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How the Church of Scientology Went After Danny Mastersons Rape Accusers

In March 2017, journalist Tony Ortega reported that the actor and Scientologist Danny Masterson was being investigated by the LAPD on multiple counts of sexual assault.

Ortegas bombshell story referenced a Victim B, who filed a report with the LAPD in 2004 claiming that Masterson sexually assaulted her in 2003. A copy of Victim Bs report alleges that, The victim woke up while the suspect was having sex with her and struggled with him. The suspect choked the victim until she passed out. Masterson has vehemently denied the allegations.

While Masterson was eventually fired from Netflixs The Ranch in response to the sexual-assault allegations and subsequent controversy, the case against him is ongoing. In a November 2017 report, Huffington Posts Yashar Ali wrote that the investigation has inexplicably stalled. Citing five sources inside and outside the Los Angeles County District Attorneys Office, Ali reported that there were four accusers involved in the case, and that, At least three of the women who have accused him of rape were also Scientologists and reported the incidents to the Church of Scientology at the time.

One of Mastersons accusers filed a police report in 2004 saying that she was raped in 2003, but the case didnt move forward after the Church of Scientology intervened and submitted over 50 affidavits from Scientologists who denied the womans account, Ali continued, seemingly referring to Victim B. In April 2017, police referred the case to the district attorney. Since then, the district attorneys office has examined the evidence turned over by LAPD and conducted its own investigation. Despite compellingwhat one law enforcement source described as overwhelmingevidence, the charges have not been approved for filing. The evidence includes audiotapes, emails sent to and from Scientology officers at the time the alleged rapes happened, forensic computer evidence and a threatening handwritten letter Masterson sent to one of the alleged victims.

The Daily Beast has obtained copies of two of these letters addressed to Scientology officials, which were written by the mother of Victim B. The letters were also submitted to the LAPD, according to two sources with knowledge of the matter and emails reviewed by The Daily Beast.

A source close to the family of Victim B confirmed with The Daily Beast that they saw these letters at the time, saying that they were handed them to proofread and that they were involved in delivering both of the letters by hand, so as to ensure that they reached their desired recipients without interference.

The first letter is dated January 26, 2004, and is addressed to a Tammy Wilkoff; the address given is for the Religious Technology Center, a non-profit religious corporation that oversees the trademarks of Dianetics and Scientology. The RTC also controls Scientologys Knowledge Reports (KR)essentially a way for Scientologists to submit information about another Scientologist without confronting them face-to-face.

The second letter is dated March 11, 2004, and was addressed to David Miscavige, the leader of the Church of Scientology. The source close to the family confirmed that they helped to personally deliver that letter to one of Miscaviges Sea Org security guards at the headquarters.

In the letters, the mother of Victim B referenced a Knowledge Report that she wrote on December 7, 2003. The source told The Daily Beast that this report was the result of the mothers anger at the Churchs non-response to her daughters sexual-assault allegation. The mother ccd a number of people in the report, including Danny Masterson. After the report, a Non-Enturbulation Orderthe last step before declaring someone a Suppressive Person, thereby evicting them from the Churchwas issued against the daughter. The mother referred to this Non-Enturbulation Order throughout her correspondences, at one point alleging that its purpose was to suppress the data on the crime.

Victims B mother wrote to Wilkoff to detail the alleged assault, and to express her frustration with the way that the Church was handling the case. According to the source, the mother blamed the Celebrity Centre: In her mind, she believed that they were singlehandedly dealing with it and making these decisions, and that maybe management didnt know. In the letter, the mother claimed that an official from CCI [Celebrity Centre International] called after I wrote a report dated December 7, 2003, and said she wanted to interview me for a 3P invest [third-party investigation]. She told me that she told everyone involved to stop talking about it until it all gets sorted out. Later, she added, I was the last to be interviewed on December 18th 2003 I never heard from her again or anyone else for that manner.

She further expressed her belief that Scientologys Celebrity Centre International is not able to standardly handle this cycle because 1) It is CCs celeb public that the rules get broken for5) The responsible Execs in charge of this area allow these out tech 3P invests to continue as a tool to shut people up and make their public happy. We will all pay for this.

The fact that I now know that David Miscavige knew that Danny Masterson has raped at least two women is just devastating.
Chrissie Carnell Bixler

In the second letter, addressed to Miscavige, the victims mother included the January letter to Wilkoff, and offered an overview of the situation. In this letter, she stated her daughters allegation that she was raped last year and disclosed it to Advanced Organization (AO). She went into session and disclosed to her auditor at AOAll this happened prior to November of last year. Nothing was done no one asked any questions.

