Busy time at Europain

first_imgEuropain, France’s big bakery show, took place from 6-10 March in Paris. As British Baker went to press, most stands were reporting good business and the aisles were busy with visitors. The show now takes place alternate years and follows on five months after IBA and two months before the Italian show, SIAB, this May, in Verona. Previously the shows took place by agreement on a three-year revolving cycle.Healthy products, easy-to-clean hygienic equipmment and ergonomic safety were to the fore. Trends included a big rise in the use of dark chocolate, which is perceived as healthier, and waffles consumed at all times of the day.Jean-Pierre Crouzet, president of the official craft bakers’ organisation, UIB, confirmed times were challenging: “We have 15 million bakery consumers per day, but on average each is spending a few less cents, so it makes cash flow more difficult.”last_img read more

Dad had 1000-kid goal

first_imgNZ Herald 17 August 2014A Japanese man suspected of fathering at least 15 surrogate children in Thailand planned to sire up to 1000, the Japan Times reports.The 24-year-old man said he wanted to produce between 100 and 1000 babies, according to the co-founder of an organisation that provides surrogate services in Thailand and other countries.“The best thing I can do for the world is to leave many children,” Mariam Kukunashvili of New Life Global Network quoted him as saying.She refused to introduce him to more surrogate mothers, and reported her suspicions to the Japanese embassy and Interpol.Thai police are investigating the man for possible trafficking offences, after it emerged he had taken three babies out of the country in the past year, Police General Ek Ungsananont said.Kapook.com news site reported investigators said DNA tests confirmed that nine infants found in a Thai condominium last week shared a common father.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11310036last_img read more

Bale flattered by Ronaldo comparisons

first_img He added: “It’s flattering, but I don’t really look too much into it. I don’t get the newspapers or read too many reports, so I don’t really know how much hype there is. Obviously my friends tell me things, but I just treat every day as normal and focus on my job. “I don’t model my game on Ronaldo’s. I have my own way of playing and it’s not exactly the same but we do have similar attributes. I just like watching the best players: seeing Messi and Ronaldo. I’ve watched Ronaldo in the past and you do take things from other people’s games to try to improve as a player, which I have – hopefully.” Bale grabbed the world’s attention in 2010 when he scored a thrilling hat-trick against Inter Milan in the San Siro and then went on to embarrass Maicon with a breathtaking display in the reverse fixture. Some doubted whether Bale could improve much more following those two games, but his game has come on immeasurably since. The former Southampton player now operates in just as devastating fashion down the centre as he does out wide and he has almost doubled his tally from the 2010-11 season with at least 13 games remaining. Bale says Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas has played a significant part in his development, improving his tactical awareness since the days of the previous manager Harry Redknapp. “Harry was more ‘go out there and play how you feel and express yourself’. With Andre, there’s a certain shape and a style we play,” Bale said. “I think Harry was more free and let you do what you want. Andre does that too, but there’s a lot more tactical work. I think it’s something that’s good to learn. We’ve done well this year and I think that’s down to our defending as well as attacking.” Tottenham star Gareth Bale admits he is flattered at being described as one of the best players in the world after a series of scinitilating displays for club and country. The 23-year-old has scored 23 goals in total this term, leading to speculation that Real Madrid have made him their number one transfer target for the summer. Bale’s powerful cutting runs, and his ability to bamboozle goalkeepers with logic-defying free-kicks have led to him being compared with the biggest superstar currently on the books at the Bernabeu – Cristiano Ronaldo. Tottenham’s talisman says he is honoured to be mentioned in the same breath as Ronaldo and Barcelona ace Lionel Messi, although he claims to be unaware of just how much of a stir his superb performances have caused this season. Bale said in an interview with Sport magazine: “I think anybody would love to be mentioned alongside the best in the world.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

LaLiga Could Block Griezmann Move to Barca

first_imgAntoine Griezmann’s move to Barcelona could be blocked in a row over the fee, La Liga President Javier Tebas has said. .Atletico Madrid complained after Barca announced they had signed the France forward, having activated his 120m euro (£107m) release clause on 12 July.The clause dropped from 200m to 120m euros on 1 July, but Atleti claim the deal was done before then and that they are due the larger amount. Antoine Griezmann “It is possible to block a player’s transfer,” Tebas told Onda Cero.“La Liga will have to decide what course of action to take.”Griezmann has already played a friendly for his new club, a 2-1 friendly defeat by Chelsea in Japan.Tebas said: “(Atletico) submitted a complaint and put in doubt whether we should pass Griezmann’s licence to Barcelona.“There’s a process that has been put in motion and those overseeing it will have to come to resolve the case.”Atletico reported Barcelona to Fifa over an alleged illegal approach for Griezmann in December 2017.The player rejected an offer from Barcelona last summer. But Atletico claim Barca talked to him again in March and accused the Spanish champions of disrespect.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more


