Students explore career opportunities in wine and cider industry

It looked a lot like speed dating: strangers exchanging introductions and asking questions before a buzzer sounds to mark a switch in conversation partners.But instead of looking for their perfect match, Brock Oenology and Viticulture (OEVI) students were using the 15-minute windows to meet and impress potential employers.Hosted at Pond Inlet by Brock’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) and Co-op, Career and Experiential Education, the Jan. 15 event brought students together with a dozen industry professionals to explore careers in the wine industry, including the booming field of cider production.The evening’s setup offered the chance to ask questions about employment opportunities without the pressure and nerves that sometimes come with a job interview. The list of prospective employers included a research development specialist, a vineyard manager, an oenologist and several winemakers, as well as three representatives from the craft cider sector.A little more than five years ago, there were only a handful of cider producers in Ontario, but today, that number sits at more than 60. “The industry is definitely exploding,” said Antonella Presta, a winemaker and cider maker at Sunnybrook Farm Estate Winery and Ironwood Hard Cider, who came out to meet CCOVI’s latest cohort of talented students. “There are so many different styles and opportunities to make great unique products, not only apple cider but also perry (pear cider) and other fruit ciders. They can be hopped or oaked — the possibilities really are endless.”That innovation has cider makers creating a range of products that appeal to a large and growing consumer base, which  has led to a booming industry. With growing demand for cider comes the need for more qualified workers, making the CCOVI career event a solid recruitment opportunity for producers.Colio Estates Wines, in Harrow, Ont., has “changed greatly” since the purchase of Thornbury Cider three years ago and the introduction of Colio’s Cider House, said Chief Financial Officer Derek Cartlidge.The business is currently undergoing a 6,000-square-foot addition and operations have doubled in size over the last several years and continue to grow. That sizeable growth was a big factor in bringing Cartlidge and Colio Estate winemaker Alison Christ to the Brock career night.“It is a great opportunity to get face-to-face with some of these students who may not necessarily think of coming to Lake Erie North Shore, where we are located,” Cartlidge said. “We need help during harvest and we have co-op placements to fill. We are looking for people who are interested in learning and getting a hands-on approach.”Colio and Sunnybrook Farm are just two of the many Ontario wineries now also producing cider.CCOVI is helping apple growers and hard cider producers meet the demands of this rapidly growing market.The Brock institute is the only program provider in Canada to offer a certification in cider production through the Cider Institute of North America (CINA), and also provides analytical testing services to help cider makers deliver the best product possible.“With the strength of the OEVI program and CCOVI’s central role in professional development, our students and alumni are in a great position to be leaders in the growing Canadian cider industry,” said Steven Trussler, the CINA-certified instructor in CCOVI’s cider program. “Seeing these cider-based employers coming to campus to meet our students is great proof of that.”CCOVI is in a position to further drive the industry forward with more advanced courses, including a new professional development program for cider makers that will be unveiled next month at CiderCon — an annual opportunity for the cider community to share ideas, collaborate and learn.“Any time you can get a group of people with experience and knowledge to educate more people about cider, it improves the quality of the entire industry and is great for Ontario,” Christ said. read more


Diesel cars marketed as cleanest in history still belching out dangerous levels

first_imgAlthough car companies have not broken the law, campaigners said they were misleading customers by claiming their vehicles were greenCredit:Tobias Schwarz REUTERS Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Paul Morozzo, Greenpeace Clean Air Campaigner, said: “Carmakers, backed by the industry lobby, are yet again knowingly misleading their customers and the public at large by marketing new Euro 6 diesels as the ‘cleanest in history’.“Their own data shows that more than half of the very newest, top selling, Euro 6 diesel cars pollute far above the latest standards.“They’re still dirty and they’re still putting peoples’ health at risk. It’s time the industry took responsibility and stopped investing in diesel.”The data also showed that some manufacturers had managed to produce diesel cars well below the limit such as  Opel/Vauxhall’s 2 litre Grandland-X which recorded overall NOx emissions of no more than 35.5mg/km.Almost all of the strongest performers were fitted with Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology, which converts nitrogen oxides into nitrogen and water by injecting urea into the exhaust. However experts said most companies would choose to simply ditch diesel in future rather than adopt expensive methods for lowering emissions.Dr James Tate, Associate Professor at the Institute for Transport Studies , at the University of Leeds, said: “It is evident that controlling NOx emissions from diesel cars is challenging and expensive, with only a handful of manufactures of new models currently being found to emit NOx at a lower level.“The result is most manufacturers are already stepping away from manufacturing smaller diesel cars, with Fiat Chrysler declaring they’ll ditch diesel altogether from all its cars by 2022, and all Volvo cars launched from 2019 onwards will be partially or completely battery-powered.”Fiat declined to comment on the investigation. Renault said all but two of its diesel vehicles now fell within the new nitrogen oxide levels, while Opel/Vauxhall said the cars highlighted in the report did not need to meet September levels.center_img Diesel cars marketed as the ‘cleanest in history’ are still belching out more than four times the legal limit of harmful nitrogen oxide, an investigation has found.A study of the newest models of the greenest Euro 6 diesel cars on sale across Europe by Greenpeace investigators found half of cars recently approved for sale would not be allowed on the market if tested today.Although car manufacturers were ordered to clean up their emissions following the Volkswagen ‘dieselgate’ scandal in 2015, limits for nitrogen oxide did not come in until September last year.When campaigners tested cars between April 2016 and September 2017 they found half emitted nitrogen oxide gas above the new legal limit of 168mg/km NOx.The worst results were for the 1.6 litre Fiat Tipo, which recorded overall emissions of 561mg/km – 3.3 times the current legal limit – and 753mg/km in urban driving – 4.5 times the limit.Other cars with poor results for emissions include the Renault Scenic Energy dCi 95 which was 2.4 times over the limit and  Opel/Vauxhall’s 1.6l Crossland-X at 2.3 times the limit.And because they were tested before the new limit came into effect, manufactures are able to label their cars as Euro6 – the greenest category. Although car companies have not broken the law, campaigners said they were misleading customers by claiming their vehicles were greenlast_img read more


