Commentary: A Memory That Flows Through The Veins

first_imgBy John KrullTheStatehouseFile.com EDINBURGH, Scotland – If we listen, blood can whisper old, even ancient, truths to us.Long, long ago, my ancestors lived in this country. My mother’s people were lowland Scots. They lived here, the family stories go, until they bet on the wrong side in one of Britain’s many battles of royal succession. They found themselves transported to Northern Ireland, where they were supposed to serve as a Protestant presence grafted onto a determinedly Catholic land.Several generations later, not many years before the American Revolution, they left and landed in the Carolinas, before heading north to Indiana around the time of the War of 1812.But they began in this land.Part of me – part of my children – began in this land.I didn’t journey first to Scotland until I was in my late 30s. My wife and I came on our honeymoon. We roamed from Edinburgh to Inverness to the Isle of Skye. We walked over streets that were here when my ancestors lived in this land. We hiked trails both green and stony.Scotland spoke to me then.It’s spoken to me ever since.It wasn’t just that the country is beautiful – although it is beautiful. The sky here achieves shadings of blue and gray that can soothe the most unquiet spirit. The highlands have a harsh, craggy splendor, earth and stone reminders of the weight of eternity.But it also was that this place was part of me.One of the homes of my heart.On that first trip, while my new bride did some shopping in Edinburgh, I stopped at a pub for a pint. Or two.The guys at the table next to me started reciting poetry. They were several rounds ahead of me. The drinks took the edge off their Scots burrs and transformed every “s” into ”sssssh.”It also made their recital endearing, particularly when they reached the climax.A man’s a man for ‘a that.Even slurred, Robert Burns’ poetry spoke Scotland’s soul.I also wandered the bookstores in Edinburgh, Inverness and elsewhere, reading upon the Scottish Enlightenment as my wife and I traveled – the long struggle to unshackle the human mind and spirit from all forces that would bind them. As I did, I understood in ways I never had before the devotion my mother’s people had to learning and to charting their own courses. I began to realize my resistance to outsourcing my thinking might be more than a personal quirk.The inertia of generation after generation after generation fighting to find its own way could have done something to push me down that path.One late afternoon, we stopped the car along an ocean cliff. I walked out to the edge of the bluff and looked at the water, whitecaps rippling the surface as far as my eye could see.I never have been a man who finds peace with ease. At that moment, though, I felt nothing but serenity.As I stared from atop that craggy bluff at the long stretch, I thought about the people whose blood flowed through my veins and how they walked this land centuries before I was even a notion. I thought about the children my wife and I wanted to have.In that moment, I saw and felt both how important I was in the living moment to my wife and, God willing, my children and how small a piece I was in the endless chain of existence.I thought about how big and how small we all are.We’ve been given reason these days, in some of the worst possible ways, to reflect upon where we all came from. Regardless of the motivation, it’s worthwhile exercise, because such reflection, if done with honesty and in the right spirit, should engender humility.And gratitude.I’m in Scotland again, this time with my son, who is approaching his own age of manhood.As he and I stroll these ancient streets, I think about where life might take my children and where it took all those came before us.As my son and I walk, the past itself seems to flow through our veins.If we listen, our blood can whisper truths to us.John Krull is director of Franklin College’s Pulliam School of Journalism and publisher of TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Legislation To Note As General Assembly Wraps Up First Half Of Session

