Springvale equipment

first_imgA semi-automatic packing line from Behn & Bates, distributed in the UK by Springvale equipment (Alton, Hampshire), has been installed in the band drier area of Munton Malted Ingredients’ plant as part of a £440,000 investment.The block-like nature of the bags of dry ingredients will ensure they are tightly and securely stacked on pallets. Initial supplies of band-dried bags will be the standard cut open type, but the company will soon introduce easy-open rip-tag feature, eliminating the need for knives when opening.The band-dried packaging will be pre-printed with a new Muntons design along with product information.The new bags are designed to allow 25 x 25kg sacks to be packed on each pallet to form a tight block.last_img read more

News story: Michael Walker appointed to FSA Scientific Advisory Committee

first_imgFor more information about the work of the Government Chemist or enquiries related to food and feed testing contact: Queens RoadTeddingtonTW11 0LY Government Chemist The Food Standards Agency, FSA, has recently appointed 35 members to its Scientific Advisory Committees.The Scientific Advisory Committees advise on the development of policy issues that have major implications for public health and ensure that policy decisions are based on the most up-to-date science and evidence.Michael Walker, has been appointed as an independent expert to the Committee on Toxicity. Michael is currently Head of the Office of the Government Chemist and responsible for ensuring the scientific resolution of technical appeals in the UK official food and feed control system and the activities of the Food and Consumer Products Testing Unit.Dr Walker has held independent public appointments including serving as a board member of the Food Standards Agency (2000 to 2004), member of the Northern Ireland FSA Advisory Committee (2006 to 2012) and a subject matter expert to the Elliott Review, (Department of Health/Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 2013 to 2014).Michael said:center_img I feel honoured to be a member of the Committee on Toxicity, in the Food Contact Materials Joint Expert Committee, especially with such a collaborative, knowledgeable and friendly group of colleagues Email [email protected]last_img read more

Electric Forest Expands Lineup With Acoustic STS9 & More Great Additions

first_imgWith Electric Forest right around the corner, the festival organizers have made some exciting additions to their 2016 lineup. Already featuring sets from The Disco Biscuits, String Cheese Incident, Bassnectar and Major Lazer, the fest continues to push the envelope with their new artist rollouts.Among the 25 new additions, the Axe The Cables set from STS9 truly stands out, as the band rarely performs acoustically. This comes months before the band’s previously-announced Axe The Cables set, which will take place at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Atlanta, GA this summer. More info here.The full additions include Futuristic, Getter, Liquid Stranger, Prof, Styles&Complete, The White Buffalo, and many others. There are also some newly-announced curated events, including All Good Records, Soul Clap’s House of EFUNK, Night Bass, BASSRUSH, and Anjunadeep. Those are highlighted here.You can see the event’s lineup below, and find more information is available via the festival’s website.last_img read more

Coach Murphy sets a record

first_imgTim Murphy, the Thomas Stephenson Family Head Coach for Harvard Football, became the School’s all-time winningest football coach as his Crimson cruised past Columbia, 35-21, Saturday at Lawrence Wien Stadium. Murphy surpassed Joe Restic’s mark of 117 career wins and heads into the Penn game with an all-time record of 118-58 in his 18th season with the program.Harvard won its seventh-straight in moving to 7-1 overall and 5-0 in the Ivy League. Columbia remains winless at 0-8, 0-5 Ivy.The win also marks Harvard’s 11th-straight season compiling at least seven wins. The Crimson is the only team in the history of the Ivy League to have put together 11 straight seven-win seasons.To read the full story, visit gocrimson.com.last_img read more

Rod Stewart lawyer: Plea deal in works in hotel altercation

first_imgWEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Lawyers for Rod Stewart and his son say they’ve worked out details for a plea deal to settle misdemeanor battery charges stemming from an altercation at a posh Florida hotel. The South Florida SunSentinel reports Stewart and his son Sean Stewart would not be going to trial for the altercation at The Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach on New Year’s Day 2020. Prosecutors had no immediate announcement, saying Saturday that plea deal negotiations are continuing. A security guard said Sean Stewart pushed him and Rod Stewart punched him after he barred their admission to a party they weren’t authorized to attend. The 76-year-old rocker’s hits include “Maggie May” and “Tonight’s the Night.”last_img read more

Ice cream

first_imgHomemade ice cream, Bryant said, allows people to add fruits to the creamy base. She suggests peaches and strawberries, but says the choice of fruit depends on the individual. “I like strawberries, like peaches,” she said. “I don’t think I’ve had it any other way before.”Andress said she likes “a good vanilla ice cream with the actual vanilla bean used to flavor it. I do also like a good homemade strawberry or a fresh peach ice cream.”In general, a half-cup serving of ice cream has about 100 milligrams of calcium, or 10 percent of a person’s daily value. This serving size has the calcium of a third of a cup of milk, Bryant said.Ice cream tends to be higher in saturated fat, which isn’t a heart-healthy fat. To lower the saturated fat and calories, she suggests using low-fat or fat-free milk instead of the usual whole milk or cream. But on a holiday, it may be time for a treat.“I think that on Memorial Day, homemade ice cream is just a traditional part of picnics and get-togethers,” she said. “Instead of passing on the treat, I think they should let themselves eat it, but just watch the amount.”(Stephanie Schupska is a news editor with the University ofGeorgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.) By Stephanie SchupskaUniversity of GeorgiaWith its constant whining grind, the electric ice cream churn does its job, turning a sweet liquid into a scoop-ready solid.As Memorial Day rolls past and summer hits the South full force, many people are pulling out or buying an ice cream maker. University of Georgia expert Elizabeth Andress has tips to keep the treat sweet instead of turning it into a bacterial disaster.“Our biggest concern is Salmonella bacteria,” Andress said. “So many ice cream recipes have called for raw eggs in past, and that has been a problem. Salmonellosis can make many people very sick, and it can be life-threatening for the very old and very young.”Andress, a UGA Cooperative Extension food safety specialist, said the easiest way to avoid the bacterial problem is to use a recipe that requires a mixture with raw eggs to be cooked or by substituting a pasteurized egg product such as Egg Beaters.“People can pasteurize their own eggs, but it’s not an easy task,” she said.Another way to avoid salmonella is to find a recipe that doesn’t call for eggs. But for some people, the egg-less ice cream loses some of its appeal.“Ice creams that have eggs in them tend to be the ones that are more custard-like,” Andress said. “They have a richer body and mouth-feel. With eggs, you get a richer, thicker taste to it.“You can also get that richer mouth-feel by using a higher-fat dairy product.”But that gets into the nutrition side of homemade ice cream, Andress said, and falls more into UGA Extension nutrition specialist Kelly Bryant’s expertise.“Ice cream fits within the milk group,” Bryant said, “but it is higher in fat and added sugar, which makes it higher in calories, so we want to limit the amount that we eat.”last_img read more

