Scotland Food & Drink Excellence crowned three bakery winners at its annual awards.Iain Burnett, Highland chocolatier at Grandtully, Perthshire, took home the Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Award for Food Service Product of the Year 2014; Mackie’s at Taypack won Confectionery & Snacking; and Mathiesons Bakery scooped the Bakery- & Cereal-Based Products category.A surprise award was given to Alan Hardie of West Lothian baker Paterson Arran in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the Scottish food and drink industry.There were 22 awards up for grabs at the ceremony, held at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre, with 16 different companies taking home prizes.
Image by Justin Gould/WNYNewsNow.JAMESTOWN – Chautauqua County’s transit system was awarded a grant this week to buy trolley buses to help modernize and enhance its fleet.Pictured above, an example of a trolley shaped bus that the County could purchase with the grant funds.Officials with the Chautauqua Area Regional Transit System, also known as CARTS, announced Wednesday they will receive $1.5 million from a New York State Department of Transportation grant.The money, officials say, will be used to purchase clean-fuel hybrid trolley buses and associated equipment.The trolley buses aim to help promote the area’s growing tourist industry with a uniquely styled vehicle and, at the same time, utilize clean energy technology. “I am excited about this grant,” said Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel. “It has been several years in the making and the upgrades to the CARTS service will be exciting and bring a fresh new face out of our county public transportation.”The state DOT received over 25 applications totaling $33.3 million for the $14.2 million competitive solicitation.In total, only 13 counties, cities and regional authorities received a portion of the $14.2 million to modernize and enhance municipally sponsored public transportation services. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
Spring weather can be tricky in Southern Appalachia. Sunny skies can quickly turn into a snowy whiteout. Hikers need to be prepared for anything that Ma Nature might throw at them. Here are some ideal gear for adventures on the cusp of spring. SCARPA Neutron, $129 Howler Brothers, Matagorda Tech ShirtTechnical shirts are a dime a dozen these days, but Howler Brothers has outdone themselves with the Matagorda Tech Shirt, the newest in an apparel lineup that is being heralded by industry pros and weekend warriors alike. The key to the Matagorda’s functionality is its streamlined simplicity. The design is clean and focused and the breathable nylon fabric is engineered for extreme flexibility. Nemo Sonic Sleeping bag, $499At, $500, this bag ain’t cheap, but if you’re looking for a toasty warm, durable sleeping bag that will last a lifetime, it’s worth the investment. The 850-fill duck down ensures balmy comfort down to it s zero-degree temperature rating. In warmer temperatures, two long gills on top of the bag unzip to vent heat. And for restless sleepers—or folks wanting to snuggle—the stretch stitching allows ample mobility inside the bag. $500. nemoequipment.com RefrigiWear Heavyweight Fleece, $85Looking for an affordable, durable fleece that looks snazzy on the trails or in the taproom? The RefrigiWear Fleece is soft, stretchy, and super-warm, but it’s also tough enough to handle the worst and most unexpected wintry weather. refrigiwear.com This is our pick for the best dual-purpose training and racing shoe of early 2016. The featherweight 9.7-ounce Neutron allows you to rack up the miles in comfort. A lugged sole and just enough toe protection give you the freedom to push the pace on rocky, uneven terrain and make it home with happy feet. Breathable mesh and synthetic uppers keep your feet cool in summer, while resisting wear in high-abrasion areas. This is a race-inspired but training-worthy trail shoe. Avex FreeFlow AUTOSEAL Water Bottle, $16The one-liter FreeFlow is the perfect water bottle for outdoor adventurers. It’s easy to drink out of the high-flow-rate drinkng lid, and it fits easily into the side pocket of any backpack. Our tester dropped the BPA-free plastic bottle several times on rocks and roots, and the bottle barely registered a scratch. And the cross-bolt lock prevents accidental spillage or leaking. This is our tester’s new go-to water bottle for trail adventures. Trail Crampon Ultras, $67Most Southern Appalachian summits are still icy and slick in spring. These 18 stainless-steel spikes offer aggressive traction on any icy surface, with welded double-sided chains built to endure repeated torque and wear. The heel plate and velcro strap over the top helped ensure a snug secure fit. Leki Instructor Lite Hiking Poles, $110Leki is the industry standard for hiking poles, and the Instructor Lites don’t disappoint. With rubber fitness tips, adjustable trigger straps, an innovative patented Shark Grip releasable strap system, and 100% carbon shafts, the poles are lightweight yet durable. The poles are easily adjustable, too, allowing multiple users to size the poles to their needs. SoftScience Terrain UltraLyte Boot, $80Don’t want a big, clunky boot but still want ankle support and watwerproof protection? The SoftScience Terrain UltraLyte is your new favorite boot. It has all of the benefits of boots—like more high-cut protection and durability—but without the heavy, cumbersome drawbacks of traditional boots. This is the lightest, most agile, and most comfortable boot we’ve