The Report also says that within that population increase, the senior population in Fort St. John is expected to increase by 124 percent.Peace Holdings says our area is facing housing challenges when it comes to senior housing and this is an issue that the Government should be focusing on.“The Fort St. John area is facing housing challenges in that it has an aging stock and limited options that can accommodate seniors’ evolving needs. This is certainly a hot button topic in other Northern B.C. communities and beyond, as housing affordability continues to be a hurdle faced by many. The aging population in Fort St. John presents a particular challenge, in that the issue of affordability is compounded with the unique needs of the aging population.”According to a recent report from Save Our Northern Seniors, it says there are 346 people living in Senior Housing, with 256 currently on the waitlist.In order to face this issue, Peace Holdings is in the process of designing a community in Fort St. John that is specifically designed for seniors.Through a series of open houses, Peace Holdings had the opportunity to listen to concerns from members of the public on what they feel is important when it comes to the need in senior housing. Assisted and supportive living was found to be the most important need that should be included in future planning.Source Peace Holdings Inc.Peace Holdings says they will continue to engage community members, and work with stakeholders and the Government in order to ensure we are changing and adapting as needed throughout the process.For more information on this Report and senior housing in Fort St. John, you can contact Peace Holdings at 778-580-7122 or by email email@example.com. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Peace Holdings Inc. has released its Findings Report on Senior Housing in Fort St. John.Within the Findings Report, it focuses on the need, the opportunities, and the concept for senior housing.According to the Report, seniors are the fastest growing demographic in the area. They say the population of people in Fort St. John is expected to increase by 47 percent, from 34,513 to 50,893 by the year 2041.
People who think physics is boring couldn’t be more wrong. It can explain everything from spooky interactions on the tiny scale of atoms and particles to how the entire universe behaves. As if that wasn’t enough, it can also be used to assess how realistic futuristic technology in science fiction is. My area of expertise – plasma physics – can explain many aspects of both lightsabers and the Death Star within Star Wars lore, for example. However, it isn’t easy to create plasmoids on Earth. Many of the demonstrations that we can do (unlike the ones in space) produce structures which quickly expand and dissipate in the air. The solution to this problem is to use magnets – their fields can contain the hot plasma. However, blaster bolts are projectiles so it’s not possible to have an externally powered magnet present at all times during their rapid journey. Thankfully, though, there is a solution. As plasmas are highly conductive, it is possible to set up electrical currents within the plasmoid itself. These currents, like all currents, generate magnetic fields that can confine the plasma. Such arrangements are known as spheromaks and they have received renewed interest in plasma physics experiments over the last 20 years. Citation: Versions of Han Solo’s blaster exist – and they’re way more powerful than real lightsabers would be (2018, May 24) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-versions-han-solo-blaster-theyre.html Han Solo’s BlasTech DL-44 heavy blaster pistol on display at Star Wars Launch Bay at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Credit: Quarax/wikipedia, CC BY-SA I’ve now worked out how feasible the blaster weapons used by, among others, the Star Wars character Han Solo are – and how they compare with lightsabers. In fact, real life versions of these weapons have already been developed. So with the prequel film Solo: A Star Wars Story being released, it seemed fitting to share this “research”.The key to understanding Star Wars technology is plasmas – a so-called “fourth state of matter” (in addition to solids, liquids and gases). This comprises freely flowing electrically charged particles which naturally interact with electric and magnetic fields. Plasmas are common in space but they rarely exist naturally on Earth. However, it is possible to produce them in laboratories.Powerful plasmoidsA common misconception about blasters is that they are laser weapons. But within the Star Wars canon, people realised that this wouldn’t make sense. Instead writers stated that a blaster was “any type of ranged weapon that fired bolts of intense plasma energy, often mistaken as lasers” and that it “converted energy rich gas to a glowing particle beam that could melt through targets”. This means that blaster bolts (glowing projectiles) are simply blobs of plasma – similar to a lightsaber flying through the air. Harrison Ford as Han Solo with his blaster in the old Star Wars triology. Credit: BagoGamesFlickr, CC BY-SA Explore further The temperatures achieved in such devices so far are up to a thousand times hotter than the surface of the sun. With enough plasma in each bolt these would cause huge amounts of damage, so the blaster as presented in the Star Wars films looks to be quite feasible indeed.But how would these real life blaster weapons fare against the other iconic Star Wars weapon, the lightsaber? A blaster bolt is essentially equivalent to a lightsaber blade, just without the hilt. But as I’ve mentioned before, magnetic reconnection is unavoidable when two magnetically confined plasmas meet. This is the case when two lightsabers collide, causing explosive destruction of both the weapons and the people holding them. However, with a blaster you are far away from that explosion – leaving you totally unscathed.So it turns out that Han Solo was right when he said “Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side.” Real versionsOne way to create a spheromak is to use a “plasma railgun”, a device which uses an external magnet to induce currents in the plasma as well accelerate it up to high speeds. In fact, speeds of 200 km/s have been achieved with these spheromaks lasting some hundreds of microseconds. This is very impressive and certainly within the realms of use as a weapon. Indeed, from the 1970s onward, the SHIVA Star programme (named after the multi-limbed Hindu god) at the Air Force Research Laboratory in Albuquerque, New Mexico, conducted various “arms” of research into this kind of plasma physics. One of these, known as MARAUDER (magnetically accelerated ring to achieve ultrahigh directed energy and radiation), was one of several US government efforts to develop projectiles based on plasmas. The weapon was able to produce doughnut-shaped rings of plasma and balls of lightning that exploded with devastating thermal and mechanical effects when hitting their target and produced a pulse of electromagnetic radiation that could scramble electronics. However, its status as of 1993 remains classified. Why lightsabers would be far more lethal than George Lucas envisioned Coherent masses of plasma and their associated magnetic fields are known as plasmoids. Within the Earth’s protective shield in space – the magnetosphere – plasmoids are commonly generated by a poorly understood process called magnetic reconnection. This is an explosive reconfiguration of magnetic field lines that can take place wherever there is plasma present, in particular when plasmas are forced together. When this happens in our magnetosphere, charged particles are accelerated into the top of the atmosphere – causing the aurora, or northern lights. A huge amount of material is also ejected away from the Earth as plasmoids. Provided by The Conversation This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
Cargill and Krones team up on ‘most efficient’ edible oils linePosted By: Alex Clereon: March 06, 2019In: Business, Case Studies, Food, Industries, Manufacturing, TechnologyPrintEmailWhen manufacturers think of Cargill, or of Krones, they usually think about grains or filling lines for beer respectively. They very rarely think ‘edible oils’. But the two companies have teamed up to make their new edible oil line in Sidney, Ohio “the most efficient such line in North America”.In 2016, Cargill sold its dressings, sauces and mayonnaise business, making room to expand its edible oil manufacturing capabilities. New equipment was needed at the Sidney plant since the existing system was not a true turnkey solution but rather a combination of machinery from different vendors. The line had only been used in production for a few years, and Cargill had quickly realised that it could not keep up with their production goals, which included selling to large retailers, restaurants, and food distributors.They turned to Krones to provide a high-efficiency turnkey system that included a PET blow molder, filler, labeller and packer all from a single source.Krones’ turnkey solution includes a Contiform Bloc and a Variopac Pro packer supported by a Robogrip robotic packer and palletiser. The Contiform Bloc is comprised of a preform transporter, PET bottle blow molder, and filler in a single block and requires up to 30% less space than a conventionally installed blow molder and separate filler; the versatile Variopac Pro offers the facility a wide range of packaging options, while the Robogrip enhances palletising operations.After commissioning in July 2017, the turnkey line hit a high rate of acceptance on the first try. “Seven weeks after we made our first bottle we were at 98%,” said Alex Miller, North American engineering manager for Cargill.According to Miller, many of Cargill’s customers want to buy in a portfolio