Zimbabwe defies West

first_imgAfrica’s ZANU-PF wins in landslideRobert MugabeZimbabwe held national harmonized elections on July 31 that returned President Robert Mugabe to office for his seventh term since independence in 1980. The Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front party won more than two-thirds of the seats in the National Assembly, giving the party the capacity to form its own government.ZANU-PF had worked in a coalition government with two factions of the Western-backed opposition party, the Movement for Democratic Change, MDC-T and MDC-M. The coalition government came out of the crisis surrounding the 2008 elections, in which a dispute developed over the results of the polls.After five years of a regionally mediated Global Political Agreement, ZANU-PF is looking forward to forming its own revolutionary government without the constraints associated with portfolios held by the MDC parties. The party ran a campaign highlighting its legacy of the land redistribution program and its efforts aimed at transferring mining and manufacturing industry operations to Africans.The July 31 elections represented the culmination of a four-year political process that drafted and approved a new constitution. All relevant parties in the country participated in the debates and negotiations surrounding the adoption of the constitution, which was approved through a national referendum as well as resolutions within both houses of the National Assembly.Caesar Zvayi, deputy editor of the Zimbabwe Herald, stressed that the election results were consistent with political trends over the last 11 years. Zvayi wrote, “A look at voting trends since the 2002 presidential election shows that 1.2 million is consistent with Mr. [Morgan] Tsvangirai’s level of support as he amassed 1,258,401 (42 percent) votes to President Mugabe’s 1,685,212 (56.2 percent) in the 2002 poll; 1,195,562 (47.9 percent) to President Mugabe’s 1,079,730 (43.2 percent) votes in 2008; with his tally this year also hovering around the 1.2 million votes mark.” (Aug. 5)Zvayi notes, “This year, President Mugabe garnered 2,110,434 (61.09 percent) of the vote, Mr. Morgan Tsvangirai 1,172,349 (33.94 percent), Welshman Ncube 92,637 (2.68 percent), Dumiso Dabengwa 25,416 (0.74 percent), Kisinoti Mukwazhe 9,931 (0.29 percent).”Africans monitor Zimbabwe electionsTsvangirai, the leader of the MDC-T and former prime minister under the coalition government, cried foul even prior to the official announcement of the vote tallies. The Western-backed opposition figure has challenged President Mugabe unsuccessfully three times since 2002, claiming that his party had a program to revive the economy and improve relations with the West.Tsvangirai blamed his loss in the elections on vote rigging by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, which had appointees from all major parties in the country. The MDC-T, along with the other political parties, approved the constitution, the electoral process and the terms of the new political dispensation.The MDC-T leader was following the lead of his imperialist backers, who have failed to recognize the results of the elections. This failure by the United States, Britain, some European Union states and Australia to accept the ZANU-PF victory is contradictory, since many leading publications and think tanks based in those countries had predicted a resounding defeat of the opposition for several months.According to another article in the Aug. 5 Zimbabwe Herald, “Southern African Development Community (SADC) facilitator Comrade Jacob Zuma, Kenyan President Mr. Uhuru Kenyatta and the Chinese government have congratulated President Mugabe and ZANU-PF on their landslide victory in the just-ended harmonized elections and urged all parties to accept the result. Comrade Zuma said the result should be respected as observers said it was an expression of the will of the people.”The Herald notes, “The United Nations (UN), AU [African Union], SADC [Southern African Development Community], the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and other observer groups from Africa have endorsed the elections while the United States, Britain and its dominion Australia — who were not invited to observe — have joined MDC-T in condemning the election.” Zimbabwe refused to allow the Western states to send observers for the elections, saying that Africa could provide adequate monitoring to ensure a credible poll.The chairperson of the regional SADC Peace and Security Council, President Jakaya Kikwete of the United Republic of Tanzania, sent a letter of congratulations to Mugabe. Kikwete’s party, Chama Cha Mapinduzi, and ZANU-PF have enjoyed decades of fraternal relations extending back to the days of the armed struggle against the white settler-colonial rule of Ian Smith.This letter read in part: “I have received with great pleasure, the news of your re-election for another term to lead the people of Zimbabwe. On behalf of the Government and people of the United Republic of Tanzania and indeed on my own behalf, I would like to congratulate Your Excellency for this resounding victory.”Kikwete stated: “Indeed your re-election is a clear testimony of the confidence and trust the people of Zimbabwe bestowed upon you. Under your able leadership, Zimbabwe has recorded tremendous socio-economic developments, despite some challenges. Thus we look forward for greater progress and prosperity for the people of Zimbabwe as well as your continued invaluable contribution to our region and the continent through SADC and the AU.”Will imperialist states escalate attacks?Since the leading imperialist states, the U.S. and Britain, have refused so far to accept their defeat in Zimbabwe, will they continue or escalate hostility toward the Southern African state? Indications are that efforts to undermine the independence and sovereignty of Zimbabwe will continue.The rejection of the election reports from the AU, SADC, COMESA and even the U.N. represents the height of arrogance and racism on the part of these Western governments. By refusing to acknowledge the continental acceptance of the results, the imperialists are seeking a rationale for renewed interference in the internal affairs of not only Zimbabwe but indeed Africa as a whole.U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said, “In light of substantial electoral irregularities reported by domestic and regional observers, the United States does not believe that the results announced today represent a credible expression of the will of the Zimbabwean people.” (The Independent, Aug. 4) Such a statement, which blatantly ignores the work of African governments through their regional organizations, illustrates clearly the Obama administration’s total disregard for the political judgment and will of the entire African continent.In an editorial published Aug. 5, the Zimbabwe Herald responds to the State Department comment: “We wonder which Zimbabweans Kerry was referring to, when the very same people made their choices known to the world on July 31. Not to be outdone, Germany had the temerity to remark that the election ‘casts a big shadow on the political and economic future of Zimbabwe.’ ”Anti-imperialist forces inside the Western states must accept and salute the people of Zimbabwe for their political decision to return ZANU-PF, the party of national liberation, to office with an overwhelming victory. The struggle of the people of Zimbabwe backed up by the African continent should serve as an inspiration to all who are fighting against the hegemony of imperialism throughout the world.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

