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first_imgTyrrell’s Potato Chips has launched a seasonal variety – Garden Herbs. The launch blends four classic herbs – basil, thyme, rosemary and oregano – to give “delicately balanced yet flavoursome” crisps.Tyrrells is also releasing regular seasonal favourite Summer Barbecue in time for the warmer weather.Tyrrells grows its own potatoes and turns them into crisps at its farm in Herefordshire. The crisps are packed in a 150g bag.[http://www.tyrrellspotatochips.co.uk]Darling Spuds has launched Sour Cream with a hint of Mexican Chilli crisps. The crisps are the fifth flavour in the range which also includes Sea Salt; Sea Salt and Modena Balsamic Vinegar; West Country Cheddar, Leek and Pink Peppercorns and Fire Roasted Jalapeño.RRP: 65p[http://www.darlingspuds.co.uk]== Cookies with a conscience ==BakeMark UK is extending its Better For You Cookie range with the introduction of two new variants. Launching this month, Strawberry & Yoghurt and Chocolate & Orange cookies have 65% less saturated fat than a standard milk chocolate cookie, have added fibre and 22% fewer calories. They are available in a bake-off format for retailers and foodservice outlets.The company has also added a range of American-style muffins to its bake-off range.RRP: n/a[http://www.bakemark.co.uk]== Pringles adds pocket pitch ==Procter & Gamble is rolling out two products this month – Pringles Pocket Pack and Pringles Rice Infusions Bite Size – to take advantage of the single-serve market. Rice Infusions Bite Size will be available in Cheese & Onion and Sweet BBQ Spare Rib flavours. The Pocket Pack will be launched in Original and Sour Cream & Onion flavours and promoted with a multimedia marketing campaign.RRP: 37p[http://www.pringles.co.uk]Paterson Arran has launched five new “dunking” bars under the Café Brontë has launched Ginger Snap, Fruit Shrewsbury, Oat & Raisin, Choc Chip & Orange and Double Choc Chip. Each 30g Dunking Bar comes individually wrapped in distinctive black packaging, with a clear window showcasing the product’s home-baked appeal.The bars are baked to a unique recipe and are GM-free. They are made from nut-free recipes and are suitable for vegetarians. They are available in mixed cases of 30 bars of each variety. The Café Brontë range is now available across the UK.RRP: n/a[http://www.paterson-arran.com]—-=== Campaigns ===== Our round-up of the latest ad campaigns, from Kit Kat to Cadbury ==== Kit Kat gets girly ==Kit Kat has hooked up with five-strong girl group Girls Aloud to promote its Senses chocolate bar. The link-up will see the band front a TV and print ad campaign for the wafer and praline chocolate bar. The campaign will include a full marketing programme including headline sponsorship of Girls Aloud’s Tangled Up tour in May and June.== Sporty move for Highland Spring ==Bottled water producer Highland Spring has teamed up with games giant Nintendo and tennis sensation Andy Murray to launch an on-pack promotion. From May 2008, consumers will have the chance to win Nintendo Wii games consoles, as well as join the tennis professional Andy Murray, for a Nintendo Wii tennis match in Roehampton.== Cadbury’s really trucking ==Cadbury has unveiled its latest ad campaign for Dairy Milk. Airport Trucks – the follow-up to the drumming gorilla – tells the story of the first-ever airport truck race in history. Queen’s anthem, Don’t Stop Me Now, accompanies the ad. Cadbury’s marketing director Phil Rumbol said: “The production is set to make unlikely stars out of the humble airport trucks.”last_img read more

