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Spontaneous combustion of tempura flakes blamed for sushi restaurant fires

first_imgiStock(MADISON, Wis.) — A popular sushi ingredient is believed to be the cause of seven restaurant fires across the country, after officials discovered the product could self-heat and spontaneously combust.The fires, five of which happened in Wisconsin, were the “result of a preparation technique” used to make deep-fried tempura flakes, commonly referred to as “crunch” but properly called tenkasu or agedama, according to a statement from the city of Madison’s fire department.The process to create the flakes involves using vegetable or soybean oil and deep frying the batter in patches before letting it cool in a bowl. However because the oils have the ability to self-heat, as the flakes cool off, the oil heats up in a contained environment, according to the statement.“These conditions can create an environment for a fire to occur,” the statement read.Kara Nelson, a fire investigator with the Madison Fire Department, told ABC News Tuesday that surveillance footage from the fires confirmed the blazes started in a bowl with the tempura flakes. She compared the combustion to a similar process that can happen with oily rags.“Let’s say someone wipes the stain up with some rags. The oil will combine with the oxygen in the air and in that chemical process, it releases heat,” Nelson said. “If the rags are bunched up and cannot dissipate, then the environment for a fire to occur is created.”She noted that in making the tempura flakes, the process involves heating up the oil and placing them in a bowl to cool.“You have an oil that can undergo spontaneous combustion and its heated, so we’re helping the process,” Nelson said. “And anything that is gonna keep that heat from being able to dissipate, it might raise to the point where a fire could occur.”Two of the fires, both at sushi restaurants in Madison, resulted in damages totaling around $575,000, according to the fire department. Neither resulted in injuries.One blaze broke out at Sumo Steakhouse and Sushi Bar on April 5 at around 2:30 a.m. Firefighters entered the restaurant through a hatch on the roof and found the kitchen in flames. A sprinkler managed to prevent the fire from further damaging the building, and the restaurant has since reopened.Another fire occurred on May 10 at the Madison restaurant Takara just before midnight. Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the fire, though the damage was extensive. Takara remains closed.Nelson said similar incidents have happened in St. Paul, Minnesota, and Ashburn, Virginia. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives helped in each investigation.She hopes the attention around the sushi ingredient will raise awareness to its ability to combust, and urged anyone making the tempura flakes not to leave them unattended overnight and to lay them out flat rather than piled in a mound.However, she noted that the combustion is only possible under specific conditions.“We’ve got questions like, ‘If we eat this are we gonna spontaneously combust?,’” she said. “And the answer to that is no. Vegetable oil and canola oil have the highest tendency to undergo spontaneous combustion, but it’s not gonna do it sitting on the shelf.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more


Channel 5 programme re-ignites debate over who killed Suzy Lamplugh

first_imgHome » Features » Agencies & People » Channel 5 programme re-ignites debate over who killed Suzy Lamplugh previous nextAgencies & PeopleChannel 5 programme re-ignites debate over who killed Suzy LamplughFather of serial killer Steven Wright says he is still “troubled” by links between his son and the London estate agent, who disappeared in 1986 after attending a property viewing.Nigel Lewis7th December 201704,468 Views A documentary on Channel 5 last night has reignited the debate over who killed 25-year-old estate agent Suzy Lamplugh, who vanished in 1986 after meeting a ‘Mr Kipper’ to view a property in Fulham, SW London.Suzy was officially declared dead in 1994 although her remains have never been found.During the programme ‘My Son The Serial Killer’ (see right) aired last night at 9pm, the father of convicted serial killer Steven Wright said he was “troubled” by pictures of his son with Suzy Lamplugh.Steven worked with Suzy on the QE2 cruise ship during the 1980s but during the original police investigation into Suzy’s disappearance, he was ruled out.But a diary entry made by a family member revealed that he was on shore leave in the UK on the day that Suzy disappeared.Steven Wright, who was also known as the ‘Suffolk Strangler’, was convicted in 2007 of killing five prostitutes during a ten-day period in Ipswich the previous year.His father, Conrad, who is now 81, says in the documentary that he still has “many questions” in his mind about the link between his son and Suzy (pictured, left) and has been asking himself ‘what if’ questions about her murder.But in 1999 Scotland Yard said the person they thought most likely to have murdered Suzy Lamplugh is convicted rapist and killer John Cannan. He denied any involvement.The Suzy Lamplugh Trust was set up in Suzy’s mother in 1986 to raise awareness about the safety of people working in the property industry and wider campaigns about personal safety including stalking, lone workers and personal alarms.Steven Wright Conrad Wright Suzy Lamplugh Suzy Lamplugh Trust December 7, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more


