BPA Responds to Government Brexit ‘2 Borders Proposals’

first_imgSea News, October 3 Author: Baibhav Mishra British Ports Association statement on the Government’s “two borders for four years” Brexit proposals reported today. The majority of Northern Ireland’s trade is with Great Britain and a border in the Irish Sea would be extremely challenging for the ports in Northern Ireland and those in England and Scotland who have freight routes. Ironically also in a ‘no deal’ situation there could be displacement issues for Welsh ports. “We recognise the sensitivities and issues around the land border and have always said that the best resolution and the best way to meet the Government’s commitment to frictionless trade is a deal that has no customs or regulatory checks at all, anywhere,” said Richard Ballantyne, Chief Executive at the British Ports Association.last_img read more

PIER71 Unveils Top Three Start-ups at 2019 Smart Port Challenge

first_imgDravam – Dravam’s innovative fuel quality monitoring solution is areal-time early detection system for marine fuel, installed seamlessly onto avessel. This patented solution is aimed at ensuring the quality of the fuelthat is bunkered and addresses the industry’s need for quicker bunker qualitytesting. The 24 start-ups, of which 15 are Singapore-based, focused ontechnologies such as artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality,blockchain, robotics and wearables, among others. More than half of thesestart-ups have already received letters of intent from maritime companies tobuild on the solutions they propose. Teqplay – Teqplay has developed a platform that collects, bundles andrefines public data. Combining that with machine learning and artificialintelligence, they create a shared picture that empowers the shipping industryto make smarter and better informed decisions in the planning and execution ofport calls, and maritime supply chain. The 2019 cohort also builds on the successes of PIER71’s first cohort unveiled in November 2018. SkyLab, a deep technology software start-up, is expanding into the Indonesian market as well as forming a strategic partnership with one of the largest data analytics firms in Chongqing, China. Claritecs, a digital bunker start-up, also announced their S$850,000 pre-series A funding from Bernhard Schulte INNOPORT last month. KoiReader Technologies – KoiReader Technologies has developed aninnovative machine learning visual recognition system that extractsunstructured textual data from images and translates them into usablestructured data. This improves the accuracy of filling up logistics data forregulatory clearance and reduces the risks associated with mis-declaration ofdangerous goods. The Smart Port Challenge culminated in the Grand Final today, which saw10 out of 24 start-ups pitching to an audience of over 300 investors, corporatepartners, venture capitalists, and maritime professionals. The three winnersare: Port Innovation Ecosystem Reimagined @ BLOCK71 (PIER71) unveiled this year’stop three start-ups tackling issues facing Singapore’s maritime sector. Dr Lam PinMin, Senior Minister of State for Transport and Health, announced the winnersat the third Smart Port Challenge (SPC) Grand Final. Author: Baibhav Mishracenter_img Dr Lam said, “As the world’s busiest transhipment container port and aleading maritime hub, Singapore offers tremendous opportunities for start-upsin the maritime sector. In the two years since we started the Smart PortChallenge, the number of quality proposals we received from start-ups has morethan doubled. Smart Port Challenge brings fresh ideas to pressing challengessuch as digital disruption and tighter environmental regulations, and willinject life and vibrancy to the maritime innovation eco-system.” Sea News, November 8 After the Grand Final, PIER71 will continue to support all SPCparticipants through corporate matchmaking and mentorship to tackle thechallenges identified by maritime corporates. They can also participate incommunity events with ecosystem partners, and engagements with enterprises andgovernment entities. All 24 start-ups, including the ten who took part in theGrand Final, will also be eligible to apply for the MPA grant worth up toS$50,000 each, to help with the development of their minimum viable products orsolutions. The SPC is one of several industry-wide initiatives under PIER71, a collaborationbetween the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and NUS Enterprise,the entrepreneurial arm of the National University of Singapore (NUS), to builda vibrant maritime entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystem in Singapore. One ofthe highlights of PIER 71 is the PIER71 Accelerate – a five-week market and businessmodel validation programme that comprises a two-day bootcamp at the end ofSeptember. Hailing from Singapore, Japan, and as far as Denmark and Canada, 24 start-upswere selected from among 200 applications for the Smart Port Challenge to comeup with solutions to 28 challenge statements identified by maritime companies inthe areas of port operations, shipping and maritime services. Professor Freddy Boey, NUS Deputy President (Innovation and Enterprise) said,“NUS Enterprise has a strong foundation in spearheading the start-up ecosystem.PIER71 is one example of how the university can foster collaboration between maritimecompanies, technology start-ups and individuals from the maritime ecosystem,such as business owners, suppliers, and operators to drive innovation and positionSingapore as a vibrant and innovative maritime hub.” Vivek Premanadhan, Dravam CEO & Founder, winner of the Grand Final commented,“It has been an exhilarating experience being part of Smart Port Challenge.PIER71 Accelerate is such a unique programme – the quality of mentorship,workshops and networking opportunities is second to none. The last five weekshas brought us closer to being market-ready and we are very honoured by this winand excited to be part of this ecosystem.”last_img read more