Hempstead Man Sexually Assaulted Tot, Stabbed 2 Women, Cops Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 31-year-old man was arrested for sexually assaulting his girlfriend’s 2-year-old daughter, stabbing his girlfriend and stabbing another woman in Hempstead, Nassau County police said.Tommy Vladim Alvarado-Ventura pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges of predatory sexual assault of a child, second-degree attempted murder, assault and criminal possession of a weapon. The suspect, a member of the MS-13 street gang who was previously deported from the US four times, was ordered held without bail.Special Victims Squad detectives alleged that he got into a confrontation with his girlfriend when she got home from work at 4:15 a.m. Wednesday and noticed that her daughter had “suffered severe injuries that were inflicted by him.”When the argument escalated, Alvarado-Ventura punched and repeatedly stabbed his girlfriend, who then gathered her daughter and 4-year-old son and joined their babysitter, who lives in another area of the apartment that the victims share with the suspect, police said.Two hours earlier, Alvarado-Ventura got into an argument with a 24-year-old woman over purchasing of marijuana at the nearby El Mariachi Loco bar on Fulton Avenue, authorities said. When the victim left the bar, Alvarado-Ventura punched her, kicked her and repeatedly stabbed her, causing her to suffer a collapsed lung, according to investigators. The suspect fled the scene of that incident prior to police arrival.All three victims were taken to local hospitals for treatment of their injuries. Hempstead village police officers arrested Alvarado-Ventura after the victims called 911.last_img read more

What you want…

first_imgby: Anthony DemangoneEarlier this week, it was announced that ESPN will become be available via streaming.  The development eliminates another reason to pay for an expensive bundle of television stations via a cable subscription.For years, consumers have complained about skyrocketing cable bills, poor customer service, and having to pay for channels that they never watch. But what could we do?Now we can do plenty.This shouldn’t surprise you, though.For years, hotel chains could charge you outrageous fees to make telephone calls from the room. But what could you do? Enter the cell phone.A while ago, I wrote about how techology destroyed India’s telegram offices. In the 1980s, there were 44,000 telegram offices. Today, there are none. Twenty years ago, it was tough to grab a good bite to eat on a road trip. Any exit was a risk, taking you from your planned route. It was a huge unknown as to where you might eat, and whether the restaurant was good. Usually, you’d exit where you saw a bright neon sign of a national chain.  You knew it wouldn’t be fine dining, but at least you knew where it was and what you were getting. Now, GPS devices allow drivers to fearlessly explore new areas.  And applications such as Yelp allow you to find wonderful restaurants based on peer reviews. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

What to do when suspecting a counterfeit note

first_img continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr I can remember using a counterfeit detector pen to make a small mark on all large bills ($50s and $100s) when accepting deposits that were being counted by hand. Doing this was a quick way to assure the credit union and our members that we are not passing along counterfeit bills. Sometimes it was necessary to check additional bills due to the operation of counterfeit rings. Once, counting a teller’s bundle of 10s (yes, 10s!) to sell to the vault from a school’s fundraiser deposit, I distinctly felt an odd note and put it aside. It looked genuine, and although a $10 would hardly ever arouse suspicion, I just knew. Nothing compares with knowing how real money looks and feels to also help in identifying a counterfeit note. If you handle currency everyday then you probably know too! Eventually, you will have to take it to your UV light and/or review it closely to authenticate it while comparing it to Federal Reserve Board’s U.S. Currency Education Program that lists important security features. But then what?Here’s a good step by step of how to handle counterfeit currency to ensure frontline staff are ready:If you receive a suspected counterfeit:Do not return it to the passer.Limit the handling of the note.last_img read more

Securing your video surveillance system

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Cybercrime now costs the world an estimated $600 billion, or 0.8 percent of global gross domestic product, according The Economic Impact of Cybercrime report from the Center for Strategic and International Studies and McAfee. That’s up significantly from the previous version, which put global losses at close to $500 billion back in 2014.Looking at video surveillance devices in particular, they are like any other device attached to a network. If they are not configured and locked down properly, they can be a point of vulnerability for someone to hack into a credit union’s network and access data transferred over that network. It’s not so much that people would tap into the video network to see views from the cameras themselves. That is possible, but the bigger target is typically customer data.Protecting customer data has always been a priority for credit unions, but never have the stakes been higher. With the cost of a single data breach averaging $3.2 million, and per-record costs averaging $336 in heavily regulated industries like banking, according to the 2017 Cost of Data Breach Study, sponsored by IBM Security and conducted by Ponemon Institute LLC, the financial impact can be considerable. And that’s before factoring in the amount a credit union will likely spend on legal and investigation fees following an attack.last_img read more