HMS Queen Elizabeth preparing for helicopter trials

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth preparing for helicopter trials View post tag: F-35B The recently-commissioned Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth has kicked off preparations for her rotary wing trials which are set to start in the coming weeks.According to the Royal Navy, a Merlin helicopter from Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose has been training aboard the aircraft carrier in Portsmouth Naval Base as part of the trials.The anti-submarine helicopter of 820 Naval Air Squadron has been putting flight deck crews through a series of mandatory aviation drills and procedures that are part of the aircraft carrier’s flying trials.“The Merlins of 820 NAS are old friends of ours,” said Lieutenant Commander Jim Cobbett, ‘Lt Cdr Flying’ onboard HMS Queen Elizabeth.“The Squadron was the first rotary unit to embark with us up in Scotland when we came out of build. These sea acceptance trials (Air) or SAT (Air) has proved the ship’s aircraft services are ready for action with a live helicopter and that everything functions correctly.”During the two days embarked package the Merlin was used to verify many of the flight deck and hangar facilities by connecting up to the ship’s onboard electrical supply cables and refueling hoses, as well as test the important ‘Telebrief’ system which will enable Flying Control – ‘FLYCO’ – to communicate with each aircraft whilst on deck.“Completing SAT (Air) is crucial to getting the ship ready to operate the whole spectrum of aircraft that we will be working with in the future,” continued Lt Cdr Cobbett.HMS Queen Elizabeth will sail from her home port for rotary wing trial at sea in the coming weeks, where she will undergo deck trials with Royal Navy Merlin helicopters.Later this year fixed wing trials will begin with the F-35B in the summer. Share this article Authorities Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth preparing for helicopter trialscenter_img View post tag: HMS Queen Elizabeth View post tag: Merlin Mk 2 View post tag: Royal Navy January 17, 2018last_img read more


PHILADELPHIA 76ERS ANNOUNCE DETAILS FOR SUMMER SHORE TOUR PRESENTED BY DUNKIN’ DONUTS – AUG….

