French pastries increasingly eaten by Brits

first_imgTraditional French bakery products are becoming increasingly popular with British consumers, according to a new report out by Mintel. However, toast still comes out on top at breakfast time.Goods such as brioches and pains au chocolat are being eaten more and more for breakfast, and are growing at a faster pace than traditional British baked goods, said Mintel, which suggests bread brands have introduced a wider range of sweet bakery goods for consumers. Sales of brioches rose 25% in 2011 to £38m, from £31m in 2010. Pain au chocolat sales were also up, from £22m in 2010, to £25m in 2011 – an increase of 14%.Alex Beckett, senior food analyst at Mintel, said: “French baked goods, such as brioches, have recorded impressive value growth, suggesting Brits are developing a stronger taste for sweet bakery goods. “The fact that these goods can be eaten at breakfast could suggest this growth is to the detriment of sliced bread. Bread brands can capitalise on this cosmopolitan trend by introducing a wider variety of sweet baked goods to their portfolios.”According to the research group, French pastries are now consumed by around a quarter of Brits (23%), while 24% eat more traditional British baked goods and bread.Toast still tops the charts as the number one breakfast food, though, with up to 81% of British consumers eating it for breakfast. Sales of scones were also growing well, up 19% to £33m in 2011, while hot cross buns saw 7% growth, from £30m in 2010 to £33m in 2011.Other traditional baked items, however, have seen a decline in sales, with English muffins down 3% to £24m.Looking to the bread market, the report also highlighted the impressive growth of bagels – up 48% in just two years to £49m in 2011.Overall, sales of speciality bread (including wraps, naans, bagels, pittas, baguettes, chapattis and paninis) have increased by 8% between 2010 and 2011.last_img read more

Facebook to broadcast La Liga games for free

first_img“We are delighted to team up with Facebook and be able to bring the action closer to all followers of La Liga in the Indian subcontinent,” said La Liga President Javier Tebas.“La liga is a reference in world football and it is a great satisfaction for us that now, the number of people who can watch matches live in this geographic area will be greater than ever and they will be able to do so for free through Facebook.”The deal will last for the next three seasons and will include pre- and post-match analysis programmes.The financial details of the agreement were not disclosed in the statement but Spanish sports daily Marca reported that the deal was worth 90 million euros ($105.5 million).In June La Liga announced it had renewed its contract for five seasons, between 2019-2024, for the international broadcast rights for the Spanish championship for around 4.48 billion euros — or about 896 million euros per season, a 30 percent increase over the previous agreement.– ‘New audiences’ –Facebook earlier this month agreed a deal with UK broadcaster Eleven Sports to show one La Liga and one Serie A game per week on its platform.Five-time World Player of the Year Ronaldo’s Serie A debut with Juventus at Chievo on August 18, and Atletico Madrid’s La Liga opener at Valencia two days later are among the matches scheduled for free-to-air viewing. Barcelona’s visit to Valladolid on August 25 is also included.“This partnership reflects our commitment to helping broadcasters reach new audiences, build their brands and deliver a great viewing experience for sports fans on Facebook,” Rhys Beer, Facebook’s live sports programming lead for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, said at the time.The deal is just the latest step towards the online sector securing lucrative live football contracts after Amazon secured the rights to show 20 Premier League matches a season for three years in the UK, starting from the 2019/20 season in June.The US company breaks up the recent dominance of Sky and BT Sport of lucrative Premier League TV rights in a first for the online sector that is threatening to shake up the traditional sports rights market.India has a billion-plus mobile phone users — more than any other country on earth — and close to half a billion people with internet access, most via their smartphones, that make streaming video from sites like Facebook possible.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Viewers in the Indian subcontinent will be able to watch for free Barcelona FC, pictured here winning the Spanish Super Cup earlier this month, on Facebook thanks to its deal to broadcast La Liga matches © AFP/File / FADEL SENNAMADRID, Spain, Aug 14 – Lionel Messi, Gareth Bale and a host of La Liga stars will be beamed for free to viewers in the Indian subcontinent as part of a landmark deal with Facebook to broadcast live matches, the Spanish top flight division said Tuesday.All 380 football matches of the new 2018-2019 La Liga season, which begins Friday, will be available to watch on the social media network in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, La Liga said in a statement.last_img read more

