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UI, SCG and CNG Warn of 'Imposter' Scams

Thu, Sep 24, 2020 15:58 EDT

UI, SCG and CNG Warn of 'Imposter' Scams As the companies prepare to resume collections activities, customers are advised to beware of bogus disconnection threats and take action to maintain service United Illuminating (UI), Southern Connecticut Gas (SCG) and Connecticut Natural Gas (CNG) remind customers to be alert for utility imposters using fake threats of service disconnection to scam customers. Typically, a scammer posing as a UI, SCG or CNG representative calls a customer and claims a crew is on the way to disconnect service unless an immediate payment is made, usually via hard-to-trace prepaid debit or gift cards. The imposter may use "spoofing" technology to make it seem like the call is coming from the company, and will provide a separate call-back number so the customer can complete the transaction after obtaining the card. UI, SCG and CNG are not currently disconnecting customers for nonpayment due to the pandemic. As they begin to resume regular collections activities after Oct. 1, they will follow a process that includes advance notification and direct outreach ahead of a scheduled service disconnection. They accept multiple forms of payment and will never insist on payment via a gift card or prepaid debit card. The companies' representatives work with customers and can help them avoid service disconnection, even when there is a significant balance due. Through Nov. 1, any residential or business customer can enroll in a COVID Payment Program plan that allows them to pay off outstanding balances over a period of up to 24 months without penalty, interest or down-payment. Enrolled customers are protected from service disconnection for the duration of the plan if they stay current on payments. Residential customers with qualifying financial or medical hardships may also be eligible for seasonal service protection, as well as energy assistance that can help them reduce the total balance due. Customers struggling to manage their bills or who have medical concerns should call the company to learn about available options. Any UI, SCG or CNG customer who suspects a scam should hang up and call the company at the number listed on their bill or on the company's website to determine whether there is a payment issue. (The companies never perform service disconnections when the Customer Care Center is closed.) If the scammer provided a call-back number, the customer should relay that to the Customer Care representative so the company can attempt to have the phone line shut down and disrupt the scam. Customers can also report phone scams to the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center, at www.ic3.gov .

Rishi Sunak - 3 is the Magic Number

Thu, Sep 24, 2020 12:09 EDT

Rishi Sunak appears to be taking a continental approach to the extended job scheme, requiring an employee to work 33% of their hours (minimum) and with the employer and government sharing the pay for remaining hours not worked a third each, at a capped amount, say leading tax and advisory firm Blick Rothenberg. Robert Pullen, a partner at the firm said: " Whilst this is of course good news, here are the three areas Rishi has missed out on: Supporting the thousands of business owners who operate through a company and draw dividends - they largely missed out in the first round of support, and remain side lined now. Setting out a longer-term vision - what will happen in 6 months? Is the Government committed to support jobs and businesses well into next year? Rishi should have committed to stopping the U-turns and instead provide an environment that will enable businesses and individuals to plan not just for the next 6 months, but for the next 2 years. Although the VAT "lump sum" payment in March has been recognised as being a massive hurdle (and rightly it is now being spread out), no thought has been given to individuals who face a similar problem in January when both their delayed payment on account from July 2020, the balance due for the 2019/20 tax year, plus the first payment on account towards 2020/21 will be due at the same time. A pay-monthly option should be available for those individuals affected We hope these issues can be addressed as soon as possible."

'Extending AGM Flexibility Will Help Companies to Prepare Properly,' ICSA: The Chartered Governance Institute Advises

Thu, Sep 24, 2020 11:46 EDT

ICSA: The Chartered Governance Institute is delighted that the government has extended the flexibilities around the arrangement of company meetings during the COVID-19 pandemic included in the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 (the Act) to 30 December 2020. Peter Swabey, Policy and Research Director at the Institute, comments: "The flexibilities for companies and other organisations arranging their general meetings that were granted in the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 were very helpful in enabling those organisations to balance their obligation to hold a meeting against their responsibility to give due consideration to the health and safety of colleagues, customers, shareholders and the communities in which they operate, and gave them a firm legal foundation to plan and hold meetings in a COVID-compliant manner. These flexibilities only applied until 30 September, however, which was problematic in that company secretaries and governance professionals - our core membership - spend months preparing for their general meeting as these are a key element of governance. Balancing those months of preparation against the rapidly-changing measures that the government is introducing to manage the pandemic is an extremely difficult task. "We have therefore written twice to the government, with the support of a number of other bodies, asking for an extension to the 'relevant period' defined in the Act and we are delighted that they will be acting on this request. An extension to 30 December addresses the immediate need and is the maximum extension that the government can give at this time but, given the approach of the main AGM season in Spring 2021 and the lengthy planning involved in these events, we hope that the government will give early consideration to a further extension."

