This new category in the Baking Industry Awards has been created to reward new product innovation from the industry’s largest companies. Plant bakers, industrial cake producers and large desserts manufacturers, which have launched innovative new products in the past year, are all encouraged to enter the Puratos-sponsored award.”We pride ourselves on innovation and this award is designed to recognise the new product development achievements of the largest players in the bread, cake and desserts markets,” says Dan Oakley, Puratos’ managing director. “Judges will be looking for evidence of genuine innovation in a new product that has launched in the past 12 months. They will be keen to hear how the concept was developed, the consumer research that went into identifying a gap in the market and how the product was developed to fit into existing processing capabilities. Marketing and promotional activities – and how these targeted specific consumer groups – will also be of interest.”Puratos Group supplies ingredients to the bakery, confectionery and chocolate markets, including improvers, yeast, mixes, fillings and Belgian chocolate. In the UK, it has recently launched O-tentic – a product to meet the consumer demands for an authentic tasting bread in a very convenient mix. The baker simply adds flour and water to produce any premium quality crusty-style bread.”The retail, industrial and craft sectors are equally important to us,” says Oakley. “We are here to help our customers by providing innovative ingredients – not by competing with finished products. We are proud to sponsor this new award and look forward to entries from the industry’s leading players, highlighting the innovative nature of plant manufacturing and new product development in the UK.”
Now that fans have had a few days to come back down to earth and let their mind and bodies detox after what was a thrilling New Year’s Eve weekend last week, more videos from some of the holiday shows are starting to make their way onto the Internet.In the final week of 2018, Dumpstaphunk was busy playing for their fans out west last week. Two shows from the popular funk band in San Francisco (December 28th) and Denver (December 31st) featured notable end-of-the-year sit-ins from counterculture legend and newly minted MasterClass professor Carlos Santana, cannabis enthusiast/Ween guitarist Dean Ween, and Funkadelic guitarist Michael “Kidd Funkadelic” Hampton.Santana was the first to join Dumpstaphunk on stage during their December 28th performance at The Fillmore San Francisco. The band was in town opening up for Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, and Santana happened to be at the show as the guest of Sly & The Family Stone drummer and frequent Dumpstaphunk collaborator, Greg Errico. Santana’s surprise sit-in with the group was reportedly so spur-of-the-moment, in fact, that he didn’t even have a guitar to play when asked if he’d like to join in on the fun, forcing Dumpstaphunk guitarist Tony Hall to lend Santana his Fender Stratocaster and take up the bass for their cover of Buddy Miles Express’ “United Nations Stomp”. Even without his trademark PRS, Santana shredded his way through the song’s guitar solo. The entire sit-in, beginning with Santana waiting for an introduction at the side of the stage, can be watched below.Dumpstaphunk w/ Carlos Santana – “United Nations Stomp” – 12/28/2018[Video: Dumpstaphunk]The band’s on-stage jam with Deaner and Kidd Funkadelic came a few nights later during their double-billed show at the Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom in Dever on New Year’s Eve. Dean Ween (a.k.a. Mickey Melchiondo) had opened up the show with his Dean Ween Group, leaving Dumpstaphunk to take the audience into 2019 during their closing set. After helping Dumpstaphunk count down to the start of the new year, Ween and Kidd Funkadelic remained on stage to jam out to a pair of Parliament-Funkadelic tunes, “Up For The Down Stroke” and “Unfunky UFO”. A video of the 25-minute, nonstop jam was shared by the band to their Facebook, and can be watched in full below.Dumpstaphunk w/ Dean Ween, Kidd Funkadelic – “Up For The Down Stroke”, “Unfunky UFO” – 12/31/18[Video: Dumpstaphunk]Santana was one of the featured names included in BottleRock Napa‘s 2019 lineup announcement on Monday. The Memorial Day Weekend festival is just one of the stops on Santana’s 2019 tour schedule in support of his recently-announced forthcoming studio EP, In Search Of Mona Lisa.For a full list of Dumpstaphunk’s upcoming performances, head to the band’s website.