But after she wrote the December report, she claimed, everything changed. Her daughter received the Non-Enturbulation Order and has been being sec checked ever since. it has been almost three months of sec checks and she is on her 3rd intensive. A sec check, aka security check, is a form of Scientology auditing that can be quite costlythe source close to the family told The Daily Beast that the alleged victim spent over $25,000 on auditing intensives, first at Advanced Organization and then at the Celebrity Centre.

When presented with the letters allegations, Masterson provided The Daily Beast with a lengthy statement through the law firm of Lavely & Singer that read in part: There is no new evidence. The documents Ms. Zimmerman refers to were created by the mother of the woman who made these allegations against Danny MastersonThe LAPD has all of this this information andtwicenow has thoroughly investigated these claims, which Danny hasdisputed and denied from day one. Danny has been extremely cooperative with law enforcement throughout their investigation because he has absolutely nothing tohide. While his accusers have been squawking for more than a year about the so-called mountains of evidence against him, Danny has never been charged with acrimelet alone convicted of one.

The letter to Wilkoff at the Religious Technology Center directly addresses the events of the night of the alleged assault. It cites an alleged 4/25/03 Knowledge Report from Brie Shaffer, Mastersons then-assistant (and the current wife of actor/Scientologist Michael Pea), who wrote up her account the morning after. Writing about last night, Shaffer allegedly recalled waking up at 4 a.m. at her house, and being worried because Victim B was supposed to have slept over. Last I heard she was being dropped off at Dannys house to get a ride with Luke Watson to my house, Shaffer wrote, as quoted by the mother of Victim B. She drove to Dannys house, and Watson, a friend of Mastersons, allegedly came down to speak to her: When I asked where [Victim B] was he told me she had gotten extremely drunk and felt sick, that last he saw of Danny and [Victim B] was that Danny was going to take [Victim B] to throw up. (Shaffer and Watson did not respond to requests for comment.)

Weaving in various reports with what she claims her daughter told her about that night, the mother interjected, Another interesting point is that per [Victim B] she had not drank that evening when she found out that she did not have a ride and was not spending the night she asked Danny for a drink and he fixed it for her. She only remembers that one drink being given [to] her.

This account was corroborated by an attendee at the party that night, who asked to remain anonymous. They told The Daily Beast that, When I first saw [Victim B] at Dannys she was totally normal, totally fine. In a longer report that they wrote up and submitted to the LAPD and D.A.s office, they recalled, [Victim B] had only had one drink and although I did not see him make it, she clearly remembers that [Danny] made her a drink in a red cup and she drank part of it before he shoved her into the Jacuzzi. The statement continued, I was irritated toward Danny that he have done that to herDanny picked her up and begin to bring her inside and upstairs I remember she was resisting but she just seemed a bit drunk and out of it at that point.

The source believed that Victim B was in good hands with Masterson, who was attempting to help sober her up or, in Scientology vernacular, control her. In the statement, they wrote, At some point about an hour or an hour and a half later I recall seeing [Victim B], who came up to meand she said, Oh my God Danny just raped me. Her hair was still a bit wet and she had bare feet. I remember feeling shocked and then Luke saying no thats not what happened!I remember trying to help her as well get some water in the kitchen and she was sort of was stumbling around and Luke and Danny wanting to get her back upstairsThey didnt want me to interfere though and I remember thinking that they would get her back upstairs and she would sleep it off and be better.

They told The Daily Beast that, Rape never would have even come to mind, even though she had said thatwhat made sense to me was that somebody gave her something at the club and she had a bad reaction to it, and Danny and Luke were just trying to help her.

The statement continued, This all happened very fast but Danny had her by the waist and was dragging her back upstairs she was screaming and yelling at him, Get the fuck off me! Get the fuck off me! and cursing at him. I Remember kind of yelling up toward her, Its okay. Calm down, hes going to take care of you.

The source shared that they tried to call Victim B multiple times the next day to see if she was feeling better. They told The Daily Beast that, The following dayit was either two or three days afterI got a call that I needed to get a reality factor at the Celebrity Centre, meaning they would be filled in on important info.

They recalled that the conversation with a Scientology official was very brief. I was just told, this is about [Victim B], because you were at the party, and shes OKshes being handled. The way that she was presenting it was that [Victim B] had been out ethics [not obeying the rules of Scientology], that she was drunk. Asked to explain what he believed was meant by handled, the source continued, That meant that she had pulled in something that caused her to pull in getting drunk and getting drugged at a club, which would probably be explored and dealt with through hours and hours of sec check auditing.

