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first_imgThe bakers at the William Saddler bakery in Forfar, Scotland, are a happy bunch, especially since they no longer have to work night shifts. Not only can they enjoy a better social life, but also, they can integrate more fully with their colleagues.Double D Food Engineering didn’t set out to manufacture a product that would have such a positive effect on employee morale but, by default, this is what the company’s Humidair retarder prover has done, according to Saddler’s managing director, Michael Saddler.”There’s always been a bit of a ’them and us’ situation between the night and day shift workers, as we hardly ever see each other,” he says. “Eliminating the night shift will improve team work and overall communications, which can only be a good thing. Of course, the Humidair retarder prover will also allow us to maintain and, in some cases, improve on the quality of our products, so that they’re ready to bake whenever we are.”A fourth-generation family business, Saddler’s produces a range of traditional baked goods, savouries and patisserie products for its two town-centre retail outlets. The product range is all handmade from recipes that have been handed down since Michael’s great-grandfather founded the business in 1898.Technicians from Double D, which has recently expanded its customer training programmes, demonstrated how staff can get the best results from the retarder prover, which is fully programmable for temperature and humidity.”Our main trialling was with soft white rolls, as we normally produce around 1,000 a day,” says Michael. “The balanced airflow system and controlled humidity produce an even proof and a consistent dough piece across each tray, and from top to bottom on the rack. Handmade products can sometimes be a bit temperamental, but we are now assured excellent consistency.”According to Double D, the secret is the gentle recovery stage – typically, a rise of 20 degrees over six hours to reach a proof temperature of 36?C at 80% relative humidity – which helps to preserve the product quality. The micro processor controller can then be set accurately and, when the holding pattern kicks in, it drives it down to 20?C at a relative humidity of 85% and holds it for at least two hours.last_img read more

first_img Facebook Google+ By Jon Zimney – December 3, 2020 2 237 More Hoosiers needed for Notre Dame COVID-19 Registry survey WhatsApp Google+ WhatsApp Pinterest (Photo supplied/Centers For Disease Control and Prevention) Researchers at Notre Dame still need Hoosiers to take part in a study regarding COVID-19 and how it’s affected their lives and livelihoods.The Indiana COVID-19 Registry is a research project that provides real-time information on the spread of the virus, as well as who is being affected, and how.Questions range from health to personal-wealth and include whether you’ve been tested for the virus, possible side-effects, and whether the pandemic has affected your job, paycheck or mental health.The data gathered will stay private and, though the results will be published, names won’t be attached.The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete online.Click HERE for the survey. Facebook IndianaLocalNews Previous articlePreventing bullying in Michigan: “Adults have to do more”Next articleO’Brien Fitness Center undergoing renovations Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Pinterest Twitter Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgDuring her 20 years at Harvard, Leslie Morris has led what any book lover might see as a charmed life. As the curator of Modern Books & Manuscripts at Houghton Library, she has befriended John Updike, corresponded with Gore Vidal, pored over cross-written letters by Jane Austen, and archived Emily Dickinson’s teacups.But about a year ago, during a three-day business trip to Europe, Morris experienced cultural astonishment on a new scale. She viewed a vast collection of boxes, drawers, shelves — whole rooms — full of eccentric treasures dating back to the 16th century, all expressions of a top cultural engine: altered states of mind.“I always explain it as sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll,” said Morris of the collection, now being unpacked, examined, described, and indexed at Harvard, a process known as accessioning. But the music collection and related artifacts went to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland. Harvard, she said, “got the sex and drugs.”The Santo Domingo collection is on long-term deposit at Harvard. “We do not own it,” said Morris, but the owners “want us to catalog it, and they want it available for research.”The collection has an estimated 30,000 books and 25,000 posters, photographs, and other ephemera assembled by Colombian businessman Julio Mario Santo Domingo Jr.In May, Morris returned to supervise shipment of the collection to Cambridge. It has an estimated 30,000 books and 25,000 posters, photographs, and other ephemera assembled by Colombian businessman Julio Mario Santo Domingo Jr., who died in 2009. As a student at Columbia University in the 1970s, Santo Domingo had been drawn to French poets of the late 19th century. Charles Baudelaire, for one, created a brand of romanticism that hinged on sex, death, and the pleasures of the