RELEASE: Christmas is virtually around the corner, here's how to save your company Christmas party

Thu, Sep 24, 2020 11:27 EDT

Media Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Christmas is virtually around the corner, here's how to save your company Christmas party. [London, United Kingdom ] - Thursday, 24th of September 2020. This year has been difficult to describe. Had someone told us at the start of the year that what lies ahead would be a summer that mostly spent at home, our holidays cancelled and travel plans disrupted to the point of disbelief, we would not have believed it! The year has flown by, and while the future we once took for granted was pulled from our reach, we can't help but think... what about Christmas? The new normal we expected by summer is still yet to come. And with less than 100 days left until the 25 December, Christmas is virtually around the corner. It's time for people to start thinking about how they are going to throw this year's Christmas bash, online? With the persistence of the pandemic and an increasing number of local lock-downs putting a damper on our future festive spirit, it might be the right time to think about how important Christmas parties actually are? Brands that genuinely care about their people and their customers approach the end of the year celebration not just as an opportunity to throw a great party. This is a time to acknowledge their employees and customers for being integral to another successful year and that without a positive relationship with both, perhaps the festive budget might not be so flush. In the past, we took for granted the end of year free-flowing champagne, the nights out at fancy soirées, entertaining conversations with tipsy colleagues. The pleasure of meeting and greeting clients in person while wining and dining them was a reminder that companies do care. There is no shortage of advice from highly successful business leaders like Jean-Claude Biver talking about the importance of taking care of customers in times of crisis. Biver, LVMH Group Non-Executive President of the Watch Division recently said "you should never lose contact with your client because you have to recreate contact afterwards, people will remember..." . He went on to say "During a crisis, how can the crisis be our friend and not our enemy? Because if the crisis is the enemy, you are lost, you cannot win. So, when the crisis becomes your friend, then you have the synergy of the crisis and you can take market share." We are experiencing one of the most challenging phases of our lifetime, and we all need to look for ways of how we can help and support each other. We have been isolated for months, separated from colleagues, experiences and culture, reconditioned to work from the kitchen table and our positive approach to perseverance is wavering. "We are frazzled when we are exhausted, it's super hard to be empathetic. And it's very hard to be creative and deal with the growing stresses of living in this very uncertain time," said Arianna Huffington, founder and CEO of Thrive Global, on the recent CNBC @Work livestream event, Leadership & Management Amid Crisis. Scientific evidence shows that when we are under stress, our brains are less productive and have less capacity to think creatively. December is actually the most stressful time of the year for 42 per cent of workers, while another survey found that 23 per cent of the British employees feel more stressed in the lead up to Christmas. This is partly due to the fact that December is one of the shortest working months, with as few as 20 working days due to Bank Holidays. This, coupled with the fact many workplaces are closed between Christmas and New Year, means employees are often under huge pressure to get all their work done and ensure targets are met before the end of the year. With travel off the cards this year, the usual escape for the holidays means that people are more likely to be more stressed over the holiday period. Winter is around the corner and companies have an opportunity to strengthen their leadership by shifting the energy of the crisis. Companies can create a positive movement by taking care of their people and customers this Christmas by coming up with creative and innovative ways to celebrate and acknowledge their loyal teams and customers. One company that is offering an alternative to the traditional Christmas party is Satopia, a travel company that typically offers travel experiences hosted by high-profile hosts such as Massimo Bottura, Francis Mallmann or Raymond Blanc from their Culinary series of trips. This year, however, they have launched the Virtual Christmas Experience for companies and brands to co-host an online event with one of their high profile hosts. With three themes to choose from, Rejuvenate, Celebrate or Appreciate, they will design a virtual experience with hosts such as their celebrity chefs for virtual masterclasses or inspirational talks and guided meditations by world-renowned wellness experts. If you are feeling bold, you can have a talk show host or famous comedian join your virtual office party and interact with employees. All virtual experiences are coupled with a box of luxury items related to the theme, from fluffy dressing gowns to cocktail making sets, delivered to your doorstep before the live event. Giving employees and your most valued customers something to look forward to at the end of the year can have a significant positive impact. Making people feel valued and appreciated for their hard work, the new challenges they have faced this year, and acknowledging loyal customers for the on-going support matters in times like these. These experiences are sure to give people something to talk about with a shared experience and a positive way to end the year. To find out more about the Virtual Christmas Experience from Satopia, visit their website here . Release ends About Satopia Travel Satopia Travel specialises in unique experiences led by world-class hosts. This virtual event is part of the Dare to Dream series of virtual experiences, free and open to the public events organised by Satopia Travel, with world thought-leaders as they talk about how travel helps to make a difference in the world and they remind us why we all must keep travelling and continue to dream. Website http://satopiatravel.com Instagram www.instagram.com/satopiatravel For enquiries please contact Clarissa Spada clarissa@satopiatravel.com Whatsapp: +31686169050

Weekly COVID-19 Insights from hc1

Thu, Sep 24, 2020 11:25 EDT

Positive Antibody Tests Decline Slightly as Overall Testing Volumes Drops Again The CV19 Lab Testing Dashboard™ powered by hc1 provides local lab testing insights that include state, county, and sub-county views of Local Risk Index, COVID-19 testing rates and results, and key demographic filters for those tested (age, gender). Data used in the dashboard comes from more than 20,000 lab ordering locations from a coalition of laboratories performing up to 40% of the nation's laboratory testing. Summary Viral PCR testing volumes increased slightly for the first time in six weeks, while antibody testing held steady again. Percent positivity rates held at ~5.0% for Viral PCR and increased to 12% for Antibody testing hc1 Local Risk Index trends show rising risk for infection in states including Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Florida, and Kentucky. Pennsylvania and Virginia were back again with counties among the hc1 Local Risk Index Top Counties . To access the hc1 CV19 Lab Testing Dashboard, register for free at www.CV19Dashboard.org . Viral PCR Testing As of September 24, 2020, the national percent positivity rate for COVID-19 testing remained steady for a sixth consecutive week at about 5%, while testing volume increased slightly for the week. This can be seen in the following chart showing the weekly national trend in SARS-CoV-2 Viral PCR testing volume and % detected rate among the hc1 CV19 Coalition of Laboratories, which represents approximately 40% of all CV19 testing nationwide.