Oceanology International: UK Govt approves exhibitions from October 1, 2020

first_imgOi and ExCeL London have been working with the AEV (Association of Event Venues) and other key stakeholders to develop the All Secure Standard, an industry-wide benchmark to enable the safe return of organised events. Although around 10% of the venue will remain as storage for the NHS Nightingale hospital set up at ExCel during the pandemic, the vast majority of the venue (90%) has been restored to its original state, allowing the venue to fully function within the security of the new guidelines. The UK Government have announced that from October 1st, 2020 B2B exhibitions will once again be held in England. This much-anticipated news opens the doors for domestic and international business delegates from around the world to meet and share ideas, renew essential contacts and further innovation. Oceanology International (Oi) 2020 is set to take place at ExCel London from 1-3 December 2020, which will make it one of the first major industry events to occur since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic led countries around the world into lockdown. Oi 2020 will benefit visitors from around the world with an unmissable and diverse range of ocean technology and innovation, on-water demonstrations and technical conference content, ideal to help re-establish ocean businesses in the context of the ‘new normal’. “We look forward to welcoming everyone to London in December to resume first-hand experiences and conversation, and will work tirelessly to ensure that exhibitors, delegates and visitors are kept safe and secure through strict adherence to current government and medical advice.” “Organisers, venues and suppliers have worked tirelessly to create COVID-19 safe guidelines which create the framework for the safe re-opening of exhibitions in a COVID-secure way,” he continued. “These include, but are not limited to, the ability to track and trace our audiences and create bespoke events on a risk-assessed basis.” The UK Government have announced that from October 1st, 2020 B2B exhibitions will once again be held in England (Image Courtesy: Oceanology International) Throughout the pandemic, the Oi Portfolio has delivered a wide variety of content to help keep the industry connected and informed via the Inside Oi Hub, which was launched in April creating an online resource filled with webinars, blogs and videos designed to assist all aspects of the industry.center_img The announcement follows a long period of intensive negotiations between the UK Government and the Association of Event Organisers (AEO) – of which Oi organisers Reed Exhibitions is a member – together with the Association of Event Venues (AEV) and the Event Supplier and Services Association (ESSA). Chris Skeith, AEO CEO, said: “We are pleased to see that – after months of constructive conversations with the government – a ‘go date’ has been issued for the exhibitions industry, which plays a critical role for the UK economy, generating £11bn in economic activity and supporting 114,000 jobs. Author: Baibhav Mishra To assist exhibitors and visitors in understanding and preparing for exhibitions under the new framework, Reed Exhibitions have developed a ‘new normal’ guide, which is available here. Sea News, July 29 David Ince, Event Director, Oceanology International, said: “This is great news for the hundreds of companies we support and facilitate connections for, as well as the events industry. After some challenging times for all of us, having the opportunity to bring expertise together from all over the world in an innovative and collaborative business environment will be a great way to finish the year.last_img read more

