A South Bristol bakery chain is set to create up to 32 new jobs after being awarded £30,000 by the Regional Growth Fund.Parsons Bakery is looking to use the cash injection to open up five new stores by the end of 2012, with the hope of taking on both full- and part-time staff. The bakery, which celebrates its 110th anniversary this year, is also due to open its 25th store in the Chippenham area.Nicola Elliott, finance and commercial manager for Parsons Bakery, said: “The additional money will help us bring in more people to support our expansion – not just locally but across the West, where we hope to have 30 shops by the end of the year. As Parsons Bakery continues to grow and expand, we are well-placed geographically to service our newest shops in Somerset and Berkshire, and to expand further afield into the Cotswolds as well as over the bridge into Wales and along the M4 corridor towards London.”Parsons Bakery is based at the SEGRO-operated South Liberty Lane estate, which includes a 10,000sq ft bakery, shop and head office, and produces baked goods for its stores in Bristol, Bath, Somerset and Gloucestershire.Elliott added: “Communication is always effective and consistent. What the management team at Parsons prize above everything, though, is SEGRO Bristol’s ability to either come in on budget or under budget in relation to the service charge. Our biggest challenge in 2012 will be the economic climate, so keeping overheads to an absolute minimum is our constant priority and SEGRO is helping us to do just that by providing value-for-money service charges.”
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Erik Karlsson is starting to hit the right notes with his new band.As Karlsson struggled to find his groove through his first six weeks with the Sharks, it became clear that the two-time Norris Trophy winner needed time to figure out how to make music with his new teammates and vice versa.Heading into game No. 35 against the Minnesota Wild Tuesday, Karlsson acknowledged that he’s feeling more comfortable with his new team. At the same time, he insists his best hockey is yet …
The woods. We call them by their primary substance: wood. But would wood evolve from plants lacking woody stems? Was there some evolutionary pressure to force plants to grow tall to reach the sun, so that lucky mutations found a way to produce lignin and the other building blocks of wood? What other mutations did the blind evolutionary algorithm have to find to organize the components into trunks for trees? Two discoveries, a fossil and a mechanism, offer evolutionists a way to enhance their woody story. The early wood. A fossil plant said to be 400 million years old was reported in the BBC News. The cross-section of a stem of this early Devonian plant shows the rings of cells characteristic of wood. The find pushes the origin of wood “about 10 million years earlier than previously thought,” said Mark Kinver, who failed to identify the thinkers (presumably evolutionists). Surprisingly, it appears this plant (about 8-16 inches tall) did not need wood for height. The discoverers from the University of Liege in Belgium feel the “unexpected” woody structure “appeared to be a mechanism to transport water rather than acting as a support to allow plants to grow taller.” Dr. Philippe Gerienne said the findings “helped shed light on the initial biological role of the woody substance in early plants” because it appears “rays (horizontal cells) most probably evolved after the other cells in wood (longitudinal cells).” How he knew that was not explained. Michael Marshall at New Scientist gave an abbreviated report on this discovery, calling this the “World’s oldest wood – so far”. Trees didn’t begin to evolve till15 million years later, he said. That’s a long time for plants to grow close to the ground with a structurally-strong material that could have given them height. The paper by Gerienne’s team was published in Science.1 The authors admitted in the abstract, “The first steps of wood evolution are unknown.” They could only offer a suggestion: “The small size of both plants and the presence of thick-walled cells in their cortex support the earlier suggestion that the evolution of wood was initially driven by hydraulic constraints rather than by the necessity of mechanical support for increasing height.” On the difficulties of wood evolution, see 10/26/2001, 05/30/2008, 01/29/2009, and 12/16/2010 bullet 2. The required mechanism. A mechanism that drives plants upward toward the sun was described in PhysOrg. This article ignored the E-word evolution in favor of design language: “UBC [University of British Columbia] researchers have discovered a key mechanism that — much like a construction site foreperson — controls the direction of plant growth as well as the physical properties of the biopolymers