first_imgFebruary 27, 2019, Staff ReportTheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — While the spotlight has mainly been on bills involving hate crimes and teacher pay, the Indiana General Assembly worked on a number of other bills, including:Medical MarijuanaHouse Bill 1384, authored by Rep. Jim Lucas, R-Seymour, would have legalized the study and use of medical marijuana in Indiana. The bill did not receive a hearing in the House public health committee.“To have just a handful of people stand in the way of something that has brought relief to millions of people across the nation, to me that’s just not good government,” said Lucas.Gov. Eric Holcomb, asked about the issue Wednesday, said he does not want Indiana to consider legalization until more research is done and action is taken at the federal level.But asked by a reporter if he’d tried marijuana, Holcomb said he had, in college.Gambling Sens. Mark Messmer, R-Jasper, and Jon Ford, R-Terre Haute, authored Senate Bill 552 to legalize sports wagering across the state in most circumstances, allow the city of Terre Haute to build its first casino and permit the city of Gary to relocate an existing casino.This bill is expected to expand the state’s gaming industry and assist in economic development. It passed out of the Senate in a 38-11 vote. It may have a tougher route in the House. House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, said he considers it a major expansion of gambling. Holcomb said he will “need to take deep dive into all the details” of the legislation.Education Matters House Education Committee Chairman Bob Behning, R-Indianapolis, introduced two bills this session to alter Indiana’s education system on multiple fronts. In House Bill 1629, Indiana students would be required to apply to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) prior to graduation. The measure would also widen the definition of elementary schools and protect school emails from public records searches.“We definitely want to conserve more money for the resources for serving students as opposed to searching through data,” Behning said about the public records provision.Behning also authored House Bill 1641 to change how charter schools operate across the state. HB 1641 would shorten the time period in which a school period can sell a vacant school building from two years to 90 days. A separate provision would require school corporations to include charter schools in tax referendums for operations.Each proposal drew scrutiny from leaders in traditional public schools when first introduced in the education committee.“As I see it, we’re trying to find additional money to teachers, and then we have a bill that is going to further erode the dollars that are going to public schools,” said J.T. Coopman, executive director of the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents.For the third year in a row, a bill giving student journalists full First Amendment rights has hit a roadblock. The bill failed to receive a committee hearing this year. Last year it made it to the House floor where it died.  House Bill 1213 would have granted student journalists in grades 7-12 the same freedoms and protections as professionals under the First Amendment. Under current law, based on a Supreme Court case decision inHazelwood v. Kuhlmeier, student news organizations cannot freely publish materials without being subject to censorship from the school administration.Author Rep. Ed Clere, R-New Albany, said he decided to not push the bill any further this year because there was still too much backlash from opponents the previous year, but he said he will bring the legislation back next year.“We can turn it around, but I’ve come to realize it’s going to take time,” Clere said.School SafetyBoth chambers put forth multiple bills to improve school safety, but most of those new programs are all tied to the same limited funding.In the House, Rep. Jim Lucas, R-Seymour, authored a bill to create a handgun training program for teachers and allow schools to pay for the $1,500 training with the state Secure School Safety Fund.Asked if the training program would drain too much from the funding, Lucas said that he hopes schools deplete the fund because it will show how much they need it and the state can put more money in.  The bill passed in the House after much debate over the subject of schools arming teachers, which is already legal in Indiana.The House and Senate passed catch-all safety bills, House Bill 1004 and Senate Bill 266, which also take from the same funds. HB 1004 provides more flexibility to school districts when applying for school safety grants from the state. The bill also adds other items that further protect schools, including a required threat assessment, at least one active shooter drill per year, and an optional youth risk behavior survey. SB 266 focuses on creating more mental health services for students, and other school safety measures were rolled up into the bill by the time it reached the Senate floor.Jennifer McCormick, state superintendent of public instruction, said she and the Board of Education are worried lawmakers are pulling too much funding from one bucket, which is around $14 million per year.McCormick said, “[Legislators say,] ‘we want to start this program, we want to start that program,’ and you start taking and taking and taking.” Guns Legislators decided to not vote on a bill to allow licensed gun holders the right to carry their weapons inside churches located on school grounds. The measure, House Bill 1643, did not clearly outline the definition of school property, according to author Rep. Ben Smaltz, R-Auburn. Smaltz said he plans to revisit the proposal later this session. Election Security and Reform Senate Bill 105, authored by Senate Elections Committee Chair Greg Walker, R-Columbus, passed to the House in a close 26-23 vote. The bill provides guidelines for redistricting but allows the General Assembly to continue to draw district maps.Several groups advocating for redistricting reform, including the Indiana Coalition for Independent Redistricting, say SB 105 fails to end partisan gerrymandering and echoed support for a separate measure, Senate Bill 91, to establish an independent, citizen-led redistricting commission. SB 91 died in committee after it didn’t receive a hearing.Walker also introduced Senate Bill 571 to make it easier for independent parties to get onto ballots. While the Senator said he believed the bill would help minority parties find representation in government, critics said this would confuse voters. The bill died on the Senate floor.In the House, Rep. Thomas Saunders, R-Lewisville, introduced House Bill 1311 to move up the deadline for absentee ballots from eight to 12 days before an election. Saunders and advocates from clerks offices said this would help prevent a backlog of ballots during election seasonPublic Health/SafetySenate Bill 425 would have increased the legal age of buying tobacco products and vaping products from 18 to age 21 and prevents anyone under age 18 from entering smoking areas in clubs and cigar stores. It died in committee.The House and Senate each unanimously passed bills – House Bill 1333  and Senate Bill 192– that would make the distribution of any intimate or nude image of a person without their consent as a Class A misdemeanor and a Level 6 Felony for a second offense. Abortion and Women’s Health The House passed an abortion bill that would prevent a dilation and extraction procedure on a live fetus during a second trimester pregnancy. The procedure was described in the bill as extracting a fetus from a woman “piece by piece.” The legislation passed on the House floor with little debate.In addition, the House unanimously passed a bill that would allow a minor who is at least 16 years of age to consent to health care concerning the pregnancy, delivery, and postpartum care. A similar bill, Senate Bill 352, died by a close vote on the Senate floor after a long debate on whether the bill took away parental rights. Unlike the bill in the Senate, the House bill included a provision requiring medical providers to make a reasonable attempt to contact parents or guardians.Consumer CreditSenate Bills 104 and 613 battled each other in the Senate. SB 104, a bill to put limits on payday-type loans that was authored by Sen. Greg Walker, R-Columbus, was defeated. SB 613, authored by Sen. Andy Zay, R- Huntington, narrowly passed the Senate. It creates two short term loan options with interest rates critics say would be on a felony level of loan sharking.SB 613 passed 26-23 and now goes to the House. Gov. Eric Holcomb said this bill gave him “heartburn.” He said he’d like to learn more about the perspectives of lawmakers who backed it, but said that from what he knows so far “it just didn’t wear well.”Department of Child ServicesSen. Erin Houchin, R-Salem, led the charge to decrease caseloads and provide more state-backed resources to children served by the Department of Child Services. In Senate Bill 1, the DCS would be required to spend at least 12 months in search of an adult relative or sibling to help a child find a path out of foster care, among other provisions. Its counterpart, House Bill 1198, passed unanimously.Electric ScootersHouse Bill 1649, authored by Rep. Sean Eberhart, R-Shelbyville, regulates the use of electric foot scooters, specifying that they are not motor vehicles and that users must follow all the rules that apply to bicyclists. It unanimously passed the House and now goes to the Senate.FOOTNOTE: Erica Irish, Emily Ketterer, Andrew Longstreth, and Bryan Wells contributed to this story. They are reporters for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.Print Friendly, PDF & EmailFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

