Packaging business Sirane is looking to further develop its plastic-free offer following the acquisition of Gloucestershire-based board manufacturer Olympic.Based just outside Stroud, Olympic produces cake boards, salmon boards, U-cards, sleeves and sandwich boards that are supplied through distributors and direct sales. It has operated from the same site for more than 60 years and was owned by members of the founding family before the acquisition.Its product range is based around fibrous board products, many of which are compostable and recyclable, explained Sirane managing director Simon Balderson.“This acquisition is a strategic step for Sirane to enhance and improve our product offering into new areas of the food industry.“In particular it supports our continued development into plastic replacement technology for all types of food. We plan to extend this product range, using our Earth Packaging banner, into all areas of food packaging which currently use plastic-coated and laminated boards.”Sirane intends to grow the business and expand the portfolio of products produced at what will be Sirane Stroud.This will include a new eco-friendly and plastic-free Earthwedge sandwich pack that will combine recyclable boards with Sirane’s plastic-free coated papers.“The result is a sandwich pack, with a window, which gives the required barrier, but which is completely free of plastic,” added Balderson. “Earthwedge will remove a lot of unnecessary plastic from supermarket shelves.“This will be the first of many innovative new products which combine existing Sirane technology with the board-processing operations at Olympic.”
On the heels of the Harvard College Library Green Team’s announced target of Green Leaf One certification for all libraries by January 1, two more units have met or surpassed the goal. Harvard’s Office of Sustainability (OFS) recently recognized Tozzer Library for achieving Green Leaf One and Houghton Library for achieving Green Leaf Four, becoming just the seventh workspace University-wide, and the second library workspace, along with HCL Operations, to reach the Green Office Program’s highest level.Though completing all four levels at once was challenging, Houghton came to the process with two advantages. First, many of the steps outlined in the program, such as adjusting thermostats, installing occupancy sensors and using compact-fluorescent bulbs, had been initiated centrally by HCL Operations. In addition, the library had already met some of the criteria, thanks to the work of the Houghton “Greening” the Library Task Force, created as part of Houghton’s three-year strategic plan.Formed in the spring of 2009, as the HCL Green Team was convening, the Houghton task force was charged with identifying and recommending actions to help the library go green, including seeking Green Office certification. Other steps included increasing signage to keep staff and patrons informed about recycling, holding green orientation sessions for staff, pursuing projects to reduce energy consumption, like installing additional occupancy sensors, and reducing waste through the use of double-sided printing and redesigning library stationery.“When we started to work on Green Office certification, a good part of our homework had already been done,” said Staff Assistant Monique Duhaime, who led the process and serves as Houghton’s representative on the HCL Green Team. “It was still an intensive process to look at every single certification requirement, but once we got people’s attention, I think staff got excited. Going forward, it’s important we stay active and keep looking for ways to improve.”At Tozzer, Acquisitions Assistant Sarah Kasten echoed Duhaime, and credited the library’s environmentally-conscious staff with making the process easy.“We already had people who were focused on steps like printing on both sides of paper, or reusing office supplies,” she said. “I think the real value of the Green Office Program is that it provides some recognition of what we are already doing, which is a morale booster.”In addition to HCL Operations, Houghton, and Tozzer, the Harvard Map Collection recently received Leaf One certification. Although not an HCL unit, the Harvard University Archives resides in Pusey and is a member of the HCL Green Team. They recently reached Leaf Two. Work is also under way on Green Office certification for units in Widener and Lamont libraries.