The word rape was never even a remote possibility, they concluded. Because thats what they told me. Shes being handled and thats that. When youre given R factors on situations, you never question that.

According to the source close to the family, Victim Bs mother wrote to Miscavige after coming across a handwritten reporta summary of a March 2004 security check session with Danny Masterson. According to the source, during this specific process, those named in the reports received a copy, so that report was brought home by the daughter and left in the home office. When the mother came across the report she was very angry and upset.

The mother of Victim B wrote, Per Danny she was very drunkPer Danny she hit him while in the shower and Per Danny she was all of a sudden sober because he showered her so therefore it was all of a sudden ok to have his way with her.

The letter continued, Per Danny when he returned to his bed she made her move on him not the other way aroundPer Danny while he was on top of her she shoved a pillow at his face. Per Danny he smothered her with that pillow. (He could have killed her, again.) Per Danny she grabbed him by his throat. Per Danny he strangled her by her throat. (He could have killed her.) Per Danny she was grabbing things off the end table. Per Danny he asked why she was doing this and she said she was going to hit him with them. Per Danny he grabbed both her hands and restrained her. Per Danny he told her not to tell others about this. Per Danny he did all of the above while have sex on top of her. Per Danny this was the best sex he ever had.

Per Danny he did all of the above to her because he interpreted her violent actions towards him as an INVITATION and REQUEST to have it done to her not as an act of self-defense, the mother noted. Per Danny they had aggressive sex 9 months earlierper [Victim B] the only aggressive thing that happen earlier was when Danny tried to sodomize her and she made him stop which she had to go to the doctor to handle things.

Apparently, Victim B and her family had a beach vacation planned for shortly after the alleged assault. We all noticed the multiple bruises on [Victim B], her mother wrote. The thing that struck me the most was that the back of [Victim B]s hand was full of bruises she claimed she fell on her hand.

Addressing Miscavige, the mother of Victim B expressed outrage at CCIs handling of the case, which allegedly included a plan to put Masterson and [Victim B] in a room together because Danny wants to talk to her.

I do not know what to say, she continued. [Victim B] could be dead today and we could all be confronting the fact that a Scientologist murdered another during a bazaar [sic] sex ritual. The media would have a field day with this. She deplored the celebrity double standard at play, saying that her daughter had been called a liar and under the threat of com ev and expulsions for months and was now being pressured to meet with her accused rapist, presumably for his benefit. Where is the Justice code? she asked. Celebs are exempt from these codes?

The source close to the family explained the severity of the Non-Enturbulation Order against Victim B, and how it may have discouraged her from speaking out or reporting to the police. If she were pushed out of the Church, they explained, She couldnt have her friends, her parents couldnt have her in their homeGoing to the authorities is the highest crime you can commit. That means instant expulsion. The source told The Daily Beast that the letter to Miscavige did yield resultsthe Non-Enturbulation Order was lifted later that month, and Victim B received further auditing at no cost, which is unheard of.

Leah Remini, who, according to the Ortega report, helped encourage the LAPD to reopen Victim Bs case, told The Daily Beast that, I have seen [the documents] and believe these are 100 percent authentic. She continued, These match exactly everything I learned in Scientology and are consistent with my understanding and experience about how Scientology treats victims of crimes. I believe that there are many more documents contained in Scientology files that are required to be kept by Scientology. Those documents would support every aspect of what these victims recounted. (The LAPD did not respond to multiple requests for comment.)

The Church of Scientology has denied playing any sort of role in silencing Mastersons accuser, releasing the following statement to The Daily Beast: The Church adamantly denies that it ever ignores any allegations of criminal behavior, especially at the expense of alleged victims. What is being stated is utterly untrue. This has nothing to do with religion. This story is being manipulated to push a bigoted agenda. The Church follows all laws and cooperates with law enforcement. Any statement or implication to the contrary is false.

While the mother of Victim B was clearly outraged by her daughters treatment, she also stated that she was afraid of what Masterson might do in the future. She cited the alleged sexual assault of Chrissie Carnell Bixler, Mastersons ex-girlfriend, multiple times in her lettersallegations that Masterson has denied.

In the January letter, she wrote that she recently learned that Bixler was very upset with Danny because she somehow got very drunk and Danny sodomized her. Did CCI know about this when it happened and what did they do about it. She added, Danny needs to make it up to Chrissie and all those that failed to report and invalidated her behind her should make amends to her.

Bixler told The Daily Beast in a statement that she started reaching out to the Church of Scientology over the summer of 2016, when she emailed the ethics officer at Celebrity Centre asking what handling or help Danny ever received after I reported him for raping me. The ethics officer informed me she would get back to me. She never did. Bixler says that when a mutual friend put her in touch with Victim B almost two years ago, Victim B revealed to her that she had known about Bixlers alleged sexual assault. I went into a complete state of shock, Bixler recalled. I had only told the ethics officer and the chaplain, as it was made very clear to me what would happen to me if I told anyone about the rape.

Bixler continued, I was told by the church that I couldnt go to the authorities for two reasons. 1) I was in a consensual relationship with Danny so its not a crime, and 2) because its a high crime in Scientology to report another Scientologist to the authorities. Bixler filed a police report in December of 2016. She told The Daily Beast that, I felt deep hurt knowing that had I gone to the police after it happened, that even though the Church would have destroyed me, maybe he wouldnt have hurt anyone after me. Responding to Bixlers allegations, the Church issued the following statement to The Daily Beast: The Church adamantly denies the implication it would ignore the criminal behavior of certain members, especially at the expense of alleged victims. What is being stated is utterly untrue. This has nothing to do with religion. This story is being manipulated to push a bigoted agenda. The Church follows all laws and cooperates with law enforcement. Any statement or implication to the contrary is false.

Having never seen these letters before, Bixler says she was extremely disturbed after reading the passages pertaining to her alleged sexual assault. The fact that I now know that David Miscavige knew that Danny Masterson has raped at least two women is just devastatingthe Church and the COB David Miscavige KNEW and they did nothing to help Danny or stop him. They should have helped Victim B and me instead of punishing us. They should have driven us to the LAPD and had us report him. Had they done the right thing, he wouldnt have been able to hurt anyone else.

The mother of Victim B ends her January 2004 letter with a desperate plea: The fate of any young girl going anywhere near Danny lies in our hands, please help me.

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16 Famous Plot Twists That Make No Sense (Diagrammed)

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We all love a good plot twist — especially one that catches us truly off-guard. But unfortunately, more often than not, that fun, quirky surprise ending doesn’t make a whole lot of sense when you stop to think about it for about a minute or two.

With the help of these handy charts made by readers, we can shave a minute or two off that time and show you instantly how famous movie plot twists make no sense whatsoever.


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CATCH THE BUZZ– New Technology Makes Commercial Beekeeping More Efficient, Rewarding

In an effort to supply beekeepers with a more reliable and thorough management system, 2 Healthy Hives 2020 grant recipients just recently revealed a new cooperation that might help transform commercial beekeeping practices by utilizing Radio-Frequency Recognition (RFID) innovation, integrated with web and mobile apps, to track and handle honey bee colonies.Hive Tracks, an

apiary management software application company, and its president, James Wilkes, PhD., have been an important part of the Healthy Hives 2020 research performed by Joseph Cazier, PhD., teacher and director of the Center for Analytics Research and Education at Appalachian State University. Both Cazier and Brandon Hopkins, PhD., assistant research teacher in the Department of Entomology at Washington State University, received research grants in 2016 that focused on ways to improve management practices for commercial beekeepers.To see a present KIM&JIM Program webinar produced in June, 2018, about this program including Dr.&Hopkins, click on the link below or paste it into your internet browser–”There are presently not a lot of management tools for industrial beekeepers. Numerous of them are still managing their operations with note pads, pencil and

paper, or aiming to monitor treatments and concerns with items like thumb tacks, livestock ear tags and wax pencils, “said Hopkins.”For our job, we’ve been establishing a method to transform those systems into digital information that can be gathered without adding additional work or time in the field.”Using RFID technology, that info can be analyzed to inform best practices in business beekeeping. Beekeepers can then use those practices to establish choice support tools that can provide timely information on their hives, eventually reducing losses.But to do this, Hopkins required to be able to collect the information. This led him to research study RFID technology, which he eventually executed with private hives. RFID tags are utilized in a vast array of

markets, from stores tracking stock to airline companies tracking baggage. Hopkins’team started placing the tags on specific hives and worked with a software advancement business to create a platform that would make it possible for beekeepers to monitor their hives for such fundamental beekeeping management tasks as when and where the hives were checked, in addition to the location of each hive.While Hopkins was establishing his RFID technology, Cazier, Wilkes and the Hive Tracks team were using their Healthy Hives 2020 grant to put the complements on the 2nd variation of its ingenious Hive Tracks Apiary Management System.”A lot of the major concerns of an industrial beekeeper include the everyday management of the hives in an operation,”said Wilkes.”They would like to know, ‘Where are my hives? The number of hives do I have, and what are their conditions? Who was the last individual to touch them, and exactly what did they do?