National FFA CEO W. Dwight Armstrong to Retire

first_img By Gary Truitt – Dec 18, 2015 Home Indiana Agriculture News National FFA CEO W. Dwight Armstrong to Retire Facebook Twitter SHARE Facebook Twitter W. Dwight ArmstrongThe National FFA Organization announced today that W. Dwight Armstrong, Ph.D., chief executive officer of the National FFA Organization and the National FFA Foundation, will retire effective June 30, 2016. Armstrong shared his plans with the National FFA Board of Directors and the National FFA Foundation Board of Trustees, saying the time was right to transition the leadership of FFA and for him to spend quality time with his family, friends, volunteer opportunities and personal pursuits.Armstrong joined the National FFA Organization in 2009 as its chief operating officer and was later named chief executive officer. In 2014, he was also named chief executive officer for the National FFA Foundation and currently serves both organizations in a joint appointment.National FFA Advisor and Chair of the National FFA Board of Directors Dr. Steve A. Brown voiced appreciation for Armstrong’s service and commended him for his contributions to the organization. “Dr. Armstrong has provided outstanding executive leadership for FFA at a critical time in our development,” said Brown. “In addition to being a close advisor and confidante, Dwight has been a steady, driving force in helping formulate our strategic direction and achieving program goals for FFA. Leading by example, he exemplifies the best of FFA by ‘Living to Serve.’ On behalf of the board and my colleagues in agricultural education, we wish him the very best for a satisfying and productive retirement.”National FFA Foundation Board of Trustees Chair Elin Miller said, “Dwight’s contributions to the foundation have been transformative at a critical time for FFA. His emphasis on building the individual giving and estate planning segments of our donor base is the perfect complement to the strong corporate sponsorship that makes so many FFA opportunities available to students. Dwight’s leadership and personal commitment to FFA and agricultural education will be deeply missed by all of us in industry and philanthropy.”In his announcement, Armstrong praised the National FFA staff and thanked FFA board members “for their support and confidence in the strategic and cultural foundation we have restored, adapted and developed over the past six-plus years.” He added, “The focus and energy our staff put into building culture, strategy, people and finances have allowed us to make the advances that put FFA in a positive position for future growth and service to our stakeholders.” Armstrong added, “As fulfilling as my career in agriculture has been, nothing compares to the satisfaction of seeing young people discover their talents and achieve success. FFA is exactly what we need to develop leaders, build healthy communities and strengthen American agriculture. I look forward to being an active and vocal supporter of FFA for years to come.”During his seven-year tenure with the organization, Armstrong has overseen an era of dramatic growth and success. Under his leadership, the organization achieved an all-time record membership this year with 629,327 student members in grades seven through 12 in 7,757 local FFA chapters throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Attendance at the National FFA Convention & Expo grew significantly from 53,473 in 2009 to 65,173 in 2015, making it the nation’s largest annual student gathering. During Armstrong’s tenure, financial stability was strengthened for both the National FFA Foundation and the National FFA Organization. Under the banner of “We Are FFA,” Armstrong solidified close collaboration and complementary strategic direction for both FFA organizations. The National FFA Foundation staff achieved record results for the annual fundraising campaigns, while the area of individual giving was developed into a productive segment of fundraising for FFA. Armstrong provided the vision and executive guidance for development of the web-based resources of the FFA Agricultural Career Network which in turn paved the way for FFA’s “My Journey” and a tightened connection between secondary instruction in agriculture and industry’s need for talent and human resources. Armstrong was a champion of deepening FFA engagement in fighting food insecurity through its “Feeding Our World—Starting At Home” platform that enlisted FFA members in aggressive hunger-fighting efforts in local communities and overseas.Armstrong is a native of Kentucky where he grew up on a small general farm. An active FFA member in high school, he earned a B.S. degree in agriculture from Murray State University in 1971 and Master’s (1973) and Ph.D. (1975) degrees from Purdue University in animal science. After serving on the faculty at North Carolina State University in the Animal Sciences Department 1975-1982, Armstrong built a career in the swine nutrition area beginning at Akey, Inc., in Lewisburg, Ohio, where he served as director of nutrition, director of sales and, finally, president. In 2000, the company was sold to Provimi, located in the Netherlands. There, Armstrong served as CEO of North American Nutrition Companies, director of the Americas and global group vice president. In 2008, he retired from Provimi to start his own consulting business in the animal nutrition and agribusiness areas. It was during his tenure at Provimi when Armstrong served as chair of the National FFA Foundation Sponsors’ Board and led the drive to a record-setting annual fundraising campaign.Armstrong will continue to serve as chief executive officer until he officially retires on June 30, 2016. He anticipates working closely with the National FFA Board of Directors and the National FFA Foundation Board of Trustees during the selection process for his replacement and on the transition plan for a new CEO.The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 629,367 student members who belong to one of 7,757 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. National FFA CEO W. Dwight Armstrong to Retire SHARE Previous articlePapa John’s Takes Claim as First Pizza Chain to Use Antibiotic Free Chicken”Next articleOil Falls Below $35 Gary Truittlast_img read more