Study Finds Councils in England Are Not Doing Enough to Combat Plastic Pollution

Thu, Sep 24, 2020 10:25 EDT

Hi there, I wondered if Bahari's recent findings on the topic of plastic recycling in England would be of interest to you? Plastic recycling: 'If local authorities were all doing the same thing, it would help people to do the right thing' Research carried out by the eco-friendly homeware company Bahari found that 50% of the country's worst councils for plastic recycling are in Greater Manchester, with other councils such as Barking and Dagenham, Slough, Southampton, West Berkshire and Winchester also falling below the mark. As you can see from the table below, Bury, Oldham, Stockport, Tameside and Trafford councils only allow you to recycle three types of plastic waste: drinks bottles, cleaning bottles and plastic milk bottles. However, many other councils across the country allow you to recycle up to 8 different types of plastic. These include yoghurt pots, punnets (e.g. fruit punnets), drinks bottle tops and even plastic carrier bags! The study found that the average number of plastic items councils in England allow you to recycle is 6. Whereas amongst councils in Greater Manchester, the average is just 4, with many councils only allowing you to recycle 3 types of plastic items. Bahari's founder Jane Walkinshaw says; "This data really covers the provisions that councils have made for people to recycle at home. We know that not all plastic waste ends up in landfills, but we'll love to see more provision for recycling in the home both in Greater Manchester and across the country. In particular, this is a call for more visibility and transparency into what happens to our household waste after it leaves our homes. In turn, we'd hope that increased transparency would help encourage more people to recycle their single use plastics - or even better - replace them with eco-friendly alternatives". Bahari also contacted Dr. Rachael Rothman, the Academic Lead for Sustainability at Sheffield University, who commented "If local authorities were all doing the same thing, it would help people to do the right thing". Methodology: We compiled recycling information available on 342 different councils' websites across England. This allowed us to discover which councils allow you to recycle different types of plastic items in household recycling bins across the country. __________________________ If you'd like any more information or comment on this, please let me know and I'll get straight back to you. Kind regards, Elizabeth

The Drive of Your Life with the New Numskull Designs Nintendo Switch Steering Wheel

Thu, Sep 24, 2020 10:00 EDT

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igus offers 36-month guarantee on energy chains

Thu, Sep 24, 2020 10:00 EDT

i gus offers 36-month guarantee on energy chains With the online service life calculator, users can now determine the guaranteed operating time of their e-chain and obtain a certificate September 2 4 , 2020 - igus now offers a 36-month guarantee on its energy chains, which are in demand for a wide range of job applications. The robu st, lightweight, and long -lasting energy cha in s are made from high performance polym ers from igus, the Germa ny-based motion plastics supplier. The high-tech, cost-down, environmenta lly- friendly company runs its North American operations out of Providence, R.I. Certificates are ve ry easy to obtain . Customers open the online service life calculator f or e-chains and en ter th e dynamic specifications and environmental c onditions of the ap plication. The online too l will then calculate the guaranteed service life of the energy chain. With a simple click, the cust omer receives the certi ficate via email. To determine the service life of its products, igus tests them under t he most adverse con ditions all the way up to a total failure in its 3,800-square-met er laboratory. The result: 10 billion e-chain cycles per year. Based on this test data, the company has been able to grant a 36-month guarantee on its chainflex cable rang e since 2015. In it s efforts to always keep its energy chain users on the safe side, igus now becomes the only provider worldwide to offer a 36-month service life guarantee on its e-chains. Service life calculator The service life calculator helps igus to live up to this pr omise. Using data from the test laboratory, it determines the operat ing time of the igus standard energy chains in customi z ed applications. Over 4,000 tests and more than 7,500 results flow into the online tool. More tests are performed every day in the qu est to deliver precise statements about the service life. A ccording to igus , the service life of energy chains is often 10 years or more. "The new guarantee service ensures users they will be able to design their individual a pplication exactly, and always choose the most cost-effective e-chain th at works with reliability , " explains Michael Bla s s , head of the e-chain systems division at igus. "If an energy chain fails due to wear and tear within the guarantee period, the custome r will receive a free replacem ent." Service life guarantee at the pus h of a button The customer can obtain the guarantee certificate in just two steps. To do this, they must first call up the service life calculator at https:// www.igus.com/info/e-chain-guarantee and specify the application parameters such as speed, acceleration, additional load and travel distance. I t is also possible to enter external influences such as dirt, impact and the ambient temperatu re. The online to o l will then determine the operating time of the energy chain in double strokes. The customers can have their certificate sent to them by e-mail using a button. "Either the calculated double strokes or 36 months are guaranteed, whichever comes first , " says Bla ss . The special feature of the chain guarantee is that the customer gets the guarantee certificate while using the service life calculator, even before the purchase. Picture PM0920-1 igus now promises a guaranteed service life of 36 months for its en ergy chains. The user can have the certificate sent straight to them via the e-chain service life calculator. (Source: igus GmbH) CONTACT: igus ® Inc. PO Box 14349 East Providence, RI, 02914 Tel.: 800.521.2747 Fax: 401.438.2200 sales@igus.com www .igus.com PRESS CONTACT: Chri s Dennen Marketing Manager PO Box 1434 9 East Providence, RI, 02914 Tel.: 800.521.2747 cdennen @igus.com www.igus.com igus ® , energy c hain ® , d ry l in ® , c hainflex ® , iglide ® , r eady c hain ® , t riflex ® , and igubal ® a re registered trad emarks of igus Inc. All other c ompany names and products are trademar ks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