Body Talk

first_imgScientists sometimes just prove the obvious, like that men and women are different.  If we can talk body without talking bawdy, there are some new discoveries about body works that should put a spring in your step today about how your body works.Muscle milk:  Whether you’re brawny or scrawny, you care about muscle.  The most assiduous bodybuilder, though, should thank a tiny little signaling molecule that makes that burn lead to a good flex.  Next to a photo of big delts and biceps, Stephanie Pappas on Live Science explains:The secret lies with a chemical factor produced by muscle cells during work (such as during weight lifting) that signals muscle stem cells to multiply and take on the load. The substance, serum response factor (Srf), apparently triggers muscle stem cells — dormant cells capable of differentiating into muscle cells — to proliferate and become muscle fibers. More muscle fibers means bigger overall muscles and more strength.A researcher in France called this “unexpected and quite interesting.”  Gym rats can hope that what works in mice will also work in men (women, too).Eye stash:  Speaking of stem cells, there’s a good source of adult stem cells right in your eye, reported PhysOrg.In the future, patients in need of perfectly matched neural stem cells may not need to look any further than their own eyes. Researchers reporting in the January issue of Cell Stem Cell, a Cell Press publication, have identified adult stem cells of the central nervous system in a single layer of cells at the back of the eye.Amazingly, these cells are produced in the embryo and remain dormant throughout life; therefore, “You can get these cells from a 99-year-old,” a researcher at the Neural Stem Cell Institute in New York.  The cells can be isolated and grown into other body cell types.  “It’s kind of mind boggling.”Talk the dog:  Your dog understands you better than you think.  You can do a kind of mind-meld with your dog; Fido is already judging your intent before you tell him to fetch.  How Hungarian scientists found this out is explained on PhysOrg.  Apparently they track your eyes and read your intentions.  Live Science described dog aptitude at about the level of pre-verbal infants, but added this strange Darwinian twist without elaboration: “The study suggests that dogs have evolved to be especially attuned to human communicative signals, and early humans may have selected them for domestication particularly for this reason, the researchers said.”  Didn’t dogs evolve long before humans in the evolutionary timeline?  Did the humans who selected them use intelligent design or natural selection?Walk the jog:  Why do we find it more comfortable at a certain walking speed to switch to a running gait?  Researchers at North Carolina State, publishing in PNAS, (73/pnas.1107972109 PNAS January 4, 2012), found that the calf becomes more efficient when switching to a run at about 4.5 miles per hour.  The summary on PhysOrg explains:The high-speed images revealed that the medial gastrocnemius muscle, a major calf muscle that attaches to the Achilles tendon, can be likened to a “clutch” that engages early in the stride, holding one end of the tendon while the body’s energy is transferred to stretch it. Later, the Achilles – the long, elastic tendon that runs down the back of the lower leg – springs into action by releasing the stored energy in a rapid recoil to help move you.The study showed that the muscle “speeds up,” or changes its length more and more rapidly as people walk faster and faster, but in doing so provides less and less power. Working harder and providing less power means less overall muscle efficiency.When people break into a run at about 2 meters per second, however, the study showed that the muscle “slows down,” or changes its length more slowly, providing more power while working less rigorously, thereby increasing its efficiency.Blood back-talk:  How does your body know to produce more blood cells?  The blood cells tell the bone marrow, and the marrow talks back.  Medical Xpress reported that scientists at UCLA heard the conversation:In a new study, they show that two-way signaling from two different sets of cells is necessary for bloody-supply balance, both to ensure that enough blood cells are produced to respond to injury and infection and that blood progenitor cells remain available for future needs.According to the subheading, “this balancing act requires a complex ‘conversation’ involving more parties than originally thought.”  Presumably what they found in fruit flies has a counterpart in us humans.Hang on to your appendix when you can:  Bill Parker thinks your appendix could save your life.  Interviewed in a guest blog by Rob Dunn on Scientific American, Parker, a professor of surgery, explained that the appendix is not a vestigial organ, but a vital part of the immune system: it “serves as a nature reserve for beneficial bacteria in our guts.”  Dunn cited recent evidence that people who have had appendectomies tend to get re-infected more easily.Amazing recovery:  A student at the University of Arizona, in a coma since an October 19 car crash, had been diagnosed with a brain aneurysm and other life-threatening injuries.  According to Medical Xpress, his surgeon overruled staff recommendations to take him off life support when surgery was ineffective, and recommended keeping him alive another week.  In the St. Nick of time, Sam Schmid woke up, and is now speaking and walking again.  “It will be a special Christmas for the family of a 21-year-old University of Arizona student who was nearly taken off life support but is now recovering after waking up from a coma,” the Dec. 23 article said.If thou thinkest this is wondrous strange,And therefore as a stranger give it welcome.There are more things inside thyself, Darwinio,Than are dreamt of in your philosophy. But come;Here, as before, never, so help you mercy,How strange or odd soe’er thou bearest thyself,As thou perchance hereafter shall think meetTo put an antic explanation on,That you, at such times observing, never shall,With arms encumber’d thus, or this headshake,Or by pronouncing of some doubtful phrase,As ‘Well, we know it evolved,’ or ‘It emerged or arose,’Or ‘Natural selection,’ or ‘It might have, perchance,’Or such ambiguous giving out, to noteThat you know naught of anything: this not to do,So grace and mercy at your most need help you, Swear.(Visited 38 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Danish Church Persecutes Darwin Doubters