“IS IT TRUE” JANUARY 15, 2019

first_imgWe hope that today’s “IS IT TRUE” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?IS IT TRUE we wonder why judges who say we don’t need to stand up when the Nation Anthem is played expect us to stand up when he enters the room?IS IT TRUE we wonder what would happen when a Judge enters the court room if everyone would  go down on their knees?IS IT TRUE that a CCO reader was at the airport, checking his bags at the gate when an airport employee asked, has anyone put anything in your bags without your knowledge?  …he replied, “if it was it was without my knowledge? IS IT TRUE back in February 2017 it was stated that the per night rooms rates for the downtown Hilton Doubletree Inn will be between $130 to $250 per room? …we hope that Hilton Doubletree Inn CEO has a lot of wiggle room to reduce their room rates in the $90 range so they can be competitive with other well established local Motels and Hotels? IS IT TRUE in a recent City-County Observer “Readers Poll” we  asked the question “Who was the most effective President of the Evansville Council”? …that it’s important to point out that this poll isn’t scientific but is trendy in nature? …that Curt John received 91 votes, John Friend, CPA received 69 votes, Missy Mosby received 47 votes, Connie Robinson received 39 votes, Jim Brinkmeyer received 31 votes, Dr. Dan Adams received 21 votes, B J Watts received 6 votes, Steve Bagbey received 6 votes, Keith Jarboe received 1 vote and 47 people stated that they have now idea?Todays“Readers Poll” question is: Who was the most effective Mayor of Evansville?Please go to our link of our media partner Channel 44 News located in the upper right-hand corner of the City-County Observer so you can get the up-to-date news, weather, and sports.If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us at City-County [email protected]: City-County Observer Comment Policy. Be kind to people. No personal attacks or harassment will not be tolerated and shall be removed from our site.Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer or our advertisers. IS IT TRUE we wonder when SMG and VenueWorks yearly financial and performance reports are going to be made public? IS IT TRUE we are hearing that the At-Large City Councilman Jonathan Weaver is seriously looking at running for the Mayor of Evansville? …we are also told that his message that we have a tax and spend Mayor is gaining momentum with the working class taxpayers?center_img IS IT TRUE we are told by reliable sources that the Evansville Water and Sewer Utilities Department are hiring private contractors to do some of the jobs that their full-time employees are qualified to do? …if this information is correct no wonder why our water rates are sky rocketing?IS IT TRUE we wonder what is the status of the multi-million dollars Johnson Control “Smart Water Meters Project”? …this project was over seen by the Evansville Water and Sewer Utilities Department? …we are told that this project may have been abruptly shut without explanation? …if this information is correct we wonder what happened to the remaining bond money from the now dormant “Smart Water Meters” construction fund?IS IT TRUE we are told that the expensive police and fire emergency radio upgrades program at the Central Dispatch Department isn’t working as planned? IS IT TRUE when it comes to telling people things were going to happen and then quickly pulling the old bait and switch routine, the last Mayor of Evansville was a master of the art?…that former Evansville Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel was famous for promising that several things would happen without a public handout and then seeing his promises vanish into thin air? …Weinzapfel saw both the Four (4) Star downtown Hotel and the McCurdy Hotel projects vaporize before his very eyes? …the Ford Center was the only promise that happened under his watch?  …this big ticket project picks the Evansville taxpayers pockets every year for the tune of $8 Million in bond payments?IS IT TRUE that Mayor Winnecke has seemly made a political career out of making capital projects happen by over committing millions of dollars of taxpayers money for questionable capital projects?IS IT TRUE  that the newly elected school board member Anne Ennis said; “on average on any given day there are 11 unfilled substitute jobs in EVSC system?” …she also stated that; “due to a concern that my seating on the Board of School Trustees could be challenged If I continue to be a substitute teacher at Cedar Hall school and i have decide not to continue teaching? …because of Anne concern that this issue could cause her a conflict of interest problem she withdraw from her part time teaching assignments with Cedar Hall school as of today? …we commend newly elected EVSC school board member Anne Ennis for deciding not to continue being a paid employee with the EVSC? 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Small Business Saturday Brought Shoppers From Near And Far To Ocean City