McCluskey: Jobs Support Scheme Will Help Anxious Workers Breathe More Easily but More Must be Done to Fend Off Mass Unemployment

Thu, Sep 24, 2020 09:53 EDT

Responding to the announcement today (Thursday) by the chancellor that the Job Retention Scheme is being replaced with a new Job Support Scheme to provide targeted support and wage assistance to struggling businesses, the leader of Unite the union, Len McCluskey, said: "The package of measures announced today by the chancellor will allow many workers and employers to breathe more easily. "For some industries this will steady the very rocky floor beneath them, something that we have been pressing for all summer in an effort to stop the redundancy floodgates from pouring open. "The chancellor has heard the incessant calls from unions, economists and business leaders and listened, and that is to be undoubtedly welcomed. "Our fear though is that today's assistance may come too late for far too many and leaves gaps that could see millions more facing poverty and joblessness in the coming weeks. "Today, therefore, cannot be the last word from the government on the defence of people's livelihoods. We have seen a summer of jobs destruction but an absence of jobs creation. We urge the government to work with us as we put our collective shoulders to the wheel in the task of recovering the economy, because the spectre of mass unemployment still stalks our communities. " Len McCluskey called on employers considering making workers redundant to now step back from the brink: "While we await the detail of criteria for large employers' access to the scheme, there can be no doubt that in the UK's strategically vital industries - such as aerospace, steel and automotive - today's move to support wages means we stand a better chance of saving the jobs and skills needed to power the recovery. "We call upon employers to now work with us on the urgent task of saving those jobs. Reverse plans for redundancies and reflect on the opportunities now available to us: do not push the redundancy button. Unite's officials stand ready to work night and day with you to keep people in work and earning." Further, Len McCluskey warned that more will still needs to be done to address the skills crisis and to create desperately needed new and decent jobs, particularly for young people who have been hit hard by this crisis: "Industries teetering on the cliff edge like aviation, retail and hospitality, where jobs are being lost hand over fist and where the impact of this crisis continues to be devastating, will need further support. "Dismissing jobs in these sectors as not viable is to leave communities to rot and descend into a jobs wastelands, so we are determined to continue to fight for better and wider support for these workers. "We urge the chancellor to keep the unemployment situation under constant review and pledge to act swiftly should the measures announced today not have the desired effect of holding back a tide of job losses and poverty." Notes: During the coronavirus crisis Unite is working to keep workers and the public safe, to defend jobs and to protect incomes.

Tone House Launches New Lively Cooking Show

Thu, Sep 24, 2020 09:30 EDT

New York's notorious Strength & Conditioning training facility enters the healthy food preparation space with a new lively and informative cooking series featuring favorite Fall recipes. Announcing FUELED BY TONE HOUSE , Tone House's new healthy cooking show designed to unleash the culinary artist in all of us. Head Chef and Registered Dietitian Ryan Turner stars in this lively and informative series showcasing go-to recipes, kitchen hacks, and healthy cooking strategies you can easily incorporate into your routine. Sharpen your culinary skills with Ryan's captivating cooking segments, with step-by-step recipes and instructions that you can follow along with at home. Ryan includes helpful tips for beginners, ingredient swaps for diets of all types, and advice for cutting down time in the kitchen. Recipes are designed to improve performance for athletic, active individuals looking to support their fitness goals through nutritious and delicious food. The perfect show for meal-preppers, entertainers, or just those looking for new healthy recipes to improve their athletic performance. Watch a preview of FUELED BY TONE HOUSE here , and check out the entire series exclusively on demand on Tone House TV. Start your free trial at tv.tonehouse.com.