Evolutionary Fish Story

first_img(Visited 19 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Similar-looking blind fish couldn’t have swum across the world, so did they evolve separately?Where would a fish want to go be?  A goby fish wants to go be in dark caves.  The BBC News announced that “Goby fish 6,000km apart share eyeless common ancestor.”  Herein lies a puzzle: blind gobies in Madagascar and Australia are very similar.  How will evolutionary theory explain this?  Reporter Jonathan Ball said, “A study in PLoS One showed Madagascan and Australian cave fish inherited their blindness from a common ancestor”  (Source: Chakrabarty P, Davis MP, Sparks JS (2012) The First Record of a Trans-Oceanic Sister-Group Relationship between Obligate Vertebrate Troglobites. PLoS ONE 7(8): e44083. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0044083).Though living in different parts of the world the cave fish shared important features: they were small – under 10cm in length – eyeless, colourless and lived in freshwater, limestone caves.  How such similar fishes came to be living on different sides of the world was the question the researchers wanted to answer.They considered convergent evolution: “When separate species are exposed to the same selective pressures they often come up with the same solutions – a process known as convergent evolution.”   An alternate possibility is that these species inherited their particular characteristics from a common ancestor: “In the case of the cave fish, an alternative possibility was that their odd features – or traits – were adaptations inherited from an ancestor common to both.”A genetic comparison suggested the latter:Though separated by thousands of kilometres of ocean, the cave-dwelling fish of Madagascar and north-western Australia were genetically more similar to each other than to any other goby: they inherited their unusual suite of characteristics from a common ancestor.“That they’re 6,000 km apart in Madagascar and Australia is pretty remarkable,” observed Dr Chakrabarty.The researchers believe that the ancestor lived on Gondwanaland, which joined Madagascar and Australia in the past.  Their hypothesis is that those two lands split 60 million years ago, leaving the two species of cave-dwellers 4,000 miles apart, no longer able to share a common gene pool.Nice hypothesis, Ball suggested, “But the study threw up some anomalies.”  Why didn’t the blind gobies go be in India, which was also part of Gondwanaland?  Maybe they went extinct there.  Or, perhaps evolutionary ideas of Gondwanaland “might need updating.”A researcher found it “intriguing” that some of the blind gobies in Madagascar had pigment; “they show that caves are not evolutionary dead-ends,” he said.The observation of similar blind cave fish separated by 4,000 miles is a worthy puzzle for scientific investigation by both creationists and evolutionists.  How did they get there?  Evolutionists typically take the microphone and start waving their hands.  They reach into their story toolkit and pull out “convergent evolution”.  They grab the magic wand of “millions of years.”  They play their puzzle of slowly wandering continents, as they look into their genetic crystal balls for visions of long-lost common ancestors.Unfortunately for them, these tactics flop. First of all, blindness is degeneration, not evolution.  Even creationists allow for that kind of change from an initial created kind of goby that diversified without adding new genetic information.  Second, “convergent evolution” is a distraction.  It is not a “process”; it is merely a story used whenever needed to show similar things that should not have been related.  And, the evolutionists admitted that their popular story of Gondwanaland’s separation “might need updating.”The authors admitted in their paper that evolutionary theory is not sitting confidently in the seat of scientific explanation here: “A major issue plaguing our understanding regarding the evolution of cave animals has been a lack of basic information regarding the assembly of these biotas, including mechanisms of speciation and phylogenetic origin.”  Ahem; why, then, are you holding the microphone?The most useless part of their hypothesis is time.  It doesn’t take 60 million years for eyes to degenerate; that can happen in one or two generations.  Sixty million years is far more time than all the alleged major transitions in mammals are said to have occurred.  Why would these fish just sit there in caves on opposite sides of the ocean, not changing at all, looking closer to one another genetically than to other gobies?  Does that make sense?It is far more reasonable to believe they have not been separated anywhere near that long.  Biblical creationists believe the continents broke up and spread apart rapidly during the Flood.  Only pockets of fish populations would have survived, explaining why they are found where they are but not in India.  The genes for pigment were present but recessive, switchable back on by genetic or epigenetic mechanisms.    No tens of millions of years are needed to explain these observations; in fact, the explanation is better without them.last_img read more