Students, City Officials Arrive at Campus on Foot in Celebration of ‘Walk To School Day’

first_img Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. About 100 McKinley School students, parents and community leaders walked the sidewalks of Pasadena to the front steps of the campus Wednesday to draw attention to “Walk to School Day,” an initiative that promotes both health and safety for the city’s youth. The students trekked through neighborhood streets accompanied by the likes of the City Manager, Police Chief and Mayor during a morning of fun festivities aimed at educating Pasaden children on safety and the benefits of staying active.“We have a wonderful city here and its one that’s great to walk in so this whole idea of ‘Walking To School Day’ really fits in with what Pasadena’s about,” said Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek.“Walk to School Day” is a nation-wide initiative with a purpose to give visibility to the importance of safer and improved streets, healthier habits, and less traffic, according to the National Center for Safe Routes to School.The group of participants gathered just before 8 a.m. Wednesday in the 400 block of South Lake and safely walked to the McKinley School campus where a morning filled with healthy activities and loads of fun awaited their arrival.“Today’s gathering is about being together and celebrating our health, our wellness and the things that we can do as a community and as family to make sure that when you graduate from PUSD that you graduate also with a healthy mind and body. That’s one of the priorities for our School Board—that each child here has the opportunity to develop in your spirit and who you are,” said PUSD Associate Superintendent Mercy Santoro.Students were cheered on as they arrived onto the campus quad with cambia music in the background as teachers, staff and students danced in Zumba fashion for an early morning workout.“People are concerned about the lack of physical activity in children because it leads to obesity, diabetes and other health problems and we are also concerned about the safety and the path that people travel on their way to school. The city has a huge commitment to make sure that all of our children—public school and private school children— remain healthy,” said Tornek.”A resource fair was set up on campus to give the students a complimentary and healthy breakfast to start their day.“We’re very much a health conscious school,” said McKinley School Principal Dr. Charles Heaton.Students were accompanied by various city and school personnel to encourage and highlight the fun that comes with creating healthy habits. According to walkscore.com, Pasadena scored a 66 walk score and a 72 bike score.“Physical fitness and education go hand in hand. I’m a product of public school and I couldn’t be more of our public school students,” said Pasadena Police Department Chief Phillip Sanchez.For more information about the health and safety movement, visit http://www.saferoutesinfo.org/ and http://www.walkbiketoschool.org/. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Top of the News Education Students, City Officials Arrive at Campus on Foot in Celebration of ‘Walk To School Day’ By BRANDON VILLALOVOS Published on Thursday, October 6, 2016 | 4:34 am Business News 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Subscribe More Cool Stuff EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDScenter_img Community News Herbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Brutally Honest Reasons Why You’re Still SingleHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty12 Signs You Want To Stay With Your Girlfriend ForeverHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeauty Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Make a comment First Heatwave Expected Next Week Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy last_img read more

