Greggs scoops top BB75 position

first_imgHigh street bakery chain Greggs has topped British Baker’s BB75 list for 2012.Ken McMeikan, chief executive of Greggs, accepted the award at the first BB75 lunch yesterday (29 February) held at The Boundary Hotel in Shoreditch, London.It was presented to him by Lindsey Garland, business development manager of Britvic – headline sponsors of the BB75 – and Martyn Leek, editor of British Baker, at the exclusive event, which attracted some of the industry’s top UK bakery retailers.McMeikan said: “It has been a tough year, I think it is fair to say, but we believed we would have marginally positive like-for-like growth and we achieved that. But we also said that our new shop-opening programme would mean we would open record numbers of shops and our top-line sales growth would be very good over the course of 2011 – and that is indeed what we achieved.”Over the last three or four years, we have always tried to base our decisions completely on our customers’ insights, with them telling us what they want us to do – whether that was the refits of our shops or opening up new shops, because we were being asked to open Greggs in different parts of the country. For us, we are going to try and open up a record number of new shops – we think that will be in the region of net 90 in the coming year – and we will continue to invest in our refits.”McMeikan presented his formula for success and highlighted the current challenges bakers are faced with when attracting customers back to the high street. This included free parking at out-of-town shopping outlets and supermarket in-store bakeries. Dr Oliver Blank of German shopfitting and design specialist company Aichinger also offered his insight into the future concepts of shop design.Commenting on the BB75 event, McMeikan added: “It is hugely important because it brings the baking industry together and provides us with an opportunity to step back from the day-to-day challenges that all of us face and share some experiences, thoughts and views about the wider baking industry. It’s also an opportunity to reflect on what more we could do as an industry to try and grow and I think that is the most important thing.”BB75 is the annual authoritative tracker of companies that sell baked products as the primary element of their food offering in a retail, food-to-go or eat-in format. It is benchmarked by the number of outlets operated by each firm.To find out more on this year’s BB75 list, read the dedicated supplement in British Baker’s 9 March issue.last_img read more

Cat Power Announces First Album In 6 Years, Fall Tour Dates With The National

first_imgCat Power, more formally known as Chan Marshall, has announced a new album and supporting tour—marking her tenth album to date and first release in six years, following 2012’s Sun. The new album, Wanderer, will feature 11 tracks and is due out on October 5th via Domino Records.Produced entirely by Marshall herself, Wander was written between Miami and Los Angeles over the last several years and features some of her “longtime friends and compatriots” including Lana Del Ray.According to Marshall, the new album is about “The course my life has taken in this journey–going from town to town, with my guitar, telling my tale; with reverence to the people who did this generations before me. Folk singers, blues singers, and everything in between.”Cat Power’s newly-announced tour will kick off with a festival experience at Riot Fest in September. With over 30 dates on the calendar, Cat Power will link up with The National for performances in Berkeley, CA; Philadelphia, PA; Columbia, MD; and New York, NY.You can get a glimpse of what’s to come in the video, as well as Wanderer’s tracklisting and tour dates below: Wanderer Tracklist:01. Wanderer02. In Your Face03. You Get04. Woman (feat. Lana Del Rey)05. Horizon06. Stay07. Black08. Robbin Hood09. Nothing Really Matters10. Me Voy11. Wanderer / Exit[expanding more-text=”View All Tour Dates”][expanding more-text=”View All Tour Dates”]Cat Power 2018 Tour Dates:09/15 – Chicago, IL @ Riot Fest09/25 – Berkeley, CA @ The Greek Theatre *09/27 – Philadelphia, PA @ Mann Center for the Performing Arts *09/28 – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion *09/30 – New York, NY @ Forest Hills Stadium *10/05 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club10/06 – South Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground10/08 – Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre10/09 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall10/11 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theater10/12 – Louisville, KY @ Headliners Music Hall10/13 – Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage10/23 – London, UK @ Roundhouse10/25 – Paris, FR @ Le Trianon10/26 – Brussels, BE @ Ancienne Belgique10/28 – Berlin, DE @ Astra10/29 – Zurich, CH @ X-Tra10/30 – Lausanne, CH @ Les Docks11/01 – Barcelona, ES @ Razzamatazz11/02 – Madrid, ES @ Circo Price11/05 – Bologna, IT @ Estragon11/06 – Milan, IT @ Alcatraz11/17 – Seattle, WA @ The Showbox11/18 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater11/21 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Theatre at Ace Hotel11/23 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory OC11/24 – San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North Park11/25 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren11/27 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s11/28 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall11/29 – Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater12/19 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre* = w/ the NationalView All Trackslast_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Saturday, Aug. 31

first_imgFocus on the danger from cars, not gunsThe Daily Gazette is spending a lot of time on mass shootings, which affect only a handful of people. Why doesn’t the headline of tomorrow read “100 people killed in the United States today in motor vehicle accidents” and what are the politicians doing about it? Why don’t you do some research on how many children are killed each day in car accidents and put that on the front page of your newspaper?Today while driving, I did not see one person pointing a gun at me; however I did see many distracted drivers and sloppy driving. I fully support local law enforcement and would like to see more traffic enforcement in the Schenectady area.Most people stand a great chance of being hurt or injured in a motor vehicle accident, and just today I saw a man nearly hit by a car in a gas station.Guns are necessary for protection for us as an individual and as a state. There are not enough law enforcement or military personnel to protect us if something unusual happens, and it’s part of our Bill of Rights to protect ourselves. Gov. Andrew Cuomo should try harder to keep New York state from going bankrupt and stop offending sportsmen all over the state. He’s an embarrassment and lacks any foresight necessary to guide us in the future.The limo accident that happened around here affected more people that any shooting incident. Don’t minimize the real danger that motor vehicles represent.Donald ReaSchenectadyBridge needs alarms and flashing lightsFifty-six times in 10 years.I doubt very much you can fix stupid with signs.Signage assumes the driver will read the sign and that he knows the height of his truck. Both assumptions have been proven wrong 56 times.What is needed is an automated system that alerts a driver with flashing lights and audible alarms that his vehicle exceeds the safe height.Marc DuquetteGlenvilleTrump achievements outweigh other flawsTrump’s name calling aggravates his conservative base and helps divide the country.  I too, dislike his tweets, his comments about fake news and his constant wanting the last word against his critics, as well as his criticisms of our allies. He would be a more effective president if he ignored his critics and learned only to speak about the people’s business. However, I realize how impossible that would be.At one time, I had problems with CEOs making millions of dollars, with which many liberals will agree. However, I don’t care how much a CEO makes, as long as their company makes a profit and creates jobs. Bernie Sanders calls them the “greedy rich,”  which seems odd, when he himself is a multi-millionaire.  The key word in discussions about global warming, free education, free health care and free pre-kindergarten can all be contained in one word: jobs. And Trump is a job creator.As much as I dislike Trump’s statements, when I look at his opponent’s socialists’ solutions to a capitalistic system, I say unequivocally, “God bless Donald Trump.”Vince AlescioClifton ParkLicense plate plan another money grabWell, it looks like our extremely narcissistic governor has blown up another molehill into a mountain. I refer to the change-the-license-plate brouhaha now going on by the man who basically is only the governor of New York City. It seems like most he does or doesn’t do is beneficial to the wasteland at the end of the Hudson River.As may people in the city do not have cars, this new tax fee charge will not affect them. By a form of magic, a good bit of it will end up in New York City and never be seen again.They want serious money for the new plates. Yes, I have seen some plates in bad shape, but the majority have a lot of life left. As for the items he wants displayed on the plates, of course, one of them is keeping the Cuomo name up in lights. Let me ask you, do we need a logo at all on those plates? I have a vanity plate that uses all 8 spaces and does not have the state symbol embossed on it. We don’t need two plates. Nineteen states have a single plate, and the cameras and other devices they use to make money and surveil us work out OK on just one plate. By not forcing us to have two plates, they could save a good amount of money. You know they won’t reduce the price to us, just have more to pocket.David G. DemarcoHadleyTrump is losing it and needs to be replacedSo, Trump declares himself the “chosen one” while looking up into the sky. He actually states he wants to award himself the Presidential Medal of Freedom, to which his staff has to tell him, uh, no, that’s not a good idea. And after all of his crazy name calling of practically everyone, including leaders of allied countries, he takes issue with the prime minister of Denmark? She simply said his offer to buy Greenland was absurd, which it was. His remarks are proving he’s a danger and unfit for the highest office of this country. He’s unraveling before our eyes.Mary BakerPerthAnyone who sides with Trump must goWhite nationalist and Grand Wizard Donald Trump and the GOP are morally bankrupt, particularly Moscow Mitch McConnell.The former is a documented racist and divider-in-chief who does not believe we have a domestic terrorism problem, while the latter is blocking important legislation to move our country forward. Sensible gun control that even NRA members support is going nowhere in the U.S. Senate. Bipartisan bills just collect dust on Moscow Mitch’s desk. And speaking of Russia’s intervention in the 2016 election that is continuing now and likely in 2020, McConnell and other Republicans are blocking legislation to provide funding so states can protect their election systems.The GOP is rooting for the Russians to blanket social media with their propaganda opposing fair elections. Putin wanted his loyalist friend Trump to win, and it worked.How anyone could call themselves a Republican and watch what Trump and McConnell are doing to this country is astounding. Their gullible supporters accept substandard behavior and subscribe to Trump’s war on minorities, the poor, immigrants, women, health care, etc. Besides all of Trump’s personal and professional shortcomings that we see and hear every day that diminishes the office of the presidency, he has his corrupt and ruthless administration of immigration haters (Miller), environmental saboteurs (EPA and Interior Department heads), war mongers (Bolton, Pompeo) and incompetents (DeVos, Carson, Ross, all need to be eliminated in the next election, and if there are Democrats who are siding with them, they should go, too.Raymond HarrisGlenvilleTrump followers have lost moral compassRegarding Bill Denison’s Aug. 17 letter (“Left is not objective when judging Trump”), I would characterize it as an unsubstantiated rant.The author makes the broad claim that Obama nearly broke our country without providing any word as to what Obama did to justify that criticism. Next, he states that most of us can see the amazing progress that Trump has made for our country without citing a single example of what Trump has done to justify that claim.One can, on the other hand, point out dozens of things that Trump has done that I believe are very bad for our country, including dismantling the laws protecting our environment and the inhumane treatment of immigrants involving separating children from their parents and detaining them in deplorable conditions.I find it depressing and incomprehensible that anyone with any concern about morality can support such an incompetent bully, inveterate liar and moral leper as Donald Trump I don’t know what moral compass Trump supporters are guided by, but I fear that the needle has completely fallen off of it.John VohrNorthvilleNRA positions hurt legit gun ownersRed flagging — more bricks on the road to hell. Necessary, yes, but who decides by what means. Former Bishop Howard Hubbard would tell you that once accused, you are guilty for life. Due process cannot get out of its own way. Burn, witch, burn.The NRA is an albatross hanging around the neck of politicians accepting handouts. The NRA is entitled to its opinion, no more.Registration of firearms is a slippery slope. Politicians fearful of citizens owning guns need to look inward to what they are doing that ticks people off. Self-correction is called for, not fascist nostrums.Background checks are good; a record of an applicant’s transaction is bad.‘Paramilitary arms’ have no place in civilian’s hands. Shotguns (non-semi-automatic), bolt-action, lever-action, single-shot long guns provide adequate fire power for hunting or target practice.Guns that resemble military arms provide emotional reinforcement to a person with issues. “Looking for love in all the wrong places” is more than a lyric. In the absence of love, a void will be filled with pain.Handguns, that is another letter.The NRA feeds off the fears of legitimate guns owners.Edmond DayRotterdamSchroeter left legacy of helping and caringIt is with great sadness to me and many others to hear of the passing of Helga Schroeter. Helga was such an important figure in Schenectady and well beyond.I moved to Schenectady in 1980. At that time, I was only familiar with the schooling system and General Electric. I immediately joined the League of Women Voters, and the first person I got to know was Helga Schroeter.She encouraged me to join several committees that she chaired, including the Justice system, court monitoring and alternative courts.Through Helga, I learned all about Schenectady, its policies, politics and Schenectady in general.Over the years, I was absolutely amazed regarding her wealth of knowledge regarding the United States and its laws and policies, citizenship, the Constitution, human rights, voting and more.Helga helped so many people, particularly new citizens, in navigating the sometimes overwhelming system in acquiring the information needed in solving a situation.  She always assisted people with a smile and calming disposition.Besides her work with the LWV, Helga showed her overall love for the United States and its citizens with her activities as a member in other organizations that advocated for justice for all, equality for those whose needs were neglected, women’s rights and basically the downtrodden.Helga was not only known in Schenectady, but also throughout the Capital Region and as far away as New York City and by members of its court system.Though she will be missed, may Helga’s family members and all who knew her take warm comfort in the fond memories of such a gracious person.Flora L. RamonowskiSchenectadyEnough evidence now to impeach TrumpTrump is a threat to our democracy. Given the overwhelming evidence Mueller documented, and the willingness of the Trump regime to let foreign powers interfere in our democracy, it’s past time Congress began formal impeachment hearings.The Mueller investigation found extensive criminal activity committed by Trump and his team, led to 37 indictments and at least seven convictions or guilty pleas, uncovered over 10 instances of obstruction of justice by Trump himself, and revealed over 100 secret meetings and communications between his campaign and Russians.If any other American had obstructed justice as Trump has, they’d be in jail.And he continues this with his contempt of Congress, disobeying subpoenas and witness tampering by forcing his people to claim a non-existent executive immunity to avoid giving damaging testimony.Add to that his conspiring to violate campaign finance laws, profiting from the presidency through emoluments, violation of his oath of office, abuse of power, human rights abuses, economic malpractice, attacks on the free press, pathological lying, racism, misogyny and abdication of America’s role as a leader on the world stage, and you’ve got a laundry list of impeachable offenses.Congress needs to step up now, before it’s too late. Doing nothing sets a dangerous precedent.As Trump defies the Constitution, it’s time for the House to exercise its sole power of impeachment.Kevin DobiesAlbanyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionShooters are to blame for shootingsIn Ms. Donahue’s Aug. 23 letter (“Put blame on guns, not mental illness”), she took Dr. Barlyn to task because he dared to defy liberal logic and blame the shooter, not the gun.The following is from an article in the New York Times on December 18, 2018: “According to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 39,773 gun deaths in 2017, nearly two-thirds were suicides.”Unfortunately, they did not break down the number by type of weapon, handgun vs. rifle.But an article from BBC News on August 5 used FBI data from 2017 to indicate that 64 percent of homicides were by handgun, 4 percent by rifle, 2 percent by shotgun, 2 percent by other and 28 percent by unknown. I wonder which category assault weapons fell into.From that, I get about 26,500 suicides, 13,270 homicides and accidental shootings. If the person committing suicide is guilty of the act, why isn’t the murderer guilty as well? No, the liberals blame the gun for that statistic.  Not the knife, the hammer, the sharp spoon – just the gun.How about death by automobile, ban cars? You can ban every object that can be used to kill and you won’t stop murders.If the Democrats were serious about gun deaths, they would try to eliminate the gang killings in Chicago, which they have controlled for decades with very draconian gun regulations. A shame it doesn’t fit their narrative. Besides, it’s not about the guns with them; it’s all about control.Jeffrey A. Falace    SchenectadySeek out fact-based news programmingWe must have a free, unbiased news media and must also recognize the difference between facts and opinions — also the important difference between journalism and entertainment.Mr. Trump is the consummate entertainer. He entertains all day, every day. Unfortunately for us, his best tools are hate, anger and fear. He rarely if ever avoids using them. Why not. The stage is his 24/7.All of you out there in TV news land, we’d be better off and probably better informed if four times a day, you provide an hour of unbiased news from experienced journalists, a short commentary, and then just fill remaining time with old movies.For 24/7, the chatter never ends. Even the talk shows do it. It doesn’t matter if you’re watching Hannity on Fox or Behar on The View, it’s opinion not fact. And both, by the way, are entertainers, not journalists.Recently, we watched Mr. Trump look to the heavens and declare himself “The Chosen One.” Has the messiah arrived? Are we now a theocracy instead of a democracy, or is it entertainment? Perhaps in this twilight zone, we find ourselves in the Academy Award is in order. In any case, isn’t that an impeachable offense in a government that claims to be a democracy?Do you still think Mr. Trump is harmless? He isn’t. Our democracy is fragile. There are many unbiased fact-based new outlets, and it’s our responsibility to find them, and soon.Livia CarrollSchenectadyWhen paving, raise manhole levels, tooI applaud the area paving projects I have noticed while driving around the Capital District this summer.What I don’t understand is why manhole covers and drains are not brought up to the repaired surface of the road. The point of repairing a road is to make the surface compatible with a smoother ride, safety and hopefully avoid costly auto repairs. I still find myself trying to dodge these man-made potholes. Why bother paving?Jack HamScotialast_img read more

Edge Hill property for sale for the first time in 54 years

first_imgThe kitchen has been given a spruce up.“This property is sure to impress and is a great chance to secure an incredible piece of Edge Hill history.”Development and subdivision information is available upon request provided by Urban Sync.According to Core Logic the median prices in Edge Hill jumped 14.4 per cent in the past five year while median asking rent was $470 per week. Plenty of space in the heart of Edge HillThe flat allotment also includes dual street access from Pease and Greenslopes streets.Life just 800m from the chic restaurants, bars and local shops of Edge Hill means entertainment or a spot to catch up with friends or family is just a short and leisurely stroll away. Bedrooms 4 Garage 5 303 Pease St FOR the first time in more than half a century, a block of Edge Hill land is up for sale.The family of owner Julie Nicholls built a home at 303 Pease St massive 1616 sqm block and passed it down for 54 years. Elite Real Estate Services agents Carol Thomas and Morganne Baldwin said the double block allotment was a chance to capitalise on “an outstanding location right on the brink of the bustling Edge Hill village”.“Whether you are looking for a value add renovation, a knock down and rebuild, adding an additional dwelling for multiple income streams or a subdivision, this property caters to every option,” Ms Thomas said. Inspection Bathroom 1 Edge Hill 2-2.30pm 303 Pease St, Edge Hill“Residential development opportunities could include a variety of other development configurations such as townhouses, a duplex or a triplex.“There is also potential scope to develop the site for commercial uses.“This site proposes huge potential for astute investors who will take advantage of the most in-demand suburb in Cairns.” 1616sq m DETAILS: Saturday 2 March Wooden floorboards and plenty of space inside.More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days agoThe existing home on the site is nothing to dismiss though with four bedrooms, one bathroom and secure parking for up to five vehicles.A kitchen is still in good working order and could perfect for a small scale developer to live in or renovate while completing subdivision due diligence and approvals, according to Ms Thomas.“There is also the opportunity to build your dream home on one of the largest level blocks in Edge Hill currently on the market,” she said.“Located in the school catchment zones for both Edge Hill State School and Cairns State High School, it is sure to appeal to families.last_img read more

