Time-saving devices

first_imgKönigBrand new at the Iba show in Düsseldorf was a working prototype of the new industrial König automatic divider-rounder.Developed from the Industrie Rex III, the new model known as the Industrie Rex Hyper, came about after extensive customer surveys throughout Europe. Stewart Morris, director of UK supplier EPP told British Baker: “We studied all the ideas from the surveys and came up with key improvements. Customers wanted more and more time-saving, increased productivity and they wanted machines that were easy to clean to the very highest hygiene levels. “As a result the new divider-rounder can be dis-assembled (it’s normally fixed) for full cleaning in 15 minutes. It can then be jet-washed. This makes it a revolutionary step forward in roll plant design.” Central components of the machine have been combined to produce changeable sub-systems, which can be easily cleaned and serviced at the end of a shift, saving downtime. On the dough side, pressure is simple to adjust for different products and can be recalled via the linkage programme.König also unveiled an all-purpose final prover. Based on a proven racking and storing system, it allows the individual proving plates to be stored for a specified time, giving maximum flexibility with different products. The system meets the latest hygiene requirements and offers a large proving area but only takes up a small amount of space.VMIAlso at Iba, VMI showcased a new spiral and a new planetary mixer. Mickaël Roussière of VMI told British Baker: “We assembled our most experienced people and sat down at the drawing board.”The new spiral mixer is designed to save time and money. It has built-in flexibility for mixing more dough when required and satisfies the most stringent hygiene requirements, because the materials used are stainless steel and plastic. This means it can be easily washed down. Roussière comments: “Bakeries are becoming more like food factories. Before, they were not designed to be washed down, but now they are and the customer is driving it.”Another aspect of the VMI spiral mixer, which Roussière says is unique, is that you can adjust the position of the spiral and centre post in the retaining bowl, because although the machine is a single spiral mixer it has a place for another spiral, making it a twin.The VMI new spiral mixer, available in the UK through EPP, can also be installed as part of an in-line or rotating carousel automatic mixing system. Its design also means it is very easy to see inside the bowl and it has easy access with centralised lubrication.VMI also launched a compact bridge-type planetary mixer, also described as “very easy to clean and with a new patented gearbox”. Its two main advantages are its flat roof for simple cleaning, while the gearbox is slim and compact. Roussière says: “The planetary mixer offers the best parameters for mixing and the baker can adjust the ratio of speed between tools and the double rotation. This makes the mixer more efficient, because the ratio can be adjusted to suit diffe-rent products.”last_img read more

Repercussions of gender nonconformity

first_imgChildren in the U.S. whose activity choices, interests, and pretend play before age 11 fall outside those typically expressed by their biological sex face increased risk of being physically, psychologically, and sexually abused, and of suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) by early adulthood, according to a new study led by researchers at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). It is the first study to use a population-based sample to look at gender nonconformity as a risk factor for abuse.The study was published online Feb. 20 and will appear in the March 2012 print issue of Pediatrics.Parents need to be aware that discrimination against gender nonconformity affects one in 10 kids, affects kids at a very young age, and has lasting impacts on health. — Andrea Roberts“The abuse we examined was mostly perpetrated by parents or other adults in the home. Parents need to be aware that discrimination against gender nonconformity affects one in 10 kids, affects kids at a very young age, and has lasting impacts on health,” said lead author Andrea Roberts, a research associate in the Department of Society, Human Development, and Health at HSPH.PTSD has been linked to risky behavior such as engaging in unprotected sex, and also to physical symptoms such as cardiovascular problems and chronic pain.The researchers, led by Roberts and senior author S. Bryn Austin, associate professor in the Department of Society, Human Development, and Health at HSPH, and in the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at Harvard-affiliated Children’s Hospital Boston, examined questionnaire data gathered from nearly 9,000 young adults (average age 23) who enrolled in the longitudinal Growing Up Today study in 1996. Respondents were asked in 2007 to recall their childhood experiences, including favorite toys and games, roles they took while playing, media characters they imitated or admired, and feelings of femininity and masculinity. They also were asked about physical, sexual, or emotional abuse they experienced and were screened for PTSD.Men who ranked in the top 10th percentile of childhood gender-nonconformity reported a higher prevalence of sexual and physical abuse before age 11 and psychological abuse between ages 11 and 17 compared with those below the median of nonconformity. Women in the top 10th percent reported a higher prevalence of all forms of abuse as children compared with those below the median of nonconformity. Rates of PTSD were almost twice as high among young adults who were gender nonconforming in childhood than among those who were not.The researchers also found that most children who were gender nonconforming were heterosexual in adulthood (85 percent), a finding reported for the first time in this study. “Our findings suggest that most of the intolerance toward gender nonconformity in children is targeted toward heterosexuals,” said Roberts.More research is needed to understand why gender nonconforming kids experience greater risk of abuse, and to develop interventions to prevent abuse, the researchers said. They recommend that pediatricians and school health providers consider abuse screening for this vulnerable population.Funding for the study was provided by the National Institutes of Health.last_img read more

300 people run Fr. Ted’s 5K

first_imgMore than 300 students, faculty and South Bend citizens laced up their tennis shoes and stretched their legs yesterday morning in preparation for the seventh annual Fr. Ted’s 10K. Melissa Lindley, the race director, said the TRiO Upward Bound Program put on the race. TRiO is a scholarship program at Notre Dame for low-income and first-generation college-bound youth. According to the TRiO website, participants could run a 5K or 10K, decide to do the family fun walk or “fitness” walk. All donations from the race supported TRiO’s students, Lindley said. “Fr. Ted’s 10K is more than just a run … it is an investment in our community,” Lindley said.  “I think it’s unique as well because our students are involved in the event, so the runners can see who they are there supporting. Most of us call Notre Dame and South Bend home, and this race funds scholarships for South Bend youth to go to college. These kids are the future of our community.”Sophomore Olivia Fernandes said she ran the race for the second time this year because she loves the cause. “The proceeds go to TRiO Upward Bound in South Bend … I volunteer at a local elementary school here in South Bend, and equality of education is important to me, so the cause really resonates,” Fernandes said. Lindley said University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh brought TRiO programs to Notre Dame in the 1960s as a part of his fight against poverty. She said he used to come speak at the event, but as years have passed he now tapes a video for the participants. She said the race was, however, still well attended and enjoyed.  Fernandes said despite bad weather, the race turned out well. “The trail consists of two three-mile laps around campus. The best part of the race is by far the supporters all along the way,” Fernandes said. “It was quite windy, but the high school students’ enthusiasm rocked. Their inspirational signs got me going, and the bagpipes player was legit. Hard not to smile at all the support.” “We were very satisfied with this year’s event … with 300 pre-registered participants and some great personal and corporate sponsorships, we will be able to fund our student scholarships, and that is the number one priority,” Lindley said. “A big thank you to Notre Dame students who consistently come out and support Fr. Ted’s 10K.”Tags: 5K, Hesburgh, runlast_img read more

Changes in grant submission for RSRF

first_imgRising Sun, IN—Rising Sun Regional Foundation is announcing a change in the submission of grant applications, starting with the January 15, 2020 grant deadline. All applications must be submitted via email to the following email address: [email protected] Grant deadlines remain the same, with the next deadline on January 15, 2020 by 4:00 pm. If you have questions, please email or call Jascia Redwine at RSRF at 812-438-4490.last_img