The short version of human history might go something like this: First we were prey, then we were hunter-gatherers, then farmers — and from that came civilization.Not quite, said James Scott, a celebrated Yale political scientist who delivered the first of the season’s Tanner Lectures on Human Values Wednesday (May 4) in Lowell Lecture Hall. In fact, he said, humankind — attached to foraging — embraced the growing of fixed crops only reluctantly, following millennia of halting and hesitation.After all, making the transition from nature to civilization required trading a complex system of diverse nutrition and robust health (foraging) for a more regimented style of living that shortened lives and replaced leisure with drudgery (farming). Borrowing a phrase from an earlier scholar, Scott called early hunter-gatherers “the original affluent society.”But embrace agriculture we did, eventually. It was a step that also made nation-states possible, which in Scott’s view triggered large-scale, authoritarian styles of governance that have — and still do — misguidedly control human enterprise from a central core of power.As a result, history is littered with the utopian failures of states that use central planning to manage activities like farming, said Scott — often with murderous results. (Think of China’s disastrous Great Leap Forward, for instance, or the Soviet Union’s clumsy collectivist farms.)Scott, invited to deliver the Tanner Lectures in their 33rd year, directs the Agrarian Studies Program at Yale and is a student of peasant politics, revolution, class relations, and anarchy.The prestigious Tanner Lectures are delivered by different scholars annually at nine universities in the United States and abroad, the legacy of the late Utah industrialist Obert Tanner. At Harvard, they are sponsored by the Office of the President and by the Mahindra Humanities Center.Scott has devoted decades of scholarship to investigating authoritarian governance and the coercive state projects that result, including those that are merely irritating (taxes and conscription) to those state projects that are tragic (slavery and warfare). Just the titles of his books speak volumes: “The Art of Not Being Governed” (2009), for instance, or “Seeing Like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed” (1997).A counterpoint to these coercive states, Scott says in his scholarship, are the various “nonstate peoples” that resist dominance — outsiders of every kind, be they Berbers, bedouins or simply the homeless.Scott began his first of two Tanner Lectures with a confession: that his books so far have failed to completely explore the oldest state project of them all — “sedentarization,” the attempt by governments of every stripe, in every age, “to assemble rural people on fixed agricultural fields,” corralling them into political bodies that never seem to quite work.Being corralled this way is an unlikely fate for a species that spent the first 97 percent of its time on Earth as hunter-gatherers, said Scott, a lifestyle in which large-scale governance was impossible. The puzzle is “how we as a species ended up assembled in great clumps,” he said, “growing grain, tending livestock, and governed by the political units we call states and empires.”But the Tanner Lectures were an inspiration to unravel that puzzle, said Scott, though at “breakneck speed” and without the trappings of scholarship. Today’s (May 5) lecture will be more about those states and empires, he said, but the first — on May 4 — laid out the factors that led humankind reluctantly from free, roaming lives to lives of civilization, stasis, and encirclement around the domus — the ever more important home.That transition, over millennia, required three “world-shaping” forms of domestication, said Scott — of fire, plants, and animals. And once those three were tamed and contained, so was the fourth; humankind itself, he said, was the last of “Four Domestications,” the title of the first lecture.Domesticating fire came first and made all the others possible, said Scott. It transformed humans from the object of prey into an emerging dominant species with a source of warmth, light, safety, and cooked food.Cooking was a revolution that allowed Homo sapiens to reduce its gut, grow its brain, and expand its range of food sources.Around 500,000 years ago, fire also became humankind’s “greatest tool for reshaping the natural world,” said Scott — a means of transforming land into a diverse, renewed, and fertilized landscape of berry bushes and other sources of food. Fire-blackened fields were still a long way from the grain fields and the livestock pens of a much later era, he added, but they enabled humankind to “surround itself with its needs close at hand” for the first time.“Fire was our trump card as a species,” said Scott, and made once weak humans into “the world’s most successful invasive.”That domesticating plants was a strategy for species success is a harder argument to make, he said. For millennia, in fact, farming was overshadowed by foraging. But population pressures helped establish the idea of deliberate crops.In the end, farms became the locus of “fully domesticated plants,” favorite grains and fruits that were dependent on human attention, said Scott. Once humankind took “that fatal step” into farming full time, the routines required set the tempo of life itself, reshaped gender roles, and became “the very center of the civilizing process.”Harvard President Drew Faust introduced James Scott, the celebrated Yale political scientist who delivered the first of the season’s Tanner Lectures on Human Values, on May 4.Farming also brought into a tighter sphere all of the natural things humans needed to live: fire, plants, and eventually domesticated animals, which became a sort of penned game as well as renewable sources of calories like milk, cheese, and eggs. In all, farms drew “denser and denser rings around the domus itself,” said Scott, and became a