Acadian Plant Health™ Launches Newly Branded Vision for Immediate Innovative Solutions in Support of Sustainable Global Food Production

DARTMOUTH, NS, Feb. 6, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Acadian Plant Health™ today announced ‘Sea Beyond,’ the company’s newly branded vision designed to transition the biostimulant industry with technological solutions that respond to an agricultural production system highly stressed by climate change.

“Our ‘Sea Beyond‘ launch is our new vision, leadership, and commitment to providing innovative and sustainable solutions for global agriculture,” says Nelson Gibson, President Acadian Plant Health. “We are challenging conventional thinking to ‘Sea Beyond’ the way the biostimulant industry delivers agricultural solutions that respond to the growing global demand for food and climate stress.”

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The announcement builds on the company’s leadership position in the global biostimulant sector, to become the leading crop abiotic stress management company with patented seaweed core technology. Acadian Plant Health research and development delivers sea-to-land, science-based solutions, proven to alleviate crop stress from factors like drought, heat, chill, salinity and nutrient deficiencies, while still maintaining and improving the productivity of the crop. Acadian Plant Health products are designed and created as unique active ingredient solutions that will both stand-alone and fit into other technologies to solve key agricultural challenges.

“The more we spoke with our customers, the more we realized that there is a misconception of ‘either/or’ when it comes to performance and sustainability,” says Gibson. “There is a perception that you couldn’t get the yield you needed with  ‘eco-friendly’ products. But we’re challenging this conventional thinking. Working together with our industry partners, our biostimulants promise stronger yielding crops in a sustainable manner, which we have been proving with science for the past 40 years,” says Gibson. “What we must do as an industry now is see beyond the current state of the agricultural inputs industry and offer solutions that provide high value, crop productivity technology that shifts from a peripheral add-on to an essential component of Sustainable Agriculture. The world is changing, and we know things must change on a global basis. One company can’t do it alone. We must work together to advance sustainability for the benefit of plant and planet.”

About Acadian Plant Health

Acadian Plant Health is a division of Acadian Seaplants Limited™ – the largest independent marine plant harvesting, cultivation, and extraction company in the world. Acadian is an international leader in sustainable, science-based biological solutions for high-value crops. The company is committed to launching patented innovative products, with a focus on sustainability and regenerative agriculture. Acadian Plant Health products are used in over 100 crops in more than 80 countries worldwide.

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Media Contact: Shannon Wentz, Global Director, Communications, Acadian Plant Health, T: (1)403-973-2716, E: swentz@acadian.ca

Acadian Plant Health™ lance une nouvelle stratégie de marque pour des solutions novatrices immédiates à l’appui d’une production alimentaire mondiale durable

DARTMOUTH, Nouvelle-Écosse, 6 février 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Acadian Plant Health™ a annoncé aujourd’hui la nouvelle stratégie de marque de la société, « Sea Beyond », conçue pour assurer la transition de l’industrie des biostimulants avec des solutions technologiques qui répondent à un système de production agricole fortement impacté par le changement climatique.

« Le lancement de “Sea Beyond” représente notre nouvelle vision, notre leadership et notre engagement à fournir des solutions innovantes et durables pour l’agriculture mondiale », a déclaré Nelson Gibson, président d’Acadian Plant Health. « Nous remettons en question les idées reçues pour voir au-delà de la façon dont l’industrie des biostimulants fournit des solutions agricoles qui répondent à la demande mondiale croissante de nourriture et au changement climatique ».

L’annonce s’appuie sur la position de leader de l’entreprise dans le secteur mondial des biostimulants. L’entreprise souhaite devenir la principale entreprise de gestion du stress abiotique des cultures avec une technologie de base brevetée à base d’algues. Le département de recherche et développement d’Acadian Plant Health offre des solutions scientifiques de la mer à la terre, qui ont fait leurs preuves pour atténuer les impacts sur les cultures causés par des facteurs comme la sécheresse, la chaleur, le froid, la salinité et les carences en éléments nutritifs, tout en maintenant et en améliorant la productivité des cultures. Les produits d’Acadian Plant Health sont conçus en tant que solutions d’ingrédients actifs uniques qui seront à la fois autonomes et intégrés à d’autres technologies pour résoudre les principaux défis agricoles.