first_imgEven within some churches, Darwin skeptics can face censure and calls for re-education in the religion of evolution.That Darwin doubters can expect persecution within secular academia is old news. But in the church? Karsten Pultz, an intelligent design supporter in Denmark, reported a story he found in a “Christian newspaper” in his home country. He tells about the difficulties a Darwin doubting theologian encountered within the Danish church. His remarks, titled “Something rotten in the state of Denmark”* were reproduced at Uncommon Descent:Recently, Mads Jakobsen, a priest and theologian in the Danish state church, was reprimanded by his bishop, Marianne Christiansen because he had written critically about Darwin’s theory in his parish magazine. The theologian had mainly identified the moral problems which arise when trying to combine survival of the fittest with Christian beliefs, but he seems also to have admitted his doubt of the science behind the theory.The bishop was outraged that the priest would doubt a “scientifically proven” theory and she publicly demanded that he commit himself to be re-educated in the theory of evolution. The bishop recommended that , Niels Henrik Gregersen, professor of theology at the University of Copenhagen, should provide this criminally ignorant theologian with the proper literature, so that his delusions could be corrected.The bishop was supported by Svend Andersen, theology professor at the University of Århus, who insisted that “There ought not to be room for such views within the church.” Professor Andersen also expressed the view that a certain intellectual standard must be required of ministers, implying that only a moron would doubt evolution.The entire essay can be read at the link above. Pultz says that 85% in his country believe in evolution. He goes on to describe how his attempts to show scientific flaws in Darwinian evolution result in him being immediately labeled a “creationist” even though he stated no theological arguments, just scientific ones. When he tried to correct errors in the publication, he was ignored. He describes the response to his piece defending Jakobsen:My piece was, naturally, written in defense of pastor Mads Jakobsen but I also made the excuse for the bishop that she, hardly a villain, is just acting in accordance with what we all have learned in school, namely that evolution is a fact. She should not be blamed for the extremely biased way evolution is taught all the way from primary school to university. I got no answer from the journalist, no reaction, and no explanation, – I’m being met with complete silence. So what we have is a Christian newspaper which willingly airs unsubstantiated allegations against my work but at the same time refuses to bring my side of the story.Pultz concludes that “a Christian newspaper gangs up with the theological elite to heckle Darwin doubters and prevent an open debate about the validity of Darwin’s theory.”*Reference to a line in Shakespeare’s Hamlet.Something is rotten not only in the state of Denmark, but in all churches that prefer Darwin to Christ. Misinformed theologians and ministers, who have abandoned confidence in the word of God, love the approval of the world more than the approval of God. Having been taught that ‘evolution is a fact’ and a ‘scientifically proven theory’ that only a ‘moron’ would doubt, they fear being thought of morons themselves by the culture around them. To prove to the culture they are not one of ‘them,’ these liberal theologians and ministers often become even more intolerant of Darwin doubters than the secular Darwinists themselves.The situation is analogous to the Israelites in the Old Testament who repeatedly fell for the Baals. They tried to keep some semblance of their monotheistic religion but they didn’t want to be looked down on by all the surrounding nations that had many gods—idols that nodded at debauchery. Darwin is the golden calf of our era, with worship centers in the Bethel of liberal seminaries and the Dan of liberal churches. Their leaders try to prevent them from going to the Jerusalem temple of science by ignoring Jerusalem and luring them into the temples of the popular gods of the day. As with all leftists, they are totalitarians at heart. Nobody is allowed to question the state dogma: not even the church. Churches even become pawns of the regime, carrying out the persecution.Sadly, they never hear the critiques of Darwin which we report daily at CEH. When one studies the evidence, one finds Darwinism to be a vacuous pseudo-theory in a house of cards. It is vacuous, illogical, and contrary to the monumental evidence for design: vacuous, because Darwin’s ‘natural selection’ equates to the Stuff Happens Law; illogical, because it is self-refuting; contrary to the evidence, because examples of irreducible complexity and fine tuning are legion from the atom to the universe as a whole. Why would anyone taking the name of ‘Christian’ want to be associated with such an idea? Theistic evolution is a growing problem in American Christendom as well. Help your pastor or religious leader learn the evidence against evolution and for design, so that he can be bold in opposing the Baal of our time.Recommended Resources: The recent anthology Theistic Evolution: A Scientific, Philosophical and Theological Critique has good chapters on the scientific problems with Darwinian evolution. We do not endorse some of its Biblical interpretations, but the book pulls the rug out from under the assumed scientific evidence on which Darwinists build their house of cards. Just the chapter by Dr James Tour is enough to topple the Darwin idol, but there is much more. Other good books are Undeniable by molecular biologist Doug Axe, Heretic by organic chemist Matti Leisola, and Darwin’s House of Cards by journalist Tom Bethell.(Visited 414 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

