Kampffmeyer Food Innovation launched a new type of bran at the HiE (Health Ingredients Europe) exhibition in Madrid last month. Softbran Don Minus is milder in taste and displays a significantly better mouthfeel than conventional bran products, but has the same dietary fibre value, according to the firm.Softbran Don Minus is a milled product made from germinable, healthy wheat. “While conventional bran displays a bitter taste and a rough, coarse structure, these disadvantages do not occur with Softbran Don Minus,” said the firm, which claimed it can replace conventional bran in formulations easily and without further modifications. “It is especially suitable for fine baked goods such as bread for toasting.”In trials, bread (for toasting) which contained 5% Softbran Don Minus was described as aromatic and slightly nutty, with a fresh wholegrain taste, while the equivalent product with 5% conventional bran was perceived as neutral, plain, scratchy, spotty, slightly sweet and musty.
On 16 February, a Spanish judge decided to release an alleged FARC member detained two days earlier in Madrid on suspicion of being a “liaison” for the Colombian guerrilla group in Europe, judicial sources reported. Judge Santiago Pedraz of the National High Court, Spain’s chief criminal court, decided to release Leyla Yolita O.M., 39, believing that she is not a flight risk, contrary to the opinion of the public prosecutor’s office, and taking into account the fact that she has refugee status. “There are no grounds for granting the precautionary measure of pretrial detention; the flight risk may be characterized as non-existent, given that she has refugee status in Spain and not in a third country to which she might flee,” the judge affirmed in his ruling, to which AFP had access. Nevertheless, Pedraz prohibited the detainee from leaving Spain and ordered her to keep the authorities informed of her whereabouts. On the day of the ruling, Leyla Yolita appeared before the judge, where she denied belonging to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and affirmed that she only belongs to the Communist Party and that she is “politically persecuted by her country,” the sources added. Leyla Yolita was detained in Madrid as part of “Operation Cali,” on suspicion of being a “member of the FARC-EP terrorist organization,” according to a police statement. According to Spanish law-enforcement authorities, the detainee “was responsible for specific liaison, support, and intermediary functions in Europe,” for which she was “in contact with members of this terrorist organization” and facilitated “their intervention in international forums.” “She was sought by Colombian judicial authorities for membership in that terrorist gang and for carrying out activities on behalf of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia,” an organization included on the European Union (EU) lists of terrorist groups. By Dialogo February 17, 2011
The grant will be used to to support the engineering curriculum at Batesville High School.Batesville High School recently announced that it is the recipient of a $10,000 grant from Project Lead The Way (PLTW), the nation’s leading science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) program. The grant was made possible by a generous donation from Bemis Company. Funds from the grant will support the enhancement of the PLTW engineering curriculum, including the purchase of materials and equipment that will be used in the hands-on, activity-, project-, and problem-based courses that are a distinguishing characteristic of PLTW’s curriculum.“The grant provides necessary funds to expand our Engineering curriculum beyond normal PLTW practices to further develop work readiness skills,” said Batesville High School Principal Andy Allen. “Mr. Hughes creates a student-centered learning environment that enables all students to develop necessary skills to enter the engineering field.”Batesville High School has offered PLTW’s Pathway To Engineering (PTE) program since 2008, a program in which students engage in open-ended problem solving, learn and apply the engineering design process, and build strong teamwork, communication, critical-thinking, and problem-solving skills. Throughout the PTE courses, students use the same industry-leading technology and software as the world’s top companies. In many cases, students have the opportunity to earn college credit, further setting them up for postsecondary and career success.The PLTW grant application process is highly competitive for schools. To receive a grant, schools go through a rigorous application process, which includes demonstrating that the school meets specific requirements and eligibility criteria to be awarded grant funds. The requirements include district and community support, teacher professional development, technology acquisitions, a program sustainability plan, and many other factors.“Project Lead The Way is committed to providing the highest quality STEM education to prepare today’s students for the global economy,” said PLTW President and CEO Vince Bertram. “We were pleased to receive so many quality grant applications, and we look forward to continuing our partnership with Batesville High School to prepare our nation’s next generation of innovators. Finally, we’d like to thank our generous industry partners who made this grant possible.”PLTW inspires and engages students in STEM learning through four programs which span from kindergarten through twelfth grade: PLTW Launch, designed for students in grades K-5; Gateway To Technology for middle school students; and Pathway To Engineering and Biomedical Sciences for high school students. Each program emphasizes the integration of core math and science topics with skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, and teamwork – the top in-demand skills identified by business and industry leaders for success in the global economy.