Feds tighten belt by cutting agriculture reports

first_imgWhen farmers need to check honey prices so they can decide whether to sell, there’s been a report for that. And when catfish and sheep farmers want to check production in their industries, there’ve been reports for that, too.The U.S. Agriculture Department has kept tabs for decades on a wide range of agricultural industries that generate billions of dollars for the U.S. economy. But that’s about to change, as the agency eliminates some reports and reduces the frequency of others to save millions of dollars in tight budget times.advertisementadvertisement The reports influence the price and supply of many products that end up on American dinner plates. Without them, some farmers say they’ll be left guessing how much to produce and when to sell. Food processors and traders also will have less information when making decisions about buying and selling.South Dakota farmer Richard Adee said he used the annual honey and bee report to decide when to sell his honey. If the February report indicated a large supply nationwide, he’d sell before prices dropped. If the supply was short, he’d hold on to the honey and wait for prices to go up.”It’s really going to limit us to information for making future plans,” said Adee, one of the nation’s largest honey producers. “It’s not good. It’s not good we’re losing that.”Adee Honey Farms, based in Bruce, S.D, provide bees that pollinate crops and produce honey in the Midwest, California and Washington. Adee said he knows something must be done to deal with the federal deficit, but “they’re beating up on agriculture.”A spokeswoman for the USDA division that produces the reports said it didn’t want to cut them but it had to do something to save money. Eliminating or reducing the frequency of 14 crop and livestock reports will save the National Agricultural Statistics Service about $10 million, Sue duPont said. NASS’s $156 million budget was cut in the federal fiscal year that ended Sept. 30 and more reductions are expected this year as Congress and the White House aim to trim federal spending.advertisementThe agency based its choices on the reports’ impact on markets and use by other programs that provide assistance to farmers, along with the availability of information from other sources, DuPont said.”It was just tough decisions,” she said.Roger Barlow, executive vice president of Catfish Farmers of America, said the annual report on his industry tells his organization’s 800 members how many millions of tons of catfish are being produced in how many acres of water, how much is being held by processors and what prices are being paid. The information determines prices and guides farmers as they decide to expand or cut back production, he said.”Lots of decisions are made upon this,” Barlow said. “This information is used on a daily basis.”Mississippi is the leading catfish producer according to the latest and last report. But the farmers, who are mostly located in the South, hope NASS with reconsider its decision to dump the report.”I guess we’re just scratching a hole in our heads trying to figure out how we’re going to continue with what we feel is extremely important,” Barlow said.advertisementMost of the information in the reports being cut will still be included in the agricultural census, which is conducted once every five years. The one released in 2013 will reflect the state of farming in 2012.But the lack of annual reports “kind of limits what we have as far as information for making decisions on a year-to-year basis,” said Shane Ellis, a livestock economist at Iowa State University.Farmers in some industries may turn to trade organizations to collect information previously reported by NASS, while those in smaller ones, such as honey and catfish, might be able to get by without the data, he said.”It’s just the nature of the niche marketing in how it tends to be more of a market where everybody knows everybody else. … They have a good idea of where everything is going,” Ellis said.He speculated on the logic behind NASS’s decisions. For example, the agency is cutting its July report on the cattle industry but will keep a similar one in January. Ellis said the agency probably eliminated its sheep and goat report because sheep numbers haven’t changed much in recent years.But Steve Clements, who raises sheep near Philip, South Dakota, said the report would be particularly valuable right now because there’s a short supply of breeding ewes and no one is sure where sheep being shipped from drought-stricken Texas are ending up.”The ones that don’t affect you, you don’t think they need to do, I guess,” he said. PD—AP newswire reportlast_img read more

Celebrate Food Day, every day with Miss America Teresa Scanlan

first_imgEvery day is Food Day to America’s farmers and ranchers, says Miss America 2011 Teresa Scanlan. The high-profile agriculture advocate is joining the Animal Agriculture Alliance to announce the launch of www.realfarmersrealfood.com with a call to action for Americans to celebrate the hard work of our nation’s farmers and ranchers. “Not everybody farms, but everybody has to eat,” Scanlan says in the one-minute video, available at www.youtube.com/animalagalliance. “Most Americans don’t realize how essential and crucial agriculture is to our lives and to our economy.”advertisementadvertisementScanlan explains that most Americans do not understand the connection between the thousands of family farms across the country and their own dinner. Real Farmers Real Food is a positive reminder for each of us to take time to appreciate the many people who make our safe, abundant, and affordable food supply a reality.“It’s refreshing to see the positive story of American agriculture told on a national stage,” says Alliance Executive Vice President Kay Johnson Smith, “Teresa has stayed true to her agricultural roots during her time as Miss America by speaking out for farmers and ranchers who often receive too little credit for the hard work that they do – feeding us every day.”The launch of the website came on the eve of the Center for Science in the Public Interest’s first Food Day, a campaign that downplays the importance of modern agriculture and unfairly criticizes the way of life of many food producers. In contrast, Real Farmers Real Food showcases the importance of American farmers and ranchers, large and small, to our nation’s security and vitality.Visitors to the website can:• Sign a pledge in support of agriculture’s diversity and consumer choice.• Read and share an op-ed showcasing American agriculture by the Alliance’s current chairperson, Chris Ashworth, a veterinarian and rancher.• Learn about common myths and facts about farming.• View a collection of farm tours on video. PD—From Animal Agriculture Alliance news releaseadvertisementlast_img read more

