Jacket potatoes are popular in the takeaway market, and Rational (Luton, Beds) says its Potato Baker accessory for its SelfCooking Center means food outlets can produce perfect potatoes in less time than traditional potato ovens.The Potato Baker is a rack comprising heat-conducting spikes, which transfer heat to the centre of the food. Up to 28 prewashed potatoes can be loaded onto the rack for cooking in just 30 minutes. After they are cooked, the SelfCooking Center switches to a ‘holding’ mode, adjusting humidity to maintain the potatoes’ condition. Rational says the Potato Baker is also perfect for cooking sweetcorn. After use, the rack can be washed in a dishwasher with non-corrosive cleaning agents, due to its non-stick coating.Rational says the smallest SelfCooking Center, the model 61, can hold three Potato Bakers, giving a capacity of up to 84 potatoes.
German firm Fritsch has updated its Euroline pastry-maker in time for the Moscow Modern Bakery show in October. The Euroline’s pneumatic drive system has been replaced with an electrical one, significantly reducing noise levels and allowing a greater number of strokes up to 80 punching and 150 cutting strokes per minute.Special attachments allow the baker to produce a wide range of pastry types and the machine’s guillotine cut-off attachment moves in time with the dough sheet to create uniformity and avoid compression or stretching.
CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Previous articleA gas pump price spike predicted due to vaccine successNext articleIndiana Democratic lawmakers calling for redistricting rules Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Google+ (Sam Householder/Elkhart Truth) Lippert employs roughly 11-thousand people across its various facilities, and officials with the company recognize that means the threat of an outbreak is constantly looming.In an interview with WSBT, HR Officer Nick Fletcher says they have been taking precautions very seriously from the onset of the pandemic, and were averaging about 100 cases per week. That number however has doubled. Because of that, their testing facility will start conducting drive-thru testing. They have leased a spaced near Goshen that will allow employees to drive into a warehouse, receive testing, and then drive out.Since they began small scale-testing on employees in June, about 25% have come up positive. Twitter WhatsApp Lippert creating drive-thru COVID testing for employees Pinterest By Jon Zimney – November 18, 2020 0 244 Pinterest Twitter Facebook Facebook WhatsApp Google+
On 28 March 2018 the United Kingdom Secretary of State for International Trade, Dr Liam Fox, and the Brazilian Minister for Industry, Foreign Trade and Services, Marcos Jorge de Lima, co-chaired the tenth UK-Brazil JETCO meeting held in London.The ministers reaffirmed their commitment to the JETCO and noted significant advances since the last meeting in Brazil in December 2016. The ministers announced the initial conclusion of the Joint Trade Review, with the exchange of trade and investment information, and identified opportunities to facilitate and deepen trade between the UK and Brazil.They also reiterated their commitment to engage further on facilitating increased trade, creating opportunities and enhancing bilateral economic relations. This includes continuation of the development of the UK government’s Prosperity Fund programme in Brazil.Global economyBrazil and the UK welcomed the encouraging signs of trade liberalisation and a increase in global trade growth. Brazil has resumed growth as structural reforms have been carried through. Both countries reiterated their belief that a combination of a more responsible, more transparent, more predictable macroeconomic framework, aligned with international standards, is crucial for sustainable economic growth and development.Brazil and the UK remain advocates for free markets and free trade. International cooperation is vital to make the global economy work for everyone and address shared global challenges. Both sides committed to strengthen co-operation in the G20, World Trade Organization (WTO), Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and other multilateral bodies to that end.Bilateral economic relationshipIn 2016, the value of trade between Brazil and the UK was £5.4 billion for goods and services. Brazil represented a significant share of UK total exports to Latin America and the UK represented 8.3% and 7.4% of Brazilian total exports to and imports from the European Union, respectively.Both countries also reiterated their support for the timely conclusion of an ambitious and balanced EU-Mercosur Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and Association Agreement. Additionally, in support of continuity and certainty in the UK-Brazil economic and trade relationship, the countries agreed to work closely to ensure the continuation of important EU agreements as the UK leaves the EU.TradeBrazil and the UK discussed the progress on bilateral trade since the agreement in JETCO 