Sun Limited (SUN.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Tourism sector has released it’s 2011 abridged results.For more information about Sun Limited (SUN.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Sun Limited (SUN.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Sun Limited (SUN.mu) 2011 abridged results.Company ProfileSun Limited engages in the tourism sector of the leisure industry. The company is based in Ebene, the Republic of Mauritius, where it owns and operates six resorts in the Republic of Mauritius, one resort in the Republic of Maldives and also owns two in-house tour operators in France and South Africa. Sun Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius
Roads Nigeria Plc (ROADS.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Building & Associated sector has released it’s 2013 abridged results.For more information about Roads Nigeria Plc (ROADS.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Roads Nigeria Plc (ROADS.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Roads Nigeria Plc (ROADS.ng) 2013 abridged results.Company ProfileRoads Nigeria Plc is a leading civil engineering and construction company in Nigeria involved in the construction of roads, bridges, airfields, tunnels, highways and dams. The company’s head office is in Sokoto, Nigeria. Roads Nigeria Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange
Millions of players of popular online games FarmVille and Words With Friends will be able to make in-game purchases this Christmas as donations to US nonprofit Toys for Tots.Online games company Zynga is running its first major digital fundraising campaign this Christmas, involving seven of its most popular games. “100 percent of the price tag [goes] directly to Toys for Tots”, the company pledged.Zynga’s ‘Oh, What Fun’ Christmas giving campaign lets players buy Christmas-themed goods and power packs, take part in themed quests or make mobile text donations. Advertisement About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. For example, in CityVille players can visit a toy shop where they can craft and wrap toys to be delivered to children, and in CastleVille they can acquire a Sparkling Royal Tower to decorate their winter garden. The campaign runs from 28 November to 31 December 31, 2012.www.zynga.com Tagged with: christmas Digital 34 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 30 November 2012 | News Zynga launches in-game donations on FarmVille and other games AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis
Facebook Twitter Previous articleAg Coalition Formed to Support NAFTANext articleAgribusiness Council Brings in IN Seed Trade Association Gary Truitt Planting Green Produces Better Yields Home Indiana Agriculture News Planting Green Produces Better Yields By Gary Truitt – Jan 18, 2018 Facebook Twitter Planting Green Produces Better Yields Trey HillFor farmers using cover crops, burning down those crops before planting is a common practice. One farmer, however, has had success planting into his cover crop while it is still green. Trey Hill grows corn and soybeans in Maryland. He has found that not burning down his cover crop before planting helps him plant earlier and get better yields. “We have been doing it for about 10 years and learning and adapting as we go,” he stated. “We just do a little bit more each year.” He told HAT that today he plants green on about 90% of his soybean acres, “The reason we got into planting green was not soil health but agronomics.”Planting into a cover crop of clover or barley lets him get into his fields earlier and not have to wait for burn down. He admits that corn has been more problematic, but, for soybeans, planting into a cover crop of clover or barley works well. “We really don’t care how tall it is. The cover crop roots help improve the biology of the soil and makes our crops healthier,” he said. “On our beans, we have found that where we plant green rather than brown, it yields better.”He feels the cover crops provide some early season stress for the soybeans and that actually improves yield, “The shade and the root competition provides a little stress which is what the soybeans need to yield better.” He told HAT he discovered the benefits quite by accident, but is now a firm believer in planting green. SHARE SHARE
Mariana Rivas is a junior journalism major at TCU. A native of Caracas, Venezuela, she grew up in Houston, Texas. You can usually find her drinking coffee, hanging out with friends or writing about anything she is passionate about! World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Previous articleDominant defense propels Women’s Basketball to fourth-straight winNext articleDahlberg named provost Mariana Rivas RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Mariana Rivashttps://www.tcu360.com/author/mariana-rivas/ TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Facebook Venezuelan migrant families manage struggles for citizenship in Colombia ReddIt Horoscope: November 14, 2019 Horoscope: November 13, 2019 Mariana Rivas Twitter + posts Linkedin ReddIt “We wanted to go bigger, bolder, better,” said Violet Herzfeld, account executive for sustainability at ROXO. Student involvement has increased in the committee this past semester, said Macias. The committee now has students from ROXO, SGA and the Neeley School of Business, along with faculty and staff members from various departments. “As more people hear about what we’re doing, they start working with the group,” said Macias. According to Macias, sustainability could turn into a factor that incoming students weigh in their decision to come to TCU.The Princeton Review ranked the top 50 green colleges based on survey data. TCU isn’t on the list, and it hasn’t earned the title of a “green college.”