It’s easy to gloss over time; one year rolls into the next and before you know

It’s easy to gloss over time; one year rolls into the next and before you know it, the years become decades and the decades become centuries. When you just stop and think for a minute – M.A. Ford’s origins reach back to just a year after the end of the First World War. Puts things into perspective doesn’t it? However, tooling wasn’t on the agenda back then. Located in Davenport, Iowa in the US, the Packsnug Equipment Company was formed by Matthew Ambrose Ford and early successes included being awarded patents for a foldable barbecue grill and a luggage rack accessory for the running boards of early motor vehicles. It wasn’t until 1925, following an approach from John R. Brooks, a well-known maker of rotary files, that the innovative pair collaborated to form M.A. Ford Manufacturing Co – focusing on the production of hand-cut rotary files. In 1938, the company added tungsten carbide burrs to its portfolio. The years passed along with relentless technological advances. Bob Hill, the current CEO of M.A. Ford and a company veteran of 39 years is under no illusions on the reasons for the organisation’s success and longevity: “Without doubt, it’s all down to the fact that we’ve had so...

For high schoolers in Parkland, Florida, going back to class after the shootings at Marjorie Stoneman

For high schoolers in Parkland, Florida, going back to class after the shootings at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in February 2018 meant being on display. The name of their town had become shorthand for a tragedy; their trauma had become fodder for a nation trying to make sense of—and move past, and regulate around—yet another school shooting, which left 17 classmates dead. Also on display were the contents of their book bags: Over spring break, the school established a rule that students wear clear plastic backpacks instead of conventional ones. See-through book bags are a school-violence-deterrence tactic that dates back decades. But the MSD teens rebelled against the gear. They told journalists that they hated the beach-ball smell, the uniformity, and the fact that their private belongings—from tampons to medication—were now public. Students turned their bags into stages for protest: They exhibited Spongebob memes (“ravioli ravioli give us the gun controli”), snarky notes (“so when are our clear school uniforms coming in??”), and makeshift prisoner ID badges in them. AJ Cardenas, then a 19-year-old freshman at Florida State University, created an Instagram account ded...

Swiss Life Group Reports 9-month Fee Income Growth Of 17% In Local Currency

<!–*/ */ /*–>*/ (RTTNews) – The Swiss Life Group (SSREY.PK) reported fee income of 1.317 billion Swiss francs in the first nine months of 2019. The Group said the growth of 17 percent in local currency was also supported by acquisitions in the previous year and consolidation effects. Premiums rose by 25 percent in local currency to 18.0 billion Swiss francs. Patrick Frost, Group CEO of Swiss Life, said: “We increased fee income in all market units. The relevance to customers and closeness to the market enable us to continuously strengthen our position in pension and investment solutions in the context of our Group-wide programme ‘Swiss Life 2021′.” The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc. Country*Please select…United StatesAfghanistanÅland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAmerican SamoaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet Isl...

We have a wide range of versatile plastic pipes to help you with any plumbing project

We have a wide range of versatile plastic pipes to help you with any plumbing project around your home, from replacing your bathroom basin tee to installing a new toilet pan connector. Choose from multiple lengths and diameters of plastic pipe with a variety of options from brands including John Guest Speedfit, FloPlast and Plasson. With plenty of fittings to choose from, our selection of plastic pipes provide a convenient and affordable alternative to copper. From push fit and compression to flexible PEX barriers, we have a great range of pipes for easy to lay and quick to fit installations that are perfect for toilet spares and plumbing jobs around your home. Plastic pipe connectors join your pipes together to create an effective plumbing system with a watertight seal. With flexible pan connectors that can be shaped to fit your setup and versatile straight couplings that can connect all types of pipe including plastic, copper and iron, we offer a wide variety of fast and reliable jointing options. Our range also includes a vast choice of other essential plumbing components. Choose from threaded male and female pipe adaptors, elbow fittings to help water travel around compact ...