2016 to work on a Joint Trade Review. Ministers welcomed the insightful and useful work to identify trade opportunities to the benefit of both the economies, respecting both EU and Mercosur competence.In particular, ministers agreed that the UK and Brazil would: Multilateral trading systemBrazil and the UK agreed on the importance of the WTO framework and recognised the efforts for the Buenos Aires Ministerial Conference in December 2017. Both countries emphasised the importance of a stable and predictable global trading system.Brazil and the UK reinforced their willingness to expedite implementation of the trade facilitation agenda, with the full and timely implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement, significantly reducing transaction costs for businesses importing and exporting goods and services. The UK welcomed Brazil becoming an observer of the Government Procurement Agreement in the WTO.As the UK prepares to leave the EU, it will look to Brazil as a key partner in the WTO and for its support in re-establishing itself as an independent member of the WTO.Intellectual property (IP) and innovationMinisters were pleased to witness the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on bilateral Patent Prosecution Highways (PPH). The pilot programme, which will commence in autumn 2018, builds on work initiated under the UK-Brazil Memorandum of Understanding on IP. It will support UK and Brazilian businesses via prioritised examination of patents already granted by one of the offices. Brazil is engaged in many actions addressed to patent process efficiency and welcomes UK efforts to support some of these actions in the context of Prosperity Fund projects.Building on a memorandum of understanding on innovation signed in 2016, Brazil and the UK launched that year a joint call for the development of smart city technologies. Of the 7 projects selected in that call, 4 are already in implementation. Both countries agreed to extend and deepen the collaboration on innovation by launching a bilateral dialogue on social finance and skills for the future in the wake of the Brazil-UK Science, Technology and Innovation Year, launched in February 2018.Trade facilitation – Prosperity FundMinisters confirmed the positive cooperation on trade facilitation driven by the UK government’s Prosperity Fund and recognised the continuous effort of both countries to create a comprehensive multi-year programme. This will reduce costs of trade and create opportunities for an additional number of companies to participate in international trade chains.Building on commitments from JETCO 2016, both ministers celebrated the progress in designing a programme which aims to: reduce the time and cost to import and export in Brazil through the implementation of technical solutions in Ports. support an additional number of micro, small and medium enterprises to export, import and participate in global value chains increase Brazil’s compliance with OECD instruments, moving towards accession reduce the time for analysis and granting of patents and trademarks identify issues in which Brazil and the UK could further develop regulatory practices confirm the intention to work on a 4 year trade regulatory coherence programme to deliver technical assistance with a view to improve regulatory practices in Brazil expand the Trade Steering Group, established at the 2016 JETCO, with 2 work streams covering trade and investment in goods and services ensure the goods and services work streams coordinate work to improve the business environment for firms and increase opportunities in bilateral trade continue work under the goods work stream to consider trade facilitation, exports culture and technical assistance for Brazil through the Prosperity Fund aim to develop a roadmap for sector-based discussions before the next JETCO develop a dialogue between private sectors of both sides on services welcome the signature on 23 February of a memorandum of understanding between the Brazilian National Economic and Social Development Bank (BNDES) and UK Export Finance to finance infrastructure projects through co-financing and co-investments mechanisms. UKEF has already announced up to £3 billion to support UK exports to Brazil The British Deputy Head of Mission (DHM) in Brazil Liz Davidson and Minister Marcos Jorge de Lima signed a Memorandum of Understanding confirming the intention to take this work forward in the coming years, once the programme is fully approved by the UK government.Building Information Modelling (BIM)Ministers strengthened the positive cooperation on Building Information Modelling (BIM) driven by signing the Memorandum of Understanding between MDIC, PPI and BEIS, acting through the UK BIM Task Group.Private sector outcomesMinisters were pleased that business representatives were able to contribute to the JETCO and will continue to have discussion on the subjects developed during JETCO through a dialogue between private sectors on both sides to seek to increase bilateral trade relations.