first_imgAUG. 22 – OCEAN CITY, N.J.AUG. 24 – WILDWOOD CREST, N.J.AUG. 26 – STONE HARBOR, N.J.PHILADELPHIA 76ERS PLAYERS, ALUMNI AND ENTERTAINMENT TEAMTO JOIN FANS FOR SUMMERTIME EVENTS BENEFITING THE SIXERS YOUTH FOUNDATIONPHILADELPHIA, PA — AUGUST 10, 2017 — The Philadelphia 76ers announced today details for the three-stop Summer Shore Tour, presented by Dunkin’ Donuts, on Aug. 22, 24 and 26 in Ocean City, Wildwood Crest and Stone Harbor, New Jersey, respectively. The three-day tour, which is open to fans of all ages, continues the team’s tradition of visiting its fans at the Jersey Shore for summertime events. The Summer Shore Tour, presented by Dunkin’ Donuts, will feature Philadelphia 76ers players, alumni and the Sixers ENT comprised of the Sixers Dunk Squad, presented by Dunkin’ Donuts, Sixers Dancers, mascot Franklin and the Sixers.There is no cost to enter. Food, beverages, interactive activities and games are available for purchase. Fans may buy All-Access Day Passes for Wildwood Crest and Stone Harbor that include a 76ers beach towel and unlimited access to face-painting, inflatable zones, Dunkin’ Dunk Tank and a nine-hole mini golf course. To purchase or learn more about All-Access Day Passes or Early Bird Passes priced at $25 and $20, respectively, fans may go to Sixers.com. A limited number of free autograph vouchers for attending Sixers players and alumni will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis inside the event.“For the last 17 years, the 76ers have had an incredible response to our annual event at the Jersey Shore, and this year, we wanted to harness the excitement surrounding our team by visiting more fans in more towns than ever before,” Philadelphia 76ers Chief Sales and Marketing Officer Chris Heck said. “The three-day Summer Shore Tour, presented by Dunkin’ Donuts, is an amazing opportunity to bring together 76ers fans, players, alumni, entertainers and staff for some fun in the sun, while also benefitting the youth we serve in Philadelphia and Camden.”“We are excited to be the presenting sponsor of the Philadelphia Sixers Summer Shore Tour,” said Jessica Weissman, Field Marketing Manager, Dunkin’ Brands. “As we enter into our second year of our partnership with the Sixers, the Summer Shore Tour is the perfect way for Dunkin’ Donuts to get fans fueled up and ready for the upcoming season.”Dunkin’ Donuts will be onsite with the Dunkin’ Donuts Community Cruiser for all three stops. At each stop, Dunkin’ Donuts will offer product samples inside the event and swag giveaways. Dunkin’ Donuts will also host in-store events for the Summer Shore Tour from 8-10 a.m. on Aug. 21 and Aug. 23 at the Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants at 4 South Shore Road, Marmora, N.J. and 3704 Bayshore Road, North Cape May, respectively.A portion of the proceeds from the Summer Shore Tour will benefit the Sixers Youth Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation committed to coaching and mentoring underserved youth to be the next generation of leaders and innovators.TUESDAY, AUGUST 22LOCATION: The Music Pier on the Boardwalk (8th/9th Avenue and Boardwalk), Ocean City, New JerseyTIME: 12 – 2 p.m.THURSDAY, AUGUST 24LOCATION: ICONA Diamond Beach Resort, 9701 Atlantic Ave, Wildwood Crest, New JerseyTIME: 3 – 6 p.m.SATURDAY, AUGUST 26LOCATION: 82nd Street Recreation Center, Stone Harbor, New JerseyTIME: 3 – 6 p.m.*The tour will take place rain or shine.76ers players and alumni scheduled to attend will be announced via Sixers.com in the coming days.ABOUT DUNKIN’ DONUTS:Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ Donuts is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ Donuts is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ Donuts has earned the No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for 11 years running. The company has more than 12,300 restaurants in 46 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin’ Donuts is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com.ABOUT THE PHILADELPHIA 76ERS:The Philadelphia 76ers are one of the most storied franchises in the National Basketball Association, having won three World Championships, earning nine trips to The Finals and making 47 playoff appearances over 67 seasons. The team is owned by an investor grouplast_img read more