For the past 12 years, Georgia-based food companies have competed in the Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest. Being named a finalist — or better, a winner — in one of the contest’s categories is a great boost for companies seeking success in the competitive food industry. A few of last year’s winners had one thing in common: they have worked with the University of Georgia’s Food Product Innovation and Commercialization (FoodPIC) Center.Held annually, Flavor of Georgia was created and is organized by the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development in partnership with Gourmet Foods International, the Office of the Georgia Governor, the Georgia Department of Agriculture, Georgia Agribusiness Council and Nadine’s Classic Cuisine. Flavor of Georgia was created to showcase products to food industry experts and grocery buyers who serve as the contest’s judges. Products are rated on qualities like flavor, innovation, use of a Georgia theme and market potential. Winners earn the right to add “Flavor of Georgia contest winner” to their packaging and promotion efforts.UGA researchers at FoodPIC, located on the UGA Griffin campus, help food entrepreneurs with product development, packaging, food safety, consumer acceptance and marketing.In 2018, New World Chocolate Milk won first place in the Flavor of Georgia dairy products category. Produced by Rock House Creamery in Newborn, Georgia, the chocolate concoction is the brainchild of Pike County High School student Nikki Dodson, who interned as a STEM student at FoodPIC.“New World is a high-end gourmet chocolate milk with a hint of mocha; it’s like a premium Starbucks coffee,” said FoodPIC Director Kirk Kealey. “The idea was to create a very distinctive flavor profile that you don’t quickly forget.”FoodPIC helped the creamery develop the first batch of the beverage, developed the nutrition facts panel and ran a shelf-life study.Pride Road, from Smyrna, Georgia, was a finalist in the 2018 Jams and Jellies category with its hibiscus jelly. FoodPIC helped the family-owned company take their product from raw material to end product.“They brought us raw, freshly harvested hibiscus flowers, which are more commonly used as a beverage tea in the Middle East,” Kealey said. “We took the fresh flowers and dried them and then used that to make a range of hibiscus products: jelly, jam, tea and chutney. The family submitted the jelly in the Flavor of Georgia contest.”Bunkhouse Beverages in Athens, Georgia, reached out to FoodPIC for advice on finding a bottler for their product, Ginger’s Bunkhouse Spicy Ginger Ale. The beverage was one of three finalists in their category last year.For the past four years, an expert from FoodPIC has served as a Flavor of Georgia contest judge. “By helping judge the contest, we are networking with representatives of Georgia food companies, and that’s how we make introductions,” Kealey said. “We’ve met other judges who are now great resources for our future clients. They represent grocery stores, brokers and distributors. That’s what impresses me about (the Flavor of Georgia contest). It’s not just a food contest; it’s a major networking event where entrepreneurs can meet the people they need to connect within Georgia.”The UGA Department of Food Science and Technology works with every new food product that enters the market, said UGA food scientist Anand Mohan, who leads the department’s Extension programs.“We make sure products meet the standard of identity as it is written by the FDA and the minimum state and federal food safety requirements,” he said. “We also review labels so products are marketed correctly. We are the first screening gate for product food safety and regulatory requirements before the product is marketed in commerce. We look at all aspects of food safety including the formulation and packaging.”Next, the product must be approved by the Georgia Department of Agriculture.Mohan and his team have assisted several Flavor of Georgia winners, including Olympus Green Mountain Teas, whose Olympus Green Mountain Blueberry Citrus Tea won first place in the beverage category last year. The company has several Greek tea blends and Mohan suggested that they develop a blueberry-flavored tea using Georgia-grown blueberries.The final round of 2019 Flavor of Georgia judging is set for Tuesday, March 19. The grand prize winner will be awarded an exhibit space at the Georgia Food Industry Association annual convention — valued at more than $1,500 — and three consultation sessions from FoodPIC, a $1,500 value. All finalists receive a one-year Georgia Grown membership, courtesy of the Georgia Department of Agriculture.Registration for the 2019 contest is open at flavorofga.com. Early registration is $100 per product entry through Jan. 18. The price then increases to $150 and registration remains open until Jan. 28. For more on FoodPIC, visit foodpic.uga.edu.
By Dialogo January 29, 2013 Six men were shot with high caliber weapons by alleged gang members inside a shed in the northern city of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, while they were playing cards on January 27, the regional authorities informed. “Unfortunately, six people died – all of them adult men who remain unidentified – by eight men that arrived in a vehicle, carrying bulletproof vests, and opened fire with 9 mm rifles, according to the shells that were left behind at the crime scene,” Commissioner Leonel Sauceda, head of Police in that city, located at 240 km north of Tegucigalpa, told the local media. The chief of Police said that, according to preliminary investigations, the perpetrators were from maras (gangs) that had been terrorizing the population in districts and neighborhoods of the main Honduran cities. He also stated that, so far, there were no major conclusions from the investigations, because the crime had just occurred, and they were waiting for forensic authorities to perform investigations and remove the bodies. Police contingents were deployed in the city, looking for the vehicle that was used by the alleged gang members. According to the United Nations, Honduras ranks first in murder rates worldwide – with 92 per 100,000 inhabitants – and crime rates continue to rise, despite the efforts made by Porfirio Lobo’s government to clean up the police force.