first_imgThe Mayor of Donegal has said Garda management have serious questions to answer over the burglary epidemic which is sweeping the county.In a hard-hitting interview with Donegal Daily, Cllr Frank McBrearty said not enough is being done to patrol the border areas where criminals are crossing.The Mayor spokes as two more pensioners in Inishowen were terrorised in their homes overnight by a gang believed to be from Derry. Mayor McBrearty said the Garda Chief Supterintendent for Donegal and the Assistant Commissioner for the North West Division need to reassess their approach to policing here.“It is simply not working and yet another two burglaries by a gang form across the border last night is proof of that.“The high-end management have serious questions to answer. At this stage the people of Donegal are entitled to answers.“I am not advocating closing the borders because we have excellent relationships with the public in Derry but we need to man those borders now,” he said. Mayor McBrearty also slammed Donegal’s elected representatives for not raising the issue in the Dail and the Seanad.“I am the Mayor of the county and I am asking those questions. The people of Donegal deserve protection and they deserve answers,” he said.He said he did not accept that a lack of Garda manpower as an excuse for not being able to stop the spate of burglaries.“As far as I’m concerned the Gardai have enough intelligence on the ground and they know well who many of these boys are.“Ordinary Gardai are just putting in their shifts but Garda management need to direct these resources. “They need to use their resources in a more efficient way. Crime in Donegal is down when it comes to drink driving and other roads matters.“But there has been a huge jump in this type of crime and resources now need to be deployed to tackle this current issue,” he said.He added that, if necessary, the Minister for Justice Alan Shatter needs to set up a special taskforce to tackle the problem of border crime.MAYOR OF DONEGAL CLAIMS GARDAI ARE NOT DOING ENOUGH TO PREVENT BURGLARIES was last modified: January 16th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:burglariesdonegalGardaiMayor Frank McBreartylast_img read more