“If we were able to improve our practices, highlight what people know, I think that could become an attribute that helps to promote us, but currently I don’t know that we’re there yet,” she said. SGA representatives Nicole Gorretta and Joshua Witkop passed a bill that promoted a one, five and 10-year plan to help set TCU’s sustainability apart. Failed to fetch Error: URL to the PDF file must be on exactly the same domain as the current web page. Click here for more infoHonkomp praised sustainability committee’s students’ efforts. “They’re really excited about and interested in getting the message out,” he said. Kaitlyn Kane, a junior strategic communication major, recognizes TCU’s efforts for sustainability. She said she remembers studying in her dorm room past midnight and having to move around to turn energy-efficient, timed lights back on. But she said she still recognizes the gaps in sustainability. “I think TCU tries to be environmentally conscious, but if you look around, you see a lot of trash cans and not recycling bins,” said Kane. Sustainability committee recognizes they have a long way to go. “If we were able to have a central office of sustainability, that would help with coordination,” said Macias. One of their long-term goals is to hire a full-time staff person solely committed to sustainability. For next semester, ROXO is hoping to put signs above trash and recycling bins showing what can and can’t go in each one. Honkomp said he thinks a lot of sustainability comes down to the individual. “I can use low-flow shower heads, but if you take a really long shower we’re going to lose that efficiency, so it is down, I think in many ways, to the personal choices people make,” said Honkomp. “We just need to make it easy for people to make the right decision.”For more information about how to contribute to sustainability committee, email chairwoman Becky Johnson at [email protected] Mariana Rivashttps://www.tcu360.com/author/mariana-rivas/ Mariana Rivashttps://www.tcu360.com/author/mariana-rivas/ Mariana Rivashttps://www.tcu360.com/author/mariana-rivas/ Facebook print<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>The committee is looking to broaden its reach on campus by bringing more awareness to their efforts. “So many things have been done in the background to make it a very efficient campus that we don’t advertise it very well,” said Chris Honkomp, assistant vice chancellor for facilities.According to Honkomp, the most significant factor of the improvements in sustainability is investments in new construction. Twenty-three buildings on campus are LEED certified, which is the most widely-used certification for green buildings in the world. “Even though the building is more expensive to build in the first place, over the 30 to 50 years of life, we expect to get out of it,” Honkomp said. “It uses less energy, less water than a cheaper building would.”Another current focus for the physical plant is water conservation.“We get questions and one of those is, ‘Why do waste all this water on landscaping?’ and that’s a valid question to ask,” Honkomp said.The plant has implemented an irrigation system that controls the amount of water used based on factors like the amount of rainfall, the type of vegetation planted and humidity in the air.“When we looked at our water usage for September and October of this year, irrigation was way down because we got plenty of natural rainfall,” he said. The average use of water consumption on college campuses is 20 gallons per person per day, but in the TCU dorms, about 16 gallons per person per day are used, Honkomp said. “I don’t know if its because we have low flow shower heads, or because people aren’t doing the things that maybe earlier generations did,” he said. The current generation of TCU students is mostly unaware of all of these initiatives. Dr. Wendy Macias, a professor of strategic communication at TCU, has been involved in the university’s sustainability committee since its start three years ago. The sustainability committee began studying sustainability on campus and noticed that “communication was an area that just really needed some work,” Macias said. This lack of communication caused Macias to reach out to the student-run advertising and public relations firm on campus, ROXO. “Bigger, Bolder, Better”ROXO students rebranded TCU Sustainability from TCU Recycling this past semester. Among their various efforts to increase the visibility of sustainability on campus was their push week. Over the week, ROXO students collected over 1,000 plastic bags and their promotional Snapchat filter was viewed over 6,700 times. Twitter Linkedin Horoscope: November 15, 2019 Welcome TCU Class of 2025