that plants produce.” Scientists have been trying to find this design for a long time, the article indicated. “The finding is a major clue in a 50-year-long quest to explain how plants coordinate the behaviour of millions of cells as they grow upward to compete for light, penetrate soil to obtain nutrients and water, and even open petals to flower.” In a nutshell, the finding explains how microtubules in the cell become organized into scaffolding for cargo transportation, capture and positioning of large structures, and cell shape. In addition to the basic cell shape acting as a guide, a protein called CLASP that “plays a key role as a foreperson, modulating the geometric constraints of the cell.” Without CLASP, microtubules underwent “catastrophic disassembly” when encountering an edge. CLASP enabled them to bend up to 90 degrees and continue growing in nice, parallel arrays. Computer models confirmed what the gene knockout experiments showed. Explained one researcher, “We confirmed that the self-organization depends on the extrinsic cues from the cellular geometry, and that the presence of the CLASP protein along select edges modified the pattern dramatically.” Where will this finding lead? “Microtubules and the CLASP protein are common to all cell types in plants animals, fungi and many unicellular organisms,” another researcher commented. “So what we find out about their behaviour in plant cells is relevant to understanding their function in cells types [sic] as diverse as neurons and disease-causing protozoans.” Of all the nerve; design-based inquiry may improve your health some day. 1. Gerienne et al., “A Simple Type of Wood in Two Early Devonian Plants,” Science, 12 August 2011: Vol. 333 no. 6044 p. 837, DOI: 10.1126/science.1208882. One research team tried to find their way in the dark with a Darwin-brand flashlight, hoping it would shed light on evolution. Too bad the batteries have been long dead. How could it be otherwise? The second law demands it for undirected processes. The other team turned on the lights of intelligent design and found the foreman on the job, directing building blocks into functional structures. You don’t need a dead Darwin flashlight in a well-lit factory.(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Social entrepreneur Nkosinathi Manganyi is leading a group of South Africans on an endurance walk across the country, from Giyani, Limpopo to Cape Town, to raise money and awareness for disadvantaged schools in Limpopo.Social entrepreneur Nkosinathi Manganyi is undertaking an epic walk across South Africa to raise money and awareness for schools in Limpopo during February and March 2017. (Image: Facebook)CD AndersonThe 40-day, almost 2,000km walk began on 26 February 2017, with Manganyi and his team reaching their 500km milestone, Johannesburg, on 6 March.This is not Manganyi’s first walk for charity. In 2014, he walked from Johannesburg to Bloemfontein for children’s charities, and in 2015, he embarked on a longer trip from the Free State capital to Port Elizabeth for cancer research.Manganyi says his social entrepreneurship was first inspired by a friend in need, telling the New Age newspaper: “I had a friend who was diagnosed with bone cancer and they had to amputate his leg. It was at that moment that I realised how fortunate I was and wanted to give back to the community and show gratitude to God.”Hearing about various similar charitable walks around the world, particularly one by a man who walked from Europe to the North Pole in under a month, Manganyi decided “right there and then…that next year on my birthday I’m walking to Bloemfontein. I didn’t know how but I knew I had to do it.”Social entrepreneur Nkosinathi Manganyi is undertaking an epic walk across South Africa to raise money and awareness for schools in Limpopo during February and March 2017. (Image: Facebook)The Giyani to Cape Town trek is specifically for the community of Giyani, in particular schools in the area. Manganyi says schools here need urgent funding to rebuild libraries, revamp bathrooms and buy uniforms for more than 700 students.“We might be able to raise funds that could cover beyond the schools that we are looking to fund,” he told the Citizen newspaper on 28 February 2017, hoping to help out a few needy schools in Mpumalanga as well.Manganyi, a prominent church leader in his community, is also using the walk as a personal spiritual journey, a mission to spread the word of God. He and his team of walkers will visit schools and community centres along the way to speak about using God-given gifts to build and not destroy:“(We will be) working on the spiritual progress of people, (teaching communities about) what it takes to give and what it means to give to others. It’s about enlightening people about where they are coming from and who they are and where they are going,” he told the newspaper.