Just over €40 million confirmed for Donegal roads by TII

first_img Twitter Twitter Pinterest Homepage BannerNews The TII has confirmed just over 40 million euro for development safety and road strenghtening works on Donegal Primary and Secondary road network for 2018.Many of the projects which are spread right around the county have previously been flagged in a series of Government accouncements.They include considerable works on various sections of the N56.It’s is an increase on the 2017 allocation but still short of the €44 million requested by the county council.Donegal Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher says it’s important that people see the work being done……..Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/copetii.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Google+ By News Highland – January 5, 2018 WhatsApp Google+ Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Facebook Just over €40 million confirmed for Donegal roads by TII Previous article13 people awaiting admission to Letterkenny University HospitalNext articleDonegal Sport Star Awards to release nominatons and launch 2018 event next week News Highland WhatsApp DL Debate – 24/05/21 Harps come back to win in Waterford Pinterest Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th last_img read more


first_img Comments are closed. This week’s training newsFive-star driver plans Hardwood merchant Timbet is launching a training programme to developdrivers’ skills. TDG Safety and Training Services will provide training toimprove safety and reliability among the firm’s 52 lorry drivers. It is alsointended to help them attain the “five star” standard. The scheme hasimproved fuel efficiency by teaching staff better and more economical drivingtechniques.  www.tdg.eu.comProduction line course Over 800 workers in the North East have enrolled on an innovative trainingscheme organised by the Automotive Sector Strategic Alliance. The staff arefrom high-volume manufacturers and will train together in a large group,simulating the production lines they work on. A recognised qualification isbeing offered, and nearly 800 staff from firms including Black & Decker andUnipres have already achieved the NVQ Level 2 in Performing ManufacturingOperations.  www.assaltd.co.ukV.Shop update scheme Staff at V.Shop, the Virgin retail chain, have completed the first pilot ofa new e-learning programme. Epic group has created two 15-minute sessions tohelp staff keep abreast of developments in electronic hardware. Staff have tobe aware of the benefits of stocked products, claimed V.Shop.  www.epic.co.uk TrainingOn 25 Sep 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Powerful Pembroke triumph

first_imgPembroke 3Christ Church 1Many might have considered the final of the men’s hockey cuppers competition as a foregone conclusion. Pembroke fielded four current or ex-Blues including this year’s Blues captain Thomas Bullock, Blues Vice Captain Robert Frampton and internationally capped Ed Bevan. Against this array of talent, Christ Church could only muster one Blue and one returning Blue. Pembroke were clearly full of confidence, reflected no less by the swarms of Pembroke supporters on the sidelines. Christ Church in contrast appeared quiet and composed as they focused on the challenge before them.Christ Church were practically unchanged from the semi-final line up that had inched past Magdalen in sudden death penalty flicks and they came out playing controlled, skilful hockey. With unexpected composure they effectively denied Pembroke any sniff of the ball during the first 15 minutes while managing to press forward in numbers through Phillip Pond and Daniel Soloman. Pembroke’s back four, marshalled by two senior Blues (Brixley and Bevan), made numerous last second tackles to block Christ Church’s more promising chances.The pressure led to a number of short corners which became nothing more than missed opportunities for Christ Church as the half progressed. After the initial pressure, Pembroke began to play themselves back into the game as their passing improved and just before halftime they won a short corner, which they were distinctly more effective in taking. A high and hard drag flick was saved by the Christ Church keeper, but a second corner led to a second flick which was driven low past the goalkeeper into the backboard. A second goal from Bullock left Christ Church trailing by two after a half in which they impressed, having dominated for the majority of it.Pembroke came out quickly after the break, pressing the opposition into their own 25 and holding them there for the first few minutes before Christ Church could get possession. When they did regain the ball they retained it with all the composure they had shown in the first half, edged with a more urgent, attacking outlook on play. Philip Pond drew Christ Church within a single goal of Pembroke, but a third goal from Frampton sealed the game for the Pinks. A third dragflick, hard and high ,was fired past the Christ Church keeper and the game ended 3-1, a fair reflection of a game in which Christ Church failed to convert short corners into chances.After the match the Oxford University Hockey Cuppers Trophy was awarded by Dr Jonathan Hunt (former Blue and Old Pembrokian) to the winning team, and the beer bottles were swept up until next year’s Varsity and Cupper’s hockey matches. • Worcester stormed to the College First Division title with 12 wins from their 13 league matchesARCHIVE: 0th week TT 2005last_img read more

