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EDELMANN GRAPHICS holds an Open Day to Present an Innovative STAR-PRINT Model Range



High Expectations as to the Print Quality are Still Far from Being Surpassed

The surprise was run into. The specialists have been talking about a forthcoming introduction of a new STAR-PRINT model range for months already, since it was announced at the Label-Expo in Brussels in 2009. Now it is the first time that the new web offset machine for the packaging and label print is to be seen at a manufacturing enterprise.

At the moment there exists no other machine in the world, which could meet the competition and serve the markets of flexible packaging and carton, shrink-sleeves and wrap-arounds or, say, in-mould labels with such an outstanding quality.

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Impressive press quality

The visitors including a great number of experts from the leading inland and foreign printing houses specializing in packaging and label print showed how impressed they were. The quality of print is phenomenal and machine handling is really simple that is how they sum it up. The technical advantage in comparison to other machines now available at the market is based on the hydraulically fixed wear-free offset sleeves with a bearer-ring technology created specifically for this very machine.

A simple sleeve change which could be carried out by just a single person was demonstrated as well. The sleeve system itself represents a packed insert cassette. Due to this cassette solution it has become possible to configure the machine as a so called hybrid version. One could also employ flexo-, gravure- and screen printing inserts as an open platform version. The machine is available with 3 web widths 52 cm, 76 cm and 92 cm and size variability of 610 mm to 1,118 mm. With that, the machine offers you the highest flexibility possible. From fluid packing via complex presentation packaging with gold and silver as decoration ink and up to thin foils – nearly all the demands can be met. And all that at a production speed of up to 400 m/min. A higher performance is guaranteed with that. The best print quality, high flexibility, German machine building quality provide for the best customers satisfaction, ensuring a quick Return on Investment. Thus these are the best arguments convincing to step in a new machine generation.

Besides the leading German printing houses mainly the foreign visitors were the ones who showed a great interest in a high-quality technology, Made in Germany as well.

It was in particular the previously unknown sleeve solution print quality that resulted in enthusiasm during practical presentations.

After the delivery of the first machine to a printing house in Europe outside Germany the next machine is being built at the moment, it being equipped with a total of 10 print stations.

Numerous visitors have registered for further discussions after the Open Day to learn more about the unique machine concept. For the Edelmann Graphics Team and Julius Friedrich, this is a great acknowledgment of the work done!

Numerous visiting experts take advantage of the Open Day at Edelmann Graphics to learn more about the innovative technology of the new STAR-PRINT.

Further information: EDELMANN GRAPHICS GmbH Julius Friedrich, Managing directorErnst-L.-Edelmann Strae 6 / D-64743 Beerfelden Telefon ++49 (0) 6068 51 108 E-Mail: sales@edelmann-graphics.comDownload: www.edelmann-graphics.comPressPausch Corporate CommunicationsHartmut

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NZ Finance Minister introduces 2006 budget

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Today the New Zealand Finance Minister, Hon. Dr Michael Cullen, presented the 2006 New Zealand Budget to the House of Representatives. There is a NZ$8.5 billion OBERAC surplus and a NZ$1.5 billion cash surplus.

It has been labelled as the “Bondi Budget” by National leader Don Brash, “Helen Clark and Michael Cullen believe there is a place for tax cuts – it’s called Australia” he said.

The budget allocates new operating spending of $9.6 billion and capital of $2.7 billion over the next four years.

Key issues in the budget includes:

  • The Telecom New Zealand local loop unbundling (released earlier due to leak).
  • $1.3 billion extra for transport.
  • $3 billion extra for health care, over the next four years.
  • $361 million extra for schooling
  • $166 million extra for tertiary education and skill training
  • $162 million extra for early childhood education
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Spelbound declared winner of Britain’s Got Talent 2010

Monday, June 7, 2010

An acrobatic group known by the name of Spelbound has been declared as the winner of Britain’s Got Talent 2010, a televised variety talent show competition broadcast on ITV in the United Kingdom. As the winning act of the show, Spelbound have won £100,000 (US$144,580, 120,313, A$175,079) and a place at The Royal Variety Performance, an annual gala evening that is attended by senior members of the British Royal Family.