The Greggs Foundation, a registered charity associated with Greggs, has launched its 250th primary school Breakfast Club and will reach 300 by the year end.Local Greggs’ staff joined students for the VIP event at Woodstock Primary School in Leicester, along with Roger Whiteside, Greggs chief executive. Research has shown that children who have eaten breakfast are more punctual, have better concentration in class and more energy and enthusiasm. The scheme began in 1999 when chief executive at the time Mike Darrington initiated it.Whiteside commented: “From its humble beginnings as a single club supported by Greggs in the north east, to a national programme supported by 42 private partners, the Greggs Foundation’s Breakfast Club Programme is a shining example of how responsible businesses can make a difference to the local communities in which they operate.Expansion”Our commitment to this scheme is deep-rooted and I would like to take this opportunity to both thank our existing partners and encourage prospective partners to get involved as we expand to 300 clubs by the end of the year.”Stephen Howard, chief executive of Business in the Community, said: “The Greggs Foundation Breakfast Club programme has gone from strength to strength since 1999. Its growth is a powerful example of the impact of bringing chief executives face to face with pressing issues in our communities.”Business in the Community is proud to have inspired the development of such a worthwhile programme and I am honoured to be here to witness the launch of the 250th club today.”
Camp Bisco officially starts today, though some campers began trickling in last night. The annual event has solidified their new home at Montage Mountain in Scranton, Pennsylvania, welcoming fans across the east coast and beyond to one of the season’s favorited events. Hosted by The Disco Biscuits, the electronica pioneers took the opportunity to welcome their guests with a few new dates added to their 2017 schedule.In addition to their previously announced appearances at LOCKN’ Festival in Arrington, Virginia, City Bisco at Irving Plaza and Coney Island Boardwalk, and Dominican Holidaze in Punta Cana, Mexico, The Disco Biscuits will bring their incendiary jams to Worcester Palladium on October 27 & 28, and The Fillmore in Denver, Colorado on November 17 & 18. The new dates were revealed on the back of the official Camp Bisco program distributed to its attendees.Camp Bisco will feature headlining performances by The Disco Biscuits, Bassnectar, Pretty Lights Live, GRiZ, Lotus, Gramatik, and Action Bronson & Shpongle (Simon Posford Live).Also performing at Camp Bisco this summer will be: 12th Planet, Beats Antique, Break Science, Classixx (DJ set), Cloudchord, Clozee, Desert Dwellers, Electric Beethoven, Emancipator, Escort (live band), The Floozies, G Jones, Ganja White Night, Goldfish, Higher Learning, Jaw Gems, Kasbo, Kill the Noise, The Knocks (live), Louis Futon, Louis the Child, Maddy O’Neal, Manic Focus, Marvel Years, Melvv, Nightmares on Wax (DJ set), Opiuo, Paper Diamond, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Pouya, Pusher, Roots of Creation, The Russ Liquid Test, Slushii, Sophistafunk, Space Jesus, Subtronics, Swift Technique, Tokimonsta, Too Many Zooz, Turkuaz, Twiddle, Wax Future, Team Ezy, The Werks, Wingtip, Yookie and more.