The University Of Evansville’s Inaugural Lecture In The Mosaic Speaker Series

first_imgU E EVANSVILLE, IN (11/12/2019)The University of Evansville’s inaugural lecture in the Mosaic Speaker Series is set for Thursday, November 21, at 7:00 p.m. in Smythe Lecture Hall, room 170 within the Schroeder School of Business on UE’s campus. The event is open to the public, and there will be no charge for admission.This new lecture series aims to recognize and celebrate the many representations of diversity found within and around the University of Evansville community.The lecture will be given by Lynn Long and will be titled, “Kill the Indian, Save the Man”: A Journey of Redemption.Lynn Long is an enrolled member of the Lac Du Flambeau Indian reservation in northern Wisconsin and the first Native American to earn an undergraduate degree in Visual Arts at Judson University in 1984. As a first-generation college student, she is a current doctoral student at National Louis University where she also received her Master’s in Curriculum & Instruction in 2016. Her Middle School endorsements here include Language Arts and Social Studies and a K-9 endorsement in English as a Second Language. She also earned her Elementary Teaching Certification at Trinity International University in 2012.In addition to her educational experiences, she also has professional experience as a Graphic Designer in the publishing industry.She traveled nationwide for 7 years and visited 50 reservations and 2 Canadian Reserves, where she did volunteer work with a nationwide youth organization, On Eagles Wings. Currently, she is proposing Higher Education Native recruitment initiatives to her alma mater and coalition schools. For the past 4 years, she is providing tribal initiatives for her own reservation’s public school, while facilitating a Native student group at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois. Long has 2 sons and lives in Elgin, Illinois.The lecture will be held in honor of Native American heritage month and is sponsored by The Center for Diversity Equity and Inclusion. For any inquiries, contact Megan Sicard at 812.488.2279.View Online: http://evansville.meritpages.com/news/UE-Introduces-Mosaic-Speaker-Series-with-Special-Guest-Lynn-Long-on-November-21/12419AttachmentsThe University of Evansville’s inaugural lecture in the Mosaic Speaker Series is set for Thursday, November 21, at 7:00 p.m. in Smythe Lecture Hall, room 170 within the Schroeder School of Business on UE’s campus. The event is open to the public, and there will be no charge for admission.:http://app.readmedia.com/news/attachment/133431/Digital_Sign_Mosiac_Speaker_Series_Lynn_Long_2.jpgThe University of Evansville’s inaugural lecture in the Mosaic Speaker Series is set for Thursday, November 21, at 7:00 p.m. in Smythe Lecture Hall, room 170 within the Schroeder School of Business on UE’s campus. The event is open to the public, and there will be no charge for admission.:http://app.readmedia.com/news/attachment/133432/Mosiac_Speaker_Series_Native_American_2.pdfFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Two Jersey City residents arrested for stabbing at party in Hoboken

first_img× HOBOKEN — On Sunday Dec. 4 two people were stabbed at a party at 38 Jackson St. in downtown Hoboken, according to a media release from the Hoboken Police Department.One victim sustained puncture and slash wounds to his shoulder, stomach, and wrist while the other had a “deep laceration to his left arm.”The injuries were not considered life threatening and were treated on scene and at Jersey City Medical Center.The stabbing allegedly occurred when a fight broke out at the party and a group was being escorted out. It was at this time that one of the men from the group began to lunge and stab the victims and flee the scene.Jersey City Police Department helped arrest Joaquin Davis, 20, who allegedly resisted arrest and was transported to the Hoboken Police Department.Davis was charged with two counts of aggravated assault, possession of a weapon, resisting arrest, and possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes.Det. William Collins and Det. Michael Miranda identified Yolmin Brito, 22, as the other man allegedly involved in the stabbing.Brito was charged with aggravated assault, possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose, and “several outstanding warrants for Robbery and CDS offenses out of Bayonne and Jersey City.”The media release notes that the party was a “pop-up party” in which planners invites attendees through word of mouth and social media. These unregulated parties “become bigger than planned” and occur in lofts or warehouses where alcohol consumption and capacity aren’t monitored.This puts “everyone in attendance at risk along with fire and police personnel,” said the media release.It warns, “Anyone hosting this type of event would be in violation of local ordinances and face fines and potential civil liability.”last_img read more