U.S. Wind Energy Prices Hit an All-Time Low

first_imgDeclining costs for utility-scale wind turbines are one factor that has helped drive the price of wind-generated electricity to its lowest point ever, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory says in its annual Wind Technologies Report.The report said that utility purchasers were offered an average price of less than 2.5 cents per kilowatt-hour in contract negotiations in 2014, a year in which wind installations reached 4.9 gigawatts of new capacity. New projects were valued at a total of $8.3 billion.“Wind energy prices — particularly in the central United States — have hit new lows, with utilities selecting wind as the low-cost option,” Berkeley Lab Senior Scientist Ryan Wiser said in a written statement. “Moreover, enabled by technology advancements, wind projects are economically viable in a growing number of locations throughout the U.S.”Wind energy has equaled 33% of all new energy additions in the U.S. since 2007, and now meets almost 5% of the country’s total electricity demand, the report says. In nine states, wind accounts for more than 12% of total generation; in three states it’s more than 20% of demand. Better turbines, better pricingThe U.S. Department of Energy said there were several key findings:Wind turbines are getting bigger and more powerful. The average capacity of wind turbines has increased by 172% since 1998-1999, to 1.9 megawatts, and the average turbine hub height has gone to 83 meters (272 feet), an increase of 48%. The average rotor-tip diameter is now 99 meters (325 feet), more than double what it was just six years ago. These increases have allowed developers to build projects economically on sites with lower wind speeds.Wind turbines cost less than they used to. Prices for turbines have fallen by as much as 40% from their peak in 2008, and that means lower costs for wind farms. Projects constructed in 2014 had an average installed cost of $1,710/kW, a decline of nearly $600/kW from their peaks in 2009 and 2010.Wind energy is more competitive in cost. With prices falling for turbines and wind installations, the average levelized long-term costs of the power they generate has come down, too. Prices dropped to an average of 2.35 cents/kWh in power sales agreements signed in 2014. That’s the lowest it’s ever been, but the report notes that’s based on a sample of projects chiefly in the central part of the country where costs are less (see the chart below). Wind energy contracts signed in 2014 also “compare very favorably” to cost projections for gas-fired plants extending through 2040.Wind keeps a lot of people employed. Jobs in the wind sector increased sharply between 2013 and 2014, from 50,500 to 73,000, while the number of companies that supply turbines also has reversed years of declines and also is on the rise. U.S. manufacturers produced 90% of the nacelle assemblies (the box-like structure that sits on top of the tower), between 70% and 80% of the towers and as much as 65% of the blades and hubs. But only about 20% of the components inside the nacelle were manufactured in the U.S. Exports of wind-power components hit $488 million in 2014, up from just $16 million in 2007.Uncertainty lies ahead. “Far more” domestic manufacturing facilities closed their doors in 2014 than opened. An uncertain domestic market because of changes in U.S. tax law after 2016 has made some manufacturers uneasy and hesitant to commit long-term resources to the U.S. market.last_img read more