Malta: Developments in murder case mark nascent steps towards justice for Daphne Caruana Galizia November 2, 2017 – Updated on November 7, 2017 Investigative journalism’s uncertain future in Malta MaltaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists CorruptionViolenceFreedom of expression Organisation News RSF_en Credit: Matthew Mirabelli / AFP News News MaltaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists CorruptionViolenceFreedom of expression June 2, 2021 Find out more RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive The murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia, a well-known Maltese journalist and anti-corruption blogger who was responsible for many sensational revelations in the course of her career, has sent an unprecedented shockwave through Malta’s journalistic community, which is now hesitating between surrendering to fear and continuing her mission to inform with determination. December 2, 2020 Find out more Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU Help by sharing this information February 24, 2021 Find out more News to go further Receive email alerts Nearly three weeks after her 16 October murder, hundreds of people attended her funeral in Malta on 3 November, which was declared a national day of mourning by the government. At the same time, eight leading European media outlets representing the entire international press published an open letter calling for an “independent investigation” into her murder.Caruana Galizia’s murder, which beggars belief in a European Union country, has sounded a traumatic alarm for Malta’s journalists, one from which they are struggling to recover. The message transmitted by Malta’s journalists for the past three weeks has been one of solidarity, but their fear and uncertainty is palpable. “When they targeted Daphne, she wasn’t the only target, it was much more than that,” one of her colleagues told RSF in Malta. Even if the targeted car bomb that killed Caruana Galizia was the sixth in the space of a year in this small island nation of 430,000 inhabitants, her death has had a profound impact. “Many people, myself included, are still in a state of shock following Daphne’s murder,” Times of Malta columnist Michael Briguglio said. “We are robbed of peace of mind.” “The fear has affected all Maltese, who are now even scared of posting messages on Facebook,” said one of the few freelance journalists based in Valletta, asking not to be identified. This fear is all the greater as self-censorship was already the rule for the many journalists living in Malta, where they feel “colonized by gangs of crooks who are above the law,” to use Briguglio words. “Some journalists sit on their stories,” said Caruana Galizia’s sister, Corinne Vuela. “Daphne was the only one who constantly held people in power to account, using her personal, self-funded blog to break her big stories.” Fighting fear under corruption’s long shadow Despite the fear and anxiety, the determination of Malta’s journalists is all the stronger for the mission they feel they have been bequeathed by this pioneering reporter’s death. “This attack on one of us will not stop us from shining a light where others want darkness,” Times of Malta online editor Herman Grech said in the statement he read out at a march on 19 October. “The attack on one of us will not muzzle us. The attack on one of us will not stop us from fulfilling our role as a watchdog to the institutions. We will stand up to intimidation. We stand here today to give hope to society.” People see the need for unity, in order to combat the problems that beset Maltese society, especially as Caruana Galizia’s murder bears all the hallmarks of corruption and organized crime, as does much that goes on in Malta. “There is an underworld in Malta, a parallel world of illegal trade and corruption,” said Pauline Adès-Mével, the head of RSF’s European Union desk. “The Maltese people who pay tribute to this journalist know full well that without the voice of journalists it will be hard to shed light on some of this island nation’s realities.” Obstacles to the truth In Malta, everyone knows that the truth never emerges without pressure from journalists, but it is extremely difficult for journalists to report the facts in a fiscal paradise there financial secrecy reigns and the defamation laws pose a significant obstacle. Malta’s politicians are quick to file lawsuits when investigative reporting sheds light on their activities or threatens their interests. Journalists and media outlets are often forced to pay exorbitant damages. Caruana Galizia alone was the target of 42 libel suits at the time of her death. When she reported in a blog post in February that economy minister Chris Cardona and his consultant Joe Gerada had visited a brothel while on an official visit to Germany, four simultaneous libel actions were brought against her and a total of 47,460 euros in her bank accounts were frozen as a precautionary measure. She responded with condemnation of the disproportionate nature of these measures and a damning assessment of the state of journalism in Malta: “The negative effect it will have on the freedom of the press is immense, because now it is not only libel suits which journalists have got to be wary of, but also precautionary warrants which freeze their bank accounts until the case is concluded. We should not be surprised that journalism is in severe decline in Malta, that fewer people wish to be journalists, that journalists are afraid of doing their job properly, and that corrupt and abusive politicians are winning the game.” Reports received by RSF confirm this. In July, a Maltese journalist told RSF: “Last week, journalists from the Times of Malta and Malta Independent were illegally pressured to reveal their sources by a magistrate and the police (they resisted and didn’t reveal anything). Sources are also being harassed by the police with vexatious criminal investigations, when the government finds out who they are.” Polarized journalistic community Malta’s media also have to deal with the fact that they are extremely divided, like Maltese politics and society as a whole, with Prime Minister Joseph Muscat’s centre-left Labour Party on the one hand, and the centre-right nationalists on the other. “The polarization is very strong here and it has always been that way,” said a close colleague of Caruana Galizia who requested anonymity.