CF system keeps an eye on quality control

first_imgCF Controls (Avonmouth, Bristol) has deve-loped a system for checking the colour and height of products including buns, biscuits, cakes, pizza bases and bread. The system measures and records heights to an accuracy of 1mm, while software analyses the colour of each product and categorises the results into one of five groups, from too dark to too light. Colour is recorded by high-resolution 24-bit colour cameras and height is measured by lasers linked to a computer. The lasers mea-sure average height, with highest and lowest points. These criteria are compared to the pre-set parameters of the computer. All product is scanned and non-conforming product is removed by a reject mechanism. The package is controlled by a PC using Microsoft Windows. This enables production information to be gathered and exported to Microsoft Excel or Access in real-time over an ethernet network.CF Controls says the system can be fitted after the prover or oven stage, and it is easy to set up for new products.last_img read more

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Maurice ‘Mobetta’ Brown Shares New Soul-Infused Single “Destination Hope” [Listen]

first_imgGrammy Award-winning trumpet player Maurice “Mobetta” Brown is no stranger to working with some of the most talented musicians in the world. He was mentored by the iconic Wynton Marsalis, arranged the entire 11-piece horn section for Tedeschi Trucks Bands’ 2011 album Revelator (which won a Grammy for Best Blues Album in 2012), and has played alongside incredible stars such as Santigold, Wyclef Jean, Talib Kweli, Cee-Lo, Diddy, Musiq Soulchild, and more. They call him “Mobetta” for a reason; from a musical standpoint, it doesn’t get much better than Mo Brown.Currently working on his own solo material, The Mood due out March 2017, Brown has released his latest single “Destination Hope,” featuring singer Chris Turner and spoken word poet J. IVY. It’s a jazzy, soul-infused number with straight hip-hop beats that will keep your head swaying even after the track ends.Brown tells us about the track: “Destination Hope represents a place of encouragement & inclusion in place of resentment & division, a place where there is no racism or discrimination. A place where people have respect for one another, their communities and the environment. It’s very easy to get caught up in the negativity & that leads to hopelessness. In these trying times, I sought to create a mood that would uplift people and give them a sense of hope. The destination is in the journey to get there; to actively & compassionately stand up for something better for ourselves & future generations is to cultivate hope.”Take a listen below:last_img read more

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Buru Island fishermen given prestigious certificate for sustainable fishing

first_imgEditor’s note: This article has been updated. Topics : Nine fishermen’s associations made up of 123 fishers at a fishery on Buru Island, Maluku, have been certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) with the ecolabel, which indicates that the associations’ catch meet the international best practices for sustainable fishing.With the award, they become the first handline yellowfin tuna fishery in the world, and the second recipient in Indonesia, to be certified with the MSC standard.“We’re extremely proud seeing the first Indonesian handline yellowfin tuna fishery meet the highest standard for sustainability. Indonesia is committed to supporting its small-scale fishers and sustainable tuna fisheries, and this MSC certification sets an example for other small-scale fisheries in Indonesia and around the world,” Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Edhy Prabowo said as quoted by an MSC press release.The recognition also marks another step toward sustainable fishing ahead of World Oceans Day on June 8, with small-scale fishermen as the backbone of such efforts.Small-scale fishers make up around 90 percent of fishermen in Indonesia, according to Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry data in 2015. There are 572,270 fishing boats in the country, 506,720 of which are boats smaller than 5 gross tons (GT), while 43,696 are between 5 and 10 GT, 17,121 between 10 and 30 GT and 4,734 are big boats over 30 GT.The award was the result of ongoing efforts initiated in 2012 by North America’s leading sushi-quality tuna company Anova, local processor Harta Samudra and the Indonesian Fisheries and Community Foundation (MDPI), which focuses on sustainable fisheries. They assisted Buru Island fishermen in getting Fair Trade certification in 2014 and forming Fair Trade Fishing associations, paving the way for the fishermen to attain the MSC certificate.“This is a beautiful stop on the journey toward sustainable fisheries, one that we believe in deeply, and one for which there is still a lot of hard work ahead,” MDPI executive director Yasmine Simbolon said in a statement on May 13.MDPI fisheries policy advisor Saut Tampubolon said the MSC certificate would allow Buru Island fishers to expand to a broader international market, including all of Europe, the United States and Russia, among other countries.In the past, Buru Island fishers said they would only sell their fish in their own village or neighboring villages for lower prices and struggled to search for markets that would buy their catch.Fisher Yusran Tomia said the MSC represented a beacon of hope for his family. “The most important thing that my family felt from [receiving the MSC certificate] is that there’s a big hope now with the broader market access, so no longer will we doubt where our fish is sold,” he said.Around 600 yellowfin tuna fishers under the MDPI’s guidance in six provinces, including Maluku, are currently practicing handline fishing, and fishermen in at least three of the provinces have managed to export their fish to the US under the MDPI’s Fair Trade USA partnership.Fish processing firm PT Harta Samudra director Robert Tjoanda said the fish they received from fishers, including those of Buru Island, were sent to countries like the US, Vietnam, Australia and Japan. The firm partnered with the MDPI in 2013 to improve fisheries for small-scale handline fishers in eastern Indonesia.Indonesia was not alone in celebrating the award. “We congratulate Indonesia Handline Yellowfin tuna fishery and their partners for becoming MSC certified. They are demonstrating true leadership in sustainable fishing,” MSC Asia-Pacific director Patrick Caleo said in a press release.However, Patrick said that, in order to maintain the certification, the Buru Island fishery would need to work with other fishing organizations and the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission on important management measures to safeguard yellowfin tuna stocks.last_img read more

