition of your samples. To help you get the most out of your system, it is supplied with both Tecan Connect™ - allowing you to monitor your instrument on your smartphone - and Introspect™, which automatically gathers instrument runtime, reagent and consumables usage and error rate data. These cloud-based software solutions provide valuable insights on your instrument management and availability, helping you to shape your future laboratory automation. Luca Valeggia, Vice President of Laboratory Automation and Consumables at Tecan, commented: "We are very excited about the launch of these latest innovations at SLAS2020. This combination of DreamPrep NAP, Tecan Connect and Introspect exemplifies our vision for the future of laboratory automation - providing not just liquid handling and analytical solutions, but digital insights and empowerment. Our goal is for you to let DreamPrep NAP work for you, while you plan your next experiment." To learn more about DreamPrep NAP and Tecan's digital laboratory strategy at SLAS2020, visit Booth #1119 or join the press conference in Room 16B on Monday January 27 th at 11 am, where the Tecan team will be discussing these exciting advancements. You can also visit www.tecan.com/dreamprep-nap-workstation . For research use only. Not for use in clinical diagnostics.

Major Pre-Raphaelite Exhibition to open at the Russell Cotes Art Gallery & Museum, February 21st 2020

Fri, Jan 24, 2020 01:40 EST

Major works of art from national collections to join in a celebration of the Pre-Raphaelite Legacy on the South Coast.

Experience '1878: The War That Never Was' at Fort Nelson this February

Thu, Jan 23, 2020 23:19 EST

Experience '1878: The War That Never Was' at Fort Nelson this February Friday 7th & Saturday 8th February, shows at 6.30 pm 7.30 pm & 8.30 pm