Recently, the Cushwa-Leighton Library at Saint Mary’s has taken numerous steps to update the research functions and promote new technological advances, including a delivery service for requested books shared between the Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s, Holy Cross and Bethel College libraries, library director Janet Fore said.“Starting Monday, this new delivery service will allow students and faculty to click on a ‘Request’ button in the online catalog shared by the libraries,” Fore said. “Unless it is already checked out, you can request a book from one of the other libraries and have it delivered and held for you at your home library, usually within one to two days.”Another improvement that has been available since the fall semester is the OneSearch box from the Cushwa-Leighton Library’s home page, which is similar to the OneSearch box on the Hesburgh Library’s home page. This function searches the four libraries’ catalogs, a growing collection of articles from the library databases and most of the Cushwa-Leighton Library’s online journal subscriptions, Fore said.Junior Mandy Gilbert said this function has been useful to her in searching for articles related to her nursing major.“Whenever I have to do research or look up a book, I go immediately to the OneSearch box instead of looking for it at just one of the campuses,” Gilbert said. “I find the results I need almost instantly.”The Cushwa-Leighton Library has also implemented an online chat box on the website, which puts students in contact with a librarian to answer all questions during reference hours, Fore said.“Chat reference [allows students to] get help from across the room, across campus or across town,” she said.In addition, the Library has subscribed to three new databases of streaming videos, including Academic Video Online, Films on Demand: Master Academic Collection and psychotherapy.net so more professors can use videos in their classes, Fore said.In addition to multimedia, the Library has also been working to increase the number of journal and periodical subscriptions in electronic format.“Currently, students can access over 7,000 eBooks,” Fore said. “More and more of our periodicals are online and accessible from anywhere, and we are looking at collections in archives that can be digitized and made available for use more easily.“More students are being asked to find primary documents as a way of studying history and culture and archives collections are treasures awaiting deeper discovery.”Gilbert said she is particularly excited about accessing the archives more easily.“I don’t like eBooks as much, but I think that having the option to view the archives digitally will benefit many students,” Gilbert said. “The archives collection has so much to offer; every time I go to the basement of the Library, I can’t help but search around in all of the old medical journals and newspapers. There are some super fascinating things that go unnoticed by many students.”Fore said she thinks the advancements are crucial to ensuring the College is consistently adapting to each student’s skills and needs.“Using technology effectively in the educational and cultural experience is an essential part of preparing our students to be successful in her Saint Mary’s College life as she prepares herself to make a difference in the world,” she said.The Library is also planning a remodel in the near future, a project in the Saint Mary’s fundraising campaign.“The preliminary plans include updating the study space [on the first floor] to help students collaborate together in groups with their laptops and library computers in a more flexible space,” she said. “Additional group study rooms on the second level of the library will include large screens and allow students to display their multimedia projects and rehearse and edit presentations.“We hope to better support the various devices that students already have as well as updating the campus technology to support the way student learn and study together.”Gilbert said she thinks these changes will benefit collaboration between students in a significant way, while also reinforcing the importance of academics in the community.“The Library has been essential to my learning experience here, and I am excited for all of these changes that will help more students to utilize all it has to offer,” she said.Follow the Cushwa-Leighton Library on their new Twitter account, @Cushwa-Leighton for updates and news.Tags: Cushwa-Leighton Library, eBooks, multimedia, renovation, saint mary’s, technology, updates