first_imgSmall Business Saturday is a nationwide promotion started by American Express in 2010, and it encourages consumers to shop at local stores the day after Black Friday. Black Friday has become symbolic with the rush to the mall, so Small Business Saturday is a push for shoppers to spend their money locally.“It is a very important event. It really does make people understand that shopping locally makes a big difference,” said Michele Gillian, executive director of the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce.Not to be outdone by the malls, Ocean City has staged a number of special events this holiday season to draw visitors downtown. On Friday night, thousands of spectators lined the sidewalks for a lavish tree-lighting ceremony and an appearance by Santa Claus during the annual Christmas in the Downtown event.Katy Himes, owner of Kay Jay’s Doll Shoppe, said “It has been busy all weekend. Friday night we got a little break when the tree was lit at City Hall and Santa arrived, but soon after the customers were back. Saturday has been steady all day long.”Greg, Cathy, and Olivia Egnor enjoyed Small Business Saturday.Greg Egnor was shopping the Avenue with his wife and daughter.  They were in from Pittsburgh, PA.  Greg is originally from Atlantic City and graduated from Atlantic City High School and then Stockton University.  They returned to the area for the holiday weekend so that Greg could attend his 30 year high school reunion.Most of the Ocean City shop owners mixed in some aggressive price-cutting with some old-fashioned personal touches (such as giving out complimentary cups of hot chocolate to their customers) to attract a continuous flow of shoppers.“It’s just a homier feel here. It’s not so corporate,” Jamie Keenan, manager of the 7th Street Surf Shop on Asbury Avenue, said of the atmosphere downtown. “It’s a small-town feel. It’s very family-oriented.”Jordan Valian From EHT and Michelle Hayes from Philadelphia did some holiday shopping at 7th Street Surf Shop .When asked what the big seller of the day was, 7th Street Surf Shop owner Becky Friedel said “The Yeti products are really popular.  People love their quality and we have a huge variety to choose from. Additionally, we have some great deals on some of our hottest clothes.”We caught Michele Headley, Judy Turner, Monica Headley, and Sara Turner taking a break from their shopping experience.  The four of them came in together from Egg Harbor Township to enjoy all the holiday fun.Ocean City’s downtown area is really dressed up for the holidays with green garland and big, red bows. Decorations hang high above Asbury Avenue and are draped on the Victorian-style lamp posts lining the sidewalks.Adding to the festive mood, Saturdays and Sundays through December 23, there are the free horse and carriage rides along Asbury Avenue from noon until 3:00 PM.Pictured below, Chuck Palermo took his family to Wards Pastry for a sweet energy boost before checking out all the specials.   He said that he felt that it is import to spend his money locally to reward the great stores we have in town.Even the locals came out to support small businesses. Chuck, Annie, Chase Palermo, and Maxwell Spell shopped the Avenue with the help of some sweets from Wards Pastry.If you were not able to make it to Small Business Saturday, you owe it to yourself to catch some of the other upcoming events:There will be breakfast with Santa each weekend through December 23 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 26, at Arlene’s on Asbury (624 Asbury Avenue, 609-399-3639). See oceancityvacation.com for full schedule.The Christmas Parade is December 1 at 6:00 p.m. on Asbury Avenue from Sixth Street to 11th Street. Register to participate at www.ocnj.us/christmas-parade. For more information, call 609-399-6111. Allison Lopes, from Swedesboro, came to Ocean City to shop small business Saturday and enjoy the festivities. She is staying with her in-laws Doris & Steve Lopes. She is pictured here with Katy Himes at Kay Jay’s Doll Shoppe.last_img read more

GEO Mixer from Interbake

first_imgThe GEO Mixer from Interbake (Bury, Lancashire) is designed for cake or pastry products. The structure of the unit is made entirely from stainless steel, while an internal washing system can be programmed to a production schedule. Carbon dioxide gas is piped through the machine, which kills the bacteria. This is then followed by a hot wash process. One design advantage of the GEO Mixer is that, when making sponge cakes or whisking cream, the contents of the mixing bowl are whisked under pressure, reducing mixing times.last_img

