iStock(COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.) — A Colorado mother is facing criticism from wildlife officials who said she put an injured bobcat into her car next to her child.Parks and Wildlife officials in the southeast region of the state issued a warning to the public on Twitter after describing a “lucky” Colorado Springs woman who put the injured predator in her car and escaped unscathed.The officials stressed to “NEVER PICK UP WILD ANIMALS” and asked anyone who comes in contact with them to contact their department.The bobcat was mortally wounded, officials said, and was too injured to react to being picked up and placed in the car.“No one should ever try this. This could have been tragic,” parks officials said.Parks officials throughout the state agreed with that assessment, with the main Colorado Parks and Wildlife Twitter page retweeting the information with one word: “speechless.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
The role of Antarctic epilithic lichens in the primary colonization of rocks and in the formation of soils is receiving attention because of the production of the stress-protective biochemicals needed to combat radiation, desiccation and extremes of temperature. Raman microscopy has been used here to study the encrustations produced at the interface between the rock substratum and Buellia spp. lichen thalli; in addition to whewellite. calcium oxalate monohydrate, the presence of weddellite, the metastable dihydrate form, was confirmed in the encrustations. An unusual pigmentation of the rock surface found on detachment of the lichen growths is identified as P-carotene from its characteristic Raman bands at 1525. 1191, 1157 and 1003 cm(-1); normally, beta-carotene, which has been identified as a UV-radiation protectant, is found at the exposed upper surface of the biological organism. The interface between the detached lichen thalli and the rock also contains whewellite as the sole biomineralization product-which suggests a. possible strategy for the formulation of weddelite in the growing Buellia spp. colony as an anti-desiccant.
Written by Beau Lund FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStockBy ABC News(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Tuesday’s sports events:NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONBrooklyn 125, Golden State 99LA Clippers 116, LA Lakers 109TOP-25 COLLEGE FOOTBALLBYU 49, UCF 23TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALLGonzaga 95, Northwestern St. 78Kansas 79, West Virginia 65Iowa 70, Purdue 55Houston 76, Temple 50Wisconsin 67, Nebraska 53Missouri 54, Bradley 53Texas Tech 69, Oklahoma 67Virginia 76, William & Mary 40NC State 79, North Carolina 76Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. December 23, 2020 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 12/22/20
CHANNEL 44 NEWS: Youth Home Groundbreaking in EvansvilleOCTOBER 1ST, 2017 BRI WILLIAMS EVANSVILLE, INDIANA A groundbreaking is held to celebrate the future site of the United Methodist Boys Home in Evansville. The current boy’s home was donated by a church many years ago and has become very worn down over the years.The new boys home will be larger than the current home and will allow United Methodist to house as many boys as they do girls, in their residential program. In 2016, the youth home served 52 children but had to turn away 59 kids because they were full.United Methodist Group Home Director of Development, Travis Johnson says, “We want to be able to give the kids something that is safer and more inviting for the growth that they need to become mature adults.”So far a little more than $300,000 dollars was raised for the boys’ home but their goal is $400,000 dollars. For ways to donate visitFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
The mayor’s office and police department have been working together to address issues related to large groups of young teenagers causing problems in Ocean City, according to a joint statement from Mayor Jay Gillian and Police Chief Jay Prettyman.Towns throughout the state have been dealing with the same concerns.“As always, public safety will be the No. 1 priority for the entire city team,” Gillian said.The city has also received many calls and emails related to an assault involving female juveniles on Saturday, April 17.Many of the calls appear to stem from incomplete and inaccurate accounts of the incident shared on social media.Three suspects were immediately taken into custody, and the case is being handled to the fullest extent allowed within the law.The public should be aware that a new Attorney General’s directive on Juvenile Justice Reform limits the enforcement actions that may be taken in these situations.The mayor has spoken with the victim’s mother and will continue to be in touch with the family.The city also is aware of large groups riding bicycles in reckless, dangerous and threatening fashion.To address this activity, the OCPD will:Deploy seasonal officers who recently graduated from the Cape May County Police Academy.Increase the presence of officers assigned throughout town.Issue summonses for reckless and threatening bicycle riding.Use a city ordinance to hold parents and guardians accountable for lack of supervision and control over juvenile children.Use unmarked cars to take video of illegal behaviors with officers ready to issue summonses.Use public and private camera systems citywide to identify and verify illegal behavior.The department urges the community to help in this effort by reporting illegal behavior as it happens. Enforcement is always easier if reports are timely. Call the non-emergency number at 609-399-9111. For all emergencies, call 9-1-1. City officials and police are cracking down on large gatherings of unruly teens.