Checkoff programs empower ag business

first_imgWhen it comes to expanding market share, increasing revenue and getting the word out about a great product or commodity, checkoff programs prove there’s strength in numbers.Officially called research and promotion programs, checkoff programs give agricultural producers, importers and other stakeholders in the marketing chain the power to maximize resources while managing risk.advertisementadvertisementThe strategy for increasing or expanding commodity markets takes more cooperation within the industry than competition between individual farms and businesses. Consumers may not know exactly which farm grows or raises their fruit, beef, cotton or lumber, but they will decide what to buy based on knowledge, quality and availability.The consumer’s perspective that there is a general uniformity to some commodities serves as the catalyst for many individual farms and businesses to collaborate on a comprehensive, industry-wide strategy to expand markets.Promoting a commodity as a whole instead of individual businesses means everyone in the industry benefits through increased sales, consumer awareness and higher overall demand.Checkoff programs help make that happen. Completely funded and operated by industry stakeholders, the checkoff programs allow commodity groups to pool resources for advertising campaigns, market research, new product development and consumer education.advertisementThey empower the industry chain to establish their own goals and decide for themselves how to best develop new markets and strengthen current markets for specific commodities. For every $1 spent in a research and promotion program, the return on investment can range as high as $18.The USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) oversees the research and promotion programs, which are led by boards of small and large producers, importers and other commodity stakeholders.Board members, nominated by the industry and appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture, bring a wealth of diverse perspectives and backgrounds to the programs.Their experience with a variety of operation sizes, production methods, distribution options and marketing strategies all contribute to the common goal of promoting their commodity to more consumers.For example, the dairy industry’s “Got Milk?” campaign, originally developed by the California Milk Processor Board (CMPB), has spawned many humorous spin-offs in the 16 years since its launch.The campaign also transcended its original advertising medium with over 75 products including toys, posters and clothing carrying its message. It reinforced “milk” as a household name.advertisementResearch and promotion programs also identify new uses and strategically tap into new markets. Cotton Incorporated began their Cotton. From Blue to Green program in 2006 as part of its work for the Cotton Board.They partnered with an insulation manufacturer to transform used jeans into UltraTouch Denim Insulation.Not only does this program promote the commodity, it also forges community ties and promotes a less traditional use of their product.They even sponsor grants for community buildings and partner with organizations like Habitat for Humanity .Checkoff programs also benefit from unified messaging and cohesive campaigns. Before the National Mango Board was formed, producers and growers competed against each other with varied success.Now members from around the world share institutional knowledge and ideas with a clear focus and purpose.By educating consumers on the nutritional value of mangoes and using guest chefs to inspire new recipes, producers and importers continue to see market growth. Consumers now eat nearly six pounds of mangoes per person annually compared to just two pounds in 2008 when the board first launched.There are currently 19 checkoff programs, representing a wide variety of commodities. From the Fabric of Our Lives (cotton) to the incredible edible egg, research and promotion programs have expanded and created identities for things we use every day, increasing consumer awareness and expanding markets for many U.S. commodities. PDVisit the AMS checkoff site for a list of research and promotion boards administered by AMS at the USDA.—Excerpts from www.ams.usda.gov , September 21, 2011last_img read more

Cheese Ministry gives to those in need, supports dairy farmers

first_imgA Virginia cooperative is showing their love for dairy farmers during June Dairy Month by continuing their Cheese Ministry. The Rockingham Cooperative, in partnership with Harrisonburg Baptist Church, Verona Food Pantry and other local community organizations, started the Cheese Ministry earlier this year to support local dairy farmers during a difficult time in the industry as well as supply local food pantries with nutritious cheese products that will provide individuals and families in need with a healthy dairy source.advertisementadvertisement“In the first 90 days since inception, the Cheese Ministry has purchased and distributed, through our partners, cheese representing 233,000 dollars worth of retail value that went to local food pantries for those in need,” said Keith Turner, Cheese Ministry innovator.The first order of cheese, delivered in February, included 10 tons of premium mozzarella and provolone cheese. Rockingham Cooperative utilizes its purchasing power to buy trailer-load volumes of milk to maximize every donor dollar. Cheese has been donated to over 40 community organizations in Virginia and West Virginia thus far.Rockingham Cooperative is currently accepting donations from individuals, businesses, community organizations and any other interested parties to place their next order and shipment of cheese that is locally sourced to the Shenandoah Valley.  Learn more about the Cheese Ministry in this video.—From news releaseadvertisementlast_img read more

What’s happening in Downtown Farmington? Plenty.

