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Forum Cancellation Leads to Call For Resignation For Mayor Austin

first_imgForum Cancellation Leads to Call For Resignation For Mayor AustinJUNE 1ST, 2018 TYRONE MORRIS EVANSVILLE, HENDERSON COUNTY, INDIANA, KENTUCKYAs talks over a possible Deaconess Health and Methodist Hospital affiliation continue drama is surrounding the process. Thursday night, Henderson City Commissioner Robert Pruitt called for Mayor Steve Austin to step down from the Methodist Board of Directors. That came after an informal public forum was canceled. Mayor Austin sits on the board independently from being mayor. He says the 24 member board voted to cancel the forum due to tight nondisclosure agreements.“Disturbing but not surprising both of those people that are bringing up issues about it are running for public office in the next election so I’m sure they are trying to get a little traction with that,” says Austin.Mayor Austin says the forum may be rescheduled once their nondisclosure agreements run out at the end of the month.For now, officials are asking anyone with questions to email them at [email protected] TwitterFacebook FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Revolutionary moments

first_imgIs 2011 going to be the year of radical activism? It is when it comes to bread. Students of industrial loaf-making might not torch their bread plants this year, but the arrival of the first major breakthrough in dough processing for many years will at least cause people to sit up and take notice.It’s called the Radical Bread Process and comes from the same organisation that spawned the Chorleywood Bread Process (CBP) Campden BRI, formerly Campden & Chorleywood Food Research Association. The merits of CBP divide opinion as much as Marmite. But what nobody disputes is that it revolutionised breadmaking when it emerged in 1961, to eventually become the dominant method of breadmaking in the UK.Energy inputIn essence, CBP is a no-time dough process that is controlled by the energy input to the dough. The process employs mechanical dough development, which uses high-shear mixing to achieve physical changes in the dough that are traditionally brought about over extended time periods by fermentation. It uses a small amount of added fat and an oxidising agent, usually ascorbic acid.Following mixing, the dough is relaxed and the sheeted and rolled dough is then cut into four pieces, which are turned through 90 degrees when placed in the pan. The result is a fine structure, familiar to anyone who has bought a loaf of wrapped bread.Following demand in the industry for a new process that uses less energy-demanding mixing, more tolerance to raw materials’ variability and reduced product quality variation, the Radical Bread Process was developed and patents have been filed. The major change is the use of lamination currently largely used in pastry-making. This creates layers of dough. The other change is cutting, so the layers align in one direction. The bread loaf obtained by baking this dough exhibits a unique cellular structure.Most gas cells in the developed dough are disk-shaped (oblate) ellipsoids. Dough pieces are placed together in a pan, each piece being oriented in such a way that the polar axis of the ellipsoid gas cells coincides with the length dimension of the pan. During the subsequent leavening, the gas cells become elongated in a vertical direction.In simpler terms, this structure was found to increase the bread crumb’s resistance against tear during spreading. Slices of the loaves are also said to have a very bright appearance, ideal for white bread. What’s more, these loaves have a very regular shape, which should instantly appeal to those industrial producers of sandwich bread.Awaiting trialThe system is not yet on the market and is awaiting a major machinery supplier to run with it. With CBP so well established and the high cost and risks involved in adopting a commercially untried system, at a time when input costs in the industry are especially high, its success will rest on its reception within the industry. Q&A with Gary Tucker, head of baking and cereal processing at Campden BRI Given that this would involve a big investment in machinery for a plant bakery, what would you say is the overriding benefit? “The big benefit is bread quality. This is mostly an improved crumb structure because of around 10% more cells, aligned more in one direction than the swirls of a CBP loaf and, hence, a whiter appearance. Also, the crust sides are straighter because of the cell directional effect, which makes this ideal for sandwiches. Whether this is enough of a draw for bakers to invest is difficult to determine. Money is tight in the food industry, so this would need one of the equipment companies to take the lead, but with the collaboration of some bakers. It may be that Campden BRI can encourage this to happen through funding schemes such as the Technology Strategy Board.How does the mixing stage work?”The ingredients are first hydrated in a standard mixer, which could be Tweedy, spiral or bar mixer. This is just enough to form a dough that can be moved onto the lamination surface. The dough will be under-developed.”How long does each step in the process take?”First mix is about 30 seconds to one minute. Laminations can take 5-10 minutes, depending on how many laminations are required to develop the dough to its optimum condition. A very short relaxation or first proof stage is needed, but this can only be two to three minutes instead of the five to seven minutes usually needed with the CBP. The remaining stages of moulding, final proof and baking are the same as with other bread processes.”Is the total process quicker or slower than CBP?”It takes about the same time, although I suspect that, when scaled up, it will be a bit longer than CBP.”Will this new process change the way people use processing aids such as ascorbic acid or enzymes?”One of the benefits of developing dough with lamination is that the use of minor ingredients will be different. We have not done much work on this area, but we expect the Radical Bread Process to require a different set of improvers, and possibly fewer of them. For example, ascorbic acid will be less important because the dough does not need to be oxidised so quickly as with the CBP.”Would this process require any changes in ingredients or recipe formulation?”Yes, there is much scope for ingredient and process optimisation. There may even be the potential for lower-quality flours to be used for breadmaking, but this still needs to be determined.”When you say potential for lower quality flours, are you talking about protein levels? “Yes, and more specifically the proteins that form gluten when hydrated.”Are there any potential energy reductions?”The mixing stage of CBP is energy intensive, and a lower energy first mix, followed by more gentle lamination, will result in less energy being used. We cannot quantify this on a like-for-like basis, because we have not done the work. However, initial energy monitoring suggests the Radical process will use less than with CBP. I should point out that baking and cooling both consume more energy than mixing, but any savings must be worthwhile.”Do you believe this will ultimately replace CBP?”It’s unlikely to replace CBP, because of the success CBP has achieved. However, for the high-quality bread market there could be a place for this.” The Radical Bread Process in a nutshell l Ingredients are combined into an underdeveloped doughl Dough is subjected to deformation shear by using laminationl The developed dough is cut into piecesl Dough pieces are positioned in a pan so the laminations lie in one directionl Proving, baking and cooling is the same as for pan bread.last_img read more