Three Million People Could Still be Left Behind

Thu, Sep 24, 2020 09:05 EDT

Three million people who were 'left behind' by the Government's original arrangements will continue to lose out going forward, say leading tax and advisory firm Blick Rothenberg. Robert salter, a Director at the firm said : " It is good to see that Chancellor has announced the continuation of the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) today. However, whilst any support that can be provided to individuals at this unprecedented time should be welcomed, as the ongoing support appears to be being provided on 'broadly the same terms' as the initial scheme, it probably means that the 3 million people who were 'left behind' by the Government's original arrangements will continue to lose out on a going forward basis." Robert added: " These 'left behinds' previously included: The owners of small owner-managed businesses, who traditionally pay themselves via dividends rather than salary (income from dividends has not been protected to date by the SEISS); and Those who traditionally had jobs which involved moving from freelance contract to freelance contract on a short-term, peripatetic basis (e.g. many in the TV and theatre worlds); and Those who have been working as full-time landlords (income from lettings have not been protected - it is classed as investment income rather than income from self-employment); and Those who had actually only started their self-employment duties in 2019/20 UK tax year (or in some cases in the 2018/19 UK tax year), who do not have reported income and accounts which can be used by the Government for SEISS grant purposes." Robert said: " Whilst one can hope that the new SEISS will - once the full details are published - provide cover for all of these groups, this appears unlikely and the left behinds will, realistically continue to be left behind. For a Conservative Government which is meant to support entrepreneurship, it appears illogical to continue ignoring such a large number of workers."

Chancellors Announcement Encourages Employers to Bring Employees Back to Work

Thu, Sep 24, 2020 08:55 EDT

Not only is the Chancellors' new job support scheme a positive step for millions of workers otherwise facing unemployment - it goes a step further by encouraging employers to bring these employees back to their jobs, say leading tax and advisory firm , Blick Rothenberg Genevieve Morris, a partner the firm said: "Rishi Sunak is a breath of fresh air. He is a Chancellor who realises that people with no jobs and businesses with no income, don't and can't pay any tax. "Rather than see these companies go out of business, or individuals lose their jobs and income, and stop paying tax, he continues to support them knowing that ultimately the income tax, national insurance and corporation tax they pay, as well as the VAT they help collect will ultimately benefit the county in a far greater way." She added: " Not only is new job support scheme a positive step for millions of workers otherwise facing unemployment - it goes a step further by encouraging employers to bring these employees back to their jobs. It has been proved that the mental health benefits to individuals, of working at least eight hours a week is a huge step forward. It allows furloughed employees back into the workplace family and really improve their sense of self-worth." Genevieve said: " The furlough scheme had to end, and the Chancellor has struck the right balance in continuing to support jobs which are viable long term, but need short term cushioning from the impact of the pandemic." She added: " I am delighted to hear that the 'cliff edge' that businesses and individuals were facing next year, with the repayments of the CBILs and deferred tax liabilities falling due in Q1, has been removed. This was a daunting thought for many businesses who are facing a bleak winter and will be welcomed by many to help smooth the cash flow demands they face."

SIBA Warns 'Breweries and Wet-led Pubs are Once Again Being Left Behind by the Chancellor's Measures'

Thu, Sep 24, 2020 08:51 EDT

Responding to the Chancellor Rishi Sunak's Coronavirus financial support announcement today, James Calder, Chief Executive of the Society of Independent Brewers: "The Chancellor's announcement that a new job support scheme for people in work will be introduced from November is welcome and will protect jobs, however it does not address the serious issues facing the brewing and hospitality industries which have been amongst the worst impacted by Coronavirus. Without targeted support for the beer, brewing and broader hospitality industry, which has been specifically targeted by new restrictions, then we will see widespread business closures of breweries and pubs. Breweries have not had access to any of the business grants available to other hospitality businesses during Coronavirus and to avoid further business closures it essential that a targeted support package is introduced by Government. Equally whilst the extension of the VAT cut for hospitality is welcome for many pubs, it does not apply to beer or alcohol sales so is not available to wet-led community pubs which do not serve food. Breweries and wet-led pubs are once again being left behind by the Chancellor's measures and without urgent support many will not survive the vital Christmas period." James Calder, SIBA Chief Executive

Laser Mapping to Help Reveal the Past of Cranborne Chase

Thu, Sep 24, 2020 08:41 EDT

Bluesky Aerial Laser Maps Help Landscape Partnership Reveal the Past Aircraft mounted lasers are helping to reveal the rich archaeology within Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Captured by aerial mapping company Bluesky, the highly accurate LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) data will be used by the Chase and Chalke Landscape Partnership to reveal previously unknown archaeology. Analysis of the Bluesky terrain mapping will inform ground truthing of potential new archaeological sites and help target site investigations. A National Lottery Heritage Fund scheme, the Chase and Chalke Landscape Partnership, focuses on the traditional heart of the Cranborne Chase Medieval royal hunting grounds together with the river valley to the north east known locally as the Chalke Valley. It encompasses an historic borderland, where the ancient shire boundaries of Dorset, Hampshire and Wiltshire coincide. "Cranborne Chase is an area well known for its high number, density and diversity of archaeological remains including the Dorset Cursus, an Iron Age and Romano-British settlement at Woodcutts and several Roman roads, but many secrets remain to be uncovered." commented Anne Carney, Funding and Partnership Officer at the AONB. "Using the Bluesky LiDAR data, we hope to gain a much better understanding of the archaeology beneath our feet, and involve communities in the investigation and care of these sites." "The Cranborne Chase is an unusual landscape type in that it is largely wooded chalk downland - most downland has been cleared - and the woodlands conceal a wealth of information on past human activity," continued Carney. The Bluesky LiDAR survey was flown in March 2020 and the 16 point per metre dataset was delivered as a georeferenced point cloud. The LiDAR data was then processed to create highly accurate Digital Surface and Digital Terrain (DSM / DTM) of the area which it is hoped will reveal evidence for historic woodland industries such as saw pits, charcoal pits and lime kilns. "Bluesky was able to demonstrate extensive experience of providing LiDAR for archaeological sites, including wooded areas, showed a thorough understanding of flying in MOD airspace and delivered on-time and on-budget despite bad weather and additional complications caused by the COVID pandemic," she concluded. The Champions of the Past project runs until spring 2024 and in addition to digital maps of archaeological sites, which will be made available as an online resource, will produce reports on the work of volunteers and their findings.