means to “relocate the natural environment” at the very door of a person’s house.The domestication of animals — in place at first about 8,000 years ago in the case of sheep, goats, and pigs — was in part made possible by grain farming. Farm animals also became “servant foragers” of a sort, said Scott, docile beings capable of eating all kinds of inedible plant matter and turning it into calories humans could use.The same animals could “mimic the effects of fire,” he said, by clearing land, after a fashion, and fertilizing fields.But the “Neolithic revolution” of farming came with consequences, said Scott. He outlined a grim narrative that contradicts the one we learn in school, in which the superiority of farming is “underwritten by a powerful mythology.”Part of that pro-agriculture myth was that “no one chose to remain nomadic,” said Scott, but in fact farming for millennia just supplemented foraging, and did not replace it.A permanent move to farming also brought increased mortality rates, smaller bodies, bone and teeth deformities, and iron deficiencies that hit women hardest. Cultivated plants were more reliable, but they were less nutritious too. Gone also were the complex sources of calories obtained by foraging, replaced by a diminished variety of grains.In addition, farms meant greater population density, closer contact with animals, and the attendant “heaps of pests and pathogens,” said Scott — a “perfect epidemiological storm” for humans already weakened by their increasing domestication. In all, he said, civilization’s embrace of farming meant a “slow-motion plunge” from health to disease.But there is a paradox too, said Scott; a rise in birthrates came with the rise of agriculture. The “complex reasons” for that, he promised, would be part of today’s lecture.The second of two Tanner Lectures by James Scott — “The Long Golden Age of Barbarians, a.k.a. Non-State Peoples” — is at 4 p.m. today (May 5) at the Lowell Lecture Hall. Harvard’s Sugata Bose is the respondent, as Veena Das was for the first lecture. A related seminar is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday (May 6) in the Barker Center’s Thompson Room. James Scott will be joined by Partha Chatterjee of Columbia University and by Harvard’s Arthur Kleinman and Lucie White.
Notre Dame professor of physics Boldizsár Jankó’s work with quantum properties of a nanoscale superconductor-ferromagnet system was recently published in “Nature Scientific Reports.”“It’s an example of taking two materials that are very different ⎯ superconductors have zero resistance, they expel magnetic fields, [and] they get weaker,” Jankó said. “Ferromagnets are anything but that ⎯ they have strong magnetic fields. So the question was, ‘What happens when you take some substrate and you put a nanometer-sized magnet on it?’”The basic design of the system Jankó’s team investigated involved a superconductor laid out like flat film with a pancake-shaped nanomagnet disk on top of this substrate, with the north and south poles of the nanomagnet corresponding to the top and bottom of the disk, he said. Given the antagonistic nature of these two materials, the team was curious to see what the result of this clash would be at such a small scale.“What the superconductor does [is] shield this magnetic field, so you basically induce a current in the superconductor,” Jankó said. “So the total magnetic field is almost zero in the superconductor, but there is a spontaneously generated current.”The result of this induced current is a weakened state in the superconductor wherever it flows, and a plot of the strength of the superconductor over different regions revealed a “Mexican hat”-shaped potential, Jankó said. The geometry of this potential is characterized by a peak signal directly under the nanomagnet, surrounded by a valley of weaker strength that gives way to a strong signal on the circular boundary.“When I looked at this ‘Mexican hat’ potential I said, ‘That’s just amazing, I haven’t seen anything like this,’” Jankó said. “So my first thought was that this ‘Mexican hat’ potential is going to trap exotic particles, and that’s what we saw.”The striking part of the microscopic materials medley investigated by Jankó’s team is that it behaves as a quantum analog to the classical rotor model, which is equivalent to tying a string to a rock and swinging it around in a circle, Jankó said.“The other thing we noticed is that you can put a supercurrent on to the superconductor, and [it] results in tilting of the ‘Mexican hat,’” Jankó said. “It weakens the superconductor on one side so that you have a deeper well and strengthens it on the other.”Jankó said this happens because the current flowing through the superconductor induces its own magnetic field, which changes the existing field around the nanomagnet.“That’s the classical view. What we found, quantum-mechanically, is that is true ⎯ but there are also more particles on the other side as well,” Jankó said. “It turns out that you are basically breaking the left-right symmetry, and these states are an equal superposition of left-rotating and right-rotating particles. So the quantum mechanical rotor goes in both directions.”The classical analog in this situation would be that of a billiard ball rolling back and forth in the groove of the tilted side of the Mexican hat ⎯ but now also rolling back and forth on the other side as well, similar to two oscillating pendulums instead of the single rotor, Jankó said. This dual-pendulum model prompted Jankó’s team to explore possible relations to chaos in the system.“We immediately thought of a connection to chaos because a kicked pendulum is chaotic,” Jankó said. “Its motion is extremely sensitive to a kick. Luckily, quantum mechanics makes things a lot simpler in this case. For a quantum mechanical particle that’s spread all over the place, it couldn’t care less about being chaotic. There are no initial conditions; it just has maybe a slightly different structure of the wave function.”In general, it is possible to go from a chaotic classical system to a quantum mechanical analog, but going back the other way is a far more difficult question, he said.“Here what we are saying is that we discover rotor states, pendulum states, and the pendulum can be made chaotic if you put impulses into the current to start driving the system,” Jankó said. “And in fact, we managed to describe the quantum-mechanical analog of this inverted pendulum ⎯ basically you have a rod and an object at the end of this rod, and you can stabilize this otherwise classically unstable inverted position. So if you perform the drive of this hinge, you can stabilize this state and have a stable inverted pendulum, called the Kapitza pendulum.” Tags: academic research, Physics