“According to Wilkes, Hive Tracks started as a software application system for hobbyists and sideliners.”Nevertheless, we understood there was a big gap in innovation that could benefit business beekeepers,”stated Wilkes.”We recognized the difficulty of adopting brand-new technology within the industrial beekeeping space, so the system

had to be simple to use, and our software system supplies a framework that can evolve from an extremely simple foundation to more complex hive level information.”That’s where Hopkins’research study came in.”Our system is created to focus on the bee backyard level to make it accessible for adoption by business beekeepers,”stated Wilkes.” But RFID enables you to consist of the hive level and unlocks for a vast array of additional info that all of us think is very important, but is frequently tough to gather.” Both Hopkins and Hive Tracks were exhibitors at the 2017 American Bee Federation conference, and it did not take long for them to think about the possibility of collaborating. Hopkins and Wilkes then started to discuss leveraging their particular research study focuses for a more collective effort, which could assist them accelerate their technology development and reach more beekeepers.Hive Tracks and Hopkins are well on their method to incorporating the RFID technology into the Apiary Management System.”We have actually begun the integration process and hope to have an RFID alternative evaluated and available for beekeepers in the spring of 2019,”stated Wilkes.”For the Healthy Hives 2020 initiative, this collaboration actually serves beekeepers by developing one integrated platform rather of utilizing two separate ones,”said Danielle

Downey, executive director of Project Apis m. which handles the program.”Among the important things we hoped would come out of this research study program was innovative cooperation between the scientists, and Brandon and James are doing precisely that.” Moneyed by Bayer, Healthy Hives 2020 is a$1 million research study effort to improve the health of honey bee nests in the United States by the end of 2020. Over the previous 3 years, Healthy Hives 2020 has actually offered grants to money 10 honey bee health research jobs being performed by 20 universities and other organizations, as well as six teaming up apiaries. “The objective of Healthy Hives 2020 has actually always been to recognize quantifiable and concrete services to enhance colony health through boosted partnership and communication,” said Daniel Schmehl, Pollinator Research Scientist with Crop Science, a department of Bayer.”The cooperation in between Hive Tracks and Brandon is doing simply that– bringing 2 ingenious research tasks together to recognize a targeted method for beekeepers to better handle their bees.”The post appeared initially on Bee Culture.


New Innovation Allows Concrete to Trap CO2 Emission

A major factor for environment change is said to be massive CO2 emissions that make the world hotter and melt the ice caps. But exactly what if we established an innovation that could control CO2 emissions in a productive way? That is a concern CarbonCure, a Candian startup based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, responds to with its unique offering.The CarbonCure transformation While scientists across

the world are disputing the best ways to reduce CO2, the people at CarbonCure are trying to find ways they can utilize it for the advantage of mankind. And this line of thinking has actually been worthwhile– CarbonCure has actually discovered a method to trap CO2 emissions in concrete so that it can be utilized effectively in the building industry.In order to enhance concrete, cement is required.

And inning accordance with quotes, production of cement alone contributes to nearly 7 percent of annual greenhouse gas emissions. Every year, near to 4 billion pounds of CO2 is given off because of cement production. These truths alone must suffice to make anyone understand why it is very important to lower the reliance on cement. With CarbonCure, it is now possible. CarbonCure discovered a way to trap CO2 emissions in concrete so that it can be used efficiently in the building market. (Image: katorisi by means of flickr CC BY-SA 3.0)Using CarbonCure, you can record CO2 and inject it into concrete throughout the mixing process. And once the mix solidifies,

the CO2 will be changed into a mineral and will stay permanently caught in the concrete. Plus, you can also cut down on the cement used in the concrete. And by lowering the cement requirement, the production of cement will be minimized, which will indicate lower greenhouse gas emissions. “We’re leading that movement right now [by] showing it is possible to take CO2 and turn it into something that makes monetary sense … This principle of beneficial reuse of CO2 is anticipated to be a one trillion dollar industry by the year 2030”, Christie Gamble, CarbonCure’s director of sustainability, says in an interview with CNN. The future of construction CarbonCure’s innovation already has actually begun to draw in several concrete manufacturing business. Thomson Concrete from Atlanta is among them. Since 2016, Thomson Concrete has prevented nearly 10 million pounds of CO2 emissions

by using CarbonCure technology.”By adding CarbonCure’s technology into 16 more areas, we’re concurrently decreasing our ecological footprint and providing our clients with access to a budget-friendly greener building product throughout our U.S. markets”, Gas World quotes John Cook, Technical Director of Thomas Concrete USA.CarbonCure still has a great deal of work to do to fulfill its mission of lowering CO2 emissions substantially. Currently , the technology is only being used in about 90 concrete manufacturing plants in the United States With more powerful marketing and promos, the business seeks to make a great part of the 5,500 concrete plants in the United States embrace their innovation. Which is when things will start to have a large-scale impact. CO2 emissions will fall quickly on an annual basis and guarantee a more eco-friendly world.< img src = alt ="CarbonCure still has a great deal of work to do to satisfy its mission of minimizing CO2 emissions substantially.(Image: pixabay/ CC0 1.0)CarbonCure still has a lot of work to do to fulfill its mission of reducing CO2 emissions significantly. (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

” width=600 height=400 > CarbonCure still has a lot of work to do to satisfy its objective of decreasing CO2 emissions significantly. (Image: pixabay/ CC0 1.0)According to Gamble, when the CarbonCure innovation is adopted internationally, it will eventually avoid around 700 megatons of CO2 from being released into the environment on an annual basis. This is comparable to taking about 150 million cars off the road each year. Though it may take a number of years, the group at CarbonCure is preparing ambitious plans to make this happen.Follow us on Twitter or register for our weekly email AnIntrusive Plant That Can Cause Blindness Discovered in Virginia

27 Child Actors Who Grew Up And Are Totally Killing It Now

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Child actors who crash and burn are a gossip site staple. The thing is, there are also child stars who grew up, left show business (or stayed in it), and became incredibly successful and well-adjusted. Admit it, you’re surprised.


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CATCH THE BUZZ – Organic Food From Field To Table Is Possible In The EU With New Technology. Is Honey Next?

Britain’s organic market is taking a major step forward, testing innovation that tracks the journey of natural food from farm to go shopping shelf.The trial permits shoppers to tap their mobile phones on packets bacon from Eversfield Organics Farm in Devon on sale in choose As Nature Intended shops. Using near field communications(NFC)on item packaging and the store shelf, together with barcode, the blockchain technology immediately obtains the product’s total supply chain journey. An app is not needed.Shoppers see the natural accreditation, the natural requirements satisfied by the item, a map of its journey, pictures from the farm, an image of the animal if it’s a meat item, as well as farmer or manufacturer profiles.Organic advocate Soil Association has actually teamed with start-up tech firm Provenance to pilot the NFC technology.Provenance chief executive Jessi Baker states the business developed the world’s first digital accreditation sign, with key validated data and batches of product kept on the blockchain, for the program.The pilot, the very first of its kind in the UK, use increasing consumer interest in provenance and where food comes from. Scientists have actually found that mistrust considerably affects the relationship customers have with the foods and products they buy.The issue of food transparency is increasingly in the spotlight in the UK, with 70%

of participants in a recent survey objecting to fake farm labels and 80 %desiring to understand which farm system has actually been used to produce their meat and dairy products.Soil Association Head of Farming Liz Bowles states the new system offers a solution to communicate

provenance in an interactive and easy way.”This innovation will allow customers to have much greater levels of trust in the food they purchase as they can literally see where it has actually come from,”she says.”For natural farmers, it will enable them to be noticeable to their consumers and offer them chances to establish their businesses utilizing this

innovation to interact more directly with customers.”Eversfield Organic Farm sales and marketing director Anna Bury calls the technology a substantial action to a future for all buyers to pick authentic items with a favorable effect on the planet. “Now merchants can share the journey of our animals every step of the method with their clients,”she says.Soil Association Licensed natural always suggests fewer pesticides, no artificial colors and preservatives, constantly free-range, no regular use of antibiotics, and no GM ingredients.The pilot program was to continue till products of the specifically tagged items run out.Soil Association Certification plans to continue to promote the brand-new interactive digital certification to brand names and sellers, to substantially extend the natural certification.The post CATCH THE BUZZ– Organic Food From Field To Table Is Possible In The EU With New Technology. Is Honey Next? appeared initially on Bee Culture.