senses. It was influenced by his use of hashish, opium, and alcohol. Baudelaire described the effects of such drugs most aptly in the title of his 1860 book, “Artificial Paradises.”The Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection is now the largest of its kind in the world, and will gradually be available to scholars of literature, fine art, photography, film, history, medicine, popular culture, and more. This is a range of disciplines that makes the collection uniquely rich even within Harvard’s enormously diverse collections. “Its size is really unprecedented,” said Morris.Ranging far and wideThe collection’s breadth owes a lot to the two extraordinary collections that Santo Domingo had the foresight to buy and combine: that of the late Gérard Nordmann, a Swiss aficionado of erotica, and the one once held at the Fitz Hugh Ludlow Memorial Library in San Francisco.The Ludlow collection contained 10,000 items related to psychoactive drugs. It was named after the American who wrote the first full-length work in English on the cannabis experience, “The Hasheesh Eater” (1857). Harvard is now steward of works by crusaders both against illicit drugs and for them, like Aleister Crowley, who wrote “Diary of a Drug Fiend.”A selection of film reels, including one labeled “Nuggets and Nudists,” are among the items on long-term deposition at Harvard. “We do not own it,” explained curator Leslie Morris, but the owners “want us to catalog it, and they want it available for research.”The Nordmann collection, auctioned by Christie’s in Paris in 2006, contained only 1,200 items, but many were leading works about altered states of mind. For instance, Nordmann had acquired the original manuscript of “Story of O,” the 1954 erotic classic about female submission.“To me, this is the iconic erotic novel of the 20th century,” Morris said of the book, which has never been out of print. She carefully unboxed the manuscript and laid it on a table in a basement room at Widener Library, where much of the collection is being unpacked. The manuscript, mostly in pencil, with scant revisions, is in five folders of paper, each sheet torn from an adhesive pad as it was finished. By the last folder, the manuscript hurried along in ink, and revisions appeared in flurries. How does the manuscript compare with the novel’s many editions, Morris wondered. “This is a good project for a graduate student.”Standing nearby was Harvard archivist Alison Harris, the project manager who is unpacking most of the 700 boxes, which arrived at Harvard during the summer, and then recording what is in them. “It’s Christmas every day,” said Morris. “You never know what you’ll find when you open up a box.” As discoveries are made, she said, staffers blog about them at Modern Books and Manuscripts.Most of the cartons were shipped by sea, fitted carefully into a steel container. But 14 cartons — containing vulnerable manuscripts, photographs, films, tapes, and artifacts on vellum — were shipped by air. “You worry a lot,” said Morris of preparing a collection like this for transport.And you are amazed a lot, said Ryan Wheeler, the Harvard rare book cataloger who has been accessioning some of the books for placement in Houghton. He called the collection “pretty continually surprising.” There are many 19th-century books that were printed privately for covert societies of subscribers, volumes that rarely named authors, that concealed printing origins, and that even obscured publication dates. (One volume, Wheeler noted in a blog post, was dated “1863-1910.”)Some surprises involve the content. “I’m working on the rarest material first,” said Wheeler, “so erotica is overrepresented.” (Suddenly, he added, his job has become an interesting focus at cocktail parties.)Other surprises in the collection would appeal mostly to scholars. For instance, most of the older printed matter is in French, and much has never been cataloged in English. Others are first-time acquisitions for Harvard, including a first edition of Jack Kerouac’s 1957 classic, “On the Road.” (The collection includes five reel-to-reel tapes of Kerouac reading, singing, and talking with friends, along with a series of manuscript letters. “I’m not tough,” one reads. “I’m just a soft-hearted imbecile.”)A volume by French poet Charles Baudelaire contains handwritten letters signed by Baudelaire.Still other surprises are aesthetic, including books privately printed for select audiences of wealthy men. Wheeler brought out a rich-looking volume with a pristine calfskin cover and tight binding, an illustrated volume of Baudelaire’s “Flowers of Evil.” Such books “are just lovely to handle,” said an appreciative Morris. “My department doesn’t really acquire things simply because they are beautiful.”High and low artSanto Domingo loved art, both high and low. For every 16th-century botanical publication with hand-tinted illustrations, or for every special edition, there are dozens of more humble artifacts of erotica, crime writing, and the drug culture: posters, buttons, comic books, law enforcement patches, and even a large box of rolling papers in bright packets.Some objects were left behind, like the world’s largest collection of opium pipes. (“The library is not really set up for objects,” Morris explained.) When eBay was in its infancy, Santo Domingo