Callie Patrick | The Observer Saint Mary’s seniors Taylor Strong and Carey Dwyer, left to right, study in the newly renovated Trumper Center.But space was often hard to come by — one issue the renovations sought to remedy.Simpson said she would only visit Trumper by necessity.“I like the new renovations, I think they’re really cool,” Simpson said. “It definitely helps getting a little more study space down here. I feel like whenever the girls were kicked out of the library at 12 [a.m.] they had nowhere to go, so it’s really nice.”The renovations included new equipment and decor, which Simpson said may draw in those who traditionally avoided the space.“You know you can come to Trumper and it’ll be quiet, and it’s nice,” Simpson said. “People will come here even more when [they] have to do things late at night but the library’s not open.”Senior Taylor Strong said the new amenities changed her mind about Trumper.“I would come down here to print and get snacks and hot chocolate, but that’s about it,” Strong said. “Now definitely I will come down here more often because it’s really nice.”The additional equipment made the center much more practical for students, sophomore Elizabeth Ciupinski said.“The only time I ever came to Trumper was to use the computers … I like how there’s more dry erase boards,” she said. “It’s more spacious, there is more privacy and the furnishing is more comfortable.”Senior Carey Dwyer also said she would certainly venture down to the basement more often now that the space has been renovated.“I didn’t really study in Trumper,” Dwyer said. “I stuck more to the first floor of the library. But now that this is down here, I think I will come down here more.”Dwyer said she particularly liked the new TV and study spaces.“They look really nice,” she said. “All the lights, too, I think it helps when you’re studying. It seems like a nice place to practice presentations and have group meetings.”Tags: 24-hour study space, Cushwa-Leighton Library, library renovations, Trumper With decor of blues and greens, fresh whiteboards and comfortable new furniture, Trumper has received a facelift to start the new year. Part of Saint Mary’s recent library upgrades, the study space in the basement of the Cushwa-Leighton Library has become a popular space for students to study at all hours of the day.As a 24-hour space, Trumper has long been a venue for late-night studiers.Senior Hannah Simpson said she would regularly frequent Trumper before the upgrades, as she was often “pushed out of the library” when it closed at midnight.“I think personally I have different study places on campus and having those options really helps me to focus,” she said. “If I get bored at one place, I know I can get up and go to another place. So just having a study place at Trumper is just helpful. So if I can’t get my study places upstairs I can come down here.”
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Associated Press:New York City plans to double the share of its pension fund invested in renewable energy, energy efficiency and other industries that aim to combat global warming.Mayor Bill de Blasio and city Comptroller Scott Stringer announced the new goal Thursday.Now, about $2 billion of the city’s $195 billion in pension funds is invested in what are sometimes called climate solutions. The new plan would raise that investment to $4 billion over the next three years.The mayor and comptroller, both Democrats, say the city will seek investments that do good for the environment while doing well for the funds’ returns.In another financial move aimed at fighting climate change, New York City and state announced plans last winter to divest their pension funds of fossil fuel investments.More: NYC doubling pension fund dollars in ‘climate solutions’ New York City doubles renewable energy investment
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 5-year-old girl fatally drowned in a backyard pool in Islip over the weekend, Suffolk County police said.Third Precinct officers responded to a 911 call reporting a child being found unresponsive in a pool at a Columbine Avenue home at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, police said.The child, Carissa Walker, was taken to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore. where she was pronounced dead.Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation.
The Weinermobile is a 27-foot-long hot dog on wheels originally built in 1936 by a nephew of Oscar Mayer himself. If you missed the Wienermobile at the parade it will be at the Vestal Walmart from 12 to 5 p.m. on Sunday and the Walmart in Johnson City from 12 to 5 p.m. on Monday. The Wienermobile was built as a way to lift spirits in America during the Great Depression. Organizers said Saturday that goal has never changed. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The Oscar Mayer Wienermobile helped to kick off the 53rd Binghamton Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in front of NYSEG Stadium Saturday. “It hauls buns but it’s no lambur-wienie and every year we take it on a coast to coast wiener roast it’s all about spreading miles and miles of smiles,” said Oscar Mayer Hotdogger Alex Hale.