Speech: Margot James’ speech at the Government Innovation Conference

first_imgMay I say what a wonderful venue we are in today.My predecessor in the role of Minister of State for Digital and Creative Industries – Matt Hancock – told the House of Lords AI Committee last year that there is ‘a need in government for people who are at the vanguard…champions for the technology…alongside people who know the ins and outs of policy.’I look around the room today and am delighted to see people all around government departments who are ‘in the vanguard’.Since then, there has been a report from that Committee, a government response that I delivered with my colleague Sam Gyimah, and a debate – where it was stated that Departments themselves need to understand AI better.The same goes for Ministers by the way.We need to take those ideas from the vanguard, and make them mainstream for Departments across government.And there is already great work being done in government.The Department for Transport runs DfT Lab – which develops proofs-of-concept in agile 6-week sprints. They have used machine learning to identify road freight from satellite imagery in locations where there aren’t cameras, and built a system to optimise transport patterns of the future.The DWP are using AI to crack down on large-scale benefits fraud. Their system uses algorithms to reveal fake identity cloning techniques that are common among criminal gangs.The Home Office and ASI Data Science worked together to develop technology which can automatically detect terrorist video propaganda on any online platform, so that the majority of this content could be prevented before it ever reaches the internet.And I hope that same technology can be used in the fight against child abuse images online.A year ago the UK topped Oxford Insights’ Government AI readiness index – indicating we are the best-placed OECD country to implement AI in public service delivery, thanks to your great work on data, on fostering a vibrant environment for startups, and on the digitalisation of government.So today is very important. All of us, collectively, need to share with each other what we are doing.That means government working together with industry to seize the prize of a reported additional £232bn by 2030 – 10% of GDP.And it’s not all about economic value, but also the benefits it brings to individuals and families – from healthcare, to improving road safety.Earlier this year government and industry collectively committed to nearly £1bn of investment in the Industrial Strategy AI Sector Deal.Tabitha Goldstaub – who chairs the AI Council – is here today. The Council will have the important task of making sure that Sector Deal delivers. It’s important that we mention this today – not just because it’s about AI – but because it’s the one year anniversary of the Industrial Strategy this week.I was very proud as Business Minister to have had a part in developing it, and I’d like to pay tribute to my former boss, Greg Clark, an outstanding Secretary of State – who lives and breathes the Industrial Strategy and has really developed it so well.That £1bn is intended to kickstart how we address the Grand Challenge on AI and Data – to remain at the forefront of this revolution.To address the Grand Challenge, the whole of government, industry and civil society will need to work together.Artificial Intelligence holds the promise to transform productivity. The government has set the ambition to place the UK at the forefront of AI in its Industrial Strategy. We should also seek to seize this opportunity for public service to become more efficient and effective.To do so, the recent Budget initialised a review across government to understand where the biggest potential lies for adoption of these new technologies, to identify where combined investment can yield the greatest benefit.It will be led by the Office for Artificial Intelligence – a joint unit between DCMS and BEIS – working with the Government Digital Service.We established the Office for AI earlier this year following last year’s AI review led by Professor Dame Wendy Hall and Jérôme Pesenti.The Office for AI exists to be a central hub of policy expertise in AI across government. It delivers against commitments made in the Sector Deal around increasing access to data for AI startups, improving AI skills provision for the workforce, and driving adoption through missions and by other targeted means – all of which contribute to addressing the Grand Challenge on remaining at the forefront of the AI and Data revolution.So, today I’d like us to focus on the role data has in creating opportunities for AI. But equally important is driving adoption of AI and upskilling our workforce, to be able to use data and AI better.I’ll begin with adoption of AI.The full benefits for society and the economy that can come from AI can only be realised if it is widely used.We have used a Mission-driven approach to set out an aspiration to drive adoption of AI. Earlier this year we announced how we would use AI to improve the early diagnosis and treatment of chronic diseases, which pulls together effort across DCMS, BEIS and DHSC, the NHS, private sector and civil society.I’m so proud that the first Mission we announced was to deliver a transformation in the diagnosis of chronic diseases by Artificial Intelligence up to 2030.Cancer Research UK estimates that by 2033, if late stage diagnosis were reduced by 50% across four common cancers 56,500 more people diagnosed would be diagnosed at an early stage, resulting in 22,500 fewer deaths within 5 years of diagnosis, per year.It’s important to realise that’s not just an extra five years, but for many people they could have as much longer as if they’d not had the disease.It’s important to work with the expertise we have in government and the wider public sector to embed a culture of being intelligent customers when it comes to AI in public service delivery. We have engaged Office for National Statistics’ Data Science Campus and GDS to help us do this.DCMS has also seconded an official to work as a researcher at the World Economic Forum’s San Francisco-based Center for the 4th Industrial Revolution towards a framework for responsible public procurement of AI. This is intended to