Four days of touring through the exhibition halls and conference rooms at Corferias, in the city

Four days of touring through the exhibition halls and conference rooms at Corferias, in the city of Bogotá, provided a closer look at innovative products for Latin American market. In these events, which bring together professionals from the packaging and processing industries, the inseparable link between productivity and sustainability becomes increasingly evident. Actors of the packaging supply focus more and more on eco-design, clean manufacturing and the offer of solutions that combine brand value and environmental sustainability. And Andina Pack 2019, held last November 19 to 22 in the Colombian capital, has not been the exception. These two axes were present throughout the academic program of the fair “Packaging & Food Processing Summit” and its panels, which addressed issues as relevant to our industry today as the circular economy and the regulation of single use plastics in Colombia and Latin America, with analysis of national and international experts from academia, industry, brands and consumers. According to Ismael Enrique Povea, one of the main panelists participating in the Andina Pack 2019 forums, a professor of packaging technology at the Univers...

67 Unexpected Gifts That Are All The Rage On Amazon This Year

Shopping for gifts — no matter the occasion — can be a very specific and trying sport. You’re forced to mull over tons of questions in your mind and make decisions within a few minutes. Even after you’ve made a purchase, you’re left with lingering thoughts and doubts. My favorite life hack in those situations is shopping for unexpected Amazon gifts that I’m almost certain the recipients will love. It makes the process simpler, but it does still require a little bit of creativity. First, I would suggest thinking about your loved ones’ favorite hobbies, likes, and tastes. Then, go a level deeper to find unique ways to surprise them with thoughtful gifts. When the people in your life have it all, this will be your best strategy in wowing them. Let’s say, for example, the person you’re shopping for loves cats. They obviously have all the essentials for their pets — but what they might not have is this cat water fountain that comes with a built-in filter. You can also get them an item that reminds them of their kitties, like an adorable feline tape dispenser. Shop for those unexpected (but awesome) gifts with this curated list of items that are all...

“Building a Fiber-Connected World” is the tagline of Broadband Communities magazine, and each year the FTTH

“Building a Fiber-Connected World” is the tagline of Broadband Communities magazine, and each year the FTTH Top 100 list recognizes organizations that lead the way in this arena. Fiber-to-the-home deployment in the United States is beginning to outpace legacy copper broadband, a trend that is impacting service providers and their vendor suppliers. Fiber-based broadband services, according to an RVA study commissioned by the Fiber Broadband Association, surpassed DSL in 2018 as the second-most common type of home internet connection in North America, following cable. According to the research firm, fiber now passes 39 million homes in the United States (1.6 million of them have multiple fiber passings) and connects 18.6 million homes, up 17 percent over 2017. A large portion – 71 percent – of fiber-to-the-home builds are by large incumbents. The remaining 29 percent are from Tier 2 and 3 providers, including a mix of independent telcos, municipalities, competitive providers and electric cooperatives. Vendors are also seeing a transition in the equipment they sell. For example, Broadband Trends reported that global DSL port shipments declined 22 percent year-over-year to reach 35...

60 Dope Gifts On Amazon Prime That Men Actually Want

I consider myself a little obsessed when it comes to gift giving. I have Pinterest boards, secret notebooks, and discreet pictures I’ve taken of labels when someone points out a cool product — you name it, I’ve done it. That’s why, when it comes to gifts that men actually want, I have a pretty solid arsenal of suggestions. Some of these ideas even come straight from the mouths of the men in my life, so your own brother, boyfriend, or dad will thank you. A little secret when it comes to finding the perfect present? I’ve found that most adults prefer practicality. Gifts that he actually wants and gifts that he’ll actually use tend to be one in the same, because if it speeds up his routine, makes an annoying task a little easier, or improves his day-to-day life, what’s not to love? That’s not to say that he won’t adore the poop emoji pillow you’ve considered. It just means that a useful gift is, more often than not, a foolproof gift — for anyone, and definitely not just men. Now for the best news of all: these are all gifts for men that you can buy on Amazon Prime, so if Father’s Day or his birthday is quickly approaching,...