Maruti Suzuki Ritz Diesel launched at Rs 5.31 lakh

first_imgLeading passenger car maker Maruti Suzuki India has launched a new version of its hatchback Ritz in the diesel variant, priced between Rs 5.31 lakh and Rs 6.23 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).Through a statement, vice-president (marketing) Manohar Bhat said, “It is heartening to see a fairly young brand crossing 2,00,000 sales mark in just 37 months. This reflects the huge customer acceptability of the Ritz. Numerous changes being introduced now will make the Ritz brand more vibrant.”The new Ritz has come with 52 changes, such as new front design and dual tone interiors, multi-information display on the instrument panel, electrically adjustable rear-view mirrors and body side-moulding.”A pleasant delight is the 10 per cent improvement in fuel efficiency from 21.1 km per litre to 23.2 km per litre for the Ritz diesel, which has been achieved with numerous initiatives by the company’s engineers,” the company said.The car is powered by a 1,248 cc DDiS diesel engine. The car crossed one lakh sales figure in a span of 17 months of its launch.Ritz, which has already sold over 2,00,000 units in a span of just three years, will now sport three new colours, granite grey, mystique red, and breeze blue.Price list for all the variants  is as follows: (Ex Showroom Delhi)New Ritz LDi: Rs 5.31 lakhNew Ritz VDi: Rs 5.64 lakhNew Ritz VDi with ABS: Rs 5.82 lakhNew Ritz ZDi: Rs 6.23 lakhWith Agency inputslast_img read more

Steelmaking coal business helps boost thirdquarter profit at Teck Resources

first_imgVANCOUVER – Teck Resources Ltd. (TSX:TECK.B) saw its third-quarter profit more than double compared with a year ago, boosted by its steelmaking coal business.The mining company says it earned $600 million attributable to shareholders or $1.02 per diluted share for the quarter ended Sept. 30.That compared with a profit of $234 million or 40 cents per diluted share in the same quarter last year.Revenue grew to $3.13 billion, up from $2.31 billion a year ago.Teck says its steelmaking coal business was helped by strong operational performance and substantially higher prices and increased sales volumes, partly offset by higher costs.It also says it benefited from higher copper, zinc and lead prices, partly offset by the strengthening loonie and copper sales volumes lagging production levels due to timing of vessel loadings.last_img read more

New Zealand to kill 150000 cows to end bacterial disease

first_imgWELLINGTON, New Zealand – New Zealand plans to slaughter about 150,000 cows as it tries to eradicate a strain of disease-causing bacteria from the national herd.Politicians and industry leaders announced the ambitious plan on Monday. They say it will cost hundreds of millions of dollars, and, if successful, would be the first time an infected country has eliminated Mycoplasma bovis.Farming is vital to the economy in New Zealand, whose isolation has helped protect it from some diseases which affect herds elsewhere.Last July, Mycoplasma bovis was found in the country for the first time. Found in Europe and the U.S., the bacteria can cause cows to develop mastitis, pneumonia, arthritis and other diseases. They are not considered a threat to food safety, but do cause production losses.Officials say they plan to kill all cows on any farms where the bacteria are found, even if some of the animals are healthy. They say many of the cows will be slaughtered at processing plants and used for beef, but some cows will have to be killed and buried on the farms or dumped in approved landfills.Officials have the legal authority to forcibly enter farms and kill animals even in cases where a farmer might resist, but they said they hope they don’t have to use those powers.Katie Milne, the national president of the advocacy group Federated Farmers, said it was important to try to get rid of Mycoplasma bovis while there was still a chance. She said they would try to make sure affected farmers had all the support they needed, including adequate compensation.“This is a tough time, and the pain and anguish they’re going to go through is really hideous,” she said of the affected farmers. “And we have to support them as neighbours, community members, farmers, friends.”New Zealand is home to some 10 million cows, about double its human population. About two-thirds are dairy cows and the rest beef cattle. Milk products represent the country’s largest single export, and much of it is sold to China and used in infant formula.Mycoplasma bovis has so far been found on 38 farms throughout New Zealand, officials say, a number they expect to rise to at least 142 farms based on computer modeling. They say all the infections found so far can be traced back to a single farm, and that the bacteria likely arrived in New Zealand 18 months before they were first identified. Officials are still trying to figure out how the bacteria got into the country despite strict biosecurity controls.About 24,000 cows have already been killed in recent months and at least 128,000 more will have to be culled, most over the next year or two. The cost of the eradication program is estimated at 886 million New Zealand dollars ($616 million) over ten years. The government plans to pick up about two-thirds of the tab while farmers and the cattle industry will pay the rest.Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said she believes it’s still possible to eradicate Mycoplasma bovis.“We don’t know, in the long-term, what impact it could collectively have on an industry that is incredibly important to New Zealand’s economy,” she said. “So if we have an opportunity to be the country that eradicates this disease, then we’ll take it.”Officials say they expect to know by the end of the year whether the eradication plan is working.last_img read more