Two-way street

first_imgWhereas systems with dough dividers and moulders have dominated the bread and roll market for many years, the significant new trend is production of bread from a continuous dough band, for quality and flexibility, even at the lower end of the scale. Gentle dough handling, along with ease of operation, automation and quality control, are continuing themes, as is versatility. The ability to process many products through the same machine, handling a wide variety of dough types, is especially important for modern products, including rustic and artisanal bread types.Dividing and rollingAs far as single pieces of equipment go, Reiser UK is still stressing the advantages of the well-known Vemag dough divider, which is easily adjustable for dough absorption rates and crumb structures. The company says most of its customers are seeking versatility and the Vemag can handle absorption rates from 45% to 95% for all types of bread, buns and rolls, “from stiff bagel dough to English muffins”.At the heart of the Vemag is the double screw displacement pumping element, which combines gentle and consistent handling with exact weight portions from 5g to 20kg. Versatility coping with absorption rates and crumb structures is achieved through a quick change in the double screw.Fast and accurate, the Vemag can run bread dough through single or double lanes at 200-plus pieces per minute. For greater output, a high-speed Servo divider can be added, giving up to eight lanes of product up to 300 times per minute. Lastly, there is no need for divider oil, saving money and eliminating air pockets and surface blisters.The Combi Line, from leading automatic roll plant maker König, is a modular line that can be adjusted to the requirements of virtually any bakery, according to the UK supplier European Process Plant (EPP). “Bakers define the configuration of the plant depending on the markets they serve and their budget,” says EPP’s director Stewart Morris.Ideally suited to medium-sized businesses looking to step their roll production up a gear, the modular combination five-pocket automated Combi roll plant otherwise known as the König Rex Futura II includes a pre-rolling unit, intermediate resting chamber with nearly 200 swing pockets, a forming station and a traying-up station. It produces up to 9,000 products per hour, depending on the scaling weight, the dough type and the type of roll being produced which can be round, oval, rounded and stamped, longrolled, longrolled and stamped, flattened, convoluted, cut, fruited and seeded.EPP rates the König Mini-Rex as “the best small automated dough dividing and rounding machine on the market”. This two-pocket model has a small footprint and produces up to 4,000 pieces per hour. Simple to use, with a gentle dividing and rounding action, the sturdy design is easy to clean and maintain. Product weights range from 13g to 140g, and up to 50 product settings can be stored on the computer control.Versatility, reliability and longevity have been key to success. EPP says it has installed some 900 König roll plants in the UK and Ireland and many automatic machines installed in the 1970s are still producing today.At industrial level, the Industrie Rex Hyper automatic divider-rounder, launched at the iba show in Germany last October, can be taken apart for cleaning in 15 minutes “a major step forward in roll plant design”, according to Morris.Multi-purpose systemsFritsch, meanwhile, is one of the suppliers offering multi-purpose lines for bread and pastry. The company’s Laminator 300, presented at iba last October, is its latest line of this type and features the Fritsch Soft Processing concept, incorporating the satellite and calibration head, combining the pinning/reduction and controlling functions.Sensors at all the operating stations monitor the process continually, and continuously control the shape of the dough loop at every transfer point, managing belt speed as necessary, so the dough never buckles or tears. While Laminator 300 “masters the art of puff pastry, croissant and Danish dough”, with least stress and high quality in largely automated ways, John Edmondson of Fritsch UK says the Laminator 300 Plus produces perfect dough sheets for all types of bread and roll products, including soft doughs for the modern trend of rustic baked goods. Baguettes, seeded rolls, ciabatta loaves and laminated dough sheets can all be made on the same system.For industrial scale, the Fritsch Impressa system also features soft processing and a synchronised guillotine that avoids unnecessary sticking or jamming of the dough. Product quality is achieved with reliable performance and continuous operation over long periods of time. Servo-technology using a more expensive drive gives better precision and ease of control. “There is no dough that cannot be worked by this machine,” says Edmondson, citing gentle treatment from beginning to end, with sparing use of additives and many other features, including hygiene and ease of cleaning.Also pursuing the multi-purpose, modular approach, Rondo says its Smartline all-purpose, semi-industrial machine provides suitable conditions to obtain high-quality dough, whether the baker wants to produce ciabatta, focaccia, baguette, pizza, seeded bread rolls, doughnuts or other products including laminated pastry. Smartline allows the baker to process both soft and sticky doughs, as well as bread and rolls, yeast and short dough, and laminated dough. Smartline also features a satellite head system; sheeting of very soft to firm dough is effected by adjusting the angle of the head using patented Rondo technology.Rondo’s industrial bread production line is also characterised by gentle handling and a wide variety of product styles, with “numerous intelligent detail solutions and a modular concept”.Dividing and rollingFrom Rademaker, the Crusto bread line, developed in 2006, also has the multi-purpose, modular approach, with new features being added. The latest of these are the stress-free sheeting system already introduced in several European countries which works without extruders, and so portions the dough in a continuous sheet without any damage to the gluten network or any concession to the structure of the dough.Among the optional modules, the bottom-seeder is able to moisten and seed the bottoms of dough pieces for improved eating quality; the baguette injection line can add (garlic) butter to baguettes and pistolettes; and there is a bending and pinching unit for croissants.New bread linesMeanwhile, Benier UK has just launched its new integrated baguette and speciality bread plant, based on the DrieM sheeted bread dough technology, which David Marsh, MD of Benier UK says “means that speciality bread and baguette manufacturers can produce fully automated products to artisanal standards”.The DrieM dough sheeting system produces almost any size of baguettes, buns, rolled buns and specialist or cut products at high capacity and high quality. “DrieM handles the dough much more sympathetically than traditional divider moulders, which cuts down on the potential damage on baguettes and other products that traditionally have a higher water content,” says Marsh. “The result is a fully automated artisanal bread line which delivers top-quality products, with more accurate dimensions.” He says that baguette manufacturers can now produce a 600mm long baguette from a 350g dough piece, each and every time which would be “quite a challenge for traditional systems.”Part of the Kaak group, Benier’s extensive portfolio includes provers, ovens, coolers, freezers and post-baking systems, such as adding garlic butter to baguettes.A brand new bread plant concept, called the Fusion, has just been introduced by Mono Equipment, which marketing manager Roy Kitley says “is already generating a lot of interest from major supermarket groups who have seen its capabilities”. Eighteen months in development, Fusion incorporates a divider, intermediate prover and combination moulder into a single production unit, capable of producing up to 1,000 pieces per hour, depending on weight.The volumetric divider includes a flour-duster that is adjustable to allow for increased water content. The 180-pocket intermediate prover, with conveyor, provides an 8 or 10 minute intermediate proof, and features removable and interlocked catch trays and a newly designed dough centralising guide on the off-take conveyor.A digital counter is incorporated into the main control panel, for an instant visual check on throughput. The moulder has a soft-start function that increases durability, and is fitted with a motorised off-take conveyor, set at an ergonomic height for easy traying-up.last_img read more

