In Short

first_img== Costa considers deals ==Costa Coffee’s sales have continued to increase, but meal deals may soon be on the menu as like-for-like growth slows. The firm has said it will develop its food offering with lunchtime deals such as a panini and a cappuccino for £4.95, for example. Total sales growth is up 22% to £263.8m for the year to 26 February 2009. But like-for-like growth was at the slower rate of 2% compared to 3.7% for the first half of 2008/09.== Uniq cheese contract ==Wensleydale Creamery in North Yorkshire has won a contract with sandwich manufacturer Uniq Prepared Foods, to supply 100 tonnes of cheese a year, which will be used in Marks & Spencer’s Wensleydale and carrot chutney sandwiches, supplied by Uniq.== Starbucks sees loss ==Starbucks Corporation has reported a net revenue loss of 7.6%, down to $2.3bn, in its second quarter results to 29 March 2009. Like-for-like sales were down 8% compared to -9% in Q1 of 2009. Net revenue from US stores fell by 6.8% and international revenue was down 12.1%. The UK saw negative comparable store sales for the quarter.== Sainsbury’s ahead ==Sainsbury’s has grown its market share by 8.1%, more than several other major supermarkets in the 12 weeks to 19 April, according to the latest TNS Worldpanel Grocery Market Share figures. In contrast, the total grocery market grew by 6.2%.== Correction ==In the last issue of BB, we stated that the International Grains Council’s (IGC) estimate for global wheat production in 2008/09 was 688mt. This was incorrect. The IGC’s predicted figure for global wheat production in 2009 is 651mt.last_img read more

Vintage Video: When Germany shocked Brazil in the World Cup

first_imgExactly a year ago today, Germany silenced hosts Brazil in the World Cup with an incredible performance. Relive it above.last_img

Giardia Spoils Evolutionists’ Soup

first_imgIn current evolutionary thinking, Giardia (the backpacker’s bane, a water-borne intestinal parasite that causes cramps and diarrhea) is an oldie.  Once long ago, early cells supposedly engulfed bacteria that became specialized into modern mitochondria.  “Until a few months ago, Giardia was thought to represent a throwback to the time before this union,” reports Nature,1 because the organism apparently did not contain mitochondria.  Recently, however, scientists had found the genes that code for mitochondrial proteins.  “But the real bombshell came last November,” Jonathan Knight reports, when a team found the proteins clustered in little sacs they dubbed mitosomes, or mitochondria-like bodies (see 11/12/2003 headline).  Some scientists want more evidence before giving up their evolutionary trees.This attitude frustrates people such as William Martin, who studies molecular evolution at Heinrich Heine University in D�sseldorf, Germany.  He is convinced that the best and simplest explanation for the data is that Giardia once had mitochondria.  Some people, he argues, refuse to accept this because they have spent too many years working on the opposite assumption.  “They don’t want it to have mitochondria because it spoils their soup,” he says.  “This thinking is deeply ingrained.”    The thinking has its roots in the concept of the Archezoa, Martin argues, the group that was conceived to bring together a range of single-celled eukaryotes thought to lack mitochondria.  Giardia was the granddaddy, having branched off on its own before any other eukaryote, according to evolutionary trees built using sequences of RNA from ribosomes, the organelles in which proteins are made….But one by one, the Archezoa all proved to have either a set of mitochondrial genes in their nuclei, or relics of mitochondria such as mitosomes or hydrogenosomes.Nature has a “gut feeling” that “Giardia’s status as the earliest branching eukaryote has also been questioned” by these discoveries.  Maybe some day, someone will discover “a new member of the Archezoa, sans mitochondria or mitosomes, lurking in the oxygen-starved muck at the bottom of a lake.”  But even then, “Some recent evolutionary trees that take into account the variable rates at which different DNA bases mutate paint a much muddier picture of the early branches.”1Jonathan Knight, “Giardia: Not so special, after all?” Nature 429, 236 – 237 (20 May 2004); doi:10.1038/429236a.Need we remind anyone that a mitochondrion is among the most complex organelles in a cell, home of the elaborate molecular machine named ATP synthase? (See 02/13/2004 and 09/18/2003 headlines).  So here again is a familiar pattern: the earliest, most “primitive” organisms are already busily using advanced technology.  Darwinists can point to no precursors.  The ones they surmised were precursors turned out not to be; they are either just as complex, or parasites that degenerated from earlier complex organisms.  Another familiar pattern: evolutionists don’t want to admit it.  “This thinking is deeply ingrained.”    A group of evolutionary biologists was standing by the rail on a Darwin Party cruise aboard the HMS Beagle 3.  They were all moaning from having eaten spoiled soup, made with bad leaves from the wrong tree.  Captain FitzBehe walked up to a green-faced patron who just fed the fish.  “What’s the matter, Chuck?” he asked with a slap on the shoulder.  “Weak stomach?”  “No, captain,” the evolutionist struggled to reply.  “I’m throwing it farther than anybody else.”(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Trouble in Cosmologyland