mesh with the Data Ethics Framework which has a new home in DCMS after moving from GDS and provide a set of steps a decision maker could follow to decide on how to best implement AI solutions.The team is also working to ensure everyone benefits from the opportunities presented by AI, to ensure that businesses have access to the AI talent they need to operate, and in order to support and drive economic growth.This currently involves the development of a new industry funded AI Masters programme, beginning with around 200 new AI Masters students in 2019 with expansion of this talent pipeline continuing year-on-year.In addition it involves work to attract, recruit and retain world-leading talent by creating a fellowship programme that is globally respected and attractive for researchers around the world to congregate in the UK – recognised with £50m of funding that was announced in the Budget.We are also supporting work towards an additional 200 PhD places in AI and related disciplines a year by 2020 to 2021. By 2025, we will have at least 1,000 government supported PhD places in AI at any one time.Our work is in partnership with employers and universities, through our UK AI Skills Champion Dame Wendy Hall and the AI Council.We are committed to increasing diversity in the AI workforce to ensure that everyone with the potential to participate has the opportunity to do so and will support upskilling, reskilling and lifelong learning to reach our aims.That’s why we doubled the number of Exceptional Talent visas to 2,000 to attract the brightest and best to live and work in the UK as well as training our own population.Now, onto data.There has been a huge programme of work in recent years to make sure we are promoting the open and transparent use of data.This goes back at least 10 years.In the government we are in a privileged position, as we collect a vast quantity of untapped data as part of the services we run.And as the UK moves rapidly towards a data driven economy, it means that we have a real opportunity to make the most of this.The government has already published over 44,000 datasets on data.gov.uk. This unprecedented level of openness has created so many benefits.This is one of several reasons we ranked top of Oxford Insights’ Analysis last year.We believe that innovation with data requires public trust. That’s why government has established the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation as another key part of addressing the Grand Challenge on AI and Data, the board of which was announced just last week – they held their first meeting yesterday.Leading public debate on this is crucial. There’s a great danger – if we get ahead of ourselves in government and industry, and allow public debate to fall behind, we fail to build the trust that is absolutely vital for the success of this endeavour. So, I think that the role of the new Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation is absolutely crucial in building that trust.The Centre is a world-class advisory body to make sure data and AI delivers the best possible outcomes for society, in support of its innovative and ethical use.And that Centre will become independent – it’s our intention to put it on a statutory, independent footing, as soon as we can get the necessary legislation in train.Innovation and ethics are not mutually exclusive. The Centre will work to deliver innovation with data, as well as ensuring its use – including for AI – is ethical.Data is a critical part of our national digital infrastructure – and fundamental to AI. It enables all kinds of services we use everyday from maps on our smartphones, to social media and payment processes. Without access to good quality data from a range of sources, AI technologies cannot deliver on their promise of better, more efficient and seamless services.Government is committed to opening up more data in a way that makes it reusable and easily accessible.However, of course not all data can, or should, be made open.Organisations looking to access or share data can often face a range of barriers, from trust and cultural concerns to practical and legal obstacles.It is extremely important that we address these.Last week, it was announced at the ODI Summit that ‘the Office for AI will work with the Open Data Institute to run a number of pilot data trusts – frameworks to enable safe, fair and ethical data sharing between organisations to solve common problems and bring societala nd economic benefit.The Office for AI is working with the ODI to identify potential pilots – including unlocking sales data towards facilitating a circular economy by making packaging recycling more efficient, and around using data to bolster conservation efforts, among other examples.The ODI are also working on a further pilot project to prototype a data trust with the Mayor of London and the Royal Borough of Greenwich. City Hall is working on data trusts as part of its Smarter London Together Roadmap to support AI and protect ‘privacy by design’ for Londoners.This Greenwich project will focus on real time data from the Internet of Things, and will investigate how this data could be shared with innovators in the technology sector to create solutions to city challenges.Our ultimate aim is that Data Trusts encourage data sharing where it is not currently happening to deliver economic and societal benefit.Finally, onto the AI Council.Work is under way developing the AI Council, following the announcement of Chair Tabitha Goldstaub earlier this year – and Tabitha, we’re very grateful to you for the work you’ve put in to get the AI Council almost up to launch, and also to Skills Champion Professor Dame Wendy Hall.The AI Council is intended to be government’s ‘way in’ to industry – a partnership body. Just as in the public sector, where Office for AI works across government to address the Grand Challenge, we need industry – with government’s help – to take on some of this task.We want to make sure that the public sector can work hand-in-hand with the private sector to deliver more solutions that are truly transformative and revolutionise public service delivery.That’s a really great prize.Together, we can work drive adoption across public and industry sectors.last_img read more