Umphrey’s McGee Performed The National Anthem At The Chicago Bulls Game Last Night [Watch]

first_imgUmphrey’s McGee are proud to be back in Chicago for this year’s New Year’s run. Returning to their home city for NYE for the first time in ten years, one can only imagine that these hometown heroes are chomping at the bit, ready to deliver the goods to their dedicated base of hardcore fans from the Midwest.Last night, Umphrey’s got the party started one night early, as they delivered an a cappella rendition of the National Anthem at the United Center, where the Chicago Bulls took on the Brooklyn Nets. Five out of six members of Umphrey’s were on hand to deliver the “Star-Spangled Banner”, with Jake Cinninger sitting out the performance while the famously vocals-shy Ryan Stasik got in on the a cappella action. It was a fun way to kick off their New Year’s Eve weekend, and a great way to connect with their local audience. Umphrey’s are the torch-bearers of progressive rock in Chicago, so it’s cool to see them switch things up and deliver a spot-on vocal performance.Check out a clip of the performance below, courtesy of the band’s Facebook page.last_img read more

Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Wood Brothers, And Hot Tuna Roll Through SPAC [Review/Audio/Videos]

first_img[Videos by Sean Roche]With Gregg Allman and Butch Trucks’ deaths still heavy on their minds, TTB encored with a heartfelt “Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More” off the Allman Brothers Band legendary album, Eat a Peach. Trucks has had a lot of practice playing Allman Brothers material, yet Susan needed the lyrics sheet added to the stage setup to avoid any flubs. Gregg Allman wrote the tune for his brother Duane Allman after he passed away and now Derek got to play it for Gregg and Butch which was a truly touching passing of the torch. A short and soulful “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” set up the final song of the evening, “I’ve Got A Made up Mind.”[Video by Sean Roche]Check out the show audio, as uploaded by rocksuitcase:The three bands that graced the stage on the eve of Independence Day are just getting started! Tickets are still available for many of the show scheduled on the Wheels of Soul Tour, which is bound to cover just a little more ground from now until August 2nd.Setlist: Hot Tuna | Saratoga Performing Arts Center | Saratoga Springs, NY | 7/3/17Serpent Of Dreams, Living Just For You, Talkin’ Bout You, Come Back Baby, In The Kingdom, Roads And Roads &, Hit Single #1.Setlist: Wood Brothers | Saratoga Performing Arts Center | Saratoga Springs, NY | 7/3/17Keep Me Around, Atlas, Never and Always, Tried and Tempted, Snake Eyes, American Heartache, Luckiest Man, Postcards from Hell, OpheliaSetlist: Tedeschi Trucks Band | Saratoga Performing Arts Center | Saratoga Springs, NY | 7/3/17Anyday, Don’t Know What It Means, Anyhow, It’s So Heavy, Get What You Deserve, Ball and Chain, Let Me Get By, Leaving Trunk, I Pity The Fool, I Want MoreE: Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More, Will The Circle Be Unbroken, Made Up My Mind[cover photo from TTB Facebook] On July 3rd, the 2017 Wheels of Soul Tour brought The Wood Brothers, Hot Tuna, and Tedeschi Trucks Band to the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Upstate New York. Beautiful weather greeted the tie-dyed and star-spangled crowd, which ranged from young children to older hippies. Outdoor venues like SPAC are the perfect sanctuaries for eclectic and soulful music and the attendees were pleased to see Hot Tuna bring their unique blues to the stage as they opened up the festivities.For a band that traces its roots back to 1969, Hot Tuna can still bring the heat. Not only did they tackle songs from their wide catalog and long career, but they also showed the audience that they still have fun doing it. Jack Cassady stomped around the stage totting a bass that is about the same size as him while Jorma Kaukonen lit a fuse and transformed his electric guitar into a firework. The aging crowd seated inside the pavilion cheered as Jorma commented that the last time they played SPAC was in 1989 for the Jefferson Airplane reunion tour. The band members thanked their friends Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks for inviting them on such an incredible tour and the short set came to a close.The Wood Brothers have solidified their position as one of the most soulful Americana bands on the rise right now, making them the ideal meat in the Wheels of Soul sandwich, especially on the eve of the 4th of July holiday. The crowd at SPAC doubled in size as the trio opened with “Keep Me Around” from their critically acclaimed 2013 album, The Muse. The first time I saw the Wood Brothers was at a downtown Saratoga pub called The Parting Glass, where they happened to be playing on their first ever tour. Over a decade later in the same New York town, they played “Atlas” again, but this time they were on a much larger stage in front of a much larger group. As their popularity grows exponentially over the years, their down-to-Earth attitudes, familial connection and passionate writing remains the same.The particularly energetic “Tried and Tempted” and “Snake Eyes” encouraged Chris Wood to show off some of his killer dance moves. Oliver Wood gave a nod to the red, white and blue with “American Heartache” off their most recent studio album, Paradise, leading Jano Rix to take over on keyboard for “Luckiest Man.” The fan-favorite tune lead to a sing-along and reminded the crowd how lucky we are to be in the land of the brave of free. Oliver dedicated “Postcards from Hell” to all the artists on the Wheels of Soul tour and a fast-paced cover of “Ophelia” finished off the set.[Video by Sean Roche]Headlining the joyous evening was the group that started the Wheels of Soul Tour three years ago, the Tedeschi Trucks Band. This year’s installment proves to be the most ambitious to date and we can only hope the Wheels tradition continues. The 12-piece thunderous blues band opened with “Anyday” to the delight of their die-hard fans. “Don’t Know What It Means” allowed Kebbi Williams to explode on the fiery saxophone solo. In order to cool the place down, Susan Tedeschi softly took the vocals for “Anyhow” and “It’s So Heavy” allowing Derek Trucks to delicately weave his electric guitar into the mix. After a slow pair of songs, vocalist Mike Mattison took the lead for “Get What You Deserve,” a rocking gospel influenced tune that got the pavilion pulsating. [Videos by Sean Roche]The long drum intro to “Let Me Get By” was one of the many highlights of the set and allowed several different members to showcase their talent. The spontaneity of TTB is why fans continue following them around the country and when news broke that their beloved keyboardist, Kofi Burbridge had suffered some medical difficulties, fans highly anticipating the Wheels of Soul Tour were heart broken. The replacement, Carey Frank, showed that he was qualified to take Burbridge’s place and appeared to wow even Susan, who commented how incredible his playing has been after only three nights on the tour. Frank took an additional funky organ solo during “Leaving Trunk,” but Susan one-upped him with a blazing guitar solo proving that the ladies can do it too. Susan’s energy continued to rise during her emotional vocals in “I Pity the Fool” and the set ending and appropriately placed “I Want More.”last_img read more