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Plus nous parlions avec nos clients, plus nous nous rendions compte qu’il y avait une idée de “l’un ou l’autre” lorsqu’il s’agit de performance et de durabilité », explique Gibson. « On a l’impression qu’il est impossible d’obtenir le rendement voulu avec des produits “écologiques”, mais nous remettons en question cette idée reçue. En collaboration avec nos partenaires de l’industrie, nos biostimulants promettent des cultures à rendement plus élevé de manière durable, ce que nous avons prouvé par la science au cours des 40 dernières années », ajoute M. Gibson. « Ce que nous devons faire maintenant en tant qu’industrie, c’est voir au-delà de l’état actuel de l’industrie des intrants agricoles et offrir des solutions qui fournissent une technologie à haute valeur ajoutée pour la productivité des cultures, qui passe d’un ajout périphérique à une composante essentielle de l’agriculture durable. Le monde change, et nous savons que les choses doivent changer à l’échelle mondiale. Une entreprise ne peut pas y arriver seule. Nous devons travailler ensemble pour faire progresser la durabilité au profit des plantes et de la planète ».

À propos d’Acadian Plant Health

Acadian Plant Health est une division d’Acadian Seaplants Limited™, la plus grande entreprise indépendante de récolte, de culture et d’extraction de plantes marines au monde. Acadian est un leader international en matière de solutions biologiques et scientifiques durables pour les cultures à haute valeur ajoutée. L’entreprise s’engage à lancer des produits innovants brevetés, en mettant l’accent sur la durabilité et l’agriculture régénérative. Les produits d’Acadian Plant Health sont utilisés pour plus de 100 cultures dans plus de 80 pays dans le monde.

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Contact pour les médias : Shannon Wentz, directrice internationale, communications, Acadian Plant Health, Tél. : (1)403-973-2716, E: swentz@acadian.ca

Nikkiso Clean Energy & Industrial Gases Group Completes the Acquisition of Cryotec Anlagenbau GmbH, Wurzen, Germany

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Cryotec Anlagenbau GmbH Wurzen Germany

TEMECULA, Calif., Feb. 06, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Nikkiso Clean Energy and Industrial Gases Group (“Group”), a part of Nikkiso Co., Ltd (Japan), and operating under Cryogenic Industries, Inc. (USA), completed the acquisition of Cryotec Anlagenbau GmbH (Cryotec), located in Wurzen, Saxony, Germany for an undisclosed amount.

A global plant engineering and construction company, Cryotec provides planning, project management, manufacturing, and engineering services of skid-mounted/containerized air separation and liquefaction plants, and CO2 technologies offering tailored solutions to their customers.

Cryotec will operate as part of the Group’s GmbH facility, based in Neuenburg am Rhine, Germany.

The Group consists of six functional business units: Cryogenic Pumps, Heat Exchanger Systems, Process Systems, Fueling & Solutions, Energy Infrastructure & Strategic Projects, and Service. Cryotec will be acting as the Nikkiso Clean Energy and Industrial Gases Group competence and production center in Europe.

“Nikkiso will promote and sell globally the intelligent packaged solutions from Cryotec that reduce and recover carbon dioxide emissions, and further support the sustainability goals of the Group. Cryotec will have full access to the innovative technologies developed in California and elsewhere in the Nikkiso Group and offer localized packages, solutions, and stations for LH2 (Liquid Hydrogen) LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas), ammonia, and cryogenic energy storage applications within Germany and Europe. We will support the growth of Cryotec, by adding resources and increasing our manufacturing and assembly activities in Saxony and supplying Cryotec solutions to Germany and the global market”, according to Peter Wagner, CEO of Cryogenic Industries and President of the Group.