In no particular order, the top three acts were revealed to be two dancers known by their stage name of Twist and Pulse, gymnastic group Spelbound and Kieran Gaffney, whose act involves playing on the drum kit. After Kieran Gaffney was revealed to be in third place, Anthony McPartlin, who hosts Britain’s Got Talent with Declan Donnelly, said to Kieran: “Well done Kieran. Kieran, you’re a star, you came back, you got all the way to the final. I know you’ve loved this. You’ve loved this, haven’t you?” In response to this, Kieran Gaffney stated: “Thank you very much. Thank you, everyone for supporting me. Thank you.”

Shortly afterwards, on the episode that was broadcast live on ITV1 on Saturday, Anthony announced: “After tens of thousands of auditons, five semi-finals and an amazing final, this…this is it. One of you is about to walk away with £100,000 and a place at this year’s Royal Variety Performance. The winner of Britain’s Got Talent 2010 is…Spelbound!” Glen Murphy from Twist and Pulse commented about finishing in second place, stating: “Yeah, it’s amazing. I can’t even believe it. I can’t believe it at all.”

Alex Uttley, a 24-year-old member of Spelbound, commented on the gymnastic group’s victory, commenting: “Oh, my god. This is unbelieveable. We just want to say thank you to everyone out there. It just shows that all our hard work has paid off.” One of the coaches of Spelbound, named Neil Griffiths, stated about Spelbound: “Oh, they’ve worked so hard over the last few weeks. Um, since the semi-final, we…we really had to pull out the stops to try and up the game. They’ve not known they’ve worked in the gym from six in the morning till twelve…twelve o’clock of the night. I couldn’t have asked for more. Um, it’s a team of coaches. I don’t take all the credit myself. There’s, uh, two people up there that know who they are who’ve been fantastic.”

Spelbound consists of 24-year-old Alex Uttley, Nicholas Illingworth, aged 24, Adam Buckingham, aged 21, 20-year-old Adam McAssey, 19-year-old Douglas Fordyce, 18-year-old Edward Upcott, 18-year-old Leighanne Cowler, 17-year-old Katie Axten, 17-year-old Lauren Kemp, 15-year-old Jonathan Stranks, Abigail Ralph, aged 15, 13-year-old Hollianne Wood and Amy Mackenzie, aged 12. Bookmakers had previously predicted that Spelbound would be the most likely act to become the winner of the series.

The running order for the final started with Twist and Pulse. The second act to perform was Liam McNally, a 14-year-old singer. The running order subsequently continued with 40-year-old impressionist Paul Burling, singer Christopher Stone, aged 28, Tina & Chandi, a woman and dog dancing act, Connected, a five-piece singing group, Kieran Gaffney, aged 12, 22-year-old Tobias Mead, a dancer, 80-year-old singer Janey Cutler and Spelbound in that particular order.

Earlier on in the final, Britain’s Got Talent judge Amanda Holden has stated to Spelbound: “We are hosting the 2012 Olympics and I think ‘what a brilliant opening act’.” Fellow judge Piers Morgan also commented that “[t]he purpose of this show is to identify hidden great British talent. You are that act.” After Spelbound won in the final, another judge, named Simon Cowell, stated that “the right boys and girls won on the night” and that he could “only say on live TV that that was one of the most astonishing things I have ever seen. Seriously.”

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Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer dies at age 58

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Bob Woolmer, Pakistan‘s cricket coach died at a university hospital in Kingston, Jamaica earlier today. Woolmer was found unconscious in his room at the Pegasus Hotel at 10:45 Sunday morning, only hours after Pakistan’s Cricket World Cup exit at the hands of Ireland.

After being found by hotel workers in his room, he was rushed to the emergency department at the University Hospital in Kingston, but doctors where not able to save him. Team spokesman Parvez Mir reported that when he was found “He had blood on him and there was vomit on the walls.”

Mir also told media that Woolmer suffered from a medical condition, but that it was too early to decide whether or not it had anything to do with his death.

Woolmer played 19 Tests for England and was the coach for Warwickshire and South Africa before becoming coach for Pakistan in 2004. He was to remain coach until after the 2007 World Cup, and was tipped to replace Duncan Fletcher as the coach of England after his contract with the PCB expired.