Dell Network Security Delivers Record Results at Dell Security Peak Performance 2015

first_imgWe are extremely excited to be joined by more than 650 security channel partners at the Aria Resort in Las Vegas this week for our annual Dell Security Peak Performance conference – “Come for Knowledge. Leave for Power.”For the next three days, our key partners will be immersed in dynamic keynote presentations and 20 technical deep dive and business sessions at three levels of security curriculum. This is our time to honor them for the great successes they’ve achieved and help them to get ready to once again break records in the coming year.  I could not be more pleased to spend dedicated time with our channel partners from across the US and 21 other countries, who have been able to top all charts in terms of sales and trainings. With security being a top priority for all organizations, we are delighted to see the success of our partner strategy and continue this tremendous momentum with new exclusive offers, and a showcase of their successes.At Dell Peak Performance conference we’re highlighting Dell’s phenomenal network security success that our partners have achieved in the last 12 months. A key component of this achievement is due to Dell’s end-to-end channel strategy.  With 12,000 partners selling Dell SonicWALL next-gen firewalls, secure mobile access and email security solutions, we’re elated to see deal registrations increase seven percent to over 4,100 per quarter, while the number of partners submitting deal registrations rose by 12 percent.Through the 8,700 training and certification courses we provided this year, 320 partners have earned the Network Security competency. As a result we now have nearly 1,500 Preferred and Premier level partners certified in Dell next-generation firewall and Dell SonicWALL Global Systems Management solutions.  In Q2 2015, Peak Performance attendees on average for 2014 showed results that their sales increased 40 percent year-over-year compared to those who did not attend Peak.Larry Cecchini, president and CEO of Dell SonicWALL Premier Partner Secure Designs, recently shared this thought with us:“The market for network security solutions is really taking off, and working with Dell in the past year, we’ve increased our Dell SonicWALL revenues by more than 650 percent. We look forward to a great week at Peak Performance and enhancing our offerings by gaining more knowledge of the latest product releases and collaborating with Dell security experts.”Exclusive Event OffersDell also announced an exclusive offer for Dell Security Peak Performance attendees for a 50 percent instant rebate on select Dell SonicWALL TZ and NSA appliances, while supplies last. This rebate will be made available Sept. 1 through Sept. 11 with key distributors Ingram Micro, Securematics, Tech Data, D&H Distributing, and SYNNEX. A second offer that proved successful since last year’s Peak event, a Double Down Security Certified Volume Incentive Rebate, is being offered again this year to incite increased business opportunities for certified Dell network security partners.  Additional channel profitability opportunities will be unveiled during Peak Performance main stage presentations.Recently, we conducted a survey of our Peak Performance registrants to determine what they are seeing as priorities and values from their security provider. According to a representative sample of over 100 partners registered, 83 percent have experienced a significant increase in security sales in the past year. Other survey findings include:70 percent validated Dell’s end-to-end strategy by saying it is “very important or important” that they offer their customers network security, mobile security, and identity and access management from a single vendorFor the top three priorities, partners pointed to network security/UTM (83 percent of respondents), mobile security (68 percent), and email security (48 percent).Profitability (78 percent) and sales/communications tools (49 percent) rounded out the top three most important partner program elementsOur Peak attendees are hearing from an amazing lineup of presenters, from our guest keynote speaker and world- famous hacker, Kevin Mitnick, to Curtis Hutcheson, VP and GM of Dell Security Solutions who will kick off the event, to Patrick Sweeney, Vice President, Product Management & Product Marketing, Dell Software Group, Security Solutions, who will deliver our security roadmap. Security experts are giving demonstrations with Dell One Identity Management, Dell Systems Management and Dell Data Protection and Encryption and more.We want to thank our Platinum sponsors, Tech Data Corp., SYNNEX, Ingram Micro, Securematics, D&H Distributing, are showcasing their services in our Solutions Expo.It has been an honor to lead our worldwide Dell Security channel organization for more than a decade. Through the dedication and success of our loyal partners, I know we will continue grow together. We have had incredible momentum in 2015 recognized across the channel and security industry, as well as awards including the Best Channel Vendor 2015 in the Network Security category, from Business Solutions magazine. The entire executive team and I are here for you, committed to seeing you and your customers’ prosper for the long-term. I am looking forward to meeting with you one on one this week. Follow the conference activity on @DellSecurity  #DellPeak. I personally hope to hear from you on Twitter at @MarvinBlough.last_img read more