Tehnology that was developed for use by the North American Space Agency (NASA) to improve air quality on the international space station will soon be put to work in a fish processing plant in Newfoundland.
Quinlan Brothers Ltd. will be installing ActivePure technology at its three processing plants in Bay De Verde, Old Perlican and Bai Verte over the next couple of months, to prepare for the 2021 season.
The company is already using the system at its administrative offices in St. John’s.
The technology was developed and adapted for commercial use by Texas-based Aerus.
According to information from Aerus, the ActivePure technology was recently tested by MRI Global, an American laboratory certified by the U.S. Food and Drug Agency (FDA).
In those tests, the technology was proven to be 99.98 percent effective at killing the SARS-CoV-2 virus on surfaces.
The AirPure system had already been proven to be effective against a range of viruses and pathogens, including e.coli, salmonella, listeria and staph in the air and on surfaces.
Robin Quinlan told SaltWire he’s already been using the technology in three of the Jungle Jim’s franchises he owns in the province. In fact, all Jungle Jim’s restaurants in N.L. have been using the system since this summer.
Quinlan said the purchase and installation of this equipment will cost several hundred thousand dollars.
And the company will be seeking support from government agencies to help cover some of the costs.
Currently, he said, the plants have air-exchange systems in place, and the ActivePure system will be tied into that system.
He added they’re installing the technology not just as a precaution against COVID-19, but to protect against other viruses that can occur in food production.
Things like listeria, salmonella and e.coli, he said, are bacteria that are mortal enemies in a food-processing facility. “So the level of sanitation in seafood plants is rather high. And COVID is one aspect, but this air purification system will be working seven days a week, 24 hours a day to kill a lot of airborne and surfaced bacteria.
“That, in itself, for me is enough to warrant the investment.”
He added the system also adds a whole new level of peace of mind for workers as well.
“This is just another layer of protection for our people in the plants,” he said. “It involves the air that you breathe, it’s clean and free of viruses.”
Quinlan added, “This is sound technology. It is wasn’t I would never have invested in it.”
The decision by Quinlan’s is also a win for St. John’s-based company, PFS Health Solutions.
It is the regional distributor for the Aerus ActivePure® technology.
Gerry Riggs is one of the partners in the company that was launched in 2018.
When they started, he told SaltWire, their main focus was the restaurant and hospitality industry.
“The system was proven to eliminate mould and mildew, and surface contaminants like E.Coli and Salmonella,” he said. So the hospitality industry seemed to be the most logical customer.
These days, they say, they are getting interest from a variety of industries across the province.
They are particularly focused on the commercial installations, said Riggs, and the deal with Quinlan’s is a big win for them.
The testing that proved the technology’s effectiveness against COVID was also a game-changer for the company.
PSF Health Technologies president Des Walsh said in a press release, “We are absolutely thrilled with the timing of this validation of the effectiveness of ActivePure Technology.”
He said he’s confident that as the world continues to deal with COVID, as well as routine things like the flu season, “more organizations and facilities will go beyond standard cleaning protocols and add this technology to create the safest environments possible.
He added, “We’ve had some significant conversations with local proprietors in some traditional industries, such as the inshore and offshore fishery and seafood production, who are keen to bring the safe and chemical-free ActivePure systems into their operations and ensure business continuity especially as communities navigate COVID-19.”
Riggs noted the company also has a deal to install the technology in Jungle Jim’s restaurants in other locations in Canada.
Riggs, who worked for 14 years as a project manager for GE Health in the United States, said the first year in business for PSF was a lot of knocking on doors and some days hearing more “No” than “Yes” to his sales pitch.
“Then COVID changed the world and changed how people think about pathogens,” he said.
Work smarter, not harder, with Logitech Slim Folio Pro for 11-inch iPad Pro, on sale now – iMore
Have an 11-inch iPad Pro (2018) and looking for a fantastic keyboard case to go with it? You know, because it’s actually possible to work smarter, not harder, from your iPad Pro, which many people would consider a somewhat viable laptop replacement. Right now, you can grab the Logitech Slim Folio Pro for 11-inch iPad Pro for just $75.98 right now on Amazon for Black Friday. Our own Lory Gil gave the Logitech Slim Folio Pro 5-stars in her review last year, so you know it’s good.
While a lot of us use our iPads as consumption devices, there are quite a few who enjoy using the 11-inch iPad Pro as a work machine. When you add in a keyboard case, I mean, it’s pretty much a laptop replacement, for the most part. And speaking from experience, one of the best options out there for iPad keyboard cases is Logitech, hands-down — I absolutely love my Logitech Folio Touch for 11-inch iPad Pro (2020) even more so than my Apple Magic Keyboard for iPad! But if you don’t need the trackpad, then the Slim Folio Pro is also a great (and cheaper) alternative.
With the Slim Folio Pro, you are getting a durable and protective shell for your iPad. The rubberized bumpers that wrap around your iPad will keep it safe and secure, and protect it from everyday bumps and scratches. Overall, the case is nice and soft thanks to the silicone material, and it’s very lightweight, so it doesn’t add much bulk.
The keyboard itself has chiclet keys that feel similar to what you get on MacBooks, and the keys are backlit so you can type away, day or night. Logitech even includes a function key row so you have quick access to common actions, like Home, volume control and playback, adjust brightness, and more. The folio-style back lets you put your iPad Pro into one of three different viewing angles, so you can make it work for whatever situation you’re in.
If you’re using an Apple Pencil, attach it to your iPad with the open space at the top. There is a magnetic latch to keep the case closed and your Apple Pencil safe.
The biggest difference between the Slim Folio Pro and the Folio Touch is the trackpad. But if you don’t need that, then the Slim Folio Pro is a great choice to pick up, especially at this low price.
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Here are the free games hitting PlayStation Plus in December 2020 – MobileSyrup
Every month, Sony offers a few PlayStation 4 games at no additional cost to those subscribed to its PlayStation Plus service.
Now, the company has revealed what free titles are hitting the service in December 2020.
From Tuesday, December 1st until Monday, January 4th, PS Plus subscribers will be able to download Worms Rumble, Just Cause 4 and Rocket Arena for free.
It’s worth noting that Worms Rumble is launching on PS5 and PS4 on December 1st, meaning it will be available for free on both platforms via PS Plus on day one. Meanwhile, Just Cause 4 and Rocket Arena are PS4 titles that can be played on PS5 via backward compatibility.
Outside of free games, Sony has confirmed that non-PlayStation Plus subscribers can take advantage of a free multiplayer weekend between December 19th at midnight (local time) to December 20th at 11:59pm (local time).
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Samsung Galaxy Note series will be axed eventually, but probably not next year – PhoneArena
Next year’s Samsung Galaxy Note 21 could be the last phone in the series, says a leaker.
Samsung typically launches the S series smartphones in the first half of the year and the Note phones in the latter half. The company apparently wants to de-emphasize these flagships to sell more of its foldable Galaxy Z series phones.
Thus, it’s likely that the Galaxy Note series will live another year, and this has also been backed up by display industry insider Ross Young.
We may also see Samsung release a relatively affordable foldable phone in 2021 to attract more consumers.
In a nutshell, 2021 could be the year when Samsung starts to lay the groundwork for replacing the Note series with the Z lineup.
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