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Travelers to Kentucky, Michigan warned about hepatitis A outbreak

first_imgIndianapolis, in. — Kentucky and Michigan have reported significant outbreaks of hepatitis A, a highly contagious viral infection of the liver. Kentucky has more than 300 cases, the majority of which have occurred in the Louisville area, and Michigan has more than 800 cases, including 25 deaths. Indiana, which typically sees fewer than 20 cases of hepatitis statewide each year, has confirmed 77 cases since January, many of which are related to an outbreak in southern Indiana.“With popular tourist events coming up in other states, we know many Hoosiers will be traveling to areas impacted by hepatitis A, and we want them to be safe,” said Deputy State Health Commissioner and State Epidemiologist Pam Pontones. “Getting vaccinated and thoroughly washing your hands before and after preparing food and eating and after using the restroom are simple, safe and effective ways to prevent the spread of hepatitis A.”Symptoms of hepatitis A vary and may include loss of appetite, nausea, fatigue, fever, stomachache, dark (cola) colored urine and light colored stools. Jaundice (yellowing of the eyes or skin) may appear a few days after the onset of these symptoms. Individuals can become ill 15 to 50 days after being exposed to the virus. Most people who get hepatitis A feel sick for several weeks, but they usually recover completely and do not have lasting liver damage. However, hospitalization and, in rare cases, death can occur. Anyone who is exhibiting symptoms of hepatitis A should contact a healthcare provider immediately and refrain from preparing food for others. Hepatitis A virus is usually spread through feces (stool) of infected people but may also be spread through injection drug use.Since 2014, Indiana has required children to be immunized against hepatitis A prior to entering school. However, anyone who may be at risk, especially food handlers in schools, hospitals, restaurants, correctional institutions and other facilities that serve large numbers of people, is urged to get vaccinated. Hepatitis A vaccine is readily available from health care providers and pharmacies as routine preventive care.Healthcare providers are encouraged to ask patients about risk factors for hepatitis A, including:Travel to locations with high rates of hepatitis AMen who have sex with menInjection drug useA diagnosis of chronic liver diseaseDirect contact with individuals who have hepatitis AFor more information on hepatitis A, visit the ISDH website.last_img read more

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Ryan Garcia delivers first pitch like a champ before Angels game

first_img Looks like the kid has a pretty good hook from the mound to match the hooks he delivers in the ring. (Video courtesy DAZN’s “ChangeUp.”)[email protected] threw out a PERFECT first pitch at tonight’s @Angels game ⚾💨Watch Our @MLB Whiparound Show #ChangeUp 👉 https://t.co/j4BIUfmyff pic.twitter.com/aLX9hwHa7l— DAZN USA (@DAZN_USA) June 7, 2019The 20-year-old Garcia (18-0, 15 KOs) has been making a strong case for a lightweight title opportunity. The Los Angeles native and Golden Boy Promotions fighter is coming off a stoppage in his last fight March 30, when he made Jose Lopez’s corner throw in the towel after the second round.MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZN Garcia made it clear after dispatching Lopez that he wanted a title shot soon, specifically against junior lightweight champion Gervonta Davis.”Do I think I’m ready for a world title this year?” he said after his fight on DAZN. “Hell, yes.” Ryan Garcia knocked out his first-pitch duties with ease Thursday night.The rising boxing star delivered a strike before the Angels’ game vs. the A’s in Anaheim, Calif., after showing off some fancy footwork. Join DAZN and watch GGG-Rolls: Sign up in the U.S. | In CanadaGarcia challenged Davis and his promoter, Mayweather Promotions.”And also, I wanted to say something to the Mayweather camp that keeps running their mouth, man. Don’t worry … you get your fights up and I will whoop your ass anywhere,” Garcia said. “Let’s do it. I ain’t intimidated by Mayweather. Nobody could intimidate me.”last_img read more

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