first_imgUnderneath the veneer of certainty portrayed by TV documentaries about the universe are deep questions and controversies.  Some of these briefly appear on publicly-available news stories, only to be covered by new coats of certainty.  Are the new veneers fixing the problems or, instead, whitewashing serious weaknesses in current cosmological understanding?  Here are some quick looks under the veneer. Speaking of the Cosmological Principle, it has been wrongly been attributed to Copernicus – a man who admired God’s supreme architecture of the heavens.  Dava Sobel, who wrote the illuminating historical Galileo’s Daughter, that did much to debunk the science-vs-religion myth of the Galileo affair, has a new book out: A More Perfect Heaven: How Copernicus Revolutionized the Cosmos (Walker/Bloomsbury 2011).  Owen Gingerich reviewed it in Nature last week (Nature 477, 15 Sept 2011, pp. 276–277, doi:10.1038/477276a) and considers it “first rate… a charming and accurate book, although it omits much of the technical background in which earlier accounts revelled.”  Apparently the semi-fictional account by this gifted writer gives prominence to Rheticus, a Lutheran: “True to the historical record, Rheticus finally persuades the ageing canon to allow a copy of his manuscript to be taken to Nuremberg for printing.”  See the 4/30/2004 entry, “Lutherans Helped Copernicus,” for more non-fiction about this central character in the rise of modern cosmology; see also our online biography of Copernicus (March 2008, right sidebar) Why do most teachers, textbook writers, and TV documentary producers concentrate on the whitewash, and ignore the termites?  Find many more termites in the cosmology house by searching on “Cosmology” topics on our search bar.  Listen also to some of the things David Berlinski told National Review TV last month about scientists’ hubris about physics and cosmology (see list of episodes on Evolution News & Views).(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Disturbing:  “Dwarf galaxies suggest dark matter theory may be wrong,” wrote Leila Battison for the BBC News.  We’ve heard it for years; “The current theory holds that around 4% of the Universe is made up of normal matter – the stuff of stars, planets and people – and around 21% of it is dark matter.”  Why, then, did leading cosmologist Carlos Frenk call new developments “disturbing”?  The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has been unable to find cold dark matter (CDM), an essential ingredient for the Standard Model of the birth and evolution of the universe.  “Scientists working on the problem have recently expressed dismay at the universally negative results coming from the LHC, and this has led some to consider that the standard model may be wrong.”  Either cosmologists do not understand the formation of dwarf galaxies, or (something that Frenk is “losing sleep” over), a more disturbing alternative is dawning on them: “that CDM does not exist, and the predictions of the standard model relating to it are false.” Hunt for darkness:  Various teams are still searching for dark matter anyway.  PhysOrg reported 67 anomalous results from the CRESST experiment deep under a mountain in Italy that cannot be explained except by Weakly Interacting Massive Particles (WIMPs), a theoretical form of dark matter.  That does not mean dark matter is real; only that it has not been ruled out by these unexplained detections.  Antimatter, anti-dark matter:  Meanwhile, other detectors are disconfirming dark matter.  “Antimatter enthusiasts will love it; dark matter hunters not so much,” quipped Stuart Clark for New Scientist.  “NASA’s FERMI satellite has confirmed a previous hint that there is more antimatter than expected coming from space. The bad news is that the result almost certainly rules out dark matter as the source.” Long-held assumption doubted:  We’ve been told for quite awhile that large galaxies grew by collisions with smaller ones.  “ESA’s Herschel infrared space observatory has discovered that galaxies do not need to collide with each other to drive vigorous star birth,” Science Daily reported.  “The finding overturns this long-held assumption and paints a more stately picture of how galaxies evolve.”  That is, for now.  Whatever picture emerges next, “These new observations now change our perception of the history of the Universe.” Will God Particle be science fiction?  The Higgs Boson (a.k.a. “God particle”) is running out of places to hide.  Central to cosmological theories for the origin of mass, it continues to elude detection by the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland.  Finding the Higgs was one of the world’s largest detector’s prime missions (see video posted on Deseret News for explanation).  Believers are running out of time waiting for God-ought (where ought is slang for zero).  PhysOrg reported; “if it’s not there, it will be known to be science fiction by December.” Cosmological Principle under siege:  One of the most beloved of all cosmological notions is that the universe is homogeneous and isotropic – that at large scales, every place looks the similar to any other, so that there is no preferred direction or location in the universe.  Watch out; PhysOrg titled an entry, “New evidence for a preferred direction in spacetime challenges the cosmological principle.”  Enter an anisotropy to muck things up.  The article explains, “the universe’s expansion is accelerating at a faster rate in one direction than another. In the most recent study, scientists have analyzed data from 557 Type 1a supernovae and found, in agreement with some previous studies, that the universe’s expansion seems to be accelerating faster in the direction of a small part of the northern galactic hemisphere.”  Critics point to contrary evidence from the cosmic microwave background.  “Yet considering that the cosmological principle is one of the pillars of modern cosmology whose fundamental importance is difficult to exaggerate, threats to its credibility won’t be taken lightly,” the article ended.  “If the cosmological principle turns out to be wrong, it would dramatically change the way we look at the world.”last_img read more