had assistants scout the offerings for drug-culture snippets and geegaws, some of them snapped up for a dollar or two. (Harris showed one of her favorites, a shrink-wrapped game called “Stoner Trivia.”)Harris laid out a dozen posters on a tabletop. Santo Domingo had had them carefully backed in linen so they could be unrolled without damage.Boxes containing books, including this one titled “LSD,” represent just a portion of the major collection.There were garish posters in French that advertised American movies. Others wryly celebrate getting high. One poster, in velvet, advertised the services, by blimp, of Air Cannabis. “Come fly with us,” it offered. Another played on an education theme. “Pot,” the poster assured, “teaches us about geography.” And lest other ways of altering the mind be left out, there was a poster of Fritz the Cat immersed in a bathtub, surrounded by several pairs of female legs. Its wishful legend said in French: “He has all the vices.”From the ephemeral to the ethereal, these collectibles will aid scholars for years, said Morris. At Harvard, the Santo Domingo collection will be disbursed to libraries specializing in medicine, art, film, botany, poetry, and rare books. The Radcliffe Institute’s Schlesinger Library will get items for its cookbook archive. (The collection, explained Morris, includes “three shelves of cookbooks on how to make hash brownies and other hallucinogenic foods.”)A onetime Harvard faculty member — were he still alive — would appreciate the material about altered states. Psychedelic pioneer Timothy Leary once reacted when First Lady Nancy Reagan popularized a campaign of “Just Say No” against illicit drugs. Leary preferred another line, which he used to conclude “Flashbacks,” his autobiography: “Just Say Know.”The Modern Books & Manuscripts Department of Houghton Library is sponsoring a lecture at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 14 concerning the Julio Mario Santo Domingo Collection. “Collecting the Counterculture” will feature London rare books dealer Carl Williams of Maggs Brothers Ltd. The event, in Houghton’s Edison & Newman Room, is free and open to the public.last_img read more

first_imgImage by the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo.NEW YORK – A tiger at the Bronx Zoo has tested positive for COVID-19.Researchers think she caught it from a human zookeeper, and they say, people infected with Coronavirus should stay away from their pets while in isolation.The zoo’s been closed since mid-March, but keepers have been tending to the animals.It turns out one of the caretakers was ‘shedding’ the virus. Several tigers and lions have now started showing signs of a respiratory illness. So, a vet tested a four-year-old tiger named Nadia for the virus. It turns out the big cat is infected, and the others probably are too.It’s an indication humans can give COVID-19 to animals. So, health officials suggest people who test positive for Coronavirus should stay away from their pets, just like they would people. 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)last_img read more

first_imgStuck in the mud.“It’s just like delivering a placenta,” my brother-in-law — a doctor — says helpfully.I fail to see the humor.Dan and I are trudging through the Alaskan bush on the Canoe Portage From Hell, trying to keep phalanxes of black flies from chomping our exposed skin, while board-stiff alder branches are whipping our faces.Moments before, our torturously slow slog ground to a halt when I planted one of my crutches in the wrong spot and leaned on it, hard. The smooth metal shaft promptly sank two feet into the state’s infamous “suck mud,” and my heart sank with it. I tugged gingerly and heard just what I expected: the distinctive slurp of the rubber tip being suctioned off and entombed in the muck. Without their tips, my custom-made titanium crutches were useless on the soft terrain, like trying to post-hole through deep snow on stilts.So now I’m up to my elbow in the ooze and groping blindly—hence the obstetrics joke—while the flies drink deeply from their stationary target. Suddenly, my fingers brush something hard… and immediately slip off. I probe again, stretching, clawing, swatting at my winged tormentors with the other hand, which comes away blood-streaked as I smash their engorged bodies against my skin. This time my grip holds, and I finally manage to free the critical piece of equipment.Our goal is to circumvent a difficult rapid that rips a frothy white gash through a remote river in a corner of Alaska that tourists rarely visit. Because I was born with spina bifida and am partially paralyzed from the waist down, the portage is taking a while, to put it mildly—eight hours so far, hauling gear through dense vegetation devoid of anything resembling a trail, in prime grizzly bear habitat. Visibility is only a few feet in many places, which means that surprising one of the beasts is a distinct possibility. It has taken me 20 minutes to crutch, stumble, claw, and crawl the last 20 feet, and suck mud, downed trees, grabby vines, and spiny alder stretch as far as we can see. Not to mention that we barely know where we’re going or how far it is back to the river. Discouragement begins to descend like an Alaskan squall.Sometimes I ask myself why I do this stuff. What’s the point