Prime Minister of Saxony, Michael Kretschmer stated: “The acquisition of Cryotec Anlagenbau by Nikkiso strengthens the internationalization of a traditional Saxon company from Wurzen. Nikkiso has global experience in renewable energy, hydrogen, and energy storage. Renewable energies and green hydrogen play a key role in achieving the energy and climate targets in Saxony. The Free State of Saxony is already an important location for the research and application of hydrogen technologies. I am delighted that Nikkiso will contribute its expertise to Saxony in the future.”

“Nikkiso will be able to assist with this project realization as well as the supply and servicing of liquid hydrogen and LNG filling stations in the European Market”, according to Ole Jensen, Vice President, Europe. “This acquisition represents our commitment to and support the European Union targets to be climate-neutral by 2050.”

The purchase was effective February 3, 2023.

ABOUT Nikkiso Clean Energy & Industrial Gases Group
Nikkiso Clean Energy & Industrial Gases Group is part of the Industrial Division of Nikkiso co. Lt. Japan. The Group operates in the US, under Cryogenic Industries, Inc. (a member of Nikkiso Co., Ltd.). The Group member companies manufacture, and service engineered cryogenic gas processing equipment (pumps, turboexpanders, heat exchangers, etc.), and process plants for Industrial Gases, Natural Gas Liquefaction (LNG), Hydrogen Liquefaction (LH2) and Organic Rankine Cycle for Waste Heat Recovery. Founded over 50 years ago, Cryogenic Industries is the parent company of ACD, Nikkiso Cryo, Nikkiso Integrated Cryogenic Solutions, Cosmodyne and Cryoquip and a commonly controlled group of approximately 20 operating entities.

For more information, please visit www.NikkisoCEIG.com and www.nikkiso.com.

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360 bourses d’études seront versées aux jeunes femmes du monde entier pour accélérer leur éducation en matière de durabilité

NEW YORK, 6 février 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Les candidatures sont ouvertes aux jeunes femmes (âgées de 15 à 17 ans et demi) du monde entier pour le programme AFS Global STEM Accelerators, un programme d’échange virtuel de bourses d’études complètes dans les domaines de la durabilité, des STIM (sciences, technologie, ingénierie, mathématiques) et de l’impact social positif.

Global Stem Accelerators’ voices echo the desire for a brighter and more inclusive future.

Ce programme est géré par AFS Intercultural Programs, un réseau mondial d’échanges interculturels à but non lucratif ayant plus de 75 ans d’expérience dans l’éducation internationale. AFS a reçu le prix Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion in International Education (EDIIE, excellence en matière de diversité et d’inclusion dans l’éducation internationale) 2022 de Diversity Abroad pour la réussite de l’inauguration du programme Accelerators. 20 % des bourses d’études seront allouées aux réfugiés et aux jeunes filles issues de populations déplacées, que ce soit en raison de la guerre, de la violence ou d’une catastrophe naturelle.

Le programme Accelerators fait partie d’une initiative plus large de bourses d’études sur cinq ans visant à bénéficier à 5 000 jeunes dans le monde entier, en mettant l’accent sur le soutien aux femmes. Cette initiative est financée par bp, et le programme d’études est codéveloppé par AFS et le Center for Social Impact Strategy de l’Université de Pennsylvanie. AFS mène des actions de sensibilisation avec le soutien de SPARK, une ONG internationale qui crée des passerelles pour les jeunes, en particulier les femmes et les réfugiés, dans les communautés fragiles du monde entier. Le programme fournit également une assistance Internet et technique aux utilisateurs dans le besoin.

Les précédents boursiers sont le reflet de la diversité pour laquelle le programme a été conçu : 20 % étaient des réfugiés ou des personnes déplacées, 82 % s’identifiaient comme des personnes de couleur, 51 % étaient issus de foyers à faibles revenus et 10 % étaient les premiers de leur famille à obtenir un diplôme d’études secondaires.