SABMiller turns to biogas

first_imgSABMiller is cleaning up its act by installing an anaerobic digestion treatment plant for its waste water. (Image: For more free images, visit the image library) MEDIA CONTACTS • Briony ClarkeMedia relations, SABMiller+44 20 7659 0115 or +44 7776 132336RELATED ARTICLES • SABMiller invests more in Angola • Brewery spreads African reach • SABMiller, global breweing giant • Heineken’s R7-billion SA plantJanine ErasmusThe world’s second largest brewer SABMiller has introduced a cost-saving and environment-friendly treatment for the waste water flowing out of its Alrode plant, south of Johannesburg.In doing so the brewing giant is reducing its carbon footprint by using the resultant biogas as fuel instead of coal.UK-based SABMiller, which started as the South African Breweries and evolved to become a multinational powerhouse, has installed an anaerobic digestion plant to break down the waste water that accumulates during every production run.The methane gas produced from this is used to power massive boilers that are essential to the brewing process, thereby reducing the company’s reliance on fossil fuels.Until recently the effluent would have ended up in a normal municipal treatment plant, where it would be purified through various physical and chemical means. The cost of treatment is dependent on the volume of effluent and the concentration of organic waste carried in it.At the Alrode plant, the 5-million litres of water, and the accompanying 25 tons of organic matter, which is discarded every day is expensive in more ways than one.Instead, the new two-stage anaerobic digestion process converts 90% of those 25 tons of organic solids into biogas with a methane content of 85%. The other traces in natural gas are carbon dioxide and small amounts of hydrogen sulphide.This is the first stage, which produces about 9 200 normal cubic metres of biogas every day.Cost-saving initiativeThe cost-saving implications are huge – for every biogas-powered boiler, the fuelling of which constitutes stage two of the process, SABMiller is burning 10.4 fewer tons of coal and saving US$925 (R7 000) every day.And the municipality saves big on electrical and chemical costs of treating the waste it used to receive from SABMiller, as all treatment is now done on-site.With more electricity tariff hikes looming large, it makes sense to implement savings wherever possible. Furthermore, excess power produced may be sold back to Eskom, the national electricity utility, under the new feed-in tariff scheme.Since the Alrode pilot has lived up to expectations, there is a good chance of other breweries in the group adopting this environment-friendly waste treatment process.Greener operationsEnvironmental engineering company Talbot & Talbot, based in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, supplied the biogas reclamation equipment. The company specialises in waste water treatment and has said that SABMiller’s biogas project has effectively set them on the path towards greener operations.SABMiller is one of the case studies featured in the Ethical Corporation Institute’s guide to effective water management and stewardship, published in November 2008.Natural energy sourceIn the beer brewing process carbohydrates found in grain are processed during the production cycle, converted first to a sugary liquid known as wort, and then fermented by yeast to produce ethanol and carbon dioxide.The brewing process results in large volumes of waste water. According to the 2008 publication The Beer Brewer’s Handbook, it is estimated that for every litre of beer, between three and 10 litres of waste water are produced – even with the advances of modern technology.Brewery waste water contains traces of all ingredients used during brewing. It has a high biochemical oxygen demand (BOD), which is the amount of oxygen taken up by microorganisms that decompose organic material in water. A high BOD reading is a sign of a high level of water pollution.It is therefore very suitable for further anaerobic treatment, which generates an efficient alternate fuel source known as biogas, as well as biofertiliser, which is kinder to the soil than chemical fertiliser.Like natural gas, biogas can be used to generate electrical or thermal energy. It is commonly used to power vehicles or boilers.The anaerobic digestion technique has tremendous economic and environmental implications. Since the process occurs naturally in landfills, subjecting organic waste to digestion before it is discarded will reduce methane and carbon dioxide emissions from rubbish dumps. It will also cut down on emissions from trucks taking garbage to landfills.The production of renewable energy through waste recycling also has the potential to create new jobs, and the sale of surplus energy can increase profitability.last_img read more

Also-ran Mapua snaps 11-game skid, eliminates St. Benilde

first_imgRead Next Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Woods back on the course in a cart, uncertain about future Already out of the playoff race, the Cardinals (2-12) also sent the Blazers (3-11) to an early vacation with still four games left in their schedule.Clement Leutcheu topped St. Benilde with 18 points and nine rebounds, while rookie Unique Naboa got 12 markers and three boards in the loss.The Scores:MAPUA 79 – Victoria 19, Aguirre 15, Gabo 11, Nieles 11, Pelayo 11, Buñag 6, Estrella 3, Orquina 2, Raflores 1.ST. BENILDE 69 – Leutcheu 18, Naboa 12, San Juan 11, Domingo 6, Dixon 5, Belgica 4, Johnson 4, Pili 3, Castor 2, Sta. Maria 2, Mercado 2.Quarters: 20-17, 37-42, 53-55, 79-69.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View comments Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netMapua finally snapped an 11-game losing skid and eliminated St. Benilde from the Final Four race with a 79-69 win in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Laurenz Victoria and Denniel Aguirre teamed up for the Cardinals’ 14-1 finishing salvo, holding the Blazers scoreless in the final 3:23.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. “It’s been a long time,” quipped coach Atoy Co as he entered the press room for the first time this season.“I made a good decision today and I just stayed to the six players who are playing, and luckily, they were able to produce.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutVictoria uncorked seven of his 19 points in the payoff period, to go with seven assists, and four rebounds, while Aguirre added 15 markers, eight of which coming in the fourth frame, on top of nine boards and two dimes as Mapua finally tasted a victory for the first time since beating Letran, 78-75, last July 11.JP Nieles, Cedric Pelayo, and Leo Gabo all had 11 points apiece, while Christian Buñag collared 16 rebounds to go with his six markers in the victory.last_img read more