Comment Advertisement Emiliano Martinez will not travel with Arsenal’s squad to Craven Cottage (Picture (Picture: Getty)Emiliano Martinez will not be included in Arsenal’s travelling squad for their Premier League opener away to Fulham this weekend, with Brighton and Aston Villa battling it out for the goalkeeper.The 28-year-old had an outstanding end to last season deputising for the injured Bernd Leno and played a starring role as the Gunners beat Chelsea to lift their 14th FA Cup. However, the north London giants have begrudgingly decided to cash in on Martinez, given their No.1, Leno, has returned from his knee problem and is fully fit ahead of the 2020/21 campaign. Advertisement Emiliano Martinez to be left out of Arsenal squad as Brighton better Aston Villa’s bid for goalkeeper The Gunners are holding out for a fee of £20m for Martinez (Picture: Getty)Martinez made it clear he would seek a move if Mikel Arteta could no longer give him assurances over regular playing time and the Argentine has reportedly agreed personal terms with Aston Villa. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHowever, Villa are yet to meet Arsenal’s £20 million asking price this summer and Brighton have hijacked the move, according to The Guardian. The report claims Brighton have bettered Villa’s £15m offer for Martinez and the shot-stopper will play no part at Craven Cottage as negotiations continue over his future.Martinez held discussions over a possible new deal at the Emirates but Arsenal are now resigned to losing the ‘keeper.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalAsked about Martinez’s future at his press conference on Friday, Arteta said: ‘I cannot stop all the speculation that we have about players coming in and out.‘I will say that I don’t want to comment on any individuals at the moment without having the right answers.‘I don’t treat the goalkeeping position any differently to the others.‘I think the one that in my opinion is training better with the goalkeeping coach has the better chance to start tomorrow and my decision will be consistent like that throughout this season.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Arsenal make improved verbal offer for Odsonne Edouard as Alexandre Lacazette seeks moveMORE: Owen Hargreaves identifies the ‘problem’ with Arsenal signings William Saliba and Gabriel Metro Sport ReporterFriday 11 Sep 2020 7:22 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.5kShares
Associated Press: Wolf criticizes GOP targeting state, local tax deductions“What we’re talking about here is a shift in costs from the federal government to state taxpayers, and regardless of whether it’s the property tax or an income tax or a local sales tax, the elimination of that deduction means that Pennsylvania taxpayers are going to be paying more,” [Governor] Wolf said.WHYY: As U.S. House GOP gets ready to talk taxes, Pa. Dems lobby to keep local deductionsJust before House Republicans plan to introduce draft legislation, leading Democrats in Pennsylvania raised concerns about one kind of deduction — used by more than half of all taxpayers in the state — that’s on the chopping block… “Gutting the state and local tax deduction is a tax increase on the middle class, pure and simple,” said [Governor] Wolf, of shifting that burden.CBS Pittsburgh: Sen. Casey, Gov. Wolf Say GOP Tax Plan Will Take Deductions From Pennsylvanians[Governor] Wolf said 1.8 million Pennsylvanians use this tax break, 86 percent of whom have incomes under $200,000. Wolf says Republicans should not take this away to pay for a tax cut for the super wealthy. “Prioritizing tax cuts for the one percent over millions of middle class families simply does not make sense for Pennsylvania,” declared the governor. “It doesn’t make Pennsylvania stronger or help our economy.”Daily Item: Wolf, Casey say GOP tax plan is bad for middle class[Governor] Wolf said that while the details of the plan haven’t been fully disclosed, based on the proposed cuts in the state and local tax deduction, the tax reform would be a “huge blow to the middle class at the expense of the super wealthy.” National Issues, Round-Up, The Blog Harrisburg, PA – Yesterday, Governor Tom Wolf joined Senator Bob Casey on a press call to raise concerns about the consequences the proposed GOP tax plan would have on Pennsylvanians, particularly eliminating or reducing the federal deduction for state and local taxes that benefits approximately 1.8 million Pennsylvanians.Take a look at the coverage below: November 01, 2017 By: Eryn Spangler, Press Assistant Governor Wolf, Senator Casey Call on Washington to Protect Tax Break for Middle Class Families (Round-Up) SHARE TWEET Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitter