Sale highlights: WH Bond machinery dispersal hits £11.9m   

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One of the biggest dispersal sales of agricultural and construction equipment this year took place in Cornwall last week, with more than 1,400 lots going under the hammer. The reason for this major offloading of equipment was that Cornish farming family WH Bond has retired the plant hire and machinery sales sides of its business. […]

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Spanish Moss   

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A handy bundle of Fifteen Spanish Moss, found in damp tropical and subtropical climates growing on trees, buildings, and other surfaces.

These Spanish Moss plants will add atmosphere, detail, and realism to your renders, whether you hang them on tree branches, from the eves of buildings or indeed use them as part of your fantasy characters.

All of these plants have procedural materials using the power of the Iray surface to give them that realistic, velvety look when not using any texture maps at all. This makes them fast to render and very low on the amount of space they take up on your hard drive.

They have been created so that their hooking point is at the top of the plant (rather than the standard of it being at the base) to add ease of placement when hanging them from other objects, which is what they are intended to do. They will also load above the ground plane so that they are easy to find.

Included in this bundle of Fifteen plants are ten regular size clumps which vary from a few wispy strands of moss to some much thicker clumps along with five much larger, longer and more substantial clumps. Combine a few of these and vary your scale and the y axis rotation and you have an infinite number of combinations.

Top Tip: These models will also load and work well in Ultra scatter, where you can easily populate the tree with a whole colony of moss. Just add in the normal way, but when you get to the rotation tab, un-check the Alight to normal box and choose top as your rotation and scatter point. In the advanced tab, you should select twigs or branches or the part of the object you want to hang the moss off of. Remember to add variations in scale etc. as part of your set up.

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Trainers Want You to Start Doing These 12 Exercises to Strengthen and Stabilize Your Core   

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Fitness professionals have varying opinions on how individuals should train for optimal health, but one thing they all agree on is the importance of a strong core. You've probably seen that phrase floating around on Instagram or heard your favorite instructor yell it out as you hold a plank for what seems like eternity, but you may not know exactly what having a strong core means.

Your core is like the roots of your favorite plant. Strong and sturdy roots keep the plant stable and support the weight of the plant as it grows. The same can be said for your core, which is often considered the source, or root, of all movement. Every time you bend down to pick something up off the ground, reach for something in the back seat of your car, or lift something over head, your core is working.

"The well-trained core is essential for optimal performance and injury prevention," Stuart McGill, PhD, explained in a 2010 review in the Strength and Conditioning Journal. No matter your fitness goals, having a strong and stable core is essential. To help you strengthen your abs, POPSUGAR tapped personal trainers and physical therapists for their go-to strengthening and stabilizing exercises. Check them out ahead.


          

Robot Democratization: A Machine for Every Manufacturer   

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With collaborative robots proliferating, we wanted to know who’s using these robots and what tasks they’re doing. Design News caught up with Walter Vahey, executive vice-president at Teradyne, a company that helps manufacturers gear up their automation. Vahey sees a real change in the companies that are deploying robotics. For years robots were tools only for the largest manufacturers. They required expensive care and feeding in the form of integrators and programming. Now, collaborative robots require configuration rather than programming, and they can be quickly switched from task to task.

Vahey talked about robot companies such as Universal Robots (UR) which produces robot arms, and MiR, a company that produces collaborative mobile robots. He explained how they’re putting robotics in the hands of smaller manufacturers that previously could not afford advanced automation. The difference is that these robots are less expensive, they can be set up for production without programming, and they can be quickly reconfigured to change tasks.

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Robots are now within the investment reach of small manufacturers. That's fueling a surge in the use of collaborative robots. (Image source: Universal Robots)

We asked Vahey what’s different about collaborative robots and what he’s seeing in robot adoption among smaller manufacturers.

Design News: Tell us about the new robots and how they’re getting deployed.

Walter Vahey: Companies such as Universal Robots and MiR are pioneering the robot space. They’re bringing automation to a broad class of users and democratizing automation. For small companies, the task at hand is to figure out how to fulfill their orders. It’s particularly challenging to manufacturers. In a tight labor market, manufacturers are facing more competition, growing demand, and higher expectations in quality.

Manufacturer can plug UR or MiR robots in very quickly. Everything is easy, from the specs up front to ordering to quickly arranging and training the robot. There’s no programming, and the robots have the flexibility to do a variety of applications. Every customer is dealing with labor challenges, so now they’re deploying collaborative robots to fulfill demand with high quality.