For U.S. military, ideals must matter

first_imgThree-quarters of the way through a panel discussion of military values and ethics, hosted by the Harvard Kennedy School’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, moderator Alberto Mora, a senior fellow at the center, cut to the bone: If terrorists aren’t following the rules of warfare, why should we?The response was unified and emphatic at Friday’s session from the panelists, three superintendents of U.S. military academies. The American military, they said, must uphold U.S. values, and this means adherence to the rules of engagement.“This is the challenge going forward,” said Vice Adm. Walter E. “Ted” Carter, superintendent of the Naval Academy. Beginning with World War I, after the use of mustard gas and the new “death machine” or machine gun, “the American military drove this idea that there are certain things we just don’t do. They don’t represent the values of who we are as American people.”Even today, when the U.S. military must engage in combat in “shadow zones” where fighters are not identified by uniforms and “it seems like we’re playing with one hand tied behind our back, against enemies that have an advantage,” the military must keep stressing ethics in its leadership programs, Carter said.Otherwise, “What’s our purpose? What do we stand for?” said Lt. Gen. Michelle D. Johnson, superintendent of the Air Force Academy, who was a command pilot with more than 3,600 flying hours and an Air Force presidential aide. “This is one of the challenges of democracy.” Around the world, people look to America to set an example, she said, adding, “They hold us accountable. When we don’t live up to that, it hurts us.”That was also a point emphasized by Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen Jr., superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and a former chief of the Office of Security Cooperation-Iraq.“The wars that we have been fighting are conflicts of wars of ideology,” Caslen said. “In this ideological struggle, the actions of the United States are particularly important.” Human rights violations at the Abu Ghraib prison in 2003 and detention of terrorism suspects at Guantanamo Bay helped create more terrorists not only by mobilizing extremists but by motivating moderates to be more extreme, Caslen said.“You can’t drain that swamp. You can’t kill your way out of it. It’s an ideological struggle. And that’s why rules of engagement are as they are,” he said.The event, “The View from the Military Academies: A Conversation with the Superintendents About Values, Ethics, and the Military Profession,” had its roots in a speech made last year by Harvard President Drew Faust at West Point, where she explored the military notion of “friction”  — that is, when a person is forced to confront a situation beyond his or her ability, and has to stretch and reach. In her welcoming remarks to the panel, Faust noted, “We are all of us in many ways in a moment defined by friction; we are being asked to think beyond our assumptions … And this can be an unsettling time.”“The American military drove this idea that there are certain things we just don’t do,” said Carter (from left), a sentiment echoed by Johnson. “When we don’t live up to that,” she followed, “it hurts us.” Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerThe bulk of the panel discussion focused on the military schools’ emphasis on constructing character. “Building leaders of character at West Point is the most important thing we do,” Caslen said. The three superintendents — all combat veterans who have risen to three-star rank — said such training goes beyond adherence to honor codes to preparing young men and women to be “leaders of consequence.”As Johnson said, “You can check the squares on the honor code, and this is not sufficient,” which is why, she said, the Naval Academy is a “champion” of education in liberal arts as well as science, technology, engineering, and math.Johnson related the story of an operator watching a target through satellite technology who pushed his superiors to hold off striking. Only when the target was not near children — days later — did the operator attack. “These are dilemmas that our modern warriors face,” she said. “And they don’t stop watching. They watch the aftermath. So, counter to the past lore of airmen who don’t see what they do, they do now.”In response to a question posed by Richard A. Cash, a senior lecturer at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, about the effects of eliminating the military draft, Caslen acknowledged that 40 years of an all-volunteer military have widened a troubling gap between those who serve and those who don’t.“The best way to bridge that divide is to have ethical behavior in the military,” he said.Carter emphasized that, like doctors, lawyers, and clergy, the military should be seen as a professional organization bound by moral codes, concepts of freedom, and constitutional checks and balances. Leadership training helps military officers to understand what are legal, lawful orders, and to act accordingly.And for the U.S. military, the chiefs said, everyday American politics are an exterior factor that doesn’t challenge a deeper ethos.“I’m not worried about the future. These discussions will continue regardless of who is in the White House,” Carter said, adding. “We’re going to be OK.”“I would just add: Roger that,” Caslen said. “We swore allegiance to the Constitution, not to the commander in chief, not to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, but to the Constitution.”last_img read more