Speakers Reveal How Satellites Can Help Corporations Address Climate Change

Thu, Sep 24, 2020 08:33 EDT

Earth observation company 4 Earth Intelligence (4EI) will show how satellites can be used by global corporations in the battle against climate change. In a conference presentation 4EI will look at how satellite derived earth observation data from space can provide the financial world with objective, consistent, repeatable and reliable evidence allowing them to monitor assets and make smarter environmentally conscious decisions. "Climate change is increasingly recognised as a critical risk to global corporate firms and evidence has shown that this risk is increasing with the impacts felt around the world and in all aspects of business activities," commented Richard Flemmings, Chief Technical Officer at 4EI. "As corporate risk expands there is increasing need for evidence to inform objective decision making and this is where satellite earth observation data has an integral role." The 4EI presentation, by Richard Flemmings and Steve Keohane, will form part of the 'Tech for Good' stream of the Digital Leaders Week Conference which will take place virtually between the 12 and 16 October 2020. The UK's biggest single gathering of people focussed on digital transformation Digital Leaders Week is designed to promote best practice and showcase innovative products and services. For further information about Digital Leaders Week visit digileaders.com Steve Keohane, Strategic Advisor to 4EI and co-author of 4EI White Paper 'Earth Observation, Climate Change and Finance', added "Satellite earth observation data provides a wide variety of tools for giving objective, repeatable and complete information regarding the status of assets. When it is not possible to travel or put people on the ground, for example during a global pandemic or at times of natural disaster or civil unrest, using data from satellites allows companies to make informed investment decisions, undertake asset monitoring and complete environmental impact assessments without having to leave the office." 4EI recently launched a Country Intelligence new product suite, providing valuable insight into information needed to make decisions for planning, situational awareness, environmental monitoring and corporate risk management. The suite includes six distinct layers; Demographics, Land Cover, Points of Interest, Significant Events, Transport and Wealth Index, which have all been created using satellite imagery in combination with other geospatial and archival resources. The data product is easy to access and available for a number of countries across the Middle East and Africa with a product roadmap to cover further territories. The talk will also cover how 4EI products are being used for understanding mitigation and risk. You can sign up for the 'Finance and Climate Change - a View from Space' talk here: https://week.digileaders.com/talks/finance-climate-change-a-view-from-space/

Atlona Fortifies North American Sales Team

Thu, Sep 24, 2020 08:13 EDT

Remy Nguyen and Justin Sattazahn bring familiarity, experience and motivation to RSM roles supporting Atlona's commercial AV business in two busy US territories Atlona, a Panduit company, announces that Remy Nguyen and Justin Sattazahn have joined the company as Regional Sales Managers in the Southwest and Northcentral US territories. Reporting to Jamey Swigert, Director of AV Sales and Business Development, Nguyen and Sattazahn will work closely with partners and end users to expand Atlona's commercial AV business in their respective regions. Nguyen previously served as Atlona's Regional Sales Manager - Southwest, before taking on a brief role outside the AV industry. He returns with an expanded territory covering Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, New Mexico, southern California, southern Nevada, Utah and El Paso, Texas. Nguyen's previous industry experience includes a Regional Sales Manager position at Extron, where he developed their Pacific Northwest region business. He also served as Director of Sales and Business Development for AV systems integrator Avidex, which gives him valuable insight on supporting Atlona's dealer channel. Nguyen looks forward to helping Atlona customers faced with changing business and education environments. He's also bullish about Panduit's network infrastructure solutions, emphasizing the added value it brings to Atlona's commercial AV business. "Atlona has been on the forefront of AV product development, and its latest innovations with the Omega™ Series and an expanded PTZ camera range are ideally suited for touchless AV and distance learning environments," said Nguyen. "I am also excited that Panduit has brought a differentiating message to Atlona with its network infrastructure solutions and built an organizational infrastructure to better serve our regional distributors, dealers and end users." Sattazahn will also work closely with partners and end users to raise brand awareness across his territory, which includes Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. He brings extensive commercial and residential AV and pro audio experience to Atlona across systems design and integration, sound engineering, and live entertainment production and management. His broad range of professional experience brings a comprehensive understanding of nearly all AV businesses verticals, and the unique needs of each. "I look forward to growing our business with low-voltage and electrical contractors, which will help Atlona customers transition to complete AV over IP systems," said Sattazahn. "In addition to Atlona's networked AV solutions, I see Velocity™ as a key differentiator. My experience in systems integration gives me a strong understanding of how IP-based AV control simplifies design and configuration for integrators and provides a simple and scalable control solution for end users." ​​​​​​​"Remy and Justin bring successful track records and broad industry experience to our team, which will strengthen our overarching initiatives for continued business growth and getting closer to our customers in every region," said Swigert. "We welcome them to the Atlona team and look forward to their contributions."