The whole paradigm has shifted now that you have a broader range of robot applications. You can easily and quickly bring in automation, plug it in ,and get product moving in hours or days rather than months. That’s what’s driving the growth at UR and MiR.

The Issue of Change Management

Design News: Is change management a hurdle?. Does the robot cause workforce disruption?

Walter Vahey: We really haven’t seen that as an issue. The overwhelming need to improve and fulfill demand at a higher quality level helps the manufacturers deploy. It outweighs other challenges. We help with the deployment, and the manufacturers are making the change easily.

We grew up as a supplier of electronic test equipment. Since 2015, we’ve entered the industrial automation market with a focus on the emerging collaborative robot space. We see that as a way to change the equation for manufacturers, making it faster and easier to deploy automation.

Design News: What about return on investment? Robotics can be a considerable investment for a small company/

Walter Vahey: The customers today are looking for relatively short ROI, and we’re seeing it from 6 months to a year. That’s a no brainer for manufacturers. They’re ready to jump in.

We work hard to make deployment less of an issue. We have an application builder, and we use it to prepare for deployment. The new user may have a pick-and-place operation. They choose the gripper, and we guide them to partners who make it easy to deploy.

The application builder helps the customer pick the gripper. The whole object is to get the customer deployed rapidly so the automation doesn’t sit. With MiR, the robot comes in, and we find an easy application for the mobile device. We take the robot around the plant and map it. We’ve work to guide customers through an application quickly and make the robot productive as soon as possible.

There are hundreds of partners that work with UR and MiR, providing grippers and end effectors. We have a system that customers can plug into. Customer can look at grippers from a wide range of companies. We’re not working just on the robot deployment. We work to get the whole system deployed so they can quickly get the ROI.

What Tasks Are the Robots Taking On?

Design News: Who in the plant is using the robots, and what tasks are involved?

Walter Vahey: There is a range of users. To be effective at training a robot and configuring it, the people best suited for it are the ones most aware of the task. To get the robot to be effective you have to know the task. By and large, the person who has been doing that task is best suited to train the robot. That person can then train other robots. Nobody’s better suited to do it than the people who know what needs to be done.

The tasks are broad set of applications. We automate virtually any task and any material movement. It’s not quite that simple, but it’s close. With UR, we’re doing machine learning, grinding, packing, pick-and-place, repetitive tasks, welding. It’s a very broad set of applications. In materials it’s also very broad. Parts going from a warehouse to a work cell, and then from the work cell to another work cell, up to a 1000-kilo payload. We’re moving robots into warehousing and logistics space, even large pieces of metal. The robots are well suited for long runs of pallets of materials.

Rob Spiegel has covered automation and control for 19 years, 17 of them for Design News. Other topics he has covered include supply chain technology, alternative energy, and cyber security. For 10 years, he was owner and publisher of the food magazine Chile Pepper.

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China grew cotton on the Moon, if only for a moment   

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China may have had to sit and watch as countries like the United States dominated space for decades, but things are a whole lot different now. China's space agency has been rapidly catching up to the likes of the US and Russia, and in many ways, it's even surpassed its peers and broken new ground of its own. Earlier this year, China's Chang'e 4 lunar lander successfully performed a soft landing on the far side of the Moon. It was the first time such a feat had been accomplished, and Chinese scientists have been exploring the area around the landing site with the Yutu rover that also made the trip. Now, in a timely update on the mission's progress, China is providing additional details regarding its successful attempt at growing plants on the Moon. As IEEE Spectrum reports, the cotton plants are part of an experiment that we have seen before. After the Chang'e 4 lander, uh, landed, and before the first lunar night, a small self-contained biosphere provided our first look at life on the Moon. The capsule contained various seeds including cotton and potato seeds in soil, as well as yeast and even fruit flies. At least one of the cotton seeds seized the opportunity and sprouted a pair of leaves. A new 3D recreation of the plant (seen above) was just released by China's Chongqing University, and it's based on "image processing and data analysis" to give us a better look at the first plant we've ever seen on the Moon. As was expected before the experiments began, the plant died a rapid death at the hands of the rock-bottom temperatures that cover the Moon when night falls. The capsule did not include a heating element, and the plant, seeds, and fruit flies were all subjected to frigid temperatures that they simply couldn't withstand. If humans ever set up a permanent presence on the Moon, growing food there would seem like a high priority, and experiments like this one are helping scientists understand the limitations of those future efforts.
          

Telomerase RNAs in land plants   

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To elucidate the molecular nature of evolutionary changes of telomeres in the plant order Asparagales, we aimed to characterize telomerase RNA subunits (TRs) in these plants. The unusually long telomere repeat unit in Allium plants (12 nt) allowed us to identify TRs in transcriptomic data of representative species of the Allium genus. Orthologous TRs were then identified in Asparagales plants harbouring telomere DNA composed of TTAGGG (human type) or TTTAGGG (Arabidopsis-type) repeats. Further, we identified TRs across the land plant phylogeny, including common model plants, crop plants, and plants with unusual telomeres. Several lines of functional testing demonstrate the templating telomerase function of the identified TRs and disprove a functionality of the only previously reported plant telomerase RNA in Arabidopsis thaliana. Importantly, our results change the existing paradigm in plant telomere biology which has been based on the existence of a relatively conserved telomerase reverse transcriptase subunit (TERT) associating with highly divergent TRs even between closely related plant taxa. The finding of a monophyletic origin of genuine TRs across land plants opens the possibility to identify TRs directly in transcriptomic or genomic data and/or predict telomere sequences synthesized according to the respective TR template region.

          

SG582: Plant Explorers with Karen Rexrode   

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I’m so delighted to have Karen Rexrode on the show today. Karen is giving an encore presentation of her keynote presentation, Plant Explorers, heard Saturday night at the 2017 Garden Blogger’s Fling. Karen is a gem of horticultural wisdom - she's quite a find in her own right! Karen is a Northern Virginia Gardener, a…

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Jennifer Ebeling is a proud Minnesotan and U of MN alumni. Gooooooo Gophers!

Each week, Jennifer produces and hosts Still Growing - a gardening podcast dedicated to helping you and your garden grow. The show is an in-depth interview format. Guests featured on the show share a passion for gardening and include authors, bloggers, professional gardeners, etc. Listeners and guests of the show can join the Still Growing community on Facebook. It's a place to ask questions, share garden stories, interact with great guests featured on the show, and continue to grow and learn. Jennifer and her husband Philip have four children, a big golden lab named Sonny, and live in lovely Maple Grove, Minnesota.

P.S. When she's not teaching her four kids a new card game - or teaching them how to drive a car - Jennifer loves inspiring individuals and groups to maximize and personalize their home & garden.

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SG551: Robin Parer and The Plant Lovers Guide to Hardy Geraniums   

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Robin Parer is the author of The Plant Lover’s Guide to Hardy Geraniums. Robin is also the lovely owner of the Geraniaceae Nursery, located in Kentfield, California. Robin is a wonderfully knowledgeable plantswoman, She is a generous teacher and a thoughtful spokeswoman for the geranium family - both hardy geraniums and pelargoniums (the later being the plant group most people incorrectly refer to as geraniums). In fact, even after interviewing Robin, I still slip and refer to pelargoniums as geraniums! Robin explains the origins of taxonomy confusion for these plants. Undoubtedly, Robin understands this plant family better than almost anyone on this side of the globe. I like to think of Robin as the modern day mother of the geranium family. In typical mom fashion, when it comes to hardy geraniums and pelargoniums, she loves them both the same.

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Jennifer Ebeling

Jennifer Ebeling is a proud Minnesotan and U of MN alumni. Gooooooo Gophers!

Each week, Jennifer produces and hosts Still Growing - a gardening podcast dedicated to helping you and your garden grow. The show is an in-depth interview format. Guests featured on the show share a passion for gardening and include authors, bloggers, professional gardeners, etc. Listeners and guests of the show can join the Still Growing community on Facebook. It's a place to ask questions, share garden stories, interact with great guests featured on the show, and continue to grow and learn. Jennifer and her husband Philip have four children, a big golden lab named Sonny, and live in lovely Maple Grove, Minnesota.

P.S. When she's not teaching her four kids a new card game - or teaching them how to drive a car - Jennifer loves inspiring individuals and groups to maximize and personalize their home & garden.