By Jaime Moreno / Voice of America January 10, 2020 The economic crisis in Venezuela has endangered the survival of the Yukpa people, an ancestral indigenous community that has been forced to emigrate looking for food.For centuries, the Yukpa people have lived in the Perijá mountains, Zulia state, but for the past three years at least 350 of its members live in an improvised camp near the Táchira River, in Cúcuta, Colombia.The tribe lives in poor conditions, but its members don’t believe that going back to Venezuela is an option. “We are doing some work here, looking for scrap metal. Children eat only once a day,” Dionisio Finol, one of the chiefs at the Cúcuta camp, told Venezuela 360.“Today I went to collect some scrap metal, and that’s how I support my children,” he added, as he described one of the most serious problems affecting the tribe: hunger.In Venezuela, the Yukpa people were devoted to agriculture, and part of what they produced was sold to buy basic foods, like rice or pasta. Due to inflation, these foods have now become luxury products.“You can’t buy [anything] with Venezuelan money, it’s too expensive, and you can’t find medicine and food. That’s not a problem here in Colombia, because you work and you eat,” says José, the other chief at the camp.“We struggle to eat and to prepare at least some soup,” says Noremi Romero, as she cooks for her eight children.The levels of malnutrition are threatening the future livelihood of the tribe, with children being the most vulnerable group due to the lack of food and nutrients to support their normal growth process.Limited helpTraditionally, the Yukpa people were split in two groups: those living in the Perijá mountains, on the Colombian side, and those in Venezuelan territory.Government assistance for the Venezuelan Yukpa is limited, because they are not legally recognized as binational indigenous people in Colombia. Consequently, they don’t have the same access to social programs as the Yukpa members who lived in the Perijá mountains on the Colombian side, who are protected under special indigenous jurisdiction.By the end of the 16th century, the Yukpa people sought refuge in the Perijá mountains to survive the violence of Spanish conquistadors. Today, starvation threatens the existence of a community that has been forced to leave their ancestral refuge in the quest for food.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A psychiatrist with offices in Ronkonkoma and Holbrook has been accused of illegally selling prescriptions for drugs to patients that she allegedly knew were abusing the medication and sharing with others.Nasreen Kader of Central Islip was charged with 15 counts of criminal sale of a prescription for a controlled substance, a felony. Suffolk County Judge Paul Hensley released the 48-year-old suspect without bail Tuesday.“A drug dealer is a drug dealer, whether they work on the street or inside a doctor’s office,” Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said.State prosecutors began investigating her after two Long Island families complained that Kader was over -prescribing highly addictive controlled substances to their family members, authorities said. She is the latest in a string of Long Island doctors busted for similar crimes.She allegedly offered prescriptions for Xanax and Klonopin—tranquilizers used to treat anxiety disorders—and Ritalin, a stimulant prescribed for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, to undercover investigators posing as patients who admitted to not medically needing the drugs on 12 occasions between August 2012 and September 2013.Xanax, Klonopin and Ritalin are among the most frequently abused prescription medications aside from painkillers containing hydrocodone.Kader surrendered her doctors’ license to the state Department of Health’s Office of Professional Medical Conduct in June. She faces up to 5 ½ years in prison on each count.
35SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Sarah Marshall Sarah Marshall is a consultant in the credit union industry, and can be reached for partnership and speaking opportunities through Your Credit Union Partner. Her background in community development includes … Web: https://yourcupartner.org Details Organic labelling – it’s a development that has evolved slowly and quietly across the nation, and has caught mainstream attention in the past few years. Consumers want organic produce and meats, farmed nearby and without pesticides. ‘Locally sourced’ is now a notable label and upscale restaurants boast about farm-to-table menus. Organic implies healthy and natural, and in the credit union world, organic growth indicates you are doing something right. Credit unions want organic growth because it means people become members because a real market need is being met. In a world where competition grows fiercer and larger every day, organic member growth can seem difficult, if not impossible to achieve. It is not impossible. Marketing dollars help, but even with small marketing dollars growth is possible. Here are some strategies that have worked for our $9 million credit union in Chicago. In the last nine months these strategies have helped us completely reverse a three year decline in membership.Be relevant and community based, even if you aren’t a community charter: Credit unions are by definition, cooperative organizations founded on the principles of people working together. It doesn’t matter whether your charter is SEG or employer based, mutual common bond, or community chartered. Anywhere there is a group of people there is a community. All communities have unique needs. Identify where your credit union can meet needs of your community, even those that extend beyond financial products and services. Don’t pass up the simple solutions that promote good will toward the credit union. Some employees at our office noticed many female members walk in with young kids, and opened up a space in the credit union lobby for a Little Free Library book exchange stocked with children’s books. Another employee noticed traffic flow was not member –friendly and reorganized office space to make the area more conducive to relationship