#Giyani2CapeTown TweetsManganyi is using social media to spread the word of his journey, offering regular updates via his Facebook page and inviting anyone along the route to join the walk or offer assistance.“We are trying to do all of this to raise money so…anyone can join us (or sponsor the walkers) for 5km (at R100 per kilometre)…We currently have about 200 people joining us on the road.”But Manganyi says, above all, the walk is about meeting and talking to South Africans from all walks of life and changing lives along the way. “It’s not (only) about the money; it’s about playing your part with the little that you have.”Back in Giyani, the community is eagerly following his progress on social media and on the local community radio station, Giyani Radio.Station manager Prenomen Chabani says the work of Manganyi and his team of walkers is inspiring. “We are monitoring him every day so he can tell us where he is and what the challenges are that he is facing. We also help them with food and all that they may need for the trip.”For more information on Manganyi and his walkers’ journey through the country, and how you can contribute to the cause, check his Facebook page. Source: GoodThingsGuy and CitizenWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseCorn and soybean lodging, quality issues, and persistent moisture have plagued the 2018 harvest for Ohio so far. According to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service Crop Progress Report for the week ending Oct. 14, the heat and dry conditions for part of the week allowed corn harvest to continue to outpace the 5-year average in Ohio. Soybean harvest moved ahead 13 percentage points, although it continues to lag behind the 5-year average.Though there have certainly been challenges in Ohio, buckeye farmers had better be careful before lamenting too long. Ohio is certainly not the only state facing harvest issues.In Minnesota, cool and wet weather conditions continued to hamper harvest progress during the week ending Oct. 14, 2018, according to USDA. There were only 1.1 days suitable for fieldwork, the fewest days suitable this year since the week ending April 22 when there were no days suitable for fieldwork.The persistent wet conditions have left Minnesota’s topsoil moisture at 56% adequate and 42% surplus, according to USDA. Despite the challenges, corn harvest progress for Minnesota is near normal at 18% in 2018 compared to the 20% five-year average. Soybean harvest, however, is really falling behind with a five-year average of 69% of the Minnesota crop harvested and only 38% of this year’s crop out of the fields so far in 2018.Steady rains, heavy fog, cool weather and even snow have kept soybeans from drying down this fall and really slowed harvest efforts for Steve Eickhoff who farms in the Spring Valley area in the southeast corner of Minnesota.“We have maybe a quarter of our beans done and we started corn after the snow melted from this weekend. Everything got mature early but we have been so wet,” Eickhoff said. “The first snow we had was on Sunday but to the north they have already had snow a couple of times. We have been cold with highs in the 40s the last couple of weeks. We usually start harvesting soybeans the end of September and by early October we are usually going hard on the beans. The beans are ripe, but we can’t get them dried down. The forecast is for highs in the 50s but sunshine for the next 10 days. We’ll see what happens.”Eickhoff said the soybean crop for the area looks to be about average and corn yields look strong — if they can get them out of the fields in a timely manner.“Stalk quality is not real great and the beans are all leaning. We have had some wind issues and we don’t need any more snow that is for sure,” he said. “One of the blessings of being cold is that we haven’t had any conditions for the molds. I think the grain quality is pretty good. So far we have heard some horror stories but we haven’t had any sprouting or anything like that. I don’t think we ever got the beans dry enough for that to happen.”In Iowa the story is similar. Rain and early snow showers limited Iowa farmers to just 0.8 day suitable for fieldwork during the week ending Oct. 14, according to the USDA. Activities for the week included moving grain, monitoring field conditions and harvesting corn when weather permitted. A whopping 60% of the topsoil in the nation’s top corn producing state had surplus moisture. Only 17% of the state’s corn crop had been harvested compared to the five-year average of 24%. For soybeans, 19% had been harvested compared to the 51% five-year average. And, while harvest progress continues to lag, Iowa’s farmers are grimacing at the rainy forecast for many parts of the state through late October into November.