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SG550: 2016 Holiday Gift Guide for Gardeners   

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I’ve prepared my 2016 Gift Guide for Gardeners so that you can shop thrift stores, traditional brick and mortar, online, and even score some last minute finds on Amazon. I’m a gardener and a shopper - so this list was a lot of fun for me to put together. If you’re looking for some different ideas, or if you're not a shopper at heart, then I hope my Gift Guide for Gardeners will be a great resource for you and the special gardener in your life!

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Jennifer Ebeling

Jennifer Ebeling is a proud Minnesotan and U of MN alumni. Gooooooo Gophers!

Each week, Jennifer produces and hosts Still Growing - a gardening podcast dedicated to helping you and your garden grow. The show is an in-depth interview format. Guests featured on the show share a passion for gardening and include authors, bloggers, professional gardeners, etc. Listeners and guests of the show can join the Still Growing community on Facebook. It's a place to ask questions, share garden stories, interact with great guests featured on the show, and continue to grow and learn. Jennifer and her husband Philip have four children, a big golden lab named Sonny, and live in lovely Maple Grove, Minnesota.

P.S. When she's not teaching her four kids a new card game - or teaching them how to drive a car - Jennifer loves inspiring individuals and groups to maximize and personalize their home & garden.

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SG540: Double Feature with Laura Eubanks of Design for Serenity and Benedict Vanheems of Big Bug Hunt   

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Welcome to Still Growing's first double feature! Our first guest is Laura Eubanks from Design for Serenity. Laura's work on succulent plants has been featured all over the country and she is an absolute master on creating beautiful and creative succulent designs. I was blown away by Laura's succulent pumpkins when I first saw her work in the 2014 August edition of Country Gardens.

Our second guest on this week's podcast is Benedict Vaheems of The Big Bug Hunt. He is also my first guest who is based out of the UK! The Big Bug Hunt is a citizen science project that reports pests in the area. It is also a fantastic app for gardeners who want to deter these bad bugs from reaching their garden in an organic way; as many organic control methods need to be place on the plant before the pests arrive.

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Jennifer Ebeling

Jennifer Ebeling is a proud Minnesotan and U of MN alumni. Gooooooo Gophers!

Each week, Jennifer produces and hosts Still Growing - a gardening podcast dedicated to helping you and your garden grow. The show is an in-depth interview format. Guests featured on the show share a passion for gardening and include authors, bloggers, professional gardeners, etc. Listeners and guests of the show can join the Still Growing community on Facebook. It's a place to ask questions, share garden stories, interact with great guests featured on the show, and continue to grow and learn. Jennifer and her husband Philip have four children, a big golden lab named Sonny, and live in lovely Maple Grove, Minnesota.

P.S. When she's not teaching her four kids a new card game - or teaching them how to drive a car - Jennifer loves inspiring individuals and groups to maximize and personalize their home & garden.

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IN-Hobart, The maintenance custodian works throughout the facility assisting in 5S projects, machine & equipment maintenance & cleaning, operates a forklift to move material, debris, garbage and recycling throughout the plant to appropriate containers/storage areas. Maintenance: Assists Maintenance technicians with tasks as required Assists in emergency action drills Assists in visual inspection of tools & e
          

Outdoor storage request to be pitched at Huntley's Dean Foods plant   

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Country Delight Inc., which is working to occupy the former Dean Foods plant in Huntley, is seeking a special use permit to allow for the outside storage of vehicles and trailers for the shipping of dairy products at the site.

The request will be before the Huntley Plan Commission on Monday.

Country Delight, which transports about 52 million pounds of milk a year and serves about 400 stores in the Chicago area, has been operating out of Dean Foods’ transportation facility on the north side of Mill Street and is hoping to use the plant for storage of its milk and dairy products.

A conceptual review of the project was held in February.

Huntley’s plant was one of several Dean Foods facilities that ceased production because of decreased dairy consumption trends and a highly competitive industry, according to the Dean Foods 2017 annual investors report. The closure caused more than 100 people to lose their jobs.

A 250,000-square-foot Walmart milk-processing plant announced in 2016 also posed a problem to the plant’s market base, according to the report.

Should the project move forward, it is Country Delight’s hope to turn the plant into its flagship headquarters. The business is estimated to bring 75 to 105 employees.

A Country Delight representative had informed the village that truck traffic would be about one-third of what the traffic was when Dean Foods was in operation.