tested.Mizuno Wave Catalyst, $110Aiming for a spring marathon? Hoping to notch a PR? The lightweight Catalyst is an ideal shoe for training and racing. Runner’s World named it best spring debut of 2016, and for good reason: the 9.4-ounce shoe is versatile and agile, able to handle long training runs as well as 5K races. For spring training, this shoe will deliver miles of glide. myCharge All-Terrain, $25It’s the first waterproof, temperature proof, drop proof and dust proof portable battery pack. Charge your phone or devices on big backcountry adventures without worrying about the elements.The All-Terrain is waterproof up to two meters for one hour and can withstand extreme heat and cold without losing charging capabilities. Avex Freeflow Tritan Water Bottle, $17This 34-ounce bottle is perfect for day hikes or multi-day trips in the backwoods. It’s shatterproof and BPA free, and best of all, it doesn’t leak. Toss it in your pack and never worry about leaks. Altec Lansing Sport EarBuds, $60These waterproof buds stay securely in your ear even when you’re dripping with sweat or covered in mud. They can even go under water for lake swims or laps in the pool. With 20 hours of battery life, these Bluetooth buds are comfy and snug, and they deliver top-notch sound to power you through your next workout.
Interest rate increases won’t arrive until the middle of 2015, said Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco President John Williams in a Bloomberg Radio interview on Friday, adding that the central bank can begin to normalize its monetary policy even if inflation is short of the Fed’s official target.Williams, who will have a voting role on the monetary-policy setting Federal Open Market Committee next year, said in his interview that the economy is in “a very good place right now” and that any moves the Fed takes to boost rates is unlikely to take place “in the next couple of meetings,” as quoted in The Wall Street Journal.The FOMC is planning to meet twice in the first quarter of 2015, with the third meeting scheduled for late April.Williams said that June might be a starting point for a rise in interest rates.Last week, the FOMC announced at the close of its two-day meeting that it will stay its current monetary policy course and added that it can be “patient” in deciding when to begin normalizing policy. In a press conference following the close of the meeting, Fed Chair Janet Yellen made clear that the committee “considers it unlikely to begin the normalization process for at least the next couple of meetings.” continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Despite a significant drop in branch transactions, increased cost of processing and minimal improvement in productivity, the reduction in the number and size of bank branches has not kept pace.by: W. Michael Scott, President and CEO, FMSITime and technology have a way of changing people, for better or worse. When things change for the better, it usually means something or someone is getting left out. Remember when cell phones became the next big thing? People laughed, but soon land lines were obnoxious and “old school”.Or what about old analog TV, with the roof antenna versus cable’s offering of a few additional channels when it first came out? The major TV networks didn’t predict how the public would handle a slight variation in the shows available to watch. They thought they would rule forever … but they were wrong.Likewise, in the not so distant past, the majority of the population was moaning about the hours of banks and credit unions. There’s no way the younger generation will remember this, but bank teller lines and drive-thru tellers were chock-full of account holders. Sometimes a single trip just to deposit a check or withdraw money for the coming week could take as much as thirty minutes or more!Fast forward to today, and the entire banking scene has changed. At any given time, branches can be empty. Front-line employees appear to wait mindlessly behind their terminals, waiting to work. Something doesn’t seem right. How did the system go from not enough branches to way too many branches? continue reading »
by: Mark ArnoldThink about all the different places you can stay while traveling. There are deluxe accommodations (like the Four Seasons), budget accommodations (like the Motel 6), family-friendly places and bed and breakfasts.There are many different places to stay while traveling because there are many different kinds of travelers. And each of these accommodations is geared to appeal to and attract a distinct niche of people.The same thing is true for financial institutions. The are those that appeal to business consumers, those that align more with the needs of young families and those that best serve the underserved. The trick is knowing who you are as a bank or credit union. Know your target audience.It all goes back to branding. One key branding tenet is that you cannot be all things to all people. For example, Four Seasons resorts don’t spend a lot of time and money trying to reach budget-minded travelers. Similarly, long-term stay facilities (like Extended Stay America) designed for business travelers aren’t overly concerned with attracting families on vacation. continue reading » 18SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Aug 22, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – An international research team working in Gabon has for the first time isolated Marburg virus genetic material and antibodies from a bat species, an animal that experts suspect may play a role in transmitting the virus to