ND8 holds fundraiser at Five Guys

first_imgND8, a student group fighting poverty in the Third World, hoped to lure students away from the dining halls Wednesday and over to Eddy Street to support a fundraising event held at Five Guys. Ten percent of proceeds from sales between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. benefitted Second Chance, a Toledo, Ohio based organization supporting the victims of domestic sex trafficking. Sophomore Erin Hattler, ND8 co-president, said the organization aims to combat trafficking through advocacy. “Second Chance is a social service program that provides comprehensive services to victims of domestic sex trafficking and prostitution, specializing in women and children,” Hattler said. “It focuses on raising community awareness, and trying to end exploitation through advocacy, securing resources for treatment and training for first responders.” Sophomore John Gibbons, co-president of ND8, said the group chose Second Chance because it directly addresses the challenges that trap victims in the cycle of trafficking. “Often, victims of sex trafficking are likely to go back into sex trafficking because they don’t know what else to do, and there aren’t enough resources devoted to helping them,” Gibbons said. “Second Chance provides a place where they can get away from everything, eventually brining them back to society and something of a normal life.” Bill Purcell, associate director for Catholic Social Tradition and Practice at the Center for Social Concerns, came to eat at Five Guys to support ND8’s efforts. “Our whole family came to support the work against human trafficking, which often gets hidden in today’s society,” Purcell said. “This was a great way to benefit the local community’s economy, to get something to eat and to help the universal problem of human trafficking.” Freshman Erin O’Brien confessed to having dual motives for eating dinner at Five Guys. “It’s for a good cause and a good excuse to go get great food off campus,” she said. Hesburgh Library librarian Elizabeth Van Jacob brought her daughter Jemma to Five Guys in support of the event. Jemma, a student at John Adams High School, said she was glad to see the issue being addressed. “While studying through home schooling a few years ago, I read about this issue,” Jemma Van Jacob said. “It’s good to act locally to tackle this issue.” Elizabeth Van Jacob said the gravity of the problem demands attention. “I can’t believe that this issue is still going on and that it’s going on in the United States,” Elizabeth said. “This affects a lot of adolescent girls and boys, and we are completely opposed to this sort of violence.”last_img read more


Cantaloupes

first_imgUniversity of Georgia scientists are assisting in a study to find a cantaloupe variety with less netting on the rind in the hopes that the fruit will be less susceptible to the bacteria or pathogens that settle in the netting on the outside of the fruit.Since the early 1990s, numerous nationwide outbreaks of salmonella have been linked to fresh, whole cantaloupes.This UGA project is funded by a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) grant sponsored by the USDA’s Specialty Crop Research Initiative. UGA’s portion of the USDA grant is approximately $20,000 spread over two years. UGA Cooperative Extension vegetable specialist Tim Coolong is conducting the research on the UGA Tifton campus.“Some of the food safety issues that happened several years ago have put food safety at the forefront of cantaloupe production,” Coolong said. “Hopefully the research generated through this study will help us take another positive step toward developing a more sustainable cantaloupe for growers to produce.”Coolong, who also serves as an associate professor of horticulture at the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, is one of several scientists from Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, North Carolina and Texas who are conducting cantaloupe research with the goal of producing a quality melon with a different rind netting. Scientists in each of the participating states are studying different cantaloupe varieties.This is a small part of a large research study led by Texas A&M University scientist Bhimu Patil. The overarching project will help scientists develop a more sustainable, systems-based approach to safe, healthy melon production in the U.S.“My research is a production variety trial. I’ll grow the cantaloupes and look at standard quality and yield parameters. Once we’ve completed the trial, I will ship the cantaloupes to Texas A&M University and the University of Arizona, where the cantaloupes will be subjected to additional tests, specifically consumer acceptance tests and food safety analyses,” Coolong said.Commercial and experimental varieties from breeders who are also part of this project will be grown and evaluated.Cantaloupes generated more than $24.2 million in Georgia in 2016, according to the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development’s Farm Gate Value Report.last_img read more