Also on the plan commission’s agenda is a special use permit request from Shepherd Capital LLC for congregate care at a roughly 7-acre site at the southeast corner of Regency Parkway and Farm Hill Drive.

Shepherd Capital LLC owners Steve and Theresa Maskrey have been seeking approval of a $21 million project to build 144 residential units for assisted living and memory care in Huntley.

The goal is to build nine single-story residences on the two sites, plus an administrative office building. This would be done in two phases: the first will consist of 96 units within six buildings and the administrative building while the second will consist of the other 48 units.

The plan commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Huntley Municipal Complex, 10987 Main St.


          

GM laying off another 415 workers in Mexico as U.S. strike continues   

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GM laying off another 415 workers in Mexico as U.S. strike continuesGM said it had partially idled its Ramos Arizpe propulsion plant, with the V8 engine line and the CVT transmission line not operating. The plant continues to build engines for the Ramos assembly plant, which is still operating, but GM previously laid off 6,000 workers in Mexico at a separate facility in Silao, Mexico.



          

Set Up Tech I   

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Title: Set up Technician I

Adecco is assisting a local client in their search for a printer Set Up Technician in Mason, OH. Candidates will be supporting all areas of manufacturing with a focus on assisting the press operators, performing quality inspection and packaging of the final product for shipping to their client. This is a temporary job opportunity with the potential of being hired based on performance and client needs. If you meet the below requirements please Apply Now!

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

1. Empty rag containers at each press and fill chemical containers.
2. Supply presses with clean white and red rags.
3. Maintain working levels of cores, chemicals, rags, and other supplies at the presses.
4. Able to run core cutting machine.
5. Empty trash barrels and bins into compactor.

ADDITIONAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

1. Lend support to the Inspection/Finishing Department.
2. Put away supplies when received from vendor.
3. Assist in keeping the plant clean when time allows.
4. Dispose of hazardous waste into labeled drums for hazardous waste disposal.
5. Ensure that Food Safety Policies and practices are followed and understood.

Responsibilities for this assignment include:
• Comply with client safety regulations
• Lift up to 50 pounds repetitively
• Work in a non-climate controlled environment

Adecco Requirements are:
• High school diploma or GED
• No more than 3 jobs within past 5 years
• Shipping Receiving experience is a plus
• Quality Inspections experience is a plus
• Steel toe shoes/boots are required
• Good Attendance is a MUST
• MUST be able to pass a 7 year background check and drug screen

Must be flexible between first and second shift, may be asked to move from one to another as needed.

Adecco provides one of the most comprehensive benefits package in the industry to contract workers. Benefits are available to you as a contractor after one week of employment.

Click on Apply Now to be considered for this position or any other Manufacturing - General Labor opportunities with Adecco.
          

Trainers Want You to Start Doing These 12 Exercises to Strengthen and Stabilise Your Core   

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Fitness professionals have varying opinions on how individuals should train for optimal health, but one thing they all agree on is the importance of a strong core. You've probably seen that phrase floating around on Instagram or heard your favourite instructor yell it out as you hold a plank for what seems like eternity, but you may not know exactly what having a strong core means.

Your core is like the roots of your favourite plant. Strong and sturdy roots keep the plant stable and support the weight of the plant as it grows. The same can be said for your core, which is often considered the source, or root, of all movement. Every time you bend down to pick something up off the ground, reach for something in the back seat of your car, or lift something over head, your core is working.

"The well-trained core is essential for optimal performance and injury prevention," Stuart McGill, PhD, explained in a 2010 review in the Strength and Conditioning Journal. No matter your fitness goals, having a strong and stable core is essential. To help you strengthen your abs, POPSUGAR tapped personal trainers and physical therapists for their go-to strengthening and stabilizing exercises. Check them out ahead.


          

Plant Maintenance - Stonehooker Brewing Company Ltd - Mississauga, ON   

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The plant is a Commercial/Industrial environment requiring light to heavy cleaning (including washrooms and kitchen); $14 an hour
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Bryan Chapman October 2019 Chart   

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Jessica Kert – Twin Peaks (Atmophile Electronics) Bryan Chapman – Nimrala (EPMmusic) The Plant Worker – Omicron 2 (ATT Series) Electric Rescue – White Valley (Virgo) Arnaud Le Texier – Push / Joachim Spieth Remix (Children Of Tomorrow) Terrence Dixon… Continue Reading
          

Raw Girls: The Plant Whisperers   

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With two trucks and a pop-up store ready to open, chefs Amy and Hannah Pickle finesse plant-based food into a delicious and happy place.
          