Professor Kasey Buckles, Brian and Jeannelle Brady Associate Professor of Economics, delivered a talk to the Economics Club on Tuesday evening titled, “Are Your Siblings Making You Dumber? Evidence from Economics,” about the effects of family size and birth order on the academic achievement of children.Buckles said there are many dynamics of a family that can have effect on the formation of the children.“You may have lots of siblings, or you may have very few,” Buckles said. “You can also consider birth order, which is whether you’re one of the older or younger children in your family. There’s even the question of how close you are in age to your siblings.”Buckles said she has found results through her research that indicate certain factors of sibling and family structure can affect academic outcome.“So are your siblings really making you dumber? Well, their number and gender probably is not, but if you’re the youngest of a lot of siblings, or your younger siblings are really close to you in age, then probably yes,” Buckles said. “Your siblings may make you have less academic attainment.”Buckles said her area of research is one a lot of social scientist pursue but that has been neglected by economists.“I think there are really good reasons for economists to be interested in these questions,” Buckles said. “We think about the problem in different ways, considering things like resource constraint and peer effects. We also have different tools when we begin to try to establish causal relationships.“The fundamental question of economics is, ‘How do people allocate scarce resources?’ Well, families are a situation where resources can be scarce. If you think about families having budget constraints for their time or their finances, you have to question how those resources get distributed among the different members of the household, and these are the decisions that can affect how people turn out.”Family size can affect the shaping of the child’s life in a lot of ways, but there are two main channels, Buckles said. Family size can affect how much time parents are able to spend with each child and how much money they are able to allocate for each child’s education and growth.“The data shows someone from a family of two children is getting one and a half years more education than someone coming from a family of 10 children,” Buckles said. “However, we don’t know whether the big families are causing these differences or if there is something about these families that would indicate the children would get a worse education anyway.”However, Buckles said, family size is only one of the many types of dimensions that affect family outcomes, and there is evidence other characteristics of families may have a significant effect on the formation of children.“The question then becomes whether or not being one of the youngest kids in the family is making you dumber, and there is data that suggests that children that are higher in their birth order tend to do worse,” Buckles said. “Looking at families of six, the sixth kid in the family tends to have one year less education than the first-born child inside the same family.”Buckles said her research is inspired by her own life and its implications extend to almost everyone.“That’s what I like about researching economics of the family, that almost everyone has a family or family experience,” she said.Andrew Kuhn, senior co-president of Economics Club, said he thinks professor Buckles takes real world problems and puts them into economic terms.“She really looks for causation in the things that are happening around the world, and she poses questions that can be applicable to anybody,” Kuhn said.Guillermo Roque, senior co-president of Economics Club, said Buckles makes sure people realize how things relate to economics, in this case with family outcomes.“[Her research] is not always something in economics that people research, but she relates it to economics and public policy,” Roque said. “When you get into the real world and you have to vote for president or Congress, you want to make sure you’re choosing someone that’s advocating for what the research actually shows.”Tags: Economics Club
This month, Notre Dame International Study Abroad program released a new podcast called BeyoND. Hosted by senior Sofia Perez, the podcast releases new episodes every Friday accessible on iTunes, Spotify and SoundCloud.Perez began her journey with the study abroad office when she applied in 2018 for the fall 2019 program in London.Perez said that she selected her potential programs based on the classes that were offered for her major and for the accessibility and location of the programs. Finding a program that would fit her class schedule and allow her to graduate on time, as a biochemistry major, was challenging, she said.“I knew I wanted to go to Europe, and preferably a place that didn’t have a language barrier,” Perez said. “I also knew I really wanted to travel a lot, not just stay in the country that I was studying abroad in. Both of those programs [London and Dublin] are in countries that are very accessible to other countries.”Although she was excited, Perez said that she experienced some second thoughts prior to leaving.“What I was most apprehensive about was being away for so long and not seeing my family,” Perez said. “But also, just living in the middle of a different city, which is scary because I’ve never lived by myself in a big city.”Perez said that in the end, she was so happy she was able to overcome her challenges and experience studying abroad in an area that was out of her comfort zone.Like many students, Perez said that her time abroad involved making new friends and a lot of traveling.“I really love traveling, and when you’re in Europe, there’s Ryanair flights that are literally 60 euros, so it’s really cheap,” she said. “London has a Eurostar underground train that you can take, which is also really cheap.”Perez said she took advantage of the affordable travel options and planned a trip every single weekend.“It was super fun because you could go with a bunch of different friends that were in different programs,” she said. “And then when we got there, I made so many new friends, so we would all be like, ‘Do you guys want to go to Budapest?’ ‘Oh yeah, absolutely. Let’s plan this weekend.’”While very fun, Perez said traveling every weekend has its challenges. It could get costly at times, Perez explained, but she said she was always cost-conscious, and it helped that transportation and Airbnb’s were affordable.Perez said that she originally got involved with the podcast when she responded to an email put out by ND International Study Abroad.“They sent out an email saying, ‘We’re doing a podcast or some kind of social media thing’ because of the circumstances with this year, of study abroad getting cancelled both spring and fall semester, they were worried,” Perez said. “Usually kids get notified about study abroad from other kids that have studied abroad. I applied to the position because I loved my time abroad and I love talking about my time abroad.”Perez said that during the time of planning out the podcast, she took charge and helped shape the podcast into a student-based interview approach that she hoped would be more relatable to listeners who are apprehensive about going abroad.Moving forward, she plans on interviewing people who have studied abroad all over the world.This week’s new episode will highlight summer abroad programs, which Perez said would be an amazing option for any student who was planning to study abroad this school year.“This episode talks a lot about summer programs, the diversity between them and how great your experience can be, even though it’s only like a month or two, as opposed to a full semester one,” Perez said. “[The] Study Abroad Office is really pushing for summer programs because they’re hoping that a lot of kids that either were supposed to study abroad this fall or the spring, will maybe still get a chance to over the summer.”Overall, Perez hopes that the message students take away from her new podcast is that study abroad is whatever you make of it.“My whole goal of interviewing a bunch of different students to get a bunch of different perspectives and different experiences on study abroad,” Perez said. “There’s a lot of freedom, and whatever you want to get out of your abroad experience you can.”Tags: BeyoND, Ireland, Notre Dame International, study abroad, United Kingdom
A tree’s life is hard. It must stand against wind, hail and ice. A multitude of pests wait to consume it. To live decades, maybe even centuries, the tree must be tough. To protect itself, a tree will wrap itself, inside and out, in protective clothing. It has to. When environmental problems or pests come to damage it, the tree must stay still and take whatever comes. Life conspires to kill trees. They try to survive by using a unique defensive system. Actually, a tree has a double-edged defensive system to deal with the environment – one part passive and the other active. The passive system is composed of wooden walls made from strong, complex materials. These include cellulose fibers, which are made of sugars so tightly welded together that few living organisms on earth have the enzymes to break them apart. Another material in wood is like epoxy glue. Called lignin, it holds the cellulose fibers close together. Lignin is composed of complex chemical building blocks, each connected in a different way to each other. Again, only a few decay organisms can degrade lignin. Very few living things can decay both cellulose and lignin. Cellulose and lignin are the main walls, floors and ceilings of individual cells and groups of cells. These wooden cell barriers prevent or slow pests and decay from rampantly consuming the tree. As cells age and die toward the middle of the tree, chemical reactions biologically strengthen the wooden walls. Old cells generate a number of toxic materials in their dying gasps. These materials slow pest and decay organisms. The active defensive system of a tree includes special biological poisons it makes when injured. It also includes a host of blocking, plugging and sealing compounds. The tree’s active defenses try to slow the spread of pests and decay by producing toxins dangerous to living things. Some of these toxins are dangerous to humans at the correct dose. Of all the materials the tree makes to protect itself, one of the most versatile and effective is suberin. Suberin is a waxy waterproofer and wooden wall primer. Lightweight and low-density, it is made of many similar building blocks the tree piles together. Chemically, suberin is a complex polyester. The tree can make it wherever it needs it to block passages or seal off areas. The tree also uses suberin as a passive defense, like an overcoat. That’s because prevention remains the best way for a tree to defend itself from infection or injury. So the tree surrounds itself with the protective polyester suberin. People may know polyesters as a clothing fiber. But trees produce them to stem the tide of invading pests and decay. Suberin is one of the most effective barrier or wall materials in a tree. You can see it every day as bark. Bark is composed of many things. It includes a large portion of suberin to shield and protect the living portions of the tree. Unfortunately, unthinking or unknowing humans can easily damage these bark overcoats. Don’t be one of those careless humans. Support your local trees and their important, polyester overcoats.