Carragher standing by decision

first_img Having spent most of the campaign on the bench, the 35-year-old has made seven successive league starts and will make his 500th Premier League appearance against Tottenham on Sunday. But that has not been enough to convince the veteran centre-back to perform a u-turn on his decision to end his 16-year career at the club in May, and he told the Liverpool Echo: “I made my decision and nothing that’s happened since has changed my mind about that.” Press Association Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has no plans to reassess his decision to retire at the end of the season despite his recent good run in the first team.center_img He added: “I’ve not had any second thoughts just because things are going well. People say because I’m playing I should carry on for another year. “But in fact being back in the team only confirms for me that I’ve made the right decision. I want to go out on a high, proving I can still perform at that level. “Obviously the previous 12 months had been difficult in terms of starting games. “You never lose that buzz of wanting to play every week and I’m delighted to be back in the side. “I could play on for another season but the fact is the club will be buying players in my position in the summer and I can’t go back to being a substitute again.” last_img read more

Rodgers to speak to Sterling

first_img He said: “You see the way he plays. He is a kid that is very strong-willed and strong-minded. He should have had a hat-trick, his performance was outstanding. “I will speak to Raheem. Until then, it is something we will deal with internally.” Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher believes Sterling has been guilty of naivety on occasion over the last year, with regard to his publicised problems away from the field, but added that the youngster can treat the experience as a learning curve. “Whether you’re a Premier League footballer or you’re a 20-year-old kid or whatever, you make mistakes at that age. I did and I’m sure we all do,” Carragher said on Sky Sports. “It’s just important he learns from it because Raheem Sterling, for how good a footballer he is, needs to be on the back pages, not on the front pages and that’s a problem for him in these last few months. “But he’s a young player, he made a few mistakes and hopefully in years to come he learns from them.” Press Association Sterling impressed on the field, scoring the opening goal, but Rodgers was immediately asked about The Sun’s report after the game. Rodgers said: “For me it is something that when you are professional sportsperson at the top level of the game, I don’t think it is something you should be doing. It is as simple as that. “But I will speak to him on it, to see what he says on it. As you can imagine, I have only seen this today. “We want players here who are super-professional and focused on their football. I know he is. He very much is focused on his football and improving as a player. “As I have said before, young players make mistakes. As long as they learn from them, that is what is important.” The matter adds to the controversy currently surrounding Sterling amid a wrangle over a new contract. Sterling risked the wrath of supporters a fortnight ago by admitting he had rejected a £100,000-per-week deal in an interview that was not sanctioned by the club recently. Another newspaper also published pictures of him allegedly smoking a shisha pipe over the weekend. Rodgers stressed that any repercussions following the latest matter would be dealt with internally. He added that he did not feel the matter was a distraction. Rodgers stressed that he felt Sterling was “super-professional” but he would need to speak to the 20-year-old about the latest reports concerning his off-field behaviour. Footage of Sterling apparently inhaling the substance, known as “laughing gas” and described as a legal high, was published on a newspaper’s website during Liverpool’s 2-0 defeat of Newcastle at Anfield on Monday. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has warned Raheem Sterling about the lifestyle he expects him to lead after the striker was apparently filmed taking nitrous oxide.last_img read more

What Do a Toucan, an Oyster and a Spider Have in Common? Bio-Engineers’ Drool

first_img(Visited 46 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 If we want to build more robust, lightweight materials, two researchers say, look to nature.In Science, Meyers and McKittrick, who have been in the biomimetics field for a decade (see PhysOrg), laid out the design specs for new artificial materials inspired by animals.Spider silk is extraordinarily strong, mollusk shells and bone are tough, and porcupine quills and feathers resist buckling. How are these notable properties achieved? The building blocks of the materials listed above are primarily minerals and biopolymers, mostly in combination; the first weak in tension and the second weak in compression. The intricate and ingenious hierarchical structures are responsible for the outstanding performance of each material. Toughness is conferred by the presence of controlled interfacial features (friction, hydrogen bonds, chain straightening and stretching); buckling resistance can be achieved by filling a slender column with a lightweight foam. Here, we present and interpret selected examples of these and other biological materials. Structural bio-inspired materials design makes use of the biological structures by inserting synthetic materials and processes that augment the structures’ capability while retaining their essential features. In this Review, we explain this idea through some unusual concepts.Meyers & McKittrick delineated the following challenges for materials engineers: self assembly, multi-functionality, hierarchy, hydration, mild synthesis conditions (e.g., room temperature), optimization, and self-healing.  For inspiration, they looked to the beak of the toucan, the feathers of birds, oyster shells, spider silk, porcupine quills, and the skulls of longhorn cowfish.  Strong, lightweight, durable – life has mastered all seven design specifications.  Engineers don’t have to use proteins as long as they follow the methods used in nature.  “Mother Nature gives us templates,” said McKittrick. “We are trying to understand them better so we can implement them in new materials.”Meyers pointed out that biomimetics has a long history.  “Bio-inspired designs have been a part of science and engineering for a long time—from the legend of Icarus, to Leonardo Da Vinci‘s flying machines, inspired by birds, to modern-day materials such as Velcro, Meyers pointed out” in PhysOrg.  Only in the last decade or so has the field really taken off, with new research labs, journals and dramatic successes with more on the way all the time.In other Biomimetics news, (1) Science discussed efforts to copy what microbes do so easily—splitting hydrogen molecules.  Hydrogenase enzymes are the envy of fuel cell designers but molecular biologists still don’t know quite how they work so effectively at room temperature.  (2) PNAS featured “Biomimetic Buildings” in a review that is part engineering, part art, and part Thoreau.  Architect Charles Lee’s exhibit of a biomimetic house is currently on tour as part of exhibition entitled Nature’s Toolbox: Biodiversity, Art, and Invention.  (3) Finally, Science Daily talked about “Cell Circuits Remember Their History: Engineers Design New Synthetic Biology Circuits That Combine Memory and Logic.”  By building logic circuits in the genes of bacteria, MIT researchers hope to create “long-term environmental sensors, efficient controls for biomanufacturing, or to program stem cells to differentiate into other cell types.”The future is in biomimetics, not Darwinism.  The quaint Victorian myth has no place in this exploding field.  Get with the program, Charlie worshippers; it’s all about design now.last_img read more

Maple syrup production season gives way to maple syrup eating season

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Shelly Detwiler, berry farmer and dieticianWhat’s up with all the buckets on the trees? It’s maple syrup time! According to the Ohio Maple Producers Association, maple syrup contributes $5 million to our state’s economy. Only 13 states produce maple syrup and Ohio ranks in the upper half, producing almost 100,000 gallons. The demand for maple syrup is bigger than is currently produced.The history behind maple syrup boils down to the Indians finding the sap oozing from broken branches. The story goes that the Indians hollowed out logs, filled it with the sap and then threw in hot coals to reduce the syrup.The Johnson Family in Cable has been making syrup since 1934. Eric Johnson said 2019 has been a good year for maple syrup for the operation. Their family produces, on average, 300 gallons of syrup a year that they market right on site as well as local farmers markets. Yo-yoing winter temperatures actually improve syrup production. Based largely on the temperature fluctuations, syrup season starts around Feb. 15 and goes until the buds and honeybees come (around April 1). It takes 45 to 50 gallons of sap to make one gallon of syrup. Eric uses wood fires to cook down his sweet syrup, which takes longer than other producers who use reverse osmosis.Pure maple syrup must be grade A and labeled as such to be sold in a retail establishment. All maple syrup is produced with reduction. The syrup recently took on a new grading system based on color.There are three grades of maple syrup. Grade A Golden Delicate Grade A Amber RichGrade A Dark RobustGolden maple syrup has a delicate taste. It is the most popular. Amber maple syrup has a slightly darker color and a richer taste. Consumers like this for its fuller bodied and medium taste. Dark maple syrup has a robust taste than amber and golden syrup. Very dark maple syrup has a very strong taste and is usually used for sugar.The difference in the colors? It sounds like a mystery to me, but Eric says that color can be affected by: the part of the season the sap is harvested, length of cooking and/or rainfall. Most of Eric’s 2019 syrup has been graded as amber rich. He said the industry encourages the golden delicate grade but customers seem to request darker syrup, whether this is due to comparison to commercial syrups on the market or some other reason is unknown.Nutritionally speaking maple syrup has a similar carbohydrate content as white/brown sugar with 13 grams of carbohydrates per tablespoon. Maple syrup has a few more minerals and antioxidants than other sugars such as manganese and zinc, however it’s still packs plenty of sugar and calories. Don’t get caught up in the latest food trends, enjoy maple syrup in moderation because of taste, flavor and likeability. Maple syrup is a great way to sweeten your waffles, salad dressings, or even cook a hot dog in (which I enjoyed at Johnsons!) Eat well and Healthy,Shelly Spaghetti Squash with Maple Syrup and Shallots pioneerwoman.com2 whole Medium Spaghetti Squash3 Tablespoons Butter2 whole Shallots, Finely Minced1/4 cup Maple SyrupDash of SaltDash of Nutmeg Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Pierce spaghetti squash a few times with a sharp knife. Place on a cookie sheet and bake for 1 hour. Cut squash in half. Scoop out and discard seeds and slimy pulp. Scrap out the rest of the squash with a fork. Place in a bowl. Keep warm. In a large skillet, melt butter. Cook shallots over medium heat for 2 minutes or until soft. Reduce heat and add maple syrup. Cook for a minute, then remove from heat. Stir in salt. Pour mixture over squash. Sprinkle on nutmeg and mix together gently. Sever warm. Serves 8.Maple-Bourbon Banana Pudding Cake foodandwine.com6 Tbsp. unsalted butter½ c sugar1 overripe banana, mashed1 large egg, room temp1 cup milk, room temp1 cup flour,1 Tbsp. baking powderPinch of salt¾ c pure maple syrup½ c light brown sugar2 Tbsp. bourbon¼ c finely chopped pecansVanilla ice cream Preheat the oven to 375°. In a deep, 2-quart baking or soufflé dish, melt the butter in the microwave. Whisk in the superfine sugar and banana, mashing until thoroughly combined. Whisk in the egg and milk.In a bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder and salt; whisk into the baking dish until combined (the batter will be pretty loose).In a microwave-safe cup, heat the maple syrup, light brown sugar and 1/2 cup of hot water at high power until hot, 1 minute. Add the bourbon. Drizzle the syrup mixture over the batter; it will seep to the bottom. Do not stir. Scatter the pecans on top.Set the dish on a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 40 minutes, until the cake is golden. Let cool for 5 minutes, then scoop into bowls and serve with ice cream. Serves 6  Smokey Maple-Mustard Salmon 3 Tbsp. whole-grain or Dijon mustard1 Tbsp. pure maple syrup¼ teaspoon smoked paprika or ground chipotle pepper (see Notes)¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper⅛ teaspoon salt4 4-ounce skinless salmon fillets Preheat oven to 450°F. Line a baking sheet with foil and coat with cooking spray.Combine mustard, maple syrup, paprika (or chipotle), pepper and salt in a small bowl. Place salmon fillets on the prepared baking sheet. Spread the mustard mixture evenly on the salmon. Roast until just cooked through, 8 to 12 minutes.Notes: Smoked paprika is made from smoke-dried red peppers and adds earthy, smoky flavor. Chipotle peppers are dried, smoked jalapeño peppers. Look for different types of paprika and ground chipotle chile pepper in the spice aisle at some large supermarkets or at or Serves 4.   Roasted Root Vegetables With Balsamic-Maple Glaze Cooking spray8 oz. red onions, each cut into 8 wedges with root intact8 oz. purple sweet potatoes, cut into 3/4-inch cubes8 oz. small multicolored carrots, (including purple), cut on an angle into 2-inch-long pieces, divided2 Tbsp. cup olive oil, divided8 oz. turnips, each cut into 8 wedges8 oz. parsnips, cut on an angle into 2-inch-long piecesdash salt1/2 teaspoon black pepper3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar2 Tbsp. pure maple syrup1 ½ tsp.chopped fresh thyme leavesPreheat oven to 450°F. Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper, and lightly coat with cooking spray.Combine onions, purple sweet potatoes, purple carrots, and 1 tablespoons olive oil in a large bowl; toss to coat, and arrange in a single layer on a prepared baking sheet. In the same bowl, combine turnips, parsnips, remaining carrots, and remaining 1 tablespoons olive oil, and toss to coat; arrange in a single layer on the other prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle both baking sheets of vegetables evenly with salt and pepper. Bake purple vegetable mixture at 450°F, without stirring, until tender, about 25 minutes. Bake turnip mixture at 450°F, without stirring, until tender and lightly caramelized, 30 to 35 minutes.While vegetables bake, combine vinegar and syrup in a small saucepan over medium-high. Bring to a boil, without stirring, and cook until mixture is thickened, 6 to 8 minutes. (You should have about 1/2 cup of liquid.) Remove from heat, and cool to room temperature; sauce will thicken to syrupy consistency upon cooling.Arrange roasted vegetables on a platter, and drizzle with balsamic syrup. Sprinkle with fresh thyme, and serve immediately. Serves 5 (serving size: 1 1/4 c)last_img read more