“We have always had the feeling that the Labour Party and its supporters regarded journalists as their enemies. You can be independent and not support any party but, whatever happens, you will be seen as belonging to one or other of the families.” This polarization complicates journalism even more in a country where there are no journalism schools, no journalists’ unions and no other form of association among those working in the media. What the Institute of Maltese Journalists (IGM) says about itself on its website is eloquent on this point. “The Institute of Maltese Journalists was founded as The Malta Press Club on 3 November 1989,” the website records. “Previous attempts to set up a journalists’ association all failed after a few months, partisan political reasons almost inevitably contributing towards their downfall.” The IGM has the merit of existing, but so far it has just reported attacks on journalists “without defending us, without taking any action that has produced results,” one of its members said. Despite having little influence, the IGM took part in the big demonstration on 22 October in Malta and asked the police and judicial authorities to respect the confidentiality of the data on Caruana Galizia’s electronic devices, including her sources. Protecting the sources of a journalist dubbed “a one-woman WikiLeaks” is just one of the many challenges for the journalistic community in Malta, which is ranked 47th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. Follow the news on Malta
Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Homepage BannerNews Sligo named European Capital of Volunteering 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Previous articleEmployment Minister praises LEO during visit to DonegalNext articleTeenager praised for saving family from fire admin Twitter Facebook Sligo has received the title of European Capital of Volunteering today in LondonIndependent MEP, Marian Harkin along with representatives of Sligo County Council and Sligo Volunteer Centre are attending the handing over of the title at London’s City Hall.Sligo follows Barcelona, Lisbon and London, the current European Capital of Volunteering.MEP Marian Harking says this is a proud moment for her and Sligo which represents the culmination of her initiative which saw the creation of the European Year of Volunteering in 2011…Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/sligo1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Google+ Pinterest Google+ Pinterest Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th WhatsApp 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic By admin – December 5, 2016 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire
Comments are closed. Employers have been waiting for new Tupe regulations for nearly two years.With a consultation document now on the horizon, John McMullen, one of thecountry’s leading Tupe experts, takes an “inspired guess” as to whatit might containThe Tupe regulations are based on the Acquired Rights Directive of 1977.Overhaul has been overdue for a number of years. The European Commissionpublished a draft directive in 1994 but political wrangling meant a newdirective did not appear until 1998. The purpose of the change was to amend the original directive in the lightof the impact of the internal market, the legislative tendencies of the memberstates with regard to the rescue of undertakings in economic difficulties, andEuropean case law. There was also a need to marry changes in relation toinformation and consultation in the context of Tupe transfers with theamendments made to the Collective Redundancies Directive as long ago as 1992. What does the directive do? – First it provides a new definition of a transfer. However, the purpose ofthe new definition is simply to consolidate existing European case law. Thiscase law includes the unpopular ECJ decision in Ayse Szen, 1997, ICR 662,which suggests that Tupe might not apply if there is no transfer of significanttangible or intangible assets or no taking over by the new employer of a major partof the workforce in terms of numbers and skills. – Second, the effect of the decision in Henke v Gemeinde Schierke andVerwaltungs Gemeinschaft “Brocken”, 1996, IRLR 701, is to excludetransfers of undertakings in the public sector with purely administrativefunctions. On the other hand, the new directive expressly states thatoutsourcing is covered in that a transfer can take place where there is atransfer of an economic entity which retains its identity – meaning anorganised grouping of resources that has the objective of pursuing an economicactivity whether or not that activity is central or ancillary. – There is a new definition of “employee”. The definition ofemployee is, as before, left largely to member states save that now,specifically, member states will not be able to exclude contracts of employmentor employment relationships solely because of the number of working hoursperformed or to be performed; or because they are governed by fixed-durationcontracts of employment; or because they are temporary and the undertaking,business or part of the undertaking or business transferred is part of thetemporary employment business. – By article 3, as amended, member states are specifically allowed toprovide for the transfer of obligations in relation to occupational pensionschemes (regulation 7 of Tupe currently excludes pension transfer). Thequestion of joint liability of transferor and transferee is left again to themember state. Member states are also allowed to oblige a transferor to notify atransferee of all rights and obligations which will be transferred to thetransferee (which would be of some assistance in the case of