of a grueling portage when, even on a paved surface, a mile for me feels like five or 10 for most people? Why kayak or scuba dive, when just hauling my gear to the water can leave me exhausted? Why crank a 33-pound handcycle up punishing hills?Today, I’m intensively reevaluating my decision to trudge waist-deep through a mini-swamp filled with rainwater, mud, and shattered branches. At any moment I expect a 900-pound grizzly to spring from the woods and swipe me dead with a plate-sized paw. Meanwhile, Dan labors somewhere behind, heroically schlepping our folding Ally canoe and the other gear that I can’t carry. Which is all of it. The thought is emasculating, and it resurrects unpleasant memories from my youth. Like sitting alone in the grass at recess while my classmates played a giddy game of kickball. Or searching lists of extracurricular activities for something validating, something I could be good at, but finding only sports.And then there was that unforgettable blue-sky day in the fourth grade. I was playing alone in the schoolyard near a group of cute pre-pubescent girls who were chattering about secret girl stuff.“Shhhh!” one giggled. “Someone might hear!”“Oh, there aren’t any boys around,” another said.“Unless you count Jeff.”The afternoon shadows are growing longer, and still there’s neither sight nor sound of the river. At some point Dan materializes out of the woods after a scouting mission.“I think I heard it,” he says. I look skeptical.“No, really. About a half-mile through those trees.” He points. “See that tall spindly one? Head to the left of it.”I squint into the bush, trying to pick out said tree from hundreds of others. I’m from Maryland, where trees along trails in public parks are smeared with blue blazes every 10 feet or so, in case you think the wide, sidewalk-like path in front of you is naturally occurring. So my navigational skills aren’t exactly Shackletonian.“Go on,” Dan says. “I’ll get the rest of the gear.”My mood doesn’t really improve with Dan’s discovery. A half-mile on this demonic obstacle course might as well be 20, and even if we make it to the river, who knows if we’ll have skirted the rapid? At the same time, we can’t exactly hunker down for the night in a fly-infested alder thicket. So I press on, straining to discern the course Dan pointed out through the trackless terrain. And then…A low, indistinct sound, like white noise. But not the wind. Rushing water. Another hundred feet, and the forest gives way to dazzling, warm-hued sunlight glinting off the churn and froth of a swift but manageable current. I collapse at the river’s edge and plunge my face into the bracing, gin-clear liquid, giardia or not. I expect a wash of euphoria or exhilaration or something, but mostly there’s relief—relief for finishing the task uneaten by large carnivores, and, except for some blood donated to the bugs, largely unscathed.Looking back conjures a keen sense of joy and personal accomplishment that went missing in the heat of the moment. At the same time, I’m reminded of something that too often gets lost in the noise: the futility of trying to be the toughest, the smartest, the most accomplished. Chase those things, it seems, and only madness awaits. For me, the wiser goal is to use whatever I’ve been given to the fullest, to play the hand I’ve been dealt rather than coveting someone else’s. There in the Alaskan bush, I like to think I took a step or three in that direction—with or without my crutch tips.last_img read more

first_img On July 2, the Colombian police announced the arrest of an alleged leader of ‘Los Rastrojos’ [‘The Stubble’] who was trying to take over the top spot in that drug-trafficking organization. Edison Antonio Peláez, alias ‘Mincho,’ was arrested on a rural property in Montenegro (Quindío), around 185 km west of Bogotá, the National Police explained in a statement. Peláez, 49 years old, was considered a right-hand man of Javier Antonio Calle Serna, who led ‘Los Rastrojos’ until he turned himself in to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) in May, on the island of Aruba (Netherlands Antilles). Following that surrender and the arrest of Diego Pérez, alias ‘Diego Rastrojo,’ in Venezuela in June, ‘Mincho’ was trying to consolidate his position in the leadership of ‘Los Rastrojos,’ the police said. Peláez will be charged with criminal conspiracy and narcotics trafficking and is also under investigation for involvement in at least 30 homicides, the police added. ‘Los Rastrojos’ are one of Colombia’s leading criminal gangs, which the Government calls ‘Bacrim’ (an abbreviation of bandas criminales, ‘criminal gangs’), made up for the most part of former paramilitaries and drug traffickers and also dedicated to other crimes, such as extortion and kidnapping. By Dialogo July 05, 2012last_img read more