Schaeffler Steps Up its Involvement in Rear Wheel Steering

Thu, Sep 24, 2020 07:58 EDT

New development partnership with Bosch Automotive Steering Intelligent mechatronic Rear Wheel Steering system delivers improved ride comfort and safety as well as superior energy efficiency Matthias Zink: "A key milestone in our journey to becoming the technology partner of choice for chassis systems" Global automotive and industrial supplier Schaeffler is embarking on a development partnership with Robert Bosch Automotive Steering GmbH to expand its intelligent Rear Wheel Steering (iRWS) portfolio. The aim of the partnership is to grow the market by offering integrated solutions for Rear Wheel Steering systems. Under the partnership, Schaeffler is providing mechatronic iRWS systems, and Bosch Automotive Steering is contributing software and electronics in the form of steering control units. "Combining the strengths of both companies enables us to create integrated systems that deliver superior added value to our customers," commented Matthias Zink, CEO Automotive OEM at Schaeffler. "Intelligent Rear Wheel Steering technology is a key milestone in Schaeffler's journey to becoming the technology partner of choice for chassis systems." Rear-wheel steering technology: a mechatronic evolution Schaeffler successfully launched its mechatronic intelligent Active Roll Control system (iARC) back in 2015. "The lessons we learned from that process flowed directly into the development of mechatronic Rear Wheel Steering", said Dr. Keiwan Kashi, President Business Unit Mechatronic Systems at Schaeffler. "By combining our expertise in mechatronics with our core competencies in the industrialization of mechanical and mechatronic components, we created a highly efficient product that can be tailored to customer requirements." The mechatronic iRWS unit improves ride comfort and safety which offers several key benefits in today's rapidly urbanizing world. By turning the rear wheels in the opposite direction to the front wheels, it reduces the turning radius, significantly increasing maneuverability in tight spaces, such as when parking in busy urban settings. Moreover, the rear axle's assistive steering action enhances handling, stability and ride comfort and improves vehicle safety. Schaeffler's Rear-Wheel Steering system uses lightweight technologies and features a maximum overall weight of just eight kilograms. At the heart of the system is a planetary roller gear that performs a self-locking function, ensuring that the rear wheels do not change direction without steering input from the driver. The planetary screw drive also delivers superior efficiency. Moreover, the system's design is acoustically optimized, making it particularly well suited for use in low-noise electric vehicles. Bosch steering control unit supports safer driving Bosch's contribution to the partnership is the steering control unit, an integrated module comprising control electronics, an electric motor and software. Scalable and modular in design, this unit is fundamental to many of the driver-assistance functions in Schaeffler's new rear-axle steering system. Already a proven performer, the steering control unit has been successfully implemented in millions of front-axle steered vehicles. It features Bosch security for robust protection against cyber attacks. Functions and updates are supported by over-the-air (OTA) technology. "Our third-generation steering control unit was launched just last year and is already doing very well in the market for front-axle steering control systems," said Dr. Stefan Waschul, head of passenger car steering systems at Robert Bosch Automotive Steering. "Under this partnership, we will apply our expertise in this area to rear-axle steering systems and contribute the wealth of experience and technical know-how in software and E/E architecture that has made us the market leader in steering control systems." With decades of experience in software development and steering control, Bosch has already successfully partnered this technology in numerous customer applications. Based on signals from the steering wheel torque sensor, the steering control unit's integrated electronic controller calculates the optimal steering assist, which is then delivered by the integrated electric motor. In addition to the torque applied to the steering wheel by the driver, the calculation takes into account numerous other vehicle parameters More information about Schaeffler aftermarket products and systems, fitting instructions, labour times and much more can be found on the REPXPERT workshop portal at www.repxpert.co.uk - or by using the REPXPERT app, which is a free download for all iOS and Android devices.

Keep Kitchen Essentials in Easy Reach with the New Duo Knife and Utensil Holder from Viners

Thu, Sep 24, 2020 07:34 EDT

Keeping your kitchen organised is the secret to success for many of us, especially when it comes to meal preparation. Knife blocks and utensil holders are essentials, but for those who prefer loose knives for carving, cutting and prepping, look to the handy new Duo Knife and Utensil Holder from Viners. A practical addition to any kitchen, the new Duo Knife and Utensil Holder will store all your loose essentials safely in one place for easy access. Duo features a deep, generous, cylindrical holder for whisks, spoons, tongs and spatulas on one side, and a slotted knife holder on the other, keeping loose kitchen knives upright, covering the blade for safe and secure storage. Finished with a black, sleek soft touch coating, Duo can sit discreetly on any countertop, on shelves or in cupboards. The non-slip base ensures the holder stays in place, wherever you decide to place it. RRP £20.50 available from www.viners.co.uk . Samples are availabe if you wish to receive one.