second-generationcontracting out). – On the subject of insolvency, there is a general relaxation of the rulesincluding the possibility of non-transfer of a transferor’s debts arising fromemployment contracts before the transfer or before the opening of insolvencyproceedings. Also included is the facility to allow employee representativesand companies to alter terms and conditions of employment in insolvencycircumstances to ensure survival of the undertaking or business. – As to information and consultation, the principal change here is that itwill not be an excuse in the case of breach of the information and consultationobligations, that a controlling undertaking was at fault in not supplyinginformation to the transferring undertaking to enable it to comply withobligations under the directive. Implementing the changes The first stage in the implementation process is for a consultation documentto be issued. It may or may not contain draft regulations. In view of thecomplexity of the issues, the odds are that draft regulations will have to waita while. What follows is an inspired guess at some of the issues forconsultation and which might appear in the new regulations. This is basedmainly on the climate of opinion and public speeches. First, the mandatory provisions of the new directive of 1998 have to beimplemented. An example there would be the new rules on information andconsultation and on the definition of employee. Views will have to be taken onoptional issues such as relaxation of the rules in relation to insolvency,joint liability, transfer of rights under occupational pension schemes and disclosureof information about employees from transferor to transferee. It is likely that the Government will adopt the sensible rule requiringdisclosure of information about employees from transferors to transferee. Ifso, this will greatly improve the position of incoming contractors insecond-generation contracting where, in the absence of some obligation in acontract to disclose information, the outgoing contractor can decline torelease employment information. The question of relaxation of the rules in relation to insolvency will be amatter put out for consultation. There are no strong views here although anyproposal to release a transferee from a transferor’s unpaid debts prior to thetransfer would be popular. Then there is the vexed issue of pensions. At the moment, pensions are anissue excluded from Tupe, although, of course, a private contractor contractingfrom the public sector will in practice be required by the transferor to put ina comparable pension scheme for transferring employees. The question is whetherthis should be extended to the private sector as well. And, if so, should atransferee be required to replicate the transferor’s pension scheme or simplyput in an equivalent, or alternatively, something broadly comparable? Who will judgewhat is broadly comparable? Will individuals have the right in each case tocontest the new pension rights? Or will there be a system equivalent to thatpresently adopted in relation to public transfer sectors where the Governmentactuaries department assesses the new scheme as a whole and issues acertificate of broad comparability? These are big issues and a goodillustration of why it is taking so long for decisions to be made even at theconsultative stage. Next, we consider the definition of the transfer of an undertaking itself.There are several options here. First, we could leave it to European Court caselaw as interpreted by the UK courts and follow the definition in the directive.Alternatively, we could go further, because article 7 of the directive allowsmember states to make provisions more favourable to employees than provided inthe directive. There is indeed significant pressure on the Government tolegislate for better rights to be provided to employees than under thedirective. If so, one possibility is for the directive normally to apply tocontracting out situations even in the absence of willingness on the part ofthe new employer to take on assets and employees – unless the new employer hasa genuine organisational reason for refusing to take on assets/employees on thebasis that he already has sufficient resources, material or human, to carry outthe task in the future without additional purchase or recruitment. But we shallhave to see. Finally, we move to the public sector and the position of the Henke case. Itis unlikely that the Government will move to legislate specifically about theHenke case (which, as discussed above, excludes reorganisations in the publicsector of a purely administrative nature) in view of a number of factors.First, in its Cabinet Office document, Staff Transfers in the Public Sector,published in January 2000, the Government stated that public bodies should,unless there are compelling circumstances otherwise, apply Tupe to transferringemployees. Second, the UK courts have given Henke a restrictive interpretation. Third,Section 39 of the Employment Relations Act 1999 has empowered the Secretary ofState to describe as Tupe transfers borderline cases which would not otherwisebe so described under EC law. A recent example is the Transfer of Undertakings(Protection of Employment) (Rent Officer Service) regulations 1999. In thelight of that, there are not likely to be any special provisions regardingpublic sector employees. Dr John McMullen is national head of employment law at Pinsent Curtis andauthor of Business Transfers & Employee Rights (3rd edition, Loose Leaf andBulletin, Butterworths) Previous Article Next Article Son of Tupe: a long and difficult labourOn 1 Feb 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.