of sizes from one vendor. Flexibility is needed so that they can offer all of the major sizes and volume options. The new Krones turnkey line enables them not only to meet these customer demands but to do so quickly, with accurate fills and consistent quality. “We calculate that with this equipment we can work 30- 50% faster than our competition,” says Miller. “This capability opens up a lot of options for expansion.” This has led him to conclude that the new edible oil line is “the most efficient such line in North America”.Another beneficial by-product has been a reduction in scrap waste thanks to the accuracy and efficiency of the line. According to Rich Szima, lead operator for the Krones line, production is running between 3% and 7% waste. With the new Krones line, Cargill has paved the way for efficient, cost-effective production in the future.And Luke Schwieterman, operations superintendent for Cargill, had the last word: “I would put another Krones line in tomorrow,” he said.Share with your network: Tags: Cargilledible oilsKronesUS
Credit: Eric Von Seggern, Shutterstock Some consumers place importance on locally grown or organic food. Others want the products they purchase to look and taste good. Yet others focus on low prices. However, no matter what their other requirements, everyone would like their food to be free of contaminants, which makes it quite worrying that over 97 percent of European food products contain pesticide residues. The problem is that current contamination testing processes can be long and expensive, and can only be conducted by specialist personnel. More information: For more information, see INSPECTO project website: www.inspecto.io/ Provided by CORDIS This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. A new device developed by the INSPECTO project team may now offer an affordable, fast and reliable solution to this problem. Coordinated by Inspecto Solutions Ltd, the EU-funded project has introduced a portable device that identifies in real time chemical contamination in food.The scanner device can detect chemicals at concentration levels specified by regulatory authorities. It also makes it possible for businesses to tailor their testing to their needs, scanning for specific sets of liquid or solid contaminants. Being able to conduct multiple scans in one day means they don’t have to wait for results. What’s more, the person operating the device doesn’t have to be a skilled chemist or technician, meaning that expensive and lengthy lab tests are eliminated. Farmers are able to measure pesticide residue levels on their crops and food producers can check for contaminants when purchasing produce. Additionally, supermarkets can conduct tests before distributing fruits and vegetables and quality assurers can enforce contaminant policies in the field.”We developed a portable device to ensure the safety of the product ‘from farm-to-fork’ and help food manufacture control their entire supply chains,” states Inspecto Solutions Business Development Vice-President Yair Moneta in a news item published on Cision PR Newswire. “It can disrupt the entire way contaminants are currently being tested, reducing the risk of recalls, food waste, and potential lawsuits.”How the portable device worksA sample of the product to be tested is placed in a disposable capsule that is specific to the contaminant it can detect. The capsule is inserted into the device that—with the simple press of a button—scans the sample and processes it automatically within minutes. The result provides a quantified measurement of the chosen contaminant.The technology that makes this possible is called surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy that causes contaminant molecules to attach to enhancement molecules. This makes the impurity signals visible to the machine. The level of diagnosis achieved is in the range of parts per billion, which is the sensitivity needed for food safety testing.”Since each scan is conducted in real-time and the results are stored on the cloud, Inspecto can offer additional services to our customers that, until now, were impossible for them to implement,” explains Inspecto Solutions CEO Avner Avidan. “For example, it enables our customers to approve or reject a shipment on the spot based on the results, and they can even use blockchain to store their information more securely.”INSPECTO: A disruptive portable device with an innovative Method for Pesticides and contaminants Detection in Food concluded in 2018, but its project team continues to work towards higher safety standards in the food industry. Its current focus is on helping to ensure that the world’s most commonly grown crops are contaminant-free. Explore further Citation: Smart device detects food contaminants in real time (2019, May 20) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-05-smart-device-food-contaminants-real.html Handheld gadget to provide rapid food quality testing