humans.A study detailing the findings was published today in the journal PLoS One (Public Library of Science One). Marburg virus can cause a severe, often fatal, hemorrhagic fever in humans and primates, and there is no vaccine or specific treatment.The virus’s hiding place between human outbreaks has been a mystery, but recent outbreaks in miners in Angola and Uganda have led tropical health experts to suspect that bats may carry it.The researchers tested more than 1,100 bats representing 10 different species, the report says. Testing was done at five sites in Gabon and the northwestern Republic of Congo.Genetic analysis of samples showed that only four bats had Marburg-specific RNA, and all of the positive bats were the same species, Rousettus aegyptiacus, a common fruit bat. All the bats that tested positive were trapped at two locations near caves in Gabon.When investigators looked for Marburg virus antibodies, they noted positive findings in 29 bats, and again, all were Rousettus aegyptiacus.Blood and genetic test results suggest the bats may be a reservoir for Marburg virus, the authors write, but add, “However, we cannot rule out periodic contact by the bats with an as yet unnamed reservoir.” Though the test results were consistent with extended viremia, they could also represent late-stage acute infections, the authors report.Daniel Bausch, MD, MPH, associate professor of tropical medicine at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in New Orleans, told CIDRAP News that the findings bring researchers one step closer to finding the reservoir for Marburg virus.Positive identification of a reservoir requires growing the virus out of a sample, he said. “Until you do that, you’re always going to have some questions,” said Bausch, who has also been involved with Marburg virus research.One of the study’s most surprising findings was that bats in Gabon had evidence of the virus, Bausch said. That location is far west of where Marburg virus has been found previously in eastern African countries such as the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Angola, and Uganda. That finding raises the possibility that Marburg virus has been recently introduced to Gabon, where scientists have also seen the closely related Ebola virus, he said.The fruit bat species that produced the Marburg virus findings is found throughout sub-Saharan Africa, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in a news release today.In the release, CDC Director Dr. Julie Gerberding called the discovery groundbreaking and said it would help world health experts combat the virus. “One of the challenges has been identifying how people become infected. This research brings us closer to understanding the transmission of Marburg virus,” she added.Jonathan Towner, lead author of the study and senior microbiologist at the CDC, is a member of another international team investigating a recent Marburg virus outbreak in Uganda. At least two miners, one of whom died, recently tested positive for the virus. The team is trapping bats at the entrance of the mine where the infected men worked.The discovery in Gabon helps guide the investigation in Uganda, Towner said in the CDC statement. “From a public health perspective, this discovery offers us new insight into the transmission of Marburg virus and potentially other filoviruses,” he commented in another CDC press release.Towner JS, Pourrut X, Albarino CG, et al. Marburg virus infection detected in common African bat. PLoS One 2007 Aug 22;2(8):e764 [Full text]See also:Aug 21 CDC press releaseAug 20 CIDRAP News story “Scientists net bats to look for Marburg virus source”
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He went on to say that the agency would ask the landfill’s contractor to repair the walls immediately.”They were built less than six months ago, so [the contractor] should take responsibility,” he saidRead also: Skyscraper of waste: Greater Jakarta drowning in mountains of trashCipeucang is South Tangerang’s only public landfill and receives approximately 300 tons of waste every day. The landfill is on the brink of being overloaded with mounds of trash as high as 16 meters tall.The South Tangerang administration has announced its intention to close the facility and build a waste-to-energy plant instead. The administration has rented a section of the Nambo landfill in adjacent Bogor city, West Java, to dump its garbage.The facility will be able to produce up to 15-megawatt hours of electricity from a supply of 1,000 tons of waste per day. Construction is set to begin later this year and take two years to complete.Topics : He added that the agency had coordinated with the Public Works and Public Housing Ministry’s joint Ciliwung-Cisadane Flood Control Office to clean up the spilled waste and restore the blocked water flow.The office sent a team on Friday night and the river is currently being dredged. “Around 10 percent of the waste has been lifted from the river [as of Saturday morning],” Yepi said.He said that heavy rainfall in the last few days caused the waste to absorb water and expand. The increasing weight of the waste then caused the landfill walls to collapse. The support walls of the Cipeucang landfill in Serpong, South Tangerang, Banten, collapsed on Friday morning, spilling around 100 metric tons of waste into the Cisadane River.Yepi Suherman, the South Tangerang environmental agency secretary, confirmed that the walls had collapsed at around 4.30 a.m.“Around 100 tons [ of waste] is blocking two-thirds of the river,” he told The Jakarta Post on Saturday.