A Visit to Cedar Down Farm   

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Another farm tour day with EFAO! This one was Innovation on a Vegetable Farm, the vegetable farm in question being Cedar Down Farm, near Neustadt. This seemed a little similar to the event we attended at Persephone Market Garden, but since it was nearby we decided to go. Nearby is relative; it was still an hour drive away. Southern Ontario is big! Like Persephone, Cedar Down supplies vegetables through a CSA plan, as well as to a few restaurants.

We gathered in front of the barn where vegetables are cleaned and stored. Note the equipment lined up against the wall of the barn. Cedar Down is a larger operation than Persephone, with 4 workers, aiming to become 4 1/2, versus 1 1/2. One of the big differences the degree to which Cedar Down uses mechanization.


We started with a tour of the garden, in particular the four big greenhouses, 2 of which are moveable. This one contains tomato plants. Leslie Moskovits, one of the farmers, was very excited about a system from Qlipr, a Dutch company, that supports the tomatoes and is very easy to install and move - it's a bit like suspending tomatoes from coat-hangers, which slide around and can be lifted off the support string for access to the top of the plant, no ladders required. .

Leslie and Jeff Boesch, her partner, have been experimenting with grafting tomatoes for increased production and longevity of the plants. There is a fairly steep learning curve involved - or at least it's a rather chancy operation - but grafted tomatoes do deliver, and they will continue to work with them. The root stock supplies the plant with disease resistance, but the tomatoes are still exactly the type which gets grafted onto it.  


This greenhouse contains pepper plants, and a third contains cucumbers. The greenhouses are used for early spring greens, then changed to other plants as the regular garden season commences. Unusually, Cedar Down has three CSA seasons: spring, summer, and winter meaning that customers can choose what time of the year they want to receive vegetables from the farm, up to all of it.


Leslie talks about the ins and outs of the greenhouses. Mostly they are fairly simple, but there are complications. Two of them move on ski-like bases, and the cucumbers require a system of fans to prevent them from succumbing to mildew.

Moving a greenhouse requires that the ends be removed, and the greenhouse braced to prevent it from flattening out as it is moved. It is locked in place with metal posts which are detached for moving. Then it is pulled to the new position, where another set of metal posts await it. Those are locked in place, and the ends replaced. 


Here, squash cure in one of the smaller greenhouses, which also has greens started for late autumn into winter crops.


There are about 6 acres of vegetables in the fields each year, with about the same planted in a cover crop. Unusually, the fallow fields are kept in cover crops for 2 years. Jeff and Leslie use a no-till system as much as possible, but they do till around the edges of the fallow fields, lest they shrink - quite considerably - due to the incursion of weeds.


I mentioned that this is a more mechanized farm than most small market gardens. Here is a piece of equipment which allows three people to be planting rows at once. The tanks put water onto the seedlings so they go into the ground well watered.


I was amused by the vegetable washing station, which consisted of two re-used bathtubs and some plastic laundry baskets. Looks like it works very well, though, for the investment.


Leslie talks to the group about the running of the farm. They raise no animals on the farm, other than a few family chickens, but they fertilize extensively with Biofert, as well as feather meal, fish based fertilizers, and gypsum.



Vegetables at a cleaning station in the barn await storage in one of several cold rooms. Later they will go into winter CSA boxes - a bit of a rarity in the Ontario market gardening world.
          

Metallurgist   

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PA-Pittsburgh, Permanent position: The Plant Metallurgist is responsible for the overall quality of finished product. Plant Metallurgist handles Technical Aspects of Product Quality and Specifications at Order Entry. Oversees the technical aspects of steel and pot metals purchasing and evaluates overall Supplier Quality. The Plant Metallurgist drives quality improvement and product development. BS. Metallurgical
          

Trainers Want You to Start Doing These 12 Exercises to Strengthen and Stabilize Your Core   

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Fitness professionals have varying opinions on how individuals should train for optimal health, but one thing they all agree on is the importance of a strong core. You've probably seen that phrase floating around on Instagram or heard your favorite instructor yell it out as you hold a plank for what seems like eternity, but you may not know exactly what having a strong core means.