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Branches Of Agricultural Engineering

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Agriculture is one of the main occupations of people worldwide. Agriculture is what gives us our daily bread and butter. Without agriculture, we won t have the food to eat and hence it is one field that we just cannot do without. Agriculture contributes significantly to the overall development and growth of the world and hence it needs to be given importance and significance in all aspects. Hence, a new branch of engineering has also come up, which deals only with agriculture. Known as agricultural engineering, this branch specializes in engineering or enhancing everything related to agriculture.

Agricultural engineering involves the development of new techniques, new products and new methodologies that can be used for enhancing the overall agricultural production. There are numerous things that are required in agriculture, including seeds, manure, water, irrigation facilities etc. And agricultural engineering involves the study and development of all these things to facilitate agriculture as a process and to make the entire process simple with better yield and higher production. There are four main branches of agricultural engineering, which cover all these basics and requirements of crop production.

Hence, we will discuss these main branches in detail below.

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The first branch of agricultural engineering is farm implements. There are hundreds of things required in a farm. From seeds to tractors, everything comes under the area of farm implements. It includes all the technologies and every approach that needs to be adopted or implemented for enhancing the yield of the farm and for ensuring higher productivity.

Rural structures are also an important part of agricultural engineering. Most of the agricultural work and farming are mainly done in the rural areas of any country. And thus, it is important for the engineers to ensure a supportive structure of these rural areas so that the entire production process can be smoothened out.

Soil conservation and irrigation is another branch, which plays extremely crucial role in the overall field. Soil conservation is the latest requirement and needs to be done to ensure year on year productivity. Development of new irrigation facilities and approaches is also mandatory so that the farmers can produce better quality and more quantity of the crops.

Rural power also needs to be governed and taken care of under agricultural engineering. The rural parts of countries need enough power supply and resources for carrying out these operations smoothly. Hence engineers have formed this a separate branch altogether for better understanding.

These are the four main branches of agricultural engineering, a really upcoming field because agriculture is in its way of progress and nothing can or should come in its way. Development of any kind is what engineering is all about and this field truly caters to the definition and role of engineers.

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New Zealand Department of Conservation leaves Raoul Island, minus one

Friday, March 17, 2006

The New Zealand Department of Conservation (DOC) made an emergency evacuation of staff from Raoul Island, the largest and northernmost of the Kermadec Islands, due to a volcanic eruption that occurred this morning at 8:21am (New Zealand Daylight Time).

A helicopter picked up the five available staff, but one missing staff member could not be found before it had to leave. The return journey is 2000km (1300 miles).

The missing man, aged in his 30s, failed to return “after going on a routine mission to check the water temperature of the lake,” according to Rolien Elliot, DOC Area Manager for Warkworth.

She said that when two of the others went to look for their colleague where he was thought to be, they “had to retreat due to further volcanic activity and the track being impassable with fallen trees and ash.”

The blast had significantly changed the island’s landscape.

“There’s been about five hectares of native bush cleared and a lot of mud and evidence of boulders and rocks that have been thrown out of the crater itself,” the helicopter pilot John Funnell said to One News.

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Security increased at Delta plants due to extortion threat

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Delta Electricity, New South Wales’ second largest electricity producer has increased security at its four plants near Sydney following an extortion threat.

Delta Electricity operates coal-fired power plants at Wallerawang and Mount Piper (near Portland) in the state’s Central West with Mummorah and Vales Point both between Sydney and Newcastle.

Delta reportedly received the letter last week which is said to contain a threat to bomb one of the plants if a “multi-million” dollar payment was not received. Jim Henness, Chief Executive of Delta Electricity denies that the letter threatened to bomb company facilities or harm employees. He did concede that Delta has undertaken responses “for the protection of people and plant”.

New South Wales Police have set up Strike Force Wayside investigate the threat. Members of the strike force have been working with Delta to help identify the source of the extortion demand.

The mayor of Lithgow, Neville Castle said that residents were nervous. He said “Obviously there’s concern in the community”

“We’d look at it very dimly however to my mind it wouldn’t be concerned with terrorism activity because as far as I am aware, terrorists don’t forecast what they are goring to do in advance. It seems to be very sudden as to what they do.”

Lithgow is located close to Wallerawang and Mount Piper plants and a large number of residents are employed at the plants or in the local coal mines that supply them.