The Hummingbird Bakery has revealed exclusively to British Baker that it will open up at least one new shop in London this year and plans to expand into selling its own non-food merchandising.British Baker spoke with Tarek Malouf, managing director of the bakery business based in the capital, at a special event yesterday (6 March) at its Spitalfields store. The event saw the official launch of The Hummingbird Bakery’s third recipe book, Home Sweet Home, which focuses on a mix of American-style recipes coming straight from the company’s five retail outlets.Malouf told British Baker: “Sales of the new book have done really well so far: last week it was number one in the non-fiction hardback list. Home baking is the overarching theme of the past couple of years, or maybe even longer, but the thirst for cupcakes is rising and they are still increasingly appealing to consumers.”He added that sales growth has been encouraging for the year, as the company saw its turnover increase from £2.45m in 2010/11, to £5.1m in 2011/12. In a bid to continue the growth in turnover, Malouf explained the company will look to open up one shop in London in the next 12 months.He said: “We will definitely open up one new shop this year, but probably no more than one. I’m not a fan of opening multiple shops at the same time – we are not the Starbucks of cupcakes, so we cannot do that. Not only that, the product quality would deteriorate if we expanded too rapidly, and that’s something I am really careful to protect.”He added that merchandising would be another route in which to help the future financial performance of the company: “We are exploring other income streams, such as some non-food merchandising to see if it will be viable and if there is a market for that.”Malouf revealed that the company caters for a number of different markets, including weddings and corporate customers: “We have been doing wedding cake consultations for about four or five years, but it is only in the past year that we have actively had a special department for it with consultants and a manager leading that, as well as a target for sales. It’s growing in popularity.“With our corporate business, we have a team who focus on it so that we don’t take our eye off the ball from our everyday retail sales. But there is definitely room for growth, it’s not a high percentage of our business, but it is something to still take note of.”The firm has recently invested around £200,000 in updating its first store, located in Notting Hill, which features the company’s new store design. This include the restructuring of its counters for improved flow of customer traffic and disabled access, as well as updates to the kitchen area with additional dry and chilled storage capacity to enable the branch to better cope with increasing demand.Going globalLast year, The Hummingbird Bakery ventured into the Middle East, which is the firm’s first international store and is based in The Dubai Mall.Malouf explained: “Moving into Dubai last year was an important move, because we love working with our franchisee and we have a good following in the Gulf where the first store opened in Dubai, so our name has been known there. More importantly, we had to prepare a huge amount of procedures and manuals, and everything had to be written in stone, and that was good for us and our UK operation, because for the first time we had to put everything down on paper.”He added that the company plans to open further branches in Dubai, as part of a franchise agreement with Daud Arabian, anticipating that Hummingbird Bakery outlets could open in such locations as the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Jordan, The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait and Lebanon over the next 10 years.Cake on wheelsLast year saw Hummingbird Bakery introduce its first mobile bakery unit, which made an appearance at a number of UK events in 2012. This included the Lovebox Festival in London’s Victoria Park, as well as the Isle of Wight Festival, Latitude Festival, V Festival and Bestival.The firm said it is currently in the process of filling up a schedule for its mobile unit for the year, and is expecting to debut the bakery on wheels at a number of music festivals, sports events and a variety of other large-scale outdoor gatherings in 2013.Malouf said the mobile unit must be a highlight for the year ahead: “I think we attended around six or seven events last summer, but we have to double or triple that throughout this whole year between May and December. It has to make its money.”
Grace’s Traditional Irish Biscuits are now being stocked in Japan following an internet inquiry.Shamrock-shaped shortbread and oatmeal biscuits supplied by the company, based in Bangor, Co Down, are available at the Osaka-based Otomo Shoji range of shops.Grace’s Traditional Irish Biscuits was established in 2004 by managing director William Bullock, who has extensive experience in international markets, with the aim of creating a global food brand based in Northern Ireland.Bullock said: “We were approached by Naoko Yamaguchi, the managing director of the family-owned retail business, which has around 100 outlets in Japan.“She was searching for traditional Irish biscuits to add to their portfolio of quality UK brands and was intrigued in particular by our distinctive shamrock shape of premium shortbread and oatmeal products.“We air-freighted some samples to her and she placed an initial order for both products. Repeat business has followed because of the success of the biscuits with Japanese consumers. It’s tremendously encouraging for us to see our products on the shelves in a leading Japanese retailer.”Bullock said Grace’s Traditional Irish Biscuits was growing strongly because of a “strategic focus on building sales in global markets”.He added: “Grace’s biscuits are now sold in the US, Germany and the Netherlands, as well as throughout the UK, where we recently secured business from major retailers, including Morrison’s and Booth’s, and the Republic of Ireland. In addition to the shamrock biscuits, we are growing sales abroad steadily for our Irish breakfast tea, traditional butter fudge and the range of Titanic brand jams.”