building. Over time, long-time members noticed the changes, and new members get a positive first impression when they walk through the door. That is the type of place members will refer their friends and family, and word of mouth growth is the best type of growth to attract. People now join because they learn about your service, not your low rates or the most up to date technology. They join based on your reputation for caring about their needs personally, and that is a community a credit union can help.Everyone is in member services: Rare do you find a credit union that doesn’t adopt this philosophy. The member comes first, and every employee’s job is to help the member. Whether that means picking up the phone to help a member with an account question or going above and beyond in service, credit unions have that down. However, and just as importantly, some of your best strategies may not come from the top of the organization. Listen to the ideas your employees have about member services, and be willing to implement. Have conversations with people at every level of the organization about member service. Not every idea will hit a 100% home run, but each employee touches a different aspect of the member experience. Having a wide angle view of the organization is a huge advantage, and never discount an idea just because it originated from a new hire or a back office employee. When employees believe their ideas make a difference, employee engagement goes up as well.Reassess your products: A crucial question to consider, particularly if you are running a small or medium size credit union, is whether you and your employees are utilizing your institution as their primary financial institution or to access loans or both. If not, it is time to assess the barriers to accessibility. It is a reality that many credit unions can’t compete with larger financial institutions on rate or technology or convenience, but rarely does that mean there is nothing to compete on. Sometimes one or two small adjustments can be an investment in long term growth. Loan growth and member growth go hand in hand. Review your policies to see whether your rates or credit criteria can be adjusted to serve more people while managing risk. Look at your technology and see whether a simple change in a process or a product might make a big difference. You may not be able to add every technological advance that becomes available, but automating one or two manual processes may free up time to focus on bigger picture projects. There is significant insight in your own internal utilization, and employee access is a great place to start your organization’s self-assessment.Get creative! People everywhere still want community and personal service and will come a long way to use your credit union if they recognize you truly want to make your products affordable and accessible.
“Making yourself accountable is the secret to hitting your goals,” says author Diana Kander. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » If your credit union is wildly successful, be very worried. That’s when complacency sets in, says Diana Kander, author of “The Curiosity Muscle.”“Every dollar you make is a reason not to change,” says Kander, who addressed the 2019 CUNA Lending Council Conference Tuesday in New Orleans. “Hubris born of success makes us complacent. I want to make you paranoid—and much more curious.“Curiosity is the antidote to hubris.”Kander says applying four questions to every project will create a significant impact in your organization:
COOPERSTOWN (WKTV/WBNG)- On Monday, a jury in Otsego County Court found the mother accused of killing her babies by falling asleep on them, not guilty. Kimberly Steeley of Decatur had been charged with two counts of manslaughter in the deaths of her twin infants, Bonde and Liam. Prosecutors alleged Steeley smothered her children by falling asleep on top of them. The defense claimed their was no explanation for the babies deaths. Police say Bonde, a girl, was found unconscious on June 5, 2018 at their home around 4:30 a.m. and later died at an Albany hospital. Eleven days later, Liam was also found unconscious in the same home, also early in the morning, and later died. Steeley’s defense attorney Andrew Van Buren said, the autopsies of both children both said the cause and manner of death was undetermined and the mechanism of death was probable asphyxiation. Steeley had admitted she fell asleep while in bed with both children. She testified in her own defense on Friday.
He says they’ll use these face shields, “as another line of defense to help them battle this virus.” “We saw the need for it within New York State,” said Eck Plastic Arts Sales Manager, Sean Reardon. Between the two companies, they can create about one-thousand face shields per day. “We are going to be doing the assembling of the product of the face shields, so we are going to utilize blind labor,” said Fernald. Both businesses are doing what they can to keep their employees with a job. For more coronavirus coverage, click here. “This will allow us to bring back additional employees for the assembly,” said Fernald. Reardon says the face shields will be sold to places like the Ascension Health Care Group and UHS. They can do this while also giving back to the place they call home. “So we are taking the masks here that are coming in on sheets and we are stamping those out,” said Reardon. Then, the process moves over to Eck Plastic Arts. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Eck Plastic Arts and The Association for Vision Rehabilitation and Employment are teaming up to make face shields during the coronavirus pandemic. “Like” Jacob Seus on Facebook and “Follow” him on Twitter. “They are the ones making the ultimate sacrifice, and we are just giving them the tools to do it,” said Reardon. “We have been looking for ways to convert some of our business lines,” said AVRE President Ken Fernald. “We are also exploring different avenues within AVRE to distribute these nationwide if the demand is necessary,” said Reardon. The two created a partnership to make the face shields for their local community; the process begins with AVRE.