Your core is like the roots of your favorite plant. Strong and sturdy roots keep the plant stable and support the weight of the plant as it grows. The same can be said for your core, which is often considered the source, or root, of all movement. Every time you bend down to pick something up off the ground, reach for something in the back seat of your car, or lift something over head, your core is working.

"The well-trained core is essential for optimal performance and injury prevention," Stuart McGill, PhD, explained in a 2010 review in the Strength and Conditioning Journal. No matter your fitness goals, having a strong and stable core is essential. To help you strengthen your abs, POPSUGAR tapped personal trainers and physical therapists for their go-to strengthening and stabilizing exercises. Check them out ahead.


          

Optimal Downlink-Uplink Scheduling of Wireless Networked Control for Industrial IoT. (arXiv:1907.07841v2 [cs.IT] UPDATED)   

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Authors: Kang Huang, Wanchun Liu, Yonghui Li, Branka Vucetic, Andrey Savkin

This paper considers a wireless networked control system (WNCS) consisting of a dynamic system to be controlled (i.e., a plant), a sensor, an actuator and a remote controller for mission-critical Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) applications. A WNCS has two types of wireless transmissions, i.e., the sensor's measurement transmission to the controller and the controller's command transmission to the actuator. In this work, we consider a practical half-duplex controller, which introduces a novel transmission-scheduling problem for WNCSs. A frequent scheduling of sensor's transmission results in a better estimation of plant states at the controller and thus a higher quality of control command, but it leads to a less frequent/timely control of the plant. Therefore, considering the overall control performance of the plant in terms of its average cost function, there exists a fundamental tradeoff between the sensor's and the controller's transmissions. We formulate a new problem to optimize the transmission-scheduling policy for minimizing the long-term average cost function. We derive the necessary and sufficient condition of the existence of a stationary and deterministic optimal policy that results in a bounded average cost in terms of the transmission reliabilities of the sensor-to-controller and controller-to-actuator channels. Also, we derive an easy-to-compute suboptimal policy, which notably reduces the average cost of the plant compared to a naive alternative-scheduling policy.


          

Flint River dredging project moves into final phase   

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A major project to remove century old contamination from the Flint River is moving into its final phase. Last week, crews finished dredging part of the Flint River bottom to remove the last remnants of coal tar from the sediment. The coal tar came from a coal gasification plant that shut down in the 1920s. Kevin Keane is a spokesman for Consumers Energy, which owned the plant and is paying an undisclosed sum to clean up the site. “The capping of the river bottom will take at least until November,” says Keane, “and then of course there is considerable restoration of the landscaping that will ensue.” Keane says trees will be planted along the riverbank next spring.
          

Flint River dredging project will begin soon   

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A major river dredging project is nearly ready to begin in downtown Flint. In about two weeks, crews will begin removing river sediment contaminated with coal tar from a section of the Flint River. The coal tar was a by-product produced by a gas plant that was located along the river a century ago. Consumers Energy bought the plant in the 1920s. The utility is handling the cleanup. Kevin Keane is a Consumers Energy spokesman. He says, before crews can begin excavating tons of contaminated sludge from the river, they have to prepare a place to put the muck. “The company is completing the construction of the de-watering pad, where the spoils of the river bottom will be allowed to drain,” says Keane. “The water will be treated before it is either returned to the river or placed in the sanitary sewer system.” Work dredging and repairing the river bottom is expected to drag on into the fall. Once the contaminated river sediment is removed, crews will line the river bottom with clay, sand
          

Flint River dredging project will soon begin   

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People walking near part of the Flint River will see, and likely smell, a major dredging project this summer. About a quarter mile segment of the Flint River will be dredged to remove tons of soil contaminated with coal tar from a gas plant that closed a century ago. The plant operated from the mid-1800’s to the late 1920’s. Consumers Energy bought the old coal plant back in the 1920’s. Jim Innes with the MDEQ is the project manager. He says coal tar does present a potential health issue for people. “There’s also an aquatic environment,” says Innes, “Although the chemicals that are in coal tar are not bio-accumulators, they can still cause damage to the aquatic environment.” Crews have already removed trees along the riverbank. The next step will be to prepare a site near the river where contaminated sludge from the river will drain before being disposed of. The dredging is expected to take several months. Consumers Energy’s Kevin Keane says Flint residents shouldn’t notice much about
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