New Innovation to assist in Battle Versus Rural Criminal Activity

Rural crime is something people in the province deal with regularly, and with initiatives like the Protection and Response team and Highway Patrol Officers now being armed with the tools to face it, improvements are being made on the regular.

Innovation Saskatchewan, along with the RCMP and the Provincial Government, joined in on the fight and held a contest called the “Innovation Saskatchewan Rural Crime Innovation Challenge,” looking for individuals, entrepreneurs, and independent companies to bring their best solutions forward to try and tackle the issue of rural crime.

“It is an issue that we hear about in government and in the media and I think it’s a reality, it’s a problem that a lot of Saskatchewan people face,” explained Wes Jickling, CEO of Innovation Saskatchewan. “You know technology isn’t just about helping you at your computer or at your laptop; it can actually be applied to solve real-world problems that regular folks are experiencing.”

After around 9 months since the presentations to the panel, Innovation Saskatchewan unveiled the winner of the challenge as Jeff Shirley, with River City Technology, who created a tracking device all called BeeSecure that farmers can use to track things like quads, tool boxes, or anything else on their farm, only using their phone.

As part of being chosen as the winner, Shirley received a $10,000 grant and a 16-month residency with the Ministry of Justice.

“Saskatchewan is full of innovators; we’ve got a history of innovation and technological development,” Jickling shared. “I think that technology in Saskatchewan, talent in Saskatchewan people, we can solve problems with technology and new ideas and the rural crime challenge was an example of that in reality.”

If the team is successful, they will be able to test their proposed prototype through a pilot project.


How is new innovation enhancing tire security?

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in hybrid cars starts.2010: The brand-new ContiSportContact 5 P summer season tyre is developed, created for high-performance sports automobiles and custom vehicles.2011: Production of electric motors begins.2012: Continental ends up being the first automobile supplier to be granted a self-governing car testing license in the state of Nevada, U.S.A.. 2013:’ContiLifeCycle’ uses a distinct combination of

rubber recycling and truck tyre retreading. This sustainable solution reduces tire expenses and enhances

their life span.2014: Continental win a GreenTec Award for their advancement of dandelion latex as a sustainable tyre substance.2017: Introduction of Continental’s brand-new AllSeasonContact tyre.Continental-saving lives with tire treads The earliest version

of the contemporary tire tread was introduced by Continental in 1904. The tyre tread assists to clear water off the roadway allowing you to have much better grip. This is particularly important in wet weather conditions.

In mix with Continental’s unique rubber compounds, the resulting tyre deliver shorter stopping distances. From the introduction of tyre treads 125 years back, Continental have actually continued to

produce innovative technology in terms of tire security and reliability.

This is particularly relevant as electrical cars

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Rocket Man 1, Trump 0: North Korea Keeps Its Nukes for Now

The historic summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ended with the celebratory signing of a declaration that the United States and North Korea will work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

But the declaration, which echoes the vague language of an April joint statement by Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, does not commit North Korea to a firm, verifiable process for giving up its nuclear weapons or the associated research-and-development effort.

Despite Trump telling reporters that his meeting with Kim went better than anybody could have expected, only one man truly had any reason to celebrate.

Kim walked away from the brief summit at a Singapore hotel on June 12 with all the legitimacy that a meeting with the worlds most powerful person confersand without giving up very much in return. In addition, Trump said the U.S. would end war games with South Korea, which the president later described to ABC News as very, very expensive and provocative.

The New York Times reported the announcement stunned South Koreas leadershipand left surprised Pentagon officials scrambling.

Kim achieves a huge goal of his father and grandfather in exchange for… agreeing to acknowledge progress, Jeffrey Lewis, a nuclear expert at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, told The Daily Beast.

Now, its true that North Korea released three American prisoners as a sign of goodwill in the weeks before the summit. But Kims regime didnt specifically promise to give up any of the several dozen nuclear weapons that experts estimate it possesses.

And despite staging a dramatic demolition of portions of its main atomic test site, experts say North Korea could easily resume development of nuclear weapons.

During a press conference after the signing, Trump said Kim had made additional promises to destroy a major missile-engine testing site in the near future, but he conceded that was not outlined in the original signed agreement. He wants to do the right thing, Trump said about the very talented Kim. Honestly, I think hes going to do these things.

I do trust him, yeah, Trump told ABCs George Stephanopolous. "Now, will I come back to you in a year and youll be interviewing and Ill say, gee I made a mistake? Thats always possible. You know, were dealing at a very high level, a lot of things can change, a lot of things are possible. He trusts me, I believe, I really do…. He said no other president could have done this. I think he trusts me, and I trust him.