Thermistor cables have been deployed at two sites beneath Ronne Ice Shelf, Antarctica. One site is to the east of a submarine ridge that delineates the eastern boundary of the Ronne Depression, and the other is 100 km to the north, above the eastern slope of the depression. Long records from the cables (up to 22 months) indicate a large difference in the temperature variability at the two sites, being an order of magnitude greater in the Ronne Depression (site 2). Although the records appear otherwise similar, there is no significant correlation between them. The high variability in the site 2 record has allowed the construction of a simple descriptive model of the local oceanographic regime. Winter freezing in the open water north of the ice front generates Western Shelf Water (WSW), a type of High Salinity Shelf Water, which travels southwest beneath the ice shelf, appearing at site 2 as a slope-trapped current at the bottom of the water column. Baroclinic instability in the flow manifests itself in the site 2 temperature record as oscillations on time scales of 5 to 15 days. The disturbances cause a periodic east-west advection of water masses across the Ronne Depression. Site 2 is on the eastern slope of the depression, where the wave-induced eastward motion forces Ice Shelf Water to rise, resulting in periodic ice-platelet formation in the water column, as surmised from conductivity-temperature-depth measurements at the site. The depth of the WSW layer decreases by 40 to 60 m during a 100-day period, starting some 4 months after the beginning of the summer. Assuming an absence of significant WSW production during the summer, the 4-month delay implies a minimum average speed of WSW flow of about 0.02 m s−1. The WSW flux into the Ronne Depression is estimated at 3 × 105 m3s−1.
Applications are now open for UK businesses to join Innovate UK’s Future Cities delegation to China.The mission – taking place from 26 to 30 November 2018 – is a valuable opportunity to build new smart city business collaborations overseas.Why China?China’s Greater Bay Area offers a wealth of opportunity for UK businesses working in smart cities infrastructure and design.This cluster of 11 cities across the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau province is Asia’s most dynamic region. It is currently developing into a global hub for technology and innovation and has aspirations to become an economic centre that will rival Tokyo, San Francisco and New York.Benefits of taking partBy attending, you’ll learn about market opportunities and business culture. You’ll develop a tailored pitch and then travel to China to meet prospective partners, investors and customers.You’ll also have the chance to visit pioneering future cities projects in China’s Greater Bay Area, centred around Shenzen. The city is a centre of technology for internet start-ups, including Tencent and Huawei.Depending on the make-up of the businesses on the trip, there may also be visits to other cities such as Zhuhai, Zhongshan, Guangzhou, Dongguan, Wuhan and Hefei.What to expect from Future CitiesFuture Cities missions are designed to offer UK urban innovators a unique opportunity to enter overseas markets.Preparation and planning is critical to success. Chosen mission participants will all receive expert advice and support before travelling to ensure that they are prepared to explore new markets, including 1-2-1 coaching.The mission week will include pitching to local stakeholders, networking and the chance to meet other Chinese and UK-registered companies operating in China. You will also be able to get advice from the Department for International Trade (DIT) on exporting globally.Previous missions have taken delegations to Australia, India, Malaysia and Singapore.Who should attendThe mission is open to established UK-registered micro, small and medium-sized enterprises and urban innovators looking for Chinese customers, partners or investment.Businesses should focus on the following areas: smart mobility, including CO2 emissions, efficiency in transport systems, multi-modal transport and connectivity, and the user experience affordable healthcare for an ageing population, using big data to offer patient-centred solutions, integrate healthcare platforms, and deliver high-performance computing services and cloud platforms for health management sustainable urban environments, using smart platforms to monitor and forecast industrial and domestic pollution, energy efficiency and optimisation, brownfield management and urban waste urban planning and technology infrastructure, including internet of things, systems integration, data analytics and smart grid applications are now open, and the deadline to apply is 17 August 2018 up to 15 businesses will be able take part successful applicants will be notified by 28 August 2018 successful businesses will need to pay a non-refundable commitment fee of £250 plus VAT, travel and event costs Mission information Innovate UK’s mission partners are DIT, the China-British Business Council, the Future Cities Catapult and 100%Open. Find out more and apply for the Future Cities mission to China.