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The trade-off with US


Hansal Mehta


The need for India-US trade to grow in bid to combat the recessionary tendency of the economy for a mutually engaging relationship

Source: The Washington Times


For the last 21 months, exports have been falling ” except in June ” mainly because of global recessionary trends as well as the tough competition from other developing countries. But the future of Indian exports looks good to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley who told visiting US Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker that he would like India-US trade to grow five times ” from the current $109 billion to $500 billion. An ambitious target that would depend on the pace of the US economic recovery and Indias own manufacturing growth.

One way of increasing the bilateral trade between the US and India is to invite American companies to set up shop in India and manufacture goods which could be sent back to the US. Jaitley rightly observed that the passage of GST will help American companies to do business in India. Hitches still remain as India has a lower ranking (130th) than China (84th) in the World Banks ease of doing business index, comprising 189 countries. The GST will help because otherwise the cascading effect of various taxes will make their products uncompetitive.

American companies want stricter Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) regimes for their technology transfer. The US companies have objected in the past about Indias slackness in data protection, poor application and enforcement of patent rights. The patent processes are long drawn and there are copyright and trademark infringements. In India, IPR infringement offences are not considered serious and there is no significant disincentive to stop infringers. With the help of the police and customs, there can be criminal enforcement of IPR violations. The imposition of criminal and monetary penalities for the circumvention of digital rights management have however been introduced through the amendment to the Indian copyrights Act 1957, in 2012. Stricter IPR regimes will help attract more FDI.

India passed the Bankruptcy Law recently which should help foreign companies to wind up business when they want. Infrastructure remains a big constraint and there is need for upgrading state and national highways as well as improve freight handling capacities primarily through improving railway services.

FDI limits in industries like telecom, pharmaceuticals and retail have been raised to promote FDI and a number of incentives like duty drawback and stamp duty exemption have been introduced to attract foreign investment. A technology acquisition and development fund will be set up to develop technologies and create a patent pool, and an e-business portal has been introduced to expedite licence applications and the number of forms required to be filled by exporters has been reduced from nine to three.

Indias exports to the US are mainly in services and in a few important items like gems and jewellery, textiles and drugs. In services, exports between the two countries have grown 93 percent since 2002 and currently stand at $34 billion. Software services comprise half of the service exports from India growing at 19 percent. But for service exports from India visa issues are important and there has been much concern about the US doubling visa fee for H1B and L1 temporary software workers. L1 visa is a non-immigrant visa enabling US employers to offer intra company transfers to employees with specialised knowledge. According to NASSCOM, the visa fee hikes impact could be between $100 million to $499 million for Indian companies. India pays over $1 billion annually to the US government in the form of social security, though there are no possibilities of refund. In aviation services, the US Federal Aviation Administration has downgraded Indian aviation safety rating thus impacting on plans of Indian carriers like Air India and Jet Airways to increase the number of flights to the US.

In exports of manufactures, pharmaceutical exports are increasingly important. India is now a global manufacturing and R&D hub and exports to over 100 countries. The total value of Indias pharma exports is $14.84 billion (2013-14). India exports around $4 billion of pharmaceutical products to the US which comprises 26 percent of Indias total pharma exports. According to experts, India has to agree on certain regulatory practices firmly. In 2013, the US Food and Drug Administration issued 21 warning notices concerning the quality of drugs, half of which were directed at Indian companies. There is also a misperception among American doctors that Indian drugs are of poor quality. Thus quality control has to be central to the export drive.Additional hurdles as perceived by Indian business who are exporting to the US are bureaucratic delays and hidden taxes in the form of petty corruption in India.


In textiles, India is the second largest exporter after China. With economic slowdown in China, more textiles, especially handlooms and organic cotton, can be exported to the US. The biggest trade item between India and the US is precious stones. India imports rough diamonds from the US and exports finished diamonds to the US. Surat is the biggest diamond cutting and polishing hub in India. More value addition could be achieved if Indian firms get into jewellery making and retailing in the US. In general, more skill training of labour force and R&D would help India harmonise standards and allow Indian companies to integrate into the global value chain.