Report details new allegations of Moonves sexual misconduct

first_imgThe New York Times says a report by CBS lawyers outlines more allegations of sexual misconduct by longtime chief Les Moonves. The report alleges that Moonves destroyed evidence and misled investigators as he attempted to protect his reputation and severance payments.The report was prepared by lawyers the network hired to determine if Moonves violated the terms of his employment agreement. The New York Times said Tuesday the 59-page report is to be presented to CBS’s board before the company’s annual meeting next week.It says Moonves could be denied his $120 million severance package after he had to quit in September amid numerous allegations of sexual misbehaviour.The investigators reported they received “multiple reports” about a network employee who was “on call” to perform oral sex on Moonves.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Wells Fargo tops government report on fees paid by students

first_imgNEW YORK — A government report is showing that Wells Fargo charges students the most in fees on average to have a bank account with them.The report authored by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, released late Friday, showed that students paid an average of $46.99 in fees to Wells Fargo over 12 months. That’s nearly double the fees charged students by TCF National Bank and U.S. Bank, which ranked second and third.The CFPB report focused on what are known as college-sponsored accounts, which is when a bank pays money to a college or university to market their accounts to students when they arrive on campus.Wells Fargo did not immediately respond to a request for comment.The Associated Presslast_img read more

72 quake rocks Papua New Guinea

first_imgPort Moresby: A powerful but deep 7.2-magnitude earthquake rocked Papua New Guinea on Tuesday, officials said, cutting power and knocking items off shelves though there were no immediate reports of serious damage. The quake struck at a depth of 127 kilometers (80 miles) about 30 kilometers (20 miles) from the town of Bulolo at 2119 GMT Monday according to the US Geological Survey, and was felt in the capital Port Moresby about 250 kilometres away. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportOfficials said there were no immediate reports of major damage and the depth of the tremor meant there was no tsunami threat. “We have no reports as yet” of serious damage, Inspector Leo Kaikas, Bulolo police station commander, told AFP. “We are still assessing the situation,” he said. Staff at Bulolo’s Pine Lodge hotel said there was very minor damage from objects falling off tables, but nothing more serious. Residents in Lae, more than 100 kilometres away, said the quake knocked things off shelves and worktops and cut electricity in some areas. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests”I had just woken up,” Christopher Lam, a designer who lives in the city, told AFP. “It lasted a little more than 30 seconds. We had household items knocked off their shelves and the power got cut. “Things seem to have returned to normal. No structural damage here, though I’m not sure about other buildings in the city.” There are estimated to be around 1,10,000 people living within 50 kilometers of the epicentre, according to UN data. The Moresby-based National Disaster Management office said while there were no early reports of damage, but news from the quake zone could take time to trickle in. “We are awaiting assessments,” a spokesman told AFP. The country’s rugged highlands region was hit by a 7.5-magnitude quake in February last year that buried homes and triggered landslides, killing at least 125 people. The scale of that disaster did not become apparent for days due to PNG’s poor communications and infrastructure. There are regular earthquakes in Papua New Guinea, which sits on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire — a hotspot for seismic activity due to friction between tectonic plates. Along the South Solomon trench, an area of the Pacific that includes PNG, there have been 13 quakes of magnitude 7.5 or more recorded since 1900, according to USGS data.last_img read more