Together, We're Making Progress

Thu, Sep 24, 2020 07:30 EDT

We continue to stand with those fighting for racial justice and social equality and recognize there is a long road ahead towards achieving meaningful change. In June, we said we owed it to our employees and the communities we serve to do more and that our work starts at home. We have made progress and continue to invest in a number of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion ("DE&I") initiatives. One of our key priorities over the next few months is to hire a VP of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion who will serve as Canopy's organizational leader to drive the development and integration of best practices, resources and trends to increase diversity, equity, inclusion, and cultural proficiency. As well, we will complete a review of our HR policies and procedures to ensure racial equity throughout our organization including our hiring practices. Commitments from me as the CEO, to the entire company will be cascaded including changes to hiring practices, education and integrating DE&I principals into business plans. We are deeply inspired by this work, we know that an inclusive team that is as diverse as our communities will fertilize an engaged and dynamic environment for our employees. A critical part of our DE&I plan is gathering our baseline data to truly get an understanding of where we stand. We are already gathering insights from a company-wide survey and employee focus groups and will soon be setting up Leadership interviews which will all be compiled in our first DE&I report - a summary of which will be shared publicly and updated annually. We will also be providing courses to all Canopy staff on the fundamentals of diversity and unconscious bias and the racist history of the War On Drugs and cannabis prohibition. Canopy Growth continues to work with Cage Free Cannabis and we have committed funds to support National Expungement Week which will now become an ongoing initiative to provide legal services for those communities that have been disproportionately harmed by the War on Drugs. Record expungement and access to other legal services are especially critical now as those protesting racial injustice are arrested in mass numbers. Since June, we have completed a number of DE&I initiatives, including: Launch of focus groups for specific identities (Black, Indiginous, People of Colour, LGBTQ, Women, Straight white abled-bodied men, those living with a disability and Francophone ) and a company wide survey to gather data inputs for a DE&I report, a summary of which will be shared publicly; Our external partner, the Canadian Centre for Diversity & Inclusion, facilitated a Listening Session that was attended by our executive team and Canopy staff who identified as BIPOC. In this session they were able speak to their experiences, so that this reality has a hand in shaping our DE&I strategy and our organization's path forward; and Providing our staff with the educational tools they need to better understand the moment we're in and why we're prioritizing DE&I initiatives at Canopy. This includes the creation of a library of resources on diversity and anti-Black racism available to all staff on our learning management system and training on diversity in the workplace and unconscious bias for Canopy's Board of Directors, Leadership team, and entire staff. We have also signed the BlackNorth pledge, which calls on Canadian companies to increase the representation of Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour employees with an emphasis at the leadership level. We are prioritizing our DE&I work company-wide to ensure we are doing our part to address these complex issues and develop a framework for a path forward. We have a long way to go towards becoming a truly racially diverse, equal and inclusive company, and together we will continue fighting for social equality.

Digital Ethos Founder Named Service Industries Entrepreneur of the Year

Thu, Sep 24, 2020 07:28 EDT

The founder of Digital Ethos, Luke Tobin, has been named Service Industries Entrepreneur of the Year for the Midlands at the Great British Entrepreneur Awards. Digital Ethos is an award-winning, full-service digital marketing agency based in Leicester and York that provides exceptional digital solutions for businesses of all shapes and sizes in all industries, backed by extensive experience and data-driven results. Now in its eighth year, the Great British Entrepreneur Awards in partnership with Starling Bank celebrate the hard work and inspiring stories of entrepreneurs in the UK, rather than the business' balance sheet. The service industries account for more than 80% of the UK's entire economy, making it a particularly important area to recognise. To stand out in the service industries requires something special. With Covid-19 restrictions preventing the regional finals taking place at a live event, Luke won the award during a virtual award ceremony joined by finalists across every region. In a video message to finalists, Chancellor Rishi Sunak said: "Entrepreneurs [have shown they] stay strong, even during a global pandemic. Coronavirus hasn't stifled enterprise. "Entrepreneurs are creating new businesses and adapting to the crisis, as seen in this year's entries. And that's what we need to happen if we want our economy to bounce back. We need all of you to keep inventing, keep taking risks, keep creating new businesses. "It's my job as Chancellor to celebrate, champion and support you. "Congratulations to all the winners. Thank you to all of you for everything you've done." Luke Tobin explains: "I am absolutely honoured to win this award and proud of everything we've achieved to get to where we are today. It's a fantastic recognition but I wouldn't have been able to do this without my team, so really this is a win for all of us. The Great British Entrepreneur Awards team, Starling Bank and all of the other sponsors involved put tremendous effort into making the event and everything surrounding this a great success. Bring on the nationals!" Francesca James, founder of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, said: "Luke has a wonderful entrepreneurial story and I'm delighted for him to win this award. I'll be keeping a very close eye on what he does in the years to come and look forward to welcoming Luke to the community." Anne Boden, founder and CEO of Starling Bank, said: "We're entrepreneurs and we have spirit. We fight back and we're very good at dealing with adversity. And Luke is an example to us all, of entrepreneurs that are creative, innovative, and changing the world. "I'm so excited that Starling, a business I founded in 2014 and now the Best British Bank, is sponsoring such an important Awards. And as one entrepreneur to another, congratulations to getting where you are this evening and best of luck for the future." The winners of each category will now go to the National Final of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, with a date to be announced due to restrictions on large events. Watch Luke's thank you video here .

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