Lyndon State College offers new Performing Arts Management degree

first_imgLyndon State College is announcing a new degree. The Bachelor of Science in Performing Arts Management will first be offered in the fall of 2010. Students majoring in Arts Management can select among three concentrations: artist management, venue management and theater operations management.The Performing Arts Management degree will prepare students to serve in administrative, managerial and leadership positions in an area related to music and performing arts. Core courses include Financial Accounting, Introduction to Business, Introduction to Business Software, Principles of Management, Principles of Marketing, Business Ethics, Fiscal Management, Event Management and Promotion, Strategic Media Communication and Introduction to Media Communication. All students will also complete Lyndon’s General Education requirements, which are specifically designed and intended to provide a basis of liberal arts for all Lyndon students.In addition, students must meet the requirements of the career-related internship after participating in courses such as the Music Industry Co-op, Event Management and Promotion, Artist Management and Development, Music Venue Management, Entrepreneurship in the Music Industry, House and Box Office Management and Theatre Operations Management Techniques. All of these courses are designed to integrate real-world experience with classroom instruction.Two current faculty members will be central in this new program: Britt Moore and Joe Gittleman. Both came to Lyndon following extensive experience in the industry. Moore worked in California as a sound engineer, and Gittleman is the founder and member of the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, a successful Boston-based band founded in 1983.As with most Lyndon courses, Arts Management students will “do” what they study – they will not be isolated in the classroom, but will be exposed to the demands of an actual work environment. The motto of the Music & Performing Arts and Arts Management departments is “Be early, work hard, say thanks.”Upon graduation, students will be prepared to enter a career with a balance of knowledge in a field associated with music business or theater arts management. There has been a growing trend over the years of students opting for professional courses in their college education. At this time, 65% of Lyndon students are enrolled in such programs.Source: Lyndon State College 3.29.2010last_img read more


Westminster in planning sell-off

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Activists, experts caution against slapdash reform to tackle prison overcrowding