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first_imgMauricio Pochettino reveals coffee meeting with Unai Emery after losing Spurs and Arsenal jobs Advertisement Comment Advertisementcenter_img Phil HaighFriday 22 May 2020 10:57 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1kShares Unai Emery and Mauricio Pochettino have put rivalries behind them (Picture: Getty Images)Mauricio Pochettino met up with Unai Emery for coffer and to chat about their times in north London after they lost their jobs at Tottenham and Arsenal, respectively, last year.Pochettino and Emery were sacked within 10 days of each other from their Premier League roles after poor starts to the season for both.It was a sad end to a successful time in charge of Spurs for the Argentine, while the Spaniard’s regime at Arsenal never really got off the ground.They had very different times on either side of the north London divide and Pochettino has revealed that he and his assistant, Jesus Perez, met with Emery after their dismissals to talk things over – much to the surprise of onlookers in the capital.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Before the pandemic, me and Jesús met with Unai for a coffee, to talk and share our experiences,’ Pochettino told the Guardian. ‘We were working in different clubs, we were at the enemy, and people were walking past and saying: “Unai and Pochettino and Jesús are now sharing a coffee!” ‘It was in Cockfosters [in north London]. It was very funny.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘It has been an amazing time to review and analyse everything: training sessions, games, our methodology, our models of training … to design specific and collective works. And, of course, to try to adapt for the new normality, to be ready for any eventuality, because the demands are going to be completely different.’Pochettino’s family is still settled in London and a Premier League return remains a possibility for him, although he is keeping his options open as he looks for the ideal return to football.‘We are looking forward for the next job,’ said the 48-year-old. ‘Football is very dynamic and you need to be ready for the moment when the offer appears. We are ready. After six months, our tanks are completely full.‘It’s about the club and, of course, the people, the human dimension. We are so open. Of course, we love England and the Premier League.’MORE: Arsenal and Chelsea keeping tabs on Gladbach teenager Kaan KurtMORE: The ridiculous rule Arsene Wenger wanted to introduce after Arsenal were battered by StokeFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.last_img read more

first_imgAouar wants to end his Lyon career on a high with the side back in the Champions League (Getty)Old teammate Tanguy Ndombele lost his place in the France squad after struggling when he first joined Spurs, while Aouar may have noticed compatriot William Saliba’s lack of opportunities.The third and final reason that Aouar opted to remain at Lyon is that he wants to help them qualify for the Champions League this season, having missed out on European qualification last season.Unfortunately for Arsenal, Aouar’s decision to remain at Lyon for one more campaign means they will face renewed competition for his signature next summer, with the likes of Juventus, PSG and Real Madrid all expected to have the funds to sign him.MORE: ‘I wouldn’t be worried about Houssem Aouar’: John Barnes sends advice to Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta on transfer priorityMORE: Zinedine Zidane responds to Real Madrid links with Arsenal target Houssem AouarFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Metro Sport ReporterSunday 4 Oct 2020 9:01 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link6.6kShares The three reasons Houssem Aouar has decided to shelve Arsenal transfer hopes and stay at Lyon Aouar was keen to join Arsenal but has now decided to stay at Lyon (Picture: Getty)According to RMC Sport, Aouar has now shelved his hopes of moving to the Emirates and has informed Lyon that he is committed to remaining at the club for the 2020/21 season.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe Frenchman outlined three key reasons for his decision: Firstly, the transfer had dragged on for so long that it would have left precious little time for Lyon to sign a replacement.Aouar came through the academy and has a huge amount of respect for the club he joined over a decade ago and did not want to leave ‘through the back door’ or potentially put the team in trouble.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalA second important factor was the European Championships next summer, with Aouar believing he has a better chance of retaining his spot in Didier Deschamps’ squad if he stays at Lyon.There would be no guarantees that he would hit the ground running at Arsenal – particularly with the transfer happening so late – and any problems in adapting to the Premier League would severely hamper his hopes, whereas at Lyon the team is built around him. The French midfielder will how remain at his current club for the 2020/21 season (Picture: AFP)Houssem Aouar has put his hopes of joining Arsenal on hold and will remain at Lyon, with the midfielder having explained his decision to the club’s hierarchy over the weekend, according to reports.Gunners boss Mikel Arteta has been desperate to sign a new midfielder, targeting both Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey and Aouar, but with the transfer window closing on Monday he is running out of time.Lyon were open to negotiating a fee for the 22-year-old midfielder – who was keen to move to north London – but Arsenal were unable to shift their deadwood in time to raise the £40million fee required.center_img Advertisement Comment Advertisementlast_img read more