Ohioans to see multitude of colors from spring wildflowers

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohioans will soon be treated to a spectacular display of native spring wildflowers. This year’s season began in late March in Ohio’s southern counties and gradually will move northward as the season comes to an end in the middle of May, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Natural Areas and Preserves.“Spring is one of the most magical times of year in Ohio,” said ODNR Director Mary Mertz. “Spring welcomes an array of colorful wildflowers, which line trails and hillsides all over the state. Hiking is a great way to get outdoors to see spring wildflowers and reconnect with nature after the chill of the winter months.”Often known as spring ephemerals, woodland spring wildflowers are triggered to bloom after long periods of cold temperatures. Early spring warmth followed by a sudden hard frost can damage their delicate blooms and leaves, dampening the display. The most spectacular wildflower seasons are brought on by a gradual warm-up through March and April with frequent rain. The timing of the blooms is heavily dependent upon temperature.Ohio’s forests showcase the largest array of wildflowers throughout the spring months. Spring wildflowers bloom early to take advantage of the sunlight streaming through the forest canopy before the leaves of the trees unfurl above. The earliest flowers emerge soon after the ground thaws, having formed flowers and leaves underneath the forest floor the year before. While most woods in Ohio have at least some native spring wildflowers, the best populations are found in relatively undisturbed locations, away from urban areas.A few of the most widespread and often observed spring wildflowers include spring beauty, Dutchman’s-breeches, large flowered trillium, Jack-in-the-pulpit, wild geranium, mayapple, Solomon’s-seal and Virginia bluebells.For more information on spring wildflowers in Ohio, check out the Ohio Wildflower Bloom Report at naturepreserves.ohiodnr.gov/wildflowers. This report will be updated weekly with the best places to see spring wildflowers in Ohio, as well as specific information on native wildflowers in the state.ODNR and TourismOhio encourage people to take spring wildflower photos and upload them to social media using the hashtag #OhioWildflowers. Follow @ohiodnr and @OhioFindItHere on Twitter, @ohiodnr on Instagram and Ohio Department of Natural Resources and Ohio. Find It Here. on Facebook to see more spring wildflower photos.last_img read more

Wikimedia CTO Departs for Open-Source Microblogging Startup

first_imgTags:#news#NYT#web Related Posts Brion Vibber, CTO of Wikimedia and lead developer for Wikipedia and MediaWiki, announced today that he’s leaving the company to work for StatusNet (formerly Laconica) as their chief architect.StatusNet is the open-source microblogging platform that powers sites such as identi.ca, which impressed us from its inception as a “framework for a distributed network of federated microblogging services.” Read on for more details on what Vibber will be doing there.In a post today on the Wikimedia technical blog, Vibber wrote that he had been involved with StatusNet “as a user, bug reporter, and patch submitter since 2008,” and that his being hired coincided with StatusNet’s ramping up for “a 1.0 release, hosted services, and support offerings.”Vibber hard at work at the Wikimedia Foundation office.And according to this StatusNet announcement, Vibber’s job description will revolve around “architecture and development of the core StatusNet microblogging software, as well as ancillary services to support the status.net platform.” And in addition to launching a first release and public signup over the next few months, it is hoped by StatusNet leadership that Vibber’s “natural skills as a mentor and leader will help build our Open Source developer and user community.”Although Vibber’s new duties will commence on October 12, he will continue to be involved in Wikimedia development and will remain in the Wikimedia office until the end of 2009 “to make sure all our tech staff has a chance to pick my brain as we smooth out the code review processes and make sure things are as well documented as I like to think they are,” he wrote.In an interesting study in open-source, free-as-in-freedom/free-as-in-beer cross-pollination, StatusNet founder Evan Prodromou is also known for his work in the wiki community, launching Wikitravel and helping with MediaWiki development. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img jolie odell A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