first_img Reported by Farmington Voice Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) Downtown Farmington will buzz with activity over the next several months as public art moves in, properties change hands, and the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) moves forward with some new events.DDA Director Kate Knight mentioned these items during Monday’s Farmington city council meeting:An artist will be selected this month to create a mural on a blank wall in downtown Farmington. (Farmington DDA)Public ArtThree David Barr sculptures – “Temple,” “Avenue,” and “Shift” – will soon be installed in Riley Park. Knight said some conservation work is underway on the pieces, which are on loan from the City of Novi. (Read more about the Barr legacy on the City of Novi website.)Members of the city’s Public Art Committee this week reviewed applications for a new downtown mural program. The artist selected will create the mural on the side of a downtown building.A new Wednesday concert series joins Friday’s Rhythmz in Riley Park, bringing more live music downtown. EventsA new Wednesday lunchtime concert series opens next month in Riley Park. Lunch Beats in Riley Park starts at noon on these dates:June 6 – Jimi KJune 13 – Steve TaylorJune 20 – Sheila Landis & Rick MatleJune 27 – Carly BinsJuly 11 – Mark ReitengaJuly 18 – Maggie McCabeJuly 25 – Al CarmichaelAugust 1 – Benny EdwardsAugust 8 – Sami MeiOn the heels of a successful event in April, a second Ladies Night Out has been added to the DDA’s November calendar. Downtown shops stay open late and offer samples, special deals, and refreshments.DevelopmentThe new owner of the former Grand Bakery & Cafe has plans to open a sushi restaurant in that building and a Japanese steakhouse in a new structure on the adjacent property. Both will have second floor condos; it’s unclear whether those will be owner-occupied or rentals. Total investment: $2.5 million.The Groves Retail Center at Grove Street and Grand River recently changed hands. The sale means that the DDA will see new revenues from the current taxable value of the property, Knight said.In other downtown development news:Plans for facade improvements and outdoor seating at Sidecar Slider Bar, which is moving into the former Bellacino’s of Farmington space at Village Commons Mall, come before the city’s Planning Commission on May 14. Related: SLIDER BAR HEADED FOR DOWNTOWN FARMINGTONOfficials have long awaited revised Maxfield Training Center plans, but the condo/townhouse development is not on this month’s Planning Commission agenda.last_img read more

Wood Creek Elementary receives $23K for tech project

first_imgA Detroit-based nonprofit has awarded Wood Creek Elementary School fifth-graders a $23,000 grant for a video technology based project.The funds from Community Telecommunications Network (CTN), will support Lights! Camera! Action! Sharing our Learning Wirelessly!, with 30 iPads, three Padcasters (video recording equipment), iPad storage/charging systems, microphones, lighting, and a Vimeo account. According to a Farmington Public Schools press release, “The project will help students meet state standards for English Language Arts by connecting technology, learning, and presentation skills.”CTN is a partnership formed in 1987 by Detroit Public Television, Macomb Intermediate School District, Oakland Schools, the School District of the City of Detroit, Wayne Regional Education Service Agency, and Wayne State University. Reported by admin Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Live music series returns to Farmington Civic Theater

first_imgAfter its annual summer hiatus, Friday Night Live concerts at the Farmington Civic Theater resume September 13 with Tom Birchler and Bobby G. The concert series is presented by St. Joe’s Medical Group.Birchler is a well-rounded entertainer. Area residents might know him as the producer and emcee of Downtown Farmington’s outdoor, summer concert series and its weekly, lunchtime concerts. He’s also the co-producer of Friday Night Live. This night, the singer-songwriter side of Tom will take the stage.Tom’s focused on entertaining the audience with his energetic guitar-playing and wide-ranging vocal abilities. His originals are built on strong melodies, touching on the joy and heartbreak of love and the healing stability of family. He’s adept at covering American Standards as well as Elvis, Bob Seger, The Beatles and Motown classics.Opening the evening is Bobby G, who’s at home with any genre of music. While he performs with Dr. Pocket, Emerging Soul, and Powderfinger (Neil Young tribute) he always enjoys playing solo. Bobby recently released an original-music EP and is currently working on a full-length album.Friday Night Live focuses on singer-songwriters. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available in advance at Eventbrite.com and at the Farmington Civic Theater box office or at the door for $15. Cash only at the theater.The Farmington Civic Theater, is located in downtown Farmington at 33332 Grand River Avenue. Additional concert information is available on the theater’s Facebook page. Reported by Farmington Voice Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)last_img read more