Les boursiers AFS expriment leur désir d’un avenir meilleur et plus inclusif : « Je viens d’une société traditionnelle où les filles n’ont même pas le droit d’aller à l’école, a confié Harira, une participante afghane. Participer à ce programme est ma première étape vers la réalisation de mon objectif d’explorer le monde et de devenir une personne influente dans l’amélioration des sociétés durables. »

Le programme Accelerators se termine par l’élaboration par les étudiantes de projets et de présentations à impact social qui offriront des solutions potentielles aux défis du monde réel, en mettant l’accent sur la durabilité. Les participants obtiendront le Certificat avancé de compétence globale pour l’impact social, décerné par AFS et l’Université de Pennsylvanie.

« Le vif intérêt de ces jeunes femmes brillantes du monde entier est remarquable, a déclaré Kerry Dryburgh, vice-président exécutif chargé des relations humaines et de la culture chez bp. Leur volonté de faire la différence et les compétences qu’elles vont acquérir font d’elles de futures actrices du changement, des leaders et des innovatrices. »

Les candidatures sont ouvertes jusqu’au 15 mars 2023, et la première série de bourses commence le 13 mai.

Pour en savoir plus et postuler : https://afs.org/global-stem/accelerators.

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STATEMENT ON A DOUBLE MURDER INVOLVING A MILITARY OFFICER AND PRIVATE SECURITY GUARD

The Katwe territorial police are investigating the double murder of UPDF officer Mubangizi Moses and security guard Otim Huron. On February 4, 2023, at around 11 PM, Otim picked a fight with UPDF officers at a bar and went back to his beat to retrieve his gun. Mubangizi fought with Otim and disarmed him, giving the gun to another security guard, Wana Simon. Otim then attacked Wana, took the gun back and returned to the bar where he shot and killed Mubangizi. The mob then beat Otim to death. The police responded to the scene and recovered one gun and one bullet, but the magazine is missing. The bodies were taken to KCCA city mortuary for postmortem, and Wana has been arrested and is being held at Katwe police division for further investigations. The public is asked to inform the police promptly of any incidents involving private security guards.

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Police recover human remains in an operation at a shrine in Masajja

The territorial Police at Katwe carried out an intelligence-led operation on 3rd , Feb , 2023 in Kazinga Masaja Kibira B village Masajja Parish in Makindye Sabagabo and recovered suspected Human remains, three skulls and a bottle of suspected human or animal blood at the shrine of Jjaja Magombe John, a 50-year-old witch Doctor.

The operation was a result of our crime intelligence team which received information that the suspect has been engaging in shady activities in the area.

The team has submitted all exhibits to our forensic laboratories for analysis, while the suspect is currently detained at Katwe Police station as investigations into the matter continue.

After the arrest, members of the public the following day 4th February descended on the shrine and burnt it to the ground at night.

More details will be availed as soon we have them.

Source: Uganda Police Force

Rushdie Says ‘Very Difficult’ to Write After Stabbing

British author Salman Rushdie said he finds it "very difficult" to write after being stabbed last year, in an interview published Monday ahead of the release of his new novel Victory City.

Rushdie, whose "epic tale" of a 14th-century woman who defies a patriarchal world to rule a city hits U.S. shelves Tuesday, said the attack had scarred him mentally.

"There is such a thing as PTSD you know," the 75-year-old told the New Yorker magazine in his first interview since the August 12 stabbing at a conference in Chautauqua in upstate New York.

"I've found it very, very difficult to write. I sit down to write, and nothing happens. I write, but it's a combination of blankness and junk, stuff that I write and that I delete the next day. I'm not out of that forest yet, really," he added.

The award-winning novelist, a naturalized American citizen who has lived in New York for 20 years, lost sight in one eye and the use of one hand, his agent said in October.

Rushdie told journalist David Remnick that "big injuries are healed" but he was not able to type very well because of a lack of feeling in some fingertips.

"I've been better. But, considering what happened, I'm not so bad," said the Indian-born author, describing himself as "lucky."