Remarkably, there’s even a geocache in the exact same spot as the sacred Ark with 700 Favorite points and superb directions to it. Just beware of rubber snakes, skulls, and spider webs covering the concealed lair.The geocache, ahem, Ark is hidden less than a mile up the White Diamond Trail from the ranger’s station. Its hidden less than 100 feet from the trail inside a large cave. Significant climbing and bouldering may be required to access the sacred ground. Although climbing gear is not required, it is recommended that you bring at least two other treasure seekers with you and possibly a rope (whip?) for support. SharePrint RelatedThe top 10 “best” geocaching songsMarch 5, 2018In “Community”Top 10 Geocaches of the Week 2017December 27, 2017In “Geocache of the Week”Unleash Your Inner Indiana — Raiders of the Lost Cache (GC2HN2H) — Geocache of the WeekAugust 14, 2013In “Community” “Snakes. Why’d it have to be snakes?”So geocachers… grab your friends, your sense of adventure, and maybe a rope or whip. Treasure awaits you.“I think it’s time to ask yourself; what do you believe in?”Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world.Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form.Share with your Friends:More Location:Pennsylvania, United StatesN 40° 14.642 W 076° 27.032 Raiders of the Lost Cache“Fortune and glory, kid. Fortune and glory.”Admit it. Deep down, you want to be Indiana Jones. We ALL want to be Indiana Jones. Full-time treasure hunter, part-time archeologist, and darn handy with a whip — what geocacher hasn’t gotten the Raiders of the Lost Ark theme song stuck in their head?Dut du dut DAH… Dut du DAH… Dut du dut DAH, Dut du DAH DAH DAH!Well good news, adventure seekers. Recently, declassified files, photos, and GPS information has allowed the discovery of a new location for The Ark of the Covenant. It now resides in a large cave, deep in the woods of Pennsylvania!“Trust me.“ 12345<> I think it’s time to ask yourself; what do you believe in? Treasure awaits you. Dut du dut DAH… Dut du DAH… Dut du dut DAH, Dut du DAH DAH DAH! Beware of rubber snakes, skulls, and spider webs covering the concealed lair. Geocachers… grab your friends, your sense of adventure, and maybe a rope or whip. 123<> TraditionalGC2HN2Hby mikehoffman Difficulty:1.5Terrain:4.5 Snakes. Why’d it have to be snakes?
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Urgent reply from Philippine football chief MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting And thanks to a 21-0 run to open the second half, the Miami Heat now have a tiny bit of breathing room in the Eastern Conference playoff race. The biggest Heat run of the season led to the biggest Heat win of the season, a 108-74 romp past the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night.“Just a professional win by us tonight,” Heat guard Dwyane Wade said. “We played against a team that wasn’t making shots early, and we continued to keep going at them and continued to keep applying pressure.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesJustise Winslow scored 16 points for Miami, which had seven players in double figures. Dion Waiters scored 14, Josh Richardson and Hassan Whiteside each had 13 and Wade finished with 11 for Miami.Miami’s starting five — Richardson, Winslow, Waiters, Bam Adebayo and Kelly Olynyk — played 12 minutes together. They shot 12 for 17, 4 for 4 from 3-point range and Miami outscored Detroit 36-13 in those 12 minutes. Andre Drummond fouled out with 6:30 left and finished with five points and nine rebounds — snapping his run of 19 consecutive double-doubles, which left him tied with Bob Lanier for the Pistons’ all-time record streak in that department.It wasn’t Drummond’s night.It wasn’t the Pistons’ night in any way. They shot 36 percent, got outrebounded 51-36 and were 8 for 37 from 3-point range — 1 for 17 in the second half. It went down as Detroit’s second-worst loss of the season, topped only by a 37-pointer at Indiana on Dec. 28.