Multotecs mineral processing highlights at Electra Mining

first_imgAt Electra Mining Africa 2010, Multotec is exhibiting an extensive suite of products. Engineers on the booth explain how advanced technologies have been applied to the specific requirements of each minerals processing application. There is likely to be considerable interest in the Multotec Max 1450 cyclone, the Multotec spiral and Multotec Wear Lining’s exhibit, all of which have already been attracting significant attention in the market.Said to be one of the most cost-effective solutions in DMS, the Max range of hydrocyclones, developed by Multotec, are a great advance in alumina-tiled cyclone engineering design. Designed using extensive field experience and using computational fluid dynamic analysis and 3D CAD, the Max range offers a number of major features. The ‘Max’ designation is derived from the maximum efficiency of separation and maximum wear life provided by these cyclones.The Max 1450 cyclone boasts a number of innovative design features, including the inlet head which reduces wear and turbulence, lengthening the life cycle of the inlet and increasing capacity. The scrolled evolute inlet also provides for a higher capacity compared with a traditional tangential inlet, while the smooth evolute entry into the inlet results in a more efficient separation process within the cyclone. The inlet head can also be custom designed to meet the specific capacity requirements of customers.The parallel throat spigot design eliminates the initial high wear rate and maintains the spigot size for longer, while the overflow design enables any leak to be noticed immediately, eliminating the potential for the loss of product or mate- rial to the overflow.The major advantages of this more specialised design include the easy removal of the lightweight vortex finder and the ease of inspection to determine internal wear within the cyclone.The design of the flanged joints eliminates the possibility of efficiency losses through inward steps. The wetted joints are sealed with epoxy, thereby avoiding the problem of gaskets protruding into the cyclone body. Separation is enhanced, producing less misplaced material. Finally, pre-engineered tiles are designed to ensure that lining failure is prevented while the wear life of the cyclone is extended.Also on display, will be the Multotec 420 high-capacity cyclones which offer significant advantages in reducing maintenance and operating costs. These cyclones are equipped with weep holes to prevent damage to cyclone housings and prolong operational life.There are also the Multotec SX7 coal spirals which are provided with auxiliary splitters that allow for easier control and a more flexible operating range for the discard cut. Spirals are supplied with pipe launders for product collection. Pipe launders are lightweight, durable, spillage free and corrosion resistant.Another highlight on the outside stand is the Multotec Wear Linings display. This group company is intent on showing that ceramic as a lining material can, contrary to popular perception, in fact, withstand impact. A selection of liner panels with ceramics of different thickness embedded in various matrices will be impacted on by a 120-mm rock dropped from a height of 2.5 m. For the purposes of the test, material will be fed by conveyor through a lined chute onto easily interchangeable panels.The working Rondo chute system display discharges material onto a return conveyor, with transfer between feed and return conveyors taking place through a vibratory feeder lined with removable, bolt-on and rubber-backed ceramic liners. The closure of the circuit between the feed and return conveyors at the opposite end is through a Multotec-designed transfer chute. Ceramic pulley lagging will be displayed at the drive and tail ends of both feed and return conveyor pulleys.Multotec Manufacturing launched its injection-moulded modular rubber screen panels for small aperture sizes, a P3P adaptor sleeve for screens with conventional angled runners, a reversible sievebend housing manufactured from high-density polyethylene, which is lighter than conventional steel housings and does not require special linings for corrosive environments and its modular trommel panels for heavy-duty applications, which reduce cost and manufacturing time.Multotec Magnetics, a subsidiary company which specialises in the separation of minerals and materials on the basis of their magnetic properties, is showcasing a number of new developments, including low-intensity drum separators which have been completely re-engineered for improved performance, serviceability and durability. Visitors can also see the new overband tramp removal magnets, which are compliant with underground requirements, and the high-intensity ‘dewatering’ magnet used in dense-media separation circuits and iron-ore beneficiation.last_img read more