Rushdie lived in hiding for years after Iran's first supreme leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini ordered his killing for what he deemed the blasphemous nature of The Satanic Verses, published in 1988.

The attack shocked the West but was welcomed by extremists in Muslim countries such as Iran and Pakistan.

Words 'the only victors'

Rushdie was asked whether he thought it had been a mistake to let his guard down in recent decades.

"I'm asking myself that question, and I don't know the answer to it," he said. "Three-quarters of my life as a writer has happened since the fatwa. In a way, you can't regret your life."

Hadi Matar, a 24-year-old from New Jersey with roots in Lebanon, was arrested immediately after the attack and pleaded not guilty to assault charges.

"I blame him," said Rushdie, simply.

Victory City purports to be a translation of a historical epic originally written in Sanskrit. It's his 15th novel and was penned before the attack.

The much-anticipated work tells the tale of young orphan girl Pampa Kampana who is endowed by a goddess with magical powers and founds the city, in modern-day India, of Bisnaga, which translates as Victory City.

While not personally promoting the book, Rushdie has begun to communicate via social media on Twitter, most often to share press reviews of his new novel.

An icon of free speech since he was subjected to the fatwa that forced him into hiding, Rushdie is still an outspoken defender of the power of words.

His new work follows a heroine on a mission to "give women equal agency in a patriarchal world," according to publisher Penguin Random House's summary.

The book tells the tale of Pampa Kampana's creation of a city and of its downfall.

A triumph

"Over the next 250 years, Pampa Kampana's life becomes deeply interwoven with Bisnaga's, from its literal sowing from a bag of magic seeds to its tragic ruination in the most human of ways: the hubris of those in power," it added.

The novel concludes with the statement: "Words are the only victors."

U.S. author Colum McCann wrote in The New York Times that his friend Rushdie was saying "something quite profound" in his new novel.

"In the face of danger, even in the face of death, he manages to say that storytelling is one currency we all have," said McCann.

The Atlantic magazine called it a "triumph — not because it exists, but because it is utterly enchanting."

Born in Mumbai in 1947, Rushdie published his first novel Grimus in 1975, and gained worldwide fame six years later with Midnight's Children, which won him the Booker Prize.

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Blacks, Hispanics on Dialysis Get More Staph Infections Than Whites, CDC Says

Black and Hispanic adults on dialysis experience more staph bloodstream infections than white patients receiving the treatment for kidney failure, U.S. health officials said Monday.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), citing 2017-2020 data, said adults on dialysis for end-stage kidney disease (ESKD) were 100 times more likely to have a Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infection than adults not receiving the treatment.

According to the CDC, more than 800,000 people in the United States live with ESKD. Seventy percent are being treated with dialysis and 30% have a functioning kidney transplant.

African Americans constitute some 33% of all U.S. dialysis patients although they make up only 12% of the population.

About one in every five dialysis patients is Hispanic.

Members of both groups have significantly higher rates of staph bloodstream infections than white patients on dialysis, the CDC said, with Hispanic patients experiencing a 40% higher risk.

The CDC said the higher prevalence of ESKD among Blacks and Hispanics is due in part to underlying conditions such as hypertension and diabetes.

Needles and catheters are used to connect patients to dialysis machines that clean their blood, and bacterial infections such as staph can enter a patient's bloodstream.

Some staph infections are resistant to common antibiotics, making them particularly deadly.

The CDC said bloodstream infections in dialysis patients in the United States have decreased since 2014 but more needs to be done to prevent them.

"Preventing staph bloodstream infections begins by detecting chronic kidney disease in its early stages to prevent or delay the need for dialysis," CDC chief medical officer Debra Houry said in a statement.

"Health care providers can promote preventative practices, including methods to manage diabetes and high blood pressure, as well as providing education on treatment options," Houry said.

The CDC said 4,840 dialysis facilities reported 14,822 bloodstream infections in 2020 and 34% of them were due to staph.

Source: Voice of America