Five Things to Consider When Buying Your First Server

first_imgWhether you are a small office or a global enterprise, a server is the lifeblood of your business – that’s why finding the right one is essential. As your business expands, you may be considering server options to help your employees collaborate, share tools and information. Maybe you’re concerned about data that needs to be secured, or you’re thinking about what type of solution you will need in the long run. Choosing the best server for you and your business can seem like a difficult process, but really, it’s a lot simpler than you think.First, ask yourself, “What are my business goals? What type of IT solution do I need to address my requirements? How will this server benefit me?” Essentially, consider how will you be using this server. Some common uses for servers are web hosting, email, and print. If you can align your business and IT requirements, you do not have to worry about being held back as your business grows.To help get you started in your search, here are 5 tips to consider when you start looking at servers:1. What Server Fits Best for You?In order to answer this question, you must ask yourself some simple, but important questions during your server selection such as, “What business goals do I want my server to accomplish? How much office space do I have available?” Servers come in different shapes and sizes that are categorized into racks, towers, and modular. Always keep in mind that one size does NOT fit all.Rack Servers are designed to be installed within a rack chassis that holds multiple servers on top of each other. These are great if you want to be prepared to scale your business and want to consolidate IT.Tower Servers are built for stand-alone operations and occupy the least amount of floor space. They can fit underneath or on top of a desk. These also make great first servers because they offer plenty of power and are similar to a desktop computer. However, they do take up more room when it comes to expanding.Modular Servers allow for multiple servers to be housed in a given chassis and offer shared IT resources to manage dynamic workloads.2. How Will You Be Utilizing Your Server?You’ll need to know what primary tasks you’ll be performing and then determine what hardware you’ll need to consider so you get the most out of your server.Will you be needing to print and/or use email, or do you have databases or business applications? The type of applications will determine the type of processor, memory, and storage capacity you’ll need.Another piece to think about is having hot-swappable components in your server. We live in a world where we are always on the go and can’t afford to have server downtime. Having hot-swappable hard drives or power supplies will allow you to replace a piece of hardware without the need to power down. You can continue to run the server and keep working without interruption.3. What is Your Budget?Servers are available in a range of price points depending on the specificity of your workload. It’s up to you to determine what workload to run on your server. Make sure you consider your business long-term. In the long run, a more efficient server will reduce your total cost of ownership. Consider a server that will be able to adapt to your growing needs and future technology changes. Having scalability offers potential savings, plus you’ll have the most up-to-date hardware.For example, one-socket servers are great for a small or growing business. Did you know, according to a Gartner analysis, “By 2021, dedicated x86 single-socket servers will be able to address 80% of the workloads in use in enterprise data centers, up from 20% in 2018.[1]” These servers will be able to complete your tasks at a high-performance level.4. Are You Anticipating Future Growth?Speaking of scalability, think about how many people access the network now and, how much space and power you use today. Then think about how much that will change in the next 6 months, a year, or even 5 years. You want your server to be able to grow with you and adapt to your needs.Why should you consider a product that is easily scalable? Because it will impact your total cost of ownership and business. Scaling late in the game may require the need to purchase more servers than originally expected. The same goes for with the software that’s available. If you don’t have a way to handle these updates and increases, you may lose efficiency and the quality of service may suffer. You want something that will grow with you and not hold you back.5. How Will You Protect Your Data?Security is a huge risk for all businesses. You can’t afford to leave your data vulnerable to security breaches, cyber threats, and other vicious virtual attacks. The average total cost of a data breach in the United States is $8.19 million.All Dell EMC servers are designed to be cyber-resilient and come with built-in security programs so you can easily automate.<span style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” data-mce-type=”bookmark” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Your server plays a critical role in your business and selecting the right one can play a major role in your business growth and IT goals. If you seek reliable, affordable, and scalable servers, consider the one or two-socket Dell EMC PowerEdge rack or tower servers.Contact your small business technology advisor for more information at 877-BUY-DELL.Follow us and join the conversation on Twitter @DellEMCServers. [1] Tony Harvey, “Use Single-Socket Servers to Reduce Costs in the Data Center”, December 5thlast_img read more