In the interviewthe first with a non-Fox News outlet in a yearTrump said there were additional steps Pyongyang would be taking, including getting rid of things that havent been mentioned in the document. He then described his reason for ending the joint U.S.-South Korea military exercises:

Im doing something that Ive wanted to do from the beginning. We stopped playing those war games that cost us a fortune. You know, were spending a fortune, every couple of months were doing war games with South Korea, and I said, Whats this costing? Were flying planes in from Guam, were bombing empty mountains for practice. I said I want to stop that and I will stop that, and I think its very provocative.

Did you talk about pulling troops out? U.S. troops out of South Korea? Stephanopolous asked.

We didnt discuss that, no, Trump answered. But were not gonna play the war games. You know, I wanted to stop the war games, I thought they were very provocative. But I also think theyre very expensive. Were running the country properly, I think theyre very, very expensive. To do it, we have to fly planes in from Guamthats six and a half hours away. Big bombers and everything else, I said, Whos paying for this? I mean, who pays, in order to practice.

The AP reports Seouls presidential office told a reporter it was trying to discern the exact meaning and intent of Trumps comments.

Experts are skeptical that Kim will ever denuclearize. If North Korea agreed to disarm, right after having by their own account attained an intercontinental thermonuclear capability, it would be completely unprecedented, Alex Wellerstein, a nuclear historian at the Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey, told The Daily Beast.

Meeting Trump while still keeping its nukes represents a huge propaganda victory for North Korea and Kim Jong Un, tweeted political analyst Matthew Dowd, a former consultant to President George W. Bush.

U.S. officials had set a high standard for the success at the summit. The only outcome the United States will accept is the complete and verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters only the day before Trump and Kim met.

Despite the Trump administrations strong language leading up to the summit, North Korea never specifically promised it would give up its nukes, which the impoverished country has spent decades and billions of dollars developing.

Pyongyang tested its first atomic warhead in 2006. The pace of the countrys nuclear development significantly accelerated around the time of Trumps election in November 2016. Kim announced that his regime was preparing to test its first intercontinental ballistic missile.

It wont happen! Trump tweeted.

But ICBM tests did happenthree times in 2017. Kims third ICBM test of that year, on Nov. 28, was his most impressive. The rocket arced 2,800 miles into space before re-entering Earths atmosphere and splashing into the Sea of Japan around 600 miles from the launcher.

David Wright, a physicist with the Union of Concerned Scientists in Massachusetts, calculated the rockets potential maximum range. By flattening its trajectory, Pyongyang could extend the rockets striking distance to no less than 8,000 milessufficient to strike anywhere in the continental United States.

The U.S. militarys own missile defenses failed to keep pace. In May 2017, the Missile Defense Agency tested a rocket it claimed was capable of intercepting an incoming North Korean ICBM before it could hit the United States.

But the test wasnt realistic, according to Laura Grego, a missile expert with the Union of Concerned Scientists based in Massachusetts. Grego examined the distances the two test rockets were expected to traveland how quicklyand concluded that the target rocket would probably be significantly slower than an ICBM launched from North Korea would be.

The paltriness of U.S. defenses did not stop Trump from provoking Kim. Rocket man is on a suicide mission, Trump said during a September 2017 address at the United Nations in New York City, using his then-favorite nickname for Kim. The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.

Instead, in March 2018, Trump offered to meet with Kim and Kim accepted. Trump abruptly canceled the summit a few weeks laterand then quickly uncanceled it.

Meanwhile, North Korea claimed it suspended nuclear testing. And in early May it staged a partial demolition of its main atomic test sitea purely symbolic gesture. Kim can dig new tunnels quickly to replace the collapsed sites if he chooses to do so, pointed out Bruce Blair, a Princeton University nuclear expert.

Suspending testing is a good-faith gesture and bargaining ploy that yields what Kim wants out of his testing program politically, Blair said. The North Korean leader finally secured that political prize as he sat with Trump in Singapore, signing a document that legitimized his regime, cost him next to nothingand let him keep his nukes.

In the ABC interview, Stephanopolous asked how Kims commitment to denuclearization would be verified, and Trump gave vague descriptions of working closely with the North.

Mike Pompeo has got really, very good, strong relationships and others have also, Trump said. Today, we introduced him to John Bolton, which was a very interesting thing, and

Stephanopolous interjected: He says, how do you know Kim Jong Un is lying? His lips are moving.

By the end of that conversation, it was good, Trump insisted. I think they have a good trust.

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