Greencore Group is to sell its entire US business to an affiliate of Hearthside Food Solutions in a $1bn (£817m) deal.The company, which invested heavily in the US two years ago with the £600m acquisition of Peacock Foods, said the sale would enable it to focus on the UK and extend its strong position in the food-to-go market. Hearthside is a US contract food manufacturer.The US operation has been challenging, with Greencore CEO Patrick Coveney splitting his time between the UK and the US following a restructure, and the business recently reporting that problems in the US business had impacted profits.Coveney today (15 October) said he believed the sale of the US operation represented a “compelling and immediate realisation of value for Greencore’s shareholders”.He added he was confident Greencore could deliver further growth and returns in the UK market.“The proposed transaction would enhance our strategic and financial flexibility, which would allow us to build on our industry-leading position in our core UK market whilst also taking advantage of emerging organic and inorganic growth opportunities,” he said.With regards to the UK business, Greencore said the deal would enable it to:extend its position in the growing convenience food marketdeepen its long-term partnerships with customersexecute value-creating initiativesfocus the organisation on UK opportunities with a strong team of leadersdrive sustained growth, returns and cash flow for shareholders.The deal will enable Greencore to declare a special dividend of 72p per share to shareholders as soon as practicable. Up to £293m will to be used to reduce debt.Completion is expected by late November 2018, depending on approval of Greencore shareholders and US anti-trust clearance.Recent UK activity by Greencore has included the sale of its cakes and desserts business in Hull to Bright Blue Foods and the closure of its desserts facility in Evercreech, Somerset. The moves marked Greencore’s exit from the UK cakes and desserts sector.
For most of us, the “placebo effect” is synonymous with the power of positive thinking; it works because you believe you’re taking a real drug. But a new study rattles this assumption.Researchers at Harvard Medical School’s (HMS) Osher Research Center and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) have found that placebos work even when administered without the seemingly requisite deception.The study is published Dec. 22 in PLoS ONE.Placebos — or dummy pills — are typically used in clinical trials as controls for potential new medications. Even though placebos contain no active ingredients, patients often respond to them. In fact, data on placebos is so compelling that many American physicians (one study estimates 50 percent) secretly give placebos to unsuspecting patients.Because such “deception” is ethically questionable, HMS Associate Professor of Medicine Ted Kaptchuk teamed up with colleagues at BIDMC to explore whether the power of placebos can be harnessed honestly and respectfully.To do this, 80 patients suffering from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) were divided into two groups: one group, the controls, received no treatment, while the other group received a regimen of placebos — honestly described as “like sugar pills” — which they were instructed to take twice daily.“Not only did we make it absolutely clear that these pills had no active ingredient and were made from inert substances, but we actually had ‘placebo’ printed on the bottle,” says Kaptchuk. “We told the patients that they didn’t have to even believe in the placebo effect. Just take the pills.”For a three-week period, the patients were monitored. By the end of the trial, nearly twice as many patients treated with the placebo reported adequate symptom relief as compared with the control group (59 percent vs. 35 percent). Also, on other outcome measures, patients taking the placebo doubled their rates of improvement to a degree roughly equivalent to the effects of the most powerful IBS medications.“I didn’t think it would work,” says senior author Anthony Lembo, HMS associate professor of medicine at BIDMC and an expert on IBS. “I felt awkward asking patients to literally take a placebo. But to my surprise, it seemed to work for many of them.”The authors caution that this study is small and limited in scope and simply opens the door to the notion that placebos are effective even for the fully informed patient — a hypothesis that will need to be confirmed in larger trials.“Nevertheless,” says Kaptchuk, “these findings suggest that rather than mere positive thinking, there may be significant benefit to the very performance of medical ritual. I’m excited about studying this further. Placebo may work even if patients know it is a placebo.”This study was funded by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine and the Osher Research Center, Harvard Medical School.
Image via Falconer Fire Department / Facebook.FALCONER – A Village of Falconer man was charged with arson in connection with a fire that destroyed a family’s home over the weekend on Pearl Street.Town of Ellicott Police say Cody Dustin, 24, is charged with third-degree arson.The Chautauqua County Fire Investigation Team ruled the cause of the fire was “incendiary.”Through investigation, Ellicott Police Detectives alleged that Dustin started the fire. Dustin was issued an appearance ticket to return to the Town of Ellicott Court at a later date. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)