first_imgYasonna told lawmakers at last Thursday’s teleconference that he would formally request approval from President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to resume deliberations on the revised KUHP and Correctional Facilities Law that had been carried over from the previous legislative session.Widespread protests from thousands of students and activists had forced Jokowi to delay the deliberations in September 2019. The protests criticized the deliberations for commencing just weeks before the end of the previous legislative session, as well as articles that they said would roll back decades of political reform to the New Order era.The revised KUHP and Correctional Facilities Law would automatically void a 2012 Government Regulation on the rights of prisoners, which stipulates stringent criteria to determine the eligibility for sentence remissions and parole for inmates convicted of extraordinary crimes like corruption, drug crimes and terrorism.Yasonna told lawmakers this time that he intended to revise the 2012 regulation to facilitate the conditional release of around 300 graft convicts aged 60 and above, among others.Yasonna also aims to release 30,000 convicts of general crimes who have served at least two-thirds of their jail terms to prevent outbreaks in the country’s overcrowded prisons, as part of the law ministry’s COVID-19 prevention measure.Read also: Overcrowded and understaffed, prisons scramble to protect inmates from infectionFollowing immediate objections from antigraft activists who questioned the motive behind the inclusion of corruption convicts that represented only a tiny proportion of the prison population, Jokowi was quick to clarify on Monday that his administration had never considered corruption convicts under the scheme.According to the ministry’s February data, Indonesia has locked up 4,891 corruption convicts, far fewer than 91,308 convicts serving their sentences for drug trafficking and 46,794 convicts service time for drug abuse. Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly’s latest plan to revisit prison reform is not without controversy. The growing number of COVID-19 cases in Indonesia has reignited the debate on reducing overcrowding at the country’s prisons, prompting lawmakers to consider overhauling the correctional system.The government has moved fast to rally the support of the House of Representatives, which agreed to resume deliberating the controversial revisions to the Criminal Code (KUHP) and the 1995 Correctional Facilities Law, which could pave the way to end prison overcrowding.The 524 prisons and detention centers across the country hold 268,919 inmates including some 60,000 detainees, more than double the maximum capacity of 132,107 inmates, according to the Law and Human Rights Ministry’s February 2020 data. It has also been reported that graft convicts enjoy arguably less cramped prison conditions compared to prisoners convicted of other crimes.Sukamiskin penitentiary in Bandung, West Java, for example, had 464 inmates in March, including 366 corruption convicts and five detainees, about 100 inmates fewer than its maximum capacity of 560 inmates.While the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) initially said that it was open to the idea, it now says it is against the plan to grant early releases to graft convicts.Anticorruption activists have said that reducing prison overcrowding is not as simple as granting early releases or remissions. Rigorous overhaul of Indonesia’s correctional system and codifications in the KUHP, the Criminal Law Procedures Code (KUHAP) and other related laws was pivotal to developing long-term solutions. They also said that any amendments or revisions, including to the KUHP, should consider additional alternatives to imprisonment.Activists also slammed the House’s apparent haste to resume deliberating the KUHP on the pretext of the COVID-19 outbreak. They said that doing so could only lead to excessive criminalization, given that the revised bill still included contentious provisions that would penalize activities in the personal domain, like consensual sex and cohabitation among unmarried people.“Depenalization and decriminalization should be promoted [in the amended KUHP] for of several criminal offenses, considering that overcrowding has been partly caused by overcriminalization in existing regulations,” said Institute for Criminal Justice Reform (ICJR) researcher Genoveva Alicia.Over the last two decades of reform, Indonesia has been obsessed with criminalizing certain acts and putting those who have committed such as behind bars.From 1998 to 2015, at least 1,600 new crimes had been added to Indonesia’s criminal justice system, most of which carried cumulative punishments such as a prison term and a fine, said criminal law lecturer Miko Ginting of the Indonesia Jentera School of Law in Jakarta.The prison population has grown steadily over the years, from around 117,000 in 2010 to 163,000 in 2014 and to 256,000 in 2018, according to the World Prison Brief (WPB) online database, hosted by the Institute for Criminal Policy Research at the University of London.Rising incarceration (JP/Swi Handono)Indonesia’s incarceration rate is among the world’s lowest at 100 people per 100,000 population, but the country ranks 8th in highest prison population total among the 223 countries and territories in the world collated in the WPB database.Many blame Indonesia’s overcrowded prisons on the judicial system, the existing KUHP and the punitive attitude of the judiciary, prosecutors and law enforcement officers, particularly when it comes to drug crimes.Read also: Dian Sasmita: Listening to troubled juveniles on the road to healing“In the Narcotics Law, there are alternative [sentences] such as rehabilitation,” Jentera’s Miko said, referring to the different sentencing options available depending on the criminal charge. “But the imposition of these charges pale in comparison to those punishable by imprisonment.”“There is a tendency among the judiciary to hand down prison sentences despite the availability of alternative forms of punishment, such as [rehabilitation] for [drug crimes],” he noted.The 2009 Narcotics Law permits judges to sentence drug users and victims of drug abuse to rehabilitation rather than imprisonment, but judges often refrain from imposing the alternative sentencing scheme.  Meanwhile, activists say that police and prosecutors often mistakenly classify drug addicts as drug dealers or traffickers.In other indications of the country’s failed correctional system, Indonesia has seen numerous jailbreaks, cases of drug rings operated from behind bars, illegal excursions and lavish facilities granted to inmates, as well as radicalization in prisons.As part of the codification of criminal law, the ICJR’s Genoveva urged the government to issue implementing regulations to ensure that the judiciary and law enforcement applied non-penal approaches like probation for certain cases.”In a nutshell, we need total reform [that involves] careful and comprehensive calculations,” said Miko.Topics : The data also showed that the nation’s correctional facilities report an average occupancy of 104 percent.Chronic overcrowding in the national prison system, combined with poor management and a shortage of wardens, has led to frequent prison riots. The most notorious among these occurred in 2013 at Tanjung Gusta prison in Medan, North Sumatra, and in 2018 at the Kelapa Dua Mobile Brigade headquarters (Mako Brimob) detention center in Depok, West Java. The two deadly incidents prompted the government to reform the prison system, yet overcrowding has persisted.last_img read more