Origin of Life: From Soup to Nuts

first_imgEvolutionists have been stewing over primordial soup for over a century, but origin-of-life research is still in the kitchen with empty kettles.  Some new recipes are downright nutty.Origin of life theories span the spectrum from genetics-first to metabolism-first, from dry land to deep sea vents, and homegrown to seeded from outer space.  After a century since Oparin, and half a century since Miller, no theory has gained traction.  Even the popular “RNA World” scenario has recently come under fire as vanishingly improbable (Evolution News & Views).  With no clear path for research, some researchers are sending weird flags up the pole to see if anyone salutes.Living pinwheels:  An example of the desperation can be seen at Astrobiology Magazine, a NASA website devoted to the community of experts trying to explain the origin of life on Earth and other planets.   Titled “Pinwheel ‘living’ crystals and the origin of life,” the article presents experiments at University of Michigan that found nanoparticles can self-organize into rotating crystals “that could serve as a nanopump,” they believe.  If any idea were less nutty, they surely would have used it instead:….researchers like [Sharon] Glotzer are exploring ways to make order develop naturally from disorder, much like what may have occurred at the very beginnings of life.“If we can understand that, not only can we begin to imagine new ways to make materials and devices, but also we may begin to understand how the first living structures emerged from a soup of chemicals,” said Glotzer, who is also a professor of materials science and engineering, macromolecular science and engineering, physics, and applied physics.“Begin to imagine” is the operative phrase, because there are numerous problems with the idea.  The nanoscopic particles they experimented on are liquid crystals that have nothing to do with the biochemistry used by living cells.  Further, the team supplied them with constant energy; this is known as investigator interference (i.e., cheating).  There is no genetic code; there is no metabolism; there is no membrane.  While it may display pretty moving patterns, they are analogous to soap bubbles arranging themselves when air is blown on them.  As such, they are irrelevant to the origin of life, and fail to “shed light” as promised.Soup to nuts:  In another Astrobiology Magazine post, “From Soup to Cells: Measuring the Emergence of Life,” astrobiologist Sarah Walker from the University of Arizona is up to her eyeballs in questions.  The opening disclaimer shows that no progress has been made since Alexander Oparin first speculated with coacervates (essentially fat bubbles surrounding nonliving organic molecules):The story of life’s origin is one of the great unsolved mysteries of science. The puzzle boils down to bridging the gap between two worlds–chemistry and biology. We know how molecules behave, and we know how cells work. But we still don’t know how a soup of lifeless molecules could have given rise to the first living cells.Here, the operative word is “story,” because no theory or even hypothesis is even capable of showing progress.  All Walker had to share with her colleagues at a recent conference is a “conceptual framework” for approaching the problem.  How can she “jumpstart chemical evolution“?  Nobody knows.  How can she ” get a pool of lifeless molecules to form a basic chemical network”?  Nobody knows.  She’s toying with the idea that day-night cycles have “driven the process.”  Well, they drive the tides and the winds, but genetic codes and networks do not normally “jumpstart” that way.  Her scenario is little more than a sequence of begged questions:The model starts out with monomers–or loose building blocks–and turns them into polymers. Bonds form during the day (during the dry phase) and break at night (during the wet phase). So the system goes over a constant process of building and destroying new chains of molecules.Over time, some of the chains may have a useful function. And because they benefit the system, they stay and are replicated by that cycling, serving as template for the formation of other polymers. Eventually, clusters of polymers begin to grow and interact with each other, until they give rise to a very basic chemical network. Eventually, that network evolves to a state Walker calls “almost life.”Like Glotzer, Walker is filling in huge gaps with leaps of imagination.  There is no such thing as “almost life,” because without the kind of accurate replication of functional genetic information and metabolism that living cells provide, any “system” would collapse in an “error catastrophe.”  The almost-thingee would fall apart with the next tide.  (Note: living cells proofread their text by machine.)Interestingly, Walker recognizes the need for “information transfer” in the definition of life.  She knows that in living cells, information flows both ways, top down as well as bottom up.  But she fails to define information, fails to store it, and fails to preserve it.  She speaks of blueprints, but has no draftsman.  She speaks of function, but has only blind molecules that couldn’t care less what happens.  Perhaps the most telling part of the article is this quote during her presentation:She began her talk with a quote from the Harvard chemist George Whitesides, which captured nicely the gap she is trying to bridge: “How remarkable is life?” he asked. “The answer is: very. Those of us who deal in networks of chemical reactions know nothing like it.”The geological bridge:  “What we are trying to do is to bridge the gap between the geological processes of the early Earth and the emergence of biological life on this planet,” says chemist Terry Kee from the University of Leeds in an article on Science Daily.  His preferred place to look for leads is hydrothermal vents.  To make the gap appear tractable, he merely redefines life to include geology:“Before biological life, one could say the early Earth had ‘geological life’. It may seem unusual to consider geology, involving inanimate rocks and minerals, as being alive. But what is life?” said Dr Kee.“Many people have failed to come up with a satisfactory answer to this question. So what we have done instead is to look at what life does, and all life forms use the same chemical processes that occur in a fuel cell to generate their energy.”But are mere cycles of oxidation-reduction (redox) reactions anything like the dynamic, regulated choreography in a living cell?  One might as well consider the tides as alive, or the winds.  Talking about photosynthesis or man-made fuel cells (as the article does) cannot support a nutty idea, because the origin of plants is the question to be explained, not the explanation, and fuel cells had their “emergence” in intelligent design by human minds. PhysOrg reported that NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is lending their experimental support to the Kee concept of how geology “kickstarted life.”  But wouldn’t geology be more likely to kick it down to a dead stop?“In the new study, the researchers have demonstrated a proof of concept for their fuel cell model of the emergence of cell metabolism on Earth,” the article says, but this is nothing new.  The metabolism-first hypothesis has been kicked around for a decade or more now (see Russell, 2008, 2004); it was roundly criticized, if not falsified, by the late Leslie Orgel (1/26/08, “Pigs Don’t Fly, and Life Doesn’t Just Happen”).  Orgel was a close co-worker with Stanley Miller of spark-discharge fame (5/02/03).  Unfortunately for him, his genetics-first model had already been falsified the year before by metabolism-first proponent Robert Shapiro  (2/15/07).  Readers can judge for themselves the chutzpah of Science Daily‘s endorsement of Kee’s “geological life” concept:For now, the chemistry of how geological reactions driven by inanimate rocks and minerals evolved into biological metabolisms is still a black box. But with a laboratory-based model for simulating these processes, scientists have taken an important step forward to understanding the origin of life on this planet and whether a similar process could occur on other worlds.In other words, Kee has a bridge to sell you.  For the top news by the leading lights of origin-of-life research, browse CEH’s origin of life category.Have you ever encountered any subject as silly as naturalistic origin of life that gets so much respect in the media?  Besides socialism, that is.  These articles are not by quacks in far left field; they come out of leading universities, and are supported with NASA funding, some of them.  With primordial soup this nutty, the intelligent design community can relax.  All they have to do is laugh.  Given this backdrop of insanity from the institutions of human intellect, the case for creation is stronger than it has ever been.  Biblical creationists have all the reason in the world to preach the Truth of their foundation for all truth, “In the beginning, God created.”(Visited 98 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Creamline survives Adamson in PVL Open Conference opener

first_imgThe Cool Smashers, though, went through a little scare with the Lady Falcons trailing by just one, 22-21, in the fourth set after Alyssa Valdez’ back-row hit went short.Valdez would retaliate in the next point when she ended a long rally to give Creamline a 23-21 edge.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“It’s a great start to the conference for us and I hope the chemistry stays this strong throughout,” said Valdez who welcomed new additions to the team.The iconic Mary Jean Balse-Pabayo returned to action for Creamline after missing the sport for more than a couple of years while former Ateneo setter Jia Morado rejoined Valdez, this time in club competition. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments LATEST STORIES Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ CONTRIBUTED PHOTOCreamline started strong in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference after turning back Adamson University in four sets, 25-17, 18-25, 25-15, 25-22, Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre.An attack error from the Lady Falcons’ side of the court finished off the match as the Cool Smashers chalk ed an opening day victory.ADVERTISEMENT What ‘missteps’? Rosemarie Vargas’ addition to the Cool Smashers’ lineup paid instant dividends as she put up a game-high 18 points.“It’s been a while since Jia and I have been teammates, and I’ve also played with different setters so the learning process is still there,” said Valdez.Valdez also finished with 18 points for Creamline while Pau Soriano added 11.Jema Galanza led the Lady Falcons with 14 points while Christine Soyud and Rizza Cruz combined for 18.ADVERTISEMENT China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Teng happy to help Gilas despite not making the line-uplast_img read more

10 months agoWagner laments Schindler red card after Huddersfield defeat to Burnley

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Wagner laments Schindler red card after Huddersfield defeat to Burnleyby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHuddersfield boss David Wagner believes Christopher Schindler’s dismissal influenced defeat to Burnley.The Terriers lost 2-1 as Schindler was sent off before halftime.Wagner, speaking to BBC Sport, said: “The sending off was the big decision that went against us, even if I thought it was the correct decision.”We started the game well and took the lead. We take this result on the chin. We have our own plan and schedule of what we have to do.”Statistically 100% we are relegated because no team has survived with 10 points after 21 games but this doesn’t change that we have something in our mind of what we will do.”We beaten lot of statistics in the past. We know what we have to do. We have our plan to follow and this plan is independent of where we are in the table.” last_img read more


first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Prior to joining Blue Ant, Sniderman served as global chief operating officer and MD, film and entertainment, at Vice Media’s Pulse Films. In these roles, he was responsible for Pulse’s film, TV and branded content output, including 20,000 Days on Earth and Shut Up and Play the Hits. The hire comes after Blue Ant’s May acquisition of international media co The Racat Group, which included NHNZ, Beach House Pictures, Northern Pictures, as well as children’s broadcaster ZooMoo Networks and indie mobile game developer Runaway Play.Blue Ant has been working to build its international production and development capabilities for some time now. In October 2016, the company launched Antenna Pictures in London, U.K., with a focus on creating premium factual content. Earlier that year, Blue Ant fully acquired L.A.-based MCN Omnia Media and hired David Brown in December to oversee original content and publishing for the company. Toronto-based Blue Ant Media has added a new exec to its team to help oversee its growing international production business.  Sam Sniderman has been appointed to the newly created position of global head, commercial affairs, production.In his role, Sniderman will oversee the commercial and financial performance of Blue Ant’s international production businesses: London, U.K.-based Antenna Pictures, Dunedin, New Zealand’s NHNZ and Sydney, Australia’s Northern Pictures. Sniderman will work with leadership at each of the prodcos to develop new global business opportunities. He will also have oversight, on behalf of Blue Ant, of Singapore-based Beach House Pictures, a joint venture with company founders Jocelyn Little and Donovan Chan.Sniderman, who joins the company’s senior management team, will operate out of the company’s U.K. office and report to Blue Ant’s CEO of television and digital, Raja Khanna. Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more