“For two games in a row now, we didn’t come out in playoff mode,” Pistons coach Dwane Casey said. “There’s nothing schematically. There’s nothing X-and-O wise. It’s our approach. We have to understand at this time of year … the only thing you can do is scrap and play hard.”TIP-INSPistons: Detroit hadn’t lost a quarter by 25 points since Oct. 30, 2010. … Drummond was looking to join Kevin Love (53), Dwight Howard (separate streaks of 33 and 20), Griffin (27) and Russell Westbrook (23, earlier this season) as players in the last decade with 20 straight double-doubles.Heat: Miami opened on an 8-0 run, its best to start a game this season. … It was Miami’s 600th sellout at AmericanAirlines Arena — the last 413 of those coming consecutively — and 900th home sellout overall. … The Heat celebrated Pride Night, and the national anthem before the game was performed by the South Florida Gay Men’s Chorus.EIGHT IS ENOUGHThere have been four instances of a team holding another to eight points or less in a quarter this season. Miami is responsible for three of them. Houston held Chicago to seven in the third quarter on Nov. 3 — and the rest of the list is all Heat. Miami held the Los Angeles Clippers to eight points in the fourth quarter on Dec. 8, and kept the Milwaukee Bucks to that many in the first quarter on Dec. 22.WADE BLOCKS Minus Kevin Durant, Warriors stop Rockets’ 9-game win streak LATEST STORIES Wade had a first-quarter blocked shot against Detroit’s 7-foot-1 Thon Maker. It was the 879th block of Wade’s career, leaving him 14 shy of Michael Jordan’s all-time regular-season record for guards. When adding playoff games, Wade already has more blocks than any guard in history.SLOW STARTDetroit has trailed after the first quarter in each of its last five games, and the 12-point deficit after 12 minutes in this one matched the Pistons’ third-largest, after-one-quarter hole this season. They had rallied to win three of the first four in those cases — but didn’t come close in this one.UP NEXTPistons: Host the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday.Heat: Host Milwaukee on Friday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy “Our starting lineup has had some good starts and some play that’s been trending in the right direction,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “But that was as inspiring as they’ve been.”Blake Griffin scored 13 points for Detroit, which got 11 from Wayne Ellington. Detroit missed its first 11 shots of the third quarter, eight of them from 3-point range.The Pistons have now dropped consecutive games for the first time since Jan. 25 and 29 — and both were blowout losses, with this one on the heels of a 103-75 rout in Brooklyn on Wednesday.“It’s about our mental fortitude and coming out and having a better mindset at the beginning of games, myself included,” Griffin said. “I’m not excluding myself from that at all. If we have any fight about us at all we’ll come out and rectify that.”Miami (32-35) is still No. 8 in the East, now two games ahead of No. 9 Orlando and two games back of No. 7 Detroit.ADVERTISEMENT P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside (21) and guard Josh Richardson (0) celebrate after Whiteside scored during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons, Wednesday, March 13, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)MIAMI — The outcome was in doubt at halftime.It didn’t stay that way for long.ADVERTISEMENT
Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Federal Aviation Administration has selected Brunswick Executive Airport, Brunswick, Maine to participate in the fiscal 2016 Military Airport Program (MAP), allowing the business and general aviation airport at the former Brunswick Naval Air Station to remain in the program for five additional years.Brunswick was the only former military airport or joint use airport added to MAP this year, the third straight year FAA has picked only one participant. A total of 15 airports can participate in the program at one time.Brunswick’s selection will allow it to complete projects that started during the previous five years, according to an FAA fact sheet. Those projects include converting military hangars to civilian use, obstruction removal, drainage upgrades and installing wildlife fencing.MAP provides a critical source of federal funding for capital needs to support joint use airports and to convert former military airports to civilian use. MAP, a set-aside of the Airport Improvement Program (AIP), covers projects such as building or rehabilitating parking lots, fuel farms, hangars, utility systems, access roads, cargo buildings and other airfield projects. Many of these projects are not normally eligible for AIP funding, but projects for MAP-designated airports have unique eligibility rules to convert them to civilian or joint use.Airports already participating in MAP include:Kaleaeloa/John Rodgers Field, Kapolei, HawaiiCastle Airport, Atwater, Calif.Northwest Florida Regional Airport at Eglin AFB, Valparaiso, Fla.Griffiss International Airport, Rome, N.Y.Alexandria International Airport (former England AFB), Alexandria, La.José Aponte de la Torre Airport (former Naval Station Roosevelt Roads), Ceiba, Puerto Rico