After heated finals, things are ‘cool’ between Semerad twins

first_imgAnthony and David Semerad. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAll is fair in love and war, and being twins is no exception.Semerad twins David and Anthony found themselves on opposing sides when San Miguel battled TNT in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals, and even had brushes defending each other in the short minutes they played on the floor.ADVERTISEMENT View comments “I think it was just in the moment in the game and his elbow came and hit me on the nose. It put me down on the ground. It’s hurting a little bit, a bit crooked.”Though the exchange led to tempers flaring on both sides, the Semerads understand that it’s all just part of the game.“It’s done. During the game, I was a bit irritated, but now, we’re cool, we’re cool,” said David.“Off the court, everything’s normal and everything’s fine. We’re having dinner, we’re going to the gym together. But I guess on the court, he’s the guy initiating it and wanting to go hard. But again, it’s part of the game so it’s ok,” Anthony added.And as the buzzer sounded, it was San Miguel which came out on top, 115-91, to win its fifth championship in three years.ADVERTISEMENT David said the taste of victory someone alleviated his pain and he’s willing to do it all over for another chance at a title, even if it meant him facing his twin brother again.“It’s worth it for the championship,” he said. “It’s all good. Whatever happened on the court, we’re still brothers off the court.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Fajardo shrugs off limited minutes in Finals, proud of Beermen’s efforts Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekendcenter_img MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Things came to a head in Game 6 on Sunday, with the Beermen looking for the kill and the KaTropa desperate to force a Game 7.At the 5:43 mark of the first quarter, the Fil-Aussie brothers battled for a jumpball, which the younger Anthony won, but it came at an expense as David got elbowed on the nose.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“I didn’t actually know I broke his nose,” said Anthony, who has emerged as a reliable sniper for TNT after coming from a midseason trade this past conference. “We were just going at it, going hard. Then after the jumpball, I went to sprint and he likes to stick to me like glue. I guess he was just so close to me when I did the run, I accidentally hit him. It was really unlucky and I didn’t even know I hit him.”David, who was seldom used in the San Miguel front but has proven himself as a wide-bodied banger when needed, understood that things like that happen. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance02:49Robredo: 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 Gameslast_img read more

Redknapp on Premier League title battle Its a three horse race

first_imgFormer Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp believes that three teams are in the running for this season’s Premier League titleAfter suffering shock back-to-back defeats to Crystal Palace and Leicester City this month, Manchester City have slipped from top spot to third in the standings.Pep Guardiola’s side, who won the league crown in such dominant fashion last season, now find themselves seven points adrift of unbeaten leaders Liverpool.Redknapp’s old club Spurs aren’t doing badly either in second-place after beating Everton 6-2 at the weekend and Bournemouth 5-0 on Wednesday to extend their winning run to five matches.“I think it’s a three horse race,” Redknapp told talkSPORT. “Liverpool are the favourites now which is a big turnaround.“But Tottenham are in great form at the moment and they are genuine title contenders.“Spurs are still in it, you can’t write them off. They are bang there, the way they are playing at the moment.”Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.As for Chelsea and Arsenal, Redknapp doesn’t see how either of them can be considered contenders.“I can’t see anybody else getting into it,” added the 71-year-old.“I watched Arsenal yesterday and they are nowhere near in my opinion.“I know they’ve had injuries, but at the back they are still very poor.“And Chelsea are just so reliant on Eden Hazard. Without him you couldn’t really see them challenging, they’re still short of a frontman.“So really, I think there are three runners and I think it will be very tight.”Meanwhile, Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher tipped his old club to take home a first league title in 28 years.last_img read more

Ecigarettes may cause wheezing in adults

first_imgPeople who use electronic cigarette are nearly twice as likely to experience wheezing compared to those who do not regularly use tobacco products, a study has found. Wheezing, which is caused by narrowed or abnormal airways, is often a precursor to other serious health conditions such as emphysema, gastro-esophageal reflux disease, heart failure, lung cancer and sleep apnea. The findings, published in the journal Tobacco Control, are consistent with past research that shows emissions from electronic cigarette aerosols and flavourings damage lung cells by generating harmful free radicals and inflammation in lung tissue. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”The take-home message is that electronic cigarettes are not safe when it comes to lung health,” said Deborah J Ossip, a professor at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) in the US. Electronic cigarettes are extremely popular in the US Data from the National Center for Health Statistics indicates that close to 13 per cent of US adults have tried electronic cigarettes and nearly 4 percent currently use them. Although electronic cigarettes are marketed as a less harmful alternative to cigarette smoking, many concerns remain related to the long-term health consequences of vaping. Researchers from URMC analysed data from more than 28,000 adults in the US who took part in the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) study. After adjusting for age, gender, race/ethnicity, body mass index, and other factors, adult vapers were 1.7 times more likely to experience wheezing.last_img read more