To increase trade volume, India should increase imports from the US also. But trade disputes have been frequent. The US took India to the WTO dispute settlement body for refusing to import American chicken as it feared bird flu virus. The US won the case. The US also took India to the WTO for discriminating against US solar panels on the basis of local content criterion. Again it won. There have been problems with individual companies like Monsanto which introduced Bt Cotton in India. On March 8, 2016, India slashed the royalty fees of Monsanto because the technology had lost its efficacy in resisting certain types of pest attacks. Monsanto has decided to withdraw an application seeking approval for its next generation of GM seeds in India. Dispute resolution is important for a trade surge.

India can import more from the US air and defence equipment, infrastructural projects, medical equipment and educational services to harmonise standards in IT specially. Increasing trade to $500 billion is probably then attainable!

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Criticism over Qingzang Railway as opening nears

Friday, April 28, 2006

            Claimed by Tibetan exile groups.
Tibetan areas designated by PRC.
Tibet Autonomous Region (actual control).
Claimed by India as part of Aksai Chin.
Claimed by the PRC as part of TAR.
Other historically culturally-Tibetan areas.

The Qingzang Railway is a project by the Chinese Government to build a unique railway linking Tibet with Mainland China. The railway will include sections at high altitude, crossing 5000 metre high mountains, long tunnels and lots of track laid on permafrost. The railway is being hailed in China as “an engineering miracle”, but has attracted criticism from across the world over fears that the railway, the first to link it to outside the region, will increase Chinese control over the Tibetan autonomous region and will erode Tibetan culture and traditions.

Currently, Tibet can only be reached by air and by road. Departing from lower-altitude airports to fly into Tibet carries the risk of experiencing high altitude sickness, and the landing at Lhasa can be ‘hair-raising’. Travelling by road means several days on a bus or hitchhiking on trucks over windy mountain roads. When the Quingzang Railway opens, it is expected that direct trains will run from Beijing and other cities.

China has long received criticism over its treatment of Tibet. The Tibet Autonomous Region excludes many areas claimed to be part of ‘historic Tibet’, and the former government of Tibet, headed by the Dalai Lama, now live in exile in India. China claims that the railway will bring greater freedoms and economic opportunities to the people of Tibet. For an area that has long been in relative isolation though, the railway is bound to have a profound effect. Locals may worry about what would happen to their trade if they were suddenly forced to compete with businesses from Mainland China. Much of Tibet is also ancient, with old buildings and traditional practices, which may be under threat from the new physical link with China.

There are also concerns from environmentalists. The passage between Tibet and China contains some unique flora and endangered animal species, such as Tibetan antelope, which may be threatened by the railroad. Construction of the railway will generate 7,000 tons of rubbish from 20,000 builders. Some of this rubbish will have been buried on the spot whilst some forms of non-degradable rubbish which may pollute water is said to have been transported to Golmud or Lhasa for treatment. A bridge is also said to have been built at Wudaoliang Basin to enable animals to cross. Once open the railway will generate more waste, and whilst the carriages are said to be enclosed, preventing passengers from throwing out rubbish, it remains to be seen what additional impact the running of the railway will create.

As well as passengers, the railway will also have a strong use in transporting freight, currently carried on trucks. This will mean that more coal and petroleum-based products will be brought into Tibet. Whilst China claims that this will enable Tibetans to stop logging pine trees for fuel, aiding the local ecology, the railway will accelerate Tibet’s use of climate-damaging fossil fuels.

Some Canadian student groups had called for a boycott of the Bombardier Transportation group, who has a contract with China to provide some of the carriages.

Most of the line is now complete, ahead of schedule. Signaling equipment is currently being installed, with trials said to begin in July. The railway is scheduled to open fully in 2007. Luxury carriages will carry tourists, with sleeping compartments and oxygen tanks to enable breathing within the high-altitude areas.

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Firefighters battle fire at Los Angeles International Airport

Thursday, June 1, 2006

A fuel storage tank at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) caught fire today.

The 1-million gallon storage tank caught fire at about 8:30 a.m. local time (PDT) according to Ron Myers, a spokesman for the LAX fire department. Myers said that planes were not at risk and no flights were cancelled, delayed or diverted. No injuries were reported and no evacuations were ordered.

The fire is said to have been caused by a spark from a welder performing work on the tank. Reports say the fuel container was mostly empty, but authorities are still investigating.

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