Why Tiny Houses Make Sense

first_imgProtect yourself by living tinyThe cost of this increase in square footage has been significant not only to our resources and planet but also to our pocket books. By building houses we can actually afford, we secure housing for the rest of our lives.According to newly released data from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, Americans spend, on average, more than 33% of their income on housing. How much time each week could you save if you didn’t have to give 33% of your income towards your housing? How many hours away from home, your family, your hobbies, does this represent? For most people, two out of their five work-week days go towards their housing payment alone.Consider that most people are living in spaces much bigger than what they actually need, and that the same level of comfort can be achieved in much smaller spaces with good design. Paying 33% of your income is insane!It is clear from the recent studies that Florida cites in his article that more and more people are struggling to make their housing payments. A CNN article on America’s unsettling comfort with personal debt notes, “Americans haven’t become much better at keeping track of their personal finances since the recession began in 2008.″ In the article, Greg McBride, chief financial analyst at, says, “American consumers are not showing improvement in these areas.”Compounding this debt issue is the fact that mortgage underwriting standards have become even more lax. With past housing booms and crashes and the potential, if not probability, for history to repeat itself, many of us in the tiny house world understand these risks and the need to protect ourselves from future housing crises by living tiny.We were recently directed by Ryan Mitchell from The Tiny Life website to an informative article which covers housing trends, the economy, and where things are headed. The author, Richard Florida, points out that another perfect storm for a real estate crash is brewing (much like the 2008 crash).We were personally affected by the ’08 event as we were in the middle of a green residential development project when the bottom fell out of the real estate market. As such, the news of another potential crash brings with it a familiar sense of concern. In the article, the author reports that “When it comes to housing, sometimes it seems we never learn,” and that “a spate of reports shows that families are having a harder and harder time paying for housing.” At the crux of the problem is the fact that “Americans continue to want more space in bigger homes.”Somewhere along the line we began to build bigger and bigger houses. The promise of the American “dream” is alluring and as material costs have decreased over the years, our ability to get more for our money has become an irresistible temptation, leading us to build as big as possible. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the average house size in the United States (now about 2,600 square feet) has increased 61% since 1973. Tiny Houses to the RescueFreeGreen Rolls Out Plans for Tiny HousesTiny Houses Replace Tents for Homeless Interestingly, the average household size has decreased in that same time period (meaning that fewer people are living under the same roof); however, the average square footage per person (now about 1,000 square feet) has nearly doubled. Does one really need 1,000 square feet in order to be comfortable? And is it worth the extra cost and stress? RELATED ARTICLES Why not build something you can actually afford?The trend towards larger housing continues and 2014 marked the largest average home size on record in the U.S. The average cost of new house construction in the U.S., according to the National Association of Home Builders, was nearly $250,000 in 2013 (not including land).By rough calculation, the average down payment on a construction loan is 20 percent, or $50,000. Now consider that the cost to build our hOMe tiny house was just over $33,000. You see where I’m going with this: Why not build a totally functional, beautiful, and safe tiny house for $17,000 less than the down payment of the average construction loan?It doesn’t take a genius to understand how tiny houses can bring back equilibrium to our spending habits and economy. Not only do tiny houses cost significantly less to build, condition, and maintain, but they also make more mindful consumers out of us. There just isn’t space for unnecessary items.As such, we can’t go out and spend money blindly. The lessons we personally learned from the ’08 real estate crash were in large part what motivated us to break from the shackles of high housing costs and to downsize into our 207-square-foot tiny hOMe. Now, no matter what happens with the economy, one thing is certain: we will always have a beautiful roof over our heads. There is nothing tiny about that luxury. This blog originally appeared at, a website run by Gabriella and her husband Andrew.last_img read more

Arellano, NU banner PVL Collegiate conference

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ray Allen visits Lyceum, tells unbeaten Pirates: ‘You have to work harder’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ 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 LATEST STORIES The Lady Chiefs, meanwhile, join University of the Philippines, Technological Institute of the Philippines, San Beda, Adamson, and College of St. Benilde.FEU is on its first campaign in a major tournament under the tutelage of head coach George Pascua, who replaced Shaq Delos Santos for the position.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe top four teams from Group A compete with the best four from Group B in the cross-over quarterfinals.The four winners then advance to the best-of-three semifinals with the best two teams advancing to the final round that has the same format. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netReigning NCAA champion Arellano and former titlist National University headline the upcoming Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference that is set to start on Sept. 2 at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Lady Bulldogs, who won the collegiate conference title in the 13th season of the Shakey’s V-League, banner Group A that includes Ateneo, San Sebastian, Lyceum of the Philippines University, Far Eastern University, and Jose Rizal University.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View comments Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’last_img read more