We need safer parks

first_imgTo the Editor:I write this letter to talk about an alarming trend in our Bayonne parks. I have spoken to several parents and I see it almost every day on Facebook; parents who are complaining about older kids, middle school age, taking over the parks with inappropriate conduct.This is an unfortunate trend and some parents are afraid to bring their smaller children to the parks as a result. There are two issues that are leading to this situation:First, there are very limited recreational facilities for our youth in this community. It is frustrating. Instead of a PILOT (Payment in Lieu of Taxes) why can’t we have a FILOT (Facilities in Lieu of Taxes). Instead of our city government giving out PILOTS and Abatements, we can work with developers and say, “You guys are going to build a Recreational Center for the youth in our community.” This was a campaign promise by Mayor Davis that was never fulfilled.Jersey City residents are benefitting from parks, police stations, and schools built by the developers that are building in their city. Why can’t we?Second, the lack of supervision at these parks is glaring. I had written a letter two years ago asking for closed circuit cameras to be installed in all of our city parks and have a live feed to the Bayonne Police Station. I am calling for that again and asking for monitors in our city parks. I understand the Bayonne Police are patrolling our streets but perhaps we can have either additional units assigned, the Bayonne Police Explorers could assist, or we could hire part-time security guards assigned during peak park hours.Members of this community should not be intimidated or feel unsafe in our city parks. It is up to our city government and our elected officials to protect us and come up with a viable solution as I have laid out. CHRISTOPHER MUNOZlast_img read more

Too hot to handle

first_imgIn today’s competitive baking environment, the pressure for higher throughput and maximum yield is unrelenting. Handling and transfer of the product during production is especially critical, and with target yields in the upper-90s percentage-wise, there is minimal room for error.Batch baking processes, which rely on manual handling, involve numerous steps where things can go wrong – many of which occur upstream of the oven. Raw materials selection and mixing are important to ensure correct proportions and viscosity; similarly, it is essential to ensure the correct weights of batter or dough in the depositing or make-up stage.If these steps are carried out manually, they can be subject to human error. Neither is the bake itself immune. Generally, a rack oven is used for batch processes and relies upon manual loading and unloading of trays. Parameters such as temperature, time and fan speed are also manually set. Given these factors, which offer greater opportunity for deviation, it is not surprising that, continuous ovens tend to display higher yields than batch ovens.Automation of baking lines eliminates many of the errors that occur due to manual handling and propels yields beyond 95%. Continuous baking lines, where trays are transported beneath depositing units and through the oven in a single process, provide an instant step-up in reliability. Here, computer control systems with touchscreen interfaces store recipes and handle baking temperature, time and synchronisation with ancillary equipment. Continuous baking systems can provide a smoother journey for the product.Perhaps the most high-risk of all product handling events is de-panning, where options include methods that incorporate vacuum cups, needles and various different ways of upending. In each case, care must be taken to ensure the product is not damaged. Fast de-panning speeds are also needed to support high-throughput lines.Many factors impact de-panning success. Effective greasing or application of the release agent prior to depositing is one. Another is the core temperature of the product being de-panned. The optimum core temperature differs from product to product. Automated systems, featuring integrated cooling modules, ensure that the optimum cooling regime is applied every time.Inclusion of a ’pre-release’ stage upstream of the de-panning equipment can help ensure de-panning success. Effective pre-release depends heavily upon adequate pan greasing. The pan greasing process is so important that errors in this stage account for up to 50% of de-panning problems.millimetre accuracyMillimetre-accurate and typically offering six-axis ’pick-and-place’ functionality, robotic ’multi-head’ de-panners can handle multiple trays at once, transferring products to different conveyors. Robotic solutions also permit the one line to have different types of de-panning heads to suit different products, activating whichever one is required.Automated baking systems create a fully repeatable and controlled environment, with speed of equipment and consistency of operation. Bakers that adopt automated solutions stand to reach their yield targets more quickly and maximise profitability.l Bill Mays is projects design manager with global baking technology group Auto-Bakelast_img read more