Embattled Greek Soccer Cleans House

first_imgATHENS – Starting over in soccer, Hellenic Football Federation (EPO) officials fired national team manager Sergio Markarian and director Giorgos Karagounis.Also dumped were managerial assistants Roland Marcenaro and Nikos Costenoglou, as the EPO tries to re-assemble the team after disastrous losses bumped the former European champions from the 2016 tourney in well as national team director Giorgos Karagounis, in a decision sweeping across the national team set-up after the elimination of the Euro 2004 champion from the Euro 2016 finals in France.EPO also announced that Under-21 coach Costas Tsanas is taking over at the men’s team until further notice, as Greece will still have to play four games in the Euro 2016 qualifiers, starting on September 4 against Finland in Greece, Kathimerini reported.The search for new team leaders is underway in hopes that Greece will be able to make the 2018 World Cup after a tough year during which it lost twice to the lowly Faroe Islands.While the departures of Markarian, Marcenaro and Costenoglou are taking place by mutual consent, according to EPO, the departure of Karagounis was done unilaterally for “a significant reason” that wasn’t specified.The EPO said it also will try to get the return of some of the severance pay given to former Greece manager Claudio Ranieri because he’s now working for another team, Leicester City.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,172.72, up 45.91 points):Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE). Oil and gas. Up 13 cents, or 1.18 per cent, to $11.11 on 6.4 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Oil and gas. Up 31 cents, or 2.50 per cent, to $12.73 on 5.53 million shares.Precision Drilling Corp. (TSX:PD). Oil and gas. Up two cents, or 0.58 per cent, to $3.49 on 5.49 million shares.Crescent Point Energy (TSX:CPG). Oil and gas. Up 37 cents, or 4.18 per cent, to $9.22 on 4.4 million shares.Veresen Inc. (TSX:VSN). Oil and gas. Up six cents, or 0.33 per cent, to $18.03 on 4.2 million shares.Birchcliff Energy Ltd. (TSX:BIR). Oil and gas. Up nine cents, or 1.45 per cent, to $6.28 on 3.8 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Empire Company Ltd. (TSX:EMP.A). Retail. Up $2.88 cents, or 14.48 per cent, to $22.61 on 1.6 million shares. Canada’s second-largest grocery retailer reported it earned $54 million or 20 cents per diluted share on $6.27 billion in sales in the first quarter of its 2018 financial year. That compared with a profit of $65.4 million or 24 cents per share diluted share on nearly $6.19 billion in sales a year earlier. Empire also said it is working to mitigate proposed minimum wage increases on its Ontario and Alberta operations, which could be up to $25 million in its 2018 financial year and $70 million in its 2019 financial year.last_img read more

Eldorado begins talks with Greek government postpones decision to suspend work

first_imgVANCOUVER – Eldorado Gold Corp. is temporarily postponing its decision to suspend work at its operations in northern Greece as it begins talks with the Greek government.The company (TSX:ELD) has been embroiled in a fight with the Greek government over its gold mining operations in the country.Eldorado accused the government of delaying key permits and licenses and threatened last week to suspend investment.Since then, the government has issued several permits and approved a key technical study for the closure of an old mine.It also served formal notice that it would initiate an arbitration hearing regarding the company’s Madem Lakkos metallurgical plant.Eldorado chief executive George Burns says the company is “confident” that the arbitration process will be concluded in a timely and efficient manner.The decision came as about 200 company workers protested outside the Development Ministry in Athens, demanding the government ensure Eldorado continues operating.The workers gathered outside the ministry building during the morning rush hour Thursday, banging their hard hats on the road and holding banners saying “Yes to Development.”— With files from The Associated Presslast_img read more

Nova Chemicals appeals ruling that it pay Dow US106billion in damages

first_imgCALGARY – Nova Chemicals has appealed an Alberta judge’s order that it pay US$1.06 billion in damages to Dow Chemical Canada in a dispute over a massive ethylene plant in the province.The dispute centres on a production facility in Joffre, Alta. known as E3 that Nova started operating in 2000.Dow Canada alleged breach of contract over the E3 joint venture agreements, claimed that Nova took part of the ethylene and other products that belonged to Dow and failed to run the facility at full production.Nova said it faced an ethane shortage and ran the facility as fully as it could, subject to mechanical issues that constrained production.Justice Barbara Romaine of the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench ruled in favour of Dow in June, and against a counterclaim filed by Nova in a case that included claims and counterclaims for damages between 2001 to 2012.Nova Chemicals says in its appeal that the trial judge “fundamentally misapprehended” the project agreements, including the context they were entered into, and so mistakenly awarded the damages.(Companies in this story: TSX:NCX)last_img read more